MOTHER’S DAY!!!! I LOVE MOTHER’S DAYYYY!!!
I love it so much, I don’t want to waste a minute of it, so I am going to keep this short so I can get back to my garden.
The best Mother’s Day present for me is the incredible review of WINTERGIRLS in the New York Times. In case you aren’t registered and thus cannot click through on the whole review, here is my favorite quote:
“Anderson, the author of “Speak” and other award-winning novels for teenagers, has written a fearless, riveting account of a young woman in the grip of a deadly illness.”
::basks in the glow::
And as if THAT wasn’t sweet enough, this edition of the Times also contains a review of my dear friend Deborah Heiligman’s book, CHARLES AND EMMA. I met Deb about 12 years ago when I joined her writer’s group. It is beyond awesomeness that we get to share space in the Gray Lady today!
I am very slowly recovering from the last six months of being a road warrior. I’m going to ask Queen Louise to total up the mileage since last October. It feels like I’ve been to the moon and back a couple of times. The first plan of action is to get my garden put together. I am doubling the size of it this year, so there is much wrestling with the rototiller in my future.
In addition to my flower gardens and vegetable and herb garden, I am planning a shade garden around the writing cottage. I don’t dare plant it yet, because we still have a bunch of guys in trucks coming and going. This week, the insulating crew should show up. We’re using a soy-based insulation foam that has much lower off-gassing than traditional insulation. We’ve also decided to experiment with a small wind turbine in addition to the solar panel, instead of going with two solar panels. BH has been seen stalking the Forest while muttering calculations and figuring wind speed.
Now it’s time to pull on my pink boots and go play in the mud!!!