There are plenty of them to make in the spring, especially when it’s my first on our rural land. In the suburbs, where we lived before, there is much less diversity among the trees and plants, and few wildflowers in cultivated lawns. On our land here, I discover something new each week. We walk our dogs each morning. I note the leaf shapes and growth pattern on trees, or the color and shape of wildflowers, then look them up in some handy, online field guides when we get back from our walk. This week, I identified some small trees with big, boat-shaped leaves as Shellbark Hickory, and some little, lavender wildflowers that just started blooming as Lyre-leaf Sage.

Lyre-leaf sage is a pretty, native wildflower with medicinal uses.

My husband has also continued work on the house, and finished up the porch posts yesterday.

Now, DH can sit a drink on the little shelf rim while he’s grilling!

What I’ve Been Reading

I am really enjoying the novel I’m currently reading, but I didn’t finish it yet, so I’ll share it next week.

What I’ve Been Writing


My discovery there was that one of my characters revealed that he’s been previously married. So, as is typical of a romance hero, he’s not looking for another relationship. And as is also typical of a romance hero, he’ll of course find that life has other ideas. πŸ˜€

I met my writing goals this week, and spent at least 1/2 hour five days working back through my WIP and making fixes and changes. I added about 1300 words in the process. This has been working well, so I’ll stick with the same goal this week.

I also met my learning goal of finishing one more week in my online workshop. So this week, the goal is to finish Week 5. I also want to spend a little time reading and learning something about copyright.

What about you–have you discovered anything interesting recently? What kinds of trees and flowers do you notice near where you live? And how are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing-related or otherwise? Please share in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. I love learning about flora and fauna. I often ask tour guides, hotel workers, restaurant workers, etc. what certain flowers or trees are when I’m in an unfamiliar area. And, isn’t it interesting how many plants have medicinal uses? I find that amazing.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  2. Congrats on meeting your goals.

    My week had an unexpected downturn of events when I discovered that our new-bought-just-before-Thanksgiving-2019 mobility van had been visited by the squirrels who chewed through the wiring for breaks, power steering, and turn signals. πŸ™ Kind of interrupted what had been a good meet-the-goals week. Spent about 7 or 8 hours getting ahold of insurance, tow truck, mechanic, and so on. Fortunately, we’d taken out complete coverage insurance on the thing–so we’re only out the deductible.

    I’m keeping the same goals…hoping for a better week.

  3. Your WIP seems to be taking shape! Good job being so regular, too.

    I recently discovered I did not feel the urge to write all my projects ASAP as I used to. For the first time in my life, I look at the future, I see how fast things go yet I still find I have the time. And if I don’t, it’s ok too, as I mostly do things I love.

  4. So, do you have walking paths around your property or do you just trudge through the growth? I’d be afraid of stumbling across a snake or something!! πŸ™‚

    Good news on your writing progress! I haven’t started a new book yet. Working on learning about Amazon ads, and that’s pretty much taken up my brain process right now. I’m also taking a class from a former police officer (which is coming in handy when I get ready for revisions in my latest Ghostly book).

    So instead of writing, I’ve been reading and watching more DVDs (binge-watched the rest of Doctor Who (all caught up now!) and season 5 of The X Files). I need to get back to writing, though. It’s probably time.

  5. Yay for making a discovery about your character. I laughed because whenever a character says, “I won’t fall for them/anyone” I just have to go, “you are so going down, you just don’t know it yet.” πŸ™‚

  6. Rui, that sounds like a much better attitude to have – and thanks!

    Stacy, we have both! There is a trail down our ridgeline that’s wide enough to drive a truck on. DH keeps that mowed, along with some others. Elsewhere, it’s woods and undergrowth – and yes, a very good place to find snakes! So we usually stick to the trails, though he plans to cut more. Good job catching up on learning! We all need to do that from time to time.

    Fallon, LOL! So true! And yup, that was pretty much my thinking!

  7. How fun for you discovering all that Spring brings to a new environment! I take a short walk around my 5-acre parcel almost every day, year-round. And after living here nearly 30 years (30 years! how is that possible?), I still make new discoveries, such as the muskrat currently living in our swamp.

    Best wishes with continued discoveries, both on your land and with your writing.

  8. How lovely that you’re finding new and different wildflowers and trees on your morning dog walks. They must give you a lift for the rest of the day. I think mentioned before that my husband is a landscaper and major outdoors guy so when we go on our bird walks every day, he identifies flowers for me. I just love that.

    Good for getting your assignments and goals accomplished. We have to do what we can WHEN we can, because some weeks are a bust. Not much creative work gets done.