Yikes! It’s been well over a year since my last post, but then, it was quite a year, wasn’t it? In January 2020–and at the Hearts to You luncheon that February–I had no idea my world would shut down in March.
I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. I feel so fortunate and relieved to report that everyone in my family got through relatively unscathed. We even had a wedding–rescheduled and completely reimagined. Our son and his wife exchanged vows in a park with only the officiant present–parents and grandmother attended via phone video apps. Then a few weeks later, after waiting for Hurricane Isaias to pass though, the happy couple had another ceremony in their backyard. This time parents and siblings were on site, and everyone else “Zoomed” in. And as we were driving over, our West Coast son called to say he was at the hospital–his wife was in labor with our newest grandson.
Now that we are all vaccinated–except for the grandchildren, who are too young–Mr. M and I are beginning to venture out, cautiously feeling our way, trying to get comfortable in the world again. We were able to get our East Coast sons and daughters-in-laws–and the grand twins!–together for Memorial Day, mostly outside despite the noise and bumbling flights of Brood X, the 17-year cicadas. In the not-too-distant future, we’ll head out to see the West Coasters—and finally meet the “new” baby. Odds are he’ll be walking by the time we arrive.
And, guess what? Cheers to the Duke, the last book in the Widow’s Brew series, is finally ready to step out into the world as well, making its debut on September 28! I’ll be posting the first three chapters on my website soon. (Newsletter subscribers have already gotten a sneak peek!) If you’re a reviewer and would like to request a copy for review, please click here for the direct link to the book’s NetGalley page.
Thanks! Stay safe–and keep reading.