kazzy_cee: (ani applause)

  • WriterconUK is going ahead again this year in September! 15th-17th to be precise. Keep any eye on the [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk comm for more details! I'm co-Secretary and I can tell you there are some interesting things planned already! If you'd like to come, keep the dates free, if you want to present a talk/discussion/presentation let the committee know :D At the very least - spread the word amongst your f-list please?

  • Memeage question 10: do you sleep on your back, side, or stomach? Probably all three during the night although I usually lie on my right side when I'm reading a book (probably because the bedside light is that side) and then end up on my left side to drift off to sleep.

  • I the NHS - I've been to the dentist and had a check up and a clean and polish! My dentist says my teeth are very good and I don't need to come back for another 6 months. I love the NHS because that cost me less than £20. If I'd been at my old (private) dentist I would have had to shell out at least £55 for the check up and £25 for the clean and polish. Affordable health care FTW!

  • My belly dance teacher has posted the video of our routine on Facebook. We look good! No, I'm not sharing..... ;)

kazzy_cee: (billie music)
9: Do you like singing/humming to yourself?
Ummm... yes. I find myself humming quietly to myself far too often! I was doing it today at my stained glass class... ooops!

I am enjoying my class at the moment - I'm making a butterfly to go outside on the garden studio. It's fiddly but rather pretty in different shades of purple. I've cut out all the glass and put the copper foil on some of it (this is the stage it's at so far - there's another section that belongs around each wing in purple and all the glass is cut for the left hand wing). After all the pieces are foiled on both wings I'll solder it.

We also heard this week that our teacher is running two summer workshops. One for glass painting and another on 3D shapes for the garden. When I got home I signed up for them as they sound interesting. Oddly the college called me after the payment went through and said I have a £55 credit on my account. There seems to be some confusion why the refund is there, so I'm going to have to talk to them next Tuesday and see what's going on!


Mar. 20th, 2017 09:34 am
kazzy_cee: (ani umbrellas rain)
8: What artistic medium do you use to express your feelings?

It's a miserable day today - colder than it has been, really windy and drizzly (the tail end of the US storm apparently). So I shall be in my studio playing around with a couple of stained glass projects I have that need to be finished. I suppose that's my artistic outlet at the moment, although I also draw, paint, cross stitch and design (I'm working on plans for the garden and for stained glass projects), I also bake and cook. Oh! I nearly forgot I've got some polymer clay I haven't got around to opening yet, and I want to make some things from balsa wood for my dolls house as there are loads of projects online that I've bookmarked. Then there's the mirror I want to upcycle for the living room and the garden bench I need to paint and rennovate....

You could say that I have quite a few things that I can express my feelings with (including dancing) - I often wonder how I managed to fit in a job.....

Meme day 6

Mar. 19th, 2017 07:10 pm
kazzy_cee: (japanese vase)
6: Do you keep plants?
7: Do you name your plants?

I'm going to do these two questions together because I can! Yes I keep plants both inside and outside the house. I'm a firm believer in the power of plants in the house helping to clean the air and make the atmosphere much nicer. There is lots of information about this but this article is the best I've found recently to guide you to why they are beneficial. Certainly I'm a huge fan of those plants who increase oxygen in the room overnight and I need to get a couple of snake plants for the bedroom as we are heading into hayfever season for Mr Cee and the plants help him sleep. However, they are plants and therefore do not require names IMO *g* After all, they are not going to come when you call them....

In other news the dance show was really good fun last night. We had an hour's travel to get there and Mr Cee acted as chauffeur so we kept the number of cars to three for the 12 of us travelling to the venue (some friends and family came to support us!). The show was a mix of traditional belly dancing (the four of us and our teacher) and bellyfunk which is a mix of lots of different styles along with belly dance moves. It was very interesting and showed that belly dance is not restricted to just dancing to Middle Eastern music or traditional costumes (there were costumes based on steampunk, flamenco, ballet and more). Unfortunately the lighting was terrible, so I'm hoping there will be some good photos I can share from others as ours are pretty awful.
Probably the best one.... )
The good news is that our dance was very well received and we had some lovely compliments from the other (far more experienced) dancers.

After the show there was some delicious hot Moroccan food - we had chickpea and lentil tagine with roasted vegetable cous cous followed by Moroccan fried dumplings and ice cream (there was a meaty alternative as well). Yum! After that we all joined in with the freestyle dancing at the end until it was time to come home. The journey back was uneventful and we finally got home around 11.45 - I slept well!


Mar. 18th, 2017 12:45 pm
kazzy_cee: (Smart red)
Yesterday we went and collected my new Smart ForTwo car. It's lovely (see icon) and has a lot of gadgets I have to get my brain around. It's slightly larger than our old one as they added a couple of inches to the width the last time they remodelled the car. It's very comfortable to drive and we're really pleased with it. As the car is made by Mercedes you get the Mercedes 'treatment' when you collect a car including having an 'unveiling' *snort*. I expect this is justified if you are buying one of their top end cars, but seems a bit silly for a teeny car.  We were given quite a few freebies this time because this is the third car we've bought from them. This included a lovely bouquet of flowers, a travel mug, a key ring with one of those tokens for the supermarket trolley and a Mercedes picnic basket which is rather nice. None of your plastic plates for us anymore LOL!

