Monday, November 30, 2009

November 2009 craft update: wooly warmers, clay decorations, and random gifts

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

The first thing I want to show you is a photo of the clay ducks I made a while back, since they've FINALLY been painted. Actually, they've now been painted for a couple of weeks. I only say finally because I made them back in the Summer and it was late October/early November they actually got painted.



Kelly painted the ducks for me, but this next item was partly painted by Kelly, partly painted by my Mam. Kelly did the base coat, Mam finished it off.



Last month I mentioned the fact that I'd made three more Christmas tree ornaments. Well, here they are:



Yes, I know there are four things in the photo, but the Santa ornament was actually posted last month. It's just that it was beside the others, so it ended up included in the photo. The star, bell and tree are the ones I hadn't posted before, and they're the reason for the photo.

I also made another Christmasy ornament. This candle:



That's meant to be holly around the base of the candle.

And here's a photo of all the Christmasy ornaments now that they're painted.



I have finished making a couple of other items, but I haven't had a chance to sort photos for them yet. I'll tell you about them when I post photos of them in next month's craft update. Also, the dragon and the skull candle holder didn't end up included when photos were being taken, so I guess they're waiting for next month too. So, that's it for clay items for this month.

Now for the knitted items!

First of all, a hot water bottle cover I knitted for my Nan for Christmas (that Nan doesn't come on blogs - the one who used to be posting a lot was my Grandma - so she wont see it). Nan suffers badly from cold, and she takes a hot water bottle to bed most nights, so I thought it would be nice for her to have one with a cover instead of having to find something to wrap it in or something.




I also made a knitted hat, but I wont say who this is for, since that person does come and read my blog from time to time. Very rarely, but it's getting too close to Christmas for people to forget seeing items I've made them now. So, I'll keep quiet about who it's for.



I also made these fingerless gloves for someone (not saying who, but it's not the same person as the hat).



And this scarf is for the same person as the fingerless gloves.



I think that just about covers everything for this month. Like I said, I'll tell you about the items that I don't have photos for next month. There's plenty for you to see for this month anyway. ;)

Enjoy whatever's left of your day, stay safe, and stay warm! :)

Tori

Sunday, November 29, 2009

November celebrations

To everyone who had their birthday since the last time I said "happy birthday" to everyone - this includes my sister-in-law, Sherry who had her birthday on November 22nd, and anyone else I missed saying happy birthday to - I would like to say a belated "happy birthday" now! So... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

Also, happy 11th birthday to my Mam's Goddaughter, Shireen, for tomorrow!

And, happy anniversary to Kati and her hubby for today!

Tori

The Scotsman (FD but AED)

One morning a Scotsman is having breakfast in Paris, (coffee, croissants, bread, butter and marmalade) when a Frenchman, chewing bubble-gum, sits down next to him. The Scotsman ignores the Frenchman who, nevertheless, starts a conversation...

Frenchman: 'You Scots folk eat the whole bread?'

Scotsman (in a bad mood): 'Of course.'

Frenchman (after blowing a huge bubble): 'We don't. In France , we only eat what's inside. The crusts we collect in a container, recycle it, transform them into croissants and sell them to Scotland .' The Frenchman has a smirk on his face.

The Scotsman listens in silence.

The Frenchman persists: 'Do you eat marmalade with your bread?'

Scotsman: 'Of course.'

Frenchman (cracking his bubble-gum between his teeth and chuckling): 'We don't. In France we eat fresh fruit for breakfast, then we put all the peels, seeds, and leftovers in containers, recycle them, transform them into marmalade, and sell the marmalade to Scotland.'

After a moment of silence, the Scotsman asks: 'Do you have sex in France ?'

Frenchman: 'Why of course we do', he says with a big smirk.

Scotsman: 'And what do you do with the condoms once you've used them?'

Frenchman: 'We throw them away, of course.'

Scotsman: 'We don't. In Scotland , we put them in a container, recycle them, melt them down into bubble-gum, and sell them to France .'

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Disgusted (R/WP)

As was mentioned in Kero's post yesterday, Kelly, Kero and I are spending the weekend at my parents' place. Anyway, today, Mam and I left the two dogs with Dad and Kelly and went to go and spend a voucher I had for my birthday, because the shop it's for has recently announced that it will soon be closing down. I normally don't spend birthday vouchers and money until after Christmas, but we didn't want this voucher going to waste, so it had to be spent while we knew the shop was still open.


