Sunday, October 26, 2014


I have family visiting and my thoughts are else where while we go hither and thither and wit for the clouds to clear away. The weather forecasts have been completely wrong - not even close to being right. With all the high tech equipment I expected better things.

I bought a down filled coat for walking in the cold weather. It's light! I bought it at Edie Bauer store in the Mayfair Mall in Victoria. A young man,  Patrick, looked after me, giving me his full care and attention. I truly appreciated that.

The dreadful killings of two Canadian soldiers this past week has saddened the whole country. The man who ran down a soldier in Quebec is a follower of ISIS. He can't travel because the RCMP took away  his passport.. The police caught up with him and killed him.

The other soldier was shot doing ceremonial duty at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Ottawa. The gunman ran into the parliament buildings threatening the lives of the police officers and civilians. The gunman was shot dead by Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-of-Arms. He's in charge of security in the House of Commons and is allowed to carry a  gun. He shot the gunman three times and killed him.

Canadians are shocked. In our peaceable country we don't expect that kind of violence perpetrated against our soldiers. God knows they serve our country in war zones. War has been brought to our doorstep and the threats have to be dealt with.

The federal government is planning stricter methods to deal with terrorists threats both inside and outside our country. I think the world has gone mad and we have to deal with it.

Life does go on and my books are on sale as e-books and trade paperback. Check my web site for names of my books and reviews. At least that is normal.

Anita Birt

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Words that make me want to lash out at the speaker. It's the phrase, "Eighty years young." or "One Hundred Years Young," referring to an ancient old lady (usually a woman, men don't make it to ninety and one  hundred as a rule)

"Mother smile. We'll take a picture while you cut the  birthday cake." The dear old soul can't hold the knife and may not know what the hell is going on . She won't have enough breath to blow out the candles.

I am very old, soon to be ninety-two As long as I have my wits don't set me up as if I've lost them. I can count to one hundred backwards. I read books! I sing when no one can hear me. I send e-mails to my family. And they reply!

I am blessed with good health but I don't take it for granted. I treat my body with respect and look after it as best I can. The thing is, time is running out! I don't have a future except from day to day. Can't make long range plans for there is no "long range."

However, I am writing a Lady Mary Mystery. I don't have a hope in hell of getting it published and that is just fine. I don't need the hassle of receiving rejections. I had enough of them before my romance novels were published.

So I am OLD. I don't pretend to be anything but OLD. I am blessed with a good memory and have wonderful memories that make me smile.

Enjoy the day. Smile. Hug a tree or give it a passing pat.


Saturday, October 4, 2014


How did it get to be October 4th? The last cruise ship stops in Victoria on Monday morning. It seems like yesterday the first cruise ships arrived in April. Winter is just around the corner, sort of. We've had a fabulous fall, lots of warm sunny weather and no rain.Thanksgiving is next week-end. I have a lot to be thankful for, have you?

I've had a difficult day trying to put together a special hearing device . I wasn't trying.I was doing it! I had to understand  the instructions and do exactly as they said.

I think there's a change in the weather and that's why I feel lethargic. Also I want to record a program on  television and have never done that before.My brain is tired and beginning to feel out of sorts.

Question. Why am I keeping this blog? I already write in a diary so why duplicate the effort? No one reads this but - I think it does help sell my romance novels and my mystery e-book.