Our Council Champion came by this afternoon to look at the debris and the fence. i don't think he realised just how much wood - and bags of unopened cement & some sand - there actually was. He's going to email the contractors again and i'm to report back to him if it's all still there next Friday. i'm sure the Council can make use of it all, but they have to warn the company if they have to remove it, they will keep it. Will had a look at the rest of the fence and agreed it looks unfinished and parts really are a botch job. The saga continiues.
i had a lovely night out last night having dinner with my friend at the 9's Restaurant and as we hadn't seen each other for a while, we had a good goss and catch-up. Their food is good and with the all-you-can-eat buffet, you'd be hard pressed not to like something. There's Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Italian pizzas, Spannish paella and plenty of veggies and salad too. Their dessert section is amazing and there are two chocolate fountains [white and milk], plenty of little fancies, Eton Mess, little mousses, lots of marshmallows & fruit and a soft-serve ice-cream machine! There is no time restriction [until they close] and you can relax and have a good time. *If you can ignore the occasional screaming toddlers!*
i'm all recovered from the biopsy and have a follow-up appointment next Wednesday, when i hear the results - fingers crossed. i had my 3-monthly B12 shot and had my diabetic bloods done earlier in the week. i've been on iron tablets too and they will check to see if i need to keep taking them - oh joy, more tablets. i swear if you shook me, i'd rattle! Apart from that, i'm not too bad *taps wood* and have finally seen the back of that horrible cough. i'm still waiting on getting my teeth fixed as when i finally got to see my dentist, he took an x-ray and promptly said he'd refer me to Brookfield's Clinic. Just as well as he really isn't a dental surgeon, but heavens only know how long this referral will take as they are NHS and always busy. i hate not being able to eat properly...
i'm taking myself off to see 'The Great Wall' and latest King Kong film [with Tom Hiddleston, yum!] next week, on my own as Anna will be away, doing her house/cat sitting stuff. Both films are boasting spectacular special effects and y'all know i love that! i'll let you know what i think.
Okay, that's about it for now. Have a great weekend!
Love that cat!
i'm following KazzyCee again with a meme but renaming it Sunday Questions.
That cough still lingers but i'm not sure if it is just my throat/lungs recovering or a last trace of the original, if you know what i mean.
i've had to re-schedule the liver biopsy twice now but hope to get it over with next Tuesday. *ugh* Then if all is still well, i will go ahead and go back to the dentist and get my bloody teeth fixed! *i can't smile with no front teeth!* i'm REALLY sick of not being able to chew propery - biting anything is a nasty joke. Ah me, always some damn thing...
It's warmer at night just now but i'm finding the days chilly still. We've had a few fine days and i appreciated the sun i can tell you. It's a pity we're back to grey today, although we may be fine for a bit this week. i really should try getting out more, now i'm about done with being sick. My mobility scooter battery runs better in warmer weather; the cold just sucks it dry in a flash.
Well, i must away and have a bite for lunch, so have a great week and spare me a thought on Tuesday.
Amazing street art and sculpture by Lorenzo Quinn [son five of the late Anthony Quinn].
- How many pets have you had at one time? We had a variety of pets over the years, two that i don't remember much, a gibbon and a Scottie [the only time we ever had a dog]. This was in Malaya where i was sick a lot as a kiddie, so that may account for it. i've seen the photos though. We had cats mostly, either singletons or pairs [which i much prefer as they are company for each other, especially if they start out as kittens]. In Aden, Mum did breed tropical fish for a while but they don't suit a travelling life! We gave refuge to a very young gazelle but before we could make sure it went to a good home, someone left the gate open and it got out. A pack of ferral dogs tore it to bits, bastards... i only had cats when i left home in New Zealand, with varying results, not all of it good. None of us liked birds in cages.
- What is the strangest pet you have ever had? i guess it would be the gibbon, which was most likely on it's way to a refuge. He and the dog used to have a lot of fun playing together.
- What is the coolest trick you have ever taught a pet? i guess training dogs is a good thing, like obedience and so on but i don't really like that either. Dogs do seem to like those show games, stops them from getting bored i suppose. Cats are their own thing, but will come when you call, if it is dinner time and they are close enough to hear you! All my cats were allowed outside when there was a garden.
