How to Keep a Pug Cool and the Delights of Silkies

So, it’s been just over a month since I last wrote and that’s because I’ve been trying to sort out the house to leave me free to write more. I’m nearly there. Got a couple more things to do in the garden and that’s it.

Plus the heat this week has been draining me and making me too tired to write. I need to get back into it…I know that.

So, how’s your month been? If you’re in the UK, no doubt you have been enjoying the fabulous weather we’ve been having lately.  Being Scottish, I have to say that I am not enjoying the heat and my poor pug is suffering. We have been sitting her under a cold water tap and soaking her to make her comfortable. We’ve tried everything else and this is what works best. She woke up panting this morning, so I soaked her again. It was 6.30am so I just got up. Poor Bonya. My other dogs are fine. BTW I am sitting on my Chesterfield sofa (green) in our living room watching a documentary about Gertrude Bell and Bonya is sleeping peacefully on the sofa beside me. Sleeping peacefully, snoring her head off and farting. We love her despite the farting. 😉

Exciting news – I bought three Silkie chickens recently to keep my one remaining rescue hen company and I’m in love. They are gorgeous. Nugget (aforementioned rescue hen) has been bullying them, but seems happier to have the company. I have one white one called Luna (like the one above) and two like this…

…called Buttercup and Zoa. They are softly vocal, like little squeaky toys, and I love them.

What I’ve been reading lately: I’ve read a couple of Mills & Boon Blaze books to see if I could write one. I really enjoyed reading them. I expected them to be much racier, but they were good. Now to choose a new book. Oh joy! I have a TBR pile that would kill me if it toppled on my. My friend Jane has leant me some of hers (I forget the author), so I’ll probably start on one of those.

What else have I been doing? I’ve been doing up my bedroom. It still has woodchip wallpaper on the walls (whomever invented that stuff should be shot – it’s bloody awful), which will have to stay put until I have a good week free to get the stuff off the walls. I remember it from the 70s and how hard it is to get off walls. I have, however, put up some new curtain rails and curtain hooks, bought a new mirror and researched some curtain material. I want my room to feel sumptious so am going to buy some dark blue velvet to make curtains and a bedspread. I do like some Art Deco curtains in red and gold, but my walls are currently blue, so blue curtains it will have to be until the offending woodchip is scraped off.

Right, I am going to love you and leave you now. I really want to see this documentary. Til next time (promise it won’t be so long).

Dawn xxx

How Good is Line of Duty and Acting (Very Badly)

So, I’ve been channelling my inner actress this week as myself and my compadres work on our script.  We’ve been doing this for nearly a year now, but because of the complicated storyline it’s taken us this long to get this far. We’ve got a fair amount of work still to do, but we are getting there with the story. Anyway, part of our process is reading out the script as we work. That way we can pick up on any issues such as words and phrases that don’t sit well. Some of our characters are non-British which means attempts are made to do the accents. However, none of us are trained actors so the results are often hilarious. Can I just say I cannot do an Australian accent. Not. At. All.

So, how’s your week been? Same old same old? Just like everyone else. I really hope that we can get back to normal soon. I’m sure I’m echoing a lot of people when I say I just don’t think I can do another year of this lockdown. I understand why I have to do it and I stick to the rules, but I want to spend time with family and friends.

Anyway, the biggest event of the past couple of weeks is that I took my son for an eye test. We live in a village, so I took him to one of the nearby town’s for it. It was the highlight of the week, I’m afraid to say. 🙂

Another highlight – and I don’t know why I’ve taken so long to do this – is I’ve finally gotten round to watching Line of Duty. OH. MY. GOD. It’s so gooooooood. So well written, directed, acted, everything. The beat points are perfect, the storylines race along and the twist and turns are inspired. Can I just say Keeley Hawes (who I have mentioned before and I am a bit of a fan of) is brilliant in series two and three. Creepy, but brilliant. Martin Compston (local boy), Vicky McLure (loved her in This is England), Adrian Dunbar and Craig Parkinson are great in it. I loved the character of Dot – he was so sneaky and slimy, but outwardly nice. Yep, I am chastising myself for leaving it so long to watch it. On the other hand, I am desperately trying to binge watch all the series before the new one begins – next week I think. Woohoooo!

So, what else have I been doing? I’ve edited up to and including chapter 14 of my Sisters of Sin novel. That should be finished by the end of next week and going off to Beta readers to read. BTW if anyone wants to be a beta reader for me and the rest of the authors doing this series, drop me an email: dawn@danelsonauthor.com     We’d love to get more people involved.

Reading – I haven’t managed to do a lot of that recently. Been concentrating on getting my uni course work done, so reading for pleasure has taken a bit of a back burner. However, I aim to get back to that soon.

Right, that’s me for now. I will check in again very soon. Til next time.

Dawn x

 

A short post on a few things like watching telly and reading

This is going to be a rather short post this week because I have nothing that interesting to report. My week is like this: work, clean the house, do washing, walk the dogs, feed the kids and animals. And that’s about it. However, last week I did have a Zoom call with my American and Australian writer friends and we’re now about to finally launch into getting our SOS series written and out. We’re aiming to launch the series next January (I know, it’s ages away but the year will go in quickly). So, that’s exciting.

