Sunday, 29 June 2008

The One with No Title (coz I can't think of one!)

Look at these fab pictures that Maggy, Zoey and their bean Ann at Zoolatry made for me. I was so surprised and thrilled! The arrangement of the first one is very special to me - I think they must have got into my head because not only does it show my three darling furbabies (sadly, for me at least, though hopefully not for them, all at the Rainbow Bridge) but my floof-head tiger Wigger, who has been with me since I was 5 years old, and the teddy that my lovely Mum bought for me not long before she went to the Bridge.

The second one absolutely encapsulates Ollie's inquisitive and fun-loving nature, though he could also be very dignified and regal, as I think his image top left shows.

Thank you so much to all who asked about my M.R.I. scan. I haven't got a copy of my own scan but I found this video on YouTube:

I expect most of you know what they look like. Anyhoo, when I went for my botox-type injection last Monday my Consultant said there were some anomalies on my scan. I found a still photo on t'innernets so I've tried to make a graphic of what she found. There are whitish blobs in mine brain. HALP!!! You can see roughly what they look like (round the central red four-headed arrow). She said she thought they are small blood vessels which have fused (ischaemia?) and doesn't think they indicate anything serious or sinister but as they weren't there on my previous scan she is referring me to a neurologist to be on the safe side. The waiting time is currently up to fourteen weeks so if any neurologists are reading this, please let me know if you have any idea what's wrong with me!

As far as the botox stuff is concerned (I think it's called Botulinum toxin or something) this is injected into the eye muscle which is causing the problem to paralise it in a position in the opposite direction, so that as the toxin gradually wears off, hopefully an optimum position where the eyes will come into sync will occur and can be fixed there. Whether this would be by another operation or further toxin injections I don't yet know. Anyhoo, this has caused me huge problems in getting out and about but I mustn't grumble coz it's all in a good cause.

Before toxin injection:

After toxin injection:

This is my TV, which sits to the left of my...


This is a rough representation of what I see if I try to watch the telly with both eyes open. I see the mantelpiece as well as the rest of the fireplace but I couldn't be a***d to go upstairs and get the camera to take another photo of the fireplace. Both photos were taken on different days at different times too, which doesn't help, lol!

Finally for now, Pinky emailed me:

"Saw your latest blog and as you seem to have a penchant for photographing food and I didn't want to be left out, here's a photo of my evening meal."

Chicken salad.

Yummy! I hope it was free-range chicken Pinky!

Have a great week efurycat:) xxx

Sunday, 22 June 2008

HALP!!! A Monster Tried to Eat my Head!

This is what happened on Wednesday:

YIKES!!! A monster tried to eat mine head! Fortunately it decided it was too tough and spat it out!

In other news, my laptop went wrong and wouldn't access my network or the internet, which was very inconvenient because my screen for my desktop computer keeps going on the blink so I use the laptop more for reading blogs and posting my own. Hence once again I'm all behind. ::Sigh:: But Pinky came to the rescue and fixed it without torturing it, yay! He is my Hero! Strangely it seemed to have lost some files overnight. How does that happen, I wonder? I hadn't deleted anything. Sometimees I wonder whether the scary noises I hear in the night when I can't sleep are mischievous beings messing with my stuff! Oh noes, I've asceered myself now!

In earlier other news, it was my birthday on Saturday and my family took me and Pinky out for a fab lunch. I was going to blog about it on Sunday but I was so upset by darling Stormie's passing that I hadn't the heart for it. However, it was a "milestone" birthday so I feel it needs a bit of a mention. Besides which, a good time was had by all!

This is Pinky's starter:

Prawn cocktail

This is Pinky's main course:

Beef stroganoff

I didn't have a starter but this is my main course:

Rib-eye steak with chips, peas and peppercorn sauce

This is my pudding:

Chocolate fudge sundae

This is my cousin L's main course (with my Auntie J's behind it - she had the same as Pinky:

Vegetable pie (sorry, can't remember what veggies were in it)

This is my cousin L's pudding:

Delicious icecream which is a speciality of the restaurant

My Uncle K had battered whitebait for his starter - or should I say, whitebait in batter, no abuse of whitebait having been carried out following their demise! Oh, actually it was breaded whitebait, I now see, having looked again at the picture of the day's specials. I took a photo of it but it's so out of focus I'm ashamed to blog it! I'm not sure what my Uncle had for his main course or what my cousin H and her husband had, which is strange because H was sitting right next to me! I think it was pork. For some reason I neglected to photo it, or the delicious champagne which we started with!

