Monday 30 November 2015

Just had a delivery of the things that Amazon said would be here on Friday

Still waiting for the sellotape I bought on Prime on Saturday though!  lol

From Facebook - describes Mitzi so well!

The bloke at the end of the street again

When I took the pup out for her walk this morning the bloke at the end of the street was out with his wife again.

He blocked the top of the street just in case I took Mitzi all the way up.  I just walked up to where we usually go then turned around and walked to the place we always walk to.

The bloke and his wife saw how far that was and didn't like it so they walked down as we were walking back up the street.

We walked up the street again to our usual position then turned around and the bloke was standing blocking the bottom of the street this time.

He's now seen where I take the pup on our morning walks and we've got the phone number for the police if he starts on me and Mitzi again.  He's already used the excuse of Mitzi upsetting their son's dog, he's already got the RSPCA involved so if he does it again tomorrow we'll get the police out to him again.  We're not doing anything wrong - the police, council and the RSPCA have all said that and he saw himself this morning that we aren't doing anything to upset his son's dog as well as following his own demands so the ball is in his court now!

Sunday 29 November 2015

From Facebook via Paula Hughes

Found a great laptop for under £500 last night

8GB of RAM
2TB hard drive

Does that sound good to you?  I'll be able to afford it in the new year!  Yay!

You can find it here if you want to?

Was going to wrap up the gifts this morning, but...

... when I opened the package the tape wasn't in it so I couldn't!

I've just ordered tape and a dispenser from Amazon that'll be here on Tuesday so hopefully that'll be all I need then and I can wrap up the gifts and send them off.

Wish me luck!

Saturday 28 November 2015

Bad jokes alert!

Cor lummy! That was an experience!

I love going to the Harvester.

It's my favourite eatery.

We haven't been for literally years because we don't have a car atm.

Steve found a place that does delivery of some of Harvesters stuff.

We both forgot just how big the portions are and how filling everything is too.

I had button mushrooms with garlic dip, sweet potato fries and a veggie burger that came with nacho's and chips.

We were both thinking in terms of our usual take aways where we're full, but only just.

I was full by the time I finished the mushrooms but wanted to try the sweet potato fries to see what they were like then made the mistake of making a start on the burger too... I only got half way through it before I was bloated!  lol

It cost a lot just for the two of us and we'll definitely halve the amount we order next time - not because of the cost, but because tonight has just been too much but now that we know what to expect it can be an occasional treat rather than a daily expense when we've already got food in the house!

It was very yummy though!


Just had a letter from one of the charities I support to say that they had had a break in and things stolen that had my name, address, email address and bank details stored on them!

Not good!  :-(

Friday 27 November 2015

Part one of Mitzi's stuff has just arrived

... and she's got 2 intelligence toys in her toy box, a smaller Kong and 2 cans of Kong goo in that one and she's already taking up 1.5 drawers in Steve's set of drawers with all her treats!  lol

I've also put her original Kong filled with goo and treats in the freezer to see what she thinks to that tomorrow!  lol

Can you say spoilt?  lol

Thursday 26 November 2015

2 different experiments for Mitzi

I'm going to try using scrambled eggs in version one and tap water in version two, to see which the pup prefers!  Wish me luck!

Mitzi's home-made treats

I've been thinking that maybe I should use tap water instead of eggs in Mitzi's treats so that I don't accidentally poison her by using uncooked eggs and it would be cheaper too!  lol

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Just added Mitzi's treat things to...

I've just started a new order with Mitzi's treat ingredients, foil, a container, a mixing bowl, mixing spoon and 2 baking trays to the shopping order ready to try making them next week!

Wish me luck... I think I'll need it!  lol

Home-made Mitzi treats and an experiment with her Kong

I've just bought some Kong paste and an extra Kong for Mitzi 'cos I'm going to try filling the new Kong with the paste then freezing it to see how she gets on with it... see if it'll keep her entertained for longer than room temperature Kong and paste!

I'm going to try making some home-made treats for her too and it'll only be 3 ingredients!  Tuna in oil, wholemeal flour and eggs!  We need to get a mixing bowl and spoon first though!  lol

Tuesday 24 November 2015

2016 will be the year I...

I've just decided that 2016 will be the year that I finish all my WIPs, edit my finished manuscripts to be better than they are now, then concentrate on being taken on by an agent for the rest of the year.  That will be my New Year's resolution I reckon.

Namehog are ace!

I love and appreciate my webhosts so much!  Thank you Namehog!

I asked about redirecting most of my bought domains to one of my 2 websites that I've got hosting for.

