Take a Break

I admit, I chuckled as I typed that title. The day-job is having one of the ‘slower’ weeks this week, but I made work on the first slower day. The second, my teammate told me I had to stop, that we needed the break. She isn’t wrong. But sometimes we get so caught up in the non-stop, we forget to pause and breathe, don’t we? To be fair, I have made some down-time outside of day-job hours. I’m on book #22 so far this year, which isn’t too shabby. I need to get more new words on pages this week, though, while I have a chance…before the day-job crazy weeks get here again.

Since it’s writing group week this week, normally, I would say that would help. But since it’s been months since we’ve seen each other in person, there’s almost no chance any of us will write, and that’s okay. That’s another kind of break, getting to visit with people who get you, people you enjoy spending time with, and it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to do it regularly.

It’s also family dinner week this week, so I’ve crammed all my weekend chores into one day, so Sunday is wide open to go do some gardening with the boys and then have dinner at their place. I’ve been in the kitchen a large part of the day today, between laundry and other things, so there is fresh bread and pound cake cooling, plus beans in the crockpot for overnight. When it’s nearly time for dinner tomorrow, I’ll just have to deal with the chicken, and can relax. Also a nice little break.

Before I go to check off a couple more things from my to-do list, I have a quick snippet for you from Light the Way Home.


Nate schooled his expression to neutrality before turning around. Hayden’s chin jutted stubbornly, and his blue eyes narrowed. “I’m saying Lucie might be busy right now,” Nate said evenly. “Maybe we’ll see her outside tomorrow.”

“I can knock on the door.” His son crossed his arms on his chest, covering the spotted blue dog graphic. “She said we’d play later, and it’s later.”

“We can check, buddy, but you have to promise not to be upset if she’s busy. Plus it’ll be suppertime soon, so we’ll be busy here, too.” Hayden’s chin jutted out further.

“Just don’t get your hopes up,” he said, trying to keep his tone from dropping in defeat.

Hayden bolted for the back door.

Nate followed more slowly, picking up his son’s jacket from the chair inside the door. By the time he reached the bottom step, he heard his son’s voice, then Lucie spoke in reply, though he couldn’t hear the words. When he cleared the lilac bushes, he expected to see Hayden’s shoulders droop.

He was a little surprised to see the two of them walking into the middle of the neighboring yard while Lucie bounce the big yellow ball on one hand. Huh. He would’ve bet on her putting Hayden off. He paused at the open gate between the yards to watch them. They’d stopped, and she crouched in front of Hayden, who chattered a mile a minute. She nodded as she rose.

Hayden jogged backward a few steps, grinning, then held out both hands.

Lucie gave the ball another bounce before she tossed it to him.

His son caught it, giggling. “Too easy,” he shouted. He jumped once, then moved a few more steps away from her. “Ready?”

“Ready!” She leaned forward and held out her hands.

Nate wished he could see her expression.

Hayden lobbed the ball at her, and she caught it before it hit her in the face. He smiled and shook his son when his laughing son danced backward a couple more paces. “Throw it again!”

“You sure you can catch it so far away?” The tease in her voice made Nate relax. Lucie Russo might be a nice woman. Mindi and Harry trusted her, which meant she was okay.

But she seemed to be enjoying his son, genuinely enjoying him. Maybe she had nieces or nephews–she was comfortable, chatting with Hayden as they played catch.

He leaned on the fence to watch.

“Daddy, come play with us!”

Lucie straightened and looked over her shoulder, eyes widening.

Nate felt a little kick in his gut at the appealing image–pink cheeks, green eyes that tipped up at the outer corners, full lower lip dropping a tiny bit. Lucie Russo was pretty.


So, what are you going to do to take a break this week? Watch a favorite movie or tv show? Read? Something else? I’d love to know.


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