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Busy old weekend

Well, it’s been a fun weekend. Milo continues to delight – even when he is being very naughty. He refuses to walk on a lead. As soon as you attach the lead to his collar, he sits down and refuses to budge. We had a breakthrough of sorts yesterday. Some friends dropped in and we decided that the three of us ought to be able to persuade one small dog to go ‘walkies’. This was the result…


Milo got about 100 yards from the house walking nicely on his lead, the excitement of us all setting out together overcoming his hesitation. A car passed us and he sat down and refused to move an inch so this is how he continued the walk. I see we are going to have to join puppy school.

I’ve had a very productive weekend. I sorted out my workroom which had become a bit of a disaster area of late. I now have a creative space upstairs for my books and a desk for computer based activities in the kitchen. If I work upstairs, Milo sits at the bottom of the stairs, crying. If I let him come up with me, we have a potential ‘puppy pee/poo’ disaster as although he can climb upstairs , he cannot climb down, so if I become engrossed in what I am doing, I pay for it. So it’s easier to stay in the kitchen with the pooch so he can take himself off into the garden when nature calls.

I also managed to set up my Mac in the kitchen to talk to the printer on the top floor and worked out a very complicated double sided, right way up, back to back, A4 on A3 paper, nightmare of a printer problem. (don’t ask!)  I’m still trying to track down some A3 sized inkjet printer paper which is double sided, about 200gsm (or thereabouts) but which isn’t brilliant white. I want off white or cream even and despite hours faffing about on the internet, I can’t seem to track any down. Any thoughts anyone?

I would be feeling quite pleased with myself had I not made the mistake of weighing myself this morning. Bummer. Literally. So the downside to a promising weekend is that I’m back on a diet. And spending my days working in the kitchen is a real test of my shaky will power. I get on much better when I am two floors away from the kitchen, because then I either forget about snacking altogether or at least running up and down two flights of stairs goes someway to mitigate the damage…


I daren’t turn on my Wii Fit, it will shout at me…

On the real life sporting front, Andy Murray won the Qatar Open, easily beating Andy Roddick and Manchester United beat Chelsea 3 – 0 which thrilled me no end.

To finish, here are two more things which have entertained me this weekend. First was from my friend Claire, who rightly pointed out how clever this is. In her words

‘This guy traveled all over the world with his recording equipment, recording street musicians playing the same song, and then meshed it into one fantastic and inspiring tune.  Just the feat of getting everyone to play it in the same key, in tune and in the same tempo is mind blowing.  Very nice job.
Music is, indeed, universal.’

and the second was from my friend Sharon. It’s a bit like popping bubble wrap and equally as addictive. Just click on this link, then just run your mouse over the bears. You’ll see what I mean.

So that’s it,  my new week’s resolutions are – train Milo, lose weight, get fit – no problem…

Have a fun week.

21 responses to “Busy old weekend

  1. Teresa January 11, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    OMG, Diane, those bears are addictive! My dh won’t be happy…must tear myself from that screen….

    Oh but Milo is so cute in that bag! Must you make him walk?? LOL! Have you seen that show “It’s Me or the Dog”? I believe it’s based in Great Britain (I’ve only seen it once and can’t remember much except her British accent). Maybe you can get her to come to your house and teach Milo and we can get to watch you on the telly!

    That Wii cartoon is funny! We’re just grateful the Wii Games one doesn’t reprimand us. Maybe that’s why dh is holding off buying the Wii Fit. ;>

    Re paper, I found one link which might be useful, but I’m not overly hopeful…it does seem to be a rare commodity, doesn’t it? Here’s the link:–a3+colour+paper.html Good luck!

  2. creechman January 11, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Nice insight. Poor doggie, stair challenged.

  3. strugglingwriter January 12, 2009 at 2:36 am

    “I would be feeling quite pleased with myself had I not made the mistake of weighing myself this morning. Bummer. Literally.”

    This made me laugh. Sorry :)

    That picture is cute. Poor pup just wants to be pampered now and then :)

    Congrats on getting the computery stuff to work!


  4. tulibri January 12, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Hi Diane, Clairefontaine has a product range of A3 papers in a bunch of colours, amongst them some ivory-like stuff. The manufacturer says it’s suitable for inkjet printing:

    If you don’t get it at regular stationery stores, try a paper wholesale resp. office wholesale supplier. If you don’t get any at all and are in dire need of it, I think I could get a pack and post it to you.


  5. Diane January 12, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Teresa – I’ve not seen ‘It’s Me or the Dog’ but it sounds just what Milo needs! He may be small but he is very determined!
    Re. paper. I need
    1. A3
    2. heavier weight paper about 200gsm
    3. double sided
    4. off white/cream
    I can get various combinations of these but not all four together!
    That is a useful site though. Thanks for that!

