Question 22

Apr. 5th, 2017 05:29 pm
kazzy_cee: (ani Spangel what)
Are you a morning person?
Mostly. It depends on the time of year as in the winter I want to hibernate. However give me a sunny morning in Spring/Summer/Autumn and I'll be up with the lark, much to my own annoyance as I'd quite like to sleep in occasionally. I am not someone who can fall back to sleep once I am awake, so if that's 5am that's when I'll have to get up and do something.

In other news Mr Cee and I went to see Logan last night. The cinema was surprisingly full for a Tuesday evening, but I suppose there were people there like us who didn't want to miss seeing the film on the big screen before it stopped it's local run. We are so close to the end of the run for the film that there was only one performance a day at 8.45pm which meant we didn't get home until midnight. However, it was a very good end to the Wolverine trilogy, and very moving in parts. I was completely spoiler free which was fun too, as I didn't realise Stephen Merchant and Richard E Grant were in it! Both Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman were excellent and we both enjoyed it.

One small annoyance was that the cinema serves beer at the late performances, so the smell of beery breath was quite overwhelming, and WHY do people have to buy smelly food and eat in the cinema? It's so expensive too!! Fortunately most people had stopped rustling their wrappers and nachos (ewww) by the time the film actually started. *sigh*

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Apr. 3rd, 2017 04:24 pm
kazzy_cee: (cloud sky kc)
20: What's your favorite eye colour?
This is an odd question isn't it? I mean all colours of eyes are glorious because they are so individual aren't they? I like Mr Cee's eyes which are olive green and they were one of the things I found attractive about him. However, I would no doubt have been attracted to him if his eyes had been another colour - it's only one facet of a person.

Youngest Cee is 24 today. He liked his presents and we had a very nice lunch out today. There is bonus sunshine today and we have spent the afternoon in the garden drinking coffee and chatting.  Peaceful.... 
kazzy_cee: (ani cat)
My entry for [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday is under the cut as yesterday was the 12th.

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It was a good weekend as along with the above we managed to get a lot of stones out of the flower bed at the front of the house. Presumably it was a rockery of some kind at one point. Lots of crappy paving slabs and blocks, but also some rather nice large pink granite rocks which I shall save.

Later this morning I'm going over to see [livejournal.com profile] lilachigh's garden and have coffee. I'm hoping the promised sunshine will continue today as I've risked putting some laundry on the washing line outside. I shall pick her brains about plants while I'm there. I need inspiration as I'm really keen to redesign our back garden over this summer. It will be a slow process as it's expensive so I don't want to make mistakes!

Happy Monday all!
kazzy_cee: (Spring tulips)
Time for [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive questions which are quite hard for me to answer.

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I can't believe it's Friday already! I didn't go to Pilates today as one of my very oldest friends was made redundant on Wednesday and she came over for a heart to heart and many cups of coffee this morning.  She lost her Dad at the end of last year and she was living with him for several years, but the house has to be sold as part of Estate and the proceeds divided between her and her two siblings. She was just starting to look for properties as she will have to apply for a mortgage once the paperwork for the Estate is all completed (it's taking ages!) and then the redundancy has happened which has ruined all her plans. It's such a difficult time for her, so I'm glad I was able to be a shoulder in time of need!

I'm hoping for good weather over the weekend as Mr Cee has bought some fence panels for the dividing wall between our front garden and next door's. We have a space which at the moment is rather wasted as it's not large enough for a car to stand on, but as it is the old base of the garage it's cement/paved and covered with gravel at the moment. I want to make a courtyard garden as it's in front of Youngest Cee's bedroom and will make a nice outlook for him and bring a bit of colour to the front of the house.

Sunday we are having a rehearsal for our belly dance performance in a week's time here as we all need the practice!

Also - my white camelia has come out - it's it pretty?




Later there will be home made lasagne and wine :)  Happy Friday all!
kazzy_cee: (ani applause)
The questions are up for [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive so here are my answers under a cut:

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That was fun!

Belly dancing yesterday evening was quite challenging and last night I was really tired as I'd also been for a long walk with a friend during the day. I ended up sleeping in and having over 10 hours sleep - I must have needed it! I went to Pilates this morning, despite not really feeling like it, but I enjoyed it when I got there and I certainly think it's a good stretch for core and well used belly dancing muscles.

