Saturday, 15 February 2014

Absentee Blogger

Wow  - I have been away for a long time haven't I? All I can do is apologise and say that life has been busy around the Christmas period and our family life has just quietened down -well to a level that any family would class normal.

I have come out of hospital recently so I have been doing lots of resting at home - it seems that I am now, alongside everything else, nutrient deficient. This means that the nutrients from food are not absorbing into my body properly so I have been given medication to help the absorption process. Hopefully it's doing it's job but only time will tell.

I hope that you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. It was predictably extremely busy here. I had two excited children who were absolutely mesmerised by the fact that Father Christmas was coming. They assured me this would be happening as they had been very good over the year - I felt it imprudent to point out the many occasions that I could disagree with this - oops. but they loved all of the presents that they received and on Christmas Day they were stuffed full of Christmas food and enough sugar to supply a small Jam factory. Between Christmas and New Year we had the inevitable large amounts of leftover food to keep us going without having to leave the house, except for milk and bread.

The main thing that I can report to you for the start of 2014 is that Mike and I have decided to start exploring alternative medicines for my Fibromyalgia. The painkillers that I am on only mask the pain - they are not helping my condition, so there has been no improvement in 7 years. We have looked towards America for suggestions as to what to try because their development in the field of Fibromyalgia treatment is currently more advanced than the UK. I have decided to try 3 medications to see how they will benefit me and I will report to you with my progress. I am also on the Actidiet weight loss programme and so far this week I have lost 13lbs. The less I weigh means the less impact put on my joints which should also show a benefit to me.

For now wish me luck and I will write more.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Busy times

Wow. Things seem to be so busy at the moment. I have received 7 books this week that I need to review and I still need to put up my review of Reaching for the Stars from the fantastic Janice Horton. I thoroughly enjoyed the book so I hope that you'll enjoy my review of it.

We had a lovely Halloween here. Mike and the kids went out trick or treating whilst I stayed in waiting for ghosts and ghouls to knock on my door - which they did aplenty! Literally no sweets left at the end of the night for me to nibble on, but that's probably a good thing for my waist line.

Today we went to a friends daughters 3rd birthday party which was great. But Amber has learnt to scream when she doesn't get her way - cue embarrassing moments when she was screaming because she wanted the birthday cake all to herself - yet again I reiterate that terrible twos carry on when they are 3.

Ibby has been a star recently. He is a young carer to me and had been so supportive - he really helped me out over half term with looking after Amber whilst mike was at work. He had also made a great group of friends on our street who play football outside of mine. It's great to see him making new friends, though I am constantly answering the door to children asking for him!

Next week I will make sure that I put up my book reviews for you all to read and hopefully enjoy. I will try to read the books and review them as soon as I can - any suggestions of books for me to read would be great. I am always on the lookout for new literature.

For now, have a good weekend and I will be back to you soon.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Sick note

Just a very brief update. I won't be online to do any blogs tonight as I think I have the dreaded flu virus, despite having the flu vaccine a week ago. Hope you are all well and preparing for the big storm that is set to hit us this weekend.

Hooked on books

Wow what a busy week I am having. I am literally reading books and comping non stop, in between juggling family life. In the past week I have got to know a fantastic author called Janice Horton after reading her brilliant book Bagpipes and Bullshot.

Now I am lucky enough to be able to read her next book called Reaching for the Stars. As well as this I am reading Cursed by Tara Brown. I am tempted to start a third book too, but I think I will tax my brain far too much. I am a literature addict but I am only human.

I would love to hear what you are all reading at the moment. Once I have read Janice Hortons new book I will be adding a review, but I can already safely say that I have found a new favourite author in her.
Be sure to pop in amazon to check her books out - they are greatly priced and once you start one of her books you simply won't be able to put it down. She also has a range of voodoo romance novellas that I am sure will entice your literacy taste buds. I can't wait to read them myself.

Janice is a Scottish writer with a creative flair for drawing each reader into the plot of her stories. I feel like each character I encounter becomes someone who I personally know, which is the sign of a great author. There is a difference between simply reading a book compared to thoroughly emersing yourself so the words on the pages become as real as the world around you.

Have you ever told yourself *oh I will read just one more chapter and then I will do the housework*? Three hours later and the hoovering isn't done but you have had a truly enjoyable experience. I feel disappointed knowing that I am coming to the end of a book. I want to know the conclusion but at the same time I don't want to say goodbye to the characters with whom I have become too know fondly.

Now my mind is drifting off to matters of sleep as its 1:45am but maybe I might be able to fit in some more reading before the inevitable haze of drowsiness takes over me.

Night for now and happy reading.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

My First Book Review - Bagpipes & Bullshot by Janice Horton


Last week I won a book from Good Reads website. It was called Bagpipes & Bullshot by Janice Horton. Being my first book review I decided to look into the author so that you know a bit more about her as well as her book.



Janice Horton is a Scottish lass true to heart. She lives in Scotland on the side of a hillside. She writes fiction novels that have a feel of romance and humour throughout. She has novels you can read such as the one I have reviewed and also others that i am looking forward to read and review in the future. i have found out that Janice also has Vodoo Romance novellas to add to her accreditation. She has also just wrote a non fiction book called How to Party Online. She is a very popular author with nearly 6000 members on her Twitter profile and she is very active in the online community.

