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It turns out we weren't actually getting the new stairlift fitted on Tuesday, just the man was coming out to do an assessment and to get things rolling to get it fitted. It's not an issue as it's working fine atm, so now it's just a case of waiting.

Something I learned this week. How to cut a watermelon easily. So, ever since I've eaten watermelon I've cut it in half and the scooped out the flesh, which is a pain. We both love the stuff and James takes it as a snack to work, so we've been buying the pre-cut slices as I found cutting the whole ones a pain but those slices are expensive for what you're getting. Then I saw something on FB which said you actually cut them by halving them, then cutting the peel off from the top. It was a revelation! Cutting watermelon is so easy now, and while I'm sure people are sitting there shaking their heads and wondering how else you'd cut watermelon, it just never occurred to me before.

But a food fail. I eat sugar-free jelly and fruit most nights. I've been making those little packets for years now, sometimes adding fruit to the jelly mixture, sometimes putting it on top when set. This week I added pre-cut frozen fruit and was puzzled when neither pot set. Then realised the fruit had pineapple in. No way would it ever set, so goodbye liquid jelly, no snack for me that night.

We have a baby crow that keeps coming into the garden with its parent. It's there now and I keep looking outside to watch it. It's got this little round fluffy head and makes the most adorable squawk. Of course, it could be many different baby and adult crow combos, but I like to think it's the same ones who know we keep all the feeders well stocked.

We went to see Stuber at the cinema and it was okayish but at a few points was heading toward, is this over yet? territory. But what was great was the couple sitting behind us. Never have I heard a more responsive woman, she made me laugh with her gasps and delighted laughter and then when we were leaving the man of the partnership chatted with me saying how great the film had been. I just smiled and agreed.

Our dishwasher has sprung yet another leak. It did the same a few weeks ago and we got a repairman out who said one of the spinners had split, so ordered a new one. Once we'd changed those the leak stopped. But then two days ago I set the dishwasher away, went in the bath, and came down to the whole kitchen floor covered in water. I don't know what's up with it this time, but I guess we'll need to get another repair-person out. At least if something is going to fail I'd rather it be the dishwasher as I can easily cope with washing dishes by hand, clothes not so much. But I do miss the convenience.

New Killjoys starts soon. I'm very much looking forward to that, and new Queer Eye eps tomorrow \o/

I'd planned on getting some writing done today, waved James off to work, only for him to be back half an hour later after he got ill on the way in. Not that he stops me writing. He knows I do it and is encouraging, but I like to be in my own little bubble when I write. Ha, but saying that, I managed to create a bubble and have written a nice chunk of an Umbrella Academy fill for one of my h/c bingo squares.

Now I just need to catch up on the sunshine challenges. One of which is reccing and one asking for stuff. Problem is, right now I'm not sure what to say for either.

Finally, for the people heading to Camp Sparkle, have the best time! I'm sorry I can't be there yet again but I'm sure you'll have the best time as always. Sparkle on, give many hugs and admire Chris for me.

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I was wondering what to write for this response, and in the end, decided to write about Schitt's Creek.

I only discovered the show a few months ago, which thankfully meant I could marathon the first four seasons, and then the fifth came onto Netflix not long after.

I have to admit, at first I wasn't sure why it was so popular with some of my friends. The main characters seemed unsympathetic and unlikeable, they talked in a ridiculous manner and the situations they'd found themselves in seemed very much self-inflicted. But I kept watching and quickly realised that while yeah, every member of the Rose family was messed up in some way, at heart this was a family based on love. Yes, it was a screwed up kind of love, but they did and do love one another, and learn to express that better as the show goes on.

They also make friends with a frankly odd assortment of people from the town, but those friendships show just how much the main characters grow, and it's a journey I really enjoyed watching. Plus, of course, Patrick and David.

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I don't read much in the fandom but read a fantastic David/Patrick story lately that deals with David getting amnesia and Patrick having to deal with the person we first knew in season one. It was such a great read. Watching Through Windows.

I really do recommend the show, and stick with it if you're not immediately pulled in. Because if you give the Rose family a chance they could grab hold of your heart, too. Plus, the relationship between David and Patrick that starts in season three is well worth waiting for.

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We picked up Freesia's ashes from the vet yesterday. cut for detailsCollapse )

It was also my MiLs 70th birthday yesterday. Sadly the situation with my nephew has blown up even more so she wasn't in any mood to celebrate. I feel bad as last year her birthday was completely overshadowed by mam's funeral which was the next day. And now this year the celebration we planned has been shot down in flames. We have bought her a very basic smartphone though as the one she has now is tiny with no internet access and this way she'll be able to get online and look at photos.

We also got a phone call saying we're getting a new stairlift. The one we have now is 19 years old and apparently, you can't get the spare parts now. So when the guy came last week to service it he said he'd request a new one, and it's been granted and will be fitted next Tuesday. Hopefully, it shouldn't take too long and won't create too much mess.

Today we went to see Midsommer at the cinema, all I can say is... I'm not sure what to say really, visually it was stunning in places but, yeah... What I can say is it has some scenes that will be branded in my brain for a very long time.

ETA: Some spoilers for the film in comments.

The next sunshine challenge is up, but I haven't decided on my answer yet. Something for tomorrow I think.

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What does your username mean? How is it pronounced? What's your origin story? Is it fannish?

Easy answer is, my user name is a nickname my brother gave me way back in the day.

