Earth Day is coming up this Friday, so my contemporary co-writer and dear sis, Jaz Kennedy, and I decided to drop in for a visit to Harmony Falls!
With all the farms, forests, mountains and rivers that surround our fictional small town in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands, we decided it would be fun to see what some of the outdoorsy heroes and free-spirited heroines in our upcoming small town romance series have got going on for the big event!
Read on for a peek into everyday life at Harmony Falls...
She tingled a little inside, hoping her efforts to get the whole town involved would prove to be successful.
Retirees, teenagers, single dads, preschoolers, farmhands, sorority sisters, doctors, painters and firemen packed into the Knickpoint Brewing Company for a hearty breakfast before setting out.
“Come on in, everybody! You’re gonna need lots of energy before you get working. We’ve got a beautiful brunch spread here for all our dedicated volunteers!”
The Knickpoint was an old speak-easy-turned-brewpub, owned by Jules’ good friend Jack Brand–and the giant ex-Marine was a bit of a hometown hero. After his last tour of duty, he’d bought the abandoned pub and refurbished it with his bare hands, right down to its original mahogany carved panels.
Now the town’s preferred watering hole would serve as Earth Day Festivity Headquarters, and it was already getting crowded. Folks lined up at the buffet table nestled by the jukebox, chatting excitedly as they loaded their plates with waffles, scrambled eggs and bacon, getting fueled up for a day of honest work.
Jack placed a gentle but calloused hand on Jules’ elbow. “Hey, red, make sure you let everyone know to report back here for free pints when they’re finished. We’re tapping a keg of Happy Planet Pilsner at fifteen-hundred hours.”
“Yes, sir!” Jules replied, pulling a pen from behind her ear. A strand of ginger hair flung down below her chin as she reviewed her list.
“Where are my garbage pickers?” Regina DuPont bellowed from the doorway.
“Reggie!” called Jules, waving. “You made it!”
One of Jules’ best girlfriends, Reggie was a petite yet regal blonde with ice-blue eyes. As an EMT medic, she was absolutely unflappable—with an occasionally wicked sense of humor.
At the moment, she had her hands full, balancing boxes of trash bags and rubber gloves, and a stack of yellow safety vests ready to distribute to the roadside cleanup crews. [CLICK READ MORE BELOW THE PICTURE TO CONTINUE!]
Hello, everyone! Well, I'm glad March is finally here, because February was a doozy. I was trucking along, working hard to finish up the final few chapters of the next Gryphon Chronicles book, when I came down with SUCH a bad cold that I was out of commission for a week.
I have not lost a full week of writing since the 90's. Thank goodness for Nyquil, Robitussin, Airborne, and Kleenexes, though, and especially thank goodness for my dear, darling husband, who took such good care of me the whole time. Now that's what I call a true Valentine! :) "In sickness and in health." Eric made me chicken soup, gave me chiropractic adjustments (he was a chiropractor for many years with a sideline in nutrition--getting adjusted boosts your immune system), and even bought walkie-talkies so I could call him whenever I needed anything.
We've been having a lot of fun with the walkie-talkies, actually, lol. It's way more fun than texting. I'm still trying to get the lingo down, though. All I know is "ten-four" and "over," lol. I decided I need a good radio/CB handle! I mentioned this on Facebook and one of my readers thought it should be Book Babe. *grin*
Anyway, once I started feeling better, I realized there were some tweaks I could make to my morning routine that would be a little healthier for me in general, like cutting down my coffee and going to bed earlier, etc. I thought I'd share my two big finds.
First, Eric started giving me this Amazing Grass Superfood Green Drink that I am singing the praises of. Trust me, he knows his health food stuff. This is vegan, organic, and GMO free. All I know is it makes me feel GREAT. I thought it would be disgusting to drink (it's just a powder, you mix it with a glass of water) but it doesn't taste bad at all, and the changes it's already made for me have been huge. I highly recommend it, especially to anyone who's got GIRD or digestive type issues, because it balances out your body's Ph levels so you're not acidic. Much to my surprise, it had a nice effect on my skin and even lessened the dark circles I tend to get under my eyes.
Anyway, the other really nice find that I came across while trying to get healthy again was this little 12-minute "Good Morning Stretch" by a personal trainer/coach on Youtube, Tara Davidson. It's a great little stretch routine that's quick and easy. It worked so well to ease the overall body aches and pains I had from being sick that I just decided to add it into my normal routine.
Well, by Sunday (Feb 28), I was still coughing a little, but itching to finally get out of the house. It was beautiful, warm, and sunny out, and Eric and I suddenly realized it was the last day of the annual Orchid and Bonsai Show at Phipp's Conservatory. This is one of my favorite events in my home city all year, so I was determined not to miss it.
Happily, we managed to get into town to see it and had a wonderful time. We took lots of pictures that I wanted to share with you guys ~ so, enjoy! (And PS: Stay healthy!)