PRAIRIE EVERS Release day…

May 24th, 2012

10:30 p.m.

Today’s Special:  Steak and eggs with potatoes and toast.

Windy, warm, hazy, busy.

A long day.  My shift was from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Rick is still working in the kitchen.

There’s a wildfire burning in the Seney Wildlife Refuge and one–or maybe a few–north of Newberry, up in the Two Hearted Country.  My thoughts keep going to the people fighting the fires and to those being evacuated.  Also to the wildlife and land and trees.   People asked at dinner if we’re worried about our house and so far the answer is no.  Actually didn’t know about the fires closer to home until they asked and explained that Pike Lake and the Two Hearted are being evacuated, but still the answer is–thankfully–no, not worried, not at this point.

It was a steadily busy day that didn’t allow time to make cookies or pie or Cole slaw or muffins, and so we were sadly lacking in all these most of the day.   Also it was busier than expected and we ran out of things right and left:  burgers, soup, fish, corned beef, pastrami.  Now Rick has finished the soup–fish chowder–and I did make oatmeal raisin cookies and batter for monster cookies for tomorrow.  Also got cinnamon rolls and bread baked and orange juice squeezed, and finished most of the daily closing chores of sweeping and dishes and emptying garbage and etc.  Did not get the ketchups filled.  Too tired now.  Go easy on the ketchup in the morning, please!  Emily comes to work tomorrow afternoon and Becky also as of Saturday, and for this I am profoundly grateful.  I need their help.

Today all day my head hurt, I was tired, I couldn’t think, I was concerned about my oldest  brother who was unexpectedly in the hospital.  (Tonight he seems in good spirits and says it’s comfortable if sometimes a little boring, that everyone has been very nice, and that the food is pretty good.)  Also my list of undone chores kept getting longer  no matter how hard I tried, we got shorted on our meat order in a variety of inconvenient ways, and the big deli case acted like it wasn’t going to work.    (But finally it did start running this evening, so there is a great big repair bill possibly diverted.)  To top this off, late in the day I dropped my nice new pen from my sister and broke it.  When I was sad about this, David who was in for cookies kindly offered to super glue it back together.  In doing this, we managed to super glue my right thumb and first finger together.  This was  totally unexpected and hard to believe, but indeed, my fingers were glued firmly together.  I was a little worried-it was almost dinner time and I had stuff in the oven.  I tried to remain cheerful while David went back uptown to get his gallon of acetone.  A customer eating a sandwich and watching the events unfold  said, “At least everything is O.K.”

I started laughing, because indeed that was the symbol my fingers were glued in.

And so it was–okay.   It was a hard day, a good day, a weird day, a special day for me, the official release day for PRAIRIE EVERS, my new middle grade novel.   It was especially fun to sell the book to two girls from Petoskey, Michigan–the first two kids to buy the book from me.   Even though it was an ‘off’ day almost all day long–what I think of as a struggle day, when nothing will go quite right and I can’t get my brain clicking–I’m in a happy mood tonight.   There’s basketball on the radio, the dog is plodding around in a friendly, curious way, and I’m on my way to bed at last.  Many people were very kind to me today.  Cheers to all–dear friends and strangers passing through.

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23 Responses to “PRAIRIE EVERS Release day…”

  1. Kristian Morales

    Whew! What a day. You made me smile and chuckle out loud. Aidan just asked the other day if people could really super glue their fingers together! Counting down the days until we get to come back up that way. Congratulations on the book!

  2. Gwen

    Thinking of you, my friend Ellen. My pre-ordered book is on the way, I’m told. Sleep tight tonight.

  3. Sheri Vail

    Sounds like you “had a day” Ellen! So excited for your new book, hopefully all will be okay with Mark, and interesting that you sold two books to girls from Petoskey!
    Sleep well, and tomorrow is another day!
    Hugs from cousin Sheri!

  4. ellenair

    Kristian, Well, I am pleased to be able to demonstrate to Aidan that Yes, they can. VERY firmly. It actually took a sharp jacknife sawing carefuly between them as well as the acetone to release them. !! Note to self: do not do this again.

