Ani’s Advent Calendar 2018! Cats, tennis balls and Merlin, with Jaye and Anita

I may have the odd tennis ball or two. Some call it obsession… I prefer passion, or dedication, ’cause I only use one at a time, except for special games (and I need a new plant pot for that, Santa, please!)

Learning to clean up..

She taught me to clean up my toys when I was little… and I found that cleaning up could be fun, ’cause if you shake the plant pot, the balls go everywhere, so you can chase them all over again 🙂

Photo of Ani in action by my son

I’ve had my favourite ball a long time… and my plant pot even longer.  I started with a small one, but you could barely get one ball in there. So, I got a bigger one that I emptied for myself… just being helpful, you know, though she didn’t see it that way. She seemed to have wanted the plant that was in it. But my pot has finallycollapsed and, so far, I haven’t found another that is just right. I’m hoping Santa will be able to find one for me.

My needs are simple. Gifts don’t have to be complicated and they don’t have to wait for Santa either. Take cats, for example… not that I’d be happy to find one under the tree…  most of them are happy with a bit of string to play with. But Merlin, who looks after Anita and Jaye,  is a cat after my own heart. He likes tennis balls too…

Merlin’s Letter

About Merlin’s two-legses

Find and follow Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie

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Anita Dawes Anita Dawes

Anita Dawes has been writing unusual fiction for the last 22 years. Her favourite novel, ‘Bad Moon’ has been circulated to all the best mainstream publishers over the years and their comments were inspiring to say the least. Averil Ashfield at Transworld said it was a powerful story… and Andy Mckillop at Arrow said that her imagination had a thoroughly nasty streak…
Barbara Levy (a literary agent) found ‘Bad Moon’ just too gruesome!

She tends to alternate between ‘horror’ and the ‘supernatural’, although all of her novels are based on different kinds of family units. It has been said that her writing is not for the fainthearted!
Although she is not a ‘silver surfer’ she has tried! But her sister-in-law, Jaye, has become one. She is typist, editor, proof reader and publisher rolled into one and it was her idea to publish Anita’s books on Kindle at Amazon.

…and Jaye Marie

Jaye Marie

My name is Jaye Marie, the ‘oily rag’ of the establishment our blog and up until recently, have always preferred to stay in the background.
Since we decided to publish our books ourselves, most of my other interests have had to take a back seat, and as I am not half as clever as I want to be, they may well have to leave the country for a while. Well, some of them can but not all. I am an avid Bonsai fan and have my collection that demands my attention in the growing season, or they will die. (it is a bit like having children).I have always preferred to be busy, although I did think that now I am over 70  I might be able to relax a bit more. I don’t think I can do that, not really; I’m too nosey. I have to be doing or looking or trying something new. I make plans in my head, knowing that I am probably wasting my time. But I just can’t help it.
For someone who loathes computers, I think I have learnt an awful lot. Not that much really, when you consider how much I still don’t know. But as long as there is life in this old body, I will keep on trying, and you never know, our books might just be a little famous one day!
It won’t be for the lack of trying, believe me!

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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54 Responses to Ani’s Advent Calendar 2018! Cats, tennis balls and Merlin, with Jaye and Anita

  1. A lovely letter to Santa from Merlin, Ani. My pups used to like tennis balls too. One of them play tennis and is rather good at it.

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  2. Ritu says:

    What a lovely letter Merlin 😍

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Fabulous Merlin! Be happy 💜 and your two legses too💜

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  4. Merlin you are great, too. Ani is really unbelievable obsessed by tennis balls. You both would be the dream team.;-) Companied in colours too. 🙂 Best wishes, Michael.

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  5. Jennie says:

    Tennis balls really are the best. Such a nice letter, Merlin!

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  6. A cat that loves tennis balls as much as you, Ani. Kindred spirits ❤

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  7. Darlene says:

    I don’t much like cats except for chasing but Merlin you seem like a cool cat. My people tell me they used to have cats in Canada. It doesn’t bear thinking about. Happy Christmas from Dot the Spanish dog.

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  8. Darlene says:

    And I hope Santa brings you a new plant pot for Christmas, Ani.bow wow


  9. Cute letter. Hope Merlin gets lots of tennis balls from Santa and you get a new plant pot Ani. Hope it won’t be a breakable one though. 😀


  10. Such a cute letter from Merlin. He complains about the tennis ball on the string, but I think he secretly likes it. And Ani with the plant pot is a riot. 🙂 Merry Christmas to Anita, Jaye, and Merlin. And of course, to Sue and Ani, too. 🙂

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  11. Merlin’s a beauty! It always amazes me how two creatures who shouldn’t get along can be the best of friends 🙂

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  12. noelleg44 says:

    Glad to see you like balls, too, Merlin. Ani, you have loved that plant pot to death, but it does look like the right size!


  13. I’d never have thought of a plant pot for holding tennis balls, Ani. That’s an excellent idea. And what a lovely letter from Merlin. I think all humans love cuddles and kisses from their pets. Oh! and keeping human’s feet warm by lying on them, too. I hope Merlin can get that ball tennis ball loose by Christmas.


  14. dgkaye says:

    A lovely letter from Merlin. And Ani, you are full of entertaining stories! ❤


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