harvest 4 July 2014

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Wheat is ripening all around and some of our neighbors have already begun to cut. Our oats have been swathed and have been curing in the hot sun. I can’t wait to put my MMZA on the rakes to turn the hay to ready it for baling. The horses will think they died and went to heaven this winter with this good oat hay! The barn loft will be full and sweet smelling with stacks of oat hay, and the rest will sit on pallets tarped to protect the fragrant bales from rain and snow.

In the midst of all of this activity, my new novel is finally finished and off to be processed. When I get it back, I’ll go through it again and send it off to my awesome editor. Then it’ll come back to me again and I’ll go through it and send it to my incredible publisher who will bring it to all of you! While this process goes on, I begin the sequel to Windows in the Loft, and dive back into Isa’s world.

I love driving truck for wheat harvest, so my days should be rather full, and that is the way I like it. Right now when I look to the fruit trees out my office window, I can see that it is almost time to put up the cherries for those warm, sweet and juicy pies. Once the early chokecherries ripen in another two weeks, it’ll be time to start refilling all of those jars with the pretty red-purple jelly and some syrup too. My sourdough starter makes the best sourdough pancakes and that chokecherry syrup is so delicious on them.

Summer days stretch from that pre-dawn run through writing, teaching, chores and farming so that the coming of the cool night is so welcome, giving you a chance to breathe in the day and rest in it.

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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