Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 2010 craft update: slowly working on crafts

I've been getting some of my crafts done, though not as quickly as I'd like to get it done. I'm part way through a knitted blanket I promised to have done by the end of June at the latest, and I'm getting there with the bits for the giveaway thing that was going round the blogs. You guys who signed up will get your stuff... Honest!


Tori

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monsters and machines

Sorry for my slackness in replying to comments and commenting on posts. I'm not a very good blogger lately. :(


My time has been wrapped up in activities such as learning the rules for games, playing said games, and discussing said games. Seriously, that's all my days seem to really consist of at the moment. OK, there are the usual things... Walking the dogs, going shopping with Mam, watching movies, listening to audiobooks, etc... But I'm sure you know what I mean.

So, anyway, we've moved on from Julian's roleplaying game to Gareth's one. Gareth's doing Star Wars, so I'm going to be a Wookie! I'm actually quite excited about that! Yay for wookies!

On Sunday we tried out a couple of new - well, new to us - figure gaming systems. One is "Monsterpocalypse" the other is "Warmachine". Monsterpocalypse is basically the monsters from movies like Godzilla, as a tabletop game. Warmachine is a bit more difficult to explain, but involves a Spellcaster who mentally controls robot things, and uses his mental abilities (called focus points) to improve their abilities and/or defences. Both games seem to have been a hit with at least a couple of the club members, half of whom now have - or plan to get - a Monsterpocalypse army, and most of whom have - or plan to get - a Warmachine army.


None of this is probably of any interest at all to half of the people who read my blog, but there you go! Hopefully I'll have something of more interest to you to post about soon!

I hope you are happy and healthy, and that you are having - or have had - a great day! :)

Tori

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Scarlet Pimpernel

By Baroness Emmuska Orczy

"During the French Revolution's reign of terror, the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel rescues helpless men, women, and children from their doom in this unique, wonderfully colorful adventure classic."

(Above taken from here).

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it.

Tori

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Heart Full Of Diamonds

By Anne Marie Jenner

I couldn't find an actual online plot summery for this one, so I'm on my own this time. Basically, the story was about a woman named "Mary-lee" (not sure on spelling) who discovered while unpacking her husband's suitcase that he had been stealing diamonds right under her nose. Deciding she didn't want to be a part of it, and fearing for her life after over-hearing a phone conversation of Tony's, she made a run for it. But Tony wasn't going to let her get away that easily, and sent people after her. She managed to stay hidden for a while, during which time she struck up a friendship with her neighbour Richard, and his son, Derick. But now Tony has found her again, and her very life depends on him not getting his hands on her.

It was a fantastic book. I'm pretty sure it was from the ones that came from Iggy, so thanks Iggy for the awesome book! :)

Tori

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dave Barry's Greatest Hits

A non fiction book by Dave Barry

"Humorous essays cover American life, including why middle-aged men need electric guitars, who translates the instructions for Japanese appliances, and suggestions on child rearing."

(Above taken from this site).

This one is definately good for a chuckle. :)

Tori

Friday, March 26, 2010

Kero's korner: wet but waggy-tailed

Hi humans, it's Kero here!

The sore bit where the lump was is better, I just need the yucky bits around the area to clear up, then I can - hopefully - forget about it! There is no pain at all now though, even when Dadi insists on "looking" and touches the area.

Mami took me for a long walk in the rain on Saturday. I'm not a big fan of water... OK, I admit it, I hate the stuff! But I do love my walkies, and it was kinda nice with it just being me and Mami, and nobody else!

Mami was gone for ages and ages on Sunday. She went somewhere with Dadci and Dadi. I think it was to that place they call "club" or something. They went soon after dinner, and it was bed time when they got home... I was really starting to worry they wouldn't get back in time to give me my night-night treats! Nani and Mamgu were both here, but I don't know if they know what my night-night treats are, or where Mami keeps them in the bedroom. I know what they are, and I know where they're kept, but quite often humans don't listen to me when I try to tell them something, or try to show them where something is. But, it's OK, because Mami and Dadi were home in time for my night-night treats!


Mami and Nani went through mine and Willow's toys and threw away the broken ones yesterday. We weren't sure what they were throwing away though, so we both grabbed our favourites and took them away from the box to look after them. They also tried washing the blankets. They had to fight Willow for them first though, because she decided to lay on them with her rescued toys. I think they must have grabbed the blankets when we went in the garden though, because they were gone when we came back in, but are back today.

Mami changed the stuff on the big bed - the bed her and Dadi keep insisting is theirs - today. The stuff she put on was all clean. Well, I couldn't have that, could I? No, I couldn't! So, I went outside, got my paws nice and muddy, and then walked all over the bed. It was great fun! Of course, Mami didn't think it was. She really is no fun sometimes!

Not much else happened, so I'm going to go and pounce Mami until she sorts out mine and Willow's dinners.

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Three appointments and a take-away (FD)

Yeah, I know, I haven't done a post this late in a while, have I? Well, it's because I've been quite busy today. I spent the entire day at the hospital. Don't worry though, it wasn't just because of me. It was also for Nan and Wayne.

Nan had an eye appointment at 10:30 am, at the same hospital I go to for my blood tests. Because of this we planned for both to be done today, that way we would avoid having to go to the same hospital twice in one week. Wayne then had an appointment to do with his ears that was made for him for the same hospital for 1:30 pm today. So, we planned to do Nan's appointment, Sort my blood test, then go for lunch, then go to Wayne's appointment. At least, that's what Mam and Nan thought we could do.

