Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June 2010 craft update: Giveaway and new projects

OK, it's time for June 2010's craft update.

I've finally finished the items for the handmade giveaway thing. I had hoped to do more, but with how long it's taken me to make this many items I'm going to have to just leave it at that. I plan on posting them soon, but want to post them all at the same time, and I'm waiting for the address from the only person who signed up who I don't have a mailing address for. I want to give that person a little longer to respond, but if I don't get a response soon then I will go ahead and send everyone else their packages. So, it shouldn't be much longer before those of you who signed up to the handmade giveaway thing get your stuff.

I've also made a start on making some baby toys ready for Christmas for baby Emma and little Michael. And, once I've made those, I will be making a start on other Christmas presents I want to make to give as gifts so that I can get them done in plenty of time to get them to the people who wont be with me over Christmas, but who I want to give handmade gifts to.

So, there you go, that's this month's craft update.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal

"Terry Pratchett's Going Postal is a two-part television adaptation of the book of the same name by Terry Pratchett, produced by The Mob, which was first broadcast on Sky1, and in high definition on Sky1 HD, at the end of May 2010."

"The story follows Moist von Lipwig, who after years of undertaking confidence tricks on others finds himself caught by the guards and is sentenced to death under the alias of Albert Spangler. After a brief spell in prison he is hung by the neck, but not killed. He is brought before Patrician Havelock Vetinari who insists that he either becomes the new Postmaster or be executed by falling down a deep pit."

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

It was a reasonable attempt at producing the book in movie form, but I think it could have been better. For one thing, the acting seemed a bit flat, so that suspense wasn't built up enough in scenes when you really should have been on the edge of your seat, and wondering what would happen next. Mind you, I think I might have enjoyed it more had I not already read the book, since the lack of build up in moments of suspense weren't allowing me to forget about the book, and enjoy the movie. That meant I was constantly thinking, "yeah, that's right, and then that happens," (in reference to parts from the book) instead of actually getting in to the movie. However, if you iggnore that fact, then it was a good movie.

Monday, June 28, 2010

25 things you probably didn't want to know (LBE)

The other day Iggy tagged me with a 25 things you probably didn't want to know about me me-me thing. Iggy was hoping to find out about how I was so sure the Shetland pony was definately male, so I think I'll start with...

1. I have an obsession for knowing if things are male or female. It irritates me when people wrongly call Willow a boy, and wrongly call Kero a girl, and I worry it upsets animals... It would upset me! So, I don't like to call anything "him" if it's actually "her" and vice versa. Sorry to disappoint those of you who had images of interesting methods of animal sexing, but I usually just ask people who are with me whether the animal is male or female. Failing that, I refraim from using any words which would not be appropriate if the animal was the opposite sex to what the words refer to, such as, "good boy."

2. I have an obsession with names, and like to know what they mean, so much so that I actually have a list of names and their origins and meanings on our pets' page, which lists all the names of our pets, and what their origins and meanings are.

3. Despite the amount of time I spend using technology (computers, TVs, microwaves, etc) I often think it would have been better to be around before all this technology was created. Admittedly there are some wonderful people I know because of the internet (I'm married to one of them) but I think people rely too much on computers, TVs and technology.

4. I've always been afraid of the dark, and still am. A bit of a problem for me since I had my other eye out so lost my light perception. This makes for quite a few issues with monsters like "The Beast" in my daily life. It's not as bad now as it was at first though. Thankfully.

5. Even though I love my little dog (Kero) and my guinea pig (Gwydion), my absolute favourite animal is actually a cat. And the animal I would most love to have as a pet is a lion. I know it's not likely to happen, but I can dream, can't I?

6. I love to talk, and will talk to anyone and anything, and about anything and everything. This includes conversations with myself, with perfect strangers, etc. It also includes topics from the weather to religion, from history to literature, and trivial rubbish like conversations with doors about how they shouldn't jump out in front of people when people are trying to walk through them, lectures to teddies about how they should stay on their shelves, and so on. And, yes, I do answer myself when I talk to myself, because I consider it rude to ignore people, and I especially consider it rude to ignore yourself.

7. I can't help but wondering if maybe I should be locked up or something. Or perhaps the mental hospitals wouldn't actually want me? Ah well, I suppose if they want me that badly they will find a way to come and get me. LOL!

8. I love books, and will read/listen to just about anything. I'll read/listen to it just about anywhere too, though I do have ideas on ideal situations. Like reading horror stories on a stormy night, reading Christmas stories on snowy evenings around Christmas (Christmas Eve is especially good for creating the perfect Christmasy-snowy setting), etc.

9. When I was 6 I rode an elephant, when I was 10 I rode a camel, on and off between the ages of 6 and 10 I rode donkeys, and on and off between the ages of 6 and 15 I rode horses.

10. When I was young I was afraid of water, and nobody knows why. I was 10 before I was given a reason to fear water, but I got over it, and now it's the opposite, and I love the water.

11. I detest makeup, and don't understand why people use the stuff.

12. I hate shopping, especially clothes shopping. The only kind of shop I can enjoy myself in is a book shop. Although, pet shops aren't too bad. All other shops are boring though.

13. I hate having stuff on my feet, and only wear shoes when I go out of the house. When it's warm weather, this means only when I go out of the gate. Although, when it's really, really cold I will put some warm socks on even indoors. The rest of the time I prefer bare feet. Sharp stones don't even make me wish I had shoes on when I step on them.

14. I hate dresses. In fact, I hate them so much that I didn't even wear one on my wedding day. I haven't worn a dress or a skirt since I was about 17, and once I was past the stage where my Mam was choosing my clothes, I hardly wore dresses or skirts before that.

15. Even though I do like to socialise, I don't do well with large gatherings. I don't like parties, and prefer my socialising to be in small groups, or - preferably - one on one.

16. I have a photographic memory, but it's selective. Meaning that if I want to remember it - or if something about it impacts me enough so that my mind considers it worth memorising - then I will remember it perfectly. If I'm not interested in it and nothing about it changes that - with or without my knowledge - then I wont remember it properly.

17. I'd rather watch repeats of shows I like than watch something I'm not too keen on watching.

18. The habit that some people have that irritates me most is talking with your mouth full. I can tolerate most other habits, but talking with your mouth full really, really irritates me.

19. I would like for all of my family to be close, but most of us don't speak to one another. There are various reasons for this, but I still wish it wasn't the case.

20. I'm allergic to melon.

21. I used to be very much lactos intollerant when I was young, but now that I'm grown up have a much higher tolerance for lactos. I still suffer a bit if I have too much dairy though.

22. I love to sing, but I'm not very good at it.

23. I don't sleep well, but when I do finally get to a point where I can sleep I can sleep basically anywhere. Bed, sofa, floor, pile of Lego... I've slept on them all. And no, I'm not joking. I really did sleep on a pile of Lego once... I think I was about 11 years old when that happened. I remember waking up covered in Lego brick patterns, and with a sprained wrist because of the angle it had been at during my nap on the Lego.


24. I won my first competition when I was 7. It was a story writing competition.

25. When I was young I spoke Welsh better than English, despite none of the rest of my family speaking Welsh. Now though it's the other way around, and my English is much better.

