Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Winter...yippeeeee...maybe.

Winter...love it or hate it?  Here’s a little pep-talk if the winter is getting you down.
Duffy Brown here. Okay, I’m kind of on the fence on this one. I know winter is cold and messy but when it snows it’s so pretty...if you don’t have to get out there and shovel your car out of a parking space to get home.
And of course there’s the traffic mess and waiting on mass-transit to get home and freezing your backside off and the dirt! Oh yes, once that lovely snow starts to melt there are messy puddles and gross black stuff everywhere getting on my coat and boots.
But what about the clothes? There are some really terrific winter clothes. I love my “duck” boots that keep me warm, are waterproof and look cute! Anything that makes my size 9 ½s look cute is great by me. 

And the winter coats. Such great coats and the scarves. Nothing is more fun than a bright scarf to perk up an outfit and the coats and scarves do a great job on hiding those five pounds I put on over Christmas. Blast those Christmas cookies!

What about the sports?? Are you into skiing? Do you go sledding with the kids? Sledding by yourself? Build that snowman? And the food! 
Okay you got to admit winter food is totally yummy. Stew, soups, chili, baking, hot chocolate...you don’t do hot chocolate in the summer... hot rum punch, hot cider, warm cookies in you cold hands. These are all really amazing.

So what do you think? Is winter looking better to you now that I’ve given you a winter pep talk or are back to dreaming of a summer vacation and planning your flower garden as soon as the last frost fades away?


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Winter Memories



by  Maggie Sefton
































































No, I was not going to post a photo of my Ancient Winter Coat.  
You'd all fall off your chairs laughing.  Instead, I'm posting a  
photo of my  grandchildren who arrived in our family when 


daughter Maria married husband, John, last year.   They'd just 
made a batch of  Chocolate Chip Cookies and were anxiously 
waiting for them to bake.   




Forgive me for stating the obvious.  But for me---someone who does NOT like cold
weather---Winter is a season I have to get ready for.  Bringing out the winter sweaters, pants, layered and warmer tops. Digging into the closet and pulling out Winter jackets to start, then eventually, my thick, bulky,  and the totally unfashionable Winter Coat.










































Talk about a survivor.  That old Winter Coat is so old, I can't even remember exactly what year I bought it.  I know it was at least two decades ago, maybe more.  Yes, I said that right.  Over two decades.  I remember buying it because our family was going up into the beautiful Colorado Rockies to a ski resort and stay a few days.  Keystone resort.  That was always a favorite of our family---husband, four daughters, and moi.  Keystone was definitely Family Friendly, and had wonderful accommodations of every level.

There were also great ski lodges where skiers and families could use as a base in between skiing down one of the several picturesque ski runs.  Since my husband and I were not good skiers, we quickly adopted our own version of a "family ski vacation."  He and I would sit in comfortable chairs in the ski lodge beside an oversize fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate  and a good book.  I must admit, we found that much more satisfying then flying down a steep hill praying we wouldn't run into a tree or break a leg.    Instead, we stayed inside the ski lodge, safe and warm, and welcomed our four daughters as they individually straggled in from the slopes, eyelashes plastered to their faces  with  snow residue.  :)   At lunchtime, we'd all gather and have a yummy meal before the kids would venture forth again.  

I'm sure some of you are wagging your heads, thinking that we missed being at a wonderful ski resort entirely.  Au contraire, my friends.  We created our own version of a Ski Resort Vacation and loved it.    Enjoy Winter, Everyone!  




Monday, January 21, 2019

LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR (YOU FILL IN THE BLANK)

By Mary Kennedy                                             


A group of my friends were sitting around talking and the topic was "life is too short." We all began chiming in with our personal take on the brevity of life and why we should ignore/let go of petty annoyances. Or even major ones, for that matter!

