Saturday, December 21, 2019

Merry Wynter Meets Merry Winter!


By: Merry Wynter with Merry Winters
Titles: Muffin But Trouble (by Victoria Hamilton) & Not a Creature Was Stirring/Better Watch Out (by Christina Freeburn)
From: Merry Muffin Mysteries & Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries
By: Victoria Hamilton & Christina Freeburn


It’s funny, I went my whole life without meeting another Merry, spelled that way, and when I do,even her last name is almost exactly mine! I heard about this other Merry Winters, and that she was a rambling craftsperson. I got her number and texted her about the Christmas Craft extravaganza at the local Autumn Vale Methodist Church.

I thought I’d share her answers! 


Q - Hi Merry Winters… Do people kid you about your name?
A – I was teased when I was younger not so much since I followed my parents to Season’s Greetings, WV. A name like Merry Winters fits in a town that yearns to be a tourist destination during the winter holiday season.

Q – Tell me a little about yourself… married/unmarried, kids, where you live and anything random someone new to you should know… LOL… I’m always interested in people.
A –Currently single. Two divorces have left me a little weary about jumping into another relationship. I seem unable to pick the right man for myself…but I can’t ever let that get out. If my children heard that, they’d find one for me —my daughter would choose her dad (my first ex-husband) and my son thinks his friend Paul is good choice for me. I keep telling him the guy would want someone his own age, not a woman who’s thirteen years older.


Q – So… what kind of crafts do you make, and where do you sell them?
A – I make anything Christmas related: décor, gifts, personalized items. I’m known for my vinyl wall Christmas trees and personalized home décor items. I sell at vendor events and on Etsy. Thanks to my mobile crafting studio, my RV, I’m able to travel further for shows and can even make personalized gifts on the spot.

Q – What made you get into the crafting business? And how have you found it so far?
A – Christmas has always been my thing and I have loved crafting since I was a child. I enjoyed making Christmas items and had a house full so selling my creations seemed like a great way to earn some extra income and continue doing what I loved. I enjoyed it and it doesn’t get too overwhelming because I co-own the business with my best friend Brighton Lane.

Q – I understand you’ve had a little trouble in the recent past (I sympathize; I have too) So… you’ve found dead bodies? What’s that been like for you? What did you do about it?
A – Yep. My second ex-husband. Dead in the RV I purchased from his daughter, my former stepdaughter. I still can’t believe the homicide detective really thought I’d stuff my dead ex-husband into a bench seat and then take him with me to a crafting event.

I knew the only way of getting off the detective’s suspect list was proving it wasn’t me. My children (adults) decided I needed some help and “hired” their dad (my first ex-husband) as my defense attorney. My sleuthing got me into a little trouble, and even worse placed some people dear to me in harm’s way, but the real murderer was caught.I have to say for the first time in forty-five years, I felt some of my Christmas spirit fading away.

Q – You’re kind of in the middle of something now, am I right? Want to talk about it?
A – Ahh…the Christmas Parade. My recently deceased ex-husband had been organizing the parade. No one on the committee wanted to take over, so even though I’m swamped with Christmas orders, I volunteered. And now I know why no one else wanted the job…our resident grinch is making things difficult. All the woman has to do is share the theme of her float but can she--nope. I’m starting to worry about why she won’t.

Q – If I could go back, knowing what I know now, I’m sure I’d suspect different people, or catch things I didn’t catch last time in the crimes I’ve accidentally investigated… most often to get myself or others I love out of trouble. If you could go back, is there anything you’d do differently in these instances? 
A – I would work on being more aware of my surroundings and being careful of who I trusted and brought into my life. A lot of the trouble I found myself in was because I ignored who people were showing me they were, like my ex-husband Samuel, and instead focused on who I thought I could help them be.

