Friday, May 31, 2013

Thinking of getting degus

We're thinking of getting a pair of degus.

They're rodents that look something like rats with furry tails.

Kelly saw some in a pet shop in Hastings and fell in love with them. He's talked of nothing else since he saw them on Wednesday, LOL!

So, we looked up information about them, and both like the idea.

We've been reading stuff all over the internet, but mostly on, which is a site I found while looking up their dietry requirements.

There are a lot of rules for their care, but they're not that difficult to deal with as long as you make sure they get plenty of exercise and stay away from fatty and sugary foods as a rule (some can be given as treats from time to time though). They essentially need high fibre vegan diets, with the least fatty nutts (like hazelnuts) and least sugary fruits (like apples) being OK as treats from time to time, but only as rare treats (like once a month or something). It'll be nice to have someone else in the house not eating meat, LOL! They have to have their weight monitored closer than mine though.

They're very social creatures who love getting attention.

They need sand baths a couple of times a week to keep their fur in good condition, and must NEVER be grabbed by the tail, because their tails will fall off, hurting them a lot in the process (it's a defence thing from in the wild).

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Menu: May 29th 2013 - June 4th 2013 (FD)

Wednesday: Vegetarian pizza.

Thursday: Chips, cheese and gravy.

Friday: Mushroom stir fry.

Saturday: Bean burrito.

Sunday: Honey quorn, potato lattices and veg.

Monday: Pasta with cheese sauce.

Tuesday: Eggs, potato stars and beans.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Celebrating our anniversary and Kero's birthday 2013 (FD)

We had a great time celebrating our wedding anniversary and Kero's birthday!

We had some nice weather, so Kelly, Kero and I went for a couple of walks together. Though they had to be short ones, because I get tired and dizzy easily (if the hospital would hurry up, I wouldn't have these issues). Still, short walks are better than no walks, right?

We also watched the first two Tinkerbell movies together. They're really cute movies. I'd seen them before, but I didn't mind watching them again, especially since Kelly hadn't seen them and wanted to.

I helped Kelly put some of his figures together too. Well, I just put them on bases, but that's helping... Kelly says it counts! They're called tyranids. I think that's how you spell it, anyway. They're sort of rapter looking things.

Also, Kelly had pasta with tomato sauce and cheese with me without adding meat or anything, so we actually had the exact same dinner on our anniversary! Usually even if he has what I'm having he'll add some meat or fish, but not this time. This time he ate a fully vegetarian dinner with me!

We had some cheesecake too, though it took us until the following evening (Kero's birthday) to eat that.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Kero's World, book 2: Kero Celebrates His Birthday

To celebrate the 9th birthday of my West Highland White Terrier, who the books are based on, I published "Kero Celebrates His Birthday" yesterday, which is the second book in my "Kero's World" series.

Here's the description:
"It’s Kero’s birthday, and his humans are doing everything they can to make it a special day for him. What will Kero think of all the fuss and attention? And what exactly makes a birthday special for a dog anyway?"

The book is already available via Smashwords in all formats they offer, and is currently in the process of being published on Amazon. It will also become available via other retailers in the near future, such as Apple, Barnes And Noble, Diesel, Kobo, Sony, and WH Smith.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Menu: May 22nd 2013 - May 28th 2013 (FD)

Wednesday: Pasta with tomato sauce and cheese.

Thursday: Vegetable fingers, chips and beans.

Friday: Egg fried rice with sweet and sour sauce.

Saturday: Baked potato, asparagus and cheese.

Sunday: Lemon-ginger quorn, mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Monday: Pasta with cheese sauce.

Tuesday: Mushroom burger, potato wedges and beans.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

10th wedding anniversary tomorrow!

I can't believe it, but it's true!

Tomorrow marks mine and Kelly's 10th wedding anniversary!

Where has the time gone?

I can't help wondering why he's put up with me this long. I'd have gotten sick of me years ago, LOL! I'm glad he has put up with me though!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Menu: May 15th 2013 - May 21st 2013 (FD)

Wednesday: Take-Away.

Thursday: Vegetable fingers, chips and beans.

Friday: Soup and bread.

Saturday: Cauliflower cheese grill, roast potatoes and peas.

Sunday: Tomatoes, eggs, toast and beans.

Monday: Pasta with cheese sauce.

Tuesday: Mushroom burger, potato wedges and vegetables.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

May 12th 2013 healthy eating update (FD)

We're almost a week in to our new healthy eating plan, and not doing too badly.

True, right now I'm eating some chocolate, which isn't the healthiest of things to be eating, but I've mostly been snacking on fruit. Mainly strawberries and peaches the past few days.

The reason I say we're not doing too badly is because we haven't had take-away since Wednesday, which is our pre-approved take-away day. We had been having take-away almost every night, so no take-away for four days is a good start!

Plus, as I said, I've mostly been snacking on just fruit. So has Kelly.

I'm trying to find some different vegetarian recipes for myself to keep variety in my meals. I have several, but you can never have too much variety in your meals in my opinion. Anyway, I haven't really found anything new yet, though I am liking the sound of pasta with asparagus, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes, served with garlic bread, which someone said they were eating the other day. I'm assuming there was some kind of pasta sauce involved too, though none was actually mentioned.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Menu: May 8th 2013 - May 14th 2013 (FD)

Wednesday: Take-Away.

Thursday: Vegetable fingers, chips and beans.

Friday: Vegetarian Chinese wraps (spring onions, cucumber and hoi sin sauce in wraps).

Saturday: Mushroom burger, mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Sunday: Soup and bread.

Monday: Cauliflower cheese grill, roast potatoes and peas.

Tuesday: Veggie grill, hash browns, eggs and beans.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Kero's World, book 1: Kero Goes Walkies

"If there’s one thing Kero loves more than going for a walk, then it has to be going for a walk that takes him to more than one place. Today his walk will take him both to the park and to the beach. What will he find there? Who will he see? And what will a little dog like him think of it all?"

ISBN: 9781301045556

Available in all formats from Smashwords already, and available via other retailers soon!

Friday, May 03, 2013

7th bloggerversary

Today is the 7th anniversary of when I started blogging.

My blog has been private now for several months. I wonder how many of my followers are missing my posts?

Sometimes I wonder about making my blog public again, but I haven't done so because I feel like having my blog available for everyone to read then means I have to be able to follow the blogs of those who are reading mine, which then means I spend more time online than I want to. When that happens my time with Kero and Kelly suffers, and I don't get the things I need to do each day done (including household chores).

I do miss knowing what others thing of what I have to say though.

Mind you, most of my followers never bothered to comment anyway.

And most of those I thought were friends wouldn't even answer my e-mails when I stopped blogging.

Ah well, at least some people still keep in touch.


Happy 7th birthday to my blog!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Kelly's birthday and dietry evaluations (FD)

There's something about birthdays that makes you evaluate things in your life. Kelly's birthday is no exception it seems.

It's Kelly's birthday today, and the topic of conversation is breaking the bad habits we've gotten in to when it comes to our diets since I got so ill with my anemia.

We're both heavier than we want to be (by several stone) and know we've not been eating right lately.

It's a shame it's so much easier to get bad habits than to get rid of them.

We're going to try though.

We're going to stop buying take away so much, stop drinking so much pop, and stop earting so muchin the way of junk food in general (such as chocolate, chrisps, cake, etc).

Our health will benefit from it, I'm sure!