July 19, 2009


Well, my dear readers, I’ve been tagged twice in as many days! First up by the charming KARYN~FRENCH CHARMING with the PASSIONATE BOOK AWARD (above).

Now this is an interesting award 'cos I’m constantly bombarded with requests from publishers to write my memoirs! You know, along the lines of those celebrity ones: "My Early Childhood as a Bully", "My Later Childhood as a Thug", "My Teenage Years as a Layabout", My Early Adult Years as a Hell Raiser", "My Later Adult Years as a Drunk"... you get the picture! Only mine would run something like this: "My Early Life As A Pup", "My Later Life as A Pup", "Growing Out Of Puppyhood", "Becoming The 2009 Miss Universe Beauty Queen"... (OK! So I made the last bit up...!)

But checking the most recent Bestsellers’ lists, I note that mis-lit still reigns supreme! Since I’m ever mindful, my dear readers, about customer satisfaction (incidentally, I’ll be doing a Customer Satisfaction Survey shortly!) and you might prefer to read more about the D-R-E-A-D-F-U-L misery and frustration I’ve had to endure at the hands of my USELESS PA, perhaps I ought to concentrate my literary efforts on that area instead. What are your thoughts, dear readers? Do you agree?

Anyway, back to our FIRST AWARD! And the rules for accepting it:
1. Collect the book that you have most handy
2. Turn to page 161
3. Find the 5th complete sentence
4. Cite the sentence on your blog
5. Pass it on to 5 other victims (Oops! bloggers)

Well, dear readers, here we go with the nearest book to me (hopefully it's not a naughty bit) : "Screaming in terror, he awoke to find himself being thrashed in the ribs and rolling helplessly off the bed onto the rough concrete.. " Do you know what book this is from?

Sshh! Clue!! In the sidebar, on the right ... A thriller I wrote (yes! Moi! Lola!) which my useless PA shamelessly passed off as her OWN! But 'cos all its future profits are going to CUDECA , my favourite local charity (which SINCE my involvement (!!) is now being supported by Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffiths too - must have seen my pic in local press articles ) I’m overlooking, pro tem, this scandalously DREADFUL faux pas...

My 5 PASSIONATE BOOK AWARD "victims" are...


And the SECOND AWARD comes from the delightful THE ADVENTURES OF GINGYGINGE .
Here the rules say I’m to tell you about some things I love. Well, I’m not going to just tell you. But show you! Pics of some canine hunks I find sooo perfect, sooo beautiful - in fact, just like moi! And I have a personal favourite... do let me know if it’s yours too! Here they are:


1998 Best in Show (Chow Chow)
2003 Best of Breed (Whippets)
2007 Duncan,Yearling Winner(Red Setter)
2007 Marc, Toy Group Winner(Maltese)
2008 Seymour,Working Gundog Group Winner
2009 Cassey,Utility Group (Shiba Inu)
2008 Nedella,Winner(Airedale Terrier)
2009 Best in Terrier Group (Sealyham)
2009 Reserve Crufts Winner (Afghan Hound)

And here, finally then is my favourite, the Pharaoh Hound:
2009 Best in Hound Group:
Ooh! She’s done it again. A more useless PA has never existed in the history of the planet! Where is she...?" "Grrh!!" "Agghh! Help!"

And here then is my favourite, the REAL Pharaoh Hound! Was it yours too?

And my 10 "THINGS I LOVE" victims are:

Finally, my dear readers, don’t forget that next Saturday, 25th July, is our CHRISTMAS IN JULY BLOG PARTY hosted by the Magical Maggi at JUST ADD GLITTER AND STIR . As for me, I’ll be doing a special one-off, once-in-a-lifetime GIVEAWAY here! So make a note of the date! Don’t miss the fun!

Well, my dears, I’m sooo exhausted by all the fun we’ve had today, I’m going to crawl back to my silk-lined basket now and have a little siesta! But do help yourselves, my dear readers, to a cookie on your way out. And do be sure to close that door as you go please (last time I was woken up by the loud crunching of macaroons...!)


Dustjacket attic said...

Mmm don't mind if I do ... crunch, crunch. Bet that was HH with the macaroons!!

I told you that book was scary, what's your PA doing for inspiration!

I totally adore #1, just beautiful...for you ....#10 for ME, you wouldn't be interested in him, trust me.xxxx

Heavenly Housewife said...

Dearest Lola,
I must say, those doggies have nothing on you! Did you make your own macaroons???? Thats fab! They are notoriously difficult. And to Moonspinner, I must say "I am sure I don't know what you are talking about, I am a lady you know, not a piggy...oink"
Love always,

Tracey said...

Dear Lola.. how wonderful to find out your 10 things you love,,(and your pa's got good taste too!!) Thank you for thinking of me and for giving me the opportunity to have my readers learn more..I'll have to read that book you wrote.. it might be very interesting.

JennyMac said...

Hi. Lovely post and thank you for my award!! I will look forward to being able to properly do it justice after I get back in town! Have a great week.

JamaGenie said...


Yummmm....Pharoah Hound (the two-legged one).

And even tho I don't *have* to here's p. 161, 5th complete sentence from "The Rockefellers" (handiest because I use it to weigh down the cover on the scanner): "It was the way he put together U.S. Steel, General Electric, and other giant combinations, and then controlled them." Ooohhh...bottomless pots of money *and* unbridled power. What a turn on. :-)

Marie Reed said...

