Saturday, April 28, 2012

A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yard

In the Hudson Valley region of New York State the daffodils are in full bloom and spring has officially arrived according to the calendar. Just two weeks ago we had temperatures in the high 70s low 80s, but are back down to the high 30s low 40s for the last week. Even though, we've taken the time out to clean the deck and patio and furniture for both. I'm looking forward to moving my morning ritual outside in the coming weeks and enjoying our yard before the hustle and bustle of the day.

Once the girls go off to school, I will take my morning tea, newspaper, journal, and current work-in-progress (whether it be a chapter I'm working on for my middle grade novel or an article) and bask in the beauty of our blooming gardens and sunshine. I start this glorious ritual off with reading about local and world events, journaling about what muses me at the moment and of course ending it with my gratitudes of my blessings. It certaily sets a positive tone for my day!

I urge you to get out in nature and clear your mind and enjoy the enchanting world that surrounds us all.

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Best wishes,

Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval Recipient and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist


  1. Here in England it's raining. Possibly forever. I will hope for a break and go splash in a few puddles beofre the next deluge.

    new follower,
    Moody Writing

  2. Hi
    Yes, I've planted pansies on my deck, and love to go out there to write. Today, though is back to 35 degree weather. Yipes! Saying hi from A to Z. Catherine

  3. Hi Donna. I'm also looking forward to the warmer temps so that I can do some gardening. It will be nice to get out and look for some inspiration in the outdoor setting of my neighborhood.

  4. You are indeed blessed to be able to start your day in such a wonderful way when the weather is cooperative.

  5. Beautiful post, Donna. I, too, love to work outside. It clears my mind and puts me right in touch with the feelings I need for writing.

    All best wishes for a continuing successful writing spring and summer in the Hudson Valley!

  6. Lovely Y post. I love my yard too. The daffodils have come and gone here. Right now, some purple Japanese irises that weren't there last year are blooming. They are more than welcome to stay, though. :)

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