Monday, December 30, 2013

Out with the old - in with the new






An optimistic end-of-year  submission by Walter the Pug, of Victoria Abbott's book collector mysteries, The Christie Curse and The Sayers Swindle.


















Walter here!  I’m not going to lie to you: my buddies and I may have over-indulged this holiday season.  












The big orange-furred human (the one called Mick)  was less than pleased when he discovered that my dog buddy Cobain and I ate the old fruit cake.  I’m not sure why, I saw the date on the label and it said Kroger’s 1941.  It WAS soaked in rum though but that is probably how the Moon Landing newspapers met their unfortunate demise.   On that note, I would like to discuss some New Year’s resolutions.


Eat better.  Remember, just because it smells like food, it may not be food.  Case in point the pumpkin pie candle incident of 2011.  Maybe try just sticking to the stuff they put in my bowl.  


Be more generous.  I am going to make a concerted effort to share the tennis ball more with Cobain, even though he might run straight to the cops with it!


Get more sleep. With all the hubbub that goes on around here, I’m not always getting my full 21 hours.  


And finally, keep my nose out of things.  Michael Kelly’s Fine Antiques is a virtual smorgasbord of scents and sniffing can get you into trouble.  Drunken fruit cake kind of trouble.  I sure hope Jordan makes the same resolution, because her nosiness is always getting us into a jam and I’m getting a little long in the tooth to keep coming to her rescue.  Although, I am a sucker for a pretty lady with liver-snaps in her pocket.


So, Friends, whatever this New Year brings, I hope it’s less trouble and much more fun than the last.  Happy 2014!


Love,


Walter


As part of the seasonal spirit, we are giving away a book every day of December here at Killer Characters. To win a copy of The Sayers Swindle, all you need to do is answer Walter’s question in a comment. Walter wants to know if you’ve ever made a resolution …that you’ve kept.  Feel free to substitute a comment from your pet.

We’re waiting!  Oh, and by the way, if you already own The Sayers Swindle, we're happy to substitute a Walter the Pug tote bag. 


40 comments:

  1. Like everyone else, I used to make a failed resolution to lose weight, so now I just don't make any and resolve to enjoy the upcoming year.

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  2. One of the resolutions I've kept is that: I would read more books and that was a great one for always! Now, each year I try to add 5 more books then I read last year................
    Lynn/MI

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  3. Last year resolution was to get a job and I did! sweetcandi32010@yahoo.com

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  4. Last year (2013), I did make a resolution to get more exercise. I try to walk daily. I work in a facility which is built in a circle, so on days when the weather does not permit outside walking, I walk laps around the facility. I walk about 5 laps which takes up my 30 min of lunch time. Some times I'm able to walk with friends and that is very enjoyable to spend the time walking and visiting.

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  5. Last year I made a resolution to exercise more and I've stuck with an every-other-day routine, thanks to my exercise bike. This year, I need to step it up a bit, though, so that I...hopefully...see more results. As for my dog, Molly, I think she's resolved to nap on the couch more, and in this she has definitely been successful. rencw@verizon.net. Thank you!

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  6. I really enjoyed your latest book. Candy was a surprise. Can't wait to find out about Lance and Tyler.

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  7. Last year I resolved to have more patience with certain family members, so far I have kept it, however this holiday season my patience was beginning to fade but I kept to my resolve (and luckily they left just in time ;)). jenjans2011@gmail.com.

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  8. Last year I resolved to get organized, and I accomplished SOME of my projects. Now to tackle the rest in 2014...

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  9. I've stopped making resolutions years ago, as I believe in just being the best me all year long.........

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  10. I have resolved to read the Bible in a year a couple of times and I have done that. But otherwise I don't usually make New Year's resolutions.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  11. I resolve to read The Christie Curse which just arrived.

