Sunday, 28 October 2007

No Candy!



I got this badge from Kimberley at Petroville:

It means I have pledged not to eat any candy/sweets/chocolate bars etc. until at least 7th November. I was doubtful about signing up for it until I read Kimberley’s answer to one of her commenters that cookies don’t count as candy. In fact I feel a bit of a cheat because I hardly ever eat sweets or chocolate anyway so won’t really miss them. Also I don’t do Halloween so won’t be tempted by buying sweets for trick-or-treaters. Go to her site and see what it’s all about. She has a really cool site which is well worth a visit or eleventy-seven, even if you have no intention of eschewing the sugary stuff! I’m not sure if catnip counts as candy… Nah, it can’t do, can it? I mean, it’s not sweet (I don’t think) and its effects seem to be more like a drug than a candybar.

Something has made me cry today and it’s Miss Peach’s fading strength. I so know what her Mommie is going through. I hope she doesn’t mind that I copied this picture from her latest update and added these words:

Something made me smile and that was Boy’s Mummy’s ginger kitty socks, which are definitely on my wish list:)

And something made me laugh till my sides ached and that was Skeezix’s Thursday Thirteen. Seems his Food Lady is royalty too because she has Ethelred the Unready in her ancestry and he was a King here in England, wowee! At least I think he was. Too tired to Google him right now… *yawn*… 5.53 a.m. GMT. Yay! The clocks have gone back this morning. That means when I wake up at 3 p.m. it’ll only be 2 p.m., heehee! I love it when the clocks go back, it feels like proper time to me. The only downside is that it gets dark at 4 p.m. Oh well, you can’t have everything… Night night all, or should I say good morning?

Friday, 26 October 2007

Little Tigger Movie

Well, I'll go to the top of our stairs, I've finally managed to upload the animated version of this little cartoon! I'm so clev very proud of myself because Mr Blogger wasn’t very clear about what formats he will accept. At any rate, he doesn’t accept Xara files or gifs, and Xara will only export to a gif.


video

So, finally I loaded the gif version into another programme I have on my computer and lo, I was able to export it from there as an mp4. Yay! Success! I’m jumping up and down with glee! So now I’ve learned how to do something else. I love this blogging experience. And I love all you kitties who leave such nice and encouraging comments. I hope you all have a really super duper weekend and for those Californian beans and four legs who have lost their homes and won’t really be having a super weekend, I continue to send my thoughts and prayers out that things will improve for you soon.


Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Wednesday Already!

Ramses kindly gave me this award:

Ever since I have been wondering who to nominate. This is really difficult because I love so many blogs, even though I can’t get round them all every day, and also I think just about everykitty has received it. So *taking a deep breath* I nominate:

The Ballicai. They always have something interesting to say, post lovely photos and their Meowmy tells great stories.

Tanjuri, Uschi-Swirl and Vladimir. Beautiful cats and beautiful photos which link together to tell the stories of their adventures.

William, because not only do I love his blog, but he was the first blogging cat I came across.

Chase, Kaze and Latte because they are lovely cats and they allow their horsie sister to borrow their blogs from time to time, which is very kind of them.

Rocky the (formerly) Gutter Cat because he rocks!

Katie and Puddy because they have interesting and informative things to say and often delicious food!

I’m not sure how many of these awards I’m allowed to pass on so I hope families won’t mind sharing! I’m sure it must be permissible for those of you with separate blogs (like Marilyn MonREOW and Chase, Kaze and Latte) to post it on each of your blogs.

Thanks to all who have commented on my Evil Oven. Although my blog on Monday was entitled “Black Monday” I actually had quite a good day, despite it being so overcast I had to put the lights on at 1 p.m., until, that is, it got to dinner time… Spilled quite a bit of my dinner on the kitchen floor when transferring it from baking tray to plate… Dropped one of my favourite glasses on the kitchen floor, where it smashed into a squillion pieces. Glass everywhere, I’m still finding more shards! Have I mentioned before that I’m clumsy?! Doh. At least the Evil Oven didn’t attack me that time!

