Saturday, December 29, 2012
The Last Remnant
by Willow Vanderling from the Threadville Mystery Series by Janet Bolin
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It’s a funny time of the year. We rush to get ready for the holidays, and then we have sales and more customers. My embroidery boutique, In Stitches, has been packed with customers. I’m not complaining…
Meanwhile, the mess I created while making, finishing, and wrapping presents is still in my guest room. The good news is that I turned it into a replica of Santa’s workshop. The bad news is I could use a few hundred of Santa’s elves to help clean it up.
Because…here comes the New Year, a time of new beginnings, and how can I begin something new when my workspace is so cluttered that I can’t find even one spool of green embroidery thread?
I know, I know. I should have started getting ready for the holidays earlier in the year. I did start in August, kind of gradually. But as long as I had one moment left, I kept making gifts. Even early Christmas morning, I was still embroidering and stitching bookmarks to stuff into the stockings of my Threadville friends, Haylee and her three mothers, Opal, Naomi, and Edna, and Edna’s beau, Gord.
I only stopped when it was time to cross the street and join the others at Haylee’s for the afternoon and evening. Haylee roasted the turkey, and the rest of us contributed goodies.I brought veggies, dip, and an assortment of cookies.
Ahem, yes, you’re right. I should have eaten more veggies and fewer cookies.
And now the feasting is mostly over, and so is the year, and I’m busy with the holiday sales at In Stitches. But I really need to tidy my guest room. So little time, and so many projects!
What about you? What do you do with yourself between Christmas and New Year’s? Do you feel like it’s the tag end of the year, or do you focus on the year about to begin? Do you relax, go into a tidying frenzy, or start new projects?
The third Threadville Mystery, THREAD AND BURIED, coming in June 2013, can be preordered from Amazon! And the fourth one is in the works...