Hello again from a much warmer Scotland this week. We are back to the usual wind and rain weather and the temperature is nearly 20 degrees (C) warmer than it was last week, hard to fathom when it is still only 11C haha. Last week was brutal, I really can’t handle the cold here and this weather was extreme and worse with no heating. The no heating is not a choice btw, I can’t afford to replace the heating system so I have to do without until I can. Simple but tough. To everyone who asked about frozen pipes, there was only one pipe that froze overnight on one of the colder -8C days and that was the drain under the bath, but actually that has frozen before when the heating was working so I think it is just really exposed compared to the rest. It didn’t last for long, and it didn’t burst or cause any damage since there was no water building up in it.
After some weeks of Miss Lily being unwell, I was hoping to report that she was better, and she was doing better, right up until Friday night, and so we were back at the vets again yesterday for another round of medications. And just to top it off, Mr G has also joined her in being under the weather, and they were both vomiting during the night. I’ve not had a lot of sleep…
This photo was taken last week when they were both feeling relatively healthy but now it all feels a bit like they are saying Bah Humbug!
Today’s Art . . .
I am trying to do Art Journal Advent, Care December, Dephemerember but with all the cat illness and the cold temperatures, I am not succeeding. It’s very hard to get your fingers to work when you can’t feel them lol. The current situation is that I have done several pages for #Dephemerember which I will show you below, I have pages in progress for #artjournaladvent but nothing finished, and I am at much the same stage with #caredecember but maybe a little more behind. All of these things are supposed to be making you feel better about life at this time of year, so I am trying not to feel bad about not keeping up since that would defeat the purpose!
These are also pages for #dephemerember. This year as well as the daily prompts they are also featuring a different animal each day and have provided free printables which you can see sitting in front of my journal. Sometimes I am using them on the page, but I also printed a copy to use as journalling cards.
Currently Reading . . .
I was reading this book last week but if anyone is interested it seems to be SOLD OUT everywhere! There is not a copy to be had even on amazon!
If you are looking for something fun to read over Christmas, I would suggest you try her previous book, The Christmas Murder Game, which is available everywhere and only £5 on amazon atm. We just finished it with our book group, and one of the fun things about the print version is that it contains games for the reader, that involve finding anagrams in the book or finding the titles of other mystery books hidden in the text. There’s even a wordsearch at the back of the book and a Cluedo layout of the country house they are all staying in!
2022 BOOKS SO FAR – 89
T Stands For . . .
I picked up this free magazine in Boots (chemist) and I am currently dissecting it to use in my journal. Beside it is of course my beloved Cat Mum mug. I tried to buy a Dog Mum mug for my friend but they were all gone. I meant to pick one up weeks ago when they still had plenty of stock, I know she would have loved it, but I guess they were popular and all that was left was Dog Dad which I didn’t need.
And also while it was cold last week I ventured out to the garden and took some frosty photos. I am sharing just a couple of them below – the leaves look amazing!
This bush next to the bench is a Japanese Holly Bush, it normally has really big red berries but I can’t see any yet.
The leaves look like they are almost furry lol
And finally, the mail strikes here are continuing to be a problem both with incoming and outgoing mail. I have received hardly anything that I was supposed to receive from others and no one has received mine despite them being posted weeks ago. To top it off they will be on strike again on 23rd and 24th December which are usually days where you will receive lots of last minute Christmas mail, but this year we won’t. 🙁 They have the right to strike etc, but I think if they don’t watch out people will find other ways to send their mail and they won’t be needed anymore, and then what? There will be 115,000 postal workers with nothing to deliver! People are already switching to other carriers.
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
recycled stuff, junk, collage etc
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