Q – Well, from one Merry to another, good luck and no more dead bodies! I hope you can make it to Western New York for our Christmas Craft Festival, but it’s a little late this year… maybe next year’s will fit in better. Is there anything else going on in your near future?
A –Thanks! With my RV turned into the ultimate crafting studio, I’m looking forward to venturing into other parts of the country and taking my crafts on the road. It’s always been a dream of mine to do a Christmas in July event. I haven’t found anything that has caught my interest yet, but I’m sure something is on the horizon.



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GIVEAWAY! 


So, dear readers... Merry Christmas from the two Merrys.

To enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card just in time for holiday reading, tell me... have you ever met anyone with a name really similar to your own? Have you ever been confused with someone with the same name?

Tell me all about it by Midnight, December 22nd to be entered to win! Add in your first name, and your email address (yourname (at) yourserver (dot) com).


And... Happy Holidays, whatever and however you celebrate!

68 comments:

  1. I have never met them but there was someone going through treatments at the same time as me and we had to identify ourselves by town.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. I never met anyone with my name but get confused with women named Jamie all the time. I call myself Janey! sweetbabyjane1 at verizon dot net.

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  3. This is so fun! I didn't meet another Brooke until I was in 7th grade! And then I've still never met one since. No one with similar last names though.

    Brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  4. We use to be confused with other's with the same last name where we use to live. There was a doctor with the same last name in that small town so we were always being asked if we were kin or getting phone calls to make an appointment. Why they didn't look for the DR in the phone book is beyond me. As a child, I grew up with three Kay's in our neighborhood. Thankfully I was only known as Kay because the other two were Little Kay and Big Kay. :) My maiden name was unusual. My Dad use to say if they had that name they were kin and he could tell you where they all lived. Since then kids have had kids and those kids have had kids so not so easy any more. However, like Dad said, I never met anyone with that name that wasn't kin - any where.

    Love the name Merry! We knew a Merry from Irving, TX who at the time had a shop called Merry's Christmas Shop. That's how we met her.

    May you have the merriest of Christmas' and the happiest of new years!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  5. There are a lot of Kims. In college, this guy and I had similar names. The registor was looking for him, but used my SSN. Currently, there's a place I go to where there's another client with my exact same name. The only difference is that we live in different cities. But I've never personally meet someone with my name.
    kvmatlock (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  6. Yes I met another Jessie once at Olive Garden and she spelled it like me! Thanks for the chance
    Jessie
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I've never met someone with my name but I have seen that someone has one similar.
    susan(dot)cogdell(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. I have never met another Aline. I never even heard of someone having my name till I was out of high school. One day I saw in the wedding section of the newspaper someone with my name. She had even graduated from the same high school but years after I did.

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  9. No, but people swear they have seen me. I was mistaken for a teacher once.

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  10. Lot's of Rachel's. The first one I met was in 5th grade. Frustrating because she spelled hers Rachal and the kids I'd gone to school with since I couldn't tell the difference! I went by Ray that year and she moved over the summer. No similar first \last combos! Rdonner(at)ymail(dot)com

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  11. No I haven’t met anyone with my name yet. Would love to!

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  12. There are lots of Laura’s but not too many with my full name. lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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  13. There are quite a few Anne Harris' out there, but I haven't met them yet! mysandycat (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. When I first started working for the public schools here my first paycheck went to someone else with my name. Thanks for the contest! ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  15. My husband's cousin's daughter and I have the same first and last name. When she was little the library sent me a notice that the book I had requested was in. It was obviously a childs book and I hadn't requested it.

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  16. I'm lucky that my name is fairly unique. I have heard horror stories from some people who have ended up with court orders and the like when they were mixed up with someone else who shared their name. No, thank you! Marla: mbradeen (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  17. I have the same name as a woman who was living where I was born and lived for a long time but there was no confusion about it as I never met her. Anne. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I haven't met anyone with my name but I know at my doctor's office they have another patient with my name as sometimes they have the wrong file out. Thank you for this chance!!! pgenest57(at)aol(dot)cp,

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  19. No I have not! I have a different spelling of my name then most with the same name!

