Friday, November 30, 2007

Fairies and things

Ended up not doing much on Wednesday. Got sleepy around 3:30 pm, so I went for a nap. This time it really was just a nap, I got up around 6:00 pm. Then I just had dinner before spending the evening just watching various shows on TV. Nothing special, just "The Simpsons" and "Friends" and that kind of thing. After that I went to bed and started listening to another of my audio books.

I finished the audio book yesterday (Thursday) before bed. It was another "childrens' story" called "Fairy Treasure" and written by someone called Gwyneth Rees. I really enjoyed it. I know I'm "meant to be" an adult, but I can't help enjoying those stories. This one was about a "book fairy" who was trapped in our world because she did something bad and was being punished for it. And, a little girl called "Connie" had to help her put things right. I wont say more than that though, because I don't like to give too much away when I'm telling you about books I've read or listened to. The only other thing I'll say is that it was a lovely story, especially if you enjoy stories about fairies.

Went shopping with Mam and Dad yesterday. Well, actually I only went shopping with Mam, Dad just drove the car and then stayed in it while we went around Asda. We did quite a big shop, so we were glad we had Dad's car and not Mam's car, because Mam's car is a lot smaller than Dad's car is. I wouldn't normally do a shop that big, but over the past couple of weeks we've only been getting essentials to make sure we have what we need to see us through to the next week, so our cupboards were looking quite bare.

I've now got almost all the stuff we're going to need for the buffet on Boxing day. And for Christmas day for just Kelly and myself. Hoping to get the rest next week as I don't want to leave it until just before Christmas or I wont be able to get half the stuff I want. Of course, there are some things that have to be left until the last shop before Christmas, but the stuff that can be frozen, and the stuff that keeps well, I want to get while I still can. In other words, before everyone else does, and they run out. LOL!

Kelly made me a cooked breakfast this morning. He'd planned to make me a cooked breakfast on my birthday, but I had to get up before him because of going shopping. And, every time he's planned to do it since then one of us have had to go out, or I've been up so long before him that I've already had breakfast. But, this morning we didn't have to go anywhere, and we got up around the same time, so he cooked me breakfast. I had eggs, sausages and toast with a mug of tea. It was very nice too!

Today (Friday) is Shireen's 9th birthday. I can't believe she's nine years old already! It seems like only yesterday she was a tiny little baby who couldn't even walk and talk. Now she's nine! Where has the time gone???

Jackie, Shireen and Elizabeth are visiting Mam this weekend. Jackie and Shireen are going home on Sunday, but Elizabeth is staying for a while. Not sure when they got there, but Shireen called me from my parents' place a little after 9:30 am to thank me for the birthday card I'd left up there for her, and also thank me for the money I'd put in it. She told me all the things she'd had for her birthday, but I've forgotten what she said... LOL!

There's still no sign of my snow, but I think a thunder storm is heading our way. I'm sure I heard some distant rumbles of thunder just now. Although, it could have just been the wind or something. The wind is sounding quite fierce right now, and you should hear the rain! Kelly got back from mailing the last of the Christmas cards I wanted to send out just in time by the sound of it.

Well, that's all I've got to say for today, so... Have a good day everyone!

Tori

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Probably going to be a long post

This is probably going to be quite a long post, so you might want to grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee (or maybe some cocoa) before making yourself comfy in preporation for reading it. LOL!

We didn't stay at my parents' place for as long as we'd planned to on Sunday. Our intension was to have dinner there, then spend the afternoon with them. But Kero wasn't very well. He hadn't been himself for a couple of days, but Sunday he REALLY wasn't very well. We first realised something was up when he was more snappy than usual with Willow. He often tells her to leave him alone if she gets too bouncy for him, but on Sunday he had hardly put his paws inside Mam and Dad's front door when he snapped at her. But, at that point we just assumed he wasn't in the mood for her bouncing. I mean, she can bounce with the best of them, and she's almost three times Kero's size. Then we noticed he had a bit of an upset tummy. Then he wouldn't eat any of his dinner. He often gives trouble with that, but usually he gives in if I sit beside him on the floor and hand feed him. Not Sunday. He just turned away and pretended the food wasn't there. That was when Mam noticed his eyes were quite glazed (like dogs eyes are when the dog isn't well). So, we figured if we settled down to work on the present sack he'd probably just curl up beside one of us and sleep. But he didn't. All he kept doing was whimpering and tugging at my shoes (which is what he does when he wants to go home) so after a bit Mam and I decided it would be best to take him home. So, that's what we did. I curled up on our bed with him and listened to some stories (and eventually fell asleep myself, lol) and by the time he got up Monday morning, he was fine. He's been bouncing about like a little puppy ever since. LOL!

And, no, we didn't get the present sack finished yet.

The first thing I listened to was a little collection of childrens' stories called "Wide Eye, Little Hoot And Flea" which I quite enjoyed. They are cute little stories about a couple of owls and their animal friends, and the adventures they have together.

I also listened to the first part of "Johnny And The Bomb" by Terry Pratchett. I've finished listening to it now, because I listened to the second half yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Anyway, it was an interesting story. A little weird in places (but that's normal for books written by Terry Pratchett, lol) and I quite enjoyed it. I think Kelly enjoyed the bits he heard too!

Before we went to my parents' place on Sunday, I watched "Tom And Jerry - The Movie" on Sky (well, there wasn't much else on, lol). It's quite a good movie, but I don't get how Tom and Jerry can talk in the movie but not in the cartoons. I've never heard more than a yell of pain or a gulp from Tom in the cartoon series, and never more than a laugh, a whistle, a gulp, or a slight squeak from Jerry in the cartoon series. And those things don't happen often. So how come they could talk perfectly in the movie? It just isn't right!

Anyway, I'm not sure exactly where my Monday morning went. LOL! I got up quite early, then I replied to some e-mails and blog posts, and next thing I knew it was the afternoon. So, I sat on the sofa to watch some TV while I waited for Dad to bring Mam down, and was feeling a bit dizzy (I assume because I was tired) so I decided to lay down. Woke up a little over 2 & 1/2 hours later to find Mam here. And, yes, I did feel better for that nap.

After we had our dinner, Mam and I spent pretty much the whole evening listening to some of the music on my PC (mostly Christmas tunes, since we were in a Christmasy mood) and eating mince pies and Christmas cake. It was great fun!

I was going to come do a blog after Mam left, but I ended up going to bed. I had to get up early yesterday (Tuesday) morning, because of the housing officer coming.

She was right on time (unusual for someone from the housing, lol) and very nice. She's trying to get our points up as much as possible so we can get moved out of here as quickly as possible. She says we haven't got as many points as we should have because they haven't gotten the letter from my social worker or doctor yet, but when they get those it would take me up a good few points and increase my chances of being considered for a place. For those who don't know. The council and the housing associations that deal with them work on a "points scheme" where by the more points you have the quicker they will consider you for a move or transfer to a new property. The higher your points, the higher your possition on the waiting list, and the higher your chances of being moved. Things like letters saying you can't stay where you are for some reason (especially ones from doctors, the police, or social workers) earn you points. So does being on the list for a long time (you gain 2 points for each year you wait to be moved). Other things get you points too, but I don't know everything that gets points. Either way, she said for us to chase up the letters from the social worker and doctor, and to ask the police man who gave me his direct number because he was concerned about all the hastle if he would write a letter too. She says the more people who can help like that, the quicker our points (and chances for a move) will go up. She also suggested we go look at a "register" they have in the main council office to see if there's anyone who's looking for a transfer to a place like ours and who has a place like we want. If that makes sence. Apparently, if we can find someone who's a good match then we could be moved within four weeks of finding the person. The problem is that most people want to get away from the particular place we're living in (it doesn't have the best reputation after all the trouble the kids have been causing) so we don't hold out much hope of that idea working. I suppose it's worth a look though.

She also told us that the people from the housing and some social workers are "working with" one of the main trouble makers to "sort out some issues" and "attempt to avoid further issues" but that we should make a note of any further issues "no matter how small" and pass the information (including times, dates, etc) on to her.

I have to say, it wasn't as successful of a meeting as I'd hoped it would be, because I don't really feel we achieved anything. Still, at least she's trying to help. And, all in all, it went OK. I mean, at least she gave a few helpful suggestions. And, at least I now know I can put my Christmas decorations up without worrying about any miracle letters with offers of a new home. I mean, even if we found someone on that swap register, they probably wouldn't want to be moving on top of Christmas either. LOL!

