Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson
Kaycee and Ella hosted a book club meeting last week. They read Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. Everyone had a great time and now they want to have another book club meeting next month 🙂
They’ve started reading Butterfly Beach by Jacqueline Wilson. It’s a much shorter book than Jacky Ha-Ha so even the younger members should be able to finish it in time.
I now have to get in touch with some publishers to see if they want to sponsor the book club by sending books for them to read because I don’t think we’ll be able to afford to buy 7 new books every month!
You can read about their first book club here 🙂
Nanny moved into her house about 4 years ago. I helped with the garden by laying a brick path. The path was great for her when she first moved in but now she’s not as steady on her feet, she’s decided to have a garden makeover. It doesn’t include the path so we dug it up.
It took weeks to put down and only a few hours to dig up!
We’ve bought the bricks home and Ant’s going to use them to make my new raised bed 🙂 We were going to make it out of gravel board. Now we have the bricks, we’ll be saving around £100 from the cost of our garden makeover! The raised bed is going to look much nicer made from bricks and I can’t wait to plant it up.
Chi-Chi the Shih tzu
We all fell in love with Chi-Chi the Shih Tzu from the day Nanny brought her home. She gets so excited when we go round to visit. I don’t even get the chance to sit down properly before she’s trying to jump on my lap for a belly rub!
She loves Ella to hand feed her her dinner which usually consists of various chopped up meats. She sometimes has a sprinkle of cheese with it as well! Chi-Chi will leave her food all afternoon, not bothering with it all until Ella arrives!
If you stop rubbing her belly when she’s lying on your lap, she’ll keep pawing at your hand until you start rubbing again 🙂
The Boy That Never Was
I started The Boy That Never Was last night and I’m already enjoying it. I expected it to be about a boy who had been kidnapped but he’s missing for a different reason, which surprised me. I’m already over a hundred pages in and had trouble putting it down to do some blogging earlier!
The last book I read, Everything You Do Is Wrong, didn’t grab me at all. The whole time I spent reading it, I was hoping that the end would come soon.
I contemplated not finishing it but I’d got an early copy from NetGally to review. It was only fair that I read to the end because I wanted to give an honest review. If I didn’t finish it I wouldn’t be able to do that.
I’ve never given a book a 1-star rating before and I felt a bit guilty but I couldn’t, in all honesty, give it any more stars.
Anyway, I’ll be doing a full review soon so I’ll say no more for now.
We went to HomeSense yesterday and I let Ella have my phone. She took lots and lots of photos, from hair and beauty to furniture and food.
I also found quite a few selfies and when I saw this one of Ella posing, I knew I had to blog it.
She loves taking selfies and I’ve blogged about my phone getting full of Ella selfies before! She’s a bit obsessed to be honest!
I can’t wait till she’s old enough to have her phone so she can fill that with selfies instead of filling mine! I have over 400 photos on my phone and I reckon half of them are of Ella.
At least I’ll always have plenty pf photos of her 🙂
Robin Red Breast
There’s something about seeing a Robin red breast that just makes me happy. My mother in law has lots of robin visitors to her garden. I usually forget to take my camera but when I went to hers last Thursday to do some work in the garden, I remembered it.
I managed to get a few good shots but this one was my favourite.
I took some photos of some lovely little blue tits while I was there as well. Something happened with my camera when transferring the photos, though, and I seem to have lost lots of them.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some next time, as well as some of the cheeky squirrels who are frequent visitors!
Ella and photo filters
Ella wanted to take photos of us together. I decided I should make more of an effort to be in photos with my kids instead of shying away. She loves using photo filters and I quite liked the result of this one she used.
Ella knows how to use the camera on my phone better than I do! I’m forever having to transfer her selfie photos on my phone, to my laptop so I can free up space!
I don’t mind though, it’s going to be lovely to have all those photos to look back on when she’s all grown up.
It’s also going to be good for the kids to have some photos of us together :o)
Ella seems to have developed a love of all things Pug just lately. Jourdain and Netty (her brother and his fiancee) bought her this new bedding set for Christmas. Ella was absolutely delighted with it. The Pug pyjamas are a favourite as well!
She has a Pug picture on her laptop case and she also bought herself a Pug backpack to use for school.
I picked up some Christmas cards in the sales with Pugs on for use this year so I hope she doesn’t fall out of love with them before then!
I just know that one day soon she’s going to ask if we can get a real one!