Tomorrow we are visiting Eldest Cee to celebrate his 26th birthday! We are taking him out to lunch and then he's requested a trip to the cinema to see John Wick 2. We haven't seen John Wick 1, so that's on the agenda for tonight as we found it was really cheap on Amazon Prime downloads. Youngest Cee is not coming with us as he's meeting a friend so he can enjoy having a day on his own.

Happy Friday all!
kazzy_cee: (ani cats eyes)
Looking for some positive things from this week...

  • OFSTED (school inspectors) visited our stained glass class on Tuesday and our teacher emailed us to say the inspection went well. This is good as it means the centre will receive the promised funding they need.

  • [livejournal.com profile] lilachigh collected her fish stained glass yesterday and we had a nice catch up chat which was good.

  • My belly dance troupe are booked to dance at another show at the end of March and our belly dance teacher has added some complex moves into the routine. Thank goodness she has videoed them and posted them in our little closed group on Facebook so I can watch and practice. Training tonight could be interesting!

  • The promised snow (which was only going to be a mere flurry according to all the weather forecasts) has not materialised. I imagine we might get a bit of sleet later, but nothing to worry about.

  • Mr Cee had to work most of last night (from home) which means he hasn't got a lot of sleep but is also means he is at home finishing the job today and will have tomorrow as a day off in lieu.

Good things :)
kazzy_cee: (solar)

  • Mr Cee has been sorting out bills and we are rather surprised to find that we are only paying £10 a month for electricity at the moment. This is partially because we have a pot of money that the electricity company owe us from the last house, but it is also because this house is more efficient and we have free electricity on a Saturday between 9 and 5 (when I do all the washing and tumble drying and charge ALL the things). The solar panels are also probably helping. Cool!

  • I did not sleep well last night, but for some reason I have not really felt tired all day. I don't know why I didn't sleep well, but I suspect Tiger was yowling around the house which he does every now and again. I gave up at 2am and got up and read my book for a while before snoozing a bit on the sofabed in the spare room. Tonight I shall put my earplugs in and ignore him!

  • There will be Chinese food tonight in honour of Chinese New Year (a little early) - the year of the Rooster. We have one of those last name Coat of Arms plaques that someone bought us a long time ago.  There are cockerels on the shield (those who know me in RL may know why). :)

[livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive questions have not materialised, but [livejournal.com profile] slaymesoftly has been given some by someone else, so under the cut are my answers to those a day late.

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Ack - someone is letting off fireworks. Maybe they are celebrating Chinese New Year or it could be someone's birthday. The cats do not seem to be bothered.

Happy Saturday :)

Hmmm....

Jan. 27th, 2017 05:46 pm
kazzy_cee: (ani reject reality)
[livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive haven't posted any questions yet - this maybe a time difference thing so I might have to answer the questions tomorrow.

Anyway - it's FRIIIIIDAY and today has been busy, so bullets:

  • This morning I went to a Pilates class run by my belly dancing teacher. I am determined to tone up my tum if I'm going to be showing it off dancing so I thought I'd give it a try. It was good but I didn't find it very challenging. At my belly dancing class our teacher adds half an hour of Pilates stretches at the end of the class which is fab. Yesterday we did a few different exercises I hadn't done before. One of my classmates came up afterwards and said she was astounded I could do the moves as her Pilates class had struggled with this particular stretch and had take a few weeks to master it. She could not believe how flexible I am. This was confirmed at the Pilates class this morning, I hadn't realised how flexible I am - but I've always been quite athletic and had flexible joints. It's not until I saw others around my age struggling that I was made aware of it! Which is good! I shall keep at the Pilates as I may find it improves my tone and as it's not difficult - I don't even break a sweat :)

  • I rushed home and grabbed a quick lunch with Mr Cee who has had today off to do more electrical installation work on my glass studio (still not finished - boo!). He then dropped me off at my hairdresser as I had an appointment while he went grocery shopping.  My hair is now FAB-U-LOUS DAHLINK.

  • On the way home we stopped off at my ex-neighbour's home to pick up some cat litter a friend of hers no longer needs and we were invited in for a quick coffee and some homemade cake (yum).

  • When we got home Mr Cee volunteered to make dinner (tomato and pepper pasta bake - yum) and I have been playing with the Sims 4 which is fun. We shall be having this delicious meal with wine later... :)

All good stuff!  Happy Friday folks!
kazzy_cee: (baking eggs)
There's nothing like a freshly baked loaf of bread to make the house smell delicious....