So, anyway, after the woman from the housing went, I listened to the rest of "Johnny And The Bomb" (as I mentioned earlier in this post) then went for a nap. Unfortunately my nap lasted longer than it should have, and I ended up not getting up until about 2:45 am... About 12 hours after laying down for my "nap" LOL!

Yesterday (Tuesday) has been my shopping day for quite some time. But my shopping day has now changed. This week I'm going shopping on Thursday, but from next week I'll be shopping on a Friday instead. This is mainly because I want to shop in Asda rather than Tesco (not that Tesco is a bad store, I just like Asda better) and partly because we're fed up of waiting for busses that never come, and Friday is the only day Mam's co-drivers are available to go with us so we can take Mam's car. Besides, it then means that Mam and Dad can have some time to themselves on a Tuesday morning when Nan goes in to town, which I'm sure they'll be greatful for.

Because our shopping day has now changed, so has the days our weekly menu goes from and to. I need it to start from shopping day after all. LOL! This week, we have two days (yesterday and today) where we're just eating what ever we feel like making from the cupboard, and then the weekly menu has to do an extra day, because of this week's shopping day being on a Thursday, but next week's being on a Friday. Hope you followed that. LOL! Whether you did or not though, here's this week's menu:

Thursday: Dinosaurs, potatoes and beans
Friday: Shepherd's pie and peas
Saturday: Sausage and chips
Sunday: Chicken, potatoes and veg
Monday: Tuna, cheese and sweetcorn with a baked potato
Tuesday: Pasta with sauce
Wednesday: Pork, potatoes and veg
Thursday: Burger, mash and beans

Trying to keep the meals simple this week, because we have enough going on without spending forever preparing and cooking a meal. LOL!

Today (Wednesday) is Willow's 3rd birthday. I can't believe she's three already! She certainly doesn't act like a three year old dog. But, apparently that's normal for a Labrador. LOL! Anyway, she's going to have lots of cards and presents. I bet she'll think Christmas has come early. LOL!

Mam and Dad aren't coming down for dinner today. They were going to, but Kelly and Dad have to go back to the dentist to have the work finished (apparently it couldn't be done all at once) so we decided it wouldn't be worth it when they wouldn't be able to enjoy the food properly. Plus, we decided to stopped the dinners at each others house until after the new year (apart from the buffet I'm doing Boxing day) because there's too much going on between now and then. So, Kelly and I are having our Sunday and Wednesday dinners on our own for the next couple of weeks.

I've finally got my Dad's Christmas presents on the way to me. Once they arrive I'm done with my Christmas shopping. Well, unless I see anything that I want to get as an extra little something for anyone. LOL!

Um... I think that covers just about everything. LOL!

Have a good day.

Tori

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Robins and other random things

There's a Robin (at least, I assume it's a Robin again) singing its little heart out on the bush outside our bedroom window right now. I heard it when I took Kero out for a pee just now (took him out the front because it's a bit more sheltered from the wind). I wonder if it's the same one that was singing on the wall outside our kitchen window yesterday afternoon? Mam would have taken a photo of him (or her) for me if he (or she) hadn't gotten scared and flown off when she opened the back door.

Mam and Nan came down to have lunch with me yesterday (Saturday). Then they stayed for a couple of hours. They'd been in to town for the morning (doing more Christmas shopping, I think) and thought they'd come in and have lunch with me on their way home (I live half way between the town and where they live). And, since Kelly was up at their place for Dad's gaming club, I would have been all on my own otherwise, so it was nice to have some company for lunch. Don't get me wrongg, I don't mind being on my own (sometimes I actually prefer it that way) but on a cold, wet day like yesterday was, a visitor is just the thing you need to brighten up the day.

They brought me a couple of corned beef pasties for my lunch. I haven't had a corned beef pasty in ages! I think the last time was over a year ago (before I started trying to loose weight). It was a lovely change. I also had some "rich fruit Christmas cake" that Mam got. It was delicious!

Before Mam and Nan came down, and after they left, all I really did was sit around listening to some of the music that I have on my PC. It's been a while since I've just sat around listening to music. Over the past few months I've been listening to more talking books than music, and even when I've been listening to them I haven't exactly been just sitting around. I'm usually doing something while I listen (like straightening up the bedroom, or putting away laundry, for example). But yesterday I just decided I was going to sit in front of my PC, picking songs that I felt like listening to from the large collection I have on my PC, and drinking cups of tea. So, that's exactly what I did! I played all my favourite tunes - like "Doc Walker - Rocket Girl" and "Aselin Debison - Sweet Is The Melody" and "Ronan Keating - If Tomorrow Never Comes" and "Ottawan - Hands Up" (that last one has been a favourite of mine since I was bearly walking and talking) - and sang along with them. It was the most fun I'd had at home in ages!

Anyway... Last week I listened to "Truckers" "Diggers" and "Wings" which are the three books in Terry Pratchett's "Bromiliad Trilogy." It's a cute, funny and, in my opinion, excellent trilogy about some gnomes trying to survive in a world built for humans, and trying to find somewhere where they can be safe. I've read and listened to the books so many times I could almost re-tell the story without even looking at the books. But, I could easily read or listen to them again, and again, and again, and... You get the idea. LOL!

Today (Sunday) Kelly, Kero and I are going up to my parents' place for dinner. I think it's beef this week. That means there'll be yorkshire puddings. Yum, yum!

Mam is hoping to finish making my big present sack today. I hope she does manage to get it finished today. If she does manage to then I'll be able to bring it home with me ready to put the presents in when the tree goes up next week.

I asked Mam about taking some photos of the decorations for me to post when they're up, and she says she will do that for me. So, in a little over a week, I should have some photos of Christmas decorations for you to see. They are going up a week tomorrow, so I'll post them either that night or the next day some time (depending onwhether I go straight to bed after Mam leaves or stay up and go on the PC for a bit). I'd half considered not putting the Christmas decorations up because of us trying to get moved. But, I've dealt with the council and housing people enough to know there is little to no chance we'll have even the offer of looking at a place this side of Christmas. So, I decided to put the decorations up as originally planned.

I can't think of anything else to say right now, so I guess it's time to publish this post.

Hope you all have a good day.

Tori

Friday, November 23, 2007

Presents, cards, papers and colds

Apart from getting my Dad's presents my Christmas shopping is done! And almost all of the Christmas cards are sent out. I've even got Kelly's main present (and a load of other presents for him). YAY me!

I've got two Christmas cards from people already too. One is one Mam wrote, but it's not from her and Dad. It's signed "love from Kero, the cats and Sirius." I know some of you probably think we're silly sending cards to and from the "pets" but they are family too! Anyway, the other one is from my friend, Corinne.

31 days to Christmas!!! YAY!!!

Kelly got me my paper shredder when he was in town yesterday. So, we sorted out all those papers I needed sorting out. It took ages, but it's finally done! I've gone from having two boxes of papers that don't close properly because they're too full, to having only one box of papers that closes just fine and even has room for a few more papers to be added to it.

I'm hoping I've caught my cold before it had a chance to get going. My nose isn't so stuffy today, and I haven't been sneezing as much. My throat is still a bit sore though. I'm hoping I can keep it at bay until Christmas is over.!

I think between this post, and the ones I did earlier, I've covered everything worth saying. So, I'm going to go make a cup of tea and see if there's anything worth watching on TV.

Tori

Letter and a housing officer

So, I called the doctor yesterday, and she is 100% willing to write me a letter for the housing. She says they charge for those though, but I don't really mind that. We'll get a call from the receptionist at the doctors' surgery when the letter is ready to be picked up and paid for. Then we can send it on to the housing people.

And, speaking of the housing people... We have a "housing officer" coming to see us on Tuesday morning. So, hopefully this means we're moving forward in our quest to move. We wont be moved this side of Christmas, but we don't really want to be trying to move on top of Christmas anyway. But, having a housing officer come to see us is definately a step in the right direction, and means we stand a good chance of being moved by Easter, if not before.

Anyway, just thought I'd update you on that.

Tori

Brain teaser

Question:
I live in Winter, and die in Summer, and I grow with my roots facing up. What am I?

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Answer:
I'm an icicle

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thursday already?

