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Things that make you go 'hmm'…

Busy, busy, busy…

I have a huge bookbinding project on the go. I can’t give you too many details at the moment but the book in question is part of a huge 6 volume anthology and the plan is that I am binding volume 1 which is going to be used as a sample to show to some seriously famous musicians and actors to get them involved in the project. If I tell you that the first person it is going to be shown to is Morgan Freeman, you will see what I mean. No pressure there then. Gulp. So if I disappear off the radar for a while you know I am either getting stuck into the project or having a nervous breakdown.

My #2 son has been home for a couple of days and has given me some really good, useful input into my design ideas. He has just returned from visiting his father in Los Angeles and he brought Milo a gift. A T-shirt. Here he is wearing it.


I have to say he was not very impressed with it. He knew he looked ridiculous and did sulk until we took it off him.

Does my bum look big in this?

Does my bum look big in this?

We spent a large portion of the time #2 son was home trying to train Milo to use a dog flap in the back door. We taped the flap open so he would get used to going in and out without having to push the flap and he can do it. He just chooses not to. He sits with his head poking though the flap crying piteously until I can’t stand it any more and let him in. I don’t want the neighbours to think I am torturing him. The few times he did cave in and come through the flap, we celebrated and praised him and gave him treats but to no avail. Now #2 son has gone, Milo and I are back to him using the door like a human with me as his doorman.  Or we have a puddle on the floor. And the dog flap is so draughty…

#2 son is off travelling on Sunday. He is away until June travelling around Australia, Micronesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar…. I’m not envious. Honest. I felt bereft when he left me yesterday. In reality, he lives up in London anyway so I only see him infrequently but knowing for sure I’m not going to see him for 4 months and he is going to be so far away is very depressing. Have decided the best thing is to keep busy.

Back to my book…..

Add: I have an iPhone which I love and I just read an article by David Pogue in the New York Times about iPhone apps. You can read it here. He mentions this video which is a group of people playing ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on their iPhones using a app which turns an iPhone into an ocarina. I have this app (- and many, many, many, many more!) If only I had time to play with them I might eventually sound like this.

20 responses to “Busy, busy, busy…

  1. RennyBA February 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Good luck with your new book project!

    The t-shirt looks wonderful and the dog nice and fluffy :-)

    My oldest son is in India for three month and I envy him :-)

    Wishing you a wonderful end to your week!

  2. strugglingwriter February 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    So, you think you can come back and show us cute doggy pictures and we’ll forget the absence, huh? Aww, c’mere, you.

    That’s all exciting news. Just don’t forget us little people when you’re famous.

    Oh, I forgot to tell you, but my wife got me this special edition two disc Coldplay CD for Christmas. It’s very good.


  3. Daddy Papersurfer February 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I love Morgan Freeman, well not in that way of course ….. how exciting and very good luck which of course you don’t need as I have every faith in you and your craft …..

  4. Diane February 6, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you, Renny! Milo does look a bit (well, a lot) silly and I don’t suppose he will wear it again but we had to try it on for a photograph!
    It’s wonderful that our boys can have these amazing experiences, we didn’t seem to have gap years when I was leaving school….maybe I should have one now.
    (What do you mean my whole life is a gap year, DP)

    Paul- I know I’m getting very bad at regular blogging I do admire people who manage it every day. In my defence, my posts are longer than most people’s but I will try to do better!
    I just realised my 2 year blog anniversary is coming up – who would have thought I would have so much to say? Perhaps that’s why I am running out of steam….
    So glad you are enjoying Coldplay – people scoff at them but I love their music.

    DP – I love him too. I love his voice, so rich and smooth…
    I wish I had your faith in me and my craft. I am having serious procrastination issues as I am terrified of getting really stuck in, in case it goes wrong. Hence, this blog post when I should be making the book covers….

  5. Teresa February 6, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I was just thinking about you this morning and was going to say hi on FB….yay, a new post! Even better! ;)

    I can’t wait to hear all about the book project when you’re done and it’s not a secret anymore! I, too, have complete faith in your skills and talent and know you’ll wow Mr. Freeman.

    Milo is so funny (about the door thing) and very cute in his sweater (even if he doesn’t like it)! At least he has enough fur that he doesn’t need it (unlike a chihuahua).

    Glad you had a nice visit with your son; I know how much you’ll miss him while he’s half-way around the world.

  6. strugglingwriter February 6, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Very true Diane. I write short posts. Mine also are seriously lacking in cute puppy pictures and awesome homemade book pictures. :)


  7. creechman February 6, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Dog fashion statements?

  8. Lady Banana February 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Ohhhhh Milo is sooooo cute, makes me wish I had a little one like that :)

  9. 70steen February 7, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Oh wow Diane … I am soooo impressed but not surprised at your new found fame with the stars … you are very talented indeed. Good luck and I can’t wait to see the results.

    On the Milo front … poor little thing he looks so unimpressed lol
    I bought Layla a little coat that looks like she has a cowboy riding on her bak … she absolutely hates it .. I must try and get a photo of her in it but I would have to be quick coz in about 30 seconds flat she has the cowboy in her teeth lol :-)

  10. Lucinda February 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Goodluck with your project! Milo does look very cute, my dog would have that ripped to shreds already!

  11. cathryn miller February 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    In between your diligent (and well deserved) work for the stars ***:} I am trying to figure out how to meet you in the spring.

    How about you answer my note at the bookartsforum?

    One and a half hours (by car) is way too long for someone like me. When I said I was walking all the way, I meant it!

    If we can’t meet. it’s a nice idea anyway.

    Could you please direct me to the best local chip shop?
    ( I develop an irrational craving over the years!)



  12. The Pub Wench February 11, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Hello Fair Artist, who dresses a pretty puppy,

    We have been watching you. We are artist also. At least that’s what they call us. You may even know us. We’d like to invite you to a member of our very Private Club. We’re very selective and only an elite few are welcome on our hallowed grounds. We pick you.

    We even have a little ‘chit chat’ room just for the likes of you. It’s rightfully called Dante’s Pub. But when your enter BEWARE! You are entering the abyss of the artist mind! You may not find your way out.

    You’re welcome to watch from afar while drinking your brew or pull up a chair and join us for a little chat. Be sure and register and then log in. After all, this is a very private club. We don’t allow just any wanderer in our midst.

    Don’t dilly dally now! It wont cost you a pence. Check out The Artist Challenge and Dante’s Pub- that is if your daring and think yourself worthy to be amongst the souls we’ve claimed?

    Farewell…until we hear from you,
    Master Mike and the Pub Wench

    Artist Challenge-
    Dante‘s Pub –

  13. MrSound February 11, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    So cute!!! I let my doggy wear something liek that also but she doesn’t want it.

  14. Tom February 14, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Crazy big book project! Famous people? Fantastic. Good luck with it.

    BTW, this is Tom from BM. I accidentally deleted my blog last weekend. Don’t ask, pleeeeaase. I’ve popped your address in my new home.

    Cute dog.


  15. dianeca February 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Good luck with your book project, how exciting!! And Milo looks just adorable.

  16. Natural February 22, 2009 at 12:14 am

    i wonder if pets think they look funny wearing clothes. probably not, but it’s something about the look on their face that says: i shouldn’t be wearing this. cute.

  17. creechman February 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    What’s going on Diane? Chilly English February?

  18. lunaticg February 27, 2009 at 8:23 am

    What a cute dog.
    Good luck with your book.
    See you around.

  19. tulibri February 27, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Hi Diane, I’ve been tagged and as the rule goes to tag another seven players I would like to invite you! So if you feel like, come along and play with us :-) Read more here:
    Cheers, Astrid

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