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Saturday, 3rd December 2016

i need to take a leaf out of KazzyCee's book and do a December meme, as i also have posted very little this year.  She posts a LOT more than i do [always interesting].  Makes me feel guilty!  So i'll do the first three days and hope to remember to do the rest!  Then maybe, i'll do a catch-up on anything else interesting - like completely forgetting it was the Christmas Mill Road Street Fair today - quelle clutz...

Day 01 → a picture of you taken this year - Taken on my phone to send to Lynnie to show the bracelet she made me; so very clever and lovely

Day 02 → your holiday wish list - i really don't do holidays anymore, and so don't have a wish list [that is do-able, that is]. i would like to go back to Venice [bloody awful for disabled] and maybe Amsterdam or Portugal [i can do buses and ferries to those].

Day 03 → talk about movies this year - i've not seen many this year; actually been to the theatre more.
'Hateful 8' was a waste of some good actors [Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and a cameo from Channing Tatum] but the wonderful 'Spotlight' cheered me up with it's wonderful cast, but what a subject to do it. 'View from the Bridge' was one of those filmed theatre performances, with the superb Mark Strong. Pretty dreary story though. Alexander Skaarsgard's 'Tarzan' was next, all quiet voice and rippling pecs. Big part for Jane and the second time i've seen Samuel Jackson this year [i really don't like him; he can't act so he talks loudly and waves his arms about], so you can guess i didn't see it for him! The special effects were good though. i did see the latest 'Star Wars, the Force awakens'; it can go back to sleep for me... loved the new BB8 and Daisy was an adequate heroine for a youngster but Carrie Fisher contributed nothing and Harrison Ford added his closing chapter.  The new villain was okay but needs a lot of improvement.
'Star Trek; Beyond' on the other hand was a fast moving romp, with some laughs and truly amazing special effects [and Karl Urban] - all you can ask for in a good scifi movie.  'The Magnificent 7' remake was better than i thought it would be [remakes are rarely as good as the originals], due mostly my favourite Vincent D'Onofrio and a couple of fascinating new guys, the Indian and Oriental], lots of gunfights and it moved along at a good clip.  i do want to see Eddy Redmane's 'Fantastic Beasts' and the latest 'Jungle Book' remake, but whether or not i will see them before the end of the year remains to be seen.
i've seen a catholic mix on stage this year - plays from 'Hobson's Choice' with Martin Shaw, '84 Charing Cross Road' with Stephanie Powers,  'Present Laughter' with Timothy West, and 'King Lear' with Michael Pennington, to the fabulous Kodo Drummers, 'Don Giovanni', Bill Bailey, Rich Hall and the breathtaking Seth Lakeman, who i saw on Wednesday [only decent photo my stupid phone could manage].  All worthy of note and very good in their own ways.

In other news, as they say, i'm still battling diabetes and now facing a biopsy on my liver.  Heigh bloody Ho.  i'm battling some severe depression at the moment and tend to cheer myself up buying pretty things...that i really shouldn't.  i'm supposed to be reducing my credit card, not increasing it.  Damn silly woman, but i guess we cope in our own ways.
How about some nice piccies to compensate?  All from the amazing Charis Tsevis, and a joke

Post for Ditto 30-10-16

Sorry Ditto! i accidentally deleted your comment as it posted 4 times!
'I luvs porridge. I don't have it at the minute because I'm still trying to lose 8 stone but as soon as I get to goal I shall have porridge daily for breakfast. Being diabetic sucks. Anyways I don't think I have it, but in the Reader's Digest book on Diabetes it says denial is the first reaction. My doctor didn't tell me I had it, he asked "You do have diabetes don't you?" I still think he got me mixed up with my sister who's long term diabetic. I was so flummoxed I didn't interrogate him as it was at a really intense appointment. My results must have been bad as he was taking a photograph of my feet and stuff and said I had to have overnight blood pressure monitor. Still not had that though, they seem to lose interest once you've left the surgery. I could do with a blood sugar monitor. I was hoping you would automatically get one, but maybe you have to get your own and just have the strips and stuff from the doctors?'
Do go back to the doctor because if he has mixed you up, he's an idiot!  Make sure you are really a diabetic. If that is so, you are entitled to a free blood sugar monitor, which comes with the bits, although you will have to get the lancets and strips from your chemist.  If you need an overnight blood pressure monitor, it will probably come from the appropriate clinic at your nearest hospital, not always the fastest response!  i had one and had to go pick it up and return it the following day.  Hope that helps.

