Zone Doubt, a.k.a. 'Surreal Я Us'...
Joules, trusted by... dozens... to make a drama out of your crisis...
:: JAT :: WaveWrights :: Publications :: Joules... on writing [on hiatus] ::
I live to write. It's not wise to get in my way.
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... [01/10/14 - Now reached 06/03/2004]
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.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Quickie before I go fall over...
I've been been enjoying role-playing on tumblr for the past... ye gods, nearly two years! I've made some fun friends, and as a treat to myself I commissioned a picture from Clicha. Clicha is a Transformers fan, and a fine artist. Clicha instituted a phenomenon called Robots-in-suits-January, which I really like...
[g] Ohhh yes...
Clicha is currently looking for commissions to fund getting to AA 2015. Just so's you know!
Friday, January 23, 2015
Cold. It's below freezing out there today. Gloriously sunny though. It's supposed to be the same tomorrow: if it's not too slippery underfoot we'll try for another walk.
Kai did fancy a walk on Monday - along the Whitchurch Way to Whitchurch. It's an old railway track that's been made into a cycle path (the same one that goes past right outside the house) and from here is 2.2 miles each way...
(Ow my legs...) Kai can now do this walk and more without any difficulty - which is wonderful, given that pre-transplant he couldn't climb the stairs without getting breathless and weak.
And regardless of how I feel tomorrow, I'm going to have to walk anyway. Finally managed to get to see the dr about my hip last night, and she's referred me to the muscular-skeleto (I think that's the term) team at the BRI. Apparently the unfused bone might be what's causing the pain and the team will write to me to make an initial appt, but I'm to carry on losing weight (and keep exercising) in the meantime. Oh joy...
Monday, January 19, 2015
I follow a tumblr blog called The Beauty of Wildlife, which often has amazing photos of foxes. This one really appealed to me (pic is clickable to the original). That expression is exactly what my face frequently looks like when I consider the human species...
I forgot to say - I found out why Kai will have to take penicillin for the rest of his life. Apparently the TBI (Total Body Irradiation) destroys the spleen's ability to handle meningococcal and pneumococcal infections, both of which can be life-threatening. So - penicillin. A small price to pay, we think...
It's a beautiful day today, freezing (almost literally, the outside temperature is around 2°) but cloudless and brilliantly sunny. Hoping Kai feels like a walk when he gets up, although he did walk the Whitchurch Way with Ken yesterday, so might not fancy it.
In the meantime, it looks like Perfume Power has a chance of being republished, possibly as an e-book, so I'm revising it. The science has come on a little way since I first wrote it (and at the very least I have the chance to get rid of the embarrassing number of exclamation marks!) More as it happens.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Every now and then I enter - 'starscream figure' - into ebay to see if there's anything new/that I don't have.
And thus I found these...
Yes, they are in fact a set of Transformers: Prime figures - Kinder Egg ones.
I had no idea such a thing existed. Quite adorable, surprisingly sophisticated, and absolutely teeny!
*whispering* I also gave in and have one of these coming for my birthday, found on ebay for a lot less than that...
And Kai's guitar rack arrived.He's upstairs putting it together. Hi last Skype was - "oh. I finished building it and then found the instructions." Which is actually typical for this family...
His follow up Skype - 'it's probably just as well, the instructions are talking about 'soft stuffed legs' and 'activities ring connecting screws'".
Friday, January 16, 2015
Gordon Bennett where did the week go...?
It's been busy, I remember that. Kai and I have been for a couple of walks, I've only got one small bit of sewing left to do and I've finished everything I planned, I'm nearly half way through the Sentinel season 4 summaries, and the freezer is fully stocked again. Monday's BHOC appt went well: Kai is improving steadily, although he's still very fatigued and has enormous difficulty waking up. (Once he is awake, however, he's alert almost right away, which is a definite improvement!)
