Monday, March 2, 2009

Poetry In Motion....

Riding this morning was full of surprises.

First off, I know I have said it before, but it bares saying again, I love this stable. I love the people, (whose sole criteria for taking you in as one of them seems to be "Do you love horses and are you a nice person?, Yes? Cool, you're in" ) I love having the chance to learn to ride in such a really lovely area, on a great horse, with a trainer as great as my friend Melissa. I love having something I have to really work at, if I am ever going to be any good.

Today was a bit different in that She Who Owns The Whole Thing was there riding as well. (Not different in terms of Cool People, she's great, very nice, I quite like her) but in that she was riding too. Let me explain...And since She Who Owns the Whole Thing is a bit long, we will call her Poetry, because she rides the way great poets put words together.

As in, she and the horse are not separate, they are ONE. Her horses are the kind we dreamed about when we were five and first wanted a pony. IE. Really. Cool. Horses. And as I said, she can ride them. I've seen her ride before, but had never quite imagined riding in the ring with her.

Sort of the riding equivalent of jamming with Bela Fleck. I mean, he's nice and fun and great and just a guy, but when he PLAYS, it's a whole different set of notes. And imagine him saying, "Hey, let's do some tunes.." Well, you sure as heck don't turn it DOWN, but what goes thru your head, as you casually say, sure, why not is something like FUCKFUCKFUCKOHMYGODSWHATAMIDOING!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's the way I felt this morning riding.

I did manage not to go all Wayne's World on her, but truly, I am not worthy! (I'm kind of jaded these days, not a lot phases me, been a long time since I've gone all fan girl..)

I loved every moment of it.

A little trial by fire never hurt anyone.

Magic just came out and RATS!!!!!!!!! I let Venus and Mim down for a bit when I got home, never thinking he would come out when I was here. No hissing or fighting, but they all sort of chirriped, like birds, and he ran back down. I have go to get this Kitty back to his room and am starting to despair. I am going to put food in there tonight and come down every couple of hours and see if I can get him while he is in there. I don't want to live trap him, that will set us back, but I don't know what to do, he can't live in the basement. Playing Bouzouki for the rest of his life. (Wait, didn't mean to say that)

What else tonight, it has been a really long day, and I need to get some sleep as I can. Been listening to Thea Gilmour kind of obsessively for the past few days, non-stop. Can't stop. Not sure why I would want to. She's one, if you don't know her music, you ought to.

Love and Poetry,


At 23:19 Blogger ariandalen said...

Glad at least the riding went the way it was supposed to today. :)

Magic is being a male, isn't he. ;)

At 23:22 Blogger Adri said...

Yay for happy riding stories!

Also hooray for bengal meetings that didn't devolve into yowls or violence. Chirps are good noises! If it were me, I'd leave trapping as the very last resort, especially since he's coming up when you're around. He misses you!

At 23:25 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Riding did go well, which makes me happy. I am going again in the morning before work. And if I ride with people who really know what they are doing, so much the better.

Magic does miss me I think. I like it that he came out. I don't want him roaming tho, as he does tend to pee, which is fine on the waterproof futon in his room, but not so much in the rest of the house....

At 23:32 Blogger Na said...

::snort:: Been coveting a bouzouki, have yo- I mean, has Magic? Found one has he? Poor Mr. Merritt.

The ride with 'Poetry' sounds like its own sort of magic; something to wake up and shake up your soul a bit, in a very nice way. Well, that's my impression from reading your post.

Have had tea - warming and decaf. On a whim put more honey in than usual and mmmmm.

At 23:33 Blogger Chantrelle said...

i knew the bazouki was magicked away! ;)

riding with someone whos is that good must be amazing. like dancing with a pro, you just fall into their pattern and learn so much.

hubby is on his plane heading back in time and we'll pick him up before he even left tomorrow :)

yay! being a single mom is not what i want to be!

At 23:41 Blogger ariandalen said...

I'm turning into a pumpkin.


Have spicy dreams!

At 23:47 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Chirping Bengals

Poetry in Motion

Great day!

At 23:47 Blogger Dragonsally said...

drat. Ticky Ticky

At 23:48 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Wake up and shake my soul! That's it exactly!

