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August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004]
If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
[sigh] So I booted up this morning only to find an error message flash up in the middle of my screen.
Having no idea what it was, I googled, only to find it was a Skype thing. Then I noticed Skype had failed to start...
Oh joy. It was something to do with the latest Skype version not working with XP unless you had Service Pack 3 installed (which I didn't as there was an excellent chance it would stop my computer working completely, due to running AVG, I think. It was a looooong time ago). I had to uninstall Skype 6.7 and reinstall 6.6, not exactly a hard thing but annoying all the same.
Tyjer has ways of alerting me to the fact he wants feeding. If I'm in shorts, he walks under my chair, trailing his tail over the backs of my knees. Or he'll sit beside my chair mewing. And he does have a very irritating whiny, reproachful mew. If that doesn't work he'll go and batter at the cat flip door, then find a noisy toy and bat it all over the place. And if none of those work he'll sit here, so I can't see the TV.
Pest of a cat...
At the weekend I got an ebay alert to an item I'd forgotten I was watching - a Depth Charge figure, from Beast Wars season 2, a character I found fascinating. The starting price was £3.99, with £5 p&p (not too bad) and no bids, so I sat on the page for a couple of hours. Ten minutes before time someone put in a bid, then someone else, so I did my usual and at the very last minute put in a max bid of £10 (on the grounds that this figure was complete - they're usually lacking the tail - and complete figures usually go for around the £25 mark minimum). And rather to my surprise I got him (for £8).
He arrived this morning (actually a few minutes before the emailed notification of dispatch!), and is really quite magnificent, much larger than I was expecting and very show accurate (gorgeous metallic paint).
It's a pity his back kibble is so large (and here you see why having the tail is so important - he can't stand upright without it!) but I can live with it.
I'm really rather chuffed!
Less chuffed about the blasted sciatica. Honestly, I spent half of last week trying to sleep on a sofa bed very similar to this one, which when folded out was considerably narrower than your standard single bed and had the mattress covered in the noisiest plastic ever (no, I didn't even consider asking if I could take it off. Haematology Unit, minimising the risk of infections, etc.) and apart from hardly sleeping had no problems at all, except for slightly bruised calves where the edge of the seat cushion had pressed in while I was sprawled reading. Back in my own bed, and back doing the prescribed exercises, suddenly everything hurts again. [sigh].
Kai update. He's still very tired, and still a little pale, but he's so alert now! It's wonderful - even if it is on borrowed blood. He gave me a bit of a hand in the garden yesterday - nothing strenuous, just out for some fresh air and carrying cut bean plants and uprooted sweetcorn plants (they've now finished, the harvest wasn't great but I do have a large bag in the freezer, so it wasn't too bad) to the compost heap. I spent this morning making 30 beefburgers for the freezer - good healthy iron-rich organic food for his lunches for the next few weeks - and he ate three of them. His appetite has always been good though. We've just told him to help himself to whatever he fancies as often as he likes (not much change from normal there, then!) and I'll make sure he gets everything he needs in the fixed meals.
Wendy, many thanks for the card and the offer. I think we're OK though - we're pretty self-sufficient through necessity, here!
And thanks to GoodTwin. I appreciate it.
I've just kept myself busy today, around the house and writing the first of the spreads for the other author's book. Kai should have been registering at the Uni today, ready to dive into the next part of his life...