Here are a few we came up with--and I bet you have some to add to the list. If you're wondering why I added ocean photos to this blog it's because I find the ocean so peaceful.  It's easy to let go of worry and anxiety when I'm on the balcony of the Ft. Lauderdale condo. As you can see from the photo above, the ocean is just a few steps away, all I have to do is step out onto the sand.
                                                                       

Here's how some of us filled in the blank. Life is too short for---

Dealing with jerks
Dealing with people who are idiots
Worrying about the future, it's probably out of our control
Regretting the past, what's done is done.
Letting one bad experience ruin our day
Letting anything ruin our day (we may not have another!)
Giving unsolicited advice
Taking unsolicited advice
Not speaking up when something really important is at stake
Taking our time here for granted. We are only visitors on this planet.
Ignoring people who are kind to us
Neglecting our friendships
Holding grudges.
                                                                 

How about you? Would you like to add to the list?

Hope the new year is turning out well for everyone!

Mary Kennedy



















Friday, January 18, 2019

Does everybody have a coffee station?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Not my cocoa station
During December, I watched (well, they were playing while I did other things) over 100 entries in the $5 Goodwill Challenge 2018 Christmas Edition on Youtube. An awful lot of these vloggers made hot cocoa stations or did an overhaul of their coffee/tea stations.

Since when does everybody have coffee stations?  Okay, our coffee maker lives by the sink and the GFI plug. I don't drink coffee, but I make a pot every morning for Mr. L. My electric kettle lives on the opposite side of the counter because that's where that plug is.  You can't plug both coffee pot and tea kettle in the same plug or they trip the circuit so that's why they live apart. Mr. L's coffee and filters live in the cupboard above the stove and my tea bags and teapot live near the kettle.

Not my coffee station
Now I will admit that cocoa stations can be incredibly cute. But Mr. L and I don't have a lot of visitors and I can count on one hand how many mugs of cocoa I drink in any given year. Not that I don't like cocoa, but it has a lot more calories in it than a cuppa tea does ... so tea is my daytime drink of choice.

Until recently, I only had one glass jar to hold my tea. Most of the time I make a pot of tea and use Typhoo teabags. If I want to make just a mug of tea, I use a Red Rose teabag. Mr. L gave me a box of Red Rose orange pekeo teabags and they're now living in a smaller glass jar.  I've had the little ceramic teabag holder since I got married (Mr. L brought it with him) but only recently started using it.

It's not what you could call a tea station, but I guess it functions as such. I don't put sugar in my tea, so no sugar or creamers lives on the counter (although I must have at least 10 bone china sets).

Of course, two of my characters have "beverage stations."  Tricia of The Booktown Mysteries offers her customers free coffee and treats like mini cupcakes or cookies. Kathy Grant of The Lotus Bay Mysteries owns a B&B called Swans Nest. When her guests are in resident, she keeps a coffee/tea/cocoa beverage station in her dining room, along with fresh-baked cookies.  (Kathy loves to bake cookies.)

So, do you have a coffee, tea, or cocoa station?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Painting a Room with Feline Overseers!

by Karen Rose Smith


I had never seen a cat climb a ladder!  But Zander isn't like most cats in many ways.  He climbed up, turned around and climbed down. 



When we moved into our home over 25 years ago, we laid a parquet floor and painted the dining room, including the ceiling, the palest pink.  We've always liked it.  But we're trying to update the house in general.  I'm not a fan of neutrals.  I know all the home improvement shows love gray and taupe everywhere.  If I were moving into a house like that, I'd realize I'd have to paint EVERYTHING!




However...  I knew I wanted a Southwest theme in my office with lots of turquoise.  The best color to spotlight turquoise was cream.  When we decided to update the dining room, we switched from a pale pink Aubusson type area rug, to something much wilder.  This. It's fuchsia, purple, turquoise, indigo and vanilla.  The colors are off shade in the photo, but you get the idea.








Sometimes my fashion sense and decorating sense tends toward the Bohemian.  This rug includes all my favorite colors.  And, when we remove it from the room, no one will know it was a bit crazy.  What color goes best with it and a mahogany dining room set that was my mom's?  Vanilla, a lighter shade of Cream. Actually it's Sherwin Williams Harmony--which is no odor--called Summer White.  It's warm, inviting and goes with everything in the room well.






Before my husband began painting, we discussed closing our five cats into my office and a bedroom.  They get along better with Paddy and her mom in one and the two kittens (18 months old) and Zoie in another. Just like humans, they have their cliques.  But hubby thought three of them would wander off to other rooms and the kittens would probably stay with me upstairs.  They didn't.  But they didn't get in the way either.  They watched...every move hubby made.  Freya tried to climb the ladder as Zander had but the paint tray was on top!  My husband saved it. 







