Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween 2009

Happy Halloween - or Samhain - to you all!

However you are choosing to spend this Halloween, I hope you're having a good time! :)

And, if you're not doing much today, why not check out some of Edgar Allen Poe's stories and poems.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Kero's korner: Halloween... Whatever that is

Hi humans!

Well, I don't have much to say this week. Apart from yesterday - when we went to visit Willow, Mamgu, Dadci, Uncle Wayne, and Nani - I haven't been anywhere out of the ordinary. There have, of course, been my usual walkies with Mami, but nothing exciting has happened on those. Although, I did meet a nice looking female named "Bella" while we were out on our walkies the other day.


My humans tell me that something called "Halloween" is happening tomorrow. I remember it happening before, but I can't make sense of it all. All that seems to happen is that strange looking creatures that smell of human, sweets, and usually rubber, plastic, and various other things - but which certainly don't look human - show up. I don't know why, but Mami and Dadi give them treats, then they go away. I suppose the treats are to stop the creatures coming in? Perhaps it's some kind of invasion or something? I don't know. All I know is that it happens every so often... Actually, it's usually about this time every year, now that I think about it. Yes... Just as the sun starts going to sleep about dinner time. I wonder what it's all about?

And, last year, Mami got a bbig orange ball - which tasted funny, by the way - and cuts a face in it. She also pulled out its stuffing, and made a pie from it. I didn't know you could cook the stuffing from balls, but apparently you can with this kind of ball. Anyway, after that, the ball got put somewhere with one of those candle things in it. Now that one really didn't make sense! I mean, aren't balls meant to be played with? And since when do balls have faces cut in to them? I'm so confused! And I think she's doing it again this year, because I saw one of those orange balls sitting on the kitchen counter while I was waiting for my treat earlier. I'll have to watch and see if Mami does the same with this one. Maybe if she does I can make sense of it this time?

Licks and sniffs,
Kero the confused Westie

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Quiz: What scary movie are you?

You Are Jaws

You're scared of what you can't see right in front of you. Your imagination tends to get the better of you.

And for you, something like the deep, dark ocean is obviously pretty terrifying. Who knows what's lurking right next to you?

The idea of trying to get away from something that's after you really gets your heart pumping. Being chased horrifies you.

You're also quite scared of big, hungry animals with no sense of right or wrong. You know a shark will stop at nothing to make you its lunch.

Quiz: What's your Halloween personality?

You See Halloween as Scary

You're a friendly person, but not the life of the party. You like making someone else's day - and you'll dress up if you think of a really fun costume.

You definitely think of yourself as someone who has a dark side. And part of having that dark side means not showing it.

Your inner child is stubborn and a bit bossy.

Your fears are irrational and varied. It's hard to predict what you may be afraid of on any given day.

You're prone to be quite emotional and over dramatic. Deep down, you enjoy being scared out of your mind... even if you don't admit it.

You are a traditionalist with most aspects of your life. You like your Halloween costume to be basic, well made, and conventional enough to wear another year.

Quiz: What pumpkin face should you carve?

You Should Carve a Classic Pumpkin Face

You are calm, collected, and together. You are good at following rules and instructions.

You tend to celebrate Halloween in the same way every year. You have a routine down that you like.

You look forward to your favorite decorations, candy, and costumes. You might even carve the same pumpkin face each year.

You love the Halloween classics like little kids in costumes, spooky movies, and candy corn. Why mess with a good thing?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quiz: Who are you on Halloween?

You Are Traditional on Halloween

Halloween is all about the things you've loved since you were a kid. It's a holiday of big traditions for you.

You love carving pumpkins, eating candied apples, trick-or-treaters, and old horror movies.

You would never be found dressing up as the latest celebrity. You're much more likely to go for an old standby like witch or vampire.

Halloween has a lot of history for you, and you're not about to throw it all away for the latest Halloween trend!

What's your monster name?

Your Monster Name is Omega Darkness

You Feast On: Peanut Butter

You Lurk Around In: Public Restrooms

You Especially Like to Torment: Cops

Quiz: What Pumpkin Treat Are You?

