May 12, 2012
Late last night I got in e-mail the proof of my children's poetry book, “The Edible Zoo,” which is profusely illustrated by Valerie Bodell. Valerie and I have both looked at it. There are a few minor problems, but it should be published (by Sams Dot) later this month.
I have more or less cleaned off my desk and am keeping up with e-mail. I have several manuscripts that have been given to me for review and I hope to have time for at least one of those this weekend. There won't be much time for my own writing, but I've been putting off looking at my friends' manuscripts longer than I want to already. And I did write a poem this week, beyond the short daily poems I try to always write, so that's something.
We have gotten quite a bit of rain in the last week or so, probably more than 3 inches in total, and it threatens to rain today. I hope it doesn't, because [long-time friend=contractor] is here working on our greenhouse. He's actually not working on the greenhouse. He hurt his leg and is on crutches. He brought a young man named K. with him, somebody I don't know, but [ltf=c] is going to supervise and Kevin is going to saw and nail and things like that. B. also came over to mow and do whatever yard work he has time for. We need the work done.
[Spouse] is very close to the end of the semester and excited about that. A lot more excited about planting things in the garden. She bought a few more little plants today, and is trying to put them in the ground, plus the two or three remaining from the last couple of plant-shopping expeditions. Then there is the weeding and all that other garden stuff.
The local art teachers are putting on a show and she is planning to contribute five pieces. Three of these are not yet finished, so that's going to keep her busy too!
Last but not least, [daughter#2] and [puppy] are visiting for a week. Of course d2 is also visiting her boyfriend, but puppy is just visiting us. And all the other dogs who go to the dog park!