Me: "That wont work."
Mam: "Why not?"
Me: "Nan's is an eye appointment!"
Nan: "What's that got to do with it?"
Me: "I know about times for those things. It will be gone 12 - possibly getting close to 1 - before we're done with your appointment."
Nan: "No, my appointment is 10:30!"
Me: "Trust me!"

Guess what? It was about 12:20 pm when we left the eye department. This meant that it was lucky that the blood clinic is one of those "grab a number" type places, because it was about 12:30 pm when we got there, and about 1:00 pm when we left there. Meaning, we did not - as I had predicted - have time for lunch before Wayne's ear appointment at 1:30 pm.

So, instead, we went for something to eat after Wayne's appointment.

For anyone interested:

Nan has some scarring on her retinas, but they think it's just general wear and tear that you get as you get older. She is, after all, 82 years old now (she was 82 in January).

My test results will take 10 to 14 days to be available to me, unless my iron level has dropped drastically, in which case the doctor will be phoning me in the next couple of days. I expect it will be down a bit though, because the... Erm... Thing the doctor suspects is causing it is currently an issue, if you know what I mean (and, if you don't know what I mean... Tough! I refuse to say it plainer than that on my blog... Or even by e-mail,!)

Wayne is going to be sent an appointment for a hearing test, since it may be possible his hearing - which has never been even close to being all that good - is starting to get a bit worse.

Anyway...

Nan, Mam and Wayne wanted KFC, but I, obviously, did not. There's a Subway right by the KFC though, so I had one of their salad subs, and we ate out by the car because of getting from two different places. I did originally plan to take a packed lunch with me, but Nan - who was paying - insisted on buying lunch for me, even if it meant going elsewhere for the food. So, I gave in. I mean, who am I to turn down a free lunch of my choice? Especially when the person in question wants so badly to buy it that she actually spent three days trying to persuade me not to take a packed lunch, and to let her buy for me. Yeah, it took me that long to give in... What? I'm stubbourn! Didn't you know that? LOL!

So... By the time all the appointments were over, and then we'd eaten, it was gone 3:00 pm. Then we had to get home, I had to sort a few things after I got home (like laundry, feeding the dogs, etc). And then I finally got to the laptop, sorted e-mails, sorted posts on my Dad's forum, and sorted the blogs. And now? Now I want some supper, a milky drink, and my bed!

Enjoy whatever's left of your day! :)

Tori

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

"Meet Darren. He's sixteen going on immortal."

Plot:
A young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire. |

(Above taken from here).

Dad, Kelly, Wayne and I watched this movie on Friday. We brought it because Wayne has liked the Darren Shan books for some time, and Dad and Kelly both enjoy vampire themed movies. Me? I just watched it because it sounded good. Besides, I have to admit I'm a bit of a fantasy/vampire/weird stuff happening to normal people fan myself. ;)

Anyway, we all really enjoyed it. It wasn't as good as it looked... It was better! Seriously, if you enjoy these types of movies then I highly recommend it. Just be aware that most vampire type movies do differ slightly on what they think vampires are like, so some of the vampire related stuff isn't what you usually get in these types of movies.

Tori

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Catch-up for the curious (FD)

On Friday I spent part of the morning doing chores, and the rest of it sorting e-mails, blog posts, and posts on my Dad's forum for the gaming club. Actually, the blog posts sort of spilled in to the afternoon, because I stopped to walk the dogs with Wayne, and to have lunch. Anyway, I'd just started getting Kero's post sorted when my Mam asked me if I would go to Asda with her to print out photos she had taken of little Emma-Jane when she went to see her. She does also intend putting the photos up on her blog, but she was more interested in getting them printed at that particular time. For anyone interested in baby photos, I'll let you know when they're up. Anyway, I went with her, and while we waited for the photos to print we had some food. I was meant to have been eating at the same time as Kelly, Dad, Wayne and Nan, but I was having different anyway, so when Mam offered to buy me food, I figured, "why not?" And accepted the offer. Then we came home, and Mam helped me to quickly get the prep work done for dinner, since Kelly cooks on a Friday, but I always do the prep work for him, and I'd ended up out half the afternoon, so I was cutting it a bit too fine with timing, so Mam helped me so it was done quicker.


Then, after dinner was totally over with, Dad, Kelly, Wayne and I watched a movie. I wont talk about it in this post though, because I have a post set up for it already, which will be up tomorrow.


On Saturday it was POURING with rain, so Wayne flatly refused to go out for a walk with me and the dogs. I was determined to go though, so Kero and I went for a long walk together. Kero wasn't all that enthusiastic about the idea, to be honest, since he's not a big fan of water, but he soon warmed up to the idea, and trotted along with me well enough. When we got back we were SOAKED! This wasn't all to do with the amount it was raining though. No, it was also partly to do with the fact that I had taken the oppertunity to actually have a decent walk. Sure, it was raining, but we'd get wet if we had a short one, and we'd get wet if we had a long one, so why not have the long one and have done with it? I quite enjoy long walks, but Wayne always wants to just get the walk over with, so we end up taking a short one. Saturday I took a long walk though, and was out for AGES! And, yes, I did feel better for it... Despite being absolutely soaking wet!


