Mar. 13th, 2009 01:50 pm
alithea: (Spring (from nomnomicons))
It was so mild yesterday, despite being really windy, that I walked home from the pool with wet hair and no hood on, so I've decided it is time to banish the ice berries for a few months and break out a spring icon. It's looking quite spring like around here - my clivia is in full bloom, I have pretty little tete-a-tetes flowering, and the tradescantias have been at it too, and the mystery pink thing is still full of flowers! And the park is full of crocuses, still a bit early for daffs up here though, I think. Also, we can tell it is March because Gizmo has decided 5 am is breakfast time...


Back to the to-do list anyway, have been too distracted by pottery-related glee the last couple of weeks.
alithea: (Strange Witch (made by vega-ofthe-lyre))
I guess it's the time of year for it but all I want to be doing just now is playing in the dirt - I have plants in need of repotting, shooting bulbs which need potting up, and last night at pottery class I got my first handmade beads back, all glazed and shiny, and now I'm hooked and just want to sit making more and more... Feeling the cool earth/clay beneath my fingers, waiting to awaken, just like the Earth and the rest of us.

Unfortunately, these things do not pay the bills. These hands need to be typing a report and my brain needs to come out of hibernation. Time for a cuppa, I think.

The crocus were beginning to sprout in the park yesterday, though.
alithea: (Simple pleasures)
Still no news about whether I have that short contract, the refresh button on my inbox is going to be worn out soon ;)

Had my eyes tested this morning and was somewhat distressed to discover I 'needed'* new glasses given I've had to pay for them out of my savings. Still, they are green and funky, or will be, when my lenses are finally in stock.

Had to assist a drunk out of the middle of the road on my way back into town to meet Amy for lunch. He was on his hands, cat-like, blocking the road, there was someone in a car sitting waiting for him to move out of the way and everyone was just standing there staring, while I struggled to get him vaguely upright and then half dragged him on to the pavement and out of the way. People are very strange.

Dune is rather good, I really don't know why I haven't read it before now. Well, mostly I guess it's because i didn't get around to it before I went to uni and then the Dune game took over the roleplaying society and made me sick of hearing about it.

Gizmo is perched on the very edge of the dining table, attacking my spider plant, which she has just realised she can just about reach to snack on. Time for a cuppa, i think, with the aforementioned book, and then tidying before the roleplayers come round for the last session of Full Light, Full Steam. Maybe my inbox is like a watched kettle...

*I don't really because I only need them for reading the screen on this thing and I can see it perfectly well with my old ones, but my eyes have got slightly worse so the optometrist has given me the strongest perscription she can.
alithea: (Default)
It's dark and wet and miserable today, I'm not overly impressed. I'm burning scented candles in an effort to cheer the place up a bit, and also because it smelt a bit funny in here this morning after hosting the Reign game last night.

Still no news on the work front.

Went to Arbroath Abbey on Sunday and watched people in costume talking about Robert the Bruce, then got treated to a peace lilly (my flat is getting more and more like an indoor garden) and a lovely roast dinner and treats from Sainsburies, as The Boy had won some money a charity lottery thing his mother does for him.

Have just been moved to email radio 4 to point out that some woman who phoned to say she was intending to heat her house by burning her rubbish, should really rethink that plan due to the lovely toxic fumes, including highly carcinogenic PCBs, she will end up inhaling. They didn't read out my comment but fortunately they did mention someone had phoned in to warn her about toxic fumes. Given the fuss people make about the siting of incinerators, I would have thought people were generally more aware of such issues, but obviously not. Mind you, the presenter did express doubt as to its safety when he spoke to her and ask if she had got any advice about it.
alithea: (Rainbow River (made by hollycore))
I hope many blessing are unfurling in your life as the leaves unfurl, and you are emerging from winter full of hopes and plans.