OK, I'm meant to tag a bunch of people, but most of the people I know either fall in to the "I don't like to be tagged" catagory, or have already been tagged. So, I'm going to chheat, and offer it up for grabs. Basically, if you haven't been tagged and want to do this, then consider yourself tagged. I hope at least one person does take me up on the offer.

P.S. I will get to blogs and comments as soon as I can, but I'm too tired this evening, and busy tomorrow. I should be able to get to them Wednesday though. Sorry, I've been a bad blogger lately!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Gwydion's Sunday squeaks: hot weather

Hi there humans. This is Gwydion again.



The weather has been very hot most of this week, and guinea pigs like me have trouble dealing with heat. I've tried to be my usual happy self, but in the afternoons when it gets most hot I can't help being grumpy. So during the hot days Mami has given me lots of cuddles and play time in the morning, but basically left me alone during the heat of the afternoon, only quickly checking me when giving me my tea, and before everyone settles for sleep.

During one of my not grumpy times Kero and I got to know each other better. He's getting to be a good dog, and doesn't keep trying to jump in my cage all the time now. He has the odd moment where you can tell he's thinking about it, but he hasn't done it for a whole entire week now. That's great for him! Especially since sometimes he even lets Mami come to see me without feeling it is essential for him to be right there to supervise.

I tried some new foods this week though. I tried banana, which I thought was OK, but far from being one of my favourites. I tasted cherries, which I think I quite liked. And I tasted green beans, which I did not like at all. I hated the green beans so much that I actually threw them out of my bowl, and tried to push some of them out through the wire mesh on the front of my cage. The other things I hdidn't like I just left, but I really hate green beans that much. Mami says that's fine by her, because it means more for her.



OK, well, I have a nice salad waiting for me in my cage. So...

Squeak soon,
Gwydion

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sleep, Glorious Sleep

Is it worth the waiting for?
If we live 'til eighty four
All we ever get is long ni...ghts!
Ev'ry day we say our prayer --
Will they change the bill of fare?
Still we get the same old long ni...ghts!
There is not a nap, not a rest can we find,
Can we beg, can we borrow, or catch,
But there's nothing to stop us from getting a thrill
When we all close our eyes and imag...ine

Sleep, glorious sleep!
Dreams in which we're sighing
There's no need to weep --
During dreams in which we're flying
Snores, grunts, and murmers
What next will we dream?
Rich gentlemen have it, boys --
living the dream!

Sleep, glorious sleep!
We're anxious to try it.
Eight hours a night -
Resting, nice and quiet!

Just picture a great long nap--
The thought makes me weep -
Oh, sleep,
wonderful sleep,
Marvellous sleep,
Glorious sleep.

Sleep, glorious sleep!
What is there more handsome?
Naps, or full nights of sleep
Still worth a king's ransom!
What is it we dream about?
What brings on a sigh?
Doing all the things we've thought about
And reaching the stars so high

Sleep, glorious sleep!
Sleep right through the night
Just lay down your head
Close your eyes, and then you
Drift off to dream land
The thought makes me weep
The sleep,
Once again, sleep
Fabulous sleep,
Glorious sleep.

Sleep, glorious sleep!
Don't care what my dream's like --
Flying
Falling
Counting sheep
Don't care what the night's like.
Just thinking of napping like a cat --
Our senses go reeling
Just thinking of getting that
Rested feeling!

Sleep, glorious sleep!
What wouldn't we give for
That extra bit more --
That's all that we live for
Why should we be fated to
Do nothing but weep
Over sleep,
Magical sleep,
Wonderful sleep,
Marvellous sleep,
Fabulous sleep,

Beautiful sleep,
Glorious sleep

(The real lyrics can be found here).

Idea inspired by a comment made by Iggy in the not too distant past.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Kero's korner: treats and walkies galore (FD)

Hi humans, it's Kero here.

I've had quite a good week.

On Saturday the younger of Daisy and Poppy's humans brought me a pig's ear as a treat. Then I got some play time with Daisy and Poppy before they left for their new home that they and their humans just moved to. And after that I settled down to have a good chew on the pig's ear.



Then, Sunday morning, Mami took me for a long walk, then sat outside with me for a while. After that Mamgu came to get me and my humans, and we went to see Willow. I had dinner with Willow, and then Willow and I went for really long walkies with Mami, Mamgu and Nani.



There were loads of nice things to sniff on that walkies.



After that, we went back to Willow's house, and I alternated between napping on the sofa with Willow, and napping under Mamgu's computer table. Then it was time to come home for bed.

Monday was a normal sort of day... Walkies, garden time, that sort of thing. But on Tuesday I had walkies with my Chihuahua friend, Bella. Mami and I were about to go home, but her human offered to take us for a bit of a longer walk, so Mami agreed and we went. We would have gone for a longer one again, but Mami had to get back for Mamgu to come and get her to take her to one of those food places in town that humans go to so much.


Wednesday and Thursday were quiet days with just the usual walkies, garden time, etc. But this morning I had an outing with Mami and Dadi. We went to town, and I got a treat from the pet stall that's at the market most Fridays, and I also got my very own sausage roll.

We've only been back long enough for me to eat my sausage roll, and write this post. I didn't eat my sausage roll when we were in town, because I don't eat well when lots of stuff is going on, and lots of people are usually in town. Especially on a Friday, because it's market day. Anyway, I'm tired now, so I really, really need to go take a nap!

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Baking and babbling (FD)

There's a new Lidl store that's opened on the edge of town, so Mam took me to look around it on Tuesday. They have a nice selection of stuff. Including some things I've not seen in the other places we shop. So I got a new juice to try... Orange, lemon and carrot. I haven't tasted it yet. I don't know if I'm going to like it or not, but I figured it was worth a try. I also got some vegetable flavoured crisps to try, and they were nice.

***

Earlier in the week I made some frozen desserts. I made Choco-Banana Ice-Cream, Berry-Cherry Ice-Cream, Bananaberry Ice-Cream and Rhubarb Crumble. I also made chocolate ice-cream (choco-banana without the banana), citrus ice-cream and choco-bananaberry ice-cream. The citrus one didn't work too well, so I haven't bothered keeping the recipe, and I haven't bothered with the choco-bananaberry one either, because it was basically a bit of bananaberry and a bit of choco-banana that didn't fit in the other tubs, so I shoved them in a tub together. Anyway, other than the citrus one all the desserts seem to have worked out well. Rhubarb crumble is my all time favourite dessert, but this was actually my first time making it from scratch myself. I will admit I didn't quite do as the recipe said though, because I had to cook the crumble in the microwave due to our oven not actually being usable at the moment.

Then, yesterday and today, I made the actual meals. I made some Potato Bean Burgers and some Bubble And Squeak with green beans and peas and red peppers. I also made Cauliflower And Broccoli Cheese, Veggie Cassarole and Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie. Once again, without using the oven.

I also made a couple of Cheese And Tomato Wraps.

Then I put all the stuff in the freezer.

So, now I have a freezer full of food. All made from scratch, but all ready to just be quickly defrosted then heated up. Or, in the case of the ice-creams, just grabbed and eaten.