Is it really Thursday already? The days seem to be just zooming by! I planned on mentioning my friend Maree's birthday yesterday, but didn't get on the computer long enough to do so. And, now it's my sister-in-law (Sherry)'s birthday too. So, happy birthday to Maree for yesterday, and happy birthday to Sherry for today.

Yesterday would have been my Mam's Cocker Spaniel (Tela)'s birthday too. She'd have been 12 this year. It's such a shame she's no longer with us.

Mam and Dad came down for dinner yesterday. We were meant to have shepherd's pie for dinner, but it was only when we were about to put the meat on to cook that we realised we'd got the wrong meat out of the freezer. So, instead, we had a sort of beef cassarole with mashed potato, carrots and sprouts. And, yes, it was lovely!

My Mam manages to come down to visit a bit easier if my Dad is staying too. She's still not fully confident with doing it though. I can't say I blame her. I wouldn't come here any more either if I didn't live here. Apparently one of the lads causing most of the trouble is moving away, and the others haven't been around for over a week now, but none of this makes us feel any better. The damage is done now. Mam and I can't go in the yard, or stand near the back door without thinking about the night the stones hit us. And I almost missed an important visitor the other day because I assumed it was the kids again, and was reluctant to go and find out for sure. I hope we can get moved from here soon, because I don't know how long I can stay here before the day comes when I can no longer face going home. It's only my furbabies that make this still feel like home. Without them (and the fact there's fireworks - and not the good kind - whenever Mam and Kelly are together for too long, lol) I think we'd be living with Mam, Dad, Nan and Wayne by now.

On a more cheerful note...

I've finally gotten all the Christmas cards written, and Kelly is posting them later. Well, apart from the ones that need to go with presents. One of those will be going when we have an envelope the right size (we thought we got a big one, but it was labeled wrong, and turned out to be three small ones). The other will be sent in a parcel with stuff from Mam in it too. I was going to sort it myself, but this way is a bit easier for me at the moment.

So, what are you all doing today?

I'm not really sure what I'm doing. I need to call the doctor to see if I can persuade her to write a letter to the housing people for me, but that's about it. Don't feel like doing much today anyway. I think my "Winter cold" is coming. I woke up yesterday with a bit of a stuffy nose, but didn't worry about it. Then, this morning, I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and, yes, still a bit of a stuffy nose. Been sneezing on and off since I got up. First thing I did this morning was make myself an ACV (apple cider vinegar) drink. Hopefully I can stop this cold becoming a bad bout of flu. Then I can concentrate on looking forward to Christmas! LOL!

In one week and two days it will be time to start the advent calenders. YAY! Then the countdown to Christmas really gets going! I can't wait 'til December 3rd when the decorations go up!

Mam is doing really well with her driving lessons. I've been in the car with her driving a few times (obviously with her having a co-driver, since she's not allowed to drive without one until she passes her test) and I think she did a great job. If she keeps it up she'll be taking her test in no time, and will be more than ready to drive up to Carl and Rachel's place for their wedding in August 2008.

Still haven't had an appointment letter from the gynaecologist. I'll have to have someone find the last letter we had off them and read the number off it for me. I've got my next eye appointment though (I think I mentioned that a few days back) and I'll be seeing my old eye doctor (the one I had before going to Canada... I liked him) on January 10th 2008 at 10:30 am.

I think that's just about everything I've got to say for now.

Oh, yeah... Happy Thanksgiving America! :)

Tori

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Five weeks to Christmas

Yeah, I know some of you are getting sick of being reminded how close Christmas is, but I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year, and can't help excitedly counting down the days.

Today is usually shopping day for me, but not this week. Well, the shopping did get done, but not by me. Mam, Dad and Kelly had dentist appointments, so they did the shopping while they were out. Made much more sense than them going to their appointments, then them all coming home, and one of them taking me shopping. Besides, it gave me the chance to get caught up on stuff online, and sleep.

We started getting in the food stuff for Christmas today. This includes the stuff for making the cookies and mince pies, and the bits for the buffet we're doing for Mam, Dad and Wayne on boxing day. We even got a couple of bottles of the non-alcaholic grape wine I enjoy. We just need the stuff to make the "holiday drinks" and the cakes for boxing day. We're planning on making egg nog and attempting to make wassail this year. And everyone has put in cake requests for Boxing day, so we need to get some Christmas cake, some of those marshmallow snowball thingys, some chocolate cake, and some ginger cake. We've also got our turkey in the freezer ready for our Christmas dinner.

Anyway, that's it from me for today.

Tori

Short Thanksgiving Jokes

Q: What do you get if you cross a turkey with an Octopus?
A: Eight feather dusters

Q: What's the best thing to put in to a pumpkin pie?
A: Your teeth

Q: What are unhappy cranberries called?
A: Blueberries

Monday, November 19, 2007

Mostly just the menu

Mam usually comes down on a Monday, but she didn't this week. She didn't seem to be feeling up to it, so I told her she didn't have to. So, she didn't. Instead we spent the evening with our hubbies. Well, I did anyway. Don't really know what she ended up doing, I assume she was playing World Of Warcraft with Dad or something.

Anyway, since I did a long post earlier, I don't really have anything else to say. I just wanted to post this week's menu. So, here it is....

Tuesday:
Chicken pasta salad

Wednesday:
Shepherd's pie, carrots and sprouts

Thursday:
Mashed potatoes, baked beans and chicken dinosaurs (breaded chicken in the shape of a dinosaur)

Friday:
Chicken and mushroom pie, potatoes and peas

Saturday:
Cheese, chips and gravy

Sunday:
Roast dinner with Mam and Dad

Monday:
Baked potato, cheese, beans and veggie burger

Tori

Stuff since Saturday

We spent the day with Mam at her place yesterday (Sunday). Well, it's Dad, Nan and Wayne's place too, but let's not be picky. LOL!

Anyway, We had our roast pork dinner (roast pork, roast potatoes, turnips, parsnips, sprouts, green beans and broccoli). and, yes, I did eat a little bit of broccoli. I usually refuse, but I need to eat it to keep my iron level up, so Mam agreed that if I eat it she'll give me an extra roast potato (my favourite part of the roast dinner). It's a small price to pay really. LOL!

After dinner, Dad and Kelly went up on the computers and Mam and I stayed downstairs

Mam is making me a really big (and I do mean REALLY BIG) sack to put the presents in by our tree so the cats can't get at them. I think I mentioned before that we tried to buy one but could only get a very small one or plastic bag type sacks that the cats would shred in a matter of seconds. Well, Mam has now made the sack itself (she made it while I was there with her yesterday) and was working on the Christmasy pictures to go all over it. Hopefully she'll have it done in time for when the tree goes up in two weeks time.

It's very cold here still. And you should hear the rain and wind! Yesterday it was so wet that even Willow and Kero (who LOVE to be outside) were reluctant to stay out there longer than they really had to. And, it's so cold that our cats are staying in most of the time. We're actually quite glad about that, because it means we can close the kitchen window, which is what they usually use to go in and out when ever they want to. We taught them to do that so we don't have to get up to let them in or out every two seconds. They will use the door if it's open, but this way they don't bug us every time they want to go outside or come inside.

They had snow up in North Wales, parts of Scotland, and parts of Northern England yesterday. Or, so the radio says. I'm hoping this means we will soon have some here in South Wales. Nobody else is though. LOL!

I'm not sure if he fully understands what Christmas is, but when we tell Kero it's only five weeks until Christmas eve, he gets VERY excited. I don't know if it's just because we are, or because I told him he'll get lots of presents when it's Christmas, or that I told him we're all having roast turkey for dinner on Christmas day. Either way, he gets so excited he can't sit still, and wags his tail so much we're sure one of these times it'll fall off. LOL!

I listened to "The Secret Garden" Saturday night. I've heard the story before... I mean, who hasn't? But when I get a new CD (be it an audio book, or music CD) it doesn't get put on the shelves, or on my lists of what I've got, until I've listened to it. So, I listened to it some time between when I finished watching the Harry Potter movie and when I went to bed. And, yes, I did enjoy it.

Ok, I think that's about everything worth talking about... lol!

Tori

Terry Pratchett books

I was sure I posted this before, but it seems to have vanished, so I'll post it again!

