Monday, May 31, 2010

May 2010 craft update: baby blanket

OK, it's time for May 2010's craft update!

I've done much better with my knitting this past month. For one thing, I managed to finish this:



It's the baby blanket I've been knitting for baby Michael. I did give some blankets I'd made to baby Emma-Jane too, but I'd made those in the past, and didn't think about getting photos until after I'd given them to Louise (her Mami). But I made sure to get a photo of this one before I gave it to Elizabeth (Michael's Mami). So, yeah, that's the baby blanket I knitted for my nephew and Godson. I really hope they aren't wrong, and that it is a boy, because of it being mostly blue. Mind you, I asked Elizabeth about it before making it, and she said she wouldn't care, and agrees with me that it would matter more if it was pink and the girl turned out to be a boy. Besides, blue is Elizabeth's favourite colour, so she's going to be pleased with blue no matter what, I think. LOL!


Anyway, I have also finished almost everything for the hhandmade giveaway thing. I just have to finish off the one item, which I have started, but pretty much only just. It will be done soon though, so I "should" be sending off the stuff for the giveaway by either the end of June or start of July. Sorry I've kept those of you who signed up waiting so long.

Like I said, May was a much better month for crafts. :)

Tori

P.S. If you're wondering, the blankets I made before and gave to baby Emma-Jane were yellow, green, blue and purple. One was just four thick bands - one of each colour - but the other one was thinner stripes of the colours, with them alternating in a spacific order. I made them a few years back for a baby who never ended up needing them.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Why chickens live outside (AED)

"There's nobody here but us chickens," is the usual reply that I get from Kelly when I call out, "is anyone home?" when I get back from anywhere. He said it once, and I found it amusing, so now he says it to make me laugh. At least, I assume that's why he keeps it up.

Anyway, the other day...

Me: "Is anyone home?"
Kelly: "There's nobody here but us chickens!"
Me: "Why are the chickens indoors?"
Kelly: "They just are."
Me: "But chickens stay outside."
Kelly: "Not always."
Me: "Yes, they do. And, you know why?"
Kelly: "Why?"
Me: "Because of all the feathers... They don't like to vaccume, and they'd have to if they were indoors."

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Guinea pig has a name

After a long list of names were discussed, and after a lot of contemplation, I have decided on a name for the guinea pig. His name is Gwydion.

Little guinea pig

Yesterday (Friday) I went with my Mam to a pet shop, and I brought home this little guy:



He loves a cuddle...



Which is why I picked him. Out of the guinea pigs I had a cuddle of in the shop, he was the one who seemed most pleased about getting a cuddle. Plus, my Mam fell in love with him the moment she saw him, and she wanted me to have this one. He seems like a sweet little guy.



Now, if I could just decide on a name for him...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Kero's korner: My birthday weekend (FD)

Hi humans, it's Kero here!



Yes, that's my birthday card in the above photo. After all - as you all should already know, since Mami did a post on the day - Sunday was my 6th birthday. And, of course, I had a birthday card.

Most of my presents I'd had early, and I posted about them recently... The toys from Mamgu... But I did have an extra special present that Mami and Dadi had kept aside for my birthday. A big rawhide bone... My most favourite treat in the whole world! Well, other than cheese.

Here I am getting my present:





It was a great birthday weekend!

On Saturday morning I saw my pal Bella while out on walkies, and our humans gave us some time together. Bella is a long haired Chihuahua who lives near by. Her human fosters animals for the RSPCA (Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) when they need a home for a while and nobody is available to give them one. She's told Mami that if I ever need someone to look after me because Mami is sick, then we should see her, and she'll take care of me. Especially since me and Bella get on really well together. But, I'm getting side-tracked... So, I should get back to what I was saying... That's right, Saturday!


After the walkies, Mami spoke to Mamgu on the phone, and then started packing stuff in to bags. I was worried at first, but then I saw my bowl going in the bags, so I knew I must be going to wherever they were going. Mami did say something about somewhere called "the beach" but I wasn't too sure what it was. I know Willow went there, but she was so excited when telling me about it that I didn't really understand. But trips out to places where we need the picnic mat and my bowl are usually fun, so I was eager to go, and happily got in the car when Mamgu showed up to get us. I started getting bored after a bit, but finally we got to a car park, and got out of the car, grabbing the picnic stuff as we went.

That beach place is a strange place. Your paws sink in to the ground, and water chases you if you get close to it. But it was great fun! Well, apart from when Mami and Mamgu tried to persuade me that the water wasn't so bad... I DID NOT like that part! I climbed up Mami so the water couldn't get me. I think I cut her leg and near her mouth when doing it. I didn't mean to, I was just so desperate to get away from the water... That water is scary! I mean, regular water is bad enough, but water that chases you? That's the stuff of nightmares in my opinion! Mami and Mamgu didn't seem to agree though, and spent ages, and ages, and ages playing in it while I stayed on that "sand" stuff with Dadi.

After the beach, we went somewhere where we sat on the grass to eat ice-cream, then went home.

The first thing that happened after we got home wasn't nice... Mami bathed me! She said she, "had to," for some reason... Something about salt and sand? I don't care though, I wasn't happy about it! I howled, and howled! Then - finally - it was over, and Mami dried me.

After bath time was over though, Dadi made me a special dinner. It was technically my special birthday dinner, but since we were up at Willow's house for my birthday, well, they let me have it early. It was sausage and bacon with grated cheese. I was very pleased to get that, and I ate it all up. I often don't eat all my dinner, but things like that I eat right away. The cheese especially I absolutely love! The rest is just an added bonus.

On Sunday morning I had the bone shown in the photos above, and they let me have some time with it before we went to Willow's house. I was meant to have had a lamb dinner with Willow, but I was too hot to eat, so Mami had Mamgu put it in a bag to bring home for me. So, after Mami and I spent the afternoon there - and Dadi went off to the gaming club with Dadci - we came home, I had my dinner, and we watched some TV before going to bed. And while we watched TV, I chewed on my bone some more. It's a great bone!

Yep, it was a great birthday weekend!

Also, yesterday, Me and my humans were watching TV, and one of Daisy's humans knocked on the door. Mami and I weren't sure what for, and Dadi went somewhere with them. Then Dadi came back with ice-creams for us all! Daisy and Poppy's humans brought me an ice-cream from the ice-cream man as a late birthday present. It was a really big ice-cream! I loved it! They also brought one each for Mami and Dadi, which were just as big as mine.

I had a great birthday this year!

Licks, sniffs, and tail wags,
Kero

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (FD)

It was a bit cooler Tuesday than it has been recently, then, yesterday (Wednesday) it started to rain in the afternoon. It didn't rain long though, and I'm not complaining. There's nothing wrong with rain. Anyway, it has so far been dry today, and it's a cool day. Not cold, but cool... I think around 12C (56F).

Kelly went shopping Tuesday while I did some chores around the house. Then I took Kero for his walk. An Iceland opened in town back in February, and he went there. It's a great place, because prices tend to be quite low, and if you spend more than £25 then they deliver your shopping for free. So, he did what he could of the shopping there, then got what he couldn't get in Iceland in other places... Like Tescos. Anyway, the reason I'm mentioning it is that he did spend more than £25 in Iceland, so they were bringing our shopping between 3 and 5 pm. Which worked out well for me, because they showed up while I was just fiddling online setting up a couple of blog posts with some photos that Iggy very kindly sorted for me recently. One of them being yesterday's post. So, after the shopping came we had dinner, then I made sure I was caught up on blogs and e-mails, then went to watch some TV. After a couple of hours of watching TV, I went to bed.

Yesterday (Wednesday) we had dentist appointments, I went in first, so when I was done Mam and I went for a walk up the road a bit to take a look at the shops. There aren't many shops near the dentist, but we found a cafe/bakery that had a pretty decent variety of vegetarian foods. It was lunch time, and we were hungry, so Mam brought us a piece of cheese and broccoli quiche each. Then we went back to stand by the car to eat it. When we were done we went to find a bin for the rubbish, and had not long gotten back to the car when Dad and Kelly showed up. So, they took us home, and picked up Wayne (who was looking after Kero for us). I did go to put the laundry out to dry, but it was about then it started showing signs that rain was coming, so I put the clothes on the airer inside instead. Good thing I did, since the rain came soon after.

After putting the laundry up, I had a bowl of berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries) then did the rounds on the blogs.

