Easter Update

Time for a Garden!

Moving along this week, slowly but surely! My husband put in our first garden bed, which is probably all we’ll do this year (keeping it small to start). We have four tomato plants, a cucumber, a zucchini, and a couple of peppers, with room for a couple more. We put in a hillside version of a raised bed, or I guess one could call it “semi-raised.” We have very little flat land here on our mountain, so this is a good way to work with the land, rather than against it. 

The picture from before we added the fence and the plant better shows how it’s built into the hillside.

This Easter is going to be… different. I guess that’s the best way to put it. Before we moved, we always had family over for Easter dinner. Now we are in Tennessee, and they are all in Ohio, and no one is getting together. We weren’t planning on doing so even before the Stay Home orders came down, but still it will be strange, the first holiday spent here in Tennessee with just my husband. We’re still doing the traditional dinner, though simplified a bit.

What I’ve Been Reading

I still haven’t finished a book! Maybe this one’s longer than the last few, or maybe I’m spending less time reading, though it doesn’t feel that way. I definitely make time for a little reading every day. Several of my commenters last week remarked that they were having trouble focusing on reading–maybe I am too?

What I’ve Been Writing


My goal this week was to spend 1/2 hour on my writing six days, collecting my notes, doing some outlining, and getting back to the WIP. I only hit it five days, but otherwise, did everything planned, so I’ll consider it “failing to success.” I also made my learning goal of doing one more week of the “How to Study” WMG Workshop online.

Since I am now going back to already-written parts of my WIP and making changes, it’s hard to quantify with something like word count (which may actually go down some days). So this week, I’ll stick to time-based, but commit to only five days, since I have a lot to do this week. I also want to do another week’s worth of videos and the assignment for my online workshop.

How about you–how is your Easter, if you celebrate? Or if not, how has your week been? Have you been finding it harder to focus on reading or writing, with all that’s going on? How are you doing on whatever goals you have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I love hearing 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. Love the look of the garden! I’ve tried growing veggies numerous times and they’ve all born little produce. I’ve resigned myself to not having them, but I enjoy looking at everyone else’s lovely gardens particularly when they blend into the mountain like this so well!

  2. Thanks, Shannon! Hoping these will do well – they always did in Ohio, but the soil is very different here. We added some decent topsoil, but we’ll have to see if it’s enough.

  3. I love that you have already started a garden! And you are right- Easter was a challenge for everyone this year. I had a friend over and celebrated with good food and some Pinot
    Grigio.I just have a few herbs potted- hoping to have a few more things in the ground soon. Take care and best wishes-

  4. I never had a desire to grow a garden (food or flower variety). Hope it’s something your husband enjoys taking care of. Because I hear they’re a lot of work. Well, it’s a lot of work to me! Haha!

    Easter wasn’t too bad, since Daughter is living with us for now. Made sure we all sat at the dining room table instead of eating in front of the TV. I miss seeing my son weekly (he used to come over every Wednesday, but we put a stop to that for now) and my friends in Columbus (who had gone out and gotten our favorite ham from Pittsburgh–she put it in the freezer, so we’ll enjoy it when we can get together, maybe celebrate going out again!), but I know this won’t last forever.

    It won’t…right?

    Glad you are doing well. And writing even if only a little, is more than doing nothing. I’m still wondering what my next book will be, but I’m taking some classes this week/month, so maybe it’s a good thing I haven’t started anything yet.

  5. I love fresh produce from a garden but I have absolutely no desire to actually garden. We have so dang many weeds here that if you don’t go out every single day you have a jungle in no time. Plus I don’t like to get all sweaty and digging in the dirt is not something I consider relaxing. But – I LOVE flowers and fresh produce. I’m in quite the quandry. I wish my husband was a better gardner. But, alas, he’s too lazy to do anything other than turn on the lawnmower.

    I can’t wait for more pictures of your garden when it’s producing. Looks like you’ll have lots of space when you decide to expand.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  6. Thanks, Rui!

    Sandy, that sounds like a nice little get-together. I want to get some herbs, too. Good luck with yours!

    Stacy, haha, you figured out my secret – DH does most of the gardening! I don’t mind watering, but I mostly like eating from it! This will NOT last forever! And heck yeah, take advantage of that between-books time to do some learning!

    Patricia, LOL you’re like me – I don’t care much for digging in the dirt, but I sure like the results! I’m lucky that my husband doesn’t mind doing most of the work (and he has cheats for some tasks). I will post more pictures as the garden progresses. Hopefully there won’t be too many weeds!