Friday, March 18, 2016

Blueberries and Swallowtails

This week has been like summer. Today we noticed the dogwoods are beginning to bloom and if the cold snap tomorrow night doesn't nip the buds, they'll be showing out by the middle of next week. 

As we set out on our morning walk, I noticed a yellow and black swallowtail butterfly on our blooming blueberries. Using my calming voice, I tried to get him/her to slow down for an instant, but that wasn't going to happen. Apparently he/she was as excited about the change in weather as we were. I snapped a picture but it was blurred, so I used the oil painting filter to art it up rather than trash it.

I got the final edits for my fourth book back today and I began designing the cover. I've asked a few people to review the manuscript so that I can include reviews on the cover.

Hopefully, it will go to press within the next few weeks and I'll have the printed books in hand by the end of April. It was one of my goals for the year.

On a side note, our St. Patty's Day celebration did not go as planned, but I'll let my lovely spouse give the details. You can read it here.


  1. I am having one of those days, comments are not taking. I switched from Chrome to IE and it seems to be working (I have no idea what all that means, in reality, but it worked).
    I love it when butterflies hang around. I always wonder if they know where they are going. Today I felt just like that. LOL
    Nite from the back woods of North Carolina (this area is not much different than when Dan'l was here. Glad you finally had the Corned beef! ;-)

  2. I love that phrase: Art it up. I may need to borrow that.

  3. Four books!
    Your are doing so well with your personal writing.

    Ms Soup

  4. Congrats on your book! I think that's wonderful and so is that amazing photo with the butterfly in the foreground...I really like it.

  5. WE may be getting snow Sunday, hope that won;t keep the butterflies away. Nice picture given it is a moving target.

  6. You are way ahead of us as far as Spring goes, but it will get here. How wonderful to see a butterfly !

  7. Congratulations on your 4th book Rick. We won't see any Monarch butterflies for a while here. It looks more like winter again with another winter storm approaching for Monday...
    Have a great weekend.

  8. It's nice to live in the South and have the beautiful Spring weather. What gorgeous colors on the butterfly. Enjoy your day, Diane

  9. I think it is awesome that you were able to get any picture of the butterfly... very nice Rick... xox Enjoy the rest of the weekend xox

  10. I woke up to a white world this morning. The snow has melted now but I don't expect to see any butterflies for a while.

  11. Congrats on your fourth book! Gorgeous picture!


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