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I originally decided to take a photo every day in December, at least until Christmas. Of anything around. But then, our trusty 4-year-old camera or its memory card failed me, and ate all of yesterday's photos. Luckily I cannot even remember what it was that I photographed. For today, I had some more interesting photos too, but these were the only ones I could recover.

Food. Yeah, go me. And I still feel bad about not having the fried filets here.

aigha: (Juka-chan)
Just ironed some clothes for myself for going to town. Am so much looking forward to going to town with [ profile] quatorze today.

While ironing, couldn't help thinking about Dad. It's quite endearing so see him struggle through the everyday household chores and proudly tell me about the progress he has made. He first learned to do his laundry and now has taught himself to do the ironing as well. Life must and will go on.
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After a most talkative session of German with my aged and most eager students went to town. I have now officially started preparations for the holiday trip to Britain: went to photographer's to have a passport photo taken, then to the police station to make the application for a passport. I know I have one - the lady behind the desk there checked and told me I'd still have a passport valid until 2011, but what's the use - I just don't know where it is. Or rather, I have a vague idea of its whereabouts. It's somewhere in the black hole of the old house. So I had to report it missing and pondered quite a while just how I would tell about it getting lost. Ended up telling about the move and assuring there is no reason to suspect anybody else might have the said passport. I'm going to get a new one in about three weeks.

Now to teach some more German. After that I'll fetch [ profile] quatorze home and then we'll do some serious business with certain show results.


Dec. 28th, 2005 11:10 am
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Just have to vent some.

I'm going seriously mad with the accommodation arrangements for the judges. As if it wasn't enough that our usual hotel (we'll see if they're the hotel for us next time!!) has failed to provide the rooms we need, I now realise I'll have to consider a) how the people are travelling, since if they use their own car, the other hotel might not have heating for their car and possibly b) what time they start judging both days.

And just now I got a call from our man-in-the-field who tells me the cabinet for our dinner on Saturday cannot be separated from the main restaurant because the Russian hotel guests are having a party! That's one good reason why it should be!

I think I'll have some lunch now, take the doggies out if they choose to wake up, and then attack the papers again. I must get the letters out today, but I can't do that before I know who sleeps where...
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Such a fun day yesterday! [ profile] quatorze drove home during her lunch break and we went to town, padded along the main street turned into a yearly market event and went to see some clothes sales. For the price of half a paint bucket of paint I got myself two pairs of trousers, a pair of shorts and a blouse. I think it's a very nice thing that the summer sales usually start around the time when we start wanting/needing something new to wear.

We had a nice Chinese lunch in the street, bought some strawberries and cherries, bought an ice-cream on our way back and all in all, enjoyed a nice summer midday. Somehow we managed to spend two hours in this, which of course is far more than [ profile] quatorze's lunch break, so I drove her to work.

When I got her home (Fozy again in the van with me, boy was she hot there, poor thing), we started painting. It was about nine when we finished, and then I took this picture )
Our house is beginning to look like a proper house, yay!

Today I've been dabbling with some photos, nothing remarkable. Still so hot that the doggies rather lounge indoors, thank you very much for asking. Tonight, they'll have to join us in the yard as we do some more painting, but that'll be in the shadow, and they'll be happy enough. More painting!! It's nice to be able to see what you have accomplished.
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[ profile] quatorze is away at a doggy event with Foxy. She (Foxy) is not participating, more like disturbing and begging for attention. Meanwhile, I've finally uploaded something to deviantArt - have hardly poked my nose there for months, and even then it has taken ages just to quickly go through everything on my watch list.

And even now, it's not poetry I wrote. Instead, uploaded a wallpaper, Touch of Frost there. I quite like it, although I confess I'm only a dabbler both with Terragen and Photoshop. But I really enjoy dabbling with them, and that's the point, right?

Today I read again the four chapters of Flight of Fancy I've managed to write - and it has only taken me a year and a half, or something like that. Hah. Wasn't too pleased with it, either. Like Han Solo, it does have it's moments, but not too many of them. ^___~ Chapter 4 is all wrong and because of that (and other reasons), there are things seriously amiss in the previous ones as well, as I was sort of aiming to it while writing them. Which means I have to rewrite the whole damn thing. But now I'm actually beginning to feel motivated to try it, thanks to the talks we've had with my lovely [ profile] quatorze recently - nothing to do with writing, but with the story itself. Oh, I love the story and know it, yes, I'd love to tell it, but the fact is I've never written anything but poems and very short stories, and this is not going to be short. Well, better start working then, hadn't I?

