Oh boy, never thought this would ever happen, but even though I now live in paradise, I'm finding myself getting a little homesick--this being my first Christmas away from home. I went back to New Jersey to visit my family at Thanksgiving and there wasn't any wiggle room in my budget to make another trip. Besides, it's the high season in Key West and my boss Wally wants all hands on deck at our style magazine, Key Zest.
But I find myself myself longing for one night in New York City. If you've never seen Rockefeller Center at Christmas, you've missed the most beautiful sight in the world. The biggest tree anywhere and the skaters floating around the rink just underneath and the amazing displays in the department store windows...
Anyway, my roommate, Miss Gloria, noticed I was a little teeny bit down and she insisted on showing me how gorgeous a tropical Christmas can be. Even the boats in the harbor have lights on them! And there's a special tour on the Conch Tour Train to see the decorations all around town. And you haven't seen poinsettias until you've been to this island--they love this climate and they look amazing...Miss Gloria was so sweet about the whole thing. And that reminded me that I do have a family here in Key West now too.
And finally, as my cat Evinrude was quick to say, isn't home where the cat is?
So I'm starting to feel a lot better about my new home. And I love the idea of the Cozy Christmas giveaway here on Killer Characters! Just comment each day on our posts and your name will be entered. Here's the question of the day:
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU'LL BE HOMESICK FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?
And come back tomorrow to see if you've won. Even if you don't win, keep in mind that you've got a ton of chances all month. And remember that paperback cozy mysteries are exactly the right size to fit in Christmas stockings. :)
Evinrude (who, like all cats, is shameless about promoting himself) would like to suggest the Key West food critic mysteries, AN APPETITE FOR MURDER and DEATH IN FOUR COURSES. You can read all the latest if you "like" us on Facebook or follow us on twitter or check out our website!