by Kath Rutledge of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not a ghost or a mouse.
(That isn’t exactly true. The Weaver’s Cat,
my fiber and fabric shop was packed with
last minute customers.)
The stockings were all knit,
We’d been working full tilt,
And Argyle, the shop cat,
Was asleep on his quilt.
(He’s a cutie, isn’t he?)
When up in the attic,
There arose such a moaning,
I dashed up the stairs
And I couldn’t help groaning . . .
(. . . and this is why it isn’t exactly true that not a creature was stirring. Mice weren’t the problem; it was Geneva. She was moping and moaning, and it took a while to find out what was bothering her.)
“I’ve been looking forward to this night,
But it just isn’t Christmas,
Because something’s not right.”
“The lights are aglow,
And I hear the church bells,
But it isn’t the same,
Without the right smells.”
“We have oranges and hot cocoa,” I said.
And the fresh cut fir we’ve brought inside.
What smells are missing?”
“Warm gingerbread,” she sighed.
Gingerbread – what a simple and perfect request! How can I deny her? But I’m not much of a baker, and I’d rather not experiment on something so important to Geneva, so I’ll have to search through Granny’s recipes for one that looks both good and foolproof.
Do you have a favorite gingerbread recipe? Or a favorite Christmastime smell that triggers cozy memories?
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Kath Rutledge and Geneva appeared most recently in DYEING WISHES, the second book in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries. The series is available in mass market, e-book, and audio wherever books are sold. Kath and Geneva will return in SPINNING IN HER GRAVE in March 2014 (now available for pre-order.)
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