Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 2010 craft update: scarves + baby bits

OK, it's time for September's craft update.

First of all, I made a couple of scarves recently that I didn't mention, and didn't get photos of for previous craft update posts. So there I was saying I had nothing to talk about craft wise, when I had the scarfs to mention. Oops! Well, here they are now, anyway.

A blue and green one...

With a slight tassle at each end...

A multi coloured one...

A purple and grey one...

And a different kind of purple one...

So, that's the four scarves.

And I finished the baby toys I was making for Michael for Christmas. Squishy, soft, shape toys... A ball, a triangle, a square, and a rectangle. Just rough shapes, but the idea is to not have sharp edges, since he's only going to be 5 months old at Christmas... In the eat everything in sight, hit people - especially himself - phase with toys.

I also managed to get this blanket knitted up. I considered giving it to Michael too, but since I'm going to be babysitting Emma-Jane on a regular basis now, I figured I'd keep hold of it for her for nap time. Especially if we get weather as cold as we had last Winter when Winter rolls around. I'm proud of how quickly I made this blanket. It's bigger than the one I made for Michael before... I'd call it a "toddler blanket"... Not as big as the one I made for Rachel last year, but bigger than a typical baby blanket. And the reason I'm proud of myself? It took me about 2 weeks to knit this blanket. And I wasn't literally knitting all the time either. During that time I also sewed together the baby toys, brailled up stat cards for figure gaming, went to club, babysat Emma-Jane... You get the idea! Anyway, here are a couple of photos of the blanket...

I'm now working on a toddler blanket for Emma-Jane (not to keep here, to give to her for Christmas) and some other items for people for Christmas... Some knitted, some made from clay.

I FINALLY got those parcels sent off for the handmade giveaway thing. In fact, I know two of them have arrived with the people, which is pretty impressive for international postage, since it can often take a couple of months for stuff to get to America from here. Sorry to those who signed up to it for the delay in getting your items to you. Also, sorry there wasn't more. I wanted to do more, but imagine how long you'd have waited if I'd done more! I feel bad enough that it's past the time I said it would take. I promised within a year, and it's more than that (only just, but still) so I feel bad I kinda broke the promise. I hate breaking promises... Even small ones like this!

Anyway, that's it for this month's craft update.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September special days

I just wanted to wish anyone who celebrated their birthday - or any other special occasion, such as an anniversary - during September, a happy birthday, happy anniversary, or whatever. In particular the people I know celebrate something during September. Those people are:

Matt, who had his birthday on September 6th.
Sam (a family friend) who celebrated her birthday on September 17th.
MarmiteToasty, who had her birthday on September 19th.
Jason (a family friend) who had his birthday on September 22nd.
And Kati's daughter, Taylor, who celebrates her birthday tomorrow (September 30th).

The happy birthday, happy anniversary, etc, goes out to anyone I missed in August too, since I'm not sure if I mentioned all August birthdays and anniversaries when I last did a post like this one.

Just a quick note to say, "sorry"

Just a quick note to say, "sorry," for not visiting your blogs or replying to comments these past few days. I hope to get to at least some of the blogs and comments this afternoon.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Johnny Mnemonic

"A data courier, carrying a data package literally inside his head too large to hold for long, must deliver it before he dies from it."

(visit the IMDB page for this movie by clicking here).

I didn't think much of this movie, personally. The plot sounded reasonably decent, but I didn't think much of the movie itself. I watched it because Dad brought it down here to watch since it's along the same lines as one of the roleplaying games played by the club (ShadowRun) so that's why I watched the whole thing. But, as I said, I didn't think much of it. I think it was one of those movies they padded out with extra action scenes to make it long enough to be a movie, only they shouldn't have, because doing so spoiled it. But that's just my opinion.

Monday, September 27, 2010

My Sister's Keeper

"In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister."

(Above taken from here).