- Real animals: What animal have you always wanted as a pet? Oh, a tiger without a doubt! Or a cheetah.. But i'd settle for something smaller, like an ocelot or bobcat... :D i could keep bees, that'd be cool, and helpful to the population, but i doubt the Council will let me in a shared garden!
- Imaginary animals: Describe the ideal pet, an animal that doesn't really exist. Pegasus?? Or a small boa - what an odd question
Book of Days
Outside my window: It is quite dark now, and been mostly grey all day but had a brief window where it fined up a bit [to the relief of my hairdresser!]. i have only seen the doves and occasional blackbird - and the thrice-accursed pigeons - but none of my little birds yet. i did hear something singing yesterday but didn't see anything. How i miss my little birds! *started yesterday and finished today*
My thoughts... Pretty gloomy on the whole but i'm trying to stay positive - and try not to take Trump et al too much to heart. Did i say how much i loath politics? i worry about my liver and this continuing damn cough - i want to get my teeth fixed!
Today's Quote... Be thankful for today - it can always get worse! *that's from me by the way*
I am thankful for... my lovely hairdresser, Debbie. i'm on her visiting list [she went solo when the salon was closed] and it's a great having my hair cut at home and SO reasonably; she has an OAP rate but i always pay her more. *still way under £20* My hair has grown so long from my last visit, i felt positively light-headed as enough to stuff a cushion hit the floor! It was very irritating trying to cope keeping it clean while i was sick.
What I learned this week... the world is still fucked up and no-one seems to learn by the mistakes made by so many, over too many years...still hating and killing each other [mostly in the name of religion and greed] - no change there - and seemingly needing bugger-all to set them off, even in cease-fires, which appear to mean nothing. Terrorism flourishes in it's many forms and retaliatory violence keeps growing. This has so many knock-on problems, like the refugees, reaching epic proportions and the destruction of the countries especially in the Middle East and Africa. The longer the wars/fights last, the less food and items necessary to sustain life, creating 'hollowed-out' countries. If the people leave in such numbers, who are the fighters fighting for? Just the handful at the top of the 'chain'? So called 'peaceful' countries have political and corporate wars, just as destructive, only taking more time to show themselves... Mankind is a virulent parasite on the earth, selfishly concerned with their own wishes, ignoring the effect on the rest of the world - and deserves to be eradicated. *sorry about the rant*
From the kitchen last week... same old, same old really. i have spasmodic cooking binges, making stews, meat/veg meals and such-like sauces in quantity that i freeze in meal-size portions. Then i only have pasta or rice and potatoes, plus more veg to go with it, when i need them. i do have a large upright freezer, courtesy of an old friend, which is super useful and have space to store meat, chicken etc too. i simply need to remember to lift out those items needing to defrost in decent time!
I am creating (crafts, sewing etc)... i rarely do what you'd consider crafts anymore but i have a stack of stuff i can sew. Including a pile of items needing repairs and alterations, when i get round to them!
My adventures this week... (where are you going this week?)... Adventures? Hardly. i've rarely been out, due to the 'flu and the weather. i do tend to turn hermit in winter anyway and the battery in my scooter REALLY doesn't like the cold. i don't have undercover shelter, just a weather covering.
Becoming well read (What are you reading this week?)... i have two stacks of books to get through, not made any less by getting into the 'Mortal Instruments' series! Isn't it wonderful, i never seem to run out of books to read?
I manifest and co-create (what are your hopes and dreams this week)... We'll draw a discreet curtain over this one, shall we?
Melody (what music are you listening to? even if it's just the sound of a bird).. Two wildly different albums - Alexander Armstrong [both of his CDS], lovely voice which won't be hurried and the amazing variety of songs which are just strawberries and cream. The other music could not be more different if it tried, Counterfeit who are a punk/rock group. They are still in early days and the two lots i have are the CD versions of EPs, five songs in all. They are bringing out a full album very soon and i shall be interested to see just how they are developing.