Anyway, when we got back Kelly was worried because I'd been back so long, but Dad just turned to me and asked if I had my mobile. "Yeah," I said. "I always have it on me." To which Dad replied, "there you are then." And deciding that was the end of it, he went back to playing the Pokemon game he had been playing when I got home. LOL! Gotta love my Dad! He's always been like that. As long as you have a way to get in touch if you need to, plan on bringing yourself home (unless previously arranged) and as long as you're back by a time he gives you, and as long as he doesn't get any calls or visits from police or whatever about what you've been up to, he figures you can pretty much do as you please, and go where you please... All he asks is that you just keep inside the law, and be home in time for dinner. LOL! Kelly and Mam, on the other hand, go in to a huge panic if you're so much as two seconds late. OK, slight exageration there, but not by much. Don't get me wrong, I understand why - especially with my lack of eyesight and all - but it is a bit annoying at times. So, I decided to take a longer walk... Who cares? Ever heard of spontanious decissions? Because that's what it was... I decided while out on the walk that I wasn't ready to go home yet, so wanted to walk some more. Simple as that!


Anyway...

We had roleplaying Saturday evening. I'm getting to really enjoy those sessions, being totally honest with you. Sometimes it's really nice to just pretend to be someone else for a while.

Sunday afternoon we spent up at the hall that is now used for the gaming club. There's a figure game I love to play which Gareth hadn't played yet and wanted to, so we had a game of that, then Kelly, Gareth and I played a three-way game of it. It's called Classic Battle Tech and it's one of the few figure gaming systems I enjoy playing. Anyway, we played that while Julian and Phil R (another family friend is also called Phil, hence the R on the end) played Warhammer 40K, which is a game I do not enjoy, because it takes longer to set up than play... To put it in to perspective, we had a game of BattleTech, I did a write-up for it ready to post on Dad's forum, we had another game, I did the write-up for that, and then - and only then - did Julian and Phil R's game finish! But, anyway, guess what? I won both games of BattleTech! :)

Then, in the evening, we had more roleplaying.

Monday (yesterday) I got very wet walking the dogs again. This time I managed to persuade Wayne to come with me though, so I wasn't as wet as I might have been, since we had a really short walk. I think Wayne likes water even less than Kero does. No, that's cruel! But, he does seem to think people can't go outside if it's raining for some reason.


Anyway, I spent most of the rest of the day doing the write-ups for our roleplaying sessions, and posting all the write-ups on Dad's forum. Then I typed up a couple of the recipes from my microwave cook book, which I put up on my recipe blog today, if you want to have a look.


Then, this morning, I went to see little Emma-Jane with Mam. She's SO cute! I had a nice long cuddle with her, and didn't want to give her back. I jokingly asked her how far she thought I could get with her before her Mami noticed she was missing. I'd never really do something like that, so don't worry, but I really did wish I didn't have to hand her back and go home. It's times like that I wish even more that I had one of my own. *Sigh*... One day!

When we got home, I dragged Wayne out for a walk with me and the dogs, then I cleaned out the fridge. I mean, properly cleared it out. You know how you end up with a couple of items you've somehow had in there for so long that they have expiration dates going back about two years? Well, all those things are gone! I also removed every item and shelf from the fridge and gave it a thorough cleaning. Why? Because I went in the fridge to get a yoghurt for my Mam, and some of her yoghurts were out of date, so I started bringing her and Dad stuff to check the dates on, and it just spiraled from there.

After that I came upstairs and checked on e-mails, forum posts, and blog posts. And here I am now. It's almost 5:00 pm, and dinner's almost ready though, so I better get this published.

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

Tori

Monday, March 22, 2010

Vegetarianism

I've mentioned in the past my issues with eating meat, and my preference for a vegetarian diet. Well, as some of you may remember, I started eating meat again around Christmas. The reasons for this were that I was concerned that I wasn't eating well enough to keep my iron level under control. Plus, I was worried that my diet preferences would make more work for people, and I didn't want to be a pain. Anyway, after talking to my doctor during the huge drop in my iron level she is convinced it's due to... Erm... Natural things that are beyond my control, and not diet related. I eat those things that are most important for someone who is anemic to eat (green vegetables) so she sees no reason why I should have to avoid a vegetarian diet if that is my preference. Therefore, I have resumed the vegetarian diet, since I feel better in myself when avoiding eating meat and fish. It's been a month since I made this decision - after only about two months of eating meat again - and, yes, I do feel better for it.

As for being a pain to others? Well, it's so far not been an issue. Everyone keeps buying me fruit, nuts, etc, and I brought myself a braille book with instructions in it for cooking most types of food in the microwave. Why the microwave? Because my parents' cooker is a gas cooker, and I don't get on with gas cookers. But I wanted a way to make myself dinner if it's a help yourself day, or if it would be a lot of work for people to adapt the meal for me to have some. Most days people are cooking potatoes, veg and meat, so I'll just not have the meat. But something like shepherd's pie, for example... Well, you'd have to make a whole other meal for anyone who didn't want the meat when that's being cooked. And that's when my book comes in handy. :)

I haven't had the chance to make much using it yet, since it only arrived on Thursday. Thursday's meal was already planned without it, Friday I had food out with Mam, Saturday Nan offered to make me food, and there's always a roast dinner cooked Sunday, so I can easily just have the rest and not the meat on a Sunday. And that brings us to today. I did make myself some stewed fruit on Saturday though, and that was very tasty... Stewed plum and pear, with a little orange juice for an extra little bit of flavour. Very tasty, if I do say so myself! :)

I'm also no longer drinking "proper" tea. I'm now drinking herbal teas instead, since they genearlly have no caffine in them, and I want to avoid caffinated drinks. So, I'm drinking herbal teas, orange juice and water most of the time, with the occasional cup of cocoa or malted milk drink before bed. Well, I have had the odd bit of pop/soda when out, but that's only because there isn't always an alternative drink available.