***

I actually had a decent sleep last night. In fact, for me it was a fantastic sleep... Seven hours! I haven't slept that well in ages! And, to make it even better, it was at night. :)

***

I finally got around to trying out the 3 in 1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash I mentioned that I got from Vegan Store. It's not too bad. The scent doesn't linger for long, so soon after your bath or shower is over you wont be able to smell it, but it does work OK. I think it's a great body wash, a pretty good shampoo, and not too bad of a conditioner. The only real problem with it is that it's only a small bottle, so with using it for all three things it doesn't last long.

When I was in town with Mam on Tuesday, I went in our local health food shop to see if they have the bath stuff and cream I've been using. They do, but the 3 in 1 thing they only have as seporates. But that doesn't matter. Just one bottle is easier, but the seporate bottles will last a whole lot longer, while not costing all that much more to buy.

***

The weather's been really nice lately. Warm and dry, but not too hot. It's been hard to enjoy it with how tired I've been though, and with my backwards sleeping pattern. Of course, today - when I've slept well during the night, and I'm up all day - the weather's not quite as nice. It's a bit colder, and it rained for a while about mid morning.

***

Right, I'm going to go watch Charmed, then have dinner. I'll get to the blogs later.

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

Short story: Goodies For Grandmother

(Adapted from the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”)

Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived near the edge of a forest. She was a very good little girl who always did as her mother said.
One day, while the little girl was playing in the garden, her mother called her.
“Take this basket of goodies and visit your grandmother who lives on the other side of the forest.” Her mother said. “She hasn’t been feeling too well lately, and I thought she might like some home made goodies and your company. Be sure to stay on the path.” Her mother warned. “And watch out for pixies too. You know how naughty those little pixies can be. Don’t fall for their little tricks again!”
The little girl thought that was a very good idea. So, she set off to her grandmother’s house. She promised her mother that she would stay on the path and not let the pixies tempt her.
She hadn’t gone far, however, when she met one of the pixies.
“What’s that you’ve got?” asked the little pixie.
“Goodies.” The little girl answered. “But you needn’t think you’re getting any of them. I’m going to see my sick grandmother on the other side of the forest and I’m sure she wouldn’t be happy if she heard I gave her goodies to a naughty little pixie like you.”
“Can I come to grandma’s with you?”
“No, grandmother is sick and I’m quite sure she doesn’t want to be bothered by a naughty little pixie like you.”
The little girl expected the pixie to argue with her, but instead he just laughed and ran off. And thinking nothing of it, the little girl continued on her way.
Not long after the little pixie left her, the little girl met a fairy.
“Hello,” said the fairy.
“Hello,” replied the little girl.
The fairy eyed up the basket of goodies, then said. “Be careful little girl, the pixies will be after those.”
“I know,” the little girl replied. “I’ve had one of them ask already. But I soon got rid of him.”
“Where are you going to with those goodies?”
“To visit my sick grandmother on the other side of the forest.”
“May I come?”
The little girl shook her head. “Grandmother is sick and I’m quite sure she’d rather not have too many visitors.” She told the fairy.
The fairy didn’t stop to argue, she just flew off leaving the little girl alone once again. And, thinking nothing of it, the little girl continued on her way.
A little while later she arrived at her grandmother’s house and was surprised to see the front door was open.
“Grandmother, are you here?” she called, walking inside the little house.
She didn’t get an answer so she began to silently search the house for her grandmother. After all, since she was sick, maybe she was sleeping.
“Hello, dear!” said a shaky voice from her grandmother’s favourite rocking chair as the little girl entered her grandmother’s parlour.
“Grandmother,” said the little girl as she walked up to the chair in which her grandmother sat. “What large, pointy ears you have.”
“All the better to hear you with,” replied the grandmother.
“And grandmother, what big eyes you have.”
“All the better to see you with.”
“And grandmother, what a big mouth you have.”
“All the better to eat those delicious goodies with!” yelled the pixie that had become tired of pretending to be the grandmother and leapt from the chair. He tried to grab the basket of goodies, but he was too slow. The little fairy, along with three of her friends, quickly flew into the room and lifted the basket up into the air so that it was too high up for the pixie.
The pixie stamped his foot and let out a howl of annoyance.
“I want those goodies!” he yelled.
“Where’s my grandmother?” demanded the little girl.
“Shan’t tell!” the pixie replied, stamping his foot again.
“Tell her! Tell her! Tell her!” chanted the fairies, still holding onto the basket.
Just then they heard a banging coming from a nearby closet. The little girl ran over to the closet door and opened it. And out tumbled her grandmother.
“Grandmother!” the little girl cried happily, throwing her arms around her.
The grandmother hugged the little girl back and then, after taking in the scene, asked the pixie why he’d locked her in the closet.
“I want some goodies!” the pixie demanded again.
The grandmother took the basket of goodies from the fairies and looked inside.
“Well,” the grandmother said. “I think there’s plenty for everyone here. Why don’t we all sit down and share these wonderful goodies?” she suggested.
Everyone thought that was a wonderful idea. And so, that’s just what they did. And what they were doing when the little girl’s father came to take her home later that day.



The End

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Let's go for a walk

I thought that today I would post some photos from recent walks. The set from the place we walk every day is from the start of June, and the others are from this past Sunday. I'll start with the ones from the start of the month, so...

This first photo is a long view of the path where Kero and I walk every day.



Another shot of the path.



Some of the trees along the path.



Another shot of the trees.



There are houses on the opposite side of the path to the trees, so quite often people along the path are having parties of some sort, and we get to hear snippets of the fun they're having, smell the food, and notice any tents or other fun things they've put up for the party or BBQ they happen to be having.



So, that's where Kero and I walk each day. But sometimes we like to go for a longer walk, which we usually do with Mam and Willow. Sometimes with the addition of someone else... Usually Nan or Wayne. A couple of the places we walk are closer to where my parents live than to where I live. Like the common on the edge of the village they live in. Just before you get to the common there are a lot of fields, and it's those we walked around the edges of on Sunday.

Here's a photo Mam took of Nan, Kero and I before we left the village.



And as we were leaving the village.



Well, technically leaving it, though it wasn't too far away, and I think the properties on the edges of the fields still come under the same village. But, anyway...

If we'd gone up further, we'd have gotten to some fields full of sheep, but we didn't. So, you'll have to settle for horses instead.

Here's a Shetland Pony.



Here he is coming closer.



And here he is right up at the fence.



Just right for me to pet him.



Yes, it was definately a male.

Nearby there was a female though.






I have no idea what breed she is, and nobody was around for us to ask.

She had a really young foal with her though.



Not sure what it was - as in male or female - but we know it was really young, because horses only lay down like this little one was doing when they're really young.



The dogs weren't bothered about the horses. Kero wasn't the least bit interested, and Willow briefly touched noses with the Shetland, then lost interest. It's probably because they've seen plenty of horses. Between walking past them in the fields, and them passing us when people are riding them...

