Or should that be cat flap? Having celebrated a milestone birthday myself a fortnight ago, there is another birthday celebration in our house today. My lovely cat, Poppy, is twenty-one, which, in cat years, is a massive 105!
This is all the more incredible as we almost lost her two years ago. She doesn’t move quite as freely as she did and she is totally deaf but she still responds to stroking and brushing with lots of purring. As for her appetite, although choosy with what she eats, she will devour three whole tins of cat food a day – in fact, we affectionately refer to her as ‘pig cat’ when she asks for more than three tins.
We don’t allow her to go outside unless we are with her because of her deafness, she wouldn’t be able to hear us call her if she got lost, but she seems happy enough in herself. Our previous black and white moggy, Dylan, reached twenty-three and we’re all hopeful that Poppy will match that.
Talking of birthdays, it would have been my dad’s ninety-sixth birthday last Sunday. As often happened when he was alive, his birthday coincided with Father’s Day so it was particularly poignant this year. I thought I would share this drawing that he did for me when I was about five years old – I carry it in my filofax (how ‘old school’ am I?).
My dad traveled away from home for work and would often draw little pictures for my sister, brother and me. Great drawing but it’s the sentiment that made me laugh… ‘I won’! My dad was very competitive – we had to keep him away from the Monopoly board!! I hope all dads were spoiled rotten on ‘their’ day – my other half, Chris was treated to three bottles of good red wine, some coffee pods and I made him lasagne followed by luscious lemon cake for his dinner.
Last Saturday I went to my first ever Romantic Novelists Association chapter meeting. As writing novels is such a new venture for me, I must confess to feeling a little nervous being in the company of so many authors, but my nervousness was unnecessary – everyone was kind and helpful, and I even won a copy of ‘The Woolworths Girls’ in the raffle – I got it signed to my mum by the author, Elaine Everest, and I know she will love it, but I might have a sneaky read first. As always, for information about my books and how to order signed copies, head over to my website www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk.
I had to leave the meeting slightly early as my daughter, Sophie, and I were going to the theatre in Windsor that evening. Debs Flint had alerted me to the fact that my pal (and former QVC colleague), Paul Lavers, was in a play in Windsor, which I hadn’t spotted as I’d been away on holiday. We had a lovely dinner in the Thai restaurant next door to the Theatre Royal and had a very entertaining evening watching Paul and the rest of the cast. I believe they are in Sidmouth this and next week if you live anywhere close.
Focus on Fashion will be back properly next Friday, but I wanted to draw your attention to some great fashion on QVC over the coming week. Today is Antthony’s TSV – it’s a pair of tunic tops in a shape we have done before but this time with short sleeves for the summer.
Tomorrow I will be part of the Skecher’s 6th anniversary at 4pm. I now have a new pair of my favourites, 132332, this time in natural. I’ve worn my pink (coral) ones so much. They also come in teal and there are a few available in navy.
Speaking of Monday, I will be doing another blog revealing a few of my beauty secrets as we draw to the end of Beauty Month. I will also be launching a competition to win a 60-piece beauty hamper, worth around £1,000, to celebrate my recent birthday – you’ll need to be quick though as the competition will only run until midnight on Thursday June 30th.
Have a great weekend – it’s good to be back.