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Happy birthday, Sperrywink!

You will forever be one of my most favourite people ever!

Fingers crossed it won't be too long before we can be boring and constantly refresh DW together *g*

Hope you have a fabulous day ♥

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A lot of fantastic people were born this week, so very happy birthday to [profile] solariana. I hope you're having a good day, and you get some excellent kitty cuddles.

The social worker was supposed to be here today but phoned to cancel the exact time she was supposed to arrive. So, I have a gleaming house and no one to check it yet again.

She says she's coming on Wednesday instead, but I guess we'll see.

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I was supposed to be going to my aunt's today, but Kayleigh has come down with a cold and feels terrible and as she was my lift the visit has been postponed until next weekend. I suspect she's got the same cold I've had since last week, not enough to knock you off your feet but enough to make you feel rough. I was feeling much better today and thought I sounded it until Kayleigh said I should phone Irene as it still sounded like I was sick. But no, she can have that job. Not that my aunt will be mad we're not going, just, she always buys and makes a load of food. Hopefully she won't have started to cook yet and it can all be frozen.

It does mean I need to plan and make something for tea. I was planning on being fed by Irene and her sending leftovers home for James.

Which means an unexpected day in for me today. Though, I may take a quick walk to the chemist to pick up my new compressions that were delivered there yesterday. It was raining hard earlier but the sun has come out, so it's a nice afternoon to get out.

In the last few days we went to see Gemini Man, which was okay. Though the young Will Smith was a bit weird. Well done for the most part but still weird. James did get to be dramatic on that visit and fell up the steps at the cinema. Because he can't straighten his arms he can't break any falls so when he goes down he goes down and has to hit the ground. There wasn't a thing I could do as I was behind him on the steps and just had to watch as he bounced off the seats and landed in the aisle. He was fine, nothing hurt at all, but it was a bit of a dramatic moment.

Then two nights ago he was drinking a can of pepsi max in bed and managed to drop it. To say I was unamused was an understatement as I was woken up and had to strip the bed. Thankfully one of the things we got from mam's was a super king size quilt. We've never opened it as while we have a superkingsize bed, we only have a king quilt as finding superkingsize bedding is a bit difficult. So that was opened and used and it's a really nice quilt. It was very expensive when mam bought it -- why she did so I'm not sure, she only had a double bed but I guess it was just part of her online shopping addiction she developed -- and is made of this crinkly material that's very strange. It's thick, very warm but rustles like plastic. Thankfully it can also be jammed inside kingsize bedding, so no need to buy more.

I had a lovely walk in the park a few days ago. It was good to get out in the sunshine and stretch my legs. I did a loop that took me down to the river, and when I got there all the swans that had been lurking on the field above started streaming down. There were easily hundreds of them and they'd obviously become used to people feeding in that area. Sadly I had no food to give, so had to inch my way through the river of swans all the time being given beady looks from swans that looked like they wanted to peck me down for grain. If you haven't seen on Insta, some photos of that are here.

Supergirl has started again. And the Good Doctor, The Walking Dead and many other shows both new to me and old favourites. And what am I watching during the day? The Christmas movie channel. Man, I'm a sucker for them, I love every single clichéd stupid moment of them. Yesterday James asked why I like them so much, especially as they seem to recycle the same actors and plot. And it's just, they make me feel cosy and content even while knowing 99% of the time they're painting an unrealistic picture.

I also wrote words yesterday. Who knows, I may actually finish that bodyswap one day.

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Tinker was back at the vets last night. She's put on another nice chunk of weight so she doesn't have to go back for a month. Though is still going to get B12 injections every fortnight. So, I was taught how to inject her. Sarah the vet asked if I'd done it before and I said I'd self-injected blood thinners, so she confidently said it's easier than that and I'd be able to inject Tinker. And I did, a bit fumbly this first time but I'm happy to do it again in two weeks. I just hope Tinker stays as still at home as she did at the vets.

It's best we're doing it at home as Tinker gets stressed going in the carrier. So much so I got more scratches and got peed on again yesterday putting her in, so the fewer visits the better. Not that I can blame her, in the last six weeks she's been to the vets multiple times and had many things done to her. All frightening for an old lady. We also bought a new carrier while there. They were selling pre-loved carriers for £5 and they were in much better condition than the one we have. So it made sense to get one and we'll keep the other for a spare.