He's called me Turps for ages, and his kids call me auntie Turps, it's just a thing. I honestly can't remember the last time he addressed me by my actual name. And how he got to turps, to him it was Terri = Ter = Terps =Turps. So, nothing more meaningful than that. I'm turps33 in some places but that was simply because when I joined LJ turps was already taken so I had to add on a random number, and for some reason 33 popped into my head. It doesn't actually mean anything.

I'm turps pretty much everywhere I have an account online, sometimes just turps, sometimes turps33. The only place I'm not is Tumblr and I haven't used that account for years, and even then only posted a handful of times.

Turps is pronounced just like the paint cleaner thing is, so again, nothing of note.

I feel like I've talked about my origin story a few times, but for the few people who don't know.

Imagine it's many many years ago where a young Terri was intrigued by this shiny new thing called the internet. However, at that time I didn't have my own computer so the only place I could get online was at the library. So, I booked a slot, sat down, stared at the screen and decided to look for information on Poltergeist the Legacy. It was a show I loved a lot then, though did go off it a bit when I found a site and it had a stupid embedded wolf howl that of course, howled loudly when the site loaded.

Not long after that I got a house with James, and one of our first decisions was to get a computer. It was huge, like a brick and you could only access the net via dialup, and even then we had to keep to the cheap hours, which at the time were between 6 pm and midnight.

Cutting the story short, I loved that computer and was soon looking up all my favourite shows. One of which was Voyager. Because of Voyager I found Yahoo Groups -- or were they E groups, I can't remember which one came first now -- and those groups had fanfic, which astounded me because stories! About characters I love. I soon became a dedicated Paris/Torres shipper and happily consumed any posted fic, sending LoCs -- remember them? -- and devouring every fic I could find.

Then I ran out of fic and went searching further and saw a Voyager group which was classed as slash. I ignored it as I didn't like horror stuff and didn't think it would suit me. Then, after one too many nights of no new fic, I clicked on that link in desperation --- and found my people.

Within days I'd become an avid Paris/Kim and Chakotay/Paris fan and from there ventured far and wide to other new fandoms due to groups I found. I joined and commented on such fandoms as A-Team, Highlander, Trek and most significant, The Sentinel, where I took my first baby steps as a writer.

And that was the start of it all.

What is your default icon about? Does it have personal meaning? Why did you choose it? What is it from? What does "fannish identity" mean to you?

My default is one of Mikey from My Chemical Romance, looking pensive, and no meaning except I think he looks good. In all my time online I've only had three default icons, I just don't change them very often.

My fannish identity? A writer I guess, a commenter, in the past a runner of challenges and comms. While I don't do those now I'm proud of all the things I ran or helped run in the past, and am happy at this point to write occasionally and read a lot.

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Thank you so much to [personal profile] dine for the card. Getting mail from you is always an awesome thing ♥

I've just been out potting on yet more courgettes. Having a glut is inevitable at this point. Why did I ever worry I wouldn't have enough?

Yesterday I gave blood and as we were in Newcastle decided to try Taco Bell for dinner. It was good and I'd go back, though we need to remember the meals come with a lot of food and an extra side really isn't needed. Plus, to be wary of the self-order screen as those add ons add up. Thankfully James asked if they did an NHS discount and as they did we had to abandon that order and order at the counter, where without the adds on and the discount the cost dropped by nearly half.

Other nice things that have happened lately. We went to see Kinky Boots at the theatre and it was brilliant, going up there as one of my favourite shows I've seen. We went to Mog on the Tyne to see the new kittens and they're adorable. Two sisters, a tabby and a black cat. You're not supposed to pick the cats up, if they want to sit on you it's fine but picking them up is a no-no, but as James couldn't get down to kitten level one of the staff members let him have a kitten cuddle which he really enjoyed.

Two nights ago we drove our niece to her prom. She looked beautiful and was very patient at having seemingly a thousand photos taken with various family members. We decked out our car in ribbons that matched her dress and she got special permission to visit my nephew and of course, my in-laws were there and my MiL was glowing when she saw her. It was lovely to see. Actually waiting at the school was eye-opening, proms weren't a thing when I was at school and were just coming in when Corey was there, so this was the first full-blown prom I'd seen, and all the kids looked fantastic. So many beautiful dresses and sharp suits. Also, so many big cars, limos etc. So many the road got completely jammed in the end.

Tomorrow I'm off to visit my aunt with Kayleigh. It's just us and while we always say we're going for an hour or so only, I suspect we'll be there into the early evening. Oh, and I saw the new Spider-Man and enjoyed it loads. But I'll cut the rest cut for spoilersCollapse )

I'm seriously considering joining [community profile] intoabar it looks fun and the word count is low.

I have the next sunshine challenge to do but think I'll do that in a separate post. Or you know, post in a day or so as it's sunny out there and sitting in the garden reading with a cold drink at hand sounds very appealing right now.

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This is just a small post about Freesia. I just wanted to share some photos of her and talk about her a bit.

Like all my cats, Freesia was a rescue cat. Funny thing was, we weren't supposed to get her. We'd gone to the shelter and decided to get this big ginger tom. We only had one other cat at the time -- sadly she died many years ago -- so this new cat would be our second ever. We went back the next day to pick up the tom and found out he'd been given to someone else. We were upset at the time, but it turned out he could have never come home with us anyway as he was an outdoor cat and we wanted indoor cats.

