My father-in-law, who had a rather bawdy sense of humor, brought this lady home after vacationing in Hawaii during the late fifties. It was one of the things that my husband insisted we keep from my Adventures in Hoarding experience. I wasn’t thrilled at first. She’s a little over-the-top and since I’m not into the Hawaiian Bar motif, I wasn’t quite sure how to work her into our decor. I have to admit that was a much bigger issue for me than her politically incorrect lightbulb ta-tas. Fortunately, I didn’t have to decide right away because Phil, our tabby cat, found her grass hula skirt quite tasty. After I found pieces of it in the litter box, we knew that to keep her out in the open would have dire results–she would soon be completely naked rather than half-naked, and Phil would probably need emergency abdominal surgery.
We banished her to the closet and for years we only brought her out during the Christmas holidays when Phil was too engrossed in trampling the Victorian Village under the tree to pay her much attention. She sported a Santa hat and the light bulbs in her perky little ta-tas were changed to red and green. I piled peppermints or cinnamon scented pine cones in her basket and she was always a very festive addition to our holiday.
It didn’t occur to me until I was putting away our Christmas decorations this year that she could live with us year-round because Phil has gone to kitty-heaven where he can eat all the hula skirts and trample all the little villages he wants. Which brings back the dilemma of where do I put this tasteless little piece of Americana? She’s too casual to look right in our living room. I considered putting her in the bathroom with little soaps or hand towels in her basket. Or in the kitchen where she could hold matches or little packets of sweetener. Actually, I think the best idea is to put her in the family room and use her basket for all those remotes we’re constantly looking for. I’m still open to suggestions. Let me know if you have any.
I haven’t been very good at keeping you posted on the books that I’m reading (something I plan to change) but I just finished one that I have to tell you about. I found 1929 Jonathan’s Cross while I was scrolling through the list of free e-books I get everyday at http://ereadernewstoday.com/ I’m
cheap, frugal and I love the idea of being able to try out books for free when looking for new authors. And it’s a great way for authors to find new readers by offering them a free look at one or more of their books. The books aren’t free forever, so take advantage while you can.
1929 Jonathan’s Cross follows the struggles of three well-to-do couples who were plunged into poverty when the stock market crashed in 1929. The husbands had been business partners who not only lost their own money but those of their clients as well. It’s filled with twists and turns and an in-depth look at human nature. The ending leaves you with a hook that has you on a desperate search for the sequel. The good news is, there is one. The author is M.L. Gardner and you can find out more at http://mlgardnernovels.com/
It’s time to get back to my own novel Kept Secrets (it’s set in 1864 on the Adventures in Hoarding property) where a couple of my characters. Captain Turner and Abigail Stephens are both having a really, really bad day.
I hope your day goes much better than theirs.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!