Anyway, those are a couple of the places I've walked recently. There are plenty of other places we walk. Like the park that's featured in many of the photos for the first two years of blog posts (we used to live right next to it, so Kero and I walked there every day). And we sometimes go up the mountain properly. I say, "properly," because my Mam and Dad live slightly up the mountain, and I live sort of at the bottom of it.

OK, I think this will do for today. I hope it's a nice day where you are, and that you enjoy whatever's left of your day. :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer quotes

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it." ~Russel Baker

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken." ~James Dent

"In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them." ~Aldo Leopold

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." ~John Lubbock

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sunny Midsummer (FD)

Now, I don't want to start an argument as to whether today is the start of Summer or the middle of Summer. According to the old Celtic calender it's the middle of Summer, and that's what I work the seasons by. So, as far as I'm concerned it's the middle of Summer, but if you think it's the start of Summer... Well, that's up to you, and we'll just have to agree to disagree. Anyway... Whichever you think it is, it's a beautiful Sunny day. It's in the early 20s C (early to mid 70s F) so not too bad temperature wise. Mind you, that is the temperature now, and it's around 8:00 pm here. Luckily, it wasn't much warmer earlier in the day than it is now. The weather was beautiful all weekend, and most of last week too.

The sleep thing has been sort of working for me. It's just a shame it's happening in short naps and not at the right time of the day/night. At times like this I just take sleep when I can grab it though. After all, a nap is better than no sleep at all, right?

I didn't feel like going to the gaming club yesterday. The usual roleplaying session was off, and a one-off session was planned, which I wasn't all that bothered about playing. Plus, the person planning to run it isn't known for showing up when he's meant to. On top of that, with the sleep thing I figured I'd be too tired. So I stayed with my Mam and Nan for the afternoon instead. That way if I got to the point where I really needed a nap I could have one, but at the same time Mam didn't have to waste petrol taking me home then bringing Kelly back later. Mind you, that did almost happen, since around 7:30 pm I got to the stage where I desperately needed to sleep, but with the time I didn't want to be napping then having to be woken up to go home. So, Mam was just taking me home when Dad's car pulled up. A few seconds later and she'd have ended up basically turning around and coming back as soon as she got back from dropping me and Kero off. Thing is, we didn't know for sure they'd be home then, since if the GM had shown up it could have been about 11:00 pm by the time they got back to my parents' place, since that does happen a lot.

Speaking of the club. I took a photo of my Mechs for the Classic BattleTech game, so here is the photo.



The bigger one of the two is a BNC3S Banchee, and the smaller of the two is a CRD3D Crusader. I doubt that means anything to any of you, but that's what they are anyway. For anyone interested... The Banchee is a 95 ton mech, equipped with an auto cannon, 2 partacle cannons, a short range missile launcher, 4 medium lasers and 2 small lasers. The Crusader is a 65 ton mech, equipped with 2 long range missile launchers, 2 short range missile launchers, and 2 medium lasers. As you can probably tell from that, the Crusader is my smaller mech, and the Banchee is my larger more powerful mech.

Anyway, we usually have roast dinners on Sunday, but Mam, Nan and I had salad instead. Wayne and Kelly aren't salad fans though, so Nan and Mam made a shepherds pie for Kelly, Wayne and Dad to have for their dinner.

After dinner, Mam, Nan and I went for a walk with Kero and Willow. It was a nice walk. We had planned to go to the park, but decided we'd rather just a walk instead of bothering with driving to the park. The park is walking distance from my parents' place, but it's down quite a steep hill that none of us like to walk back up, and I'm not sure Nan could do it any more anyway. I mean, she is 82 years old, after all, and the walk we did - which was mostly all on flat ground - tired her out. I'll talk about the walk more another time though.

Kelly went shopping this morning and filled our almost empty cupboards and fridge back up. Well, some of it didn't come until this afternoon, but he went to get it this morning. I plan on making some home made meals and frozen desserts this week to put in the freezer, so we have a load of fruit and veg for me to do that with.

He got back with just enough time to have lunch and make sure all chores were done before our visitor showed up. What visitor? you ask. Well... Remember I mentioned the work being done by the council? The woman who was helping us actually design our kitchen showed up today. I think Mam wanted to be here for it, but we didn't have much notice (slow post delivery... As usual) so I didn't get a chance to tell her the woman was coming. Anyway, our kitchen is all designed now, so "in theory" it should only be about 6 to 8 weeks before the work actually gets started. In practice, it could be longer than that. But it's "meant to" only be about 6 to 8 weeks now.

Since Kelly went shopping while I did the chores I could this morning, then the woman was here, and then we were waiting for the food to show up, we were both really hungry and neither of us wanted to cook - because of the heat - so we decided to have a treat and have a take-away. There's a new place that opened, and we got the leaflet for it a couple of weeks ago, so we thought we'd try it out. Especially since it's a cheaper place than the one we usually use. Well, let me tell you, we will NOT be eating from there again! It was absolutely disgusting! And - despite neither of us ordering anything involving fish - everything tasted and smelled of fish. Kelly had a meat feast pizza, and swears it had fish on it. I had a veggie burger with chips, and both were disgusting. The chips were barely edible, and the veggie burger tasted as though someone had mashed up some fish with some potato and fried it in the grease left over after cooking some meat burgers. I've tasted some disgusting veggie burgers, but there was no way I could eat this one. The others have at least been edible, even if they weren't very good. But I couldn't eat this one, because the combined fish and meat taste was making me feel sick. Like I said, we wont be using that place again. I'd rather pay the little extra and have nice tasting food.

I think that's all I wanted to say today. So...

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

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fathers' Day quotes

Since it's Fathers' Day today, I thought I would share a couple of quotes I found about fathers.

"A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again." -- Enid Bagnold

"Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad." -- Anne Geddes

"Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers - and fathering is a very important stage in their development." -- David M. Gottesman

"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." -- Clarence Budington Kelland

Happy Fathers' Day to every Dad, Da, Dadi, Daddy, Papa, and Father out there!

Gwydion's Sunday squeaks: so, this week... (FD)

Hi there humans. This is Gwydion again.

Well, it has been an interesting week. The week has been full of yummy veggies, salads, fruit, cuddles, kisses from Kero, brushing sessions, and play times. And the weather has been nice most of the week, so I haven't needed to snuggle so tightly in my hay, since I've been plenty warm enough without having to do that. Yep, it's been a good week!

Also, yesterday (Saturday) I went in the bedroom of the human house for a bit of a run around. Well, actually, I didn't run much because I was scared, so I wanted to stay beside Mami. But the thought was there. Kero was around, but both Mami and Dadi were ready to grab him if he tried to pounce me or anything. He didn't though, he just gave me kisses and wagged his tail excitedly. I don't have a tail... I hope that's not a bad thing.

As for today (Sunday) I'm having a nice, quiet day at home on my own again, with a delicious salad, some guinea pig pellets, some hay, and my toys. I need it after my busy week!

Squeak soon,
Gwydion

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jedi religion

Recently, I had a religious debate with a Jehovah Witness. During the debate, I argued that it was possible for anyone to claim the existance of something and begin a religion based on it. The usual response when I say that, is that while that is true, they are fooling themselves. However, this time the response was a surprise to me.

