Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – July 18th – 24th 2021 – The Three Degrees, Podcast Round Up, Relationships, Interviews, Reviews and Funnies.

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed over the last week.

It has been summer here this week and like many of you very high temperatures. Even I have had to wait until early evening to sit out but that has been lovely.. Australia however has been enduring the lowest temperatures for a very long time with – 4 expected in the Sydney region.. That is cold for Australia.  Certainly the weather is very unpredictable at the moment.

Opportunity Knocks

A few things going on at the moment and here is an opportunity for poets and flash fiction writers from Judith Barrow and here is her facebook link to DM her if you are interested..Judith Barrow Author

“Hi Everyone, I’m putting feelers out for poetry readings ( your own work ,any subject) and a hundred word flash fiction pieces (subject “Harvest”) for an online festival to be held by Showboat in September. Showboat is an online TV company I sometimes volunteer at. It would be on Zoom and pre-recorded in a couple of weeks’ time. You’d be dealing directly with them, but I said I would ask those of you I know here. Anyone interested can DM me on FB and I will pass on your details and what you would like to do. It would be a great place to showcase your writing” Judith Barrow Author

I have been out and about this week with the lovely Marcia Meara, who has a series running ‘Ten things you may not know about me’  and if you have not seen the post you might like to pop over to discover a few more of my quirks and past shenanigans.

Head over to  join us Marcia Meara – Then things you may not know about Sally Cronin

I have also released my latest poetry collection this week. The 50+ poems have accumulated over the last year, with some that share memories of my childhood and teen years lying in a drawer for many moons. I have a number of writing projects on the go at the moment but I felt the need to finish one and get it out there.. I must admit I did take a screenshot of my orange flag #1 release in poetry and nature… I am sure fleeting but a little boost.

You can find out more about the collection here: #Poetry – Life is Like a Mosaic: Random Fragments in Harmony by Sally Cronin

This week I have uploaded the audio for some of my current and previous reviews plus my new book promotion as an example as I will be adding new books in the Cafe and Bookstore to the podcast menu soon.

Also a Short Story from Flights of Fancy – The Psychic Parrot.

You can select the track you would like to listen to by going to my profile page: Sally Cronin on Soundcloud

Or on my recording platform: Anchor FM Sally Cronin

William Price King is on his summer break until September with grandchildren but he has left his selections for the Breakfast Show and sends his best wishes. This week D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies is back with a new Realms of Relationships about Kindred Spirits who enter our lives at times when they are needed most. On Friday Daniel Kemp added his special brand of humour to the Laughter Lines.

My thanks to William, Debby and Danny for their wonderful contributions and to you for your support during the week..

Chart Hits 1974 Part One – Barbra Streisand, Barry White, The Three Degrees, ABBA-

– July 2021 – The Universe Brings us Kindred Spirits

What’s in a Name? Volume One – Fionnuala – The Swan

Tales from the Spanish Garden – Chapter Eleven – The Last Summer Ball and the Winter Fairy – Part Two

#Salmon #Scotland – A Speyside Odyssey by Norman Matheson

Book Reviews Rewind – #Poetry – Minus One: With Haikus and Other Poems: The Story of a Life by Elizabeth Merry

Book Reviews Rewind -#Cancer #Journal – Apple Blossom: my Hope…my Inspiration by Jaye Marie

Author Sue Wickstead brings Elizabeth Wickstead and Rose Powell -#100th Birthday Celebrations.

Neutering – The side-effects including to longevity

Calcium Oxylate dihydrate Kidney Stone -2

The Kidneys – Function – Disease – Kidney Stones

– Thank you Mrs Miller – luv Sally age four ‘n’ haf – #Influencers by Sally Cronin

Monday 19th July 2021 – #Handwriting Robbie Cheadle, #ALS Pete Springer, #Interview Allan Hudson

#Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Canoes #Invitation Rebecca Budd, #Salad Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen

#Fantasy Charles E. Yallowitz, #Crime Fiona Tarr, #Family Christa Polkinhorn

#Romance Linda Bradley, #PsychicThriller GG Collins, #OrganisedCrime John L. DeBoer

#Poetry Leon Stevens, #Shortstories Pamela S. Wight, #Thiller #Romance Jane Buckley, #Biographical #Fiction Roz Morris

Meet the Authors 2021 – #Childrens Norah Colvin, #Horses Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

#Shortstories D.L. Finn, #Safety Miriam Hurdle

#Reviews – #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray, #Horses Jan Sikes, #Romance #Paranormal Marcia Meara

July 20th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Summer Water and Exam Answers

July 22nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Variety and Icelandic Nights

July 23rd 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Football and Tech repairs


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Pet Health – Neutering – The side-effects including to longevity by Sally Cronin

These days it is more common to find that domesticated dogs and cats in the US and Europe have been neutered.

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay

You cannot adopt a dog over a few months old who has not been neutered, and you are encouraged by both government advisories and veterinary recommendations to do so as a matter of course.

Apart from the ever-growing pet population there are officially documented and therefore touted medical benefits to having your dog or cat neutered.

Of course there is the toll that repeated unwanted pregnancies take on the health of a female dog or cat or any other mammal including humans; but some of the responsibility for that is down to ownership issues.

Recent research is indicating that if you neuter a cat or dog or other types of mammal, when they are very young, it may severely impact their health and also their lifespan. For most of our dogs and cats, reaching the ripe old age of 13 or 14 years old in good health is fantastic. But all too often we are losing them much earlier than that.

This makes some sense as we only have to look at the health issues that can occur in humans because of early onset of menopause or through the removal of ovaries during a hysterectomy and the reduction in protective hormone levels. Similarly, men are also prone to higher rates of disease as their hormones reduce in middle-age.

A great deal more research is necessary, but I suggest that you read the article I have linked to, so that you are fully informed about the risks. If this research is validated over time it might be something that all the rescue agencies and veterinarians might take into account.

