Murder In Mystic Cove*

Work quite hard at Spin: see attached photo with The Boss.

Then walk Gandalf. It is so lovely to see him but it is Hot for him even in the woods and he is panting. Here we are:

I love that boy. I kiss him on the top of his head and cuddle him.

Walk home from Gandalf’s. Then have lunch in the garden with Dad.

Have a great long sleep. Wake up at about five o’clock and now am sitting in the garden with Mum whilst she does The Times crossword. The fluffy monster has just strolled over to say hello to us.

I need to have a bath before supper.

Happy Friday everyone!

*2013. By Daryl Anderson. Book 1 in the Sunshine State Murders Mystery series.

The Shy Tulip Murders*

“So I ordered a mixture of tulips from the RHS and they’re meant to be pink and purple,” Mum says. We look at the tulips:

“Are they all yellow?” I say.

“No, it’s just the yellow ones have flowered first,” Mum says.

Let’s hope that the others are pink and purple.

Work hard at Spin this morning – see attached photo with The Master. My MyZone monitor has recovered from getting drowned in my bag, which is a relief as a new one would be £99.

After Spin I sit in the garden: it’s hot – it’s 26 degrees even now at five o’clock in the afternoon.

Spot the fluffy monster resting under a little table.

Have lunch outside with Dad and then have a sleep. When I wake up I work on New Book which now stands at 18,628 words.

Am sitting in the garden writing this on the swinging chair which is rotten in the middle and a couple of its slats have collapsed. The panther is stretched out on the grass next to me: sharpening his front claws on the wooden upright of the swinging chair. Am drinking lemon squash. It feels really hot.

The attached photo is with The Master at Spin this morning.

Happy Thursday everyone!

*1996. By Rebecca Rothenberg. Book 3 in the Claire Sharples Mystery series.

The Boston Strangler*

Up at seven o’clock this morning as have physio at 8.15am. We do balance and strength exercises to stabilise ankle, which injured when fell over whilst walking Dolly in December and is still not better.

Work hard at Spin – see attached photo with The Master – but my MyZone device isn’t working so no graph.

Put the fluffy monster outside when he goes under my chair in the late morning.

Have an entertaining lunch with Christopher but feel a bit dizzy and sick – maybe due to the unaccustomed sunshine. Am able to wear a dress and fit flops for lunch, which is nice.

Have been sleeping and have just woken up at 5.53pm. Will have to start looking for that fluffy monster soon. The panther sits on my windowsill, gazing out over the garden. His tail hangs down behind him.

Watch The Boston Strangler last night with the fluffy monster. It’s excellent.

The attached photo is with The Master at Spin this morning.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

*1968. Feature film directed by Richard Fleischer. Written by Edward Anhalt and Gerold Frank. Stars Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy and Mike Kellin.

The Cat, The Quilt And The Corpse*

Wake up at seven o’clock this morning as I have training at eight thirty. Walk to the gym. Work hard at training and trainer is pleased with me.

Get an Uber to Dolly’s. She is so pleased to see me: she rugby tackles me from behind.

We have a lovely walk in the sunshine. Here we are:

I feel So Much Better when I’m with Dolly. The padding of her big paws makes my anxiety melt away and her lovely presence is so soothing. I wish I could keep her!

Have just been sleeping. Am back at parentals now as have physio at 8.15am tomorrow.

Have just had a lovely cuddle with the fluffy monster. He was very purry. I seem to have company in my bedroom:

Have been writing and New Book now stands at 17,600 words. The panther lies curled up at the end of my bed: head resting on his front paws, eyes closed.

Tonight the parentals are going out so am going to spend a romantic evening with my fluffy monster: hopefully watching Midsomer Murders.

The attached photo is today with Dolly.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

*2009. By Leann Sweeney. A Cats In Trouble Mystery Book One.

Arsenic For Tea*

Achievements Of The Day

  1. Walk to gym.
  2. Work hard at training – including my shoulder exercises – see attached photo.
  3. Walk home from training – no Ubers today!
  4. Make lunch.
  5. Stay awake whilst the chap fits the new hob.
  6. Meditate.
  7. Write a thousand words of new book which now stands at 16,551 words.
  8. Text Suzy to remind her to visit me this evening.

Watch last night’s conclusion of Ordeal By Innocence with its stupid new ending which doesn’t make sense. Bad TV company.

Am writing this in bed with the panther. He is dozing with his head resting on his front paws. He looks so peaceful when he’s asleep. Much prefer him when he’s not criticising me.

Am waiting for Suzy. We have Artichokes and now can use the hob, which is good.

Happy Monday everyone!

*2016. By Robin Stevens. A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery.

Shoulder The Sky*

Really don’t feel like going to the gym this morning but I force myself. Even manage to walk there, rather than taking an Uber. Spend an hour lifting weights: add in some shoulder ones to help my shoulder problem, as recommended by physio.

