Meet the Furbabies

Okay, let me just start by admitting I’m not keen on the term ‘furbabies’. It brings to mind some middle-aged spinster who lives alone with her cats.. oh, wait a minute! Yep, that would be me. Apart from the alone bit, but my son is now at the age where he only emerges from his room to eat and go to school.

So, I’m going to introduce you to my cats.

I adore all animals, and long to live in a big, sprawling house with many cats and dogs and maybe even horses, donkeys, and cows are cute too. Yep, love ’em all.

At the moment though, I just have my two spoilt cats and a tank full of rapidly multiplying fish.

Masai

Meet Masai, aka Miaowgly Man. He’s my rescue cutie. I’ve had him for around four years, since I adopted him from the local Cats Protection League shelter. He had been found living as a stray and taken in.

Right from the first day I got him home, I could not understand how anybody could have rejected such an affectionate cat. He has a beautiful personality, and his favourite way to show love is head kisses, which he doles out in abundance. However, he is also a bully with other cats, plays psychological games with dogs, and is a seasoned hunter. He regularly brings me gifts of tinier, cute creatures, which I hate. In the beginning, I tried to rescue each mouse he brought home, but he would eventually find them again and tear their heads off, leaving them on the doormat as a gift. These days, I shut him out and leave him to it. It’s nature, after all.

He loves cuddles though, and likes nothing better than curling up on my knee when I’m home. In fact, he is beside me as I type, snoozing away this chilly Saturday afternoon.

Mrs P

This is Mrs P, sometimes known as Pippin or Mimi. She’s my little old lady although she could still pass for a kitten. I’ve had Mrs P for years, ever since my sister gave her to me in 2007. She’s a little madam and rules the household with a tiny white paw. She hates other cats, so I have to keep her and Masai separated. She also hates dogs and most humans. She likes myself and my son, and tolerates my friend Michelle and some of my sons friends, probably because they are all on the short side.

Mrs P is very much a house cat, and only ventures into the garden every now and again. Back in 2012, she decided to escape one evening and refused to come in at bedtime. This had happened a few times before, so I wasn’t too worried as she was always at the door when I woke next morning. However, on this occasion, the temperatures plummeted overnight and she must have been desperate to find warmth and shelter. Unfortunately, she ventured a little too far from home, and lost her sense of direction.

My son and I were distraught. We posted flyers in the local shops and through various doors in the area, and regularly checked the local shelters. But to no avail. My little P had disappeared.

It was after she had been missing for seven weeks that we acquired Masai. It does seem very soon to have replaced her, but her absence was so out of character, and the house was just not the same without a cat. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever see her again.

A week after Masai arrived, I received a text off a lady who had seen my poster in the local tanning salon. Mrs P was living in her shed.

My son and I were so excited and went to pick her up the following day – she was literally a two minute walk away from home, if that. She was so happy to see us, and had lost so much weight that, from then on, I have relentlessly spoilt her. I think she deserves it after the ordeal she went through.

However, I hadn’t fully realised her absolute hatred for other cats until I introduced her to Masai and all hell broke loose. I keep them apart as much as possible.

Anyway, there are my furbabies. I hope you enjoyed meeting them.

Book Review: The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

Roz Toovey is a physiotherapist, popular with her large client base and efficiently good at her job. Away from work, she is a single parent, left in serious debt by her ex-husband and struggling to make ends meet. When she meets Scott, a family friend, at her sisters barbecue, there is an instant and mutual attraction. But Scott is married, and that is a complication Roz can do without.

Scott, however, is not easily deterred. A rich businessman, he is unused to taking no for an answer, and offers Roz a lot of money for one night of adultery. Roz’s initial reaction is of shocked indignation, but as the debts pile up, she realises this may be her best chance to keep herself and her son off the streets.

The one-off night of adultery soon turns into a regular arrangement, until things take a darker turn and Roz realises she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

Set in the beautiful Lake District, this is very atmospheric, and also darkly humorous. Paula Daly’s writing style is extremely easy to read, and I finished this in a day – I couldn’t really put it down! The ending was slightly anti-climatic though, and certain characters faded into the background rather than receiving the comeuppance they deserved.

