Friday, July 31, 2009

What frozen treat are you? (fd)

You Are an Ice Cream Sandwich
You are well grounded, reliable, and very balanced.
You love to work hard, but you also know how to take it easy.

People might be surprised to know you have a very goofy side to you.
You like to let loose and have fun. You just don't let yourself go too crazy!

Yesterday's outing

We did actually go where we planned to go yesterday (Thursday) and we had a great time. Still not telling where we went though. *Grins evily* You can find out when the posts are up... I'm doing a few separate posts to keep them short, and they will be posted as from Monday. I have a couple of others I want to post first though. Including the one about what I did last Saturday, which will be posted tomorrow. :)

Tori

Kero's Korner: Waving hi



Hi humans!

I have some photos of me to share from Saturday, but Mami asked me not to post them until after she does her post about Saturday (which she's going to do soon, honest). So I'll leave those for next week's post. Instead I thought I would share these photos of me waving "hi" while laying on the big bed.



Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Birds and beans (kinda FD)



As you can see, I've been out in the back garden with the Sparrows again. :)



And I've managed to get a few slightly different bird photos. Including this next one...



While I was out there I also grabbed a shot of my bean plants, which seem to be doing quite well. At least, one of them does. The other one doesn't seem to be doing quite as well, though it's still doing pretty good. At least, I think it is. I can't really tell properly, so I've been leaving the plants to Kelly and Mam, and they keep saying they're doing well, which is good enough for me.



All being well it shouldn't be too much longer before we have runner beans. At least, that's what we're hoping. Well, Mam and I are. Kelly... Not so much, since he doesn't really like runner beans.

Tori

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Strawberries (FD)



The photos in this post are of some very tasty strawberries I had recently. They were the sweetest, most delicious strawberries I ever remember having, which is what made them blog worthy.



Enjoy your day, and what's left of strawberry season! :)

Tori

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A blanket

I'm posting this separately from my craft update, because I didn't really do it. Mam and I sort of started it off, but most of it was done by my Nan... The one who lives with my Mam, my Dad, and my brother, Wayne.



I did pick the colours though... And I supplied the wool. Well, supplied it from the stack I got given by Eleri. But it was still my wool. LOL! Anyway, we're going to give it to someone as a joint present from the three of us at Christmas. Yeah, I know, I used the "c" word. But I can't help it. Most items being made now are going to be Christmas presents, so I don't have a choice. I'm not going to name the person it's for though, because that person sometimes stops by and reads my blog. Not often, but I don't want to take the chance that this will be one of the times, and that that person will then know it will be them recieving the blanket.

Tori

Monday, July 27, 2009

July 2009 craft update: of wool and clay

No photos this month, and not a whole lot to say either.

I've almost finished knitting the scarf that will be part of a hat, scarf and gloves set that I'm making for my Mam for Christmas (it's OK, I can mention it on here... She knows she's getting it... She asked for it). But I haven't really done anything else with knitting this past month. I should have had it finished by now, but I've not picked up my knitting for about a week, hence it not being done. Will have it done - and hopefully have the hat at least almost done - by next month's craft update though.

The only other thing I've done is almost finished making the dragon candle holder I'm making out of clay for my Dad (again for Christmas, but he doesn't know about it... He doesn't read my blog though).

Like I said, not much to mention this month.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Interesting posts coming soon... Honest!

I had a busy day yesterday. I'm not posting about it yet though, because I have a couple of photos I want to put in it, so I'm going to wait until they're sorted. Actually, I have a couple of posts that will be done once photos are sorted, and after Thursday there should be another one again. And, no, I'm not going to tell you why there should be more photos after Thursday. ;)

Anyway, other than what I did yesterday, I haven't done a whole lot this weekend.

Mam came down for a bit today, and we finally got my teddy collection up on the shelves properly, and we finally got some handles on the drawers of my chest of drawers. But that's about it.

Will have something more interesting to blog about once the photos are sorted... Honest! But I haven't gotten around to asking anyone to sort the photos for me yet. I might wait until after Thursday before asking someone for help, and then the whole lot can be sorted together. It's only a few more days.

About the only other thing that's happened this weekend is that I got Lunamyst (my conjurer/sorcerer/fighter... On that Valhalla game I've been playing) up to level 12. Would have been higher, but with mud games you lose xp when you die, and I died several times, so lost a LOT of xp. If I hadn't she might be about level 15 by now. Haven't done any more with Keroberous though.