Doggies are getting restless, as it's past their dinner time already. I'm getting some serious complaints soon, but am not going to give them dinner before all the family is there.
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The stones arrived last night while [ profile] quatorze was away. I have to confess to being slightly taken aback when I saw the amount.

Here's the pile... )

Well, it's going to take quite a few times of pushing the wheelbarrow to get all that around the house. Luckily it doesn't have to be ready in a day or two.

Had to unplug everything again today because of some thunder. It rolled around for quite a while, and there have been showers every now and then and clouds surrounding us all around. But while unplugged, did some preparation for next week's course - have a sort of a script for most things in my mind, still there's a lot to do there, but I don't enjoy planning the lessons before I get to meet the people. I also noticed I have been most shamefully neglecting singing. The fact that I don't have singing lessons or ensemble rehearsals shouldn't mean I do nothing about it! So I did. But heavens how I miss the ensemble singing! Not hearing any other voices than your own feels just so - incomplete.
aigha: (pets)
Monday. On Saturday we had a singing gig with the ensemble at a local LC meeting. The audience was not terribly large and they were rather stiff, of the kind that think a smile might be considered too frivolous, but in the end they were responsive enough. We did elicit many smiles, approving nods and foot-tapping, and afterwards quite a few came to thank us privately. We sang a few old Finnish standards from the 40s to 60s and some Abba, it was exactly the kind of thing that suited our audience. Hey, and we're even going to get sort of a performance fee: compensation for the journeys, plus they promised to sponsor us new blouses!

Yesterday we fetched our new family member from the breeder. Foxy is eight weeks old, and a charming little rascal. She's very bright and energetic, but at that age of course sleeps a lot, so she tires pretty quickly. She's just on and off, on and off. The other dogs are rather puzzled about this little creature, but that's perfectly natural and nothing to worry about.

Today I had to leave them, including the baby, alone for almost six hours as I went to work, but it doesn't look too bad. She's a tough cookie, really. ;)

It's cold again, -20 C, and the car is very low on fuel and I still have to go to the evening lesson tonight. I really must stop at the first petrol station to refuel. Hope [ profile] quatorze is not very late with her shopping...


Nov. 22nd, 2004 04:28 pm
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Despite a nice relaxing Sunday, I'm tired. We got to bed too late, and then Dark Lady kept pottering around with the bucket around her head. I guess she was too warm or something, or then it was the large chunk of oxtail she devoured. It was cold yesterday, we had -22 degrees outside when we went to bed and inside it was definitely very warm. Note to self: whenever giving oxtail to the doggies, remember to give them enough time to chew on them before bedtime!

Did a silly meme... )

Oh my. And still got to drive to give one more lesson to one more group tonight. *sigh* Well, it's only one.
aigha: (medieval)
Uploaded [ profile] quatorze's latest chapter of Ravens to Distant Horizons. Go me! For once I managed to do that (almost) immediately after she finished writing the chapter, and didn't leave it sitting on the Mac for a week or so. *beams* I even remembered to send the announcement of the update to the people on our mailing list. Aren't I clever now? :D

I have even prepared all today's lessons. Now I just might have some time to spend tweaking a poem or a pic... or browsing through LJ?


Jul. 28th, 2004 09:53 pm
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It's been pouring, really absolutely pouring the whole day. Yet here I sit by the Mac smiling broadly. It's my birthday, and although that's no BIIIG thing in the sense that there'd be a party or anything, it's always a bit special day. We usually spend the day at home, just me and Quatorze and the doggies, have a little something special to eat, drink some wine and then Quatorze makes a cake for me. This time she had found a very good white wine for the meal, and the cake was lovely, as it always is. Quatorze went shopping and bought nice little presents for me as well. Thank you, love!

