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Birthday present from Kim !


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Goodbye (Probably)

Haven't written on LJ for some time - the inspiration has died somehow. Seems a bit rude to creep away without comment so this is a sort of provisional leave taking and thanks to all the friends whose entries and comments I've enjoyed here - and to offer good wishes for the future.

I'm still around on flick'r and we did replace dear old PussKat - in so far as one can replace a much-loved animal - not with a sedate old thing from the rescue centre as planned but a lively kitten who commanded our attention when we got there!

A Sad Day

While the media mark October 5th as the day Apple Co-founder died for us it was the day we had PussKat put to sleep.

We'd only known him six months. He was 20 years old and his first owners live a few doors away but for his final spell he'd chosen us. He was a very game cat - in his youth a fearless hunter and even in old age a brave explorer.

But on Monday his arthritis became critical. His hind legs failed him so he couldn't get in through the cat flap or jump on his favourite chair. His old owners visited (on the eve of their holiday) and agreed (reluctantly) that we could, if the worse came to the worst, take him to the vet. No treatment was possible as his kidneys were also failing.

Kim held him gently for his final injection and I cried all the way home as we carried him back to bury in the garden.

PussKat we miss you but you gave us a lot of pleasure!

Does Yellow look Cheap?

The now defunct Somerfield supermarkets had their own brand of inexpensive products recognisable by their yellow packaging. I found this so offputting I never bought them.

Wilkingsons are selling their own stuff in yellow packs like the toothpaste I'm trying out that cost 17p! It does seem to work OK but upsets the cool look of the bathroom.

Product colours matter: we watched an episode of The Apprentice where the loosing team designed a kitchen product in a black & red container dismissed by Lord Sugar as looking like something for cleaning the car.

Back to Normal

We've had an exciting week - groups restarting after the break, trip to a great Heritage place with the photography group and a two day visit from my son & his wife who now live in California.

I wanted to give them wonderful meals (she is on a special diet that complicated planning), they wanted to see a lot of history so we spent 2 hours driving to and from, and 4 hours walking round every bit of, Calke Abbey and, naturally, we wanted to talk.

Now its Monday morning and back to routine and deciding what to do with some left-over roast beef - quite nice and restful in its way!

Backing up a hard drive - help needed

Kim kindly gave me his Mac intel and started reusing his Mac G4. Now he has a problem that is outlined below. I am reposting it here as we have different friends.

"Having backed up all of my music files on an external hd I am looking for software that backs up hd to hd. [I need to back-up the external hd - preferably incrementally.

Any suggestions?

Note. I use a Mac but that shouldn't be too big a deal as i'm not backing up the computer."

Any suggestions welcome.

Thank you.

Twenty-eight Centuries out

My Bible Reading Programme is paying off:  always thought that ,"Come now let us reason together,' was from The Godfather but have just come across it in Isaiah -together with one of my Marxist father's favourite exprressions 'Grinding the faces of the poor' !

Better News, Better Sight

I was refferred to Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham yesterday, after a gloomy prognosis re the state of my retinas from the local opthalmology department. 

A bit grotty after the splendours of our  £320m local hospital (King's Mill, Sutton) but the consultant  produced a more cheerful diagnosis - posterior capsule thickening and epiretinal scarring rather than macular holes. Things won't get worse, may even get better and any surgery is fairly straightforward.My eyesight feels better already.


King's Mill