I haven't included pictures of family members as none of them can be bothered with blogs (and don't read mine, just as well!) and wouldn't want their faces displayed for anyone to see on the internet!

Have a good week everycat:)* XXX

*Includes woofies, buns, beans, horsies, hamsters, mice and anycat else who blogs!

Sunday, 8 June 2008

A Pome for Sunday and Two Memes

Someone emailed this to me
And I fell about laughing
While saying "SQUEEEEEE!"

Tamra Maew
I thought (still laughing)
Tamra Maew
Is this you?

The End


About eleventy-squillion moons ago I was nominated for two memes by the lovely Furry Fighter, Storm. Sorry it’s taken me so long to do them Stormie!

The "About Me" Meme

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player than tags 4 or 5 people and post their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you have posted your answer.

1.What was I doing 10 years ago?

Slaving over a hot computer as a legal secretary.

2.What are the 5 things on my to do list for today:

Sleep, read blogs, blog, eat, watch TV.

3. Snacks I enjoy

Cheddar cheese, Stilton cheese, Danish Blue cheese, any cheese, olives, cheese and olives, crisps (occasionally) and oh, did I mention cheese?

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire

I would use most of it to rescue and find forever homes for kitties, woofies, buns and any other animals needing forever homes. With what's left I would buy a house big enough to store all my stuff safely so it would be cat-friendly and I could be adopted by kitties again.

5. Three of my bad habits:

I'm lazy, I smoke and I often drink more wine than the "Nanny State's" recommended "units" (which are so miniscule you might as well not bother, lol!).

6. Five places I have lived:

Plymouth, Germany, Langford, Thornbury, Portslade, here. Oh, that's six. Oh well, who's counting?!

7. Five jobs I have had:

Hairdresser, legal secretary, personal assistant in Legal Aid, legal secretary, legal secretary.


The Three Names Meme

In case you aren’t familiar with The Naming of Cats, in the Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, by T.S. Eliot, we all have three names! So, in this meme, you must link to the originator of the meme (Tara and Kavan), list the following rules, and then tell us:

1. The name that the family uses daily (such as Peter, Agustus, Alonzo, or James)

2. The name that is particular, a name that's peculiar, and more dignified (such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat)

3. What you are doing when you are thinking of the name that only you know, and will never confess (when engaged in rapt contemplation), that deep and inscrutable singular name

1. Penny.
Drinking wine and smoking!

I think just about everycat has done these memes so I don't know who to nominate, but if you haven't done them and want to, please consider yourself tagged!

Hope you're all having a great Sunday:) xxx

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Dona Nobis Pacem

Peace to you all from Oliver (at the Bridge) and Black Cat.


Tuesday, 3 June 2008

(Sort of) Toesday

This happened (in spite of Pinky's wonderful repair job):

I guess they had simply gone past their use by date. They were about eighteen months old and originally cost approximately £40 (not too sure as they were a present). They kept falling off and tripping me up but I won't inflict upon you pictures of my injuries on this occasion, you'll be glad to know! *


A visit to Marks & Sparks:

They're not quite the Black Cat style (what style, who am I kidding?!) but they're very comfy and if they last half as long as the others I shall be happy. Cost? £10!

In other news:

1. Due to Life, the Universe and Everything I didn't manage to get to Karl and Ruis's wedding, which I had been really looking forward to. I'd even picked out an outfit and nearly got it altered to fit. I'm sure they had a fantastic time though and are enjoying their honeymoon.

2. I'm even more behind in reading blogs and commenting.

3. On the evening of my last posting Doctor Who wasn't on and The Eurovision Song Contest was rubbish!

4. I'm to have another scan and some sort of botox injected into my left eye to see if they can get to the bottom of my cross-eyediness.

5. I may be going to America for a few weeks! Yay! My cousin wants to go and has asked me if I would like to go with her. I'm still thinking about it because, mainly, of #4 above but I really hope I can manage it. She is a college lecturer so it has to be during the summer vacation.

Bye for now. Hope to catch up with you soon:) xxx

* This is an update as I suddenly noticed that this paragraph (or one like it) was missing - not sure why or how. I wonder if Blogger ate it or I deleted it by mistake. Anyway, it made the next paragraph seem a little strange by mentioning the price of the new slippers when there was no price mentioned for the previous pair by way of comparison!