Anyway, hope you're enjoying your weekend! :)

Tori

Saturday, July 25, 2009

July happy birthday wishes

There have been a few birthdays this past month that I didn't mention (in some cases because I didn't know about them until after they happened). So I thhought I'd do a post to say a very happy birthday to all those people who had their birthdays this month, or will have them before the month is out. Including: Faye (from upstairs) who had her birthday on July 3rd, one of my new friends,Wendy, who had hers on July 4th, and an online friend I've had for several years, Nancy, who is actually celebrating her birthday today. And, of course, Wifey, AK's hubby Terri and Deanna's hubby Jim, who had their birthday's recently, but I'm sorry to say I don't remember the dates off the top of my head, and don't have the time to look them up at the moment as I'm doing this quickly while some dishes soak.

So, be this late, early, or right on time... If you're a July baby, happy birthday! :)

Tori

Friday, July 24, 2009

Kero's Korner: Humans

Hi there humans. It's Kero here. You know? That cute little Westie you all love! As you can see, I managed to figure out about using that fox thing instead of the internet thing we were using before. Anyway, this week I'm going to be talking about humans.

Each month Mami gets this thing she puts on me to keep fleas away. I hate the stuff! I've gotten really good at knowing she's got it though, so I hide under Dadi's computer desk. Sometimes she also has some kind of pill she wants me to take. I don't know what it's for. She says something about worms, but that makes no sense to me. Anyway, I don't want to take it, so I hide when I see her with that too. The problem is, she's gotten really sneaky. She called me to her with a treat, and it looked so yummy I just had to go to her (besides, I'm meant to go to her when she calls me). And do you know what she did? She handed me the treat, grabbed hold of me, and put the flea stuff on me. I didn't have time to even get a proper hold on the treat before she'd done it. Sneaky human! That's so not fair! I don't know what happened to the pill. Mami seemed to think I'd had it, but I don't remember having it. All I remember having was some cheese Mami had rolled in to a little ball for me for some reason, and that yummy treat she tricked me with for the flea stuff (which, by the way, was as tasty as it looked).

And there's this other human... I'm not too sure who she is. She comes to see Mami and they talk about that cane thing of Mami's, and the Monday just gone she took Mami somewhere. I don't know where, but I wasn't allowed to go, and they weren't gone long. I know they walked, because I watched from the window. Anyway, I like that human. She makes a huge fuss of me, tells me I'm handsome, and said that if Mami didn't love me so much she'd take me home with her. She says her kids would absolutely love me. But then, who doesn't? I'm a lovable dog! And, she's quite right, I am handsome!

You know what? Humans can be a bit annoying sometimes - especially when I'm trying to tell them something and they aren't listening - but they're smarter than some of us dogs think. And the humans I own are pretty good as humans go. They invite some nice humans in to the house too.

Like Mamgu and Dadci, who kept me company while Mami and Dadi went to see the new Harry Potter movie last week. They're really nice humans too. And I'm such a good boy that they said they'll stay with me some other time if Mami and Dadi want to go out together. And Mami and Dadi brought me my very own burger home with them as a present for being so good. And it was a cheese burger too!

That's all I have to say for this week.


Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Nothing very exciting

I haven't really done much the past couple of days, which means I don't have much to blog about. All I've really done is walk Kero, do housework, play on Valhalla, check blogs, eat and sleep. Like I said, nothing exciting. Well, the game is fun, but other than telling you that I got my main character (Lunamyst the conjurer/sorcerer/fighter) up to level 8 yesterday, and got my other character (Keroberous the thief/fighter/assassin) up to level 4 yesterday, there's not really anything to tell you about it that you can't read by checking out the site I linked to in yesterday's blog post.

I'm not sure how long it will last, but - as it stands at the moment - I've managed to get some sort of sleeping pattern sorted out. I'm getting to sleep some time between 1:00 am and 2:00 am, and getting up some time between 5:00 am and 9:00 am. Meaning I'm getting a definate 4 to 8 hour sleep each night. :)

And that's basically it for things worth mentioning from the past two days. Sorry!


Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)

Tori

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Firefox, Valhalla and Tuesday

I've started using Firefox instead of Internet Explorer. Why? Because auto updates are set up on my laptop (it's easier for me that way) and when Internet Explorer decided to update itself to Internet Explorer 8 Jaws went nuts. It seems Jaws can't recognise the codes in the updated version of Internet Explorer, and I can't be bothered with constantly having to uninstall the update when it comes through. So - remembering about others mentioning using Firefox - I decided to see if Jaws was willing to work with it. It seems to be willing to do so. I've been using it fine for about a week or more now anyway, so that's got to be a good start. :)

Another new thing I've been trying out is a mud (multi user dungeon) game called "Valhalla" that Carl introduced me to. It's the closest we've found to the graphic based games Kelly and Dad love so much (meaning "World Of Warcraft" and "The Lord Of The Rings" and simular games). I've been really enjoying it, and that's the main reason I've not been blogging as much lately. Can't do both after all. Well, not at the same time anyway. I do try to get on the blogs before playing the game - and manage it most days - but yesterday Blogger was being a pain, so I just gave up trying with the blogs.

Besides, I was out most of yesterday anyway. I went shopping with Mam, and we ran some errands, and had food while we were out. Nothing special, we just went to the cafe in Tescos. Actually, I was quite pleased with it. The food was nice, and the price was reasonable, but that's not what I was meaning. I was meaning the fact that - because they didn't have anything other than chips and garlic bread that didn't involve meat or fish - they fried me an egg to go with my chips (even though it was about an hour after the time they're meant to stop doing "breakfast foods"). And it was a very nice fried egg too. Plus - like I said - the price was reasonable. It only cost about £8 ($16) for me to have egg and chips, Mam to have fish, chips and beans, us both to have a drink, and for us to have a piece of garlic bread each. And they were decent sized meals too. Filled me up so much that, even though it was around 12:30 pm we had it, the only thing I ate for the rest of the day was a scone and a few cherries.

Anyway, that's about all I've got to say for now. Hope everyone is doing OK.

Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)

Tori

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mobility

I wasn't sure whether or not to post this. I mean, it took me longer than it should have to admit I needed to call her anyway. Not because I didn't want to do it as such, but because I didn't want to admit that I needed to. I always managed to get along without any more than the bit I was taught while still in school after all. But I'd had enough of alternating between feeling like a prisoner in my own home, and feeling like a little kid who has to be babysat all the time. I needed some freedom. I needed to breathe. I needed to accept that I couldn't do this particular thing on my own.

I'm talking - as you may have figured out from the title - about mobility. For the benifit of those not familiar with the workings of such things (which is probably at least most of you) I'll explain.

Mobility - or "rehabilitation" as it's now called - is when a person with a disability is given help to learn how to do something that's difficult for them to do because of said disability. In my case this refers to getting out and about without being atatched to someone's arm. In other words... Cane use.

For the benifit of anyone who doesn't know and is interested, there used to be three types of cane, but I think there are only two now. There are still three ways of using them though. And, unfortunately, the way I was originally taught doesn't work for me now that circumstances have changed.

The first cane is the symbol cane, which sort of speaks for itself. It's there to be held more as a symbol to others that you may need a bit of assistance due to poor sight than anything.

The second is the guide cane, and this is the one that doesn't seem to be available any more. People seem to just be given a long cane instead, since there's not much difference in them. Anyway, this one is for when you just need assistance with judging distance to obsticles, judging heights of steps, etc. It's sort of an aid to your sight, kind of like a walking stick is an aid to someone who needs a bit of help with walking. Like I said though, there's not a lot of difference between this one and the long cane, it's just the way it's used that differs for the most part.

The long cane, which is the one I have, is the standard cane that blind people generally use. However, there are two ways to use it. The first is in the way I described with the guide cane, the second is as a tool to find obsticles, find landmarks, etc. And there are several types of tips available depending on how you use the cane, and whether you prefer to keep contact with the ground or not.

Anyway, I was taught to use my long cane like a guide cane. At the time it was all I needed since I had decent-ish eyesight. This was fine right up until last year. When I still had light perception I could just about manage using the cane in this way, and was even able to get myself to town without help. But then I had my other eye out last July and things changed. Without the light perception I couldn't use the shadows things cast to help me with the cane use, and the only attempt I've made at going further than along the path by the river where I walk Kero on my own was a disaster. I never managed to get up the courage to try again.

Then, as I said, I was starting to feel like a prisoner and like a little kid who needed to be babysat. Eventually I had enough, and I decided it was time to admit that I needed help. So, I contacted the rehabilitation officer that had been assigned to me a few years back (OK, at the time I didn't know it would be the same one) and arranged for her to come and see me. She came two weeks ago.