It tasted rather good too - spinach and cheese loaf to use up some spinach. I tweaked the recipe and it was very difficult to wait until the loaf was cool enough to have a slice and make sure it was OK which indeed it is!

Mr Cee is on his way back home having gone to Milan yesterday for a meeting today. It was touch and go whether he would get there as there was fog delaying planes and the trains from the South East of London were all delayed because of a freight train derailment. Mr Cee was OK because he managed to avoid the lines affected to get to Gatwick, but Youngest Cee had a bit of a difficult journey home yesterday. He got here eventually because a train he caught stopped at our local station which it wouldn't normally do. There are still delays so I'm hoping he doesn't have a bad journey again tonight.

In other news I have been a veritable whirlwind today - I have been grocery shopping and collected a missed parcel for YC, then came home and got two loads of laundry washed and dried, washed and vacuumed all the floors, cleaned all the bathrooms, ironed all the shirts (boo!) AND made the loaf of bread all before noon. This afternoon I have finally watched the last few episodes of Poldark which I had recorded and just didn't get around to watching. I'm glad they are making another series - it's so beautifully shot.

So that was Wednesday!
kazzy_cee: (caffeine formula)
Yesterday we went to Mayfair with some friends to take advantage of a two for one Groupon offer for a champagne afternoon tea at The Athenaeum Hotel. It was a very sunny, but cold day (my favourite!) and so we strolled along Piccadilly to the Hotel rather than taking the tube.

I rather liked the lighting in the restaurant which was interesting. We did speculate whether they had managed to break a few of the lampshades and then try and make it look like it was on purpose by only putting them on every other bulb ;)


More with photos )

Afterwards we cut through Green Park to get back to Charing Cross station along The Mall. There  were lots of production trailers for a film company parked up outside Lancaster House and Clarence House. Presumably they were going to be filming something in the area later that night. Certainly we saw a young lady ironing many white shirts through one of the windows...?!

We walked through Trafalgar Square and stopped off at the old Charing Cross hotel (now called the Amba Hotel, Charing Cross) to have a cocktail in there (I had a very delicious Kir Royale) before heading home on the train.

It was a fun afternoon!

Tomorrow Mr Cee has to travel to Milan for a couple of days. I'm hoping the fog that has meant lots of delays and cancellations at the London airports will have gone when he travels tomorrow lunch time!
kazzy_cee: (ani cat)
Good things:

  1. It's been really sunny today.  My little solar app tells me that our solar panels have generated 5.7 Kwh of electricity and we have exported 1.4 kWh to the grid. Not bad for a fairly short winters day. It's not exactly going to make us millions (yesterday we exported 0.8 kWh to the grid and earned £1.30) but it's an improvement after dark days. I'm interested to see what we'll generate/export in the summer!

  2. I tried a new app called freeprints a few days ago which lets you select photos (from several sources as well as the phone) and will print them and send them back to you and you only pay for the postage. I only selected a few to test the quality and the photos arrived today. They are very good! You can select a matt finish (which I prefer) for free and they have come out very well so I'll probably use it again. The photos come as 6"x4" as standard, but you can also have large prints for a small fee. The developers have another app called photobooks which also looks interesting as you can have a photobook which I might investigate. It's nice to have hard copies.

  3. Today I tried a new recipe for a rum cake to finish up the last of the citrus infused rum I made for Christmas. It's Youngest Cee's favourite and he's finally getting his appetite back after his nasty cold even though he's still coughing, so it'll be a nice treat for him. Boy oh boy you do NOT want to drive after eating it! There is not only rum in the cake, there is also a buttery glaze/drizzle containing rum which you pour over the cake after it's cooked. It's delicious! *hic*

  4. Belly dance class tonight! Yay!

kazzy_cee: (ani umbrellas rain)
I have been stuck inside because of the weather. It is nice to be home with family and Mr Cee and I sat and watched some BluRay films and caught up with lots of TV we had recorded yesterday which was lovely. At least the rain has finally got rid of the snow.

However, it's the kind of weather where it is dull all day. It's been raining heavily all day today and the cats and I are tired of it. I have been playing with the younger ones with one of those laser pointer pens over the last two days and they have been having a lot of fun. This was prompted by Tippi's visit to the vet last week - she is the smallest cat and is as heavy now as her much larger brother and sister. She is almost round, so she needs exercise! She likes the game and waits for me to pick up the laser pointer. I moved it this morning without using it as a game and she was NOT happy. She doesn't 'talk' much, but she will meep her dismay if things don't go her way. Tiger, who has seen it all before, watches them and plays the elder statesman.