My Mom's connection here on vacation is soooo slowww! Sorry if I'm such a slow poke:) I'm always tickled pink by your posts! You are darling Nora!

Maggi said...

Oh Lola, thank you so much! This is such a fun tag and those cookies look delicious! Can't wait to celebrate Christmas with you this Saturday!!

Anonymous said...

love the post...Lola look's as if she's made fom soft cotton wool according too my 6 year old niece....

Marie Antionette said...

LOL...LOL...I'm sure glad you did not stick me with that book tag.If you go read my profile and most already know,I only read one kind of book...And thats historical romance novels.Well you know they can be quite naughty.And its always best not to think of Johnny
Depp or Orland Bloom or anyone like that while reading,puts a grin on my face just thinking about it...LOL

Chloé said...

Thank you for tagging me!!!
And I certainly don't mind Taking one of these great cookies:)


ModernMom said...

Hello again! Thanks for the tag. I will have to give this lovely meme some thought in order to do it justice.
Big Hugs

Faye Cavania said...

Oh dear, those cookies look so yummy!
I'm drueling (:

Michelle said...

Hi Lola!!

Thanks for tagging me again. Oh this one sounds so much fun!! I do love the "human" hunk you have on your hunk list. I can't wait to play this tag!!

Hope you and your PA had the most wonderful weekend!!

Lots of love and hugs....

Michelle (and Mocha, Quincy and Emma). :)

Karyn - (French Charming) said...

Oh Lola...you are just too fabulous! I do hope you write your memoirs, it would be such a fantastic read!!

Don't be too hard on your PA, I'm sure it's hard living up to your high standards...she seems to try so very hard, I hope you'll go a little easy on her!

Nice to learn a little more about you and your taste in canine's...hmmm can't decide which would suit you best???


Melissa said...


Such delicious cookies/biscuits.

And, truly very hunky models. I'm sure Lola will be drooling over the keyboard.

Yes, I did get your sweet note. You are such a kind hearted person. Thank you.

Hope you and Lola have a wonderful siesta.


Caroline at Caroline's Lost and Found said...

Thank you so much for tagging me! And those cookies look delicious...I must also say that your blog is very entertaining and makes me smile! Take care, Caroline

Shopaholic said...

thanks for the tag!! will see what I can do! although 10 of my fave things would probably be 10 of those cookies right now, does that count? x


Thank you darling!
I want to squeeze that Chow-chow!
Have a fabulous week okie...

trishiekoh said...

You're so funny! Thanks for the tag..will get to it soon. :)

Debby said...

LOL...great post! Understandable she would be tagged twice, she is so darned cute and smart too...

Duchess of Tea said...

The Duchess of Tea has bestowed a title upon you. Her Grace requests the honour of your presence at the knighting ceremony to be held at Rose Tea Cottage.

I will be honoured it you would copy & paste the Award on your site.

Jessica Cangiano said...

Why Lola, those are some magnificently dapper gents you've selected! Being of the human persuasion, I am rather fond of the snap of Mr. Bloom that somehow slipped into the list, but I can certainly see why, being a four legged gal, you prefer the real pharaoh hound :D

Bushels of hugs to you and Nora, to thank you for your wonderful comments on my blog and just because you're both so sweet!!!

♥ Jessica

Annaliese xx said...

Yes Lola did get me! But hey, keep an eye out on my blog because I have a post about your Lemon Stand award coming!!!

It's on schedule but it's set at a different timezone so I'm not sure exactly when!!!

Thanks honey xx

Nora Johnson said...

Thanks so much everyone for your great comments, I think Lola’s #10+ (a certain Mr Bloom!) got the most votes! Thanks to those visiting - I'll be over at your place just as soon as I can!


French Fancy said...

Oh those doggy pictures were heaven

Heavenly Housewife said...

Lol nobody better say anything about your macaroons till they see mine. Mine look something that tara made!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Out of curiosity, did yours come off of the parchment paper ok? How long did u bake them for?

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello Dame Nora & Damette Lola, you are welcome darlings, you deserve it and thanks for displying it so beautifully.
Duchess xx

MissRedLips said...

lola, lola, lola don't you know you are the cutest of them all?! no doubt about it.

and now i must go satisfy my sweet tooth after drooling over the cookies on my monitor! lol


Lemon Shortbread said...

Lol make that 3 times! you're tagged on my blog, except it isn't an award. we'd like to know more about you! =)

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello darling, long time no post, just checking in to see if Damette Lola is liking her crown, not too heavy I hope!!

Duchess xx

Melissa said...

Dear Lola and Nora,

Wishing you Happy Weekend wishes.


jordiegirl said...

Great choice in hunks, especially the human one.

Gingeyginge says her niece thinks Lola is made of cotton wool - cotton wool is so soft and fluffy - what a good description - and I'd love to give Lola a big cuddle.

Toothfairynotes said...

Lola, why don't you take a cookie yourself? :P


ps: lola, is it true that Nora has published a new novel?

trishiekoh said...
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trishiekoh said...

Hello, me again. thanks for adding me to your blogroll, what an honour!

btw, i've done the tag, have a look, http://trishiekoh.blogspot.com/2009/07/tagged.html

Selba said...

Awwww... the dogs are so cute!

Duchess of Tea said...

Damette darling, I just came over to let you know you look divine in fur and chocolate darling sweet.

Duchess xx

Mz. Spider said...

I don't know, LOLA. That red setter is pretty hot. Those brown eyes...silky ears...be still my heart. *sigh*