12th January

I’m hoping that my grumpiness yesterday was caused by lack of sleep but it’s still there when i wake up this morning – not helped by the fact that Jubbly has had a very incontinent night and there seems to be poo everywhere! So by the time I’ve done the dishwasher and cleaned up the poo I’m as grumpy as ever. At least I get out and go to the dump with our old mattress and a laser printer I was given on Freecycle but didn’t work (or rather it did but needed the fuser (or something like that – either way he didn’t mention it) replacing. On my way out I grab a CD of Yes and some good old Prog blasting out of the speakers cheers me up a bit.

Called in at Aldi on the way back to buy some bacon and sausages and I then set about cooking some brunch for us. Before we can start though we suddenly realise that all 7 cats are in the house – we’ve been telling people we have 61/2 cats but over the past 24 hours Arnold the stray has been coming in of his own accord so I think we have finally won him round. We somehow manage to get all of them in the same place for a team photo in the kitchen before evicting most of them again!

cats

An hour or two in the shed helps too. Sarah is trying to get her university report finished so I go out and try and amuse myself! I play my mandolin for a bit but my fingernails need cutting and I keep catching the strings so I have a bit of a thrash on the guitar before deciding to listen to an LP and get my blog up to date whilst eating malteasers. I come in about 5 to make tea and put the dinner in the oven. I spend the time it’s cooking trying to read a book – As I said before Christmas I’ve long been meaning to read one of Iain M Banks’ Science fiction books so I got one out of the library and so far I’m finding it tough going – not like the books he writes under the Iain Banks name. Still haven’t given up yet!

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