Disaster again!!!

I hate heaters. Am never buying another second hand one ever. 😦 £300 in two years and they’re both done in….

Got a phone call of the other half today, the baby tank heater has malfunctioned. Raising the temperature from 12d to 29d… crap. 

Babies all sulking on the bottom. 

He turned the heater off opened up all the flaps. Babies are now swimming about. Temp down to 28d but going the steam off it is unreal.  

I am gutted. Going to have to pull it all off at the weekend and see why it’s gone kaput. 

Could be blanket weed all wrapped around the inside. Don’t know. 

At least they didn’t cook. Although pinked up and a little stressed. I am hoping they’ll recover quickly. 

Adding in some salt to help ease the stress. Last parasite check only a a few weeks ago so fingers all crossed. 

 Still not happy it is the second year running. Last year heater packed in and temp dropped from 20 to 10 in one night. 

Seneye isn’t plugged in due to no funds for the slides at present.  another sucky reason or I would have known something was wrong.




This has really been a rough week. With our producer for Best Friends being let down. My co-writer and I had to do a pretty quick re-write. Good job even though the time difference sucks my friend and I work well together. 

The car wouldn’t start on Monday leading to a mad rush. Battery had gone done. £50 for a new one. 


And my poor coach/editor E.J had a small accident and hurt her arm. 


Jeeze, this week has been a real nightmare. Hope tomorrow brings something nice for us all. 


Hopefully we can pull the baby tank apart and see if there is indeed something blocking the heater. Least I can get rid of some blanket weed and clean the tunnel. 


Fingers crossed tormorrow is easier than the rest of this week has been. Think we might as well eat out tonight 🙂 


Catch you soon. 



Nominated for the Libester award :)

Hi everyone.

I was nominated for this award on the 12th of Feb I just have been so snowed under and hadn’t the brain to compute an answer and post this back. But here it is 🙂


The Liebster Award is no exception!

Thanks to Catherine at   http://nowrittenwords.wordpress.com/  for the nomination. I really was so pleased.

The rules for the Liebster are to thank the person who nominated you, answer the 11 question they have asked you, nominate 11 other people and ask them 11 questions in return. According to the guidelines the Liebster award should be sent to bloggers with less than 200 followers so that new bloggers can see how awesome they are!

These are my questions and answers.

So, now for 11 questions for any nominees:

1. What’s your most significant childhood memory?

This is a tough one for me. As there are so many…

However, one of the strongest memories I have is not a good one. It was the day I first contemplated suicide at the age of 15. I’d been baby sitting for a local family. Where the ‘ladies’ going out frantically weighed themselves. A weekly ritual. I just remember one of them saying ‘they’d lost weight’ and how excited they were.

I looked down at my stubby fat fingers. And decided when they had gone out to weigh myself. I did.

As the scale spun around. Almost to the end. Something inside me flipped. I knew I was big but I hadn’t thought I was that big.

That night I cried and cried and cried. When I got home. I took a knife to my wrist.

I did not however want to die, nor did I hurt myself badly.

The next morning I went to my mum and asked to go to see the doctor. There started a two year journey which led to severe weight loss. (under supervision) then not under supervision. And eventually led to anorexia. I lost over 140lbs. Half my body weight.

The rest is history but you did ask. 🙂 I never said it would be short and sweet.

2. What is the one thing you want to do most before you die?

I want to see my TV series on the Sy Fy channel. One day…. soon I hope.

3. Do you have a favourite magazine?

I love reading anything about Koi. But my fav mag went into administration last year. 😦

4. What do you think is the best thing about having children?

Is there one? (don’t have any kids nor a desire to bring them into a world that is heading downhill fast)

5. What’s the worst thing about having children?

You can’t give them back to their real parents as they are yours…

6. What do you do in order to relax?

I sit with my koi. Outside in the garden by their pond.

7. Is there someone you really hate – and why?

Hate is a very harsh word. But, yes, there is someone I hate. ED (Eating Disorder) hate him with a vengeance.

8. If you could live anywhere else, where would this be?

Just anywhere with the man that I love. Paul.

9. Is there a particular job that you wish you could excel at?

I wish my concentration levels were stronger. Not really a job.

10. Are you a cat or dog person?


11. How would you define love?

That fluttering in your heart when you see the person you care for the most. Morning, noon, or night, it feels like home.

And finally, my nominees are:

1. http://authormaeganprovan.wordpress.com/
2. http://harmony77uk.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/confidence/
3. http://thelifeofathinker.wordpress.com/
4. http://twdittmer.wordpress.com/
5. http://michelleproulx.wordpress.com/
6. http://firstnovelblog.wordpress.com/
7. http://meritaking.wordpress.com/
8. http://rainfalldeficittheory.wordpress.com/
9. http://petedenton.wordpress.com/
10. http://theofenraven.wordpress.com/
11. http://changeitupediting.wordpress.com/

And my 11 questions for them

1. There is always something that has really hurt you. I’ve shared one of my worst moments above. Can you share one of yours?

2. Share one of your greatest too.

3. Has someone influenced your life in a way you’ll never forget. Someone who isn’t family?

4. Where was your favourite home?

5. Do you prefer a specific genre in writing or watching films?

6. Have you ever had a koi pond?

7. What is your most prized possession?

8. Are you eco friendly?

9. Do you actively save for retirement?

10. Have you ever lived with anyone other than family?

11. What was the worst lie you ever told someone you loved?

Again sorry to Catherine that it took me so long to get too. I am in vast need of a holiday me thinks. Exhausted is not the word for me at the moment.

Happy blogging all.


Friday :)

All I can say is thank Crunchie…. 


Been such a busy week. I actually started falling asleep on the couch last night at 8pm. I know sometimes I am easily wiped out, but really? 


So today I have had a nice afternoon kip, and I can now stay up a bit later. 


Not too much planned for this weekend, so I can catch up on the stuff I know I’ve missed out on this week. I owe a few people some reading crits, so I’ll have to catch up with those and then down to some serious editing. Lots to do and just not enough time in the day. 


How was everyone’s evening last night? I know we don’t celebrate it as such, but its nice to see all those out there that do. A nice meal and a cake for hubby and an early night for me. Was still up at 5 for work, cleaning my van early on a friday is better. Cleaner water rather than being stuck with the rest of them 🙂 


Had a cracking day selling my pasties, pies and sarnies… it finally is picking up from the Xmas slump. yippie… hate it when it goes down, but that is sales for you. 


So, off to celebrate my V day. Night all. x x 

Short and sweet

I’ve had such a busy couple of days…. 


We had the house surveyor out yesterday and then I had my skype meeting with E.J eeek, so tired. 

But, the house was valued at a sucky price. At least my session with E.J went well. 


Today we met with a mortgage advisor, eeek. Even more scary. We can have four people on the mortgage, but the house deeds then have to go in our name too. So all four of us will be on it, (cost a couple of hundred quid) but for our future it has to be better. 


We think we can get a mortgage over 10 year, was hoping for 15. But, nope. Due to mum and Frank’s age, it won’t be possible. It bumps the payments another few hundred quid, but it is risk it now, while we’re all working, or we sell now. And go our separate ways, which will still work our more expensive in the long run. 


So much rides on the next few weeks, and our whole financial workings out. So crap, but so brilliant too. 


I’m stressed to the hilt in a good way. I wish something else could pay out… but we can only dream about that… soon I am sure. Very, soon…. 


Take care, and hope I can chat more soon. 


Dawn x x