It was amazing.

Glad you liked the BPAL, Adriandalen, I will tell her to go ahead and make us some Spicy Brains!

Brains for all!!!!!

I am for bed too, read you in my dreams...

At 23:52 Blogger AletaMay said...

Almost asleep but must ticky box.

So glad that Magic misses you. Riding with Poetry sounds wonderful. Love that it brought out your inner fangirl.

Night/Morning Fiends.

At 00:05 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Chirping birds here,
Chirping leopards there,
Chirping creatures everywhere.

Right. Tea.

At 00:07 Blogger vampi said...

riding sounds like fun:)

i'm intrigued that magic is enjoying his time outside the room. i would have though he would slink back after being in the wild unknown. i am clearly not the cat whisperer

LOVE the poodle link from the last post. made me laugh lots.

billie piper is a guilty pleasure. i quite like secret diary of a call girl.

At 00:09 Blogger Na said...

:) Night-morning from me, too.

Thought I should read some news this evening. Don't think I learned anything worth knowing. Hmph.

At 00:34 Blogger Chantrelle said...

off to bed...have to be well rested when i pick up hubby in the morning.

sweet dreams!

At 00:37 Blogger Ticia said...

((Rubius & Lamie))

I love that the bengals chirped at each other.

I am exhausted and seeing things in mystical terms.
Poetry in gaited motion.
Bengal Magic like the Cheshire Cat, now you see him, now you don't.
Flying bouzoukis playing ghostly tunes.
Luggage skulking in the corner.

Something magical is in the air.

At 01:40 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Guess I'm not too surprised that Neil doesn't have a bouzouki on tap.

But somehow I rather thought your Spooky Haus *would*.

Have a bouzouki close to hand, that is.

Just hanging about. I mean, I recall tripping over them like gumballs or hotcakes (or something FREQUENT like that....)when I lived in Minneapolis...

At 01:41 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great riding post, by the way. Much envy on my part. But I am most happy for you, that you have found this sport and this place to grow within and be happy.

At 01:43 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great riding post, by the way. Much envy on my part. But I am most happy for you, that you have found this sport and this place to grow within and be happy.

At 01:52 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, haven't the faintest idea why that double posted.... SORRY, ALL!

Now, this is for BA...hoping that she is feeling better ...

i halp ok?"

At 01:54 Blogger Lexocat said...

waving, ticking and moving on. hope magic isn't up *too* late playing that bouzouki...

At 02:02 Blogger DataGoddess said...

Insomnia strikes again!

Magic is having way too much fun. He's probably wondering why you think he needs to go back into his room, he's perfectly happy out!

Hope today's riding is as wonderful as yesterday's!

At 02:04 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry. I'm probably being difficult, but does it matter which room Magic is in?

He comes out for food, they didn't tear each other apart, it's a pain finding it if he pees, but if any visitors mind, all the better you can get rid of them more quickly!! (I had a bad experience with another parent who just wouldn't go home last night)

He obviously loves you.

Ariandalen, I know Quiche may have explained, but what the hell does Spicy Brains smell like???

Chantrelle, I hope your hubby got truly welcomed at the Anderson roundabout :)

I'm off to AFP soon. I can't wait :)

Oh, and lost bazoukis? Have you ever heard "Danny Boy" played on the bazouki? or for that matter many traditional Irish songs? It is pretty amazing. There is an Irish bar on Patmos (well there was 23 years ago) :(

I think the baggage handling staff will be having a whale of a time with it!!! (Just check for scratches)

At 02:47 Blogger Marjorie said...

Grr. Blogger ate my comment.

So glad you had such a great time riding - it sounds awesome, and must be lovely to have the time to do it after the hectic time you & Boss have had recently.

Re: Magic - I can see why you need him back in hi room 0 there is only so much cat pee on the carpets and furniture which one can take, and of course if he pees the others may feel the need to mark their territory too...
Id it worth delaying feeding him so that he gets hungry and using this to lure him back to his room at a time when you can shut the door? I did also wonder whether there is anything like the vaccum clener which makes him nervous - not to threaten him, of course, but something that, if you use it (say) 1 room away, might make him decide he's be safer in his own cave? (and which with luck he won't associate directly with you!)