A touching movie, though all the flipping from present day to flash backs was a little confusing. It would - I think - have been best if the story was told from the start, rather than flipping back and forth along the timeline. Still a good movie though, despite that.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Gwydion's Sunday squeaks: quite nice week

Hi humans, this is Gwydion again.

Well, I've had a peaceful sort of week, enjoying a nice supply of fresh veggies, cuddle time with my Mami, some brush-brush time, and some nice weather. Well, only some nice weather, since it has been raining some of the time. But, all in all, it's been quite a nice week.

And that's all I have to say today.

Squeak soon,

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Dark Crystal

One thousand years before the beginning of the movie, during the Great Conjunction of the three suns, the urSkeks cracked the Crystal of Truth, and split into two races; the hunchbacked, gentle beings known as the Mystics and the vulture-like tyrants known as Skeksis. In that moment the Crystal became the Dark Crystal. The Skeksis then drove the Mystics from the castle where the cracked crystal resided and instituted a reign of terror over their world. Their wrath was particularly directed toward the elf-like Gelflings, due to a prophecy that promised the restoration of the crystal and the end of the Skeksis' power. The prophecy, rediscovered in an ancient Gelfling city, read:

“ When single shines the triple sun,
What was sundered and undone
Shall be whole, the two made one,
By Gelfling hand, or else by none. ”

(Above taken from this page... WARNING: link contains spoilers).

I've seen this movie a few times, but it was on TV recently, so I watched it again. After all, it's one of those movies that I just can't help watching several times. It really is a fantastic movie! Seriously, if you haven't seen it then you need to!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Kero's korner: nicknames

Hi humans, it's Kero here.

I'm really sorry that my post for this week is so late today, but the ending part of this week has been rather hectic, so it's only now that Mami and I are getting near the computer. Anyway, Gwydion was talking about nicknames on Sunday, so I thought that I would share my list of nicknames too. So, here is the list of names and nicknames I'm known by:

Castellan Keroberous
Kero B
Kero Dog
Cubby Dog
Cubby Boy
Cubby Puppy
Big Tough Polar Bear
Polar Bear Pup
Mama's Polar Bear
Mami's Little Arctic Fox
Tubby Dog
Tubby Cubby
Angel Dog
Angel Pup
Angel Cub
Angel Boy
Mami's Little Angel
Precious Boy
Puppy Cubs
Mr Bark Bark Doggy
Mr Bark Bark
Mr Noisy
Noisy Buggar
Keroberous, Guardian Westie
Terror Of A Terrier
Trouble With A Capital K
Kero, Mamgu's Hero
Kero, Mami's Hero
Kero The Hero
Fluffy Boy
Silly Cubby
Nutty Puppy
Handsome Boy
Handsome Man
Gorgeous Boy
Cute Cubby Puppy
Mami's Boy
Mami's Little Baby
West Highland White Terror
Waggy Tail Puppy
Mami's Little Sunshine
The Dog
The Little Man
Baby Boy
Darling Boy
Honey Cubs
Honey Pup
Sir Barks Alot
Mouthy Buggar
Mucky Pup
Hyper Hound
Hyper Doggy
Happy Puppy

I also think "Damnit" might be another name for me, since it's not unusual for Mami, Dadi or Mamgu to shout, "shut up, Damnit," and "do as your told, Damnit," or sometimes "get in here, Damnit," when I'm not shutting up or listening to them, or am refusing to come indoors.

I think I got all my nicknames written down, but I have so many of them that it's perfectly possible that I forgot at least one of them. And, yes, I do answer to all of them. Well, when I want to answer, anyway, since I often just ignore humans when they call me. I mean, I can't help it if I'm really in to something I'm sniffing or chewing on, can I?

Licks and sniffs,

Thursday, September 23, 2010

17 Again

"Who says you're only young once?"