Other than Freya having specks of Summer White paint on her ruff, all went surprisingly well.  Now Zander sits on the table and is waiting for the new light to be installed.  I hope he approves!






Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hugs, Duffy 


What do you do when you’re not writing?

For me it’s family first and with four kids and four grandkids there is a lot of family! Also I love to hike and bike and try new recipes. Are you one who watches the British Baking shows? I sure am. Then I try and cook something new and it never turns out like those master bakers. LOL Keeping new and fresh is important to keeping my ideas new and fresh.

When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing about thirty-five years. I started out in romance then switched to mystery. I should have been writing mystery all along. I just love whodunits! But not the ones with body parts flying. I love humor so give me some Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew books.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Not giving up. I don’t think it’s one specific moment but the love of wanting to tell stories and make people laugh at live and the thing that happen to us. I cannot imagine not writing. Writers write.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why? 

I write at my desk at home. I’m one of those who cannot write anywhere else. I need my little corner of the world where I can shut out the rest of the world and just concentrate on my story and the characters. To tell you the truth when I write I’m not here in Cincy but in the place where my books are set. I’m totally in the story.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Clean this house. Lordy! If there is one thing that suffers in my career it’s the house.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Maybe New Orleans. I think a mystery series set in New Orleans would be a blast. Love the old world charm and the water and the diversity and the history. I need to do this.



Your present book, Tandem Demise, how did you publish it?

Tandem is my first indy published book with Amazon and I’m loving it! I esp love that it doesn’t take a year to get a book to my readers, that I can set the price and that I can do my own cover. Having control over my work is amazing.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

I love Mackinac Island! I took my daughter there to do research. She’s from NYC and Mackinac is so so different and a huge adjustment. So, Evie Bloomfield was born…a designer from Chicago who comes to Mackinac and is completely out of her element
You bet! Tandem Demise is set on Mackinac Island.

Why was writing Tandem Demise so important to you?

My main characters are not perfect. They’ve made mistakes, been in bad relationships, failed at marriages and jobs, BUT they always bounce back. And they put family above all else. I think that’s what most people are like and what is real. Also I like to have my characters change and grow from their mistakes. I don’t want them to be the same book after book. In my Cycle Path series Evie owns a bike shop and she can’t ride a bike…but she’s learning. The learning part is so important to all characters.  


Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

Everywhere. I can be talking to someone and think…That’s going in a book! Everyone has a story, a really great story and I get my ideas from the life they’ve led. I want my books to be real, to be things we all do and think about and I want them to be humorous. Laughter is a big part of life and helps us deal with the things that come our way.

Any final words? 

I would like to tell my readers…
Thank YOU! Meeting and chatting with readers is the very best part of writing. I’ve met so many wonderful people along my journey as a writer. I’ve truly been blessed.




Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tasty Recipes

by Maggie Sefton





I've decided to regularly include some of my favorite recipes during these coming winter months.  New people discover our Cozy Chicks Blog website frequently and I can't think of a better way to welcome them than to share a yummy recipe.  The majority of the recipes that I'll be sharing have been included in our Cozy Chicks Kitchen cookbook which is packed full of Cozy Chicks recipes.  Hence, the book cover above.  :)  Today I'm sharing my Cranberry Orange Nut Bread.








This nut bread is good all year round, not just during the Holiday Season.  I kept tinkering with recipes until I came up with the flavors that I especially like.  I simply love the flavor of orange in this rich quick bread,  This bread is quick to make and cranberries can be found year round.  Give it a try and enjoy!  




CRANBERRY ORANGE  NUT  BREAD


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 cup orange juice
¼ melted butter
2 eggs
1 cup fresh cranberries (not frozen)
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ cup grated orange peel

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease one regular size bread loaf pan (or two small loaf pans).  Dust pan lightly with flour, dumping excess.  Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, & salt in large mixing bowl.  Combine the sugar, orange juice, melted butter, & eggs in another bowl, mixing well.  Stir into flour mixture along with cranberries, walnuts, and orange rind. Mix well, blending all ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pan.  Bake for 50 minutes or into knife inserted into the center of loaf comes out clean.  Remove pan to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then run knife around edges of pan and turn out onto rack to cool completely.      


