Saturday, March 7, 2015

Let it snow!

By Lizzie Turner, from the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries
                              by Erika Chase

I know, that’s bound to raise some shackles in many parts of the country. But you have to understand, we don’t often get snow in Ashton Corners, AL.  So the novelty hasn’t worn off, yet.

I’ll admit, it’s not much of a hardship since everything’s so close by and our rush-hour traffic isn’t on the top 10 list of what people complain about.  So, the several days of snow that we’ve received over the past month or so have surely slowed us down even more but fortunately, there haven’t been too many additional accidents.

I do feel badly for those of you in other places that also don’t experience this white wonderland too often. It can come as a shock and make life difficult. For our East coast friends, I can’t even imagine what you’re going through.

But here, I made my first snow angel on the first day it snowed.  I’ll also admit to constructing those small snowpeople on my front lawn. I love watching the fluffy flakes drifting to the ground although I must admit, shoveling isn’t that much fun after the first day. However, what remains fun even after all the snow we’ve had, is taking Patchett for a walk.

My main squeeze, Mark Dreyfus, isn’t always able to take time away from his busy days as Police Chief of Ashton Corners, so I volunteer to walk his two-year-old hound, Patchett. This guy really gets what snow is all about! He rolls in it; he snuffles it; he sits and stares. Dogs are all about snow.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my two Siamese cats and totally know they’re not about to set foot in the white stuff. But right now, as I’m getting bundled up to go get Patchett, it’s a dog’s world.

Do you agree?

BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, the 4th in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries 
is now available!

 Also available are COVER STORY, READ AND BURIED and, A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery)   
  Look for book #5, LAW AND AUTHOR in Sept. 2015

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  1. My little dog loves to play in the snow, and she has a great time. I watch her jump into small snow piles and roll around.

    As for me, I am not too happy with the snow and ice because I have to go to work (3rd shift). The streets are in better condition (as of right now) so that is a blessing. It's pretty and fun as long as I don't have to go anywhere.

    1. Your dog sounds delightful, Jen. Take it easy out on the street. Hopefully, spring will be here soon!

  2. I'm one of those crazy people who love snow. I'm not crazy about all the ice we've gotten this year, but I'm happy to see snow falling until April. Then it can stop. (I don't live in the NE. I think I would have grown to hate snow by now if I did.)

    1. I hear you Janet. However, I live in the NE and know to expect this every year. The trick is to get out there and keep doing things, unless of course, there's too much ice.

  3. Our snow is about 2 feet deep, and glazed in an icy layer. In moonlight, the fields appear to be covered in satin. Makes me want to sew...

    1. I'll bet your dogs prefer playing in the snow, when there's no ice, to sewing! :)

  4. I miss snow and walking in the snow and bundling up for that and then coming inside and getting cozy with a cozy and a hot beverage. I will be happy to head back up north next week. It has been nice here in AZ and like the swimming, But we haven't worked on many jigsaw puzzles and have not made too many homemade soups. Oh, well....

  5. My Icelandic sheepdogs love this weather, hard to get them inside. As a humane society volunteer I remind dog owners to kep dogs in a fnced area or on leash. This time of year scents get lost in cold air and winds, everything white looks alike, it is easy for your dogs to get disoriented. Please microchip your dog so if he does get lost we can reuinite you. There are GPS tracking collars etc, still expensive. After bringing your dog incide, check and wipe the paws. Look for cracks. Be sure to wipe clean of salt etc. so your dog doesnot lick and swallow icemelt chemicals.

  6. NO, please no more snow. We have 116 inches so far and that is enough for anyone. Boston has had 106 inches with more coming this weekend if we get really unlucky.

    I wanted to say that I am really anxious to get caught up to with book 4 as I got behind after reading book 1 so I needed this reminder to order the others and then your newest novel too. Really have enjoyed this series a lot.