One minute you are driving down the dark, back-country two-lane talking about the warm bacon salad you just ate, and the next minute your tires meet a wild hare who was sitting in the middle of the road to get away from the rising river.
But that’s just life.
The weather here has been unseasonably warm, wet and windy. Fortunately we were spared from any tornado activity and flooding. But just north, west, and south of us didn’t fare so well. The Ohio and Mississippi River’s are rising at unprecedented rates. My heart and prayers go out to those who lost their lives and homes over this holiday season.
And speaking of the holiday season. Think family, fun and food! While we never spend enough time with our lovelies, we enjoy every second we get to hang with them.
But now the Christmas tree is in the woods, the back patio is winterized, the decorations are stored (well, most of them) and the desserts are eaten.
And amidst all the frolicking and wine-sipping, December was a busy month.
At the agency.
Elvis and our dedicated Tennessee staff of four (yes, we have four employees now) are on it! We ended our first official year as Berry Consulting with platinum status, which means we’re traveling to Florida in 2016 for the annual GreatWide conference. Get ready Orlando friends!
At my desk.
- My website is live. Now all my blogs, photography, and book information are under one domain. With the exception of HummingBird Hills for now. I always thought I’d do this site as a blog-to-book for our first five years in Madville. So technically, this could be the last year for this site. But don’t be surprised if you see this monthly journal continue under my new website next October. Now. If you haven’t been over to maureencberry.com, go ahead and check it out. Let me know what you think. And while you’re there, you can sign up for two free ebooks, both are easy-to-prepare recipe collections: Amazing Sustainable Seafood and Soup & Chowder & Chili, Oh My!
- On other fronts, I completed another advanced memoir course. For the first time I feel that the first thirty thousand words are solid. Or as my instructor said, “You’re ready to do some more intensive editorial work focused on form and style – your sentence structure and language choice.” I’ll take it! But I need to complete the third draft before I hand it over to an editor.
- “The Dangerously Delicious Muffin Cookbook” is ready for editing and then formatting for ebook.
- And I am still looking for a new home for SALMON while I chip away at the second book, “Shrimp.”
Reagan is as feisty and curious as ever. But this past month he developed a bit of arthritis in his front right paw. He doesn’t chase after the turkeys and deer with the same frequency, but he sure does his best to bark them away.
Lastly, the hawks returned to hunt in our woods! I hope to share some fresh shots in the upcoming months.
Until next month,
Happy New Year,