Monday, September 24, 2007

Accepting the inevitable

It has taken me quite a few attempts to write this blog post, because it's not the easiest one I've ever written. For one thing, I have had to have help to get in to post it (the reason for this will become clear very soon) and, for another thing, it's not easy for me to sit here and write about what has happened recently.

I've known since I was a child that one day this would happen. I was born with Glaucoma (think I spelled that right) which is the second most common cause of blindness in this country, so I've always been warned that the day would come when my world would chance and so would my eyesight. I've beaten their odds. They said it would happen before I reached my sixteenth birthday, and in just under two months I will be twenty three, sso, I've lasted longer than the experts predicted. Still, that's only a small comfort.

It started a couple of months ago, but we put it down to the fact it was so humid, hot and sunny. But, when the weather got damper and colder, things didn't improve. So, we thought maybe I was tired. So, I slept a lot, hoping that would ease it. But it didn't.

Then, on Monday, I had one heck of a headache, and since then I haven't been able to clear my eye enough to see clearly. By Thursday I was in a LOT of pain, and finding it harder to see things. Thursday night the pain peaked, and since then I have had to admit that the inevitable is happening. Especially after our visit to an eye specialist on Friday who confirmed our suspicions.

Now I can't read any of your blogs, and have to have help to post on my own blog. There's a speech program that we can buy to allow me to be back on the blogs again. But it's quite expensive, so until we can afford it, we can't get it. I don't know how long it will take, but until I have it any blog posts from me will be rare (if there are any).

Kelly's going to help me put the photos that are on my camera in to my photo albums, but we aren't sure when we'll have the time. We hope it will be today, but can't promise. Keep an eye out for them though. They should be up by the end of the week.

Anyway, I'm going to let Kelly publish this for me so I can get on with the other stuff I need to do today. Hope to be back on the blogs soon, but in the meantime, hope you all stay happy and healthy.

Tori

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Mabon Lore (September 22nd)

Autumn/Fall Equinox, 2nd Harvest

Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year's crops. The

Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter's Night, which is the Norse New Year.

At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.

Symbolism of Mabon:
Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance.

Symbols of Mabon:
Wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.

Herbs of Mabon:
Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon's seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.

Foods of Mabon:
Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.

Incense of Mabon:
Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage.

Colors of Mabon:
Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

Stones of Mabon:
Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.

Activities of Mabon:
Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life. May your Mabon be memorable, and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thursday

Sorry I haven't been on the blogs the last few days. I just haven't felt like it. Plus, I haven't had very much to blog about.

Tuesday, I went food shopping with my Mam. And, we picked up a few bits we wanted/needed from up town.

Yesterday (Wednesday) I didn't do much. Though, I did have a couple of visitors.

One of my visitors was of the four legged kind. A really cute, slightly over-weight, kinda old-looking, King Charles Spaniel. He strolled up to Kelly in the park when he (Kelly) was going to the post office, and followed Kelly home. He had a number on his tag, but we couldn't get an answer on it, so we called the dog warden to get him to pick him up. I took a couple of pictures of him while we were waiting for him to be picked up, but haven't gotten around to putting them on the PC yet.

The other visitors were my Mam and our friend Nic. They didn't stay long though, they just dropped in for a little chat.

And, today (Thursday) I've not done anything worth mentioning.

It's been wet, and kinda chilly for the last couple of days, so that means Kero and I haven't done much in the way of going on walks. Kero doesn't do rain, and I'm not daft enough to try and force him to go out when it's cold and wet. LOL!

When I was in town on Tuesday, I had to go in to the bank to get money out, and was told my card "should" be with me "by Friday." Guess what? It came today.

Sorry I don't have anything more interesting to post about. Hope you're all enjoying your week so far.

Tori

P.S. Happy birthday to our friend, Jason.

Monday, September 17, 2007

VERY lazy weekend

Kero and I spent most of the weekend getting caught up on the sleep we missed out on with all we ended up doing last week. Between the fact that last week was one of the busiest we'd had in a while, and the fact I had trouble sleeping all week, we were both very tired. We did go out for a couple of short walks, but neither of us had the energy for more than that.

I did, however, manage to stay awake long enough to watch some TV. Including a couple of movies.


One of the movies was 'Me And The Kid' which I've seen before, but think it's a pretty good movie.

