debris4spike: (Spike - face + body + my name)
As all of you probably know by now we had a terrorist related incident in London, and as ever random people walking through the city are injured or have lost their lives.  It seems small compared with other atrocities, but no doubt is meant to scare people away from the city.

No way - terrorists are not going to run my life ... or my country!

Anyway, enough of politics (etc) not something I usually even mention on LJ.

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I keep saying I am back and then disappear!  Last time I picked up a tummy bug (I think the kid who sat in front of me at Church the previous day was ill), and sadly my Chronic Fatigue set back in ... so I somehow lost a week.  I managed to work for 2 days, but that was all.

So, I need to focus, and get back on track.  There is no way I can skim back through your news, and I must yet again apologise that I have been a bad friend (I should get that sentence in the pc memory and that way just fill that line in each time! ).

So what I need to do is do a catch-up post incase any of you remember who I am, and want to know where I am and what I am doing!It's all about me - )

I do hope that you are all well ... any news, please let me know.
*group hugs*
debris4spike: (Wise Men - Come let us adore Him)
Day 26 → talk about politics or current events this year

I always vote, whatever the year, and although I have never said I suppose a few people have guessed which side of the government I vote for.

I was very surprised about Brexit - but was also upset that some people wanted a second vote, as I thought that whatever a result, then we would deal with the result. I was incredibly saddened by the hatred that sprung up, as well. Whatever my politics, I have friends from all strands of the government ... no one should have to be murdered (as Jo Cox was), just because we have a difference of opinion.

I am not greatly involved in politics watching - Dad was though. However, again, if that's your choice, I am happy for you.



Day 27 → 3 goals for next year

Well I joined the gym a couple of months ago, so I should have waited and then that could have been #1!!!   Anyway, here are a couple of thoughts

  • Get back to photography

  • Do some more fan-fic writing

  • Practice my clarinet regularily

So, hopefully this time next year I will be able to report back!!

I Am Still Alive!!

Monday, June 8th, 2015 09:04 pm
debris4spike: (James - London 2011 - flashing colours)

Sorry I have been missing .... life is as hectic as ever.

Mum and Dad are not doing as well, with Mum not coping with Dad, and trying to do more so she gets tired.  Then she loses her memory a bit, and things go downhill.  Dad finds his vocabulary has decreased a bit, which makes life that much harder.

My ME has kicked in more.  I try to get a few minutes extra resting, but sometimes it just means I have to cut out the few hours I work.  The department is great, and I only leave after clinics are finished ... so they are happy.

Jiffy has had a bad ear infection ... so he is happy to have had a chance to go to the vets a couple of times.  He does love everything there.

I have managed to practice my clarinet a few times.

The garden is doing well .... so hard work, but it is nice to be out in the fresh air.

Sorry I haven't updated recently, or caught up with replies, but life tends to take over, and the few evenings I sit with mum and dad watching TV means a bit of a chance to unwind.  With mum not being able to see much, I tend to have to focus on the show ... we are watching through The Waltons .... it is interesting to rewatch the series.

Well I must get this finished as it's time to read the Bible for mum and dad, and then get them (and Jiffy) a cup of cocoa.

Will try to catch up soon, promise.

Miss you

Happy Star Wars Day

Monday, May 4th, 2015 07:56 pm
debris4spike: (Star Wars)

Just popping in to say Hi ...

Busy bank holiday, dad and I gardened this morning before the rain came.  This afternoon I took a car load of cuttings and weeds to the tip.

I have also managed to do some clarinet practice ... the lungs are doing ok, but the mouth is very sore.

Will try to catch up with comments later.

debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
For those who want to learn a musical instrument ... then join me in playing the clarinet.  So amazing, and silly at the same time!

Not happy, as I bought a new 2nd-hand one recently for £950!!

Escaping ....

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 04:26 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
Decorating!

I have had a quiet start to my week, so decided to be positive and start decorating my lounge.  For those who remember I had some water damage to the ceiling soon after I moved in due to the poor bathroom.  So that has been my excuse to ignore the state ... it needs to dry.  But I really want to get on and get it done.  So the ceiling is painted, half the woodwork, and about 1/4 of the walls.  There is quite a bit of furniture in there - cabinets as well as the settee and seat, so it's a case of doing a corner at a time.  Not the traditional way, but it works!

Anyway, I have had enough ... one disadvantage of being single, no one to work with, so I get fed up easily!

Oh well, yesterday I also got my fridge/freezer defrosted in my spare time, so that was good.

Also a good clarinet practice done.  I am playing again in a concert in Bude in September.  What I haven't told you is that I have had to replace my clarinet, and even though I got a second-hand one, that was money I was not expecting to have to pay out ... so my bank balance is more than empty (thank you Mummy for the loan!)

