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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

JUNE - Making Me Scurry Along!

by Judy Ann Davis

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? For some reason, this month, I have the feeling that the end of the day comes too quickly, and the tasks I’d hoped to accomplish are too many. Everywhere I turn, there is something that needs my attention.

Bucket Garden
Spring arrived too quickly in Central Pennsylvania. The weather was balmy and sunny. The patio furniture cried out to be cleaned and set up. There were weeds in the flowerbeds. My bucket garden had to be planted, and my blueberry bushes needed extra care. I'm also nursing a crop of milkweed to try to entice monarch butterflies. Recently, my husband and I decided to remove all the overgrown shrubs in the front of our house and replace them with new ones. I’m now on a first name basis with the owners of all our area's garden and landscape centers.

June is almost at an end, and I have to admit I’ve barely touched my keyboard to write. Why? Because our town’s Bloom and Berry Bash Summer Festival is scheduled to be held on June 26th.  I’m scurrying around and collecting my paperback books, wood products I create, and my tent (with all its paraphernalia) to get ready for the celebration. On the sunny side, it should be a joy to see all the town folk after a year of cancelled events.

Am I writing? I’m chugging along with writing-related tasks. I took the 5-day Amazon Ad Challenge, and I’m learning to create Zon advertisements. I procured my copyrights to a western and am working to re-edit, obtain a new cover, and republish it both in digital and paperback. I’m also working on edits for a short novella targeted for the Christmas season. What do I really want to do? Write the third novel in the Ashmore Brothers (western) Series and hide from all the chores calling to me, like incessant sirens, to get them done.

How’s your summer progressing? Is it a relaxing one or are you in a frenzy? Drop me a comment and let me know I’m not alone during these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.  :)

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  1. Frenzy is my constant state. On another note, I like your idea of a container for milkweed. I'd like to attract more butterflies to our back yard. You are so productive on many levels. I hope you sell many books and bird houses at the festival.

    1. It seems we're all in a frenzy. It feels like something is building like a bubble in the atmosphere and we're all waiting for it to pop. Can't explain it any better.

  2. Thanks, Caroline. I'm excited about just "being" at an open-air event and seeing people! I hope you have a wonderful summer.

  3. I'm feeling overwhelmed, too. There's so much cleaning up to do inside and out, writing stuff, family stuff. Just lots of "stuff." But the festival you mentioned sounds fun. It's so hot in North Texas in the summer that I don't usually do festivals, but I used to. Have a great time!

  4. My sentiments exactly, Judy. I want to hole up and write, but other things demand my attention. Plus, summer's here, and too much going on. Had a trip to the mountains around Memorial Day, Cousin Reunion mid-June, kinfolks came in last week for a visit. During this, my hubby had two dr appointments, and we met with a financial advisor. Too busy for a girl who's used to getting out of the house only on Sundays. I'm trying to allow time for the next story to evolve in my head and come alive.

  5. OMG- this really hits home. I have a full time job and a sewing/embroidery business on the side- and I write. Add to that being a single girl, I do all the minor repairs and maintenance on the house and car. There's just not enough hours in the day.


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