"In 1989, Michael O'Donnell was a star athlete with a full college scholarship imminent. He seemingly had it all, when, right before the championship game, his girlfriend Scarlett informed him she was pregnant. In that moment, he made the decision to throw everything away and proposed to her. Twenty years later, Mike's life isn't exactly what he expected it to be. Scarlett wants a divorce from him, forcing him to move in with his geeky millionaire best friend Ned, his job is going nowhere, and his kids Maggie and Alex want nothing to do with him. While paying a visit to Hayden High School to reminisce about the life he threw away, he encounters a strange beardy janitor. On the way home, is magically transformed back into his 17-year old self. With Ned posing as his father, he re-enrolls in high school, believing he has been given the chance to have his life over again, "but to do it right"."

(Above taken from here).

Another good movie. Not fantastic, but pretty good. A kind of slow starter, but it got better when we got to the part where Michael became 17 again.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mabon - Happy Autumn Equinox !

21st/23rd September Harvest time!

The Autumn Equinox or Harvest Home is also called Mabon, pronounced 'MAY-bon', after the Welsh god Mabon ap Modron, which means literally 'son of mother'.
Mabon appears in 'The Mabinogion' tale. The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honour The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to the trees. The Welsh know this time as 'Alban Elfed', meaning 'light of autumn'.

This is the point of the year when once again day and night are equal - 12 hours, as at Ostara, the Spring Equinox. The Latin word for Equinox means 'time of equal days and nights'.

After this celebration the descent into winter brings hours of increasing darkness and chiller temperatures. It is the time of the year when night conquers day.
After the Autumn Equinox the days shorten and nights lengthen. To astrologers this is the date on which the sun enters the sign of Libra, the scales, reflecting appropriately the balanced day and night of the equinox. This was also the time when the farmers brought in their harvested goods to be weighed and sold.

Harvest festival
This is the second festival of the season of harvest - at the beginning of the harvest, at Lammas, winter retreated to his underworld, now at the Autumn equinox he comes back to earth. For our Celtic ancestors this was time to reflect on the past season and celebrate nature's bounty and accept that summer is now over. Harvest Home marks a time of rest after hard work, and a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of nature.

This is the time to look back on the past year and what you have achieved and learnt, and to plan for the future.

The full moon nearest to the Autumn Equinox is called the Harvest Moon and farmers would harvest their crops by then, as part of the second harvest celebration.
Mabon was when livestock would be slaughtered and preserved (salted and smoked) to provide enough food for the winter.

At the South Pole they will be celebrating the first appearance of the sun in six months. However, at the North Pole they will be preparing for six months of darkness.

During Medieval times, the Christian Church replaced Pagan solstices and equinox celebrations with Christianized occasions.
The Autumn equinox celebration was Michaelmas, the feast of the Archangel Michael.

Ageing Goddess
The triple Goddess - worshipped by the Ancient Britons, is now in her aspect of the ageing Goddess and now passes from Mother to Crone, until she is reborn as a youthful virgin as the wheel of nature turns.
At the Autumn equinox the goddess offers wisdom, healing and rest.

Mabon Traditions
The Wicker man
There was a Celtic ritual of dressing the last sheaf of corn to be harvested in fine clothes, or weaving it into a wicker-like man or woman. It was believed the sun or the corn spirit was trapped in the corn and needed to be set free. This effigy was usually burned in celebration of the harvest and the ashes would be spread on the fields. This annual sacrifice of a large wicker man (representing the corn spirit) is thought by many to have been the origin of the misconception that Druids made human sacrifices.

'The reaping is over and the harvest is in,
Summer is finished, another cycle begins'

In some areas of the country the last sheaf was kept inside until the following spring, when it would be ploughed back into the land. In Scotland, the last sheaf of harvest is called 'the Maiden', and must be cut by the youngest female in attendance.

autumn leaves

To Autumn

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained
With the blood of the grape, pass not,
but sit
Beneath my shady roof, there thou may'st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe;
And all the daughters of the year shall dance,
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

~William Blake

Mabon is a time to reflect, as we reap the harvest of experience from the past year - the completion of another turn of the Great Wheel.

