Tuesday, 28 November 2006
The parents came up for the weekend.
It rained. A lot.
Lurcher No.2 has a poorly paw again.
I'm still not sleeping well and am very tired. OH's snoring doesn't help so if anyone has any remedies I'd be pleased to hear them!
And that's it! It might be quiet and boring but every now and again, quiet and boring is GOOD!
Thursday, 23 November 2006
On Tuesday afternoon, the sky turned that really foreboding black, pregnant with the rain that's about to burst forth............oh for heaven's sake, Angela, stop with all the dramatic stuff, you'll never be a writer....
What happened was this.....the sky went black, the sun was shining at the same time, there was a windmill and a rainbow to throw into the mix and, once stirred, you end up with something like this:
Not too bad considering it was shot with work's little Olympus point and shoot as I didn't have my dSLR with me at the crucial moment and nature won't hang around for you to nip home and pick it up.
I haven't given you a cottage update for a while have I!? "No" you cry, "do tell what's occurring". Quite a lot actually. OH has been ploughing on with what he can before the plumbers arrive on 4th December. Walls have been stripped, filled, rubbed down and given a coat of undercoat to help keep the dust at bay. Fireplace has been made good and the mantle piece fixed into place - that's great that is, it's an old oak fence post that OH has cleaned up and oiled and fixed to the wall so it looks like it's hanging there! Aerial man is coming to put in a new aerial and aerial points next week. The kitchen has been paid for and should arrive on 13th December and the delivery of the sofas has been delayed to 8th December - which suits me just fine. Chimney sweep booked for 2nd December and the new wood-burning stove that arrived last week can then be fitted. So it's all moving on slowly and, fingers crossed, we will be installed in the New Year!
Tuesday, 21 November 2006
Nicked from Stu!
Think Fast Survey- answer with the first thing that pops into your head DONT CHEAT!!!1. My ex is still…
2. I am listening to…
...the sound of a mini-digger as it demolishes the old stable block next my office.
3. Maybe I should…
....do some work rather than be doing this!
4. I love…
5. My bestfriend(s)….
....is poorly and I can't do anything to help.
6. I dont understand…
.......the minds of some people.
7. I lost respect for…
......my father when he decided his "bit on the side" was more important than his daughter.
9. The meaning of my screen name is…
.....my initials: Angela Oakley Jayne
10. Love is…
11. Somewhere, someone is…
...living my alternative reality.
12. I will always…
13. Forever seems…
.......too close for comfort with so much to cram in!
14. I never ever want to lose…
......sight of the good things.
15. My mobile phone is…
...errrrmmm around somewhere, just not sure where!
16. When I woke up this morning…
...I hit the snooze button and had a cuddle with Lurcher No.2.
17. I get annoyed at…
18. Parties are..
...really not my thing.
19. My pets…
...are my life.
20. Kisses are…..
Monday, 20 November 2006
We began the march at Whitehall Place, along Whitehall up to Trafalgar Square and then along Pall Mall and St James's St to Picadilly. From there to Hyde Park Corner and up Park Lane to Speaker's Corner for speeches.
Apparently at Hyde Park Corner we held up the Mayor of London and 5 minutes later the Police Commissioner received an official complaint that the police had allowed us to march that route on a Saturday afternoon. We can only surmise where the complaint came from. How arrogant is that man?
We had one or two famous faces join us, Annette Crosbie and Jaye Griffiths and it was great to have their support.
We can only hope it starts to make a difference. We just all need to keep the momentum going and hopefully, one day, the despicable treatment received by these noble beasts at the hands of the people who are supposed to care for them will be a thing of the past.
Thursday, 16 November 2006
Do not try to pick up a Le Creuset saucepan with one hand.
In particular, do not try to pick up a Le Creuset saucepan in one hand when it has recently boiled water in it.
And even more importantly, do not then drop that Le Creuset saucepan and chuck that recently boiled water all over yourself.
It hurt. Lots.
Wednesday, 15 November 2006
Last night I couldn't get to sleep and it was 3am before I finally dropped off.
As I'm an 8 hours of sleep a night kind of girl, 8 hours sleep in the last 48 hours might just mean that today gets a bit fraught.
Sunday, 12 November 2006
Saturday, 11 November 2006
For every red poppy
That grows in the field
Marks the bravery of men
That the battle did kill
For every soldier
That lay down his life
He left behind
A family, a life
For every red poppy
That sways in the breeze
Remember the men
Who died for our peace.
By Vicky Poxon (13)
Friday, 10 November 2006
Only one thing wrong....I forgot to get in the chocolate *slaps self for being so remiss*
Thursday, 9 November 2006
Tuesday, 7 November 2006
Friday, 3 November 2006
I have a love hate relationship with fireworks. I love to see them but I hate them because of the effect they have on Lurcher No.2. Last year he was so scared I honestly thought he was going to have an heart attack he was panting so hard. I use all the natural remedies - Rescue Remedy, Dap diffuser, Valerian drops and, although they help, they certainly don't get rid of his fear completely. Last year we had to get some tranquilisers from the vet and we are having to use them again this year. We've been trying to de-sensitise him with the "Scary Sounds" CD but it's a long haul. This weekend is going to be horrendous.
Cottage up-date: the kitchen, toilet, bathroom sink and associated taps are ordered. The cooker and hob are ordered and I've maxed out the boss's credit card!! A visit to IKEA on Tuesday resulted in the purchase of curtains for the bedroom and several other sundry items that really aren't going to be needed until at least next January...I have my priorities in order you know! I'm also watching a couple of wood-burning stoves on e-bay and tomorrow will hopefully be ordering the fridge freezer.
The only fly in the ointment is that the plumbers aren't arriving until the first week of December, which really does knock everything else back but nothing we can do about that so will have to plan accordingly. Unfortunately my sofas are arriving on 1st December and they're going to be in the way but I have to wait for the manufacturers to ring to see if it's possible to change the delivery date and still get them before Christmas.
Wednesday, 1 November 2006
They have taken another blood test just to be sure but it's looking like the blip was just that, a blip. They can't explain it but it does apparently happen sometimes for no explicable reason.