Happy Father’s Day!

Yes, I know. It’s a day late, but we had dinner guests yesterday. The BaldMan’s parents, his sister and brother-in-law, and Steph came over for Father’s Day dinner. My father-in-law requested chili, *red* chili, to be exact. Specified, I suspect, so that we wouldn’t sneak any of that weird green stuff in on him! LOL It was good, but the BaldMan does make good chili. And one of the local produce places had local strawberries, so I grabbed some of those while I was out shopping and made strawberry shortcake for dessert. That, also, was pretty good, if I do say so myself.

All of the plants outside seem to be doing pretty well. The bee balm is blooming, and the summersweet and butterfly bushes are close, as is the astilbe I got from our neighbor. and my little lavender is starting to bloom, also. The mix of seeds I planted along the back porch are sprouting, and the boxes of mixed annuals in front are quite happy. The petunias are blooming like crazy and I am deadheading every day. We have tomatoes on both plants, and the cucumbers are starting to take off now. I think something is eating the bean plants, so I may have to put some sort of protection over those, but the peppers seem to be unaffected. So far. I am starting to plan for fall plantings because we are getting into the hotter part of summer soon and most things don’t like to be planted in that kind of heat. But I can plan for bulbs and other fall planted things now. I like having a yard I can plant things in again!

Amber, our 17 year old ElderCat with chronic kidney disease, has decided she is not as fond of the prescription food as she used to be. Her current favorite is Friskies, which is not very good for her, but at this stage of things, as long as she is eating, she gets what she will eat. She did eat some of the prescription food this morning, so I am hoping we can encourage her to get back on that. Otherwise, she is still active and mouthy as ever. She has a bad day every so often, and it scares me because I worry that this is the beginning of the end every time, and every time, by the next day, she’s back to normal. As long as she keeps fighting, I will support her as much as I can. We’ve had her since the day she was born. I hope she hangs around a bit longer.

I am going to go a bit out on a limb next month with my published books. Smashwords is having their annual summer sale starting July 1, and I am making all my books available free. I’m hoping to get some people to read a few of the ones that haven’t gotten a lot of notice, and, fingers and everything else crossed, write a review or three. It’s an experiment, and, truth be told, I don’t make enough from any of them that it will be a big loss to make them free. So, hey, if you are looking for some urban fantasy, sci-fi, or fantasy, run on by Smashwords starting July 1, and pick up a novel, novella, or short story collection. And, if you do, and you like what you read, please consider leaving a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords, wherever.

Summer is getting into full swing. I plan on enjoying whatever good weather we get. The “w” word is approaching the horizon!

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