I felt sorry for vet Sarah. She'd been in hospital for two days before on IV antibiotics as she'd had a horrific throat infection, but had to come back to work the day after discharge as the other vet is in Dublin for two weeks and they were unable to get a locum. It's fantastic she's so dedicated to the cats she came in, but she was obviously working on fumes alone.

It's Kayleigh's birthday today and my plans were to have a walk up and spend the afternoon. But she's had to nip to the Metrocenter, so I'm going up later. Which also means I can get a lift up as James is on his way home from work. I hope she's not too late though, as I want my bath and book time before Strictly.

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To the surprise of no one I'm sure, I did order the fox dress and it came yesterday. I suck at selfies, especially ones where I'm trying to show an outfit, but you can sort of see me wearing it here.

Yesterday I'd got a day ahead of myself date-wise and was messaging Kayleigh making plans to go to hers as it's her birthday today. Except, it's not until tomorrow. Thankfully I was talking to her or I'd have turned up early, and then no doubt would have been early for my middle nephew's birthday which is actually on Sunday.

But, at least I got to the post-office and posted some stuff. So I'll give myself one tick for getting stuff done correctly.

It was my oldest nephew's birthday a few days ago, but as he's still in foster care we couldn't see him. We did send presents and a card, and James is on the list for a weekly phone-call so got to say belated happy birthday last night. Hopefully, he'll be back home in February, until then he's with a wonderful foster carer who's looking after him beautifully.

Next Wednesday we've a social worker coming to assess our house and start off a police record check as emergency carers of my youngest niece and nephew if they ever have to leave home. Very much a worst-case scenario situation which I'm sure won't happen as my SiL has turned her life around big time, but needs to be in place as a backup. The house is in good condition right now and apart from the spare room, is well decorated, and neither of us has bad records, but it's still unnerving to think about.

After two people on my flist were talking about it I've started to watch Prodigal Son, and I can see the attraction, very much so. I'll be watching episode two later so hopefully, it's as good as the first.

I've also been catching up on recorded tv and the other night finished the last eps of 911. I do like that show and loved the public getting involved to help Buck. Now I've moved onto Station 19 which I'd watch more of tonight but it's the celeb Masterchef finale and I need to watch that, and last nights ep as I didn't get to see it.

With whumptober and kinktober my inbox is overrun with MCU notifications from AO3. Thankfully most fills are short because omg, so much fic.

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Happy birthday, Dine!

Somehow space baconcat seemed an appropriate picture for this post.

You're such a lovely person and make so many people happy with your mail and posts. I hope you have a good day with Olivier snuggles and a day without stupid people.

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Hello there, Mikey Way. Please keep posting pics from one of my favourite eras where you look hot as all hell. I do appreciate it a lot.

We've been to see Joker today. What a film, gritty, unnerving, disturbing and if Joaquin Phoenix doesn't get a handful of awards I'll be very surprised.

We were supposed to meet Corey afterwards for a catch-up and something to eat, but he's not well and is working tonight so I told him to stay in bed and we'll meet up on his next day off instead.

Came home and stopped off to buy a traditional ox sandwich from the Feast. Personally, I'm always dubious if it is actually ox, and James always complains that they're dry. But, it's a Feast tradition, even if I haven't had one since I was a kidlet.

It's the fireworks tonight, but I think I'll just watch them from the front doorstep. I'm tired and a bath followed by my pjs and wrapped in a fluffy dressing gown watching the fireworks from home sounds more appealing than battling the crowds.

I'm trying to talk myself out of buying this dress. It has foxes on it and I love it a lot. But at the same time, I really don't need more dresses. But, foxes! There's also one with pandas on in the sale....

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James went back to work yesterday. On a phased return at first of four hours a shift, going up two hours after his next set of shifts and again until he's back to full-time hours. The only thing was, he was told he was in 9-1, got to work and it was actually 9-1 at night and not a day shift. They let him stay as he was just reading emails etc yesterday but is back on a short night shift today. He should have double-checked, but neither of us expected a phased return to finish at 1 am. It means he won't even be leaving for work until 8 tonight, which is weird.

Lots has gone on since I last posted. It was Pauline's birthday so we took her out to eat, had the meal out with my In-Laws which was very nice, then yesterday, Kayleigh was in an accident that wrote off her car. Thankfully she's fine and it was the other persons fault so she won't be paying out. Her car has already been taken away though, which is why we picked her up from work earlier and took her to pick up a hire car.

We've been to see Ad Astra, where James outdid himself and fell asleep five minutes in, and the new Rambo which was stupid had no plot and was far too violent for my taste. All of which I knew before going in but it was a film James really wanted to see.