Friday, 21st October 2016 - Part 2

Just a brief post to show Kazzy my Mouse Rug mats and a nifty joke for Ditto!  Plus my favourite Piccasso and Van Gogh, with perhaps my all-time favourite almost-not a joke...

Friday, 21st October 2016

Day started a little anxiously; not a huge amount of money left in bank.  With luck nothing else will be posted to my account today, so i'm crosslng fingers and my pension will go in Monday.  That's what you get when you buy delicious goodies at the auctions!  Talking of which, i took home what i could carry yesterday - a little bronze incense burner in shape of a dragon boat, an old silver-plate claret jug [bit beaten up but still lovely] and a collection of 4 owls [i have a friend who loves them too, so good for presents].  i paid for the couple of pretty rugs last night [that hadn't sold and i got them cheap] and included them in my trip to Cheffins today, when i went down to pick up the George lll chest of drawers [£80 and cheap at the price!].
The CofD is the perfect size for where i want it and i simply could not resist this mahogany beauty.  It replaces the one my Ma painted black, that i never liked and not only was it a little small but needed a touch up, which i've done now.  Frankly, i will be glad to see the back of it.  i'm donating it to BHF, who will collect it next week.  My bedroom is a touch crowded [!!] until then, but it will be worth it.

October 2016 Meme

Borrowed from KazzyCee

1. Are you named after someone? No

2. When is the last time you cried? Some silly thing in a film; don't remember what now

3. Do you like your handwriting? No, it's always been bad

4. What is your favorite lunch meat? It really does depend on what's in the fridge. i'm easy to please and doesn't have to be meat

5. Do you have kids? No

6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? i'd like to think so, but i'm not the easiest person to be with

7. Do you use sarcasm? Oh yes

8. Do you still have your tonsils? No, they went very early; about 5 maybe?

9. Would you bungee jump? Not likely at my weight - probably rip my ankles off!

10. What is your favorite cereal? Cornflakes/weetabix/porridge currently in stock

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? If they have laces but hardly any do

12. Do you think you are a strong person? Pretty strong

13. What is your favorite ice cream? Hagen Daaz Coffee

14. What is the first thing you notice about people? Eyes, then hair maybe

15. Red or Pink? Red. i'm so not a pink person

16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? odd phrasing; i don't have a list of things i like about myself - but i'm highly critical and need to be kinder

17. What color pants and shoes are you wearing? Jeans and those Morrocan slipper things

18. What was the last thing you ate? Porridge - which reminds me i haven't had lunch at 4pm!

19. What are you listening to right now? Nothing

20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Wonder why a crayon - blue, i guess

21. Favourite smell? Coffee! And bacon!!

22. Last person you talked to on the phone? Chemist's assistant

23. Favorite sport to watch? I don't really watch much; though i love Rory McIlroy! And did watch the Olympics athletics, swimming & diving

24. Real hair color? A very dark blonde, now very white/grey streaked

25. Eye color? Hazel brown, with the odd green bit

26. Do you wear contacts? Used to for many years but eyes played up and i have dry patches now, so it's glasses all the way

27. Favorite food to eat? Curry and Italian

28. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings on the whole, but i'll go for satisfying most

29. Last movie? The remake of 'Magnificent Seven' - not at all bad, though i'm not a Denzel Washington fan and he is no Yul Brynner!