JW: "Yes. And, actually, I recently met someone who told me her son was a Jedi."
Me: "Right..."
JW: "No, seriously! I thought it was a joke too at first, but it turns out to be a real religion."

I thought, perhaps, that they were just pulling her leg. Or, perhaps, that she was playing along with my comments. However, I was curious, so I decided to look it up, only to discover that it really does appear to be a real religion. No, seriously! There were LOADS of results that came up when I searched for "Jedi religion" on the internet.

Curious? Well...

"The Jedi Church believes that there is one all powerful force that binds all things in the universe together. The Jedi religion is something innate inside everyone of us, the Jedi Church believes that our sense of morality is innate. So quiet your mind and listen to the force within you!"

"The Jedi Church recognises that there is one all powerful force that binds all things in the universe together, and accepts all races and species from all over the universe as potential members of the religion."

Above taken from here.

So, there you go. There really is a Jedi religion. It just goes to show... You really can start up a religion if enough people believe in the existance of something.

Tori

Friday, June 18, 2010

Kero's korner: more from my world

Hi humans, it's Kero here!

Hang on, let me just get a drink...



And maybe a little bite to eat...



OK, now that I'm comfy...



... I will tell you about my week.

Last week nothing really exciting happened, that's why I decided to just catch up on sharing some photos with you that I hadn't gotten around to posting. About the only interesting things that happened were that I went to visit Willow on the Sunday, and the human who came to visit Gwydion with her Mami was there. I'm talking about Natalie. Natalie likes me, so I like her. I like most humans, but I like them even more if they like me. Then Mamgu took me for walkies on Monday, and Dadi took me on Thursday. Those were the highlights of last week, which is why I thought you would be more interested in the photos.

As for this week...

I spent some time in the garden with Mami, gave Gwydion some kisses, cuddled with Gwydion and Mami, played with Mami, had walkies with Mami (and sometimes with Dadi too), ate some nice treats, chased some birds who had the cheek to walk about on MY grass, had a car ride to go and visit Willow, and played with Daisy and Poppy a bit.

That was my week. I'm tired just writing about it though, so I need a nap now.



Licks and sniffs,
Kero

P.S. Sorry my post is late today, but me and Mami wrote it last night and thought we set it up to publish at lunch time, but we actually saved it in drafts instead, so it didn't publish. Oops!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

More on construction and cookers

First of all, Iggy and Rita...

It doesn't work like that here. kitchen appliances are our responsibility. We don't get cookers, fridges, washing machines, etc, when we get a rented place (unless it's a partially - or fully - furnished private rented place). And if anyone had left a cooker before we moved in, it would have been removed. So, it's us who have to replace that. Hoping to do that at the end of the month. Well, order it anyway, it could take a couple of weeks to arrive after we order it. And we don't get money back because we had to get a new cooker.

There are grants you can apply for from the council to buy things like cookers, but there has to be at least three years between applications, and we had one a little over two years ago to use to buy carpets (they do decent flooring in the kitchen and bathroom, but leave the other rooms as bare floor for the tenants to sort... Again, any carpets left behind would be pulled up between tenants). Besides, it takes about as long as it would for me to get the cooker for the grant to come through, and there's no guarantee you'd get the whole amount you want.

So, yeah, buying a cooker is all our responsibility.

***

The scaffolding is coming down.

No, they haven't done the work. It's coming down because Eleri is moving, and she complained to the council that she couldn't get more than boxes out with that scaffolding up. Mind you, in all fairness to the council, she "should" have been out before it went up. She got the keys in April, but she wanted the decorating to be perfect before she moved in, and for various reasons - which I wont give my thoughts on here - it has taken her this long to achieve that. So, now she's making the council guys pull the scaffolding down so she can move, which I think she's doing this weekend (or next week some time). This means we get a break from the scaffolding being up. However, it also means that it will have to go back up at some point for the work it was put up for to actually get done. And I bet they wont warn me it's going up again when it's time for that to happen. Even though they are meant to let me know in advance about things like that.

***

I'll catch up on blogs soon. I just don't feel like it at the moment... Sleep issues... AGAIN!

Green Britain Day 2010

Today is Green Britain Day.

It's a day aimed at sending the message that, "Starting to live a more sustainable life doesn’t have to be daunting. Once you’ve got the knowledge, you’ll find it’s a lot easier to start making changes that benefit you and the environment around you." Not to mention Britain's big plan of making Britain cleaner before the 2012 olympics, which are to be held in London.

Visit their website if you want to find out more about it.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Virgin in the Ice

By Ellis Peters

Series: Brother Cadfael

"Winter, 1139, and Brother Cadfael's tranquil life at Shrewsbury monastery is once again interrupted by violent, mysterious happenings. As civil war rages close by, two orphans of a great family and their companion, a nun, disappear in the woods. Cadfael sets out to find them."

(Above taken from this page).

Another great mystery story, which has a surprise ending... The best kind! I recommend this book to all mystery lovers!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Construction and cakes (FD, kinda R/WP)

The scaffolding is still up, but they haven't even started work on the roof yet. Despite the fact it's now been about two weeks. There were some council guys nearby earlier, so Kelly asked them about it. Apparently there's aspestos (sp?) in the roof, and they need someone to deal with that first. Like I said though, it's been two weeks now (OK, tomorrow is two weeks) and it's getting annoying. I mean, I can't even go to my own front gate without someone, because it's so easy for my cane to miss something like a scaffolding pole. I got a photo of the scaffolding at the front of the building.



I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but it goes around to the back of the building.

I wish the people they say they're waiting for would hurry up so they can get on with the work, and get on with pulling down the scaffolding so Kero and I can go for our walks without me having to have Kelly take me. I mean, I have no issues with Kelly coming with me. My issue is with the fact I want him to come with me because he wants to, not because he has to. Besides, when it rains he wont come, and just takes me to the gate and goes back in, then I have to wait at the gate for him to come back and get me. It's really, really annoying, especially with the amount of time it's been up now.

Anyway...


About a month ago, the door handle of our oven fell off, but we weren't all that bothered, because it can still be opened and closed without the handle (you just have to be more careful). Then the knob for the oven broke a couple of weeks back, but Dad fixed it using a piece from my Mecchano, so we were able to use the oven again. Until yesterday when the door itself broke. So, now we can only use the rings. Only, I wanted a cake. So, I made some microwave cake today. Here's a photo of the cakes:



They aren't bad. Not fantastic, but they're OK. Better than no cakes, but oven baked cakes are definately better. If you either can't use your oven for some reason, have no cooker, or want a cake and only havve about five minutes to spare though, then they're ideal.

I'm sure there were some other things I was going to blog about, but I don't remember what they were now. Ah well. I guess I'll just let this do for today, and go watch Charmed.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fruit and veg portions (FD)

A portion of fruit or vegetables is:

1 banana, apple, pear, peach, or orange
1 handful of grapes
1 glass of unsweetened fruit juice
3 tablespoons of carrots, peas, or other vegetables
1 large slice of melon, or pineapple
1 bowl of strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, or gooseberries
2 plums, kiwi fruit, prunes, apricots, or satsumas
1 bowl of salad
1 tablespoon dried fruit, like dried apricots, raisins, or dried prunes

Fruit and Vegetables can be fresh, frozen or tinned.