Finally for now, I keep hearing on the news about people having to move out of their homes because of the raging fires in California. I do hope all you blogging kitties and beans and animals in California are okay. My thoughts go out to you.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Black Monday

Indiana Gregg has chosen “Monday” as her Word of the Day in her blog, which is quite a coincidence as I had planned to do this Black Monday blog today.

I may have mentioned that I am very clumsy and accident-prone so I thought it might be amusing to share a couple of recent injuries with you all. I should say that these images are probably not suitable for tender young cats/people.

This is the Black Eye, which was what gave me the idea for this blog.


A few weeks ago I was ferreting around in my fridge to retrieve something from the back when I knocked the side of my face against the side of the opening. It hurt a bit and I said a few words from the List of Naughty Words but then thought no more about it. The next day I had the most humungous black eye! I didn’t have the digital camera then but I snapped it on my web cam. The funny thing was that I didn’t actually knock the eye itself, just the side of the cheek bone and brow bone. I had to go round in dark glasses for the next three weeks in case people thought Pinky had hit me, haha! Fortunately it was the summer or I might have looked like a poser or an ageing rapper, hehe!

Those who know me well will be aware that I HATE my oven and it HATES ME!!! How can an inanimate object feel an emotion such as hate, I hear you asking? Well, I don’t know, but my oven really does seem to have a malicious intent towards me. It has caused me to break my left wrist twice and my right wrist once, although the latter is debatable because I was too ashamed to go to the hospital yet again so I self-orthopodded it. I wish I had got photos of the plasters on my left wrist because they were very jazzy. One was a bright lime green and the other was a rich purple. The first break was two days before Christmas 2005 and the second was about six months later. Doh. The cause? Trying to get the oven door open (it sticks when hot) on all three occasions. It suddenly unstuck and over I went, landing awkwardly and breaking wrist. How could I be so stupid as to let this happen three times? The panic of getting everything dished up quickly before anything got cold I suppose. I don’t like cooking and I now avoid it as much as possible!

The other thing my oven does on a regular basis is to burn me when I go to get something out of it. The next two images are its latest assault on my delicate flesh. Not a pretty sight.


If you look carefully in the image below you’ll see a couple of scars from earlier burns. A doctor who I hadn’t seen before and didn’t know me noticed them and asked me if I self-harmed. No way, sheesh! I am oven-harmed, haha!


We had a gloriously sunny weekend here but today it’s so dark and overcast I’ve had to put the lights on. Seems appropriate for a Black Monday. Hope you all had a great weekend and are having a good Monday.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Fun Sunday

This is for William’s new brother Russell:

I did this a few years ago but I thought Russell might like it (and also, I hope, William, Caroline, Olivia and their Mom). It wasn’t an original idea of mine I’m afraid but was based on this:


This is a design on the front of a pair of pants of mine and I based the drawing and movie on it in Xara because I thought it was a really fun cartoon and I didn’t want to lose it once the pants had reached the end of their life! I scanned the pants into the computer, traced round the image, coloured it etc. and there we have it! This is meant to be the animated version but it won’t animate and if I try uploading it as a video Blogger can’t (or won’t) process it.

If anyone knows if it is copyrighted please let me know and I will acknowledge the copyright holder or remove it if they wish.

Please everykitty go and visit Mylo’s webpage. He’s a cute kitty, just one year old, who lives with his beans in Hampshire, England. He only has one eye and you can read the story about that on his site. He also says in his latest blog that he hates dogs (well, lots of cats do, having had bad experiences) and humans! Please try and persuade him to love at least his own humans! He likes to knock things off his window sill, hehe, and I know lots of you like to knock things off surfaces, just to test the gravity-free zones in the house, of course!

Have a happy and fun Sunday everycat and bean:)

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Thank You Ramses!

Thank you so much for this award Ramses. I'm thrilled to bits!


Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Potty-trained bobcat

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Toesday

Thank you Daisy for signing my guestbook. The picture of you in your cute pink outfit made my toes go all “aaaawwwwwww”ishly curly, like this:

Here is a closer-up:

Can you see that my toes are all squiggly-looking in my black and pink socks?

Anyone who has spotted the hair stuck to my socks will notice that I no longer have red hair *sigh*.

BTW, don’t worry dear readers, I won’t be posting photos of my toes every Tuesday!

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Toes Tuesday

Thought I’d do a Toes Tuesday today because I haven’t been getting enough use out of my new toy. Unfortunately my toes aren’t anywhere near as cute as Dragonheart’s (in fact they aren’t cute at all) so be warned! If you’re really squeamish, close your eyes now and scroll down a bit, or jump to here.


















Okay, hope I left enough white space round the photo so you scrollers/jumpers didn’t get a disagreeable shock! For those of you brave enough to actually view the thing, notice the horrible purplish blotching of the skin and the ragged nature of the toenails? Isn’t that the horriblest image you’ve seen all day? I don’t know why I’m so blotchy, but I do know why the toenails are ragged: they are just too tough for me to be able to clip them evenly, even though I have a super-duper pair of clippers specially designed for toenails! Doh! (Wish my fingernails were tougher, they are having a spate of breaking at the moment.)

On a more pleasant note, thank you to everykitty and bean who has signed my guest book. I really appreciate it so please keep those signatures coming:)


P.S. Please somecat, do my corn poll:)

Monday, 8 October 2007

Is it me?

…Or does anyone else have difficulties with that word authentication thingummyjig that you have to enter in order to post in some comment and message boxes? In at least 999 cases out of 1,000 I have to re-enter the blo wretched thing at least once. Is it because I’m stupid, or cross-eyed, or old, or a crap typist? Perhaps a combination of all the above, I dunno. Anyhow, I can see why it’s needed, what with all the spam and viruses out there in cyberspace. I do better with the “sum of x,y” one, so long as both x and y are under 10 (because I’m virtually innumerate, lol!).

You may remember that I wrote about coincidences in a previous posting. Well, I’ve had more since, which is what I was going to blog about when I wrote “Not the Blog I Had Intended for Today” (which I’ve now forgotten, lol!) but I’ve had two more tonight:

1. One of my friends on my MySpace page (warning: serious name-dropping coming up), who is a Very Famous Singer/Songwriter, writes a “Today’s Word” bulletin from time to time (today’s is Fletcherize, check it out, it’s interesting) and I sent her a message about it, to which she replied and we got into a nice little discussion. Anyhow, after that, the first place I go is to Luxor’s blog and lo! What do I find? He’s done a blog about a word too! “Stimuluxis”, what a cracking word that is and what super duper pictures of Lux playing with his pyramid, they made me go all squishy and “aaaawwwww”-y. Check out Indiana’s music too, I think she’s very good (and I’m not just saying that coz you said you enjoy reading my blogs Indi, seriously!).

2. A bit later I went to Kate and Puddy’s blog and what did I find? Pictures of food. To be specific, fish and chips, chicken nuggets and chips and calamari and chips. The coincidence? Well, I’d just realised that I was feeling hungry and that I had forgotten to eat all day (I do this quite a lot, lol!) so, mouth watering, I grabbed my empty coffee mug, went downstairs, made a cup of coffee and devoured the half pizza I had left over from yesterday. It didn’t quite have the je ne se qua that fish and chips would have had, but you know, it filled a gap.

Have a great Monday everykitty and bean. I’m looking forward to seeing Brainball’s first Mancat Monday, yay! Oh wait, I’ve just been there and he and Chairman Mao have already posted their Mancat Mondays. Super duper they are too!