Part of the problem is that they are insisting on complete removal of the reproductive organs, rather than using a tubal ligation to sterilise a female or vasectomy for a male. Both procedures leaving the endocrine system and therefore hormonal balance functioning. Neutering risks particularly in young animals

Sam was five years old when he developed a prostate problem that required that he be fully neutered, but after that age there is far less of an impact on hormonal levels and indications are that it will not impact their longevity

I appreciate that this goes against every form of governmental information and vet advice for many years. But, is this a drastic solution for all, because of the irresponsibility of a percentage of owners or because the other options are not demanded by us as owners.

These are the various options for neutering of cats and dogs, some of which may be more common in different countries.

Female Dogs.

There are birth control pills and medications specifically for use in female dogs but most, like the human varieties, can have some serious side effects and are not usually recommended for extended periods of time.

The most common procedure is surgical sterilisation, which is both practical and permanent without attendant side effects. There are three options for the female dog.

An ovario-hysterectomy involves the complete removal of the entire reproductive tract including the ovaries, uterine horns and uterus. Not only does this prevent the animal from becoming pregnant but also stops the normal six monthly reproductive cycles.

  • The heat cycles or oestrus every six months does involve behaviour problems including the bitch straying to find male dogs, putting them in physical danger of traffic accidents and fights with other dogs.
  • The scent given off by the female usually attracts a great deal of unwanted male attention to the door-step resulting in a great deal of pooping and spraying of urine in the area in their efforts to impress.
  • Additionally the female will experience vaginal bleeding for between 4 to 13 days that can leave unwanted stains around the house.

Oestrogen is one of the primary causes of canine mammary cancer and is the most common malignant tumour found in dogs.

However more recent research throws some doubt on whether there is a substantial difference in occurrence of this cancer with or without neutering.

Whilst dogs can be prone to tumours in the ovaries and uterus and obviously complete removal will eliminate any possibility of that; this could be inbreeding and breed specific. For example Boxers, Rottweilers and German Shepherd are at the highest risk of cancer.

Tubal ligation involves the cutting and tying off of the oviducts which prevents the eggs from being released into the fallopian tubes to be fertilised by sperm.

Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus but leaves the ovaries untouched and in both the ligation and the hysterectomy the hormones are still produced.

Here is an interesting article on both sterilisation and vasectomies for dogs written by a vet and I was interested to note the reasons given why vets are not offering them. Some are down to their own views on the subject but mainly because these procedures are not taught in Vet school. Ligations and Vasectomies for dogs – Why Vets are not doing them!

The Male Dog.

The neutering or castration of male dogs is far more straightforward than for the female as it does not involve surgery within the body cavity. The testicles are both removed under general anaesthetic and the recovery time is much faster. This of course stops the production of testosterone and can reduce some more antisocial behaviours such as straying and mounting legs. Some believe that it alters a dog’s personality but in fact that is not the case but you do have to be careful about their weight after-wards as the sexual urge appears to be replaced by appetite!

Neutering a dog, however, will have some long-term health issues. As with humans, male dogs are prone to prostate problems including enlargement and cancer. They can also suffer from testicular benign and malignant cancers, both of which will be avoided by the removal of the testes.

However, this too is not a given. If a prostate problem does occur, as it did with Sam at four or five years old, then a completely neutering the dog will have health benefits. However, a vasectomy when young will not impact the endocrine system and you can always opt for the castration due to health requirements if necessary.


What about cats!

Unless you have an inside cat the options are limited. Cats are free spirits and are far more likely to roam far and wide and get themselves into trouble. Again the health benefits that are given for neutering early are still to be fully identified. Since the majority of domestic cats of responsible owners, are neutered, it would take a long-term study of both un-neutered and neutered cats to determine if there is in fact a health benefit.

Female Cats

Like young females of many species, sexual maturity can happen early in cats, and female kittens should really be kept indoors, or in a safe outside area, until they can be neutered at six months old. With outdoor cats there is really only one option and that is the removal of both the ovaries and the uterus, which will prevent the development of uterine infections and mammary cancer if that is a risk for a particular pure breed.

Male Cats

Male cats have the endearing habit of spraying urine around the house and garden when they get to six months old. They are also likely to be both aggressive and have a tendency to roam over large areas in search of females in heat, so are prone to road accidents and fights with other toms.

Like male dogs the operation is more straightforward than that for the female cat and there is some concern that without supervision, such as with a male dog, a vasectomy might not be sufficient as not all work.

Obviously this post is likely to be controversial. But at the end of the day, as pet owners, we need to be responsible for making informed decisions about their health. We also need to ensure that even more puppies and kittens do not end up in sanctuaries or worse in the position of being euthanized because of over-crowding in shelters.

©2021 Sally Cronin

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-three years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.

If you would like to browse my health books and fiction you can find them here: :Sally’s books and reviews

Thank you for dropping in today and your feedback and questions are very welcome.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Pet Health – Massage for your pet that benefits you too by Sally Cronin

I first discovered that Sam our rough collie enjoyed a massage when he was still only a few weeks old.

I would lie on the floor on my side and he would come and lie down in my arms resting his head on my shoulder while I gently massaged his shoulders, back and down his legs. He would fall asleep and be totally calm and relaxed when he woke up.

Even when he was ten years older and weighed 40 kilos he still loved his daily massage. Whilst out on our daily walks he would run in front of me and almost somersault into a prone position. A rolling eye was the clear invitation for me to begin a laying on of hands and he would be more than content to lie there for 20 minutes receiving this lavish attention.

His favourite spot for his spa treatment, was down on the beach front, under the trees in the late afternoon with a lovely sea breeze cooling him down. Now tell me it’s a dog’s life.

In fact his massages benefited me too. Apart from laughing at his antics as he threw himself to the ground in his attempts to get his massage, after only a few minutes of working to relax his muscles a number of physical changes would be occurring in my own body.

Heart rate would decrease, as well as blood pressure levels. Muscles would relax and after about 20 minutes I would be as relaxed as Sam was. Apart from the carpal tunnel syndrome that is.

As an added benefit, if you begin this massage routine when your dog or cat is young, you will find that it strengthens the bonds between you as well as offers another way to communicate. If your pet is not well you will be able to spot this much quicker if you have built up trust in your touch..

As dogs and cats get older they don’t move around as much and a daily massage can be very effective in preventing stiffening joints and muscle strains. You need to be aware of a few social dos and don’ts when massaging a pet, particularly if your dog or cat rules the roost and thinks you are taking liberties.

