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Tuesday, 31st October 2017

Nothing special to report, except i saw 'The Death of Stalin' yesterday.  A decidedly odd film with a mixture of horrific happenings and funny bits that you had the feeling you really shouldn't laugh at, but did anyway.  It gave you the feeling the top of the Politbureau were mostly all power-mad or just there for the ride.  Rupert Friend and Jeremy Isaac were a blast of fresh air and i loved them both, for different reasons - who couldn't love Rupert just for himself?!

55) Last gift you received? It was a lovely brightly coloured scarf, with a Picasso signature, from friend Anna
56) Last sport you played?  i've never played sport competatively but used to swim a lot
57) Things you spend a lot of money on? i love buying stuff at auctions and vintage & homemade fairs and far too much on groceries!
58) Where do you live? i live in the city of Cambridge, in the end mews flat in a cul-de-sac, which makes it one of the quietest places i've ever lived in.

i'm away to the vintage fair at Milton Keynes on Saturday all things being equal. Hope you are all having a good week!

Saturday, 28th October 2017

Well, the Friday Five were on time but i wasn't!  Lovely day testerday though the wind was a bit shy.  Cloudier today and a lot colder; i actually have the little blow heater on at the moment.  i draped a shawl over my back as i was getting chilly, but as the room as warmed up, i dropped it behind me.

1. What are you going to dress up for Halloween? i don't 'do' Halloween. It's another American excuse for selling a load of old tat, in my opinion!
2. What was your favorite Halloween costume you ever had? Never had one
3. What is your favorite type of candy? This is getting old hat, isn't it?  'Candy' is also not an English word.  i do like aniseed wheels and Fox mints, but with the diabetes, i only keep some sweets in my bag for emergencies as a quick sugar level fix.
4. What are your feelings on pumpkin flavoring or pumpkin spice flavoring? Sorry, don't do either! Sounds revolting...
5. With October almost gone, what was your favorite part of the month? It's all the same to me, though i do await my DLA!

i really do like little houses, WoodWoman's seaside ones are great and don't you just love Clay Richard's Listed Building?!

Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Hello Tuesday!  My TV & Satellite mag arrived on time [i suscribe] and my new Union Jack phone cover.  i had a white one but that got boring. It has a really grubby look which is actually quite charming!  It matches the real one that hangs in my lounge. It is tucked behind the TV normally, hidden here so i can take a shot. That little white Madonna was a gift and is quite lovely.

i'll do my Friday Five today! Yes, just a little late :D
1. What book frightened you as a young person? i don't remember ever being frightened by a book
2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?  That's a tough one. The Jungle Book maybe, with all the stories
3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?  i didn't get to watch 'Quatermass' and got sent to bed, but the music was scary
4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch? Any of the coarse and stupid American 'comedies'
5. Do you have any phobias? Hypodermics, any medical needles - can't watch anyone getting a jab even on screen!

And pictures to finish - last one is Manabu Ikeda, who draws with one ink pen; quite amazing and beautiful. Takes him years to do.

Friday, 20th October 2017

Rather a dull looking day so far, with some showers.  It's been like this most of the week and i'm told it's due to the storms/hurricanes etc. On the sheltered side of UK, we are protected from most of the bad weather but do get the odd blowy & windy spell. Trees are in their autumn colours and starting to drop leaves everywhere, and i'm thinking this wind will strip a lot of it off.  i don't mind winter so much as the darkening days.  It was really dark at 7am here and i was doubly glad i don't work anymore and cold go back to bed.  i do refuse to get up in the dark.

The last two weeks ran true to form with the stop/start that seems to pervade my life.  Not a lot happens, then a bunch of stuff descends.
i've had my diabetic review, starting with the usual tests & specimen samples. Blood sugar a bit high and that really was the total outcome of the test that my doctor discussed with me.  Bottom line [yet again and so totally boring], need to loose weight.  i truly have heard that all my life, whether or not i actually needed to; i don't conform to the 'norm' of skinny women, never did.  It's hard to be 5ft 8in and measurements of 40-29-41 at age 17, when surrounded by little girls half my size with barely any tits at all!  My mother went on, and on, about being slim.  It was a little disturbing that being so petite was their goal, but i never lacked for boyfriends and in my giddy green years, quite often had a couple going at once.  i guess my Mum was looking to get me married off and she thought that was the way to be.  i doubt she ever considered what i really wanted [mostly to be left alone!] and i did not want to get married.  And still don't at nearly 70!  But i digress.
i could cope with diabetes much better if i didn't have osteo arthritis, which does complicate things.  Still all things considered, i haven't done too badly, but do need to control the blood sugar and look after myself better.

i went to see 'Blade Runner 2049' last week putting out of my mind some of the negative remarks i'd seen, and while i agree it was quite slow in parts, i was prepared for that and gave attention to the details.  It didn't quite capture the flavour of the original and Ryan didn't have the humour of Harrison Ford, but we all know remakes, or in this case 'extension', are a bit like trying to make films from books. You are up against the gap of people's expectations and what can be done to remain faithful to the story.  The visual aspects didn't have the detail of the original or sadly, the marvellous Rutger Hauer, having been 'retired'.  Inspite of the slowness of the narrative, some of the characters were a little confusing and i would quite like to see it again to smooth out some of the complexities. Overall i'd give it 4 out of 5.  Go see it and judge for yourself.
This week, inbetween trying to get a new battery for my Aerolite scooter, the rest of my diabetic revue and my NHS meeting, slotted in another trip to the cinema to see Michael Fassbinder play Harry Hole [one of my favourite Jo Nesbo characters] in 'The Snowman'.  i know i was rather tired but i kept feeling i was missing some of the plot and found bits could have done with more explanation.  It could just be me being slow; you tell me what you think.  i think he is a fine actor and always worth watching but my favourite of his films so far is 'Centurion'. 'Snowman' was nice to look at and well photographed.  Be warned, it is a bit gory but it's not gratuitous.
We're booked to see Balletboyz again on Sunday and i'm looking forward to it.  Next week is clear at the moment and i have to say i like it.
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, 14th October

And another Friday rolls round..