Friday, 5 October 2007

I’ve Been Shopping on the Innernets

I’ve been shopping… What could I have bought? These might give you a clue:

Wigger and Teddy

These are some of my cuddly toys. Wigger is the big tiger and Teddy is, well, the teddy bear. The little tiger is Tiggy and the black cat in the foreground, which you can’t really see properly, is an as yet unnamed pencil case. If you biggify the picture you will see that poor old Wigger is very, very dusty. He’s been with me for most of my life. Oh, sorry, just tested it and neither of these pics will biggify. I had to make smaller copies to upload and I must have overdone it, lol! Just as well though, coz I didn't really want you to see the dust in all its gruesome detail!

This is the net curtain at my bedroom window. Ahem, I should mention that although the curtains are dirty, they are not as dirty as they look in this picture! Seriously!

The two cats who have lived with me at this house liked to sit on my dressing table and look out of the window, but to improve the clarity of the view they would move the curtain aside. Not having Opposable Thumbs, they would make judicious use of a claw or four…

Actually William almost did have opposable thumbs, though he still preferred to steal our sweet corn and peas by spiking them and eating them off a claw! To see more of him and the cat who came before him, Oliver, go here and have a look in my photo album “Cats”.

BTW, I’ve just realised that I forgot to do #5 and list who had played before me in the Desktop Meme, so apologies to everykitty! My excuse is that it was about 4.30 a.m. Doh!

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Desktop Meme


Micky tagged me for this meme and I think he’s going to be disappointed because my desktop is very boring:

The icons seem to have accumulated madly. Normally I don’t like a cluttered desktop but I’ve let it get out of hand. Result? I stare at it for ages before I can find the programme I want… doh!

Here are the rules for the meme:

Upon receiving this tag, immediately perform a screen capture of your desktop. It is best that no icons be deleted before the screen capture so as to add to the element of fun. Here’s how you can do a screen capture:

1. Go to your desktop and press the Print Scrn key (located on the right side of the F12 key).

2. Open a graphics program (like Picture Manager, Paint, or Photoshop) and doing a Paste (CTRL + V). If you wish, you can “edit” the image before saving it.

3. Post the picture on your blog. You can also give a short explanation on the look of your desktop if you want. You can explain why you prefer such a look or why it is full of icons. Things like that.

4. Tag five of your friends and ask them to give you a Free View of their desktops as well.

I tag:

Skeezix

Daisy

Yao-lin

William

Kaze

If you’ve done this meme already and I’ve failed miserably to notice, please feel free to decline. Oh, I’ve just noticed that Chase has done it so the desktop will apply to Kaze and Latte too, but perhaps Kaze could ask her Tall Man to show us his desktop? If this is not an option then I tag Eric and Flynn because I don’t think they’ve done it yet. In fact, I tag them anyway, even though that makes six friends (well, seven if they use different computers, haha!). If this is too much breaking of the rules then please forgive this new blogger!

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Not the Blog Intended for Today…

First of all I’d like to thank all those who have left comments on my blog. You rock guys:) Unfortunately these do not include my Best Belov Skanky Bloke (who can’t be bothered) or my favour auntie (who also can’t be bothered because she can’t believe I could possibly have anything worthwhile to say, lol!) This I did intend to say today.

But in other news, I have heard today that my internet friend Wind Dance and her hubby are likely to lose their farm. They have lots of animals who they love dearly and they are really nice, caring people so please spare a thought and purrayer for them. They also have live streaming video of their pug Dora’s litter of puppies, which can be seen here. The puppies are “bugs”, which means they are Boston/Pug crosses, lol! They are really cute, I’m sure even you kitties will agree:)

Well, off to the eye v-e-t tomorrow so will see you all when I see you… I hope!

Update

This was meant to be yesterday's blog but my skanky internet connection dropped out mid-post and wouldn't let me back in. Ggggggrrrrrrr... I've tried changing the date and time in "Post Options" but it seems it doesn't work for an earlier date.

The eye v-e-t visit went O.K. but there's not much they can do about my squint at the moment because things seem to be still changing since my last op., so I have to go back in a couple of months to see if things have stabilised.