Weddings in the Time of Coronavirus by @Donna_Fasano

Last year, I received a Save The Date card for a huge destination wedding of a family member that was to take place this month. But then COVID-19 hit our country hard and large gatherings were prohibited. The bride and groom have decided to postpone their wedding until 2021. This young couple are going to wait a whole year to tie the knot! I feel so bad for them, but what else could they do?

The question got me thinking about weddings during the pandemic. People have to go on with their lives, right? Or is everyone postponing their nuptials? THOSE questions had me going to Google to do some research.

It seems that lots of couples have put off their weddings. But others have decided to elope… just the two of them. Hey, when LOVE calls, ya gotta do what ya gotta do! Others are settling for what are called “mini-monies,” which are miniature ceremonies that include guests of only 10 family members and friends. The important thing to these people is the “getting hitched” part and they’re not too hung up on the size of the guest list. Even though they must settle for a minimalist approach now, they can always plan a bigger celebration later.

Do you know a couple who was planning a wedding? Did they cancel? Or did they decide to go for it?

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Where Did The Week Go?

My handsome son traveled from his home in New York State to help this old prune transfer data from her old computer to a new one – for those of you who’ve heard Mack the KnifeI, I had Mac the Dinosaur, and it had to go. My family and I had been careful about social distancing because of this:

Back to Mac the Dinosaur: The operating system was ancient, the new Word program not compatible, the browser not recognized by many sites I need to post on, regarding my writing, and the machine itself started doing these flashy things I knew for sure did not bode well. In an emotional frenzy I’d lose ten years of my life, I bought an external hard drive to begin storing a decade of docs, photos, etc. and, the new hard drive was NOT compatible with Mac the Dinosaur and became the last straw.

When I finally decided what to buy after searching sales, deals, etc., I opened my wallet and moths flew out, but that didn’t stop me. I’m the proud owner of a new Mac Aire, which I must admit is taking me a whole to get used to, as it’s a sensitive baby and if I don’t hold my hands just so while typing, I can erase good work.

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When Things Go Wrong…

I’m sure most of you will agree that as far as having things go wrong, COVID 19 takes the prize, but this week things got really crazy around here when the modem for my Internet service died. Considering we are still under stay home orders for the most part, that spelled disaster!

I had no idea how vital the ability to surf the net and send and receive messages had become in my life. Suddenly, I was cut off from my research, from my e-mail, from any and all social media. I couldn’t tweet or copy information to Facebook, and while I had my cellphone, and while I could do some things with it, I was severely limited. Anything in my computer was inaccessible, and while I could certainly use the computer and work, I couldn’t move anything from my computer to anyone or anywhere else.

Since I have Fibe, when the modem dies, so do the house phones, which means I lose contact with vital information. My mother is in a long term care facility and they send messages to my home phone. Thankfully, my sister still had service and could message me the required information.

But, today we should be back in business. The Internet is up and running thanks to a new modem, delivered within 24 hours, and a technician will be coming today to fix the phones–which still aren’t working. Ain’t technology grand?

Losing the Internet made me realize how much we depend on instant access to the world and got me thinking again how difficult it must’ve been for our ancestors, waiting months for a letter to reach someone and for them to reply. As a multi-genre author, I write historical romance where the answer to a letter can mean life or death. You have no idea how grateful I am to have my instant communication back.

Overton and Anneliese didn’t have the same good fortune. So how did they manage when things went wrong?

Can a cursed treasure unite two lonely outcasts?

Overton Stafford, shunned by his family because of a birthmark on his face, made a life for himself as Second Mate on The Golden Fleece. In a battle with pirates, Overton loses his left arm, ending his career. Knowing he will be a wealthy man makes the pain easier to bear, especially when he discovers he can repay a moral debt and help an old friend. When he meets Anna, Overton realizes he wants more from her than a financial partnership.

