Sunday, May 20, 2012

Summer Dreams


Sophie Winston

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The Domestic Diva Mysteries

by Krista Davis




Have you ever seen Old Town when the azaleas are in bloom? Red, pink, purple, white, and if you're lucky, you might even spot one of the rare orange ones. It's a riot of color. But that's over now and we're heading into summer.

All of Old Town is buzzing about Roscoe Green's wedding to his assistant, Mindy. Although I'm an event planner, I steer clear of weddings. If any of the rumors are true about the Greene wedding, then I'm glad I'm not involved. Mindy insisted on being married in Ireland, and I hear it's set back US-Irish relations substantially.

Meanwhile, I've set up the annual Greene family picnic and open house. With Mindy bugging the Irish, I've had a free hand. I've done it before, though, and I know what Roscoe likes.

Roscoe owns Planter's Punch, an upscale gardening supply business, and Backwoods, which carries items for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Each year he opens his home to his friends and employees for a family-oriented party. There will be strolling musicians and face painters, and I have a troop of children's game specialists coming. The food is always great -- barbecue, lemonade, and everyone's favorite, an ice cream bar where you can choose your own toppings, including sprinkles.

There is one thing that irks me, though. I'm supposed to keep Roscoe's ex-wife, Olive, out. They're newly divorced, and she's not much of a socialite anyway, so maybe she won't try to crash the party, but there's something unsavory about her name at the bottom of my guest list with the words per Mindy, Olive Greene is not invited this year.

It just seems unkind. Ungracious. Inhospitable. After all, isn't everyone welcome at an open house?

Assuming I can get through the radiology expo and Fourth of July extravaganza on my schedule, I'm taking some time off. Just for me. So I can putter around in the garden, and laze in a hammock in the shade in my backyard, reading a good mystery. Maybe I can talk Wolf into a day trip or two. We're so busy that we never get to spend much quality time together. But we will this summer. As soon as the Greene party is over.

What's your plan for the summer? Are you taking a vacation? A staycation?


9 comments:

  1. I am so looking forward to June so I can get my book and start reading. I really enjoy this series and am looking for more of it :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Shawn! I hope you enjoy it. There's a banana muffin recipe in it that has become one of my all time favorites. Yum!

      ~ Krista

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  2. Don't let anything keep you from relaxing during your time off, Sophie!

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    1. Not a chance, Willow! Nothing can deter me from lounging in the backyard with a margarita and a good book. Nothing!

      ~ Sophie

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  3. I need a vacation right now. Hope you enjoy yours Sophie :-)

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    1. Kari, maybe you could come over and join me. We'll kick our shoes off, have homemade ice cream with caramel *and* fudge sauce and have a just-the-girls afternoon!

      ~ Sophie

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  4. I have a short trip coming in June and then one in the Fall. I hope you and Wolf can take a few day away.

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  5. Sophie, good luck with a guest list that "un" invites someone. How rude. On the other hand, no, no, no, I'll keep those thoughts to myself.

    But I wish you and Wolf good luck with a stay cation. That sounds heavenly. Local theater, local gardens, museums. We forget how much we have to see in our own backyards!

    Best,

    Charlotte (in Providence)

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