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Discworld
1. The Colour of Magic (1983)
2. The Light Fantastic (1986)
3. Equal Rites (1987)
4. Mort (1987)
5. Sourcery (1988)
6. Wyrd Sisters (1988)
7. Pyramids (1989)
8. Guards! Guards! (1989)
9. Eric (1990)
10. Moving Pictures (1990)
11. Reaper Man (1991)
12. Witches Abroad (1991)
13. Small Gods (1992)
14. Lords and Ladies (1992)
15. Men at Arms (1993)
16. Soul Music (1994)
17. Interesting Times (1994)
18. Maskerade (1995)
19. Feet of Clay (1996)
20. Hogfather (1996)
21. Jingo (1997)
22. The Last Continent (1998)
23. Carpe Jugulum (1998)
24. The Fifth Elephant (1999)
25. The Truth (2000)
The Last Hero (2001) (with Paul Kidby)
26. Thief of Time (2001)
27. Night Watch (2002)
28. Monstrous Regiment (2003)
29. Going Postal (2004)
30. Thud! (2005)
31. Making Money (2007)

Bromeliad
1. Truckers (1988)
2. Diggers (1990)
3. Wings (1990)
The Bromeliad (omnibus) (1998)

Johnny Maxwell
1. Only You Can Save Mankind (1992)
2. Johnny and the Dead (1993)
3. Johnny and the Bomb (1996)
The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy (omnibus) (1997)

Discworld omnibus
Death Trilogy (omnibus) (1998)
The City Watch (omnibus) (1999)
The Colour of Magic / The Light Fantastic (omnibus) (1999)
Gods Trilogy (omnibus) (2000)

Discworld (Childrens)
1. Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (2001)
2. The Wee Free Men (2003)
3. A Hat Full of Sky (2004)
4. Wintersmith (2006)

Discworld (picture book)
Where's My Cow? (2005)
Novels
The Carpet People (1971)
The Dark Side of the Sun (1976)
Strata (1981)
The Unadulterated Cat (1989) (with Gray Joliffe)
Good Omens (1990) (with Neil Gaiman)

Collections
Once More* with Footnotes (2004)

Plays
Going Postal: Stage Adaptation (2005)
Jingo: Stage Adaptation (2005)
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather: The Illustrated Screenplay (2006)
Sourcery: The Illustrated Screenplay (2008)

Illustrated Books
The Illustrated Wee Free Men (2007)
Non fiction series
Discworld (Non fiction)
The Science of Discworld (1992) (with Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart)
Streets of Ankh Morpork (1993)
The Discworld Companion (1994)
The Pratchett Portfolio (1996)
Discworld's Ankh-Morpork City Watch Diary (1998)
The Discworld: Day-to-Day Calendar (1998)
A Tourist Guide to Lancre (1998) (with Stephen Briggs, Paul Kidby)
Death's Domain: A Discworld Mapp (1999) (with Paul Kidby)
Discworld - Mini Calendar 2000 (1999)
Discworld Assassins' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2000 (1999)
Nanny Ogg's Cookbook (1999) (with Stephen Briggs, Tina Hannan)
The Discworld Calendar: 2001 (2000)
0. The Discworld Fools' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2001 (2000)
The Discworld Mapp (2000) (with Stephen Briggs)
Discworld Also (2001)
The Discworld Calendar: 2002 (2001)
The Discworld Fools' Guild Yearbook and Diary 2002 (2001)
Discworld Thieves' Guild Diary 2002 (2001)
Discworld Guild Diary 2003 (2002)
The New Discworld Companion (2002)
The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (2002)
Discworld Calendar 2004 (2003)
The Art of Discworld (2004) (with Paul Kidby)
The Celebrated Discworld Almanac (2004)
Discworld Calendar 2005 (2004)
The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch (2005)
The Ankh-Morpork Post Office Handbook: Discworld Diary 2007 (2006) (with Stephen Briggs)

Non fiction
The Unseen University Cut Out Book (2006)
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Discworld Calendar 2007 (2006)
Lu-tse's Yearbook of Enlightenment (2007) (with Stephen Briggs)
The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld (2007)


Anthologies containing stories by Terry Pratchett
The Unfriendly Future (1965)
Gaslight and Ghosts (1988)
Hidden Turnings (1989)
Digital Dreams (1990)
Shivers for Christmas (1995)
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996)
Cyber-Killers (1997)
The Flying Sorcerers (1997)
Knights of Madness: Further Comic Tales of Fantasy (1998)
Legends (1998)
The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (1998)
Vintage Science Fiction (1999)
Legends 3 (2000)

Short stories
The Hades Business (1963)
Twenty Pence with Envelope and Seasonal Greetings (1987)
Final Reward (1988)
Sphinx (1988)
Turntables of the Night (1989)
# ifdefDEBUG + "world/enough" + "time" (1990)
Hollywood Chickens (1990)
Troll Bridge (1992)
Theatre of Cruelty (1993)
The Sea and Little Fishes (1998)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saturday's random thoughts

As I said in the comments section of last night's post, I did manage to get some sleep. I think it was about 5:45 am I fell asleep. Was up again about 11:00 am. Needless to say, I ended up taking a nap this afternoon.

We haven't had a chance to read more of "Marley And Me" because other things have sort of taken priority when Mam and I have been together. But I listened to an audio book called "Classic Stories Of Mystery And The Supernatural" that my Nan got me a little while ago. It's a small collection of mystery stories by various authors (I can't remember the authors) and it was very good.

I watched "Herbie: Fully Loaded" this afternoon. I really enjoyed it. I watched most of it before on Sky Movies, but since I had it from my birthday I was able to finally see how it starts. LOL!

And, right now I'm watching "Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix" which is the other DVD I got for my birthday. I watched it when it came out in the movies back in July, and did a proper review of it then, so for now I'll just say that I'm enjoying watching it. If you want to know more, you'll have to look in the archives section, go to the "July" part, and find the post I wrote after watching the movie in the cinema.

We're making progress with getting my audio books, etc labeled with my braille label maker thingy. It would probably be done by now, but everyone has other stuff that needs to be done (and which is more important) so it has to keep being left.

It's past dinner time, I'm hungry, and I still don't know what I'm having for dinner. Going to have to change the "something from the freezer" thing on Saturdays and plan a meal that will work regardless of whether it's Mam or Kelly with me. That way at least I'll know what I'm meant to be eating and wont have to try and decide on the day. Keep the meal planning for the day I make the menu for the rest of the week. LOL!

I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year. Our decorations will be late up this year, but only by a couple of days. For as long as I can remember, the Christmas decorations have gone up on December 1st, but this year they can't be done until December 3rd. Mam is helping me put them up, so i'll get her to take some photos and help me get them on here for you all to see.

Speaking of December 1st. Something is happening on that day. I don't know what, because nobody will tell me, but I know whatever it is it involves me being picked up to go up to Mam and Dad's place, and Dad's gaming club being canceled for that week. Kelly will be staying home with Kero for the day.

Only a couple of weeks now and it will be time to start the advent calenders. In fact, two weeks today is December 1st. And when the decorations go up on the 3rd it'll be time to break out the Christmas music. Gotta love Christmas music!

Right, well it's time for me to get my butt in gear, pick my dinner, and check for new posts on other people's blogs. Besides, I think I've covered everything I wanted to write about.

Tori

Not sleepy

I'm wide awake, and can't sleep. It's partly my own fault (I had a long nap yesterday afternoon) but partly just that I've been having a bit of trouble sleeping lately anyway. That's why I had such a long nap. I figure, sleep when I can. Even if that means napping in the afternoon and then being up most of the night.

Anyway, since I couldn't sleep, I've been fiddling with a few things. One of those is the herb garden page we had. I can't work out the selecting just a small piece of info, and the way I have to do things now makes that page difficult to finish. So, I decided to get rid of it. Instead you can find the link to the page I was using for the info (called "Purple Sage") in our links page, and read the info from there. You'll get pictures that way anyway. And, Dad, I'll put the link on your forum later, so if it's not there when you go on your forum later, don't worry, it is coming soon.

I've also added a Christmas countdown thingy. I'm quite pleased with it, because it even lets Jaws (my speech programme) read the text on it.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the movies I watched yesterday when I did yesterday's post. No, they're not the ones I got for my birthday (watching them later). They're movies that were on Sky Movies yesterday.

The first movie was called 'Space Kid' and it was a good-ish movie. Good enough so that I can say I enjoyed it, and good enough so I'd watch it again, but not the kind of movie I usually watch. A bit too much in the way of things being blown up for my liking. Or, that's how it seemed. I'm sure there are loads of people who would think there was nowhere near enough in the way of things being blown up. But for me there was a bit too much.

