Monday, July 15, 2013

There's No Place Like Home

By Evelyn David

One week from tomorrow, we move. It's exciting, it's scary; it's a new adventure, it's the end of an era. You name the clichĂ© and I'm sure I'm living it. I only wish I could be like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and make this move by clicking my heels together. Alas sorting, donating, packing, is hard work and not for the meek of heart. But we're gradually working our way through this old house, room by room, closet by closet.

We moved to this house with four children. They're now grown and living in their own homes. We are only the second owners of this almost-100 year old house.  It's always been a family home. The original owners had seven children. One of the grandchildren works in our village and often tells me about the glorious holiday parties, filled with family, friends, and good food that were held here. This house is built for celebrations, both big and small. So friends and family have joined us for birthdays, holidays, bar and bat mitzvahs, graduations, engagements, and more recently, to welcome the new generation. This old home has done well by us. It is easier to leave it knowing that a new family with young children is moving in.

Our new house is just one mile from this one. One town over. It's much smaller and much newer than this one, but there is still plenty of room for holiday celebrations and family get-togethers. Our granddaughter called the other day, double-checking that we were taking all the toys to the new house. I may have jumbled up the kitchen packing, but I assured her that I knew exactly in which box were her favorites playthings.

I know, as do you, that a house is not a home. I could live in a pup tent, as long as I've got hubby with me, kids and grandkids visiting regularly.  In the meantime, while I'm packing, why not enjoy Lottawatah Fireworks, the new Brianna Sullivan paranormal mystery. Brianna's fiancĂ© surprises her with a cabin in the middle of nowhere with no electricity, no plumbing, and the resident ghost of a recent murder victim. Sure sounds like Home Sweet Home to me

Marian, the Northern half of Evelyn David


Sullivan Investigations Mystery
Murder Off the Books Kindle - Nook - Smashwords - Trade Paperback
Murder Takes the Cake Kindle - Nook - Smashwords - Trade Paperback 
Murder Doubles Back Kindle - Nook - Smashwords - Trade Paperback
Riley Come Home (short story)- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Moonlighting at the Mall (short story) - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords

Brianna Sullivan Mysteries - e-book series
I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Dog Days of Summer in Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Undying Love in Lottawatah- Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
A Haunting in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Lottawatah Twister - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Missing in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Good Grief in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Summer Lightning in Lottawatah - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords
Lottawatah Fireworks - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords

The Ghosts of Lottawatah - trade paperback collection of the Brianna e-books
Book 1 - I Try Not to Drive Past Cemeteries (includes the first four Brianna e-books)
Book 2 - A Haunting in Lottawatah (includes the 5th, 6th, and 7th Brianna e-books)
Book 3 - Lottawatah Fireworks (includes the 8th, 9th, and 10th Brianna e-books)

Zoned for Murder - stand-alone mystery
Love Lessons - Kindle - Nook - Smashwords


  1. Good luck in your new digs! We'll have to have a half sandwich and cup of soup to celebrate. But after the 90 degree heat leaves. Best of luck and much love. Maggie

  2. I am sending all good wishes to your new home. I know it will be blessed with joy, love, and serenity.

  3. Good luck in your move, Marian! We're engaged in something similar, helping youngest son pack up after nine years in Iowa (getting his Ph.D. and teaching) and move back to Kansas City.

    Just as I know he's going to love it once he's through the trauma of packing and moving, I know you'll love your new home once you've made it through that same trauma. May your new home be blessed with the love and joy that the old one enjoyed!