By: Kay Finch
We’re closing in on that time of year when people think a lot about turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. They plan trips to see family. They start Christmas shopping lists. They talk about the upcoming Black Friday sales. I do a lot more cooking than usual – not only for my immediate family but for my employer, Rowena Flowers, who owns the Around-the-World Cottages in Lavender, Texas. She has some guests who make their Thanksgiving week visit to Lavender an annual event. Even though Rowe never claimed the cottages as bed-and-breakfasts, the guests who show up for Thanksgiving expect the big meal with all the trimmings. We’ve spoiled them.
What I wish everyone did more of these days is to count their blessings and take time to be thankful. Even when people refer to me as the maid, the cook, or simply “the help,” I am thankful for my job. I’m happy that I can do my job in the beautiful surroundings of the Texas Hill Country. My commute is only a couple miles each way. Rowe is as dear a friend as I’ve ever had, and I enjoy the company of her niece, Sabrina, too. I adore Sabrina’s black cat, Hitchcock (by the way, he’s not bad luck and never has been). I need to remember to fix that cat a special Thanksgiving treat. What would that be, I wonder – a tuna pie? Suggestions?
Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Berkley Prime Crime. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets. Visit her at www.kayfinch.com..