The first ones were sorted out last night and the rest of them (other than the 2 .healthcare domains) have just been sorted too.

Thank you so much for bearing with me, Luke J, and sorting it all out for me!

Charms in memory of my twins

An A5 envelope has just been posted through the door with 2 charms in memory of my twins... I'd forgotten I'd even ordered them!  lol

Me bum

I reckon my bum is shrinking as well as me belly y'know?  I'm not on a diet and the only exercise I do is walking Mitzi every morning!

Monday 23 November 2015

I'm tired and aching all over now, but...

I wouldn't have had it any other way after H's christening yesterday!

Sunday 22 November 2015

Lots of firsts this afternoon!

My first time on a motorway with my FIL
My first time to Tewksbury
My first time to a Christening
My first time in a Church that looks like a Church based on the Churches I went to as a child since leaving Oxfordshire
My first time in a Church service that accepts that there are other beliefs out there
My first time that I didn't take part in the prayers or singing the song
My first time that the vicar didn't shove Christianity down my throat
My first time that I've felt able to walk with just the quad cane without clinging for dear life to Steve
My first full, upbeat service in a Church

Basically it was a great afternoon and not as "believe or burn" as I was dreading!

Saturday 21 November 2015

Only another 4 years before...

... I've paid off one of my credit cards in full!  Yay!

I can't believe what I did last night!

I'm a very grateful member of SCBWI and last night I posted to their Facebook page about arranging a social over here in Gloucester!

What have I done!  I want to meet up with other members for sure, but I'm very shy at the best of times!

Friday 20 November 2015

Thursday 19 November 2015

Private Health Insurance

Just got me policy for another year's worth of Private Health Insurance and they've given me free extra options and a 60% no claims discount for another year and I still get the priority patient cover as well as the extra's for less than a tenner extra a month!

I've been with them since 18th December 2012 so I'm covered for pre-existing conditions too!  Yay!


I bought myself another couple of domain names this morning... I love Namehog I does!

I've just opened a support ticket with them to see if I have to buy hosting to re-direct to another domain I've got with them or if they can work their magic and I don't need to buy any more hosting from them.

Either is fine, I just don't want to spend un-nessarily if I don't need to is all!

Wednesday 18 November 2015

The moon...

... is incredibly beautiful and powerful tonight.

Thank you Luna!


Just asked for some Open University prospectuses which will hopefully give me something to focus on during the rest of the year that NaNo isn't on.

I'm hoping, in the end, to get an Open Degree so that I can study the things that I'm interested in and not do the things that don't which will hopefully keep my brain active so that I don't turn into a slippery pile of mush now that I don't have my online communities to keep me busy!

I'm thinking I'll concentrate on creative writing and childcare with the odd philosophy and counselling module thrown in for a treat occasionally!

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Bloody cricket!

Yet again I've got to put up with the cricket muted on the telly and listen to it on Steve's laptop! 

Monday 16 November 2015

Second non-creative day

I've still got 50k words to write before the end of the year!

Sunday 15 November 2015

Used my Blue Badge for the first time in half a decade this afternoon!

I went out for lunch with C and H this afternoon and used my Blue Badge for the first time since getting it again so we parked right outside Pizza Hut and it had a dropped kerb so it was a lot easier to go in and back to the car without relying on clinging on to C's arm the whole time!

Totally awesome!

It's weird, TBH

This is my first full day of not writing and it feels like something big is missing?  Does that sound weird?

It's my first non-creative day in 15 days and I didn't realise how close I'd got to Hannah and Tom in those 2 weeks!

Saturday 14 November 2015


After exactly 14 days, I've just finished my 50k word challenge for NaNo... I can now relax for the rest of November and only write as much as I want and when I want.  No more 4k a day unless I want to!  Yay!

Friday 13 November 2015

Only 3,946 words to go and I've completed NaNo this year! Yay!

Just under 4k to write and I'll have completed the NaNo challenge in half the time the challenge allows!

Do fish ever feel thirsty?

Just had a drink which got me to wondering if fish ever feel thirst and if they do, how do they drink?

Last night

I had a small knot in the left hand side of my hair for about a week but I kept loosing it by the time I got to the bathroom.

Not last night though!

My hair is knot free again, at last!


Thursday 12 November 2015

Only 2k written today :-(

Ho hum... try again tomorrow then I can start having a social life again!

I've decided that when I've written the 50k for NaNo, I'll...

... check my email and meet up with C and H again and relax my writing and watch TV and take Mitzi for longer, more relaxing walks and just generally catch up with real life again.  I've got all fifty chapters planned out so I can dip in and out whenever I want to after NaNo!