In the evening, an old friend of ours called, just to get a phone number, and I invited her over for tea and cake, and she really made it. So I even had a visitor for my birthday! Because of the doggies and because I usually work in the evenings when everybody else is free, the socializing I can do is rather limited, so it's a special treat when a friend comes around. It was nice to chat. Here I am, still stupidly beaming to the screen. But oh, I'm feeling so good!
aigha: (redblack)
Thunder and rain.
The power has been gone three times today. Briefly, but anyway.

I actually managed to upload the last entry by means of this LJ client I downloaded. Handy, yes, but not completely compatible with our Mac. Made Finder freeze several times. So I decided Phoenix had better go, and I'll be typing these entries in the browser.

Last weekend I did something I haven't done for a looong time - finished a poem. It's something that has been drifting about in my mind and in my notebook for months. I suppose what was needed was really the effort... to sit down with it, try out this and that and the other until you have the pieces. I'm rather pleased with it now, have posted it in FictionPress and uploaded on Distant Horizons, and actually might post it here, too. Just to try out a LJ cut...

After The Day )

Yesterday I even did some more writing. Actually, I spent most of the day with Thoren, writing chapter 5 of Flight of Fancy. It's been ages! True, I have been doing some research for it, but not so much that a break of more than three months would be in any way acceptable. Just look at the rate with which Quatorze gets her stories written... I can't even bear to think everything she's accomplished meanwhile! Well, but Thoren is a bit tricky. I thought I had the beginning of the story as well as the outline for it well established, but then he decides I had better start far earlier and really get to know him properly. I'm not objecting, it's definitely interesting. And yes, it is the first story I'm writing in years. I did make quite nice progress yesterday, too. A pity today's no day for writing.
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This has been a day for entertaining visitors. [ profile] quatorze's brother left this morning, rather sooner than I thought he would but it was nice to see him anyway.

Then a bit after the noon a friend came to talk over some club business. It turned out she was in need of a shoulder to cry on, or at least someone to talk to, she was seething when she came in, so I made us a pot of tea and talk we did. It did feel good to be able to help, even if there was nothing else really for me to do but to listen and sympathise. And in the end she left much pacified and not half as distressed as she was.
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Been outside to try and cut the grass. I will not call it mowing the lawn since what is outside our house is not a lawn but an uneven area full of grass and hay and clover and weeds and wild flowers of various kinds. In a way, it's like our house was in the middle of a meadow, charming and fragrant in its way, but... There's the definite but that we and the doggies still would have to be able to move there.

So I was cutting the grass. And since it's so tall, one really has to use a scythe and not a lawnmower. Of course I had to further complicate matters by trying to avoid all the blossoming clover, so that they'd seed nicely and we'd have more of lovely and easy-to-manage clover around; I was swinging the scythe just over their heads to get to the taller grass. During the process I discovered that a morning of sunshine is not really enough to dry the grass/weeds after yesterday's downpour, everything was still soaking wet closer to the ground, and stuck to the blade of the scythe. There was also a suprising amount of chickweed that gathers water like no other weed I know. But it's a real case of having to make hay while the sun shines, with the rains there have been one can't wait too long for the grass to dry up. I wasn't there too long, but was sweating like a pig afterwards anyway.

Three of the doggies were with me. They are old and experienced enough, gave a wide berth to me and my scythe even to start with, and once again it was so amusing to see what they did.

After the initial run around, the Big Boy was lying on the terrace in the shade, comfortably relaxed but alert at the same time and occasionally he'd jump up and bark if there was a slower vehicle passing by.

The Little Bitch settled next to him, all attention, observing me and any movement around, sniffing the air and looking pleased with herself and slightly puzzled as to what I was doing. Occasionally she'd make these little tours around to sniff around in the grass, and then return to her vantage point.

The Dark Lady in turn did not take part in any running around at all. Instead, she immediately found a nice sunny spot on the sand quite next to the southern wall of the house, dropped down there and dozed off. She must be the laziest dog in the world, really. She'd lie there, panting in the sunshine, but yet too lazy to move to the shade. Although I do suspect she both loves the sunshine and chooses the spot because the foundation of the house is cool anyway.

Oh well, now I have to do some little cleaning in the house. [ profile] quatorze's little brother phoned and said he'd come for a visit in a few hours. It'll be the second time we meet this year. Guess I'll have to try and make the house at least partially presentable.

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