So - onto the review of Bagpipes and Bullshot itself. I am posting on here the review that I wrote on the
Good Reads website so you can pop over there to have a look too. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars as it is simply fantastic and addictive! My husband Mike couldn't get a word out of me for two days!

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This was a fantastic book. I won this book and I had not read a book by Janice Horton before. This book told about Orley, a young woman living in Texas who had yearned to go to Scotland for as long as she could remember. Then she meets Innes, a gorgeous Scottish Laird who offers her the job of a lifetime in Scotland working with him on his estate. She is unsure whether to go as her past hangs over her like a dark cloud but she is desperate to escape. She is also confused as to where her relationship with Innes really stands - is she his girlfriend working for him or does he just see her as an employee?

Orley takes the chance to travel to Scotland and is soon captivated by all she sees. But everything was not as she expected. The estate is in a state of financial ruin, Innes holds a secret that he did not tell her and all is depending on her expertise to save the Buchanan fortune. Throw in a hostile neighbour, Innes mother and a series of accidents all twisted in with her Scottish romance with Innes and you find yourself with a captivating story.

This book took me two days to read - I literally could not put it down. I fell in love with Scotland again through Orleys eyes and I was willing her romance with Innes to work, despite everything that was against them. This book is full of romance, history and laughs. It is definitely a book that once you pick up you can't put down until you are finished.

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Website addresses to go to:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/741734740
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3364605.Janice_Horton
https://twitter.com/JaniceHorton

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Typo Queen

I honestly have to stop writing late at night on my mobile blogging application when I am so tired. I logged on earlier and read my last two articles that were written about 3am. Oh dear, the typos were awful to the point that my 9 year old son could've written a better spelt article.

The problem is predictive typing on my phone. My phone loves to predict the most random word replacements and when it's 3 in the morning and I am also deprived, I have missed a few of them slipping through. I have had many friends who have said they can relate to this. Predictive text is great to speed up your typing but my goodness - it can certainly get you into trouble.

I have seen a few autocorrect websites out there and some of the mistakes are hilarious, including sending explicit comments to your parents or in laws - what a way to make them see behind that well behaved facade that you present to them!

I think the moral of my story today is watch what you type - dont rely on technology to get it right or you could be saying the wrong words to the wrong person. Oh, and be asleep by 3am unlike me.

Night for now x x z

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Introducing Mike

I thought I had best introduce my amazing husband Mike to you as I have talked about our children, introduced me but not given Mike a formal introduction. 

Sooooooo..... What do I say? Lol - so many things go through my mind about ways I could embarrass him on this article but I will (on the whole) try and behave myself. You will soon come to learn that Mike and I have a very humorous relationship - we tease each other rotten and love playing pranks on each other. Our house is a house full of laughter. 

Ok back to the amazing Mike. Mike and I met 8 years ago. We had been friends on a chat server called IRC for a few months before we met, but I was finishing a bad relationship with the sperm donor of our gorgeous son Ibby. 

Mike and I were great friends online - he always made me laugh which was great as I hadn't properly laughed in a very long time. He also made me feel appreciated which was something I was also lacking. When you are in an abusive relationship, be it physical, mental or both you start to believe that you aren't worthy of people and deserve the treatment you are receiving. Mike, through just friendship at that point, gave me strength to finally stand up to my ex and end things once and for all. I also had started developing feelings for Mike and I don't believe in staying in a relationship if I feel anything for somebody else. You could say Mike rescued me, as he gave me the strength to stand up to my ex when I hadn't had the courage before. 

My ex took it very badly so I packed my stuff up, got me and Ibby on a train and went to my mums. Whilst there Mike (who lived 3 hours drive away) offered to take me and Ibby out for the day to cheer us up. Saying yes was one of the wisest decisions I have ever made. We had an amazing day out, we were so comfortable together and before I knew it we were sharing our first kiss. That was September 25th 2005, so 8 years has just passed since our first date - time flies. 

The rest is a long story to tell but in a nutshell I moved to Wiltshire two months later to live with Mike. We had visited often in between, Ibby was thriving from attention from a male figure that he never got from sperm donor and we were all head over heels in love with each other. 4 years later we married in an amazingly special and romantic ceremony with our friends and family present. Then followed our beautiful daughter Amber-Leigh who just turned 3 last month. Add two crazy cats into the fold and you can see we have a very busy house. Mike is working very hard as a financial controller for a thriving manufacturing company and due to my health I cannot work, so I am stay at home mum, which I love.

Now here comes the slobber-fest! Mike is the most amazing man that I have ever met, and I have kissed my fair share of frogs to find him. He is a fantastic daddy to Ibby and Amber and he is the best husband that I could ask for. He fully supports me with my disabilities and rarely ever complains. He didn't come into this relationship with me and my disabilities - they developed within the first 3 years of us being together but he hasn't batted an eyelid and says he loves me exactly for who I am - not my disabilities. He is the most unselfish person that I know and if I could give him the world I would. I am so blessed to have an amazing husband and can't wait to grow old, grey and wrinkly with him.