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2012-04-02 10:00 am

The Blood is The Life 02-04-2012

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2012-03-28 10:00 am

The Blood is The Life 28-03-2012

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2012-03-12 12:05 pm
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An Ode to Sarah Montague

Mornings fill me with horror -
Cold, grey, wintry ones particularly so -
And when the cold grey tide of news
Issues forth from my radio
Filled with war, murder, hate, death,
Corruption, sleaze, and depressing reality
In the sardonic tones of Humphries;
Or the sorrowful lilt of Naughtie;
Or the overeager gloat of Davies;
Or the vainglorousness of Webb...

Yet there is one voice
Whose calm authority seems to soothe
And silently impart:
Yes, things are bad,
But don't despair:
There's still radio 4,
There's still me,
And if you make it till teatime, you can have comedy.
Maybe even,
If you're lucky,
Sandi Toksvig
Or Sue Perkins.

Of course, today I didn't even have to wait till teatime, because Wordaholics was on at 11.30am, which is fast becoming a favourite of mine. I really hope it doesn't just stop at 6 episodes.

In other news, this morning I woke up in a different bed to the one I went to sleep in, with Roxy in succubus position on my chest, and with a black eye. I have no explanation for any of these things, other than the very general one of Beer festival finished yesterday, and you might have had a bit much to drink, Jennie. The black eye is particularly puzzling; [personal profile] matgb insists I didn't have it when I went to bed, and you'd think I'd notice it occurring in the night...
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2012-02-04 09:00 am

The Blood is The Life 04-02-2012

miss_s_b: (Mood: Grateful)
2011-12-13 02:20 pm
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Thanks All

Thank you all for your supportive comments on my last post, and all the texts and tweets and stuff too; they are much appreciated. I might reply to you all individually at some point when I can see to type while reading them. At the moment I just fill up if I look at the comments to that entry.

We are all bearing up in this house, although little things are difficult. We all keep expecting to see him in his favourite places, and Mat keeps talking about "the dogs" and catching himself. Holly is sitting in Byron's favourite chair lots. James is being very quiet. And Roxy just seems very confused - but this is normal for Roxy.

Anyway, thank you again.
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2011-12-12 11:54 am
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RIP Byron

Byron's tumour got massively worse over the weekend. We went back to the vets' today and took the decision that, given that it was inoperable and was getting so much worse so quickly it was better to end it now before he really started suffering. I was with him at the end, and held him and told him what a good boy he was and that I love him. He died at about 11.30.

me and byron snuggling

Rest in peace, baby boy.

Blogging may be light for a while.
miss_s_b: (Mood: Bugger)
2011-12-09 09:50 am
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Need cheering up this morning?

I do. Have had to book Byron into the vet's again. His tumour is flaring up - and just when we'd cured his cystitis. With that in mind, then...

Oi, Discovery Channel? I'll see your Boom de Yada and raise you an Attenborough :P

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2011-07-29 11:18 am
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Holly's First Day at the Climbing Wall

I have recently been told off for not doing enough children and pets updates, so here's one.

Yesterday Holly and my dad and I went to Rokt. Dad and me have been lots, but because we normally go lunchtime (cos it's cheaper) Holly is usually at school and doesn't get to come with us. She's on summer hols at the mo, so yesterday she came along.

She's an absolute natural. She was doing stuff with her leg positioning that I had to be TAUGHT. She didn't want to go very high, only managing about ten feet up a roped wall, but she liked the physicality of it, and was enjoying doing traverses on the various bouldering walls. The best thing, though, was that a lot of the holds at the wall are made by Core, and she was geeking out over the fact that their logo looks like a Green Lantern symbol.

Afterwards she was going to stay at her dad's, so I got a custody visit with Pugsley. I cleaned and refilled his water bowl, marvelled at the lovely clean shed he had just done, and fed him a mousie, which Holly and I watched him devour. I wish I had room in my house to bring him over. I miss him. He's so BIG now. My little baby snakeling is all growed up...

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miss_s_b: (Mood: Cleaning)
2010-08-25 01:00 pm
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  • House is approaching cleanliness. Gas safety check tomorrow. Won't have the whole house done by then, but at least the kitchen and living room should be ok.

  • Byron is healing ok. The bottom third of his wound is not healing as well as the rest because it's where his leg bends, but it's still ok.

