As I was driving to the grocery store on Monday, I saw a flock of these birds, maybe twenty, at the roadside and was amazed. We have lots of Turkey Vultures -- much bigger with red-wattled heads -- but the only place I've ever seen these guys was at Wakulla Springs in north Florida. (Justin tells me that they are common at the compost facility where he works.)
Anyway, I failed to get a shot of the flock but on my way back home this solitary specimen was obliging.
She was unimpressed, sleeping through the whole time we were there.
The news continues to be excellent -- she has to stay in hospital till she's finished the seven day course of antibiotics -- but she seems to be quite healthy and exhibiting all the proper reflexes for a young lady of three days.
Justin and Claui are getting more and more comfortable with dealing with her -- and we all agree she is pretty much perfect.
If all goes well, they should be able to come home Monday or Tuesday.
I am so impressed by the level of care at Mission -- and the willingness of doctors and nurses to take their time and explain things at length. Had this been an attempted home birth, Josie would likely not have made it as the C-section was performed just in time.
Josephine Claire Skemp arrived yesterday shortly after noon.
Claui went into labor Sunday night and was admitted to the hospital around 6 Monday morning. By noon it was determined that a C-Section was imperative.
Josie is in Newborn Intensive Care due to some complications but she and Claui are doing well. Justin tells me that some of the tubes have been removed since I took this picture. (UPDATE-- all but the IV are gone now and J and C got to hold Josie for an hour last night!)
When we were let in to see our granddaughter, they had a blanket over her eyes as she was sleeping but these pictures by Christine show a pretty face.
She's a little over eight pounds and measures 21 inches. Delicate hands and some rather amazing toes.
I am impatient to get to hold her in my arms. For now I'll hold her and Claui and Justin in my heart.
June 1o - Speaking at a luncheon at Montreat College Library
June 25-July 1 -- John C. Campbell Folk School. I'll be teaching A Practical Guide to Writing Popular Fiction. Your novel starts here with this intense, week-long class. We will focus on writing realistic dialogue and creating characters that move through and interact with a fully realized setting. We will discuss different approaches to plotting, tricks for building suspense, means of ensuring continuity, and the avoidance of info dumps. We'll also talk about forming or joining critique groups, the ins and outs of self editing, agents and how to query them, as well as the various publishing alternatives available today. All levels welcome. Link to JCC HERE.
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I'm the author of The Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle Farm Appalachian Mysteries from Bantam Dell. The series includes SIGNS IN THE BLOOD (LA MONTAGNE DES SECRETS in France), ART'S BLOOD, (LE SECRET DES APPALACHES in France,) OLD WOUNDS,IN A DARK SEASON (Anthony Nominee, Best PBO), and UNDER THE SKIN. There's also THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS (a spinoff/standalone)chronicling the unexpected life story of Miss Birdie, one of Elizabeth's neighbors.
Currently I have just completed a historical novel, dealing with a massacre in my county during the Civil War.
I came to this weird business late (my first novel was published in 2005) and am still trying to figure it out.
As my novels are set in a place much like my real life home, I thought I'd use this blog to share pictures of our farm and county. I've been blogging for nearly nine years now, on an almost daily basis, and the topics have ranged from writing, chickens, food, books, quilts, flora and fauna of all sorts, to the occasional tiny rant. There's no plan, but there are lots of pictures.
There's more information about me and my books on my web site: http://vickilanemysteries.com/