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December 30th, 2012

08:50 am: More on London visit.
I just read some of my old posts and one caught my eye. I predicted that after the end of the Olympics there would be massive unemployment in London. Well, there is the usual unemployment, but I think they forgot how to stop digging. There is digging going on all over the place, new piles of dirt everywhere. Apparently they liked the new looks and want to make some more. If only they would widen the streets. We drove down one 2-way street that had cars parked on both sides of it and only one car could pass through at a time. It was a case of chicken to see who would do the backing up.
We went to Stonehenge at dusk on the winter solstice, but it was too cloudy for a meaningful pic. Well....I tried. Here's one of the better ones.

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December 23rd, 2012

04:13 pm: December
It looks like I'm not the only one not posting lately! My sister and I went to Prague for a few days this month and happened upon an incredible restaurant. I say happened upon because it was listed NO WHERE in tourist literature and you have to walk through a park to get to it.
The name of this restaurant is the Hanavsky Pavilon (www.hanavskypavilon.cz). To say the food was incredible was an understatement. You have to take their menu spelling with a grain of salt (the waiters will tell you whatever you don't understand), but all the food we ordered was excellent. The building is historical in that it was built by royalty for an exposition in the late 1800's and then donated to the city of Prague.
I wish we'd found this place at the beginning of our stay there rather than the last night, but I'm glad we did find it at all.
On the home front, Buzz is still with us, but he falls over all the time now and we HAVE to leave him in the garage at night or he pees all over the house. I still can't bring myself to have him put to sleep.

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November 29th, 2012

09:36 am: Buzz
Buzz's condition is very distressing these days. I'm wondering if he'll be alive when I get back from London. The poor thing wobbles around on his skinny legs (big contrast to his body) when he isn't just being flat out on the floor.
I can't expect much. There's no point going to the vet (who would probably say "it's time" and put him to sleep). The main job now is to see if he wants to go to the toilet so that he can be taken outside to do his business. I TOOK him this morning (and he was very obliging when I put him on dirt). His favorite place to pee is under the front deck, and to get there he has to go around the perimeter of the pond. I was watching him the other day and thought "if he falls in he'll never be able to get out". Apparently hubby thought the same thing at a different point in the day.
There will be no replacing Buzz. Well, there's never any replacing ANY pet you have. They're all individuals.
At 16 he's had a good life. He's the gentlest of cats and whenever he does go, I'll miss him. The pic is of him with Rocky (who is his best pal).

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November 5th, 2012

01:30 pm: Gardening
alissagarden 007Kat has been pestering me to put some photos of the garden during summer. The problem is I can't get to any photos cos the other computer ate them. So, here are some last flowers of the year. The chrysanthemum is a specialty one I bought at Costco 3 years ago. I pruned it last year (according to chrysanthemum lore) and got piddly little flowers. I left it alone this year and got the same flowers it had when I bought it.

June 17th, 2012

08:39 am: Happy Birthday Kat!

March 29th, 2012

12:46 pm: Spring Woes
Boo Hoo....my mail-order plants all arrived today and the weather is abysmal. I want to put them out!!!! Where is spring????? What's more, there's no end in sight for at least a week. I'm goint to have to wait for that elusive break in the weather and be ready with trowel in hand. I know all the rest of the NW gardeners are in the same condition as me......frustrated!

December 17th, 2011

05:15 pm: Coming home
We get to pack our bags for the return trip tomorrow. I haven't won my sister's cats over yet....I must be losing my charm! One is on the verge, but it will all be for nothing. I miss my kitties. The weather has been pretty reasonable over all. It rained/snowed for the Bermondsey market, but cleared up. The 99% protesters were in force outside St Paul's Cathedral, so that was marred. The National Gallery was fabulous. The last time I did a tourist visit to London was 1978, so there are lots of changes.
Almost every square inch of London is being dug up. Traffic is horrendous. Every thing is rushing towards completion for the Olympics. I think that there will be massive unemployment when it's all done..they will have completed everything that needs to be done.
It'll be nice to get back to sane traffic.

December 8th, 2011

07:58 pm: Out of Loop
Hi Ho, Hi Ho....it's off to London I go! I just tried to check in online, but for some reason, their site isn't working. Oh well, I have to get luggage on so it doesn't really make a difference. I'll be back on the 19th. Ya'll have fun!!!

November 25th, 2011

01:27 pm: Black Friday
I refuse to go out and be a part of a mob to save a couple of dollars. Today the sun is out, and I am enjoying the continued garden display. This is a camellia that has just started to bloom. I love this one. It will be done just before the end of the year.

November 1st, 2011

10:12 am: November already????
We went to the O'Gallery day auction yesterday. I didn't get ANYTHING....what a miracle. I think it's because people are starting to look for cheap christmas gifts and drive the prices up. There was also a guy there that apparently has an online store that just buys everything and won't quit until he gets what he bids on (and he bought lots of stuff).
Anyway. Mum bought 2 large Royal Dux statues that she had to have, and of course, when she got home she had nowhere to put them except where I have my stuff. She put the favorite on a chinese plant stand that's behind her chair, to which I said I would not be held responsible should the cats knock it off. She took the other one down to her lair and found she couldn't squeeze it into there, so she stuck it on the piano.
Neither of these positions satisfy me. She looked for somewhere else and concluded that one would fit on a small table that I have one of my surround speakers on. Apart from the fact that it would terrible there, I told her you don't put anything in front of speakers. Now she's trying to conjure up somewhere else. I try to tell her to think of where she's going to put anything she wants, but that reasoning doesn't work. I've learned to do it for myself (it works inside the house...but not in the garden!).
When we go out, I get a true idea of how she spent her time and money when she was on her own. The other day we went to Ross's and she "had to have" a set of cutlery that was on sale. WHY?????? She's forever buying stuff she doesn't need or thinks she wants to give to someone because she believes they need it. She would do this almost every day. Enough griping...I knew she did this, but I didn't realize how much she's miss it.

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