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A Christmas To Remember

Hello from a very cold North Wales.

I am sitting at my desk, bundled up like a Michelin man. I can hardly move due to the restrictive layers of clothing. My skin is dry, my lips are chapped, and my hands are so dry from the cold that I find it hard to type.  Winter has arrived.

Thank goodness for fingerless gloves. 

I have lived in a small coastal town for two years. "I enjoy walking along the path beside the chilly Irish Sea."The view is breathtaking during the summer, but it can be harsh and frigid during the winter. 

It feels like Christmas is approaching faster every year. Is it just me, or does time fly? My grandchildren, all under four, are so excited that it brings back memories of those days I spent with my children.

Making decorations is fun, even with glitter everywhere and fingers glued together. When they see Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, as my three-year-old grandson corrects me, there is a sparkle on their faces that is quite mesmeric.

Watching children's excitement during the holiday season brings joy to our eyes.

I have a book of three Christmas stories called A Christmas To Remember. You can find it at most ebook retailers.

Enjoy it with a mug of cocoa by a cozy fire. 

Winter Time

 Hello again,

I hope this message finds you well. How's the weather treating you? Is it cold where you are, or are you still enjoying the warmth of the sun? As for me, I'm feeling quite chilly at the moment. I'm sitting at my desk, bundled up in two layers of clothes, including socks. The only thing I'm not doubling up on is my bra. Thankfully, I don't need to, since they're ample enough.😏


What do you typically do during your free time at this time of year? Luckily, I have a variety of hobbies to keep me busy.

 My day starts at 7:15 a.m., and I wake up with my cat, Molly. Although she prefers to stay still in the mornings, she usually cuddles up by my head. When I wake up some mornings, my cat sits on my chest, glaring at me with her two green eyes, clearly annoyed that I have disturbed her sleep.😁




Usually, I don't arrive at my workplace, which is just forty steps away in my bedroom, until 9:30 am, and I stay there until 4:30–5 pm. During the second half of the day, I start by responding to emails and making social media posts. I try my best to avoid getting distracted by Pinterest until the end of the day.


After spending my mornings doing research, I write for the rest of the day, which I love.💖



In the evenings, I enjoy reading, crocheting, and painting—my newest hobby. I find solace in engaging in activities that allow me to unwind and tap into my creative side. These hobbies provide a much-needed escape from the stress that often accompanies my work.

Thank you for visiting!


My latest two books of a series of three, the final one to be published soon!


Life takes us on a journey from time to time, and sometimes we forget to stop and breathe. We tend to overlook ourselves and our desires. However, taking care of us is not a bad thing, especially in this ever-changing world of uncertainties, time, and age.

In September of 2022, I went on a holiday trip to my friend's house in North Carolina. She had looked after me when we were children and still takes care of me whenever I visit her. During my stay, I had the privilege of meeting and staying with another friend, who was a ninety-five-year-old treasure. She was full of energy and had a charming personality. I was amazed by her cute quirks, sparkling eyes, and a smile that could take anyone's breath away. 

I loved the fact that she still painted her toenails, wore lipstick, and styled her clothes when we dined out. I was terrified when she whizzed around her property on a golf cart, but it was incredibly fun. 

However, I was devastated when I received the news of her passing. It was heartbreaking since only four months ago, I was with her helping her tidy out her wardrobe. Now I had to send flowers to a funeral I couldn't attend.

As we age, we realize that life becomes more compact, and people become more important than material possessions. I was grateful for the chance to stay with my friend. It was as if she knew that we wouldn't see each other again.

Rest in peace, Mema 

DAY OUT with my grandsons

 The best bit about being a grandma is being able to spoil your grandchildren and then at the end of the day, give them back to their parents...only teasing...I love them to pieces.

Cjay is two and a half and Trystan is just under two and already they both have their own little personalities. I never thought that I would enjoy being a grandma so much, just hearing them call my name makes my heart melt.

I went out with my son and his son Cjay and my daughter's son Trystan to a place called Pili Palas. It had a soft play area inside, where there were butterflies, birds, snakes, and lots of creepy crawlies. Then outside there were some huge pigs, tiny goats, and an outside play area.

The two boys loved it and played so well together. Although Trystan is the smaller of the two he had no problem keeping up with his super-fast cousin Cjay.

Here are some pics of the day.


BIG BIRTHDAY...shush!!



          I recently celebrated a big birthday and with the current covid restrictions we couldn’t celebrate as I wanted. I had this idea of going out to eat and having my whole family around me. However, there was no way in which that would be possible.

                My son Chris couldn't come to see me on my birthday, so he visited the day before with my eldest grandson, who is the tender age of two and four months. Cjay always climbs up the stairs to my apartment shouting "Grandma, Grandma, and I wait for him at the top before sweeping him into my arms...

                We went for lunch and Chris took me shopping at a very nice jewellery store. He bought me a bracelet that made my eyes water at the price. There were three charms that he chose himself, a typewriter, a heart with my birthstone, also a golden heart which is intricately weaved in a filigree design.


                As it happened my birthday was on the day I look after one of my very beautiful grandsons. My daughter who is a teacher had already left for work, but the massive balloons with my age on (as if I needed reminding!!) met me at the door with Trystan, my youngest grandson at the tender age of 20 months.

                "Grandma, grandma," he shouted with his arms out for me to lift him. My heart melts every time that happens. 

                My daughter and sister bought me a present that is something I've always wanted to do, a night away to go and watch The Nutcracker Suite ballet. I cannot wait until the day, March 5th arrives. I think a new dress is in order.

I also had a spa day and lots of other presents including a bracelet with my grandson's initials on precious!

                I had a wonderful day and it was ended with a takeaway of halloumi wraps and fries...delicious.


Trystan & Cjay







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