Corn Dollies
Corn dollies were also made from the last sheaf and kept in the house to protect the inhabitants from bad spirits during the long winter.

To honour the dead, it was also traditional at Mabon to place apples on burial cairns, as symbolism of rebirth and thanks. This also symbolizes the wish for the living to one day be reunited with their loved ones.

Mabon is also known as the Feast of Avalon, deriving from the meaning of Avalon being, 'the land of the apples'.


Above taken from this page.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fluffy socks and gaming club

If how much the temperature seems to have dropped lately is any indication we're in for quite a harsh Winter again this year. Even the sunny days over these past couple of weeks have been quite chilly, and Saturday evening we actually put the electric fire on for a bit because it was so cold once the sun went down. OK, we only had it on for a bit to take the chill out of the air, but I'm sure you get the point. And - as suggested by the title of this post - I've already had to break out some of my fluffy socks.


I didn't go to club on Sunday, because I didn't want to. I don't plan to go this coming Sunday either. As much as I've been enjoying playing the games, I feel that I need a break. Besides, I could do with those extra few hours to work on craft stuff. And a little "me time" is always a good thing. Especially for those of us who enjoy alone time and aren't generally quite as eager as others to be in noisy social groups. I don't know how long I'm not going to club for. Until I feel like going again, I guess. And I don't know what brought this on. My best guess though would be a case of my feeling that so much has been going on lately that I just need some time out... Some me time.

That's the extent of stuff worth mentioning from this end. Yeah, I lead a really exciting life... Not! But, being honest with you, with all the stuff going on recently with club and home renovations, I'm actually extremely glad of the calmer routine of the past week.

Monday, September 20, 2010


Gadgets, Gizmos, Guinea Pigs.

"A specially trained squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world."

(Click here to visit the imdb page for this movie).

I've been wanting to see this one since it came out, and let me tell you, it was worth waiting to see! I've seen some reviews from people who weren't entirely impressed with it, but both Kelly and I thought it was a great movie!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gwydion's Sunday squeaks: nicknames

Hi humans, it's Gwydion again.

What is it with humans and nicknames? I don't mind, but I do find it amusing how many nicknames humans give others. I, for example, am known by the following names /nicknames:

Gwydion Guinea Pig
Mr Gwiddy
Mr Guinea Pig
Mr Squinny Pig
Mr Squinny
Mr Squins
Squinny Pig
Squinny Guinea
Mr Squeaker
Mr Squeaks
Mr Weak Weak
Gorgeous Boy
Fluffy Boy

All genuine names I've been called by Mami and Dadi on at least a couple of occasions.

Do you have lots of nicknames too?

Squeak soon,

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hordes/Machine photo

The above photo is one from a game of Hordes/Machine (Hordes vs Warmachine) between Kelly and myself recently. The trolls are my Troll Bloods army, the robot type things are Kelly's Khador army. Hordes and Warmachine are technically two different games, but they can be played together, since they are officially variations of the same game. One is robots controlled by a Warcaster. The other is beasts controlled by a Warlock. Anyway, I thought I'd post the photo for the benifit of anyone who is interested in figure game photos.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Kero's korner: the human cub visits

Hi there humans, it's Kero here.

Well, guess what?

That little human came to visit again. She stayed longer this time though, and Mamgu and Dadci went away. I thought that was strange, because usually I only see her with Mamgu and Dadci around. She's at their house sometimes when I go up there to see Willow on a Sunday, for example. But this time it was just her on her own with Dadi, Mami, and - of course - me.

Mami took all her pelt off to put fresh stuff on her... Something I always find strange - then put her in one of those chairs with wheels that big humans put little humans in, and we went walkies together. It was fun. Someone tried to go near the little human cub's wheeled chair though, and I wasn't having that. Mami had said we were looking after her, so I was going to make sure she stayed safe. I yelled at the male adult human and told him to, "go away!" He listened, and the human cub was safe! I did a good job!