On a final note before I get back to some more work (... not that I shall do much more today! ), I thought you might like to see this picture of my brother Nick and his family.  We don't usually get pictures of him, let alone everyone together - it was taken by my eldest nephew's girlfriend while they were all on holiday last week.

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Brenda, Tom (13),
Joe (10), Dan (15), Andrew (17 ... almost 18)
Nick

And for those who don't know, my brother is almost 5 years younger than me ... that picture made me feel truly ancient!


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7 Thing Meme

Friday, July 6th, 2012 08:57 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I decided to ask someone elas for 7 words to talk about in this meme thingy.  [livejournal.com profile] edenskye gave me -

1. Faith (religious beliefs not vampire slayer LOL)
2. James Marsters
3. Jiffy
4. family
5. Queen Lizzie 2.0 (as Jamie calls her)
6. Classic Movies
7. Clarinet


And here is the long rambling answer )

Well, congratulations if you read even half of those! Thank you, Tommy, they were some great subjects.

Happy weekend everyone.

7 Thing Meme

Friday, July 6th, 2012 08:57 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I decided to ask someone elas for 7 words to talk about in this meme thingy.  [livejournal.com profile] edenskye gave me -

1. Faith (religious beliefs not vampire slayer LOL)
2. James Marsters
3. Jiffy
4. family
5. Queen Lizzie 2.0 (as Jamie calls her)
6. Classic Movies
7. Clarinet


And here is the long rambling answer )

Well, congratulations if you read even half of those! Thank you, Tommy, they were some great subjects.

Happy weekend everyone.

A [livejournal.com profile] debris4spike Ramble

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 09:12 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
That 5 thingy meme is going around again. Having read a couple of entries, one of which was from a friend who I had never got to ask me 5 subjects to ramble about. So, I decided to volunteer ... here is what [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37  gave me

What does home mean to you
Your favourite memory
Clarinet
David Tennant
The Internet.

So they are a great, and new selection.

Here is the ramble - )

Hope you weren't too bored! If you want to ramble, just comment and I will give you 5 topics.


A [livejournal.com profile] debris4spike Ramble

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 09:12 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
That 5 thingy meme is going around again. Having read a couple of entries, one of which was from a friend who I had never got to ask me 5 subjects to ramble about. So, I decided to volunteer ... here is what [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37  gave me

What does home mean to you
Your favourite memory
Clarinet
David Tennant
The Internet.

So they are a great, and new selection.

Here is the ramble - )

Hope you weren't too bored! If you want to ramble, just comment and I will give you 5 topics.


I Has Pictures!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 05:36 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I am meant to be ironing ... but decided a mini pic-scam was needed instead!  So, if I had rumpled uniform tomorrow, it's your fault!

Last Saturday I was in Bude for the Orchestra concert (Here is the programme)

It went well - and we had a good audience. However, at the end the conductor said he had a few words to say ... Yes, he gave thanks for all the hard work I had done over the 20 years that he had been conductor, and said that he was missing his "right hand man" ... I was pleased that if it had to bedone, then he was the one to do it. Barry is the one person who has always chatted, and over that time we have met and beaten some great challenges. Yes, I miss orchestra ... but they gave me 25 years of memories, and as a leaving gift, I had a 6" model of a clarinet - plus this wall plaque, which just made me choke. It is Barry, btw, who gave me the nickname of Debris.

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I had a bouquet of flowers - and here you can see them on my coffee table in my lounge ... also showing more pics on the wall, and what part of my house looks like -

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I said that I bought some flowers ... well here they are in tubs, along with the tubs from Bude. The large square one in the bottom picture (at the top/back) is my Jaykub rose bush.

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I Has Pictures!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 05:36 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I am meant to be ironing ... but decided a mini pic-scam was needed instead!  So, if I had rumpled uniform tomorrow, it's your fault!

Last Saturday I was in Bude for the Orchestra concert (Here is the programme)

It went well - and we had a good audience. However, at the end the conductor said he had a few words to say ... Yes, he gave thanks for all the hard work I had done over the 20 years that he had been conductor, and said that he was missing his "right hand man" ... I was pleased that if it had to bedone, then he was the one to do it. Barry is the one person who has always chatted, and over that time we have met and beaten some great challenges. Yes, I miss orchestra ... but they gave me 25 years of memories, and as a leaving gift, I had a 6" model of a clarinet - plus this wall plaque, which just made me choke. It is Barry, btw, who gave me the nickname of Debris.

