Thursday, July 31, 2008

Beedle The Bard

JK Rowling's "Tales of Beedle the Bard" is being made available to the masses in December :-)

The standard edition will be £3.99, the Collector's edition will be £50.

Needless to say, we will be getting the standard one. It will be nice to read for the sake of completeness, as it played such a large part in the final story.......
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The Hairy-Legged Hero

This afternoon saw the removal of the bandages on DH's afflicted leg.
Underneath were two large adhesive dressings, each covering the wound closures secured with steri-strips.

I was appalled and somewhat dismayed to see that they had not shaved the appropriate area of DH's knee before the operation, as I had expected them to, in order to apply adhesive dressings to bare skin.

I was not relishing the prospect of removing them from very manly hairy legs. He was very brave and I was very careful, making good use of my very tiny and incredibly sharp embroidery scissors to cut all the entrapped hairs free prior to lifting the dressings.

We managed, he survived, and the leg is surprisingly unswollen and unbruised !
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bold the ones that are true for you !

Some of these are frankly icky, but I left them in for the sake of completeness. Apologies if they offend.

01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease in private for husband, I hasten to add !
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game Everton v Swansea match many moons ago before Swansea got relegated....
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby’s diaper
If I had a pound for very time I've done this, I would be Rich !
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill I was mega-stressed, even if not physically ill.
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip In my youth. Once.Joys of living in a coastal town.
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse

41. Ridden a roller coaster Done it twice, never ever again. scared me witless.
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government’s official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Bench pressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theatre
80. Done something you should regret, but don’t regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who’s not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favour of something better. Oh, I am tempted though !
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Sword fought for the honour of a woman- not for anyone's honour though :-)
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn’t have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don’t remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship
121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favourite childhood toy
128. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Member of Congress
132a. Had them write back
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
134. … more than once?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
140. Wrote articles for a large publication Midwifery article for a major UK parenting magazine.
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone’s heart
146. Helped an animal give birth Helped many women, so that must count, as people are also mammals !
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a TV game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than US states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school

176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read “The Iliad”181. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. … and gotten 86′ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself art from scratch
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you My first ever painting, I sold :-) Haven't painted since in order to keep my 100% record , LOL>
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196. Dyed your hair
197. Been a DJ
198. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199. Written your own role playing game
200. Been arrested
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Monday, July 28, 2008

Safely Home

DH is now safely home after his surgery :-)

He had some damage to the medial meniscal cartilage and also some osteo-arthritis, all of which has been addressed by the surgery. He cannot drive for two weeks, and will be seeing the consultant two weeks tomorrow.
Many thanks for the prayers !
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The Day Ahead

DoomHamster's interview went pretty well on Friday, but they will be interviewing this week as well, so she is unlikely to hear anything for ten days.

Thanks to those of you who have kindly been praying for her ! I'm sure the Almighty won't mind her being referred to as DommHamster, but she also responds to Tatiana :-)

DH goes in for his knee operation at 3.00pm this afternoon. They hope he will be able to come home later this evening, but it all depends on what they find when they look inside his knee.............

The weather is utterly glorious here,; if anything, it is too hot. We are never satisfied with the weather in Britain, LOL !
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

News !

I had a phone call from DD1, aka DoomHamster, and she has a job interview on Friday !

Prayers would be very much appreciated as she has been desperately looking for work since the end of January.........
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The Other Garden Window

Our old computer is making ominous "I am likely to expire soon" type noises, so we have bought another Desktop PC in readiness for the old one giving up its ghost. The children have got the run of the old one downstairs till its demise, and this one is for DH and I to use. We have a four year on-site warranty, which cost an arm and leg, but beats having to pay a small fortune to return a faulty/broken computer and then having to be without it for several weeks whilst it is being mended.

The new one now lives on a neat new desk looking through the other garden window, that of our bedroom. The higher persepective is amazing; I am looking down on the birds at the feeder and in the trees, and can see across houses to the near range of small hills.
It is a lovely view

At the moment, there are two house sparrows, one male and one female on one of the trees. Earlier on, there was a pair of collared doves and a pair of wood pigeons in the courtyard.

The clouds have parted and the sky is a brilliant cerulean blue, with only a few cottonwool puff clouds and high-flying seagulls interspersed.For a change, there is not a single plane vapour trail visible in the sky.

I have The Ark radio station playing.

Positively idyllic.........
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Surgery Beckons

I had a phone call this morning from BlogTown Hospital; they have negotiated an acceptable deal with the Insurance Company and DH will not need to go to the Big City Hospital for his operation on Monday but will have it done locally.

Thank you, Lord !
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Have a little look at Wordle.

It is great fun, and much more customisable than the Word Cloud which was around a few years ago............change layouts, fonts, colour schemes !

This is one I did earlier with some text.......
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The Waiting Continues

The Consultant wants to do an arthroscopy under general anaesthetic on DH as soon as practicable. Provisionally, he has been booked in for surgery on Monday evening.
All we needed to do was confirm it with our private medical cover provider when we got home.

DH phoned the company up, and they are now insisting that the operation be done at a different hospital in The Big City.

This poses more than a few problems, as our consultant cannot do it there. He is based at BlogTown.
As DH is the only driver in the immediate family, we cannot get him home from the other hospital after the operation because he won't be able to drive a/ from the pain and b/the anaesthetic and c/ the public transport is diabolical.

The local hospital is negotiating with the health insurance company to see if they can reach some sort of settlement.

