I'll begin with a little updating. I'm now beginning chapter three of my new work in progress. It looks like it's going to be another romantic/suspense novel. I'm also almost finished going through the second of my seven plastic drawers full of material that might be considered genealogy verification. Sorting through memories is kind of fun, but entering names, dates, etc., in the computer is time consuming and I can see I need more info from several of my nieces.
Two of my daughters have books coming out this year. Janice Sperry's book is a middle grade reader with a really cute cover and it's a fun spoof on dozens of fairy tales. Lezlie Anderson's book is a Christmas booklet and I got a sneak peak at its cute cover a couple of days ago. I'll have more to say about it closer to its fall publication date.
I just made my first Whitney nomination for 2014! 2013 awards are coming up next month, but it's not too soon to start making nominations for the next round of awards.
Like almost everyone else, I'm really tired of winter, but all the rain we've gotten the past couple of days has really turned the grass green and it's so inviting to see daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, violets, and some purple flower (I don't know its name) blooming in my yard. I love spring! My husband even bought two more half barrels so we won't have to fight over which barrels get flowers and which will host vegies this year.
It's funny but I have a hard time believing it's really spring until April conference has come and gone and my accountant finishes preparing my taxes. I'll admit I'm a little less than enthused about including children in this year's Women's Conference session, but I'll see how it goes. It will seem a little strange not to do any conference signings this year. After twenty years of Celebrating Sisterhood and Ladies' Night, I feel a little left out. I hope all of my readers won't forget me before I have another book out. (My old books are still available on Amazon/Kindle and LDS book stores still carry quite a few of them.) As for taxes--there aren't a lot of happy memories associated with them as there is with conference, but I'll just be glad to know what I have to pay and get the sorry deed over with.
Today marks eighteen months since the first of the four surgeries that sidelined much of my life for a time. Both knees are doing fine and the left one serves as a barometer to let me know when we're going to get rain or snow. My doctor assures me that with the removal of my pancreas I won't ever get pancreatic cancer as so many of my close loved ones have done. I'm still adjusting to using an insulin pump and skipping most of my favorite snacks. Alas no malt balls, Cadbury eggs, or jelly beans for Easter this year. On second thought, I might sneak in a stray jelly bean or two on days my glucose count is low.