  5. ellenair

    Gwen–Thank you!

  6. ellenair

    Thank you, Sheri. It was a day, for sure. But in the end, a good one. The girls from Petoskey were sisters, I think, and very polite and sweet. I hope they’ll like the book! And that you will too, and lots of people.

  7. Cheryl

    Well Ellen – at least this date will be memorable for you! I apologize for thinking it was funny that you glued your fingers together! But on a good note, I did get my book today at a Barnes & Noble store in Allen Park! Congrats!

  8. Jana Rector - Churubusco, IN

    I will say Ellen, that in all the 25+ years we have been coming to Grand Marais, I have never seen you be “short” with customers. Have always appreciated your smile, even when it isn’t a stellar day! Thanks for signing my books yesterday and for suggesting the Philly Steak sandwich when there wasn’t any roast beef for the West Bay Classic! Yum!

  9. Pamela Grath

    Hoping my books arrive soon so I can start selling here in Northport. Windy here, too. We have been following news of the Seney fire. Ellen, if I were there you could put me to work washing dishes or SOMETHING! No, please do not glue your fingers together again. OK? OK!

  10. ellenair

    Pamela,
    Okay, no gluing! Hope Prairie arrives soon… The Duck Lake fire is getting bigger people say this morning (the north of Newberry fire), but we are very fortunate in that it is still not headed our way.

  11. ellenair

    Thanks, Jana! I try never to be ‘short’ with people but I cannot claim a spotless record… I’m so glad you liked the Philly! I LOVE it!

  12. ellenair

    Cheryl, Thank you! I’m glad your book arrived at the store–I hope you’ll like it. And it is perfectly fine to find my gluing funny–I’m still laughing today.

  13. Susan Scherman

    I passed through Seney yesterday on my way back downstate and the fire seemed to be under control. I saw your new book proudly displayed at the Falling Rock Cafe. My mom lives in Munising so on my next trip up, I hope to stop in Grand Marais – my favorite place – and visit your diner again. I laughed at your glued fingers because I have done that fixing screens. Didn’t think it was possible.

  14. Karen Casebeer

    I can see you’ve swung into your super-busy summer mode. There’s an upside and downside to most everything. Can’t wait to read your new book. Take care of you. Karen

  15. Donna from Indiana

    I just finished your book, South of Superior, and loved it! I bought it last August during our yearly camping trip with friends to beautiful Twelve Mile Beach. I wanted to save the book for our August ’12 trip but couldn’t quit reading the book after I picked it up. This year we are staying in town, and I look forward to more fabulous meals at the wonderful diner!

  16. Lori

    Congrats on your new book! Growing up I always knew you would be very successful and you certainly have proven me right. People may have jobs that they get up and go to but you are the lucky one. Many people can’t say they love their job but I know that even on bad days you won’t want to be anywhere else. I wish you the best of luck and hope you keep writing because you impact many lives with your books. I hope you are safe from the fire yet.

  17. Mary Airgood Vecellio

    Waiting to buy a few copies if they would just arrive! Is it on nook? I will have to check that out! I hope Mark is okay.

  18. ellenair

    Lori,
    Thank you! You make me feel quite bashful!

  19. ellenair

    Donna,
    Thank you so much! I’m very glad you liked the book–and the diner!

  20. ellenair

    Karen–hope you will like the new book. And thanks for your caring thoughts–I’ll try to take care of myself, but it’s hard this time of year!

  21. ellenair

    Susan, We got some much-needed rain last night and I hope that helps out with the fires. It’s fun to hear of the book in the Falling Rock–thank you for telling me. And thank you for telling me about the screens, too. Makes me feel good to have company in this glue thing!

  22. Mariann Airgood

    Sister, Is the pen alright?!

  23. ellenair

    Sister, no, sadly, it is not. It’s the new Staples pen. It crashed. David glued his fingers together the next day trying to fix it still, and then George was smarter and did not glue fingers, but glued pen into closed position. We are all sorry. We are letting the pen go now, as sad as it is. At least I have TWO Staples pens, thanks to your foresight.


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