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  20. My name was more popular years ago since it is a classic name so I did meet at that time girls with that name but rarely now. April. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. I've met a couple people with my first name. Lots with the same middle name since it's a common one. But both names came from being named after 2 people.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. My name is so generic, that there are lots of us around. Most of the time I have to give my date of birth to identify myself.....lol betty6931@fuse.net

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  23. Almost, met a man name William R. Taylor - trwilliams69 (at) msn (dot) com

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  24. I've never known of anyone with my name but my maiden name was Czech and my married name is German. My Mother spelled my first name with 2 "n's" and 95% of the time,you see it only spelled with 1 "n". dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  25. Yes, at work. There was another Barb. She was called Barb D and I was called Barb W to avoid confusion.

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  26. Merry Christmas! I used to work with another Dianne. It was very confusing in the office and especially for the person answering the phone.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. There are a couple of others with my name on Facebook - I keep getting friend requests for them! Debbie(dot)Erickson14(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I have On FB. Turns out she's a relative of my ex.
    penmettert@gmail.com

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  29. I've had the opposite experience. My name is Sally Ann. Not many of us around. There was an actress in the 1960's I think named Sally Anne Howe (no 'e' for me). There was another employee with the same name in a different location for a short period at work and I worked with another Sally for awhile. But when my best friend got married several years ago that "Other Sally" co-worker of ours was there, and her new sister-in-law's name is Sally. Three Sallys in one place! Great giveaway. Happy Holidays!
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I have been asked so many times about my last name if I am related to certain people, and it's not a common last name. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. There is no one in the world with my name. I have a cousin who is Laura and sometimes our names were mixed up growing up. thanks for a chance to win! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  32. I have never met anyone with the same name as me. But there is someone here in Nashville that looks like me that everyone thinks that they have met me numerous times before but they haven't. jcozart(at)paintrocksupplies(dot)com

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  33. I've never meant anyone with a similar name, but one girl in my high school and I looked very much alike. lkleback at hotmail.com

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  34. I never met another Margie until we moved across the state. In our very, very small town 2 Margie Smiths right around the corner from each other. Terpsnmbr1 at Yahoo.com

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  35. Several of my customers are named Carol. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I have not met many people with my name which is Faith. Personally only one but I have heard of others. Thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  37. There aren't a lot of Glorias around, but I have met a few. There has been a coffee chain with both my names, Gloria Jean.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  38. Confusion started in Kindergarten for me. There was Linda J., Linda N., and me--Linda M. My married name Herold--is constantly being misspelled. lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. My sister-in-law has the same name - it's confusing at get-togethers because we're never sure which one of us is being addressed.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  40. No,I never have. Would be interesting.
    hawkp13@gmail.com
    Thanks for the chance. Merry Christmas

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  41. Our town had two elementary schools and 2 PTAs. I was very active in one and a lady with same name and same spelling was in the other.

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  42. I’ve never met anyone with my same name, whether maiden or married names, but I know there’s at least one out there of each. I never even met anyone with my first name until I was about 7–and she was in her 40s! I was born in 1961, so there are only a few of us in my generation, but my name got much more popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s. I was a labor and delivery nurse and had about 3 patients decide to use my name for their babies! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  43. My nickname is Libby and I haven't run across many of them.
    My last name is only four letters, one repeated. You'd think is would be easy to get right, right? No. The variations are amazing. "Dodd" turns into Todd, Dodge, Dodo, God (I kid you not!).
    libbydodd at comcast dot net



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  44. There used to be another Sandy who used to attend the same library programs that I did.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  45. Haven't met anyone close to my full name. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. I met other Eileens but not with my last name of Aberman. Although I've been told that there's another Eileen Wells who was a lawyer in a town about 75 miles from where I live. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  47. Most of the Kay's I've met spell their name Kay. I spell mine Kaye. However, there are a couple of authors who spell their name the same way