Anneliese Van Stubel lost her sight at nine as a result of Smallpox. Now eighteen, a ward of the crown because of the Danish Age of Majority law, she lives in limbo, uncertain what will happen to her. When Overton approaches her with the proposition to help her rebuild the plantation, she’s excited with the idea of returning to her home. But her joy fades when her caregiver makes it plain that he has a different future in mind for her, one that will profit him.

Set in a time when brutality against women and slaves was the norm, Overton seeks to change things as he falls in love with the girl who has lost so much.

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Now, something good has finally happened here. Two weeks ago, we had snow. Today, we have heat and sun. I’m going out to sit in the sun and enjoy my time at home in the yard. And you? What will you do? Stay safe!

Green Thumb Secrets by @JoanReeves #mgtab

Photo of young woman walking along a garden pathI’ve given in to the call of spring and decided to share some green thumb secrets with you.

I tried to resist spring’s siren call, but I couldn’t ignore neither the fragrant jasmine outside my kitchen window nor the soft evening breeze that brought with it the smell of roses.

So I had a meeting with my houseplants first—hey, haven’t you heard you should talk to your plants?—and we all agreed it was time to repot some of them.

How To Make Houseplants Happy

(1) Before you stick a plant into a new clay pot—which is mostly what I use—take time to condition the pot first. Immerse the clean clay pot in a bucket of water and leave it until the bubbling stops. (If you lean close to the bucket, you can hear hissing. That’s all the minute particles of trapped air in the clay filling with water.) The conditioned pot will have absorbed moisture so it won’t “rob” water from the potting soil. This makes newly-potted plants less likely to wilt.

Park Bench and Large Potplant

My front patio with large pot plant

(2) If you plan to use a larger pot that has been used before, make sure you wash the pot thoroughly. Just because it holds soil doesn’t mean any old dirty pot will suffice. Bacteria, mold, and/or plant disease cells may exist in a dirty pot. Give the plant you’re repotting a fighting chance by putting it in a clean pot.

(3) Know how much to water a plant. Always use a plant saucer below the pot. Then water until water is running from the drain hole in the bottom of the pot. Stop. Empty the water from the saucer and replace.

(4) Every other month, if possible, immerse your pot plants in a tub of water so all the roots get wet. When the bubbling stops, remove the pot and set it in a place to drain. I’ve got some huge pots on both patios so I can’t do this with them so I try to take the time to let a trickle of water from a garden hose cover the entire top surface.

(5) If you don’t have a lot of time to tend houseplants and your plants are pront to drying up, set the pot plant inside a second larger pot. Line the space between the pots with sphagnum moss. Soak the moss once a week, and the moisutre will seep through the inner clay pot to evenly moisten the plant.

Romance and Gardening

I’ve never had a heroine or a hero who gardens, but in The Trouble With Love, Susannah’s mother is a gardener extraordinaire. The description I give of her mother’s landscaping was the way my yard looked when I wrote the book. After all, write what you know, and I know marigolds and other summer flowers and shrubs.

Cover art for The Trouble With LoveHang on to your Stetson as the fun and games begin in a sexy romantic comedy hotter than a bowl of Texas chili! By-the-book Deputy Susannah Quinn has all she can do to resist rule-breaking FBI Special Agent D. E. Hogan.

To catch a thief, Susannah and Hogan pose as husband and wife and go undercover. Unfortunately, Susannah and Hogan have already been undercover—in a Houston hotel where they first met.

For her part, Susannah wishes her lapse in judgment would take a flying leap and land on Jupiter. Hogan, on the other hand, wants to get the contrary deputy into his bed, but the complications caused by family—his and hers—pretty much guarantee that’s never going to happen.

Throw in an over-the-hill Romeo and his lady love, a middle-aged mom determined to have her own love affair, and the charm of a small Texas town, and you get a story with heart, soul, and passion—lots of passion.

Can Susannah and Hogan, two mismatched lovers doing everything in their power to avoid falling in love, catch a thief and recover stolen jewels? The clock is ticking. They have only seven days—and nights—to complete their assignment and resist the sweet siren call of desire.

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