Saturday, April 30, 2011

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (preview)

In just a couple of months, the final Harry Potter movie - "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" - will be in cinemas all around the world. Personally, I'm really looking forward to it. If you are too, then you will probably be interested in watching this preview of the movie.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Furkid Friday: Easter 2011 (FD)

Hi there humans. This is Gwydion again.

Well, something the humans call "Easter" happened this past week. Now, I have no idea what an "Easter" is, but I do know that it involves treats, so I approve of it. I didn't, however, approve of being involved in photo taking, so you'll have to settle for a photo of the treats I got for that "Easter" thing instead of a photo of me eating one of the treats, because I refused to allow a photo of me to be taken. You may notice in the photo I'm about to show you of my treats that the packet is open, and one of the treats is missing? Well, that's because the other treat (it's a pack of two) was in my cage by this point. Like I said though I refused to have my photo taken eating it, so the humans figured they might as well just take this photo:



Kero, however, had no issues with having his photo taken with his treat, and quite happily chomped away at it while the humans took photos. He loves having his photo taken though; and - since he loves treats too - having his photo taken while eating a treat is his idea of fun. I don't get why, personally, but there you go! Mind you, there are a lot of things that dog does that I just can't make sense of (or wouldn't do in a million years). Anyway, here are his photos:




Also - on top of those treats - I got some fresh fruit and veggies, and Kero got some ham and cheese. Mind you, that happens regularly anyway, but still...

I hope your Easter was as good as ours!

Squeak soon,
Gwydion

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Just another Thursday afternoon

I did a post earlier, but I'm bored, so you can have another one. ;)

My throat's stopped hurrting. My cough is practically non-existent (it just shows up from time to time during the evening). I still hardly slept last night though. Can't say I'm all that shocked. At least it was at night I slept. Almost. The first part of the night, anyway. Still, it was at night... Sort of!

I've done nothing exciting so far this week; houshold chores, labeling blog posts, that sort of thing. Very exciting... Or not! Actually, some of the old posts are amusing. I have to wonder why I have so many followers; I post some rubbish... No, I really do! Funny thing is... I think it's those posts that have the most comments. LOL!

Easter 2011 pressies (FD)

I had a few Easter eggs for Easter; but I didn't see the point in taking photos of them. I did, however, take photos of the things that came with the eggs, and here they are:

Firstly, a Dr Who Dalek mug:





No, it's not 4 different mugs; the different coloured Daleks are just different coloured ones that are around the mug: a white one, a blue one, a yellow one, and a red one. I'm not as big a fan of Dr Who as many people in the family, but I do quite like the Daleks, so when Kelly saw that mug - which came with a small, hollow, chocolate egg - he said he just "had to" get it for me.

He also got me this Tinker Bell watering can:




It's a little tin watering can; decorated with the faries from the same Tinker Bell movies I posted reviews for recently. It came with some tiny chocolate eggs and some marshmallow treats in it. I gave the marshmallow treats to my Mam though, because I don't eat them. We got her one of these watering cans as well, since she absolutely loves anything Tinker Bell (and Hello Kitty). I did actually have this early, but I'm posting it now since it was technically an Easter present.

I also got this mug:


Milkybar is my all time favourite chocolate, and this mug came with a large, hollow, Milkybar chocolate egg, and two bars of Milkybar chocolate. Mmmmm! I actually brought this for myself, because I just "had to" have it, and for the most part the family agreed we weren't exchanging eggs this year (we only got for Mam, Wayne, and Emma-Jane).

The other eggs I had were: a chocolate button egg (hollow chocolate egg with a packet of chocolate buttons inside it), a mini smarty egg (small hollow egg filled with mini smarties) and an "Aero Bubbly Lamb" (Aero chocolate made in the shape of a tiny lamb).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy birthday ChicagoLady and Louise

Today is both ChicagoLady's birthday, and the birthday of a family friend named Louise (Emma-Jane's Mother). So, I wanted to wish them both a very happy birthday. I hope it's a great birthday for both of you!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Silly little Easter joke

I know Easter is over now, but I found this in my inbox last night and couldn't resist sharing it. It's a silly little joke, but... *Shrugs*...

Q: How many Easter bunnies can you fit in an empty Easter basket?
A: Only 1, because after that the basket is no longer empty.

I told you it was a silly joke; I couldn't resist sharing it though!