Soon after dinner Kelly went to the Swansea club with my Dad, leaving me and Kero home alone for the evening. I decided I had no intension of doing anything other than spending a quiet evening relaxing. So, that's exactly what I did.

And today?

I got up around 7:00 am.
Let Kero out in the yard.
Had breakfast.
Got washed and dressed.
Got Kelly up.
Grabbed the now dry laundry off the airer.
Did a bit of tidying up around the house.
Washed the breakfast dishes.
Checked some blogs while Kelly went up the road.
Fed Kero.
Walked Kero.
Helped Kelly order something he wants with some of the money I gave him for our anniversary.
Finally got around to having my cup of nettle tea.
Checked the rest of the blogs.
Sent Kelly out to the ice-cream man so Kero and I could have an ice-cream each.
Ate my ice-cream while holding Kero's for him to eat.

And am now working on this post.

My plans for the rest of the day are:

Have lunch.
Wash lunch dishes.
Put away the laundry I didn't finish putting away earlier, because I got side-tracked.
Clear out the dead plants I haven't gotten around to clearing from my attempt at growing stuff last year.
Finish sorting the couple of boxes that never got properly unpacked before.
Have dinner.
Organize the recipes on Dad's forum, like he asked me to do.
Watch some TV while working on knitting.
Have my milky drink, and maybe a bit of supper, if I'm hungry.
Go to bed.

Whether that's exactly how the day will go or not remains to be seen. But that's the plan. :)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Our day at Pembrey Country Park's beach (LBE and FD)

On Saturday, Mam, Kelly, Kero and I went to the beach that is at Pembrey Country Park, which isn't all that far from us. Here's a bit about it for anyone interested:

"People visit Pembrey Country Park for many different reasons, some to enjoy the freedom to wander around 202 hectares of glorious parkland and some to take advantage of one of the cleanest beaches in Wales.

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Gower Peninsula and overlooking the coastal scenery of Carmarthen Bay, the Park had been transformed into one of Wales’s top visitor attractions providing a unique blend of coast and countryside."

We went there, because although there is usually a dog ban on beaches from May 1st until about October 1st, there is "approximately 6 miles of beach" that is available for dog walking all year round.

We might have done more than just go to the beach, but it was so hot we didn't feel like it. Besides, this time of year some of the parts of the park don't allow dogs, and we had Kero with us. Mam and I are thinking of going back for a walk around the park some time in the not too distant future though. I haven't been there for more than the beach for a good few years, so I'd like to do that.

Anyway...

I said on Monday that I would tell you about the trip, and post photos from it. So, here they are:

When we got there, Mam ran straight down to the sea, closely followed by me and Kero...



Kero stopped once his paws got wet though...



And examined the water... Even having a bit of a taste...



Unfortunately, he then decided he didn't like it one bit. So, I handed him over to Kelly, and went in the water...



And had a good splash about...



Mam gave Kelly the camera for safe keeping, then she joined me in the water, and we splashed each other, swam about a bit, jumped over waves, and fell over when failing to jump over waves. Basically, we got well and truely soaked. And with the temperature being so high (well, high to us), the coolness of the water was very much welcomed. Then we went to join Kelly and Kero up the beach a bit, and Mam sunbathed, while I played in the sand.

Here's Kero sitting on the beach...



The sun and sand were making him squint a bit, but he seemed to be enjoying himself...



So did Kelly...



After Mam sunbathed for a bit, she took Kero for a bit of a walk up on the sand dunes...



She needed a rest by the time she got up there though...





Then - once she had rested from the walk, and cooled down a bit - she sent Kero back down to me so we could get a photo of her up there on her own. And here it is:



Then she stayed with Kero while Kelly and I went for a walk on the sand dunes on our own...



By this time Mam and I were totally dry, but very hot. So, we went back down to play in the sea some more. We took Kero with us and tried to persuade him that it was fun. He was having none of it. I carried him to about where it would be up to his stomach, then I put him down in the water. Or, tried to. I got his back legs down, but before I could do more than that he quite literally climbed up me. Scratching my leg, and the side of my face as he did so. I decided after that I wouldn't do that again. So, I carried Kero back to the shore, handed him back to Kelly, then went to play in the water with Mam.

When we were once more soaked to the skin, and a lot cooler, we went back up the beach to be with Kelly and Kero. We ate a bit of food, though not much in my case, because I was reluctant to touch much food with the sand around, since sand flavoured sandwiches really aren't my thing. I did eat a cake bar thing though. OK, two of them, but they were only small, and playing in the sea makes you hungry. Well, it makes me hungry anyway. LOL!

So... After food Mam sunbathed some more, and I decided to make a sand castle. I hadn't yet had any success using the square bucket I have, so I decided I was going to keep trying at it until I managed it. I dug a big hole to get at some wetter sand, filled my bucket up as full as I could, and... After the third attempt... Managed to make this:



It's a good thing I managed to get a photo when I did though, because a few seconds after the shot was taken, someone sat on it. Hmm... I wonder who that could have been? Maybe this next photo will give you a clue?



Yep, it was Kero.

I couldn't be mad at him though... He was only sitting on sand... He wasn't to know I didn't want the sand castle squashed yet. Besides, I was going to flatten it myself after the photo was taken anyway. After all, half the fun of building sand castles is knocking them down. LOL!

Soon after that we left the beach in search of ice-cream. We found a grassy area near to somewhere that sold ice-cream, and settled down there to eat our ice-creams. Well, actually, first I ate my sandwiches while Mam and Kelly went to get the ice-creams, and Kero sat beside me watching people go by, and glorying in all the compliments aimed at him.

Then - after our ice-creams - we went home, and I had to bath Kero to get the sand and salt out of his fur. I figured it would be for the best... In case it irritated his skin or something. He was NOT impressed with me for wanting to bath him, and he howled and barked like mad as soon as he realised what I was going to do. But I got it done, and then - after washing the bath out - had a bath myself.

It was a good day! :)

And, you know what made it even better? I slept well on Saturday night! I slept from around 11:00 pm until about 7:00 am Sunday morning. OK, not solidly, but who cares! Sleeping on and off for 8 hours is a great thing to me... Most times I don't even get that much sleep in a week!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Food themed photos (FD, obviously)

Just thought I'd share some photos of the baking I did recently. Sorry for the quality of them.

The brownies.




The brownies cut up in a bowl.



The apple crumble.




Hungry yet?

The 100 Acre Wood Personality Quiz


Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!


Note: My Piglet answer picture doesn't seem to want to show up properrly, but I can't make it work. Sorry! :(

Monday, May 24, 2010

My very Sunny weekend (FD)

The weather has been beautiful all weekend. It's been around 23C (78F) with a slight breeze. Cool enough to not be so hot you don't want to do anything, but hot enough for those people who enjoy the hot weather. I'm not really one of them, so I've been glad of the breeze.

Friday I took the oppertunity to get all the washing caught up, since it was drying really quickly on the line. So, I was able to get everything that was even slightly dirty washed, dried, and put away on Friday. I also sat outside on my swingseat with Kero for most of the day. It was nice. Especially since my swingseat is in a more shaded part of the garden. Oh, and I took Kero for two walks by the river, because I noticed during our morning walk that there was a bit more of a breeze along that path than in our garden.

I'm told it's not a particularly great photo, but here's my swingseat, anyway...



So, that was basically my Friday. Chores, walks by the river, and chill out time in the garden.

Saturday morning my Mam phoned and asked if we wanted to go to the beach with her. We said we did, but only if we went to the one that allows dogs all year round, so that Kero could come. Especially since we'd been promising him a trip to the beach for about a year. So, Mam, Kelly, Kero and I went to the beach for the day on Saturday. I wont tell you about it now though, I'll tell you about it when I post the photos later in the week.

By the time we got home, it was baths all round - much to Kero's dismay - then dinner, and a relaxing evening together before bed. Quite a nice way to spend our anniversary, I think. :)

Sunday was just as hot. I was meant to be going to club with Dad, Kelly and Julian, but for a couple of reasons I didn't go. I stayed with Mam, Nan, Wayne and the dogs at my parents' place instead. I stayed there because we'd gone up there for dinner, and it was only then we decided I shouldn't go to club. Besides, The dinner was already cooking when the issue came up that decided things, and Mam had to come get Kelly anyway. Also, my Mam was making rhubarb crumble, and I wasn't going to miss out on that! LOL!