Why does everything have to be so complicated ? If the health insurance people were't happy to let DH have the operation at the local hospital, then why even authorise him seeing the consultant there ?
Why not make it plain at the outset that the initial consultation would have to be at The Big City hospital instead of at BlogTown ?

So we continue to wait, this time for a phone call to say Yea or Nay to the operation at BlogTown hospital. Prayers coveted.
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Saturday Liturgy

Our priest has started Saturday liturgy at the Garden Chapel once a month again :-)

DH and I are doing the happy dance, as he hates to drive to the city where the Sunday services are held (notorious for car theft, BTW) and he loves the Chapel where we were crowned. Our attendance has been very infrequent this year.

It was a blessing to go last Saturday and take my young ones to receive the Holy Mysteries, and to hear them singing the service. It never ceases to amaze me how much chant they know and can remember so effortlessly.
It was a delight to see the newly baptised Mark, whom we have known for years as a catechumen, receive the Holy Gifts.
It was a delight to see children lighting candles and praying for those they love.

It was a privilege to be there, and my heartfelt thanks to my spiritual Father for making it possible and for freely giving up some of his precious Saturdays off.
God grant him Many Years !!
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Today, DH goes to see the Orthopaedic Consultant for the results of the MRI scan on his knee.
On the initial clinical exam, the doctor said there is definite cartilage damage, causing pain and limited movement, but the scan will determine what can/needs to be done about it. No idea how it happened; DH hasn't had any sports injuries or trauma of any description.

So.....I woke up, early, thoughts whizzing in my head, and couldn't get back to sleep :-)
I shall be glad when it is time to go to the hospital.......
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Strange Things

I am slightly weirded out at present.
Let me explain..........

Last night, DH was working away. I had locked up the house, double-checked everything, made the Sign of the Cross over the back and front doors like I always do, and went up to bed about 10pm. I was reading, when I heard a thud/click of a door.
I got up, padded to the top of the stairs to check that the front door was shut.
It was, so I just shrugged, checked on the kids, who were sleeping safe and sound, and dismissed the noise as most likely the neighbours in the next door house (we have one of a pair of semi-detached houses)said my prayers and went to sleep. I slept soundly.

This morning, the door was knocked by a police officer. I opened and was asked if I had heard anything out the front street, as our next-door neighbours on the other side had had their car stolen in the early hours of the morning. Neither I nor the children had heard anything in the middle of the night. Our car was still in the drive.

In a fit of housewifely enthusiasm, I decided to wash one of the throws from the sofa, as it was a nice windy day. Just before I put the throw in the machine, I wondered if I should clean out the washing machine filter before I did so. Nah, I thought to myself, it has only been about three months since I last did it, it should be fine.......

Ha ha.
It wasn't.
The machine stopped, with the drum full of water and would not spin. I moved the freezer out of the way, laid down newspaper, and had lots of containers to catch the inevitable deluge when I unscrewed the filter. Said deluge happened, the kitchen was pretty soaked, and the filter was well and truly blocked. Several rude words and half an hour later, the washing machine was tootling along happily again and the worst of the chaos in the kitchen was sorted. And I have a nice clean floor too :-)

But I am still a bit weirded out about our poor neighbours. I am glad DH is home tonight........
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Saturday, July 05, 2008


Independence Day won out on the film stakes ! We only had an elderly copy on video, but DH saw it on DVD on offer for £2, and bought it immediately for me :-)

After last week's hiatus from fencing class due to our school Summer Fete, it was great to get back in the groove. I hadn't actually forgotten much, and we learnt several nifty new techniques, including how to "beat" your opponent's blade out of the way and go straight in for the kill, so to speak. There is something really invigorating about having 35 inches of cold steel as a sporting accessory.......
DD3 is making very good progress indeed, and I foresee we may well be buying her her own kit in due course, so she can start taking part in junior comeptitions, rather than just using the club kit.
The Olympics are looming, which fills me with glee as I can watch lots and lots of fencing :-))))))))))))

The weather continues wet and gloomy, so the poor tortoise is sulking at the bottom of the garden. My pile of laundry is growing - as we don't have a tumble drier, I can only wash on a reasonably dry day and then hang the clothes out on the washing line.

We have a delightful resident family of Mistle thrushes in the back garden, and each day I get to see them finding snails, and smashing the shells open on the courtyard patio in order to extract the snail. The thrush is a very fastidious eater, and regularly stops to wipe his beak clean of snail slime before continuing to peck at his meal. Unfortunately, the thrushes are getting at the raspberries as soon as they ripen, so I must get some netting for the canes.

There have been very few butterflies so far this year, which is very disappointing. Last year we saw loads.
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Landmarks in Jelly

I kid you not :-)
Go here to see St Paul's cathedral lovingly recreated in wobbly jelly.........

It made me smile.
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Friday, July 04, 2008

4th July

A very happy and blessed Independence Day to all my readers living across the Pond, or of American extraction worldwide :-)

Six million dollar question - shall I watch National Treasure 1 or Independence Day today ? Usually it is ID, and has been for very many years.
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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Hanging In There !

The school Summer Fete is over and we have wound down our Parent/Teacher Association for the summer term.

As part of the board of Governors of our school, I have been involved in selecting and interviewing candidates for a senior teacher post . That has been successfuly concluded and we are really pleased with our chosen candidate.

Next week sees me meeting with my young ones' class teachers to discuss their academic progress in school and then only one more week till the end of the summer term :-)

It has actually stopped raining for a while now; the last few days have alternated between glorious sunshine and torrential, monsoon-type rain showers, with little warning of the change.

Whatever happened to the Golden summers I remember as a child and a teenager ? Or am I just geeting older ? LOL.
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