Happy birthday Jackie

Today is a family friend's birthday. Her name is Jackie (as you probably guessed from the post title). I don't know if she reads my blog or not. I doubt it, but I figured I would say, "happy birthday," anyway. So... Happy birthday, Jackie!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday - 20:21

Yeah, I know I already did a post today, but here's another for you...

For anyone wondering... I'm feeling a lot better today; and able to eat "proper" food without feeling like I'm swallowing razor blades. Also, the cough seems to have just become one of those irritating coughs you get for a bit on and off when you're trying to sleep. Speaking of which... Despite the cough, I did sleep a bit last night. Not much, but I did have a bit of a nap this afternoon so that makes up for it.

Anyway, I took Kero for a walk today for the first time since I got sick. Kero was so excited when he figured out it was me who was taking him. Bless him! It was a beautiful day for it; sunny and warm, but not too hot. I wore a jacket even though it was warm enough not to need one; I figured it was for the best, what with being ill and stuck inside for almost two weeks. I was a bit warm in the jacket, but figured better that than being too cold and ending up back to being ill and stuck inside.

I had some nice bird company for the walk too; I'm sure there are nests in some of the trees along the path, since I'm sure I heard some baby birds chirping.

Also, I weighed today - like I usually do on a Monday - and I lost 2lbs 4oz. This means I've now lost a whole stone (14lbs) since early March. Since my personal goal is 1lb per week, I'm really pleased. I mean, I've lost more than that most weeks. Sure, I'm not quite on track for losing the 2 stone (28lbs) the gynaecologists want me to have lost by the time I'm due to see them again at the start of June; I am close to it though, and still "might" make the 2 stone weight loss. You never know!

crafty update

I don't know if you remember me mentioning before Christmas about making a clay item for someone, but not wanting to mention it because the person would see? Well... After it arrived with the person I meant to say something, but never got around to it. Then it was mentioned on the blog of the person in question, and I meant to link to the post to say about it (especially since the post contains a photo, and I forgot to get one). Anyway, to get to the point... The item was the clay SpongeBob figure I made for Iggy, which he mentioned in this post. You've probably all seen it by now, but I did say at the time I'd let you know once I could... I just kept forgetting. I usually have loads of things I want to post about, so I do forget to mention - or update you on - things sometimes.

In more recent craft news...

I'm still working on the scarf for Louise. I had hoped to have it done by now; I'd hoped to give it to her for her birthday (her birthday is in two days time). I'm not even quite half way through it though. Thing is, I couldn't work on it when I wasn't well, because I couldn't concentrate properly. Plus, I kept coughing and almost ending up dropping stitches, so gave up as I didn't want to have to start over.

Also, Emma-Jane got a little dolls' pram for her birthday, and I've been asked to make a little blanket for her dolls. Now that I'm feeling a lot better, I'm hoping to do some serious work on the scarf, then make the blanket for Emma-Jane's dolls.

As a warning, this may mean I miss days on the blogs; so, sorry in advance for that.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

Happy Easter to all my/our bloggy friends!

Tori, Kero and Gwydion

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Crumbly world

I wonder why it is that I have the exact same hilusination every time I'm ill?

Everything seems to crumble around me - faster if I touch it - the air is stale, and a shadowy shape is gliding towards me. I can't back away though, because there's nowhere to back away to; the world is crumbling away. Then, suddenly, everything is all normal; the air is back to normal, breathable air. And the shadowy shape is gone.

Even now I can't see, I still "see" the same thing.

I don't know if it's meant to mean something, or if it's just a coincidence I have the same hilusination each time (usually at the peak of my illness). Maybe I'm just weird?

*Shrugs*

Anyway, I'm feeling much better today. I'm still coughing a good deal, but not as much as I was. My throat's still a bit sore, but I've managed to eat a few things that weren't mushy food today; and without it hurting too much. Also, I finally got a decent chunk of sleep. Shame it was all afternoon and in to the evening - which means I'm going to be up for the night, and will now need to try and put my sleeping pattern back to rights again - but with how I've been sleeping (or, more to the point, not sleeping) since I became ill, I'm very much leaning towards the, "I don't care, because I slept, and that's what really matters" frame of mind. Besides, it's not like I'm a stranger to strange sleeping routines, since I haven't had a consistent "normal" sleeping pattern since... Well, it's almost four years ago now.

Friday, April 22, 2011

A List Of "Green" Things To Do For Earth Day 2011

By: Kristal Roberts

April 22, 2011 marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day -- a distinctively American tradition that not only encourages people to appreciate the wonders of nature, but preserve the environment and its natural resources.
The best part about celebrating Earth day is that there are many ways to honor the planet. From the grandiose to the simplistic, here are a couple of ways to have an impact on the planet that you call home.