A mother animal uses the skin of the back of the neck, not only to carry her young but also to chastise. Gently massaging this spot releases endorphins in the same way as they would have been released during their very early weeks but they can also see this as an effort to dominate them. If you watch dogs meeting on a walk, one will always try to put his neck over the other animal’s to tell him who is the boss.

Massage techniques are very similar to acupuncture in as much as they stimulate certain energy points and channels in the animal and release pain relieving endorphins into its system. There are some very simple ways to ensure that both you and your pet get the most out of what can be a very relaxing and rewarding experience.

First choose a place that you are both going to be comfortable.

  • Don’t lie on the floor if getting up is going to cause more damage to you than you need.
  • My advice is to start slowly. Each day spend a little longer rubbing and massaging your pet.
  • Perhaps if you normally share some quality time on the sofa in the evening, or when you are out in the garden or on a walk where you can let you dog off the lead safely away from distractions or traffic.
  • You can sit down and have them sit between your legs with their back to you.
  • Start gently moving your hands down from their neck along their spine to the tail. Apply gentle pressure and you will soon know if your pet is enjoying the sensation as they will usually push back into your hands.
  • You know your pet well, some do not like their heads being touched, but most love to have a gentle movement from above the eyes, over the head and down to the neck.
  • The velvet edges just on the inside of the ears are also a favourite spot and will also reflect different areas of the body that are being affected.
  • Also as in humans the area each side of the neck gets tense and a gentle massage either side is bliss for them.
  • If they are lying on their side you can gently take their leg in one hand and with the other gently run your hand down the front side and backside of their leg.

When you are moving your hands across your pet’s body learn to feel areas that are either hotter than anywhere else or produce a reaction in your pet. This could be an indication, particularly around the joint areas that there is some arthritis or inflammation that you need to take care of.

If your pet begins to hiss or snarl then leave your hand gently in place and let them settle.

Avoid that particular spot and begin to massage another area that is less sensitive such as the length of the spine. This may be an indication that there is a problem in that area and a visit to the vet might be in order.

Regulate your breathing so that it is deep and slow and make your movements slow and deliberate.

You can use your fingers gently to relax any particular knots that you find but do make sure you are very gentle.

Sam was very partial to music at any time including on long car journeys when he slept soundly all the time it was playing and often waking up and complaining if it stopped!

Soothing music and low lights are not only for romantic evenings with your partner they also encourage your other pets to relax too.

Things to avoid when massaging your pet

  • Do not massage an animal straight after it has eaten it needs to digest its food and needs a couple of hours of quiet time.
  • Do not massage the back and stomach of a pregnant dog or cat because you might paws rubbed gently.
  • If you are feeling stressed and irritated do not think about massaging your pet. They pick up on it and will be stressed to

You may find that you simply have to ask other members of the family to take on the therapy if you are too busy and as you can see they too will have just the right touch.

©2021 Sally Cronin

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-three years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.

If you would like to browse my health books and fiction you can find them here: My books and reviews 2020

Thank you for dropping in today and your feedback and questions are very welcome.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 4th – 10th July 2021 – 1970s Music, Green Kitchen, Poetry, Short Stories, Book Reviews, Children’s Books, Health and Humour

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week.

I hope you are all well.. as in the UK, Covid cases are on the increase here as expected, although they have been quite strict about non-essential travel. That all changes later in July and thousands of Irish families are heading off on holiday… long awaited. I think we will be sticking around in our coastal backwater and keeping out of the way.

The garden has been watered naturally for the last two weeks without my intervention and despite the sparcity of sunshine…has continued to blossom.. I have a number of lilies that I have cultivated from bulbs over the years and then divide and repot at the end of the season. This last two weeks has seen them bloom and this year I used a different potting soil and instead of orange they have emerged as dark red…

I was delighted to be invited to join Rebecca Budd on her podcast Tea and Trivia to talk about memories, writing and book marketing. It was a wonderful experience and Rebecca did a wonderful job of making it seem like a chat between two friends. Her husband Don is also a technical genius who edits and produces the broadcast.  I hope you will head over to join us.

I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia: Sally Cronin on Writing, Marketing and Telling your Story.

Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well. Instead of Sunday Lunch with a guest, this year I have cut back a little on the food side, but you will get a slice of cake!!

Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?

 For the first post in this new series, editor Alison Williams has brought author Norman Matheson as her guest. Norman as you will discover, is an inspiration to all of us who might think we are too old to take on a new challenge.

Details on how to participate are at the end of the first post in the series on Tuesday.

This week I was joined by my friends and collaborators William Price King, D.G. Kaye, Carol Taylor and Daniel Kemp and my thanks to them for their wonderful contributions.

William is off for the next few weeks on his annual summer break with family but he will be back in September. In the meantime he has left his selections and thoughts on the chart hits which will go out as normal on Tuesdays…Wishing him a wonderful summer.

Time to get on with the show….

Chart Hits 1973 – Part One – Billy Paul, O’Jays, Elton John and Helen Reddy 

Carol Taylor’s Green Kitchen – July 2021 – Plastic Free, Buttermilk Bread, Buying Bulk, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grow Your Own, Conservation. 

Elaine, A Shining Light

Chapter Nine – The Boy, his Dog and a Fairy Princess

#Historical – Sheep On The Somme: A World War I Picture and Poetry Book by Frank Prem

#Dystopian #Scifi – Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3) by Terry Tyler 

Book Reviews Rewind – #1960s #Thriller – Paris Escapade by Ted Myers 

Book Reviews Rewind – #Teaching #Memoir- They Call Me Mom by Pete Springer

Choka… Spices

Hip Dysplasia – A good reason to meet your puppy’s family  

Antibiotic, Antioxidant, Aroma

Family Health – Nothing more common that a cold

#Poetry Balroop Singh, #Shortstories #Crime Jane Risdon, #Thriller Gwen M. Plano 

#YAFantasy Deborah E. Bowman, #Psychological #Thriller Lucinda E. Clarke, #Adventure Audrey Driscoll. 