Photo )

Also the Friday Five turned up after I'd turned off the computer yesterday so under the cut for those questions.

Read more... )

I also have the next one in the 100 questions to answer...

5: Are you self-conscious of your smile? Not really - I think it's a shame I have wrinkles as a result of my smile but it doesn't keep me up at night. I also don't like that I have a tooth that is filled near the front that looks discoloured as a result of the filling. I may talk to my dentist next week at my scheduled appointment and see if he can do something about that.

The dance show is tonight, not that I'm nervous as we know the routine, and as we are second in the running order we can enjoy the rest of the show once we've danced which is good.  I'll hopefully be able to post a few pictures in the next few days.

Happy Saturday!
kazzy_cee: (ani coffee cup)
4. How do you take your coffee/tea?

I don't really drink tea except on the odd occasion and when we go out to have an Afternoon Tea somewhere. Then it's Oolong - fairly weak and no milk/sugar. Coffee is black and medium strong - I hate weak coffee and if it's too strong it's too bitter for me. I do like espresso after a meal out and I like having it served in the Italian tradition with a glass of water. I usually put sugar in it too.

My drink of choice is always water.

No [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive questions yet, so I might post later if they turn up.

Tiger had to go to the vet yesterday for his routine cat flu jab. He's now 14 years old and is starting to look like an old cat and sleeps a lot. The vet said that he's remarkably healthy though which is a good thing. He certainly gets very lively in the garden on a warm day and chases the other cats. The vet was examining him and Tiger just purred and rubbed all around the vet's hands - he's such a sweet cat. Unfortunately it looks like he will have to have his remaining teeth out as the auto-immune problem he has is causing the gums to be sore again. The vet says he will be fine without them, and it will make his life a lot more pleasant, so we're going to have to think about it. :(

In other news I bought myself one of these Leef iBridge camera sticks ages ago and finally got around to using it to take the photos off my phone. I have a 16Gb iphone and the photos are always taking up too much memory, especially if I video anything. It's such a simple way of backing up the photos and I'd highly recommend it. Now my photos and videos are on my laptop safely (as well as in the Amazon Prime photo cloud and Dropbox *g*).

My new Smart car is ready to be collected. I'm hoping we can go tonight, but it might have to be tomorrow *excited* ETA: We can pick it up tonight! \0/ 

Day 3

Mar. 16th, 2017 04:00 pm
kazzy_cee: (reading summer)
3: What random objects do you use to bookmark your books?

I use a Kindle for reading fiction on the whole, so it bookmarks it for me which is very handy. It also has the facility for you to turn town the top of a page to 'bookmark' something which I have used when reading detective novels as I like to try and solve the problem myself.  If I am using a 'real' book it will usually be a reference or instruction book of some kind and  I mark my place with all kinds of things. My favourite is those little post it strips, however I have been known to turn down the top of a page as I'm sure I'm not going to pass my reference books onto anyone else. My cookery books are all covered in ingredients if I have a favourite recipe so it's easy to find the page *g*.

Today has not been a very good day so far - I didn't sleep very well which makes me clumsy and I managed to spill a whole cup of black coffee on my sofa and all over my freshly laundered jeans I was wearing. Fortunately it wasn't very hot, so I'm OK and I've been able to put the sofa cushion cover straight into the wash. The morning I went to a DIY store and they didn't have anything I went there for - despite it saying it was there on their useless website. I'm also quite frustrated as it's been incredibly warm and sunny again today despite the forecast saying it would be overcast and cooler and so I've missed a day when I could have put more laundry on and got it dry on the line. *sigh*

Still, it's lovely to see the sunshine.

Belly dancing tonight - our last rehearsal before we perform on Saturday :)
kazzy_cee: (ani coffee cup)
I have decided to do the 100 questions meme that [livejournal.com profile] beanbeans got from [livejournal.com profile] enigmaticblues. Under the cut for all the questions and my answer to 1 above :)

1. When you have cereal, do you have more milk than cereal or more cereal than milk?

I don't tend to have milk on cereal as I rarely have cereal. I do like a granola - something without nuts though, but with seeds and lots of dried fruit. I have it with a low fat, live Greek yogurt which I make using the Easiyo system (which is so easy!). The yogurt stops the granola turning to mush. I also like having porridge in the morning - especially when it's cold. Quaker do a nice 'instant' one now which is not sweet (a problem with a lot of instant porridge) Quaker Super Goodness with blueberry, cranberry and quava. I have skimmed milk with that and it's really good on a cold morning.

100 questions )

That was fun. I'm not sure if I'll remember to post every day but I'll do my best.

I had a nice visit with [livejournal.com profile] lilachigh yesterday and it was a glorious day to be out driving and looking around her garden. We sat in her sun lounge which was lovely and she gave me cake :)

I'm off to my glass class in a moment. I hope the roads aren't too busy.



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