Pledge an act of green
Help the Earth Day Network reach a 'Billion Acts of Green' by pledging a Green Act of kindness on their website .
According to Earth Day Network’s website, “Every Act registered will be counted toward our ultimate goal of amassing one billion actions in advance of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At millions of actions, A Billion Acts of Green is the largest environmental service and advocacy campaign in the world.”

Green Acts
- Plant a tree
- Brush your teeth without running water
- Carpool. Tampa Bay residents can reduce carbon emission by visiting Tampa Bay Ride Share and finding a group to carpool with.
- Sign petition for Green Jobs Legislation. Tell Congress that you want comprehensive green jobs legislation to help put Americans back to work and solve the climate crisis here .
- Commit to recycling in your home and office
- Donate clothes and toys to the Salvation Army
- Eat more locally grown food
- Start a garden
- Bring reusable shopping bags to the grocery store
- Fight Deforestation. For every dollar donated to the Canopy Project, a tree will be planted at a minimum donation of $10.
- Use green cleaning products

(Above taken from this page).

Furkid Friday: neighbours and invaders

Hi there humans. This is Kero here.

Well, my Mami human is still not well, so I have to keep a close eye on her. Dadi and Mamgu said she wasn't allowed to take me walkies though, which is so not fair! Dadi has been taking me, but I wish my Mami could take me. Mami says if I just give her a couple more days then she will take me no matter if she's fully better or not, and no matter what Dadi and Mamgu say. Like I said, Dadi has been taking me, it's just... Well, I just like walkies when Mami comes best! Dadi doesn't really do anything different. I just don't like leaving mami at home while I go out for walkies.

I've seen a few of my doggy friends while out for walkies with Dadi. Including a pair of Jack Russels. I don't remember the male's name, but the female's name was Roxy. I don't think I've met them before. They seemed really nice; from what I could tell. Roxy refused to let me sniff her properly. I let her sniff me from nose to tail, but she wouldn't let me sniff near her tail end. Some females are like that. I have no idea why, but it's just something I've noticed with some females.

Anyway, I may have saved Gwydion's life the other day. Dadi opened the kitchen window wide, because the thing that beeps when there's smoke in the house is very sensative and goes off with even just a little steam. That wasn't a big deal. The thing was, he forgot to close it afterwards. Anyway, next thing I know this big cat has gotten in through the window and is on top of Gwydion's cage. I wasn't having that!

I barked and growled at it, and made it get down. Then I chased it around the kitchen until I had it cornered by the back door. And then I called Mami (who was asking me what I was barking for this time) to show her. When she realised about the now hissing cat I'd cornered, she told me I was a good dog. I was really pleased about that, and stepped back a bit to tell Mami she was in charge of what happened to the cat from this point. Only, the cat took advantage of me taking a step back from it, and it jumped back out of the kitchen window. I was worried Mami would be mad I let it get away, but she wasn't. She still said I was a, "good dog," and she even gave me a treat to show me she meant it.

The cat didn't dare come back after that (I did patrol the house - especially the kitchen - for about an hour afterwards to be sure).

Oh, yeah... I know you'll be wondering, so... Gwydion was completely fine after it... I guess I got to the cat in time. He was a bit quiet that evening, but that's about it, and he was back to his noisy self by the next morning.

When Dadi found out what happened (he was at the shop when it happened) he checked on Gwydion, made sure the window was closed, and then... Well, then he noticed that I'd knocked over a tray of his special little soldier figure things that are in the room Gwydion is in. I was sure I was going to get in big trouble for that; nobody does stuff to Dadi's figures and gets away with it. I was pleasantly surprised though when Dadi said he wasn't mad about the mess I'd made of the figures, since Gwydion was more important, and I was a really good boy for protecting Gwydion.

That's about all that's happened recently; maybe things will pick up when Mami gets better?

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (original title)

"A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods."