I have to say, I'm absolutely disgusted with them!

I had always liked this shop. They're pretty good at stocking most books and audiobooks, and reasonably priced. Buut - if it weren't for the fact they're closing anyway, so this is irrelivant - I wouldn't go there again! Why? Because they are obviously intent on making as much money as possible before they close (to cover some of their losses, I assume). And I wont believe anyone who tries to tell me differently. Not after what happened today when we were there!


What happened was...

The voucher was worth £10, and they have a 20% off sale. OK, fine, no problems. To make sure the audiobook I chose was going to still use up the voucher, we would buy one that cost more than £10, and pay the difference. The one I chose was £15 before the 20% reduction. Up to this point we were happy. So, we go to pay, and are told that...

"In order to use the voucher, you must spend double its value, and then we will deduct the value of the voucher from the price you have to pay. If you don't spend a minimum of double the voucher's value, then you can't use the voucher."

The first thing we asked, of course, was where it said that. It didn't!


Apparently, because they're shutting down vouchers would normally not be usable. Supposedly they had to fight to get even this option. The guy claimed it was the same when Woolworths closed down. Supposedly people had vouchers ranging from £5 up that they couldn't use anywhere, so their money was wasted. The problem with that is... We know it couldn't have been. You know why? Because all Woolworths' vouchers are usable in several other shops, all of which are still open now. So, how can those vouchers have no longer been usable when they still were, even if not in the same shop?

Anyway, the vouchers from Borders UK (the shop in question) are only usable in Borders... Hence us being there today... So, that left us with basically just two choices. Either forgetting it and having my £10 voucher go to waste, or spending £20 or more so as to use the voucher.


After both of us had let anyone within earshot know how disgusted we were that those were our only options when they weren't even as recently as the middle of the week (apparently, the new rules came in on Thursday) and that if those were thhe planned rules then that information should have been printed on the vouchers, we decided that our only real option was to spend the £20 so as to use the voucher. Though both of us are disgusted that we had to do so, since we shouldn't have had to spend more than the voucher unless we chose to do so. And - like I said - if they had plans to do this, they should have printed the information on gift vouchers. Or, even better, stopped selling gift vouchers all together!

I don't care what anyone says... This is just another example of how people want to make as much money as possible out of other people, since what they're basically saying is, "you either don't use your vouchers and we keep the money that was spent on them originally as well as the items in store. Or, you give us more money to thank us for letting you still use the vouchers. Either way, we make money off of you, so we really don't mind which one you do!" And they have the 20% off sale going on so as to soften the blow, and lure in customers without vouchers to use before they close down!

Tori

Happy 5th birthday Willow!

Today is Willow (my Mam's Black Labrador)'s birthday... She's FIVE years old today!


It seems amazing that she could go from this tiny little thing....



To this...



Yep, she's still climbing in things! LOL!

Happy birthday Willow! :)

Lots of tummy rubs and ear scratches,
Tori

Friday, November 27, 2009

Kero's korner: not at home

Hi humans. Kero here!

Sorry this is later in the day than usual, but I'm not posting from our house this week. I'm still borrowing Mami's laptop, but we're all at Willow's house with Mamgu, Dadci, Uncle Wayne, and Nani. I'm not too sure why, but Mami, Dadi and I are staying here for the whole entire weekend.

Anyway, I haven't done much this past week. Actually, I haven't done much at all lately. Mami and I have been for walkies, but there's not much point keep talking about the walkies. We just walk along the path we showed photos of last week, and hope it doesn't rain too much. It's been doing a lot of that lately. Raining, I mean. Rain, rain, and more rain! Mami doesn't seem to mind it much, but I absolutely hate it! I don't like water that much in general... Unless it's in a bowl for me to drink.

We've had thunder storms too! I REALLY hate those! They're like fireworks... Really scary!

So, that's basically it. Most of the past couple of weeks have involved going for walkies, trying to avoid getting rained on, and hiding from the thunder. And now I'm at Willow's house for the weekend.


It's Willow's birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday for tomorrow, Willow!

I'll tell you about my weekend in next week's post.

