Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Last Remnant

by Willow Vanderling from the Threadville Mystery Series by Janet Bolin

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?

DIRE THREADS was nominated for both an Agatha Award for Best First novel and for the Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (the Bony Blithe.) You can order DIRE THREADS and THREADED FOR TROUBLE from any bookstore or from these booksellers. Visit Janet at facebook and twitter.

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10 comments:

  1. I just have to go to work, so nothing special about the days between Christmas and New Years. A busy time at the office, so too tired to enjoy much in the evenings.

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    1. I turned my hobby into my career, and my commute is short--up a flight of stairs in the morning and down in the evening. I even go home for lunch! But I do need to spend some of my evenings preparing for the next day's workshop, so there's no way around it--I have to tidy! I'll start (groan) tonight.

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  2. I've been busy putting things away and planning how I'll rearrange the furniture after we take the tree down Jan 1st. I have also made a list of all the projects I want to do around the house in the New Year.

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    1. And when you're done with those projects, come over and help me...

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    1. Excellent plan! Hibernation...with a bottle of something, Dorothy?

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  4. I do nothing for Xmas so have no clean up! I am retired so I enjoy using this week for catching up on reading, drinking tea, excercise and visiting friends. Its a good week to be quiet and stay in away from crowds of shopper frenzy.

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    1. I certainly have shopping frenzy in my store! We're all excited about making certain we have plenty of machine embroidery supplies on hand in case we get snowed in. Of course, I'd still have lots of friends across the street, and tea, and books, and dogs to walk.

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  5. I'm still in holiday mode between Christmas & New year. Today for instance I went to see THE HOBBIT.

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    1. Holiday mode! I love that! How was THE HOBBIT? The costumes look awesome.

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