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Busy, yes, I think that sums up the past 3 weeks. In fact, I could go one further and say bedlam, mmm, yes, I will stick with bedlam.
Obviously, the pup has been keeping us on our toes, but we have had so many appointments to fit in including puppy days at the vets, Mazikeen getting her final injections, then back for worming then again for kennel cough vaccination, then Harper with all hers. Add to this cardiology for me, helping out a friend with her business, and life zooming along at a million miles an hour that is it in a nutshell.
Once Mazikeen could go our a week after her final vaccination we took her to the forest, which she loves. Picking up sticks to carry with her, meeting other dogs and people that just want to fuss over the both of them, and who can blame them, they are both very cute. We have not taken her to the beach just yet as the weather has not been very good to us. The near freezing temperature is fine, we all have winter coats and the dogs have lovely matching ones, it’s just the constant rain and high winds that make it near impossible to be on the coastline. Mazikeen’s training is coming on very well and the breeder was very surprised that she does so much on command at such a young age, as she is only 3 months old today.
I have managed to finally finish The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt, and given that this is his first novel, I thought it was well written, and kept me interested throughout, although the end was a little anticlimactic. So with the end of one physical book, I have started another one, this time “Breakfast with the Borgias” by D.B.C. Pierre. The title and cover intrigued me, also last November I was in the Borgia Apartments in the Vatican, so it felt like I had to read it. I mentioned it being a physical book because I have so much I am reading on my Kindle including among others Captian Scott by Ranulph Fiennes and Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang, this is the second time I have read this.
I have not managed to do any more of my sweater, and I really need to finish it, I’m getting cold.
Christmas is close at hand and with that comes more running about and buying presents for M and the dogs. I have done my cards and bought some presents for M, but more are on the way, and I have managed to get something for my niece but still looking for my nephew and my parents. This year I have found it really hard to get things for M. I have not been inspired by anything and being honest, I thought that the hateful black Friday may give me some ideas and bargains, but nothing at all, everything that seemed to be on sale were things that we already have. There was one thing that I saw but was too late as they had run out of stock. I am sure you can tell that I am not a fan of BF. I think it is just a way for the shops to get us to buy crap that we do not need, but the fact remains that over 60% of goods on offer on that day can be bought cheaper either before or after the so-called deal day.
I had a little accident this week and managed to fracture my nose. I have broken it many times and I am a tough cookie if I am honest, and I just get on with it. I have smashed many parts of my body in through the years and ended up in the hospital far too many times. This time I was cleaning the inside of the back window of the car, I have an X-Trail and it’s quite a big car, and with that quite a big hatch. I stepped back and to the side after cleaning and pulled it down with a lot of force, but had not stood back enough and brought the corner of the door/hatch down on the bridge of my nose. Pain and seeing stars was then followed by lots of blood pouring down my face, needless to say, I looked a bit of a mess. I have a little bruising today, but nothing worth talking about.
That about sums it up.
The latest completed book was Paul O’Grady “Open the Cage, Murphy”. This is the 4th of his biographies and is set in the rise of Lily Savage, his drag act, from Liverpool to London. I found it a really entertaining book full of reference to places I know and have been to. I am looking forward to the next book and the next chapters of his life if he brings another volume out.
If you have never heard of Lily Savage, then I suggest having a look on YouTube for some videos, I am sure you would enjoy his acid tongue.
I have quite literally thousands of books, and this is no exaggeration. I have been collecting books all my adult life. I have bought books that I have never read, and may never get to read, but I am determined to try.
Inspired by another blogger Chronical Of Ellen, I have decided to list some books that I have to read in the next month, and no crafting (well, I may do a bit).
The photo you see showing my Churchill Diaries will not be a collection that I will be challenging myself to as yet, as they are quite intense reads. I have set a date of the end of July, so that gives me about 5 weeks to complete the following in this order:
- After Auschwitz; Eva Schloss
- Open the Cage, Murphy; Paul O’Grady
- The Dynamite Room; Jason Hewitt
- The Road Ahead; Christabel Bielenberg
So, here goes, let’s see how I do. I have only managed to read 10 books this year, which is a far cry from my wanting to read 52 by the end of the year.
I will, of course, keep you all posted.
I used to blog, and I really do me blog a lot. From mid 2003 till late 2008 I had my own server, I blogged about everything many many times a day, and I loved it. But at the end of my blogging days, I had family members criticising me about content that I put on of my civil partnership. I had not asked any of my siblings to it because we just wanted something small and to our way of liking especially without any interference. The photos that were taken that day I started to put on my site, my stepfather decided that he did not want the pictures there as one of my sisters may be pissed off at the fact that he and my mother were there. I replied that it was my site, my wedding, and to get over himself. However, the critique and messages started to come thick and fast, and in the end, having my own Britney Speers moment, I lost the plot and deleted the whole site. Thousands of posts, photographs and close to 6 years of input vanished. I did not delete it in the usual way either, I went full tilt and made it beyond recovery using military grade software. Needless to say, I was angry with the reaction of family, and it really did spoil the day, yes it was after the wedding, but I look back and remember it not for the lovely day that it was (drunken too), but for the spleen venting that came after.
I learned my lesson that family should be blocked from knowing about my writings, and any social media that I am on. 9 years later and they are truly blocked on all social sites, and I never tell of any writings I have done over the years. I have tried to blog and everytime closed them down as I did not feel I had it in me, again the bitterness of the past creeping into what was a passion.
Now, 2017, I feel I want to write and blog again. I have a passion for knitting photography and reading, so this will be a main base for my blog, mosstly knitting though as I love it. I have in the past few months written poety, so maybe that will apear here too, who knows. One thing I do know, I am here to stay.
Till next time….