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Tuesday, 17th April 2018

Well now, it looks as though Spring is finally here.  The back garden seems to think so anyway.  i guess this is a good thing as i turned into a real agraphobic this year!

Friday Five, a bit late but i haven't been in here for a while.

1) Has the weather where you are finally started acting like spring is here?
Yes, it has and the trees are all in bud and sois my ceanothis [sp?]

2) Do you have any special spring activities or outings planned?
i'd like to go down to the botanical gardens to look at the roses this year

3) Have you started wearing different clothing appropriate to spring?
 Not quite yet but it hopefully won't be long now

4) What signs of spring are manifesting around you?
Warmer daytime and night time temperatures, which will manifest in the duvet coming off the bed and a coverlet going on.  i will wait for a suitabley sunny warm day and will hopefully get the duvet washed before storage.

5) Are there special foods you enjoy preparing and/or eating in the spring?
Again hopefully, getting into eating more salads and being kind to my liver!

Couple of pictures for you - some wonderful Grinling Gibbons carvings.  Have a great week!

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Saturday, 24th March 2018 - Part 2

About forgot the Friday Five!

1. What is the most important lesson you have learned from your love life?
That i really can do without all those fragile egos!
2. When it comes to love, are you an optimist or a cynic?
Definitely a cynic
3. You see a long lost ex walking down the street. Are you more likely to approach him/her or just keep walking?
There's only a couple that i'd talk to again. They're 'pasts' although i don't think there's rancor [not on my part anayway], but not interested in approaching them, or i'd still be in contact.
4. Do you believe in the idea of a soul mate?

Nice fairy tale!
5. Care to share any relationship stories?
Wasn't that interesting??!! Not.
Love the jousting rabbits...

Saturday, 24th March 2018

It's been an up and down day.  Got some things done but not others.  Stripped bed but not re-made, big wash-up in kitchen and eventually went out to see an Indian music concert.  Doors opening at 7pm, so i got there early at 6.30pm.  HUGE queue for the other hall, some girl singer i found out but i'd never heard of her, so promptly forgot her name!  About 7pm no movement to go in and i went over to the desk.  i overheard the guy telling other people, doors were now 8PM, musicians starting around 8.15pm.  i was so disgusted, i left and went to get some dinner - i could have eaten by then if i'd known.  Thoroughly pissed off.  It being the busiest night of the week, i reckoned i might be in for a wait but nothing out of the normal wait really, so that was good.  i chuffed off home through the lightest drizzle ever and was back about 9.50pm.  Ho hum.
Do you remember these wonder illustrations by Pauline Baynes in the Narnia books; i had forgotten she drew some for the Lord of the Rings too. Wonderful stuff. Hope you are having a good weekend

Sunday, 11th March 2018

And we have a rather belated Friday Five, again.  Not a 'biggie'...

1) Who made you feel good this week, and how? Sorry to say, it didn't happen

2) What did you do this week that moved you closer to reaching your goals? i don't have goals per say, except to live forever!

3) What did you most enjoy doing this week? Best thing this week was going to the MK Homemade & Vintage Fair, pretty much always a good day out.  i had a good trip there and back, the two hours didn't seem to drag at all; nice for a change.

4) What did you learn this week? Far more about fibromyalgia than i wanted!

5) What’s the funniest thing that happened to you this week? Can't think of anything off the top of my little pointed head.  Oh dear, this is a real negative set of responses, isn't it?  Maybe i can do better this week.

I managed to have a good day at the MK Fair.  There weren't as many stalls, i think.  i certainly felt i covered them all faster than usual. i had a nice chat with some of the regular stallholders, which i enjoyed, but didn't buy much.  Just as well, i'm not very affluent just now!
A rather nice mum & baby [carved in single pieces] whale set, a lovely red fabric with gold leaves [destined to be a scarf], a set of the sweetest bee coasters and yet another silver ring [just plain coil of silver wire].
Another week on its way, enjoy and take care!