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Historical Joyce Hampton, #Family Saga Margaret Lindsay Holton 

#Adventure Annika Perry, #Bears Sue Wickstead

#Biographical #Fiction – Ever Rest by Roz Morris 

#NorthernIreland #Thriller #Romance – Stones Corner Turmoil by Jane Buckley

#YA #Magic #Mystery – Bloodstone (The Curse Of Time Book 1) by M.J. Mallon 

#Fantasy K.M. Allan, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro

July 6th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Handwriting and more Oddities 

July 8th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Senior Jeopardy and even more oddities

July 9th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Brooms and Coffins


Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week…Sally.

Smorgasbord Pet Health – Hip Dysplasia – A good reason to meet your puppy’s family by Sally Cronin.

Hip dysplasia is a skeletal defect in dogs and cats. It is far more common in dogs and it is usually an inherited problem.

Dogs have played an important part in our lives for thousands of years and certain breeds that were developed for specific tasks such as herding, guarding, hunting and pulling were inbred to strengthen certain positive traits. Unfortunately this also strengthened certain negative traits and hip dysplasia is one of these characteristics.

Larger dogs tend to suffer the most from this condition including Boxers, Huskies, Great Danes and German Shepherds. The more active breeds also tend to be at risk such as sheep and police dogs.

How does the dysplasia occur?

At the top of the leg or femur is the femoral head and this normally rests in the socket of the joint called the acetabulum. We normally refer to this as a ball and socket joint.

Although usually inherited, it is not often evident at birth and you might only discover that your puppy has the problem at 6 or 8 months depending on the severity of the condition.

In a puppy with the potential for dysplasia, bones will mature faster than the surrounding muscles that normally keep the two components of the joint in contact. Additionally, the ligaments that assist the muscles in this role are stretched, as the puppy becomes more active. The ball and socket pull further and further apart and the socket is unable to develop fully, resulting in a shallower cup than normal. The cartilage attached to the femoral head now receives more wear and tear as it moves freely in the socket, which leads to degenerative joint disease such as Osteoarthritis. Finally the joint parts as the femoral head disconnects completely from the joint.

Some of the symptoms that you will notice in your dog include:

  • Lameness after exercise
  • A swaying walk or waddle
  • Morning stiffness
  • Difficulty when standing up.
  • Reluctance to move.
  • Irritable temperament
  • Does not like being groomed or brushed around the hip area.
  • Symptoms worse in wet or damp weather.

You might find this video helpful courtesy of Bug and his owner.

Are there any preventative measures you can take?

  • Do your research on susceptible types of dog before you buy your puppy.
  • It is important to always see a puppy with its mother and to buy from a registered breeder.
  • If your chosen breed of dog is susceptible to hip dysplasia then seeing the mother and finding out about the father will be of help.
  • Your breeder should also be able to show you other dogs, possibly related to your puppy that are healthy and without the condition.
  • You could insist on a Vet’s examination, as there are certain techniques available for determining the risk of the puppy developing the problem as it matures.
  • Watch your puppy very carefully as it becomes more active and pay attention to any stiffness or lameness in play.
  • With larger dogs it is a good idea to avoid agility training or mountain walking that are likely to put additional strain on their back ends.
  • After 18 months old, when their joints and bone growth is mature enough you can introduce them to a higher level of activity. Obviously some breeds are adapted for mountain work but the majority of dogs are not.
  • Do not try and train a large dog to sit up and beg or to stand on their hind legs for extended periods of time.
  • Exercise is important however as it is crucial that you develop the muscles surrounding the joints.
  • Walking and running for a ball is healthy, just avoid anything that requires the dog to twist and turn.
  • Swimming is often used as a therapy – if your dog enjoys the water then there are a few dog pools around. It is a gentle exercise that strengthens the muscles around the joints.
  • If your dog is still young when the problem becomes apparent then you need to explore the various options available with your vet. This might include surgery and even hip replacement.
  • If you suspect that you puppy has this problem then seek veterinary attention straight away.
  • Diet and a healthy weight is vital to reduce the strain on the joints as in humans and as dogs with this condition invariably suffer from arthritis they may need to be on anti-inflammatory and pain relieving drugs.

The alternative therapies that may help.

As our pets get older, dogs and cats alike, they are going to suffer as we do from age related degenerative joint disease. Feeding the appropriate food is essential but you can also add certain supplements into their diet. To be honest although it is convenient and allegedly a complete ‘food’, dry dog food is not a natural diet. First post in the series on allergries and dry vs. wet or homecooked pet food

  • I have had a number of canine clients and as a preventative you can add cod liver oil, Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulphate to their diet.
  • Turmeric has been used for a long time to ease inflammation and pain but do check with your vet if your dog is on other medication. There are specific canine formulations available.
  • Because many dog foods do have these already added, consult your vet before supplementing your dog and also make sure that the brand that you are using is pet friendly.
  • Chondroitin helps develop the synovial fluid in the joint and the Glucosamine encourages cartilage renewal, both of these improve flexibility and improve pain levels.
  • Cod liver oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and may relieve pain and inflammation. It also contains Vitamin D which helps keep bones healthy.

NOTE. While these may help prevent the onset of joint disease they will not be able to reverse any substantial damage. Always consult your doctor for other pain relief alternatives and never, every give your pet human painkillers.

Grooming and massaging your pet pet not only keeps their skin in good condition and strengthens the bond between you but also offers you an opportunity to check their entire body out for soreness or unwanted lumps. Their reaction to you touching certain parts of their bodies will enable you to catch certain conditions early and to deal with them as quickly as possible. More next week.

©2021 Sally Cronin

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-three years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.

If you would like to browse my health books and fiction you can find them here: My books and reviews 2020

Thank you for dropping in today and your feedback and questions are very welcome.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – June 27th – July 3rd – #Celebrations, #Music Al Green, PR for Authors, Health, Reviews, New Books and Funnies

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope everyone is well despite the rising cases of Covid…our cases are on the increase here in Ireland too and not sure that is going to impact the lifting of restrictions in coming weeks. Not that we will be sunning ourselves on the beach for the next ten days.. but the grass is staying lovely and green this ‘summer’!

