Just a short note to let you all know that while I'm not here on LJ often, it doesn't mean that I've forgotten about it, it's all just a matter of lacking time... Sadly there are still only 24 hrs in a day, even though I know a good number of friends wishing for a few extra ones so they too can fit in a social life, along with work & family commitments, taking time to eat, sleep etc., and still keeping the house from looking like a stage set for a disaster movie! ;)|
Oh well now it's time for me to go and cook up a gourmet meal for tonight, at least it's one of my personal faves so a rare treat and worth the effort... Or at least I hope it will be! :) All this in the name of St. Valentines Day, the only saints day worth celebrating properly... ;)
Sorry for being away from LJ for so long, but I've been mega busy with 'life' and so much more...|
As some of you will know or vaguely remember, I have long been helping an Author change genre and get her first Fantasy Fiction series off the ground. Basically I've been doing research, listening to and talking over bits of plot and story line, just offering a sounding board so to speak as well as needing to be on cheerleader duties when it's all seemed too much to ever accomplish... Anyway to cut a long story short, the fruits and Julia's labour are here and in print at long last! :)
'Dawn of Darkness' is just the beginning of a planned 10 book series, with the 2nd book 'Curse of Night' being published in just a few weeks time. In fact book 3 is well on it's way to being publishable, while book 4 is about half written at present. So no need to worry about reading one book only to find you have ages and ages to wait until book 2 hits the shelves! Being an avid (if not obsessive) reader myself that was my greatest worry, hence the fact that Julia is well ahead on her writing schedule and can keep this pace up too.
There will be an Official website up within a few weeks too, thanks to the good folk at Red Dragon IT and myself putting in a good deal of time and effort to it.
Sorry if I've been sort of flying below radar for ages now, but honestly I'm still here and think about you all often. However if I take too much time out from organizing this, that and the other, well things slow up or stop getting done. So please accept this as an apology to all my long suffering friends and know I'm alive and well and living part of my life on Pelshar it seems! ;)
I hope you all love these books as much as I do and have for a long time now... They are currently available from Amazon.co.uk as well as Arima Publishing, plus any book store can order them in for you! :)
Above is a shot of our soon to be new home! :) Just need to sign contracts and sort out our exchange and move date now and we'll be on our way to a bigger, better place, though it's located just under a mile from our current place, so those of you who occasionally come and visit will be able to find us easily! :) Oh and don't forget to bring the Space Munchkin... ;)
Dad's still with us, having had hernia surgery 2 days ago. I gather it'll take a good 6 weeks until he'll be fully fit and able to do what he wants, so we'll have him on coffee and tea duties on the move day... ;)
Hope to have some of you over in the summer, once the chaos has passed... Honestly we've not fallen off the face of the earth, just been up to our ears in 'life' ;)
Current Music: The phone ringing off the hook!
Well everything here is going amazingly well right now, although it's leaving us on the hectic side of busy... I guess it's our own fault though as we've set the date for the wedding to Dec 5th! :) Yes, that's right 3 weeks, 3 days time!!!!! :D|
However since we set the date 2 days ago, we've booked the reception, planned the menu, ordered the cake, booked hotel rooms for those who need them, helped my step-dad buy his suit, found a load of lace flower petals that my birth Mum had made before she lost her sight been taught how to stitch the ones that need stitching and stitched 75% of them. On top of this I have all the buttonholes done, have the flowers for the 2 corsages and an Alice Band for my niece Jasmine to have, with a few flowers on it! Oh and all the invitations have been printed along with the RSVP's and announcements for other family members we're not inviting, but who should know all about it, done Xmas cards for all of those too and got them ready for the mail! :) Talk about busy and productive... ;)
I should have the menu from the restaurant within the next hour or so, at which point I'll be e-mailing it to all invited, so we can sort out pre-ordering. Then of course it's late night shopping, so it's off to hunt for a new suit for our son (seeing as he insists on growing), mailing off all the Xmas cards and wedding invites etc., then I can look for a hair clip and some nice new wedding unmentionables! ;)
Following this, I think I can make time for a meal for us all, before I get back to lace flower stitching and construction, while MrO fends off the cats! It's pretty comical to watch... ;)
Current Music: Oops yes, need to sort that out too... ;)
Sorry for being away from here for so long, but it all got a bit hard to put into words... Sadly my adopted Mum lost her battle with cancer on September 21st, after it got the better of too many systems and she got too weak to fight any more. However she was able to enjoy much of her final months regardless of chemo, radiation and the shear effort the fight to stay alive - even managing to make her 80th Birthday and a bit of a party with some of her friends in Canada with Dad. The end came swiftly though after she was admitted to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in poor shape a few days before she passed. |
It seems she knew her time had come from all the things Dad and I found while looking through her bits and sorting things out, from the poem I gave her as a part of one Mother's Day present that expressed so eloquently the regard I held her in and love I had/have for her in a way that I just couldn't do when grieving her loss so acutely, to the poems and words left in her jewellery box, obviously meant for my Dad telling him that despite their long and wonderful life together that he shouldn't mourn her loss too heavily, that she was just out of view and waiting for him to join her in his own time. Words no doubt he needed to hear and needs to remember when he feels at a loss without her...
