Thursday, March 19, 2015

Join me on my Staycation

There’s nothing quite like the relief  I feel when a manuscript goes off to the editor.  I usually like to find some way to celebrate or even better, take a mini-vacation.  But this March, my plans were foiled.  My vacation plans had been rescheduled (a story for another blog).  My hubby was out of town.  Long story short: it was winter in Ottawa. I wanted a break. And I was stuck at home. 

When life sends lemons, we know what to do.  I decided to take a STAYCATION for my lemonade.  No long line-up in airports or getting up at 3 am to catch a connection. No bulging suitcases or realizing that the bathing suit should have come with a tent.  
This was a time to connect with family and friends and do things I’d been putting off. 

I had time to have a longer than usual visit with my 92-year old mother-in-law.  We had a ‘picnic’ with ribs and sweet potato fries at a table the staff set up at her care home. 

You may remember that Teagan and I got to make a pie and enjoy Paddington at the movies. We also had time for Teagan to draw and paint.  I got to keep this one! 

I caught up with my friends, usually over lunch or walks or browsing in stores.  Who has time for that as a rule?  
My friend Christine and I had a great lunch and then explored a shop next door that specializes in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Who knew there was such a place?

The weather didn’t really cooperate, but later in the week, I did enjoy a cup of coffee while basking in front of the ‘lawn’. 

There was time to relax with the pooches (and bribe them) and to clown around a bit with Victoria (courtesy of the Dollar Store).   Even our trip to the vet was more relaxed without the time pressure.


Speaking of St. Paddy's Day, what's that without music?  I got to enjoy my friend Chris Rodgers and his amazing band, The Bay County Bys, play in the village. The roof was coming off our local pub, The Mill Tavern, that night.  

Still a few things to do before I get back to work, a stroll around the village, a visit to the French Café and (if the snow melts a bit more), the dog park.  I'll try for pix.

All of these things were easy and fun because of the great people involved: people I care about (and excellent dogs too)  Most of them, like the best things, in life were free (or at least inexpensive).

I still have dozens of things I'd like to do on this staycation, but I guess it's time to get busy writing another book.
Victoria and I will be back at the keyboard very soon, plotting The Hammett Hex, our fifth Book Collector mystery. She had her own staycation, but she can tell you that herself.  I think we’ll both have more energy, now that we’re recharged. 
It's your turn.  Have you had a ‘staycation’?  Did you enjoy it and do you have any suggestions for us on our next staycation?


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Unknown said...

Sometimes those are the best "vacations" and it sounds like you truly enjoyed yours. I had a question for you. Are you going to write any more Charlotte Adams mysteries? I am a fanatical organizer because of my OCD and I just loved that series. Thanks!

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

MJ, it sounds wonderful!! And I love the pictures...thanks so much for this great idea.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Shannon! I also miss Charlotte, but have been so busy with book collector mysteries that I haven't been able to finish the one that I am working on. I hope that Charlotte will be back before too long.

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Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks Mary! It save all the aggro of traveling too. XO MJ

Laura said...

I recently learned that m hometown also has an oils store! Who knew one could specialize and have a business? Your staycation sounds relaxing and delightful.
I am presently housesitting for someone who is making those 3am connections. My plans are to delete emails and watch the boxed set of Gilmore Girls. But now I discover she gets far more tv stations than my house. I may discover a whole new world without leaving the couch.

Diane said...

Your staycation sounds great. I saw an olive oil store at Evergreen Walk in the next town. I think I'll look them up. I have been reading a little about olive oil and how the ones in the grocery store are not pure olive oil and have stuff in them that is not good. I didn't read it too well so not sure what I am talking about. LOL Not unusual for me!

suz said...

Sometimes for our own nourishment it's important to reconnect with those special friends and family members we don't get to spend that much time with. Sounds like you did a great job of that. May the fun continue.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Have fun with the TV stations! You can bingewatch. So much fun.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Me too, Diane! It never stops me from shooting off my mouth. Hugs. MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks so muych, suz! That was the best part of it. Thanks for coming by and I hope you are having fun too.



Anonymous said...

Staycations are the best !

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I couldn't agree more, Anonymous!



Liz Straw said...

I like to get together with my best friend and do small day trips, nearby places that you never go to because they are so close you will get there one day. Then the antique and flea market tours.

Kendra said...

My staycation starts tomorrow, when I get comp time for working during Spring Break last week. I'm going to the dog show tomorrow and root for the corgis and the other breeds my friends have. I also plan to catch up on time with Phoebe and other friends and family. Glad you enjoyed your break, Spine Tingler!