Wednesday, 7th March 2018

The Friday Five gets later all the time, but no matter, there's nothing time sensitive in it

Would you rather [hobbies version]...

  1. shop // sunbathe - shop

  2. dance // sing - both

  3. watch college football // watch NFL - i'm not into any kind of football UK or USA

  4. write // read - read

  5. chat online with friends // hang out with friends - i like both, but restricted to online more nowadays as i'm soo far away from friends.

i've never really been much of a sunbather, only remember doing it in NZ one time, when i got really pale and wanted to put colour on my legs. That minimised the scars when i wore skirts.  i love to dance but pretty much out of the question now.  Same can be said of singing, as i've really no voice left.  i rarely sing anything nowadays.  i only keep a filofax diary now and only write on here and Facebook.  i send the odd email and that's about it.
i must go out and collect my prescription but it's a lot warmer now - maybe the calm before the next storm the weather forecasters say.  i want to go to the MK Homemade & Vintage Fair on Saturday and it's supposed to be okay during most of the day but possibily deteriorating to snow later in the afternoon, so i need to make sure i'll be warm at the bus stops.  Oh joy.  Hopefully it will be worth it for a good day.
Talk to y'all later!

Thursday, 1st March 2018

Boy, it's cold this week! i seriously think this has been the coldest daytime temperature possibley since i've been back in England, and certainly since i've been down here in Cambridge.  i even had the central heating on for a day to warm up the flat to wash my hair in comfort - there's a radiator in the bathroom.  i so rarely have the CH on, it's note-worthy!  Did i mention i'm getting over another batch cold/flu? That's two since i had my first 'flu jab!  Been lurking on my chest for a while now.  i do feel hugely better in myself but still battling the lurgy.  i'm eating properly again too, always a good sign. :D
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There's always some damn thing, isn't there??
i've a stack of paperwork to get through, so i'll love you and leave you.  Take care and stay warm.

Sunday, 25th February 2018

Bitterly cold days have not been helping my SECOND nasty head/chest cold since having the 'flu jab!  It's so energy sapping and makes me want to turn into a hermit and avoid people altogether; more of a hermit than i already am, that is.  i've been rolling into bed in what i'm wearing during the day, so slovenly of me, but i simply want to say warm - and conserve energy.  i MUST wash my hair; it's horrible and so unattractive!  i did manage to vacuum just before the lergy set in or i'd be knee deep in dust by now.  Huge pile of dishes to wash but have kept up with the washing.Read more...Collapse )

Monday, 19th February 2018

The 19th already - this month is flying by.  Not been a particularly happy couple of weeks as my friend Anna has been having some horrific physical problems. She says her lungs are like Swiss cheese, they are so badly damaged.  We knew it was serious as she has been having trouble breathing and was so exhausted all the time as consequence.  Worst case scenario really. It's never going to get better, there's no cure and she is on oxygen for at least 16 hours a day. She has this machine that pumps it out all the time and has to wear a plastic breathing tube which is long enough to cover the whole flat.  She has some small bottles of oxygen that last around two hours for going out, but that is so limiting - it's just horrific. i was so shocked and simply stunned. i don't think i'm over it yet. She is starting to get help, like the oxygen pump, but needs a lot more.  Some is already in hand and i need to keep checking to make sure more help will be forthcoming, like DLA.  That will help financially and with her mobility issues.
Sorry, it's hard not to unload when you're stressed.  i'll think of other things.  Friday Five will help

1. Do you believe in fate?
Sort of - you do have a lot of control over your life but need to cope with what the Fates throw at you
2. If Karma was to visit you now, would it be kind or kick you in the butt?
Oh, i think it would definitely be a kick in the rear - who would escape that!
3. Do you believe you have lived another life previous to this one?
No.  i would like to believe in reincarnation but it's a bit too far of a stretch
4. What do you believe in with an unshakable resolve?
In this metaphysical area? You have to live life like there's no tomorrow and just do the best you can with the cards you're dealt
5. What one factor influences your life the most?
Not sure there is just one factor. Influence comes from many directions but on a physical level, it has to be diabetes.

