Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Book: No Mallets Intended
Publication Date: November 4th, 2014
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Maybe you can tell me your experience of this particular phenomenon.
I live in the future. I don't have a tardis (Dr. Who's time machine) or a DeLorean (Back to the Future), only the power of my own thoughts, but it seems to work all too well.
I'll explain: it starts with winter. Have you ever experienced a winter so long you felt like you were living in Narnia during the White Witch's icy reign? If you have then you know that by mid February you feel like you're going quite mad. There is always one January or February day when I crank the heat and put on shorts, just to pretend it is something other than bone chilling mid-winter. That lasts until I have to open the back door to let Hoppy out for a piddle and in the process freeze my feet solid.
At that point the longing for spring is so intense I immerse myself in seed catalogs and picnic planning sprees, imagining all I'll do in spring, if it ever arrives.
Of course it does arrive. And I love it. At first. But then the itch begins, and I imagine a beach in summer, boat rides on the river, days at the cottage on Heartbreak Island. I make all kinds of plans for outings and get togethers, and even my (usually) yearly camping trip with my friends from college.
But once summer actually does arrive, that's when I get the worst! By August first I am fretting for autumn so hard I start dreaming of baking, and long for those first frosty nights, the ones that are so cold they take your breath away. I begin looking at fall clothes in the magazines and planning what baking and cooking I'll do once it gets cool enough to actually turn on an oven again, something I generally don't do from June until September.
And I wonder... am I alone in this? I think the problem is that it means I'm always living in the future, when I need to just start enjoying the present! Of course right now, that's easy. We're coming up to my favorite time of year, autumn! I love everything about it: cool crisp weather, falling leaves, baking and cooking!
Oh, and Christmas is coming, and with it, winter, but... well, I won't go there. Not just yet. Let me enjoy, for a time... the present! Ah, yes... I'll just stay in the present, for now.
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