Oh yeah, for anyone wondering... My iron level was up to 11 the last time it was checked (bearing in mind 12 is normal). It's due to be checked again on Thursday.

That's enough out of me for today, I think. So... Enjoy whatever's left of your day, and stay safe! :)

Tori

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Home For The Holidays And Other Stories

By Chris Radant

"Like most I would imagine, I picked this book up due to its connection to the film `Home for the Holidays.' Though the book and story the film is based on bare little resemblance to the film itself, it is still a highly enjoyable read.

Radant narrates for us on a journey of non-linear biographical stories that span her lifetime. Her dry self deprecating down to earth sense of humor mixes well with the comedy and tragedy of life that any one of us can relate to. I found myself laughing out loud and even tearing up at moments in this entertaining, though unfortunately small collection of stories.

Unconventional, sarcastic and witty, Radant is the type of individual I'd like to know in person, and thanks to this small glimpse into her life I feel I do, if even just a little.

(Above taken from here).

This was an amusing little book. :)

Tori

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The 4:50 From Paddington

By Agatha Christie

"Elspeth McGillicuddy had just witnessed a murder on the train passing hers. A woman was being strangled! But no one believed her except her friend Jane Marple. Fortunately, the old spintster Marple was surprisingly adept at solving criminal puzzles. The only problem was, where were she going to start, when there was no body, no motive and and no knowledge of the victim's identity?"

(Above taken from here).

I enjoyed this one a lot. But then, I already knew I was a fan of Agatha Christie's books. :)

Tori

Friday, March 19, 2010

Kero's korner: health update

Hi humans.

This is just a quick post to let you know that I'm doing OK. It's still a bit sensative around the area the lump was, but otherwise I'm fine. I really hated that trip to the vet though!


Anyway, it's a nice day here, so I want to get back outside.


Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kero's day at the vet

So, as most - if not all - of you know, Kero spent a large part of Monday at the vet. We had to have him there for 9:20 am, so we left home with enough time to take him for a walk around the park near the vet, then still have him there in plenty of time for his appointment.

Kero absolutely HATES the vets. He's one of those dogs who alternates between barking, whining and howling (though, thankfully, not much of the howling) while we're sat in the vets' waiting room. You know the dog who upsets the cats, scares all the puppies, and sets every other dog in the vet off - even if they had been quiet before hand? Well, that's Kero!

So, you can imagine how much fun the waiting part was.

When we finally came to his turn, he was NOT pleased at being put up on the table to be examined. They had to do it though, to make sure he was healthy enough to cope with the anasthetic.


The vet then said, "we'll put him in one of the cages in the back to calm down, then we can weigh him and give him the sedative when he's calmer."


The following conversation followed...


Me: That's so not a good plan!
Vet: Why?
Me: He suffers from seporation anxiety.
Vet: So, he wont calm down if we do that then?
Me: Nope! And when I leave he's going to get worse, if anything.
Vet: Hmm... Maybe we should weigh him and give him the sedative now, while you're still here?
Me: Yeah, that's probably the best way to do it.

So, she weighed him, and I held him while the sedative injection was given. Poor baby must have been feeling sensative, because he yelped like crazy when the needle went in. Then Mam, Kero and I sat in the office while the sedative kicked in. Little buggar fought it all the way, and we were there for a good half an hour... It should have only taken about five minutes!


Anyway, when he finally couldn't fight any more, he was put in one of the little cage-like kennels, and we left. He did give Mam a nasty look as she was about to turn away after putting him in the kennel, but he was too sleepy by that point to do more than that.


They told us to call and check on him about lunchtime, so we did the errands we wanted to do in town, then went home. We had considered calling before leaving town, since we were still near the vet, but we figured he wouldn't be ready that soon. As it turned out we were greeted by my Nan, who had a message from the vet for us:


"Um... The vet called..." she said. Then paused for so long that I started to get worried. For one thing, I was already worried about Kero... I mean, he's my baby! For another thing, the vet doesn't normally call about animals that are in for operations, unless there's something wrong. And the last time I was called about a furbaby who was in having an operation it was Samhain (my rabbit) and he had died on the operating table. So I'm sure you can imagine how worried I was to find that the vet had called about Kero.

Finally, however, she finished her sentence with the words, "... Kero's ready to be picked up." I can't tell you how relieved I was to hear those words! My baby was OK after all!


I was still a bit confused as to why they had called though. Well, until we got there. The noise coming from the vet answered that question before I could ask it. Turns out Kero came out of the anasthetic extremely quickly, and was NOT happy at where he found himself. We walked in there to hear that Kero was in full howl. A sound that increased in volume when he heard Mam say, "we're here to pick up Kero."

Never before have I heard a sentance like that answered with the words, "Oh, good!" Normally it would be, "oh, right," or similar words. Also, they normally settle the bill before fetching the furbaby. But they seemed eager to get him to leave, which I'd say is the reason for the phonecall. They even gave us a free packet of Denta Stix. I couldn't help wondering if they were saying, "look, just take him away! Here, we'll even give you stuff!"