I’ve finished reading my Dorothy L Sayers book and it was okay. I can’t say it was excellent, but it won’t put me off reading another Lord Wimsey story. I guessed who the baddie was halfway through the book and why he had done it. Tonight I’m going to re-read the first Harry Potter. Haven’t read the books for years and I love immersing myself in that world.

The images today have no specific link, but are images I found on Canva that I like so I thought what the hell and used them. It’s miserable outside here in Scotland: icy cold winds and rain. Some parts have snow. Not here, we’re in the lowlands so we don’t get a lot of snow. Anyway, me and the boy took the dogs out to the park today and didn’t stay long it was that cold.

I like the photo above. It reminds me of watching The Borgias. Loved that show.

So, telly hasn’t improved much. I’ve taken to downloading history programmes off the BBC iplayer. I’ve seen some of them before, but they are interesting to watch none-the-less. Started watching Twist on Netflix the other day. Meh.  I prefer earlier versions of it including the musical, Oliver. I love Dickens’ books and Oliver Twist is one of his best. This modern adaption didn’t not grab me at all, so I stopped watching after ten or 15 minutes. Not wasting any more time on it. Have you seen it? What did you think?

Still watching Finding Alice and still don’t know if if I like it or not. I’m giving it one more episode and if it doesn’t improve am gong to ditch it. Was talking to a friend on Zoom about it yesterday and she said the same thing.

 

Am finishing with an image of a castle. It’s Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. One day I will go there.

Right, am finishing up now. Told you this would be a short post. Until next time (and hopefully I’ll have something more interesting to say).

Dawn xx

New doors, lumpy pug and Will Smith

Hi everyone! How are you all? Keeping well I hope. As I write this, the pandemic in Scotland is getting worse. There are more cases and deaths. It’s awful. However, we try and remain cheerful. Our area has very low numbers of cases, so we’re grateful for that. Anyway, let’s not talk of bad things, let’s talk of nice things. Todays’ images are all puppies because I love dogs and they make me cheerful.

This week, I’ve been doing my usual busy stuff: the script is coming along slowly but surely, I haven’t written a word of my assassin book although I’m very nearly finished it and my social media business is going well. So, it’s all good. I also actually managed to go out this week – I met a friend at our local pub for lunch. It was lovely catching up although weird as we had to wear our face masks going into the pub and exiting, but could take it off whilst sitting having our meal. I had the macaroni cheese, which was very good.

We also had joiners in replacing a door my daughter smashed by slamming it in a bad temper. Our house was built in the 1970s, so had glass doors leading into the living room and the area that was the dining room (now my office). The doors had a glass panel either side. None of the glass was safety glass, but thankfully myself and my husband had put plastic over all the glass when Emma was born so that if there was an accident, the glass would not shatter and hurt her. I always detested the panels and doors, so not my taste. So, I got the joiners in to replace the broken door and its twin opposite and remove the four glass panels. These were replaced with gyproc, the doorway was widened and new doors were installed. I also got a new front door installed while I was at it. It’s not finished, but it’s looking so much better.

Reading – I’m reading and loving Dorothy Whipple’s They Were Sisters which is (unsurprisingly) about three sisters, one of whom has a horrible bullying husband. It’s about their relationship with each other and how they try and help the one with the horrible husband. Loving it so far.

Watching – watched the Will Smith film Focus, which also starred Margot Robbie. I’ve only just found out this came out in 2015. Never heard of it before. Anyway, it was quite good. It wasn’t superb, but it wasn’t crap either.  The story twists and turns, and I guessed a few of the twists, but it was a good enough watch on a Friday night.

Took our pug, Bonya, for a check-up at the local vet’s. She has lumps that have been slowly growing. They are probably cancerous. She had two lumps, which we had removed and analysed, before. They were cancerous, so we reckon these two possibly are too. We’ve been keeping an eye on these lumps for a couple of years ago. The reason why I haven’t had them removed is that the first lump only appeared after she had had a second operation to remove a lump. We had only had her a year. I got her dressed, then she had a lump removed and then another. I just felt she had been through enough. With these two lumps, I could get them removed, but here’s why I’m not: she’s an older dog, we don’t know how old and I don’t want to put her through yet another operation. Also, as a pug, her breathing is terrible and I’m worried if she’s put under she’ll not survive. The lumps are not bothering her. They are not painful, they are slow growing and have not moved into her lymph nodes. So, having discussed it with the vet on several occasions we have decided just to leave her be. The wee soul was, I think, just used for breeding before we got her. I am her third owner that I know of. She didn’t act like a proper dog until 12-18 months (we’ve had her three years now) after we got her:  she stuck close to me at all times, she didn’t roll and run on the grass in the park, she didn’t play fight with the other dogs. She did nothing. Now, there’s no stopping her (when she’s not snoring somewhere, as she is now): there are some very noise play fights every day between all three dogs, she once rolled in something nasty and I was so proud, and she does go off on her own now in the house and when we’re in the park (not too far away, but I let her go and sniff things). Anyway, we’ll keep an eye on her and see how she goes. If she needs an op, we’ll do it, but hopefully she won’t.

So, anyway, that was my week this week. A bit more interesting than previous weeks, but still not super exciting!  I am going to leave you here and wish you adieu. 🙂 Til next week,

Dawn xxx