We lost our parking appeal and a few days ago got a letter to say we owe tax money. Not a lot but even so.

Tinker is doing better. She was in for her third B12 yesterday and has put on weight each time. She has a check-up with the vet next week -- yesterday was just the assistant to get the injection -- and hopefully, she'll go to being monitored over months and not weekly.

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Houghton Feast started last night. The fairground is in town and the huge ride that towers over the shops can be seen from my house again. We didn't go to the opening show as it was raining but will walk into town and go to the parade later. I do like Feast time when I go outside and can smell chips, candy floss and toffee apples and hear the faint music of the fair.

I've decorated the landing using the leftover wallpaper from the bedroom, turns out that papering bumpy walls isn't as easy as smooth plasterboard but I did it and even worked out how to cut in the light switch and plug. I've also put up the new curtain hooks and some decorative shelves, so the bedroom is looking good. I had planned on painting the downstairs toilet, but haven't got around to that yet. We've got a really bright lime green for in there, it may look terrible and too much, but I figure why not give it a try?

I haven't written a word or even read anything fannish for a while, but will hopefully change that once I'm back from the Feast.

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Apart from a few last touches the bedroom is now done and decorated.

We still need to put up the new curtain hooks and I'd like a new bedside table and lamp that looks nicer, and James needs a small basket or container to keep his tablets and bits and bobs tidy on his shelf, but the main bits are done. Maybe not 100% perfect, but I'm proud we did it all on our own.

I actually enjoyed wallpapering, there was something very satisfying about hanging it and because it was paste the wall and not paste the paper kind, it was easy to shift it around to match the pattern. I only had to do one tiny patch where I cut off the top overhang part on a slant but the rest was fine. I even managed to cut it around the shelf in the corner. It was just a shame that I had to open a second roll just for a few inches of wallpaper that needed to be hung at the far side. Apparently, that wall is one wallpaper roll big and just a touch over.

Some of you may remember but that wall used to have a sliding door into the bathroom when it was used as a wetroom. Since we got that taken out the wall has been bare plaster, so we're talking many years here. So, actually having wallpaper there is a big change.

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Randomly, my In-laws decided to invite us out for Sunday dinner today, their treat. So catching up with comments and online stuff will have to wait until tomorrow as I want to have a tip and charity shop run first.

And also a cinema visit later I suspect. It's been too long.

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It's been such a beautiful day today, temps in the low 20s and even warmer tomorrow with gorgeous sunshine. Not that I've been able to get out in it as Tinker was at the vets this morning and this afternoon I was decorating.

Good news for Tinker, her thyroid is being managed with meds, bad, after more blood tests her kidneys are acting up so she needs B12 injections weekly for the next four weeks and maybe special food for kidney issues. But wow, is that stuff expensive, and Sarah the vet obviously knows that as she said any food would be good as long as it's aimed at a senior cat. I've also ordered a supplement that's supposed to help cats with kidney issues and that should arrive next week. To keep costs down Sarah said they could teach me how to inject the B12, and yeah, no. If it's something that has to happen weekly long term I may change my mind, but as of now I'd prefer my cat to actually like me. I'm already covered in scratches after a battle to get her into the carrier.

As for costs. I'm trying not to think about them.

In my daily decorating update. As of today three walls are completely painted and I put up two curtain rails and hung our new curtains. We were in the right place at the right time yesterday as B&M heavily reduced all their curtains so we got pairs that should have cost £50 for £8 and the ones we got for the bedroom were only £3 a pair for thick lined curtains. I mostly got the rails up okay, except for one bracket which just wouldn't go in no matter what I did. I have to admit I was very tempted to take a hammer to the whole thing at one point. But, it's up and the curtains look good. Tomorrow I'll need to use the drill to put up the tie back hooks so I'll try and make the bracket look better then.

Tomorrow should be the last day of decorating. Our bedroom used to be two smaller bedrooms so is in an L shape. We've a superking size bed in the narrow end of the L meaning there's only about a foot between the side of the bed and the wall, while the other side of the bed is against the wall. So, to paint that wall and wallpaper the end wall the bed needs moving, and the thing is heavy. Which is why we've left it until we've got a full day to crack on from first thing to just get it done.

At which point I'll probably collapse, vow never to look at a paintbrush again and everyone on here will breathe a sigh of relief I've stopped going on about it. That or you'll never hear from me again as I'll have fallen out of the window while tangled in wallpaper.

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