Which stage scares you the most?

Posted: October 20, 2014 in books

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What stage of your baby’s development, do you fear the most? While they are small, and immobile, you would think that was an easy stage. However, some babies are prone to reflux, my own included. That is quite a scary stage, especially when they are vomiting in their sleep. Maybe when your child starts crawling, that could be a fearful stage for you. Little hands, touching things that are potentially dangerous. The change to lumpy foot is also quite worrying, for me anyway, choking is a huge fear of mine. Personally, I think the climbing stage is the worst. My 11 month old, climbs everything. She can’t walk, although she is able to walk along the sofa, holding onto the edge. She climbs up the walls, and sometimes lets go, and then drops to the floor. I’m constantly following her around, and then you have the awkward task of removing her from behind you, since she decided to climb up the backs of my legs! I really hate this stage, they are so unsteady on their feet. If I could, I would install padded flooring around the whole house! At least when they learn to walk, they are more steady, despite sometimes losing their balance, but it doesn’t seem so bad at that stage for some reason.

What is your worst stage in your child’s development?

Patience is the key

Posted: October 20, 2014 in books


I have a tendency to be a little obsessive when it comes to my Amazon rankings. While I know most, wouldn’t be satisfied unless they are ranking in the top 100, I’m happy enough to stay within the 100,000 mark. Lately, the figures haven’t been so great, and ‘Curses and Deception’, wasn’t even ranking at all on Amazon.com! Today, I did my usual check, and was ecstatic to see, that all of my books had lowered from their previous ranking :) And best of all, ‘Curses and Deception’ is now ranking on Amazon.com :) In honour of this, I thought the above quote was very appropriate :)

Why are we so scared of these creatures?

Posted: October 18, 2014 in books


Now I know some of you, will be cringing at the sight of this picture (I admit, I am, and I’m the one writing it!) but why are we so scared of them? In comparison, we are giants. It’s understandable for those of you, who live in countries where their bite can kill you, but in my country that’s quite a rare occurrence. Is it because they have more legs than us? Or perhaps, the thought of them crawling all over us. What about the claim, that we swallow up to ten a night? I’ve no idea if that’s true, but the fact remains, if you see one of these coming, then all hell breaks loose. Well, in my house anyway :) Everyone is terrified of spiders in my house, even the really small ones. We get quite large ones, like the image above, and removal is completely left down to me. If my kids see one of these in their room, they refuse to go in there until it’s gone. I’ve even been woken up during the night, to get rid of a spider. If they are small, I tend to leave them alone, but the big ones meet their fate with a book, or magazine. I’m no fan of spiders myself, but somehow the job has fallen to me. I can’t help thinking that, one day an army of them, will come for revenge for their fallen comrades :) That brings a rather creepy film to mind, although I did muster the courage to watch the film ‘Arachnophobia’. I somehow doubt that my family would :)

It doesn’t make sense, why we fear something so small, but a fear is a fear. How about you? Do you fear these creatures, or are you brave enough to take one in your hand, and place it outside? I could never do that, I’m not even brave enough to use a cup, trapping them, and tipping it onto the palm of my hand. The thought of it makes me cringe!

Appointments from hell

Posted: October 17, 2014 in books


Have you ever suffered with corns on your feet? I do, and it’s far from pleasant! The soles of my feet are riddled with them, and it’s complete agony to walk on. I have actually reshaped my toes, which have now been deemed as ‘hammer toes’ because of trying to find a part of my sole to walk on, that isn’t painful! And you know the rough skin you get, on the back of your foot, mine is several inches thick. My doctor made an appointment for me to see a specialist, so off I went on Monday thinking we were just going to have a chat about what to do next. Boy was I wrong! ‘No’, she says, ‘I’m going to do it now’. Out comes some sharp looking tools, and away she goes. I blunted three of her blades, and she even had to break out an electrical file for the back of my foot. My little toe nail, had to be sliced in half, because there was a corn underneath it. She had to cut really deep in most places to get at the core, and when I eventually stood up, I was in more pain than when I first got there. She said it might be sensitive for a few days, but what should have been a five minute walk to my house from the clinic, turned out to be nearly twenty minutes!

