This is just a quick check in

Hey how are you all? Hope you’re all good. Well, the past couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur for me as I started a part-time job just over two weeks ago. Basically, I needed to bring in a wee bit extra money – everything has shot up in price thanks to Brexit – so I met my former dog walker whilst walking my dogs in the village and asked him for a job. He phoned me a couple of weeks later to see if I was still interested and I said yes. I now dog walk for a few hours a week and, despite getting soaked to the skin a few times, I love it. The dogs are fab and I’m out in the open air enjoying the gorgeous scenery and hopefully getting fitter. There’s also no stress, which is bliss.

This has meant that I’ve not had as much time on my hands and, whilst getting used to the physicality of the job, I’ve been exhausted. But it’s a good exhaustion! And I’m sleeping well at night.

What this has meant is that I’ve not had the time or energy to write. However, I’m getting used to the extra work, so am thinking I will be getting back into this week. Phew.  I’ve got some great ideas for new stories, but I need to finish Greed and Envy first.

What else have I been doing? Well not a lot. My uni course continues and I am currently reading Edith Wharton’s  The Custom of the Country. I can’t say I’m enjoying it.  I want to smack Undine Spragg, the protagonist, as she’s annoying. She’s meant to be. She’s quite horrible. As I said, I’m not really enjoying this book, but am hoping it will get better.

I’ve recently started watching Tru Blood and Grimm again. The reason for this is that there is nothing current on the box I want to watch, so I have gone back to old favourites. I’m so busy all the time and so tired by evening that I just want to watch something easy and that I know I’ll like. The last scene between Sookie Stackhouse and Vampire Bill though still gets to me!

Right, I am going to finish up. Sorry this has been so short. Til next time.

Dawn x

PS Cop26 is currently ongoing in Glasgow right now, which is a pain for getting in and out of the city. There are roads closed on some of the main arteries. Anyway, about this: 1) our First Minister cannot control the weather or flooding Express Newspaper: Sturgeon shamed as Glasgow underwater days before COP26 – despite £420m commitment | Science | News | Express.co.uk

2) Fearsome weapons, really? Daily Record: Fearsome weapons haul found by cops on board Glasgow-docked ship ahead of COP26 – Daily Record

A tad exaggerated! I actually though this was a spoof article. Many people have these so called ‘fearsome weapons’ at home and we have nunchucks as my husband was a blackbelt in karate. I worry about the standards of journalism these days.

The Incredibles, True Blood and Celebrating a 90th birthday


Well it’s been a very busy week this week at Nelson Towers! We’ve been to the pictures, went out for lunch (twice), visited a well-known Glasgow museum and helped my father-in-law celebrate his 90th birthday (Happy Birthday!). Plus have been knitting whilst binge-watching Foyle’s War (love that series, can’t think why I never got into it before!). And I’ve been writing…finished the first edit of my murder book. Phew.

So, let’s start at the beginning. At the start of the week, I took the kids out for lunch before we popped into the local cinema to see Incredibles 2, which was fab by the way. I loved the original movie and was not disappointed by the sequel. It was great. Love Jack Jack and the new baddie was great, although I’d worked out who it was about halfway through…mainly because it couldn’t have been the more obvious choice, but the other one. I know this sounds garbled, but if I put in the character names it may spoil the film for some. And I don’t want to do that.

This week I also met my talented illustrator friend Mandy Sinclair for lunch, which was lovely. We don’t often get time to meet, so it was good to catch up. We went to Bar Soho in Glasgow, which in my younger years used to be called The Fixx (I used to hang out there), and had a lovely lunch. It was the perfect place: not too noisy, good music and the food was nice. The boy was with us – he’s too young to be left at home – so after we parted ways with Mandy, we went to the Riverside Museum (which is the new name for the old transport museum) for a look around. I do love that museum, it’s full of such interesting old things such as steam trains, trams, old cars, old motorbikes and much more. It was pretty busy and we got around it within an hour. He then hit the shop and bought himself a lot of tat. I picked up a new mug for myself with an old poster on it denoting the joys of Saltcoats (an Ayrshire town next to the sea which has a fabulous beach). The last time I was in Saltcoats (I used to go there a lot as a kid) was with Ian and the girl, when the girl was still a baby. It was a hoot because she insisted on paddling in the sea (with us keeping very wary eyes on her) and her nappy got wet thanks to the waves and swelled up to about three times the size. She couldn’t walk any more because of that and had to be rescued. Happy days! Anyway, here’s the image that was on the mug (that’s me in the swimming hat…only joking!):

Yesterday, we helped my father-in-law, Edward, celebrate his 90th birthday. There were few family members there and some of his friends and it was a lovely afternoon. Myself and my brother-in-law did a small buffet and it was a good afternoon. Apart from my kids and my niece and nephew, I was one of the youngest ones there at the tender age of 47 and my brother-in-law in his 50s, so there was a lot of talk between the rest of them about their childhoods and reminiscing about this and that. Was interesting to listen to.

Today I am having a quieter day. Was exhausted yesterday evening because I’d spent a few hours in the kitchen making up the buffet, then we went to the party. We didn’t get back til after 5pm and by that time I was tired with a capital ‘T’. Anyway, I’m glad everyone enjoyed it.

What I am reading right now – I have now completed three of the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris and am looking forward to going to bed tonight so I can get on to book 4, Dead to the World. I am loving the series. Am not surprised because I loved the tv series, True Blood. So, so good. Favourite characters? Eric Northman, the big blond Viking vampire closely followed by Alcide Herveaux, the werewolf.

 


Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman.

Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux.

Right, on that note, I must leave you here.  I’m away to have some tea in my new mug and a slice of cheesecake that is whispering ‘Eat me’ in the fridge! 🙂 It truly is the simple things that make life so nice!

Til next time,

Dawn xxx