You Are Pumpkin Bread

You are considerate and generous. Your heart warms when you're able to do something unexpectedly nice for someone else.

You know it can be a cold world out there, and you have plenty of happiness to spread around.

You try to give as much as possible every day, and you know that small acts of kindness can often mean the much.

Whether you're being a good listener or sharing a slice of your pumpkin bread, people feel lucky to be able to count on you.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 2009 craft update: Christmas decorations and gifts

It's time for October 2009's craft update!

I thought the post would be longer than it is. It would have been, but I haven't sorted all the photos... Sorry!


First of all, as promised, I have a photo of the gloves I made to go with the hat and scarf set I made a couple of months back. As I think I mentioned in last month's update, I had finished them part way in to last month (September) but I never got around to sorting the photo in time for that update. So, here's the photo. Just bear in mind that I've never made gloves before...

I'm also part way through making a pair of fingerless gloves for the same person. Actually, I've almost finished them. So I should hopefully have a photo of those for next month's craft update.

I've also been making a few Christmas tree ornaments. Here's the first one I made...

This holly ornament has been painted, but I haven't had a chance to get a photo of it now that it's completely finished. Again, I'll try and get one for next month's post. I should have had one in time for this month's post, but I never got around to sorting photos of many of the items that were finished.

I did manage to get a photo of one of the other Christmas tree ornaments though. This one...

And here's another photo of it...

The Santa ornament hasn't been painted yet though.

There are two other Chrristmas tree ornaments, and a Christmasy ornament that have been completed but not photographed. A photo of them will be taken in the next few days, then another once they're painted. So - hopefully - I'll be able to show you them unpainted and painted in November's craft update post. There's also a Christmas tree ornament that's not completed, but which will be in time to - I hope - be included in that same post.

This next item is a blanket I've knitted for Kero for Christmas.

I'm told that the red looks more orangy in the photo, but it's most definately red (I had it checked). We decided to do Kero's blanket in Gryffindor colours... Red and gold... I brought the gold wool specially for it. Anyway, I did it a little bigger than a baby's blanket, but not nearly as big as the one I made earlier in the year, which is why I finished it so quickly.

I finished that blanket only a couple of days in to October, so I've had time to knit another two items... A hat, and a hot water bottle cover. I never got around to taking photos of those though. I will make sure to do so in time for next months post. It looks as though next month's craft update will contain a LOT of photos. After all, there's all the items I've made already and not photographed, the items that are being painted, and any items I finish between now and then.

I do have one more thing to share a photo of this month. It's a skull candle holder, and, here it is...

And here's another photo of it.

It's already partly painted, and should also be among the painted items in next month's craft update.

Speaking of clay items that have been painted, Kelly and my Mam have been doing some painting for me. The holly ornament is - as I've already mentioned - completely painted, and several other items are almost finished. Among these are the ducks and dragon I posted photos of before.

I've also made some of the items for that giveaway thing. I do have photos of three of them, but I didn't want to post those photos until the people have the items. One of them I haven't even had Iggy sort for me, because it's for him so I didn't want him seeing the photo just yet. I've finished a couple of other items for it too, but haven't got photos of them yet. Some of the painting work is even done on the giveaway items. Like I said though, I don't want to post them until the people have them. After all, those people are regular readers of my blog. It's not like the stuff for Christmas... The items I'm posting are for people who don't come on my blog (or don't come often enough for me to be worried they'll see and remember this post).


This next month I'll be busy finishing off Christmas presents. I have a couple almost finished, and a couple not even started (thankfully those ones wont take me long to do). I also promised to make a couple of items for a family friend. I don't "have to" do those, but I want to. I need to have those done by mid January at the latest, but they're not going to take long... They're only simple items. I can then concentrate my efforts on finishing up the items for that handmade giveaway thing. Most of the Christmas items need to be finished by the middle of December (basically, with enough time for me to get them wrapped and such). Although, one of them needs to be done before December begins because it may need to be posted to the person it's for. I'm hoping to get them all done by early December though, because of getting those things for the friend done. Either way, I should be working on the rest of the giveaway items - those not done in between the above mentioned projects - by mid to late January or before. So - hopefully - those of you who signed up will have your packages at least on their way to you by mid to late March. I'm hoping sooner, but I did say when I offered the givveaway items that the Christmas items, and the items I'd already promised to make for the friend, would have to be finished before I could properly devote time to the giveaway items.

