Monday, February 23, 2015

Snow Day in Blue Plum!



by Kath Rutledge from 
The Haunted Yarn shop Mysteries

Don’t you agree it’s about time that spring showed its face? For pity’s sake, it was ten below zero here yesterday morning. Ten below in Blue Plum, Tennessee, and there’s two feet of snow on the ground! Brrrrr! The whole town had a snow day. I thought I’d left this kind of winter nonsense behind in central Illinois. But, then, who doesn’t love a snow day? (Well, maybe not the folks who’ve had a dozen or more this year.)


So, what did everyone do with the unexpected day off? I called around to find out – and wasn’t terribly surprised. Mel had dough for rosemary raisin bread rising. Thea was doing word puzzles. Ardis was knitting a hat and scarf. Joe was painting a small watercolor and dreaming of fishing weather.



Cold as it was, I hiked through the drifts to the Weaver’s Cat to make sure Argyle had plenty of food and water – and to see what Geneva thought of the snow. Cat and ghost were both happy to see me. Argyle left a circle of orange fur around my ankles. Geneva was glad for the company, and glad for a day that I could spend with her in the snug study up in the attic, uninterrupted by customers.


We sat in the window seat with Argyle, listening to an audio book, and I finished a piece of embroidery – a picture of Argyle with a quotation from Mark Twain, “A house without a cat, and a well-fed, well-pampered, and properly revered cat, may be a proper house, perhaps, but how can it prove its title?”



Ardis just called – she wants to give away the hat and scarf she knit! They’re soft and a lovely cherry red. The color alone will keep you warm on these bitter cold days. Leave a comment telling how you’d like to spend an unexpected day off and Ardis will choose a name at random to win the hat and scarf.





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22 comments:

  1. Since I'm retired I'm always off but for my absolute day off, I spend it in bed surrounded my cats reading and napping.
    rjprazak6@gmail.com

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  2. A day off would be spent by reading a good mystery (or two or three!),doing some sewing. perhaps catching up on my cross stitch projects and definitely crocheting and knitting! Actually, I try to do some of those everyday, but not all in one day! I would also be drinking copious amount of tea! I would dearly love to win the scarf and hat, as red is my colour of choice! Thank you for being so generous!

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    1. I'm drinking tea right now! I love your idea of a day off well spent.

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  3. Reading, reading reading! And snacking. Definitely snacking. Calories don't count on snow days, right?

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    1. No, they don't count at all on snow days! That's why I just had a warm muffin with my tea. :)

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  4. A snow day off here in sunny Southern California is a rarity, but this winter we did have snow. We work weekends up in the lower mountains of Riverside county where 16 inches of the white stuff fell. What a beautiful sight! Needless to say, we couldn't go into work as the highway was closed and the power was out so I stayed in and was busy at my sewing machine, reading a good cozy mystery and enjoying the time spent with my hubby. Thank you for the chance to win the hat and scarf Ardis!

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    1. You're welcome! I couldn't resist that wool when it came into the shop. Now I'll be glad to spread the joy of it!

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  5. I would love a snow day but that's not likely to happen here in Scottsdale, AZ. But if I had a snow day, I would go for a walk in the white stuff and enjoy it. And then come in and get cozy with a cozy mystery and work on a jigsaw puzzle. Maybe crochet. Maybe bake something yummy. Those are the things I used to do on snowy days up north.

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  6. I have mixed feelings about snow days - it's nice to have a day with not much that I HAVE to do. I like to spend them curled up with a cup of hot tea and a good book! But if it's cold and very snowy, it means my son and daughter-in-law probably have a snow day, too, which means my granddaughter won't be coming over. On the whole, I'd rather have a glorious spring day with sunshine and flowers!

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    1. And those glorious spring days should be right around the corner, Becke!

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  7. I would rearrange my living room furniture.

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  8. My only days off recently have been because of snow and ice. I would love to take a day off when winter is over and take a walk on the beach. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

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    1. A walk on a warm beach sounds like heaven right about now, Robyn!

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  9. A day off is like a holiday. I can almost smell the rosemary raisin bread from here.

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  10. I love this series. I would love to spend it lounging on the beach, reading! We had an unexpected snow day on Saturday (I work at the library) and it was lovely to stay home an extra day!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  11. A day off would be great! I'd spend it catching on those little things that keep getting pushed to the next day becaus I ran out time & have to get ready for work the next day AND spend a
    lazy afternoon catching up on my TBR pile!!

    Tennisace50ATyahooDOTcom

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  12. Snow days are frustrating for me. Both my husband and I are retired and the frequent storms are wearing us out. Our bodies barely recover from shoveling from one storm and we have to get back there again. We dream of the day when we can become snowbirds. In the meantime, thank you for the chance to win the giveaway. It will keep me nice and warm. ruthmazur46@gmail.com

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  13. Congratulations to Rebecca Prazak! You won Ardis' hat and scarf. Thanks for stopping by Killer Characters! I've emailed you with details.

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