The Garden Around Me By Susan Hanniford Crowley

I am one of those people who are still self-quarantined. Medical conditions put me on the Covid-19 hit list, so I do the best I can with daily tasks, and I write. My oldest daughter has filled my world with flowers.  Above are Lilacs.

This week the Lilac bush that was planted last year bloomed. I was very surprised and delighted.

Chives have flowers. I didn’t know that.

The Azaleas were all planted by my husband years ago.

The Rhododendrons are slow to bloom, especially the huge one in the yard. The ones near the house are started. This is the closest bloom I could find. It is taking its time to full bloom. Perhaps it’s waiting for everyone else to catch up. Did you know that it is Nepal’s national flower?

Thank you to my family for giving me a garden to inspire me when I write. May our garden inspire you too.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

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Memorial Day: A Day of Remembrance

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Memorial Day is a day of remembrance in the United States of America. On this day, we remember the men and women who have fought and died in wars defending America’s freedom.

We would not have the liberty we have today, if it were not for those brave people.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Founder of Nights of Passion Blog

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Love Remembers Paranormal-Scope

From Susan’s Garden

Years ago, my husband bought this sundial for me. It says, “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.”  Change is coming, and we are all adjusting to get ready.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Elves spent time reading their ancient books, so they can pass the knowledge on to the small ones. Enjoy some good books.

Taurus:
Pixies are drinking tea. They have a tea ceremony but staying 6 feet away from each other. Remember to social distance.

Gemini:
Faeries are dancing deep in the woods, where no one can see. Solitude can be relaxing. Don’t stress. Relaxing is a gift you give yourself.

Cancer:
Mermaids are diving deep they swim to a ship and lay a wreath of seaweed and shells. Remember and honor those that fought and died on your behalf.

Leo:
Vampires are keeping to the shadows. Wearing a mask, no one will notice they are vampires. Another benefit of wearing a mask.

Virgo:
Werewolves enjoy sitting with the family and watching war movies all day. Tears flow but that is okay to honor our war dead and remember freedom comes at a cost.

Libra:
Shapeshifters take up walking miles. The air is warm and sweet and you can indulge in the art of deep thinking.

Scorpio:
Shapeshifters know they have to adapt to the changing world. Make a list of all your favorite things and how you can modify them to work now.

Sagittarius:
The Phoenix soars singing. Listen to some music today.

Capricorn:
Aslan walks the land. A new strength is growing. Open your eyes to what is happening around you. Keep a journal about your life and thoughts.

Aquarius:
Dragons fly high. They remember all the wars, as they live a long time. One engraves a stone with fire for a fallen comrade. A moment of silence can be observed today.

Pisces:
An angel lands near your home. You can feel it in the fresh air and the light. You’ve been given a gift. Use it.

Thank you for visiting us on the paranormal-scope and stay safe.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

New Release: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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The Wonderful Things We Are Learning By Susan Hanniford Crowley

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Who is Behind the Mask?
By Susan Hanniford Crowley

While we try to protect ourselves and others with a mask,
and when appropriate also with gloves,
we all have been learning wonderful things.

Some embraced the masks, so much so that they made them for others.
They kept themselves safe and also thought beyond
to each person wearing a mask, to the heart beneath.

Some closed their eyes to talk to God, to reach as deep as Soul,
like leaping into a wonderful deep pool of golden light.
They did this for themselves and their family, not realizing
one gift from God benefits many.

Some worked tirelessly to care for the sick,
while others cleaned attempting to vanquish the hidden enemy of life.
The doctors, nurses, and all their staff won’t give up,
and neither should we.

Workers at all the necessary industries across the world
labored for themselves, their families,
and others they may never meet.
Aiding others to stay alive can’t be measured.

Whether we are working a job,
or are at home, we are more than we’ve ever been.
Taking online classes, taking care of family members,
playing with pets and children, teaching, reading,
gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing,
creating art, singing songs, writing books,
reflecting on life, nature, and God …

At this moment, we are more!
When the time comes to give up the mask,
what will we be then?
The force that challenged and changed us creates a new world,
but how we live in it will be our invention.

Who is behind the mask?
Who will emerge when the masks are taken off?
Will we be ready for the challenges of a New World?

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

New: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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For The Love Of…Spring

by Artemis Crow

I live in southern New Hampshire so my spring really only started a few weeks ago. We even had a light snow in May, twice in one day. That’s not the norm, but in my town we don’t start our garden until around May 15th. I am an author and I’m very fortunate to be able to do it full time. I already worked from home before the pandemic, so that didn’t change, other than I pool all my errands into one run every 2-3 weeks rather than the impulsive dash out the door I used to do.

A secondary benefit to being home all the time is I get to watch the change that happens between early spring where we’re still getting snow and freezing temperatures, and later spring when Mother Nature is waking up and sharing her glory.

So today’s post is less about me blathering on about a topic and more about sharing the beauty I get to see out the picture window and in my backyard.