None of the other cats really suited us, and we were about to leave when we saw a crate on the floor. It was a cat that had just come back from being spayed, and I looked down and saw Freesia looking up at me. She was beautiful with the most gorgeous face with a striking black nose and I fell in love instantly. At that moment I knew she was our cat.

It turned out she'd been bullied by other animals at her old home, often spending all her time hiding on top of the kitchen units, so she'd been rehomed. Despite that, she was fine with other animals, which was a good thing as we had another cat and dog at the time, then got three more cats after Moffet died.

She soon settled in and I quickly found out she was a lap cat. Not that I had a lap at the time, this was well before I'd lost all of the weight, so she used to lie on my chest, and never got away from that habit. I'd sit down and she'd be there, either lying on me or on top of the chair back behind me. When I came home she'd run to the door and was always waiting when I opened it. We used to do this thing where we'd head butt each other. I'd say, 'head butt' and we'd butt heads for a while as she purred like crazy. She was a small cat under all of the hair, but had this loud meow, and would respond when I talked to her.

She was beautiful and loving and I miss her. But thinking about her has been a big reminder of how much she had changed at the end. She was still loving, still wanted to be close but had lost all of her spark. We were never sure of her exact age but do know she was 18 years plus, and was loved for every single moment of those when she was with us.

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My appointment went well yesterday. I was picked up by the minibus, just me and two volunteer drivers in it, and brought home in the car. I did get a bit worried going as they were late but suspected they'd got lost on the estate trying to find my house as the numbers are in no logical order. Which is what had happened, but I was still there on time.

I'm back in three months with no change in compressions as my legs haven't gone up or down. The actual measurements have changed in that they've got smaller at the bottom and bigger at the top, but that evens out. My lympth nurse says it's because the fluid has been pushed up but then has stuck, which is probably due to flying and the heat recently. So it's a case of just doing what I've been doing and see where we are in three months time.

I joined [community profile] sunshine_challenge and prompt one is to do some fannish housekeeping. You can see the post here



I have to admit I'm horribly disorganised about such things. I was looking at my user info yesterday and it was easily 5 plus years out of date. As for things like tags, ouch. I'm lucky if I remember to use them at all, and in fact thinking back I'm sure the only ones I've used consistently were ones for weight loss surgery and Christmas, and that second one was just because I got sick of looking for addresses so is only used once a year. I'd say I'll do better, but well, I know myself and know that isn't going to happen.

But I did I tidy up my user info a bit, added some new interests and fannish loves, took some away and had a little bit of a change around. I still need to redo my icons, because I have none for my current interests and really should have one about Lush and cinema going considering how often I talk about them. To that end, I renewed my paid account yesterday so I have access to more icons for a while. Now I just need to be brutal and delete more of Mikey so I have spaces. I also added a link to my insta as I use that a lot. That's not locked and anyone can follow but it's not actually fannish as such, more my rl and day to day stuff.

I only post fic to A03 now, so that was easily sorted and my transformation works policy has been sticky posted for years, so I don't completely fail at everything.

So to fannishly sum up. Hello, welcome! I like reading my flist and commenting. While I don't write as often as I used to I still enjoy it, and alternate between writing for The Musketeers, Umbrella Academy, MCU -- only Winterhawk right now -- and bandom. I've very much an OTC person and not OTP, and going by my current fandoms that's Aramis, Klaus, Clint and Mikey. And wow, that's a foursome I'd enjoy.

I watch and enjoy a lot more tv than I post about, and am eagerly looking forward to the new Queer Eye episodes being released soon. I've got an Odeon cinema unlimited card which means I go to see a lot of movies and sometimes talk about them. Though I'm very easily pleased film wise so I'm not exactly a good critic.

I don't mind lurkers at all and don't keep a note of who comments and how often. I enjoy any kind of comment -- well, as long as it's not negative -- and 99% of the time will answer. If I don't it's because sometimes things fall through the cracks and is totally me and not you.

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Two days ago the anniversary of mam's death, and today I had to have my beautiful old lady, Freesia pts.

I hate this week.

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I had a scare today when I had to take Freesia to the vets. She hasn't been herself for a bit now so we made an appointment for her at the vets for tomorrow. But today she was just wrong. Not eating or drinking and very lethargic and every part of me was saying she needed to see the vet asap. Problem being, James was at work and so was Kayleigh so I couldn't get a lift.

In the end, I phoned and they said to bring her straight in, so I called for a taxi and she was seeing the vet within half an hour. She's had fluids, painkillers and antibiotics as she's got an infection somehow. But all her bloods for more serious conditions were okay which was a huge relief. So hopefully it's just a little thing that's knocked her as she's so old. She's back tomorrow for another check-up but already seems brighter, so much so she's eaten two trays of food. I also got a £270 bill, so, goodbye the last of our savings. Saying that, it was never an issue I wouldn't pay for the meds she needs.

Really, the end of June needs sacking off. Especially so as my in-laws are going through something horrible right now and I feel terrible for them.

In nicer news, we went to see the new Toy Story on Sunday and enjoyed it a lot. I didn't think we would get tickets but Durham had some for the iMax screen -- the first row of the iMax screen. I have to admit, I wouldn't choose to sit that close again. While it was cool to see everything so huge, it was slightly dizzying at times, and I'm glad it wasn't some kind of action film we were seeing.