One of my favourite things... This has to be watching Drew Pritchard's 'Salvage Hunters'. i was saddened to see the big to-do between Discovery [which includes the Quest channel showing SH] and Sky and was getting prepared to loose all the channels by today, most of which i don't watch but SH is one of them and Eurosport is another [mostly for the skating and stuff]. Luckily they have to come to an agreement in the nick of time and it's not going to happen now.
Goals reached last week... Still working on getting well again and tidying up the house. It's horrifying how chaotic things get when you're not well and have to sit down so often; even to wash-up the dishes. i must do some more clothes washing, which i did manage to do nowand then as i don't need to do more than stick it in the machine and then the drier.
Still life (share a picture you've taken OR a picture you found online that speaks to you)...
by William Henry Margetson - she's so peaceful somehow and holding lovely linens.
Having seen 'Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' on TV, i wonder why it hasn't done better at the box office. Especially given Lily Cole and the following Jamie Campbell Bower has. He was Arthur in the 'Camelot' series with Eva Green, and popped up in a couple of small but interesting parts - The last? Harry Potter and Twilight films, among others. He is also a singer of the punk/rather noisy band and has quite a following.
Well, i'm off - my Chinese has just arrived! Have a great week
However, warm inside and by the time i had a brief look at a small bit and sat down with a cup of coffee to await my friend's arrival, i finished thawing my fingers on the cup. Man, what a freezing day!
i bought some sweet little cloth purses and silver evening bag, very reasonably and a couple of other jewellery bits, including a nice scarf - all for £12 - bargain. My friend bought me the most gorgeous Picasso print scarf, superb! And as you can see from being draped over my chair, it's huge! The other shots are of a lovely girl who had on this amazing skirt [bought at the previous Fair!] and she allowed me to photograph it. Such a sweetie.
You won't believe it but we had lunch at McDonalds! It suited us just fine and we finished catching up on all our news. Some noisy kids but hey, you can't have everything. It was warmer going home but still damned cold. Problem with my scooter battery when it's cold and inspite of setting off with a fully charged battery, by the time i got home, the cold had drained it right down to a single red light and i simply crawled up the bridge and home - just made it. This is my big scooter too. The only way round this is to taxi my little one in & back, but it really is too crowded for that and i leave it outside the room anyway. Still all in all, a good day.
Hope next week sees the back of this damned cough and everyone has a much better week.
We've been lucky down here with the weather so far, no real snow or sleet. We've had the odd flurry but never lasting more than a few minutes, though we've had some very cold winds and sharp frosts. With this bad 'flu, i've had no inclination to go out, except to pick up medicine, post a parcel or get necessary milk/bread etc. It's blustery today and i feel for those in storm-warning areas on the coast. Spring tides don't help when you are expecting bad weather.
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Talking of which, i knew my dental appointment tomorrow was out of the question and rang the surgery to leave a message on their ansaphone. Imagine my surprise when Jay answered [she's been managing the surgery for years]. She was just about to ring me! Dentist can't get back as his return flight is via Turkey and airport's snowbound. It will be Tuesday they think before they reopen. i'll ring them when i'm no longer infectious and can breath okay. There is a LOT of this bug and it's cousins going round and not just UK. i have two reports from USA, one of which was the dreaded 'P'.
i think i will turn on the central heating and give this place a thorough warm... and have some hot soup for lunch.
Hope everyone not well is feeling better and that we are all back on our feet again SOON!
This is the last of the December meme
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Day 31 → best moment of the month - Having a really nice Christmas dinner with Anna, celebrating my birthday too. We go to Jamie's every year that we can. i know some of the waiters well and we had one of my favourites, Luca, who spoiled us. Great food and nice wine - and to hell with dieting and medical stuff!
- Current Mood: aggravated
Next installation of December meme
Day 29 → talk about things you are excited for next year - Oh! i wish! But seriously, i am looking forward to the next Cambridge Folk Festival in July. i will have dinners out occasionally i'm sure, and i will book some theatre events and the odd film here and there. And let's not forget the up-coming tooth removals [so we can add to the little plate] and of course, my liver biopsy!! Har. Har.