No, I have not met your cousin Annabelle. Is she very fashionable? You should bring her to meet me someday at the Boutique. A year's visit is very long, don't you think that that is a bit rude for her never to leave? You should ask her to go home for the holidays. It's quite inconsiderate for her to outstay her welcome. You must encourage her to write home. Oh dear, do you feel sick? Yes, you should consult Josefina. What if you catch influenza or the pox again? I shudder to think. And so close to Christmas too - you might miss the festivities altogether and that would be a shame. Right now Suzanne and Cristal are hurrying to put their indoor Christmas decorations up so they will be the first in town and therefore the most fashionable. They are singing Thanksgiving songs (which I have never heard before) to make up for putting up their trees before that holiday is even over properly. My shop is a mess because someone dumped a lot of fabric all over the floor and I have to clean it up but I am far too tired. Next I think I will close the shop, go to Cristal's house and warm up my leftover Le Sonja from the Rose Vine and eat it, then practice cooking eggs for Proper School in Miss Cristal's new fireplace. It is very chilly in town square every day since the first snowfall, and I will enjoy being warm inside. What is the news from Seaside House?