Ani’s Advent 2019! Love, a soggy tennis ball…. and D. G. Kaye

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Dear Santa,

Well, we’re nearly halfway there…and I’ve still got loads of friends to share with you! I might escape the antlers yet!

Not that I’d put it past her to come up with something else…

She says it’s ‘cause she loves me that she does stuff like this…

Still, she’s as bad with other two-legses that she cares about too. She says she wouldn’t pull  the leg of anyone she didn’t care for. All I can say is that two-legses get some odd ideas…

But, love is love, when all is said and done. It doesn’t really matter, Santa, how we show it, does it? As long as we can… and we feel it and share it.

I missed my two-legs while she was away… and after I’d jumped on her a bit, I brought her all my toys to play with, one by one, even though she had just put them all away for the night. She said I must be pulling her leg… and I didn’t, honest… just a sleeve… But I s’ppose that means she understood what I was trying to tell her.

And really, that’s all that matters.

Even if my best ball did get a bit soggy in her bathtub…

It needed a wash. It was all muddy…

Anyway, she didn’t really mean it when she said that sometimes she could live without a dog… we both know she couldn’t manage without me.

My friend today doesn’t have any four legses… and she still has lots of love in her life…

Mine needs me though.

Much love,

Ani xxx

No Furry Friends – Just My Husband

I didn’t want to leave you in the lurch sweet Ani. And I don’t have any 4 legses pets to share with you. But I do have a 2 legses in my life who is my pet – my husband, who does share a lot of your traits and preferences.

He’s playful and sweet and loves his back rubbed,

And just like you, he loves his treats too!

Not a fussy eater, chicken will do,

In his younger days he was more furry  like you.


Now let’s talk about sports because he’s a big fan of ball,

But sadly, not the tennis type – more like football and baseball.

Not sure if you’re familiar with the game of ice hockey,

It’s a famous Canadian sport.

Where players chase a puck instead of a ball.


This is my husband’s most favorite sport of all.

These sports are all similar, in that players are all chasing balls,

Instead of hubby chasing balls, he’ll sit on his couch and shouts

through the walls.

Screaming at the players on TV who throw crappy balls.


So you see sweet Ani, there are many types of balls,

Just that some prefer to watch than chase down a ball.

My hubby is my pet as you are to your 2 legses,

There’s no difference at all.


You are both loved and fed with plenty attention given to both of you,

The same love and compassion for humans and pets too!


Merry Christmas to Ani and Sue. xxx

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Twenty Years: After “I Do”

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In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

Read Sally Cronin’s review of Twenty Years After ‘I Do’ at Smorgasbord Book Reviews.

Conflicted HeartsConflicted Hearts: A Daughter's Quest for Solace from Emotional Guilt by [Kaye, D.G.]

A Lifetime of guilt — What does it take to finally break free?

“Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me.”

Burdened with constant worry for her father and the guilt caused by her mother’s narcissism, D.G. Kaye had a short childhood. When she moved away from home at age eighteen, she began to grow into herself, overcoming her lack of guidance and her insecurities. Her life experiences became her teachers, and she learned from the mistakes and choices she made along the way, plagued by the guilt she carried for her mother.

Conflicted Hearts is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and acceptance, an exploration of the quest for solace from emotional guilt.

Read Stevie Turner’s review of Conflicted Hearts here.

MenoWhat? A MemoirMeno-What? A Memoir: Memorable Moments Of Menopause by [Kaye, D.G.]

“I often found myself drifting from a state of normal in a sudden twist of bitchiness.”

From PMS to menopause to what the hell?

D.G. adds a touch of humor to a tale about a not-so-humorous time. While bidding farewell to her dearly departing estrogen, D.G. struggles to tame her raging hormones of fire, relentless dryness, flooding and droughts and other unflattering symptoms.

Join D.G. on her meno-journey to slay the dragons of menopause as she tries to hold on to her sanity, memory, hair, and so much more!

Read Tina Frisco’s review of Meno-What? here.

Words We CarryWords We Carry: Essays of Obsession and Self-Esteem by [Kaye, D.G.]

I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?
D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth.
Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.

Read Judith Barrow’s review of Words We Carry here.

Have Bags, Will TravelHave Bags, Will Travel: Trips and Tales — Memoirs of an Over-Packer by [Kaye, D.G.]

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.
In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?
D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

Read Christoph Fischer’s review of Have Bags Will Travel here.

P.S. I Forgive YouP.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy by [Kaye,D.G.]

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.

Read Deborah Jay’s review of P.S. I Forgive You here. 

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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58 Responses to Ani’s Advent 2019! Love, a soggy tennis ball…. and D. G. Kaye

  1. Thanks for the link to my review. Happy Christmas!

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  2. Ritu says:

    Aw… Those particular 2 legs of ours are definitely our pets too!!

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  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    If you head over to Sue Vincent’s this morning you will find several treats in store.. Ani’s Advent Calendar and today she is exploring the concept of ‘pulling someone’s leg’ and then she has a guest who has written a poem in honour of her two legged human…as Debby Gies, D.G. Kaye has not four legged family to pay tribute to.. a lovely post and I am sure you will enjoy as much as I have..#recommended

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  4. Oh, definitely! Sometimes I think husbands are the kind of pet that needs most looking after.

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  5. I really enjoyed this post! (I’m becoming quite an Ani fan.) Debby’s poem is delightful. (I wonder what her hubby thought of it?)

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  6. Soooo wonderful! Ani looks like a little bit like our Bavarian Wolperdinger. Lol

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  7. dgkaye says:

    Thank you so much Sue and Ani for the invite and for the lovely intro story. Ani, I know you hate those antlers, but you do look tres adorable with them on. And I don’t think you’ll have to worry because plenty of friends are contributing here so you won’t have to indulge your 2 legses on the antlers LOL. Hugs and love. ❤ xxxx

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    I love this Two Leg comparison to to us wonderful four legs , don’t you Ani . Bless he even loves balls, it’s not his fault he doesn’t realize home important the tennis ball is!
    Thank you Debbie, my two legs willow loved your post .hugs Ruby💜.
    Glad you are back with your two legs Ani, I know she needs you 💜💜

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  9. Darlene says:

    Perfect! Of course, hubbies are pets too.

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  11. Deborah Jay says:

    Hey Deb, your poem is just delightful – and hilarious too! 😀
    Thanks for the link to my review, Sue, and for bringing us Ani’s thoughts – always love to read them.

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  12. I never realized that husbands can be just like pets. Ha ha. Now that you mention it, Debby, I can see the many similarities. 🙂 Fun poem and thanks for the laugh. Thanks for another fun post, Ani.

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  13. Widdershins says:

    Yep, love is love, no matter what the species. 🙂

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  14. petespringerauthor says:

    Ani is a gem, but I wouldn’t mind hanging out with that two legses of yours either. I like to shout at the television too, directly to the athletes. So far, they keep tuning me out. 😎

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  15. CarolCooks2 says:

    I loved this and yes I can relate to the Hubby/pet scenario…A truly lovely read 🙂 x

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  16. What a cute comparison! I especially liked the comment “In his younger days he was more furry like you.”

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  18. Hee… Some prefer to watch than chase a ball. *raises hand* 🙂

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