Monday, March 11, 2019

Weekend Getaway

by Betty Foxx, from Sparkle Abbey's Pampered Pets Mystery series

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got the winter blues. Sure it had been reported last month that Punxsutawney Phil hadn’t seen his shadow, which meant an early spring, but I think good ole’ Phil needs his eyes examined. This has been the longest winter in my eighty-something years.

I know what you’re thinking. I live a hop, skip, and a jump from the beach. How bad can it be in southern California? Well, I’ll tell ya. It’s been overcast, chilly, and has rained for weeks. I even had to buy a coat. That’s just crazy, and I’m getting cranky. Look, I’m an old lady, I need vitamin D.

And Cookie, that’s Melinda to you, is cranky, too. So, I’m taking control. I’m planning a girls weekend getaway. I told Cookie and her best friend, Darby, to pack their bags; we are hitting the road this coming weekend. I was surprised, and to be honesty a touch hurt, I had to convince them wasn’t up to mischief. I tossed out several ideas I thought they’d jump on: Elvis impersonator tour in Vegas, a blush wine tour in Sonoma, betting on the ponies in Santa Anita, or maybe celebrity spying in L.A. I even suggested a murder mystery dinner theater, but both girls said they’d had enough murder and mystery in their real lives. Sometimes those two can be a couple of party poopers.

Eventually, we decided on a Palm Springs spa and resort. Sun, massages, great food, and cabana boys. I can’t wait!

Where would you go with your friends for a weekend getaway?

Sparkle Abbey is actually two people, Mary Lee Woods aka Mary Lee Ashford and Anita Carter, who write the national best-selling Pampered Pets cozy mystery series. They are pictured below with the real Sparkle and the real Abbey - their two rescue pets. They are friends as well as neighbors so they often get together and plot ways to commit murder. (But don't tell their other neighbors.)

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  1. I like the wine tour otherwise a spa weekend.

  2. I would love to go to Cape May! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com