The other one was 'My Super Ex-Girlfriend' which I wouldn't have watched if Wayne hadn't asked to come down and watch it at my place (we have Sky Movies, they don't). It was "OK" but nothing to write home about, if you know what I mean. I've definitely seen better!

Mam and Willow didn't meet us at the park for a picnic on Saturday, because Willow wasn't very well. I missed the picnic, but what I saw of the day didn't look too great anyway, so I think it might have been a bit too cold and damp to really enjoy the picnic anyway.

I saw Mam and Willow briefly today, because Mam picked up my pills for me from the pharmacy to save me the trip. Willow seems to be a lot better now, which is good.

Anyway, I'm going to go make some dinner for Kelly and myself.

Tori

Just a quick blog

This is just a quick blog for now. I might do a longer one later. I just wanted to let those who were worrying about where I was know that I'm here, I'm fine, etc, etc. I've checked a few blogs and left comments on them, and I've replied to the comments on my last post. I'll check the rest of the blogs later. Like I said, I was just stopping by to let you all know I haven't fallen off the face of the planet. LOL!

Tori

Friday, September 14, 2007

Day out with Nan

Well, I managed to get a decent amount of sleep last night (meaning Thursday night). I went to bed around midnight, and it wasn't all that long before I fell asleep. Woke up about 2:00 am and thought to myself, "Oh no, don't say that's going to be it for me for the night again!" But it wasn't. I was only up for an hour (at most) then back asleep again. Woke up a little after 8:00 am. So, that was good. Plus, I got a good two or three hour nap after I got home from town today.

I met my Nan in town today. We had a nice, slow walk around some of the shops and the market, had some food (both of us had bacon, egg and chips/fries), then went and had a look around a couple more shops before going home. I got a few Christmas presents for people, plus a bigger box with a lid on for my lego (the little tub I have was getting too full). The box is purple, and only cost £1.99. So, I got two. Just in case I decide I need it. Besides, it's purple, it's q tidy size, and it was only £1.99! LOL! I also got a book and an audio book that I liked the sounds of and Nan insisted I got myself. I can't remember what they're called at the moment, but the book only cost 30p in a charity shop/good will store that we were looking in to get some cheap teddies for Kero and Jayde for Christmas (found some by the way) and the audio book was £3 in the market.

We had a pretty good day. Though, I was disgusted with a couple of people in the one store.

One person was trying to get at something that I was in the way of, and instead of nicely asking me to move, she started trying to pull it off the shelf (whacking me on the knee with it as she made the attempts) and when she failed to get it to move, she sharply said, "Do you mind? MOVE!" I moved, but it was more to stop from being hit with the corner of the plastic box she was trying to get a better look at than because of her order.

The other person was a woman working at the check-out of that same store. Nan and I had both brought things, and while I was putting mine up to pay, I told Nan to let mine go through before taking her stuff out of the trolley. We were right beside the person, so there is no way she couldn't have heard us (the shop was quite quiet) but, after my stuff had gone through, she asked me, "Is that all?" I told her that it was, and she asked if I was sure (while looking at the trolley). I told her that the stuff in the trolley was my Nan's, so if she could ring up my bill so I could pay, then we could pay for those items too, and she actually looked at my Nan and said, "Is it really?" Like she didn't believe me. My Nan told her that it was her stuff and to ring up my bill so I could pay, and she did. But, I was disgusted at how she practically accused me of stealing. Had she apologised upon realising her mistake, I wouldn't have minded, because she has a right to check, but she didn't. She just told me how much my stuff cost, took my money, practically threw my change at me, and turned her attention to making sure Nan was removing everything from the trolley. If it wasn't for the fact I wanted the items so much (that was where I got my purple boxes) I'd have told her to give me my money back and keep the damn stuff!

As we were about to go up to get the bus home, I stopped at an ATM machine to get a bit of money out so I had a bit of cash for if I needed something over the weekend. Luckily, we stopped at my own bank, because when I put the card in the machine, it kept saying "checking card" then threw my card back at me. So, I went inside, and the woman behind the counter told me she thinks the card is too damaged to work any more. I told her I wasn't surprised, because it's been accidentally put through the washing machine recently. It has worked since that happened, but we both think it was a delayed reaction to that. Anyway, she gave me my cash over the counter and is ordering me a new card. She's advised that, in the meantime, I get any cash I want out of my bank over the counter, since the card probably wont work, and after a couple of tries will only be swallowed up by the machine. Good thing my bank is in Ammanford, not Swansea. It's also a good thing that I haven't changed addresses since being with this bank, which means I know my card will come to the right address. LOL!


