Sunday, July 7, 2013

Defeated by Rain But Giving Away a Rainbow (Yes, a GIVEAWAY!)

by Leann

I just looked at the extended forecast for our area and though we have been drenched by buckets of rain in the last week,even more is on the way well into next week. I nearly burst into tears when I saw that little icon appear every day until July 15th!

After so much trouble haggling about house plans since we moved here last August, the minute we got what we wanted on paper, the monsoons hit. We have a hole dug on our property but every step since has been painstaking and stressful.

First the footers that support the hole in the ground had to be redone three times because of weather. Then, the first blocks of the foundation were put in and more rain hit. We had to wait. They finally got them in and were
at the point where the rough plumbing needed to be done and it rained. And rained. And rained some more. With a small break in the weather, that step was completed. But then there had to be a test of the line by an inspector. More waiting. Done, passed and then, if we thought we had rain before, we were wrong. It just won't stop. But our hopes of building a
house any time soon sure has. The next steps are to finish the foundation and that requires dry weather. We can do nothing, and every day my husband goes out and pumps water out of the hole in the ground while we wait.

It is such a helpless feeling. On top of it all, I got sick and cannot kick it, plus my kitty Marlowe had a short relapse with 2 days of seizures. I am feeling as if my life as been put on hold. When you have no control over such circumstances what do you do? I have busied myself with work, but writing a book requires an enormous amount of energy. I feel drained and keep looking to the sky for the sunshine we need--in more ways than one.

When you are low because of circumstances you cannot control, what do you do? How do you cheer yourself up when you have no friends or family nearby to help you out? What I'm trying is to give something away. If you'd like a hardcover book club edition of my latest book, The Cat, The Mill and The Murder, leave me a comment with a creative suggestion on how to shake the blues. I'm offering a rainbow in hopes of getting one back.

Random winner will be chosen so make sure and leave me your e-mail addy so I can contact your for your address!