Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Picture fun on the iPhone

I have been playing around with picture apps on the iPhone and have got some pretty fun results take a look

Monday, 28 November 2011

Racist Rant

I was absolutely horrified when I watched this video a little while ago, not only at the fact that this woman was being so vile to people based on the colour of their skin, but that she was doing while holding a small child on her lap. What was she thinking. 
The reality is that half of the people she is calling not British were probably born in the UK and even if they weren't who is she to cast judgement on a group of people she doesn't know. 
Some people really need to stop and think before they act, all she has gone and done now is make an idiot of herself, and by the sound of the news reports got herself arrested too.
I guess she should be thankful that none of those people were willing to beat her up while she had a child on her lap. 
Some people just make me so mad. 

Sunday, 27 November 2011

sleepless in week st mary

Morning all, I'm trying to sound enthused but the reality is, I'm exhausted. For about a week now I have been really struggling with my sleep pattern. It's not a problem falling asleep I do that very easily, it's the waking up at 3am in the morning that is the problem. Which is leaving me feeling decidedly drained, and a little bit on the grouchy side too.
I had a cold when this started and although my cold is much better now I'm finding when I wake in the morning that my nose is a bit bunged up, and I just feel very blah.
However, this isn't the first time I have had this problem I keep getting it on and off and just as I get used to being able to sleep again, bang, it start's all over.
I haven't as yet been to see the doctor, as I am pretty certain he'll just stick me on sleeping pills and that's about it, and when I was on sleeping pills before they had some pretty unpleasant side effects, so I am less than keen to go down that road again.
On a brighter note, not everyone is unhappy about my early morning wake up's, little Ludo is loving it, and full of joy about the whole thing, after all it means he gets to start playing all the sooner, although in my half zombie state I am not the best play mate lol. Well I think I am going to attempt to head back to bed for an hour before it is school run time, otherwise Kye Kye is going to have a zombie mum on his hands lol.
night night all and sweet dreams, here's hoping your slumber is more pleasant than mine is being of late.

freaks by Tess Gerritsen

This short story is a great read for anyone lacking on time. When Rizzoli is called to the murder of a young girl in an old abandoned Church, she is certain her culprit is the young man, who's been living like a vampire alongside the runaway girl, as is the girl's rather aggressive father,but as with most things in life, not everything is as straight forward as it may seem.
This book despite it's short length keeps you guessing to the very end, is well written, and intriguing, not to mention completely free for the Kindle.
The book was enjoyable to read and has left me wanting to read more by the author, so I highly recommend it to anyone who fancy's a quick read.
get your copy here freaks by Tess Gerritsen

Away, at war

It is easy while sat in our homes, snuggled up by a warm fire, playing with our kid's or enjoying our family and friends, to forget about the men and women currently fighting for our countries, it was only as I browsed the paper today that I remember that we are at war. Unlike our ancestors who faced war right on there doorsteps for the most part this war has been fought overseas and out of sight, making it so easy for us to become complacent.
The paper today told of another British soldier who has lost his life, and I can't begin to imagine how his family must be feeling to lose a love one so close to Christmas, how hard it must be watch others around them going about their lives, without a second thought for the men overseas, fighting for our protection.
we are all guilty of forgetting about the war, about those striving to keep our countries free from war, but should we be. If it were on our doorstep, if our children were at risk, would we forget then. No, and yet we forget every day about the men and women who are fighting to ensure that that does not become our reality. I felt terrible when I truly sat back and thought about it and so I wanted to stop for a moment and say a thank you too all the people risking there lives in order to allow ours to continue as normal.
Thank you.
I hope as many as them as possible can make it home to be with their family's this Christmas and for those who can't I pray you stay safe,  and find some joy this holiday season.
love and hugs Joss xx

Saturday, 26 November 2011

I do not like the like button on facebook

Okay that's not strictly true as the like button does have it's uses, sometimes it's hard to know what to respond to a persons post, especially if much more eloquent friends have posted before you, and then the like button is good, it say's I have read this and I liked it. However, when the like button becomes the lazy options it makes me want to scream. I have one friend who it seems is permanently attatched to the like button. Before the like button you got to have some pretty witty and entertaining talks with her, but now, she is perpetually silent, just her little like letting you know she has been there at all. I feel the like button has killed facebook communication to a large degree. Instead of taking the time to actually reply to your post people just smack that like button and wander away. What's so wrong with communicating with words?
Ok so we may not always be at our best when it comes to witty comments, but who cares, by actually commenting on post we get to stay in touch with our friends, see how they are getting on and what is going on in their lives, and more tends to be revealed when we actually take the time to talk with them, instead of just hitting the stupid like button.
On top of that the regular liker's seem to only comment on there own post, which means you are forced to constantly check their pages if your to have any hope of catching up with them in any depth.
I'd happily lose the like button on facebook, despite it's moments of use, and go back to just plain old commenting any day. Sadly I don't see facebook getting rid of it any time soon.
are you a like button liker, or a like button hater? I'd be interested to hear you opinion on the matter.

lovely saturday

 have had a lovely Saturday, first off my husband came home with Saints row 3 which I have been longing to play, and then we had fun playing with our new puppy ludo, who our little boy Kye is besotted with. A long hot soak in the bath with a good book, and a take away later and I'm feeling pretty chillaxed and thought I would share some picture with you taken over the last month or so :) happy saturday all.