Having to go into the bank meant that we ended up missing the one bus home by a few minutes. I wanted the 145 because it stops closer to my place and I had those boxes (which are light, but awkward to carry) but there were two other buses Nan could have caught that we were in time for. She decided she wanted to see me on to my bus before getting one home herself though. Unfortunately, because the 145 goes along the route of the school buses, there isn't one just before 3:00 pm, because the two buses would get in the way of each other on the narrower roads. And, guess what? It was the one that comes just before 2:00 pm that we missed. The next one after that is at 4:00 pm. Normally I'd have just caught one of the other buses, but I didn't think the bag that the boxes were in would hold enough to carry it on the longer walk, and neither of us were in a hurry to leave, so we went into the Co Op and got a few bits, then waited for the 4:00 pm bus. As it turned out, I was right about the bag. It broke a few feet away from my gate. Had I gone on one of the other buses, I wouldn't have even been half way between the bus stop and home with the amount of time the bag lasted.

Anyway, that's about it for today.

Tori

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Keroberous

As promised, I pulled the photos I took of Kero after his grooming off the camera. Here's one of them. The others are in the photo albums.

Today was Kero's vet trip. He had a thorough check-up and his shots. I was very pleased with what the vet had to say about him. After a thorough examination, the vet asked how old he was, but before I could answer, he made an estimate, "How old is he now? 1 & 1/2?" he asked. And when I told him he was older than that, he said, "What? He's 2?" He was surprised when I told him he was almost 3 & 1/2. The vet said if he'd had to make a guess at his age judging by his teeth and general state of health, he would have put him in the under 2 years old category. Then complimented me on how well I must be looking after him. So, that made my day. I think Kero was also quite pleased at being mistaken for being still a puppy. LOL!

Kero cried when he had his shot. He never has before. We don't know why he did this time, but the vet felt bad for making him cry, so he went to fetch him a treat. Only to find he'd ran out. So, he told us that Kero deserved something special and we should get him some kind of special treat on the way home. We told the vet he usually gets a little sausage roll after his vet trip, and the vet said that would be perfect. So, when we were done at the vet, we got a sausage roll for Kero, a baguette for me, and a cheese and bacon turnover thing for Kelly, which we ate while waiting for the bus.

While we were at the vets, I got the flea stuff for Kero and the cats. 1 dog one, 1 large cat one (for Chance) and 2 "standard sized cat" ones (for Megan and Sakura). Still, the vet bill wasn't all that bad. It cost £39 for Kero's check-up, Kero's shots, and all the flea treatments. That's about $100 Canadian, which is about $80 American (I think).

I didn't manage to get much sleep last night. I got to bed about 11:00 pm (by the time I'd done everything I needed to do before going to bed) and fell asleep almost straight away, but was awake again about 2:00 am, and I never managed to get back to sleep after that. Needless to say, when we got home from the vet, I went for a nap. It was about 10:30 am (ish) we got home, and about 11:30 am (ish) I went to lay down. I slept until a little after 3:30 pm. Best sleep I've had in a while that was! LOL!

Haven't done anything else worth mentioning today, so I guess I'll hit 'publish' and go check other people's blogs for any new posts.

Tori

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Busy Wednesday

I had a bad night last night. I think it was partly because I knew I needed to be up early to take Kero to the dog groomer. But, whatever the reason, I only ended up with about an hour of sleep last night. Making getting up early even more difficult than usual. LOL!

I just missed one of the buses, because there are two buses that come the same time and have similar numbers but go different places, and I was asking the bus driver which bus he was (it's hard to tell the difference between 145 and 148 when you're not fully awake) and while I was asking him, the other bus went past. And, of course, the bus that drove past was the one I needed. *sigh* So, I was waiting for another bus to come, and hoping one would come in time so that Kero wasn't late for his grooming session, when his groomer stopped her car by us and offered us a lift. Needless to say, I accepted.

I left Kero at the groomer and went to my parents' place while I waited for him to be done, and Mam met me at the bottom of her road, also going back to her place. Then she tired me out by telling me what she'd already done this morning. I don't know where she gets her energy from, but I stand by my comment that she has my share too! LOL!