OK, I think that covers everything for this month.


Monday, October 26, 2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

"January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends --- and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society --- born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island --- boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways."

(Above text taken from this site).

I had hoped to read this at the same time as those who were participating in Dorkys' virtual book club thing. However, it took me over a month to get hold of a copy, so they'd all long since finished the book. I have now read the book though, and can honestly say I found it an enjoyable book. It was written well enough that I found myself becoming as interested in the characters as I might have been if I were the one recieving these letters, and getting to know new friends.

Click here to read what Dorkys and some of her readers thought of the book (warning: Dorkys and her readers do give away parts of the plot, so if you don't like spoiler posts, then you should read the book before reading the posts and comments on Dorkys' blog).


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Viciously attacked (AE&D)

Birds were calling and singing to one another not far away. Some in the trees, some flying past above us. Hover flies were buzzing nearby, stopping briefly to investigate something, then moving on. Squirrels were vandalizing trees, reminding me of the stories I'd heard of the bombing during WWI and WWII... They had me convinced it was, in fact, squirrels, not Germans, who had done all that damage to our country. Then there were the deer... Some were rutting, others grazing peacefully. And there we were... Rightt in the middle of all of this. Content to be there. Content to enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by nature, and glad we had no reason to rush away.

That's when it happened.

The hover fly that had been trying to figure out what I was buzzed off. The squirrel in the nearest tree hopped on to another tree. And - suddenly - something hit my shoulder. I was under attack! Some vile creature had taken it upon itself to disturb my musings and begin dive bombing me!

No... Wait...

It was just a leaf!

Scared me half to death though... I swear, if I'd jumped any higher I'd have ended up either in my Dad's arms or right up in the tree with the squirrel! The squirrel which - I swear - was laughing at me!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Taunted by squirrels

There's always evidence that squirrels are nearby. And the trees at Gelli Aer seemed to be full of squirrels. However, it appears they're taking a leaf out of the books of those ones near Iggy, because - despite the fact that several of them were quite close at times - taking photos of them proved to be extremely difficult.

At one point there was a squirrel on a branch only a foot or two above my head. But it kept itself among the leaves so that even the best of nature photographers would have had trouble getting a shot. Then, before we even had the camera aimed at it to try, it disappeared around the other side of the tree.

There were also squirrels who sat in the middle of the trail, just watching us - sometimes holding something edible - but staying just out of the camera's range. They'd let us start to creep closer. Then... Poof! No squirrel!

Then there were those that were running up and down trees, jumping from branch to branch, etc.

We ended up convinced that the nuts they had were actually little squirrel walkie talkies, and that they had some sort of plan formulated to taunt us humans. A plan involving keeping moving, staying beyond the camera's range, and partly hiding onself behind leaves and/or branches of trees.

We'd almost given up hope of getting a photo of a squirrel. But, finally...

Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)


Friday, October 23, 2009

Kero's korner: before and after photos

Hi humans, it's Kero here!

For this week's post, I thought I would post a couple of photos taken last week. One is from before my grooming session, the other is from after my grooming session. Not straight after though, because it had to wait until Mami got home from her walkies... The camera was with Mami.


The "before" photo...

The "after" photo...

Licks and sniffs,

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The deer hunt

For a long time we thought we wouldn't have any luck getting photos of any animals. All of them seemed to be staying just out of sight. And the few birds and such that came in to sight were gone before Dad could do more than tell me what they were. But - eventually - we found something living, which was sort of willing to be photographed...

Not quite what we had in mind, but it was definately alive. And - for those who don't know - beetles get VERY active when the heat of your hand warms them up. They don't - thankfully - tend to crawl up the sleeves of jackets. Something I'm rather relieved about, since that's my hand in the photo.

But we weren't giving up hope. We'd seen hoof prints (sorry, no photos... I never thought about it until after) so they couldn't be too far away, since the hoof prints did seem fresh. Besides, it was a "deer" park... The clue is in the name... There has to be deer in a deer park, right?

