Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I'm starting to feel like me again. I actually cooked a Chinese meal last night--yes, I chopped veggies--and I can feel my mood becoming lighter. I'm humbled by all the love and support I've received from family and friends. My cousin, Mystic Jane, did a rather wonderful reading for me over the internet. I saw her at the funeral and hadn't seen her for years. Funny how childhood memories bind.
February has always been my least favorite month (except for the birth of my baby girl) and I'll be happy to see March. 
My grandad was my rock. His death made my insides shatter. I felt so ill on the flight home I didn't know if I was going to make it. And yet, when I got home it didn't feel so bad anymore because I was surrounded by my family and they all felt the same way. It's a strange comfort.
He had one daughter, four grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and two (to date) great-great-grandchildren. He loved black and white films, books, Liverpool, painting, gardening, bingo, cream cakes and ladies. He celebrated over 50 years of marriage to my granny before she died a week after my own wedding in 1997. After that, he spent many wonderful vacations with me and my hubby, camping in Canada aged 75, trekking all over Scotland, visiting Iona when he was in his 80s which had always been a dream of his. He fought in WWII and finished up as a Battery Sgt. Major in the Royal Artillery (although you'd never have guessed it, he was such a kind and funny soul). He was there on D-Day, bombing the shit out of Caen, but he always insisted the other troops had it far worse. 
What I'll remember most is sitting in his front room, drinking tea out of proper cups and saucers, waiting for the biscuit tin to appear. I am not alone in this memory and each of us who experienced that comforting ritual will take those memories to our own graves. 
I miss him but I feel him all around me in the happy memories. I hope I live life half as well as he did :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Goodreads giveaway

I thought I'd run another giveaway on Goodreads...just because :) (It goes live soon). ***EDIT*** I don't know why it is taking quite so long to get approval but I changed the date to open tomorrow the 28th Feb.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sea of Suspicion by Toni Anderson

Sea of Suspicion

by Toni Anderson

Giveaway ends March 05, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sea Fever by John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way, where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

John Edward William Mepham

My Grandad was one of my best friends. Rest in Peace. Love you. Miss you.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Kiss of Death--Blog Tour

As part of the Kiss of Death blog tour I'm interviewed at Jeanzbookreadnreview.
Find out about me (ha ha) and RWA's Kiss of Death Chapter. 

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Gorgeous Manitoba

 The golf course--not much golf this time of year...
 We've had this fog which has encrusted all the branches of every tree. It's falling like ash now as you walk by. With the sunny skies it is incredibly beautiful, and pretty mild too. Only about -5C.
Isn't it lovely?

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I'm feeling incredibly pathetic right now. I don't recall being ill for more than a couple of days in YEARS. But I'm at day 10 of feeling crappy and I'm still not completely better. 
I am pretty much back to doing all the daily routine of getting kids to and from school but everything else is a bit woolly.

I AM writing. I'm working on a murder mystery set in Bamfield, Vancouver Island. Not ready to discuss the story yet, but hopefully I can pull it all together. I'm also querying another book with some agents. I love this book (it's got snow leopards and SAS soldiers, what's not to love?). I guess I love all my books, but this one is different...

The most exciting thing I've done recently is download some tunes for my daughter. All of a sudden I feel hip and young :) 
I am reading my RITA books (6 out of 9 read already, yay for being ill). Except for this damn headache!!  :)