When I went to pick Kero up at the groomer, his groomer offered to pick him up and drop him off next time to save me dragging my butt up there before I'm even awake. We live between where she llives and the groomer, so she wont need to go out of her way, and it's not like I don't know where to find her, lol! So I agreed. His next appointment is for Thursday December 13th, and he's being picked up about 8:45 am (but at least I only need to be awake, not washed, dressed, etc). And she'll bring him home on her way home from work about 2:30 pm (though she did say it might be more like 3:00 pm by the time she gets him home).

I took a couple of photos of Kero after his grooming session, but I haven't had a chance to get them off the camera, and now I'm too tired. I should have the free time to sort them tomorrow afternoon (after we get back from the vet) though.

When I got home I "tried" to have a nap. I'd have had better luck if it hadn't been for various phone calls and the maintenance guy for our housing association coming to do the "annual maintenance check" on the boiler.

And Mam, Nan and Willow came down our place to make some cakes this evening.

Now I'm tired, so I'm going to watch the rest of the TV shows I watch most evenings then go to bed.

Tori

Thank you!

Kati awarded me this *points to the award to the left of the screen*

I want to carry this on, but when I was trying to decide who deserved it, I had reasons why almost everyone deserved it. So, that's why I'm just going to award this to all my family and friends. All of whom are very special to me, and many of whom are going through a lot right now and need to be reminded that they are important.

Tori

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Shopping day

As most of you who read my blog regularly will know by now, I almost always do my weekly food shopping on a Tuesday. Unless there's a very good reason for us changing the day. So, since today is Tuesday, guess what I did today? Yep, that's right, I went food shopping. LOL!

Mam walked down to my place to come with me to my bus stop, because this time of year the sun is quite low and sneaks under my hat, making it difficult for me to see. And, I can't wear sunglasses because any that shield my eyes well enough are too dark for me to see through. So, we both went in to town together.

The other day, my Mam mentioned how she was missing her "shopping buddy" (by which she means Rachel) because I wont go shopping with her. So, I told her that if we can walk my speed rather than racing around the shop at her speed, then I'll go shopping with her. It's just that (as I told my Mam) "I like my feet to touch the floor." LOL! Anyway, I guess she liked the idea, because we took a nice, leisurely walk around a few of the shops in town. We didn't buy much, because we didn't see much we wanted to buy, but we enjoyed just taking a nice slow walk around and looking to see what was about. See, it's the fast pace that stops me enjoying shopping with Mam. I DO NOT do fast unless it's an emergency, and I don't consider shopping - even if it's during sales - to be an emergency. LOL!

I had my baguette not long after we got into town, because I'd had a late supper last night and as a result really didn't want breakfast. Since I hadn't eaten since last night, and since Mam was weighing, I decided I'd weigh myself too. I didn't expect to have lost anything, but was pleasantly surprised to see I'd lost 2 lbs. Admittedly that's in a month, but who cares? It's better to loose 2 lbs in a month than to put 2 lbs on, right? Besides, I'm concentrating more on trying to make sure I don't put too much on than loosing anything, so I'm happy with my little weight loss!

I was, at one point, trying to loose weight, but it wasn't working out too well, and I was just miserable and frustrated, so I'm now just trying to eat a healthy (ish), balanced diet. And, if I loose some weight in the meantime, then I do. If I don't, then I don't. I could probably do with loosing some, but the more I was worrying about it, the more I was putting on. I don't do well on diets. LOL!

My Mam's doing REALLY well with her weight loss though. She's been trying to loose weight for something like 18 months now (I think that's how long it's been, anyway) and has managed to loose 7 stone 1 lb (99 lbs). So, she's doing a fantastic job!

Anyway, Mam and I stopped in the cafe in Tesco before shopping, and had a drink and some carrot cake. The carrot cake was lovely, and made a nice little change.

Haven't really done much else today. Had my dinner (rosemary roasted potatoes, devilled eggs and a side salad), watched some TV, called Carl and Rachel to have a little chat with them, took Kero out, and that's about it.

I think I'll go check other people's blogs now.

Tori

Monday, September 10, 2007

Apple butter, etc

We made the apple butter, and it seems to have gone well. It's thickening nicely, and the bit Mam and I had to taste test it was very nice. The mixture made more than we'd expected, so we have quite a bit of apple butter. Mam took some home, but that still left me with quite a bit. I've put some of it in freezer safe containers so I can freeze it. I'm not sure how well it freezes, but it'll be better than having so many jars of it that it goes bad. The pic in today's post is a pic I took of the apple butter after we put it in the jars and containers. It's not completely cooled and set yet, but it's getting there. I think if we make it again though, we wont be making as much as the recipe calls for. LOL!