We came home just right for a show I've been watching on the Discovery channel to start. It's lucky I put it to record as well as watching it though, because it was a two hour long episode this time, and after the first hour I knew there was no way I could fight sleep any longer. Besides, I take what sleep I can, when I can. So, I went to bed. I've now got that show to watch, and another one about the Iceland volcanos that I taped last weekend to watch too. I planned to watch them today, but today is just slipping by so quickly that I'm not sure I'll get to it. No big deal though. There's always tomorrow.

Today (Monday) has - as I just mentioned - just gone zooming by. I don't know what happened to it. I have the last of the washing from the weekend on the line drying. Actually, it's probably dry by now. We ended up with a lot more than normal because of the beach trip. Plus the fact I wasn't here to do the washing when it needed to be done yesterday. I feel like that's all I really achieved today... Very productive day, I don't think! Ah well, at least I got the washing and other chores done. That's the main thing, right?

OK, I think I'll let this do for today. I hope you had a great weekend, and are having a great day... Even though it's Monday! Enjoy whatever's left of your day, and stay safe! :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Kero's 6th birthday

At the end of July 2004, I brought this little bundle of fur home.



And now? Now he's this adorable six year old fully grown dog.



To me though, he's still that adorable, waggy tailed, nine week old, busy, loving little puppy that I brought home from the breeder that day. And, I think he always will be to me! :)

Happy birthday little Cubby puppy!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

7 years ago today...

...Was my wedding day.



Yes, that's right, it's our wedding anniversary, and Kelly and I have been married for 7 years now.

Technically it's exactly 7 years ago, more or less to the minute. But on the other hand it isn't, because we got married in Canada, and the part of Canada we were in is 7 hours behind the UK, so we'd have been only just getting up if we were going by the current time in Canada.

7 years! My, how time flies!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Kero's korner: Sunshine, strolls and such

Hi humans, it's Kero here.


Sorry my post is so late today, but it's been a really nice day, and Mami and I have been outside enjoying it most of the day. We could have taken the laptop outside for me to do my post from there - since we have that no wire internet thingy with it now - but we decided we would rather just leave it until the evening. So, we sat outside together (I even sat on the swingseat with Mami for a while), went for a few walks by the river, and generally just enjoyed being able to be outside without getting cold, wet, or both cold and wet.

Most of my week hasn't been that eventful. Uncle Wayne did show up on Saturday though, and he stayed for a long time. That was about the most interesting part of last weekend though.

Monday and Tuesday were pretty quiet, but on Wednesday a man that smelled of cats came. I don't really understand why he was here, but he had some things he was showing Mami, Dadi, and Mamgu, and he let me sniff some of them. He also said I was an adorable dog. Actually, that was almost the first thing he said when he walked in the door and saw me. I was pleased with that, so I stopped barking right away, and decided I liked him. After all, anyone who appreciates adorable dogs like me so much that we are the first thing they notice, well, anyone like that can't be that bad. Besides, Mami, Dadi, and Mamgu, all seemed pleased to see him, so he was obviously allowed to come in to our house.

Most of the rest of this past week has involved walkies, playing with Daisy and Poppy, and also my attempts at trying to make a trip to town. I was taking myself, but apparently that was a bad thing to do. The first time I tried it, Daisy's human came, grabbed me, and carried me home. And the second time it was my Dadi that came and grabbed me, then carried me home. I don't know why, but both times I got shut indoors for a while, even though Daisy and Poppy were still allowed out. That's so unfair! I only wanted to go in to town for a bit. I mean, I haven't been in to town for a while now.

OK, I just remembered about a tasty chew I hid, so I'm going to go chew on that.

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mystery guest

First of all... Happy birthday, Deanna! I hope you're having a fantastic birthday! :)

OK, on to the rest of the post...

Do you remember me mentioning before about someone I was trying to get in touch with? Someone who wanted me to call him, and then was meant to call me back? Yes? No? Well, it's the same person as the person who came yesterday. And I'm finally going to put you out of your misery as to who it is. But first I have to go back to last year...

This flat is a council flat. I don't know if that means anything to those of you in the states, but what it boils down to is that it's not my property, and it's not rented through a private landlord. The council from the area own it, and I rent it from them. Sorry if you already knew that, but I figured it would be easier to explain... Just in case. Anyway, that means that the council are responsible for its upkeep. We have to do basic things like decorating, cleaning, and anything involved in running the home, sort of thing. But plumbing work, repair work, etc... All them. So, anyway, last year...

Last year we got a letter... It was about this time last year, actually... And the letter said that the council had a responsibility to get their properties all up to a certain standard - set by the new health and safety rules, and various other things I can't remember - and as a result, they were going to be doing work on all their properties. The work would be done by the end of 2011, because all their properties have to be sorted before 2011 ends, but as to when it would be happening... Well, they said they'd be in touch about that closer to the time.

Then, this April, we got another letter from them on the subject. This one saying they would be coming to see us soon, and to look through this catalogue they gave us, and tell them what we want from the available options. The letter also wanted us to get in touch to acknowledge that we'd gotten it, and were wanting to work with them to pick our options, rather than allowing them to just do whatever. They seemed to want us to call as soon as possible, so we did. Then we waited, and waited, and eventually the guy called back.

To cut a long story short, the catalogue contained options for designing a kitchen and bathroom, including flooring. I'm sure you have guessed from that what the visit yesterday was about. Yep... Discussing the options we'd chosen, and having the guy from the council make a note of what we wanted, so that it's our choices that are used. We also have a designer coming before the work starts, and she or he will be working with us to properly design our kitchen.

We're having a complete new bathroom suite, complete with one of those baths with a shower over it (considered posh over here), and new flooring. The suite is white - we don't have a say in that part - but we got to pick the flooring and tiles.

And, as I've mentioned, we're having a new kitchen too... New flooring, new cabinets, new worktops, new tiles... And we got to pick it all... Even down to the door handles on the cabinets.

We're also having extra electrical sockets put in, a new heating system, an outside security light, and a new gas fire with surround (which we also got to pick).

The best part is, not only is this costing us absolutely nothing, but they "might" also be giving us some money to do the other decorating. Which is great, because I'd like to get the decorating done properly here, since we just did it roughly when we moved in originally.

Anyway, this should all be happening in the next few months some time. We'll be contacted closer to the start date to be told exactly what date it will be. It will probably take about three weeks to do... Give or take.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wet Wednesday (a bit R/WP)

I'm tired, and trying to avoid taking a nap. If I nap now, I know I'll have a bad night. I'm tired though, because I had a bad night, and I couldn't nap earlier, because we had a visitor. I'll explain about the visitor tomorrow in that post I keep promising. The lack of sleep wasn't due to him coming though (despite the fact he was "meant to" be coming in the morning, but actually came about lunch time, so I had to be up early). No, it was something else that stopped me sleeping. Or, rather, someone else. Someone who decided it would be nice to visit Eleri just after 1:00 am this morning, when she was sleeping. Neither of us are impressed with him for that, since his visit meant that we both had hardly any sleep last night. In my case due to him waking me up while standing outside of my bedroom window shouting at Eleri to wake up. I wouldn't mind so much, but when I get woken up it usually takes some time to get back to sleep. Plus, you all know how much trouble I keep having with sleeping, so when I'm actually asleep I'm never impressed if anyone wakes me up before I need to be up. Especially when I was actually sleeping at the right time. I really am tired though. And I have a headache. Although, I'm not sure if that one is due to tiredness, or due to my head's encounter with my desk earlier when I dropped something and needed to pick it up. Don't worry though, my head is getting used to that kind of treatment. I don't even remember to say, "ouch," most times now. Besides, if I said it every time I hit my head on something, I'd be spending an awful lot of my time saying it, and things like that do tend to get a litttle bit boring after a bit. ;)

The rain is back. But, hey, we had two really nice days in a row, so what do you expect? I mean, this is Wales, after all! Land of sheep, daffodils, dragons, leeks, and rain! LOL!

Is it a bad thing that I was able to recognise most of the cartoons on that site I posted a link to on Monday? And that I was able to remember at least parts of most of the theme tunes for said cartoons? Oh, I don't care! I do recognise mostof them, and I do remember most of the theme tunes (well, parts of them). I also remember owning some various toys and/or teddies for some of those cartoons. In fact, I'm sure at least some of them are among the bags and boxes of old things of mine that are in the attic at my parents' place.