1) What is the first song you remember from your childhood?
Consciously? i don't remember lullabies or 'baby' songs. i start with early 78s, Dad's music and Bill Haley & the Comets!

2) What is the first music you purchased with your own money?
Don't remember that either but it would be early rock & roll, Everley Bros, Ricky Nelson, Cliff Richard, stuff like that

3) What's a piece of music that you know by heart?
Just music or a song? i know lots of both

4) What's a song that makes you turn off the music right away? Any of that rubbish rap-crap and the yodelling black artists, who seem unable to hold one straight note!

5) And why?
Why turn stuff off? Surely that's self-explanatory?

And some pictures, of course... that wrench is really creepy!

Friday Five 29.9.2017

Decided i'd start doing the Friday Five, as i've been very lazy and don't post often.

1. How did you choose your LJ/DW username?
i chose Lovejames mostly because i was a huge fan of James Marsters, and my maternal Grandfather was a James
2. What has been your favorite day this year and why?
i can't really pick one... maybe finally getting the cherry tree topped and pruned, thus solving light and satellite problems. And it looks SO much better!
3. What is your favorite film you've seen in the past year and why?
Actually i can point to two - 'Passengers' for the originality and i love special effects. The other is 'Spotlight', based on true story about Catholic Church cover-ups on sexual abuse.
4. What is your favorite book you've read in the past year and why?
Lots of lovely books this year - 'A Gentleman in Moscow' by
5. You get to program a half-hour of music videos on MTV. What videos to you pick?
Dunno about MTV as my selection would be 'old' stuff - Creedence Clearwater Revival, Alman Brothers, Nirvana for example
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Sunday, 3rd September 2017

What's with this weird weather?  One day, warm sunny and barely a cloud in the sky and then the next clouded over, wind picking up and decidedly on the cool side.  i'm sure it's the tail-end of whatever hurricane or severe storm that hit across the Atlantic, but it's damned odd.
It hasn't affected me much as this past week, i've had a decided 'week-off' with no appointments, things to do or places to go.  i like those weeks, i have to say. More really than one crammed with things-to-do.
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Thursday, 24th August 2017

i'm coming up on 7 years here in December, so was amused by this meme

Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule? Don't really have one but tend to be an owl, not a lark. i do wake a fair bit to pee *thank you Diabetes & swollen legs*
Kitchen: favourite comfort food? Curry
Washroom: showers or baths? bubbles? bath bombs? Shower, no option here
Closet: sum up your style in a few words. Of closet? Two wooden wardrobes
Parlour: favourite party or board game? Party, charades and can you call Mah Jong a board game?
Living room: what do you like to do with your family? Past tense, i'm afraid
Dining room: favourite special occasion food? Don't have dining room - rarely get eat fish, so large battered & skinless haddock will do nicely
Garden: favourite tree? flower? Flame tree and orchids; neither of which really fit the bill!
Attic: what’s one thing you have a sentimental attachment to and you will never throw away? No attic, have ground floor flat

Library: favourite book genre? Lot of sci-fi and crime

Office: if you could have any job in the world, what would it be? i wanted to work in the special effects dept of major film company - retired now

Guest room: have you been to a sleepover? if so, when was your first? do you like them? i wouldn't class staying with friends as such and don't remember going to one as a teen

Foyer: do you like small gatherings, large parties, or one-on-one meetings? Like parties and small gathers but taking a friend out for afternoon tea or dinner is tops

Pantry: favourite meal to make? Meat & veg on rice

Laundry: favourite and least favourite chore? What a daft question! Don't like hand washing much

Garage: favourite mode of transportation? favourite car? No car, sorry but loved riding my motorcycles

Panic room: what was the most nerve-wracking experience you’ve had? What, in the house? Most annoying was water flooding kitchen when washing machine hose broke and trying to stem the flow

Powder room: do you wear makeup? if so, what one item can’t you live without? what’s your favourite look? Yes, do wear some, but i can live without it. My eyebrows need dying now they're going white! And a lick of mascara improves everyone.

Got the picture i wanted in the auction this afternoon [Peter Nuttall's Jester], but unfortunarely it comes with 4 others i don't really want. i may leave some there. They were selling a load of picture/painting job lots, from the Council? Some went for good prices and some were way over the top. i missed out on some of the lots i was interested in but hey, that's life.

Saturday, 19th August 2017

KazzyCee's '100 Questions' meme has been interesting, as always a window into someone else's life, and the last one is 'If you were presented with two buttons, one that allows you to go 5 years into the past, the other 5 years into the future, which one would you press?'  It is fascinating to contemplate what will happen, most of which you will have no control over.
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Tuesday, 15th August 2017

Council handyman has just been round to cut the grass. Love the smell of cut grass and the way the lawn looks nice and manicured when it's done.

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