(Taken from the Health Challenge Wales website).

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dad's birthday 2010

Today (June 13th) is my Dad's birthday.



Happy birthday, Dad! :)

(Photo from our trip to the beach at Pendine last September).

Gwydion's Sunday Squeaks: photos and food

Hello humans, this is Gwydion again.

I have some new photos of me and my house to share, so I'll do that first.









OK, well, I said I would tell you humans more about me, so...

I'm quite quiet for a guinea pig, and I don't weak as much as a lot of guinea pigs do. And when I weak, I tend to do it quietly. I love to cuddle, enjoy getting brushed, and love my food. Well, most of it. I really like cabbage, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, apple, strawberries, broccoli and cauliflower. But I don't like blueberries, oranges and corn. Those are the foods I have tasted so far since living with my new family. My Mami wont let me have much of most of the things. She's such a spoil sport.

OK, all this talk of food is making me hungry, so I'm going to go and eat the food Mami left in my bowl for me before they left for that club place.

Squeak soon,
Gwydion

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Kero's world

Welcome to Kero's world. A world he shares with Gwydion the guinea pig, and loads of garden birds.

video

Thank you to Iggy for making this for me. :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Kero's korner: me in the garden

Hiya humans, it's Kero here!

I thought that this week I would just catch up on sharing some photos of me that Mami took in our back garden in May, which my pal Iggy sorted for us at the time, but I never got around to posting, because I just had so many other things going on. So, here they are:











And I also want to share some photos that Dadi took of me and Mami on the swingseat last week.







I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Coursework update

How strange. Lesson 2 (for both courses) was waiting for me in my inbox this morning when I got up. But no lesson 1. Weird. I've e-mailed them to tell them, and to ask if it would be possible for them to try again with sending the first lessons to me. I guess they got lost somewhere on the way to me?

Space Chimps

"Three NASA chimps are sent to a galaxy far, far away. Two have 'The Right Stuff,' and the other, a good natured goofball, has 'The Wrong Stuff.' They find themselves on a strange, uncharted planet, where they embark on a fantastical journey to save its inhabitants from a tyrannical leader."

(Above taken from here).

This was an "OK" movie. With it being about space stuff I thought it would be a lot better than it was. It was sort of funny in parts, and I was interested enough in it to want to know how it ended, but that's about the only really positive thing I can say about it. Yeah, it was "OK," but not one I'd be interested in seeing too often, since it seems to me to be one of those movies that once you know the outcome, you really don't need - or want - to watch again. Possibly just my opinion, but perhaps not. If you've seen it and have a different opinion, please feel free to post and let people know.

There's a second one out. Perhaps it will be better?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Late Wednesday post - including birthdays

There are two birthdays that happen today. One is Jo's Natalie's birthday, the other is my mother-in-law's birthday. So, I want to wish both of them a very happy birthday, even though I know Natalie wont read this, and I doubt my mother-in-law will read it.

There was a birthday on Monday too, but I forgot to mention it. It was my Grandma's birthday. I don't know if my Grandma still reads my blog or not, but if she is still reading my blog, then I don't want her to think I was just ignoring her birthday. I remembered that it happened, I just didn't remember to mention it in the post I wrote on Monday.

Anyway...

My lessons from those courses haven't shown up yet. They did say it might be more than 24 hours, but it's now been about 48 hours. If my first lessons aren't in my inbox by the time I come online tomorrow, I'll have to e-mail and find out why I haven't gotten them yet.

Since I didn't have my courses to work on today after all, I finished up sorting through all of the recipes on my Dad's forum, and putting them in the right sections for the types of recipes they are. I had started a while back, but the thought of how many there were to sort through was making me reluctant to do much at a time. They're all done now though, so that's really good. Or, I think it is. Anyway, I also did the write up for the Dungeons And Dragons roleplaying session we had on Sunday evening at the club.

I was going to be running a Call Of Cthulhu campaign in the near future, but I decided I didn't really want to. It's not that I don't like the system, because it sounds excellent. It's that I have loads of other things I'm wanting to do more. Like the courses, and my crafts. The courses are only short ones, but when I've done these two there are others I want to do. And, on top of that, about when I would have been due to run the campaign is when the council is due to do the work on this place. So, with all things combined I decided against it. That also means I'm not bothering to do a one off session when Carl comes for his visit at the end of July to start of August, since I was only doing that in preporation for my campaign. Besides, there are loads of things people are trying to fit in to that week as it is, so people wont have time to miss not doing my session.

Anyway...

We had a thunder storm earlier this evening. I'm not really surprised with how the weather has been changing between being warm and sunny, and being cold and wet all day long.

Kelly went to the Swansea club with Dad this evening, so he was gone during the storms. He was only gone for about half the time he usually is, but by the time he got back I'd washed, wiped, and put away the dishes, had a bubble bath, put on some laundry, and still had time to make a start on catching up on the posts and comments on the blogs from today.

I think that will do for tonight.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Herbal teas (kinda FD)

I started drinking herbal teas originally when I was about 17. It was my first attempt at a vegetarian diet, and I saw all these herbal teas on the shelves of the health food shop that hadn't been around all that long in the town near me at that time, and I wanted to try them. So, that's exactly what I did. I didn't try many, but I tried a few. Of course, now I'm drinking them again, because of cutting down on caffine due to the issues I'm having with my anemia. But, anyway, I know a couple of the people who visit my blog drink herbal teas, so I thought I would share the ones I have tried, and let you know what I thought of them.

Nettle - I like nettle tea, though I enjoy the types with peppermint or blackberry added, because it adds a bit of flavour to it. Nettle seems to me a bit bland without anything added.

Blackberry And Nettle - A sweeter alternative to plain nettle, and one I really enjoy.

Nettle And Peppermint - Another alternative to plain nettle, which I find very refreshing. When I can get hold of it, since it seems to be difficult to get hold of, I like to start my day with this one.

Nettle And Camomile - The camomile in this version stops the nettle from seeming as bitter, while still not having the tea be as sweet as the version with blackberry in it.

Hawthorn - Very similar in taste to nettle, though perhaps a little more flavour to it.

Lemon And Ginger - Very strong taste (due to the ginger) but good. Not one you want to leave to brew for too long though.

Cherry And Cinnamon - A very nice tea, which is good for soothing sore throats and said to be good for easing chesty coughs. It has a slightly sharp taste, but is sweet enough in taste for even those with a sweet tooth not to need to add anything to it to sweeten it.

Pure Peppermint - A very cool and refreshing tea, which I drink a lot. This one even tastes really nice cold, and is great served that way on a hot day.

Camomile - I'm not too keen on this one on its own, since it seems to need something with it to bring out its flavour, and I find it to be a bit bland on its own.

Camomile And Spearmint - A refreshing alternative to pure camomile. The spearmint seems to bring out the camomile's flavour while at the same time sweetening the tea. Very tasty.

Echinacia - Quite bitter tasting, but said to boost the immune system. The kind with raspberry is better than the plain version taste wise.

