Friday, 25 January 2008

Free Fings on Fry Day

William tagged me for the Three Things meme. These are the rules:

You have to post who tagged you and link back to them and then to Then you have to tag 3 other kitties, beans, woofies, or any other assorted animal.

What three things would you do that you have never done before, if you knew you wouldn't get caught, get in trouble, or suffer any consequences?

1. I would have red wine and beer delivered by the tanker-loads and as there would be no consequences, drink as much as I like without getting drunk!

2. Eat delivery curry, pizza, Chinese, fish and chips, KFC and whatever else I fancied every day so I never had to face the Evil Oven and cook anything again!

3. Have a great snog with George Clooney (oh no, just remembered, he's fallen desperately in love so can't do that. Anyway, Pinky probably wouldn't like it) so I'll have to think again... Hmm... While I'm thinking, I'd better explain, for the benefit of anycat in other countries who hasn't come across the word "snog", that it means a passionate kiss, nothing rude, heh heh!

Okay, can't think, I'll come back to this later... Ta ta for now:) xxx

Okee dokee, fly a microlite. So, I've got no head for heights (can't even change a light bulb if it involves a ladder) but no trouble, no consequences, so, I'd go for it!

I tag:

Beau Beau and Angie

Prince Muddy Paws

Opus and Roscoe

With apologies to Dr. Tweety for all the plagiarisms - couldn't resist!

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Big Screwdriver Video

This video relates to #4 of my previous posting. Adan and Michico said that the problem I had uploading it may have been that the file was too big. I looked at the numbers again and sure enough, it exceeded Blogger's limit. I couldn't squish the size down any further, so then I thought I'd try uploading it to YouTube and bingo! Job done! Thank you Adan, thank you Michico:)

If you watch it, you may wonder why I've bothered tearing my hair out to get it up. Well, I'm just a tad on the stubborn side, I don't like to be beaten! In any case, finding solutions to problems like this means I learn more each time, which can't be a bad thing. Hopefully it helps to keep my brain active!

Somecats have asked what the creature is in #2 of the meme. It's a slug. I don't know why they bother coming into the house when I have a perfectly good overgrown and weed-filled garden which they could chomp on to their hearts' content, heheh!

Update 30th Jan: I've now found out how to squish videos (thanks to my friend Grumpy) so have uploaded it direct to Blogger and removed the link to YouTube.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Seven Weird Things Meme #2 (updated)

I tried to post this yesterday but Blogger bugg pis (language BC, pulease!!!) about and wouldn’t upload my pictures or my itsy bitsy teeny weeny video. Then it fu mucked up all my text by jettisoning my formatting and changing the font to something really boring. ::Sigh:: So let’s have another go today…

I was tagged by
Adan and Michico for this meme. Here are the rules:

Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share seven random and/or weird facts about yourself. Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a notification on their blog.

7 (more) Random and/or Weird Facts About Me!

I did this meme in November but I’m weird enough to write more weird things about me, haha!

1. Some people have favourite words and sayings and I am no exception, specially when it comes to messing about with the English language, either deliberately or by mistake. For example, our cat flap was not a lockable one (I don’t think they’d been invented all those squillions of years ago!) so to keep Oliver, and subsequently William, in at night, Pinky made a sort of portcullis to go over the outside cat door. We used to get foxes coming into the road and garden at night. One night before we met, Pinky heard a dreadful caterwauling and on looking out the window, he saw that two foxes had a cat cornered. He frightened the foxes away, but we felt it wouldn’t be safe for the cats to be outdoors at night. When the cats were in for the night, one of us would say “Time to batten down the hatches”, only one time it came out “Hatten down the Batches” so that stuck and got put in our unwritten dictionary! Another time I said to someone, “My husband barks with Bankleys” instead of “banks with Barclays” and we rolled about in hysterics. That stuck too! So here comes the weird thing: I have a favourite letter of the alphabet. Does anyone else? Mine is “V”. I just like its shape and its sound!

