I always get excited this time of year when I see spring blooms such as the chartreuse foliage unfurling from our ceanothus bush I was sure had died over the winter. Fortunately, I didn’t cut down its homely bare branches.

I spotted yellow primroses in our front yard which I’d forgotten about!

Out our kitchen window I can see our fabulous camellia flowers that remind me of my mother who died too young. She loved their vibrant red color and so do I, even if they leave a mess which I must clean up. Plus, my roses are showing signs of life. They are not planted in the best place for roses because of the minimum light but at least I didn’t prune them too early.

Plus I hear robins echoing their love songs, and bald eagles, both on the Island and in the city. On a walk the other day I saw a couple of spunky hummingbirds chasing a blue jay away from their nest I must assume. Life is exciting in springtime!

You can spot bald eagles by their white heads amidst all the greenery.

I feel like I’m juggling my new novel Mona Lisa Smiles with another new book I’m editing. And I’m pondering another manuscript which has several chapters written. I read once that people who think they can multitask well are wrong. But still my mind buzzes and prods me along.

One author I admire for her super writing in any genre and her flexibility is Suzanne Woods Fisher.  I’ve always enjoyed her Amish books. She’s written plenty and has won prestigious awards. I’m fascinated with her series centering around flowers.  Perfect for this time of year.

Her soon to be released novel Love on a Whim has the cutest cover I can’t get enough of. Check it out and you’ll see why I feel like eating yummy sweets every time I see it! Pre-order here and save yourself a copy in advance.

“Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delights with this heartwarming story of love, friendship, family, and the irresistible charm of impulsive decisions.”

Speaking of food, are you ready to change your eating habits to celebrate the arrival of spring? I usually eat a homemade chicken soup for lunch every day but I’m ready to make the switch. How about you? Do you find yourself craving salads and fresh fruit?

Radishes, with their bright peppery taste and deep pink-red color, are practically synonomous with Spring in my family. I like to toss them into an easy salad. Radishes are one of Piper’s favorite treats. She loves chasing them and then gobbling them up. She likes sliced cucumber too! (True story)


1/2 lb. radishes (10 to 15 small radishes)
3 Persian cucumbers
1/4 c. olive oil
2 tbsp. lemon juice
3/4 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper, plus more to taste
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill



  • Thinly slice the radishes and cucumbers into a large bowl.
  • Combine the oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a mason jar, and shake well to combine.
  • Pour the dressing over the radishes and cucumbers, tossing to combine. Fold in the green onion, parsley, and dill. Taste for salt and pepper and serve.

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