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A big thank you

Everyone says at this time of year how thankful they are for their family and friends. How thankful they are for the clothes on their backs, and the food on their tables. How glad they are to have a roof over their heads. And so on. It happens every year. Thanksgiving rolls around, and messages of how thankful people are for everything in their lives are plastered all over the place. A simular thing happens around Christmas... Messages of how greatful people are to have their family and friends still around. To still have a job and a home. And to have decent clothing, and all kinds of good things to eat.

I'm thankful for all these things too. But not because it's Thanksgiving - especially since that doesn't happen over here - or because Christmas is almost here. No, I'm thankful because so many things have happened lately to show me how fragile and precious life is, and how lucky I really am. I'm only posting this today, because I thought it would be appropriate, and because it's today that I'm ready to write it.

Things have been hard for me over the past couple of years, and they're still hard. But I have my family and friends, I have food on the table, and clothes on my back. And I have a roof over my head. So, I'm lucky. Because many people don't have friends and family they can count on when they need a shoulder to cry on, or a helping hand, or whatever. Many people don't have decent clothes, but tattered garments that are rags - or not far from it. Many people don't have the security of knowing they've got a solid roof over their heads, and will still have one there tomorrow. And many people can't guarantee enough food to eat. So, on this day of Thanksgiving in America, I thought I'd take a moment to thank those people who have been - and continue to be - there for me when I needed someone to hold my hand, or a shoulder to cry on. Or just an ear to listen to what I had to say, because sometimes that's all you need... Someone to listen!

So... Thank you!

Tori

American Thanksgiving 2009

I assume I don't actually need to tell you that it's Thanksgiving in the USA? No? Didn't think so! Instead, I'll just say... "Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in America, or anyone else celebrating today!"

Tori

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hey... Did you know...

... That Christmas eve is four weeks tomorrow? Or that Christmas day is one month today?

Thought you might, but figured I'd tell anyone who happens to have been on some other planet for some time, and has only just arrived on Earth, and happened to stumble across my blog while looking for hotels with rooms available at short notice, and that take intergalactic credit cards.

Well, it could happen... You never know! ;)

Enjoy your day... And stay safe!

Tori

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sorry and dentist

Sorry I've not been on the blogs properly. I have a few things going on, and it makes concentrating on blogs difficult sometimes. Plus, there are days when I really haven't got time to come around the blogs. You've only been getting posts from me every day because I scheduled a bunch of stuff to give you something to read, or - in the case of the photo based posts - something to look at.

Anyway, I realised today that - though I have been writing posts for every day - I haven't done any general update posts or whatever. I never told you, for example, that my return trip to the dentist to get the hole filled in my wisdom tooth was rearranged, and ended up being on the 11th instead of yesterday. Turned out our dentist is away this week, and there was a free spot earlier in the month - which they aren't sure why we didn't get to begin with - so we went then instead.

It was my first time having anything done other than having a tooth capped, and I can see why some people don't like going to the dentist. I'm still not bothered, but I can see why some people would be.

Mam said the needle they use to numb the area near the tooth would hurt. I guess I'm just too used to needles or something, because I hardly noticed her - meaning the dentist, of course - sticking it in. I was vaguely aware of it, but noticed it more because she told me she was doing it than anything.

Honestly, I hardly gave the dentist trip a thought - and I'm talking about before, during, and after the appointment - to me it was mostly just a case of, "oh, great... Another doctor with an excuse to stick needles in me and pull me about!" I mean, I consider myself lucky to go six months without having a needle stuck in me for some reason, or a doctor - or, in this case, dentist - pulling me about!

Yep... To me, she's just another doctor with another needle!

Tori

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dragons Loyalty award

Almost a week ago, Iggy gave me this award.



You can see the post here.

Thank you Iggy! :)

I'm supposed to pass it on to five people, so - after some consideration - I've decided to give it to the people - other than Iggy - who I see commenting on my blog most. Admittedly most of them have already had it, but they are the people who I feel deserve it most. I did consider giving it back to Iggy, since he's definately one of my most loyal readers, so definately deserves it. But I decided that - since Iggy gave it to me - I'd pass it on to others instead. Nothing personal Iggy, it's just that... Well, since it came from you....

Anyway, I'm passing it on to:

AliceKay, Deanna, LadyStyx, CelticSpirit and Wendy.