The cinema was really busy, with all the Toy Story showings full to capacity, much to the displeasure of a man who rocked up with his family and expected to get seats all together about 20 minutes before the film started. He couldn't seem to take it in there were none left and kept demanding to know how all the tickets had already been sold. The person dealing with him had to keep patiently explaining about online sales and how most people don't buy tickets at the counter just before shows, especially on opening weekend for a popular film. But the guy still stomped off in a temper.

And more nice news. Two new kittens have just arrived at Mog on the Tyne and we still have our free loyalty visit to use. Kittens will surely help turn around a bad week.

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Wednesday we were back at the limb centre. This second leg is being a pain, it fit James fine when he first put it on but made his hips and back hurt after walking a while, so had to go back for more adjustments. Apparently it was just a touch too long and it's been shortened by 3mm, so hopefully that will help.

His appointment was at 11 but we ended up waiting ages as they've finally got a consultant back in the unit. I've been going with James a really long time, and in all that time he's seen the technicians and limb making specialists, never a doctor. But it seems they've got one now and as he only works one day a week they wanted him to see all the patients. Which we didn't know when we arrived, and only found out when we'd been waiting for ages as the doctor was running behind big time. After the eventual visit with him, James went off with his tech and I got to hang in the waiting room. Thankfully I had my purse on me and the shop was open so I chilled for the length of two coffees before James was done.

After that we went off for lunch, and then drove to the Metrocenter to watch the new Men in Black film. It was okay, and two of the people we know were working there so we got to have a good chat with them beforehand.

After we had to go to Morrisons to pick up my new hand held hoover. Now i know this is sad but I was so happy to get it. My old one broke and while I do hoover every day with four cats I tend to put the hoover away, walk back in the living room and already the tufts of hair are back. So the handheld is perfect for tuft pick up, and crumb pick up, and getting those annoying cobwebs from ceilings that seem to pop up from nowhere.

These last few days have been nice, sunny and warm so I've been pottering and tidying in the house and garden. After my worry last month about not having enough courgette and tomato plants, I'm now overrun with them. The greenhouse is full of thriving tomato plants and the garden path lined with the things. As for the courgettes. The raised bed is full, I have pots of them dotted around, and another 5 plants waiting to be potted on. All I can say is, it's good we actually like courgettes and tomatoes.

A first line meme has been going around, and after seeing Pen do it I figured I'd do the same. But also used Pen's addition of including last lines too. It was interesting to see everything grouped together. Not sure if I can see any trends apart from the fact I like short first and last lines.

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We had a very nice meet up with Corey yesterday. We went out for dinner and he bought James a card and chocolates and we caught up on all our news. There's a photo of him and James here. Though it could have been better of them both.

Today we've been to the new Durham Odeon again. The car park was much better this time and we could park right next to the lift. This is the view right outside the cinema. Pretty great I think. We'd gone to see the new Godzilla film, but sadly it was the worst film I've seen for ages. I'm normally easily pleased film-wise, but this? I lost the will to live about a third in and only finished watching by pretending it was supposed to be a comedy. The dialogue was clunky, the motivations for the characters suspect, and the filmed set pieces so unsubtle it was like being smacked in the face by a brick.

We'd also gone to Sunderland this morning as I needed to change our theatre tickets for Kinky Boots. Last week I realised we'd booked on the anniversary of mam's death. I've no idea how that happened as obviously, I know the date. All I can think is we booked a few shows together, pretty much showing the booking person when James was off, and then they found the best seats. Since realising I've been thinking about it, veering between telling myself it would be okay to go, and I could even imagine mam's voice in my head telling me it was fine, to not be so stupid and go. But, the longer I thought the more I knew that no way could I go. It just felt wrong on a gut level, and when we walked out of the box office with new tickets it was like some weight had gone from my shoulders.

Thankfully being members of the theatre meant we could change, but even if we couldn't I would have given my ticket away.

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I just realised I never talked about the h/c exchange reveals.

So, I can say I wrote Puppies and Kittens and Goats, Oh My for bluflamingo.

It's a modern Musketeers AU where Aramis runs an animal shelter and after having an accident, hires Porthos to help. It involves puppies and kittens and an Athos who is sort of obsessed with goats. It was fun to write, but a bit last minute as initially I wrote Musketeer sex slaves in space, showed the finished file to themoononastick while admitting that while I loved the story, I wasn't sure if it was what the person I'd been matched to would want. Yeah, it matched on pairing and major themes but seemed to be away from their actual fic likes. She agreed, so I wrote the shelter story instead.

I've actually been writing the sex slaves in space for a long time now and probably will flesh it out much more and post at some point. I mean, sex slaves in space are right up my alley. And I do actually like the plot I have going on and all the AU details. No one will probably read as the Musketeer fandom is tiny and going for AU cuts down readers even more. But still, the sex slaves in space will be seen at some point.

In return, bluflamingo wrote History Repeated for me, which is a very lovely story that's based around the after-effects of Savoy. I really do recommend it.

Talking of which, and changing fandoms. For the MCU people, [profile] romanticalgirl wrote Another Fine Myth You've Gotten Us Into and it's delightful. It's gen, is Clint centric while also heavily involving the other Avengers and best of all, has a flying purple sparkly unicorn. It made me laugh often and I loved every single person -- or unicorn -- in it.

And one final rec. Greedy_dancer has been uploading some of her old MCR works and I've just read Dark Killjoys and it was right up my alley.

It's father's day today, so we're off to see Corey later. Other than that, for the first time in nearly a week the sun is shining and it's not raining so I think we'll go for a walk. And see my FiL at some point, too.