My Mam was here today, because she wanted to be here when the visitor came. She had her gameboy with her, and was playing one of the newer Pokemon games. So, naturally, a large part of the day was spent discussing Pokemon breeding and evolution (Pokemon evolution, not evolution in general, though that might make for an interesting discussion).

My shark pen turns out to actually be a whale pen. Looks shark shaped to me. Not that I'm an expert, since I haven't really met many sharks. I did see one in a tank at an aquarium one time though. I never took the time to get to know him mind you. Maybe I should have? I mean, he might have been a nice shark... You never know. I mean, there's no good reason why he wouldn't have been a nice shark. Or, was it a she shark? I didn't really take the time to find that out either. Sounds about right though, I mean, I'm a human, and we humans are terrible for not taking the time to do some things, then wishing we had afterwards.

It was Lainie's birthday yesterday, if I'm not mistaken. So, "belated happy birthday, Lainie!"

I put up a couple of book reviews earlier, if you're interested.

The Hound Of Death And Other Stories

By Agatha Christie

"A collection of Agatha Christie’s stories of the macabre and the occult, where a message from beyond the grave unmasks an insane killer, and a nun has the power to cause a landslide. Read by the prince of darkness, Christopher Lee."

"From the story ‘The Red Signal’ where an omen from ‘the other side’ unmasks an insane killer, to ‘The Hound of Death’ where a convent blows up – and on the remaining wall is left a black powder mark, in the shape of a great dog…

The other spine chilling mysteries are ‘The Fourth Man’, ‘The Gipsy’ and ‘The Lamp’."

(Above taken from here).

Another good collection of Agatha Christie stories.

Tori

Miss Marple's Final Cases

"The collection is the final book by Agatha Christie, it includes Miss Marple Tells a Story, Strange Jest, The Tape-Measure Murder, The Case of the Caretaker, The Case of the Perfect Maid and Sanctuary. Despite the title, the six Marple stories recount cases from the middle of her career, rather than her final adventures, and all are reprinted from earlier collections."

(Above taken from this page).

Since I've mentioned quite recently that I enjoy the Miss Marple stories, I don't think I need to tell you that I enjoyed this book, do I? Oh, wait... I just did! LOL!

Tori

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Another post for this sunny tuesday (FD)

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and Kero is loving the fact the back door is being kept open.

I sat outside for a while earlier listening to the birrds and the bees, and recorded a couple of sound clips to post. In one of them, I even managed to briefly have a bee close enough to the mic part so that you can actually hear it buzzing. They're on my phone though, and I haven't figured out how to get them off the phone and on to the computer. When I figure that out, I'll post them for anyone who wants to have a listen.

Kero and I were out the front with Eleri, Daisy and Poppy earlier, and Eleri had to rush upstairs to answer her phone, so I was looking after the three dogs. I managed to keep track of where Daisy and Poppy were, but Kero took advantage of me being distracted with them, and did a runner. By the time we realised, Kero was a good way down the road. Eleri ran after him and brought him back. He wasn't impressed with her. I think he wanted to go to town or something. It wouldn't have happened if next door would shut their gate. There's no fence between the front gardens, so the dogs can easily get in to next door's garden, and since next door keep leaving their gate wide open, it's an easy escape route for Kero and Poppy. The only one I've not known to try and do a runner is Daisy. Unless she's tried it when I haven't been around. Willow hasn't been given an opertunity to try and escape that way during her visits, so I can't honestly say if she would try and do a runner or not. I think she might if she sees Kero and Poppy trying it, but otherwise? Probably not. Well, unless either Dad or a cat were out in the street. LOL!

Kero's going mental right now, because the ice-cream man's outside. I don't want an ice-cream right now though, so he doesn't get one. He only gets one if I have one. I have no problem getting him an ice-crream, but I'm not sending Kelly out to the ice-cream man just for the dog. I love him, but... That's so not happening!

Meat-Free and sweet recipes I've tried (LBE and FD)

Celticspirit asked about the recipes from my blog I have ttried. I immediately said I hadn't tried any of the newer ones, but I then realised that I had tried aversion of the bagel pizza (though not the actual recipe). I think I just had cheese on mine though.

I have also tried the following sandwich options:

Jam
Peanut butter
Cheese with onion
Cheese with tomato
Cheese with salad
Cheese with ketchup
Egg with mayo
Egg with cress
Egg with ketchup
Egg with salad
Cream cheese with onion
Cream cheese with tomato
Cream cheese with ketchup
Peanut butter and jam
Peanut butter and raisin
Lemon curd

I often have cauliflower cheese, which is basically the Cauliflower And Broccoli Cheese only without the broccoli.

My Mam makes Bread And Butter Pudding, and my Nan makes a version without buttering the bread. Out of the two I prefer the bread and butter version rather than just the bread pudding, because the bread pudding is a bit dry. But I'm not a huge fan of either, really.

I tried the Cheesy Rice And Eggs recipe soon after finding it. It's not bad, but a bit dry. I think it's better if you add some kind of proper sauce, or some beans. Sweet And Sour Spuds And Sprouts are really nice just as they are though.

I did try Cucumber Boats. too, but I wasn't too keen on it. Too much cucumber for my liking. But, if you love loads of cucumber, it's great!

Plus, I tried a sort of cheating version of Smurf Ice-Cream, which involved adding blue food colouring to mint choc chip ice-cream.

The Veggie Cassarole is something I have quite often in some shape or form. It's a good "grab what veggies you have, and chuck them together" type recipe.

I've used the White Sauce recipe too. My Mam and Nan use it all the time.

Mam and I made the Ginger Carrot Cake (or, a version of it, anyway) and the Carrot Cake too. Both are really nice! I think I like the ordinary one best though, even though I do enjoy ginger cake.

The French Onion Soup is quite nice. As were the Tortilla Pizzas both with and without the "topping of your choice" option. And Eggs In Overcoats are nice too.

Chocolate Nests I've had several times growing up. They're nice!

I've tried the Pumpkin Pie and Halloween Biscuits, which were baked during the same Halloween cooking session. And enjoyed both. Everyone else seemed to too.

I've made the Peppermint Patties, because we used to make them at school to bring home for our parents around Christmas in boxes we'd decorated ourselves. They're nice, but SO SWEET! They're great plain, and great dipped in chocolate.

I highly recommend my Mam's Mince Pies, which I have every year at Christmas time.

I also tried the Corn Cobs With Soft Cheese And Chives, and they were very tasty. I recommend these too!

I've eaten the Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie on several occasions. It's another that's really nice, and really easy to adapt to personal preferences. And I've had the Glazed Carrots with Rosemary Potatoes a few times too, and they are also nice.

I've eaten Welsh Cakes on several occasions too. They're fantastic as they are (with, and without butter) and also nice with blueberries in instead of raisins.

And I once tried Devilled Eggs, but I wasn't all that keen on them. I think I put too much pepper and paprika though.


I made the Honey Cake one day "just because" and enjoyed it. I once made some Apple Butter too. That was nice too, but I got bored of it after a bit... I think I made too much! Actually, I did a blog post about them at the time they were made.

One Christmas, I made - and enjoyed - the Alternative Wassail and Mam enjoyed it too.

I used to have the Traditional Waffles regularly for breakfast. I don't so much now, but that's partly because I'm trying to eat healthier, and partly because I gave Mam the waffle maker, so need to buy a new one.

The Beany Melt was nice.

I made Pumpkin Spice Muffins this past Halloween, and they were really nice.

My Mam often makes Fruit Scones and Cheese Scones. And I enjoy both. Especially the fruit scones! She also makes plain scones, which you can probably guess is the fruit ones without the fruit added.

I tried the Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, and they were "OK" but just OK... Not great. And I tried the Berry Cobbler, which was VERY nice!

I think most people have tried the Yule Log Cake in some shape or form. Especially those who love chocolate. It's really nice, but I don't eat much chocolate cake, so Kelly enjoys this more than I do.

The Eggy Bread And Eggy Mushrooms was one I made up myself. And, it's very nice... If I do say so myself! As is the Cheesy-Chip Toast, which came from my Grandma, and after trying it - and deciding it was nice - I put it on my blog.