At first I wasn't sure I was happy about it. I knew I needed to do it, because I need to be able to get out on my own, but it was only the thought of the end result that stopped me cancelling. It was better than I thought though, and when last week's lesson was cancelled due to fear of drrowning I was actually really disappointed. I know, I know, I didn't even want the lessons in the first place, and now I'm saying I was disappointed my lesson got cancelled. LOL!

We managed to have this week's lesson though, but the next one probably wont be until the first Monday in September, because she's not sure what's happening with her kids during the school holidays. If she finds herself free though she'll be calling to see if I'm free for a lesson.

She gave me a new tip for my cane. It glides over the ground better because of being bigger. Plus, the extra inch in size between it and my old tip gives me the extra inch of cane length I could have done with (which I couldn't have because the next cane size up is too long for me... It's one of the problems with being short, and with the way they do cane measurements now).

And in September (I think she said September 14th) she's taking me to go and meet a group of people who also have eyesight issues. It sounds like a nice group. They go on outings together sometimes, and have guest speakers come in sometimes, and I think she said they sometimes do crafts and such too. Most of them are a fair few years older than me, but I know at least one of them is around my sort of age bracket, and she'll be new to the group in September too.

All we did today was practice a bit of the walk to town. I'm not sure how much of it I really remember though. But it's OK, because we'll just keep practicing it until we get to the point where she's just following me, then I'll try it on my own. It's not so much knowing the route that's my problem, it's finding the few landmarks available to find with my cane that's the tricky part. Partly because it's not the easiest of tasks anyway, partly because I'm not used to doing it.

So, that's what I did today. What Did you do?

Tori

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Note to new followers

I'm pleased that you think my blog is worth following, but I can't follow blogs with music playing in the background, and I refuse to follow blogs with word verification on them. I'm not just being mean. I can't follow blogs with music in the background because it stops me being able to hear my screen reader programme. And I don't see the point in following a blog I can't comment on, so that's why I wont follow blogs with word verification (the "listen and type" thing rarely works, and is a lot of hastle with a screen reader on the odd occasion it does work). So, if you're following my blog and I'm not following yours, then it will probably be for one of those two reasons.

Tori

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A recent award



LadyStyx was giving out this award the other day (see post here) and I grabbed it, and wanted to pass it on to the followers of my blog. So, if you follow my blog and haven't had this from somewhere else, help yourself! :)

Tori

Friday, July 17, 2009

Kero's Korner: Favorite Things (FD)



Hi there humans, it's Kero here.

As most of you know, I spent the last few weeks showing you photos of me doing some of the things I enjoy other than napping. Well, after last week's post LadyStyx had an idea that my humans and I think was really neat, so I thought I would share it with you all.

I'm sure you're all familiar with the "My Favorite Things" song, right? Well, if you're not then don't worry, because that nice human Intense_Guy found a link to it for us. So, if you don't know the song (or if you love it and want to hear it again) then click here

Anyway, the following song is based on that one. So, here goes.

Kero's Favorite Things

Wet puppy noses and long walkies outdoors
Bright colour tuggies and wet garden odors
Rawhide pressies wrapped up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things!

Soft rugs with Tiggers and nuggets of chicken
Round balls and squeakies and kibbles that's kickin'
Mild belly rubs with delights that it brings
These are a few of my favorite things!

When Mami sits close and Willow visits
Gold Kero nametags and crunchy dog biscuits
Sleek clean white fur that curls into rings
These are a few of my favorite things!

When the flea bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

When a birdie steals
My chicken nuggets
When I'm getting mad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

-- Idea by LadyStyx
--Lyrics written by Intense_Guy and aproved by LadyStyx

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince movie

Don't worry. This isn't a spoiler post. This is just my personal opinion of the movie, and I've read it through to make sure that I haven't given anything away about what actually happens in the movie. However, if you would prefer not to read the opinions of others before you see the movie for yourself, then you may want to avoid reading this post.

Last chance to change your mind about reading this post.

Oh, you do want to read it?

Are you sure?

OK then...

So, what was my opinion of the movie?

Well, as a movie in itself it was really good. I enjoyed it, Kelly enjoyed it, Wayne enjoyed it, and at least most of the extremely packed cinema enjoyed it (if the laughter during the movie, and excited talk after the movie are anything to go by, lol!). ;)

However, Kelly, Wayne and I agreed on something that stops me from saying the movie was "excellent."