heres a selection of pictures of my new pup ludo who will be being trained as my service dog, he was an early christmas present / congrats for completing the nanowrimo gift lol

 my beautiful old boy Harley who will be 11 christmas day, it's not to old for his breed but he act's like a grumpy old man already.
 a nice view out over the fields taken on a recent walk
 our little chickie a bit muddy and wet while on a rainy day walk
 the flowers my husband brought me, just to show he loved me :)
 some friends we made while out walking, I even got a kiss on the hand off of two of them and little kye did too :)
 kye kye in his halloween mask.
 harley de again

 our big baby hooch lol
 kye kye and his birthday cake 5 years old now bless him
 hooch again
 mr chatterbox and mr bump part of the scarecrow festival held every year in week st mary where i live
 the lovely horse who always comes to say hi when we are out on our walk
 hooch again
 more of this years scarecrows
 pretty flower taken by kye
 kye with mr bump and mrs chatterbox
 more friendly cows
 three of my boys gotta luv um lol
 kye kye looking better after a bad asthma attack
 monster kye :)
 me on canvas lol
 my scooter after Chloe, kye and dan decided to make it all chrismasy at the beginning of november the monster, and the garage dan needs to tidy up lol

A husband for Margaret by Ruth Ann Nordin

A follow on from the short story A wife for Tom, this book is a nice read, however like A wife for Tom, I felt it was a little rushed in places. I think it would have been better had she combined the two stories and added in Debra's story as well and created a full length novel, this would have eradicated the need to rush in places and made for a much more satisfying read, saying that I still think it's worth picking up both, which are free on kindle and giving them ago, and also keeping an eye on this author, as I think she has the potential to do well with her writing in the future.

A wife for Tom By Ruth Ann Nordin

A wife for Tom is another free Ebook for the kindle, and was a fairly enjoyable read. It hooked me in very quickly, and I fell in love with the main character Tom and his clumsy ways very fast. It is just a short story, but very well written for the most part, my only complaint was that it seemed to become rushed around the mid point as if the Author was trying to stick to a very rigid word count and I felt this spoiled the story quite a bit. However as  a free Ebook it is definitely worth a read, and I will certainly be looking out for more books by this author.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

free books, The Lady and the Locksmith by Cody Young.

I have started reading some of the free books from amazon that you can download on to your kindle, as I know a lot of these books are by fairly new authors or authors who are attempting to self publish and I wanted to show a bit of support and also discover some new authors. So far I have downloaded quite a few, but only read a one short story.
I thought I would share it here as I found it an enjoyable read, it is called the lady and the locksmith and is by Cody young.
Some people have stated that the book is not historically accurate, not knowing all that much about the Victorian era I couldn't really say, but I found it well written and an enjoyable read, especially as it was a free book, and would definitely like to read more by Cody young.
I am not one to lay out a lot of details because I feel that would spoil the book for others, but in short it is a love story, with one pretty passionate scene, and was definitely a page turner, as I read it though in one sitting which wasn't hard as it is only a short story of about 100 pages. Any who I think it is definitely worth a look if you are looking for something short and sweet to read, and the fact that it is free is and added bonus.

Monday, 21 November 2011


Ludo is my beautiful little blue Meroe border collie pup, we got him Friday and he'll be being trained as a service dog to help me with things I can't do anymore due to my back. He is just 7 weeks old at the moment but a real sweetheart, and already showing that he is a quick learner.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Nanowrimo day 13

13 unlucky for some and unlucky for me it seems. I'm up to the 40k Mark on my word count but am now pretty much stuck lol. No words are coming and I just cannot get motivated to write. It's not good lol.
Really gonna have to kick my butt into gear tomorrow. Because if I leave it too long without writing it'll just get even harder. Hope your doing better than me right now xxx

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Nanowrimo day 9

Well so far nanowrimo is going well for me. I'm currently at the 30,092 mark and managed to hit the half way Mark 2 mins into day eight sigh. I wanted to hit it day 7 but what can you do. I've had a few rough days where I just couldn't get my brain to function right, and a couple of naughty look backs. I know, I know never look back. But all in all I think I am doing ok on my first nanowrimo. I'm now at the place where I am fretting about my novel length, I'm worried that it's gonna be well in excess of the 50k Mark and although it being over is not really a bad thing, I'm actually getting the urge to pull things to a conclusion early which would just completely spoil it. I dunno I guess I'm just worked people are gonna think I'm a big head for having managed to do so much in such a short time and believe me when I say I never in a million years thought I would do so well at this. My aim at the start of this was to use my excitement and enthusiasm to get down as many words as possible so that when the inevitable self doubt or mental blocks kicked in I'd have the space to work through it without falling to badly behind. However, I now feel a little out of place within our regional group, as i worry that people think I'm some kind of show off or something. I guess that's partly why I'm freaking about my novel going 10 or 20k over the 50k Mark and thus kinda screwing it up trying to bring it to a conclusion sooner.
I mean I think everyone is doing great, especially those who have a 9 to 5 and are coming home and having to churn out there daily word goals. I'm so lucky that my job is my writing and my son. Because him being at school all day gives me plenty of time to write. I dunno I guess I'm just having a down day and worrying too much about what others think, when I should just be focusing on memory book and making it the best that it can be. I think a long soak some good music and a chat with Cj aka my long suffering best friend and editor will help perk me up a bit xxx

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Nanowrimo day 2

After pulling an all nighter last night and working hard both yesterday and today my word count is at 15288, I pushed myself a lot harder than I really needed to in order to give myself some free days off just encase kye has an asthma attack, because you can never be to sure when that might happen.
I'm just so determined to complete this challenge that I didn't want any outside forces to ruin it. Hope u are all well love And hugs joss xx