Jeannie’s January

Hi Everyone,

Well, 2018 started off for me in an interesting way. My husband and went to the dump and hit a stretch where the road had drifted. Someone had made it through, so we figured we could, too. We figured wrong, because we were driving the garbage hauling truck which doesn’t have very good tread on the tires. You know how it is when the back end of the rig gets sucked toward the ditch. It just keep moving that way. My husband and I are old hands at getting unstuck–snow, bogs, mud–we’ve done it all at least once. But this time we didn’t have a shovel, because again, we were in the garbage hauling truck. So I used what was on hand–a kitty litter bucket. I’ve got to tell you, it worked better than a shovel. I have it riding in the back seat of the garbage-hauling truck now just in case.

So that was the start of 2018. Since then I’ve turned in a book–my very first Heartwarming, Her Montana Cowboy, which comes out in August. I’m very excited to be writing for Heartwarming and this is a sweet continuation of my Montana Bull Riders series that I wrote for Harlequin Western. My voice has shifted a little and I like the new fun tone. I’m also in the process of finishing up Wedding at the Graff, which is another sweet romance. It releases March 1. I adore this cover.

We brought in the cows to weigh the calves and do some vet work. As you can see, after the big snow drift-kitty litter bucket adventure, we haven’t got much snow. The cows are back out in the field on winter pasture. The plus side of very little snow is that each day they’re on pasture, they’re not eating hay, which saves a lot of money. Plus my husband just had back surgery and isn’t in tractor shape yet, so this is working out well.

And lastly, my daughter got engaged. She’s getting married in November and we’re going dress shopping next month.

That’s my January wrap up. I’ll be writing some research posts in the future, and some excerpts from my books, but this seemed like a good time to just catch up. I hope everyone reading this is well. I’ll close with a photo of a beautiful Montana in January sunset.

Cheers!

Jeannie

 

Jeannie Watt
Jeannie Watt lives off the grid in an historic cattle ranching area and loves all things western. When she's not writing, Jeannie enjoys sewing, making mosaic mirrors, riding her horses and buying hay. Lots and lots of hay.

30 Comments

  1. You r already been busy busy in January. I hope you get a chance to share your daughters beautiful dress she chooses. Have a great day and stay warm.

    1. Thanks, Tonya. I will share the dress. I’m looking forward to the trip!

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    You live in a beautiful area! I live very rural but it’s not quite off the grid! I’m the daughter of a cattle broker and have love the cattle ranch lifestyle.

    1. Thank you, Stephanie! Confession time–I didn’t change my bio. I have real electricity now after 20 years off the grid. My husband and I built a house on my folks’ ranch. You and I probably live about the same degree of rural now. 🙂

  3. Hi Jeannie!

    What lovely pictures. I didn’t realize that you lived in Montana. My husband is from Montana and we go there as often as we can. Also, I’m very connected to the Blackfeet up there in Browning, MT — my “sister” — adopted — and her family live up that way, and the next time we come to Montana, I’m going to make that effort to get to the reservation. It seems like if one were going to Montana, one could very well go to the reservation (or so it seems from an Eastern perspective). But the reality of just how awesomely big Montana is, makes that not always an easy thing to do. : )

    Congratulations on your daughter getting engaged. I hope also that your husband is recovering well. And also a new book coming out. So well done.

    Thanks for the beautiful post.

    1. Hi Kay! My step-dad runs a nonprofit with the mission of improving Native American agriculture and ranching. He’s been working with Browning for years. In fact, this weekend I will be writing a grant to help veteran Native Americans get training in various agricultural fields. Such a small world!

  4. Thanks for sharing the pictures! That sunset sky is beautiful. Congratulations on your books coming out and your daughter getting engaged. A fun year! How do you make the mosaic mirrors?

    1. Hi Sally! Mosaic mirrors are a lot of fun to make. I took a class from a friend who is a master. Essentially the mirror is glued to a board, then the mosiacs go around it. I do broken glass mosaics–flowers and cowboy boots and such. Maybe I’ll write a post on it this year. Thanks for asking!

  5. Smart thinking using the kitty litter bucket to dig your way out of the snow. I enjoyed seeing your pictures and hearing about your year so far. I have been reading the Graff series and loving it so far. I look forward to reading your book when it comes out too.

    1. I am having so much fun writing this book, Janine. It was originally St. Patrick’s Day at the Graff, but we thought a wedding would be a lovely way to wrap up the series. I have an Irish heroine hiding an heirloom ring and a hero who’s been sent by his boss to get the ring back. The ring ends up on her finger of course.

      1. Now I am even more excited to read it. A wedding is definitely he best way to end this series.

  6. Beautiful sunset! HAha, yes those kitty litter buckets are handy for quite a few things. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your beginning of 2018!

    1. Thank you, Susan. Glad to share!

  7. You’ve been one busy person since Christmas. Hard to believe that Christmas Eve was just one month ago today! Kentucky has been colder than usual and we’ve had snow also so that has made it seem longer. But…two more months and Spring will arrive! Thanks for sharing your pictures.
    Blessings!

    1. Thank you, Connie. I hope you get warm weather in Kentucky soon. Winter does tend to drag. I’m ready to buy flowers, but it’ll be a few months.

  8. Gorgeous sunset, Jeannie! Visiting Montana has been on my list for years. One of these days, I’ve got to get up there. Thanks for sharing your snow adventure with us! 🙂

    1. Lots of pretty places to visit here, Karen. I hope you make it!

  9. Hi Jeannie…..Oh my, that sunset is beyond gorgeous! Sunsets are my favorite things and I love each one. Congrats on all the new projects! Wow! I’m really looking forward to Her Montana Cowboy. Woo-Hoo! I pray your husband is recovering well.

    1. Thank you, Linda. My husband is on the mend, thank goodness. It’s been quite a January!

  10. Double congrats and cool pics.

  11. Beautiful sunset WOW! 😀

    1. We get some good ones here. Thanks, Sabrina!

  12. Best to your husband. You are a busy lady. Such beautiful pictures. Happy shopping for THE DRESS.

    1. Thank you, Jerri! I’m really looking forward to this shopping trip.

  13. You certainly started your new year with a bang. Congratulations to your daughter. Enjoy working with her to plan the wedding. I am so glad your drift into the drift didn’t turn out too badly at all. I can appreciate how the lack pf snow has helped out. There is still a lot of winter left, especially in Montana. Hopefully no blizzards and windy sub-zero weather is in the future.
    Best wishes for with your new series and switch to Heartwarming. Thank you for sharing the sunset picture. It is beautiful. I love sunsets.

    1. Thanks, Patricia. I am looking forward to the wedding. You’re right about a lot of winter left. We’ve had a few days of milder temperatures, but I hear that the cold weather is coming in February. Brrr.

  14. Thank you for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome, Melanie!

  15. Can’t wait for the next installment in the Graff series.

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