I also watched 'Bookie makes her mark', which was a fantastic movie about a Welsh girl living in Canada and trying to make her mark as a writer. I only ended up watching it because it came on after the other one and I wasn't sleepy yet, so figured I'd see if it was any good. I'm glad I did.

Then, last night, I watched another movie. One I've seen many times, but thoroughly enjoy. It was 'The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow', which many people will agree is a fantastic movie. Would have been a nice one to watch on Halloween.

OK, I should let this do and make another attempt at this sleep thing.

Tori

Friday, November 16, 2007

Brain teaser's and things

Question 1: An electric train is traveling South-East at 95 miles per hour, and the wind is traveling North-West at 95 miles per hour. What direction does the smoke blow?

Question 2: An elephant, a giraffe, a monkey, a crocodile, an aligator, two mice and another elephant are under a normal sized umbrella. How many of them got wet?

I'll post the answers at the end of my blog post.

I haven't really done anything today. And, this time I mean it. LOL!

Kelly went in to town to fetch a couple of bits for me, and when he got home, I wrapped them up while he wrote the labels. So, our Christmas shopping is very nearly finished. I just need to get Kelly's main present and my Dad's presents. I'm not going to say what I've got for people on here though, because I don't want to risk the person reading it and finding out what they're getting for Christmas.

It's still cold here. Kelly said yesterday it's like being back in Canada again. Only, without the snow. LOL! Well, I for one hope the snow does show up. Not so much because it would be like being back in Canada, but because I absolutely LOVE snow. The way things are going it looks like I should get at least a light dusting of the stuff before Christmas. I'd rather more, but even that would be a start.

Umm... Well, I can't think of anything else to say, so I guess I'll give you the answers to those questions now. At least some of you probably already got at least the first one though.

Answer to question 1: It doesn't. The train is electric... In other words, there is no smoke.

Answer to question 2: None of them. It wasn't raining.

Sorry, I just had to. LOL!

Tori

P.S. I posted a couple of poems on my poetry spot if you want to go take a look.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thursday's attempt at catching up

I didn't want to combine this post with the last one, so I decided to just make today one of those days when I do more than one post. LOL!

Haven't done much over the last two days. Mostly I've just wanted to curl up somewhere where I can be warm. It's so cold here! This morning it took me nearly ten minutes to thaw out the clasp on the baby gate that's on our back door so I could open it to let Kero out. The gate is on the outside of the door, and the temp was down to -5 degrees C (lower in some places) last night. Meaning that it was perfect temperature for the bit of rain that fell in the night to turn to a layer of frost and ice.

On Tuesday morning, Mam and I went in to town. We did a bit more Christmas shopping, did my weekly food shop, and got a new battery for my watch (hopefully this one will last a bit longer). We also had some lunch (I had my baguette and a Christmas cookie... Can't remember what Mam had) and, because we were cold, went in a cafe for a warm drink.

Mam, Dad, Kelly and I had our Chinese food yesterday (Wednesday). I didn't eat all mine though, sso I finished it today.

I had a hospital appointment this morning. They didn't give us much notice. The letter was only sent out on November 9th, and we only got it on Tuesday. We've told the hospitals time after time that we need the appointments for at least after 10:00 am, but they keep insisting on making them for around 9:00 am. Which means we have to be up with the sun (especially in Winter) to make it. And even then we barely manage it. Normally if they make them for that early, we call up and get the time changed, but we didn't have the time to get that done, because you have to give a certain amount of notice.

Anyway, it was another eye check-up. To see if the drops were keeping the eye comfortable. Which, for the most part, they are. The presure is back up, which basically means that with the drops are calming the pain enough so the eye is "trying" to survive a bit longer. The only thing they can really do is keep a check on whether my eye is comfy (for now at least) so I've got to go back in a couple of months (yes, I've got an appointment) just to be checked again.

After the hospital appointment, Mam and I went in to Asda (known as Walmart in the US and Canada) to pick up a couple of bits. We ended up buying a couple more Christmas presents for a couple of people. We also got a can of roasted chestnuts for Mam and I to have on Monday evening (we've never tried them before, but we wanted to try them). And I got a small slice of pecan and maple pie )which was something else I'd never tried, but wanted to) it was delicious.

I think that's just about everything.

Tori

Getting sick of this

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I had a great birthday... For the most part. I had all those great presents and cards, a chocolate birthday cake, and loads of wonderful birthday messages from friends and family. Basically, it was looking like a great day. And that was how it stayed until around 4:30 pm.

I was sitting at my PC when I heared something hit the window. A few seconds later more stones were hitting the window, and then someone was in our yard kicking the baby gate that's on our back door while shouting abuse at me. Then someone started playing with the buzzer for our front door (while the "kids" throwing stones, kicking the gate, and shouting abuse were still doing it). I know they were playing with the buzzer, because of how long it made a noise for.

I called Mam to tell her, called the police, then waited.

I think they heared me giving the police the details though, because by the time the beat officer arrived the kids were gone.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, even the beat officer has had more than enough. He's given us his number so we can call him directly if the "kids" are out there, and is trying to contact the housing people to "hopefully" make them move us a bit quicker.

Also, my social worker is writing directly to our representative in the housing association, and if that still doesn't help, she's going to phone that person.

So, we have four letters being sent now, and I'm going to see if I can get the doctor to write one too.

Tori

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My birthday 2007




Well, I had a really good birthday (for the most part, but I'll get to that in another post later).

I had quite a few presents. Including some audio books (I forget the titles, but you may be able to see at least some of them if you look at the photos I posted at the top of this post), the fifth Harry Potter movie, Herbie Fully Loaded on DVD, a couple of lego sets (a dragon and a caterpault), a box of chocolates, a soap set where the soap is a cat shape, a fluffy thing that is sort of a robe/dressing gown that you pull over your head and which has a picture of a cat on the front (that's not in the pictures though), a back scratcher (long story, but it's sort of a joke present from my Mam and Dad), a couple of milkybars (I'd eaten them before the pic was taken, lol) and £30 in cash. I also had about ten birthday cards.

I couldn't post the pics until today though, because it was this morning before Kelly had a chance to take them for me and help me get them on my PC. But, better late than never.

I had also had my bear, Teylah (see post written while in Norwich) from my Mam, but forgot to put her with the presents this afternoon, and keep forgetting to ask Mam to take a photo of her and Kera (see same post). So, I guess you'll have to keep on waiting for those photos. I swear you'll get them eventually though. LOL!

I'm not sure what I'll be spending my money on. I'm putting it away until after Christmas though, because I don't want to accidentally get something someone else had planned on getting me for Christmas.

By the way, thanks to everyone who sent me birthday messages on my blog, birthday e-mails, e-cards, normal cards, texts, and presents. They are all very much appreciated.

Tori

Monday, November 12, 2007

Yesderday, Today and Tomorrow

Well, yesterday was "Rememberance Sunday" but I didn't really do anything to show it was any different from any other Sunday. Last year (when I was doing my streams) I made everyone do a minute silence at 11 O'Clock, but since I don't stream any more there wasn't much I could have done to show it was supposed to be a day to honour those lost in the various wars. So, instead I just went to my parents' place for dinner, like I do every Sunday now.

Mam and I spent most of the afternoon wrapping the stuff we'd brought in Swansea on Tuesday, and the rest of it trying to keep the dogs out of the bags. LOL! I'm not surprised they were in the bags though, because most of the stuff was (as I mentioned Tuesday) for them. In the end we gave them a rawhide candy cane each just so we could get the rest of the stuff wrapped up. LOL!

Then, today (Monday) I spent the afternoon by myself, because Kelly went up to my parents' place, and my Mam was later than usual coming down, because she had trouble making herself do it. I can't say I blame her. I wouldn't want to come back on this estate if I didn't live here either.

We got a hold of someone from the people who house us today, and they asked for letters to confirm everything that we told them on the phone. They don't want one from me because they don't see the point when Mam could give them more info anyway, but they wanted one from Mam, and Kelly. And when Laura (a family friend who I grew up with) came here this evening, she said she'd write one too. So, we did it on my computer and got them all printed out. We're hoping to mail them tomorrow.

We also managed to get a message to my social worker, who can help us by writing to them too. She wasn't available at the time, but should be calling us in a couple of days. She was already concerned and wanting us moved before last week's incident, so I know she'll be happy to help us to give the housing people a kick up the backside.

