Thinking of everyone in the United States celebrating Thanksgiving this week and I hope that everyone had a time of happiness with their families. Celebrations such as these can bring for some, however, much sadness as a day meant to be celebrated with family serves only to highlight those that are missing from the table. My heart goes out to all those who struggle through this time, especially this year those that suffered in the Wild fires in California.
I must also apologise for my sudden absence. I know some of my readers worried and for that I am sorry. In August we gained possession of our new house. Roger had never really settled into unit living so we had decided that we would move. The house we bought needed a lot of renovations most of which we were going to do ourselves and we had a period of a month in which to do paint the house before the new flooring went down. This proved harder than we thought as Roger is now in need of a total shoulder and hip replacement. At the same time I persuaded my mother at 90 that she should stop driving which means that I am doing a lot of chauffering duties. She also had emergency surgery which saw her in ICU for a few days but she has now recovered well. In fact she had less reaction to the anaesthetic than Roger did the last surgery he had. All in all – life got on top of me and I found I suddenly couldn’t cope. Creativity went out the window. My camera even went in the cupboard. I was frozen when it came to blog posts and I had no time to visit anyone which always makes me feel guilty. I simply have not gone near my computer for a couple of months and I feel revived for the break and look forward to returning regularly to my pages and hopefully yours. You never really know what challenges life has for you.
Soon after we moved we had a new dog join the family. Marley is a rescue dog that came with some issues – none of which we have yet experienced. He is a delightful dog and has made our family complete.
We have just returned from a holiday to Egypt.
This was the most awe inspiring place I have ever visited in my life and I can assure you that over the coming weeks you will hear about it in a travel feature that I am going to start writing.
I was thrilled on my return to learn that my memoir Nightmare in Paradise has been published.
It is available as both paperback and ebook (in a couple of formats) but I can’t as yet find it as an ebook on Amazon so if you want it in this fromat you will need to visit Zeus. If you read it I would love to have you review it. I am now trying to plan a book launch and for an introverted person this is going to be the hardest part of the entire writing process. I will also do some posts on what I do in preparation for this and whether or not it is an effective strategy. If anyone has experience would love to have your ideas on what works and what doesn’t.
Only a month to go until Christmas. It seems like it only happened last week. This Christmas we are looking forward to and I plan on decorating the tree and house. We have my brother from Switzerland arriving before Christmas and my sister-in-law, her husband and her grand-daughter arriving from Germany on boxing day. It will be lovely to have so much family around – not something that happens often these days as everyone is spread around the world.
Times Past will return at the beginning of December and I look forward to reading your responses to the prompt.
Now I think I have taken enough of your time – over to you. Have you read any good books or seen any films that should be seen? Looking forward to seeing how your week has been. Thank you for dropping in for coffee, it is lovely to see you. Thanks to eclecticali who is our host of the weekend coffee share.