Mam and I tried the Apple And Banana Fritters and we tried the Cheesy-Beans And Herby-Mushrooms On Toast the same day. They were both really nice. So are Cheese Fries.

The Lemon Roll-Up and Egg Roll-Up were favourite lunches of mine for a while. The lemon one in particular I really like.

When I was younger, we often made Sherbert Punch, and it's nice. Especially if you have a sweet tooth.

I think everyone's tried Pancakes at some point too. But, in case you haven't, here's the recipe. :)

The recipe for Cookies is the one I used while in Girl Guides, which I enjoyed both making and eating, so since I still had the recipe, I posted it on my recipe blog. And I absolutely love what my Mam calls Proper Porridge.

The Non-Alcaholic Egg-Nog is really nice. So is the Baked Apple. And Filled Skins make great bases for dinners.

We often have Cheese Straws at buffets, and anyone who likes cheese loves them.

I often make versions of Trail Mix, which you can have fun doing, since the options for ingredients are infinate! Well, OK, not quite, but there are plenty of options for what you can put in your trail mix.

And, yesterday, I made some Brownies, which I think are quite nice, and Kelly definately seems to be enjoying. I gave some to Eleri and Faye too, and they absolutely loved them, apparently. :)

Oh, and I made an apple version of the Berry Cobbler too. Just a small one, and I didn't serve it with anything. I did, however, enjoy it though.

I haven't included the meat and fish recipes, so if anyone wants to know which of those I have either tried when I was eating meat, or been around when a family member has tried, then feel free to ask. But for now I was only asked about the meat-free ones, and think this post is probably long enough without the meat and fish ones. Like I said though, if you want them, ask, and I'll do them in another post some time soon.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sharks in the shower

Ah, you thought I was joking about the sharks in the shower that were mentioned at the end of Thursday's post, didn't you? Well, I wasn't joking at all! Or, was I? I might have been. OK, OK, I was! Well, I sort of was. Confused yet? Yes? No? Phone a friend? Ask the audience? 50 50? No, wait, you can't use that one... You used it to get down to just "yes" and "no" for your answer options. So, I guess you're just stuck with either picking one, phoning a friend, and asking the audience. If the audience hasn't gone home. Have they? They have? Ah, then you're stuck with phoning a friend, or just answering the question for yourself. So, are you confused now? Excellent! Shall I continue then? Well, I'm going to anyway.

As mentioned during the post I did recently about thinking spots, the shower is a good place to think. We don't have a shower at the flat (at the moment) but my parents have a shower, and baths work just as good anyway, so it doesn't matter. This particular train of thought happened during a shower a few weeks back though, and I was reminded of it recently.

Read on. I will explain... Honest!

I recently got myself a drawing board, which allows someone like me to draw with a normal pen and paper. Quite exciting for me, since I always loved to draw. Anyway, I then ran in to the problem of not having any pens, so my Mam gave me a little pen, which is just right to fit in my dice box that comes to the gaming club with me, making it easy to have my drawing board and pen with me at club (in case it's needed during a roleplaying session, or in case I get bored between activities, and decide I want to do some drawing).

Now, follow the train of thought:

"My drawing board is cool."
"I like the little pen."
"Will have to get more little pens... In case I lose this one."
"I have some, don't I?"
"Yeah, that's right, I do!"
"The frog and shark ones!"
"YAY for sharky pen!"
"Wasn't there a cartoon character called Sharky?"
"Yeah... Sharky and George!"

I then attempted to remember the words from the Sharky And George cartoon I watched when I was a little kid. All I could remember was:

"Sharky and George,
The crime busters of the sea.
Sharky and George,
Clear up any mystery!"

I couldn't for the life of me remember any more of the tune, and meant to look it up. But then life happened, and I forgot. Until last week, when I was sorting through some stuff, and I came across the shark shaped pen that had triggered this trip down memory lane.

The link above provides some information on the show, but more can be found on this site where you will also find a copy of the following lyrics:

"All you scoundrels, all you filth,
Sharky moves fast and is not kidding.

Gangsters, hoodlums, thugs and robbers,
George gets there and crime gets clobbered!

Chorus:
Sharky and George, crimebusters of the sea,
Sharky and George, clear up any mystery.

So watch your deeds, all you crooks,
George is an expert with micro hooks,
Multiple capers in the sea,
Sharky makes sure they dont go free.

Sharky and George, crimebusters of the sea,
Sharky and George, clear up any mystery."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sleep, weather, birthdays, and more (FD)

I think my body finally had enough, because I FINALLY got some decent sleep! In fact, I ended up spending a large part of Friday sleeping. And I still slept Friday night. YAY for sleep! :)

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It was beautiful and sunny yesterday (Saturday) all day. So, I sat outside and worked on some of my knitting for a while. Partly to be outside enjoying the nice weather, and partly because Wayne was watching one of the movies we'd taped for him, and I didn't want to watch it. Then, after lunch, I put the laundry out on the line to dry in the afternoon sun.

I was going to watch the other movie with Wayne, but I got bored part way through, and went to sleep. By the time I woke up, Kelly said he'd been gone for a little while. Oops! Well, I obviously needed it, because I still slept a decent amount - for me - last night.

The first movie Wayne watched was "Dragonball Z" and the other movie was called "Damn You To Hell" (or something like that). I'm not reviewing the first at all, because I didn't watch any of it, and I'm not doing a proper review of the other one, because I slept through most of it, but I will say this... I didn't like it. It was rubbish, and boring. The most exciting thing to me was the fact Wayne was sharing chocolate biscuits with me that Nan had given him. No, seriously! That was the only thing I enjoyed while watching it!

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I also fell asleep watching something about people recreating 17th century farming life last night. I forget what the show was called, but it involved four people - two men, two women - who were supposedly experts on 17th century farming, so had been sent to live on a farm for a year, and live as they would have back then. They have access to only items that would have been available then, and have to do all the farm work and such between themselves, and as it would have been back then. While a camera crew films them, for the rest of the world to see. They were making cheese, making butter, sheering sheep, etc. I'm not sure how old the show is, because with the channel it was on, it might have been a few years old, but it was a good show... Shame I missed the end. But, never mind, it will probably be back on again at some point... Everything that's shown on Sky usually is at some point, I just have to keep an ear open for it being on again.

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It's raining today. I had stuff I needed to do indoors today though, so that's OK. I need to get the rest of this stuff sorted by Wednesday. I'll explain why in an upcoming post, so wont go in to it now. Anyway, most of it's done, but I had a load to do in the spare room, because stuff has just been shoved in there. Same with the cupboard where our coats and shoes are. So, I sorted the cupboard, and have mostly sorted the spare bedroom.

I think I over did it though. There's an armchair in the spare room, and I wanted it moved, so I moved it. Apparently carrying an armchair across a room on my own when I'm already hot from moving boxes... Not a good idea! When I had it nearly where I wanted it, I had to put it down and go lay down, and - most importantly - cool down. I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to faint or be sick. I layed on the sofa for a bit, because there was stuff on the spare bed, and Kelly and Kero were sprawled on our bed, then - when I didn't feel so sick and dizzy - I had an ice-lolly to cool myself down. I got the job done in the end though, and was more careful to rest after that. The bits left to do now aren't much work though, but I really needed to rest. So, I'm on strike until tomorrow.

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It's my sister-in-law, Rachel's birthday today. So, happy birthday, Rachel! :)

I did call her up and say happy birthday, but I didn't talk to her for long. For one thing, she has a bit of a cold and sore throat, for another thing, I don't talk to Rachel often, so I'm not 100% sure what to talk to her about. I have a rough idea on her likes and dislikes, but where most of them are different to mine, I don't really know where to start with talking to her. I can talk to my brother, Carl, for hours. But we grew up together, plus, I like many of the things he does, so we usually start on a topic we both have an interest in, then end up talking about random things. When it comes to talking to Rachel though, I don't know where to start. I wish I did, because Rachel's really nice, and it would be nice to say more than just, "hi Rach, is Carl there?" when I call up and she answers the phone. And to have done more than just said, "happy birthday," and asked if she was having a good birthday, and what she'd gotten for it when talking to her today. OK, I did say more than that, but not much, and I'm sure you get the point.

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I'm going to say, "happy birthday," to Eleri today, because her birthday is tomorrow, but I have a post already scheduled for tomorrow. So, "happy birthday for tomorrow, Eleri!"

