So, this is the week my DH and his 4 brothers converge at our house from various corners of the Midwest and make their annual pilgrimage to our cabin in Northern Minnesota. Once there, they fish, commune with nature (and wine and beer), eat, and in general, do what brothers do when they get together which mostly consists of giving each other a hard time, reliving childhood memories (Mom always liked you best!) and laughing. A lot. I love that they are able to have this time together each year … but it doesn’t happen without a little ‘volunteering’ on my part.
Since two of the boys are bachelors, and both of them have dogs that means they have to board them somewhere, right? This is where I come in. “Sure, I’ll take Fuji (a yellow lab) and Babe (a Brittany Spaniel). Bring them down.” Which was followed by grateful thanks and a, “Do you suppose I could bring the horses, too?” from brother John.
Okay. It’s not that odd – considering we also have 5 horses of our own and, yes, they, too, have to eat when “Dad is gone.” And in the general scheme of things, what’s 2 more ½ ton mouths to feed anyway?
So, I am the zoo keeper this week – and did I mention we also have our own dog, Margaret, a Brittany Spaniel and Buddy and Sly, our two house cats. For anyone who’s counting, that’s 12 critters total – not counting the barn cats who are as wild as march hares and won’t hold still long enough for me to count. Whew. (that’s house guest, Babe, BTW, making herself at home on the loveseat in my office as I type this)
All I need is a monkey and a goat and … well, I really DON’T need any more furry creatures. These guys demand all of my time that I can spare (petting, petting, petting) and frankly, I need to be writing a book.
Speaking of books – you may all remember that RISK NO SECRETS, book 5 of my Black Ops Inc. series has been out on the shelves now since mid-May. SECRETS features Wyatt – Papa Bear – Savage, former CIA operative, current BOI team member and a hot, hunky alpha hero (who’s also a southern gentleman). The book is set in hot, dangerous El Salvador, features a kidnapping, a deviant Mara Salvatrucha gang leader and a romance that has been hanging fire for too many years. And just as a reminder, I’ve posted both a video book trailer and an excerpt on my website if you want to check them out – http://www.cindygerard.com/books.html . In the meantime, thanks to everyone who has already gone out and bought the book and placed it at the #9 spot on the New York Times best seller list and #8 on Publisher’s Weekly! Woo Woo!
Okay, back to the zoo. So tell me – are you ‘critter oriented’ at your house? If so, do you sometimes feel like they are letting you stay in their digs as opposed to you letting them stay in yours? Margaret – yes, that’s our dog’s name – has a lot of idiosyncrasies. For instance, if you sit, she must sit beside you and you must pet her or ‘the paw’ will drive you nuts. The cats, on the other hand, can take it or leave it when it comes to ‘lap status’. Unless I’m in the bathroom. THEN, if I’m on the throne, THEY MUST be on my lap. What’s up with that?
Any critter stories you’d care to share? Any thoughts on books? What you like? What you don’t like? What you think about authors who miss their deadlines and don’t get the books on the shelves when they’re supposed to – which might just happen to me if I don’t get back to work on THE BOOK that is due … yikes … really soon now.
(photo caption – Sly: Attitude. I gots it!)
Okay. I’d better get back to work. But first, oh, geez, it looks like I’d better pet someone … such sad eyes ….