Apparently they'd tried everything... Taking him out for a walk around the area near the vet, petting him, talking to him... Everything they could think of. Nothing worked, so they phoned us. LOL!


If you're wondering...

When he saw me he practically threw himself in to my arms, his loud noise changed to a slight whimper, then he calmed down and was quiet for a few hours afterwards. He was my little shadow though, and wouldn't let me move without him. Poor little guy was exhausted, but wouldn't settle for a sleep until I settled myself on the bed with some knitting and my story.

Tori

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The wanderer returns



I've just spent basically the entire day catching up on blog posts. Well, it serves me right for getting that far behind. Yes, I've had stuff going on, but I still could have tried to keep up to date on posts and comments. But I didn't. I'm caught up now though... I think!


I've commented on some older posts on the blogs I follow, and replied to comments (and deleted spam ones) on my blog too. So anyone who bothers to do so may want to take a look at those.

As I've mentioned in passing, I've had a bit of a "too many pies, not enough fingers" thing going on. Some of it has been my own doing, since there are several things I want to be doing, and I just don't have enough hours in my day to do everything I'd like to fit in to it.

For starters, there has been the roleplaying. The actual sessions haven't been the time consuming part, since some of them have been cancelled due to lack of transport or illness. But I had my first session as DM on Saturday, since the usual GM (Julian) wasn't well, so I had to prepare an adventure. Plus, I'm trying to learn the rules for a system I haven't played before, because I intend being GM for a whole campaign based on that system. It's a system I think some of you would enjoy, actually. Think normal people being drawn in to unusual things that are often connected with the occult. In other words, investigators who are asked to investigate something that seems perfectly ordinary, only to find it isn't, and find themselves confronted with vampires, ghosts, etc. Anyway, learning the rules takes some time, so that's where a chunk of my time has been going.

Not to mention the fact I seem to be in charge of the write-ups for each campaign. I don't mind though. I actually offered to do them, because I enjoy writing and don't feel I do enough of it. It also means I know exactly what's been going on for the monthly club update at the end of each month.

Plus, there's all of the audiobooks I've been listening to while "trying" to get caught up on various craft projects, and before bed. I wont mention those in this post though, because I plan on doing seporate proper review posts for those soon. Just bear with me!

Also, we've been doing a bit of work around the house. It's not going as quickly as we'd like it to though. Part of that is due to the fact that a lot of our money had to go on getting Mam and Dad's cars up to scratch so they could pass their MOTs. Another part of the reason is due to the fact that only Kelly, Dad, and Wayne can do a lot of the work, but Kelly hurt his back, and Dad hurt his wrist, so they've not been able to get much done at one go since then. Kelly's back is now fine though, and Dad's wrist is improving, though not great.

Luckily though they did finish shoveling the sand on to the garden before the rain came. Not that it rained for all that long, but they wanted it done while it was still dry, so that when it did rain the rain would help to get it to do whatever it is it's supposed to do to the garden. I'm not 100% clear on it, but it's something about helping the garden to not be such a marshland when it rains, while at the same time building it up a bit so that it's not such a big step down from the patio to the garden. There's shredded paper on it for the same sort of reason. I'm explaining about the sand and paper for anyone wondering after seeing it in some of the photos posted in Kero's recent posts.


We've also started decluttering a bit inside. I'm afraid the place is a bit of a mess at the moment - evidence of that is in some of the recent doggy photos - but in a strange way you have to make a mess to tidy up. Especially since we also plan on doing some redecorating.


We have the patio furniture back out again now too, so that means it's easy to sit out there on nice days, listening to the birds. I'm sure it's no surprise to you that I'm pleased about that. :)


Let's see, what else...

Well, I've been to town with Mam a few times, and to Asda with her too. Not all that exciting, but rather time consuming sometimes. I hate shopping! Don't get me wrong, we've had some nice outings. But I still hate shopping, and nothing - not even a nice day out - is going to change that any time soon. Mam, on the other hand, quite enjoys shopping.

A Pokemon obsession has started back up in this place, and everyone's happily playing Pokemon on their gameboys. I'm actually feeling a bit left out. I tried to find a text based version online so I could play too. So far no luck. I've found online versions, but not that will work with Jaws... They're all too graphic based. Ah well, I still have several other things I'm trying to fit in to my day anyway, so I probably don't really have time for more.

I got to enjoy Mothers' day too this year. Nan and Kelly arranged between them for a card and small box of chocolates to be brought for me "from Kero" this year. Apparently they didn't want me feeling left out, as the only female in the house who wouldn't have had anything otherwise.


Anyway, that's basically a condensed version of what's been keeping me busy lately. Well, other than walks with the dogs, and Kero's vet trips, obviously. I can't be bothered with the longer version. Besides, if I filled in every detail of every day I've not been about properly then it would take you absolutely ages, and AGES to read it! ;)

So, I think I'll let this do for now, and post anything I missed out and want to post about another time. Look out for those book reviews too, because they'll be coming very soon!

Hope your weather is as nice as ours is at this moment.

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

Tori

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

By Michael Morpurgo

"When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WW II he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. The coming years will test him to his limits, as he endures mistreatment, neglect and forced labour in the Australian outback. But Arthur is also saved, again and again, by his love of the sea. And when he meets a nurse whose father owns a boat-building business, all the pieces of his broken life come together. Now, at the end of his life, Arthur has built a special boat for his daughter Allie, whose love of the sea is as strong and as vital as her father's. Now Allie has a boat that will take her to England solo, across the world's roughest seas, in search of her father's long-lost sister! Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together?"

