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A visit to my garden, plus alien adventures [Apr. 2nd, 2009|07:31 am]
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1) My rose bushes are covered with buds, but this Angel Face greeted the world before all the rest.

 

And here's a close-up of the blossoms on our Banana Shrub. Tiny as they are, they fill the whole backyard with the fragrance of—you guessed it: bananas. Or maybe Juicy Fruit gum.

 

2) Aliens have landed in my manuscript. No tinfoil hats here: I’m telling the truth! While the USA was sending austronauts into orbit, Dr. Frank Stranges was traveling the evangelical circuit, weaving together Scriptures and stories about UFOs and “Strangers at the Pentagon.” I needed a short break from my revisions, so I donned my Nancy Drew gumshoes and tracked down a Hollywood insider who knew him well. Among other things, we discussed the night Dr. Frank brought his ministry to my father's church in Dallas, Texas.

Another day, I’ll tell you about that fabulous adventure. Today, though, I’m firmly grounded in my plans to finish up in Baltimore. After much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth lots of revisions, I ending up tearing the chapter apart and starting over. Pit stop over, I’m revving my engines again. Another productive day or so of writing, and I'll be ready to move on to Ashland, Pennsylvania. Vroom vroom!

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[User Picture]From: tamarak
2009-04-02 03:04 pm (UTC)

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Vroom-vroom, M!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2009-04-02 04:22 pm (UTC)

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Oooh, the dancing chicken is motioning me toward the checkered flag. :)
[User Picture]From: lorrainemt
2009-04-02 04:16 pm (UTC)

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Love the flowers--I can almost smell them. :)

I can't wait to hear about the fabulous adventure!
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2009-04-02 04:24 pm (UTC)

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It was an amazing experience, Lorraine. I pinch myself sometimes, just thinking about all the wonderful people I've met while doing research for this book.
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[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2009-04-02 05:33 pm (UTC)

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I think you NEED one! :)
From: sruble
2009-04-02 05:36 pm (UTC)

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Lovely flowers. Good luck with the reinvention of Baltimore! Sometimes you have to rip things up to get them to run smoothly.

Aliens and God, who knew? That explains a lot of things though. (Kidding, sort-of.) ;)
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2009-04-02 06:00 pm (UTC)

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Thanks for your encouragement. I'm learning so much along the way.

Fascinating, isn't it? I've had close encounters with lots of intriguing characters in my lifetime, especially while researching/writing this book. :)
[User Picture]From: mostly_irish
2009-04-02 06:36 pm (UTC)

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Your garden is, in a word, GORGEOUS.

I love it when you post pictures from it. It lifts me out of New England's gray, not-quite-Spring doldrums. :)
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2009-04-02 06:44 pm (UTC)

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I'm so glad you enjoy them. I remember well the long, cold winters I spent elsewhere, when I craved the bright colors of spring.
[User Picture]From: lkmadigan
2009-04-02 07:10 pm (UTC)

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Gorgeous! I feel the urge to post some flower photos coming on ...

I'll have to wait another two months to see my roses.

I'm glad you broke through that road block. :-)
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2009-04-02 08:50 pm (UTC)

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Oooh, I'd love to see some flowers from your garden!
[User Picture]From: tracyworld
2009-04-02 09:21 pm (UTC)

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Go, Melodye, go! And when you're running low on fuel, step outside and take a few whiffs of that gorgeous rose.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2009-04-02 11:01 pm (UTC)

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Ah yes, that's an important writing tip!!! Thank you for the reminder. :)

PS I meant to tell you that my husband and I loved the snapshot of two birds you posted to your blog a couple of days ago. And yep, the commentary, too!

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[User Picture]From: papadan
2009-04-03 01:06 am (UTC)

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Lovely flowers. Last Thursday it was 70 and guess what happened Friday? Yep...Old Man Winter paid us a call. Winds, cols and high temp in the 30's. Wind chills even in the teens. My pansies dropped to nothing as well as anything blooming. Winds have been horrible these past few days. Yesterday the sky was brown from the sand blowing and this morning the winds were going 59 MPH with the temp in the 30's. Saturday the winds are going to be blowing 60 +. More brown sky. But Spring is right around the corner. Just have got to keep turning the corners until we find it.
Glad you are moooving on. LOL. Just more food for fodder is all I can say you are feeding us. Love it.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2009-04-03 12:25 pm (UTC)

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Poor pansies. THey were so beautiful! I hope they come back for you. That's one of the things I remember about Texas--the temperature extremes.

Do you remember the early space explorations? They riveted our country on something beyond our own selves. We need something like that again, I think, to pull us back together.
[User Picture]From: susanwrites
2009-04-03 02:57 am (UTC)

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The rose is beautiful!

I have Lupines and Chinese Houses blooming. The Monkey Flowers are just starting to open and the Redbuds are thinking about bursting into bloom.
[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2009-04-03 12:21 pm (UTC)

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Chinese Houses? I just looked them up. They're beautiful!! Are they all-season bloomers? Because I'd love to have more purplish-blue flowers in my yard.

Sounds like your garden is beginning to reward your efforts with flowers. That must be such a great feeling. :)
[User Picture]From: susanwrites
2009-04-03 04:16 pm (UTC)

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I don't know about all-season but they sure are long season. I got this little 4" pots back in October from Annie's Attic (www.anniesattic.com) and they've been blooming for several months, 3 or 4, and I think you can just keep reseeding/replanting in your area. Also Lupines are purple and long lasting blooms.
[User Picture]From: java_fiend
2009-04-03 03:51 am (UTC)

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Beautiful, beautiful flower!!!

I would LOVE to hear all about that fabulous adventure sometime!!!

But for now, I'll say... gun those engines, Melodye!!!!

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[User Picture]From: newport2newport
2009-04-03 12:16 pm (UTC)

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OMG, I love that car! It's so perfect. I can almost smell the burning rubber.

You make me smile. Every. Time.

I'll tell you sometime about that adventure. It's truly amazing, the people I've met along the way...
[User Picture]From: java_fiend
2009-04-05 03:51 am (UTC)

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Oh I bet you've met some real characters on your journey, Melodye!!! And I'll look forward to hearing all about it!