Monday, November 21, 2011

The Winds of November

By: Jaymie Leighton
From: The Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 1 Title: A Deadly Grind
Pub. Date: May 2012

 November is such a cold, dark month for those of use who live in the northern part of the country. Though Michigan is not as cold as, say, Minnesota, we get our share of off-lake gales. And it gets dark so early!

 Lately, I just can't get warm, and I don't know why. Joel, my boyfriend, always seems to be gone, or working, or busy. Even my dog misses him. When Joel leaves on one of his pharmacy sales trips, Hoppy sits at the door for hours before giving up. Denver (my moody grey tabby), on the other hand, perks up. He's never been a big fan of Joel's.

Anyway, enough complaining! Normally, I'm cheerful enough in November. Thanksgiving is coming, a second time for me! In October, I went up to Canada to share Canadian Thanksgiving with my Grandma Leighton, my sister, Becca, and my Mom and Dad, (they live in Boca Raton, Florida, since they retired) who make the trip up every year. So for our Thanksgiving, I get to do whatever I want. I thought Joel and I would be spending it together; I'd cook a chicken, build a fire in the fireplace... romantic, just the two of us.

Instead Joel has to go away. He has a sales trip, and with the airports jammed up over the Thanksgiving week, he needs to get an early start, so he's flying out today. Sigh.

But I'm not going to worry about it. I'll have Thanksgiving dinner with my sister, Becca and best friends, Valetta and DeeDee.

Then I can start to think about Christmas. Queensville does a December tourism promotion called 'Dickens Days' and I love it! I work part time at the Emporium and some other shops in town, especially in the winter, and I love to set up the Christmas display for the Klausner's. They own the Emporium and still run it, even though they're both almost ninety, so they certainly can't climb up ladders or crawl under counters. Besides, the vintagey side of me loves to rummage through all of their old stuff; Mr. Klausner's toy train set from the 1930s and Mrs. K's dolly from her childhood will go under a Victorian decorated tree.

But I sure am going to miss Joel for the next week or so. I hope he has more time over Christmas, so we can do 'couple' things together! I was just talking the other day about what we should do New Year's Eve, and he gave me the strangest look, and said, "Do we have to plan so far ahead?" I said it wasn't that far away, but he had to make a business call about then, and we somehow never got back on the topic. I'll tackle him about New Year's Eve when he comes back from his trip.

But still... I just can't shake this sense, like something is going to happen. It's getting me down a little. Have you ever had a sense that something was going to happen, but you didn't know what? What did you do about it? Did anything happen, or was it all in your head? 

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  1. Darkness falling so early always seems ominous to me. But from what you say about Joel, yes, I think you're right. Something is going to happen, but not necessarily something bad. Maybe you should plan to visit your sister for New Years. Invite Joel.

  2. Becca (my big sis) lives in Canada, but she's coming down here to Michigan for New Year's Eve... Queensville does a 'New Year's Eve Promenade' along the river, ending with fireworks and a dance. I'm hoping Joel will want to go!

    I'm really looking forward to Christmas, though... our first as a couple!

  3. I get a bad feeling about Joel, too. Maybe you need to ask him more than what's happening on New Year's Eve.
    On the upside, pre-Christmas in Queensville sounds delightful. Enjoy!

  4. Nah, I'm sure I'm just imagining things!

    I am going to enjoy Christmas. I love old toys, old kitchen gadgets, etc. If I find a Hoosier cabinet for my kitchen, someday, at Christmas I'll 'decorate' it with all my vintage kitchen stuff!

  5. I hate when you have that feeling that something bad (or good) is going to happen, 'specially around the holidays. I'll have to read this book!

  6. Oh no! Poor Joel. Enjoy Dickens Days, Jaymie. I have a feeling that you're going to be very busy soon. Oops, another premonition, I guess!

    ~ Krista

  7. It sounds as if your town offers lots to do for the holiday. It would be great to take advantage of as many as you can.

    Naturally, the best part would be planning which with Joel, but his unwillingness to join in says volumes. Feelings are all important in a new relationship, so please listen to yours.