Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Holidays

The holidays are upon us - whether that's Chanukah or Christmas or Kwanza - and I find myself losing track of what I need to do, when it needs to be done, and, yes, what day is it anyway.  More frequently than ever, I am glad that my computer has the date and time.  

With the holidays, comes the usual shopping (mostly online this year) and decorating (minimal this year), and baking.  Making cookies to send to family members is both a joy and a chore.  I've tried out some new recipes - mint clusters, rocky road (really a candy cluster, but very yummy) - and the usual - pizzelle, fudge balls, biscotti, chocolate chip, oatmeal, gingerbread, and well, the list goes on. I am still sharing cookies with friends and family.  Do you do anything special each year as part of your holiday celebration?  Have a special cookie recipe to share?

Somewhere in there I am continuing to read, mostly mysteries as well.  There are a number of blog tours that are scheduled for January and that means reading and reading. MURDER IN THE ARBORETUM is one of those many tours (January 5th is the first stop!). Santa should be very generous with Great Escapes and Lori Caswell! 

Also still trying to get in time for writing!  Like Sheridan though, I work in the academic world and this time of the year is fraught with finals, papers, and other activities. As I think about future books in the series, a Christmas themed mystery in Cold Creek is a consideration for next year.  Are you reading any holiday-themed books currently?  I have a few on my TBR list that I hope to get to as soon as the grading is done.

As you finish up that last minute shopping - less than a week to go - remember that books make great gifts for the reader in your life and reviews are appreciated by the authors in your life.

Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza or something else, best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!

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