From: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 2: Bowled Over
Pub. Date: March 5th, 2013
Sometimes in the middle of winter I like to sit in a sunny window and pretend it's summer. Oh, I know, I should be out enjoying the winter. And sometimes I do. Hoppy - my Yorkie-Poo - is a little guy and only has three legs, but he's all dog and loves the snow. He'll race around like mad in the yard, and I walk him down to the river so he can bark at the seagulls that float out on the glassy, icy surface, chunks of ice bobbing around them. I always shiver when I see ducks and seagulls on the frigid water; don't their feet get cold?
And really, is there anything better than coming home from a winter walk to brew a strong cup of tea or frothy cocoa and sit by a roaring fire? I do that sometimes, just to keep the fireplace in our formal parlor working right.
One wonderful thing about winter is that indoor pursuits can be so fun, and no, I don't mean those kind of indoor pursuits! (Though those can be fun, too, especially as Valentine Day draws near) I mean cooking and organizing recipes, and writing my Recipes From The Vintage Kitchen cookbook. I love trying out recipes in the winter because it serves a dual purpose by warming up the house a little. Our big yellow brick can get pretty chilly at times!
Ah... but summertime! Bare feet and sweet-scented flowers, long walks, summer rain washing all the dust away, and gardening. Warm breezes and evenings spent in the yard listening to the night noises as the village settles down around me. I love it.
So I got to wondering... what is your favorite season, and why? Are you one of those vigorous Nordic types who likes to ski and snowshoe? Or are you like me and enjoy more the garden and warmth and sunshine? Or do spring or autumn bring a smile to your lips?
And what (besides work) do you do to while away the winter hours if you're not a winter sport kind of person? Give me some ideas!