"When his lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives fourteen days to Poseidon to return his lightning bolt; otherwise he would initiate a war against his brother. Meanwhile the dyslexic and with ADHD teenager Percy is visiting The Museum of Metropolitan of Art and is attacked by a Fury disguised in his teacher. His crippled best friend Grover reveals that Percy is a demigod and he is his protector and his teacher Mr. Brunner gives a pen to him telling that it is a powerful weapon. They go to Percy's house and together with his mother Sally, they drive to the Camp Half-Blood. However Sally is attacked by a Minotaur and vanishes before Percy can help her. In the camp, Percy befriends the gorgeous Annabeth; when they are attacked by Hades who wants the lighting bolt for him, Percy discovers that his mother is in Hell with Hades. Percy decides to travel in a dangerous quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and save his mother..."

(Above taken from this page).

I'd been looking forward to this movie... I'd heard it was really good. It didn't disappoint me... It was a fantastic movie! I recommend this movie to anyone who hasn't seen it yet... Especially if you have even a fleeting interest in Greek mythology!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Throats and things (FD)

I'm still not feeling 100%. My throat still hurts a lot - especially if I try to eat anything that isn't soft mushy stuff - and I'm still coughing a fair bit (especially at night). But I think I'm starting to get a bit better, and should - I hope - be completely better soon.

Good news though... Despite not going out for walks - due to being banned from doing so by both Mam and Kelly until I'm better - I was expecting to end up gaining weight this past week. That's not what happened though. I lost 5lbs! I'm assuming the mostly liquid diet is responsible for that? I mean, my meals have involved Ready Brek (a runny oatmeal meant for children, but which I love), Weetabix, ice-cream, yogurts, and the ocasional other soft meal (like soup, scrambled eggs, etc). I did try and eat a bit of toast the other day, but it hurt too much, so I gave the toast to Kero and had a yogurt instead. Anyway, I'm pleased about the 5lbs weight loss. Hopefully I wont put much - if anything - on when I can finally eat normal foods.

Dad was meant to come for a visit Friday. We were going to watch movies, and he was going to be having dinner with me. But because I wasn't well we cancelled his visit.

I'm hoping to get to your blogs soon... Being unwell has put me quite a way behind though, so if it takes me a while to get to your blog, but you see I've been visiting others, it's nothing personal... It just means I haven't gotten to yours yet.

Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang

"Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman's children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons."

(Above taken from here).

This was a fantastic movie... Just like the first one was! One of those rare sequels that actually are as good as the first one, I think!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

"Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue is an computer animated film based on the Disney Fairies franchise, produced by DisneyToon Studios. It is the sequel to the 2009 film, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and revolves around Tinker Bell, a fairy character created by J. M. Barrie in his play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up and featured in subsequent adaptations, especially in animated works by the Walt Disney Company."

"Years before meeting Wendy and the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) meets nine-year-old Lizzy Griffiths (Lauren Mote), a little girl with a steadfast belief in the power of pixie dust and the magical land of fairies. During the fairies' summer visit to the flowering meadows of England, Tinker Bell ends up getting trapped in a small fairy house Lizzy had built so she could catch a fairy. Tinker Bell is brought to Lizzy's house, where the two form a special bond with each other

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

I thought this was a really cute movie... Definately one for fairy fans!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

"Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is a 2009 computer animated film based on the Disney Fairies franchise, produced by DisneyToon Studios, and a Chapter Book, "Tink, North of Neverland". It is a sequel to the 2008 film, Tinker Bell, and revolves around Tinker Bell, a fairy character created by J. M. Barrie in his play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and featured in subsequent adaptations, especially in animated works by the Walt Disney Company."

"The nature-talent fairies are bringing to the mainland the season of leaves, hibernation, chilly breezes, and pumpkins: autumn. Meanwhile, Tinker Bell and dust-talent fairies like Terence are staying in Pixie Hollow. Tinker Bell is trying to make a "Pixie Express". But it fails just as she is called to meet Queen Clarion, Fairy Mary, and The Minister of Autumn.

They show her a magical moonstone and explain to her its powers. Every eight years, there is a blue harvest moon in Pixie Hollow. When the light of this moon passes through the moonstone, it creates blue pixie dust to rejuvenate the pixie dust tree. The Autumn Revelry is the associated event during which the fairies gather to collect the dust.

A new scepter is to be made to raise the moonstone, and Tinker Bell has been recommended. Although Tinker Bell has made mistakes in the past, Fairy Mary explains that tinker fairies learn from them, most of the time. Tinker Bell accepts the task, as well as help from Terence. But as the work on the scepter progresses, Tinker Bell begins to have trouble with Terence, who is trying too hard to be helpful. An accident occurs, causing the scepter and the stone to break. Tinker Bell sets out on in a balloon she's created to find a magic mirror, which, according to legend, granted two of three wishes before becoming lost. Tinker Bell intends to use the last wish to repair the moonstone."