Echinacia And Raspberry - The raspberry stops the echinacia from seeming so bitter, making this one a lot tastier than echinacia in its pure form. However, echinacia in its pure form is easier to get hold of than the version with raspberry in it.

Green Tea - Quite bitter tasting, and another one you don't want to leave to brew too long unless you enjoy a strong cup of tea. Best served with honey in, in my opinion.

Raspberry, Cranberry And Elderflower - Very tasty, not too sweet, and not too bitter. Also, very good for treating colds. Not advisable for anyone pregnant or trying for a baby though, since elder can cause miscarriage. Needless to say, I don't drink this one now.

Orange And Cinnamon - Very sweet, but quite refreshing. Another of those teas that is good cold as well as hot.

Rose - It has a slightly sweet taste, though isn't as sweet as many. Another one that's good cold too, though I personally prefer it with some heat to it.

Blackberry And Apple - Sweet, but not overly so. Also good both hot and cold.

Peppermint Punch - Like the refreshing peppermint, but a bit sweeter.

Raspberry, Strawberry And Loganberry - It has a weird sort of flavour, but a nice one. Sweet, but not too sweet.

Pure cranberry - It has a sharp/bitter sort of taste, and I don't think much of it in its pure form. It's meant to be good for kidney infections (and possibly other types of infection) so that's the only time I suck it up and drink it... When I have a kidney infection. Now, if the cranberry is mixed with something else, that's different. But in its pure form? Um, no. Not really my cup of tea. No pun intended, LOL!

Blackberry - When warm, it's like warm Ribena, when cold, it tastes almost exactly like Ribena. Very tasty!

Honey And Vanilla - Not bad, though not one of my favourites. I haven't had it in a while, but if I remember rightly it's quite sweet. That'll be the honey, I expect.

Blossom Earl Gray - An interesting - and pleasant - combination of flavours, combining to make a very nice tea, which tastes really good hot, and just as good cold.

There may be others I have tried and don't remember the names of. I actually know there's one, but I can't think what it was called. I know it's Vanilla and something, but I don't remember what the "something" was. It was some chinese plant or something (well, I say Chinese, it might not have been) and it was some time ago I tried that particular one. It might have been "Jin Sin And Vanilla" or something like that, but I'm not sure.

If you have tried any that don't appear in the list, then I would appreciate your opinions on them.

Tori

Monday, June 07, 2010

Technically back to school

I decided that I would like to do something to improve my knowledge in areas that interest me. So, I decided to see what courses I could find that I could do online to do this. The result was that I signed up for a course in Alternative Medicine and also a Creative Writing course.

My first lessons should be in my inbox in about 24 hours.

Sunday and Monday (kinda FD)

When I was out for my walk with Kero on Saturday, a man walked past and asked if I thought it would rain soon, "not today," I told him. "Tomorrow?" he asked. "Probably," I replied. And it did... In the early afternoon. It's been raining on and off since. Mostly it was light rain, but not too long ago it turned to heavy rain, and the wind got up, and the temperature dropped. I checked to make sure Gwydion had plenty of hay to snuggle in to when that happened. I think he thought I was going to bring him out of his cage, because he darted to the back of it, then turned back to face me as if to say, "I'm not coming out in that!" I told him I had no intension of bringing him out in that weather, so he stopped trying to back away, and came forward a bit to let me give him a quick rub on his back. Then I closed his door, and left him to make himself a snuggly nest of hay. Kero was upset that I went out to see Gwydion and didn't take him with me. Then he realised how heavy the rain was coming down, and decided that he wasn't actually all that interested in going outside after all. All of a sudden he was much more interested in his turkey teddy that goes, "gobble, gobble," than he was in me. I think both Kero and Gwydion think I'm nuts going out in that rain. And I know Kelly thinks so, because he told me so. But, hey, I had to check on Gwydion. Besides, it's only water. A lot of water, but still just water.

Anyway...

Sunday morning I:

Got up.
Got washed and dressed.
Had breakfast.
Made the tucks for when we went to club.
Washed the breakfast dishes.
Fed, cuddled, brushed, and gave fresh water to Gwydion.
Made sure all my stuff was packed to go to club.
Put the washing on.
Walked Kero.

Then Mam came, and took us to her place for dinner. There were two dinner sittings though, since Mam then had to go and fetch Wayne from the pick-up point where he'd been dropped off after the weekend with the cadets. Normally we'd have waited for him, but Mam has Jo's Natalie for a couple of weeks, so there were too many people to fit comfortably around the table at once anyway. It would have been possible, since we got eight of us around the table at Christmas, but it's not easy, so we decided it would be best for Nan, Dad, Kelly and I to just get on with having dinner, then Natalie, Mam and Wayne to have their dinner afterwards.

After both dinner sittings were over, Dad, Kelly and I went to club, and Mam fed Kero for me. We were at the club until gone 9:00 pm, so it was about 10:00 pm when we finally got home. I then checked on Gwydion, spoke to my brother about his game I'd tried out at club, and went to bed.

This morning I basically did chores, saw to the boys, and had a bath. Kelly went shopping while I was sorting the boys and housework, then Mam showed up while I was having lunch, and took Kero for his walk for me before we left.

I had a scan today, so spent my afternoon at the hospital. My letter hadn't shown up about the appointment, so they gave us one so we could go and claim back the petrol money. Mam went to do that while I sat and drank loads of water. Usually my bladder is nice and full, and I'm needing to pee every five minutes (or it feels like it). Not today though. Today, of course, my bladder wasn't anywhere near full. So, I had to go and drink loads of water to fill it up before they could do the scan. Anyway, the scan showed that everything seems to be fine in there. So, that's good news. At some point soon I should get an appointment through to go back to the Gynaecologist.

I got home from the hospital not long before the shopping arrived from Iceland, which Kelly was pleased about, since it meant I could keep Kero out of the way while he got it in, and then I could put the shopping away. When I'm here, I prefer to be the one who puts it away, because then I know where to find the items when I want them. Then we had dinner, watched Charmed, then I went around reading and replying to posts on the blogs I follow. Now I'm going to go and check posts on my Dad's forum.

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

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Gwydion's Sunday squeaks: An introduction

Umm... Hello? Is this thing working? My name is Gwydion, which is pronounced "Gw-id-ee-on" if you don't know. And I'm a guinea pig. A Silver Agouti Teddy guinea pig, to be exact. I am now 13 weeks old, and have been living with my new family for just over a week.

It's a nice place to live, but a bit scary at times, since the "Kero" creature keeps jumping in my house and scaring me. Like the other day, when I thought he was trying to eat me... It turned out he was just giving me kisses, but how was I to know that? I mean, there I was, and suddenly, there he was, and his tongue was on me! I was so scared! I ran about as fast as I could, and weaked, and weaked, until I got rescued by my new Mami. Oh, and speaking of my new Mami, here we are, cuddling. I love cuddle time!




I'm starting to learn that the Kero creature isn't actually as scary as I first thought it was now though. Which - as you can probably guess - is actually making it much easier to settle in to my new home. The last time he jumped in to my house, for example, I didn't even bother to weak at him. And I've been doing my very best to stay calm when he comes near to Mami when she's holding me. You see how brave I'm getting now?



