Gift 10

They keep coming, so keep tuned.  Today’s offering – a lovely little notebook:


You simply can’t have enough notebooks, in my opinion:


And all of these are in use, having a different function each.  Notes for my novels (?), finances 😦 , projects, gardening, recipes, holiday diaries – and the list goes on.

Now, what can I use the new one for?

Thank you, gift giver.



Here we are again – December!  I need to stat looking around for a new calendar.  December picture:Image

I love the little birds in this image.

I’ve been really busy in the past month.  I got my novel finished.  Maybe, one day, it will get published, who knows?  I made my secret Santa, for my swimming buddy at work:


Turned out better than I thought, seeing as I’m not really a knitter.  It was really good fun to do, though, and my swim buddy liked it.  I thought that I would be able to relax this weekend, take it easy, eat chocolate, drink wine, but NO, not to be…….

We’ve got the dreaded ‘O’ word next week.  New mantra ‘Deep breaths now, and get plenty of swimming in to destress.’


I can’t believe it’s november.  I’ve been very busy, with not much time for blogging.  Since we’ve been back at college after half term, there doesn’t seem to have been a spare minute. 

I’m keeping up with the swimming – twice a week after work.  It helps to have someone to go with because neither of us wants to let the other one down. 

I have to finish my daughter’s Christmas present before the beginning of December, as we are going to get together then as she can’t come down for Christmas. 

I also have to finish the Secret Santa present by the beginning of the month – I’ll post a picture when it’s done.

And finally, I have only gone and entered that idiotic novel writing competition again this year.  I have to finish the novel by the end of the month.  So, not much time for blogging. I’m afraid.

I found this beautiful tortoiseshell butterfly at the landing window:


I managed to put it outside, but I don’t really know if I should have done.  It won’t survive, I know that, but should I have let it stay in the warm?  Well, it didn’t seem too happy, it kept flapping its wings as if it wanted to get back outside, so, I let it out.

November picture on the calendar:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI can’t believe it’s November.


Oh no, how can I keep this up?

How many months is it?  Too many really.  The truth is, that although I really really want to keep blogging, I find it difficult.  Things get in the way, which is not always a bad thing, as at least it proves that I have a life, of sorts, and that I don’t always have time to blog.  Perhaps I need more mobile technology; things have changed so much in the last couple of years, and if I had, for example, an iPad, I could possibly blog more.  Maybe I should save up.

Well, I did go to Pen-y-Ghent, and I did climb it, and also Whernside.  Photos are over on my blogger account, which I have to say is easier to use than this one, or is it just me?  As soon as I can work out how to add links here, I will do so.  I think I’ve worked it out.  Click here and see if it works.

After the summer, I went to the Paralympics, and, yes, you’ve guessed it, photos are on my blogger account.  Next came the new term, along with the full time working.  Then there was the prospect of another novel, in National Novel writing Month.  Details are, of course, you know where.  Hopefully, that will be published this year.  Maybe I’ll post a preview sometime, you never know.

The last thing to mention is that I want to do something huge this year.  Huge for me, that is.  I want to give blood.  Watch this space.

My book

I’m very proud of my book.  Ever since I was small, I wanted to write a book, and, well, now – I have.  I entered NanoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month) last year, and wrote the story, from start to finish in 30 days.  I followed the rules, which basically stated that you had to start on the first of the month, and then, by the thirtieth, you had to have written 50,000 words.  If you managed to do that, you could have your book published for free.  I managed it.

When this dropped through my letterbox, I was so proud.  Not because of the fact that it is a major work of literary fiction, (it isn’t) but just because of the fact that I wrote it.  And yesterday, I had a day off work – so what did I do?  well, I published it on Kindle of course!

The moral of the tale : if you want to do something, don’t let anything stop you.  Just do it, as they say in the adverts.

I feel so proud.