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Yesterday we went to the new Odeon at Durham to check it out and to watch Dark Phoenix. I enjoyed the film in a superficial way, and still find Nightcrawler ridiculously hot. I liked the new cinema, too, it only opened on the weekend so little things need to be done. Like, the car park was still being finished so while you could park they had the disabled bays blocked off, I suspect due to wet floor paint as they were open when we left, and a lack of signs how to actually get up to the cinema. Which is how we ended up going up stairs when there was a lift, just not signed very well.

The cinema itself is very plush and small. Only a few screens but all of them are recliner seats with Imax. While there is no Costa they do have a machine that will give you Costa hot drinks, so that's good. And have no issue about taking in your own food and drink, which is great as there's a shake shop and a Poundland just around the corner. Distance wise it's much closer than our two other regular Odeon's so I can see us going there a lot. Plus, a bonus is, Durham is so pretty.

Yesterday we also had to wait in for a visit from a crime stats man. Apparently, they randomly pick households and then go interview people about what they think of the police presence in the area if they've been a victim of crime or unsociable behaviour etc. He was here about an hour and it was all pretty chill, and at the end, we got a book of stamps for taking part.

Plus there was putting together a new stand for our TV. In terrible timing, just an hour or so before James was going to pick up my InLaws last week I heard a crack and our tv listed to one side. Checking it out the stand had sheered on one side and really couldn't be left how it was. There was no way we could go and leave the in-laws tvless for a week, especially as my MiL never goes out so the tv is her only entertainment, so we frantically tried to find a place that sold them, but we've got a huge tv and getting a stand that would fit that late on a Sunday was impossible. In the end, we brought down Corey's tv from his bedroom and arranged to have a stand delivered yesterday. Which it was and I swapped TVs again and built the stand and attached the stand and didn't throw it and the million and one parts out of the window.... but it was close.

Today it's my youngest niece's birthday so we're off there for a tea party. The poor thing broke her elbow on Saturday and is in a full cast. She's having a party plus bouncy castle on the weekend and it looks like all she'll be able to do is watch. I'm also going to see Kayleigh and at some point will have to start cooking actual food again. That's always a shock when you've been away and have had everything made for you.

Finally, I got my h/c bingo card yesterday and it's a thing of beauty, though I'm amused I've got bodyguards yet again. Let it go random generator, I've been there, done that, already.

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I'm home.

Well, I actually got home yesterday but couldn't really kick the inlaws out of the door as soon as we got back. Then I had tidying to do, many many washes of clothes, cats to appease and a garden that had turned to a jungle within a week.

But, we had an excellent time. The hotel was great, it was sunny and hot, especially the first few days. I drank many cocktails, sat in the sun, went to a zoo and a drag show, found many cats, explored and swam and it was just lovely. The hotel was on the ocean front and our room was feet away from the pool, we could literally step over a low wall at the end of our terrace, walk past the sun loungers and the pool was right there.

I'll do a more detailed post asap and share some photos -- with apologies to the people who follow me on Insta who really will be sick of my face. But until then, I hope you've all had a good week and I'll catch up soon, which will probably be tomorrow now.

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It's our wedding anniversary. Three years ago today and so much has changed since that day. I was talking to one of my neighbours yesterday and he said it's good that people never know what's around the corner, and I agree. So I've been sitting here in the quiet, thinking of mam and nanna and how the day itself was a good one, when I finally married the person who I've been with and loved since I was 18 years old.

Tomorrow we fly off on our holiday. Our flight is at 7 am so we need to be up at 3 so we can get up, ready and drop the car off in time at long stay parking. My MiL and FiL are coming later today and until then I need to go buy groceries for the week for them and then give the house a good clean and tidy. Not that there's that much to do as I've spent the last week getting things ready for them, the cats, the garden and us.

I've also visited with Pauline, Kayleigh and took my MiL and FiL out to dinner and then yesterday took Corey out to eat and have a good catch up. He made me laugh as for the last few years he's been working at a nightclub to supplement his grant. He's been trained up to be a supervisor and as part of that, he now does half a shift a week in a sister bar that hosts male strippers and is really popular with hen parties. Apparently, on his last shift, they had 400 hens in the place and seeing the state some of the hens get into at Newcastle just walking around the streets I can only imagine how chaotic it must be dealing with that number. But, he seems to like it.

I'm going to have a quick online catch up now, and then that'll probably be it until I'm back. Unless you follow me on Insta, in that case you'll probably be sick of seeing my stupid face.

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We had a nice day on Wednesday.

As it was so beautifully sunny we went for a walk at the Wetlands, we're members there so it's free to get in and they have a motorised scooter James can use, meaning we can go around the full site. I did kick him off on a flat path and take charge of the scooter so he could do some actual walking too. But mostly I walked, he drove. We were a few weeks early for the ducklings but there were so many goslings, plus, I got to hand feed the geese, which was slightly terrifying as those things are fierce. They'd eat the corn, then hiss, eat some more, hiss and so on. Some of the otters have been sent to other places so there are only three left, but we got to see them be fed and they posed for some photos.

Home after that and I put some more clothes up to sell, some of which did within hours, and then we had theatre tickets to see Club Tropicana on the night. Before our belt tightening due to the holiday we'd booked a few shows to see, and that night was the first of them. CT was fun, Joe McElderry was the main guy and he was good, funny, and I really enjoyed it was based around cheesetastic 80s music. At the end of the actual play part they had a mini concert with the cast and all the audience could get up to dance. That was fun, too.