Monday, January 14, 2019

FAVORITE RECIPES ARE LIKE OLD FRIENDS

By Mary Kennedy                                               
                                                                                     

Do you have fond memories when you make certain recipes? I know I do! When I see my recipe for pimento cheese (a southern staple) I think of impromptu summer dinners served outside in Hendersonville, Tenn, a lakeside town on the outskirts of Nashville. A bunch of neighbors would get together and share a potluck dinner on a Friday night. It was fun to chat with friends and not have to cook! One of my dear friends always brought pimento cheese spread, pictured above.
                                                                           


When I make chili mac, I always think of my days in radio in Nashville. A group of us would take turns bringing a hot casserole to the station and sharing it for lunch. Chili mac was a favorite, along with macaroni and cheese...
                                                                                 

Chicken spaghetti...
                                                                               

And really, anything that was hearty and filling! And we had to make plenty because the DJ's invariably wandered back to the staff room to share the bounty. Every scrap was eaten.

                                                                                   

Dessert recipes are fun and bring back memories of celebrations with friends and families. One of my friends always made her "once-a-year" coconut cake, pictured above. It was really delicious and so decadent she pretended she only made it on rare occasions. Of course that wasn't true, because we begged her to make it almost every get together.

Sometimes recipes don't turn out quite as I remembered them. Recently, I tried to make a cold salad that called for water chestnuts, Ramen noodles and a few other ingredients. I hadn't made it in ages and maybe I left out something important because it just didn't have the zip I remembered. 
                                                                           

How about you? Do you have special occasion recipes or casual recipes that bring memories of fun times? And by the way, if you do have a great recipe for a cold salad with Ramen noodles, I'd love to have it! 

Bon appetit from Mary Kennedy

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Spotlight is on Lorraine's cozies


by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett  One Author--Three Names

Ugh. It's winter. And when it's winter, I really don't want to read stories set in cold weather. Go figure.

Maybe you feel the same way. If so, and you haven't caught up on all my books/shorts, maybe you'd like to read a few that are set in summer.

First up:  The Lotus Bay Mysteries.
So far, I have two short stories and two novels written.  Oops--one of them is set in winter:  Christmas at Swans Nest. And, oops, it's set during a blizard. So a good place to start is at the beginning: Panty Raid, which is actually a prequel to the novels and is set before Tori heads to Lotus Bay. With Baited Breath takes place in summer, and A Reel Catch takes place in the spring.

The Victoria Square Mysteries
The first book, A Crafty Killing, takes place in October. Cool, but NOT WINTER. (Whew!) The Walled Flower takes place in spring. One Hot Murder takes place during a heat wave in July. Dead, Bath and Beyond returns to the fall, and Yule Be Dead (the latest) comes in (brrrrrrr December).  The next book in the series is already written and I'm in the process of polishing it before I submit it to my publisher. (It's called Murder Ink and it's set in summer.)

Did you know I've written a companion series to The Victoria Square Mysteries? It's called Life Oon Victoria Square. These are short stories that feature the merchants on the Square and all take place in the fall between Dead, Bath and Beyond and Yule Be Dead.

The first one features Ray Davenport and his gift shop called Wood U and is called Carving Out a Path. A Basket Full of Bargains features Gilda Ringwald-Stratton and her basket gift shop. The Broken Teacup features Katie, the protagonist from the mystery series and the mini  mystery concerns a broken teacup that receives in the mail. It's Tutu Much features the Square's dance studio. The Reluctant Bride chronicles the opening of Sassy Sally's Bed & Breakfast on Victoria Square. (I'm currently writing the 6th entry in the series.) Don't miss Life On Victoria Square!