You see, while it was a really good movie, it differed from the book a lot. The plot was the same, obviously (it would have to be for it to have the title). But I have to say this is the furthest I have ever seen any of the Harry Potter movies stray from the book. And one scene had us thinking, "what the...?" Because it certainly wasn't in the book. Like I said though, it was a really good movie. But only if you look at it as the movie it is rather than the book brought to life on the big screen. So, my advice to you is... Don't refresh your memory on what happens in the book before you watch the movie, because you'll enjoy the movie more if you can't remember the details of the book clearly.

Tori

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's today!

It's today! It's today! It's today!

Yes, I know, it's always today, isn't it? I mean, no matter what day it is, it's always "today." It could be any day of the week, month or year, and it would still be today. That's just how things work, isn't it? But what I mean is that it's today that the 6th Harry Potter movie (Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince) is FINALLY in the pictures!

Who among you is planning on going to see it?

Tori

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dandelion break

I'm taking a short dandelion break, so wont be on the blogs for a couple of days.

Tori

Saturday, July 11, 2009

My life according to Ronan Keating

Wendy did this on her blog, and I thought I'd have a go. You're supposed to answer a load of questions as well as you can, but using only song names from one artist. Then pass it on to 25 people. You also have to try not to repeat a song title, and you're not supposed to use the artist I used.

I'm not going to pass it on to any spacific people. It's just open to anyone who reads this and wants to have a go. If you don't want to do it, I wont mind. It's your call. :)

______



Pick Your Artist: Ronan Keating

1. Are you a male or female? As Much As I Can Give You Girl
2. Describe yourself: Lost For Words
3. How do you feel? Joy And Pain
4. Describe where you currently live: Bring You Home
5. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Keep On Walking
6. Your favourite form of transportation: Back In The Back Seat
7. Your best friend is: Friends In Time
8 . Your favourite colour is: Blown Away
9. What's the weather like? Brighter Days
10. Favourite time of day: We've Got Tonight
11. If your life was a TV show, what would it be called? In This Life
12. What is life to you? Life Is A Rollercoaster
13. Your relationships: We Just Need Time
14. Your fear: The Long Goodbye
15. What is the best advice you have to give? Believe
16. If you could change your name, you would change it to: Iris
17. Thought for the day: Love Wont Work (If We Don't Try)
18. How I would like to die: Just When I'd Given Up Dreamin'
19. My soul's present condition: Heal Me
20. My motto: Once Upon A Lifetime

Friday, July 10, 2009

Kero's Korner: Some more things I enjoy

Hi humans, it's Kero again.

For this week's post I thought I'd share some photos of me doing some of the other things I enjoy.



The above photo is of me with my doggy friend who sits in the window. That dog doesn't say or do much, but I enjoy sitting by him at the window. It's a good place to sit, because I can watch for visitors (or passers by) to bark at, but I can also keep an eye on my humans while they're on their computers, watching TV, or doing anything else they might do in the living room, which is where they spend most of their time.



The photo above is of me with one of my toys. I like to play fetch with balls, squeaky toys, and - sometimes - teddies. I also like to play the tuggy game with just about any toy... Teddies, squeaky toys, rope toys... It makes no difference to me what kind of toy it is. The humans don't seem to enjoy the game when I play tuggy with a small toy, but I think it's more fun that way, because it makes it harder for the humans to win.



And, finally, the photo above this bit of text was taken while Mami and I were out for walkies. It doesn't really show my good side, but - in all fairness to Mami - she was trying to take the photo while holding my lead and using that stick thing of hers.

So, those are some of my favourite things to do... Sit in the window and watch the world, play with my toys, and go walkies with Mami. Of course, you mustn't forget the two things mentioned in the last two weeks' posts... Playing in the garden, and sprawling in a comfy spot (e.g. the Tigger rug in the middle of the living room floor... Sort of in front of the fire) to munch on some rawhide, or any other treat for that matter.

You see! I do a lot more than sleep!

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Shopping (FD)

I didn't really do anything worth mentioning yesterday (Wednesday) but today (Thursday) I went up town with my Mam to run a few errands, and get some bits of shopping I needed.