When we got back she got left in the wheeled chair, so I had to keep going over to sniff at it to see that she was OK. Then she started howling, so I ran to get Mami and pawed at her leg until she got up to fetch the human cub (which didn't take long... Mami is good at rescuing howling cubs). Then I supervised human cub play time, which was tiring work!

Then I shared a howling session with the cub. I'm not sure why she was howling, but I was howling because she was. In my defence, she did copy me with howling when I was doing it out of excitement when my lead got pulled out of the cupboard for walkies earlier in the day.

After that the human cub got given some food. I thought it smelled really good, so I tried to share it. Mami was mean though, and wouldn't let me. So I figured the only way I would get some was to clean the human cub up (she was messy, and covered in the stuff). Mami didn't want me to do that either though. I don't get why, since Mami then cleaned the pup herself. Perhaps humans don't like to share the job of cleaning up their cubs?

The human cub got given some kind of biscuit after that, and after eating half of it she dropped it on the floor. I thought that was great, because if food goes on the floor I can have it. How was I to know it wasn't going to taste nice? I spat it back out and left it there for Mami to pick up. Trust me, the food being fed to her by Mami was much tastier than that biscuit thing (Mami said it was called a "Farley's rusk" but I don't know if that means anything to any of you). Mami said I didn't know a good thing when I tasted it... Apparently she still loves those things even now. I can't think why, personally!


After that was more play time, and then a nap. I was glad of the nap... Watching human cubs is tiring work! I was a little confused about the human cub howling before her nap though. I understand howling after it... I'd howl too if I woke up to find myself strapped in to a chair with wheels... But why howl before sleeping? Why not just curl up and sleep? It works for me, and has done all my life! Human cubs are stranger than adult humans!

I took advantage of the cub napping to nap myself. But then I heard people outside, and couldn't resist barking. Mami got mad, because I barked in the hallway beside the wheeled chair, and it made the human cub wake up and start howling. Mami soon stopped her howling though, and was just giving her one of those bottle things when Mamgu showed up.

Mami, Mamgu, the human cub and I went for walkies, then Mamgu took the human cub home. Soon after that Dadi went out for the evening, so I slept beside Mami while she watched TV and worked on some of those craft things she does... Knitting in this case, I think it was.

It was a tiring day!

Licks and sniffs,

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Emma-Jane photos from yesterday (kinda FD)

I bet you wont be surprised to hear that I had the camera out while Emma-Jane was here yesterday? Well, I did have the camera out - as those who know me would expect - and Iggy very kindly sorted the photos out for me after Emma-Jane went home. So, I figured I would post them for you all to see. First though... Thanks again Iggy for sorting them for me! :)

This first photo is one that Kelly took. This is Emma-Jane asleep in her pram (taken not long before I wrote yesterday's post). The pram was parked in our hallway (just outside the living room door, and quite literally a few feet away from where my desk that I usually sit at to use the laptop - when I use a desk, and don't just have it on my lap - is).

And here are a couple of photos I took of her while she was laying on a blanket on the floor.

The apple toy she's playing with in these two photos is a battery powered toy with different settings where when you press the different buttons it either plays tunes, says the word for the picture on the button, teaches you the alphabet, teaches you the beginning sounds of the words, or teaches you the ending sounds to the words. We've had it since Shireen was a baby, bearing in mind she's now almost 12 years old. Shireen used to really like it, and Emma-Jane seems to enjoy it too. She played with it for ages, alternating between pressing the buttons on it, sliding the slider that changes the setting it's on, and attempting to eat it. As all good babies should, of course. LOL!

She was also quite interested in examining the blanket she was laying on.

If her face - and any other part of her - looks a bit dirty in the next few photos, it's because it was... I'd not long fed her when they were taken. Feeding a wriggly baby is tricky. Not to mention messy. Especially when you have to somehow keep her legs and hands out of the way, hold the bowl, hold the spoon, and navigate the spoon full of food to her mouth, only have two hands to do all that with. And having a certain little dog alternating between attempting to beat Emma-Jane to the spoon, and attempting to lick her clean tends to add to the difficulty. We got through it though, and though much of the food didn't make it in to the baby, most of it did, and she obviously had enough to eat, or she wouldn't have been so happy and content... Hungry babies tend to be grumpy babies, after all.