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Right, I'm going to let this do for today. So...

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

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mam and Dad's anniversary



Today (May 15th) is my parents' wedding anniversary.

They have been together for a little over 27 years, and had two children together... Me, and my "little big brother" Carl, who is 26. My Dad also helped to bring up my half-brother, Wayne, who was a toddler when they got together, and has recently had his 30th birthday.

They may not have wasted any time in starting a family, but it took them a while to get around to marrying, and they only married 17 years ago, when I was 8 and a half years old.


Anyway... Happy anniversary, Mam and Dad! :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Kero's korner: quiet week

Hi humans, it's Kero here.


I don't really have all that much to say this week though, because it's been a quiet week. Mind you, I needed a quiet week like this after the busy couple of weeks I had recently.

I went for my walkies with Mami each day, and most of them were uneventful. Although, I did meet a good looking female named Molly, and her human said I was a cutie. I love when humans tell me that!

I saw Daisy and Poppy a few times too. I love those girls! You can tell Poppy's still a pup though... She's so bouncy!

My Mamgu and Auntie Tizzy came in for a while on Tuesday. I wish they'd stayed longer... I love visitors!

My uncle Wayne came for a visit yesterday (Thursday) too. He didn't stay long enough for my liking either. Mami says he's coming for a much longer visit tomorrow. I hope that's true! He's a great visitor... Always finds a few minutes to play with me, and often has nice things in his pockets. Sometimes brings nice snacks too!

That's about it, so I'm going to go and have a look outside to see if anyone is around for me to sniff, play with, or bark at... Either option works for me, depending on who - or what - it happens to be.

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Waking sleep, weather, and Wayne

Well, I've been getting some sleep, but not the restful kind. The kind where you know you slept, but you can account for everything that went on nearby during the time you were sleeping. So, basically, the kind that doesn't actually make you feel like you got any rest. *Sigh*

It's been one of those sunny but cold days, where rain is threatening to fall. As it turns out, none has fallen yet, so the washing could have gone out on the washing line outside, but I wasn't sure enough to take the chance, so it ended up inside on the airer instead.

Although Mam did get Sky put back in at their place, she doesn't have all the channels, so Wayne asked me if I would record a couple of movies for him. I told him I would as long as they weren't on at the same time, because it then still leaves us free to watch what we want. They aren't on at the same time, so I told him to come and set up the recording. They're on tomorrow evening, so he came to set up the recording today, and is coming to watch the movies on Saturday. So, he'll be spending Saturday afternoon with us.

That's about as exciting as my life gets at the moment, I'm afraid. Maybe soon something more interesting will happen... Like sharks in the shower or something. You never know!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The return of the bees (FD)

I more or less ate my dinner, then fell asleep. I woke up about four hours later, and at least some of those bees are back (if you don't know what I'm talking about, see yesterday's post).

I realised that part of what I wanted to post was a load of recipes, so I posted a load of new recipes on my recipe blog a little while ago. I still have more I want to post, but they can wait a while... 24 in one night is enough, I think. ;)

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It's cold here today. Was yesterday too. I mean, really cold. I'm talking heating and fluffy socks weather! That was the reason for my comment on Deanna's blog about her being in Wales. I could do with that wood burning stove of hers about now! It was warm just the other day though... The weather's all messed up... Hey, whoever's in charge of weather... It's May! You know? May? Summer? Warm weather... Ring any bells? Mind you, I'd probably be moaning if it was hot too, and I'd much rather be cold than hot. So, when you think of it like that, I think I'll stick with this cold weather. ;)

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I thought the TV in the front room hated me. I was getting really annoyed with it. You have to turn it on, press the "5" button to get it to go on channel 5 and realise it's meant to be on (why people had to make it that this step is needed for a TV these days I don't know... I wish they hadn't!) And then you have to press the AV button twice to get it on the channel for the Sky box. No problem... Well, for Kelly anyway. It wouldn't work for me though. I couldn't get it to go on AV2, no matter how many times I pressed that button. Turned out whoever it was that told me which button it was got their left and right mixed up. Once I pressed the right button, it worked. Funny that, isn't it? So, I guess the TV doesn't hate me after all... Good thing I decided against beating it repeatedly with its own remote control. ;)

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I felt sorry for Kelly Monday. He brought me what he considered something nice for me... Poptarts. He even got the fruit ones, since he knows I really like fruit. I don't eat Poptarts though. He thought I was just being difficult, and told me there was nothing in them that I don't eat. So, I told him to read the ingredients. When he got down to "beef gelitine" (not sure if I spelled that right) he realised why I wouldn't eat them. They've ruined marshmallows that way too. I don't know why half the things that are in foods get put in them. My Dad says it's because it's easier to get hold of. Sounds about right... They don't think that maybe someone would like the food without bits of animal in it. They do the same with garlic mind... So many things have garlic. That's not an issue to me, but it is for my Dad... Dad's alergic to garlic... Can't even be in the same room as garlic food, and has to be out of the house when it's being cooked. It's no wonder people are starting to turn back to home cooking. There's so much rubbish in foods nowadays, and most of it isn't needed. So, let that be a warning to anyone on spacific types of diets... Check the labels, carefully, or make it yourself.

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Today (May 12th) is my friend, Pam's birthday. So, happy birthday, Pam! Hope you have a fantastic birthday!

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I also set up a couple of posts in draft for the things I wanted to post about, but couldn't remember any of. I figure at least if they're in draft then I can use them some time when I'm either not able to post, or not able to think of a topic. Actually, I do have some posts already in draft that I could have used, but I didn't think of that yesterday. Hey, I did say I was tired!

Right, I'm going to go see if I can get any more sleep... Later!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ummmm....

Earlier, I had all sorts of ideas for blog posts buzzing about in my head. Buzz, buzz, buzz! Like lots of little bees. But now? Well, I've been sat here for a good five or ten minutes, and... Nothing! All those buzzy bee-like post ideas have gone. Maybe it's tiredness? I am tired... Lack of sleep... I want to sleep. Physically I'm SO ready for sleep. Shame I can't find the "off" switch for my brain. Hopefully it will get tired enough to switch itself off soon.

Are you having a good day? I hope so! And, if you're not, then I hope it gets better for you!

Nope, I still can't think what I was going to post about. Ah well, I'm sure the bee of memory will buzz back eventually. In the meantime, my dinner is nearly ready, so I'm going to give up on attempting a decent post today.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Animal mating ground (PTMI)

My Dad told me that when he came down to the flat with Mam one time during the time we were at their house, there were two frogs mating in the drain in our back garden.

Eleri told me that there were two huge spiders mating on our window sill a couple of weeks back.

And - despite the fact he's been neutered since he was 7 months old - Kero thinks the garden is a good place to try and mate with Daisy and Poppy (he's not fussy about which of them he tries).

Hmmm... When did our home turn in to an animal mating ground?

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Mothers' Day again

I say "again" because it was Mothers' Day here in the UK a couple of months ago. But today it's Mothers' Day in the US and Canada. I don't know why they can't just have it happen on the same day all around the world. It's like Thanksgiving... Just agree on a date, people!

Anyway, happy Mother's Day to every Mommy, Mom, Mother, Mummy, Mum, Mami, Mammy or Mam celebrating today! I hope you are being made to feel special, because that's what you deserve!

Betrayal

By Clare Francis

"Sylvie Matheson is found dead in a river, and Hugh Wellesley, her ex-lover, stands accused of her murder, at a time when his business and his marriage are under pressure. This story of betrayal keeps the reader guessing until the dramatic denouement."

Above taken from here.

This was a great book, which does indeed keep you guessing. And because it keeps you guessing right up until the very end, it also keeps your interest right the way through.

Tori

Almost 2:15 (PTMI)

It's almost 2:15 am, and I'm still not even slightly sleepy. I actually started trying to go to sleep around midnight, but gave up after two hours of just laying there only achieving boredom. So, now I'm sat up in bed hoping that if I spend a bit of time on the laptop I'll tire my mind out enough so that I become sleepy. I don't hold out much hope, really. But, hey, at least if it doesn't work then I'll have something to do rather than being bored. LOL!

