Besides cleaning out irrigation ditches and weeding perennial flowerbeds, this spring I managed a trip to the Twin Falls Public Library to hear Kelly Jones read from her new book, The Lost Madonna. Then a trip to Vancouver, Washington, to hang out with the grandsons during spring break presented an opportunity to read Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson . I also met with Linda Meyer and Laura Meehan at the Ink & Paper Group, LLC, in Portland, Oregon. We had a nice visit outside on their patio, enjoying a rare sunny day in Portland. A trip to Powell’s, a bookstore that is truly amazing not to mention mind-boggling, and real sushi downtown, capped off an exciting week. Much too soon it was back to Idaho, and more yard work . I picked up a copy of Karen Joy Fowler‘s Sarah Canary and look forward to some time to read after the spring yard work and daily writing is done.