Some of these memes are very personal, aren't they?  KazzyCee's latest asks about first actual love.
How old were you the first time you made love? Was it a mistake?
What do you love about yourself.

For myself, i have to say to the first - i honestly don't remember, only that i was over 21 and in retrospect, yes it was a mistake.  It is very hard to say what you love about yourself.  i like that i'm slow to anger and broadminded, but cannot say i love that.  It's an odd question.
i'm going to see 'The Shape of Water' tomorrow afternoon.  Sounds fascinating.
Well, i must go out and collect my pills from the chemist; hope the rain holds off for a bit. It's rained a fair bit overnight.
Have a scintillating week!  Oh, new shoes to cheer me up!

Saturday, 10th February 2018

It's been a while...i do go out but when it's cold and miserable, times are few.  i can go days without speaking to anyone. That's one of the things about living on your own.  i really should make an effort and get the floors cleared up, then maybe i could get kitties again; they are such wonderful company.  i put it off for quite some time, on account of going off on weekends occasionally.  When i've had cats before, i shared with other people, so they would be looked after while i was away.  i couldn't have them when i was up North [Mum wouldn't have them again; long story, and i couldn't have them when i lived-in at the Hotel], but i've prevaricated since i've been down here. i do miss having them.
i got a chill on Friday and felt distinctly unwell. i ordered some Chinese but kept falling asleep in my chair and didn't eat it! Most unlike me. i just went to bed and slept some more, with an extra blanket - and with the window shut.  i always have the window open at night for the fresh air.  It's been a bit too 'fresh' with this cold snap but i do just chuck another blanket on.  i don't take chances when i get chilled and just batten down the hatches. i had to push my self out of bed this morning as i needed to eat and take my meds.  i started to feel better and my toast & marmite lunch set me right. It'll be a light dinner maybe, see how i feel.
Other than that, i've only been to see one film since the beginning of January, when i went to see 'Hostiles' [a new twist on the Western]. This latest was 'Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri' with Frances McDormand, who i like a lot.  Fascinating story of a mother trying to stir the police to greater efforts since the murder of her daughter.  Great performances from Frances and Sam Rockwell, who never fails to give a good performance, even if you don't like him! Do see it if you can.  i'm waiting for 'The Shape of Water' now.
And on to the Friday Five.

1. Where did you go the last time you took an airplane ride?
Let me see..i think it would be Venice.  That's some years back now.  Short flight in comparison to the long haul to USA.
2. Are you a nervous flyer or a comfortable flyer?
i'm pretty comfortable with the actual flying, just get bored with length of time in the air. i rate the flights out of ten for landings and happy to report, never rated below 7!
3. Window seat or aisle seat?
i try for a right-hand aisle seat on account of the left leg needing room
4. What is the worst experience you've had flying?
Nothing really pops into my mind immediately.  i've experienced some bad weather occasionally and going into LA one time, we had some strong cross winds, but it wasn't nail-biting stuff
5. What is the best experience you've had flying?
It was the shortest flight here in UK, coming down from up North to Heathrow to pick up an international flight.  i'm happy to say it was British Airways.  We had the smoothest take-off and landing ever and i told the stewardess to give my compliments to the pilots!

Just when you think you have seen everything, here comes this brindled horse. Amazing.
That's it for now. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, 27th January 2018

First off, the Friday Five, which i don't get until Saturday!  Always interesting questions for the FF

1. After your first language, what language would you most like to learn? (Say first language too)
My first is English.  i would like to speak many languages but i don't learn easily.  Proper Italian would be good and better French
2. Does your country have a second language? What is it?
Brittain has many languages but officially it's English
3. How many languages can you count to 5 in? To 10 in? List them
French, Italian, Cantonese, Arabic, German, Malay and some up to 10
4. What is the first overseas country you visited? And from where? (ie/ timbuctoo to mars)
Malaya from UK
5. What country do you most want to visit? And why?
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