Wait! Did you hear something?

It sounded suspiciously like bucks practicing their rutting skills. Could it be? Will we see some deer?

"I think I see one in the distance," says Dad. "It's too far away for a photo - even with the zoom - but I'm sure it's a stag! Perhaps we should sit just off the path here... Maybe, if we're quiet enough, a deer will come? Let's try it and see!"

So, we sat down on a convenient bench - they had a couple along the trail - and waited.

And waited...

And waited...

Until... Finally...

Bingo! We have a deer!

We watched her. She watched us. And then...

Another came...

And another...

They were very vocal for a while. It sounded as though the male was telling the female off for coming so close, then the other female was defending her, or telling him to leave her alone or something. So, not only did we get to be close to the deer (they were five feet away - give or take - from where we were sat) but we also got to hear them "speak" (since I don't know what you call a deer noise). Plus, we realised after a bit that we were right ... We had been hearing rutting practice. The males began bellowing, and we realised that the banging noise we'd been hearing was, in fact, antlers coming in contact with each other, which is what we thought it might have been.

Oh? You're leaving? OK... Bye deer!

Just before going back to the car, we got even luckier still. We spotted these...

A whole herd of deer!

I'd say that turned out to be a pretty successful deer hunt, wouldn't you? :)


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More from Gelli Aer

There are a couple of different lengths of walks you can do at Gelli Aer. We decided to go for the longer one. It's a mile and a half long, and takes you around everything... The woodland trail, the deer park, and the arboretum (don't know if I spelled that right. Jaws seems to think so, but that doesn't always mean much). Anyway, here are the photos taken while along the trail...

One of the bridges across one of the small streams we had to cross...

Me stood on a bridge by a muddy pond...

The pond in question...

I think someone had a bit too much free time on their hands, because there were some creatures carved - quite well, I might add - in to some of the trees. They were very detailed. I'm only sorry that most of them were difficult to get photos of. They were very detailed though, take it from me. Here's an example...

And here's proof of how damp it gets in the woods...

At either end of the deer park, there was a gate... Just like this one.

We spent ages on a deer hunt. Did we find any deer? Ah! Well, you'll have to wait until tomorrow's post to find out about that... Perhaps it will contain photos of deer? Perhaps it will just contain near sightings? Perhaps it will contain empty pieces of trail where there was a deer, then there wasn't? You'll just have to wait and see! ;)

In the meantime, here are a couple of photos of extremely mossy trees from the arboretum...

There were some VERY big trees in the arboretum! One was so big it took me a whole five minutes to walk around it. Another grew in such an odd way it made a sort of arch you could walk under, and had other branches going off in all directions. But all the trees made it too dark in there for Dad to consider it worth my attempting photos. Which is a shame, because there were loads of different kinds of trees. Many of them with their leaves changing colour, but also several evergreens.

That's it for today. Check back tomorrow to see if we spotted any deer.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gelli Aer

"Gelli Aur is a Country Park with 60 acres of wooded parkland surrounding a magnificent mansion. With commanding views across the beautiful Towy Valley, Gelli Aur was once the home of the Vaughan and Cawdor families. This 'Golden Grove', to use its English translation, has a wide range of attractions that the visitor will treasure. For your further enjoyment a programme of events, craft demonstrations and guided walks is available throughout the year."



That's where Dad and I went last Thursday. Just the two of us.

The mansion doesn't seem to be open to the public, but here are a couple of photos of it from the outside.

The driveway...

The mansion...

A couple of photos of the surrounding area...

More to come tomorrow! :)


Monday, October 19, 2009

Blogs and blindfolds

Firstly, I spent most of this morning reading posts I hadn't had a chance to read before. I commented on most, but some I didn't know what to say. So, if I didn't leave a comment on any of your recent posts... It's nothing personal. I'm sure there will be one I can find a comment for soon. :)

Secondly, a couple of you asked about the blindfold thing. So, I'm going to post about that today.