Today's project is to reorganise his room again. We think we've now worked out the optimum arrangement, and when he's awake are going to try it. It'll give him a lot more room to move in, but it involves moving the bed half into one of the alcoves (where his guitars are at the moment: we ordered a 7-guitar rack last night, which will fit in the chimney-breast space) and it's going to be a bit of a tight fit. However, we've measure it up and I think it can be done. Then he can order a new desk!
Ascension starts tonight. Looks interesting - we'll give it a try.
Heh, if I remember anything more I'll edit the post later...
Friday, January 09, 2015
Catch up again...
Spoiler alert: I've just watched Only Lovers Left Alive (recommended by Lutra and got as a Yule present from GoodTwin) and it's amazing. I'll talk about it further down under a spoiler warning.
Soooo... what have we been up to? Well, Kai's had another little episode of tinnitus and blurry vision, although that has improved over the last couple of days. Yesterday the weather was glorious, so we went for a walk down to Arno's Vale. Yes, it's a cemetery, but it's also a fabulous nature reserve, with paths everywhere of varying steepness and difficulty. We went up through the woods to the open plateau at the top - the views are fantastic, out to the Cotswolds, but you can't see them when the trees are in leaf so this is the right time of year to go. It took us an hour, and our legs were aching when we got back, but it was good and healthy and all helps to build up Kai's strength and stamina again.
I replaced a whole load of music cassettes with CDs I found on amazon and ebay, and we've been working our way through them - the first five Queen albums over dinner (After Day at the Races they started believing their own hype and got tedious, so I gave up collecting them). Night at the Opera, of course, has the wonderful track '39, possibly the first ever s-f song...
Kai brought the laptop down on Tuesday evening and worked on some art while we played a series of concept albums - Scenes from a Memory (not my favourite Dream Theater album, I must confess, but Kai says it takes a least three listens to really appreciate it), some of Patti Smith's Horses, Welcome to my Nightmare (ye gods, 1975. That's the year I met Wendy and Ken, and it still sounds as good as it did on first hearing. Timeless stuff...) and the first couple of tracks from Diamond Dogs. Of course, the Alice Cooper album has a voice over to Black Widow by Vincent Price, which reminded me we have no Price films...
Half an hour later and we have an extremely cheap amazon order of Dragonwyck (serious classical stuff), The Raven (gloriously funny and distinctly campy), The Tingler (which absolutely terrified me the first time I saw it), and a double set of The Abominable Dr Phibes and Dr Phibes Rises Again (very silly). We'll still need to get the classics Masque of the Red Death, and Fall of the House of Usher, but four will do to start with...
We've nearly finished watching Sentinel season 3 (my IMDb summaries are still being posted): next up is Sky (will write the summaries for that too, since they're currently empty). We still have Twin Peaks and the Battlestar Galactica phenomenon to tackle - plus Charlie Jade from several years ago (watched the first couple of eps and they sent me to sleep, but I should try again as the premise is interesting), and Falling Skies (first ep was so-so, we haven't gone back to it yet). So no lack of entertainment!
Only Lovers Left Alive... It's a vampire film, but completely different to any other I've seen. It has a feeling of agelessness, and the characters are perfectly believable and perfectly cast. Many centuries - if not millennia - old, they've transcended concerns for physical things (except, possibly, clothes, though even there what they wear is often decades or centuries old): they live in what can only be described as squalor. Life is difficult: most humans' blood is tainted these days, causing sickness, and procuring safe nourishment can be difficult. And the music is fantastic (the soundtrack is available and has gone straight on my wishlist!) It's a slow-paced, artistic gem of a film. Not for everyone, but I'm very glad I have it!
Edit: Lutra tells me Eve is about 3000 years old and was a druid.
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Quick catchup - it's been busy, but things seem to be slowing down a little...
So... Kai is looking and feeling better all the time - slowly, it's not a sudden thing, but it's noticeable. He's more alert, and has started programming again. His hair has grown back lighter, but still brown, and I think it may be wavy, but we can't tell until it's a bit longer. It's certainly thick, and very soft.