But today I would like to focus on the positive as one of our long term supporter of the blog and resident in the Cafe and Bookstore, Judith Barrow has been shortlisted for The Rhys Davies Fiction Award for The Memory.. a book that I can highly recommend – my review

This prestigious award is part of Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award 2021 and is dependent on public votes. It is very easy.. all you have to do is click on The Memory and your vote is counted.

Here is a screenshot of the listing of Judith’s book… and below is the link to the page where you will find the voting panel for the books… I hope you will head over to support this amazing author and friend to so many. Just wonderful to see Judith receive the recognition she deserves..

Here is the link for the rest of the article…please take just a minute of your time to head over to cast your vote – thanks Sally: Wales Book of The Year 2021 – Article and Voting panel

And I know many of you will be celebrating July 4th this weekend and I hope you have an amazing time and are able to meet up with friends and family

Independence Day » Free animations , animated gifs

My thanks to William Price King, Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for their posts this week and to you for your support, likes, shares and comments..

On with the show..

Chart Hits 1972 Part Two – Staple Singers, Al Green, Don McLean, America 

Volume One – David – In Remembrance 

Chapter Eight – The Goose and the Lost Boy by Sally Cronin 

#Military #Romance The SEAL’s Temptation: Wounded Hearts- Book 7 by Jacquie Biggar 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Thriller #Sci-fi- The Hitman and the Thief by Richard Dee 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Fantasy #Adventure – Voyage of the Lanternfish by C. S. Boyack 

#Haiku with a twist 

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2022 (Writers' and Artists') by [Bloomsbury Publishing]

Part Five – Who else might your Public Image impress?  

The patter of tiny paws!  

Home Remedies for Bruises

Bruises and when to check them out 

#Fantasy Lorinda J. Taylor, #Memoir Pete Springer, #Historical J.E. Spina 

#Historical #Paranormal Roberta Eaton Cheadle, #Metaphysical James J. Cudney and Didi Oviatt, #Poetry Natalie Ducey 

#Fairystories D.L. Finn, #Vaudeville Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Historical Andrew Joyce 

#Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack, #Romance Lizzie Chantree 

#Invitation Beetley Pete, #Doglove D.G. Kaye, #FamilyHistory Antoinette Truglio Martin 

Tuesday June 29th 2021 – #Luck Suzanne Craig-Whytock, Book Reviews Vashti Quiroz-Vega, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape 

Wednesday 30th June 2021 – #CoverReveal Sarah Brentyn with Marcia Meara, #Review Jacqui Murray, #Inspiration Rebecca Budd 

#Romance #Mystery – Secrets, Lies & Alibis (Wounded Hearts Book 8) by Jacquie Biggar 

#Comingofage #Crimethriller – Just Before Sunrise by Carol Balawyder 

#Scifi #Crime – Falling and Uprising by Natalie Cammaratta 

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Crime #Thriller Fiona Tarr 

#Chocolate Robbie and Michael Cheadle, #Poetry D.L. Finn 

June 29th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Reading and Trivia 

July 1st 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Fitted Sheets and Oddities 

– July 2nd 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Enunciation and Beavers 


Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you have a great weekend, particularly those of you celebrating July 4th… Look forward to seeing you again next week.  Sally.

Smorgasbord Pet Health – The patter of tiny paws! by Sally Cronin

I am an advocate for adoption for both dogs and cats. There are so many needing homes.

However, accidents happen and when it does then there are some simple things that you can do to ensure the health of your pet as well as give them a stress free pregnancy and delivery.

The patter of tiny paws!

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay

As with human pregnancies sometimes our pets and their resulting offspring are also accidental.

Cats are pretty organised and their gestation period (pregnancy) lasts between 63 and 65 days whilst dogs can be a little more varied, dependent on breed, and can have a pregnancy lasting between 56 and 72 days.

Unless you catch your pet “in the act” during a receptive period (heat) then you may have to ask the vet to verify the pregnancy at about a month. If you need to know how many there are going to be in the litter you can also splash out for a scan at about 45 days and this might be important if you are concerned for the health of the dog or cat.

Before  a planned pregnancy

All pets should be eating healthily anyway but this is particularly important during their pregnancy.

For dogs and cats it is important that their vaccinations are up to date and that they have been wormed regularly.

During pregnancy

  • In the second half of pregnancy you need to gradually increase the level of your dog’s food day by day until at the end she is eating about twice her normal amount.
  • Divide the meals into five or six smaller meals per day, as this will be more comfortable for her. She will need a balanced diet that is appropriate for pregnancy and you can ask your vet for recommendations on what natural foods should be included.
  • As you know I am not a fan of dried food, particularly in this important phase in your dog or cat’s life. However, you cannot suddenly change your pet from dried food that it has eaten since weaning and substitute home-cooked or wet food.
  • Do so gradually over a period of around six weeks. If your dog is used to eating healthy home prepared meals then continue that way, with additional lean poultry and fish as well as vegetables.
  • Make sure that she stays hydrated as her needs for fluids will increase as the pregnancy progresses.

Image @S.G. Cronin

Cats are usually very self-sufficient and will probably supplement the food you give them with fresh caught! But they too need regular small meals later in pregnancy, along with plenty of fresh water.

A dog should have moderate exercise throughout pregnancy and this will help her keep supple and flexible for the birth. It is a good idea to keep your cat indoors during the last two weeks of pregnancy as she may discover what she feels is a suitable place to give birth in your neighbour’s tool shed.

You need to make preparations around three weeks before the litter is due and a whelping box is the safest for both the mother and puppies. The puppies or kittens need to be clustered as closely as possible together, for both warmth and safety, but the mother should be able to lie outstretched to enable her to nurse them comfortably.

If you are building the whelping box yourself it should have sides between 4 and 8 inches high, depending on the breed of your dog. Encourage her to sleep in it up to the birth so that she is used to it. Use shredded newspapers as bedding, or smooth sheets that can be washed easily. Place the box in a quiet place away from the family and noise so that your dog associates it with a safe place to deliver and keep her babies.

