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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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solariana From: solariana Date: July 19th, 2019 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you'll get a new stairlift eventually, and at least it's working fine now. I'm sorry it's not as soon as you thought it would be. It's a shame about the dishwasher, too. It's so convenient to have one, but I know people who still prefer to hand wash their dishes. And I remind myself that my old house never had a dishwasher, nor did any of my apartments. Somehow, I survived.

Do your kitties watch the birds? Mine prefer to watch birds to rabbits.

It's so cool that James is encouraging of your writing. He's a keeper! *G*
turps33 From: turps33 Date: July 19th, 2019 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
It's so convenient to have one, but I know people who still prefer to hand wash their dishes. And I remind myself that my old house never had a dishwasher, nor did any of my apartments. Somehow, I survived.

That's how I look at it. The convenience is great, but I can easily do without one. Especially now when it's only me, James and the cats at home. So if anything was going to break I'm glad it was that.

When my washer broke down I was tearing my hair out, that really was a problem.

They do watch the birds. I have my computer right next to the window looking into the back garden and they like to lie along the back of my chair and watch. It's a spare bit of the curved sectional couch so they're not balancing on the thin edge of a computer chair *g*

They're interested in all the birds, but the big ones make them sit up and take notice, and often they'll verbally protest them being there.

He is a keeper and very supportive of writing and fandom in general. Though still has issues keeping up with what I like. For instance, he often asks at Christmas if I'm writing for the popslash SeSa, and I have to remind him that stopped a while back.
solariana From: solariana Date: July 19th, 2019 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember that my old house had 3" windowsills. Hardly enough room for my big, fat cats. I had to use creative furniture placement, so they could have their front paws on the sill and body on a dresser or bookcase. I can't imagine it was comfortable sitting across a gap! I remember when I bought this house, which has a sliding glass door in the back, Shadow Cat came upstairs from the basement and her eyes nearly bugged out. After all those (17) years of narrow, uncomfortable window sills, here was 6 feet of glass door for her to look out! All at her level where she could sprawl comfortably on the floor and enjoy watching the birds (and cars...for some reason she loved watching cars).

Perhaps James is like many others who wish the PopSlash Sesa would have gone on forever. *G*

I missed the whole Camp Sparkle thing. I'm sorry you're not able to make it this year. I keep thinking I may try to make it there one year, if it wouldn't cause issues. I always wanted to do a Beatles just seems either I don't have the time, don't have the money or both.
castalie From: castalie Date: July 22nd, 2019 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fingers crossed you don't have to wait too long for the stairlift!

It's awesome that you still write after so many years, I do miss writing now and then but I never take the time to sit down and start writing something. Anything. A coworker of mine writes - not fandom, I mean, but he participates in small competitions and the likes. I keep thinking it would be fun for me to join him.

Aww, I'm sorry you can't go to Camp Sparkle yet again. Maybe next year?

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turps33 From: turps33 Date: July 27th, 2019 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Camp Sparkle may be in Yorkshire next year, so even if I can't go for the full week at least I'll get to see everyone at some point.

It's a shame you don't have the time to write as you were so good at it, but you're so busy with work and life it's understandable that something has to give. For me I'm lucky that I do have time so I like stretching my writing muscles every now and then. I doubt I'll ever be as prolific as I used to be, but every now and then, yeah.
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