Funnily things have fallen into place in an astonishing manner ever since, again as if Mum had a hand in their planning and Dad will be with us for a number of months, arriving the day before my son turns 13 yrs old! So he has much to look forward to, time with his soon to be teenage grandson, a quiet family Christmas with the three of us and MrO's Mum too, a New Year's get together with many of my cousins on his side of the family, his own 82nd Birthday, plus our wedding, yes you read that right! After nearly 11 years together MrO and I are making it official in our own small and quiet way, really the only way we can with the recent loss of my Mum and his Dad a few years ago too. We've long wanted to tie-the-knot, but with all that we've been through in the past 10+ years together, something always seems to have been more important to us to deal with than getting a bit of paper to tell us what we already knew, that we're there for each other and intend to always be that way...
So with ever ending there is a beginning and to remind us of that we have been lucky enough to be given the one ring of Mum's that not only fit me, but fit the right finger and MrO's having a wedding band made to fit with it for me.
We'll have the date set soon too, now all I need to do is find a decent pair of shoes! ;)
|» Just about the last thing you ever want to hear...|
Well as some of you may know my Mum in Canada has not been at all well of late, having had 3 of her 4 parathyroids removed in December and developing a great deal of difficulty swallowing as a result. However it looked like she was on the mend, only to find out that she's back in the Foothills Hospital with a blood clot in her leg, but that they have found a mass in her abdomen that they are wanting to biopsy... Having had that info on my Father's 82nd Birthday just 4 days ago, I guess it shouldn't come as a shock that the biopsy is positive for cancer - now it's just down to the Dr's to run tests to find out exactly what sort and from there what treatment options are open to her. The good thing is that other than all this she's in pretty good health and so if a surgical option is available she should be ok taking it...|
Right now I'm up while the rest of the household is sleeping, trying to work out how to tell my son that his beloved Grammy has cancer. He's all too aware what this diagnosis can equal having lost MrO's Dad to it just 18 months ago...
Lastly how do I face attending MrO's second cousin's funeral on Monday?! He was a lovely young man and a talented chef who I very much liked, even if he was a bit of a troubled soul... We're close to his Father (MrO's much older cousin) and his other son, so I can't back out but it's going to take a lot of will power not to blub and totally loose it. Not only because of who he was and how young, but because of Mum and the great friend Jens I lost many years ago at a similar age and also through misadventure... :(
Ok, now I'm calm I guess it's time to face the music and try and explain to my son what's wrong with his Grammy...
|» Still pretty busy|
Well we're all still pretty busy here, but we have survived the Supreme and getting all the cats shots done and up to date! Now we just have to make it through our son's birthday and his first parent/teacher evening as well as MrO having to work tonight (the only night we could really do any food shopping before we run out of food round here). I guess that means doing a small shop with the Ookling tonight so that mutiny is averted as starvation rations come in to play... ;) This is a definite "why me" moment, as I've just remembered I have his rugby kit to was again tonight, having only done it last night!!!!|
|» Honestly I'm still alive...! ;)|
Just to let you know that we're all well here and haven't actually vanished off the face of the earth... It's just that we've been overly busy with life, family, cat shows and work really. To be honest it's still ongoing, though we can see the light at the end of the tunnel arriving in early December when MrO stops having to do so many weekend or evening hours and we've packed up cat shows for the year. |
With that in mind we're planning to mate Isis again in December, so that we don't have a frantic time like we did at New Years when she started calling at 11pm on New Year's Eve and we had no access to a vets for her FIV and FeLV tests, plus snow warnings for the area we had to take her to! So hopefully everything will run smoothly this time at least around the getting her mated part. We've picked her a lovely mate who's much like her half-brother Ramses to look at, in that he's a god sized sorrel male with impressive ear tufts and a lovely personality too. We're all very much looking forward to our next lot of kittens, we've really missed having them around, but at least we're planning to keep one from this next litter if she gives us a good looking girl with all the right qualities to show and breed from, so it won't be so quiet next year! ;)
Anyway we're at the Supreme next Saturday (Nov 22nd) at Club Row, with Isis on Exhibit for the day. This means we can look around the show a little more and relax and enjoy it, while Isis gets a day of being admired. She's such a little show-off, she should love it all! :)
|» New Bed Bliss! :)|
Oh how did I live without this new memory foam mattress? Surely I can't have put up with less than the bliss that it brings all this time... Well I for one am looking forward to the clock change now and an excuse for one more hour in bed! ;)|
|» Quite possibly the best chocolate cake in the World!!!!|
14 oz semi sweet chocolate
5 eggs, separated
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons all purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Extra icing sugar to decorate
Preheat oven to 175ºC (350F) Butter and line an 8 inch cake pan with wax paper (preferably a spring form pan). Into a Pyrex bowl, break chocolate. Stand bowl over pan of hot water until melted. Leave until almost cold.
In a bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff but not dry. In another bowl, beat butter and icing sugar until light and creamy. Beat in egg yolks. Stir in cooled melted chocolate - it does not need to be thoroughly mixed.
Stir in flour and cinnamon. Then gently fold in egg whites. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake 45 minutes or until firm to the touch. Leave in pan until almost cool and then transfer to wire rack. Sift powdered sugar over the top and place on serving plate.
Makes 8 servings