Category Archives: Novels of Carding, Vermont

Updates and news about the Carding books.

A Three-Hour Tour

Have we mentioned that Vermont is having the most spectacular spring! So far, we’ve had just the right amount of rain and sun plus the temps have stayed (for the most part) cool so that the flowers last longer.

Carding’s mail delivery person, Ruth Goodwin, gets out to enjoy the countryside more than most due to her rural route job. And sometimes, she gets distracted.

Here’s a sample of tomorrow’s Carding Chronicle!


Comfort Books

My birthday’s coming up soon and my husband was asking me what I wanted. I didn’t have anything specific in mind so I joked: “You can take me to a bookstore and stand at the cash register to pay for everything I want.”

Oh, my sincerest wish.

He laughed and said “Why do people buy books when there are libraries?”

While I intellectually understood his question, I didn’t understand it emotionally at all, and I found myself saying: “Because they are my friends. I have books on my shelves that I know I’ll never read again (Nancy Drew mysteries come to mind) but they make me smile when I see them.”

And then there are books that I love so dearly, I re-read them as needed. Jane Austen’s Persuasion, both Winnie-the-Pooh books, Watership Down, Tolkien.

My lilacs are just starting to bloom and they reminded me of another book I need to re-read soon, The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle.

How about you? What are your comfort books?


A Wee Update

WQ-Peach centered narcissusHi folks,

As you may have noticed, I did not post a new Carding Chronicle last week, and I wanted to tell you why.

I had hip replacement surgery on February 27 (and yes, I’m coming along nicely, thank you). Before surgery, I wrote a number of Chronicles ahead so that we would not miss our weekly date together.

I thought I would be ready to resume writing last week but, as I’m sure you all can relate, life got in my way. (Plus I find that it just takes me longer to do just about everything.)

Well, thanks to the magic of physical therapy and the unbelievable support of my husband (yes, he should be sainted but please don’t tell him or he’ll get a swelled head), I finally feel closer to ready.

So I’m going to take this week to do my final catch-up chores and then the Chronicles will be back.

And by the way, part of my catching up has been work on the next Carding novel. So you see, I’ve been thinking about you all the time.

It’s raining today, water that we need to combat the drought conditions lingering from 2016. The daffodils and narcissus are up, their buds fat and ready to pop. There’s lovage, chives and peonies coming up too. The snowdrops are already going to seed and I know that the bloodroot in the woods are getting ready to unfurl.

I just love this time of year, don’t you?

A happy spring to you all.