Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fowl Play

Or What I'm Thankful For Today...
by Isabeau Pope
Cake Artist at Zydeco Cakes
A Piece of Cake mystery series by Jacklyn Brady

Have you noticed all those "What I'm Thankful for" posts showing up on the internet this month? They're all over Facebook and Twitter, written by people who want to express gratitude for family and friends, bank accounts and food in the cupboard, not to mention the roof over their heads. Reading all those posts started me thinking about what I'm most grateful for. 

Here's my list, in no particular order: 

1. I'm grateful for my job at Zydeco. I love making cakes and I love being creative, and for the most part I love the people I work with--even Edie Bryce (Zydeco's office manager), who recently found out that she's pregnant. Which has made it a little bit harder to say that I love her because (a) she's been really moody lately and (b) she's even more of a control freak than usual. And, of course, Sparkle has been in a mood, too, but that's not unusual. Only this mood is really different. Sparkle has been bugging Edie about how she thinks Edie ought to raise the baby--like it's any of her business. I like Edie a lot, actually, even though she is a control freak. And bossy. You know the type, I'm sure. There's one in every kitchen, am I right? And I actually do love Sparkle too--even though she acts as if she doesn't like anybody else--but she really does, I know it. And Rita's a really great boss, so that makes up for a lot.

2. I'm grateful for my boyfriend, Ox. His real name is Wyndham Oxford, III, but nobody ever calls him that--except for his mama and daddy, but we hardly ever see them, so it doesn't really matter. And he never holds it over my head that he's older than me (by 15 years, so it's kind of a lot) and he doesn't treat me like a kid (well, hardly ever, anyway), and we agree about almost everything, and what we don't agree on isn't that important (and if it is important, I just don't tell him what I'm doing.) And I know that Ox thinks he should have been the one to take over Zydeco when Philippe (that's Rita's late-husband) died, but really I think Rita is doing just fine. But I don't ever say that to Ox because, I mean, what good would it do? So we never argue about it, and that's great because I think it's important to pick your battles, don't you?

3. I'm grateful that I have a real sense of style. No, really, it's a blessing. I think a person can say a whole lot with their individual fashion choices, and I'm real careful with mine. The others tease me sometimes. Sparkle tells me I look like a cheerleader, but that's coming from someone who likes to dress like Elvira, Queen of the Dark, so it's really more of a compliment than an insult. Frankly, I think she's just jealous that I can pull off the look and she can't. Not that she couldn't if she tried. And if she had some help. Which I would be glad to give her if she ever asked.

Of course, I'm grateful for all the usual stuff too, my family and friends, the apartment Ox and I share, and the chance to do the work I love. Plus, I live in just about the most interesting city in the entire world. New Orleans is amazing! 

Whew! Now that I've made my list, I feel great. 

What about you? What's on your list? 


Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero. The Cakes of Wrath, book #4 in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available now!

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  1. My pets, my friends, my pets, my family, my pets, my machine embroidery boutique, my pets . . . Hey, did I mention my pets?

    1. Willow, I really wish you liked your pets more! Seriously, aren't they wonderful?

  2. I have so much to be thankful for, its hard to list it. And I admit that at times, I have to sit myself down and think about those things, when I'm having a bad day or things aren't going right, just to remind myself that things could be worse.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Dianne. And I know what you mean. I think it's especially important to sit down and remind yourself about what's right in the world on bad days. It's way too easy for me to get caught up in what's wrong. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I'm grateful (for example) for my messy house because, hey! at least I have a house!