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October 2005

Wobbly Wednesday

Well after two days at home not feeling great i'm back at work and feeling worse! Really wish I had stayed at home again. But I have Friday off as holiday so felt a bit guilty being ill all week and then going away this weekend.

So at last it's ScrapManic weekend away and I am so so excited. I will be driving down on Friday myself, which I am a little nervous about, and I can't wait to catch up with everyone and of course getting my manic scrappers cj back. This has been one of the best cj groups I have been in and feel honoured to have been in such a talented circle.

I was due to have my flu jab on Friday afternoon but when I got there they had run out so I'm not sure when i'll have a chance to get back down to Mortlake, and i'm sure I feel so yuck cause I am coming down with something.

We had Danni to stay this weekend and it was so lovely to be able to show her the new house and of course the cows and bunnies. We got some great photos, well I hope they are great will have to see when they come back from the shop. I also had a play with my camera and am slowly getting to learn how it all works, at last! I took some pictures of flowers outside so should print them to see how they come out. Must get my picturemate plugged in.

Collected the Macs from the airport on Sunday night and got stuck in horrific traffic so it took us three hours to get home, plus they were delayed 2 hours due to plane overbooking and had to get a flight to Gatwick. Stopped in Hitchin for a bite to eat then home to crash. Mary got a call at 2.30 in the morning to say Geoff had had a heart attack so she was a bit stressed until she managed to get through to the hospital to find out how he was. Luckily he had the heart attack in the hospital so he will be fine but him and Mark have got to look after themselves cause they have bad heart genes so really can't take any chances!!

I am having a problem with the cats, well more Josh, and their litter tray which I took away. They are going to wee outside but the poos are happening in the place the litter tray was, so on the bathroom floor!! Luckily it's not carpet but still it's freaking me out! I need to catch him about to do it and take him outside. Oh the joy!! lol

Right must go get some lunch, me tummy is growling!

Hey hey it's Friday

Good morning campers!!

So it's the weekend and we have a busy one, this afternoon I am taking my old journey down South to go to the docs for my flu jab, meeting Stu there cause he is seeing the doc for a bp check. We are meeting Danni in the Ship at 5 and will probably have a little catch up and drink with the boys.
Tomorrow we are shopping for the desks and unpacking the rest of the boxes. Sunday will be a day of rest and picture taking before we head back down to london to take Danni home and collect the Macs from the airport. Then we have dinner at the pub with the family.

As I type this Mick and Danni are at the airport, Micks flight is at 12 and I'm feeling very very sad for my chicken. I hope this trip will be good for Mick and will add to his job experience but I know it is going to be very tough on Danni.

Flo and Josh seem to be settling in nicely to their new surroundings and have been out and about exploring. I bought Josh a new colar cause I think someone was feeding him obviously thinking he was homeless, hence him getting sick the other night. I now just need to get their tags written up and attached to the colars.

Still haven't managed to get my new camera working, boo hoo, I must see if I can find a forum to give me tips and hints on how to work it.

I spoke to Vanessa last night and caught up with the news from home. Nina is starting her std 8 exams next month and is a bit nervous but i'm sure she will be fine. She wants to go to the army and learn to fly so I think she may be headed for the airforce, it's funny but that is what I wanted to do too. Although I think my feelings were kicked off by watching Top Gun!
Chloe is finishing primary school this year, which makes me feel very very old. She is busy with all her dancing exams at the moment, tap and hip hop have been done, she got a distiction in tap and the hip hop results are due today. Ballet and modern exams are in the next few weeks. I think she's headed for the stage!! (For those reading my blog Vanessa is my other mother, and Nina and Chloe are my sisters)

I must call them back this weekend as the girls were in bed when I called. I must also call mum cause it's been a while since we had a chat.

Right I must get on with my day cause it's an early finish for me today!

new camera

So I got my new camera home, put in the card, put the battery on to charge, attached the strap and then packed it away till last night when the battery was ready. Got it out ot have a play and I have NO idea how to work it, sat reading the book but cannot figure out how to change the shutterspead etc, so my photos are awful! Not a good start but I know once I get the setting right it'll work beautifully!!

nearly the weekend

Yeah it's almost here, can't wait to enjoy some more country living!!

So the bed and wardrobe arrived yesterday. The bed is lovely and last night i made it ready for Danni's visit this weekend. We also have the Mac coming to stay on Sunday night as they pass through on their way back from Spain and Portugal. The new mattress that is on our bed is lovely, I just hope it makes my back feel better as it is so sore right now!! The wardrobe is sitting in the garage as Stu needs to make shelves for it still, hopefully we'll have it done by the weekend.

On Saturday we are going to buy the desks for the 'office', so I hope to have all my scrapping stuff unpacked soon too. Then I have to pack for ScrapManic which is next weekend. I am so looking forward to it, I just loved last years.

I had a nightmare journey this morning, the train was delayed due to signal problems, then my train broke down, aarrghh!! But hey I live in the country so one bad journey in 14 is nothing!

new deliveries

Last night my poor little Josh was sick, no idea where all the 'stuff' came from as he hardly had any of his dinner. I am worried that somone else is feeding him so I must get him a colar so he doesn't look like he's homeless!

Can't wait to get home and have a play with my new camera, it's just so lovely.

Today Stuart went to collect our new bed, the actual bed is going into the spare room but the new mattress is for our bed and our mattess is going on the spare bed. Really looking forward to going to sleep tonight! He also collected the new wardrobe so I must sand it down and give it a coat of stain so it matches the bed.

Work is a bit tiring at the moment so i'm quite bored! Not good really, I need something that inspires and challenges me.

Two days in a row!!

A bit tired today cause I went to bed too late!

