At every meal, Archie flicks food into her water bowl. She doesn’t use this water bowl, and it’s there more for decoration than anything else (she has a separate bowl in the kitchen that she likes to drink from). As she doesn’t like having bits of food floating around in the water, throughout the day she stops by and picks bits of food out the water with her paw. It’s the cutest thing ever, and I tried to photograph it for you recently!
This fishing session was unsuccessful, and she couldn’t get the piece of food out the water. She gave up and went to sleep in the end. She’s not a very good hunter, so she’s lucky she gets fed twice a day!
I didn’t do very well for my February goals. I didn’t achieve any of them!
I did nine stripes of my ripple blanket (my goal was 10). This month I started several knitting projects, and this ate into my crochet time. The photo above is Archie sitting on the blanket when I laid it out to check the pattern. I arranged the last of the balls of yarn into the pattern I’ll crochet, which you can see in my photo below. The problem is, now I can’t put them away as they’re all in order!
I bought one t-shirt in February (this one) so broke my “no clothes” goal. I’ve also already broken this goal for March as I needed some boring plain t-shirts!
My diet was a bit of a mess in February, but I re-started it yesterday so hopefully I’ll get back on track! And finally, I only read three books, which I’ll be discussing in a separate post.
I need to get back on track this month!
Oops, I took an unintended holiday from my blog! Sorry for not talking much this week. It’s been a bit of an frustrating week.
I’ve had a dull toothache for a while now (since Christmas), and I finally went to the dentist last Friday, which was great. She found a teeny crack in the tooth that didn’t even show up on X-ray, filled my tooth and all was well. Except now the toothache has come back again. I think it’s my jaw playing up (I have jaw problems), so I know the pain is not really my tooth. Those of you who have jaw problems will relate; the pain can manifest pretty much anywhere! I’ve met people who’ve had back pain, and it turns out it was their jaw! Drugs and a hot water bottle do the trick eventually, but it’s not very practical to walk around with a water bottle on your head, and I haven’t got much done.
Alongside this, the cat has developed a squint, which it turns out is from an ulcer on her lower eye lid. The vet thinks she’s been injured in a fight again, and now I have a gel to put in her eye twice a day. She does not like it, and now runs away if I get too close to her.
Then, to top it all off, the car has developed a rattle and now needs a new water pump. Life is expensive!
In other annoying news, my Twitter feed is broken, I’ve had a problem with an order from Forbidden Planet and neither of us know what went wrong (they’re currently looking into it) and I have two parcels at the Post Office because I missed a delivery by 10 mins.
Ok whinge over.
I have done a lot of crafting this week in amongst all of this, so I have a few things to show you, including an epic project I’m very excited about! I haven’t done much reading this week though, and I think it’s very unlikely I’m going to reach my reading challenge of six books this month. You win some and you lose some!
I hope you’re all well.
My goals for February are similar to January, which should be easy – except as mentioned earlier this week, I’m doing terribly with my diet!
- Lose 1Kg
- Read six books
- Buy no clothes
- Crochet 10 stripes of ripple blanket (=30 rows)
I haven’t had the urge to buy clothes yet, which has made the “no buy” goal quite easy to follow. It’s inevitable that something will test my resolve soon though, and we’ll see how committed I really am to this challenge!
I’m reading two long books this month, and I’m half-heartedly hoping to finish both of them. Realistically, I will not finish Don Quixote. It is ridiculously long and I only read little bits at a time.
My crochet blanket is coming along nicely – I might have it finished in a month or two at this rate!
February has crept up on me, and now it’s the 10th and I still haven’t recapped my January goals!
My January goals were to:
- Read six books (and reduce number of started books)
- Buy no clothes
- Do 10 stripes of crochet blanket (that’s 30 rows)
- Lose 1Kg
- Go to charity shop and get rid of stuff in garage
I’m pleased to say that I completed all five goals. YEY! I’ve already shown you my crochet blanket so far, and I’ll be doing a separate post on my January books. The other three goals really don’t warrant posts of their own!
