Spring in Ohio

I thought about Galon this weekend and all his friends who have returned to Ohio for warm weather and summer.  Well, maybe not for the warm weather.  Here in Ohio we scrambled to cover all our vegetables and flowers this weekend for fear of being bitten by the frost.   Some counties had freeze warnings and upper Ohio had snow.  I am sure the ducks were looking for any place they could find to keep warm.  The Mallard ducks were are walking around with their heads held high as their little ones follow behind this weekend. 🙂  Hopefully, it will warm up soon and the water will be warmer as well.

During the cold snap this weekend I did think about the animals outside and the ones that didn’t have a weather report telling them to run and hide and hunker down in a warm place.  Do they have a sixth sense the weather is going to get cold or do they have signs around them which warn them it is going to get cold out?  Of course they know it is time to fly south when the leaves start to turn or the nuts start to drop off the trees and they gather them up for the winter, but what about on May 14th.   The little ducks we saw this weekend were right on the river’s edge and there was not a lot of wooded area to keep warm.

Many years ago my father taught us to throw the brush on piles around the woods so the smaller animals had a place to make their homes during the winter.  Even though my dad passed away in 2003 I have a place at the back of my property which we put our old Christmas trees, brush and weeds for the smaller animals.  I guess it is our way of helping out the animals and being there for them.  It such a joy to see the mother deer come out of hiding with their little ones.  Last year we had a doe and twins walking behind our house.  One year the dog had three little raccoons chased up our light pole by the dog.  The little guy on the bottom kept pushing the rest up higher so he was not getting nipped at by the dog.  It was cute and I pulled the dog in the house so they could get down safely.  I looked out the window and saw all three of them scampering back across the big field to the woods.  Never saw them again.  I am sure they remembered the dog chasing them. lol

Here’s to warmer weather and all the ducks being warm for the rest of the spring and summer.  It is time for the weather to warm up and the little ones to feel good laying out in the sun.

Have a great day!!

Pam Egbert 20160508_113605

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Silver Heart book

My latest book, The Silver Heart, has been sent to my editor, Ann Westlake, for the final edit.  I am excited about this book and the story of a very strong woman who took on the world and loved with all her heart. I am very proud of this book and the reviews it has gotten from numerous age groups.

The Silver Heart is about a young woman who is from Ohio and has a deep love for horses.  She has ridden horses all her life, starting with her dapple, gray, pony who was named Mack.  Sue works for several quarter horse associations in her life and through her work she falls in love.  The book travels through her life and I was met with reviews of “I hate you because you made me cry”, to “I love the way the book ended, it was the best.”  LOL so my readers have either hated me, loved me or cried through the book.

When I sent the book to the editor she questioned a few of the things because the book was written back in the 90’s.  In the 90’s we didn’t have the fancy cellphones we have today nor did we have computers like we do today.  They had to leave messages on their answering machines, through they land lines at their houses or apartments.  No instant connections were available for them.  Also, the timeline shows up with the American Quarter Horse Association when she mentions the AQHA was looking into artificial insemination from stallions all over the country.  We have been doing that for many years now and looking back it was a big deal in the 90’s to be able to bred your mare to any stallion you wanted.  They also use VCRs at the shows to do presentations.  That is an age old thing to use. lol.

I love this book and my heart is in this book.  When I was writing the book I was also a 4-H advisor so several of my 4-H members are used in the book as different characters in the book.  In editing I also used several of my friends from today as characters in the book.  It is sad that during editing I teared up in one section and I knew the story of the book and the ending.  The book was written with love and I am giving it to my readers with love.

Have a wonderful day and remember to pay it forward and do something nice for someone you meet during the day.  🙂

Samantha Sheridan