Not that is it awfully spring like around here - the daffs may be out and the buds on the trees are starting to show green, but there is snow and bitterly cold weather forecast for the Easter weekend! Such are the joys of the Frozen North :)

Report is nearly done and awaiting feedback and further input from others at this point, and hopefully soon I'll be able to get stuck into my spring cleaning and also give my house plants some much needed attention, as my spiderplants are all potbound and I have tradescantia cuttings that have rooted ready to pot up. In the meantime, lunch, errands in town and hopefully time to fit in a run (I'm trying to keep in the habit of going Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), before cooking a yummy dinner for The Boy and I, and heading out to roleplaying for this week's Changeling session. So busy, but in a good way :)
alithea: (Red Inara (made by singingrl))
My cactus flowered at the weekend:
behold its alien glory )

And the Lodger cooked me the most delicious dinner on Sunday night - roast lamb with black cherry glaze, roast parsnips and onion, mash, steamed carrots, asparagus and greens. Very, very good!

Book list is also up to date again and I've finally read the last ever Strangers in Paradise... On the one hand, the characters deserve a happy ending after all they have gone through over the past 15 years, but on the other, i can't help feeling it would have been more poignant if it had been a bit more bitter sweet. Mind you, to the fans of a certain character, it was probably very bitter sweet! I need to reread the entire lot, but they are bringing it all out in one volume next year apparently so I'm going to hold off buying it until then.
alithea: (Delirium (made by lady_wormtongue))
For those of you not on [livejournal.com profile] frankie_ecap's flist, where Amateur Gardening is currently being discussed - here's me showing off my clivia (ooh uuuhhh ;))

alithea: (V/Phantom (made by masquerade_arts))
That got your attention, didn't it ;) Thought it was about time I updated - you can tell I've had face-to-face contact over the past week, i have't felt the need to ramble on here.


Tuesday, i went up to Aberdeen and caught up with [livejournal.com profile] vodkafrenzy; Wednesday, the elusive [livejournal.com profile] mcwoof was let out to play and we pottered round the 'Ferry and went to the garden centre (and i had spaghetti with clams for lunch which was scrummy); Thursday, had lunch in the Counting House with Amy and Jakob (great advert for the smoking ban, it was much busier than usual on a weekday lunchtime) and more pottering; and yesterday Alex came over and we had sunday lunch at the Bell Tree and went up to Lunan beach (which always looks lovely from the train, and featured cute ponies, pretty red, green and veiny rocks (so not a geologist!) and a loopy bloke who went in the sea naked and then ran round on the beach briefly to dry off (still naked), despite the fact it had been snowing barely half an hour previously!!)

I've finished repotting my house plants and stripped a bit more wallpaper in the bathroom but that's about it for productiveness. I also finished reading Kafka on the shore by Huruki Marukami, which is now my second or third favourite of his - very fine, although I have no clue what the Hell was going on!!

I could witter on about the latest installments in what i shall refer to as Body Wars but I have stuff i should be getting on with, and no lunch until I go shopping so i shall say only this:

Eat well, exercise, sleep, don't drink too much, and be happy. If you live like that, take no notice of stupid muppets telling you you're too light or too heavy because starving yourself or stuffing your face and sitting on your bum all day won't make you a healthier person, regardless of what the scales say.

And the Nutter of the Week Award goes to the Reverend spokesman for the Sabbath Observance Society (or whatever they are called) on Harris, who compared passengers on the controversial Sunday ferry disembarking next to his church to BNP supporters being bussed past a mosque at prayer time during Ramadan. 'Cos only evil people who hate Christians could possibly want to travel somewhere so godly on a Sunday you know! Ahhhh, tolerance...
alithea: (Hope (made by lady_wormtongue))
Yesterday, I got up to a proper spring day. The wind was still cold but the sun was lovely so i banished my winter fur, opened all the windows, and put on my floaty green skirt. Even my velvet jacket got an outing since it was safe from getting rained on. I finally tackled my poor neglected house plants but didn't get around to mopping. Unfortunately, it's back to cold and grey today so hoovering will have to do for now. Next time we have a day like that, I'm gonna mop the floors and sort out my window boxes. Still feeling productive though so better go and get on with something before it goes away; the Wandering Jew still needs to be repotted and I haven't checked the rubber tree yet. I need to buy new pots for the fig and the money plant so they'll have to wait. Giving the big spider plant chance to perk up and if it doesn't I'm going to pot up all the babies and dump the main plant. This place will look like a veritable greenhouse soon, although I don't have anything the size of the 7 ft cheeseplant that the previous owner had!

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