Ani’s Advent 2020! “A Squirrel of my Very Own…” El Duque and Marilyn Armstrong

Dear Santa, I think she is trying to pull a fast one. I know my ball is getting a bit past it… but, as she ought to realise all too well herself, being old and tatty doesn’t stop you being loved. So she has no need to try replacing my ball with a new toy…Continue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! “A Squirrel of my Very Own…” El Duque and Marilyn Armstrong”

Ani’s Advent 2020! Snowing Cats and Dogs…

Dear Santa, We’ve still had no snow. Do you have wheels for the sleigh in case we don’t have any? You never see it with wheels on the pictures… but I don’t think it would be fair to Rudolph and co to expect them to drag you and all those presents around the world withoutContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Snowing Cats and Dogs…”

Ani’s Advent 2020! Ruby’s Christmas Adventure…

Dear Santa, She’s been getting all nostalgic lately, remembering lots of things from a long, long time ago. Like the big snowfall when she was little and had to be carried to school because it was so deep… Or playing with all the toys in the storeroom of the place where her mother worked… ThenContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Ruby’s Christmas Adventure…”

Ani’s Advent Calendar 2020! A poem from Maggie

Dear Santa, There are some of my friends missing from this year’s Advent Calendar. One of them is Maggie, who lived, held in love, from puppyhood to a wonderful old age. Two years ago, she sent me a poem. It is a reminder that not all homes will celebrate this time of year as aContinue reading “Ani’s Advent Calendar 2020! A poem from Maggie”

Ani’s Advent Calendar 2020! Paws for thought…

Dear Santa, Do you know how many of the four-legs I have met since I’ve been blogging have come from rescues and shelters? You’ve got to admit, they are all intelligent and interesting creatures… Yes, even the cats. Noelle’s Garfield, for a start, though it pains me to say it, is gorgeous. Some are moreContinue reading “Ani’s Advent Calendar 2020! Paws for thought…”

Ani’s Advent 2020! A Christmas Gift from Pamela at Butterfly Sand #shortstory

Dear Santa, I’ve been meaning to mention… could we do something about the Tree? I know you don’t do wands, but maybe you could wave an elf or something? The thing is, I know you know how to manipulate space and time. You manage the whole world in one night and all those presents withContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! A Christmas Gift from Pamela at Butterfly Sand #shortstory”

A Job Description For The Writer’s Pet #amwriting

Originally posted on Lucy Mitchell:
Sometimes, the best part about writing is that my dog is always snoring nearby, offering sleepy moral support as I sit at my desk, agonizing over my latest fictional romance. Lots of well known writers have had pet sidekicks; Charles Dickens’ cherished animal companion was a raven named Grip, Edgar…

Ani’s Advent 2020! Homespun Magic with Anita Dawes

Dear Santa, I heard her talking today about things she wants to do for Christmas. They aren’t big things, just little ones. And some of them, I can’t even eat… She wants to make and bake all the things she used to when our boys were little. I think she would even make all theContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Homespun Magic with Anita Dawes”

Ani’s Advent 2020! Elijah Moon, Garfield and Noelle Granger…

Dear Santa, I’ll confess right now, I don’t like many cats. The way they crouch and stare at me… S’enough to drive me bats. * They sit upon the garden fence And always out of reach, And some of them will spit and snarl And sometimes even screech. * I don’t like many cats atContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Elijah Moon, Garfield and Noelle Granger…”

Ani’s Advent 2020! Rex the Hero and Jennie Fitzkee.

Dear Santa, Sometimes, you have to wonder at people… I mean, last time Rex told us one of his stories, he just told us about the things he sort of got in trouble for. It turns out, though, that he’s pretty much a hero and never mentioned it… Mind you, there are lots of peopleContinue reading “Ani’s Advent 2020! Rex the Hero and Jennie Fitzkee.”