On Friday [livejournal.com profile] eurydice72 posted a new meme from [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive which is an interesting comm. I have joined and the five questions for last Friday are under the cut. I shall try and keep future meme answers to Fridays.

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It's supposed to be very dull and miserable all next week - I am hoping for brief sunny intervals!
kazzy_cee: (winter)
Yesterday was the 12th, so my first entry for [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday is under the cut....

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The snow has frozen over night so we still have quite a lot of it outside, and the roads are treacherous. Mr Cee is working at home today and was going to take Youngest Cee to the station for work (as he's feeling much better), but he couldn't get the car out of our steep driveway so YC had to walk.

Today has been really productive so far with all the carpets and rugs vacuumed, the kitchen cleaned and tidied, the breakfast out of the way all by 7.30am :)  I shall made some bread as I'm indoors and today feels like a good day to experiment with some new recipes. 
kazzy_cee: reading by the pool (reading)
For me reading is always a pleasure.  I am not very good at keeping a list of what I read, however and the last time I did the 'What am I reading Wednesday' was here on 28th September last year!  However, as I managed to read over 50 books last year I might as well start afresh with a new list for this year.

Under the cut 2017 reading so far.. )

What I'm reading now:
The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking the CEO of The Happiness Resarch Institute in Copenhagen. Describing a very similar way of life to the one we experienced when we lived in Norway (where they have candles everywhere too) where Hygge is embraced with the word "utepils" which means sitting outside in the sun with a beer.  Usually topless if our experience is anything to go by!  It's fun, but if you followed all the recipes in the book you might end up rather fat! I am enjoying reading about the Danish designers though.

I'm also reading
The Queen's Conjuror: The Life and Magic of Dr. Dee: The Science and Magic of Dr.Dee (Science and Magic of Dr Dee) by Benjamin Wooley.  This is mostly because I've never really read much about him and I'm going to a lecture with [livejournal.com profile] daiseechain and [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni, so I thought I'd read a bit of background :)

What am I reading next?
I have Agatha Christie on Screen by Mark Aldridge to read through, but it's more of a reference book, so I might not read it all in one go (it uses a teeny tiny type face too and as it's a proper book, I can't make it bigger!).  I also have Purfume A Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom whose scent workshops I've been to a few times. Looking forward to that.

In other news - Youngest Cee stayed home from work today as he couldn't breathe last night so he didn't sleep well with the heavy cold he has. As he's not been in his job for long he doesn't get full pay for sick days so his manager has suggested he should work at home tomorrow if he still doesn't feel well so that he gets paid a full day. It's nice they are looking after him.

Positive things for this post - reading and considerate employers. 
kazzy_cee: (KC trees)
How did that happen? It's been a busy weekend which disappeared in a flash, not that I did much other than household chores.

There is a London tube strike so Mr Cee and Youngest Cee are working from home.  It's nice to have them here, especially as Youngest Cee has a dreadful cold/sore throat which came out over the weekend and I'm not sure he would have made it through a full day in the office anyway. It's a pretty dismal day as well so at least they have avoided the rain.

I saw this meme on [livejournal.com profile] theapink's journal, so I'm jumping in... (under the cut for 25 quick questions)

Meme-age )

Positive things!
- Lemon poppy seed muffins are delicious and easy to make
- I subscribed to Gardeners World Magazine to help me with....
- planning a new garden. I have some shrubs arriving soon which were at a ridiculous price online as a 'collection' and I had a voucher so I bought 12 shrubs for less than a pound each.
kazzy_cee: (ani reasons to be cheerful)
I've been so confused this week because we had the Bank Holiday on Monday and most of the week I've not actually known what day it was :)

However - it's been a good week.  I've been doing some wiring and decorating of my dolls house - under the cut for a couple of photos.

Dolls house )

My second reason to be cheerful is that there is a London tube strike on Monday so both Mr Cee and Youngest Cee will be working from home.  This means I don't have to get up as I've been taking Youngest Cee to the station in the mornning as I'm a big softy and feel sorry for him when it's really cold and he's not really awake.....