Tori

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gloomy skies

I don't think these photos were taken the same time, but I thought I'd post them together anyway.



Here's something to make the sky a bit more interesting... A couple of birds!



Hope your day - and your weekend - has been brighter than most of ours have been lately!

Tori

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Scenery from our walk



I just thought I'd share a couple of photos from where Kero and I walk. They were taken near the end of October (the same time as the photos in Kero's post from yesterday). I'm afraid it's not as removed from houses as the place we walked near the old house, but it's still a nice little walk. The river is the other side of that fence you can see behind the leaves in the first photo.



Enjoy your day... And - if you're not feeling well - get well soon! :)

Tori

Friday, November 20, 2009

Kero's korner: photos from walkies

Hi humans.

Here are the photos from my walkies that I said last week I'd share this week.



It's a nice place to walk, though Mami and I wouldn't mind it being a bit further away from houses.



Let's go!




What's in here? I better go in and look!



The above photos were from a walk we took a week or so before the end of October, but Mami and I are pretty sure the next couple are from the walk we took late afternoon - or, perhaps early evening - on Halloween.



Look at all this grass available to sniff!



And, finally, one of those photos that Mami calls "just because photos"... Which basically means, a photo taken for no particular reason. Other than showing off how handsome I am, of course!



I hope you enjoyed all the photos.

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bird feeding station



I recently got a proper feeding station for my birdy friends.



As you can see from this next photo, I've set it up in front of the shed that a lot of them seem to like to perch on. I - OK, we, since Mam set it up with me - figured it would make sense, since that's where they are a lot of the time. Besides, it's then right near where we had the feeder atatched to the washing line (well, I had nowhere else to hang it before... LOL!)



Getting the feeder was a good idea, since I've already managed to capture photos of birds other than house sparrows.



Like the Robin and BlueJay in the above and below photos.



Enjoy your food little birdy friends! :)

Tori

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

my birthday cards and presents (FD)

I had a few birthday presents early... The laptop I had a couple of months back, the bread maker, and the item I'm posting about tomorrow... So I didn't get all that much on the day. Here's what I did get though:


First of all, I got this mug full of sweets from my Mam and Dad...



And here's the mug without the sweets in it...



Anyway, I recently complained to Kelly about the fact the Dalek that's meant to be coming as part of the set that goes with the Doctor Who DVD and magazine set he gets hasn't arrived. I wanted a Dalek. I have no idea why... I just wanted one, and wasn't happy that it hadn't shown up. So, Kelly went out and brought me one for my birthday. Well, why not? They're cool!



A sort of side on view...



I also had a new pair of Eeyore slippers, since I went out in the others in the rain to get Kero in - not giving a thought to the fact they're not even close to being waterproof - so they needed replacing. I didn't bother getting a photo of them though, since I can just link to this post for those who didn't see them, can't remember what they looked like, or simply want to see them again.

And here are some photos of my cards...









I know I have another card (possibly two) to come, but I probably wont bother posting photos of those.

Anyway, the rest of what I had was money. I haven't spent it yet. Because of how close to Christmas my birthday is, I tend to keep my birthday money and spend it after Christmas. That way I don't accidentally buy something someone planned to get for me for Christmas (or worse, already got me for Christmas). Plus, that way I can buy something I really wanted if I don't end up getting it for Christmas. :)


Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)

Tori

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Firework display November 5th 2009




As I mentioned on the day, Mam, Chelsea (Mam's friend's grandaughter) and I went to a local firework display.



It wasn't a large firework display - just a small display for people in the town I live in, which is quite a small town - but it was a good display. Or, I thought it was, anyway.



And, since it was free to go to, that made it even better (actually, that's why we went to the small one rather than one of the big ones a bit further away). You can't complain when you get an hour of free fireworks! ;)



Oh, yeah, I just realised I hadn't mentioned... The photos in this post I took myself.



I'm told this is the best shot, so I saved it for last. :)



For more firework photos, go to my Mam's blog and check out the photos she took while at the display. She posted them Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week (click here, here and here to go directly to the posts).

Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)

Tori

Monday, November 16, 2009

Slightly belated thank you

As many of you know - and others will have noticed from the blog shout outs - Friday was my birthday. Yeah, I know... Friday the 13th! No wonder I was sick for my birthday! Mind you, I often end up sick on or around my birthday. I suppose it's what comes from having a birthday this time of year? Or, maybe it's Mother Nature's idea of a birthday present? If that last one is the case... I'd rather she forgot my birthday! ;)

Anyway...

I haven't really been online since quite early on Friday morning, so I didn't see most of the birthday messages I had until today (Monday). That's why it's only today that I'm thanking people properly for them. OK, I did come and check my e-mails briefly on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, but I didn't come and check blogs. Anyway, I want to say, "thank you," to the people who gave me a mention, wrote me a post, or sent birthday greetings in other ways, so...

Thank you to Iggy for the blog shoutout, the birthday text, and the audio birthday greeting! Thank you to Styxie for the blog shoutout! Thank you to Louise for the blog shoutout, birthday text, and birthday card! Thank you to AliceKay for the e-card and blog shoutout! And - last, but by no means least - thank you to everyone who left birthday messages in the comments section of either my blog, or any of the blogs where I was given a birthday shoutout! :)

I'll be posting about cards and presents later in the week, since I haven't even gotten around to getting photos of the couple of cards that arrived later in the day (or, in the case of one, today) yet, let alone grabbed the photos off the camera and had them sorted. So, this will do for now.


Enjoy whatever's left of your day... And, thanks again for the birthday wishes and such! :)

Tori

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Skull cookies (FD)

I was making chocolate chip cookies. But, I decided to have a little fun with them, so - since it was, at the time, a couple of days before Halloween - I made them in to skull shapes, then used the chocolate chips for eye sockets, a nose hole, and teeth (or gaps where teeth should be, if you prefer).



They didn't keep their shapes properly, but here they are anyway.



These were very popular with the guys who come here for roleplaying sessions. Mind you, all I did was mention the words "if you want a snack" and they were practically throwing their roleplaying stuff down. When I pointed out where the snacks could be found, it was like a stampeed! LOL!

Tori

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pumpkin for Halloween 2009 (FD)

Here are a couple of photos of the pumpkin I carved this year.



As you can see, we placed it on a chair by our front door.



If you're wondering why it isn't lit, that's because it was so windy we couldn't get it to even stay lit long enough to get the top of it back on, let alone take a photo or anything. So, we gave up and just left it unlit. We couldn't have left it lit while it was on the chair anyway... To be on the safe side... After all, things with flames in them don't mix well with wooden chairs. But we decided the chair was a good place to have it on display. Especially since it wouldn't stay lit.

As I mentioned before, I made pumpkin spice muffins with the bits I scooped out of the pumpkin (after removing the seeds, of course). Most people seemed to like them, so that was good. Haven't done anything with the seeds yet, because my Mam is considering trying to grow some pumpkins, so I've kept them for her. I wasn't too keen on roasted pumpkin seeds anyway. And, even if I was, there are more than enough seeds so that I could keep some for her as well as roast some.

That's all for today. Tomorrow's post is another food related one, so don't forget your snacks! ;)

Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)

Tori

Friday, November 13, 2009

Kero's korner: that orange ball



Hi humans!

I just thought I'd share a photo Dadi took of Mami and me with that orange ball thing almost two weeks ago when that "Halloween" thing was going on. Mami will post more photos of it tomorrow for anyone interested.


I have some other photos to post, but I'll leave them until next week... Mami's ready to take me walkies!

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Homemade bread (FD)

As I've mentioned several times, I've been trying to get it that at least the bulk of the food we're eating is homemade. This is both because it does actually work out cheaper, and because I wanted to know what's really in our food, and avoid all the extra addatives and such you get with microwave meals and things like that. Seeing that I really was doing this, my Mam brought me a birthday present that she let me have early. Very early, actually, since she gave it to me a couple of weeks ago. In fact, I think I mentioned it around the time she gave it to me. Anyway, it's a bread maker, and the photo below is of the first loaf of bread I made in it.



I couldn't make bread myself before, because I don't have anywhere warm enough for the dough to rise properly (at least, not where the dough wouldn't be in the way). But ever since I got the bread maker, I've made my own bread every couple of days (using a recipe given to my Mam by my Grandad).

Gotta love that smell of freshly baked bread! :)

Tori