Saturday, January 10, 2015

My week off was spent dealing with, in no particular order...

Boiler repair.
MOT and car repairs.
Small cat castration.
Clearing out rubbish.

The first three cost me money as well as time although it cost Watson (small cat) a lot more. He is back to his usual noisy, inquisitive greedy self with Mrs C encountering kitten kitchen carnage this morning. Happily, the bottles bounced and did not spill their contents or the carnage could have been even worse. With the new neighbours at the back bringing in their moggies we are now inundated with young cats, several of whom meet in our garden. Good job I am mad about cats...

The boiler is now sixteen years old and from the multiple repairs we have had over the years I imagine only the metal skin is original. It's a good job I signed up to a cover plan but I am considering having some quotes for a new one. I'll start with British Gas and then work my way down to sensible prices. Having said that, there is no immediate need to replace it so I may wait another couple of years. The temperature yesterday evening was a balmy 17° C ( 62.6° F ) so the heating wasn't required. The cold showers over the past two days were a very different matter and I don't subscribe to their 'character building' mantra!

Otherwise I have been sitting in as No.1 drives his car and catching up with non-demanding spy and history novels, as well as following with mounting horror and dismay the crazy murderous situation in France. It still beggars belief that these murderous scum believe they can kill in the name of their religion. Denying their actions are those of Muslims is complete bollocks. It's their raison d'être, they believe they are justified by their sky fairy and scribbled nonsense to attack anyone who does not subscribe. Sadly, this barbarism is going to continue and I do not see any immediate means of dealing with them apart from stamping it out. Life is going to get more unpleasant for all of us, believers or not in any of the religious nonsense. I would say this is the 21st century and we should have moved on from this shit but, they are caught up in the medieval mindset of desert tribesmen and goat herders. "Sigh".

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Monday, January 05, 2015

Welcome to 2015!
I haven't bothered to post until now as I anticipate the next week off and the usual (for me) January rituals of the MOT for the car and rejoining the local fat fighters club. It's a Sunday which means a lazy day of contemplation and keeping wrapped up warm beside the radiator. Admittedly, the elderly cat and dog are currently hogging the best positions which involves lying stretched out beneath the radiator!

So much for posting this... I had to deal with yet more large kitten carnage! They cannot leave potted plants alone. Added to the above list and as I have mentioned the little buggers, Watson is now booked in for his first appointment at the vet. It's the dreaded nutectomy! He's already disappearing to chase the local ladies and the two young female cats a few doors down have attracted his attention. The last thing I want is a basket full of young Watsons plonked on my doorstep.

Resolutions for 2015... The usual weight loss hence my joining the local fat fighters club; my bicycle is prepped and ready for the spring as I intend to get cracking with the old velocipede for exercise and fun; Paying off the mortgage which is an on-going resolution. Apart from these I expect (hope for!) the usual year of vegetable growing, brewing ale and keeping my sanity as the madness of an election year is upon us. I usually make statements about travel but there are two trips I intend to make this year. One to Ireland to see my Dad as he'll be eighty this year and the other will be to finally clap eyes on Hadrian's Wall. Hopefully you will all have an excellent 2015 and dare I ask what resolutions you have made?