I used to joke that when I found the time between raising kids, teaching school, and writing books, I would do some spring cleaning. Strangely enough, that time has now been forced upon me. Staying at home to protect myself and others from COVID 19 means I have to follow through on that promise, so here goes.
Spring cleaning makes me think of my numerous relatives who kept so many things over the years, some of which I inherited. They wouldn’t mean a thing to just about anyone else. An example is the sewing machine my mother bought the year I was born, and on which she sewed all of our clothes. It’s been sitting, unused, for almost twenty years, but it brings happy memories every time I look at it, so, for me, it’s worth keeping.
My dad’s sister was a master gardener, and while I didn’t inherit her green thumb, I did get a red canna from her yard that she’d had for decades. Whenever it blooms, I think of her.
Having these cherished items, along with the memories that go with them, makes me go back in time a little bit to when I had the actual people in my life who owned these items.
Time slips away, and so do memories, but if we’re lucky -- and smart -- we can use time wisely and create more memories.
In Rancher to the Rescue, Zannah Worth is trying to keep things from changing on her family’s ranch and cowboy college, while Brady Gallagher, her unplanned partner, is all about change. Her father, Gus, is seeing time tick away for himself and is eager to pursue a new dream. I had fun writing about how they work out all their differences, and I hope readers find this book fun to read.