The Tales From Blythe Cove Manor are short reads set on Martha's Vineyard. There's something just a little magical at this iconic B&B. A Dream Weekend introduces you to Blythe Calvert and her guests--a couple on the brink of divorce. It's set in summer. A Final Gift finds Blythe hosting a girls weekend and a grieving daughter. It's set in the spring. Winter arrives and so does An Unexpected Visitor. The latest installment is Grape Expectations--a summer story that features the great wines of Martha's Vineyard...except...there aren't any. I like to juggle projects and I'm currently writing the next installment which will be available in April or May. Don't miss Tales From Blythe Cove Manor.  Want to learn more about Blythe Cove Manor and Martha's Vineyard? Download Blythe Cove Seasons.  (Kindle US | Kindle Worldwide | Nook | Kobo | Apple Books)

The above are my cozier reads under my Lorraine Bartlett name. I also write the cozy Booktown Mystery series as Lorna Barrett. I write the hard-boiled suspence Jeff Resnick Mysteries novels under my L.L. Bartlett name. And if you like adventure fantasy with a feminist bent, try the Tales of Telenia, featuring ex-astronaut Amanda Shelton. Who knows--you might just like it!

Want to sample some of these books?  Download A Cozy Mystery Sampler. It's a free ebook.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Banish the paper towel?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

More than a decade ago, I was reading a copy of Martha Stewart magazine and took note of an article on ways to go green. In it, one of the suggestions was to use "kitchen rags" instead of paper towel. Not long afterward, I went to K-Mart and sure enough, there were kitchen rags. Basically, they were washcloths. I bought a set of eight for a few bucks and used them a few times. Then they got relegated to the rag bag and I didn't think of them much until I needed to dust furniture or clean up a spill.

Recently, I decided to revisit Martha's advice.

As it happens, we had maybe fifty or sixty washcloths stuffed into a drawer of our cottage. They've been there for ... a long, long, time. Now why does anyone need that many washcloths? They probably came from yard sales. They were in there so long, they were musty. I took them home and washed them in a little bleach and then rolled them up and put them under the sink.

Now when reach for a paper towel I stop and think ... would a dishcloth work in this situation?  About half the time, it will. So while I'm still using paper towels, I'm going through a roll every other week instead of every week. That's less paper going to the landfill.  Although ... if the paper towels aren't soiled (like if I use them to dry off a washed apple), I'll let it dry and put it in with the recycling.

Does it take time to roll them up? Yes. Why do I do it? Because I can fit iin a lot more rolled up than I can folded. And I'm usually listening to an audiobook when I do it. I love audiobooks. I listen to them when I drive (usually it's a story I've heard before because ... I don't go very far in the winter) or any time I have a task to do that's going to take a awhile.

P.S. If you want to know about audio editions of my books, check out the follow links for Lorraine Bartlett, LLBartlett, and Lorna Barrett.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Soup A Winter Staple

by Karen Rose Smith



Nothing warms a chilled body on a cold winter's day more than a piping bowl of hearty soup.  Although it is expedient to use fresh garden vegetables from a summer garden, a good pot of soup just seems to complement the cooler fall and winter weather. 


I did create a tasty zucchini soup which my hubby and I enjoyed last summer.  The lightness of the broth and the freshness of the straight-from-the-garden ingredients made a perfect menu item along with cold summer salads and a refreshing glass of iced tea.  We also enjoyed cauliflower cheese soup for our summer lunches.




The soups I prepare for colder weather meals are much heartier, utilizing meat as the main ingredient.  Sometimes when I'm feeling adventurous, I use one of my basic recipes, adding different ingredients, substituting vegetables or perhaps using pasta instead of rice or barley.  Some of my favorites are minestrone, beef barley, beef and wild rice and chicken noodle. 



I created a recipe for leek and potato soup that I included in my first Daisy's Tea Garden book, MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES.  The recipe is below:

Daisy's Leek and Potato Soup

3 tablespoons high heat sunflower oil
1 cup onion
3 leeks, diced (about 2 cups)
1 cup celery, chopped
1 clove of garlic
3 tablespoons flour
1 quart chicken broth (I use Swanson 100% Chicken Broth/99% fat free)
2 1/2 to 3 cups peeled potatoes in small chunks
2 cups carrots, sliced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk

Trim top and bottom of leeks.  Cut lengthwise and soak in water 10 minutes.

In a 4 1/2-quart pot, heat sunflower oil and saute onion, leeks and celery for about 3 minutes.  After the mixture starts to sizzle, add garlic.  Add flour and stir well.  Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add potatoes, carrots, bay leaf, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil again, then simmer until potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes).  Add milk and simmer 5 more minutes.