Photobucket

I had a bouquet of flowers - and here you can see them on my coffee table in my lounge ... also showing more pics on the wall, and what part of my house looks like -

Photobucket

I said that I bought some flowers ... well here they are in tubs, along with the tubs from Bude. The large square one in the bottom picture (at the top/back) is my Jaykub rose bush.

Photobucket


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debris4spike: (Buffy - with sword)
... And still have plans for this afternoon!

Although I had my customary lie-in this morning, I still managed to go for a short walk with Jiffy .... to get some money out of a local cash point machine.  Not that my bank account was happy with that idea, despite being paid yesterday!

When we got back I had a quick LJ skim, and then cleaned the house - dusted and hoovered, as it's something Mum can no longer do.  While cleaning I dug out my mp3 ... and was suprised the battery was still charged - so that was fun, as I had forgotten to use it recently.  As ever, it was on my wavelength, because although it was on shuffle over 1/2 the tracks played were James, or Ghost of the Robot ... so that even made the dusting fun!

Then I gave Jiffy his bath - I decided that doing it before lunch meant he could catch some warmth of the sunshine, and now he is out on his daily patrol with dad.  When they get back, I lose the computer again, but need to go shopping anyway for a small pressie for both Nick & Claire who have birthdays next week.  And must practice - it will be the sax as my clarinet is in my place in Exeter.  Still haven't got the music for the concert, but am trying to get my embouchure back ... as I pointed out, no kissing to help me!

Hope to get some more letters written, as well - have written to Toni, but need to write to Nick, and my friend (from childhood days) in USA.

So, as you can say - it is a good day.

Hope your Saturday is going as well ... although hopefully with less noise, as, at present the neighbours are have a dead tree cut down!
debris4spike: (Buffy - with sword)
... And still have plans for this afternoon!

Although I had my customary lie-in this morning, I still managed to go for a short walk with Jiffy .... to get some money out of a local cash point machine.  Not that my bank account was happy with that idea, despite being paid yesterday!

When we got back I had a quick LJ skim, and then cleaned the house - dusted and hoovered, as it's something Mum can no longer do.  While cleaning I dug out my mp3 ... and was suprised the battery was still charged - so that was fun, as I had forgotten to use it recently.  As ever, it was on my wavelength, because although it was on shuffle over 1/2 the tracks played were James, or Ghost of the Robot ... so that even made the dusting fun!

Then I gave Jiffy his bath - I decided that doing it before lunch meant he could catch some warmth of the sunshine, and now he is out on his daily patrol with dad.  When they get back, I lose the computer again, but need to go shopping anyway for a small pressie for both Nick & Claire who have birthdays next week.  And must practice - it will be the sax as my clarinet is in my place in Exeter.  Still haven't got the music for the concert, but am trying to get my embouchure back ... as I pointed out, no kissing to help me!

Hope to get some more letters written, as well - have written to Toni, but need to write to Nick, and my friend (from childhood days) in USA.

So, as you can say - it is a good day.

Hope your Saturday is going as well ... although hopefully with less noise, as, at present the neighbours are have a dead tree cut down!

2011 - Day 257

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 05:20 pm
debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
After an early shift I got back to sunshine - and so gardened for 1/2 an hour.

Now I must practice - we have a concert in 10 days time (my last with the orchestra) and I need to concentrate. I won't do orchestra stuff tonight, though, but will "murder" Mozart ... his clarinet concerto is a beautiful piece of music (when played well!)

2011 - 257

2011 - Day 257

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 05:20 pm
debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
After an early shift I got back to sunshine - and so gardened for 1/2 an hour.

Now I must practice - we have a concert in 10 days time (my last with the orchestra) and I need to concentrate. I won't do orchestra stuff tonight, though, but will "murder" Mozart ... his clarinet concerto is a beautiful piece of music (when played well!)

2011 - 257

Icon Meme

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 09:42 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I decided to do the icon meme again (and again!) ... well I asked 3 people and had 14 icons from the 3 of them.


1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.







And here are the 14 icons that were picked )






Thanks ladies for letting me play!

Icon Meme

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 09:42 pm
debris4spike: (James - my name)
I decided to do the icon meme again (and again!) ... well I asked 3 people and had 14 icons from the 3 of them.


1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.







And here are the 14 icons that were picked )






Thanks ladies for letting me play!

2011 - Day 168

Friday, June 17th, 2011 06:54 pm
debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
I got in early enough today to actually get a clarinet practice done ... plus time to oil the joints of the 2 of them ... and all before tea!

2011 - 168

2011 - Day 168

Friday, June 17th, 2011 06:54 pm
debris4spike: (Clarinet.)
I got in early enough today to actually get a clarinet practice done ... plus time to oil the joints of the 2 of them ... and all before tea!

2011 - 168

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