What "should have been" done was:

The person in question is blindfolded, then asked to perform tasks, or get around obstacles, while wearing said blindfold. Also, the blindfolded person is led around to show them what it's like being led around, and how it feels finding themselves surrounded by all kinds of people, sounds and smells, and how difficult it is to figure out what they are, where they are, and whether or not they affect them. The idea being that the person will get an idea of how it feels to not have any sight. Not to mention how frustrating it is trying to do these things at what most people would consider to be a decent pace, while avoiding damaging the things they're using, or themselves. They should also be given a demonstration of how scary it can be when you're outside, unsure of where exactly you are, and suddenly find that the person who was with you is no longer beside you.

That's what was "meant to" happen. That's what we discussed doing with them. But what happened was:

They were blindfolded, they walked about 5 minutes down the street (bearing in mind we're in a quiet area away from busy roads, and it was a weekday afternoon, so most people were at work or school anyway). They were then told to wait there a moment while the mobility officer went across the road, turned around, came right back, then brought them home. Removing the blindfold as soon as they were safely indoors. Failing to teach them half of what I'd hoped they would learn, since they weren't put in most of the situations I find myself in almost every day.

Even my Mam and Dad said she should have done more. She should have at least taken them to somewhere they didn't know so well. Or even taken them and walked them along the main road a bit. She should have also had them attempt an every day task. Like making a cup of tea or something.

Do you know how hard it is to make a cup of tea when you can't see? It took me about six months to make a cup of tea without missing the cup with the kettle, spilling the milk, etc.

Anyway, I hope that's enough information to satisfy your curiosity. ;)

Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Beyond The Blue Hills

by Katie Flynn

"Laura Collins, a widow, is struggling to make a good life for her daughters, Tess and Tina. They are living with Laura’s sister Millie and her seven children so when Laura is offered a good job, with accommodation, she is delighted.

Life is very different for the Brewsters, living on Manor Farm in Herefordshire. Danny and his girlfriend, Sophie, intend to marry one day so that they can run Manor Farm together but his cousin and best friend, Phil Ryland, feels differently. He longs to get away from farming and intends to escape as soon as he can.

Then war comes and changes everything. Tina is evacuated and Tess joins the Land Army. She means to be true to her boyfriend, Mike, but he is far away. Danny and Phil join the RAF, Danny to pilot bombers and Phil as navigator. They end up on the same airfield and fall in love with the same girl…But Phil has a secret which could end his chance of happiness, and Danny is the only person who knows what that secret is."

(Taken from this site)

I don't think this was the best of the two Katie Flynn books I recently borrowed from the library, but there's no doubt that it was a pretty good book. I was a bit confused at first as to why Danny and Phil were being introduced when the story had seemed to be about Laura, Tess and Tina. But after a bit I did realise it was for comparison with how their lives were during the war. Plus, they do come in contact with each other a couple of times, so it's not like their stories are completely seporate. And once I figured that out, it was pretty easy to enjoy the rest of the book.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

My little big brother

Yesterday - October 16th - was my "little big brother" (Carl)'s birthday.

I have no idea what prompted me to call him my "little big brother" but I've done so ever since I can remember. Perhaps it's just a shorter way I came up with of saying that he's the youngest of my brothers, but since he's older than me, he's still my big brother. Basically, I imagine it's a shorter way of saying "the youngest of my big brothers." Like I said though, I'm just guessing here, because nobody really knows why I started calling him my "little big brother"... And - to my knowledge - nobody's entirely sure when I started doing so either. I, for one, don't remember deciding to do so... Nor do I remember a time when I didn't do so.


I was going to post a couple of photos of him, but I haven't had a chance to have someone help me pick out good ones. So, instead, I'm going to just do a post about him.

Carl is now 26 years old. I believe I mentioned recently how close in age we are, and that we look quite alike - or, did as kids - so that many people mistook us for twins. Some people still do.

He was diagnosed with Glaucoma at birth, and lost the eye he had sight in during a car accident when he was 2. But that didn't stop him being in to everything. Nor did it stop him going to university. He graduated from Cambridge university a couple of years back, and last year married the girl he met through a friend he made while in university. The two of them now live in Norwich, in Norfolk, near her parents. She's a school teacher, and... I can never remember his job title... He helps other disabled people - and their families and carers - to get the support they need, and - in cases where it's possible, or necessary - get out in the workplace themselves.