Not having to schedule in the twice daily itraconasole has eased the pressure a little: he now has main meds around 9 am and 9 pm, with aciclovir, omeprazole and cyclizine around 1 pm. And he's preparing most of them himself (I'm still doing the morning ones).
Things can still go wrong, but it's very promisisng...
In other news... I now have a litre bottle of Turkish Delight vodka creating itself quietly in the pantry, and a small bottle of lemon vodka (lemon oil and lemon TD) to see what it's like. Also picked up some orange oil to try making an orange version in the near future.
Less good news is I put on half a stone over the last month - though the good news is it was only half a stone, which should be relatively easy to lose. Fingers crossed!
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Tempted to take a nap - weather is grey and dull, and I ate too much!
Labels: Happy New Year
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Last BMT clinic of the year - and Prof Marks is very happy. Kai's blood counts are up again, he is now off the itraconasole, and we have to halve the MMF every two weeks over the next six, then stop. He only needs to go for blood reviews every two weeks from now on (unless anything happens, of course, there's a very nasty respiratory virus doing the rounds that has landed two BHOC patients in intensive care... and the MMF has been keeping GvHD at bay, so any rashes and we're to contact them right away) and his next BMT clinic is in six weeks (Day +172)!
All in all - bearing in mind things could still go wrong - a very happy end to what, with the notable exception of the transplant working, has been an absolute bugger of a year. Please let 2015 be better.
Monday, December 29, 2014
It's a bit chilly here at the moment...
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Oddka Salty Caramel Popcorn flavour - whoa Nelly!! *g* It's good!
I now have a recipe for Turkish Delight flavoured vodka, which I shall be trying as soon as I can pick up some good Turkish Delight!
Found at Sains today for £2.10 in their post-xmas sale...
It's a strange design, and will never replace my true mug, but at that price I couldn't leave it behind...
We have foxes still, and Kai has done two nights of filming them, but the software he used to use for creating compilations doesn't work on his new machine, so he can't post them yet. The foxes are beautiful though. And extremely noisy!
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Mmmmmm(melting)... Made myself an Options orange hot chocolate drink - then added a measure of Cointreau and a big dollop of Sains Taste the Difference thick cream with Mandarin and Valencia orange and Grand Marnier liqueur. I can tell one is never going to be enough...
Yesterday was also very pleasant - calm and relaxing. I did have to nip to Sains for bread and milk, but apart from that we had the usual buffet, then extremely tasty roast beef for dinner. And watched Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which was quite good.
Today I transformed (and built) my new Starscreams - Ghostscream and Constructoscream...
Constructoscream I actually managed to build myself without Kai's help!
With trademark smirk! (And he does transform to jet mode but it's fiddly. Will try some other time.)
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Duck is roasting quietly to itself in the oven, sitting in a bath of Hock: the orange and brandy sauce is made and just waiting to have the pan juices added: the veg is prepared. We'll eat, then watch Dr Who, then have dessert, then watch Frozen (finally!)
It's been lovely and relaxed: the presents are fantastic - four Transformers graphic novels to read (Windblade, Drift, Dark Cybertron vol 2, and Autocracy) - Only Lovers Left Alive and Sky to watch, and some Oddka samplers to drink.
[GLOMPS] to GoodTwin and Sue for indulging my Transformers obsession!
Better go start the veg cooking...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Well, my venison casserole was a fail. Ken ate it, Kai and I gave up. The sauce provided smelt very nice, but tasted distinctly of liquorice, which I can't stand, and the meat was dry. I ended up making Kai and I pizza instead! (Think I'll give up on venison, I've never yet managed to cook it successfully...)
Then we watched Snowpiercer... wow. Goes straight up there with Cloud Atlas, The Fountain and Sunshine. Took a few minutes to get going but afterwards... what a film.
Kai's cell counts were up yesterday, which is great! All is continuing well (still fatigued and feeling rough, but we know that's the meds and until they're reduced all we can do is put up with it and cope as best we can). Though he really doesn't like the pentamidine...