I have been getting most of our shopping online via Asda's website, but I've found the pickers don't do a very good job when picking fresh fruit and vegetables. Also, there have been times when I've been counting on something coming in the shopping only to find it hasn't, and that's resulted in one of us having to go up town for whatever it is. For now I'm still having the bulk of the shopping come from Asda, but I've asked my Mam to take me to get the fresh fruit and vegetables. I figure we can also get any items that Asda didn't have (or the pickers couldn't find) when my shopping was picked. So today I went and spent about £7 ($14) in the fruit and veg shop, then we went down to Tescos to get the non-fruit and vegetable type items we needed.

After we were done up town, Mam came back here for a cup of tea and made me an egg sandwich. Then she went home and I took Kero for a walk (since I hadn't had time to do so before going out). And after that I went and listened to some more Harry Potter.

As you can see, not a whole lot is going on around here lately, which is fine by me! ;)

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day, and... Hugs and get well wishes to those in need of them! :)

Tori

P.S. Will catch up on blogs tomorrow, or over the weekend.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Random question: Direct threat

Why do some people consider everything bad that happens around them to be either a direct threat to them, or a result of someone's reaction to something they did or didn't do?

Tori

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Nothing all that interesting

Sorry, but I don't really have anything all that interesting to post about today.

It's just taken me most of the evening to get online. I thought the internet was playing up - like it often does - but thought it odd that it was working for Kelly and not for me. Eventually we figured out that I'd tugged the wire loose when plugging the laptop in when the battery died earlier. Oops! So I spent a few hours being annoyed at my lack of internet access for nothing... LOL! Thing is, Kelly said it was playing up a bit earlier, so I figured it was just still doing that. If he hadn't noticed it playing up earlier then I'd have checked the wire sooner. Actually, with how often I do this you'd think I'd have learned by now to check the wire straight away, which is the first thing Dad always told me I should do if the internet isn't working. Apparently I haven't managed to make that lesson stick in my mind though. ;)

We had a HUGE storm yesterday (Monday) morning. I was just about to come and check blog posts - since I hadn't bothered coming online on Sunday - when... BOOM! There was a huge thunder clap. I decided to forget the idea of going online, and went and sat on the sofa to listen to the storm. It went on for most of the morning, and by lunch time it was over and the weather was clearing up. The afternoon turned out not too bad weatherwise, which I'm quite pleased about, because I had to be outside part of the afternoon.

I'm not actually surprised that it rained almost the entire weekend (we just had a few dry patches here and there). Why? Because Kelly had planned to mow the lawn if it was dry. I think there's an unwritten law somewhere that states, "if you make plans in advance that rely on a spacific type of weather, then you will get the opposite type of weather." And, besides, we'd had about a week (or was it more? I forget) of lovely weather. We can't expect that to last, can we? After all, this is Wales... The land of daffodils, dragons, leeks, mountains, music, poetry, and rain. LOL!

Only one more week until the new Potter movie... YAY! :)

Tori

Monday, July 06, 2009

Kero and the bbudgie

Iggy asked about the thing that happened to Kero with the budgie, so I thought I'd share the story.

It happened when Kero was about 4 or 5 months old. At the time we had three other pets apart from Kero... A rabbit (Stewie), a hamster (Hamlet) and a budgie (Charlie). Charlie and Hamlet lived in the living room, but I always took their cages out in to the kitchen to clean them, and while I was cleaning the cages I would shut the gate that was at the kitchen doorway to keep Kero out from under my feet while I sorted the cages.

Anyway, this particular day Charlie - who was a bit wary of people normally - decided he would hop on to my hand when I stuck it in the cage to grab his seed and grit bowls. I'd been trying to tame him, so I kept my hand there for him to perch on. Next thing I knew, he'd walked up my arm and was flying around the kitchen. I grabbed a towel to try and throw over him to catch him (that was the only way to catch him when he got out) but before I could do anything he'd flown over the baby gate and in to the computer room/dining room... Where Kero was. And I wasn't sure what - if anything - Kero would do to him. I just froze, not wanting to scare Kero and make him snap at Charlie, but then...

Charlie - who had been circling the room - landed right in front of Kero. They stared at each other for a while, neither one moving, and just as I was starting to take a few cautious steps towards them, Charlie did a very silly thing. He did one of the impressions he could do. There were two he was really good at... A telephone and a squeaky toy. Can you guess which he did? Yep, you got it... The squeaky toy impression. No sooner had Charlie done this than Kero - wagging his tail frantically - grabbed hold of the "squeaky toy" that had landed in front of him. At which point, I did something I didn't even know I could do... Volted right over the baby gate (which was waist high to me, mind you).