And that wasn't a one off cuddle session... We've sat like that - Mami, Kero and I - several times now. I've even let Kero sniff me without panicking. And I did my happy weaks for my new Mami while Kero was sat beside us. She really loves hearing my happy weaks.

So, this is me... Gwydion the guinea pig. I will tell you more about me soon, but I have a nice bowl full of veggies and guinea pig pellets waiting for me back in my hutch, so I want to go and enjoy them. Especially since Mami says that she, Dadi and Kero wont be back until this evening (they went to something called "club"... Whatever that is) so I have all afternoon to enjoy them in peace. Ah! This is the life! I could get used to this!

Squeak soon,
Gwydion

Saturday, June 05, 2010

A sunny and hot Saturday evening (FD)

The sun is shining (and has been all day), the birds are singing, Gwydion is eating his fresh veggies, Kero is napping after throwing a chewy treat thing around the living room, and I am writing this in between watching Doctor Who, and washing dishes. It's a good day today! :)

I made a loaf of bread earlier, and am making another now. I'm making two lots, because I've been eating wholemeal bread, and Kelly doesn't like it, so I'm making a loaf of wholemeal, and a loaf of white. I like making my own bread. Plus, it's actually cheaper to do so.

We're having our dinner late tonight, because it's too hot to cook. Going to sort it after Doctor Who... It should be a bit cooler by then. Even if it isn't, we have to have it then, or it'll be getting really late. As it is it will be getting close to 9:00 pm by the time dinner is cooked, and we're eating it. I'd leave it and have something more simple (preferably that doesn't involve using the cooker) but we have some bits of veg that need to be used, and since we aren't here tomorrow, we can't use them then.

OK, this will do for today. Especially since this is my second post today. ;)

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

Tested products from The Vegan Store

I mentioned on Rita's blog recently that I brought some items from somewhere to try. The place they came from is www.veganstore.co.uk, which is an online shop that sells 100% animal free products (food, cosmetics, clothing... It's all there). I found the place while looking for the kinds of things they sell.

Anyway...

The item I mentioned on Rita's blog was a moisturizing cream. Avalon Organic Moisture Cream to be exact. I believe it's the ultimate one I bbrrought. I chose to try this spacific cream, because I absolutely love the smell of lavender, so figured I didn't care if I smelled like lavender after using the cream. Anyway, I have now tried it out, so am ready to let people know what it's like. It really does have a strong lavender smell, though the smell doesn't linger for all that long once you've rubbed the cream in to your skin. At least, I don't think it does. There is a slight oilyness to the texture, but not to the point where you'll be rushing to wash your hands.

I also brought the Method 3 in 1 Body Wash/Shampoo in apple. But since I had a bit of my old wash stuff to use up, and don't like to have several things on the go at once, I haven't tried that out yet. I'll let you know when I do.

Plus, I brought both the Aloe Dent Natural Mouthwash and the Aloe Dent Fluoride Free Toothpaste (sennsative variety) to try. They are really good (or, I think so) and leave your mouth feeling wonderfully clean. Be warned though, the mouthwash has a rather strong flavour, so you neither need nor want to have too much of it in your mouth to do the job.

But, did I only buy these items? Oh, no! Not when there are cookies and sweets on offer! I mean, I was paying postage anyway, so why not? ;)

So, I brought some Nana Cookie Bites in fudge. I do not recommend these! They tasted like slightly sweetened, half cooked, lumps of flour. I'm willing to try other vegan cookies, but I have no intention of having these again. I ate them so as not to waste them, but... I never thought I'd say this about a cookie... I didn't enjoy them one bit!

What I did enjoy though were the White Chocolate Butttons and the bar of Organic Faux Milk Chocolate that I had. OK, I havven't eaten the whole bar yet, and I brought two packs of the buttons, so I still have one left. But that's nothing to do with not liking them. It's to do with trying not to be a pig, since I've already eaten all the above mentioned cookie bites, plus the very tasty, very coconut flavoured Coconut Ice Grab Bag that I also brought. In my defence, I needed to taste them, and I did only buy small amounts...

I plan on trying out a few other things from the same place, so when I do (and when I try that body wash/shampoo) I will let anyone who is interested know what the items were, and what I thought of them.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Kero's korner: someone new

Hi humans, it's Kero here.

Well, I'm not too sure what it is - the humans call it a "Gwydion" and a "guinea pig" and I'm not sure which it is that I'm meant to call it - but some new furry friend of some kind has moved in. It lives in a wooden house, which is beside the shed, in my garden.



This is its house.



I'm not sure what it is. I've met hamsters, rabbits, birds, dogs, cats, and even sort of met fish (through the glass of their tanks), horses (as they've passed us on the road, and with fences between us) and sheep (with fences between us) before. But I've never met one of these things. Even though I don't know what it is, I'm really trying to be friends with it.



But it doesn't seem interested.

I've even tried making it think it was my idea for Mami to bring food for it.



But it just doesn't want to be my friend.

I was a bit worried at first that Mami would pay more attention to the other furry thing than me, but she has been petting me, playing with me, and walking me just as much as she usually does. Well, apart from Wednesday when we didn't get walkies. But I made Mami suffer for that with a huge barking session. She obviously got the message though, because I got a longer walkies the next day. So then I was happy, and everything was good again.

The thing that confuses me with the Gwydion thing's house though is that it's allowed to come out of its house, and sometimes Mami then brings it in to our house. But when I jump in to its house, I get in big trouble. How come it can come in my house, but I can't go in its house? That just seems so unfair to me! I mean, I fit in there fine. OK, there isn't much room for me to move about when I'm in there, but I still fit in there easily.

Alright, I'm going to let this do for this week so I can go and see if the little furry thing will play with me now, or if it's still going to refuse to come out and play with me.

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Welcome to my garden

After having breakfast, washing the breakfast dishes, cleaning Gwydion's cage, grooming, playing with, and cuddling with both Kero and Gwydion, having Kelly guide me past the scaffolding so Kero and I could have our walk today, sorting laundry, and doing a bit of general tidying up, I finally made it out to sit in the garden for a while. It's a really nice day, so I was glad I could have some outside time. Despite the scaffolding being up.


Anyway, after lunch I was wondering how I would be able to share my garden time with my bloggy friends. Then I remembered about the sound clips that I did with my phone not long ago, which Iggy very kindly sorted for me a couple of days ago. Now, they aren't fantastic quality (both Iggy and AK have tried to make them as good as possible) but they're better than nothing. So... I can't share with you the scent of the flowers that are in bloom, mingled with the smell of the freshh sawdust and hay in Gwydion's cage, and the food both in Gwydion's dish, and in the bird feeder. I can't share with you the feel of the grass and path - both slightly warmed from the sun - under my bare feet (I hate shoes!) Nor the feel of Kero's soft fur as he brushes up against my leg. Or the tickly feeling of a bee that decided to land on my arm and walk up it. But, I can share a couple of photos of the things that are currently in bloom in my garden. And I can also share a couple of sound clips of the birds (and, in one of them, bee) that visit my garden.

And so, here they are:






I hope you enjoyed your visit to my garden. :)