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

This was a really cute little movie. I recommend it to all those who believe in fairies. ;)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tinker Bell

"Tinker Bell is a 2008 computer animated film based on the Disney Fairies franchise produced by DisneyToon Studios. It revolves around Tinker Bell, a fairy character created by J. M. Barrie in his play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and featured in the 1953 Disney animated film, Peter Pan and its 2002 sequel Return to Never Land."

"Tinker Bell is born from the first laugh of a baby, and is brought by the winds to Pixie Hollow (which is part of the island of Never Land). She learns that her talent is to be one of the tinkers, the fairies who make and fix things. Two other tinker fairies, Bobble and Clank, teach her their craft, and tell her about the fairies who visit the mainland to bring each season. Tinker Bell is thrilled and can't wait to go to the mainland for spring.

While out working, she meets Silvermist, a water fairy; Rosetta, a garden fairy; Iridessa, a light fairy; and Fawn, an animal fairy. After meeting them, she notices Vidia, a fast-flying fairy who immediately dislikes her because of her unusually strong talent. Vidia challenges her to prove she'll be able to go to the mainland, and Tinker Bell creates several inventions, which she shows to the Minister of Spring. But Tinker Bell soon learns from Queen Clarion that only nature-talent fairies visit the mainland."

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

If you're a fan of Tinker Bell - or faries in general - then you'll love this movie... I know I did!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Colds and Calpol

Sore throat, a nasty cough that makes my entire head hurt when it happens, a whole lot of sneezing (which hurts as much as the coughing)... I'm going with a sinus cold as a diagnosis. Caused, I think, by the sudden drop in temperature after the boiling hot weather we had last weekend. Thing is, when I went to bed it was boiling hot, so I left the window open, but when I got up it was very cold. I woke up all shivery, and couldn't get warm all day - despite curling up in just about every blanket we own - then my temperature suddenly soared early hours of Tuesday morning. I wasn't too bad on Tuesday, but did have a bit of a sore throat, so I wasn't all that surprised when from Wednesday onwards I started to feel really unwell. Anyway, forgive me if I'm a bit behind on blogs, but - these past couple of days especially - I've not been feeling too good. I've been camped out on the sofa doped up on Calpol (children's Tylanol). Before anyone who doesn't know asks... I take children's medicines for two reasons. The first is that they taste better, and I don't take anything I don't like the taste of if I can avoid it. The second is that - because I wait as long as possible before even taking the children's stuff - I don't really need anything stronger. Sure, I could take stronger, but why take the yucky tasting adult stuff when the tasty children's stuff works on me? Besides, people only end up needing the stronger "adult" stuff because they change to it and their body gets used to the stronger doses. Don't get me wrong, I know there are times when - because of certain medical issues, or whatever - the body needs stronger doses. And that's fine. But mine doesn't, so I'm going to stick with my strawberry flavoured children's medicine.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Furkid Friday: Gwyddion photos and a doggy visitor (FD)

Hi humans, this is Gwydion again.

I've not been up to much... Mostly lounging about in my cage...


And enjoying my fresh fruit and veggies...



Berries are starting to be on offer again, so the humans are having more strawberries and such. That's just fine by me, because it means I get those little leaves from the tops of them.

Of course, I've had some human cuddle time too, but there aren't photos for that.

Kero had a visitor a couple of times this past week. On Monday afternoon and Thursday morning Willow came for a visit. The humans made sure she couldn't come in to see me though, because she's much too big and scary for me to deal with! Kero said he liked having her visit, but he also liked when she went home and he got his Mami back to himself again. He's funny like that... Loves visitors, but also loves his one on one time with Mami!

That Mamguu human took Kero and Willow for a walkies together yesterday (before Willow went home). Kero really enjoyed that. But then, he would, because he loves to go outside for walkies.

Squeak soon,
Gwydion

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tawe Tales: The Gathering

On Tuesday evening, Dad and I went to see Owen Staton performing another of his "Tawe Tales" storytelling sessions. According to The Sleeping Giant Foundation's website, this particular performance was entitled, "The Gathering."

Now, Owen is a family friend - as those of you who have read my blog for a while will know - but I assure you that my opinion of his storytelling skills is not in the least influenced by that. He is a genuinely excellent storyteller, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every time that I have been at one of his sessions.

