Broadband problems

I’m going to have extremely limited internet access over the next few days.  BT were supposed to be fixing our noisy phone line and now we find that we have no phone and no broadband.  I’m using another connection at the moment, but I don’t think it’s very secure, so I’m only going to use it for important stuff.  If I’m slow responding to e-mails or anything, please be patient.

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A hot, busy day…

Well, busy in a relative sense.  I went to see various members of the family today.

My father and I went to my mother’s grave to take some flowers.  It would have been her birthday today so it was good to go with him.  We took a watering can with us so that we could give the grass on the grave a good soaking – it’s been ages since we had any decent rain.  My sister must have been there before us as there were already some flowers by the headstone.  By the time Dad and I had placed ours there, too it was quite a beautiful spread.

I then went to see David and Katie and my youngest granddaughter, Leilani.

Leilani at four months old (nearly)

 She was really pleasant the whole time I was there and I even got to feed her.  She must have been really hungry because she was sucking on the bottle like crazy.  This was taken after her feed and she just seems so content.  David and Katie were good, too.

I then went to visit Shaun, Emma and Caitlin, my older granddaughter.

Caitlin with static electricity in her hair

She’d been at dance class this morning and when I got to the house she’d already changed and was in her paddling pool in the garden.  A little later she got changed and went on the trampoline, which is what caused the static charge to build up.  she’s also in the process of losing her milk teeth and getting her adult ones.  Shaun and Emma are in the middle of lots of garden and house renovation and I was thankful they didn’t manage to rope me in.

At the moment I’m in the process of watering my lawn, which is so dry I wonder if it will ever recover.  then I must do some cartoons for the week…

A visit to the hospital again

June had another appointment at the hospital for her knee – a pre-op assessment.  While I was waiting for her I did some typing and one of the things I wrote was a blog entry for this blog.  Unfortunately, when I re-read it a short time ago I realised that it was simply too whiney and although some of the points I covered I feel quite strongly about I really didn’t do them justice and should take my time to cover the points in a fuller way.

June’s really not looking forward to another operation – and who can blame here – so each visit to the hospital is not so enjoyable for her.  I think the tension is getting to both of us as we felt exhausted when we got back home and it’s not as if we did anything particularly physical.

On a connected note, I just learned that our good friend Laura MacDonald has recently had surgery over in the US.  The surgery was pretty serious as she’s had a few of her vertabrae replaced, which sounds quite scary to me if I think about it any depth.  I know that a few of the people who read this may know Laura from her contributions to gaming websites and for her involvement with the game developer, Momentum and the excellent game they produced, Culpa Innata.  I’m sure everyone who knows her will wish her a speedy recovery.  Get well soon, Laura.

A Mixed Bag and a Very Funny Story

Yesterday I took June to the hospital in York because she’s been having trouble with her knee – the oposite one to the one she had fixed last time.  While I was waiting I managed to type up a few notes and develop a few ideas for the TV comedy project I’m working on.  Although that progressed well, June found out that she’s going to have to get the knee replaced, which she isn’t looking forward to, but as she’s already in pain anyway the long term means it’s the better option.

When we got back I went for a walk and seemed okay until half way when I suddenly felt very weak and quite dreadful.  this continued even after I returned and I was forced to have a nap on the bed.  When I woke I had a coffee but didn’t really pick up until the evening.

This morning I felt pretty good again, which is just as well as it was another trip out.  This time I took June to the eye clinic in the hospital in Hull where she was having a check-up on the progress of her cataracts.  The news was a bit better here as they haven’t yet got so bad that she’s in need of an operation and her actual eyesight has improved slightly since she was last tested.  On the way home we bought a cherry tree from the garden centre.

While I was sitting in the hospital this morning waiting for June, I overheard a couple who were sitting to my right.  I thought at first that they were husband and wife because he looked to be in his seventies and she looked about the same age.  It actually turned out that she was his mother and he’d brought her into the hospital, but although she was obviously grateful, their conversation showed how independently minded she was.