Thursday we went to see Aladdin at the cinema, and it was better than I expected. Yes, a blue Will Smith is weird but I actually didn't mind his take on genie, and the songs were nicely upbeat, a bonus was the main cast being very easy on the eye. We also went to Costco to buy some pop and for once only came out with two things, the thing we actually went for and one extra.

Yesterday we went to see Rocket Man, which was okay. Taron Egerton always plays a good part, but my main issue was, I'm not really a fan of Elton John, I like some of his music, but as a person I'm indifferent to him, so there was no emotional connection. After we were talking to one of the cinema staff about the new Odeon that's going to open at Durham in a few weeks. It'll become our closest cinema by quite a distance and it sounds nice, if small. It's going to have six screens, all the Luxe kind with reclining seats. But, no Costa attached to it. So much woe! Admittedly there are plenty of coffee places in Durham itself and sometimes I don't even buy coffee, just taking in water or pop. But still, woe! Having a skinny latte or coffee frostino is part of my cinema going process.

Also woe, somehow in-between buying my shopping and getting home I lost a jar of peanut butter and a carton of soup. I realised about the PB last night but it just clicked I'm a soup down today. We drove to two different places so all I can think is it fell out of the boot in the second carpark. That or it'll turn up in the house months from now and I'll have a bloated soup bomb to deal with.

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Game of Thrones has been seen.

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The h/c exchange has gone live and I got a very lovely Musketeers story which you can read right here.

It's Porthos and Aramis and set post Savoy, and I enjoyed it very much.

There's also a whole exchange worth of h/c goodness to get stuck into, so many fandoms, so many stories right here. Mine is in there somewhere, too. But I'll talk about that when writers are revealed.

Operation keep away from GoT spoilers has gone okay so far. I did have to dive to change the channel on breakfast news this morning, but other than that have just kept away from anywhere spoilers could happen. Apparently, James had to walk away from a spoilery conversation at work, so he's having a harder job than me. Though, kudos to those people who must have stayed up until the 2am showing and then headed off to a day shift.

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Thank you [personal profile] romantical for the card, the message made me smile ♥

Our town has been holding a food festival for the last two days and today, including celebrity chefs, even if minor celeb chefs. Yesterday was a chef from CBeebies, who I've never heard of as I'm years away from having to watch that channel, and today Steven Carter Bailey from GBBO was doing demonstrations. I was undecided about going down or not, but in the end, went for not as I've hardly been home the last four days and I needed to get some tidying done and catch up online. Plus, it's cold and wet out there and I'd have only ended up spending money on overpriced cheese from the cheese stall.

So instead tidying/cleaning has actually been done, catching up online started, and I'm considering going out to plant the courgettes in the raised bed, but at the same time -- cold and wet. We had to bite the bullet and buy courgette plants this year as none of our seeds have made it. The weather has just been too up and down and nothing has grown. We bought tomato plants last week and I've potted them all on, but the courgettes will be going outside, so maybe it's best to leave them anyway. Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

I did get some of my old clothes listed and have sold a few so have money for a cocktail or two. I need to get more uploaded but again, omg, so tedious. We've booked the long stay airport parking, so that's another thing off the list and I've got a couple of new sundresses and bought lots of factor 50 sun cream. Now though there's talk of Thomas Cook being in trouble and while we've booked via TUI it's for a Thomas Cook holiday, so I really hope there's nothing to worry about there.

I went to see Detective Pikachu and quite enjoyed it. James fell asleep though, so another one added to his list.

Last ever Game of Thrones tonight. I always record it at 2am when it shows here and then watch it the day after. But James is at work until 6 tomorrow and as it's a show we watch together I'll have to be careful of spoilers until he gets home. I'm sure here will be fine, but I'll be keeping away from Insta and FB until after I've watched.

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I got to see, hold and feed my neighbour's baby the other day. She's adorable, and all snuffly and sleepy because she'd had her first injections the day before. Her mam is obviously besotted, but tired as baby J has bad reflux meaning special feed was needed. She was asking if we ever heard baby J crying because apparently at one point she was screaming non-stop for hours, but we never had. And even if we had done so it wouldn't have been an issue because it's not like she could help it.

After I left there I decided to go for a walk up the hill behind our estate. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and warm and I enjoyed my stroll. Until I took the wrong path and ended up coming down the hill through trees and a load of brambles. I could just imagine my lymph nurse yelling because I'm supposed to be so careful not to scratch my legs. In the end I scratched the hell out of my arms but my legs were fine, so all was well, and I did enjoy my walk apart from the few moments I was sure I was about to plunge into the brambles.

Yesterday we went to my aunt's where yet again she overfed everyone. She has the most lovely garden, it's small but full of really comfortable garden furniture and we spent the whole afternoon there, from midday to not leaving until nearing seven. Of course I've managed to burn my shoulders and back, but think that was from the walk I'd had in the park before going and not at my aunts. She's such a feeder though, after a nice dinner we sat and talked for hours, my cousins started to arrive after 3 and next thing we knew my aunt was bringing out a load of picnic type foods and sandwiches. It all went though, despite everyone saying they weren't hungry.