She's forever ending up with her bib partly covering her face... She keeps trying to eat it.

She's such a happy little baby.

Who always has a smile for you.

And she's a real joy to look after.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Ever tried pushing a pram and leading a dog at the same time? How about doing those things when you can't see where you're going?

Actually, as it turns out it's not all that difficult to do. Seriously. I just did it, and I can't have done too badly, because Emma-Jane is so sound asleep that she didn't even wake up when Kero went mental because someone walked near the pram when we were heading back home. Bearing in mind that was almost half an hour ago, and she's still sound asleep in the pram a few feet away from me.

I'm babysitting her for the day today.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

You're So Cupid

"Fraternal twin sisters Emma and Lilly are as different as night and day. Emma, the beautiful blonde tomboy, would rather be riding a horse than anything else in the world. While Lilly, her shy redheaded twin, loves to be left alone to curl up with a good book. Inseparable since the day they were born, Emma and Lilly have an insatiable desire to play matchmaker, even though they've never fallen in love themselves. Emma and Lilly find out their matchmaking skills are not just a gift from heaven, but rather because their father is actually Cupid (yes the guy who shoots bows and arrows). As they enter their senior year in high school, Emma and Lilly finally fall in love. Life gets complicated when they discover they're in love with the same guy and they become bitter rivals as they try to win his affection. Sisterhood and matchmaking are tossed out the window like last year's shoes, as Emma and Lilly plot to sabotage each other, so they can win the heart of their dream guy. The sisters who once were inseparable, now spend every waking moment, planning each others demise. Meanwhile, their parents are falling out of love. Can Emma and Lily overcome their problems and use their matchmaking skills to bring their parents back together?"

(Above taken from here).

This was a pretty good movie. Not excellent, or fantastic, or anything like that. But good enough so that I've seen it twice in the past few months.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A dozen excuses

The task: "Writers often use excuses to keep from writing. Make your own list of excuses."

Here's my list of reasons I might give for why I can't write right now:

1. I'm too tired to write right now.
2. I need to read the rules for the games I plan on trying out at the club.
3. I was hoping for a bubble bath tonight, and can't write in the tub.
4. I'm behind on blog posts, and want to get caught up.
5. I'm behind on posts on Dad's forum, and need to go catch up on them.
6. There's a new episode of The Simpsons on.
7. Supernanny is starting soon, and I don't want to get in to anything in case I miss it.
8. It's a nice day, so I thought I'd take Kero for another walk.
9. I just need to grab a drink first...
10. I should check on Gwydion. I know I only checked him an hour ago, but...
11. Kero wants to play.
12. I haven't spoken to my Mam in a couple of days, maybe I should call her?

What reasons would you give for not doing something? It doesn't have to be something you don't want to do. Like with the writing with me, I want to do it, but always have excuses not to do it (according to the stuff they sent me with this task, it's a common thing for writers to do that). So, come on, let's here your list of excuses for putting things off.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Gwydion's Sunday squeaks: human training (FD)

Hi humans. This is Gwydion again.

I've been doing some human training this past week, and teaching the humans to bring me my dinner quicker. I've learned the sound of the fridge door opening, so when I hear it I weak, and weak, and weak some more, until the humans come with veggies or salad stuff for me. The humans are actually doing quite well with their training. They are a bit slower bringing stuff than I would like them to be, but they do notice the weaking quickly, and they do respond to it immediately... Though, unfortunately, it is usually to say, "hang on a minute Gwydion," or something. But at least they are paying attention, and they do get the message and bring me something tasty from the veggie drawer in the bottom of the fridge.

OK, now I'm hungry, so I'm going to go and see what Mami left in my dish for me.

