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I have been really bad about keeping this up to date,  but I would much rather read than write.  
I had a little excitement this week with my son's cat.  His apartment needed spraying for bugs ( it's done every year here)  that meant the cats had to stay with us for two days. His girlfriend was in England on holiday so he had to put the cats in their travel boxes.  Sooooo not happening.  The black and white one "Crumble" is no problem,  but the tortoise shell one "Cookie " is NOT going in a box.  My son tried for over an hour but the more she refused the more cross he got.  So then she hid.  His apartment has far too many hidey holes. My son had to go to work,  so in comes mummy.  Bare in mind I have not seen the cats since they stayed with me at Christmas.  They are not that used to me and my son had already upset them.  It took me over an hour just to find where they had hidden themselves.  Spare bedroom behind a rolled up rug and set of stepladders.  I tried everything , I laid out a trail of treats leading into the box.  Uh no,  I tried waiting till she came to me and let me smooth her,  then catch her.  Uh no she spits,  growls and swipes at me.  I will not be savaged by the little madam.  It ended by the room the cats were in being sealed off while the bug man did his work but the the cats can't leave that room for two days.  I have told my son he needs to train them properly.  He has had them for a year , kittens from a feral mother . Although they both like a cuddle on their terms,  actually holding Cookie still is not going to happen.  
As soon as his girlfriend got back she picked both Crumble and Cookie up to put them in the box to go to the vet for a pedicure and worming with no problem at all.  Now she just needs to train my son to do the same.  You can see by the photo Cookie has huge teeth for a little cat,  I'm not going to argue with those. 

Oh Wow ! I had a scare today. My laptop died on me. There is a fault in one of the USB sockets. As soon as it was fixed I Backed up my " Calibre" files to Dropbox. I do not want to lose them. I have over a thousand books in it. Most that I will not get again.  


Hi again everyone. A lovely little photo of the four new cygnets on our park lake. I will be keeping my eye on them as usual. Sometimes they disappear . I´m not sure if the local council take them as they can, to ring and maybe sell to other parks or if there is a predator. I have never seen one here grow to change it´s feathers. There are ducklings around as well but they are camera shy. 

I took these photos only seconds apart today. When we see over the lake towards the sea we get a lovely blue sky. Turn 180degrees and look towards the mountains and the sky is black. Normally when the sky over the mountains looks like that we locals run for cover, because it´s going to pour. This time it never came. 


Hi Everyone.  I have been do busy reading the great ARCs I have been given lately.
This week I have plucked up the courage to make an appointment to get my hair cut.  I have never had my hair shorter than my shoulders,  but as I'm getting older and don't want to look like a grey haired witch I'm getting it cut.  I looked through Pinterest for ideas.  The best thing with hair is if you don't like it, it will grow again.
Keeping my fingers crossed for a good result.


For those of you suffering with freezing cold weather , I will share some sunshine from the Costa Del Sol here in Spain.  This is our local beach at the best time of year. Very few tourists, so it´s nice and peaceful.
We had a quiet Christmas because my grown up son who usually comes to stay went to  England to spend it with his fianceé´s family. We got left with his two naughty kittens to look after. They kept us amused.
I hope you all had great holidays and will have a happy and healthy new year.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Petula! I'm Michael Helms, and write the Mac McClellan Mystery series. You've reviewed one or two before. Deadly Spirits is due out January 15. If interested in reading/reviewing it, I'll be happy to send you a Kindle copy upon your request. This time, Mac delves into some paranormal happenings to uncover a couple of murders, plus a murder that occurred decades before. Thanks for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,


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