Boy, oh boy... Life is so crazy sometimes!
Things have really changed since we moved to the mountains in September! We have been working to get our farm built up and nearly every spare moment is spent doing a task that needs to be done. Between homeschool, fence building and all that comes with moving to a new place, we are all kept super busy. I did manage to finish writing my sequel in the #ChildrenOfLilithSeries and it's currently in the editing stage.
As most of you know, I have four kids so that keeps me pretty busy all on its own. My older two joined 4H and they're getting settled up here. We got my daughter a rabbit. Her name is Shadow and she's a Flemish Giant. She's going to be the oldest's show rabbit. She's also going to do woodworking. The oldest son is doing wildlife and woodworking too. On top of their Spanish immersion program, they're doing really well. Kid the Third is going through her really annoying four year old stage where everything is either a challenge, a question or a problem. I love her but damn if she doesn't go through a rollercoaster of emotions in a day. The littlest is not so little but he's running around and creating mischief everywhere he goes. He's earned his nickname 'Loki.'
We moved the horses to the mountains in October and taking care of them has kept me super active. They're doing great. Molly is starting to warm up to me again (I don't think she appreciated the move so much) but Durango is as playful and charming as ever. Although he did get hurt the other day, he's doing great. We run in the paddock and hopefully by the end of the summer we will have our complete fencing up.
My brother and sisters came to visit me for my birthday for the first time in my life which kept me busy in November. It was awesome. We went to the zoo and hung out. The kids especially loved having them here. Every moment was special to all of us. I miss them a lot.
Our first Christmas in the new house was lovely. We didn't get to decorate outside very much but we did put up all of our indoor decorations and did our annual traditions. Hubs and I even went to our HOA Christmas party where we picked up a new thing to yell at each other. "LEAVE ME ALONE, DEBORAH! IT'S A CHRISTMAS PARTY!"
One of my animals passed away in January. His name was Sheldon Cooper and he was a tabby cat I adopted in Hawaii. More precisely, he was a FOSTER FAIL. He got sick before Christmas but didn't die until a few days before my oldest turned thirteen. It was really rough on our family but we buried him at the edge of our property and sometimes, I feel like I can see him in the shadows. Everyone else, including Mr. Magoo my last cat, miss him, but thankfully the freshness of the loss has passed.
Last month my Jeep was crushed by a plow, but luckily, it will be fixed by Monday or Tuesday AND I will get to upgrade somethings I've wanted to do for a while. Perks of owning it outright. I was so relieved to find out she wasn't totaled because a snowplow weighs 13 tonnes and it pushed TWO vehicles into my Jeep, forcing my Jeep up onto a guardrail. It was an awful night but I kept my hopes up and now I am happy with how things are turning out. The mechanic it went to is great. I really respect the heck out of him. (Ian at Divide Collision, YOU ROCK!)
As I said earlier, I finished writing DESCEND, Book Two of my Children Of Lilith Series. It is with my editor and friend. Thankfully, I got my computer back from Apple Repair. I am so relieved because I accidentally broke the screen and it had to be sent out for repairs and then an unnamed delivery service falsely said I wasn't home when I was. Nevertheless, it arrived today and now I can work on the first half edits that I've already received from my editor. Check out my main page for the new cover, created by LeÁnne Pelletier.
Beyond that, husband keeps doing his drill weekends in LA and goes away for work now and again. As a result, I've made a deal with him that I can go to IRELAND this year. I can't wait. I will be posting more about that when I plan it...
Anywho, that's all for now.
Lots of love!
Welp, that's about it. I think. I am sure I'm wrong...