Thank you Owen, for another very enjoyable and entertaining evening!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Trees and buds

I took these photos a couple of weeks ago. They were taken the same day as the photo in Kero's post on Friday (the one with him and the flowers). Anyway, I thought you would enjoy them, so, here they are:










Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy birthday Lucas

Today is Lucas (the son of a family friend)'s birthday. I don't think Lucas' parents read my blog - and being 5 years old, I know Lucas doesn't - but I figured I'd post a happy birthday wish for him anyway. So... Happy birthday Lucas!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stupidity and shoes

I was going to post something else today, but I ended up going offline before I had a chance to do the post, and then my laptop was refusing to even accept the existance of an internet connection, let alone connect to any. To cut a long story short, we eventually discovered that I'd caught the little switch on the side of the laptop that stops it being able to locate and connect to internet connections, so as far as the laptop was concerned, I was telling it not to bother looking for a connection. So it's only now I'm finally able to get back on my blog and do a post of any sort. Yeah, I feel daft... I mean, it's not the first time I've done that, so you'd think I'd have had the sense to check. I guess not. LOL! Anyway, I can't be bothered to do the other post right now though, so all you get is this. Well, and this photo:



Yes, those are my new shoes.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Happy birthday Corinne

Today is my friend Corinne's birthday. I don't know if she'll read this, but I wanted to wish her a happy birthday. So... Happy birthday Corinne! I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Happy birthday Chelsea

Today is Chelsea's 13th birthday. She's Mam's friend Jane's eldest grandaughter (Emma-Jane's cousin). Anyway... Happy 13th birthday, Chelsea! I hope you have a fantastic birthday!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Furkid Friday: Walkies and photos

Hi humans, it's Kero here.


It was very wet early in the week, but the last couple of days the weather has been really great... Perfect walkies weather! We didn't get proper walkies on Wednesday, because those noisy humans were playing with the giant metal posts that were all over my garden. They took them away, and now Mami and I can get outside for walkies whenever we want to. So yesterday (Thursday) we made up for the lack of decent walkies from Wednesday, and we went for four walkies! Twice in the morning, once after Mami got back from going to town with Mamgu in the afternoon, and then another time after dinner. It was fantastic! We had walkies today too, but only one so far, because Mamgu and the little human pup they call, "Emma-Jane," came for a visit, and the humans were busy with her. They might have taken us for walkies together, but Mamgu didn't bring that chair with wheels they put her in when she goes walkies, so they couldn't. Anyway, that human pup doesn't stay still for a second. She keeps the humans on their toes, that's for sure!

While the human pup was here, they decided to let her meet Gwydion. She thought he was cute and wanted to give him kisses, but the humans wouldn't let her. They wouldn't let her give me kisses either... Even though she did want to. They did let her pet us a little though. Silly human pup thinks Gwydion is another kind of dog. The humans did try and tell her, "Guinea Pig," but she kept insisting, "dog," for some reason.

By the time they left my living room looked like the box they keep her toys in had exploded all over it. Dadi and Mami picked all the stuff up though, then Mami took me walkies.

Anyway, both Gwydion and I have photos to share, but Gwydion's can wait for next week. This week I just want to share my photos. Mami has some to share too, but she can do hers another day as well. Like I said, I just want to do my own. So...

This first one is one Dadi took of me when he had been taking photos of Gwydion. I was giving him my, "what about me?" look. He got the hint, and took this photo:


And this next one is one Mami took when we were having our walkies one day recently... I think it was about a week ago? Anyway, here's the photo:


I have no idea what kinds of flowers those are. I'm not good with flower types. It doesn't matter to me what they're called. But if one of you humans know and you guys want to tell each other, then that's up to you. Humans are usually more interested in things like names than we dogs are. I know what they smell like to me, and that's all I need to know. I think that's just a dog thing though?

OK, Well... That's all I have to say this week. So, until next time...

Licks and sniffs,
Kero

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Penguins - I couldn't resist!

I saw this plate the other day, and couldn't resist buying it, as I thought it was so cute!



And then I saw they had a bowl to match it, so I decided to get the set...



Like I said... I thought they were really cute, so I just couldn't resist!

It's gone!

They did take the scaffolding down!

Well, there's still some up round the back, but that's OK... The bit that was around the front is gone, which means I can go out there, and I can go for walks when I want.

In fact, I've already been for two walks today, and I've only been up for about four hours. It's another really nice day today, and I plan to spend as much of it as I can outside... Just because I can. Well, and because I just love to be outside... Especially on days like today. I love nature, and I love being out in it!