I bought an exercise bike before Christmas, so I’ve been trying to use that, and I’ve been using an app (My Fitness Pal) to track my calories. Mostly, I need to just stop eating everything. Haha – I suspect that’s true for most dieters! February has been a disaster so far, but hopefully I won’t regain what I lost in January.
The charity shop trip was a success, although as soon as I went the box in the garage magically filled itself up, so I do now need another trip. I favour Oxfam, as my local shop has parking just outside the front door so you can lug your bags in easily, and the staff are always nice.
I’ve already got started on my February goals, and I’ll be sharing them in a post later this week!
How did you do with your January goals?
This weekend was a particularly lovely one. The sun shone; I pottered about with my crochet blanket, started knitting a new scarf, had lots of tea, read, made soup and generally relaxed. I also took a few pictures on my camera, which has been feeling neglected recently.
These are all the ends of my crochet blanket so far. They’re going into the scarf that’s photographed further up.
I hope you had a lovely weekend too.
Hi all. This is a short post to let you know that my charger on my laptop is broken, so I can’t update my blog properly. *sad face*
I’m getting the charger replaced, but it may be a couple of days before I’m back online properly. In the mean time, I’m still on Twitter and I get emails.
Have a lovely few days!
I recently showed you my new laptop, and now my laptop skin and case have arrived, so I thought I’d show you them too. I decided in the end not to get a hard cover for the laptop. I decided I was being overly-cautious. My laptop never leaves the house so how much trouble can it really get into?
I got the laptop case from eBay. They are a lot cheaper on eBay than on Amazon, so I recommend having a browse. Just search “neoprene laptop case”. Mine is appropriately garish, but there are cases available in sensible colours! I got mine for half the price I would have paid on Amazon.
I bought the skin from Society6. Don’t do this if you live in the UK. I got caught by Customs again and had a superfluous tax added to my parcel. For what it is, it ended up costing me a lot of money! Still, it is pretty.
I use this laptop a lot more than my old laptop. It’s smaller, quicker to start up and more pleasant to use.
Father Christmas was very good to me, and he bought me a new camera strap for the camera I bought last autumn.
It’s off Etsy, and it’s worth having a browse for camera straps on there as there are lots of goodies available.
With my other camera, I made the strap myself and it was good fun. However, I wanted this strap to have clips so that I could remove the strap easily when I didn’t want it. I use this camera to take macros so I won’t always want the strap in the way. The clips make it easy to remove the strap, and the clips themselves mesh together so that you can create a handle after unclipping the strap.
There are so many instructions for decorating camera straps nowadays, and so many pretty straps for sale, that there’s no excuse for not jazzing up your camera!
I’ve now had my new laptop a week, so I thought it was time to share a photo with you.
It’s a 13″ Macbook Pro. I’ve called it Lorelei (I’m going through a Gilmore Girls phase at the moment). In the photo above it is with my green hard-drive, which is called Marcus Aurelius (all my devices have really random names). I’ve wiped the green hard-drive (which had old back-ups on it) so that I can use it with Apple’s Time Machine software. This is a program which backs up your computer frequently to protect against data loss.
My new laptop is taking some getting used to. Although I’ve used iPads and iPhones for several years now, I’ve never used an Apple computer before and it feels like I’m learning how to use the technology all over again. Everything is different! It took ages just to work out how to ‘right click’. I’ve been asking a lot of questions on Twitter, and it looks like that won’t stop any time soon. Thank you to everyone who has been giving me advice!
I’ve ordered a case, cover and skin for the laptop, so I’ll do another post when these have arrived. I’ve also bought Pixelmator, which is a highly-rated photo-editing program for Macs, so now I need to learn how to edit photos again. I used the software to edit the photo above and I didn’t do that badly though!
On average, I keep my laptops for five years, so I’m hoping my Macbook will last this long. I know Apple like to issue new devices each year (at the expense of old ones, to a degree), but I’m hoping this won’t affect my use of my Macbook.
(For those wondering, the weird blobs on the left of my desk are Lush bath bombs. I got them for Christmas and they’re just sitting at my desk watching me at the moment!)