Before going my aunt had text to say she had a good surprise, and I'd been speculating with Kayleigh what it could be. Turns out on her 50th birthday my eldest cousin married her long term partner of 33 years. They hadn't told anyone, just told my aunt and other two cousins to go to Lisa's house at 10am and then told everyone that they were getting married at 4pm that afternoon. My cousin looked beautiful, her now husband really smart, and in the few hours between being told and the ceremony my aunt managed to go out and buy flowers and decorations as well as pull together a full buffet with the help of my other two cousins as Lisa and her partner were going to do it themselves before going off to have hair done etc. It was that detail that I loved the most, Lisa is so casual and I can so easily imagine standing there making sandwiches despite getting married that afternoon. Though, she had originally planned a pub meal for everyone but had been dropped in it by the restaurant cancelling the booking and then couldn't get a caterer as it was so last minute, plus on Easter weekend, so wasn't totally out of her mind in terms of making a full buffet herself.

But yes, excellent news.

Today we're doing a dump run and a looking at holiday clothes run and then heading to the cinema. Probably a walk too at some point as it looks like it's going to be another lovely day.

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I got the most excellent package from [personal profile] sperrywink with awesome Groot and Rocket art and penguin-themed items and useful things for the kitchen. It was such a fabulous box to receive. All that and she's writing Winterhawk for me, too. Well, not for me exactly, but I may be claiming it as such in my head *g* Thank you again, Kimberly, you're the best ♥

Last week my brother sent me a text and said one of his friends could mend our fence at mate's rates. Not the whole thing, but the post that's leaning which means the gate could be shut properly. Right now I have to prop it shut with the bin and a small stone statue, which is obviously not ideal, and we really wanted it done before the in-laws come to watch the house in a few weeks. So his text was welcome. However, it also meant I needed to clean the area next to the rotten post. It's a space behind the greenhouse which became a dumping ground and also choked with ivy.

Thankfully it's been beautiful weather today, so this afternoon I've been hauling wood and bins and random thrown out stuff then attacked the ivy with the long-handled loppers. Then after potting on some of the tomato plants got straight in the bath as I was sweating cogs and filthy. Though while potting on I realised I can't remember which one of the plants in the hanging tomato one. A lot of them have tags, but many don't and they all look the same at this point. Oh well, I'll have to guess and hope for the best.

All the tidying means there's now a load of bags and pieces of wood to go to the dump in a few days. My arms feel like spaghetti though. I was on my phone earlier and my hands were shaking as I was talking. I blame the loppers, those damn things are heavy.

H/c exchange has been edited, given a title and submitted. It's been weird being in a big challenge, I'm used to smaller ones where I know the mods and they keep in touch. This one was just, hit submit at A03 and it's done. No acknowledgement, just one press of a button. But still, done. And the editing I was procrastinating over took literally, all of ten minutes.

Yesterday we went to see at the cinema to see The Hustle. I keep having to look up the title as I never remember it, which says a lot about the film. Okay but I forgot all about it within minutes of leaving. After that, we went to see Corey for a bit and arranged to meet up for dinner before we go away.

Tomorrow on my list of jobs that need to be done, I'll be sorting out clothes that I don't wear now and putting them up for sale. I've got a few regular buyers from other times I've sold clothes, but it's so tedious. Make sure they're clean, not covered in cat hair, take photos, list, put up for sale. It would be so much easier to take them to a charity shop, except the money will come in very handy.

Then tonight, once James is home from work its Game of Thrones time. Who will be killed this week? Goodness knows, but it better not be Ghost.

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I forgot to say due to posting about my holiday. I really enjoyed seeing Ru Paul's Drag Race at the theatre. The place was packed and the audience wild. The energy was amazing and it was nice to just sit and enjoy something that required no thought. Plus, the backing dancers came on and did an amazing routine to Space Cowboy, which was an excellent bonus.

We went to see A Dog's Journey at the cinema. I'd seen the first one of the series so knew it would be made to pull at your heartstrings, and man, did it not. There was a literal rainbow bridge. I was sitting there messy crying, which was fine as James was too, and the two women next to me. But come on, a rainbow bridge, how is that fair?

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James was back to the limb centre on Tuesday. I knew it would be a long appointment so I decided to go for a walk in the park opposite instead of just sitting and waiting for hours. It's a lovely park, and I discovered it backs onto Jesmond Dene where we've been a few times to go to the petting zoo and the park there. I discovered that when I saw paths leading down, so I decided to explore and eventually came to the bottom of the dene and along the path, found a waterfall and old mill. It was a lovely walk, but one that James wouldn't have been able to manage due to the steps and the slopes, so it was good I was alone. Though I didn't think it was so lovely when I was hauling myself back up to the park.

We got holiday insurance at the same time we booked the holiday but needed to phone up for medical screening. We expected the price to go up due to James having AMC but when he phoned for screening they seemed more interested in me and having had a gastric bypass and that I need to take medication and have B12 injections. It took a while to get them to understand all of those things are standard at my hospital and are preventative, I'm not actually ill. The fact James is on several really powerful controlled painkillers didn't seem to matter at all, but my iron tablets and vitamins did. For a while there I thought it was me that was going to push up the insurance.

I have my h/c exchange beta back, but then the mods posted the deadline is pushed back two days, so of course now I have no desire to edit at all. Thankfully there are very little changes, but I really should get it done already. Then that leaves me two days to endlessly Google song lyrics to find an appropriate title.

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Today we've booked a holiday to Lanzarote at the beginning of June for a week. Just a cheapie, and it'll mean tightening our belts for a while, but I'm really not looking forward to next month and needed something good in it. Which is a shame as June should have been great as it's when we got married, June is when we flew for the first time last year, had our holiday in the Canaries and I felt like the world was at my feet, without knowing it was actually going to crash around me within weeks of getting home.