Thirdly, today I have been mostly very lazy which is nice.  I have made honey and seed bread to have with a cauliflower, leek and pancetta cheesy gratin for dinner.  So while it was proving, getting knocked back and proving again (it's a lovely loaf but there's lots of waiting around!) I started watching 'Travellers' on Netflix.  Anyone else seen it? It's a really intriguing series and so far I've enjoyed the episodes I've seen.  Also tonight there will be wine.

Happy Friday all!

*icon snaggable if anyone wants it.
kazzy_cee: (ani Happy New Year)
I'm going to try and focus on positive stuff in posts this year as suggested by [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat via [livejournal.com profile] beloved4always.

Positive things for today:
- thick frost, low temperatures but glorious sunshine today.
- a two mile walk with Mr Cee this morning to have brunch.
- delicious home made broccoli and Stilton quiche to finish up the left over cheese for dinner.
- fireworks this evening somewhere nearby but Zero and Tiger ignored them and snoozed.

Good stuff!
kazzy_cee: (ani Happy New Year)
2017 arrived fairly quietly around our new home which was nice.  There were fireworks at midnight, but they weren't close by and didn't go on for very long which was good. My previous neighbour sent me a text complaining about the people who bought our old house who had very loud fireworks at 5pm and the other people in the road who apparently were being very noisy. I can't say I miss that, and I tried very, very hard not to be smug about it...

Today the Christmas tree has been taken down and chopped into small pieces ready to be recycled. Our local council will pick it up next Saturday.  The decorations have all been packed away in new boxes which stack neatly in the loft and Mr Cee is just putting those up there now.

I've cleaned and re-oiled the oak flooring and it's looking fabulous which is very gratifying and Mr Cee is cooking lunch which smells gorgeous.  I just need to make some fresh bread to go with the goats cheese I made yesterday - three varieties flavoured with lemon pepper, smoked paprika and just plain slightly salted. We shall have that for dinner tonight.

One more day and Mr Cee and Youngest Cee will be back at work and I shall have the house to myself. We bought ourselves an oak dresser in the sales for the dining area of the main living room which arrives on Tuesday and I'm looking forward to reorganising some of the kitchen items that can live in that such as the place mats and spare cutlery. I have one more room to decorate this year (the front reception room) which is just painting so I can get on with that at some point next week too.

I'm also quite excited about the new Sherlock episode tonight...

Let me round up by saying I hope 2017 treats us all kindly and may your hopes and dreams for the year be within your grasp.
kazzy_cee: (christmas tree)
Day 31 → best moment of the month
Tricky one as December was fairly busy, but I suppose the best moments are always with family and friends. I had quite a few friends come and visit during December and the end was highlighted with lots of family around so those are always the best times for me.

I enjoyed the December meme - it had some good questions to think about.  I usually do the 'round up' meme for the end of the year which I've put under a cut as it's 40 questions and it's really just for me.
So that was 2016 )
I like that meme - it makes you think back and look at the whole year which is interesting. 2016 seems to have gone really quickly.  I'm not sure I'm looking forward to some things in 2017, but let's just hope that there are enough people willing to challenge those in power to keep us safe.

Oh and FYI - I shall be clinging to Lj for as long as it's here, but I will back up to my Dreamwidth account when I get the chance this weekend just to have it backed up. I personally doubt the migration to the Russian servers will make any difference to me and I do love my permanent account here.
kazzy_cee: (ani twinkle blue candles)
Day 30 → a list of what you got for your winter holiday

My winter holiday is Christmas and I was very spoiled.  Highlights included a new garden bench from Youngest Cee and books from Eldest Cee. Mr Cee gave me more books (loves!) and a new egg for my mineral egg collection. Along with all this I was spoiled with edible gifts and I have rather a lot of chocolate to ration across several months if I'm ever to lose any more weight ;)

My best gift was having the family here though.  Mr Cee is taking Eldest Cee home as I write this.  EC had a rotten week but he is definitely on the mend and has another week off before he needs to go back to work so he wanted to be at home for that. It has been lovely to have him here and I must admit I felt quite sad that he was going back home just after they left :(

I am spending today mostly cleaning and taking down most of the Christmas decorations to take my mind off the fact that there is thick fog on the motorway Mr Cee is travelling on and I worry. I'm not sure I'll even leave the tree until 12th night this year as despite being well watered it's shedding needles now. I am very proud of the cats though - they have left it alone all this time and that's a relief!

A belated thank you to everyone who sent cards to us this year!  I have strung them across the wall and they look fabulous!

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