My appointment with Eirona (the one who deals with my artificial eyes) went well on Thursday. Well, eventually. It almost didn't happen, because when we got there we discovered that she hadn't been informed she was seeing me. As luck would have it, I had my letter with me, so she phoned her secretary (she works at various different hospitals, depending on the day, and her secretary doesn't go with her). She had to get confirmation that it was in my notes that I was going to be seen, because without that she couldn't legally see me, if you know what I mean. Once that was cleared up though, she polished my eyes, and did a bit of an adjustment I needed on the one eye. Then we went home.

It was Kelly and Dad who went with me to the appointment. Dad was playing taxi, but he doesn't like to go in to hospitals if he can help it, so Kelly had to come too, so that someone could come in with me. Mam usually takes me, but she was at an appointment with Wayne, which was slightly earlier than mine, but in a totally different hospital. That's why Kero spent the afternoon with Willow and Nan... Because there was nobody but Nan to look after the dogs, so she had to have them both. I suppose, if it had been necessary, we could have rearranged one of the appointments. But since Nan could have both dogs if Kero was taken up there, we figured it was easier to just get them over with.

Anyway, the Sky guy came and finished the job the first one had started. He said he'd be here between Noon and 3:00 pm on Friday. Luckily we didn't go anywhere, because he was with us around 11:30 am. He made sure the wire was nicely out of the way of me tripping over it, and that the boxes were receiving and sending their signals through the wire. Then he had us sign to say he'd done the job, and left us with his direct number, so if anything goes wrong within 30 days of him coming, we call his direct number, and he'll come to sort it at no cost to us. That's what the other guy "should" have done.

I got to hear the story of the forgetful squirrel the other day, thanks to Iggy. And also the story of the king of the forest. So, thanks Iggy for taking the time to type up the one, and read the other for me. It's been a while since someone has read me a bedtime story. Well, unless you include the people who are paid to read out the books on to tape or CD, which I don't, because it's not the same as having someone read it just for you.

I spent a lot of yesterday (Saturday) reading through rules for the Star Wars figure game we plan to try out at the gaming club. Only, as it turns out, I needn't have bothered. We're still going to try it out at some point, but not today. At least, I'm not. Because I'm not going to club this week. Neither is Kelly. Roleplaying is cancelled due to the GM not feeling up to it, and the people planning to go all seem to be in an "I don't feel like doing much" frame of mind, so we decided we weren't going to go all the way up to club to possibly spend the entire afternoon and evening sat on our own doing things we could easily do at home. And there's no club next week, because Dad and Mam are away for a long weekend, and nobody really bothers going if Dad doesn't go. Besides, Dad is our transport, so even if club was to be on, we wouldn't be going without Dad.

I watched "Over The Rainbow" on TV last night after Doctor Who. For those who don't know, it's along the same lines of "American Idol" and "Britain's Got Talent" only they're looking for someone to play Dorothy in a West End Musical version of The Wizard Of Oz. They did something similar to find Nancy for a version of Oliver Twist they were doing. Anyway, it was pretty good. I've not seen enough to know who I'd like to win though, and all of the five girls now remaining are pretty good, so I can't really pick a favourite.

Being totally honest, those are the only parts of the past couple of days worth mentioning. So, I'll let this do, and go and find something else to do. I might post again later. Actually, I have a book review that I scheduled that would have been posting itself while I would have been at the club. So, I might just let that go ahead and publish itself. Besides, I have a ton of posts in draft that need to go up, so there's no sense adding another to them when that one's already scheduled for this afternoon anyway.

It's my honorary sister, Elizabeth's birthday today. (May 9th) So, happy birthday to her.

I hope you are having a good weekend. And, that you're having better luck sleeping than I am.

Tori

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

"Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a 2008 comedy film by Walt Disney Pictures. It is directed by Raja Gosnell and released on October 3, 2008. The plot centers around a Chihuahua, Chloe, who gets dognapped in Mexico and has to escape from an evil Doberman, El Diablo, with help from a lonely German Shepherd, Delgado, and a hyperactive male Chihuahua, PapĂ­, who has a desperate crush on her."

Above taken from this page..

Wayne and I watched this a couple of weeks back. It's really funny.

Tori

Friday, May 07, 2010

Kero's korner: one very busy week

Hi humans, it's Kero here!

I hhad a good rest last Friday afternoon, and on the Saturday. It started being busy for me again on Sunday though.

Mami and I went for our walk Sunday morning, and had hardly got home when Mamgu showed up. She took us back to her place, and I had dinner with Willow. Willow was so happy to see me. She said she'd been calling me, but I told her I was back at the flat now, so I was too far away to hear. Anyway, then Mami and Dadi went with Dadci to that club place, and I stayed with Mamgu, Willow, and Nani. Mamgu and I took a nap, which was great! I love naps! Eventually though, Mami and Dadi came back for me. I was so happy when Mamgu grabbed my harness and lead, but even more happy when I heard Mami whistle me from outside.

On Monday a man came, and I had to bark at him. Then I had to keep an eye on him while he was here. I needed a nap after that! Keeping an eye on strange visitors is tiring work!

On Tuesday, Mami and me were on our way back from our walkies, when I spotted Mamgu. I wasn't sure it was her at first, so I hid behind Mami. But then she called me, and I realised it was her, so I tried to run to her. But I couldn't, because Mami doesn't run with that cane thing. But - because we were still along the path, so it was safe to do so - Mami let go of the lead so I could run to Mamgu. Then we waited for Mami, and walked back to the gate. I thought we were going in, but Mamgu took me and clipped my harness on to the doggy harness clip in the car. I thought she'd go back for Mami then, but she didn't. We just drove off. So I howled. Mamgu told me to quit it, so I sulked for a bit. How could she leave Mami behind? My poor Mami didn't get to go on the car ride!

We went to get my Auntie Tizzy, and I gave her a nice waggy tail welcome when she got in the car. Then we drove back to Mamgu's house, but me and Mamgu didn't go inside. We left the car, and went walkies. I thought that was great, until I saw where she was taking me... The groomer! I thought it would be OK at first, because the place was closed, but Mamgu stood outside it with me for a bit, and then the human who grooms me showed up to open up. I figured there was no point fighting it, so I decided to play the good dog, and walked in as good as gold, even trotting willingly to the kennels where they put us dogs before and after we get groomed.

Wayne picked me up, and took me back to see Willow. I had some food there, then I napped on the back of their sofa... Grooming takes a lot out of me, and Mamgu was still out with Auntie Tizzy, so I had to wait for it to be time to go home. When Mamgu got back, she took me home, where Mami and Dadi were waiting for me, and Dadi took my photo. Mami hasn't gotten the photo off her camera yet though, so I can't post it today.

On Wednesday, Mami and I were out for walkies, and Uncle Wayne and Mamgu showed up. Mami let me run to them again, and I made Uncle Wayne run back to Mami... Just for the fun of it! Then we all went back home. Or, I thought we all were going to. As it turned out though, Mami and Mamgu went to Dadci's car, and Dadi followed them, while Uncle Wayne and Auntie Tizzy took me indoors. I watched for Mami, Dadi, Mamgu and Dadci to come back, and after the postman came, they did. So I told Auntie Tizzy and Uncle Wayne that they were there, and they got their stuff together so they could leave when Mami and Dadi came indoors. Then I took a nap, and after that I supervised Mami, who was sorting veg for dinner. I don't know why you humans eat those vegetables... Mami seems to love them though. Anyway, after dinner Dadi went somewhere else with Dadci, and me and Mami had a quiet evening together.

Then yesterday (Thursday) Mamgu came to get me just before lunch time, and I had a play date with Willow. I stayed there all afternoon with Willow and Nani, while Mamgu took Uncle Wayne somewhere. Then Mamgu took me back home just right for Mami to do my dinner. I was tired after that, so I spent the evening alternating between napping, and barking at people who walked past.

And today (Friday) I had a race in the front garden with Poppy and Daisy, and I won. Poppy was really close behind me though, and might have won, but Daisy made her stop. It doesn't matter though, because I was in front even before that. I'm super fast!

After that, a man came to do something with some wires, and I kept an eye on him to make sure he was doing a good job. Then me and Mami went for walkies, and soon after that, Mamgu showed up. She stayed for a bit, visited with Daisy and Poppy and their human, then went away again.

Yep, it's been a busy week!

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Avatar

"A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home."