I then grabbed Kero around the middle, yelled at him to, "DROP IT! DROP IT RIGHT NOW!" and forced him to let go of the bird (which was completely in his mouth by the time I got there). As soon as Charlie was out of his mouth, I shoved Kero in the larder (closest place I knew he'd be away from wherever Charlie went... And, don't worry, there was a window in there, so he had air). I slammed the door shut, scooped up Charlie (who hadn't moved) and checked him over.

I thought Charlie was dead at first... He had blood coming from his neck, and wasn't moving. But then I realised he was breathing. So - leaving Kero in the larder - I placed him in the bottom of his cage and called for someone to watch Kero while I took Charlie to the vet. Charlie lived for almost a year afterwards, though he had some scars around his neck from Kero's teeth. If Kero had been older he probably wouldn't have made it though.

Anyway, I think Kero blames Charlie for my rough treatment of him, and for the fact he was forced to face several things he doesn't like at once... Loud noises, being shut away from people, and having me leave him to go somewhere. Since then Kero has sworn revenge on all things feathered, and if the birds that come in the garden come down low enough for him, he'll go for them. Any other animal he seems to be fine with... Cats, rabbits and hamsters for definate... But not birds. He doesn't seem to be able to forgive Charlie for causing me to yell at him and throw him in the larder.

And his feelings towards birds aren't helped by the fright him and I got soon after this when I came downstairs one morning (with Kero in my arms to make sure he made it outside before any accidents happened) to find a raven flying around the house. We assume it came down the chimney, since all windows were closed. Kelly had to catch it, and when he brought it closer for me to see, it tried to peck Kero's nose (I still had Kero in my arms so he didn't "help" with catching the bird). And a pigeon stole his chicken nugget when we gave him one when we took him to Swansea with us one time.

As you can see, Kero hasn't had much luck with birds.

Tori

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Weather & Potter

It's finally cooled down some here. We had a few more storms yesterday and today, and now it's POURING with rain, and a lot cooler than it has been for the past couple of weeks.

I've been re-listening to the Harry Potter books while "trying" to get some sleep. It might sound strange that I'm listening to stories when trying to sleep, but I've found - through experimentation - that listening to something does increase the chances of my sleeping. Not by a whole lot, but concentrating on listening to something keeps me from thinking too much, and me thinking too much is not a good thing. Anyway, I figured I'd listen to the Harry Potter books while I wait for the 6th movie (Harry Potter And The half-Blood Prince) to come out on July 15th. I've read/listened to the books loads of times, but I figured I'd listen again before the movie comes out.

We are, of course, going to the pictures to see the new Harry Potter movie. The plan is for Kelly, Wayne and I to go and watch it the day it comes out, while Mam and Dad stay with Kero. Then Mam and Dad will be going to see it some other night on their own. We'd all go together, but the movie is too long for Willow to be left on her own (Nan is staying with Willow), Kero can't be left on his own, and Nan can't manage both dogs on her own. We'd have had Wayne watch Kero, then have him go on his own to see it, but he's going away the day after it comes out, so if we do that then he might miss seeing it. And Mam and Dad (the only other options for puppy-sitting for us) want to go see the movie together, obviously. So the plan we have at the moment seems like the best option, since the nearest cinema only has one showing per day. Besides, I'm sure Wayne is looking forward to having someone go with him to see the movie.

Anyway, I don't really have anything else to say, and this has already taken longer to write than it should have due to my stopping writing it to watch Family Guy, so I'll let this do.

Tori

Friday, July 03, 2009

Kero's Korner: Snack time

Hi humans.



For this week's post I thought I would share photos of me doing one of my favourite things... Sprawling on the rug in the middle of the living room floor while chewing on some rawhide.



I can't think of a better way to spend an evening (except, perhaps, napping).

I absolutely LOVE my rawhide treats. And I have a little plastic tub beside my toy box where Mami and Dadi put the pieces of rawhide that I have on the go (and any other treats I don't feel like finishing yet, but can't be bothered to hide). That means I can grab a bit of rawhide to snack on whenever I want to... No need to wait for the humans!



Man does that rawhide stuff taste good! And the rug feels great on the tummy... It's so soft!

