Sunday, 17 December 2017

Good News At Last,

pretty much all of the programs that I had before the computer crashed,

 are up and running, with just one slight wobble, Photoshop now does not recognize my RAW pictures in RW2, the format that Panasonic cameras shoot in, so I have to use another program to convert them into a TIFF file, which makes things a bit more laborious as I can only process one at a time instead of batch processing, but there it is, on to Saturdays maintenance, 40% of the water out,

 and then replaced,

 I just hope the fish appreciate all of this! as I was doing this Diana was cleaning out the cats pool,

 a quick stop to get the tires pumped up,

 and we parked opposite The Grand Day/Night Hotel, and popped into TukCom, I wanted to buy a 2.5mm double ended socket to join two cables for the remote cable release for the cameras, but alas it appears that in Thailand 2.5mm sockets are not available, so back to plan B, as Phonce is always saying in Rare Birds, a great film for us by the way,

 on to the evening, we enjoyed the 'pot cooked', ribs we had last week so much as a starter Diana bought some more yesterday at the market,

 the outdoor kittens that have adopted us knew they were in for a treat as well,

 as three of them waited patiently,

 on to our main course, 

 when we were having an Indian meal during the week, we deliberately over ordered so we would have some for this evening,

 butter chicken,

 chicken tikka marsala,

peas pulao rice and chicken kebabs,

 then a real treat, 

 Diana had been busy in the kitchen,

 mince pies with fresh cream and ice cream, diet starts tomorrow!

 then it was walkies time,

 for Marina,

 who took Diana,

 for a walk,

 around the front yard,

we listen to music until nearly the midnight hour, then for us we were off to bed.

I Am Amazed At The Lengths,

some cat owners go to,

take Chris and Jess Poole, last year their cats completely ruined their Christmas tree, so this year they decided to have a gingerbread house, 

but the amazing thing is, they made it themselves, even better the cats loved it, so if you have tree trashing cats, here is the video to show you how to make your own gingerbread cat house, it actually looks like fun to make.

For No Apparent Reason,

I found myself humming the song,

echoes of your mind by Simon and Garfunkel, the lyrics below got me thinking,

And you read your Emily Dickinson, 
And I my Robert Frost, 
And we note our place with bookmarkers. 
That measure what we've lost

about Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost, other than that they were poets I knew very little about them, so here goes,

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American-born poet who is best known for being a recluse and for writing unique poetry, She was born on December 10th, 1830 to Edward Dickinson and Emily Norcross Dickinson, at the family homestead, Emily's father Edward was a Yale graduate and politician. Emily had an older brother William Austin Dickinson and a younger sister Lavinia Norcross Dickinson. Emily was well educated, attending Amherst Academy for seven years to study Latin, classical literature, history, geology, and botany, She briefly attended Mary Lyon's Mount Holyoke Female Seminary but soon returned home and settled into a quiet home life, where she began to write, She died on May 15th, 1886. She was only 55 when she died, She was buried in a white coffin and the funeral was held at the homestead, after Emily Dickinson died her family found the massive collection of poetry she had written, they found 40 volumes that were handbound, containing nearly 1800 poems, only 11 of Emily Dickinson's poems were published during her lifetime, she only became famous after her death, have a look here for some of her poems,

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet, His work was initially published in England before it was published in America, he was best known for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech, Frost frequently wrote about settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes, for his collected works have a look here, crikey all of that from a random song that just came into my head this morning!

I Will Never Now,

be able to splash on my Sauvage aftershave,

With Christmas Nearly Upon Us,

the postal and delivery services are getting into high gear,

but you can try too hard to make sure all of your parcels are delivered,

as this delivery driver did in Oklahoma City last Thursday, home CCTV cameras caught the action, He manages to fall out of the truck, which possibly runs over him, He doesn't appear injured, though, because he's up quickly trying to catch the truck, but luckily for him a tree and brick wall stopped it for him, normally people say must try harder, but this is a case of must try slower!

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Good News,

and bad news,

 first the good news, the computer is back, now the bad news, they could not reinstall Windows 10 but have installed Windows 7, why? I have no idea, also they could not save any of my programs that I use, for instance Window office picture manager, or a picture resizer, and many others that I use daily, the problem being I have mountains of emails to look through to find the key or code that I paid for to reinstall them, I spent all of yesterday doing just that and will start again after this post, so the bad news is that there is only this one post for today, hopefully all will be well for tomorrow, 

 on to the weekend night market on the Thepprasit Road, it looks like Teddy is looking for a new home,

 I made my way past some of the food stalls, both stationary,

 and mobile, 

 looking towards Jomtien,

 cloudy skies,

the same looking inland,

 new for this week, the barking, flashing, walking puppies now have stripes instead of plain colors or spots,

 one of the mobile fresh fruit sellers doing his rounds,

 opposite the bar this evening, a stall selling tops and shorts and one selling shoes,

 surprisingly the fruit stall was not here this evening, it's space being taken up by these two stalls,

 the new uprights finish,

 and one of the staff were waiting for my order at the pet store, 4 packs of wet food and one of dry, 

 sunset over the market,

 walking past the short stall I could not help to notice how bright some of them were,

 some cloud was rolling in from inland,

 and then the rain came down, with shoppers sheltering under the money exchange,

 thankfully it stopped fairly quickly, so home we went,

 to be greeted by the aroma of beef stew with dumplings, 

whilst at the market, 

  Diana bought two Christmas toys for the cats to play with, 

 a ginger bread man and a puppy, tonight Diana gave them the gingerbread man, which Cable and Hogue were totally underwhelmed with, Mariana on the other hand went crazy for it, after our evening meal we watched The Chase and The Family Chase, this evening one of the Chasers lost £20,000 and she was not very happy about it! we followed that with a few other quiz shows and rounded off the evening with one from the Bond box, Moonraker and with that we were off to bed.

Friday, 15 December 2017

We Called Into Friendship,

for a few bits and pieces,

 work was continuing on the building next door and the main steps to the store were now complete,

 some work was also being done to the shrine in the car park,

 in the afternoon I called back to the pet store in the weekend night market, the store opens at 3.00 in the afternoon except Wednesdays, which means it is easy to pick bulk items up during the afternoon, at the weekend evening market it is packed with stalls unloading and setting up,

 the heavy work overhead was completed, so the shop could open,

 with just welding going on overhead,

 the uprights on the left completed, the concrete pillars on the right I guess will receive their uprights over the next few weeks, 

I pulled in next to the shops van,

 then it was time to load, 20 bags of cat litter at 20 kilos each,

 and this is what 400 kilogram of cat litter looks like in the back of my truck, plus a couple of boxes of cat food, the down side was that although there were three people loading, it was all down to me when I arrived home, still the good news is that we should be OK for cat litter the next year!

 in the early evening the sky put on a nice display,

I am not sure what caused it, dust in the air maybe?

after our evening meal we watched tonight's edition of The Chase followed by The Family Chase, featuring the Bennett family, and good fun it was too, next a couple from Murdoch Mysteries, we rounded the evening off with X-Men First Class, and with the end of that we were off to bed.