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.



Fred said...

A few years ago, when Border's were still in business, my friend and author Jeanne Dams lead a mystery group that we named Bordering On Crime. We would read cozies of newer and lesser known authors for a group discussion. But for December we would each select a culinary related book and bring an item from the book or somehow related to the story. We would then give a brief description of the book we read and then enjoy the food and discuss mysteries in general. I later took over the group and we were honored to have Cozy Chick, Kate Collins, at one of our regular meeting. Quite an enjoyable evening that was.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

It sounds like a wonderful group!! And I love the idea of the wine and chocolate.

Karen in Ohio said...

Chocolate and wine! Two of my favorite food groups. Congratulations on completing your probation, Mary Jane!

I'm in two book clubs here, and one online one that reads very sporadically. Probably because... well, no wine. The one group meets at different members' homes each month to six weeks, depending on schedules, and we all potluck. With wine. And for the last 15 years one member has always hosted at her Christmas-decorated home, also. Spouses/SO's are included, and after the book discussion (while the SO's are in another room) everyone gets together for a pirate book exchange. Everyone draws a number and each in turn chooses a wrapped book left under the tree (each person brings a book). Each book can be "stolen" by subsequent book choosers, and hilarity prevails. It's always a fun time. With wine, of course, and Christmas goodies, including chocolate ones.

Annette N said...

I love the fact that you have a group who is so supportive and also enjoys the idea of reading whether the book is read or not. I hope your Christmas is a lovely one.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That sounds really lovely, Fred. I remember Jeanne Dams from my own bookstore days and from Malice. How nice that you snagged 'our Kate' too.

Thanks for this.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

And usually (but not always) books! Priorities and books have to be in that top three.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

The pirate book game sounds like so much fun! I'll suggest it. Two book clubs sounds amazing too. Thanks, Karen!




Mary Jane Maffini said...

You too Annette! Thanks for 'dropping in'. Hope you have books and chocolates in the season ahead. XO MJ/VA