That picture up above? That's a *real* me selfie I snapped at 7:30 one morning mid-June after I'd already been picking cherries for an hour. No makeup, nice and sweaty (oooh, that sheen!), and loaded with (hard to see in the picture) scratches on my arms and oodles of bug bites from climbing up and around our last remaining cherry tree.
It's been 6 years (yes, 6!) since this cherry tree has had any fruit. We originally had 3 trees and had already lost 2; we thought this one was a goner, too. But... we didn't cut it down. We watched it almost die after it's last crop in 2016 (every single leaf withered and dropped by the end of June that year). We watched it flower then get hit by frost in mid-May over the last 3 years.
Then... BOOM! It came back with a bang this year and I picked about 25 lbs of cherries during the sweltering heat in my corner of Ohio in the second week of June.
Running, parenting, writing, LIFE...I've found that all of these are marathon-type events where focusing on the long game and final goals are the only way to keep going when the miles/toddlers/words/days seem near-impossible to overcome. So... this cherry tree has my respect and my heart. I'd given up on it, but it didn't quit.
And this year's harvest ? It was the best ever.
If you're dealing with a dead cherry tree in your life (metaphor totally intended), I hope you get the chance to see it grow and bloom and bear fruit again. More importantly, I hope you *have* the hope that it can because hope never disappoints.
(And yes, those are dancing unicorns and rainbows on the outside of my cherry bucket! My youngest daughter graciously donated one of her beach buckets for harvest time, lol!)
FREE! New Castlewood High Origin Story!
Yes, FREE! Totally and completely! I will be adding this to Amazon for sale at the bargain price of $0.99, but for right now, for you, lovely reader, it's FREE!
Click HERE to get your copy of Booted, the origin story for Mrs. Monnark, the ruinous science teacher from Team Peabrain. I wrote this origin story as a retake of the classic fairy tale, Puss in Boots. I hope you enjoy it!
I've had a crazy start to my summer (cherries notwithstanding) and it took me a little longer than I had planned to clean errors in the manuscript and reformat the text a bit for a better reader experience.
But, its DONE... and if you already have a copy of Team Peabrain on your Kindle/Kindle app, you can easily get the updated and cleaned up file by toggling a few things in your Amazon account under "Manage Content and Devices."
Here's how, from Amazon:
"Update Your Kindle Book Version
Receive the most updated version available for your Kindle books including corrections and improvements.
If available, select Update Available, then select Update.
Tip: To receive automatic book updates as they become available from the publisher or author, enable Automatic Book Update on the Preferences tab in Manage Your Content and Devices."
Since so many indie authors on Amazon (like myself) update the manuscript files for their books because they've added additional content or links to more books they've written, etc, enabling the Automatic Book Update is a great idea to get the latest version of all the books you've purchased or downloaded.
I added the link to the bonus epilogue to Team Peabrain at the back of the book update on Amazon. If you haven't already read it, click on the image below or click here to read for FREE.