I love walking Nelson first thing in the morning this time of year. The air is crisp, cool enough for a light sweatshirt. The light comes a bit earlier each day, cresting over Camelback and flooding our little park. The birds begin to sing before day break, as though calling the warmth forward.

I am busy, friends. Work is going so well. I simply love my job and am really thankful to be back in public health. And that second novel is coming along! I am finishing the first draft, after three years. This week it will be emailed off to a handful of dear friends who have offered to pull out their red pens.

And then, of course, there is the moving. This weekend is more painting and carpeting and gardening. The little home that could is coming together slowly, but sweetly. This home will be called the Heirloom Hacienda, with a nod to southwestern roots.  I’m looking forward to having my sewing machine back from the repair shop, the kitchen ready for a dinner party and the garden producing food for our table. (Maybe a lifestyle book with recipes and the such is next.)

I hope your February is full of love!