Thursday, December 18, 2014

By Mary Jane Maffini who is sometimes Victoria Abbott

Time flies when you're having fun!  And tomorrow I'm celebrating a special anniversary.

I made it through one year in my book club.  One of my my early posts in Cozy Chicks last year was my my first visit to book club and I thought you might like to know that I've apparently made it through my 'probationary period'.   I hope you were rooting for me not to get tossed out for literary misbehavior.

I'll be staying on with this amazing group of fun woman who love reading and talking and each other.  It's possible that they love chocolate and wine more, but I would never say that out loud.

Only one rule: there must be chocolate!

It's been a great year. I've learned the rules. Not that you have to read the book.  No. Sometimes hardly anyone reads the book, claiming it was too long and too boring or too something.   But everyone always samples the chocolates and finds out everyone's news, happy or sad. This group has been together for many years and they have been though many important life changes together, showing love and support.

Have I mentioned that at the December meeting our friend Ulla, who is the hostes,s celebrates by having a wonderful sit-down dinner that she does herself?  She loves to decorate for Christmas and she's a great cook.  Our job is just to show up, looking respectable, if we can pull that off!

Here's last year's dinner table at Ulla's.

We are blessed indeed!

But whether there's a fancy dinner or not, I believe there's something very special about women who love books - I think all of us who are part of the Cozy Chicks family -- authors and readers alike -- feel that in our hearts.

If you have a special group of women readers in your life, I'd love to hear about it.  Is chocolate part of the equation? Wine?  If not, what is?   Make my day and let me know.

And if I don't hear from you until after Christmas, may your days be merry and bright, full of love, great food and  wonderful books.

Much love from MJ and Victoria, Daisy and Lily.  Peachtree refuses to wear the Santa hat claiming this is more dignified.