Squeak soon,

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Alcaholic cones

A couple of weeks ago there was a huge party not far away. I think it was related to some sporting event or other... That's not important though. Anyway, it got quite noisy, and it was obvious that alcahol was involved. I thought it was just humans who were partying, but evidence the following morning suggests otherwise.

The cones in the above photos were spotted the following morning - some of them unable to remain upright - and judging by how they had tied themselves together to remain up the right way, I'm guessing they were suffering the effects of the party the nighht before.

I have no idea what became of the group of cones afterwards. When I got home that evening they had gone... I guess they finally sobered up long enough to make it home or something.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Kero's korner: what's with the cleaning?

Hi humans, it's Kero here.

Well, I don't have much to say this week, besides, I'm really tired. Mami's been all over the place doing laundry and cleaning stuff, and it's tiring work watching. I also have to hide from the hoover (it's scary) and make sure none of that water stuff gets on me, which has been made more difficult by the fact that it kept raining on and off all week. I don't get why humans spend so much time cleaning, when they just make messes afterwards anyway.

And guess what? I had my scent all over my bedding, and Mami only went and washed that too! Now I have to get my scent back on it again... And all those muddy paw prints I decorated my blankies with are gone, so I have to do all that work all over again! How rude!

She does this to me from time to time. I also heard her mention to Dadi about how it will soon be time to sort out my toy box... She does that every so often, and all the toys I worked hard on chewing so they were the shape I thought they looked better as disappear for some reason after she does that. She does the same with my treat tub that I store my chews I'm currently chewing on in. Every so often some of them disappear. I know it's her who does it, because I've seen her take the stuff away. I don't know where it goes, but I never see it again after she takes it away. Again, I say... How rude!

What's with all this cleaning anyway? I work hard to make messes... Why do the humans always insist on cleaning them up? I can find stuff much easier when it's in the middle of the floor where I left it, or when it smells like me... Or both!

OK, well, Mami seems to be settling down with her sewing or knitting stuff or something, so I'm going to go, because then I can get a short nap in while she's sitting still for a bit.

Until next week...

Licks and sniffs,

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Basically just an update (FD)

I wish the weather would make its mind up. Sun, rain, sun rain... Pick one already! Seriously, one minute it's raining, the next it's sunny. I don't mind either type of weather usually, but when it can't make up its mind it gets really annoying. I mean, do you take a coat, or not? How do you know what to do when it looks like it's going to be lovely and sunny and warm, then the weather changes and it rains. Or, the other way around!

I've not done much... Housework mainly.

I washed everything that wasn't nailed down... Our bedding, the bedding from the bed in the spare bedroom, Kero's bedding, the throw and cushion covers from the sofa... And anything else that hadn't been washed for a while that could go in the washing machine. And if I couldn't put it in there, then it got scrubbed, vacumed, or whatever else had to happen to clean it. And, if you're wondering, I did feel better for doing all that cleaning.

There's a box of ornaments and a box with a few other items in it that haven't been put back away, but other than that everything is put back away from being packed up for the work to be done. I'll be glad when I've done the last few bits, and don't have packed up boxes around any more.

I have also managed to find some time to do some work on some craft stuff. So there will actually be something interesting for me to say in my craft update at the end of the month.

I've been sleeping good too. And at night, which is an added bonus!


Sunday we had our usual dinner at my parents' place, and club afterwards. Mam had Emma-Jane for the night Saturday though, so she was still there and I got some time with her before dinner, since Mam had to see to dinner. Time with her is always fun. She's such a happy little thing... Even now, when she's teething and in the colic stage at the same time.

Yesterday (Wednesday) I went to my parents house for the day. The plan was to go by bus. Wayne came and met me and walked up town with me to get the bus to my parents' place, but we stopped to get my pills and missed the bus. We weren't bothered - we were just going to have a walk around town and have a chat, or whatever - but Mam decided since we had an hour before the next bus came she would come and get us instead, which was a good thing, as it turned out, since it started to rain about when we got in her car. Anyway, I spent the afternoon with Mam - we made blueberry muffins - then after dinner got a little baby visiting in before going home, and learned that even when really sore and tired, little Emma-Jane can still find it in her to smile and laugh.