Last time I was in the hospice shop I found a crab for 70p!
A friend for Lutra's cuttlefish. Isn't he cute?
(I'm still on the lookout for a velociraptor plushie, in case anyone finds one. But best to let me see a pic of it first, I'm very fussy about plushies...)
Sunday, December 21, 2014
And Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary to us!
Ken and went to the Black Castle for lunch - I had two starters (Filo Prawns and Breaded Mushrooms with garlic mayo) and a side of onion rings rather than a main, and very tasty it was too. (Had the Epic Choc-tastic Sundae for dessert. Was very nearly too much!)
My present from Ken:
So cute! I'm not sure I can wear the bracelet any more, there are 40 charms on it now and 10 more waiting: it's less an item of jewellery and more a dangerous personal weapon...
I'm roasting a pork joint on a bed of apples and oranges and cider for dinner. Smelling nice... Afterwards we have Hercules to watch (I was going to wait until the price dropped but soddit...). I'm very tired though, didn't sleep well last night and woke at 5.30 am and couldn't get back to sleep...
Kai is doing very well.
Friday, December 19, 2014
My chibi Starscream arrived from Hong Kong. Beautiful, sturdy figure with eyes that light up.
Now, 'chibi', by definition, implies 'cute, sweet, awwww-worthy' - but the creator of this has managed to make him look like a malevolent imp.
Cracks me up...
Heh. He's top heavy and refusing to stand up, keeps falling over. Absolutely typical (of the character, I mean, awkward bugger). He's now supported by the long-suffering (blue) Armada Starscream.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Remember that 20 questions game we played at the Black Castle? I remembered what I know it as - Botticelli!
Kai's lung function test yesterday was absolutely fine - I think Dr Lowry described it 100% more than they were expecting. Very good results, anyway. She's also very pleased with the way things are going, which is great!
The itty bitty diddy teeny Tf: Animated Prowl I found on ebay. Isn't he just so cute?
And we're just about ready for Yuletide now...
Monday, December 15, 2014
That was an astonishingly busy but enjoyable weekend. GoodTwin and Sue came over on Saturday: we went out to Almondsbury Garden Centre for Aspen and spider substrate so we can repot both Rosa and Feather, and I picked up a couple of Yule presents as well. So many tempting goodies! Came back with Lindt Cointreau bars for both Ken and I (one of my absolute favourites) as a treat. We ate at the Black Castle (peri peri chicken for me, wonderfully hot and spicy) and played one of Sue's fantastic finds, a people-based kind of 20 questions (I know it has a proper name but I just can't remember it...) It was wonderful to see you both again, and I feel thoroughly rejuvenated (and I haven't laughed so much in ages...) Many thanks!
Sunday was its usual manic busyness.
And today... Well, it didn't start off very well, as Ken forgot we had the appt and didn't wake me up until the taxi had arrived. However, the actual appt was quick: we saw the registrar immediately after the bloods were taken, so were home by 9.30. All is good, and we may be able to start reducing the meds very soon. Won't know til the next BMT appt, but we're hopeful.
Best thing is we have our Kai back. Not sure if that 100 days is a psychological thing, but since it's been up he's been getting brighter and more alert, discussing (and arguing) over the sorts of things we used to (science and cosmology, mostly, though anything is fair game!) - back to normal, almost - every day. It's wonderful. It's such a relief. We're still not taking anything for granted, but if things carry on like this he'll be absolutely fine for uni - and a mostly normal life - before next September.
Thank you, everyone, for your 'fluences and good wishes. They've helped.
Friday, December 12, 2014
There is no such thing as too many Starscreams...
(The space by Darkscream, right of the top shelf there, is ready for the three new ones coming for Yule - Ghost, Chibi and Constructobot!)
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Well, we're at Day +100, and it feels like a milestone, even if it's been a very low-key day. Kai and I watched Transformers: Age of Extinction again this afternoon, and we had steak and chips for dinner with nuked chocolate puds and ice-cream for dessert. All very tasty!