7,733 is my target word count for today!

The minimum I want to write today is 7,733 to get me back on target for finishing on 26th November, but in an ideal world, I'd like to write 9,733 to take me up to finishing the NaNo challenge in under two weeks.

My main character is about to be interviewed about living away from her mum for the first time in her life so that she can live with her best friend instead.

Did that last bit up there ^^ even make sense?  lol

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Just over 40k words written now, so...

...I'll only be 2 days behind tomorrow which is only 8k words which is definitely doable in the next few days and I'll have written 50k by the weekend which is the NaNo target and I'll be half way through the full word count for the novel!


Heading to bed now... nite nite!

Ideally I want to write another 6k before bedtime, but...

...I'll be happy with 2k if necessary.  It's only 4.25pm so the 2k should definitely be do-able!

6,570 words left to write today now

It's taken 7 hours to write about 2,500 words so I don't hold out much hope, but that's what I'm aiming for today!

37,260 words now and...

... I'm aiming for at least 40k before I go to bed tonight, wish me luck!

36,020 words now

As long as I can write 8k today then I'm back on track!  Yay!

Tuesday 10 November 2015

35,714 words written now

Didn't write as many as I hoped today but it's still better than nothing and I'll hopefully catch up tomorrow... 44k ain't too much to make it up to in one day is it?  It's only 9k, right?  I'll be getting to a twist by chapter 20 which is only just over 4k away then it'll be one twist after another until the end and it'll end in a twist too!

5,988 words to write today,

then I'm back on track to write 50k by the end of the week and the 100k before the end of the month... yay!

Monday 9 November 2015

Stinky poo on Mitzi's walk this morning!

We walked up and down the road 7 times this morning but Mitzi did a stinky poo on the second time... yuckerama!

Sunday 8 November 2015

32,051 words in 8 days! Yay!

Still on target for writing 100k by the end of November but just doing the NaNo word count challenge is my first target which will hopefully be done by Friday!

Is it weird to... more creative and inspired during the day with the curtains closed and the main light on full blast?

I wrote more today in artificial light than I did yesterday with the curtains open and the light off!

As of last night, I've written 30k, but...

...I've now been struck down with writer's block  :-(

Friday 6 November 2015

26k written now

26,521 written so I've only got 1,500 more words to write then I can go to bed hopefully for an early night tonight!

Thursday 5 November 2015


I'm planning on writing at least 6k today then back to the usual 4k tomorrow so that I'll have written 30k by the weekend!

Wish me luck!

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Tomorrow and Friday

My original plan was to write 4k words a day which has gone well so far, but just to round the week off I'm going to try to write 5k a day tomorrow and Friday then back to 4k a day from Saturday.

I'm really in Hannah's head now so hopefully I'll be able to do the extra 1k a day without too many problems.

Wish me luck!

Only 4 days in and...

...I'm already a fifth of the way to my own personal target and almost half way to the NaNo target!

I've already written 20k words and it's only been 4 days so far!

In theory I'll be finished the 100k by 20th November which is 5 days sooner than I'd planned and 2 days before the christening!  It also means that I'll have written the NaNo target before next weekend too!

I really can do this!

Tuesday 3 November 2015

16,032 now!

I'm well away with the manuscript for NaNo now!  I've only been writing for 3 days but I've already written over 16k words!

Yay me!

Time to catch up with my email and forums now though, for the first time in 4 days!  lol

Only 3 days in and I've already written 15k for NaNo!

That's 15% of my own personal target (100k) and almost a third of the official NaNo target (50k)!  I'm already getting into Hannah's head too!  Looking good so far!

1,990 words to go before I can go to bed.

Already written 2,010 words today and I want to write at least 4k every day so I'm well on my way to finishing today's 4k nice and early then I'll have a bath and head to bed for an early night tonight.

14,010 words and counting up!

Third day of NaNo and I'm hoping to take my word count to 16k today

I'm at 13,352 right now and I'm hoping to take my word count to at least 16k today so that I can stay on target for H's christening on 22nd.  Wish me luck!

Monday 2 November 2015

Second day of NaNo and I've already written 9k!

I've written 9,107 words so far and it's only the second day!  lol

I'm hoping to have written 12k by the time I head to bed tonight but I'm already 1,000 words over my planned target so it's no great shakes if I don't.

Sunday 1 November 2015

First day of NaNo and I've already written almost 6,000 words!

My aim for months has been to write 4,000 words a day for a 100,000 word novel and I've already written 5,417 words in the last 12 hours so I'm going to finish the chapter and head to bed ready for another early start tomorrow!