  • Roxy's skin thing is not mange or anything TOO nasty; she's had some sort of a sting on her back and had an allergic reaction to it, so SHE'S on medication now too.

  • Mat has (temporarily) left me, and I am all alone in the house. It's very strange and quiet. Still, am having lots of phone calls with the Duracell Bunny, and Posh Boy is coming to visit on Friday.

  • I am exhausted.

  • No, really, I am exhausted.

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2010-08-24 11:09 am
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State of the SB (and the Byron)

I got the results from Byron's biopsy just now. It is/was a soft tissue sarcoma. It's benign, and wasn't very aggressive, so is very unlikely to metastasise, but it's fairly likely to recur in the same spot.

It's unlikely to kill him even if it does recur.

So, you know. It could have been a lot worse.

In other news, I just got my first piece accepted for the Pod Delusion, so listen out on Friday when the episode comes out for a bit by me.

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2010-08-20 11:20 am

Byron Update Day 2

Collies are good at problem-solving. It's one of the endearing features of the breed. Last night Byron realised he wasn't going to be able to get his cone of shame off, and set about trying to solve the problem of how to get at his wound because it was itching. The solution he hit upon was to rub it on the carpet... He was in danger of re-opening it, and was making the most heartbreaking piteous mewling sound I have ever heard, so this morning he has been back to the vet for some more painkillers, which will hopefully numb it. He's not crying now, anyway. He's taken to lying in the doorway, which is tiled, and I think the coolness of the tiles is helping.

Thank you all for the love and support and get well cards and donations and everything. You're all so lovely, and I'm completely bowled over by the level of concern.

Rest assured he is getting lots of cuddles and pampering (and home-cooked food, at the moment, because he has to have soft food after having had a tube down his throat for the anaesthetic). Hopefully the results of his biopsy will be back tomorrow and we'll know better what the prognosis is.

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2010-08-19 09:28 pm

Byron Update - graphic description and pictures under the cut.

I picked Byron up from the vet's this teatime, and he was very sorry for himself, and still somewhat groggy from the anaesthetic.

click here to see where your money went - black dog on black sofa, so not great image. Wound-free. )

Despcription of what happened at the vet's )

Anyway, the upshot is that we still don't know what it was, but it's been removed. The vet says if it turns out to have been malignant it will almost certainly come back, because the composition of it made it impossible to be sure he'd got every last bit, although he tried his best. Byron has to go back on Saturday morning to have his wound checked, at which point we should hopefully have the lab results too. He has to have the bucket on his head until the stitches come out (those of you who have seen our house will know how much fun that is) and he's not allowed off his lead for at least 10 days. And he's on anti-biotics, which he hates taking.

But he's still alive, and he is almost certain of complete recovery if it's non-malignant. I don't want to think about if it is malignant, but we'll cross that bridge if and when we come to it...

Thank you all so much for making this possible. I don't have the words to express how much it means to me. Byron is my hairy baby, and we've been through so much together. Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to spend a bit longer with him. And I will be posting the stuff you bought out soon. At the moment, I am just clinging to him.

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2010-08-18 12:02 pm
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Thank you from both of us.

Thank you to everyone who bought something, or donated, or boosted the signal, or just sent us hugs. We have now raised enough for Byron's operation. I am totally overwhelmed by how lovely you all are. Thank you, from both of us. Hopefully this will mean we will be able to have lots more times like the one in the picture.

I'll keep you posted about what happens tomorrow, and thank you again.

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2010-08-17 04:12 pm
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Apologies, and an appeal

Sorry for the hiatus in the blog awards. On the plus side, I passed my belt grading for karate last night. On the minus side, Byron has suspected cancer. He is booked in to the vet on Thursday for (hopefully) removal and cure. But we don't know at this point what's going to be involved; the vet doesn't know until he's gone in and extracted bits for testing. I suspect we are looking at a minimum of £400.

I haven't got £400.

UPDATE: thanks to the wonderful generosity of The Internet we should be fine now. Thank you all. Closing comments on this post now, so that if people miss this update they aren't still offering.

What I have got is lots of Collectable Stuff. So I'm going to make an offer here, oh internets. If I have any Stuff that you might want, make me an offer. Stuff is Stuff, but Byron is my baby, and my house is too full of Stuff anyway. I am willing to sell any of it to help make my baby better.

