Garden nightmares

Posted: June 12, 2015 in books

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When I first moved into my house the garden was a mess. It had concrete slabs everywhere which were made into flowerbeds and a huge slab of concrete where a greenhouse used to be. The ground was half paved and the rest was mud. The concrete beds were removed and I paved over the mud but it still looked a mess and the huge concrete slab was a hazard to the little ones who kept tripping over it. I finally managed to get it removed and decided that I wanted decking and grass but soon regretted that decision. It took a year for partial decking to go down and once all the paving was removed the garden was a mud pile! We had to level the mud before grass could be laid and that in itself was a task. Having gotten it to a decent level the grass went down and it looked amazing. We watered it twice a day and didn’t let anyone walk on it for the required time and once it began to look like a forest out came the lawnmower. After it’s haircut it looked terrible! Patches of grass were yellow and seemed to have died and some of the joins had become much wider than when they were laid. What has gone wrong? We followed the instructions and before it was cut the grass looked healthy and green. We are going to try some grass feed to bring it back to life but gardening is hard work!

Anyone had a similar problem? Did you solve it and if so what did you do?

New Review

Posted: May 31, 2015 in books

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Check out this new review for Twisted Bloodlines featured on the Book Butterfly in Dreamland blog

http://purpleshadowhunter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/review-twisted-bloodlines-by-linda.html?spref=fb

Review:
Whoa,that was intense! I thought that Garrison from Airicka Phoenix’s Touch Saga was the worst of the worst .Oh no,not anymore. I think Megan’s father, Deacon tops the charts when it comes to the vilest of villians.At the very begining you geta glimpse of the type pf man he is and it leaves you holding your breath praying he never gets his hands on Megan again.The sad part of all this is that although this is fiction,the autrosities that take place in the story really does happen in the real world we live in just minus the paranormal aspects. My heart shurts for the women who sufferd under Deacon’s command. Now Megan and her mate must find a way to overcome inevitable and unseen obstacles and decide if love is strong enough to defeat twisted bloodlines.

Discipline

Posted: May 8, 2015 in books

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As a parent unless you’re lucky enough to have complete angels for children there is always an occasion which requires some sort of punishment be it grounded, confiscated items or no TV. In my house we hold different views on what requires punishment. I’m a little more lenient and things like coming home five minutes after curfew or a little back talk doesn’t warrant punishment in my book, a good talking to will suffice. I also tend to take over and lift whatever ban has been put into place if I disagree which is more often than not and this causes arguments. For me they have to do something really bad to warrant punishment. Am I wrong in this? Do you quarrel over what warrants punishment and who is the one to dish it out in your household?

Gratitude

Posted: May 6, 2015 in books

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Gratitude is often a rare occurrence and can cut deeply when not given by those you love. As a parent it’s not often that you receive it and that’s kind of expected but it can still hurt. Younger children are usually the ones who tend to be ungrateful and often this comes into place with things like birthday/Christmas presents. You could have spent a small fortune and yet they say “is that it?” or “I didn’t ask for that.” Unfortunately because of their young age they don’t understand the value of money but it doesn’t take away the disappointment you feel. Teenagers can be just as bad. They compare you to their friends parents and its either “at least their parents let them out late” or “you don’t support me like my friends parents do.” It does hurt when hearing that your child who you’ve bent over backwards for thinks someone else’s parents are better than you but unfortunately when you’re a parent you have to develop a thick skin :)

Jealousy

Posted: May 4, 2015 in books

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We all suffer some kind of jealousy at some point but sometimes it can be very frustrating for a person. I know plenty of women who have a jealous partner and while others say you should be glad and that it shows they care about you then they obviously haven’t been on the receiving end of a jealous possessive partner. It can often turn violent and destroy the entire relationship and make the recipient’s life total hell. Why do we behave this way? Surely if you love someone then trust is part of that. Why would you want to make them miserable by your own insecurities? This music video sums it up perfectly how a jealous partner can behave and I also like the song :)

Calling all ebay users

Posted: May 2, 2015 in books

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I’ve recently found a love of ebay, well if i’m honest more of an addiction:) My question to all fellow ebay users is this : how do you feel about buying toys/soft toys used from ebay? I’ve done this many times and for several reasons. There are items on there that are no longer available to purchase in most toy shops. For example my daughter loves the TV series In the night garden but all the old toys which I might add, I used to own and am kicking myself right now for getting rid of them! are no longer  available to buy. The other reason I use ebay is that my daughter’s birthday is right on top of Christmas so she basically gets a load of stuff at the end of the year and grows out of them quickly. I’m not loaded with cash so that I can buy toys for the sake of it so ebay suits my needs especially since I don’t want to pay £30-40 pound! My mother agrees with me that it’s fine to buy used toys and she even does so herself for when the kids go over to hers. In my opinion if you wipe them over and wash the soft toys once you receive them then it should be fine. Obviously I buy new for her birthday and Christmas but for the rest of the year I don’t see the problem giving her used toys to play with. The old ones, especially Fisher Price toys are way better than today’s versions anyway :)

What are your views?

Facebook friend requests

Posted: May 1, 2015 in books

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Most people these days have a Facebook account and even though you have the option to make your profile private more often than not friend requests still find their way to you either through mutual friends or by other means. Who out there accepts friend requests based solely on mutual friends in common? I admit I do but usually after checking out their profile to see what they have in common with me. I’ve been caught out before where a man found me through a very good mutual friend of mine so I didn’t think nothing of it until he piled on the sob story about how he needed a mother for his son and a wife to get him out of the army and into my country. Obviously the block and delete button came into action but it is a common thing to happen and I know many people who have been unfortunate and suffered the same thing.

Lets hear your experiences :)