Back at the flat, I watch the two episodes of The Durrells that I missed whilst was away. Am now up to date with that, and Versace, and Ordeal By Innocence which finishes tonight. Tonight they will reveal the murderer which we already know will be the wrong murderer, which am Unhappy about.

Meditate but can’t sleep. Update my Instagram – adding some Spin photos, a couple with Gandalf and a camellia. Then return to New Book which now stands at 15,508 words.

So tonight have The Durrells before Ordeal By Innocence. Unpacking is all done – well done me.

I miss my fluffy monster. Hope Mum is managing to look after him.

Am sitting up in bed. The panther lies next to me, resting his head on my thighs. I stroke the soft back of his neck.

Had better post this and then organise some supper.

The attached photo is today’s gym outfit.

Happy Sunday everyone!

*2005. By Anne Perry. Book 2 in the World War I detective novel series.

The Groote Park Murder*

Work as hard as I can at Spin but the panther drags at my heels and I can’t get into the yellow zone. Am not going to attach graph which is all green zone.

Dr Stein my psychiatrist is encouraged that am not as depressed as have been in the past. He doesn’t want to raise antidepressant dose as last time I was on a higher-than-this dose of Venlafaxine my mood went very high and I ended up in the mental hospital with mania. He seems to think that the fact that mood isn’t that low means that it won’t stay down for too long. Let’s hope he’s right.

Parentals drive me back to flat. Then I go for a walk to local park to see if I can find anyone walking their dogs. Hand out a couple of my cards. It is warm in the park – seventeen degrees – and I take off my sweater.

Meditate but can’t sleep. Write some more of New Book which now stands at 14,480 words.

It’s 5.48pm. Need to unpack suitcase or at the very least, hang up dresses.

Tonight must catch up on The Assassination Of Gianni Versace – have missed three episodes I think.

The attached photo is today’s Spin outfit.

Happy Saturday everyone!

*2001. By Freeman Wills Crofts. An Inspector Vandam Murder Mystery.

Ordeal By Innocence*

Do my best at Spin. It’s The Boss’s class and you can see us in the attached photo. It’s a Hill class. Graph has not come up yet but I don’t make it into the yellow zone again which I expect is due to the panther. He drags at my heels and stops me pedalling as fast as I’d like to.

Then see my Gandalf. He is very pleased to see me and wags his tail a lot when he sees me approach. Here we are in the woods:

We have a muddy walk but it’s great to be with my furry chum. I missed him.

Dad takes me to the dentist. Dentist is pleased with me. At least there is one bit of my body that works.

Have lunch and a sleep and wake up and write some more of New Book. It is now 13,347 words. Am writing my way back into it after a two week break. The important thing is to Keep Going – can always rewrite it later.

Here is Mum’s camellia:

Here is the fluffy monster:

So, we have been catching up on the new Ordeal By Innocence. It is perfectly watchable – haven’t seen or read it for ages but it seems good. However, I hear that they’ve Changed The Murderer. This is very much Not OK. Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, plotted her novels very carefully and will have chosen the murderer carefully too. The TV people have No Business changing the Murderer!

Right, had better have a bath. Am lying on my bed writing this. The panther lies next to me, resting his heavy head on my shoulder. Scratching the top of his head, I watch his ears twitch.

Happy Friday everyone!

*1958. By Agatha Christie. Detective novel. This was one of Christie’s favourites of her novels.

Cat On A Hyacinth Hunt*

Work hard at first Spin class for more than two weeks. Here is graph:

Don’t make it into the yellow zone which isn’t great but will try again tomorrow. The attached photo is with The Master at Spin this morning.

See my physio and we do various shoulder exercises with weights in an attempt to strengthen shoulders. Have been having shoulder problems for Ages.

When I arrive home from the hospital the fluffy monster is here and I cuddle him. No photo of him I’m afraid as he’s still outside at 5.20pm.

Go for a walk around the garden with Mum after lunch. This fritillary is out now:

And these hyacinths:

Have a sleep after lunch and then wake up and start writing New Book. It’s now 12,270 words. Am pleased with self for getting straight back to it as soon as have arrived home.

Had better post this as New Chap’s flatmate is sending me something to proofread.

Happy Thursday everyone!

*1998. By Carole Nelson Douglas. Book 9 in the Midnight Louie feline detective Mystery series.

The Kind Worth Killing*

“Come and see who’s in the pond,” Mum says. Following her, I gaze into the pond and see lots of enormous koi. Show you:

Aren’t they beautiful.

After breakfast this morning I go to the hotel gym and do chest press, biceps, triceps, lat pulldown and bike.

We have been at the airport for hours. We arrive too early to check bags in, so have to sit with them during lunch.

Just want to get home now and sleep. Tomorrow will see my darling fluffy monster and kiss him all over and will go to Spin and see physio. Spending two days getting home was not one of Dad’s better ideas.

The panther is lying on the floor in front of me, gazing out of the window at the planes. Every so often the tip of his tail twitches.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

*2015. By Peter Swanson. Modern retelling of Strangers On A Train. Starts in an airport bar.