Things that I have which some of you might want to buy:
  • Ropey old Ford Ka that needs its brakes fixing
  • hundreds of CDs, including this Queen box set with all the packaging intact
  • Lots and lots of books including folio society stuff, and the unseen university editions of much Pratchett. Also lots of complete Sherlock Holmes's in various editions
  • hundreds of DVDs, including lots of Star Trek and Doctor Who - for example all the Trek box sets, all 4 series of Blake's 7, all the red dwarf, etc.
  • Lots and lots of rare/limited edition/etc. vinyl - 6 foot bookcase full of it
  • various action figures and things
The list is not exhaustive, but it gives you a flavour. If there's something you want, whatever it is, ask me if I've got it and we'll go from there - although checking the comments to see if someone else hasn't already asked might be a plan. At this point I am willing to consider most offers because it all adds up, but I need the money quickly, so you'll understand if I ask for bank transfer or cash over the counter only; no cheques or paypal.

Do feel free to pass the link to this post around, too.


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miss_s_b: Peter Falk as Columbo saying "just one more thing" (Mood: And another thing)
2009-09-16 09:17 pm
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Irony: it's like steely but with less carbon

We have a dogsitter. My lovely brother, [personal profile] angeliiiii, has volunteered. He is a lovely brother and I love him much. The irony is that upon exiting my place of work this evening I went over on my ankle and it's now all huge and swollen and purple. So even though we have a dogsitter, I'm still not a happy bunny...

I am watching Columbo in bed, with my foot elevated, desperately hoping to be able to walk tomorrow.

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2009-05-28 10:39 am

Political Quote of the day

Tabman on Lib Dem Voice makes a FINE point about Call Me Dave's views on proportional representation:
Whenever David Cameron mentions the benefit of FPTP, he should immediately be asked to resign in favour of Davidf Davis who “won” the FPTP bit of the election for Conservative leader:


1st Ballot result:
David Davis 62
David Cameron 56
Liam Fox 42
Ken Clarke 38
I have too many things to do and not enough time and my brain is all fuzzy this morning. Poo.

Roxy continues fine; Byron is getting a bit jealous that she's getting lots of attention, so I'm going to go make a fuss of him for a bit. Mat and Holly are both still snoring.

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2009-05-27 11:38 pm
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Update on Roxy

The vet said it was gastro-intestinal, gave her an injection, and we have some medicine to give her with meals for a bit. She's not allowed to exert herself for a few days because apparently these things can affect respiratory function in dogs and it's best not to chance it - so no chasing ball, which she was a bit miffed about tonight - and she needs to be kept a close eye on and lots of pampering, basically.

Thanks to all those of you who sent good wishes. And thanks to Dad for helping out.

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2009-05-27 11:37 am
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Poorly Doggie

Don't expect much from me today (hush with those sighs of relief at the back, there). One of my doggies is poorly, and I have spent most of the morning nursing her. The vet can't get her in before 2, and I have to be at work for 12.


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2008-04-20 01:20 pm
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The Joys of Dog Ownership

Today, I are bin mostly feeling like this:

This is because one of my dogs has decided that the best position she can lie in while I am on the laptop is across my chest. This does not impede my typing or my view of the screen, but does impair breathing somewhat. Add to this the loud complaints from [livejournal.com profile] matgb (who is seated next to me, and thus right in the path of her nose) every time she sighs or snores, and we have a recipe for much grumpiness... It doesn't help that the other dog likes to use my feet as a mattress.

I plan to remedy this with a decent walk, a pub lunch, a bit of shopping, and then doing stuff around the house before I have to pick [livejournal.com profile] shrublette up from her dad's. We shall see how much of that actually happens....
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2007-12-14 11:35 am
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How Dumb is My Dog?

So, we came the long way back from the vet so doggies could have a nice run in the park. We met a nice golden retriever pup called Ella and they played for a bit. We set off to saunter vaguely homewards. Guess what Byron did?

That's right, he hurled himself into the beck. After twenty seconds or so of jumping around looking confused he managed to break through the crust of ice, and splashed about happily (and smugly), with Roxy staring at him like he was a nutter. Because he IS a nutter.

By the time we got home his tail and all of his underside were just ICICLES.

Dumb Dog.

Still, he's laid in front of the fire now, still looking smug that he beat whoever covered his beck over.