When we moved to our town we had four big dogs: one German Shepherd boy, and three Doberman girlies. They needed room to run, so in my months long effort to find a home for us, I stumbled across a ranch home (yay!), in town (amenities and infrastructure, double yay!), and on a little over two acres (holy beautiful upkeep, Batman!). We were fortunate to get it and we fenced in an acre for the dogs, while leaving the back acre open for the deer and turkeys and all the other wildlife flying and running around back there. And it’s beautiful.

The photos above are not found in my yard but they’re so beautiful I had to share them. Below are images I found that are representative of what we’re getting to enjoy now. I hope by sharing this, you also find joy in this time of fear and sorrow and stress.

The yard has a mix of grassy areas and stand of trees. The back acre actually has two stands of trees between two grassy areas. One plant I’ve really enjoyed seeing flourish are the ferns. Since moving here they’ve gone from struggling to thriving in patches here and there among the trees.

The hickory trees, mostly shagbark hickory, are just now opening up. We have worked hard to give them room to grow, as well as the oaks, to give wildlife a source of nuts in the fall and over the winter.

And the oak leaves are opening up, too.

This year the maples saplings are going gangbusters. Seriously, they’re everywhere. But I have learned that the wildlife will eat them, which is fine since we have plenty of maples already. Look at that baby though!

The large maple trees have just leaved out and they’re the beautiful pale green so indicative of spring.

We also have some huge, and I mean huge, pine trees, so we see a lot of these babies (and the moss) as well.

Last year we tried to start a garden and lost most everything to a late freeze. This time we started the seeds a little later and we have lift off! If all goes well (and the rascally rabbits don’t gorge out), we’ll have broccoli, brussels sprouts, eggplant, tomatoes, peas, arugula, romaine lettuce, butter crisp and honeydew melon.

I hope you’ve found a little pleasure exploring spring with me. We all need a chance to reengage our sense of wonder and get lost in it.

Have you wandered out to see spring’s wonders? Did you plant a garden this year? I’d love to hear your stories and see your pictures.

May your words flow freely,

Artemis

Artemis Crow

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Ride the Wave

As I sit here and type this, there is a brisk breeze outside and heavy, thick drops of rain. The air feels more like that of an early fall day than late spring, but the intense green all around me gives it away. The room I’m in is dark and quiet. As I type, my mind tells me this should all be a bit depressing but that isn’t the way I feel. Sure, there are lots of reasons to be down—the world is going through a global pandemic, people are interacting less in person and there aren’t many “risk free” places to go. I have a hair appointment next month and today they sent me a reminder to fill out their waiver on their website that I won’t hold them at fault if I contract Covid-19 while at their salon. I wouldn’t really think to hold them at fault anyway but I understand why they would feel the need to have a waiver. After all, even with all the precautions they plan to take, there is no guarantee that I would stay Covid-19 free. But I digress… bottom line, I don’t feel depressed, I feel calm.

Our world is going through a lot of change right now (I realize this is a bit of an understatement) and some of us are also going through a lot of change—forced or chosen. Some of this is painful—no one likes to be sick or forced into the position of being unable to pay bills. And some of this is strangely rewarding like spending more time with those we love. The first type of change we may be asking why we even need to go through this or at the very least thinking this is all unfair. The second, we may be grateful for. Either way, I’m not saying the feelings are right or wrong—they just are and that’s okay. We are moving in a new direction. We always are, these recent events just seem to be pushing this speed along a bit faster than some of us are used to and it is hard to go with the flow when you don’t know where you’re going. My thought is just let it happen and ride the wave. Everything has a solution, it just takes some time to get there.

Have a safe week and happy writing!

 

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Spring is Blooming Paranormal-Scope

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While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Hippogriffs soar through the air. They are not deterred by the grumble of a storm. Don’t let the bad moods of others lessen your personal sunshine.

Taurus:
A Vampire has freshened up his attire in anticipation of trysts in the moonlight. While it is wise to avoid moonlight trysts with vampires, take a hint, and freshen your wardrobe.

Gemini:
Zombie might love to fun across a field. Be mindful of social distancing and don’t forget your mask at home.

Cancer:
Medusa could freeze a viewer to stone. It was her hair of snakes. Do your best to manage your hair each day.

Leo:
Elves are book worms. It’s time to read those books on your to-read list. Enjoy.

Virgo:
Dragons soar around the world. They love learning languages and eating. Take an online course in a different language or cooking or both.

Libra:
Werewolves don’t like anyone knowing they love to sleep in a tent or fort of their own design. Make your home cozier. Maybe throw pillows.

Scorpio:
Shapeshifters know they have to adapt to the changing world. Make a list of all your favorite things and how you can modify them to work now.

Sagittarius:
Pixies are adorable but bite. Never judge a book or people by their cover. Don’t forget your mask. Social distancing helps in more than keeping you from a virus.

Capricorn:
Loch Ness Nessie adores you and invites you to a private island. Here is the time to pursue that idea you’ve always wanted to do.

Aquarius:
The Phoenix understands that change is good. Go ahead with your new idea. Rearrange your workroom to make everything you need accessible.

Pisces:
Mermaids are floating on the surface inhaling the fragrance of spring. Add some flower pots to your home, a little in-house gardening.

Thank you for visiting us on the paranormal-scope and stay safe. May the 4th be with you!

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

New Release: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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