CRASH and BURN

I believe I am suffering from some writing burnout…

On Tuesday, May 10th, I finished writing the first draft of my first novel – 68,433 words! I am elated and also worn out. It has been a busy six months. Since November 2015, we moved from Florida to Colorado. In that time, I have read and reviewed approximately 30 books. I have written countless blog posts and even beta read a couple of novels for friends. Of course, this is all on top of the millions of other things we all accomplish in our day-to-day lives!

Writers burnout is a real thing. I know when the burnout sneaks up on me, I have to do something else. My motto is, “Step away from the computer!” (Although here I am writing a blog post!) On top of that, I have had spring fever. So yesterday, Ron and I had a marvelous day. It was a glorious 70+ degrees F. I even got a bit of a sunburn! Nothing like a red nose to make everyone smile! J

We mowed and edged our tiny lawn, front, and back. We placed our galvanized metal sheep troughs in the rocks in our back garden so that I could fill them with dirt. This is going to be the perfect environment for growing veggies.

1 foot deep, 6 foot long – sheep troughs

Drilling holes for Drainage

I put landscaping cloth in the bottom so the dirt wouldn’t drain out of the holes. I kept my grass clippings and mixed them in with the dirt, compost, and garden soil.

Filling the troughs

A great planter idea

I searched for an idea for months looking for an affordable planting area that could take the hot sun, the wind, and the snow and cold that is part of living in the Rocky Mountains. The best part of this is the metal will retain the heat of the day so my plant’s roots will be protected during the cool nights. I am excited! I have a yellow pear tomato, a cherry tomato, and an eggplant on the sunny window ledge of my dining room, waiting until it is warm enough to plant. Zucchini, cucumbers, and peppers can’t be far behind!

The only trouble is, now I am physically AND mentally worn out! I don’t really mind because how fabulous is it to be worn out from doing the things you love – writing and gardening?

I decided that I need a few days off. I will see you all on Monday! Book reviews will continue next week. I apologize for the delay! ❤ Hugs to you all and have a fabulous weekend.

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