Happy September one and all!
How are you all doing? I am so proud to present you all with the cover of the paper back of Talk to the Headscarf as shown here! It's in all Irish book shops now or from www.amazon.co.uk. As usual I encourage you all to buy as many copies as you wish! I'm struggling massively with the idea of having my own head on the cover again - who likes photos of themselves when all's said and done? But I hope those of you who haven't read it will consider buying a copy.
I think it's so Autumnal already. Spike the kitten is very busy trying to catch all the falling leaves! He and Tom the older cat have settled down and only try to scratch each other to bits a couple of times a day now.
Kim my daughter was ten and managed to well and truly maximise on the event. She had four 'birthdays,' one in school with cake, one with all the girls from school (a joined party with her two friends) with cake, an immediate family party (with cake) and a little cousins party (more cake.) On the upside, she has learned how to bake victoria sponge and made three of the afore mentioned cakes herself - from scratch, weighing the ingredients, baking and icing them. Her creativity and skill in icing leaves me in the dark!
Speaking of icing - I managed to pull three muscles in my knee while running. I know I can never do things by halves, so needless to say I did a stirling job on my knee. So I've had to keep it iced (not glacé or fondant - just a bag of frozen peas) and held up.
My chemotherapy is making me bloat like crazy so I'm on a major hot water with lemon wedges buzz. It's my attempt at flushing my system... But I will have to get back to the running (sigh) if I don't want to end up looking like a water buffalo.
Have any of you been to the Hollister store in Dundrum? For those of you who don't live in Ireland this is our first ever store so it's rather exciting! We don't have Abercromie either so this is our first taste of this kind of gear in Ireland. I've always bought the stuff on line which is a real hassle and costs a fortune in shipping. My kids were dying to go and look and we ended up in there on a Saturday afternoon. All I can say is an angel was watching over me that I wasn't hungover. Dear Lord it's loud and dark in there! As in a top I picked up could've been either pink or orange, blue or green. There are tons of very slim modelesque teenagers walking the floor saying 'what's up' every time they see you. This is probably a very normal greeting in America but with an Irish accent - I'm not sure it has the same effect. But maybe I'm just very old and cranky.
I did treat myself to a brushed cotton shirt and tracksuit bottoms. They are my new uniform. They're so comfy I'm almost washing and drying them at night so I can wear them constantly. The kids got a few bits too which they adore. It did all come to the price of a small house and I looked totally stricken when the very beautiful boy who looked around twelve told me how much I owed. But having queued for over 40 minutes I was in too traumatic a state to either give the things back or walk out. Having said that the clothes are so soft and I am certainly getting my money's worth! Hubby is not too sure about my new look - it's very bright and probably more suited to a teenager, but the older I get the less I care what other people think of me. I'll be 39 this month so am hurtling towards the next decade which I will embrace with as little grace and gentility as possible. I plan on becoming even less reverent than I already am as the years clock up!
Hope this finds you all well. I'm off to do some editing on my next novel. More news on that as it unfolds. I don't have a title for it yet - but promise to share that once I do. Edits are well underway and I'll keep you all posted.
Thank you to the scores of people who constantly get in touch via this web site. It never ceases to floor me when folk take the time to write and share their lives with me. It humbles me and makes my heart sing. So thank you all. I love to hear from people so if the mood takes you, go to the contact page and drop me a line!
Love to you all,
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