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Just my Thursday (FD)

Today (Thursday) has been one of those days with weird weather. It's VERY HOT but keeps raining. You'd think the rrain would bring the temperatures down, but apparently it doesn't feel like doing that. Even at 2:15am this morning it was hot enough for us to be sitting by the fan with ice-lollies. I'm not sure what the temperature is, because I can't be bothered to look up our weather. Most days it's been staying around the 30C (I think that's about 92F) mark in the day though, and only going down a few degrees at night.

Anyway...

Today I went with Mam to run a couple of errands. She needed a few things and asked me if I wanted to come along for the ride. I actually needed a few things too though, so we did both our errands at the same time. And Dad spent some time with Kelly while we were out.

While we were out, we spotted some "nepotato chips" (fries). We hadn't seen them before and thought we'd try them. So, when we got back, Mam cooked them for us all to ttry. They got a mixed reception. Dad didn't like them at all, Mam loved them, and Kelly and I were somewhere in the middle... We like them, but as an occasional change only. Meaning, we liked them, but wouldn't want them all the time... They were OK, but not great. Kelly said they were better after he added the things he normally has on chips (salt and - I think - barbeque sauce) on them. I never tried them with ketchup, because I wasn't all that hungry at the time anyway, so I can't tell you if I agree with that or not.

After Mam and Dad left, I went for a nap. I had to... I hadn't been to sleep since yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, and was finally feeling sleepy. Managed to get about 3 hours sleep. Not solid, but... *Shrugs*... broken sleep is bettter than no sleep at all, right?

Anyway, that's basically my day. A bit more exciting than yesterday, but not by much.

Enjoy the rest of your day, and get well soon to those of you who aren't well at the moment. *Hugs* :)

Tori

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Canada Day / My not-so-interesting Wednesday

Today is July 1st (in case you didn't know). Apparently that makes it Canada Day, so happy Canada Day to anyone who is Canadian, or who feels like having something to celebrate today. :)

It's also Kelly's Grandmother, Sarah's birthday. I doubt she'll see this (I don't see how she will), but I'll say happy birthday anyway!

Anyway...

It's one of those "too hot to do anything" kinda days. The good thing is, I didn't really have anything I needed to do today anyway. So that worked out great for me. LOL!

Well, there was the arrival of our new lawnmower and strimmer. We ordered them Monday, and they came today. But all I had to do is make sure Kero stayed back while Kelly grabbed them and signed for them when they arrived. They said they'd be here "between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm"... I hate when you have to wait all day for stuff. I mean, you could wait all day and they show up at like 5:55 pm, or you could sleep in - figuring they probably wouldn't be here until later anyway - and they arrive at 7:00 am on the dot. But we didn't get the "morning or afternoon?" option. So, I was on morning watch, ready to wake Kelly if he wasn't up when they came. Then he got up at 11:00 am (his usual wake up time) and waited too. As it turned out they arrived around 11:30 am, so I'm glad I didn't make him get up earlier... He's grumpy when he's made to get up early (which is why I tend to let him sleep until 11:00 am unless I "have to" get him up).

Since I only tend to sleep in snatches, it didn't really affect my non-existant sleeping pattern. I was up all night (something I'm used to) and ended up falling asleep around lunchtime (after being up since 9:00 am Tuesday morning). Slept about 4 hours, which is considered a long nap for me. Yeah, I know... Four hours isn't much sleep when you've been up for almost 28 hours, but I just take what I can get. ;)

Anyway, the lawnmower and strimmer were on offer. The mower was at a reduced price. I don't remember what it was meant to be, but it's down to £60 ($120) and the strimmer - which costs £20 ($40) - was free. So, with the £6 ($12) delivery charge, it cost us £66 ($132) for a lawn mower and a strimmer to be delivered to our door. We had to get it quickly though, because the offer is only available until July 24th. After that the stuff goes back to normal pricing. Like I said, I can't remember how much the mower normally is, but I know there's one almost exactly the same in Asda for £100 ($200) so it has to be around that sort of price range, give or take.

Can you tell I don't have much going on right now? ;)

OK, I really don't have anything else to talk about today. Sorry this isn't a more interesting post. Perhaps tomorrow I can think of something more interesting to share? In the meantime, I hope everyone is having a good day, and that you enjoy whatever's left of it. :)

Hugs, healing thoughts and get well wishes to those in need of them!

Tori