Thursday, 23 October 2014

Healthy Breakfast

I don't want to go hungry. I do want to lose weight and eat healthily.

First thing in the morning I squeeze the juice of an unwaxed lemon and add the juice to a glass of hot water. At first, I thought I wouldn't be able to drink it without adding organic honey, but now that I'm used to it I find it refreshing.

For breakfast I have organic porridge made with almond milk to which I add three fruits and a little sugar substitute. Today I added black grapes, strawberries and raspberries. Delicious.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Serious Accident - Innocent Party

My daughter was driving behind a car in front of which another car had broken down and switched on the hazard lights. At the last minute the car ahead of my daughter changed lanes and my daughter's car crashed into it. The car is a write off. She asked the woman why she didn't indicate that she was about to change lanes. The answer. "The sun was in my eyes so I didn't see the hazard lights." It's a cliché but the law is an ass. Because my daughter hit the back of the other car her insurance company told her she is automatically judged to be the guilty party. Needless to say she was in a state of shock but, thank God she was not hurt.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Herb Bed

My house is being cladded which will make it warmer and reduce the heating bills and condensation.
Two long narrow beds underneath the dining room and sitting room windows had to be dug up so I'm planning what to plant. I have decided to plant herbs in one. I shall sow sun flowers, dill and angelica at the back. In the centre I'll plant the marjoram, thyme, etc., which I have been growing in pots and at the front a row of pretty flowers according to season, ones with edible flowers.

Monday, 20 October 2014

What are you reading?

My 5 year-old granddaughter has a boxed collection of Beatrice Potter's books. Yesterday evening she chose The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes for her bedtime story. She was so responsive and enjoyed the tale so much that it was a pleasure reading to her. When I finished she took the book and went through it admiring and commenting on the pictures and repeating some of the phrases.

What are we reading?

My 5 year-old granddaughter has a boxed collection of Beatrice Potter's books. Yesterday evening she chose The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes for her bedtime story. She was so responsive and enjoyed the tale so much that it was a pleasure reading to her. When I finished she took the book and went through it admiring and commenting on the pictures and repeating some of the phrases.

What are we reading?

My 5 year-old granddaughter has a boxed collection of Beatrice Potter's books. Yesterday evening she chose The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes for her bedtime story. She was so responsive and enjoyed the tale so much that it was a pleasure reading to her. When I finished she took the book and went through it admiring and commenting on the pictures and repeating some of the phrases.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

What Have We Been Doing This Week?

Apart from writing and 'writerly activities' I caught up with the laundry, tidied the whole house, shopped, cooked and paid bills. Not very interesting. I also dealt with the workmen who put up scaffolding, and removed things from the walls, replaced drainpipes and guttering etc., etc. Definitely not interesting.

I read and reviewed My Heart Still Surrenders by Robbi Perna a fictional life of her Italian great-great-great grandmother a Contessa during the struggled to unify Italy,  and Love in the Afternoon by Penny Vincenzi a collection of short stories.

I supervised two of my grandchildren's swimming lessons, delighted by the progress both of them are making. (I think swimming lessons should be compulsory in schools.) 

I stayed overnight at my daughter's house so I  could give my 5 year-old granddaughter her birthday presents in the morning.

On Saturday night I stayed at one of my d-i-l's house to look after two of her children while she and her older son attended a quiz night at his secondary school. Before I went home we went to lunch at a Chinese vegetarian restaurant where we could eat as much as se wanted to. The food was delicious so it was hard not to over eat.

Today, I'm looking after my daughter's three children. This morning I took her younger son to play in a football match. His team won 4 - 1 and he saved half a dozen goals. His 5 year old sister, dressed in a green and yellow Tinkerbell Dress with pink Fairy wings fastened to it, had a drink and some biscuits in the club house. To occupy her I took her gigantic set of crayons, pencils and felt pens and a Princess Fairy colouring book.  She insisted on me doing some colouring. Deep sigh because I felt a fool sitting there colouring the little mermaid's face purple. She chose the colours, I did the hard work.

I returned to my daughter's house, gave them lunch  and then supervised homework. I've now allowed them to play on their gadgets until three p.m., when I'm sending them out to get some fresh air in the garden. Well, we might as well take advantage of the mild weather. At 4 p.m. the boys must finish their homework and then it will be some time before my daughter comes home, by which time they will probably be in bed.

So, what did you do this week?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Editing, adverbs and cliches.

This morning I edited the revised chapter of my novel Monday's Child, the follow on novel from Sunday's Child set in the Regency. When I write I try not to use certain words too frequently, some of which are 'as', 'that,' 'because', and others. I also try to minimise my use of adverbs. However, I wasn't prepared for how many clichés had slipped into the chapter. I've removed them, read the chapter aloud and am now ready to write the next one.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Planning a Novel

I've nearly finished writing Monday's Child, the sequel to Sunday's Child, set in 1814. I am now planning the next follow on novel, Tuesday's Child, who is full of grace'. I realised the heroine I first character I chose, who appeared in Monday's child lacks inner grace. After much thought I selected the right character to be the heroine, who had a walk on but very important part in Monday's Child. She is not a beauty but moves and acts with grace. Phew! That's sorted.