I don’t believe in writer’s block. I simply refuse to have it. For me, writing is so much fun, especially when it comes to women’s fiction. However, I’ve been dragging my feet composing this blog post, which technically should be about springtime and all its glorious amenities. Because I know that many of you are not enjoying the fruits of the first days of spring. Floods, tornadoes, leftover snow. You name it.

In our mild Pacific Northwest, I’m looking forward to driving up to the Skagit Valley to see the tulips bloom, although they’re late this year because of cooler weather. What a glorious sight when they finally arrive.

I’m awaiting the marvelous Skagit Valley tulips to bloom.

I’m awaiting the magnificent Skagit Valley tulips to bloom.

Other things that I’m waiting for? Easter dinner with the whole family at our house. An Easter egg hunt for our grandkids, 8 and 10 years old. I asked if they wanted money or candy in the plastic eggs. In unison they both said “Money!” My husband and I collect pocket change all year so we’re ready. I wish someone would invite me over for Seder dinner!

I’m also awaiting the release of my Christmas novella on September 5th. You can pre-order it on Amazon. I look forward to having it in hand!

Other things I look forward to are the Opening Day of boating season. Not that we own a yacht. Our little boat is up on the island.

My husband with our boat. Perfect for pulling up crab-pots!

My husband with our boat. Perfect for pulling up crab-pots!

And I look forward to the Kentucky Derby. I make sure to program TIVO to record the splendid race.

Did you know that many of the Amish buggy horses in Lancaster County are retired thoroughbreds or standardbreds?

Did you know that many of the Amish buggy horses in Lancaster County are retired racing thoroughbreds or standardbreds?

Last weekend our yard-guy told me it’s too early to plant my pots. Sigh. I’ve made that mistake before! Even the local nursery has few blooming flowers for sale.

I can hardly wait for plant sales to appear!

I can hardly wait for plant sales to appear!

I loved writing about Eva working in that marvelous plant nursery in Starting from Scratch and about Aunt Silvia’s veggie garden in A Letter from Lancaster.

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Enter to win this gorgeous 48” Amish-made table-runner from Lancaster County

Please enter to win this gorgeous 48” Amish-made table-runner from Lancaster County, plus one of my Amish books. Either Starting from Scratch, A Letter from Lancaster County, or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County TrilogyLeaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, or Forever Amish. My Christmas novella hasn’t released yet, so it’s not included. US and Canada only. Winner has 3 days to respond.