Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Anti-Diva


by Nina Reid Norwood of the
Domestic Diva Mysteries
by Krista Davis








The great thing about being in the Domestic Diva Mysteries is that I get to eat all kinds of delicious food. I love to eat. Anything with cheese, mushrooms, artichokes, not to mention chocolate! The down side is that everyone thinks I'm a domestic diva. Did you know that Krista refers to me as the anti-diva? Now that's embarrassing.

The truth is that when my monster, excuse me, mother-in-law visits, I have takeout delivered to Sophie's house so I can transfer it to her serving dishes and throw the empty containers into Sophie's trash. So far I've got the mother-in-law fooled, but she's always making little comments like, "This is delicious! Worthy of a restaurant." I think the super clean refrigerator has her wondering. Thank goodness she doesn't visit often.

My husband is a forensic pathologist. He's always traveling, but I don't mind. My passion is rescuing animals. I just can't bear to think of them lost or hungry or homeless. So I foster them regularly and try to find homes for them. That's how I met Sophie. When she and Mars moved into their house, I was trying to place the most adorable puppy. Hoping they might be good dog parents, I took her over there to check them out. Little Daisy followed them around like she was already theirs. They fell in love with her that very day! And the best part is that I still get to see that happy little dog. Her tail spins in a circle when she sees me coming.

That's how I met Wolf Fleishman, too. He drops by the animal shelter regularly to donate food. The women who volunteer there with me always ogle him. Gotta admit that he has a certain charm. If I weren't married . . . . When he leaves they always gossip about his wife. The one who disappeared. If I believed the gossip that he killed his wife, I would never let Sophie date him. But anyone who is as kind to animals as Wolf is couldn't possibly have murdered his wife. I'm sure of it.

Now, even though I don't sew, try not to iron, and don't bake or cook, I do have one somewhat domestic talent. I mix a mean drink. From margaritas to martinis, I am the queen of cocktails. Believe me, when there's a murder, my talent comes in mighty handy!


Do you have one special diva-ish talent?

13 comments:

  1. Hi, Nina. A non-diva couldn't mix cocktails, I do believe. That said, I agree about Wolf. He's too good to animals (and to Sophie). But what is that story about his wife? Wondering...and hoping we'll find out soon! As for a diva-ish talent, well, I write about cheese and cook with cheese and research cheese, so I guess I have a "cheesey" diva talent? LOL. Pour me a margarita! Over ice, please.

    ~Avery AveryAames.com

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  2. I sometimes (gasp!) iron my table linens.

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  3. One margarita coming up for my cheesy friend! Avery, cheese is one of my favorite foods. Isn't it one of the most important food groups?

    ~ Nina Reid Norwood

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  4. Janet, I'm shocked. Ironing should be avoided at all costs!

    ~ Nina Reid Norwood

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  5. I'm with you Nina...but I think I win the title. Nothing even hinting at being a diva in this house. Basic recipes which I follow line by line; basic drinks, meaning opening a wine bottle; and I DON'T DO IRONING! Nor polishing of silver (which I hid in my closet when relatives visited recently).
    I do enjoy margaritas though...hint, hint.

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  6. Hmm... Diva-ish talent? I can't seem to come up with one. I do iron occasionally, but never my tablecloths like Janet does. Yikes. When my linens are crinkly I either spray them with water and stretch them out or cover them with food-laden platters so no one will notice.
    Hey, I always over-feed my guests. Does that count as a Diva-ish talent?

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  7. Ummm...I'm like Julie and can't think of any, Nina! I'm one of those people who looks for shortcuts. :)

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  8. I can't think of any diva-ish talent. But I'm glad you're friends with Sophie and I wonder about Wolf's missing wife.

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  9. P-p-polishing silver, Erika? Where are the smelling salts?

    ~ Nina Reid Norwood

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  10. Julie, over-feeding guests is definitely diva-ish. I love the way you "iron" your linens. Must remember that trick!

    ~ Nina Reid Norwood

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  11. Elizabeth, Krista tells me that you can't think of one thing because you're a domestic diva who does it all! Hah! Tripped you up. ; )

    ~ Nina Reid Norwood

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  12. Dru, we're all wondering about Wolf's wife. I think it might be time for me to do a little snooping . . .

    ~ Nina Reid Norwood

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  13. Diva-ish talent... like singing an aria??? Nope.

    But I, too, am wondering about the Case of the Disappearing Wolf's Mate!

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