Monday, January 21, 2013

Just imagine... it's summer!

By: Jaymie Leighton
From: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 2: Bowled Over 
Pub. Date: March 5th, 2013
  

Sometimes in the middle of winter I like to sit in a sunny window and pretend it's summer. Oh, I know, I should be out enjoying the winter. And sometimes I do. Hoppy - my Yorkie-Poo - is a little guy and only has three legs, but he's all dog and loves the snow. He'll race around like mad in the yard, and I walk him down to the river so he can bark at the seagulls that float out on the glassy, icy surface, chunks of ice bobbing around them. I always shiver when I see ducks and seagulls on the frigid water; don't their feet get cold?

And really, is there anything better than coming home from a winter walk to brew a strong cup of tea or frothy cocoa and sit by a roaring fire? I do that sometimes, just to keep the fireplace in our formal parlor working right.

One wonderful thing about winter is that indoor pursuits can be so fun, and no, I don't mean those kind of indoor pursuits! (Though those can be fun, too, especially as Valentine Day draws near) I mean cooking and organizing recipes, and writing my Recipes From The Vintage Kitchen cookbook. I love trying out recipes in the winter because it serves a dual purpose by warming up the house a little. Our big yellow brick can get pretty chilly at times!

Ah... but summertime! Bare feet and sweet-scented flowers, long walks, summer rain washing all the dust away, and gardening. Warm breezes and evenings spent in the yard listening to the night noises as the village settles down around me. I love it.

So I got to wondering... what is your favorite season, and why? Are you one of those vigorous Nordic types who likes to ski and snowshoe? Or are you like me and enjoy more the garden and warmth and sunshine? Or do spring or autumn bring a smile to your lips?

And what (besides work) do you do to while away the winter hours if you're not a winter sport kind of person? Give me some ideas!

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14 comments:

  1. I like all the seasons. I like winter, but only when it snows, as snow makes me smile. It makes everything pretty. Just don't fall in it when it is slippery and frozen. I like the spring, when the trees suddenly become green again, and those first spring flowers make me smile as well. I like summer, to be able to go outdoors without a coat, but it must not get too hot. And fall is beautifull, when the trees show their colors, and those last warm days to enjoy the garden and the butterflies.
    But what I do all year long, rain or shine, hot or cold, is read a good book. And read my favourite blogs and get new ideas for books I need to buy.

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    1. Oh, Aurian, books! Winter is my favorite time to read, snuggling under a warm comforter. So true!

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  2. In retail, we're always a couple of seasons ahead of ourselves, so I'm stocking spring and summer fabrics and thinking about next fall's colors and textures. And I'm stitching fabrics that are bright yellow, apple green, hot pink, or lavender, the colors of spring. Yes, I guess spring in my favorite, mainly because of those tender, fragrant flowers.

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    1. I love spring flowers... tulips and daffodils, shy primrose, fragrant hyacinth! And yes, the colors, mint green, lavender, pink and sunshine yellow.

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  3. I love the summer. I have more energy and like to work outside in my yard. I like to wear shorts and tank tops, not be weighed down with so many layers of clothes I can't move. I hate it when my hands are so cold I can't type. I've tried typing with my woolen gloves on and I look ridiculous. lol I like to feel the sun on my face not freeze my butt off.

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    1. Ah, yes, the garden! And I love wearing shorts and flip-flops!

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  4. I have to agree with you Jaymie, I love summer but mainly because school is closed and I have that time all to myself to indulge in reading, reading and more reading.

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    1. I remember loving summer holiday for that very reason. What chilled my bones were those 'school all year long' advocates!!

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  5. I wouldn't care what season it is - I'd be happy in that kitchen on the cover of your book anytime. I love it!

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  6. I love my kitchen too... it inspires me!

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  7. I like fall because it is cool and smells nice and I can go for long walks. I like spring for those same reasons. I like winter because it is pretty with the snow and I can bundle up and it is refreshing. I don't much care for summer since it gets hot and I don't like to be hot. Maybe if I had a swimming pool...

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    1. I get you about how hot summer is... seems like it is always a hot sumner now!

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  8. Hi,

    it IS Summer here & you can keep it. It is beyond sweltering here this Summer. Just horrific.

    I love the cool of Autumn & this year it can't come quick enough for me.

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    1. Thank you for reminding us to be thankful for our chilly brrrrrr temperatures!! LOL.

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