33. What book are you reading? i'm into the second volume of S.M. Stirling's 'Change' Trilogy [all post-appocalyptic, but a bit too heavy on the  Wicca]. i won't be keeping them i'm thinking

35. What is on your mouse pad? i have a mouse rug, an honest-to-god tiny carpet

36. What is the last TV program you watched? Drew Pritchard's 'Salvage Hunters'

37. Rolling Stones or Beatles? Bit of both; they were dance music for us

38. What is the farthest you traveled? i guess that would be China, but Australia is pretty far

40. Do you have a special talent? Apart from pissing people off??! Not really but i'm a fair Judge

41. Where were you born? The old Otley Hospital in West Yorkshire.

Friday, 14th October 2016

Well, such goings on, my dears!
George, the Man from the Planning Dept came to look at the long-broken fence/s, but particularily the main big one, on Tuesday and came back again yesterday (with his camera this time).  The agents for the land-beyond-the-fence have FINALLY complained and the Council are now having to sort it out.  He says they will replace the whole fence - be still my heart!!
Will and the Scottish Ranger [can't remember his name, but he's lovely] came hot on his heels to hack back enough greenery to do said work.  Rob [one of Mathew's green team] also came over and had a look at the trees.  Turns out, they are now saying it's not his/their responsibility to hack them back [inspite of them doing it last time] and poor Will is stuck with it.  Will & SR set too with a will and got pretty much all the ivy off the fence in my front garden part of it and it looks bare-ly lovely!  They came back today to do the fence-damaging tree prune in the communal garden - and WHAT a difference! Amazing things, chain saws... They took out the dead tree and a low branch off another one while they were at it.  Great stuff, guys!
It still needs the buddlia [they have all finished flowering now] and the rest of the undergrowth chopping back around it but you can see how good it will be, when it's had its Autumn/Winter clear up.  *Soon please, before the rains set in?*
Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, 12th September 2016

Slightly warmer greetings than i hoped for, to you all!  Apparently it's going to get warmer still over the next few days...what's that i hear?  You LIKE hot weather?  Hmmm, well i really don't; it's way easier to get warm that it is to stay cool.  Yes, i am an expert but it doesn't mean i like it!
Never mind, lots of people will love it.
It's a medical week this week starting out with a non-fasting blood test this am and picking up the latest prescription. i have an appointment with the Hepatology Unit on Thursday and an introductory meeting with a new doctor on Friday.  i'll have another blood test done next Monday but a fasting one.
i'd have picked up my presc on Saturday but we went off to the Homemade & Vintage Fair in Milton Keynes.  It's almost always a good afternoon and the buses co-operated well this time, no delays and the time went quickly.  The only downside was not being able to pick up a small mobility scooter for my friend - the woman went on (and on, and on!) about booking in advance.  This inspite of it being midday and several mobility items standing idle nearby.  i had phoned to make a reservation on their ansaphone before breakfast, but not enough warning apparently.  It didn't help that the woman had a voice like a corncrake with the volume turned up.  Anna gritted her teeth and registered 'for next time'.  Oh, Corncrake did offer a motorised wheelchair - for a whole 1.5 hours!!  What a waste of time that would have been; talk about after the Lord Mayor's cart!!  This was NOT Shopmobility i hasten to add.  They don't operated there any more apparently.
We escaped as fast as we could and the rest of the day pretty much rolled on wheels [no pun intended].  i had a few things to pick up from my favourite Brocant boys from a charity auction, and took a couple of items with me, the rest will follow.  That's Indians on a camel and two weaving shuttles, about 14 inches and quite heavy.  Quite beautifully made and lovely and smooth.

