Sometimes, especially in the last several months, I've gotten so busy that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to breathe. Kid rehearsals, practices, concerts, track meets, orthodontist appointments; a surfeit of dandelions and dust and mounds of dirty laundry are truly enough to keep any mom fairly busy. Fitting it in around writing and promotion means there are times when I simply move from one task to another without taking a deep, fortifying breath.
Well, a person can only do that for so long. I was due a break.
It is a sad but true fact that other than a single night on our 15th anniversary, the husband and I have not had a trip away from the kids (and our oldest is a teenager!). We snuck off for a romantic weekend this month – exciting! My niece and her husband came and stayed with the kids while we hopped on a plane (a plane!) and jetted off to Niagara Falls – honeymoon capital of Canada and a place neither of us had been before.
Niagara Falls is beautiful. And because we had no dog to let out, kids to feed, laundry to do…we got up on the Saturday morning, enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, and walked down to the falls. It was a gorgeous morning – sunny and warm, and about 2 weeks ahead of our growing season so all the leaves and flowers were out. We walked from the top of the falls down to the bottom (across from the US falls) to take a ride on the Maid of the Mist – and got utterly soaked! It was soooo fun! Afterwards we went back to the hotel and headed to Niagara on the Lake for lunch and a trip to a few wineries. We wound up the day by taking a ride on the SkyWheel, looking down at the falls from above.
And both nights we were able to kick back in our room and enjoy some local wine. No interruptions, no nothing. Just the two of us, catching up and enjoying some time together.
I came back SO recharged. I launched into the last pass of my single title, wrote the synopses for the trilogy and sent it all to my agent. What is so great about that was that I was able to breathe EVEN MORE because this project has occupied so much of my energy. In a good way, but finally hitting send felt like a weight being lifted.
It’s also been a release month for me, so there’s been a fair amount of promo and guest blog writing etc. to do, especially as I have back to back releases. Because of an upcoming signing and a press release my awesome friend Deborah Hale did up, I’ve had an interview for a local paper (with Deb – I’m so glad she’s doing the signing with me!) and a spot on a local radio program.
But it’s the end of May. After next week, all extra curricular activities are done for the year. My eldest is already done. The weather is gorgeous, the flowers are out, the pool is currently at 23 degrees and I can see summer just around the bend.
I can breathe.
Never, ever, underestimate the best medicine of all – taking a well-deserved break. It gave me a new energy and a taste of what’s coming in just a few short weeks – some time off to just hang with the family.
Until then, though, I have a story to finish – due end of June.
Donna’s latest release is THE LAST REAL COWBOY, the first book in her Cadence Creek Cowboys duet. Contemporary Romance Reviews calls it “an engrossing and an enthralling story”. The second book in the duet, THE REBEL RANCHER, is out in June.