Friday, May 15, 2015

Flowering Crab Tree

     We had a week of glorious weather and now it's dark and gloomy again with lots of rain.  I understand that spring means rain, but I'm so anxious for good gardening weather to arrive.  And more rain means that the weeds are growing too, and by the looks of it, at an alarming rate.

     There was one good thing to come out of it all.  This flowering crab tree was planted only two years ago as a small twig.  It's still not very big but look what it managed to produce this year.  I'm thrilled.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

The First Day of Spring

Hallelujah! It's the first day of spring.

 I thought it might never happen this year but the Earth turned on its axis, and traveled its normal course, so all is well.  I am so looking forward to getting out in the garden.  Most of the snow in my front yard has disappeared and I can smell the wet earth.  Bad for allergies but great for the soul.

One of these days soon I will be outside trying to get my back and legs into shape as I bend and stretch picking up wet leaves and pulling missed weeds and last year's stems.  If  I see you outside taking a walk, stop in for a visit or come back here for a virtual visit.  Looking forward to touching base with all of you again.  .
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Another Book from Jane O'Brien

   Yes, I know.  I haven't written much again -- well, here at least.  It's winter, I'm not inspired, it's cold, I had food poisoning, and I'm just plain lazy.  All of those are my excuses.  All of those are true, but the main reason is that I have been diverting my attention elsewhere.
My second book, The Dunes & Don'ts Antiques Emporium, which is Book Two in The White Pine Trilogy was released in December.  I had my first book signing at a local library this month and a newspaper article was written about me -- all very overwhelming.

   I know, if you follow me, you love gardening, and, I'm sure, you also love nature.  Most of you are female, which means you love romance.  Therefore, I'm positive you're going to love my books.  Please give them a try.  They are available in both Kindle and paperback at,  And don't forget, if you don't have a Kindle but you have another type of Android device, you can get a Kindle app for free.

If you like the books, I'd appreciate a review on Amazon.  Thank you for following me all these years. I'll be back with more gardening articles as soon as this  blasted winter passes!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

I'm an Author!

I did it.  I have finally accomplished a lifelong dream -- to become an author.  Yesterday afternoon my first book went live on for Kindle.  Soon it will be out in paperback.  I can't express the feeling.  I was on a natural high all day.

You're probably saying, well, get to it!  What did you write?  A gardening book? a quilting book? A genealogy book?  Yes, those are all of my loves, but I wrote a fiction book based in Western Michigan, my home state, and it touches on all of those things.  If you love romance, with a little history thrown in, this book is for you.  It's the first in a trilogy;  Number two is finished but still in editing and proofreading, and I'm working on number three now.  Here's a synopsis of
The Tangled Roots of Bent Pine Lodge:

Kate Lemanski's world has been shattered with one family problem after another. When she inherits her family's log home in West Michigan, she returns to the river property to make a new start and to put the pieces of her life back together. 

As soon as she meets the handsome stranger who lives through the wooded path, Kate immediately feels a connection, but is unsure of what it is. Living alone in the woods along a river presents some challenges, but it isn't long before she begins to feel like herself again. When she starts to dig into her family tree, a long-time hobby, she discovers some new and unsettling facts. But what does it all mean for her and her new-found relationship with the man next door?

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