Thursday, 31 December 2009


overcast, mild, temps minus 2

We're back in Sutton. Seems even uneventful days become eventful. We never know what the day will bring. Very fun.

Today we awoke in Montreal, packed the car, returned the video of 30 Rock (loved it!) - went for breakfast at Nick's on Greene Ave - then drove to Michael's son's home to deliver the Christmas gift he intentionally left at our place over the holidays - he was going into the States and was concerned about explaining it at the border coming back.

This was also a good chance for Michael to show Vic his new Mercedes. I think the thing that thrills Michael the most is the key...or the fact you don't actually need the key to get in, or start the car. Well, you need it on you somewhere, but he can keep it in his pocket and it works.

He's like a kid. Vic says the Prius he drove over the holidays does the same thing. Great car, the Prius. We seriously considered it too - but no AWD.

Then we headed home - easy highway drive - and met Kirk in Cowansville to transfer ownership of my volvo to him. We're so happy it is going to people we love. It's a fabulous car. The other thing that was terrific was how easy the whole transfer thing was. We have an SAAQ in Quebec. Stands for the Societe Assurance Automobile du Quebec. Now, in Montreal going to the SAAQ is akin to walking into a black hole. Never to be seen again. or certain, never to be seen by a clerk.

Out here it's a small office, very efficient. No crowds. We were in and out in five minutes. Phew.

And now we're home - waiting for Trudy. And Kirk. He'd dropping by because we need his designing help with blinds for the bedroom windows...and the sofa in the living room I write on seems to be sagging. No doubt the weight of my words...the huge import of what I do...the staggering intellect has finally sprung the springs. Not the croissants and gummy bears.

But, while we're away in St. Lucia we'd love Kirk to arrange to have it re-strung or sprung or whatever you do with sofas. This is one of the huge, long things made, apparently, of wrought iron. Michael's mother (did I ever tell you this?) collected wrought iron. Some people collect spoons, or plates, limoges china, antiques. Michael's mother collected wrought iron stuff. Most of it gates we have lugged from place to place. This sofa, thankfully, isn't really made of iron but it sure feels like it. Solid oak I think. We also need it re-covered.

So, Kirk Lawrence to the rescue.

Oh, he just arrived. Must run.

have a happy and safe New year's eve! Speak to you tomorrow.


whalewatcher said...

A happy and blessed New Year to you and Michael and those you love! My new year's resolution is to read everything you write in 2010 : )
My Cooper wags his tail to your Trudy.
Stay safe and warm!

bgpringle said...

Happy New Year from the deep South - sunny & warm and 12C! I know how Michael feels - we just got a Toyota Highlander that has the keyless entry - such fun.
Don & I send best wishes for a happy and healthy 2010.
Bev Pringle

Anonymous said...

Louise, I hope that you and Michael have a lovely New Year! I'm really looking forward to 2010. A new perspective, a new focus to my life. Take care. Be well.

lil Gluckstern said...

Happy New Year to all. It sounds like the sofa will be more comfortable once it is redone, so peace and comfort to all the bloggers, and once thank you, Louise and Michael, for sharing your lives.

Bev Stephans said...

Dear Louise,

Happy New Year to you and Michael and all your friends in the Eastern Townships and thereabouts.

May your year be full of joy, happy reading and your next book make it to the top ten of the New York Time's Bestseller List!

Best Wishes,

Mercedes said...

Louise -- "Have more fun!" What a perfect mantra. While on the Island, please keep your eyes peeled for the St. Lucia Amazon -- blue head, green body, and red secondary feathers -- one of the most stunning members of the Amazon family. Glad that you and Michael are going somewhere where you can thaw out. Hope it won't be too tough to separate Michael from his new Mercedes. Happy 2010!

Louise Penny Author said...

DEar Mercedes,

Is this the car talking? Because if it is I'll have lost Michael completely! He loves your keyless entry, though perhaps you shouldn't advertize!

Thanks for the advice on the bird (it is a bird, I hope?) I think I'll have to write Have More Fun on the mirror so I don't forget. It's not that I don't have fun, it's just that I can get so caught up in stuff I forget to just slow down.

Happy New year.

Louise Penny Author said...

DEar Kathy,

Thank you! My resolution is to write gooder, so it's a fit. Trudy says hi to Cooper! Happy New Year.

Louise Penny Author said...

Dear Bev and Don,

Isn't it just the neatest thing? Honestly, we feel like children. No, not even children would be entertained by this for so long. But it sure is fun! Happy New Year to the both of you.

Louise Penny Author said...

Dear Kay,

So beautifully put, Kay. It is a fresh chance. A beginning. Aren't we lucky we get to start again? Press the re-set button, as a friend says.

Happy New Year.

Louise Penny Author said...

Dear Lil,

Absolutely! More comfortable. Right now I'm basically sitting on a cushion on the floor. Multi-tasking. Yoga and writing murder mysteries.

Happy New year.

Louise Penny Author said...

Hi Bev,

Oh, you DO know me. On my personal wish list, besides health, the top 10 of the times list would be there. I keep telling you, Bev - buy 10,000 copies and it will happen. I'm counting on you.

Happy New year!