Saturday, February 22, 2014

Doldrum Conundrum

By:Dani Greene
Book: Drizzled with Death
Series: The Sugar Grove Mysteries
Author: Jessie Crockett

Snow! We've sure had a lot of it this year in New Hampshire. The snow banks are so high I can't see a thing from behind the wheel of my vintage MG Midget when I stop at intersections. I don't think even the people in minivans are doing much better.

We've plowed it, we've shoveled it and we've skied down it. But I'm done. The Winter Doldrums have finally worn me down. I've decided to simply ignore it until the sap begins to run and sugaring season begins. I've laid in a supply of cheese and crackers, coffee beans and red wine. Over the years I've bought more books than I've managed to read and I've decided now is the perfect time to catch up. Nothing makes a long winter pass faster than time spent with a book.

Mysteries are my favorite and I plan to spend the next couple of weeks curled up in my favorite chair gorging on Margery Allingham, Ngaio Marsh and a bunch of current authors like the ones I see listed on a blog called Killer Characters.

So how about you? How will you ride out the rest of the winter? Do you have any books to recommend in case things drag on and I run low?

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9 comments:

  1. Same as you. I plan to huddle, wrapped in a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and plenty of books to tide me over.

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    1. Dani's just spotted some recipes over at epicurious.com for microwaved cake in a mug that would probably go great with your hot chocolate, Dru!

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  2. See why we keep lots of fabrics and embroidery thread on hand?

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    1. It is also why Grandma Greene has a big stash of yarn, mostly wool!

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  3. I lived in Nashua, NH for 46 of my 50 years. Our last winter there we got that record breaking 135" that season, the snow pile at the end of the driveway was past the eaves of our 2 story house. The pile in the little patch we called our front lawn was a dangerous heights, and the pile by the edge of the street also so hard to see around.
    After that winter my daughter moved to Arizona, and a great opportunity opened for us to move, my son was turning 21, my 24 year old daughter in AZ with her husband. So we decided to see if we could move. Hubby made a couple calls and the next thing you know he has a job in North Carolina, working on the NASCAR hall of fame. We spent a year there, and laughed and laughed and laughed when a dusting of snow Shut The City Down! The weather men were standing in the grass holding yard sticks to try to get measurements. We are now in Charleston, and LOVE LOVE LOVE the southern style of life. It does get cold, but no more zero degrees with a wind chill of minus 25, with hubby working on the roof of a five story building on the river in Manchester.
    Although I truly miss friends and family back in NH I could not move back there, I couldn't handle the cold anymore. Maybe I'm getting old or I've just embraced my southern side, but dang I love the heat!
    Hang in there winter will end and then you'll get back the NH beauty of summer, riding through the mountains, hitting the lakes, and just driving through small towns and enjoy the feel of sun on your face and wind in your hair.

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    1. Carrie, right now every one in Sugar Grove is envying you and your lifestyle!

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  4. We've had a bumper crop of snow here in the Midwest this year and we're plenty tired of it. But what can you do? A mug of hot chocolate and a pile of great mysteries sounds like a plan! **Clink** (Dani,that's the sound of us clinking hot chocolate mugs with you and Dru.:-))

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    1. Sometimes when Dani gets discouraged about the weather she looks up the forecast for Des Moines or Green Bay and feels a whole lot better. Best of late winter luck to you!

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  5. We had such a beautiful day today. The snow is gone, the sun was shining, and I could see the teeny little green heads of daffodils peeking out. They say another batch of the white stuff is coming. Bring on the chocolate! We deserve it!

    ~Sophie

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