At 05:20 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Head over to Eddie Campbell's blog for a tribute to a disappeared magic place.
Did you guys from Melbourne know about this?

At 06:01 Blogger Phiala said...

Hooray for riding! For you, anyway - my officemate took a fall this weekend. She's okay, luckily, but bruised and sore.

I only have one Thea Gilmore album, but intend to get more. I don't think I've ever gotten a bad music recommendation from Boss.

At 06:25 Blogger dabbler said...

BA, hugs...remember the world is always turning toward the morning, even when things seem bleakest. Spring will all areas.

Having to remind myself, today. I can't believe I'm on Day 6 of this thing and I STILL FEEL LIKE POOP!

At 06:44 Blogger dabbler said...

My heart wants to say let Magic find his way to get along with Mim and Venus. But my head knows that's too risky...for him, and poor Spooky House, too. Good luck, Lorraine, I know you'll figure it's one of your many gifts, intelligence from a loving heart.

At 06:57 Blogger Marjorie said...

Nat-Law, thanks so much for posting that link. i have a new blog to read now!

At 07:23 Blogger ivenotime said...

Good morning all! a bright and sunny day, tho very cold here. great riding post Lorraine - our local stable is owned by a poet too, and it is incredibly beautiful to watch her ride. sigh. hope the bouzuki (sp?) turns up today, as well as the rest of the luggage. Magic is such a naughty boy-partying the night away, i sure hope you can lure him back to his room soon. how about suspending food in his room so it takes him some time to try to bat at it and catch it? might give you time to shut the door? Ours was finally thirsty, that was what clinched it for us. good luck with him, and have a wonderful tuesday all!

At 07:39 Blogger Dan Guy said...

Magic is, no doubt, preparing for his future role of Stealth Infiltrator in the Bee-Bengal Alliance.

At 07:48 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Still at large, tho he did eat his food I left in his room at night.

It's not a matter of what people would say about cat pee everywhere, it is what -I- would say. I have a lot of really nice antique furniture and I like my home, and do not want it peed all over.

And if he lives like this, h will never bond. And I want him too.

Tonight I am going to clean his room good, as it needs it, then it is a live trap for Mr Magic, unless I come up with anything better. And Hans will build him some Things for his room.

Sue, glad to hear it and nice turn of phrase, owned by a poet. Poets ride. Poetry in motion indeed.

Tea. The ride. Yes, tea.

Wake in a panic thinking I was late, but it's just this darn lock of mine that is SO high tech, I don't know how to re-set it, it's meant to sync up or something, and I cannot re-set it, so it is 50 minutes fast, for like a year now.

Apparently I forgot this this morning.

At 08:32 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hmmph. Just little old me again, here wit m tea.

Magic came out just now, and they do CHIRP!!!!!!!!

He looked at all of us, everyone Chirped and then he went back down, but no one was angry or scared.

Could not of course do anything about getting him back, so I didn't try, would only convince him coming out would be bad....

At 08:37 Blogger Phiala said...

He is obviously having a Grand Adventure and will come back when he's good and ready.

I'm sure I wouldn't be nearly as entertained if it were my Bengal loose in the basement!

Looking forward to the general Fiendly release of spicy brains.

At 08:42 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Adventure indeed!

I am off to ride.

Chatter me nice things, Fiendish ones...

At 09:20 Blogger Marjorie said...

I guess it's good that no-one is sngrey of scared.

A Thought: if you do have to resort to live-trapping him, is it worth while getting someone else (Maybe Woodsman Hans or MerryHousekeeper or Boss) to set up the trap and take it into his room, and for you then to be the one to let him out of it and give him food treats and things to play with? That way, the trap won't have your scent on it and he may not associate you with any unpleasantness and won't casue him to lose trust in you

At 09:49 Blogger Jess said...

Hurrah for cantering poets! :) It's fun to begin to see the beauty in an activity like that, to see what makes it an art. Nifty cool. Are you riding pretty much every day, now, or is it just this week?

It is good that they're all chirruping; I think Magic's also being exceedingly polite to the girls. That's why he keeps going back down-- he knows he's in their territory, so he says hello and then gets out of their space. Part of the trick might be to make sure the girls are out of the way the next time he comes up.