4 stars on Goodreads. Highly recommended!

Join Me On Twitter

So I’ve been told that Twitter is a fantastic platform for promoting your blog. I’ve been on Twitter for a fair few years now but have never really optimised it – I’ve mainly used it for retweeting hilarious tweets and bitching about my day.

That said, I do have over 1,650 followers, so maybe I should be putting it to good use.

The blogging community over there is fierce and I can well see how it could benefit your blog.

Which is why I want to extend an invite. Come and join me at @LovesRedWine (yes, I really do!) I generally follow back, unless you’re a porn account or one of those that tweet nothing but paid links (boring!) I know you guys can be trusted though! 😉

See you over there!

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10 Things I Can’t Live Without

Hello, and Happy Sunday! One day closer to another working week, but let’s not think about that..

Have you ever asked yourself what you can’t live without? Well, I am going to answer that question right now in one of those lovely lists we are all so keen on. 😊

Maybe lists should be one of my 10 can’t-live-without items. But no, that’s silly. I can live without lists, it’s just that they are fun to blog about.

I’m also not going to include people and animals – obviously, I can’t live without my son, family or pets, but I think that goes without saying. So instead, I will look at things I can’t live without. Such as..

1. Books. I love books, and I love to read. I definitely need them in my life. There is nothing better than putting your feet up with a brew and losing yourself in another world. I adore books, and always have done.

2. Mobile phone. Okay, so I don’t often use it for the actual stuff it was created for, such as calling people. I do use Facebook Messenger a lot to keep in touch with friends. Mostly, I use it for social media. Such as now. I do most of my online work on my phone, such as running my three Facebook pages, taking photos for and posting on Instagram, and of course, writing content for this blog. I’d be lost without it.

3. Wine. Yes, I do love a glass of wine, generally in the evening when I’m winding down. I prefer a nice full-bodied Australian red such as Yellow Tail Jammy Red Roo or Hardy’s Varietal Range Cabernet Sauvignon. As well as tasting yummy, it has health benefits – honest!

4. Internet connection. My phone would be pretty useless without it.

5. Liquid eyeliner. I don’t really wear much makeup. I don’t use foundation or know how to contour. However, I do use eyeliner and mascara as my eyes are pretty small and it helps to give them definition. Also, my eyelashes are very fine, and without mascara they appear stubby. However, on the weekend, I forgo mascara but do use liquid eyeliner, just in case. If anybody sees me without anything on my eyes, they always ask if I’m okay, so I definitely need something to perk my features up!

I use Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof mascara and Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid liner. I have leaky eyes and both are fabulously smudge-proof.

6. Leggings. I love to chill out at home and as I’m not a tracksuit type of gal, leggings suit my needs fantastically. However, I always wear them with a longline top to avoid any fashion faux-pas!

7. Heels. I love heels. Always have done. I own lots and lots of heels which I hardly ever wear, yet I’d still be happy to buy more. 😍

8. Glasses. I’m blind as a bat, so absolutely couldn’t live without my gigs. I had an eye test yesterday and my eyes are worse, which means new glasses. I’m quite happy about this as I’ve found some lovely new frames. 🤓

9. Crisps/chips. I adore crisps, as they are called in the UK. You may know them as potato chips. Whatever they’re called, they are yummy and I could probably live on them. I wouldn’t be too healthy, but you can’t have everything.

10. Music. Loving music at the minute, and discovering new artists. One of my 2018 goals is to listen to more music, which I have embraced wholeheartedly. I still watch TV but definitely not as frequently.

So there you go.

What can’t you live without?

It’s here! Fridayyyyy!!

Literally, if Friday was a person, I would hug the crap off of it!!

Is it me, or has this past week draaaaaaaged so badly! Tuesday, first day back at work after the Christmas break, was officially the longest day ever, but busy with it. Plenty to do after a week off.

The rest of the week though – ugh!

I am so glad Friday is finally here! Friday, I love you!!