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(dot)net

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  48. My maiden name was extremely rare,so nothing even close. Every town I visit I grab a phone book & look for my last name.I'm 60 now & haven't found anybody yet. And,phone books are also becoming rare! I was named after the Barbie doll though.
    Barbara
    cameronbarbara@ymail.com

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  49. Yes I have been confused with someone who had the same name! A guy came up to me who was running for Sheriff and said he knew me well I was always up and down Florence Blvd. in my yellow Mustang wasn't I going to speak to an old friend? I assured him it wasn't me I was in a different town in H.S. and alas I had no Mustang. But e never acted like he believed me. Then later working at a Museum I had calls to make concerning a meeting and a Guy showed up angry at someone impersonating his Sister on the phone. I assured him I really was Marilyn Watson showing my drivers license and he calmed down but he kept saying it was uncanny... I even looked like her..too funny and awful...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  50. My name is not extraordinary, but neither is it ordinary.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  51. Yes I knew someone with my exact name. Thankfully she re-married a few years later.😊But it sure caused a bit of trouble, especially when she had unpaid traffic tickets. My husband has 2 guys with his exact names. When one of them died a couple yrs back everyone told me how sorry they were for his passing😄 Seems his wife's name was Vicki!!--nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. I’ve met lots of Christi’s with lots of different spellings. A friend’s daughter had a friend named Christi King (my full name) but I never met her. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  53. My brother's wife and I share similar names. Where I am Carolyn she is Carol Lynne!
    Thank you for the chance

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  54. There was someone with the same name as me before I got married in my town. Her brother had the same name as my dad and we had the same dentist, doctor and people got us confused all the time. Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  55. I haven't met anyone with a name similar to my own (at least the full name). I have heard of other woman named Autumn, however. Thanks so much for the giveaway and Merry Christmas! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. There aren't very many women named Margo. I've met a few. It is always exciting. margo (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  57. I haven't met anyone with a similar name. Sure there were a few Robins but no one with my maiden name Esterbrook or married name Coxon.
    Both of them are derived from English ancestory. Thank you for this opportunity to enter the giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. In all my life I have met very few females named Joy
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  59. In all my life I have met very few females named Joy
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  60. On the street where I grew up there were my dad and myself, Carl Sr. and Carl Jr., and another family two doors down with a Karl Sr. and a Karl Jr.. There were some pretty funny reactions when someone came by and called out for one of us. Karl Jr. and I are still good friends. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

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  61. Actually I had this weird thing happen in a hospital where I went for surgery. You know how they roll you out and park you in the hall before they bring you in to surgery? Well here I am parked in the hall across from another woman who was also waiting for surgery. Turns out we start talking and fine we have the same exact name, first and last and are both waiting have a similar surgery. Well the nurses were all out of wack and had us both mixed up. We were trying to tell them that but you they never really believe you. Well thankfully my doctor stuck his head in the operating room that they wheeled me into asking me why I was in the wrong room. Of course then it took a while for all the records to get checked out and after we had verified our dates of birth and names , doctor and what we were having done it finally got sorted out. What a mess.

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  62. I actually went to school with a girl whose name - minus the middle name- was the same as mine. She was 2 years younger than me and a friend of my sister. Now there are 3 women with my married name at my doctor's office. Our record's get missed up from time to time.

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  63. I've met a few other Jana's, but not with the same (or similar) last name.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  64. I actually went to school at different times with a Kristina Anderson. In middle school, I met Christina Anderson. We were the same age--actually, born on the same day in the same year. We were, thankfully, different in looks. Then when I was a senior in high school, there was a freshman named Kristina Anderson. They would call for Kristina to come to the office and we both would end up there. They never learned to differentiate between us. We also were both blond with blue eyes. Happy Holidays!
    Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  65. Thank you all so much for your funny, fascinating and eye-opening answers!! I mean, the surgery one alone... wow! I have read each and every one, and have chosen (at random, not based on the stories! LOL) the winner, and am emailing them. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you!

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  66. I worked with another Kathleen Cunningham, but at least she was in a different department and city.

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