This time last year, we had just moved house. What a difference a year makes. We’ve painted, repaired and put up new fencing for starters. And Animal Farm has a new addition: a tiny ball of kitten naughtiness and heart melting cuteness, nine week old, Olive…
(Photo a bit blurred…she’s too quick, little rascal…)
(c) Sherri Matthews 2018
I found a place I thought would be good for growing pumpkins, my first attempt for twenty years since living in California. I got the seeds, germinated them indoors, then planted them out after the last frost and hoped for the best:
They grew and grew and by early October, had Eddie in a Halloween mood…
The seeds worked! We got our Pumpkin Patch…
Like those of you who garden, I’ve had a mix of triumphs and failures. In California, I also grew zucchini (courgettes) with great success. Until one year when gophers got to the roots and did for the lot of them.
Like writing. It thrives and then it doesn’t. It calls, sweetly, then whacks you like a fist to the eye. It holds you captive until you get that damn sentence written and you get it written right. It turns you into a raving loon if you’re interrupted, but even when hours stretch out unhindered – ahh, the bliss – it doesn’t let up.
It’s passion gone mad; a lure to the edge; a messing of your mind. You bleat on and on to all who would listen until their eyes glaze over and you know they’re thinking, for crying out loud, get the thing finished already and give us all some peace.
Exhilarating and punishing in equal measure and it has to be to get the job done. Harvest time for the pumpkins, then for my memoir.
Meanwhile, back at the Rodeo, I’m proud and honoured to wear my beautiful Rodeo Leader badge for my contest, ‘Travel With A Twist’. Thank you, Charli Mills! And this week it’s time to saddle up for some bull riding at the Rodeo for the last, but certainly not the least, of the contests with D Avery, all details in the link below:
D Avery’s Rodeo #5: Sound and Fury
Entries must be received by November 7, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Contest winner, second and third place entries announced here December 14, 2018.
Carrot Ranch is also running an exciting new bonus contest, open to all for a fantastic opportunity to win a cash prize and a radio spot advertising The Continental Fire Company, a proud sponsor of Carrot Ranch:
ATTENTION WRITERS: Bonus Rodeo: Old Time Radio remains open to enter through November 7 11:59 p.m. EST. There are THREE cash prizes and an opportunity to hear your story on the radio! Questions or concerns, contact the Lead Buckaroo.
Thank you again for supporting Rodeo, 2018, the response has been wonderful. The next part is the hard part for the judges. Read here for a round-up of all the contests with dates of upcoming winner announcements. As a reminder, mine will post at the Ranch and here at the Summerhouse on Friday, November 30, and once again, good luck to all!
I’ll be back for a major catch up when I’ve crossed the finish line…until then…
(c) Sherri Matthews 2018