Has he been peeing down in the basement? He doesn't seem that scared, really, and I think I remember you saying that he mainly pees when he's scared, rather than to mark territory. So if he's not actually peeing now, and he seems to be using his litter box...would he be likely to start? I dunno, it's a thought. He definitely wants to explore.

For that matter: do the girls have the roam the house at night? If they've seen him wandering around, that might actually be why they're inclined to chirp helloes rather than fight.

Cats. They're interesting. (Decalred Captain Obvious.)

At 10:45 Blogger Na said...

Today I meet for the first time an author whose book I am copyediting. It's a sort of interview, I need to understand some of her thinking, in order to make some styling decisions for consistency. I feel like I am embarking on a curious balancing act.

And my house is spooking me, I don't know why. Although it may have to do with the music player that turns itself on from time to time, which I didn't think was really happening until it happened with me in the room (could previously assume the kids must have left it on). I've been home here alone before, but today it feels weird. I've been all through it with a baseball bat and my cell phone in hand, and am confident there are no other hoominz in here right now. Curiouser and curiouser.

At 10:47 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Phiala - i'm with you on boss-music recommendations. AFP, Jason Webley, Stephen Merritt, Thea Gillmore, Jonathan Coulton. 5 for 5.

Channeling JoCo....
Cats are interesting
Like a stick in your eye
They're so freaking interesting
That they might make you cry

Hope riding is graceful and as painfree as can be!

Leaving to pick up hubby in about an hour! (doing happy sweetie-coming-home dance)

At 10:49 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Na - ooh, ghost stories! Is it an old house? We lived in an old victorian that had a ghost. Hubby was the only one who didn't believe in her and he actually saw her one night! I was pissed, i wanted to see her! She'd turn on/off the oven, stove, washing machine, rattle doorknobs, etc. Nothing scary (except the oven, 4 of us turned it off) so we asked her not to do anything to harm the house and she didn't do it again!

It was cool actually :)

At 10:56 Blogger Phiala said...

I have a ghost cat in my house, the Ghost ghost.

At 11:04 Blogger Jess said...

Lucky Chantrelle! You'd think I'd get ghosts in this house, seeing as the doctor who lived in the house a couple of doors down-- this was during the early 1900s or so-- used to send his patients up here to use the bathroom. (True story! A neighbor sent me a letter about it the year we moved in; the doc didn't have plumbing in his home office and didn't want to expose his family to diseases by letting them into his house. So he exposed his neighbors instead! Nice guy!) You'd think at least one patient would have died in there.

There was also a fire, something like 75 years ago. Where are the ghosts from that, I ask you? It ought to have killed somebody. Unless they all got out. I don't actually know-- I've just got charred beams in my attic. I can only speak for the beams.

No ghosts. Just and endless parade of home-improvement headaches. Meh.

At 11:08 Blogger Arwenn said...

Home improvement headaches....THAT'S what's haunting you!!!!

At 11:21 Blogger Jess said...


At 12:01 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Poetry was riding again. And she had a friend. Another Poetry. And my trainer rode. The three graces it was.

And me.

I feel like I am playing in the Sparrow Quartet.

Loving it!

At 12:06 Blogger Na said...

Happy morning, Chantrelle!

The house not particularly old, built in the 70s. I still wonder about ghosts. Don't know if I'd really want to see one or not. Not utterly convinced I believe in them or not. Though I've seen and sensed things which surely could have been. My scientific and spiritual selves do sometimes collide. So I seem to be of two minds. Bwahahaha.

Off to pick up monstress.

At 12:54 Blogger Kitty Cat said...

Q, you blue-mouthed sailorgirl! i didn't know your blog was rated R!

Thea G is dreamy and one of the best presents ever from Boss.Nigel too. They need to be heard.

Selina is cheering MAgic on from here, she heard on the twilight meowing that he escaped and is playing hide and seek. She too plays that game, and yesterday had to be extracted from the front yard tree-- the hummingbirds were teasing her to climb higher and higher.

