Wednesday, March 20, 2013

St. Patrick's Day for the non-Irish

I have to say that growing up, we celebrated St. Patrick's Day, just like every other non-Irish person. We added an O' in front of our last name, and my parents used to get cards in the mail addressed that way.  It's all in fun, after all.  Everybody's Irish on March 17. For that reason, you might think it odd that I completely forgot about it this year.  Why does that matter?

My dear husband is a very caring man. He sees me working so hard this time of year and all he wants to do is relieve some of my stress. "Let's go to a movie." "Let's take a walk." "Let's go to a museum." He wants to get me away from my computer and the cursing that happens when the day job doesn't work the way it's supposed to. On St. Patrick's, it was "Let's go to the Art Institute." (You may remember my post a couple weeks ago where I'd seen they have this cool new app . . . ).  It worked out so that we could actually go - work was under control, my other duty calls were handled, and so we ran (yes, literally ran) to catch a train into The Big City. And what did we find on that train, you might ask?  Revelers. Hooligans. People wearing green hats and green hair and green "attachments" on their faces, celebrating IN grand style with disguised cans and bottles (alcohol is not permitted on the train during peak revelry times, the St. Patrick's Day parade day being one of them). Sure and begorrah, it was a loud and raucous ride. And THEN, after we got into The Big City, they were everywhere! Revelers. Hooligans. On a Saturday! We had to push through crowds to walk the mile to the Art Institute, but we made it.

My dear husband isn't all that interested in art. He is a very kind and caring man. (Did I say that already?) I asked him which exhibits he was interested in and he looked at me with that confused look on his face as if to say (and bless him, he didn't say it), "I'm not interested in any of it."  And so I saved him the effort by thanking him for taking me to the museum and told him I was going to assume he wasn't interested and this was for my benefit and he was tagging along and to correct me if I was wrong. Then he smiled and nodded. Yep. That about summed it up. Don't get me wrong.  He isn't completely disinterested (otherwise there wouldn't have been any trip, no matter how kind and caring he is).  We found some fabulous pieces of hand-crafted furniture that piqued his interest.  For me it was the impressionist paintings. Renoir. Manet. Monet. Degas. Toulousse-Lautrec. Van Gogh.  When I was little, it was the miniatures. We didn't get to see them this time.  There was a Roman/Byzantine exhibit from the British Museum.  I found some new painters that I didn't know before, and I wished for an exhibit of John William Waterhouse. His paintings are the inspiration for my latest writing endeavor - if I can ever get back to writing (two more weeks to the end of the month and the last major deadline).

When we left, we forgot to check the Chicago River - we walked right over it. The city dyes the river green on St. Patrick's Day every year. And I didn't make corned beef or cabbage. Maybe we'll remember it next year.

Mist on the Meadow is in production! I'm crossing my fingers that it will be available by April 1, but that depends on my availability to comb through the ARC and give it the green light.  I'll keep you posted!

From the back cover:

For her twenty-fifth birthday, a family legacy is passed on to small town pastry chef Marissa Maitland as a Kundigerin, which means she has come into secret psychic power. She will know things about people at the brush of a hand, and use this to help them—but she cannot talk about being Kundigerin without suffering pain. 

Named executor of his grandmother’s estate, Wolf Harper must find something called a “Kundigerin” before he can sell the place. If he could sell his remaining family too, he would. Keeping the family business afloat is his priority, in spite of his uncle’s bad management putting them in the red.

Wolf runs into Marissa—literally, at an icy intersection—and is enchanted by her beauty. One bite of her baked goods bewitches him and enflames a passion Marissa shares. But Marissa blurts long-buried details about the car accident that killed his parents, and knows far too much about the problems at Harper Electronics, neither of which she will explain. Should he be afraid of her?


  1. Our daughter and son-in-law went to Chicago for the weekend also to celebrate St. Paddy's Day. Son-in-law is part Irish for real. Apparently the green river is something to see. I'd love to get down to that museum, and I love impressionist - well some of it anyway. Can't wait for your book.

  2. Yes, it is a very bright green, something to see. And the museum is great. I often wonder how they decide which museum gets which painting....