Wednesday, 25 February 2009
I took Millie and Barney for a walk this morning over the little patch of green that we have a few yards up the road. If I let Millie off the lead she gets to have a good run around, but she nearly always finds a bone and wont come back in! This morning she found a bone. Barney was chasing her for it so she was running off. So I took him home, leaving her in the middle of the green. She wasn't going anywhere because she was too busy chewing her bone. I got in the car, drove the 50 yards to where she was lying down and pretending we were going for a walk. Luckily she now associates getting in the car to going for a nice long walk and she quite happily discarded her bone and jumped into the car. I very calmy took her straight home and put her into her crate.
GRRR. She is going to be sterilised next Monday so hopefully she might calm down a bit, you never know.
Andy, Sev and I went to a Navy presentation and he has completed the application form. So now he has started his first steps towards joining up. I am pretty nervous about him joining up as there is a distinct possibility he might end up in Afghanistan at some point, but he is very keen to go ahead with it and has really researched life in the Navy. I suppose it is better than quiting college and doing some menial job that he does not enjoy.
For one of the swap bot challenges we get to take photos of our work place. Here are a few for you to muse over. Just a boring office with a limited view. :)
The limited view out of window. We look out onto a small courtyard that has walls on all four sides. Then one of the whole office. One of my desk. And the last one shows part of our Christmas decorations. One of the girls at work collects soft toys to decorate the office for Christmas, Easter and Halloween. This corner was for the penguins. We put up snow and wrapping paper on the wall so it looked less bare, but I didn't get a photo of the completed look as we were so busy at work - again! On the window ledge there was a huge collection of reindeer. People from all over the building come to admire our decorations.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Thursday, 19 February 2009
After dinner Sev and I went swimming. He was in fine form and swam 34 lengths. I was pleased with my 25 lengths in 25 minutes. Definetly improving my speed and felt fitter this week than I did last. I am keeping a swim log on the zoggs website - www.zoggs.com/
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Sev is going to have his hair cut today. This is big news. Ever since he was a baby he had always had a number 2 hair cut (very short crew cut). Then when he was about 14years old he started growing it long. It is now down to his shoulders. It looks great when straightend but he rarely does this as he needs his sister to do it for him. So it usually is curly and sticks out a bit. I have grown to love his long hair and think it really suits him. However he is thinking of joining the Navy and seems quite serious about this great opportunity. He has an interview with the Navy next weekend and wants to present a good image so is going to have his hair cut to improve upon that image. Can't decide if I am happy about the prospect of his hair cut or not!!
Friday, 13 February 2009
Here is Barney keeping warm in his old man's jacket to keep him dry. Bless him at 14years of age he still loves to play in the snow with us all.
Millie looking sweet, chasing the snowballs that we were all throwing around.
Here are the kids, Sev and Alice enoying the short lived snow. The snow was almost all gone by the nex day.
Monday, 9 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
I have been making some ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for swapping on ATCs for all - http://www.atcsforall.com/ for a Turquoise Monochrome swap of 6 cards. It has certainly been a challenge to make cards with just one colour - but i have managed it. Today when we were in B & Q I picked up some sample paint pots and colour cards to used on the ATCs - quite ingenious I thought!! hee hee.
Monday, 2 February 2009
It looks scrumptious. Temperature is expected to be between 25 and 40 - so a nice tan will be had. Andy will have lost even more weight so wont be so uncomfortable as he has been in past years. Hopefully Sev will be able to join us and not in the Navy by then! Not sure what we are going to do with the dogs yet! Will sort that out nearethe time, Millie I am sure will be ok in kennels, but I dont really want Barney in kennels.
I took Barney to the vets tonight as he is holding his head lopsidedly and keeps losing his balance. I told the doctor that he is aging and told him about his lack of winter coat, losing weight and absentmindedness and how weak his legs seem to be. He has given me antibiotics for an inner ear infection and a non steroidal anti-inflammatory called Ramidyl. I looked this up on the web site as I always do with animal medication (why doesn't animal medication come with an information sheet like human medication?) There were some worrying stories about 15-20% of dogs ending up with liver failure due to this drug. I have found out the warning signs to look out for - vomiting, not eating and sleepiness. So at least I know what to look out for. If he has any of these symptoms I will be straight back to the vets for a check up. I am uncomfortable giving him this medicine but it has helped thousands of other dogs. So let's just hope he is one of the lucky ones!
Sunday, 1 February 2009
Note: If you were born in January or February before the start of that year's Chinese New Year, your animal is the previous year's.
Ox: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Barbara and Trevor came round after Andy met them in a shop to buy Trevor a cardigan for his birthday. They stopped for a lovely leg of lamb roast followed by a fantastic home made trifle. Unfortunately I managed to break four bowls from our new dinner set which was really gutting as it was only the second time of using it! Oh well. We will just have to try and buy another set.
This weekend we have picked up three photographs from studios where we recently had our photos taken. Once I have them scanned and loaded I will put them up on this blog.