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  12. kim j
    I think the dogs got together and made the resolution to make sure that I got more exercise. Every time I sit down, one of them wants out and God forbid they all go out at the same time. We have four, so it becomes quite the game
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  13. I don't make new years resolution.... Happy New year..... love them pugs celsaieh88@gmail.com

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  14. I've stopped doing NY resolutions, but I always hope to find a great read in the new year!

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  15. No, I'm not a resolution maker!

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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  16. After many failed resolutions over the years - exercise more, eat better, lose weight, etc - my resolution now is to not make any resolutions! I've been very successful with this one for some time now. :)
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  17. I do not make resolutions but focus upon important goals. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Rarely have I made and kept resolutions. I will this year since it is important. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. None of my resolutions ever worked out, so I quit making them. However, this past year I joined a 100 book challenge at the beginning of January and completed that...does it count? :-)

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  20. Walter, you are marvelous. As the Kliban cat said, never eat anything bigger than your head.
    I'm reading your new book right now I LOVE the Lord Peter Whimsey books, So far my only complaint is you haven't gotten enough page time.
    Happy, healthy new year.

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  21. I don't usually make resolutions.

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  22. I've tried making resolutions, but they never seem to stick. This past year I have worked on a "photo of the day" album for the whole year (using Shutterfly) and it has been very fun and I'm glad I kept up with it. Wasn't really a resolution, but more like a fun project that I did stick with. Happy New Year!

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  23. Yes, I kept last year's resolution-it was for every 10 paperback romances and mysteries I read I needed to read one of the classics. I finally finished reading all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books and have started on all of Shakespeare's writing. That's to continue over into this coming year. whew
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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  24. Last year I decided to get more organized, I did get some things accomplished, this year I plan to continue on.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  25. Smudge cat's resolution should be to quit throwing up in mom's bed...especially when she is trying to sleep.

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  26. About 7 years ago I made a resolution to quit smoking (for about the hundredth time)----and I actually did it. Surprised myself.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  27. I've never kept a resolution in my life. Best not to make them I think.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  28. I haven't made a resolution in a long time. I procrastinate until it's too late. ;)

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  29. Happy New Year, Walter (and Mary Jane)! I don't think I've EVER kept a New Year's resolution and stopped making them for many years. I made one again for the first time a few years back,,,and didn't keep it. To heck with them, I say! Good luck keeping yours! :)

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  30. No resolutions here!

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  31. I love Victoria Abbott, Walter The Pug and The Christie Curse! I don't make resolutions because I don't keep them. My cat Nutmeg resolves to keep his water in his bowl instead of sloshing it all over the floor and then walking in it getting wet paw prints everywhere!

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  32. I don't normally make resolutions because they are generally broken by February. The longest I have kept one is until about September, I think.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  33. Our dog, Dusty Rose, has made a New Year's resolution every year, and forces us to keep it --- get my husband and I to play with her daily. The cats I think also make New Year's resolutions that they keep --- enjoy basking in the sunshine napping, and ignoring us whenever possible...

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  34. The Sawyers Swindle in on my wishlist. Loved the Christie Curse. My New Years resolution is to take my dog Louie on a walk every day, or on most days. Right now I am down with a bad cough and we are both lying in bed together. I wheeze and cough when I walk - not a great way to end the old year and bring in the new...

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    1. Yikes! Get better, Liz! Louis is counting on you. Hope you are already feeling okay again.

      Hugs,

      Walter (by proxy)

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  35. Yes I made a resolution 3 years ago to learn to say "no" to request on my time without guilt. It was very empowering. I highly recommend saying NO to people and taking back the power to enjoy your time and your life as you please. My cat Feathenia , made a resolution to give up catnip once a day but failed miserably

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  36. Finished the book last night and loved it.

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  37. I made the resolution to quit smoking, I have now been smoke free for 7 Years.

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  38. My human mother says not this year, just be nice and I don't know what you mean because I'm only 9 months old, does it involve climbing on the mantel or entertainment center with all of Mom's treasures?
    Kitty Katy

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