Image by Franz W. from Pixabay

Cats like a slightly higher whelping box with sides about 6 to 10 inches high and they too like a secluded corner where they can nurse in safety. Cats may turn their noses up at your efforts and find their own haven – usually in inconvenient places such as the airing cupboard or under your bed – but you will have to leave her alone at least for the first ten days to avoid stressing her unnecessarily. They usually like their boxes to be covered with a towel or something similar so that it is dark as well as quiet.

Signs of impending labour

The mammary glands in both dogs and cats will engorge in the last two or three weeks and milk will become available in the last two to three days and is a good sign that they are about to begin labour. If you are brave enough (my dog likes to try and rip the arm off the vet at the sight of a thermometer) take your dog’s temperature once the milk appears and you will see that it drops to 99F within 10 to 24 hours of labour starting.

If you are not planning on having the vet assist at the birth, which to be honest is unlikely for most domestic pets, then be prepared to help out if necessary. Usually you will come down in the morning and find a proud mother with her litter tucked up and already nursing.

Both dogs and cats will begin to exhibit nesting or nursing behaviour and I have seen dogs and cats start to mother anything from an old slipper to a hairbrush. The maternal instinct is very strong and it is not a good idea to fuss around them unless they come to you specifically for comfort.

This stage lasts from 6 to 24 hours and they will eventually seek seclusion, either in the whelping box they have become used to or their chosen spot. They will start to have contractions and their cervix will dilate as during a human birth but it will not be visible to you.

During labour

  • Contractions will become stronger and will be accompanied by abdominal contractions pushing out the puppies or kittens.
  • If you are present during the birth you will notice a small, green sac visible at the vulva before the puppy or kitten arrives.
  • The placenta will follow each individual birth and the mother will lick and bite the sac to release the baby before cleaning it and biting the umbilical cord.
  • With an inexperienced mother, you may need to help nature along by gently rubbing the kitten or puppy with a towel to stimulate its breathing.
  • This may also happen if the mother begins the contractions for the next member of the litter immediately following the birth of the last one.

There a number of things that you need to look out for during the last stages of pregnancy, and during labour, that might signal that your pet is having difficulties.

If the mother has been having strong contractions for longer than ten minutes and it looks as though the kitten or puppy is lodged in the birth canal, gently grasp it around the shoulders with a thin towel and gently rock back and forth. Without grabbing the legs pull towards you carefully until it is freed.

After the birth, if the mother does not sever the umbilical cord then tie a piece of strong cotton around the cord about an inch from the body and then cut on the side of the knot away from the baby. Dip the end in a little iodine to prevent infection.

Usually there is a ten to thirty minute rest between individual births – but this might vary, particularly with cats.

When to call the vet

  • You should have taken your pet to the vet for a check-up during the pregnancy so they will be expecting to be called out it there are problems.
  • If the pregnancy lasts more than the usual 65 days or 71 days in the case of a dog then take them to the vet to be checked.
  • If after the stronger contractions begin and the mother is having abdominal contractions but no births then you need to call the vet.
  • If there is a lapse of more than two hours between puppies, or four hours between kittens, and you are sure that labour is still in progress then you will need help.
  • If after gently moving the kitten or puppy in the birth canal you still cannot deliver it then you again will need assistance.
  • If the mother has been in labour for over three hours and develops a greenish/black discharge but no babies there is a problem.
  • Sometimes a placenta is not delivered for each individual birth and leaving it inside the mother is dangerous and needs to be dealt with.


Having new kittens or puppies in the house is as miraculous as human birth and if you have helped your pet through the process it makes it even more meaningful.

I hope that has not put you off midwifery duties for your dog or cat.. I have been present on a couple of occasions and it is amazing. Thanks for dropping in and as always look forward to your feedback.  Sally

©2021 Sally Cronin

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-three years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.

If you would like to browse my health books and fiction you can find them here: Sally’s books and reviews

Thank you for dropping in today and your feedback and questions are very welcome.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – June 20th – 26th 2021 – Helen Reddy, Short stories, PR for Authors, Pet Health, Book Reviews, Funnies and much more.

Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Another week that has flown by and cannot believe it is July next week. Our Met office has promised another tropical air mass and I excitedly checked the ten day forecast for our part of Ireland…I am sure you can see why I am not getting over excited…

Today is windy and 15 degrees although it does promise bright sunshine from 6pm this evening.. luckily we have two extensions at the back of the house which is a little sun trap and offers some protection from the wind, and I will attempt to top up my Vitamin D this afternoon with a good book.

I invested in another seed tray to create another bird bath for our garden birds which is proving popular. When the sun is out the starlings in particular enjoy a bath but do tend to be like a bunch of teenagers, trying to achieve a Guinness Book record. The sparrows are much better behaved and the second pool has been a quieter place for them to frolic.

Even though the sun was not out during the week I did manage to snap this shot off to give you an idea of what life is like at Sally’s Spa and Bird Cafe.  I did not even have time to move the hose before there was a dash for the pool.  Sorry it was not a sunny day but they don’t seem to mind.

They are great entertainment as are the antics of the crows who try but fail to get to the seed tray in the middle of our purpose built bird feeder..

I have been out and about again this week as the recipient of a lovely feature by Diana Wallace Peach.. Diana has always been a supporter of my books and in this post she shares all her reviews over the years.. ending the week on a high..  I hope you will head over to say hello..

My 5 Star Reviews of books by Sally Cronin: D. Wallace Peach feature

My thanks to William Price King, Debby Gies (who is moving this weekend and hard at work) and Danny Kemp.. the place would not be the same without them..

And of course to you for dropping in, liking, commenting and sharing…it is much appreciated.

Chart Hits 1972 Part One – Roberta Flack, Don McLean, Elton John, Helen Reddy 

Chapter Seven – Little Girl Lost

What’s in a Name? Volume One – Clive – The Debt  

Part Four – Social Media – The Pros and the Cons as an Author  

#Mystery #Thriller- The Vanished Boy by Harmony Kent. 