He's always been one of those lads who can charm the socks off just about anyone, and - for the most part - is quiet, patient, and easy going. Although, he does have a nasty temper when it does show up.

But, the best part of all... He's my litttle big brother! :)

Happy birthday, Carl!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Kero's korner: photos from last week, news from this week

Hi humans.

I thought I would share some photos that were taken last week when Mami, Dadi and I went to visit Willow, Mamgu, Dadci, Nani, and uncle Wayne for the afternoon and evening. Last Thursday... Remember?

First of all, a nice photo of me...

Me having a good sniff in their garden...

And, finally, one of me and Willow together...

So, let me think, what happened this week? Well... Not much happened the rest of Friday, or on Saturday, or on Sunday. But Monday was a bit more interesting. First Mamgu came and fetched something from Mami after we had our morning walk. I think it was one of them talking book things. I thought for a moment Mami was going to go with her to the "library" place they kept on about, but she didn't. Instead, she stayed home with me and we played a game where Mami put stuff in my toy box, and I pulled it back out. I love that game! Mami seemed to find it funny at first, but she got fed up with it quite quickly. She said something about people coming and things needing to be put away before they came, but I didn't see why things should be put away just because people were coming. I did end up letting her put them away though. Partly because I was getting bored of the game, and partly because Mami said she'd take me for another walkies if I let her get stuff done. And I love my walkies! She did take me too... After lunch. And we stopped for Mami to talk to Daisy and Mia's human for a while before we went inside. I didn't see the girls though, because they were indoors. Their human was out doing something to her car, and hadn't brought them out with her. Before we had a chance to get inside, Mamgu and Dadci showed up. I was so excited I forgot I still had my lead on, and nearly pulled Mami over. It's not so much that she's not strong enough to hold me back, but she wasn't expecting it. Oops! Well, I couldn't help it... I was just so pleased that Mamgu had come back, and she'd brought Dadci with her! I absolutely love it when they come for a visit!

Not long after Mamgu and Dadci showed up, that nice human who takes Mami for walkies most Monday afternoons showed up. And she brought someone new with her for me to meet. She said that human was in training. I'm bnot too sure what she was training for, but she was training for something, apparently. Anyway, those two humans took Mamgu and Dadci somewhere, then they took Dadi... From the smells on their clothes, I'm pretty sure they all went to the same place. After that, Mami and Mamgu both went for walkies with those humans, and they were gone for a long time. I was so happy when they finally got back! Although, I was a bit disappointed when the two walkies humans went away almost right after bringing Mami and Mamgu back, and then Mamgu and Dadci left soon after that. I always hate when my visitors leave!


Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty normal days. On Tuesday Mami and Mamgu went shopping. They were gone a long time, but they usually are. And, on Wednesday, Dadi went to see that "gym" Mami and Dadi have been going to, and then he must have gone up town, because he came back with a treat for me. I should have realised then that they were up to something. But it was only the following morning that I remembered the date, and realised what was to happen that day... Thursday was my grooming appointment! Mami tried to make me think nothing was going on. She got dressed and took me walkies, like she always does, and generally carried on with her normal routine. But I'm not stupid! So, when the groomer knocked on the door, I barked briefly to tell Mami someone was there - the humans rely on me to do that - then made a dash for the bedroom, and was under the bed before Mami was even off her chair properly. Dadi - who I'd thought was sleeping - was just as quick at grabbing my collar and hauling me back out though... Damn! I'll have to go in further next time! As Mami handed my lead to the groomer, the groomer said, "it's not that bad now... You know it isn't!" Ha! Like I'm going to fall for that one! I know what it's like, and I hate it! All that water, that hair drying thing, then being put in a cage until she finally takes me home... How can she say that's not so bad? I bet she'd change her tune pretty quickly if someone did that to her! Not so bad indeed! I'll give her not so bad!

And, if it wasn't bad enough that I had to go to the groomer... Mami wasn't even home when I got back! Dadi was, but not Mami. I looked everywhere for her, I cried for her, but she was nowhere to be found... It took her AGES to get back home... I'd been home for a couple of hours when she finally shoed up! I was so pleased to see her that I nearly wagged my tail off!

