The Craziness that was Summer 2011!

Summer has always been non-stop action for me. Not sure why but every year since I can remember, it’s one big blur of action. This year was no exception. The weekend school let out, my 12 yr. old niece descended upon us and camped out on the upstairs den sofa. And every day after that I was forced…forced I tell you! To lay out by the pool while she swam. While I do have a wicked tan, you can imagine how much writing I accomplished. If you guess NONE…then you’re the smartest thing since…well, smart things were known.

As June gave way to July…the niece grew bored of the pool and spent her days lounging on the computer devouring YouTube videos. I thought I would finally get back to writing. Wrong. My grandmother’s house…sitting empty since her passing in December…was offered to my daughter for a small ‘rent’ fee. Fantastic! As her place was a dive. I was more than happy to see her out of there. Which led to the time-consuming, back-breaking, sweat-producing month it took us to gut the house…sink a small fortune on paints/spackle/etc. into and refurbish the entire thing. The house barely even resembles what I remember of Grandma’s house. But, it looks fantastic, if I do say so myself. Yesterday, we rented a moving truck and moved my daughter out of her ‘dive’ and into the newly painted, pretty little house that I still see Grandma in when I pull into the driveway.

I’m almost home free! More than I realized at the time. Today…when whining about there being another whole month of summer vacation to be had…my niece decides…I’m boring. Her words…not mine. LOL She packed her things and left, barely stopping to tell me ‘bye’ on her way out the door. I was a little stunned but that little voice in my head screamed…you have time to write now! I waited a full 5 minutes after she left to smile and promise the muse we’d get to work pronto!

The muse is happy. I’m happy. Now, let’s see how far ‘happy’ can takes us tomorrow when I sit down to WRITE! Of course, I still have to resist the lure of warm summer days, lounging on the deck with a frosty glass of sweet tea! Just because the niece is gone doesn’t mean the pool is! *wink*

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About Lily Graison

Lily Graison is a USA TODAY bestselling author of historical western romances. She also writes a variety of genres under the name L. R. Grasion. Most all of her stories lean heavily to the spicy side with strong female leads and heroes who tend to always get what they want. She writes full time and lives in Hickory, NC with her husband and a house full of Yorkies

2 Responses to The Craziness that was Summer 2011!

  1. Carla Krae says:

    LOL, I take it she doesn’t have to walk far?

    And wow, house work in summer! Amazing doing all that.

  2. Lily Graison says:

    LOL My sister came and picked her up. And the house work was grueling. No AC in Grandma’s house and we’ve have record highs here in the south with the heat index soaring to over 100 every day. Imagine how HOT it was in that little 2 bedroom house! Probably why it took so long to complete. You just couldn’t do much without stopping to cool off.

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