    Mark – I think he is afraid of heights…

    Paul – my bum is no laughing matter :-D
    Did you show your little girl the tumbling teddies? Perhaps not, you may never get her off your computer!

    Astrid – that is a very useful site. Thanks for that. The colours are great and worth bearing in mind for future projects but they only do A3 in 80gsm – I need something heavier. I think I am just going to have to go with the white paper I have found.
    Thank you for your kind offer!

  6. tulibri January 12, 2009 at 11:56 am

    hm, hm, hm … how about resorting to book printing paper? I get them in packs of large size sheets (ca. 70 x 100 cm) from bookbinding suppliers and tear them down to my needs. They come in different weights and shades.

    Did you look in the artist paper section? Like Hahnemuehle, Fabriano and such, they might have ink jet printable mould made paper in the weight and size you need …

  7. Diane January 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I just checked out printmaking paper on the Falkiners (I mean Shepherds!) web site – they have so many to choose from! I think that might be the answer!
    I have to go to Falkiners to buy some leather for this project this week, so I might wait until I go and ask their advice!
    Good thinking, Batman!

  8. Daddy Papersurfer January 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    That dog is beginning to be the bane of my life ……. you must put your foot down with a firm hand ……. or something.

    Sorry to hear about the bum situation ……… terrible – tee hee – and those bears are stooooooooooopid ……. I’ll just go and knock them down one more time ………

  9. Diane January 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Perhaps he would benefit from some stern talking to from Lo, TG?

    I thought Grumpy Ted might enjoy playing with the bears….or maybe not….

  10. 70steen January 12, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Milo is so adorable … teen has been ooing and ahhing over the photo of him.. her dream is to have a dog who will ride in a bag … Layla will have none of it lol

    We need to go to puppy school as it is chaos to get her lead on .. she barks like mad, tries to bite you (not viciously) and the barking … Oh my word it drives me mental….. she pulls on the lead etc etc she is so badly behaved thank goodness she is a small wee thing !!

    p.s. I so need to get a wii fit :(

  11. Manoballs January 13, 2009 at 12:27 am

    You’re on a free ride dogie dog. cute!

  12. Diane January 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    70s – it is amazing to me how much I am in thrall to this small bundle of fluff. If you had told me 6 months ago I would be the owner of a small ‘yapper type’ (to quote Eddie Izzard) handbag dog I would have laughed at you. Never mind that I would be besotted with him…

    manoballs – read above comment! Spoiled? I should say so :-)

  13. Diane January 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    manoballs- just spotted your avatar – love it!

  14. writinggb January 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Great bears. I’ll have to make sure my son sees this… NOT! :-)

    Sounds like your doggie has you trained pretty well!

  15. 70steen January 16, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I am the same with Layla .. had a doberman before and when he barked it was beware now I have a ‘yapper type’ .. an animal pretending to be a dog but who gives soooo much love so i can forgive the ‘yap’… almost !! ;0)

  16. cathryn miller January 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    “Stand by Me” is one of the most brilliant things you have posted.

    I always love your posts, and I am surprised that nobody has made a comment about that one!

    Oh yes, Milo is cute as heck, but how could you miss the enormous emotional content of that particular piece of film.

    In exchange I offer a selection from the American pre-inaugural concert:

    Thanks for your wonderful blog!


  17. cathryn miller January 21, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I was waiting to make a comment on “Stand By Me”. I spent the last week forwarding the link to all the musicians I know.

    I note that the previous writer has listed the absolutely amazing concert clip with Springsteen and Seeger. That one is pretty good but I have made various friends weep with the “Stand By Me” tape.

    I sent it to all my musician friends and they all said “Yes! This is what it’s about, this is why we do it, this is why we love it.”

    Thanks so much for all the brilliant connections, and I do think that Milo is cute. Doggie school seems like a good idea though … ;}

    Thanks again!


  18. RennyBA January 26, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I would have refuses to walk on a lead too, if that treatment was the alternative :-)

    Wishing you a great week!

  19. writinggb January 27, 2009 at 12:57 am

    If you check my site, you’ll see I’ve nominated you for an award!

  20. The Rev. February 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    My mother purchased the Wii fit not too long ago – yesterday she was absolutely DISTRAUGHT after stepping on and being told that she’d gained a few pounds since her last Wii fit session, which, it added, was far too long ago.

    There’s something innately disturbing to me about having to answer to a television about your physical activities (or lack thereof)….

  21. La Mirabelle February 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Yeah that WII has no mercy :D

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