2. I have visitors in my kitchen in the early hours of the morning. Here is one trying to escape from the flashy box by slithering under the microwave (caution: not recommended viewing for tender young cats):

I’m not sure how they get in. Probably through the vent to the outside from the gas boiler. I’m not sure if that makes them weirder than me. It can’t just be that they’re cold, coz they come in winter and summer. I can’t bring myself to put anything down to kill them. They’ve always gone by the time it gets light.

3. As regular readers will know, I’m very clumsy and you may have noticed in the photos of me slumbering in a drunken stupor after over-eating at Christmastime that I have a ginormous scar on my forehead (which was caused by my falling against the corner of two walls in my house). A few weeks before Christmas we were invited to some friends’ for lunch. The cut had healed and the scab had come off but the skin was still a bit tender so I didn’t want to put concealer (vintage approx 1968) on it in case of infection. Then I remembered hearing somewhere that some celebrities use toothpaste to cover their zits. “Well”, I thought, “It’s worth a try and if you can use it in your mouth it must be reasonably germ-free”, so I plastered plenty over the scar until I couldn’t see any redness. When it was practically dry and hard, I wiped off as much of the surplus on either side of the scar as I could and then applied makeup as per usual, with pressed powder to “set”. Job done!

I say “almost” because by that time about eleventy-twelve hours had passed since putting on the slap. In fact you can see the eczema beginning to show through on either side of my nose so perhaps I should have put toothpaste on that too, haha!

This may be a better look for me. What do you think? (With thanks to Karl and Ruis):

4. Regular readers will know that I’m clumsy. (Oops, repeating myself.) I have a light in my little entrance hall, but there is only one switch and that is on the other side of the inner door, so when you come in from outside in the dark you have to stumble over the junk mail and fumble about until you can turn the light on. Doh! So I hung a battery-operated light just inside the front door. Well, a few days ago I knocked it off the wall and it went all dead. When Pinky next came round he had a look at it and declared it well and truly deceased, but as it came in a box of four he decided to see if the bulb was salvageable in case of future need…

Okeedokee, there's supposed to be a video here*

He fixed another battery-operated light to the wall for me, bless him.

Sorry about the duff sound on the video (and also my witch’s cackle of a laugh) but it was done on my camera, which just has a little mic. We I were was talking in a silly voice too, which doesn’t help, so we I don’t sound like ourselves myself.

5. People sometimes think I’m quite assertive, but I’m not. I do have opinions and I can sometimes be outspoken, but the way I come across is really just a “shell”. Inside I’m a heap of quivering jelly. I won’t answer the front door unless I’m expecting someone and I hate answering the telephone unless it’s a close family member or friend.

6. I’m allergic to aspirin and sensitive to some foods which contain related stuffs, e.g. salicyates. Apparently this is quite rare (the food thing). Dang, I just gotta be different, haha! I don’t think I’ll be using any of that stuff that’s supposed to get rid of scars on my forehead!

7. My family and most some of my friends think I’m totally out of my tree because I have a blog. My Dad manages not to say anything when I suggest that he visit it. My Auntie J can’t be bothered with the innernets at all and her daughter, my cousin H, can’t be doing with blogs. This is unfortunate because she has a very personable and gentlemanly horse. I suggested that she help him blog so that Snap would have a companion in the blogosphere and H said that it was only from what we had been talking about before that she could believe I was still sane!!!

* Well, my “itsy bitsy teeny weeny video” has so far been over three hours uploading. Ha! Just as I finished typing “uploading” this message came up:

Oh noes, I've photo'd the wrong message. Dang! Anyhoo, you probably know the one I mean, the one that says "Sorry, there has been an error in uploading your video..." or words to that effect.


Goodnight dear Readers! I have now resorted to wine...

Update 22nd Jan: Just tried to upload a compressed copy of the video and got the error message again:

I've photo'd the right one this time, he he!