Those are the highlights from my life lately. Other stuff did happen, obviously, but everything else is either stuff that doesn't belong on my blog, stuff that isn't worth mentioning, or stuff that will be mentioned in upcoming posts, so I don't plan to mention them today. So I'll let this do for now. Sorry I've not been around the blogs properly, but I'm trying to do work on craft items whenever I have spare time between club sessions, housework, etc. There will be posts each day though, because of various things - mostly movie reviews, admittedly - that I have scheduled to post for you from my collection of posts saved in draft that I want to get around to posting, but didn't because I kept posting other stuff. I will be on to check comments - and your blogs - most days though, and will post on the day from time to time. But most of the posts for this month will be ones I've scheduled recently, which will be posting themselves each day for me while I get to work on various craft projects (mostly Christmas craft projects... Will say more in my craft update posts as I get stuff done, before anyone asks).

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


"Bella Swan has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother remarried and Bella chooses to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she didn't expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen. For Edward is nothing like any boy she's ever met. He's nothing like anyone she's ever met, period. He's intelligent and witty, and he seems to see straight into her soul. In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance - unorthodox because Edward really isn't like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he's immortal. That's right - vampire. But he doesn't have fangs - that's just in the movies. And he doesn't drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. Somehow or other, they will have to manage their unmanageable love. But when unexpected visitors come to town and realize that there is a human among them Edward must fight to save Bella? A modern, visual, and visceral Romeo and Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair - between vampire and mortal."

(Click here to visit the IMDB page for this movie).

Yeah, I finally got around to watching it. LOL! And, yes, I enjoyed it. And now I can't wait to see the other movies in the series!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Before and after bathroom photos

And here are the before and after bathroom photos.

First, the before photos.

Now the after photos.

If you noticed the absence of the cabinet in the after photos, then that's because it isn't actually up at the moment. It's waiting to be put back up, but there's no point putting it back up just to take it down again to do the paint work, hence it not being up yet. There's not much paint work to do in the bathroom mind, since most of it is tiles. The wall to the right of the sink needs to be painted though, and the cabinets will have to go up on that wall, since where they were the shower is now, so they can't exactly go back there. And it's because of the shower needing to go there that they were taken down in the first place (we only had a bath before), now we have a bath with a shower over it... Considered posh over here, since - until recently - most places only had one or the other (either just a bath, or just a shower) not both.

The toilet is seporate from the other bathroom stuff, though right next door to it.

We did get a new floor in there and a new toilet and toilet seat, but it doesn't really look any different, and wont until we do the repainting work. As with the kitchen, I'm not 100% sure when the painting will happen. I'm hoping the bathroom painting gets done reasonably soon though, because I would like to be able to put the cabinets back up, because then I can put the shampoo and other things back in the cabinets where they belong.

At some point soon - well, soon-ish, I guess - I will get you the "before" photos for the other rooms. There wont be any "after" photos until the paint work is done with those though, since the only big changes are extra sockets - which aren't easy to see in photos anyway - and the new fire and fireplace, which I posted a photo of back in August (the first Wednesday, I think it was) so I wont post that again until doing the "after" photos when the painting is done... Whenever that ends up being!

Monday, September 06, 2010

Before and after kitchen photos

OK, here are the before and after photos from the kitchen.

The before ones first, obviously.

And the after photos.

As I mentioned in previous posts, the paint work still needs to be done, but as you can see there have been great improvements made to the appearance of the kitchen just from the work that has been done on it by the council guys (well, OK, contractors employed by the council). I'm not sure exactly when the paint work will get done - it might end up left until after Christmas - but when it does get done I will get new photos again and you can see the kitchen properly completed. But, for now, this is what the kitchen looks like.