We spent a bit of time with them to catch up and reluctantly tore ourselves away to shop-on!  i was very restrained this Fair and only bought a couple of things.  i could not pass up a truly irresistable rhino for a modest £15 [door-stop, the lady said, but available just as a toy too] from Sewing for Utange [on Facebook 'SewingForUtange' and http://www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/ - very worthwhile cause] and took Anna back to look too - lots of different animals, all adorable.  They also sell bags and all sorts of great things.
i bought two beautifully made rings from JVS Designs [such a clever lady and lots of different pieces, from rings to pendants, all kinds of necklaces, bracelets etc and VERY reasonable].  No website but email jackiestapleton@brinternet.com for details.

The cork-backed Hare tiles were a present from my lovely friend..

This Fair is a credit to Jackie, who manages to invite a great variety of people every year and keeps us coming back for more.  Well done, you!

Saturday, 14th August 2016

The Happy Birthday icon is for Ginger, who's birthday is today.  It's 4 years since i've seen her, when she came over for the 2012 London Olympics.  We both enjoyed it immensely and this was the first event we saw at Lords Cricket Ground, the Men & Women's Archery Prelims. Never watched modern archery before - fascinating!

And here i'm watching the next one in 2016.  Time truly fugits!
What have i done this week?  Went for my bi-annual eye test at Specsavers - mostly good with small changes to my computer & reading glasses and a change of lenses in my bifocals to get rid of scratches.  Optician says he's changing me to an annual check-up now, on account of the start of cateracts [in left eye?]. Oh joy, something nasty to look forward to... Hopefully slow moving and not for many years to come. Pick up computer & readers on Tuesday, but another week for the bifocals.  £75 for the lot [thank you NHS], which includes reflectives, non-scratch etc.  i'm keeping the old frames for c&r but getting new blue plastic frames for bifocals. Surprisingly lighter than my current ones, a very light metal, which manage to dent the sides of my nose even then.
Down to the doctors for my tri-monthly B12 shot, and yes, it makes quite a lot of difference.  i know when it's due as i want a rest/sleep pm a lot come the end of the period.  i was telling one of senior ladies in the Co-op about it when she said she could do with more energy; she'd never heard of it.  Vitamins are so vital to our lives and we can do with a boost as we get older.  i take a multivitamin and codliver oil capsule every morning and Vitamin D morning and night, as religiously as i take my painkillers.  i tried to imagine what i'd feel like without it all and seriously, i flinched.
i had my haircut on Thursday; getting quite long. i have a visiting hairdresser, Debbie, who comes here which is very handy and HEAPS cheaper that going to a salon.  She was in a local salon that was sold and decided to go mobile.  She has a seniors' price and lots of clients [i think most of her clientele stayed with her].  i like her and her work, so i was very glad to keep her.
i'm almost ready to start renovating my new/old Regency table.  i've got fine steel wool, beeswax and a brush now and i was pleased to find most of the missing veneer pieces in the well under the folding top.  So first, attempt to repair the swivel piece under the top [this will be the trickiest bit i think], then replace the missing pieces. Next a good clean, before trying to restore the scratches and marks.  Then if i'm happy with all that, on with the wax [or does it need French polish?].  Such a shame that buying anything nowadays is very much 'buyer beware', even reputable auctioneers. The lad in the showroom either didn't know under the top was damaged or was careful not to show me - i guess i'll hope it was the former, but i'll never know now.  Hope i haven't bitten off more than i can chew, but i'll keep you posted.  This is how it looks at present.

Kazzy's done a looooooooooooooong meme that will keep me amused for a lil' while. Ta, dear!
Glad to see Mo Farrer didn't let that fall put him off winning his race, but pity Jess E-H missed out on her heptathlon by such a small margin.  Will she retire now?  The on dit say's she might.
The only thing on my diary next week is picking up the first lot of glasses on Tuesday, so a good time to start on the table?  Will see what turns up.  Pictures: clever craft ideas and Clint & Scott Eastwood - so like his dad!
Have a great week, y'all!

