Category Archives: Just Chatting

Life in the slow lane

As a friend of mine said today – I may be a procrastinator and disorganized mess of a slow learner… but I am so glad I waited this long to learn what I needed to be happy in life… and … Continue reading

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Feeling bloody miserable

Sitting here with tears welling. Normally when I cry it’s a more concious effort. The tears come but in some ways I encourage them. Cathartic and easing. Today they’re coming regardless, filling my eyes and trickling down my cheeks. I … Continue reading

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Walking back from work

I was walking over the bridge watching two little boys besides themselves with excitement to be going to the playstation game shop. Skipping and jumping they were. I got thinking. We spend all our lives enjoying material things then teaching … Continue reading

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Talk in action

Hey Cath There’s a guy at work, I’ve found him likeable since I got there despite the tattoos, piercings and criminal record. He doesn’t ‘take no crap’ and as he rightly said you are only ever as good as far … Continue reading

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New job

Hey Cath I’ve been at my new job for a week now. A week! Today was the first day that i felt under control when it came to service. I only had a soup, (wow, one whole soup – but … Continue reading

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Late

Dear Cath I got to work this morning at 6.25 am. When I arrived the place was locked up tight so I used the time to sit and stare peacefully at the world. For the first ten minutes. Then the … Continue reading

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Community service

Dear Cath It was an interesting day today. I learned some things. I got to work and my chefs white were missing. I looked and looked and looked. When it was 100% clear that they were nowhere to be seen … Continue reading

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Teens and rules

Sarah has been giving me trouble. I feel guilty but I look forward to the girls being grown up and moving out and hopefully looking back and realising that I wasn’t a crap parent. Sarah said that if I didn’t … Continue reading

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Perfect conversations

Oh Cath, the time has come. I need a hair cut. I loathe going. It’s even worse now that I have all these stress highlights. Beautiful shades of silver and grey upon which the world (aka my kids) frowns. It … Continue reading

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Finding success in the world of self publishing

Above, in the menus, are over 500 essential tips for authors wanting to improve their book sales. Do they work? Yes. Below are funny, weird, poignant, angry, daft posts for Cath, in an attempt to keep my sanity. It’s okay, … Continue reading

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Thursday Thirteen – 13 Amazing Treehouses to stay in

Dear Cath – You know me, a serious sucker for weird and wonderful places in which to stay. Well I’ve been ‘collecting’ them, a wishful to do list and I have over 140. Wow. I have hotels underground and in … Continue reading

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Bad luck loses out!!

Hey Cath!!! Been entering competitions EVERYWHERE so I can use up all my bad luck and be left with just the good luck and it’s worked! I WON!!!! Thanks so much to Laurie of BlackVelvetSeductions I got the fab book … Continue reading

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The best letter I ever got

Hi Cath. I saw a photo today on my facebook of an author, Kylie Griffin who’d just received the a copy of her first book in print. The book cover was gorgeous but what was even bigger and broader and … Continue reading

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Do you remember an Inn, Miranda?

Dear Cath I am a writer. It’s what I do. I love doing it, take enormous satisfaction in weaving words into a story but a gift I have always deeply admired is the ability to give mood, emotion, vibe in … Continue reading

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Milestones

Hi Cath, it’s been such a funny week. It’s Thursday already and I’m not sure what’s happened to the last three days. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday seemed to pass in a muddled haze. I just couldn’t seem to get on … Continue reading

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2012 – the truth revealed…

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Talking to Ralph and the big white telephone

Dear Cath Happy New Year!! How are you? How’s the hangover? Yeah, right, I believe you. Thousands wouldn’t but I, I do… of course I do. Do you remember the Sambuca hangovers in Durban? All those years ago? Well this … Continue reading

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2012 – it’s here, the question is, will it stay?

Dear Cath I heard about the Mayan calendar prediction about four years ago. At the time 2012 seemed like forever away, funny to think it’s here already. Anyway I was interested but more in the way that I am interested … Continue reading

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I have no friends!!

Dear Cath This is the third time I’ve lived through being fifteen. Being fifteen is tough. This time it’s Sarah’s, my youngest turn. In some ways she’s got it tough. Glasses, braces, puppy fat and, I’m sorry to say it, … Continue reading

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Bus Stops

Hi Cath Women with tombstone teeth, cop shy men, Russian scientists… Truly, American bus stops are a wonderful insight to the world. The first bus was easy, the 2nd left me waiting for 35 minutes with these two guys outside … Continue reading

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Fed up

Dear Cath I’m writing. Thank God you don’t read this blog (yes, I’m annoyed at you for being so far up yourself so I’m feeling resentful. Deal with it.) Anyway I am writing new stuff, challenging stuff, for me. By … Continue reading

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Creating characters

Dear Cath I have been busy working on a new book. It’s huge fun writing it but it’s early days yet and I am still drawing my characters together, forging them if you like. We all know that a character, … Continue reading

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Cookie Monster

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The Green Thing

Dear Cath At the check-out at the supermarket, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologised to her and explained, “We didn’t have … Continue reading

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Thirteen ways to travel lightly

Dear Cath Do you remember the trip we did to Malawi where we bought those stupid wooden chairs? Huge things, almost as tall as you and then we had to lug them around for days along with our backpacks and … Continue reading

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