Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Time to Enjoy the Holidays

by Meg Corey, from the Orchard Mysteries by Sheila Connolly


It’s always such a relief when the harvest is finished.  I’d never realized that it covers from August until November. Different apples ripen at different times, and then there are the oddball ones that decide to ripen all at once.

I hire a small crew of pickers to handle my harvest, and my orchard manager Bree keeps an eye on them.  They do the picking better and faster than I do, so I have the task of handling all the paperwork—paychecks, and making sure the markets I sell the apples to have paid, and ordering equipment and supplies, and other things like that.

And now it’s over for another year.  Plus it was a great crop this year. I feel very lucky.

Now I can focus on the holidays.  Since last year I was new at this whole thing, I barely noticed there was a holiday, after saying goodbye to the pickers and promising they’d have a job when the next harvest season rolled around. Oh, and there was a blizzard that kind of messed the calendar up too.

This year I can relax, just a little.  With Seth Chapin, my whatever-he-is.  That’s something we’re working on, but what with my orchard, and his home renovation business, there are days when we hardly see each other, even though we live next door to each other (that’s a New England “next door”—we can’t even see each other’s houses).  Now that the New England winter has set in, we can spend more time together.
 
 

We can go cut a tree from the woods behind our adjoining properties, and put it up in the front parlor, which is where the working fireplace is.  We can light a fire and put our feet up and admire the honey-colored wood of my house, now over two hundred years old.  If I have the energy, I can go bake something with lots of cinnamon so the house will smell wonderful, or maybe mull some wine—or cider!—and we’ll return to sitting in front of the fire, enjoying our peace for as long as it lasts.

I haven’t figured out what I’m giving Seth for Christmas.  I think his gift to me involves plumbing. Actually that would be the perfect gift for me, but I don’t know if I can top it with a gift for him.

I hope your holidays are as wonderful as I think mine will be.
 


As you know by now, we at Killer Characters are giving away books for the holidays.  All you have to do is leave a comment for this post and you’ll be eligible for a signed copy of Golden Malicious, the most recent Orchard Mystery (and a New York Times Bestseller!), or an earlier title in the series if you need to catch up.  And since I know you’ll have a few other distractions on Christmas Day, I’ll give you an extra day to comment. 

Have a wonderful holiday! 
 

 

34 comments:

  1. Thanks, Sheila.

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. A wonderful series, thanks!
    Lynn

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  3. Hi Sheila. I have not read this series yet but I love finding new stories. Merry Christmas to all.

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  4. Merry Christmas everyone.

    xzjh04@gmail.com

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  5. This is a fun series and I really enjoy reading it. Merry Christmas! rencw@verizon.net

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  6. Merry Christmas! I'm getting reading for the hour drive to my folks house to celebrate with them!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  7. I love this series! lkleback@hotmail.com

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    Merry Christmas! Have a beautiful day
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  9. This series is on my wish list. Merry Christmas from snowy MN!

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  10. Merry Christmas! I have read one of the books in this series and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to reading more.

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  11. Merry Christmas!! Sounds like a great book!

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  12. Merry Christmas. Wonderful series. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Merry Christmas! Love this series and many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks for all the contests in December.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  15. Merry Christmas to you! Sounds like a fun series.

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  16. I’ve been having a great time commenting here. I wanted to tell you how much I love the picture of those beautiful apples! What a gorgeous color! Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  17. Merry Christmas!!!

    I can think of worst gifts than plumbing.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  18. Merry Christmas Sheila and all of the authors at Killer Characters.

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  19. definitely a series I need to start reading soon!! I have a few of the earlier books in my TBR pile.......
    Merry Christmas & Happy 2014 to you & yours!!!

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  20. Merry Christmas everyone. I always wanted to live in one of those big old houses but they seem to be a lot of work.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  21. Merry Christmas sounds like a good series celsaieh88@gmail.com

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  22. Merry Christmas ....

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  23. Merry Christmas hope everyone had a good one

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  24. Merry Christmas.....celsaieh88@gmail.com

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  25. Merry Christmas. Celsaieh88@gmail.com

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  26. Haven't read this series yet but would love to
    Merry Chritmas.

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  27. Just started this series and loving it. momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  28. I love this series! I can't wait to see were Meg and Seth are going to go together!

    susierobertsmom at hotmail dot com

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  29. I have some of the books in this series, but not the latest ones. I also have some of your glassblowing mysteries. Merry Christmas!

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I love this series. Meg and Seth are the perfect couple!

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  31. Eat an apple every day--love this series where things are never as easy as one might like--Ronna Lord---not anonymous!!

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  32. If it isn't too late i'd love to throw my hat in the ring.

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