(Above taken from here).

I had this for Christmas. It was a fantastic story! Kind of sad in places, but one I would definately recommend.

Tori

Monday, March 15, 2010

some missed birthdays and an apology

Firstly, I would like to apologise for not being around lately. I promise I'll get all caught up on blog posts soon... Really! I'll also get caught up on comments that have been left on various posts of mine. And then I'll get you caught up on the things worth mentioning from my life.

Secondly, I've missed a few birthdays. I never mentioned Jessica's birthday (January 12th, if I remember rightly). I also never mentioned my nephew, Devin's birthday (February 25th, I think that was). I also never mentioned Bethan's birthday (March 7th). There are probably other people I didn't say happy birthday to. Wendy's Mom, for example, had her birthday in February. So, happy birthday to all those whose birthdays I missed mentioning. I hope you had a great day! And, happy birthday to anyone who will be having their birthday before March is out (Adrian, for example) in case I forget to say happy birthday at the time.


But, most importantly, happy birthday to my big brother, Wayne, who is celebrating his 30th birthday today!


Tori

Sunday, March 14, 2010

To the Mothers of Children Who Never Were Children

Today is Mothering Sunday here in the UK. And so I decided that I would share this poem I came across online. Actually, I found it while browsing for something Mothers' Day related to post today.

Anyway...





To the Mothers of Children Who Never Were Children
Nicholas Gordon

To the mothers of children who never were children,
Who died in the womb unnamed and unknown:
You also were mothers, albeit but briefly,
And loved with the love given mothers alone.

Yours was the stirring of life within life,
The being of being all one being knew,
The love of a love that knew only your love,
The world to a world that knew no world but you.

Yours the unspeakable pleasure of giving
Your substance to nurture the creature within;
Yours the inscrutable song of creation,
Bringing to being the dust of the wind.

Death is the end, but never the meaning;
Life is a gift, no matter how long.
You, too, are mothers, the bearers of beauty,
The icons of love to whom this day belongs.

(above taken from this site).


Happy Mothers' day to every Mother, Mum, Mom, Mam, Mummy, Mommy, Mammy, Mami, or Mama out there. Whether your children are grown, or are still children, or never were children.


Tori

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Photos from Valentine's day 2010



Just thought I would share a couple of photos taken on Valentine's day of me with the teddy Kelly brought me.



There are more Valentine's photos on my Mam's blog if you want to take a look.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend... Stay warm, and stay safe!

Tori

Friday, March 12, 2010

kero's korner: photos and medical news

Hi humans, it's Kero here.

Firstly I want to post this photo of me with the teddy I had for Valentine's day. Mami says it's from Willow.



And now some photos of me and Willow out in the garden. Starting with one of me sniffing the shredded paper the humans decided to put all over the garden for some reason.



Willow wondering what I'm doing...




There are some interesting smells in this garden.



Not all of them on the ground.




Me and Willow by the side gate, wishing we could get through it to the front garden, and to freedom!



Anyway...

I haven't been sick for about two weeks now. Not since I went to see the vet. Mami's really pleased, but there's no way she's as pleased as me. After all, it's awful being sick, and very frustrating too. Especially when you've just eaten a tasty treat and... Well, I don't think I need to go in to detail. Either way, I haven't been sick at all for almost two weeks now.

That lump is still there though... It's bugging my eye... Mami says I have to go and have it removed on Monday. I don't really want to go, but I suppose I'll have to. It's making my eye sore, so it has to go. The vet's pretty sure it's just something like a wart though, so if it wasn't for the fact it's bugging my eye - because of where it is - he wouldn't bother to remove it.

This will do for today.

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Goldilocks and the three bears

I'm sure you're all familiar with the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. You know?

The little girl gets lost in the woods, finds the home of the three bears, eats the porridge/oatmeal they had left cooling while they went for a walk (well, she eats baby bear's anyway), breaks baby bear's chair, and wakes up in baby bear's bed to find the three bears standing there looking at her.

Did you know there was more to the story though? I bet you didn't, because I only found out recently that there was more to it. So, for those of you who have been deprived of the ending, here's how it goes:


Goldilocks runs out of the three bears' house screaming. She manages to find her mother, who asks her where she was and what's wrong. Goldilocks tells her mother about the bears, and her mother marches her straight back to their house to make her apologise for stealing their food, damaging their property, and generally breaking and entering.


And how do I know that this is how the story goes? Well, I heard it on the radio recently. Apparently they had to add that bit to the ending to show children that Goldilocks' behaviour was wrong.


Tori

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Penelope

A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will love her faithfully."

(Above taken from here).

This wasn't too bad of a movie. The beginning and end were good, and the moral of the story was a good one, but there were definate moments in the middle where it felt more like the stuff was there to make the movie be a bit longer than anything. It wasn't that it was a bad movie. It just wasn't one of the best I've seen recently.

Tori

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Invisible

After an attack leaves him in limbo -- invisible to the living and also near death -- a teenager discovers the only person who might be able to help him is his attacker.

(Above taken from here).