At 13:00 Blogger Kitty Cat said...

ps Jacq---Patmos! i don't think i have ever found a more sacred place. I got stuck on that island for a good two weeks, every night we would go for the boat to Athens, and every night, they would say "no boat! bad weather!" and we'd pile back to the beach, pick out some fish and dine divine....thanks for reminding me i need to go back..

At 13:53 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

SLOW or what? Where is everyone? You did not like this blog? It was not exciting enough for your Fiendish hearts?????

Tired of Magic and his escaping????

Miss you.

Come home soon.

At 13:57 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I am there! But nothing is really happening (though this is probably a blessing).

At 14:02 Blogger AletaMay said...

I am sorta here. Trying to sort out my to do list. Much nicer here.

Love that you got to be part of the Grace and Poetry Riding Quartet!

I have a stiff shoulder/neck thing going on that is driving me batty. You know when it feels like if you could just stretch in just the right way it would be okay. But it isn't. Arrgggg. I know it has to do with sleeping in a bad position.

Did the luggage turn up?

Never ever will I tire of hearing about Magic.

At 14:02 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Too much happening here. And our Guest still has no luggage.

At 14:11 Blogger spacedlaw said...

No luggage at all or just one stray bouzouki ?

At 14:13 Blogger Marjorie said...

e on and off. But also trying to cook (well, eat, now) pizza and write my own blog post (nearly done)

When iws Guest due to leave? Becasue in my experience lost luggage usually turns up about 8 hours before you are due to go home again. Maybe 16 hours if you have the power of a Fabulous Assistant working on your behalf.

At 14:15 Blogger Marjorie said...

ARgggh. What part of 'preview' don't you understand, Blogger? Now my typos are exposed to the world. [hangs head in shame]

At 14:17 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

ALL luggage, both gate checked and baggage checked....

At 14:23 Blogger Adri said...

I am completely avoiding work today. >_> No real reason, I guess I just am not feeling very motivated, so I've been faffing around on the internet. Now apparently a friend is coming over for a beer, which requires me to locate and put on pants; very inconvenient.

At 14:29 Blogger spacedlaw said...

That takes some effort to lose all this. He must have been checked into a different life altogether. Or a fan saw his stuff and pounced.

At 14:31 Blogger Uisge said...

Loving the Adventures of Magic.

And the riding stories. And the Extraordinary Lives of Venus and Mim. If you could anticipate Magic's visit, you could capture chirping videos (though that's probably not a high priority, all things considered. Still - cuuuttee!)

The discussion of Greece sent me off on a delightful tangent of planning an imaginary Greek vacation. That's outside the foreseeable future, though I may need to have Greek food for dinner to assuage the ache in my heart.

At 14:39 Blogger Marjorie said...

Ohh yes, Greece is fantastic (and I love the food) I went to Greece on a whim, once. Wonderful holiday, wonderful place.

At 15:07 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guest flew Northwest, didn't he.

Just sayin'

and if he THINKS he flew Delta, well, up there it's still Northwest :)

At 15:15 Blogger Jodyth said...

Good to hear that Magic is creeping around your house. I've only been on horses 3 times and discovered muscles I didn't know I had. You will soon be made of steel and springs. I think your plan of doing something you love on the road to exercise is an excellent one!

At 15:24 Blogger Na said...

I have been out and about, meeting the author I'm working with, driving through lots of snow - "light flurries", my arse. Happy to finally find the sort of eatery I love most. You all probably know it - converted house or looks like one, old cafe tables and chairs, art on the walls that is for sale and changes from month to month, good food all made from scratch. Cozy. Relaxed. I had the best spinach enchilada ever. Yay.

Now need to reboot my computer after updating some programs. Also, there's malware loose on fb, fyi, a short somewhat informational clip on today.

At 15:26 Blogger Jess said...

I'll do the Lost Bouzouki Chair Dance. Maybe that'll summon it.

*Dah dee dum dah-dah, and SPIN!*

I've been embroiled this afternoon in High Drama with the Library Literary Group. Feeling stabby. Thinking it might be a good idea to reassess my involvement with them. Long story short: they want to kick a guy out for being argumentative. He's only been with us for two meetings, but they don't want to "sacrifice" everything we've "achieved" for one person who's "not committed" to the group.