OK, well, nothing interesting has happened so far today, so I'll let this do for this week.

Licks and sniffs,

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Me and Wayne

I just thought I'd share a photo of me and Wayne - my brother - that my Mam took last week.

It was taken on the patio at my parents' place.

Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Just sharing two photos

Just thought I'd share a couple of photos taken a couple of weeks ago.

Firstly, a photo taken outside our place.

This next one was taken in our kitchen, looking out at the birds through the back door.

Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A catch up type post (FD... Kinda R/WP)

Yeah, I know, I'm late with today's post. I didn't have anything scheduled, and after having a bad night I ended up going to lay down this afternoon. Then I had to get caught up on things - which includes blog posts, and comments - so it's only now I'm getting around to sorting a post on my own blog.

As was mentioned in Kero's post, Kelly, Kero and I went up to my parents' place last Thursday. Mam, Dad, Wayne, Kelly and I played a tabletop version of Dungeons and Dragons... Kelly says it was 3rd edition. I think they're on at least 4th edition with that game now. But it's 3rd edition Dad has as a tabletop game, so that's what we played. Dad played DM (Dungeon Master, for those who don't know). We ended up playing it all afternoon, then stopped to eat the vegetable curry Nan made us (she made vegetable so I'd eat it too) then we played some more. I think we played for about six hours in all. It was gone 10:00 pm when we got home... Bearing in mind my Mam had picked us up just after 2:00 pm. Yes, I know that's more than six hours... I was deducting the time I think was taken out for food, tea/coffee breaks, etc. Everyone seems to have enjoyed.

I spent most of Friday, Saturday and Sunday listening to the other Katie Flynn book while working on crafts. When I wasn't doing that I was either watching TV, or doing housework. Yeah, I know, I'm boring. But I'd rather be doing that than going out to noisy clubs and such. I'm sure some of you will disagree, but that's up to you... Each to their own, as they say.

I finally got a call from the library Friday evening to say the potato peel pie book was there waiting for me. I told them it would be Monday or Tuesday before someone could pick it up. They said it would still be there when I was ready to get it... I just politely said, "that's OK then... Thank you!" Though I was tempted to say, "I should bloody well think so, especially since I've waited two weeks longer for it than I was told I'd have to!" I mean, I do understand that it takes time for things to come from one library to another, but when you're told something will be there waiting for you at the end of the month, it should be there! You shouldn't still be waiting for it nearly two weeks later! Anyway, Mam picked it up for me yesterday, since she was up town, and she had my library card from when we went there last time.

Yesterday (Monday) I had a mobility lesson, and my mobility officer... Sorry... My "rehabilitation officer" did a blindfold exercise with Mam, Dad and Kelly. They did all learn something from it, though not really what I'd hoped they would. And she was training another woman, so she probably - well, hopefully, actually - learned a few things too. You can tell that woman is new though, because she really isn't sure what she's meant to be doing yet. She'll learn though.

As for today (Tuesday) I went shopping with Mam. We went to look for something I wanted to get my Dad for Christmas, but couldn't find it where we looked. I know where else it's available, but if it was still in Tescos or Asda it would have been cheaper than it will now cost me. Not that I begrudge my Dad the extra few quid, but... Well... If you have the choice, you don't pay the higher price, do you? Especially when the quality will be the same, regardless of which price you pay. I wont say what it is though. Dad rarely reads my blog - and would probably forget by Christmas anyway - but I don't want to say on here what I'm getting everyone for Christmas. I mean, it's not only the people in question who I'd rather not tell... It'll be no fun for everyone else if they know what everyone else is having... If that makes sense.