Yesterday's bone marrow aspirate went very well - very quick and even I could tell the difference between the healthy material extracted yesterday and the awful lack of anything useful from the first biopsy he had. We should get the results at next week's BMT clinic, but he's so much better I'm fairly sure they'll tell us it's now normal. Or perhaps I shouldn't say that, I'm terribly afraid of jinxing things... He's still desperately tired, but with everything he's still going through (those meds are brutal) he's entitled!
Annoyingly though, the BMT clinic we should have had yesterday was cancelled - only nobody thought to tell us. Meant we hung around for longer than we needed to. [sigh and eye roll]
My next two new Starscreams have arrived... Teeny tiny Bayverse one...
... and I finally have a transformable G1 version.
And we now have a Venetian blind at the kitchen window. Finally. It's aluminium and reflects both light and heat back into the room - dead snazzy! Kai had to put it onto the brackets for us as the instructions made no sense whatsoever and he is extraordinarily good at solving such problems.
All in all a good day.
Monday, December 08, 2014
Kai's headaches, dizziness and tinnitus have all eased to nothing, and today his weight was up a little bit and so are his counts [phew...], so they're postponing his ENT hearing exam, as at the moment there's no reason for concern (though that might change depending on the MRI results). All told, everyone is very happy with the way things are progressing, Kai is feeling a little better (though still desperately tired, so sleeping a lot), and we're hoping we might be able start reducing meds after Wednesday's clinic. Fingers crossed.
I've been finding new Starscreams...
This Armada one is rather cute! Originally a McDonald's Happy Meal toy, he's on wheels: pull him back and he rushes forwards, and transforms from jet to robot when he hits something (a bit like a botshot).
It would have been really nice if the advent calender had chocolate Autobot and Decepticon brands, but instead it's fairly standard stuff, angels, trees, sledges, and this.
I do rather wonder what elephants have to do with Yule...
Managed a little garden work (deadheading) out the front this morning after we got back. Looks a little tidier now.
Friday, December 05, 2014
Busy as usual. Wednesday's BMT Clinic went OK: Kai's fatigue and loss of appetite isn't unusual, it seems. Advice is to nap when he needs to throughout the day, and to graze - eat little and often. His weight is fairly stable right now, but he can't afford to lose any. His MRI was yesterday late afternoon: result will take a week to ten days.
On the plus side, he's (suddenly) developed an interest in clothes, and I'm now on the lookout for retro styled garments. We've already bought him a very nice trenchcoat (£5 on ebay!), a handful of scarves, and two dark green pure cotton shirts (small, button-down collar) from Sainsbury's new winter range. I'm looking for a couple of v-neck sweaters next (I don't have a specific style in mind but will know it when I see it) and a loose cowl neck one (not so easy). It's back to scouring the charity shops!
(And yes, I know that's inviting 'your mother dresses you funny' jokes, but so far he's loved what I've found.)
Monday, December 01, 2014
... but... what??
(The Astronaut's Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More looks useful, but not at £92.29 plus another £10.24 p&p!)
Kai still feeling rough. We're to reduce his tacrolimus and he's been changed to an anti-histamine anti-emetic in the hopes that might help.
Put up Yule decorations yesterday...
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Wow. Eight hours sleep last night, probably the most I've had in a year!
Did I mention I found a Transformer advent calender at The Range?
Of course I bought it for me - you're never too old for an advent calender! - but then felt a bit guilty, as we really can't risk Kai having one because of his clean diet. So I gave it some thought, and over the last week have made him what may be the biggest advent calender in the world...
There are individual mini chocolate bars in the pockets (and a few non-edible fun things as well). I'm quite pleased with the way it's come out. Yes, it's simplistic, but I didn't have a lot of time (had to make it while Kai was asleep in the mornings).
The wol isn't quite as pretty as I'd like, but the 25 on the wing works well, I think.
And because I don't trust anyone -
It's very large - four and a half feet in length and correspondingly wide. Kai seems quite chuffed with it though!
