Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Happy Birthday, and a contest!

by Kate, of Tracy Weber's Downward Dog Mysteries

It's my author friend Tracy's husband's birthday today, so she asked me to wish him a happy birthday!

My husband, Michael, has a birthday coming up soon as well, and I'm pretty much stymied on what to get him. The best present we could get, of course, would be a plus-sign on my next pregnancy test, but given our luck with that recently, I'm not holding out much hope.

To say Michael and I are low on funds would be an understatement, so I have to think cheap. Maybe if I tell you all a little more about him, you can help.
  • He grew up in Cannon Beach, Oregon, but has lived in Seattle for about five years.  So he's a Pacific Northwesterner to the bone.
  • He loves, and I mean LOVES to cook. Since we've decided to keep our shared kitchen vegetarian, he's learning a lot more about vegetarian cooking.  His vegan fudge brownies are out of this world.
  • He doesn't love cleaning. My mother once told me she'd seen mountain gorillas with better housekeeping skills than Michael, and she wasn't joking!  Match off-the-chart messiness with a love of cooking, and our kitchen often looks like the aftermath of a cafeteria food fight.
  • He drinks Guiness.  A lot of it.  
  • He owns a pet supply store called Pete's Pets, and he loves animals, especially Bella, our German shepherd, and Mouse, our polydactyl cat.
  • He hates it when I get involved in murder investigations, but since I helped get him out of jail last year, he's a little more accepting of that.
  • He's a bit of a pushover, which is probably why he's put up with me these past few years.  He can act a little cranky at times, but he would do anything for a friend, and he has a lot of them.
  • When he's happy, he breaks out in show tunes. Don't tell him this, but he almost always sings out of tune.
  • He's the love of my life!
There's much more to love about Michael than this, but it will give you a start.  Any birthday present ideas?  Leave them in the comments below.  One lucky person will  win their choice of my Downward Dog mysteries.

Check out Kate and Michael's  newest  adventure in Murder Likes It Hot!


  1. Just get him a case of beer.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. I would get him a maid service to clean up after him in the kitchen.

  3. A selection of classic show tunes on his favorite device and a Williams Sonoma gift card.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

  4. Vegan fudge brownies? I'll be right over! As for presents, maybe get him some nice beer glasses. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. My father was quite a cook and gift giving usually meant kitchen goodies. Like a fresh nutmeg and grater.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  6. Some nice outdoor gear and a supply of Guinness.

  7. I'd get him a week of maid service. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. Finagle a dish that he's dying to try or eat, then get the ingredients for said dish. Present them to him with a card that says eat to his hearts desire AND that you will do all the clean up work for the evening. Have a supply of Guinness in the frig and his type of CD in the player and get to cooking. He's happy, you're fed and I can just about guarantee you that it would be a lot cheaper than going out to eat. Honestly believe that the best gifts don't cost and arm and a leg, but come from the heart and are well thought out with the recipient in mind. When you both get relaxed and start celebrating, you just might get the positive result shortly thereafter. :)
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  9. I would write up some fun coupons for things to do together with his friends and some for just the two of y'all. It's inexpensive but would come from the heart!

  10. A vegetarian cookbook and maybe create a coupon book made up of things you could do for him. Treat him for lunch, go to the movies with him, go out for beer with him, etc. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  11. Take him out to dinner and then a movie of his choice! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. Go to a Mariners game? Or Sounders? Or Huskies?.....Seahawks are really expensive


  13. Tickets to a show.


  14. Cooking items would make a great gift. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. Take him out to eat at his favorite restaurant! tWarner419@aol.com

  16. New, good, kitchen towels - can't have too many of those. A REALLY good knife, which may not be possible given straitened financial circumstances.


  17. alone? Like the coupon idea, as well as the ingredients for a special meal...with clean up provided....

  18. An apron with a picture of your furbabies on it. Thank you for this chance!

  19. His favorite IPA? Some snacks to go with It? Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. The winner is Marla B! Thanks all for leaving the comments! Marla, I'll e-mail you to get your shipping info.