Anyway... After our unsuccessful present hunt, Mam brought us a cup of drink (tea for me, cappachino for herself) at Asda's cafe, because - despite the sun - it's been a bit of a chilly day. Then we did the food shopping. I hate shopping, I really do! And it wasn't helped today by the fact they had the shop's radio on so loud... It's normally a decent volume, but today it was loud enough to drown out most convversations in the shop. This made hearing each other quite difficult. And, by the time I got home, I had a headache to add to my scratchy throat. Oh, goody! Just what I need... NOT! I hope I'm not getting the flu virus everyone else has had lately... I can't afford to get sick right now. I have too much to do! I have craft items to make, Christmas shopping to make a start on, a buffet menu to figure out, planned outings to go on, a dog to walk... And probably a bunch of other stuff I'm forgetting about!

The rest of today was mentioned in the first paragraph. I wont repeat it.

OK, that'll do for today. Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)


Monday, October 12, 2009

Thanksgiving Friends

Since today is Canadian Thanksgiving, I thought I'd make today's post Thanksgiving themed. When looking for something to post, I found this poem, so this is what I decided to post... Because this is what I'm thankful for.


Thanksgiving Friends

Thanksgiving is a time
For reviewing what we treasure,
The people we hold dear,
Who give us so much pleasure.

Without you as my friend,
Life would be a bore;
Having you in my life
Is what I’m thankful for.

By Joanna Fuchs

Taken from this site, where you can read other Thanksgiving themed poems, if you want to.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunshine And Shadows

byKatie Flynn

"Daisy Kildare is poor but her Aunt finds her a position as a companion to her employers' niece, Cynthia. There she meets Jake, the chauffeur's son, and life becomes easier to bear. When Jake goes to university, Daisy means to follow, but war intervenes and she starts work at a factory, and falls in love for the very first time."

(Above text taken from here).

That short synopsis doesn't do the story justice, I think. There's a lot more to the story than Daisy being poor and then falling in love. A crook, a tragic accident, and another accident - not quite as tragic, and due to the war - are also involved. But I've said enough. So, I'll just finish by saying that it was a good book, and that I hope the other Katie Flynn book I got from the library is as good.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

By Philip K. Dick

"By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.

Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in.

Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results."

(Above taken from this site)

Definately not a book for the overly squeemish (sp?) reader. But a good book in my opinion. Especially if you're a fan of reading about androids being shot with lasers.


Friday, October 09, 2009

Kero's korner: Walkies and car rides

Hi humans!

That photo is a recent one of me. It was taken a little over a week ago, I think.

Anyway, after I did my post last week, Mami took me for walkies with the extension on my lead to make me feel better. She doesn't put the extension on my lead that often, because she prefers to keep me near to her so she knows what I'm up to. Sheesh! Anyone would think I got up to mischief the second her back was turrned! But, anyway, she does add the extension to my lead from time to time so I get to sniff a bit further away from her. She calls it the "extension" but it's not as posh as that might sound. It's just a spare lead that she somehow atatches to my usual lead to give me a bit more freedom. I used to be able to go loose in some places, but not any more. Most places don't allow dogs to be loose any more, and the ones that do mean a long car ride. Mamgu has promised to take me and Willow to some of them from time to time. Oh, and Mami can come, of course! But, in the meantime, I have to have a lead on. Still, I do enjoy my walks... Even the ones where I don't have the extension atatched!

Most of the week has been pretty quiet. I've had my walkies with Mami, but that's all that happened most of the week. Mamgu and Dadci didn't come to visit for nearly a whole week, and Mami and Dadi didn't really go anywhere. But yesterday was different. Yesterday I went for a car ride with Mami, Dadi and Mamgu. I didn't know where we were going. Mami and Dadi said we were going to see Mamgu, but since she was in the car with us, that could have meant anything! It was OK though... We went to visit Willow. I played with her a bit, but I was more interested in sniffing the garden, and keeping a cat neither of us know out of the garden. I did get a bit snippy with Willow at one point, but she wouldn't leave me alone! I tried to tell her I didn't want to play, but she wouldn't listen. So I growled at her. She got the message, and went to fetch a teddy to play tuggy with Mami for a bit. The rest of the time we spent napping while Nani listened to a story in the living room, and the rest of the humans - Mami, Dadi, Mamgu, Dadci and Uncle Wayne - played a game. I don't know what the game was, but they played it for a long time, and it was a long time after dark by the time Mamgu brought Mami, Dadi and me home.

That's about all there is to say this week.

Licks and sniffs,