Him:  I think you should move into a bungalow.
Her:  I don’t want to move.  I’m happy where I am.
Him:  If you moved into a bungalow near us I could keep an eye on you.
Her:  I don’t need you to keep an eye on me.  Besides, I like living where I am.  I don’t need to move.
Him:  I’ll put you a new handrail on your stairs then.
Her:  I don’t need a new handrail.
Him:  I’ll do it in wood so it matches your other one.
Her:  I don’t want a new handrail.
Him:  Okay, I’m just worried about you getting old.
Her:  I’m not getting old.
Him:  Well, you’re 97.
Her:  97 isn’t old!

I had to bite my tongue to stop myself from laughing out loud.  But good for her for not letting him do things she doesn’t want.

Twitter

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been on Twitter for more than six months.  At first I only joined out of curiosity and I’m not quite sure why I stuck with it, but after it gained a certain amount of momentum with the number of people I followed I began to see the value.  Why not follow me on Twitter to get regular updates on the kind of things that interest me.

If you’re so inclined, you can follow Mitchell on Twitter, too.

Sunny Saturday – mostly

The weather has been pretty good today, with the sun out most of the time, although we keep getting some clouds coming over.  I’m currently inside having drawn the Mitchell and Octavius cartoons for this week and prepared them for the web site.  All while listening to the wonderful Miles Davis.

I finished off the first draft of my TV script yesterday, which pleased me no end.  Although I’m pretty pleased with it (for a first draft) I’ve asked a few friends for their opinions.  It’s easy to be too close to our creations and get wrapped up in the excitement of actually finishing a piece, so I need a bit of a reality check.  Fingers crossed.

Yesterday evening I mowed the lawn and this morning I trimmed the hedges at the front of the house.  June’s been planting out some new plants and shrubs as well as tidying up and the whole garden looks pretty good at the moment.  The lawn isn’t in the best condition, but it had a lot of moss in it from the winter and although I’ve been treating it the shortage of rain over the past couple of months hasn’t helped matters.  Although we had some rain earlier this week, the lawn is only just beginning to show signs of improving now.

Went to the supermarket after lunch to get a few things.  You’d think it was a bank holiday or Christmas the way people seemed to be stocking up.  All I can think of is that there must be a lot of parties going on for the England match this evening.  Me, I’ll be watching the Grand Prix qualifying and then Doctor Who.  While I hope that England do well, I can’t sit and watch football.  Rugby League is a whole different matter, of course. 🙂

The Difference of a Day

I can’t believe how much better I feel today.  My head is so much more together and I think that part of it has to do with writing those two blog posts yesterday evening.  If that’s really the case, then the original intention of this blog – to help with my moods and focus – is working.

My TV script idea feels much more cohesive after some work on it today and I even changed one of the characters quite considerably to give it a better balance.  Although there is an element of the cliche about it, still, I think that my approach is different enough that it will push through that aspect and work anyway.  My intention is to finish off the first draft fairly quickly and then show it to some friends for feedback.

Had my hair cut today for the first time in ages.  It feels really weird because I’d let it grow so long and now there’s something missing from my neck.  I think it will be at least a week before it settles back in again.

I spotted a hedgehog in the garden this morning, which is unusual for the daytime.  June went out to film it with the camcorder and noticed that it had an injury on its head.  We have no idea if it’s caught it on a thorn or the cat’s had a swipe at it, but June brought it into the house and it’s currently in a cardboard box in the kitchen.  We’ll release it back into the garden when we let the cat in for the night.

One of the supermarkets in Pocklington recently changed from a Somerfield to a Co-op.  It’s all been done out very nicely, but the arrangement of the shelves feels very confusing.  I think I’ll stick to the Sainsbury’s a little further down the road for most of my shopping, although it gets a little crazy at times and isn’t really large enough for the customers they get.  God knows what will happen when they start building all the new houses around the town.