On a brighter note, six weeks today is Christmas eve. And on an even brighter note (in my opinion anyway) tomorrow is my birthday! YAY! And There's a whole bag of presents in our living room right at this moment waiting for me to open when I get up in the morning. There's some cards in there too. LOL!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is also shopping day, so all the lists (the menu for the week and the shopping list) have been written, printed out, and put in my bag for tomorrow. Well, actually the menu is waiting to go on the fridge tomorrow. We do our menu from Tuesday to Monday, because I shop on a Tuesday. Over Christmas though, I'll need to do one that covers a couple of weeks.

Here's what our menu looks like this week:

Tuesday:
Beef, potatoes and peas

Wednesday:
Chinese take-away (we were going to have this Tuesday, but decided to wait until Wednesday and invite Mam and Dad to have some too. Besides, then they can pick it up on their way down to us. LOL!)

Thursday:
Pasta with a tomato sauce

Friday:
Sausage and chips/fries

Saturday:
Something from the freezer (which basically means something quick and easy that we can make for ourselves, depending on what we have, what we fancy, or whether it's Mam or Kelly who's home with me)

Sunday:
Roast dinner (that's what Mam always cooks on a Sunday. I think it's pork this week)

Monday:
Baked potato, tuna and cheese

I'm afraid it's not very inventive this week. Still, it's better than the menu I used to eat, which consisted of chips/fries with something (usually burger, fried eggs, pizza or cheese and gravy).

OK, that's basically all I have to say today, so I guess it's time to hit the 'publish' button.

Tori

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Duvet day

Today I had what we call here in Wales a "duvet day." Which is basically a "lazy day." You know, the kind of day where you just lay around the house, not doing much of anything. So, I'm posting more because I wanted something to do rather than because I have anything worth saying. So, don't be surprised if this post ends up being one of those where I sprout nonsensical dribble. LOL!

The only thing that really happened today, is that the label maker I ordered from the RNIB shop when I was visiting Carl and Rachel arrived today. So, as soon as someone has the free time to help me, I can get braille labels on the cases of our movies and CDs, and my audio books. Then I wont need to keep asking people if I have picked up the right one.

I need to get a paper shredder. The councils are finally starting to sort out getting people to recycle, and I don't want to be just putting old paperwork in "the paper bin" because of any personal info (address, bank details, etc) that may be on it. So, I'll have to get a paper shredder so I can shred the papers first. Especially since I hav a box full of old papers that need to be sorted out.

I think everyone is trying to do the whole "let's plan a menu for the week so we can try to eat healthily" thing. LOL! My Mam has been doing the weekly menu thing since she started her diet close to two years ago. I didn't get on with diets, but I've taken to writing a weekly menu (and trying to make at least most of the meals healthy) and I know a couple of other people (some online, some in real life) who are doing the same. Apart from anything else, it makes shopping easier. I've also found it stops the annoying debate of "what do you want for dinner?" "I don't know. What do you want?" "I don't know." Which I'm sure everyone gets fed up of quickly. LOL!

We need to start sorting out sending Christmas cards before the slowness of the Christmas post sets in. Especially the ones that need to be sent half way across the world. Like the ones that need to go to my Mother-In-Law, Sister-In-Law, Niece and Nephew in Canada.

Kero doesn't seem bothered about how cold it is. We let him out last night, and when he seemed to be taking too long coming back in, Kelly went out to check on him. There was Kero sitting on the bench with his nose pointing into the wind, tail wagging like mad. LOL! Well, now I don't feel so bad for not having a coat for him this Winter (he's had a coat ever since he was about five or six months old). So, while the rest of us are freezing our toes off, Kero's just enjoying the feel of the wind in his fur. And, I swear half the times he asked to go out in the yard today it was for that reason rather than because he needed to do anything. LOL!

The drops I got from the specialist the last time I went are helping (for the most part). I'm not going to say I'm totally pain free, but I'm not in nearly as much pain, and that means I'm not waking constantly in pain. The main time my eye bugs me is when there's a lot of light, so the fact it's not all hot and sunny is probably helping too.

Last night I watched a movie called 'Captain Ron'. I'd seen the end of it before, but never watched the whole movie. It was pretty good.

Anyway, that's enough from me for today, I think.

Tori

Friday, November 09, 2007

Freezing cold Friday

Brrr! It's cold here! I'm normally the kind of person who runs around in bare feet, but I have TWO pairs of socks on. One pair is just a normal pair, the other pair is one of the fluffy pairs I brought the other day. I even kept my socks on when I went for a nap this afternoon.

I hope Kero isn't getting too cold when he's out on his walks. In this weather we'd usually put his coat on, but it's too small for him, which means he hasn't got a coat. I did look in to getting him a new one when we were in Swansea on Tuesday, but they were either those thin waterproof things (which wouldn't keep him warm) or they were too small for him. I suppose that was probably why we had one made for him last time. But, I can't find the e-mail address for the person who made his last one (the same person who made the one I had made for Scotty and sent to Kerry for him last year). Still, he's supposed to be a hardy breed, and should be OK with a little bit of cold weather. He's due to go to the groomer next month, but I'll just have her not cut his fur as short as she usually does.

Mam and I had hoped to get dog advent calenders for Kero and Willow when we were in Pets @ Home on Tuesday, but they didn't have any. They had them for cats (tried my cats with them last year, they don't like them), rabbits and guinea pigs, but not for dogs. When we asked if they'd be getting more, they said they wouldn't. But Kelly went in to town for me today to run a couple of errands, and saw the calenders in the market, so he got one for Kero. Then, I sent Mam a text to tell her they were there so she could get Willow one. It was only when he got home Kelly thought he should have grabbed Willow one, but it was too late by then. Luckily Mam was going in anyway, so no worries there. Both Kero and Willow have their calenders ready to count the days from December 1st until Christmas eve now. And, before you ask, yes, us humans have calenders too. LOL!

OK, I can't think of anything else to say, so I'll let this do.

Tori

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Winter is almost here

Yes, Winter is almost here, and boy does it show! It's been really cold here over the past week or so, and you should have heard the wind earlier! Who knows, maybe this year we'll have snow for Christmas? I certainly hope so! (Although, I think I'm the only person in the family who does... LOL!)

Not really done much today.

The police visited Mam to get a written statement about what happened the other night. They didn't come to me though, because they are pretty sure the one statement will be enough. If they need one from me they'll come see me to ask for one though. While we wait for them to do all the paperwork and such, we will be getting in touch with the housing association we rent from to make a start on getting them to move us. Not really anything more I can say on that topic until something happens. Not sure how long it will take for something to happen, but I'll let you know when it does.

Anyway...

Was watching "The Simpsons" earlier and it was an episode I'd never seen before. I don't usually mention what happens on T.V. shows I watch, but I just had to mention this one thing.

Homer was spreading rumours via his web site, and when he ran out of true ones to spread, he started making them up. One of these was that there is a mind controling drug in the flu jab. Then Homer gets kidnapped and taken to this island where they are annoyed with him because he'd figured out about this. The bit I found funny in all this was that the guy Homer was talking to on the island told Homer that the mind controling drug in the flu jab was to encourage people to shop. Then he added, "That's why they're done just before Christmas." LOL!

The scary thing about that is something like that is actually possible. And, if it is the case, it's definately working on my Mam. LOL! (I don't have the flu jab, so it couldn't be affecting me... lol!)

OK, well, I can't think of anything else to write about, so I think I'll go to bed.

Tori.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Dentist

We (Mam, Dad, Kelly and I) went to the dentist this morning. Wayne didn't have an appointment, so he watched Kero for us. It was the first time any of us had been to a dentist in a while, because most of them have gone private, and we had to wait on a waiting list to see one of the few dentists left around here who still accept NHS patients. But, despite the fact I'm the first to admit I don't look after my teeth nearly as well as I should, I was told my teeth are in great shape. My bottom two wisdom teeth are trying to cut through the gum (but I could have told you that without a dentist's help) but that's all that's going on in there. I'd expected to need at least one filling (especially with all the sweets I eat) but not one. WooHoo! The others have to go back for one thing or another though. So, I was being a brat and asking if they could go in next Tuesday so I could eat my birthday cake all by myself. They aren't going back quite that soon though. Shame, I was looking forward to all that cake. LOL! Actually, I wouldn't have eaten the whole thing by myself. I can't eat that much any more. But, I wasn't going to point that out to them at the time. LOL!

Haven't done much else today. Mam and Dad came down for dinner (like they always do on a Wednesday) and Mam made beef chow mein for dinner. She's never made it before, but we all thought she did a great job of it.

After dinner, Dad and Kelly played one of their games on the PC (I think they were playing the "Lord of the Rings" game) while Mam was reading to me in the other room. We're getting pretty close to the end of the book now. I keep meaning to mention it, but keep forgetting. We started it on the train on the way to visit Carl and Rachel. I can't remember how to spell the last name of the author, but his first name is 'John' and the book is called 'Marley And Me'. When we've finished it, I will post about it, and get Mam to give me the spelling for John's last name.

Anyway, I think I'll go check out some of my friends' blogs (and the ones belonging to family members, of course) to see if anyone has posted anything new.

Tori

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Dinner and Christmas shopping

I thought I'd start a new post since I'm completely changing the mood of the post. Besides, my day out with Mam today will make a better first post to see when you come on my blog than the one I posted a little while ago would have.

Next week is my birthday, and Mam was going to take me in to Swansea and out for dinner, but we did it today instead.

We were going to go to an all-you-can-eat Chinese resteraunt (like we went to when we were in Norwich visiting Carl and Rachel) but since neither of us eats as much as we used to, I suggested we went somewhere else instead. Mam told me to pick where I wanted to go, so we ended up going to a little resteraunt I like in Swansea called "Eli's" for my early birthday dinner. And it was a lovely dinner too. I had what they called an "all day brunch" for my dinner. It was egg, chips, bacon and sausage. Mam had egg and chips (she doesn't really eat meat). And we both shared an order of "cheesy garlic bread." We didn't have a desert though.

Since we don't go in to Swansea often (it's a fairly long trip, especially if you go by bus like we usually have to) we decided to combine our trip in for dinner with a Christmas shopping spree. We brought LOADS of things! I have to admit though, most of it seems to be for the animals. But as I pointed out to the woman in the pet shop when she commented on how much we had, we do have 2 dogs, 5 cats and a hamster between just our two houses. LOL! So, that's most of my Christmas shopping done. Just waiting for a couple of things I ordered from the internet to come, then I have to sort my Dad's presents, and get Elizabeth's main present, and after that I'm done.

We did get some bits that weren't Christmas gifts though. Mam got herself a nice set of clothes, and we both got some fluffy socks. I usually hate having stuff on my feet, but it's gotten quite cold, and those socks are so warm and snuggly on my feet that I can't resist, lol! We also got some supplies to make some "pressie sacks" because we can't find any ready made ones that are fabric, and we want to have them to put our gifts in so the cats can't unwrap them. We do have a couple of little ones, but we need more. And, no, I'm not going to try and make them, Mam is making them.

I think that covers everything that's happened in the last couple of days that wasn't mentioned in the first post I did today. LOL!

Tori

Had enough

I didn't do a blog last night because I didn't really have a chance, not to mention the fact I really wasn't in the mood to do much writing.

For the most part it was a pretty good day yesterday. I got all caught up on blogs, and Mam came down for what should have been a lovely evening. Unfortunately, the evening wasn't as lovely as we'd hoped it would be. And, we spent most of the evening waiting for the police to get back to us. Why? Because of those bratty kids (well, I call them kids, but most of them are like 13 and over). What kids? The kids who, for the last two years, have been throwing stones at my windows and doors. Anyway, to cut a long story short, last night the stones hit people. On one occassion before the stones hit Kero, and we called the police then too. There have been other times we've called the police about those kids as well, but this time is the one I was going to talk about. This time was the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak. Both Mam and I were in my doorway. Mam was having a smoke (I don't allow smoking in my house) and I was talking to her. Next thing we knew, something hit my wrist. I said "Ouch!" (Well, who wouldn't?) And Mam luckily turned to see what was wrong. I say "luckily" because the next stone hit her on the back of the head, bounced off the glass on my back door and landed behind me (we found out later it had landed on my kitchen table). Had she not turned, it would have hit her right in the eye. And, had I been stood where I was without her being there, it would have hit me straight in the eye. Apart from being a bit sore, my wrist is fine (the stone hit the bone on the side of my wrist) and apart from a bit of a lump and one heck of a headache Mam is fine too. But that's not the point. The point is that this has been going on for over two years, and I've had enough!

I was talking to Dave Brookes (host of the 'Real Late-Night Phone-In' on Real Radio) last night. I phoned on another matter, which isn't important, but stones came into the conversation somehow, and I ended up touching on talking about what happened. Anyway, Dave was interested and asked if I'd tell him a bit more about the stone throwing. So, I did. Short form is, he's writing to my local MP and AM (no idea who they are, or what the letters stand for, but they're important if I want something done about this) and telling them how annoyed he is that it's been allowed to happen for so long, even after so many calls to my housing association and the police. I thought that was rather nice of him.

The police couldn't make it out to talk to us last night, so they came this evening. They were fantastic. They're coming to get proper statements from us in a couple of days so we can take it to court. They're also calling my housing association to "talk to them" about the fact they assured me if I needed to be moved from here I would be, but when we requested it they refused to do so. And the fact that when Kero got hit with the stones they said "So? It's just a dog!"

Hopefully we can actually get moved to a better place now, and maybe the trip to court will make these bratty kids wake up and stop throwing stones. We can but hope anyway.

Tori

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Dogs, Kids & Fireworks

Today (Sunday) Kelly, Kero and I went for dinner at my parents' place, as planned. I can't speak for Kelly, but Kero and I had a good time. Kelly spent most of the time with Dad and Wayne, so I didn't see much of him throughout the afternoon, but I was helping Mam wrap various Christmas presents we've got for people. I may not be much help when it comes to writing the labels, but I'm pretty good at the wrapping part, and enjoy doing it. We got all the stuff wrapped (until we buy more, lol!) Well, other than a couple of bits I had to leave at my place, because they're for Mam, and I couldn't exactly ask her to help label her own gifts, could I? LOL!

Kero and Willow behaved excellently. Willow is known for getting a bit over excited (well, she is a Labrador after all, lol) and jumping on Kero (and us) so much we all get fed up and she has to be shut in a seporate room to calm down, but we didn't have that problem today. I even managed to get her to wait at the top of the stairs long enough for me to walk down them... TWICE! And, Kero is known for chasing Mam's cats (he thinks all cats should play with him like ours do) and for having "accidents" when he's in my parents' house (we don't know why, since the back door is always open when we're there). But, again, we didn't have those problems today. So, we're very proud of both dogs.

There are a lot of fireworks this time of year, because of "Guy Fawlks Day" (which is tomorrow) and Kero and I have watched them from our yard (or, in the case of last year, from the park) every year since he was a tiny little puppy. He's never been bothered by them (despite being scared of almost everything else) so Mam got a few for us to have tomorrow night. We had them tonight though, because when we were at my parents' place someone let some loud ones off and Kero got scared. I was a bit surprised Kero got scared, because this is his fourth year with fireworks, but his first year being scared of them. Maybe listening to that audiobook about the war with me made him think we were being bombed or something? I dunno. Either way, taking him with us wasn't an option any more, so Dad and Kelly stayed with him at my place while we went to do the fireworks.

Mam and I weren't alone for the fireworks though. Dad and Kelly had Kero at our place, and Mam and I invited Christy (9) and Ieuan (6) to come watch our fireworks. Christy and Ieuan are the younger two children of family friends called Tracey and Dill, and were more than happy to be invited to watch our fireworks. They were very well behaved while we were doing the fireworks, so before Mam took them home I gave each of them a little packet of chocolate buttons I'd found in my bedside drawer when looking for something yesterday. I know they can't have been there long, because chocolate never lasts me long. LOL!

I tell you what though, Christy sure can talk! Mam says I was that bad at her age, so I said "sorry!" LOL! I thought I talked a lot now, but even I couldn't get a word in half the time. LOL! And I haven't a clue what half she was saying was about. *Grins* Mam said "You sure like to talk, don't you, Christy?" And Christy stopped what she was saying long enough to say "Yep, I do!" Then off she went again. LMAO! Some of what she said made me laugh though. Like when Mam tripped and swore, and then remembered there were kids about and said she was sorry, prompting Christy to say "Oh, that's OK. I hear that kind of talk all the time from Dadi!" ROTFLMAO! Cheeky little buggar!

Ieuan wanted to give us something to thank us for the fireworks, so he gave me a rubber (as in eraser) he had in his pocket. He was going to give Mam a pencil, but it was stuck in his pocket, and he decided it was too hard to get it out. Plus he got side-tracked with making sure there were no leaves or stones on the path for me to slip or trip on. Bless him.

I hope my kids (when I have some) are as good as them two. I mean, there are times they mis-behave - they wouldn't be kids if they behaved all the time, LOL - but they're good most of the time and that's the best you can ask for with kids.

Anyway, that'll do for today.

Tori

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Reviews

For those who aren't big on hearing what other people think of various books and movies, scroll past this post, there's another one. For the rest of you, read on, but if you haven't already read today's other post, don't forget to read it when you're done with this one.

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Books:

"The Story Of Tracy Beaker" and "The Dare Game" are the main two books in "The Tracy Beaker Collection" by Jaqueline Wilson. They are both really good books that tell the story of a young girl named Tracy Beaker who is living in care, and who has a VERY vivid imagination. I wont tell you any more than that though, except to say there is a T.V. series based on the books, and that both the books and T.V. series are very good. There's a movie too, but I haven't seen it yet. This might not be some of you guys' idea of a good set of books though, because it's aimed at young-ish girls (I think 9 plus).

"Ugly" is a book by Constance Briscou, which is, I'm sorry to say, her autobiography (or the first part of it anyway). And the reason I say "I'm sorry to say" is that some parts of it are quite distressing. Despite some of the terrible things Constance recounts from her childhood, however, "Ugly" is a very good book.

I've read "Blue Fire" by Phyllis A Whitney before, but find it to be a fantastic book, which I have enjoyed every time I've read.

I borrowed "Gardens Of Delight" by Erica James from the local library. I wasn't sure what I thought of Erica James' books, having not read any before (to my knowledge anyway). Anyway, I enjoyed it. Some people may find it difficult to follow though, because it follows a few different people's stories at once. But, if you can follow it easily enough, it's a great book.

Another book I borrowed from the library was "A Form Of Death" by Roy Lewis. I didn't think much of it though. It was hard to get in to, and didn't make sense to me. I found myself reading (ok, listening to, if you want to be picky) the same part over, and over, and over, and still couldn't figure out what was meant to be going on. Definately NOT one I recommend.

"A Wing And A Prayer" by Lynn Andrews is one I definately would recommend though. Especially to readers who enjoy reading about the second world war, and the people who suffered through it.

The other one I borrowed from the library was called "Poisoned Cherries" by Quentine Jardeen. It was a good book, but kinda weird in places. I'm not sure I could begin to describe the basics of the story for you, because it was a bit of a complicated plot, but it was really good nether the less.

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Movies:

"Candleshoe" is a sort of "Anastasia" story with a bit of a twist. I thought it was a really good movie.

I didn't think much of "Monster House" though. The plot idea was pretty good, but they seemed to waste a lot of time doing nothing. Or, maybe I just couldn't get into it? Either way I didn't think much of it.

I've never seen the first Dungeons And Dragons movie, but "Dungeons And Dragons 2" was just starting when we turned on the T.V. and Kelly wanted to watch it, so I decided to watch it too. It was pretty good. It would be especially enjoyable to those of you who enjoy the Dungeons And Dragons RP (role playing) games.

When I was visiting Carl and Rachel, Mam, Rachel and I watched "Love Actually" while Carl was still at work. It was a really good movie, with quite a few funny bits.

I watched "Twitches 2" last night. I've never seen the first one, but the second one was on, so I watched it. It was an OK movie, but the plot seemed to drag, like they had a short plot and needed to stretch it to fit an hour long movie. I can't say I didn't enjoy it, but I've definately seen better.


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And those are the reviews I promised.

Tori

What a week!

I've had quite an eventful week (for lack of a better way to put it).

Monday was OK. Didn't do much, just tried to catch up on blogs, and had that nap I said in Monday's blog I was going to go have. But the "fun" started on Tuesday.

Went to town, and because it was easier Mam paid for my stuff in with hers, then I was going to get her the cash out of my bank to pay her back. Sounds straight forward, right? WRONG! For some reason I couldn't get more than half the money I wanted out of my bank. Couldn't even get an on-screen balance. To cut a long story short, it turned out the bank's computers are just running a bit behind (or something like that). But it was Thursday before we found this out and were able to get the money out.

Then on Wednesday we thought we'd lost Chance, if you know what I mean. Neither of us had seen him since late Tuesday night/early hours of Wednesday morning, and when there was still no sign of him at about 5:00 pm we were quite worried. Chance isn't known for missing meals, and by this time had missed two. Anyway, it turned out that the daft buggar had curled up in the one cat bed we never thought to check in (we didn't check it, because he is much to big for it, and we thought he'd have more sense than to curl up in it) and he'd gone and got himself stuck. My Mam only found him because she could just see one of his legs sticking out when she came down and was looking for him. By the time we found him, he was extremely cold and didn't look too good. He'd had nothing to eat or drink for at least close to 24 hours by this point. I cuddled him in a blanket to warm him up, and a little while after that he went and had a nice, long drink. He's back to his old self now (mouthy and constantly underfoot). The daft sod has tried to get in the same bed again since Wednesday though. *Sigh* Will he ever learn? *Sigh* Ah well, at least we know to check in there now. Daft cat LOL!!

We didn't have many trick-or-treaters Wednesday night, but then Halloween/Samhain isn't as much of a big deal over here as it is in Canada and America. I'd meant to get some treats in Tesco for them, but the fuss with my card made me forget. So, instead I gave them a bit of loose change. I felt awful not having treats for them. I'll have to make it up to them next year and have a nice big bag of treats for them.

I was meant to go to the bank Thursday morning, but I never made it. Spent most of the day seeing doctors instead. Barely got out the door before I couldn't cope with the light any more. So, off we went to see the eye doctors (again... *sigh*) to be told that all they can do is give me more drops (again) to try and keep the pain bearable. Still, at least the doctors I saw Thursday were a lot nicer than the ones I saw back at the end of September and start of October. They even said they'd make me an appointment to be seen this side of Christmas to try and make sure my eye is "as comfy as possible" over Christmas.

Of course, the fact I'm in so much pain any time there's too much light means that my plans to go to town with Nan and Wayne yesterday (Friday) went right out the window. And opening the curtains in our house is a big no-no today, because it's too sunny. And, before anyone asks, we already tried dark glasses, and as it turns out, my baseball caps do a better job of sheilding my eye than the dark glasses.

I'm still going to my parents' place for dinner tomorrow though. Can't hide indoors the rest of my life. Apart from anything else, I'd never cope with that. I need some time to be outside in nature. Even if it means grabbing a cold cloth and my drops the second I walk in the door. LOL!

By the way, while we're on the subject of eyes. I'd just like to let those of you who's blogs I'm not commenting on know that it's nothing personal, but I can't get the listening button for word verification to work, so if you have that on your blog I can't comment, and those of you who have background music on your blogs... I can't even read your posts. It's impossible for me to hear Jaws speaking over the background music. So, if you have either of those things going on over on your blog, don't expect comments, because it's just impossible for me to do. I am reading some of the blogs with word verification but no music, but can't comment on them. Like I said, it's nothing personal, I just can't do it.

Anyway, let's talk about something more cheerful, shall we?

Wednesday was my friend Claire's birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Claire! And, Friday was Robyn's birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Robyn!

I was going to post those book and movie reviews on Thursday, but didn't get around to it (not surprisingly). Maybe I'll have better luck next week? LOL!

Can you believe how quickly Christmas is sneaking up on us? My birthday is only a week and a half away, which means Christmas is only 7 and a half weeks away! WOW! How are you all doing with Christmas shopping? I'm mostly finished. Just got to get Kelly's main present, a couple more bits for the animals, Carl (brother)'s presents, Elizabeth (little sister)'s main present, the rest of Mam's presents, and Dad's presents. Might sound like I still have a lot to do, but when you think I've already done Rachel (sister-in-law), Grandma, Nan, most of the bits for Kelly, most of the bits for the pets, and Wayne (brother). Plus the various friends I buy for... Suddenly it really does seem I've done most of my Christmas shopping. LOL! So, how's yours going?

OK, well, this post seems to be getting quite long, and I want some lunch, so I'll let this do.

Tori