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November 17 Button Day (this day is dedicated to my friend Sharon who works with buttons)

November 17, 2017

Big and small, plastic and metal, ones with hols, ones with shanks. Buttons are everywhere and come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

Button Day was founded in 1938 as a celebration for all those who enjoy collecting and crafting with buttons (I am one of them, I love buttons).

To celebrate, start your collection. Snip them off old clothes and start a button box (or jar in my case). Reuse them in new projects.


November 8 Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day

November 8, 2017

It does what it says on the tin…cook something bold and pungent today. What will yours be? A delicious curry? Something Mexican? Maybe Cabbage and fish? The choice is yours.


November 4 World Numbat Day

November 4, 2017

World what day? Numbat. They are small marsupials found in southern Australia and are incredibly cute.

The day was set up to raise awareness of this lovely little animal and the fact they are facing extinction. There are estimated to be less than 1000 still in the wild.

For more information on the Numbat, see:




November 1 – NaNoWriMo and Author’s Day

November 1, 2017

C S Lewis – one of my favourite authors.


November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and your opportunity to get that novel started.

Started way back in 1999 in San Francisco with 21 people, NaNoWriMo challenges writers and would- be writers to write 50,000 words in one month…that’s 1666 words a day.

It is doable, trust me. So get your pen and paper, laptop, desktop or whatever you use to write out and get writing. For more information, go to:      Also see: for information on where local NaNoWriMo groups meet.


November 1, 2017   Author’s Day

To inspire you, you’ll want to know that today is also Author’s Day. It began in 1928 at the Illinois Women’s Club and has been going ever since.

To celebrate the day, pick up a book (an old favourite or a new one) and start reading.



November 1, 2017

Hello everyone. How’s things? Hope you’re all well.  Well it’s another miserable day in the west of Scotland today, much to our pug’s disgust. Our Bonya, who has to be prised out of bed most mornings to go on our morning walk, decided she would not walk in the rain (it was only spitting, not too bad), but would stand still in the park, watch us walk around the park and then rejoin us when we were leaving (we had to walk by her). She’s such a lazy wee thing at times. She’ll be back on the lead on the next walk and made to walk, she needs the exercise.

This week has been a bit depressing because we developed two leaks in the kitchen ceiling. The plumber thinks it’s coming from the shower or possibly the enclosed sink unit. Anyway, he’s coming back to rip some things out so he can have a proper look. Meanwhile I have a large hole in my kitchen ceiling which I’ll have to live with until the builders start doing that part of our extension project. Sigh. My house feels like it’s falling apart at the moment. At least by early next year I should have my new extension (I hope…I say this because the extension doesn’t seem to be going at a fast rate, quite the opposite).

Anyway, enough of my woes. This week we’ve had guising for Halloween (last night, me and the boy and some of his friends and a couple of other mums), my parents’ dog Winston to stay while they are on holiday (they are home today, we will miss him) and I’ve finished my biog of Bess of Hardwick. I am now on to reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which I’ve only just started but am already enjoying. I saw the film, so the Cheryl in my book is Reece Witherspoon. Read the part where her mother dies of cancer this morning and it brought back a lot of memories. However, the rest of the book should be enjoyable and hopefully uplifting.

Spent most of yesterday cleaning the house and sorting things.  Today it looks like I’ve not even touched the house. Sigh.

What is it that causes an entire tv remote to vanish into thin air? And why does it happen on the morning when I want to watch Outlander? Our tv remote has gone walkabout and NOBODY knows anything about it. I actually wonder if my kids are getting properly educated because they never seem to know anything that goes on in the house! 🙂 Anyway, have been forced to order a new remote and it should come tomorrow. In the meanwhile, I am Jamie Fraser-less and feeling peed off about it. It’s just added to all the crap that’s been going on this week: wet weather, two leaks, a messy house, no Outlander….

Anyway, worse things happen at sea and I suppose if these are my only moans this week I am lucky.

Right, I am going to finish up here and go and do some work on future blogs. Til next time.

Dawn xxx



Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2017

Happy happy Halloween! May the spirits and ghouls leave you alone when you go out guising tonight! Have a good one!!


World Animation Day

October 28, 2017

Who doesn’t love a good cartoon? Today is World Animation Day and what animation is your favourite? My favourite Disney movie is Beauty & The Beast, but I also love Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. There’s also films like Avatar and other CGI movies including Star Wars to add to my fave list. From childhood there was also Battle of the Planets, City of Gold and Dogtanion and the Three Muskehounds. What’s yours?

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