He's feeling a bit better today - we went over to the nature reserve for a walk this afternoon. The report on Friday was that they couldn't find anything in his blood review, and he has no infection markers, so they think it's either a virus or the meds (same as the Thursday doctor). However, to be absolutely sure, he's booked in for a head MRI next week (because of the headaches he keeps getting), and then he'll have a thorough ear exam (to check if his occasional tinnitus has an obvious cause). Fingers crossed...
Friday, November 28, 2014
So after three days of Kai gradually feeling worse and worse, tonight he was worried enough for me to get him into the BHOC (his temperature is fine, rash the same, no obvious physical problems just increasing weakness, muzziness, pain and general ickiness). Bloods taken for review, ecg run and throat swabs taken, and he's staying for what's left of the night so they can repeat the blood review in a few hours, prior to him taking his tacrolimus meds. The dr we saw couldn't find anything obviously wrong, so she thinks it's either a virus brewing in the background, or drug toxicity. We should know tomorrow, before he has his pentamidine nebuliser.
I've just got back. I've been up since 7.30 yesterday morning, and really need to be up by 8 this morning. Is it worth while going to bed? I ask myself...
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Everything still going OK. We went for a walk this evening and watched the sunset at the Callington Rd Nature Reserve - very pretty and of course I forgot my camera...
We did watch Tf: Age of Extinction on Friday, and all enjoyed it (I loved it!) Both Kai and I want to watch it again soon, as it's so detailed it's very easy to miss things even the second time around.
We've nearly reached Season 3 of The Sentinel too - and I've picked us up the complete Twin Peaks, as Kai expressed an interest in it, and it is, of course, the definition of a cult classic. Will start that after The Sentinel.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Monday's appt was a little worrying - they thought, from his previous blood review, that Kai might have Epstein-Barr virus (extremely common, apparently, the one that causes glandular fever). Luckily his Monday review came back with all the virus markers negative, so that's all good. His RBC and platelets were down on the previous week, but not enough for them to worry about. We'll see what happens next Monday.
Sains had How to Train your Dragon 2, so I picked it up - along with Transformers: Age of Extinction which we're saving 'til Friday, since it's 2 hours 40 minutes long. HTTYD2 is an absolute delight, well deserving the 8.1 the IMDb gives it, hugely enjoyable. Although it rather threw me that the head of the Bewilderbeast looks startlingly similar to Megatron/Galvatron's head in TfP: Predacons Rising (best image I can find is here).
Later edit: there's a similar pic of the bewilderbeast here for comparison, but that image is a spoiler so only go look if you've seen the film or don't mind spoilers.
Kai is feeling generally noticeably better, we're still going for walks nearly every day, and his hair has started growing back. Not enough to tell what colour it's going to be, yet, but enough to provide some protection from the cold (over and above his hats, that is). I have his permission to post this photo (make the most of it, he doesn't like doing it!) so you can see. He's also looking much better these days: everyone at the BHOC keeps remarking how well he looks!
Finally remembered to ring for the results of my x-ray. News is basically good - my hip joints are normal with no unusual wear and tear, and no arthritis (yet), but I have a section of 'unfused bone' at the top of my left femur that might be what's causing the pain. I have to make an appt with Dr Reading for an examination, and may be referred to a specialist. Oh joy. In the meantime, it's not something to be too worried about, so I suppose I just take it as easy as I can manage and not carry anything too heavy. (Yeah, right.)
Otherwise things are trundling along as normal. I'm hoping to get back to Poppy before Yule...
Sunday, November 16, 2014
... where did the week go?
In brief - slow (very slow but noticeable), steady improvement. Kai's been out for four walks (one with Ken) and is finding it easier all the time, though he's tired the next day. He's determined to get strong again as fast as he can though. His excellent appetite should help!
Yule shopping is well underway (folks' parcels were sent off Thursday and arrived yesterday).