Reclaiming some of June seems like the right idea, and going the date we have seems right as it's the date mam booked our honeymoon night in the castle.

I'm still a bit, eeep that we've done it. But the place looks lovely and I'm looking forward to sun, sand, swimming and hopefully lots of sunshine.

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We were at a surprise party last night. It went well, the lady it was for was surprised and seemed very happy which is great. Personally, I've told James if he ever did something like that for me I'd probably turn around and walk out, so it's very much a know your audience thing.

James went to two schools side by side back in the day. A mainstream one and one for children with disabilities. This lady was a teacher from that second school, so they'd arranged a place that was disability friendly as a lot of her old pupils were invited. The place was packed and apparently, they'd had a bit of a mess up with the buffet as one of the ladies organising things turned up with boxes from a nearby pizza shop containing garlic bread, onion rings, potato wedges and garlic dip.

I did laugh because before we went James was debating getting a taxi so he could have a drink. Now this is the man that bought a few cans of cider for Christmas and they're still sitting in the cupboard, so I suspected drinking wouldn't happen, especially to the extent it would be anywhere near the driving limit. So said we should just take the car, and it's good we did as he was ready to leave at 9 after drinking all of one pint of beer shandy. To be fair he had been on an early shift at work so we'd been up since 5am, but even so, we were both tucked up in bed by 10:30. Our social life, man, it's rock and roll.

Tonight we're off to the theatre to see Rue Paul's Drag Race. It should be fun and James should stay awake as he's having a lie in. Then when he's up we're off to Ikea this afternoon to stock up on lint rollers and no doubt some tealight candles and a random plastic object that will never be used. Also, a veggie hot dog. I must always get a veggie hotdog at Ikea.

Yesterday I finished and sent off h/c exchange story version two to beta. Themoononastick liked the first one but we were both a little unsure if it fit the recipient's wants beyond the character and hurt focus. So I decided to write something quick and short that was more tailored. Which I did, except that quick and short ended up over 7k long. It does mean I'll be able to post that first story at some point, but now there's no deadline I'm going to expand it a bit and flesh it out more. But, that's something for the future, I need this exchange story polished and posted first.

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Monday turned out to be a really busy day. We were late for James' appointment -- not because of me btw, the traffic was horrendous on the way there. Then, I ended up waiting well over two hours for him to get his new leg fitted. Neither of us had expected it to take that long, and as we were hurrying to check in I'd left my bag which contained my purse, in the car and just gone in with my phone. James was taken back straight away so hadn't handed over the car keys, and I found out the little shop/cafe there didn't take card payments. I pretty much use Google pay on my phone everywhere now, so was stuck with no way to get a drink. I mean, I wasn't about to expire of thirst and if needed I could have gone got the keys off him but it was one of those cases where you're sitting and thinking, I'm sure they won't be much longer, then two hours have passed.

When he eventually came out we only had half an hour to get to the cinema where we had tickets to see Endgame again. I actually enjoyed it just as much the second time and was impressed with the little details I'd missed on the first viewing. James did fall asleep though, as did someone else in our row who must have fallen asleep and then woke up choking during one of the very silent moments.

That done we headed off to pick up a bobblehead I'd had put aside. It was a Smyth's toy store exclusive and was one of only two available in the area, so wanted to grab that asap. While there I saw a Bucky Barnes on the sales table, so grabbed him, too. Also, a T'Chella who was deeply discounted.

Left there and had about an hour to get to sibs dinner with Chris and Kayleigh. But we managed it and had a good time. Though Kayleigh made me paranoid as she posted our usual sibs meet up photo on her Insta and FB and then deleted them, along with my comment to her on another photo referencing it. I started to think someone had said something mean, but she says it's because she hated how her hair looked so took them down. Considering how often she uses filters that's probably the truth.

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Tuesday we were out with my MiL, it was a good day mostly. Met her in town and spent some time with her, my Sil, nephew and SiLs partner, took MiL for dinner then to the hospital. She was managing to get in and out of the car to her wheelchair okay so decided to go for a drive to the beach where she had ice cream and the plan was she'd look around Asda with us, but she got quieter and quieter, said she'd stay in the car while we grabbed some groceries, and then it all went belly up trying to get her back in the house. She can't lift one of her feet very well atm, I needed to lift it into the car and to get in her house she needs to go up two steps. Plus, her wheelchair is just a bit too wide to go along the passage from the door to the living room. I honestly thought we'd need to phone for an ambulance to get her into the house. She couldn't lift her foot, was crying and panicking, my FiL was worse than useless getting stressed and thumping things around when James told him to swap her walker for the wheelchair and we'd force it through somehow. We managed in the end but she needed her inhaler and was on the verge of being sick into a bag and it was just a bad end to her trip out. She'd been enjoying it too. I just hope she hasn't lost her confidence and it was a case of her staying out just a little too long after months of being in the house and not moving.

Then, after we got her home we picked up some tomato plants I'd bought from a local selling site, went home and James' new leg wasn't fitting right at all, so he was the most pathetic sight limping home and in a lot of pain. He tried it again yesterday but the fit really isn't right, so back he goes again next week.

Yesterday was low key, bought some more tomato plants, went to a lovely mainly veggie cafe on the beachfront. Got some groceries and called in to see my MiL who was much better. Today is about house stuff getting done and catching up online. So a nice chilled day.

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