#Fantasy #Supernatural – The Ballad of Mrs. Molony (The Hat Book 3) by C.S. Boyack 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Western #Romance – Gwen Slade: Bounty Hunter by Sandra Cox 

Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge 231 – #Choka – Discovery 

Mosquito season and the dangers of Heartworm in dogs 


Family Health – Bronchitis 

#Thriller Mark Bierman, #Fairystory Cathy Cade, #Family Alex Craigie 

#Scifi #Shortstories ACFlory, #Historical Noelle Granger, #Poetry Jude Itakali 

#Southernculture Claire Fullerton, #Shortstories Joy Lennick and Jean Wilson, #RussianHistory Marina Osipova 

Thursday 24th June 2021 – #Environment Carol Taylor, #AuthorQuirks Marcia Meara with Harmony Kent, #Floral #Syrups New Vintage Kitchen 

Meet the Authors – #Travel #Mystery Darlene Foster, #Travel #Puppy Patricia Furstenberg 

#Poetry Pawfect Pet Poems and Born from Stardust by Victoria Zigler 

Historical – Jealousy of a Viking (A Family Through The Ages Book 2) by V.M. Sang 

Prehistoric #Adventure – Laws of Nature (Dawn of Humanity Book 2) by Jacqui Murray 

#Dystopian #Scifi – Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3) by Terry Tyler 

#Wine Linda Sheehan, #Fantasy Barbara Spencer, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene 

June 22nd 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Anti Chew Toys and Book Titles. 

June 24th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Texts and Eye Tests 

June 25th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel  


Thank you for your support and I hope to see you again next week….Sally.

Smorgasbord Pet Health – Mosquito season and the dangers of Heartworm in dogs by Sally Cronin

We don’t have a problem usually with mosquitos in Ireland as they are not keen on the rain either and prefer a warmer and more humid climate. We did have a problem with them in Spain even in the mountains that tended to be cooler. One of the methods we used to keep the numbers down was to allow the swallows to return each year from Africa to their nests, even the ones in the garage which we abandoned to them to prevent the cars being peppered with poop.

They fed on the mosquitos and it was worth the minor inconvenience. They made a wonderful addition to the garden birds and they were highly entertaining too.

Image by Gabriela Piwowarska from Pixabay

Anywhere in the world that has a mosquito problem can potentially be very dangerous for your cat or dog. If you have not already done so please ask the advice of your vet about any risks in your area. For those of us still in the cold part of the year it is a good time to think about this before the summer.

Heartworm is a worldwide problem for both dogs and cats but it is a particular issue in countries that have a mosquito problem as well.

It is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the right side of the heart and pulmonary arteries in dogs and cats. They can be found in other parts of the body but it is rare. The heartworm belongs to the roundworm family and is known as Dirofilaria immitis. These particular worms are long lived, grow up to 14 inches in length and can survive for five years and whilst living in the heart of the animal, the females can reproduce millions of offspring called microfilaria. These live in the bloodstream, hiding out in the small blood vessels and as they are unable to mature in the dog or cat they have to rely on a mosquito to bite the animal so that they can grow to adulthood.

How is the disease spread?

The female mosquito bites the dog or cat and ingests the microfilaria during the process. The young worm stays in the body of the mosquito for around 14 days before returning to the mouth. The next time the mosquito bites an animal the microfilaria, which is now infective, is passed into the bloodstream of the dog or cat where it matures over a three to six month period making its way to the heart where it begins the cycle again. The heart is the organ that is most affected by the worm in dogs, but in cats it tends to be the lungs.

The condition is not passed between animals, as it always requires the presence of the mosquito to complete the cycle. This means that particular care should be taken with animals in the appropriate mosquito months and when night-time temperatures are above a certain level. Symptoms can be slow to appear and most dogs are diagnosed between 4 years and 8 years old.

How do the heartworms affect the dog?

As with hardening of the arteries in humans the worms will begin to clog the major blood vessels feeding the heart and also the cavities in the heart itself. This causes a problem with the valves within the muscle leading to insufficient blood flow. This of course affects the blood flow to other organs and systems in the body leading to damage and eventual failure.

The problem with the slow diagnosis of the problem is that the amount of damage to the animal is already quite advanced to organs such as the liver, lungs and kidneys. A dog can develop cirrhosis causing jaundice and anaemia and the damage to the kidneys allows poisons to accumulate throughout the animal.

The symptoms are likely to be a soft continuous cough, shortness of breath, weakness, weight loss, nervousness, lack of energy and stamina. A dog might collapse after exercise as blood flow and therefore oxygen is restricted to the brain. In advanced stages the abdomen and the legs might swell with fluid retention as the body struggles to function with damaged kidneys and liver.

The young heartworms that are circulating in the blood stream can also cause problems as they block the smaller blood vessels. Tissue cells that are being supplied by these blood vessels are therefore going to suffer from the effects and become damaged.

How can you avoid infection?

The biggest danger in countries with mosquitoes in this day and age is not in the home where we tend to use repellents but outside at night if the dog is left in the garden for extended periods of time when the temperature is over a certain level.

In the height of summer only take your dog out for a brief walk last thing at night and keep him indoors after dark. For cats it is more difficult to contain them but the same principal should apply.

Whilst I tend to favour alternative and natural products for both humans and pets there are times when you may need to be pragmatic and adopt stronger measures. There are a number of repellent collars on the market for cats and dogs. Look for a high quality, long-life collar that helps protect against fleas, ticks and mosquito bites and it is well worth your dog and cat wearing all year in certain climates where mosquitos are consisently at high levels..

There are tablets that your pet can take on a daily or monthly basis to prevent infection and you would need to see your vet to get the best advice. Again I tend towards the more natural products on the market.

Natural remedies that may help to protect your pet from mosquitos

The key to finding a preventative is to establish what the parasite finds repulsive! For example mosquitos, like most of us find that neat lemon juice is bitter and will avoid. Whilst you can apply lemon juice topically in a number of ways, you can also encourage them to ingest lemon if you start them young enough.

There are a number of ways to prepare a topical treatment and here is one that I have used. At the height of the mosquito season though I did sometimes resort to a stronger measure in the form of a collar but always tried to use for as short a time as possible because of the toxic nature of the chemicals they contain.