Speaking of which... I have some new walk photos to post in a few days, so look out for those!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The weather and the workmen

It's a beautiful day today... The kind of day when the weather is practically screaming at you that you should be outside enjoying it... But I'm inside. Why? Because of the workmen. They're doing something to the scaffolding. I think they're taking it away... I hope they're taking it away. Please, let them be taking it away!

Mothers' Day for a furkid Mami

It isn't just people with human kids who get Mothers' Day presents in our family. I had a present from my furbabies... And here's a photo of me holding it:


And here's a close-up of the mug:


And a close-up of the teddy:


It's good to be made to feel special... Especially on a day like Mothers' Day!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Tuesday - 20:05

I didn't lose any weight this week, but that's OK. I've lost a decent amount in the past month, and since my personal goal was 1lb per week, and I've lost 6lbs 8oz in the past four weeks, then I'm not bothered about having a week where I don't lose anything. Besides, that happens sometimes... Weeks with no weight loss, I mean.

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I finished the second armchair throw Saturday evening. I didn't bother taking a photo though, because it's exactly the same as the other armchair throw, so I didn't see the point. Anyway, I gave the set to my Mam yesterday (Monday) and she loves it (she'd made sure not to look at the posts when I posted photos on here, so she hadn't seen it before yesterday).

Sunday I started Louise's scarf. I haven't done as much of it as I would have liked to, but I'll work on it later. I hope Louise likes the scarf as much as Mam likes her throw set!

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Three of the courses I was doing are finished now... "Haiku Poetry," "Journalism," and "Basic Writing Skills." The rest will be finishing in the next few days, so by next week I'll be choosing the courses for the next batch; and having Kelly help me sign up for them.


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My feet are sore and blistered. I think it's because of my shoes. Plimsoles aren't good walking shoes! It was fine when I wasn't walking much, but now that I'm walking more... Not so much. So I decided I need some decent walking shoes; before my feet get worse!

As it happens, there are sales on in many clothing shops - as well as most other shops - right now. And one of those sales is on walking shoes. So, I ordered myself a pair from Sports Direct's website earlier today. I should have them Thursday or Friday. I ordered a pair for Kelly too, since his old ones are in need of replacing, and it cost less for both pairs and the delivery charge than it did for his before, so I figured now - while the sale was on - would be a good time to get his replaced... Especially since I was paying the delivery charge for mine anyway, so his are technically being delivered for free.

The course I did on "Walking For Health" not long ago was stressing the importance of having decent walking shoes, and since I didn't - as already mentioned - I figured I really should. In these past few years (since I stopped walking as much) I haven't bothered to get more than plimsoles or other light weight shoes that aren't really meant for walking, so I figured it was time I changed that and got a decent pair of walking shoes.

I should get some decent socks too, but I'm still trying to figure out what decent socks would be.

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You may or may not have noticed, but I've been adding "topics" to my posts. I still have loads of old posts to add labels to, but after putting labels on almost a hundred posts I got bored of it for now. LOL! I started it because I was looking for a post the other day and finding it hard to find, so I figured if I add labels to my posts then in future I'll be able to find them easier. At least, I hope I will, anyway. I'll finish adding labels as and when I have the time and inclination to do so. I have almost 2000 posts on my blog though, so it could take me a while to get them all done.

Monday, April 04, 2011

The Magic Kingdom Of Landover

By Terry Brooks

Books in the series:
Magic Kingdom For Sale - Sold
The Black Unicorn
Wizard At Large
The Tangle Box
Witches' Brew
A Princess Of Landover

"Chicago lawyer Ben Holiday can't fathom what lies ahead when he purchases Landover-a magical kingdom of chivalry and sorcery-from Meeks, the mysterious seller who placed the ad. Weary and jaded, Ben clings to the ad's promise: 'Escape into your dreams.' But Landover is not the enchanted idyll he expected.

The kingdom is in ruin. The barons refuse to recognize Ben as King, a dragon is decimating the countryside, and a demon lord has challenged any prospective ruler to a fatal duel. To make matters worse, the Paladin, renowned champion of the Kings of Landover, seems to be merely a legend.

Ben's only allies are a bumbling court magician, a talking dog turned court scribe, and the beautiful Willow, who is part girl, part tree. With his friends in tow, Ben sets out to claim the throne. But when Meeks decides he wants Landover back, Ben will face supernatural foes of every stripe to prove himself worthy of the kingship. The question is: Can he survive?"