In other stuff...

Last night, I watched 'Mr And Mrs Smith' on one of the movie channels. It was an "OK" movie, but I didn't think all that much of it really. I didn't mind watching it, but it's not something I'd go out and buy.

This morning, I called to make my appointment for the gynaecologist. I'll be going on September 27th at 4:05 pm. Sooner than I'd thought, but that's a good thing. Hopefully they'll be able to tell if these tablets are sorting me out like they're meant to, or if they're going to need to do more.

Tori

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Mam's driving & other stuff

OK, as Mam requested, I'm going to tell you about my Mam's driving. All I can say is, she did a fantastic job. She just needs to be a bit more confident and believe in herself instead of worrying about whether she can or can't do something. If she finds that confidence, it wont be long before she has her licence.

Anyway, I've not done very much today. I had a bit of laundry to catch up on, so I've been concentrating on doing that. I've also watched some TV. And I found some wrapping paper in the cupboard, so I used it to wrap up some of the gifts I've already got for people.

I've got a busy week ahead of me. Tomorrow (Monday) Mam (and I think Willow too) will be coming down to my place, and we are hoping to have a go at making apple butter. Tuesday I'm going shopping with Mam. Wednesday Kero has a grooming appointment, so while he spends the day at the groomer, I'll be spending the day at my parents' place. Thursday Kelly and I are taking Kero into town so he can go to the vet for his shots. And, Friday, I'm meeting my Nan in town to wander around the market and have lunch together.

Anyway, that's all from me for today. I think I'll go see who's posted on their blogs today.

Tori

Saturday, September 08, 2007

My Saturday

Today is what I would call a "proper Autumn day." It's a nice, dry day, but not all that warm. We've had a lot of days like this over the last week or so.

Mam's friend Kelly was giving Mam a driving lesson this afternoon, so they stopped off at my place and grabbed me and Kero. Mam drove us from my place to hers, then we parked up her car. We were then planning on catching the bus back down to the park, because Kelly (Mam's friend, not my Kelly) had to go somewhere, and Mam isn't allowed to drive her car without a co-driver who has a full licence at the moment, but it turned out that Kelly was heading the way we were, so she gave us a lift in her Dad's 4x4, which she was borrowing. I was really pleased about that, because I love 4x4s.

So, Mam, Willow, Kero and I walked through the park, then we walked along by the river before going our separate ways for Mam and Willow to get the bus home and Kero and I to walk home.

It too up a lot more time than it looks from how short the paragraph is. Honest! LOL!

We had hoped to have another picnic, but Mam went in to Swansea with Wayne this morning, and by the time she got back we'd both had lunch already, so that plan was abandoned.

Haven't really done anything since I've been home. All I've really done is check blogs. Speaking of which, I posted a video that I snagged from one, so you might want to scroll down and watch it.

I think we tired Kero out, because he's been sprawled on the sofa, fast asleep, since we got back. Bless him!

Tori

Scary thought

This video is definitely something you should watch, and think about.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Kero and town

As I mentioned in the comments section of yesterday's blog post, seeing the photo of Jayde as a baby reminded me of how small Kero was when we brought him home. So, I thought I'd post this photo of him sleeping by my feet the day he came home. Bear in mind I have small feet. I wear a size 5, 6 or 7 shoe (depends on the width) which, to those not in the U.K. I think is a size 7, 8 or 9 shoe (I know that's what it would be in Canada anyway). I'm only telling you my shoe size so you can have some idea of how small Kero was.

Anyway, I think that's enough about my feet. LOL!

It's been a lovely day. Not too cold, not too hot. And I decided I wanted to do something that would mean I'd be outside. So, after taking Kero for a long-ish walk by the river, I decided to catch the bus in to town. The market is there on a Friday, so I had a look around. I didn't get much, but I did get a couple of presents for people for Christmas. I don't usually start gift shopping yet, but I keep seeing stuff I'd like to get people, so I've ended up making an early start this year. Ah well, at least I wont be one of those people being shoved around and still not getting what I wanted during the "Christmas rush" in November and December. The rate I'm going, I'll have everyone's gifts brought by the end of October. LOL!