Makes 6 servings.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Love Affair...with books

Reading is a love affair. Okay, it’s a lot of other things too like being able to follow the layout of putting toys together, getting the news, ordering at a restaurant, knowing where to catch your flight but the love part of reading comes with a book. You read a book for your own personal enjoyment. It’s a relationship. It’s all about you and the book and nothing else matter. Have you ever finished a book and felt sad it was over? 
That’s what happens when you love a book so much that it draws you deep inside you’re no longer sitting in your chair eating junk food. You’re suddenly in Africa, fighting a war, in the mountains, at the seaside or the bakery with friends.



What was the first time you felt this way? Can you remember the book where you were one with the characters and doing what they were doing? Did you feel cold in the snow, hot in the south in August? Did you get hungry reading the dinner party scene or suddenly crave a cup of tea because the characters where having a tea party?
My love affair with books started with Nancy Drew. I grew up in the Mad Menera when the world belonged to guys and girls didn’t have sports teams, and only went to college to be nurses or teachers. Law firms didn’t hire women, women weren’t stock brokers or engineers or doctors. They were the nurses.
When I read Nancy Drew my guy world blew apart. Nancy did everything. She drove a sports car, went to college, was smart and clever and humble and she was the one who got the job done. She pulled out her flashlight and went into old houses, dark caves, scary woods no matter what the danger. I loved that she sleuthed not just for mystery sake but to help others in trouble and didn’t go whining to some guy to save me
After reading Nancy Drew I was braver and wanted adventure and it carried though my whole life. I asked more questions, went to college when my parents didn’t want me to and I actually did work in the stock market when it was pretty much a guy thing.
Nancy Drew was not only a terrific read for an eight-year old but she gave me a path for life. So what about you? What was the very first book that drew you in where you were part of the setting, the danger, the romance? Where you actually became one of the characters?
When I read Murder on the Orient ExpressI truly felt as if I were on the train. When I read Gone With the WindI thought Damn those Yankees and I live in Ohio and am indeed a Yankee. I could feel the heat when Atlanta burned and felt hungry when Scarlett felt hungry.
The first time I read The Christmas CarolI think I actually saw the ghosts. When I read Jurassic ParkI was so afraid I had to remind myself to breathe and no there were no dinosaurs outside in the back yard. 
Are there books that have affected you this way and what was the very first one? Is there a book like Nancy Drew that changed your life like Nancy did mine? I hope so. This is the romance of books, when they become part of us, part of who we are and we love it.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

TAKING IT EASY. . . REALLY EASY

by Maggie Sefton




Well, the Holiday Season is over, and I have to be honest---that's fine with me.  As I previously shared with Cozy Chicks Readers and Friends, I traveled Back East where the majority of my Family is located to spend a wonderful and totally enjoyable Holiday Season.  I LOVE the holidays.  Even when they're super hectic like they were this year.

Now, I'm back in Colorado and taking it really easy.  And, I mean, really easy.  Like slowing down.  A lot.  Of course, every day brings various duties and chores and necessary errands to be accomplished, but after those are all done and taken care of, I head back home, stretch out on my family room sofa with a nice cuppa and read.  Like I said, Totally Relaxing.  And I cannot tell you how much I'm enjoying Totally Relaxing.  :)  At some point in January, I'll go into my office and poke around in my files and find notes and a To Be Done list.  But, not today or tomorrow.  Right now, that family room sofa and the cup of tea are calling louder.

But, I do not want to neglect Kelly Flynn and all her Friends, so I will remind everyone that the 16th Kelly Flynn Mystery was released last July in hardcover---DYEING UP LOOSE ENDS.  This coming July of 2019 will see the paperback edition released.   If you haven't checked out Kelly and the Gang, why not take a look.  Winter is a great time to discover new books and stories.  Roaring fireplaces and all that.

Right now, however, we're having one of those really mild Januarys.  So, no roaring fireplaces.  Fifty-plus degree days and sunny.  That happens here in Northern Colorado frequently.  But----Winter is just beginning, folks.  Let's see what happens.