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29 January 2012 @ 11:18 pm
Birthday adventures, Hugo, sewing, CAT!  
Happy Birthday to ciraarana! SUCH a good choice of birthdate! I hope yours is marvellous! Thank you for your good wishes!

Thank you very much to _inbetween_ for the extremely apt e-cards. Right on every count and you made both of us laugh wildly! Thank you also to nenne and fire_juggler for your gifts, so very kind! And to ecosopher, subtlefire and montjoye for your messages, I was very touched! And thanks, too, to snottygrrl, which comes coloured with guilt because I started to knit you a thingy and it was put down and your birthday sailed by and ... look, my crapitude is hardly news at this point ...

My celebration of birth has been reasonably quiet, as Mr B slept in until early afternoon, so we missed going for a ride or into town (at least I rode to the markets yesterday: fresh peas and marshmallow! And broccoli, eggs, garlic and catnip. Probbaly should have planned better for menus from that lot ...) Instead we saw Hugo, which I loved, but he only liked the comic parts of. A lot of the film is a meditation on the importance of creative endeavour (it's by Martin Scorsese, after all, and yes, there's a wonderful bit on the history of film), so I think that it spoke to me in ways Mr B missed. And it is beautiful, as well as being wonderfully acted and just charming.

For giftage, Rob Ryan plates and book, and tickets to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain in March! HURRAH!

I've been out of the loop for much of the month due to having loads to get done. Still working only as a writer at the moment, which means less money and more brainwork, but it is more enjoyable, I confess. Whichever of my flist said that I was fortunate to be able to make my living this way was right, if only I could type well ... And I've been sewing like a fiend for one of my young friends who is the daughter of friends and who needed a mediaeval outfit for a do she was going to. If I were a sensible person, I would not have handstitched most of it. Alas ... Still, it's done now. As is the surprise Cookie Monster outfit I ran up for another friend after he thoughtfully cut it out. DONE! (Save for hoovering up the monster fluff. NB the cats looked at it and clearly said 'Call that a Cookie Monster? Pah!') Now I can concentrate more on writing and knitting!

Finally, cat update! One part of the sewing process was moving the ironing board into the living room so that I could get through loads of ironing while watching docos on the telly. Every time I turned the iron off, Cookie would appear on the ironing board, usually sitting on whatever I had just de-haired and pressed. I think she is 100% well again. Here's a shot of her the day she came home from the vet, you can just see her little shaved patch under her chin where the hair is asymmetrical: 

She's recovered a good deal more since this photo and is now entirely fine, just with her shaved patches still growing out. She's cross that the ironing board has not been left up, but when we pulled out the folding occasional table to put my cake on tonight, she leapt up onto it and declared it a success. We did our cake and candles ritual in the kitchen, there's no point disturbing a comfortable cat!
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on January 29th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Heee again at the image of the mister reading your flist with you.

Typing? Goody, that's how you can sponsor me, I'm a great typist and you just dictate me your book ;) all the greats do it, from *nose scrunch* James to (these days) Pratchett!

blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 29th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
It will have to be the second book, because I am too broke to afford you for the first (seriously, word rates are CRAP these days, I was paid better 10 years ago when I did not know as much!) but you are on!

And he came over to see what all the cackling was about :-)
(no subject) - _inbetween_ on January 29th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
turnonmyheels on January 29th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!!!!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 29th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And yes, she is the softest kitty in the world! Unfortunately, this means the finest hair, which I sometimes find wrapped delicately around my eyelashes -- usually in a meeting at which point I look like a mad woman trying to remove invisible cat hair ...
(Anonymous) on January 29th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Mum!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 29th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear! (And do send a hint on which surprise offspring this is, I've collected a few ... )

On the very off chance you're Dr T, I lost your redirections, so send address! I have cards, news, cake!

Edited at 2012-01-29 12:55 pm (UTC)
girl; obsessed: misc - sleepy kittycomplications_g on January 29th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! <3

I'm glad you had a good day and that Cookie is well!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear! And Cookie sends purrs in your direction!
Meredythmeredyth_13 on January 29th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Hey, dear one. I hope you got my birthday tweet?

So glad to hear that the Kitty is doing well - sick kitties aren't much fun.

Also - that ukulele band? are they touring or are you coming to the UK? *eyebrow raise*

*hugs madly*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Alas, they're touring. Mr B is such a stay at home that getting him to London for a gig would be like inventing cold fusion over the weekend. But still, YAY UKULELE! And thank you!
Nenne: Happy Birthdaynenne on January 29th, 2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
In short: you have just shown us the boss of the house here. *G*

Happy birthday!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
There's actually a rotating bossdom:
The cats hail Mr B as god.
Mr B does what I tell him too.
In case of crisis, the cats turn to me.
For general things, we indulge the cats shamelessly.
Cookie cat is considered far smarter than Monster cat and can usually boss Mon around.
Mon is twice the size of Cookie and when she remembers this, she cannot be bossed.

So we end up with an anarcho-syndicalist commune, really ;-) And thank you!
(no subject) - nenne on January 30th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
not your typical annihilatrixfuriosity on January 29th, 2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! <3
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Cheers dear!
Maggieteas_me on January 29th, 2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I missed your birthday :( I hope you had a great day.

And I'm glad Cookie is doing better :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
It was totally still my birthday in Hawaii! And it was very nice, thank you!

She is entirely better, though finding it a bit hot today, as are we all, after 2am and still 28 degrees C. Bleagh!
Keeper of the Superfluous Es!: KeepCalmKettle/?themostepotente on January 29th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Brammers ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dear!
Catscatsintheattic on January 29th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
theodoraleft on January 29th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Very happy birthday to you my dear and best wishes for the year ahead. Thank you so much for the Christmas missive, and I live in hope of meeting up again one day! Give the cat-in- the -picture's ears a tickle from me, or whatever it is she likes! Lots of love B x
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
HELLO! It won't surprise you that my follow-up missive in response to your fabulous letter is delayed -- I'd blame the heat, but we know it's my terrible tardiness. Fingers crossed I will get over for summer this year, if not, I have solid plans for November and will definitely pop down!

Cookie enjoys all forms of attention, she is a cat's cat ;-) Much love back!
snottygrrl on January 29th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
i am unclear how there can be guilt involved since i didn't even bother to send an actual card, let alone gift :P i am beyond touched that you are making something ♥

am glad the bday went well
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
I had a glorious plan for on-timeliness! Alas ...

And thank you!
mrsquizzicalmrsquizzical on January 29th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
sorry i missed your birthday. happy belated etc. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
No cause for apologies, but thank you very much!
Shezanshezan on January 29th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Any high point and she is a happy cat! Also any point that is obviously wanted by another living creature and she is a happy cat ...
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on January 29th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
Happy B-day! And many, many returns!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 30th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear!