Thursday, April 30, 2009
This is the header image that Kate made for me after the random.org thingy picked me as winner for the Earth Day thingy she did on her blog. I gave her a choice of a couple of themes and this is what she came up with. Kelly says it looks cool. What do you think?
Note: I will put it up in the title area when I can figure out how to do it.
P.S. Anyone who came here looking for the weekly craft update... Scroll down. :)
Part of the reason for my lazyness with my crafts this past week is my attempts at getting a sleeping routine sorted. Because of this I'm too tired to concentrate properly on knitting. Once I get a routine sorted out I'll be able to concentrate on my knitting properly.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
For example: Imagine Arnie in a bunny suit saying, "Ah, I'll be back, *rabbit purr*"
So, my question is:
What situation and/or phrase do you think would be improved with bunnyfication?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Corinne, whose birthday was April 10th.
Jackie's grandson, Lucas, whose birthday was April 12th.
Wifey's daughter, Emerson, whose birthday was also April 12th.
Queen Elizabeth, whose "real" birthday was April 21st (apparently).
Jackie, whose birthday was April 26th.
ChicagoLady, whose birthday was yesterday (April 27th).
I hope you all had fantastic birthdays.
Though, as many people know, it's not over for Queen Elizabeth, since her public birthday celebration isn't until May. Some people have all the luck... Two birthdays!
Me: Yay what?
Kelly: I got the thing
Me: What thing?
Kelly: The thing from the people
Me: The thing from what people?
Kelly: In the game I'm playing
Me: What game? You're not playing a game
Kelly: Yes, I am... On the PC
Me: No, you're not... The PC isn't even on
Kelly: Shhh... I'm trying to concentrate, you're going to get me killed!
He then proceeded to get out of bed, wander about for a few moments while muttering about, "bathroom break" and "stretching my legs." Then, he got back in to bed without another word, and started snoring.
He had no recolection of this when he got up in the morning.
I think he's been playing too many video games, don't you? ;)
Monday, April 27, 2009
The result being that Kero and I had bearly set out for our walk on Saturday when a Spring storm set in. It wouldn't have been too much of an issue, except that I'd rushed out of the house because I "needed" to be outside, so I hadn't put Kero's doggy jacket on (and he HATES getting wet) and all I had on myself was a tracksuit top I use as a sort of cardigan. This meant that the pair of us got absolutely soaked to the skin.
The first thing I had to do when we got home was to get Kero dry. Then I brushed his fur so he didn't end up with tangles and knots in it. After he was sorted I got myself dry, and in to some dry clothes. Then I had a cup of tea, and snuggled up in a blanket to drink it. I ended up falling asleep curled up in that blanket, and listening to the storm raging outside.
It had calmed down by the time I woke up, but it was back in full force last night. Mind you, with the beautifully warm weather we've had most of the past week I'm not surprised we had those storms. Almost a week is a long time for Wales to be rain free. ;)
And, no, I don't know why I'm posting about storms. I just sat down to do a blog post, and this is what I ended up writing. Still, storms are fascinating, and I enjoy listening to them. I don't even mind being out in them (if I did I'd have been home a lot quicker than I was on Saturday, and wouldn't have coaxed Kero in to walking a little further). It's just a shame that being out in them usually results in my catching a cold. :(
Look after yourselves, stay safe, etc. And, if you're not well, feeling low, etc, then consider hugs, healing thoughts, etc, sent your way. *hugs and such to those who need them*
Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
by Holly Tashian
1. Deal with your clothes. Clean out closets and dressers. Sell, consign, give away or toss anything that you no longer love or that no longer fits you. If it’s beyond repair, out of style, unflattering, or useless (like one sock only), then let it go.
2. Clear out your attic and cellar clutter. Let go of those old love letters, broken chairs, 10 year old tax records, old baby clothes, moldy rugs, useless tools, old towels and sheets, extra blankets, anything you no longer need. If you haven’t used it for the past 2 years, chances are you don’t need it, and perhaps someone else could make use of it.
3. Address the kitchen clutter. Remove everything from your kitchen counters that is not essential for every day cooking (blenders, mixers, jars of dried beans, rice, flour, etc.). These items should be stored in cupboards. Clean out the food storage areas and refrigerator to make sure nothing is expired, moldy or rotten. Clean out under the kitchen sink.
4. Organize your desk & office area. Keep your desk cleared off at the end of each work day. Create active files for all paperwork. Eliminate paper clutter by keeping one notebook for all notes, rather than post-its. Keep your Rolodex current. Handle mail once – toss catalogues that aren’t essential.
5. Recycle paper clutter. Magazines, junk mail and newspapers should be tossed out weekly. Books – especially paperbacks that you’ve read can be donated to the library. Keep only books that are essential and irreplaceable. Old textbooks, paperback classics, children’s books (when your children are grown) can be given away to book fairs, garage sales, libraries and friends.
6. Clear away garage clutter. Broken items, scraps of wood, rusty tools, parts of appliances, electrical equipment that no longer works are all candidates for the recycle bin, trash bin or Goodwill. Fix it, use it or let it go.
7. Put consciousness into bathrooms. Clean out medicine cabinets often. Keep a minimum of towels out. Make sure the linen closet is up to date and neat. Toss out any "dead soldiers" (empty shampoo, hairspray, and cologne bottles stored on the shelves). Keep magazines to a minimum of 1 or 2.
8. Stop clutter at the front door. Only buy what you need and have a predestined place for. Stop going to garage sales, throw out junk mail before it settles on the kitchen table. Accept other people’s stuff only if you really need it. If you acquire a new piece of furniture, let go of a piece of furniture that someone else can use. Recycle cans, bottles, papers, and plastic at least monthly.
9. Clean out your car. Since most of us spend considerable time in motor vehicles, it is wise to apply these guidelines to the car, RV or truck.
10. Ask yourself these questions:
Do I love it?
Do I need it?
Is it essential?
Does it enhance my life?
Then: Sort your things into 3 piles – (boxes)
Yes – I love it and I need it, it works and it’s useful
No – Someone else can have it
No – Toss it out
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Those of you who read Kate's blog (see link at bottom of post) will know this already. But I just "had to" point it out. I like winning things. But then, who doesn't? :)
Of course, there were plenty of other great posts that deserved to win. But the random.org thingy picked me. And I'm not going to pretend to be disappointed. Besides, I've been wanting to get someone to make me a header image thingy for my blog...
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Friday, April 24, 2009
I had a busy few days after my last blog post. First I had to rest from the exhausting task of watching the humans reorganize stuff. Then I had to dodge heavy rain showers in order to still get the required amount of garden inspections in to my day. Then I had to get all my toys and treats scattered around in the way I like them. The humans seem to be obsessed with putting them back in the box. I don't understand why. They're so much easier to find when they're all over the floor. Those humans don't know anything!
Anyway, if all that wasn't tiring enough, Willow came for a visit on Sunday. Willow is the dog who tries to keep the "Mamgu" and "Dadci" humans in line. She lets them get away with a lot though. She's such a softy. As long as they give her the required amount of outside time, treats, and play time, she's happy. She spoils those humans, she really does.
So, anyway, she came for a visit on Sunday, and she brought her humans with her. Willow and I managed to persuade Mamgu and Mami humans to take us for walkies together. After all, the rain I'd been dodging Friday and Saturday had gone away. We were successful, and had a really nice walk in the sunshine. Willow and I did a lot of sniffing, and I had a few spots to mark - it's required of a male dog - but, other than that, the walkies were uneventful.
After walkies I let Willow play with some of my toys in return for the Bonio the humans gave her that she didn't really want at that time. Then she took her humans home.
On Monday Mamgu and Dadci human came back without Willow, and Mamgu human took this photo of me for me to post for this week's furkid Friday.
I wasn't sure I wanted a picture taken... I was kinda busy enjoying the sunshine and watching anyone who happened to be within my range of sight. But she kept on at me, so I gave in. Besides, I'm sure you all just love seeing photos of my handsome face.
After they left another human came. I don't like this human very much. The humans call her "warden" and every time she comes she just talks to the humans for a few minutes, then she plays with the cords the humans leave around the place - despite us not having any cats to play with them any more - and a box in the hallway makes a nasty noise that hurts my ears. So I get upset when she comes. But the humans say she has to come and check on Mami. Which is stupid, because I do a great job of looking after my humans. I don't need any help. Especially from a human!
Then, on Tuesday, I found out that a human called "Styxie" gave me and Mami human an award because of the fantastic job I do on my posts. That just proves that I was right about how eager you humans are to hear about my fascinating life. Thank you Styxie human for the award (which Mami human posted on Wednesday, so you can scroll down and see it if you haven't already but want to).
OK, well, other than that my week has been the usual routine. So I wont waste valuable garden inspecting time telling you things you should already know about.
Licks and sniffs,
October 23rd-November 21st
Sign: The Scorpion. 8th Sign.
Ruling Planet: Pluto.
Opposite Sign: Taurus.
Zodiac Element: Water
Zodiac Quality: Fixed
Colors: Red and Black.
Numbers: Three and five.
Gemstones: Garnet, Ruby, Diamond.
Metals: Gold and Silver.
Body Parts Ruled: Reproductive system, genitals.
Gods/Goddesses: Orpheus, Ares/Mars, Pluto/Hades.
Geography: Buryatia, El Salvador, Navarre, Picardie.
Best Love Matches: Cancer, Capricorn, Pisces, Virgo.
Worst Love Matches: Aquarius, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius.
Variable Matches: Taurus and Scorpio.
After Libra's intellectual exploration of other people, Scorpio's interest is in discovering other people's emotions and how they respond to the world around them.
Scorpio is the Sign of Sex and Death, the beginning and ending of things, and they explore these ideas from an emotional standpoint. People born under this Sign are investigative and probing, often strongly intuitive and penetrating.
As the eighth Sign, Scorpio also rules the eighth House: the House of Sex.
The Sign In Depth:
The Astrological Symbol of Scorpio is the Scorpion. Like the mythical Scorpion, people born under this Sign tend to be strong-willed and wary of being controlled by others. At times they can be self-destructive, like the Scorpion who kills itself rather than letting someone else kill it.
They are very determined, and once they've made up their minds they are unlikely to change them. They tend to be stubborn, refusing to give up when others have long since gotten bored and abandoned a project, and getting things done when no one else thought it possible. In this way, Scorpio exemplifies the Fixed Quality assigned to it. They are one of the Power Signs (the others being Taurus, Leo and Aquarius).
Scorpios tend to have their own agenda, and work intensely to achieve their desires. People who wish to change a Scorpio's mind often have trouble because they can never be sure what their motivation is; Scorpios are too complex and sometimes secretive to be understood easily.
Within the Zodiac, Scorpio is opposite Taurus, the Sign of Possessions. While both Signs can be possessive, Taurus is concerned with personal property and Scorpio tends to be about community resources and group investments. They are very resourceful and self-confident.
Scorpio is ruled by the Planets Mars and Pluto. In ancient Roman mythology, Mars (and his Greek equivalent, Ares) was the God of War, and ancient astrologers assigned both Aries and Scorpio to this Planet. Pluto (and his Greek equivalent, Hades) was the God of the Underworld, and when the Planet Pluto was discovered early in the 20th Century astrologers assigned Scorpio to this Planet. Under Mars' influence, Scorpio is the behind-the-scenes tactician while Aries is on the front lines. Scorpio's modern ruler, Pluto, represents Death and Endings; it's the Sign of rebirth and regeneration. When the Scorpion loses its tail, it regenerates a new stinger, and Scorpios can be reborn the same way after they suffer losses. In addition, Pluto is a strong Planet. It teaches a valuable lesson: while Scorpio has a tendency to be possessive, Pluto pulls things away.
The Element associated with Scorpio is Water. Water Signs are emotional: they tend to respond to the world through emotion, rather than physical action, practicality, or intellect. Scorpio's motto could be "still water runs deep." They may repress their emotions, but underneath they are lusty and perceptive. At times, though, Scorpio's water can be stagnant, depending on whether they use their energy in a positive or negative way. They may be vengeful or vindictive and unable to get past personal slights. Scorpios are motivated and loyal, but they are often misunderstood and people may see them as dictatorial or sarcastic. If they have an ulterior motive, they can be overbearing, but in a subtle, sly, or manipulative way.
Scorpios are both mystical and scientific, a combination that makes them very aware of what is happening around them; they are a Sign of great depth. If they aren't careful, though, their passionate nature may lead them into self-indulgence or compulsion.
The myth of the Phoenix is strongly associated with the Sign of Scorpio. The Phoenix is regenerated from the ashes of its death, and it rises into the sky, reborn. The most highly evolved Scorpios aspire to be the Phoenix or Eagle, rising above the ordinary world and into something extraordinary. Suspicion and jealousy can pull them down, but passion and awareness can help them rise above this.
In their leisure time, Scorpios enjoy competition and challenge. They aren't satisfied with moving along at half speed or lowering their abilities to allow people with lesser skills to beat them. They enjoy difficult pursuits that challenge them to excel, and they refuse to settle for being anything less than the best. In love relationships, Scorpio is caring, devoted, and possessive.
Scorpio rules the reproductive organs. People born under Scorpio may be more susceptible to infections and fevers than people of other Signs. Scorpio's colors are powerful and strident, like Scorpions: black and red.
The great strength of the Scorpio-born is in their determination to see things through to the end. They refuse to allow boredom to turn them away from projects, and they are committed to accomplishing what they set out to do. Their passion and strength makes them one of the most powerful characters of the Zodiac.
Wendy's version on Cancer was much more detailed, but you get the idea.
OK, most of it sounds about right, which - in some cases - is kinda a bad thing.
I don't agree with the part about being vengeful though. I mean, I agree that I find it difficult to forgive, but I'm not one to go out looking for revenge for what people have done to me. And I don't agree with the part about being manipulative... I like my own way, but I don't like to feel I've manipulated or forced people in to giving me what I want. No, they should see sense on their own. ;)
I'm a bit worried about that whole self destructive part. I love the Phoenix bit though. That part not only sounds about right - especially with what's been going on in my life the past few years - but it sounds so cool!
Unfortunately, the part about infections and fevers sounds about right too. If it's going around I'm bound to get it, and no amount of preporation with herbal medicines, flu jabs, etc, is going to change that.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
"I'm still working on the blanket. But it's coming along nicely. Or, I think it is."
That's all for this week's craft update. See, told you it was going to be a short one. LOL!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Earth Day is a day set aside for people around the world to make an effort to be environmentally friendly. The purpose is, I believe, to remind people how important it is to take care of the planet. It's a fantastic idea, and I'm glad it happens. However, there appears to be a huge flaw in the plan. Why? Because - though many people make an effort on Earth Day - the rest of the year people don't stop and think about the planet. There are those who are the exception to this rule. But the bulk of the population wouldn't recognise an environmentally friendly alternative if it jumped up and down in front of them, waving it's arms, and shouting, "I'm an environmentally friendly alternative... Use me instead!"
I have to admit, I'm not the most environmentally friendly of people. I try to be... I recycle, I try to reuse stuff, I give away things I no longer want instead of just dumping them, I save left overs for another meal instead of throwing them away, I put on extra clothing before even contemplating using the central heating, and I turn things off when I'm not using them. But there are plenty of people who do more for the planet than I do.
The point of this challenge is to say what you are doing for Earth Day. So, I'll tell you what I'm doing. I wasn't sure how to approach this post at first, but it occurred to me while I was outside just now exactly how I wanted to write this post.
I was in the garden hanging out washing. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and it was obvious that it was Spring. And, as the birds flew above me, or sat on various perches to chirp and sing, I thought what a shame it was that I can't aim the camera, because I could get some fantastic photos for my blog. Thoughts of my blog reminded me of the Earth Day post I wanted to write, and that was when I realised that the reason I couldn't figure out how to write it was... I was trying to approach it from the wrong angle.
I was trying to figure out the right way to make my time spent tending my sunflower seedlings, my walk with Kero, and my use of the washing line instead of the tumble dryer sound exciting. But I now know that the reason that wasn't working was that what I really wanted to say was:
Every day should be Earth Day. You can't spend one day a year being environmentally friendly, then spend the rest of the year doing the opposite, and then feel good about yourself because you came through on Earth Day. One day a year isn't going to make a difference. You need to be as environmentally friendly as you can through the entire year for it to make a real difference.
I'm not saying, "be environmentally friendly all day, every day, or don't bother." I'm saying that you should try your best every day to do the environmentally friendly - and often cheaper - alternatives. Many of the things you can do are simple:
Walk places instead of using a vehicle, if it's possible.
Reuse items that you can, or - if you can't reuse them - pass them on to others who can.
Freeze left overs for another day, or put them in the fridge or something for the following day.
Turn off lights - and other electrical items - when you're not using them.
The list goes on and on...
So, do you know what I'm going to do to celebrate Earth Day this year? Well, I'll tell you.
I'm going to take some time to think about the things I do - and the way I do them - and figure out if there's anything more I can do to reduce my carbon footprint. Even if it's something small that I do (or don't do) on a regular basis, it will help. After all, every little bit helps... Isn't that what they say?
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The people I would have passed it on to have been given it already. And any that haven't will - I'm sure - be given it by the people who have... If you followed that. So, I'm not going to pass it on. Nothing personal, it's just... Well, I've already explained...
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Here's a photo of them.
Here is a seporate photo of the ones in the plastic tub (the ones that wouldn't fit in the pot without crowding the seeds). This tub is atub from Chinese take-away. I kept it to freeze leftovers in. But when I needed another tub/pot for the seeds Mam made holes in the bottom of it for me to use.
And here are the ones in the pot that I had for Easter.
They are now on our living room windowsill (it's the one that gets the best sun). And it looks as though I will soon need to get some more pots and seporate them out. :)
Monday, April 20, 2009
"On a packet of nuts:
Instructions: Open packet. Eat nuts.
Caution: May contain traces of nuts."
"On a box of Christmas lights:
For indoor or outside use only."
"On the bottom of a yoghurt pot:
Do not turn this way up."
And so on!
Well, I recently discovered a new warning to add to this e-mail... Kelly and I found it among the instructions for a laptop... It said:
Do not place fingers in front of screen while closing, as trapping fingers may hurt."
I have to ask...
How many complaints about this have been sent in to make them feel it's necessary to warn you of this?
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Best Tips for Spring-Cleaning
Several of the same spring-cleaning questions came up time and again while I was on the radio. So, here are few hints for those who tackle chores with a can-do attitude:
Assemble all of the cleaning supplies and tools you need.
Make a list — either mental or written — of what you want to accomplish. Are you going to clean all of the light plates, windows, and hard surfaces, or tackle the drapes and floors?
If you are the type who likes to clean your home one room at a time, the rule is: Don't leave until you are done! That means you bring all of the cleaning supplies with you, plus several bags or boxes marked "trash," "store away," "goes to another room," and "give away."
Start at the top level of your home and work your way down.
Don't forget some upbeat music!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Yep, we're already a little over half way through April... Can you believe it?
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Friday, April 17, 2009
The humans have been doing something with their stuff. They call it "organizing and de cluttering" or something like that. All it seems to involve as far as I can see is the humans moving things around. Some stuff gets put in bags and put in one place, which the Mami human says will be going to someone called "Charity"... Whoever that is. Other stuff gets put where that stuff was, and so on. I'm not sure what the purpose of this is, but the humans seemed pleased about it. Humans are amused by strange things.
The good thing is that the humans have finally realised how important it is for me to be able to get on to the big bed. So, they've put a special box thing at the bottom of the bed for me to jump on to. It's a solid wooden box that Mami puts stuff in sometimes. She brought it home one day when she was going to somewhere called "colege" and it used to be in the living room. People sat on it sometimes. Anyway, the humans put this box so that I can jump on it and then on to the bed. I guess all the times I made them wake up and help me get up sank in at last. I have been sleeping in my bed sometimes too, but I like the big bed best.
I spent some time this past week watching the birds. I didn't used to watch them, because I had a bad experience with a bird when I was a little puppy, and I'm not a fan of birds. But I decided to try and figure out why the humans liked to watch them so much. I actually kind of enjoyed sitting by the back door watching the birds eating from the bird seed bowl things the humans have put up for them. Only thing is, I had to move to get a proper look, and the stupid birds flew off. The humans were disappointed, because they were just about to grab a camera. But it's not my fault the stupid birds flew away. I only moved my head a bit, that's all.
Mamgu came for walkies with me and Mami on Wednesday. I had a great time making her chase me to get my lead back on. She didn't seem to be enjoying the game though. I wonder why.
OK, the rest of my week was my usual important naps, sniffs, etc. So, since you already know how important they are, I will spare myself the task of explaining. Besides, I haven't checked the garden in a while, so I had better go and do that. Can't check your territory too often, you know?
Licks and sniffs,
Thursday, April 16, 2009
When I listed the projects I'm intending doing in last week's update, I forgot to mention two things. Both are things I intend making for Kero. One is a little bear, which I'm planning to make him because of how upset he was at not being allowed to have the Westie and elephant teddies I made. The other is a blanket.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I also had a little plant pot which came with a packet of sunflower seeds. It was my Easter present from Mam and Dad. It came with some mini eggs, but Mam had added other treats to it as well.
Anyway, today I planted the seeds. There were too many to put them all in the pot, so Mam poked some holes in a plastic tub, and I used that to plant the rest of them in.
I didn't bother to have anyone take a photo for me just yet. But if any of the seeds decide to produce sunflowers, then I will post photos for anyone who's interested in seeing them.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The first book was "Over The Edge" by Betty Rowlands. It's about an author of crime novels named "Melissa" who goes to France to do some research for her next novel, only to find herself mixed up in a real life murder investigation. It was a very good book, and I enjoyed it very much.
The second book was "No Man's Island" by Susan Sallis, and was the story of "Binnie" who is told that her ex husband has died, then discovers that he has left her the island he grew up on. So she leaves her quiet life in the game keeper's cottage she raised her children in, and heads over to the island to "sort things out" and figure out what to do next. In doing so she learns a few things about her ex husband's past. I thought it was an excellent book. Well worth the time it takes to read or listen to it.
The third book was "For Love Of Lily" by Maggie Bennett, which was about a young woman named "Lily" who had been raised in a children's home - not because she was an orphan, but because her father married the woman who was matron of the place. When she was old enough she ran off to London to train as a nurse in the same hospital as her mother, only to find herself with four men fighting for her affection, and - if trying to choose between four admirers wasn't enough - Lily finds herself trying to complete her training as a nurse while the second world war rages around her. I thought it was an excellent book.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Anyway, since the monsters are more under control, I have more freedom to enjoy my walks. As you might imagine, this results in my being more willing to allow my mind to wander, and in my contemplation of one thing or another while I walk.
My musings vary depending on what I've read on blogs, heard on the radio, read in a book, recently discussed with someone, etc. Sometimes even something that happens during the walk will influence my musings. Like the time - I think it was a couple of weeks back - when I was thinking about beaches while on the walk, because of the seagulls.
Today's musings were based on something I heard on the radio last night.
They currently have a compatition on Real Radio where you can win a family pass to Folly Farm if you can find the answer to a joke or riddle they have a child say. The example in the advert for it is:
Child: What's orange and sounds like a parrot?
Adult: Ummm... A carrot!
However, I spent some time during today's walk with Kero thinking about this, and I've come to the conclusion that carrot, in fact, is not the right answer. It seems to me that the observations of whomever decided on the answer to this are incorrect. I, however, know what the right answer is.
Let me explain...
During a walk someone - I'm not sure who - observed an orange shape not far from them. The shape was almost identical to an over-grown carrot. Only, it was upside-down. This carrot-shaped thing was in a group of other carrot-shaped creatures. Among the group was a parrot who was attempting to teach them English. The carrot-shaped creatures were repeating phrases the parrot was saying to them, and their repetitions sounded almost identical to the parrot's own version. This is where the above riddle must have come from.
However, the observer was mistaken about the situation. You see, things are not always as they seem. And the observer would have realised this had he/she only stopped to talk to one of these creatures.
The above mentioned scene was, of course, an English For Ochas class, which is taught twice a week by a Mr Parrot. And the carrot-shaped creatures were, in fact, Ochas without their stripes on.
Perhaps - if the observer hadn't been so reluctant to get closer - he or she might have realised that Ochas are only carrot-shaped from a distance. Closer observation would have revealed the truth, and would then have saved him/her from the embarrassment of assuming there were upside-down, over-grown, carrot-shaped creatures roaming the streets and attempting to learn English.
You see, this is what happens when people jump to conclusions.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Pagan traditions give us the English word "Easter" which comes from the word "Eostre". The Anglo-Saxon word for April was "Eostre-monath" (the month of openings). However, it should be remembered that Christians celebrated the resurrection of Christ long before the word "Easter" was used, and the word they used for the celebration was "Pascha", which is derived from and linked to the Jewish festival of Passover.
According to Bede, the English monastic historian, the English word Easter comes from the Anglo-Saxon name for the month of April, which was known as "Eostremonath" in the AngloSaxon tongue and since Pascha was most often celebrated in Eostremonath, the English Christians began calling it "Easter". Bede also notes that the month was named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess Esostre.
Rituals related to the goddess Eostre focus on new beginnings, symbolized by the Easter egg, and fertility, which is symbolized by the hare (or Easter bunny).
Why does the date of Easter move?
Easter is called a moveable feast because the date of Easter changes every year. Easter Sunday can fall on any date from 22 March to 25 April.
The reason for this variation in the date of Easter is based on the lunar calendar (moon) rather than our more well-known solar one.
Easter always falls on the first Sunday following the full Moon (the Paschal Full Moon) after 21 March. If the Full Moon falls on a Sunday then Easter is the next Sunday.
Click here to see where this information came from, and to read more Easter themed facts.
Happy Easter everyone! :)
From Tori and Kero
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I'm just curious, and I wondered what you thought the answer is... Just one of my random questions. ;)
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Friday, April 10, 2009
I'm a little confused when it comes to these humans. I don't know what they're thinking sometimes. I think they've lost the plot or something. I was trying to figure it out the other day when the human who says I should call her "Mamgu" took this photo of me.
Anyway, I'm used to them doing weird things I don't understand. They have strange habits humans do. Don't try and tell me I'm wrong, because I'm not. I watch my humans very closely, and I notice these things. But this week they did something even stranger than normal.
The human I call "Mami" went out more than normal. She went places with Mamgu after walkies on Friday and Sunday. That's unusual. But she came home safely, so that's the main thing. She went out again to the place where humans find food. The humans call it "shopping" or something. Anyway, that happened Tuesday. And before bed time on Tuesday Mami was telling me that she would probably be going somewhere again the next day. I'm not sure where, but she was saying something about animals.
I hate when the humans go places without me. How am I supposed to keep an eye on them if they aren't with me? Stupid humans! I've tried to explain this to them, but they don't seem to understand. That's humans for you!
Anyway, after all this talk about going to the animal place Mami said she'd bring me home a present. I like presents. I do hate that it means the humans go places without me, but the presents almost make up for that. And I do stress "almost" here.
But that's not what happened. Instead the "Dadi" human went somewhere and came home with something that he said was for me, but that I couldn't have until Mamgu arrived. Something about shooting photos? *Looks confused* I'm not sure what he was talking about. All I know is that a couple of hours later Mamgu and two other humans showed up. One was full grown, noisy and - I think - a bit nuts. The other was only a half grown human. And this is where the stranger than normal thing comes in. These humans came with food. I'm not sure why when Mami had gone with Mamgu to the shopping place only the day before. But I wasn't too bothered about that... Any humans bringing things smelling of ham and cheese are welcome, especially if they intend sharing. No, it's what happened next that I think is strange.
The humans got out the strange mat thing that they sit on when we go for walkies in the park and the benches aren't comfy enough. They spread this mat thing on the floor in front of the fire, and then they put all the packets of food on it and sat down. It was this I was trying to figure out the meaning of when the above photo was taken. I never did figure it out.
I decided - just to be on the safe side - I better keep a close eye on the humans. So I stayed close to them while they were on this mat thing with their food. I especially stayed close to Mami. I thought she might need me with a crazy human in the house.
Nothing bad happened though, which is a huge relief.
I'm not sure when the shooting of photos was meant to happen, and if it did then I didn't notice it. Mamgu spent a lot of time with her new camera trying to get photos of me though. But I wasn't in the mood for photos. I had more important things to do than pose. The photos must have gotten shot at some point though, because not long after putting away the mat thing, which they did right after clearing up from the food, Dadi fetched the thing he'd gone to get in the morning and gave it to Mami. She then took the tags off it and gave it to me.
It turned out to be a bear with a squeaker in it. It's great fun to play with. I played with it with the half grown human for a while. She seemed to be enjoying the game as much as I was. Though I see no reason why she wouldn't enjoy playing with me. I'm fun to play with.
After our game the half grown human took me for walkies. I enjoyed going walkies with her. I don't usually let anyone take me for long if Mami isn't there, but I decided to let the half grown human take her time out with me. Besides, I had a lot of sniffing to do... I hadn't been out in hours!
Mamgu and the humans she brought with her went away after that. I wasn't happy about them going. I cried for them to come back, but they didn't. I watched for them for a very long time. Eventually though I realised they were obviously not coming back. So, I got a load of my toys out and had a great time playing with them. I have some really great toys!
OK, well, apart from my usual naps, walkies, snacking, etc, nothing else of any interest to me happened this past week. So I think I'm going to go and take a look out in the garden to see if anyone - or anything - interesting has been out there since my last garden inspection.
Licks and wags,
Thursday, April 09, 2009
The list currently stands at:
3 blankets (one of which is currently in progress)
A hat, scarf and gloves set
A Labrador teddy
A hot water bottle cover (not requested, something I want to make for someone for Christmas)
A pair of wooly socks (not requested, something I want to make for someone for Christmas)
A lemon coloured horse teddy
A blue dinosaur teddy
And that's without any other items I might want to make for people for Christmas, or items for myself.
The dinosaur and horse are the two new requests. The dinosaur is for Lucas (Jackie's grandson) who is just about to turn 3 (he's 3 this coming Sunday). And the horse is for a baby who is due in September. Both have been requested for completion in August. So I'll do those after I finish this blanket.
They were requested after I showed off the elephant and Westie I made a couple of weeks back. I guess I did a good job on them for them to inspire requests for more. :)
I also still need/want to make myself a couple more t-shirts with the fabric I got a couple of weeks ago when I was out with Mam. And was going to use the pieces of fabric that were left to make some cushion covers.
So, I best get on with my knitting. Good thing I'm enjoying doing it, isn't it? ;)
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
For those who don't know, Folly Farm is a farm that's open to visitors - especially children - which allows you to pet the animals. Sometimes you even get the oppertunity to bottle feed baby animals such as lambs. They used to give pony rides too (not sure if they still do that now). They also have various activities going on depending on the time of year. Around this time of year, for example, they often have Easter egg hunts and things like that.
Anyway, our intension had been to have a picnic lunch at Folly Farm. We had the food ready and everything. But, since we didn't go, Mam, Jackie and Shireen came down to my place, and we had an indoor picnic instead.
We had sandwiches (I had egg, not sure who else had what, but I do know Mam made ham, cheese and egg), we also had cheese and onion pasties, cakes and chocolate biscuits. So, basically, typical picnic foods. ;)
I guess Mam couldn't resist taking an extra photo of me. LOL!
And here's one of Shireen enjoying herself.
As it turned out, the promised rain didn't come. But... *Shrugs*... We all enjoyed our indoor picnic anyway. And none of us is too disappointed at not getting to go to Folly Farm.
For anyone wondering... Mam was behind the camera, hence no photos of her. And Kelly does everything in his power to avoid getting his photo taken, hence no photos of him.
After our picnic lunch Shireen took Kero for a walk. Jackie was a bit anxious about Shireen taking him on her own, but I assured her Shireen would be fine. The walk is very close to my place, and there aren't any roads to cross. Also, Kero knows his way home if there's a problem. Besides, Kero doesn't usually allow anyone other than myself to take him out for more than a couple of minutes. I guess he enjoyed going with Shireen though, because it was her who decided when to turn for home. And - as I had promised - Shireen had an uneventful walk. I knew she would. It's quiet along by the river where I walk Kero, and very safe. That's why I'm using that particular path to get myself used to reading the canes responses. If you know what I mean.
OK, that'll do for today.
Enjoy whatever's left of your day. :)
Out of curiosity, they asked the blonde, "why do you have a password that long?"
To which the blonde replied, "well, you said it should be at least eight characters long."
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Yep, that's right, Mam and I took Shireen - Mam's Goddaughter, who's home from school for the Easter holidays, and visiting my Mam with her Mam - shopping with us today. It's been a long morning!
They say you learn something new every day. So, the lesson for today is...
If at all possible, avoid going shopping with a child you can't strap in to a pushchair or trolley.
Monday, April 06, 2009
I'm about quarter of the way through the next one (give or take). And I have another two to listen to afterwards.
Anyway, after we got back from the library we had a cup of tea then set to work de cluttering the kitchen. We cleared out out of date and unwanted items, then binned or gave away those items as applicable. The kitchen is - in my opinion - much better for it. At any rate, I can get to things without knocking other things over. That's got to be a good start. :)
Saturday I didn't do much. Mostly I was gathering up items for future posts, listening to the audiobooks, and that sort of thing. I found some more recipes to add to my recipe page. I haven't gotten around to putting them up yet though.
Sunday (yesterday) I went with Mam to pick up Wayne from the drop-off point (he'd been away with the cadets). While we were out we went for some ice-cream since it was such a lovely day. We also ended up picking up a few bits of shopping while we were out. Somehow we ended up being out half the afternoon. LOL!
Today (Monday) has been taken up with house work, blogs, and getting soaked while walking Kero. So, nothing exciting to report there. That's just a typical day for me. LOL!
So, there you have it. The highlights of the past few days. Nothing exciting... Just daily life in all it's boringness.
Hmmm... Is "boringness" even a word? *Shrugs*
Enjoy whatever's left of your day. And... Hugs, thoughts, etc, to all those who need them (be it because of illness, because of depression, or whatever). I hope whatever's getting you down resolves itself soon and/or is replaced by something that will bring you happyness. :)
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Thursday 2 April 2009
Global Plan for Recovery and Reform
G20 leaders have committed to make an additional $1.1 trillion available to help the world economy through the crisis and to restore credit, growth and jobs.
Leaders of the world’s major economies also pledged to “clean up” the global banking system while committing not to resort to protectionism.
Announcing the outcome of the G20 Summit, Gordon Brown said the parties at the meeting had drawn up six pledges to shorten the recession.
These included repairing the financial system to restore lending, and doing “what it takes” to restore global growth.
They also pledged to fund and reform international financial institutions, act decisively to kick-start international trade, and to build an inclusive, green and sustainable recovery.
The Prime Minister said:
“We will not hesitate as long as people are losing their jobs and their homes to make the difference that we can by improving their prosperity. Today’s actions of course will not immediately solve the crisis. But we have begun the process by which they will be solved.”
Gordon Brown added:
“These are not just a single collection of actions. This is a collective action – people working together at their best.”
The measures that leaders agreed to in the statement titled Global Plan for Recovery and Reform included:
- trebling resources available to the International Monetary Fund to $750 billion
- ensuring $250 billion of support for trade finance
- using the additional resources from agreed IMF gold sales for concessional finance for the poorest countries
- establishing a new Financial Stability Board (FSB) with a strengthened mandate to collaborate with the IMF to provide early warning of macroeconomic risks
- extending regulation and oversight to all systemically important financial institutions, instruments and markets, including hedge funds
- taking action against non-cooperative jurisdictions, including tax havens
- calling for the heads and senior leadership of the international financial institutions to be appointed through an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process
- refraining from raising new barriers to investment or to trade in goods and services
Read the full statement: Global Plan for Recovery and Reform
Speeches and transcripts: G20 press conference
Taken from: http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page18926
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
He's been sleeping in his own bed more this past week though. This is because our new bed is higher than the old one, and is a bit higher than he can easily jump. He can jump up on it if he really tries, but he prefers to either sleep in his doggy bed, or have help to get up.
He's figured out that, if he sits beside it whimpering and tapping the side of the bed with his paw for long enough, one of us will get fed up and lift him up on to the bed. That is, if we don't decide we've done that enough for one night, in which case we ignore him. When we do that, he gives up eventually and either jumps up himself or just flops down on his doggy bed with a sigh.
I did consider investing in some of those steps you can get to help old dogs get up big steps when they're no longer able to. But when I realised he can get up if he really wants to I changed my mind. Besides, it wont hurt him to spend the night in his doggy bed. That is, after all, why we have a doggy bed in the bedroom.
I always lift him on the bed when he has his bed time treats when we go to bed. I do the same when we go back to bed if I have to take him for a pee in the night. So he has plenty of oppertunities to sleep on the bed. It's not my fault he keeps jumping down in the night, is it?
Thursday, April 02, 2009
I've been working on knitting the blanket I started in February. I'm getting through it quite nicely. My plan is to have it at least close to being finished by the end of April. This will allow me to complete the other projects I want to complete between now and Christmas on time. If I keep up the knitting as well as I have this week - or better - then I'll easily achieve this goal.
That's it for this week's craft update. Told you there wasn't really much to say. LOL!
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Kelly: How do you mean something?
Me: I don't know. Have a look at what they've got and pick out a couple you think I might like.
Kelly: Like what?
Me: You've heard enough of the books I've listened to so you should know the basic themes of the books I like.
Kelly: Can't you give me a title?
Me: No. Even if I made a note of the titles I'd liked they might not have it in this week.
... So he went and had a look. And came back empty handed. *Sigh* Oh well, at least the old books went back. I'll have to see if my Mam is feeling better and is up to taking me in to have a look soon. In the meantime, I've been listening to the radio instead. I don't mind really. Besides, if I hadn't had the radio on I wouldn't have gotten a laugh this morning.
I alternate between a couple of radio stations: BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 7, Real Radio and Radio Carmarthenshire (with a couple of others thrown in if I'm listening with Mam, Kelly or Dad). This morning it was Radio 2 I was listening to.
From midnight to 3:00 am Janice Long is on Radio 2. I enjoy listening to her slot (as well as the three following hers... See site for details). I'm telling you this so you'll know who I'm talking about (at least sort of) when I continue.
Janice Long started her slot in fluent French (with a translator). I don't remember the exact words she used, but it was basically that the government had said one in every five radio slots had to be presented in a European language, and that she was sorry for the inconvenience to any non-French speaking regular listeners.
I have to admit, I believed her for the first few sentences, but then it dawned on me...
1. If that was the case then I would have heard it on the news (which was on just before her slot started) or she would have mentioned it the night before when I was listening to her. But it wasn't mentioned.
2. At the stroke of midnight we were in April... April 1st being April fool's day.
However, there were a couple of people that didn't figure it out. I'm married to one of them. And while Janice was giving her speech and waiting for parts of it to be translated, Kelly was in full rant mode about how wrong that is, and about how the French probably aren't even listening to Radio 2. Not to mention the fact they don't make them do that in Canada - despite such a large French population - and so on. I let him rant for a bit then...
Me: She's taking the p*$$... It's April now.
Kelly: Yeah, April 1st.
Me: Does that mean anything to you?
Kelly: Yeah... April fool's day
Me: Right. So any second now she's going to be saying, "April fool," or something.
He still didn't seem convinced. I think partly due to the French song now playing on the radio.
Janice (in English this time): Ah! I got you, didn't I? Come on! Admit it!
Me: Well, she got you anyway.
Kelly: Oh, shut up!
(In other words, yes, but shut up about it. And don't expect me to admit it).
I was meant to have been going for a new set of eyes to be made for me last month. I never got an appointment sent to me though. So, I phoned this morning to ask why and - if necessary - to make a new one.
Apparently they're very behind on appointments because there's only one person who runs the clinic in each hospital, and with her being off sick and someone having to fill in for her they didn't get any appointments done that weren't priorities.
So, my appointment will be later than planned.
If the eye is bugging me -- which it isn't - then I could get in as a priority case. But there doesn't seem to be any need for that.
PTMI and AE&D warnings end here, so feel free to grab your snacks and drinks. :)
Since Kelly went shopping Monday instead of me going shopping with my Mam - who's sick at the moment - on Tuesday, I decided to do the baking Monday afternoon instead of waiting until Tuesday or Wednesday.
Nothing was frozen, so there wasn't any reason to wait, really. Besides, I figured I'd do it while I felt like it... You know? Just in case I didn't later in the week. Especially since I'd already decided I couldn't be bothered to make my own pastry again, so I'd had Kelly get some in the shopping.
I made sausage, egg and bacon pie, vegetable rolls (veggie version of sausage rolls) and cheese and onion pasties.
This was my first time making this pie on my own. My Mam makes it from time to time, but I've never done it before. I did this time because I know that Kelly loves it. I usually do too, but even that pie couldn't tempt me to eat meat. Oh, well, never mind. Kelly seemed to enjoy it, and - if how quickly the piece I gave him disappeared is anything to go by - then he doesn't mind having it to himself. ;)
I don't have plans for more baking at the moment. I'll let you know whenever I make anything else though.
Oh, and I'll be adding more recipes I've found to my recipe page soon, so keep a look out for them.
When I was listening to Real Radio a couple of days ago they mentioned that Boyzone were going to be in Cardiff at the start of June. I've followed them since I was a kid, and I've ALWAYS wanted to see them. But they kept being sold out. Then they seporated and I thought I'd lost my chance.
Mam tried on more than one occasion to get me tickets for a Ronan Keating concert when he became a solo artist after they split up. But she had no luck there either.
Then, last year they got back together. And now they're going on tour again.
Kelly said if there were tickets left he'd buy me a couple for our wedding anniversary, which is the end of May. I didn't hold out much hope, because I'd had no luck in the past. But I asked my Mam about coming with me, and she said she'd come if we could get the tickets.
So, I phoned up and...
I GOT TICKETS!!!
I'm going to see Boyzone on June 2nd 2009! *Grins happily*
I've started reading a certain blog which - for some unknown reason - has persuaded me to bend a rule I usually have when I'm reading blogs. Usually I wont return to a blog that has word verification on the comments, because it means I can't comment (unless I ask for help, which is annoying and often not possible as I sometimes blog when Kelly's out or asleep). But this one blog has me going back to it - despite not being able to comment.
It's BarefootGardener's blog. A couple of you already visit it. It's a really good blog.
I wonder why it's managed to convince me to bend that rule... *Shrugs*
For anyone wondering, both Kelly and my Mam are doing a lot better (yep, Mam was sick too). Neither of them are anywhere near being completely better, but they're a lot better than they were over the weekend.
Just thought I'd let anyone who's interested know that.
As predicted by the weatherman the other day, we have had "Spring weather" the past few days. In other words, the kind of weather that can't make up it's mind between being nice and warm and sunny, and being wet and miserable. You know? The kind of weather where you're not sure if you should be in shorts and a t-shirt or rain gear.
Well, that's what most of the past week and a half or so has been like anyway. But not today.
Today it's been nice and dry all day. It's also been kinda warm. Not hot. Just warm. Warm enough for going without a jacket (if you want to risk it changing its mind, lol!) I did take a jacket with me when I took Kero out though... "Just in case" (I don't trust Welsh weather to stay dry for long... LOL!)
OK, I think that covers everything. Besides, I've been working on this post for quite a while now (something like 2 hours, I think) and it's probably more than long enough. Hope everyone made it to the end. ;)
Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)