After an unsuccessful desk buying weekend we have been going through the argos book and I have found some nice desks that will all fit together and give us one for the pc, corner unit, one for me, down the RHS and one for Stu down the LHS. I will also be able to leave my drawer unit on the RHS of me for easy access and my paper trays will fit on top of the unit so all sorted, now I just need to go buy them!

The new bed for the spare room is arriving tomorrow and hopefully Stu will also manage to get the wardrobey thing too so I can sand it down and give it a stain to match the bed and sidetables.

Danni is coming to stay for the weekend so i'll have some help setting up my scrapping area. And we're going to go out and take photos too!

OH and, and, and (can you tell i'm excited) I am getting a new camera!! Woo Hoo it's [URL=]this one[/URL] ! It's so luch and my lenses for my film SLR will fit it too!

So much has happened

Okay so I have to admit I am hopeless at keeping this up to date, and it's pointless saying I will from now on cause I know what will So now for the news....

We have moved! Yes since I last posted and said we were house hunting we have found somewhere and have been there since Saturday the 8th October..... There were a few hair raising moments but I refer to the following extracts to bring you up to spead...

Extract from 6/10/2005
The move is turning into a little nightmare!! When I called last night to confirm moving in on the 7th they said our references hadn't come through and we couldn't The people I needed to speak to had gone home so I had to call back this morning. When I called the lady said because I hadn't asked to move in on the 7th she hadn't chased the reference company. I said I had sent two letters confirming the 7th as our moving in date, then we were cut off (I was on the underground at the time)

When I got to work I called her back and she said everything was sorted and the references had all come through (admition to guilt ?) and we were cleared to move in but the inventory man could only make it on Saturday, the 8th.

So I have changed the movers to Sat morning, and I now need to co-ordinate paying the deposit, meeting the inventory man and being at home to meet the mover all in the space of an hour, 40 miles apart! I really need a drink now, lol.

I have to say that although I have only moved once before this and that was when we went back to SA, this has been far more difficult and stressful. No idea why!

Extract from 10/10/2005
Well we are in our house and oh it is just so lovely!!

Friday at about 12ish the man from Telewest came and took the box, Stuarts brother arrived a little while later and loaded up his van with boxes, the cats scratching stand and my scrapping stuff. By this time we had already loaded up Stus van with about 27 boxes so we were ready to go.

First stop the bank, where I had some paperwork to sign and we had to draw cash for the deposit. Then we drove up to the agents, paid the depoist signed the lease and went to Stuarts brother to unload the boxes into his garage.

Then it was back to the house to carry on packing and sorting. We both fell into bed exhausted at about 10pm. Up bright and early Saturday morning and packed up the land rover which I was driving up to the new house to meet the inventory man on my own. Now I must just pause here to say it's been a long time since I drove and driving through London is scary enough as a passenger never mind being behind the wheel of the car.

I also had to take the cats up and the vet had run out of cat boxes so I had to borrow one from my neighbour. Once we were packed up I headed out and to my surprise it was really easy, very little traffic and I didn't have to drive around round abouts three times before I remembered which turn off was mine

We got there an hour early (well we didn't know what the traffic was going to be like) and Flo, bless her, chatted to me the whole way up. Josh on the other hand slept all the way! I gave them a bit of food and we waited. Once the guy arrived the inventory check didn't take too long and we were ready to explore the new house. It took a while to get the cats out their boxes but once they were out the examined every inch of the place.

Poor things had to be locked in a room while we were unloading but they seem quiet happy and comfortable in the new house. I'm not sure how brave I will be about letting them out, but I think by the end of this week Stu will be begging me to throw them out as they tend to be awful noisy running around the house at 2 in the morning!

Stu got to the house a little before the removal van so we unloaded the boxes he brought up while waiting. Once all was unloaded we paid the man and headed back to the old house to get the last of it and hoover and tidy up, and say goodbye!

Dinner was a lovely meal at the pub which is a 3 minute walk from the house! The box with the fittings for the bad landed up at Stus brother so we had to sleep on the matress on the floor but hey at least we were in the new house!

Yesterday was spent picking up the last of the boxes from Stus brother, plumbing in the washing machine, making up the bed, doing washing and sorting the kitchen. It's the only room completely unpacked and tidy but as I see it, it's the most important. I think it will take a while to get all unpacked but i'm not stressing about it, I just want to enjoy my new surroundings!

This mornings train journey to work was a bit longer than expected but again living in the country will be well worth the little extra travel time!

Extract from this morning
I have had such a lovely weekend doing things and shopping for the house. Saturday we went out and bought a new bed for the spare room, it comes with free bed linen and a free matress, although we upgraded the mattress and will be putting it on our bed and using our mattress on the new bed. It was a very adult thing to do and a bit scary, which Stuart found hilarious. We have never made such a big purchase together although the contents of our house are worth more together they have all been bought seperatly IYKWIM!!

Then we went off looking for a chest of drawers for our room, we have plenty of hanging space but no folded clothes space. We had no luck finding what we want.

Then yesterday we went out again to look some more and found a nice unit that has one draw at the bottom and hanging space at the top, Stu suggested taking it and putting in shelves until we can afford to have something built for us. There is a guy around the corner that makes furniture so we'll go and see him in the new year.

I let the cats out on Saturday and Josh just loved it! He was out catching little things before I could even get the washing on the line. Problem was he brought it inside and let it go, I think it was a shrew, so I had to catch and release the poor thing. He came home at about 3 on Sunday morning and I was having a quiet little flap worrying about him! Flo is not too keen to go out but this morning she did manage to venture out for a bit.

It is just so lovely being out there and I managed to get some pics of a bunny rabbit but it's on my film camera so we'll need to wait and see how they came out.

Well as you can see it was eventfull but it is just so great being out in the country and even the slightly longer commute doesn't worry me one bit!