New Year, New Theme (okay, no more..)

So imagine my dismay when I discovered that my blog theme had been retired!! * gasp *

I had actually been thinking along the lines of ‘new year, new blog theme’ anyway, so I got straight onto the theme menu, or whatever it’s called, to give myself a revamp.

Enter Lovecraft, my new theme. I’m still in the process of customising, so please forgive the raw look. But I like it so far.

Please feel free to comment below if you have any feedback on my new look, or any changes i could make. It would be greatly appreciated.

Favourite TV Programmes of 2017

As a New Years resolution, I decided that it was time I got off my backside and experienced the great outdoors more rather than hiding away at home. Problem is, there are so many fantastic things I can do at home, including watching a decent TV series, of which there have been many during 2017.

So I thought I’d list my Top 10 favourite TV programmes I have watched this year. I’m hoping 2018 can match it!

In no particular order…

  • Big Little Lies. I watched this as a boxset last week, and oh my god! It is amazingly good! Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård, this is set in beautiful Monterey on the Californian coast. After a murder occurs at a public school, the story keeps us guessing by not revealing the victim or the assailant. Instead, it backtracks to the first day of term and follows the friendship that develops between Madeline (Witherspoon), Celeste (Kidman), and Jane (Shailene Woodley), as well as the turbulence in each of the women’s home life. It is an intriguing and enthralling story, and is helped along by a fantastic soundtrack, as well as the beauty of the location. Loved it!
  • The Exorcist. Loosely based on the famous film of the same name, this has just completed its second season, and I love it! I love anything supernatural, let’s face it, but this was amazingly scary in parts, and Father Tomas is extremely easy on the eye. Focusing on possession and exorcists (obviously!), it is definitely one to keep you on the edge of your seat. First rate horror TV!
  • Bates Motel. Having recently subscribed to Netflix, at least 10 years after everybody else, I devoured all four seasons of this in quick succession and am eagerly awaiting season 5. This is a prequel to the classic horror movie Psycho, and basically tells the story of Norman, his intensely close relationship with his mother Norma, and his downward spiral into madness.
  • Riviera. Set on the opulent French Riviera, this stars Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You) as newlywed Georgina whose billionaire husband Constantine is killed in an explosion on a yacht. Racked with grief, she digs deeper into Constantine’s life and discovers a darker side to the life she has married into.
  • Mindhunter. This is another series I found on Netflix. Set in 1977, it follows FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench who, along with psychologist Wendy Carr, interview serial killers in an attempt to understand how they think in the hope of applying their knowledge to future cases.
  • Lucifer. This is an amazingly amusing series that follows Tom Ellis as fallen angel Lucifer who, bored in the underworld, decides to leave Hell and retire to LA. Once there, he embraces a life of indulgence until there is a murder outside his nightclub. Intrigued, he reinvents himself as a consultant to the police, and partners with homicide detective Chloe, who wakens feelings in him that he hasn’t experienced before. Devilishly good!
  • The Handmaid’s Tale. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, this is set in a dystopian society within the borders of the former United States of America. Offred, a handmaid, forced into a life of sexual servitude in an effort to repopulate a devastated world, dreams of happier times with her husband and daughter, and struggles within the confines of her new life. Excellent!
  • Lethal Weapon. Based on the film franchise of the same name starring Mel Gibson, the TV series doesn’t star Mel Gibson, and is absolutely brilliant. A fantastic mix of action and comedy, and two excellent lead characters. Eagerly awaiting season 2!
  • Blue Planet II. Stunning nature programme narrated by Sir David Attenborough, exploring the wonders of the deep blue sea. The lives of the many creatures living in and beside the oceans of the world are positively captivating, and the soundtrack is a perfect accompaniment to this beautiful series. Eye-opening.
  • Liar. A date between newly-single teacher Laura and recently widowed surgeon Andrew goes terribly wrong, and the subsequent fall-out rapidly spirals out of control. Who is telling the truth? A gripping psychological thriller.

So there you go. My 10 favourite TV series of 2017. I highly recommend them all!