• 6 lemons or you can combine lemons and grapefruit
• 1 litre of water
• 1 spray bottle

• Cut the fruit in half;
• Place fruit and water in a pot and bring to the boil, simmer for 20 minutes then allow to stand in the water until cool.
• Strain to remove any solids.
• Pour into a spray bottle.
• Generously spray your dog or cat’s body fur including underneath and up their legs to the underside.Avoid the face and eyes.
• Spray some of the liquid into your palm and apply carefully to the tips of your pet’s ears and around their next and face avoiding the eyes.
• If your dog is outside for longer than an hour at a time repeat during the day especially before letting them out at dusk onwards.

What should you do if you are concerned your pet may be infected with heartworm?

One of the major problems with heartworm is that it can take six months for the disease to develop.

The disease is also hard to diagnose as your pet may not show any outward signs in the early stages apart from a slight and persistent cough. This develops further in the next stages to lethargy and an unwillingness to exercise, followed in the last stages with heart failure.

Dogs in particular are wary of showing pain and vulnerability so if you live in high risk areas you need to keep a keen eye on your dog’s general health.

If you are concerned that your pet might be suffering from heartworm then take them to the vet straightaway. There are a number of tests that they can perform to determine if your animal has the problem ranging from blood tests for the adults and microfilaria, x-rays and electrocardiograms.

There are various treatments, the main one being injections with a drug containing arsenic, which of course does have its drawbacks especially if the dog is already weakened by the infection.

About a month after treatment for adult heartworms the dog must then undergo a treatment for the young microfilaria and this treatment will be repeated until all blood tests are clear.

After treatment the animal will need rest and a great deal of care during its recovery and if there has been extensive damage to major organs there is a likelihood of poor health for the rest of their lives.

Nutritional support for a pet with heartworm

I am not a huge fan of dried food, even the most expensive and acclaimed. Dogs and cats are carnivores and will also eat some vegetables and greens, like us their bodies were never designed to extract nutrients from dry biscuits effectively. I am also not a fan of the animal testing that is conducted by some pet food manufacturers in their efforts to measure their food’s effect on the body.

I have always made my own dog food using Basmati rice, vegetables and cheap cuts of meat, fish and poultry from the butcher. I have also used fruit such as cranberries which are great for a pet’s urinary tract and immune system.

I also have used a drop of lemon juice oil (two tablespoons of olive oil and the rind of two lemons on a low power in the microwave for 5 minutes. Allow to stand then strain into a glass storage bottle) and add to drinking water. It is a good idea to start this when the pet is young as they soon get used to it.

As with humans, healthy fats are essential in supporting the pet on a daily basis and particularly when they are recovering from illness. Particularly important are the Omega Fatty acids.. Omega 3 especially and this is easily combined with pet food in the form of flaxseed or cod liver oil capsules. I also used to give Sam a small amount of extra virgin oil or coconut oil with his meals

©2021 Sally Cronin

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-three years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.

If you would like to browse my health books and fiction you can find them here: Sally’s books and reviews

Thank you for dropping in today and your feedback and questions are very welcome.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – June 13th -19th 2021 – The Doors, Backache, House Training, Author PR, Reviews and Funnies

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week.

Reasonably quiet here in our part of Ireland with some great sunshine during the week that prompted time in the garden reading and I have eased the strain on my TBR.. reviews to follow.

I had my first hair cut in a week on Monday after a year of home cuts. What bliss to walk out afterwards having had a good catch up with my hairdresser Sam and her family, a moan about the weather and the state of the world and a short but delightfully shaped hairstyle. I am hoping that unlike the last time I went to have a hair cut last year, they will still be open in six weeks for another trim!

I have been out and about this week but this time it was a lovely surprise feature by author Harmony Kent. A very thoughtful and kind gesture.

It would be lovely if you could head over for a peek: Harmony Kent and Sally 

On with the show…

My thanks to William Price King, D.G. Kaye and Malcolm Allen for their amazing contributions during the week.. and to you for all your support and encouraging comments.. as always very much appreciated.

Chart Hits 1971 Part Two – Bill Withers, George Harrison, The Doors, Aretha Franklin 

Celia – A Crisis of Faith 

Chapter Six – Trouble in Paradise – Part Two 

#DoubleEtheree – Night Creatures

Part Three – Hitting the Red Carpet 

#Scottish #Historical – Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair 

Book Reviews Rewind – #Family – The Sum of our Sorrows by Lisette Brodey 

Book Reviews Rewind – #Paranormal #Mystery – This Second Chance by D.L. Finn 

House training – reward not punishment for you or your dog

Family Health – Backache

Tuesday June 15th 2021 – #Fallacy Jim Borden, #Runes Jan Sikes, #LemonChicken Carol Taylor, #Guest Harmony Kent 

Wednesday 16 June 2021 – #Writertips D.G. Kaye, #Shakespeare Paula R. C. Readman, #Bookbub/Offer Jacquie Biggar

Thursday 17th June 2021 – #IndieAuthors Timothy Pike, #BloggingTips Hugh Roberts, #Chocolate Eat Dessert First Greece 

#History Mike Biles, #Romance Ritu Bhathal, #Journal #Memoir Jaye Marie 

#poetry Annette Rochelle Aben, #Shortstories Karen Ingalls, #Fantasy Adele Marie Park. 

#Thriller Carol Balawyder, #Scifi Sandra J. Jackson,#Fantasy Deborah Jay. 

-#Memoir Brigid P. Gallagher, #Paranormal #Mystery Marcia Meara, #Dystopian Terry Tyler 

#Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Afghanistan Mary Smith, #Poetry Frank Prem

New books on the shelves – Let’s Move and Wombat Digs In by Norah Colvin

#SciFi #SpaceOpera – Inside Out by Thorne Moore 

Pre-Order – #Western #Romance Keeper Tyree by S. Cox 

#Suspense #Thriller Cold Dark Night: Legends of Madeira by Joan Hall 

#Western #Folklore Staci Troilo, #Shortstories Sian Turner, #Western #TimeTravel Sandra Cox 

June 15th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Car sales and Divorce negotiations 

June 17th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Posing and Lightbulbs

June 18th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Book Groups and Bank Heists 


Thanks very much for dropping in today and all your support.. I hope you will join me again next week.. Sally