Birthday Traditions

It was my birthday yesterday and I had a wonderful day. In my house we have a couple of birthday traditions and it’s so much fun. Tradition number one: breakfast in bed. This is the one day I definitely indulge and have whatever I want. Some years it’s pancakes, other years bacon and hash browns and ​whatever catches my fancy. We …

Giving Blood

Yesterday I went and gave blood. I’ve been doing this as often as I can since I was about eighteen and it surprises me how few people actually do give blood. So I thought I’d talk today about the process, so others can see it’s actually pretty simple. First you make an appointment. There’s a blood donor ​centre not far from me …

Poncho Wearing Weather

The one thing I wanted to buy when I went to Ecuador last year was a poncho. I had a poncho when I was a child and I have fond memories of it, so I really wanted to get another one. It took me a while to find the perfect one, there were so many different colours and styles, but …

Blog Anniversary

Somehow I’ve completely missed my blog anniversary! It’s been over a year since I started this blog and I’ve got to say I’m so pleased I’ve made it this far. I wasn’t sure I was going to! The idea of doing a blog is a little scary, because it means making a commitment to write blogs regularly. When I started I …

Ten Year Anniversary

Last month was the ten year anniversary of my critique group. I can hardly believe I’ve been writing for so long and that we’ve all come so far. Back in 2005 when I first started writing with a goal to be published, I was all alone. I knew nothing about the publishing industry and nothing really about writing a novel. I …

Favourite Christmas Song

I love Christmas songs. Yes, I’m one of those people who can have Christmas songs on repeat all through December! If you asked me which was my favourite Christmas song, I’d have no hesitation in telling you, but it’s not at all traditional and may not be what others consider a Christmas song at all. The reason I adore it …

Restoring faith in humanity

After the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut last week, it would be very easy to become depressed with the state of the world. There seems to be so much hate and violence. So what I’d like to do today is remind everyone of the love that is still in the world, that people do random acts of kindness …

Crying when I’m happy

I am absolutely hopeless. I’m one of those people who cry at happy things. I first noticed this phenomena when I was a teenager. There was this lotto advert which had a family making a surprise visit to their daughter who was overseas and tears welled in my eyes. It was so nice.Then I noticed as I got older that …

My Favourite Way to Relax

When I was house hunting quite a few years ago now, there were a few things that I had on my must have list: a decent backyard a double garagea good sized bath You see I love having a bath. It’s one of my little indulgences that I can’t do without. I love filling it to the brim with hot …