Tuesday, 5th July 2016

It's been a fair while since i posted here last, hasn't it?
We've had such a mishmash of weather, one wonders just where to start.  It's one of those sunshine and massive cloud days today, much appreciated by my birds.  i've got sparrows (!!), the robin, magpies, blackbirds aplenty, a small crow and the usual ringed doves visiting today.  i love feeding the little greedy buggers!  i put out both round fat balls and a big flat slab with seeds etc and a seed feeder for the little birds.  Actually it's all for the littlies but you can't just feed one lot.  i draw the line at the big heavy pigeons, hate 'em! And they scare all the others away, so i shoo them away if i see them.  i think the Council would disapprove if i tried to make them ex-pigeons. Would i eat the evidence? What do you think!  Ah, the blue tit gang have arrived now [about 5 of them].  Lovely little birds.
What have i been doing since my last entry... April, wow.  i'm slack, mea culpa!  Well, i've changed my dryer to a newer, apparently safer, model.  Hotpoint were doing a recall on old dryers (something to do with lint gathering where you couldn't reach to clean) and if i waited until July next year, i'd get one for free.  Nice of them, but if you didn't want to wait, for £99 you could have a new one now and they'd take the old one away as well.  So i opted for a new one now and it has been installed and i'm learning it's little ways.  All machines have their quirks in my experience.  i've changed over the bedside cabinets, from the heavy woodchip (?) ones to taller heavy-duty plastic multi-draw cabinets and donated the old ones to the British Heart Foundation. BHF come and pick them up, so good way to get rid.  The Sallys will do the same too.
i'm still thinking of getting a bigger drop-leaf table, but haven't seen what i want yet.  i did see one at Cheffins but i wasn't able to be there in person to bid, so lost out on that when someone over bid my commission bid.  i have seen several George 111 ones but most were too expensive. We'll see.  i bought a lovely little silver art deco sugar castor recently for a very modest price; it's really lovely, looks better now i've been able to give it a clean.

My ticket for the Cambridge Folk Festival came today, yay!  Need to keep it safe, as the bastards won't let you in if you lose it, no matter what proof you can offer to show you have paid for it.  THAT pisses me off mightily.  There don't appear to be any A-list guests this year, with KT Tunstall being the only Name, but she isn't an A-lister to my mind.. This is somewhat surprising given the usually excellent line-up.  Maybe that is my level of expectation, who knows?  i do know Cole Stacey & Joe O'Keefe are playing in the Den, one of the tiny venues that showcase new and up-coming artists.  They played in the Club Tent (bit of a misnomer as it isn't really a tent) and to my recollection, the Den IS a tent and smaller?  The Festival o need to step up their game and put them on Stage 2 at least.  i guess i'll just have to cross my fingers.  i have heard of a handful of the other artists, but only because they have played there before.  We had Joan Baez, Joan Armatrading, the Proclaimers and the wonderful Peggy Seeger last year - see what i mean?  If we have good weather, i'll count it as a good weekend.
i decided i'd brave a weekend away in Wrexham early November, for the Wales Comic Con.  Some of the Games of Thrones people are coming - TOM WLACHIHA!! Also Jerome Robins and James Marsters (not that i really care about the latter much anymore) but a fair few others of interest will be there.  i managed to find a reasonable little hotel not too far from the venue, though it will be taxis each way.  i'm mulling over how i will go, either train or National Express.  NE is cheaper by about £30 but takes around 10 hours, as there's no direct route and i'd have to go via London.  There's no direct train either and would cost about £97 - scandalous.  Trainline says 2 changes; i'll have to check that out, as there must be a train from Birmingham to Wrexham surely.  Well, more on that later.
In the meantime, some pictures to amuse you. Isn't the sleeping bee on the bottom just beautiful?

Saturday, 23rd April 2016

What an odd day, weatherwise.  Cloudy enough to need lights on, then sunshine to try and tempt you out and then short hail storm and back to sun!  It's just uniformly grey at the moment, just after midday-ish.  Didn't like the look of the icy winds predicted on the weather map last night...Read more...Collapse )