Sacrifice which achievements, exactly? We haven't done anything apart from host a couple of readings, then sit around patting each other on the back for writing poems. Will one annoying guy make that stop? Hey, you know what? Bring it on. Let's do something for a change. I didn't get involved just to group hug once a month.

Remember what you were telling us, Lys, about the Group of 200 Snoots who turn up at every arts event in your town? It's just like that, except there are only five of them. Led by a friggin' diva.

Argh, argh, argh. I know this thing needs to happen-- the community and the library need a group to support literary programming. But sometimes it's very hard, and I can't hep but question why I bother.

Sorry. Just call me Rantypants. :(

At 15:42 Blogger Na said...

Hey Rantypants! Been there, too. Sounds like the group needs to increase in number. More people means less opportunity for a self-appointed diva to outspeak everyone else. :) Anyone else in the group possibly feeling the way you do?

At 15:45 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the new blog!

That little stinker Magic...but how funny that they just chirp at each other. He's saying "hi gals!" and they are saying "eew, boy cooties, but no, let's let him live, maybe he will play kill-the-mousie with us..."

When you can't see him, he is probably sitting in the basement wondering when he gets his next "trail of tuna" treat and where are the toys hidden for later when you are asleep.

At 16:06 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jess, you must out fox this diva-ass. Shouldn't be hard, people like that are their own worst enemies. For Fods sake, I hate that sort. SNOOTS are evil.

There are lots in the horse world, but not at MY barn!

What in Fods name is a Malware and how did it get loose? Did it bolt from it's bedroom like my soon to be live trapped Magic?

Actually, I am going to play featherstick and have the foo acroos the room and see if I can't get the basement door closed, he'll run to his room then. Might work. Might now.

Hey Marla, glad you like ti! Yes, they Chirp, not Mew. Really weird.

Hi Jodyth, well, we would be happier if he was sitting in his room...Hans is going to build him things to make him happier...If we can get him back there.

At 16:08 Blogger Marjorie said...

RantyPants, sounds like a VERY annoying woman. Any chance of suggesting to her that Discussion and Debate are healthy, not a reason to throw people out??

At 16:11 Blogger Marjorie said...

Q, did you see Martin has a sequel to Lonely Werewolf coming out next year? But probably you already knew. Makes me v. happy.

At 16:12 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Dear Ranty Pants.
Revolution. Throw HER out.

I'm sure you've thought of that already.

Nathalie. There have been quite a few emails and things floating around about that lovely garden and artwork.

I'm about to call Dell and be very unhappy. A line has appeared right across the laptop screen. Missing pixels.

At 16:13 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I did know that Marjorie, I have been encouraging him as I can on it, and WAY can't wait to read it...

He hasn't written a bad book yet, and LWG was the best.

At 16:15 Blogger Jess said...

Marjorie: He is rather an old biddy, yes. How did you know? :D

Na: Hard to say. The rest of the group generally doesn't speak up. I'm the only one who can't seem to keep her mouth shut. Big surprise there!

You'll be proud of me, Quiche: after several emails I think I did actually outfox him. Go me, eh? What does it matter that I lost an afternoon's writing when I won an email argument with a Diva? Wheee!

Tomorrow I shut off the modem, possibly dangle it out the window.

At 16:17 Blogger Jess said...

Marjorie: to be fair the guy in danger of being kicked out has been vaguely annoying, in that he won't hear criticism of his own work.

Still. I don't think it warrants exclusion. Not if we're supposedly the officially local champions of Literature and Fine Writing.

At 16:19 Blogger Marjorie said...

Jess. I'm with Sally. start a revolution!

Q - I thought probably you knew, 'cos you know all the fun secrets! I just recently read 'Suzy, Led Zepplin & Me' and loved that, too. and the fairies.

At 16:21 Blogger Marjorie said...

Jess, maybe you could put Diva and Mildly Annoying Guy in a locked room: only one of them could emerge, the victor, to remain in the group.

(Plus, it might be entertaining to watch)

At 16:26 Blogger Chantrelle said...

for those who didn't see my best friend had her baby!! A girl! I just talked to her, she did labour drug-free! She's a rockstar. I can't wait to meet the wee girl next week!
(that's a lot of exclamation points!) ;-)

Hope featherstick works to get the basement door closed.

