Friday, January 20, 2012

Chilly Weather & Hot Relationship Problems





Sophie Winston

blogs for

Krista Davis

author of

The Domestic Diva Mysteries





It's that time of year again.  If it's not snowing, it's icy.  If it's not icy, it's muddy.  I'm cooking all sorts of hearty comfort foods like yummy macaroni and cheese (four cheeses, of course), spicy chili, beef stew, and my favorite indulgence late at night after work -- hot chocolate pudding.

If I had any sense at all, I would book a cruise for January and get away to the sun.  Maybe visit Hayley Snow in Key West.  She's living it up in the sunshine!  But as dismal as January and February are in terms of weather, they're prime months for event planners.  I'm booked solid.  As I look through my planner, I'm wondering if I haven't overbooked myself.  No time off until July!  I'm blocking out a week of vacation time right now -- in ink!  Right after the Fourth of July, and the radiology convention, and the annual Greene family picnic.

Picnic sounds so simple doesn't it?  That's what the Greenes like to call it.  It's really their version of a big company party for the employees at their catalogs, Planter's Punch, which caters to Southern gardeners, and Backwoods for hunting and fishing enthusiasts.  They always schedule it for National Ice Cream Day and have a fabulous ice cream bar where their guests can make their own sundaes.  By all rights, Olive Greene ought to be one of Old Town's socialites, but she'd rather putter around in her garden than, well, just about anything else, which means I have a free hand in making the "picnic" arrangements.

But as soon as I'm done with that, I'm taking a week off just for myself.  Maybe I'll take a staycation and putter around in my own garden.  Lots of time to decide that.

Uh oh, Mars, my ex-husband is coming up the sidewalk.  I've been avoiding him like crazy since we shared an awkwardly romantic moment in the fall.  I don't know how to handle it, so I've been ducking him at every opportunity.  I can't keep running away from him.  Can I?  Do I have to face him and talk about it (please say no) or can I just pretend like it never happened?



11 comments:

  1. I absolutely can not wait for this book to come out. I miss Sophie and the gang.

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  2. What an amazing read. Sounds terrific. Love the cover. Maybe not acknowledge the awkward moment happened and move on? I hate those moments too. Good luck

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  3. I think you can continue to pretend it didn't happen. Mentioning it might be seen as an invitation . . .

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  4. Shawn, we're chomping at the bit. It won't be long now.

    ~ Sophie

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  5. Duffy, you and Willow are giving me the same advice, so it must be good advice. Maybe I'll do exactly that -- just move on. But what if it happens again? Willow, I agree that talking about it might open a whole new kettle of problems!

    ~ Sophie

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  6. You know what they say about elephants in the room...or the garden, too. I think you need to decide what it meant to you and then you can face it and remove it.
    Or, you could take a cruise. (I also love the cover!!)

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  7. I love the color.

    First you need to decide if the awkwardness is due to some lingering affection,

    Then question yourself if you are firmly comitted to Wolfe,

    Once you have the answer to the two questions, then you need to talk to Mars and get it settled.

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  8. Oh, Erika, you're so right about the elephant in the room. I should have gone on a cruise. I could have avoided him for a whole week.

    ~ Sophie

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  9. Gosh, Dru, of course there's lingering affection. We were married for years, and we're still friends. I just didn't think about the affection being, well, romantic! You're right. There's Wolf to consider. He's a great guy!

    ~ Sophie

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  10. Sophie, I happen to agree with Dru. You have to decide what you're feeling. I know it's hard sometimes to figure that out, but try. Be honest. Write down the qualities you adore about him. And then write down WHY you don't want to talk with him. Wolf is a great guy. But will he always be there for you? And why is your ex showing affection once again? You are a catch, of course. That's probably it.

    ~Avery

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  11. Decisions decisions...can't wait to hear what you decide to do :-)

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