Pussy willows were happy to absorb the twelve inches of rain delivered to the Seattle area in January. Interspersed with freezes, the month created havoc for rivers, landslide areas, and horse hooves. My nearly 30 year old gelding, Lance, is fighting white line disease. He’s unshod, and the soggy ground coupled with riding on pavement, created a scenario for his outer hoof wall to barely separate from the soft sole, allowing a fungus to creep up. Caught it in time though.
Froggys, on the other webbed foot, appear happy. They’re croaking during the sunny days of February while I begin my annual battle against shot weed.
This time of year, my favorite outdoors area to tidy lies within a twenty foot diameter proximity to my daphne odora, or winter daphne. The fragrance wafts out of pale-pink, tubular flowers. I’d heartily recommend one in every garden. With The Targeted Pawn set to release on March 18th, I can sit back and smell the daphne! If you are looking for an Irish themed read for March, I enjoyed The Tour by Jean Grainger.
Lance’s friends enjoy a nap while we walked on soft ground for him to graze. I missed an opportunity to snap a shot of the boisterous group of home-schooled children who loved petting him on the nearby public trail along a creek.
Happy trails on spring walks, Sally, Lance, and Tallulah.
Elon Hardy’s romance skills are rusty after a loveless marriage ends, but upon meeting hunky rancher, Rane Calderon, sparks blaze hotter than her welding torch. To support her collegiate sons, she’s determined to acquiesce to the bullheaded, female-phobic boss until her divorce finalizes from her deceitful husband.
A woman Rane trusted ruined his life, and at forty, he won’t be fooled again. Blisteringly mad he’s hired a female bearing a man’s name, he fights attraction for the curvy, determined brunette while thwarting efforts to build a private prison atop his Blackfeet ancestors’ burial ground.
Can Elon and Rane realize love doesn’t have a “best used before date”? If you enjoy smoldering romance, mercenary villains, and rescued animals, you’ll love escaping again to Emma Springs, Montana.