So that was my first appointment from hell this week, and yesterday came my second. I had to have a test for glaucoma, my optician did a puff test, and apparently I scored high, so I needed to be referred. Not sure what to expect, I met the doctor and took a seat in front of the machine. He said he needed to put drops in my eyes, this I expected but he said they were an anesthetic. I didn’t even know you could numb eyeballs! So this, along with yellow dye, and my eyes were stinging like mad. He brings this spike thing forward which has a blue light at the top of it, and informs me not to blink. The thing actually touches your eyeball, I couldn’t help but blink! He gets irritated, and threatens to break out more drops, so I promise to behave, while he holds my eyelids open and I desperately try not to blink. Finally successful, he says there’s one more test, and more drops! This tool, looks similar to what they use to check your ears at the doctors, and yes, that is touching my eyeball as well. After  several flinches we finally get that done. He informs me, I have sensitive eyes, and good reflexes, hence the flinching, even though I shouldn’t have felt anything, and apparently I have thick corneas which is why the original puff test showed high, it needed more pressure. Thankfully, I got the all clear, that is one test I never wish to repeat, the after effects are like being numbed at the dentist, when you feel like your face is swollen, except this was my eyeballs, a most unpleasant sensation :)

Does size matter?

Posted: October 12, 2014 in books


Now I know what you’re thinking, you naughty people! but what I’m actually talking about is book size. When searching for a book, do you take the size into consideration? If it’s too short, would you bother reading it? Or how about if it’s too large? I admit, if I check the page length, and it’s only about 50 pages long, I probably wouldn’t bother, especially if it’s costly, and I have seen authors charge the same price that you would for a full length book. I also admit, that I have bought hardbacks which were the size of bricks, because they were part of a series that I’d been following. They were a bit overwhelming, and did get put to the back of the pile because of their size. I could have read at least three or four books, in the same time it would take me to read just that one mammoth book. So I guess size does matter to me. The same applies with my own books, I constantly check the word count, and try to keep them all roughly the same length. Not brick size, but not newspaper thin either :) I’m actually reading a brick sized book at the moment, 575 pages worth, although I have had bigger :)

What about you lot? Does size matter to you?

Book review

Posted: October 11, 2014 in books

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So after finally finishing book four of the Twisted Bloodlines series, I took a little time out, to catch up on my TBR pile, and this is a book, I’ve been dying to read :) Having been an avid fan of the dark hunter series for years, this one didn’t disappoint. Anyone who has followed the series, knows that Styxx, is Archeron’s twin brother. From Archeron’s portrayal of him, you would expect Styxx to be an arrogant spoiled prince, who has caused Archeron nothing but pain and misery. However, as you will soon learn, this is not the case. We all know of the horrors that Archeron had endured through his life, bitterness, and hatred tends to cloud our judgement, especially when you feel as though your family have turned against you. Sadly, Archeron was too blinded to see, that Styxx has also suffered the same fate, if not worse. This is a heart wrenching tale, of one man’s quest for survival. Thrown into it, from such a young age, Styxx has faced things, most would not recover from, and yet he still maintained his humanity, especially towards Archeron, despite him having his own hand in Styxx’s tortured upbringing.

A fantastic read, and one which was well worth the wait for me. This has now become my favorite in the series. Five stars from me :)

Smashed screen

Posted: September 13, 2014 in books


Have you ever done this? I have to two mobiles, and I was totally gutted. The most recent, was my HTC mini. I loved that phone, but I also valued the skin on my face. I put it aside, not having the heart to throw it away. I went on to buy a new mobile, but it was nothing, compared to my HTC. I asked in the phone shops, how much it would cost to repair, but was quoted £100. That is money, I refuse to pay when it could go to other uses.

My daughter’s son got hold of her mobile, and threw it on the floor, smashing the screen. She took it to one of those cheap stores, and they quoted £40, to fix it for her. It seemed reasonable, and I considered taking mine there, but when she got it back, it was never the same. It continued to freeze, the touch screen barely worked, and she ended up getting a new mobile.

Knowing that Ebay, and other such sites, do spare mobile parts, I figured that if I ordered a new screen, and followed a Youtube video (they have videos for everything!) then I could fix it myself. I found a screen for £40 which I ordered, the video looked fairly straightforward, but knowing me, I’d probably snap something off! I decided to pass the job onto my dad. It took a while, with a few minor hiccups, but he done it, and now I have my mobile all working perfectly :)

The moral of the story is, if you love your mobile, as I did, there are cheaper options, although a little on the tricky side, but it can be done :)