Sunday, May 20, 2012
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?