I got a letter asking me to call and arrange a date and time for an appointment to see the gynaecologist, but I haven't had a chance to call. I was going to call today, but ended up going to town instead. I thought I'd be home in time to be able to call when I got home, but I missed the bus I'd hoped to catch, so ended up sat at the bus stop for almost an hour waiting for a bus home. I guess it'll have to wait until Monday now... *sigh*

I got a call from my Nan this afternoon/evening asking about going in to town together one time, since we rarely get to even speak to one another half the time. We decided we'd go one Friday when we're both free. Maybe next Friday, depending on who needs to do what, if you know what I mean.

I think that's about it for today.

Tori

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Promised pic

OK, here's the photo I promised of baby Jayde in Kero's bed with him. Jayde was so tiny that she's hard to see, but she's the little black fur ball by Kero's head. The yellow bit is her collar. The photo was taken back in October of 2005. Jayde was six weeks old, and Kero was a little over 16 months old. And, this was within a few hours of Jayde meeting Kero.

Anyway, I've spent a lot of today working on a new page. It's called 'The Herb Garden' and the link is already on the sidebar if you want to go take a look. I'll add more to it as and when I can.

My Mam seems to be getting on well with her driving. If she keeps it up at this rate she could be taking her test before Christmas.

I think I'll go see who's been posting on their blogs today. Have a good day"

Tori

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Lazy Wednesday

I took this photo a couple of days ago, and thought I'd post it. Especially since I don't really have anything to post about today. All I've really done today is mess about with the templates of our blogs. It's been a nice day, but I'm still a bit tired from yesterday, so I haven't felt like doing much.

Tori

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Tuesday evening

A little while after I finished my blog post yesterday (Monday) Mam phoned and asked if we (Kelly, Kero and I) would walk through the park to meet her, Dad and Willow. So, that's exactly what we did.

Dad brought me a Lego fire engine because he saw it when he was shopping yesterday and remembered that I wanted some Lego of my own (since I still haven't managed to get them to give me their Lego collection... LOL!) I built my fire engine, but it doesn't look like the one on the box. I don't care though, it's MY fire engine!

nyway, Mam and Willow came and spent the afternoon with me and Kero while Kelly went up to my parents' place to play some warhammer or something. Mam, Willow, Kero and I went on a couple of long walks so that Willow didn't spend too much time at my place, because her and my cats don't see eye to eye. They (Mam and Willow) stayed for dinner, but went home soon after that.

It was a lovely day yesterday, so whenever we were at home, the back door was open. I'm glad it was, because that was sort of how I managed to get the picture in today's post. It was a couple of hours after Mam and Willow left, and it was starting to get a bit chilly, so I went to close the door and saw the beautiful pink-ish colour of the clouds behind the tree that's not far from our gate, and decided to get a photo. I think it came out quite well. There are a few more in my photo albums if you want to take a look at them.

I ended up having a late night last night. Not good, because I had to be up early this morning. I promised my Mam I'd go to the gym with her today (Tuesday) so I had to be up at 6:00 am to be ready to catch the bus about 6:45 am. I managed it, but only just. LOL!

Didn't do much in the gym. Just 15 minutes or so on the 'cross trainer.' For one thing, I was too tired, for another, I don't like using most of the equipment. I told Mam I'd go "every so often" but I'm not all that enthusiastic about gyms. I was a member, and went regularly at one time, but I didn't enjoy it. Besides, I can think of better things to be doing at 7:30 am. Like sleeping. LOL! It's not that I don't like to be up early, it's just that I can rarely get to sleep early, so getting up to do lots of exercises two or three hours after going to sleep isn't my idea of fun. Still, a promise is a promise.

After the gym, we went down into the main town (the gym is on the outskirts of the town) to have something to eat and run a couple of errands. I had my usual tuna, sweetcorn, cheese and onion baguette, but I was REALLY hungry this morning, and fancied something sweet, so I also had a fruit scone with jam and cream in it and icing on the top. And, yes, I did enjoy it. LOL!

I ended up buying a couple more Christmas presents for people. Plus, something to put aside for Kero for Yule. And I talked to someone about what I'm getting someone else. I can't say more than that in case the person happens to stop by and read my blog.