(above taken from this site, or you can visit Terry's official site by clicking on his name at the start of this post).

This is the series of books I mentioned near the start of February... The series I was enjoying so much that I had finished three and a half books in less than 3 days! Anyway, my Dad recommended these books to me, and when he discovered I was interested in reading them, he decided to get me this series - well, books 1 to 5 anyway - for Christmas. As I already mentioned, I absolutely loved it! It was a truely wonderful and entertaining series, filled with all sorts of magic and magical creatures (such as a dragon who thinks humans read too many fairytales). But if you want to know more, then you're going to have to read the books for yourself... Something that I highly recommend!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

British Mothers' Day 2011

Happy Mothers' Day to every Mum, Mummy, Mam, Mami, Mammy, Mama, Mom, Mommy, Moma and Mother who is celebrating this day! I hope you were made to feel special by your child(ren)!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

April Fools' Day

I know it was yesterday, but I had the "Furkid Friday" post to do yesterday, so you can have this a day late, since I want to post it after I went to the trouble of finding the information!

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"April Fools' Day is celebrated in the Western world on April 1st of every year. Sometimes referred to as All Fools' Day, April 1st is not a legal holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day which tolerates practical jokes and general foolishness. The day is marked by the commission of good humoured or funny jokes, hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, teachers, neighbors, work associates, etc.

Traditionally, in some countries such as New Zealand, the UK, Australia, and South Africa, the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool". It is for this reason that newspapers in the U.K. that run a front page April fool only do so on the first (morning) edition. Elsewhere, such as in France, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of January 1 as New Year's Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.

Origins
In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392), the "Nun's Priest's Tale" is set Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two. Chaucer probably meant 32 days after March, i.e. May 2, the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia, which took place in 1381. However, readers apparently misunderstood this line to mean "March 32," i.e. April 1. In Chaucer's tale, the vain cock Chauntecleer is tricked by a fox.

In 1508, a French poet referred to a poisson d’avril (April fool, literally "April fish"), a possible reference to the holiday. In 1539, Flemish poet Eduard de Dene wrote of a nobleman who sent his servants on foolish errands on April 1. In 1686, John Aubrey referred to the holiday as "Fooles holy day", the first British reference. On April 1, 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to "see the Lions washed". The name "April Fools" echoes that of the Feast of Fools, a Medieval holiday held on December 28.

In the Middle Ages, New Year's Day was celebrated on March 25 in most European towns. In some areas of France, New Year's was a week-long holiday ending on April 1. So it is possible that April Fools originated because those who celebrated on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates. The use of January 1 as New Year's Day was common in France by the mid-sixteenth century, and this date was adopted officially in 1564 by the Edict of Roussillon.

In the eighteenth century the festival was often posited as going back to the time of Noah. According to an English newspaper article published in 1789, the day had its origin when Noah sent his dove off too early, before the waters had receded; he did this on the first day of the Hebrew month that corresponds with April."

(Above taken from this page where you can read more on April Fools Day, if you like).

Friday, April 01, 2011

Furkid Friday: weights (FD)

Hi there humans. This is Gwydion again.

For some reason Mami decided it would be a good idea to weigh us boys. I have no idea what made her decide to do it, but she did. Anyway, she decided to do me first, but when she put me on the scales she weighs on they wouldn't register my weight. They kept either just turning off or saying, "error," all the time. So in the end she gave up on those ones and put me on the kitchen scales. They weighed me fine, and said I was 2lbs 10oz. Mami says she thought I'd be more than that... How rude! I don't know who that human thinks she is!

After that she wanted to weigh Kero. She tried getting him to just sit on the scales, but he wouldn't. So she tried getting him to stand on his back legs with his front paws on her. He wouldn't do that either. In the end she gave up, weighed herself, then picked him up and got on the scales herself with him in her arms. He weighs 2 stone, 3lbs and 12oz (that's 31lbs 12oz, for those of you not familiar with how many lbs are in a stone).

Like I said, I have no idea why she decided to weigh us, but I guess she thought it was a good idea for some reason. Personally - and I'm sure I can speak for Kero with this too - I didn't enjoy the experience one bit! But at least she gave me some greens and Kero one of his doggy treats after she was done weighing us.

That's all I really have to say today, and Mami is going to be having lunch any minute, so I need to be watching for her bringing any little bits of fruit or veggies that might be coming my way. So, I'll let this do for this week.

Squeak soon,
Gwydion