Monday, August 9, 2010

I'm Still Here

Hi everyone. I just thought I'd drop by and let everyone know that I have not dropped off the face of the earth.

Summer has been so busy and I have not been able to keep up with my blogging like I would like to.

I had a bad case of tendinitis in my right arm, which after four visits to the doctor and treatment with what he calls the hammer, I was cured of.

My berry patch, bless her heart, survived freezes in the spring, a hail storm and weird weather to give us lots and lots of berries. I have picked around 160 quarts so far this summer and they are still coming on! I picked 12 quarts yesterday and have to go out again today to pick the rest. The patch has more stamina than I do. I try to pick every other day, but lately I haven't been able to pick them all at one time, so when that happens, I pick every day. I'm out in the hot sun about four hours at a time. I trudge inside with purple fingers carrying trays of berries. But, I love my berry patch. One of my favorite memories as a child is of picking berries with my mother, my aunts and my grandma.

My last Aunt on my mom's side of the family just passed away. We tried to make it to Florida to see her one last time, but she passed away just as we crossed over the Florida state line. We went down there on Monday and got back home on Wednesday night. We had never driven to Florida before. . . believe me when I say it is a long ways from up here in West Virginia, especially when you drive it without a stop over. Aunt Irma was brought back to her beloved West Virginia to be buried. We will miss her very much! I was always asking her questions about family. She'd tell people, "Watch out what you tell Janet, she'll write it down."

I haven't been writing much, but have slowly started back. I am editing my picture book again, so I can send it to Candlewick before the Sept 15th deadline. I sent in Lucy of Tuppers Hollow in June and am anxiously waiting for a response. I am still writing my columns for Two-Lane Livin' Magazine. My column is called Fun Facts For Kids.

I hope to be back to blogging on a regular basis soon.

Hope all of you are having a nice summer and are having a great time writing. Anyone have any good writing news to report?


  1. You've been busy and that's good! Not a whole lot new here:)

  2. Enjoy your berries! I love berry season!

    I've been engrossed writing a MG story. I've worked on it for 10 days now and am at 25,000+ words so far.

    And of course, my back is killing me from it, which is why I'm up at 7am sitting against my Shiatsu massager. Ugh.

  3. So sorry to hear about your aunt, Janet. That was a long trip, and stil you didn't get to see her. At least she's home now.

  4. Sorry to hear about your Aunt and the fact that you didn't make it in time.
    I have driven from WV to FL, Daytona to be exact. And yes, it is a very long tip.
    Not much news around here, just trying to keep up and keep cool.
    It is so hot this year!!

  5. Janet,
    You sure have been busy this summer. It's good to hear from you again. I sure hope that you are well from that tendinitis. That sure is painful.

    You sure have picked a lot of berries this summer. I just love blackberry jelly and berry cobbler.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt Irma passing away. I know it's a long, long way from WVA to Fla.

    Good luck with your children's picture book. Glad to hear you are doing a column with the TWO LANE LIVIN' MAGAZINE.

    Good to have you blogging again. Have a great weekend.

  6. You've been busy, Janet! I'm glad that your arm is better. What a great berry patch you have! Our garden really burned to a crisp this summer. I still have tomatoes and a couple of squash plants. Most of my herbs just couldn't take the sun:(.

    I'm encouraged to see that you've got some writing 'out'. I sent off a short story today~my fingers are crossed!

    I'm off to read your column!

  7. So nice to see you back in your blackberry patch, Janet! I guess you are in the patch literally. If I lived near you, I'd come over and help you pick. Hope your tendinitis flew the coop! Sorry to hear about the passing of your aunt.

    Best wishes for a picture book sale to Candlewick! Fingers crossed. Wish I had some good news to share. One of these days it will be my turn again!


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