Literary group revolution...another good band name.

At 16:27 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Advice needed from the computer experts among us...I thought I should reboot before ringing Dell and yelling about the missing pixels on the screen. Reboot made the screen complete again.
Any ideas on what is happening?

At 16:28 Blogger Chantrelle said...

the pacman who ate the row of pixel dots was eaten by ghosts and hasnt' started a new game yet.

At 16:29 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Ohh, congratulations to your friend Chantrelle. Enjoy snuggling new baby. Mmmm, new baby smell. Up there with rain on parched earth smell as one of the best in the world.

At 16:30 Blogger Marjorie said...

Sally, not an expert but my instincts say back eveything up elsewhere, quick, just in case.

Although Chantrelle's explanation sounds convincing to me!

At 16:32 Blogger Dragonsally said...

HAH. That's it Chantrelle!!!!!

Oh, brilliant book recommendation.

Bareback, published as Benighted in the States by Kit Whitfield.
I couldn't put it down, and I am left wanting more (which there isn't)

At 17:03 Blogger Siri said...

Ticky box

At 17:27 Blogger Hellie said...

What is with cats exploring small, dark places?! Magic sounds like he is having fun anyway, love that they are all chirriping at each other. My old moggie, Poppy, only used to chirp at the birds. They were never fooled by her impressions. She also liked hiding in the airing cupboard, sleeping on the pile of freshly washed bedding & towels balanced precariously on top of the boiler. The number of times we'd go to dry our hands on a fresh towel and it would mew groggily in protest. Warm, half baked and sozzled cat - another great smell :o)

Another Thea Gilmore obsessive here. She is playing a boat and folk festival just down the road in Cheshire in the summer. I'm so excited.

At 17:42 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

My computer did the weird pixel thing just before the hard drive gave up the ghost, just saying BACK UP!

Hellie, what a delightful description! You'll have to tell us about Thea, I sure do wish I could see her, she was over here opening for someone this year, but alas, not near me.

Sent the boys out to play. After dressing them warmly. Mom or PA? My job is weird.

Right. Need to find a bouzouki. And some luggage.

Airline has positively said if they manage to find it they will certainly call but at this point it is simply too early to say for sure, tho they might find it at some point and then , yes they will call, but can't promise anything for sure........

At 17:43 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Thinking about what Magic is going through makes me so sad.

How wonderful about the riding! It sounds like a truly awesome way to spend the winter - and, I guess, any other time of year ... I've never even thought about doing it before.

At 17:53 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Um, Emily, Magic is having a FINE old time. He has a party at night, eats the trail of tuna, plays with the cat toys, and explores new caves.

If it weren't for the fact it will be harder to socialize him and that he pees on things, I would tell him to go for it.

At 18:12 Blogger ariandalen said...

Spicy Brains is yummy. :)
The sharp top note that I smell in the bottle disappears in less than an hour on me, maybe within the first 30 minutes. Then it reminded me of another scent, but I couldn't place it until right before bed. It reminds me of Tabu. Let me stress - it is not the same scent as Tabu; however, they do have a similar warmth/depth.

DH likes it, and both daughters want to wear it. DD1 doesn't care for it in the bottle, but does like it on me. She even thinks it's funny that it's called Spicy Brains, when she usually tells me to "stop!" when I go, "I smell your spicy brains." :)

At 20:15 Blogger ariandalen said...


I appear to have chased everyone away.

At 20:16 Blogger Jess said...

We interrupt this Spicy Brains report to bring you Mr. Peebles, the world's smallest cat.

All together now: AWWWWWWWW!

And now back to the sniffing.


At 20:36 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...


Come out, come out where ever you are Fiends!

Magic is safe and the new post is UP!!!!!!!!!!

At 20:49 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot about the scialization thing with Magic, I tend to lose focus on the important things.
I also forgot you live in the SpookyHaus filled with lovely things - not a hovel full of crap, where I live :) Hope he lets you catch him soon.

Congrats to your friend Chantrelle.

Kitty, I hope you get back to the Greek Islands soon, I love it that you were stuck there :)

Yay for Jess saving annoying people. We (umm..cross that out) They need saving. There should be more people like you!!

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