Anyway, I've wanted - for a little while now - to taste apple butter. I have a recipe for it, but wanted to try some made by someone else first so I could know if mine tasted right when I tried to make it. LOL! But the little health food store in town doesn't sell it. They said they could "try" to see if they could get some, but I told them not to bother and that I'd just make my own. I couldn't remember everything I needed to make it though, so I couldn't get the stuff in the food shopping this week. Turns out all I don't have are cooking apples. LOL! But I figure I'll get some next week and have a go at making it then. Besides, I don't have any empty jars to put it in after it's made, so I need time to empty some. LOL!

Before we did the food shopping, we went and had a drink in Tesco. We didn't have the hot chocolate drink this time though. Don't know why Mam didn't, but I didn't have it because I just didn't feel like having it.

When I got home, I was exhausted, so I went for a nap. By the time I got up it was time to sort dinner for everyone (Kero, the cats, Kelly and, of course, myself). I had the rice and vegetables that were left from dinner last night (we made too much) and Kelly had some pasta with some kind of pasta sauce thingy all over it.

So, that basically brings us to the point when I started working on this post. Enjoy what's left of your day.

Tori

Monday, September 03, 2007

Monday afternoon

It's Monday afternoon, and I'm just messing about while I wait for my Mam to arrive. She should be here pretty soon. I was going to work on my story while I waited, but the "grounds people" - as they like to call them now - are here cutting the grass, and their mowers and such are making so much noise I can't concentrate. Plus, it's next to impossible to write a story while trying to persuade a yapping dog that the people cutting the grass are actually allowed to do the job they're doing. So, instead, I thought I'd kill time by doing a little post on my blog.

Today is my Grandma's Yorkie's 2nd birthday. So, happy birthday Jayde! If you don't know, that's Jayde in the picture (top left of this post) with my boy, Kero, when Jayde was here with us while my Grandma was working on a move a little over a year ago. Kero and Jayde have known each other since Jayde was a six week old puppy, and they've always got on really well together. Jayde lived with me for a couple of months before my Grandma had her, and in that time I never had a single proble with them. Anyway, we sent Jayde a little package with some rawhide treats and a birthday card in it, and my Grandma got it the other day, so I know she has her pressies on time. Hope she enjoys them. I'm sure the treats will appeal to her most though. But then, isn't that the way with everyone? LOL!

I haven't even had a cup of tea yet today. I had my ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) drink earlier, and usually I'd make a cup of tea at the same time. I make my tea scolding hot then let it cool naturally until it's barely warm, so it takes me about half an hour from making a cup of tea to drinking it. Anyway, I never made my cup of tea this morning, for some reason. Don't know why. I guess I was too interested in blog posts or something. Finally made my cup of tea just now, so in about another 20 minutes or so I can drink it. LOL!

I think that's all the nonsense I have for you today, LOL! I hope you're all having a good day. Or, if your day hasn't started yet, I hope you have a good day.

Tori

Sunday, September 02, 2007

New stuff on other pages

I just wanted to let you all know that I've added some recipes to the recipe page, and some poems to the poetry page. And, I've got a couple of recipe books I want to look through to find some nice recipes to add to the page, so I should have even more recipes up soon. Plus, I'm working on a new short story. When it's done, I'll post it on my short story spot. I'll let you know when it's finished and has been posted.

Tori

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Tyler & Pickle

I adopted a pet. Isn't he a cutie?



And here's the other pet I adopted.


You don't need sun to enjoy a picnic

It's been trying to rain on and off all day, but we still had the picnic we'd planned to have today in the park. Sure, we didn't have the best weather for it, but we'd planned on having a picnic, so that's what we did. And a nice little picnic it was too!

My Mam was playing on the skateboard ramps, and I took some photos of her on them. I did take one of Kero's attempts at climbing it, but he got down too quick so that the photo ended up being only of his body, no head. So, I didn't keep it. The photos of Mam (along with a couple of other photos we took today) are in my photo albums if you want to take a look at them.

Carl and Rachel go home tomorrow, which means we wont see them for a couple of months again now. Mind you, if the time keeps flying by like it has been, we'll hardly have time to miss them before they come back. LOL!

Can you believe it's September already? The days are just zooming by, aren't they?

Well, I'm going to go feed the animals, then take a look in the freezer to see what I want to make for my dinner a little bit later on. That way it will have time to defrost (at least a little bit) before I need to prepare it.

Hope you''re all having a good day.

Tori