This was a weird movie, with an ending that left many questions unanswered. And which - in my opinion - made no sense. It started off well, and it looked promising. But that didn't last. It wasn't that the actors didn't play their parts well, because they did. No. The issue was the story itself and the gaping holes that seemed to have been left in the plot. So few things were explained that it ended up being a disappointment. It was an interesting idea... Teenager saved by the person who caused him to be in danger... Something in the irony of that made the movie sound like it was going to be a good one. And, as I said, it was at first. It might have stayed that way if they tied up all the loose ends properly, and helped us to find the answers to all the questions raised during the movie.

Not one I'd recommend, personally.

Tori

Monday, March 08, 2010

Bolt

A super-dog named BOLT, whose days are filled with danger and intrigue-at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood sound stage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet-a cross-country journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions-a jaded, abandoned house cat named Mittens and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino -Bolt discovers he doesn't need superpowers to be a hero.

(Above taken from here).

This was a nice movie. One of those sweet ones that all the family - kids and adults alike - can enjoy together.

Tori

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Grandad Sid

Sidney Robert Poole. Husband to the late Norma. Father to Bob, Mick, Jane, Bill, John, Sam and Carrie. Grandfather to Daniel, Adam, Peter, Adrianne, Andrew, Pia-Jane, Kayley, Louise, Michaela, Lee, Liam, Billy, Owain, and others. Great-grandfather to Chelsea, Erin, Emilee, Alex, Ryan, and several others. As well as my honorary Grandad, died on Saturday 27th February 2010. He was a wonderful man, and will be sadly missed.

R.I.P. Grandad Sid

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Angela's Ashes

By Frank McCourt (1930-2009)

"Angela's Ashes is a memoir by Irish-American author Frank McCourt and tells the story of his childhood in Brooklyn and Ireland. It was published in 1996 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography."

(Above taken from here).

My Nan had this one given to her, and was listening to it recently. I heard a bit and asked if I could have a listen. It turned out to be a pretty good book. A sort of sad autobiography, but well written, I think.

Tori

Friday, March 05, 2010

Kero's korner: photos to share

Hi humans, it's Kero here!



As Mami told you, I've not been well. She even took me to the vet, which I wasn't happy about. I especially wasn't pleased when they took my temperature, and hid my head under Mami's arm and tried to pretend that wasn't happening. Then - when it was over - I sat my butt on the floor to make sure the vet didn't try that again. And first chance I got I jumped in to Mami's arms. Then, when she put me down on the floor, I tried to let myself out... Couldn't reach the door handle though. Being a small dog isn't always a good thing!


Mami was making me have something yucky squirted in to my mouth after we went to the vet. I hated that more than I'd hated having my temperature taken! I kicked, I whined... I did just about everything I could think of to stop them being able to get that medicine in my mouth. And what did they do? They wrapped me in a blankie and held me down so as to squirt it in my mouth. Mami did cuddle me afterwards and tell me how sorry she was that she had to do that when she knew I didn't like it. But I didn't care that she was sorry, I just didn't want it to happen again, so I hid under the computer desk when I heard Mami saying about measuring it the next time. Mami had to crawl under the desk to get me.

My eye is bugging me because of this lump I have by it. Mami says the vet will take it away, but I don't want to go back to the vet! Surely there has to be another way to get rid of it?

Anyway, here are some photos taken recently.


First, me and Willow.



Me napping.










Me and Willow playing.



Me on the back of the sofa. I love this spot, because I get a perfect view out of the living room window, so I can see people walking up or down the road, or coming to visit, or whatever.



Right, I'm out of here... Time for walkies!




Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Fluffy head moments

I've had several fluffy head moments lately.

You know? Moments when you either do or say something extremely stupid, and you either feel like a total idiot, or take ages to figure out why everyone is laughing... Then feel like a total idiot when you figure it out. Classic Homer Simpson style, "doh," moments in some cases.

The other day, for example, I put some washing in the dryer, set the dial on it, and went off upstairs to do something. A couple of hours later I went downstairs to take that load out of the dryer and put another load in there to dry. When I went to get the washing out though I discovered that it was still wet. Rather baffled I went in to the living room where my Nan was, and said, "well, either that water filter needed emptying, or the dryer is broken." "Why's that?" she asked. So I told her about the wet clothes. To cut a long story short, it was discovered that I'd forgotten one vital thing when putting the dryer on... It only works if you press the "on" button. Doh! Funnily enough, the clothes dried well after the dryer was actually put on properly. LOL!


Then there was yesterday, when I let the dogs out, then said to Mam, "I think the latch on the door is broken." "Are you sure?" asked Mam. "Well, it wont come out," I replied. "What wont?" Mam asked. So I explained to her that the part that goes in the hole bit in the door frame... I don't know what it would be called... Is stuck in the door and wont come out. "Did you try pressing the release button?" Mam asked me. "What button?" I asked. "The one by the handle you pull down," she answered. It was at that point realisation dawned, and I pressed the button, releasing the catch, and enabling the door to be closed. However, I had to open it again almost immediately... I'd shut the dogs out.

There have been several similar moments. I think all the times I keep hitting my head is knocking what sense there was in it out of it. Maybe I should start wearing a crash helmet?

Tori

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Anemia

I have to have my iron level checked again in a few weeks, but for now it's fine. Not 100% sure what it is though, because the doctor's receptionist just called to tell me when the doctor wanted it checked again, and she'd said, "bye," and put the phone down before I could ask what the level was. I meant to call and ask, but I haven't had a chance. Will let you know when I find out... Possibly tomorrow? Not today, that's for sure, because you can only call in the afternoons for test results, and the surgery isn't open on Wednesday afternoons.