Picked up How to Train your Dragon - in advance of HTTYD 2, which is supposed to be out tomorrow, hoping to pick it up right away - and watched last night. Absolutely loved it.
Garden tidy-up continues. At some point I have to fill in all the gaps in the greenhouse with bubble wrap and set my sulphur candle going (then perhaps my cucumbers will grow next year). Everything is now planted except the viburnum - it's not going to sit well where I had planned, so we're going to have to find another position for it.
Still desperately tired. And aching. Legs seem to be getting worse: now waking up at least twice a night with the pain. I forgot to ring for x-ray results on Friday: will try to remember after tomorrow's BHOC appt.
Trying for an early night. Think it'll happen?
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The garden is pretty at this time of year, even on a grey drizzly day...
Monday's appt went well, everyone still very happy with progress. It was cold and sunny: we went for a nice longish walk in between blood review and seeing the doctor. There's a pretty 'woodland' walk along the side of the hill behind the hospital (I'll try to remember to take photos next time. It's very pleasant and flat, designed for patients to get some fresh air, gentle exercise, and see something natural rather than walls), then a little way down and back up 'cardiac hill'. Kai managed it better than me, although he is very tired today.
We got back before ten (would have been earlier but I had to pick up some more MMF at the onsite Boots) to find my trees had been delivered and left on the patio area, as requested. Made Kai lunch, dived out for a Sains shop (specifically to pick up X-men: Days of Future Past) then we planted them up in the veg bed. Going to look beautiful next spring! I'll take photos then, they're pretty much bare branches right now.
After dinner we watched the new film, and enjoyed it, though I could see the plot holes this time round. It was fun though!
Today is dull and drizzly. However, it seems the problem with the DVD recorder is just with one tape, as it will happily record everything else, so I'm still transferring stuff. Ken's archived material today - the 1987 Second Tiverton Fire Show (great fun, and Ken was in it), a Wire programme filmed at the Galleries that Ken was also in, and currently the Most Haunted Live (2007) which was filmed in Bristol. All four hours of it. [headdeskheaddeskHEADDESK] I cannot adequately express how much I hate that programme. I shall need to bleach my brain when it's over, and I certainly deserve a medal...
Hoping to finish the curtain for this room after lunch.
I probably forgot to say we're watching The Sentinel, an ep a day - halfway through Season 2 now, and thoroughly enjoying it. It transferred surprisingly well and the quality is fine.
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Two thirds of the way through...
It's been completely manic. In the past four days Kai and I have been for two walks while the weather's been nice, one of them to the Callington Road nature reserve; I've done vast amounts of Yuletide shopping; Ken and I have planted the tamarind, cornus and escallonia out the front, the two red cyclamen and the new hibiscus out the back, the tulip bulbs are planted, and Ken's dug the holes up at the top ready for the trees tomorrow; I went to Sth Briz Community Hospital for my x-ray, via the town to search for scarves for Kai (he's feeling the cold, and not having any hair isn't helping. I found a couple of quite nice ones in charity shops); we're nearly halfway through The Sentinel season 2; and we found time to watch Winter's Tale, which I picked up reduced at Tesco. (We enjoyed it. It's only inspired by the book - which is one of my favourite five of all time - but it gets across the ambience of the work surprisingly well. I could have done without the heavy-handed angel/demon thread though).
There was a lot more but I'm tired and my memory is a bit hazy. I still have to plant my irises, and X-men: Days of Future Past is out on DVD tomorrow - will need to pick that up - and I still haven't finished my last curtain, but otherwise the basic clearing up and sorting out of the house is not far off being done. There's always fine tuning, of course, but I do that as I go along.
Have decided to do duck à l'orange for the 25th December, been a while since I've made it and we do like it. Unfortunately I've left it too late to organise anything for our anniversary this year: the Glassboat is booked solid right through December and into January. Pity - it's our 25th and it would have been nice to go there. However, with Kai recovering we've decided not to bother with anything very special out: I've bought a good pork joint to roast and we'll all watch a film together after dinner instead.