SUMMER VACATION

When I was young, my family didn’t take summer vacations. Fall, winter, and spring vacations weren’t on the list either. My dad worked super hard to provide for his family, and that’s pretty much what I remember about him as a kid. He worked a lot.

Growing up in the Midwest means I was land locked and hundreds of miles from the ocean. The first time I remember seeing the ocean was a Christmas trip to Galveston, TX my senior year of high school. It was chilly, but I thought it was the most gorgeous, amazing thing I’d ever seen. The first time I actually saw the ocean, I don’t remember it. It was another Christmas vacation to Galveston and I recall getting a cowboy hat and touring the battleship Texas, and loads of kids sleeping on the floor of my aunt and uncle’s house.

The sound of ocean waves rushing the beach is an instant relaxer for me. Water has that effect on me in general, but sitting on a beach listening to the friction between the wind and the surface of the water create hypnotic music. I’ve always been drawn to water. The cliffs in Summer’s End … that was a real place I enjoyed as a teenager.  Fox Creek is actually a small creek not far from where I grew up (I don’t know the real name of the creek).

One summer, some friends and I cruised the countryside on 4-wheeler ATVs. We spent all day driving around. At one point we drove alongside that creek and found a deep pool of water (the current is very mild) and jumped in with our shoes and clothes on to cool off. It was a blast.

Summer is my favorite time of year.  The heat and the long sunny days are what I like most. But, I also love to hear frogs of all kinds, cicadas, the smell of fresh cut hay and grass, the smell of mature wheat being harvested, and the taste of tall field corn in the air at the height of humidity. If you haven’t experienced the Midwest countryside in the summer, you really have missed out.

I’ve already shared a couple video clips on Facebook and Instagram of my families summer vacation, so go on over there and check them out and make sure you say hi!

What’s your favorite Summer Vacation?

Indie Book Connect Features Summer’s End for Book Box

Sally Henson
April 1, 2017

Summer’s End will be featured in Indie Book Connect’s monthly book box!

Sally Henson joins forces with Indie Book Connect.

Book lover, send yourself a surprise gift every month with Indie Book Connect’s book box.  I love to come home and see that beautiful box, tattered and marked up, waiting for me to scoop it up and run into the house.  The groceries can wait.  I grab my scissors and slice through the tape with the care and precision of a scalpel.    My chest swells.  I moisten my lips and gently unfold the flaps.  Breathe, I forgot to breathe.  I peek over the top and gasp with delight.  My eyes dart around the room to make sure no one is here to see my gem.  Air whooshes out my lungs and across my lips.  I swallow and savor the thrill of anticipation dancing beneath my sternum.  I can’t, not yet.  The groceries, the milk, there’s no time to enjoy.  So I force myself to hide the gorgeous torn up box in my closet.

I love to come home and see this beautiful box, tattered and marked up, waiting for me to scoop it up and run into the house.  The groceries can wait.  I grab my scissors and slice through the tape with the care and precision of a scalpel.    My chest swells.  I moisten my lips and gently unfold the flaps.  Breathe, I forgot to breathe.  I peek over the top and gasp with delight.  My eyes dart around the room to make sure no one is here to see my gem.  I’m not ready to share it.  Air whooshes out my lungs and across my lips.  I swallow and savor the moment as the thrill of anticipation dances beneath my sternum.  I can’t do it, not yet.  Homework, groceries there’s no time to enjoy such a gift.  So I force myself to hide the gorgeous torn up box in my closet.

Later, after the chores of the evening are complete, I lift my prize out of the closet and hide in the bathroom to unravel what I began earlier.  The thrill of waiting has me on the edge of the tub.  My mouth feels like I’ve been out in the desert heat all day.  I peer inside the box and pull out another beautifully wrapped present.  Slow and steady, I unfold the flap.  My pulse races through my veins and my breath quickens.  Angels sing and a bright light fills my eyes.  Books and candles, and bookmarks, Oh my!

This is only a glimpse of how it feels, what it’s like to receive your Indie Book Connect box of goodies!  You can get your book box HERE!

 

 

COMING SOON

Sally Henson
March 17, 2017

New Release Late Spring 2017

Book two of the Regan Stone Series will be released in a few months.  I’m very excited to get this out so you can pick up where you left off.  There are a lot of fun things coming up.  Follow my Facebook page to find out what’s happening on a day to day basis.  Sign up to the Sally’s Insiders Edition to receive monthly updates, new release, and other good stuff HERE.

Your SUMMER’S END Fix

Sally Henson
February 21, 2017

Do you know what your name means?

Sally Henson
January 31, 2017

Regan Stone Series: Summer’s End

Here’s a fun fact about Summer’s End character, Lane Cary.