Anyway, for anyone interested....
.............

"The most common variety of anaemia throughout the world is the iron-deficiency anaemia. It mostly affects women in their reproductive years, infants and children.

Anaemia occurs when there is too little iron stored in the body. Young children and adults may not get enough absorbable iron in the foods they eat, which can lead to anaemia. The digestive system may not be able to absorb enough iron, or a person may become anaemic through excessive loss of blood; this can affect women with heavy menstrual periods, and people with stomach or duodenal ulcers, haemorrhoids or piles, or even hookworm infection.

Iron intake may be adequate in a diet consisting of cereals as a staple; the problem is that usually only 10 percent of the ingested iron is absorbed. This is because, the cereals, besides having a high iron content are also rich in phytates, which inhibit iron absorption. This problem is corrected by increasing the calcium content of the diet, by eating curds (or any other milk product) with the meals. Eating betel leaf Cpaan) with lime (choana) after a meal also helps in providing calcium. Insufficient intake of vitamin C is also a factor in the poor absorption of iron by the body. The age-old practice of squeezing lemon (nimbu) juice on the food and salads is a way of correcting this problem and thus enhancing the iron absorption."

"Diet

* Make sure you include plenty of green, leafy vegetables in your diet: cooked, raw as salads or chutneys.
* Iron-fortified foods, like many breakfast cereals, can also boost iron reserves.
* Avoid caffeinated drinks coffee, tea, and colas during meals because they interfere with iron absorption.
* If you are a woman with heavy periods. or if you are pregnant, talk to your doctor about taking an iron supplement.
* Use an iron pot or karahi when cooking. Some iron from the pot will be incorporated into the food that is being cooked in it."

(Above information taken from this site where you can read the entire article, if you wish to do so).

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

My Cubby dog

That's what I've called him ever since he was a puppy... Cubby (or Cubster). It started because Mam thought Keroberous was two words so called him K.B. and I thought she said Cubby. Besides, he reminds me of a polar bear cub.

At the end of May he will be turning six. It's hard to believe he's almost six already!

His health has been good for the most part. He suffers with anxiety issues - seporation anxiety affects him worse - but other than that he's been fit as a fiddle. Well, until recently.

Those who follow my blog regularly and read Kero's Friday posts will have noticed a couple of times lately it's been mentioned that he's been sick, then seemed to be better, then was sick again. Well, the sickness has become more frequent, and has been happening most mornings.

On top of that he has a lump that's come up above his eye, which is irritating his eye. The lump showed up a few days ago, so yesterday we took him to the vet. And while we were there we mentioned the fact he keeps being sick, and hasn't been completely himself lately.


The vet doesn't think the lump is anything to worry about, but he wants to remove it anyway because of the fact that where it is it's irritating his eye. So, he has to go and have the lump removed under anasthetic. As for the sickness... The vet has given me some tablets and medicine for him to take three times a day for a couple of days. If by next week he's still being sick then the vet will want him to go in for tests and such to find out what's making him be sick so often. I've got to talk to the vet next week to either arrange an appointment for him to be seen for tests if he's still being sick, or arrange for him to go in for the lump to be removed if he stops being sick.

The good thing is, he hasn't been sick at all today - so far - and today is almost over.


The bad thing is that - although getting him to take the tablets is easy, because wrapping them in his favourite human food means they are gone in two seconds - I don't think I can continue giving him the medicine. After this evening I daren't try, because either he's going to get so stressed he ends up sick that way, he's going to end up stressed out and having a heart attack or something, or his attempts at freeing himself from the blanket I had to wrap him in so as to stop him kicking himself free will result in him ending up with a broken back or something. So I really daren't try again with the medicine.


The tablets are to "fix" any issues with the stomach that can be sorted with these kinds of tablets (like stomache ulsers) and to prevent him being sick. The medicine was to line his stomache to lessen the damage to it if he does end up being sick. So I have to hope the tablets do their job, because if they do then it shouldn't matter that I only managed to get about 3 & 1/2 doses of medicine in to him before Mam and I agreed it wasn't worth the stress it was causing him to continue trying to make him have the medicine.

My Cubby boy isn't a happy dog. All he wants to do is cuddle up with people and sleep. Or lay somewhere where he can see out of the window to bark at anyone who walks up or down the road. But I can't say I blame him... I'd be miserable if I was being sick all the time, or if my eye was bugging me because of a lump just above it.

Tori

P.S. I'll catch up on blogs when I get around to it. I don't feel like it right now.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Today is St David's Day 2010

Saint David's Day (Welsh: Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant) is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March each year. The date of March 1st was chosen in remembrance of the death of Saint David on that day in 589, and has been celebrated by followers since then. The date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century.

In 2006 Saint David's Day was officially celebrated on 28 February by Roman Catholics and on 2 March by the Anglican Church in Wales, because 1 March 2006 was Ash Wednesday, which is a day of penitence on which feast days are not celebrated.

A poll conducted for Saint David's Day in 2006 found that 87% of the Welsh wanted it to be a bank holiday, with 65% prepared to sacrifice a different bank holiday to ensure this. A petition in 2007 to make St. David's Day a bank holiday was rejected by the then British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

(Above taken from here where you can read the rest of the information on St David's Day).