"Avatar brings us as close as cinema ever has to actually visiting an alien world. The beautiful environs, the exotic creatures and incredibly lifelike natives of Pandora arrest the senses, visually, aurally and emotionally. The world in Avatar is the true star of the show. The amount of detail and work that has gone into bringing this new world alive is seriously impressive, and it will be a while before we see anything that overtakes it in scope and quality. WETA Workshop and ILM have truly outdone themselves."

Both above quotes were taken from this page.

Dad, Wayne, Kelly and I watched this movie the Saturday night before we came back to the flat. All I can say is... WOW! The almost three hours just flew by, because we were enjoying it so much. It was absolutely fantastic, helped in my case by the fact the audio description worked well, so I didn't miss out on anything, yet nobody else had to miss bits of the film to describe things. There was also a slight comedy element added by the audio description with comments like, "... he can even stay on a horse now," followed by a pause in the description in which he could be heard crashing about, and falling off the horse, at which point the person doing the description added, "but not for long." LOL! Mind you, though the audio description helped in my case, and added a couple of elements of comedy, it would have been an awesome movie even without it. Best movie I've seen in ages!

Tori

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Just Wednesday (kinda FD)

I didn't sleep too badly last night. I slept from about 2:30 am until about 9:00 am. Then I got up, got dressed, had breakfast, washed, wiped, and put away the breakfast dishes, then took Kero for his walk. Mam and Wayne met us on our way back, because Wayne was looking after Kero for us while Mam, Dad, Kelly and I went to our dentist appointments this morning. Elizabeth stayed with Kero too, because Mam was taking her to an appointment she had afterwards, so they figured it would be easier for her to be here with Wayne.

My other top wisdom tooth has now properly finished coming through, and guess what? That one has come through with a hole in it too. The dentist and I decided it must have noticed the attention the other one was getting, and it decided it wanted that kind of attention too. My bottom wisdom teeth haven't come through yet at all, so I hope they don't want to be in on the attention too. LOL! Anyway, that means that - because of a wisdom tooth, again - I need to go back for a filling. I can't go back until May 26th though, because Mam and Dad are going away, and we always keep dentist appointments together, and Dad has to go back too. So, Dad, Kelly and I are going back together on May 26th.

After the dentist, we came home, had lunch, then I did some laundry, did a few chores around the house, and sorted the veg ready for dinner. By the time I'd done all of that, it was time for dinner to be cooked. After dinner, I washed, wiped, and put away the dinner dishes. And now, here I am, posting this post on my blog, and getting ready to go and check posts and comments on the blogs I follow, and check posts on my Dad's forum.

Kelly is out at the other gaming club with Dad tonight, so it's just me and Kero for the evening. So, after I've done the rounds on the blogs, I'll see if there's a good movie on - and if there isn't, find something else to watch - and work on some of my knitting until bed time.

I hope you're having a great day. Enjoy whatever's left of your day, and stay safe! :)


Tori

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Trying Tuesday (FD)

Today has been one of those days. You know the sort? The kind where you have the day all planned out, but absolutely nothing happens as and when it's meant to, and as a result you are left wishing you could go back and start over, while at the same time wondering if it would be worth it - even if you could do so - since, after all, things could have been worse.

I had a bad night, because I knew I had to be up early for the Sky engineer, since I wasn't sure exactly what time he would be coming, and they come any time between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. So, I wanted to make sure I was up by 7:00 am, so I could be sure to have my bath and be dressed before he got here. I'm usually up about then (if not before) anyway, but since it was important that I was up, I had trouble sleeping. That always happens when I know I "have to" be up early. It's like I'm scared to go to sleep, in case I don't wake up in time. That's why I try to arrange appointments for the afternoon if I can. Then at least I have a chance of sleeping the night before. A small chance, given my sleeping pattern - or lack of one - but a chance nonetheless. Anyway, I was determined to try and sleep as much as possible, so I stayed in bed until 7:00 am, then got up.


I tried to get Kero to go out before I went for my bath, but he wasn't having it. So, I got in the bath, only to have Kero start whining for out mere seconds after I got in. Despite the semi-private garden, however, there was no way I was getting out of the bath to let him out, so I yelled Kelly and made him get up to do it. I hate waking him too early, because he's grumpy if you wake him up early, which was how he started this morning. Thankfully though, in this case I was saved by the parcel van, which brought his birthday present. Yeah, I know it was late, but we needed to get online to order it, and couldn't do that until Thursday last week, and with yesterday being a bankholiday there wasn't any post yesterday. Anyway, that soon brightened his mood, and I was able to enjoy the rest of my bath in peace, while Kelly and Kero went back to bed for a bit.

Kero's grooming appointment was today, so Mam was playing taxi for him for me, since they don't do pick-ups any more (the person who used to do pick-ups doesn't work there now). I took him for a walk before she arrived to pick him up, and was just on my way back home with him, and telling him that "Mamgu" was coming to take him for a "car ride" so we better get home, when she called his name, and was walking along the path towards us. So, she grabbed him, and off they went. About half an hour later, she phoned me to say that she was outside the groomer, and it was closed. It was 9:50 am, and his appointment was 10:00 am, so I suggested maybe he was their first appointment, and that she should wait for the time, and see if they opened up, and if they didn't then just bring him and his grooming money home, and I would call them later and let them know we weren't impressed. She said if she didn't call back - or show up with him - in the next hour, he was in. So, I spent the next hour wondering if Kero was being groomed, or if we'd have to book him in somewhere else, since his groomer has up to a 2 month waiting list usually. I guess his groomer must have shown up in the end though, because I heard nothing from Mam until she brought him home around 3:20 pm. There was a valid reason for it being that late, but he'll tell you about it on Friday.

There were a few other things that happened this morning that I don't want to go in to on here, because I don't like name dropping on my blog. But it basically boiled down to a misunderstanding, and a teenager being a typical teenager. It was all completely resolved by about mid afternoon, but it didn't exactly get my day off to the best of starts.

Anyway, Kelly went shopping, and when he came back it turned out he couldn't get some of the items I'd hoped he would get. Nothing essential, but stuff I would have liked to have. Like some of my herbal teas, and some "smoothie bars" that I really like to have as snacks. He managed to get the banana smoothie bar, but not the cherry one, or the berry one.

Anyway, I hung around all day, not doing much of anything, because of waiting for the Sky guy, only to find that he didn't show up (despite his call last night saying he would be coming today). So, after dinner I called Sky up and complained, only to discover that it was actually really lucky I was trying to get this phone wire connected, because the boxes send a signal through that wire every so often to confirm that they are where they should be, so with how the multiroom subscriptions work, it was important that the boxes confirmed they were in the right places. Why? Because the multiroom subscription is usually just £10 on top of the amount you are paying for your Sky subscription. However, if they have any reason to suspect both boxes are not in your property, the system will assume that the boxes are in different properties, and you would be charged two full subscriptions. Meaning, my £68.50 per month Sky bill, would become a £107 per month Sky bill instead (one subscription would be £10 more, because one box is a HD box, and has the HD channels, the other is not, and can't receive them). In other words, if I hadn't wanted the job done properly, I could have been paying almost twice as much for my Sky each month, just because of lack of one little wire. Anyway, the woman I spoke to called the guy's manager to complain on my behalf, and booked for someone else to come out Friday, since I'm busy tomorrow (dentist) and Thursday (eye doctor). I told her I better not be getting charged for this, and she assured me that I wouldn't, and made me feel a bit better by informing me that, since there was only one call out fee being paid, the guy who came yesterday would now not be getting paid for coming out. Yeah, I know it's mean and petty to be pleased about it, but I couldn't help thinking it was serve him right for not doing his job properly. I mean, he never even had us sign to say he had done the job. He just went out to his truck, and didn't come back. So, petty or not, I'm glad he wont get paid for Monday, because perhaps it will teach him to do his job properly in future, so others wont have the hastle I've had getting the job finished. I mean, if he'd finished his job on Monday, it would all be done, he'd be getting paid, and I'd be getting on with my life. I also wouldn't have had to spend most of today sitting on my backside twiddling my thumbs, not wanting to get to in to anything in case he showed up, and getting bored as a result.

OK, so nothing really awful happened today, but it was just a load of little things which added up to make my day one of those I wish I could have started over with. As I said though... It could have been a lot worse. And, on the plus side, it was perfect weather for drying the washing on the line. Which reminds me, I think some of it is still out there, so before I go and do the rounds on the blogs, I better go and get it in.

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

Tori