by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
At the heart of these novels is usually a cozy setting, say a small town or village, with interesting people, and heroines who are just a little more spunky than ourselves.
But what makes the lives of these characters so cozy?
To me, cozy means a hot cup of tea, a good read, a lap robe, and a kitty nestled on my knee on a cold winter's day.
It means fairy lights to brighten a dark winter's night.
Hmm ... there seems to be a theme here. That cozy is only attainable when the temperatures dip and the sky is studded with a plethora of stars. But that's not entirely true.
Cozy is a sweating glass of iced (sweet or not) tea on a hot July day.
Cozy is using your Mom's (or Grandma's) dishes for special occasions--or even more rare, every day of the week.
Cozy is the loving care you give to family members when you wash and fold their clothes, or cook a meal--even if it's only hot dogs or mac-and-cheese.
Cozy is what you do to make your home and life a wonderful place to be even when you are in dire circumstances. At those times, I think we need to most surround ourselves in the joy of a cozy life with the people and the things we love best.
What is it that makes YOU feel cozy?