On a far more serious note though, while I was waiting for the video to upload, I did a quick round of the blogs and was devastated to learn some sad news:

That dear Caesar has gone to the Bridge. He will be sorely missed and I send my deepest condolences to all his family. I think just about everyfur will know this sad news by now, but if not, please leave a loving message on his and Princess’s blog.

Update 22nd Jan: I had more sad news yesterday. A friend who I used to work with has died after a "mercifully short" battle with cancer. She was only 65. Rest in peace Sandra.

Friday, 18 January 2008

You Make My Day Award

Okey dokey, I decided to stay up all night and catch up on my visiting, which I have, though I had to sort of “speed read” so I may not be as up to date as I would wish. Anyway, here are my nominations for the YMMDA Award:

Eric and Flynn
Mosaic Cats
Mr. Hendrix

Perfectly Parker
Rocky the (formerly) Gutter Cat
The Crew

The Zoo

The You Make My Day Award is presented to bloggers whose blog brings you happiness and inspiration and makes you feel happy about Blogland. The rules are to pass the award along to up to 10 Kitties.

I know that, strictly speaking, there are more than ten kitties and other furriends in this list because lots of homes have more than one in residence but, well, I have only nominated ten actual blogs so, erm, that’s okay (I think) isn’t it? I wish I could give the Award to all the furries in the blogosphere because everyone I have met so far makes me feel happy about Blogland!

BTW, The Zoo and The Crew were the first to comment on my very first blog posting so they have made me happy right from the outset!

Wednesday, 16 January 2008


Diamond Emerald Eyes kindly gave me this award:

The You Make My Day Award is presented to bloggers whose blog brings you happiness and inspiration and makes you feel happy about Blogland. The rules are to pass the award along to up to 10 Kitties.

And Karen Jo kindly gave me this award. I feel so honoured! Thank you Diamond, thank you Karen Jo, I really appreciate these!

Here are the rules for this Award:

1. You must write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.

2. Acknowledge this post.

3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote.

4. Go tell your humans to fork over the treats!

I would like to nominate:

Daisy the Curly Cat because it takes a lot of thought to write such entertaining posts and comics.

William of Mass Destruction because he often comes up with some very profound thoughts about life, the universe and everything.

Kate and Puddy because they always come up with interesting stuff.

Dr. Tweety because his thoughts are so original and hilariously funny.

JB because she tells us so many interesting facts about animals from all over the world and her Small World is cool too!

There are so many more who also deserve this Award, one is spoilt for choice!

I’m also delighted to read in Karen Jo’s blog that Annie and Mao are both home. I’m so glad for them and their beans, who must have been out of their minds with worry.

Adan and Michico, if you’re reading this, I haven’t forgotten about the meme. It’s in the pipeline and I hope to have it up in the next few days.

Update Thursday, 17th Jan: I think it wasn’t just Blogger that was having a hissy fit yesterday; I think my brain had decided to have a Workless Wednesday:

1. I forgot to include Diamond’s Award, although I had put it in my sidebar on Tuesday (for which omission abject apologies dear Diamond).

2. I forgot to put a link to Diamond’s site after she had pointed out this omission (for which further abject apologies).

3. I didn’t get round to nominating anyone else to receive it. This was more due to lack of time than my unworking brain, but still, I could have said I was going to do it later. Duhr!

Anyhoo, I can nominate up to 10 kitties. I have 155 feeds in Bloglines and apparently 807 unread items (how many?!?!!!) because I’m so far behind in catching up, which is a bummer coz I love you all! So I don’t know who has already received it and who to choose amongst you. So I’m going to take a rain check, try to catch up and then do my nominations over the next few days. “Oh yeah, like she’s going to remember that” I hear voices in my head saying (no, I’m not schizophrenic – yet!) so if I don’t do it fairly soon, please dear readers, nag me!!!

Tuesday, 8 January 2008


“Cat Nap” socks on…

…and off…

…on top of one of my nightshirts!

Hope you’re all having a terrific Tuesday:)