Gaming Reflects Real Life

Just like in real life, while those around her stream through the finish, Kat's stuck upside down with her wheels in the air... facing the wrong way!Just like in real life, while those around her stream through the finish, Kat's stuck upside down with her wheels in the air... facing the wrong way!

Driving Around

So I've spent my weekend playing Track Mania, a multiplayer online racing game. I say 'racing' but a good proportion of that I was enaged in the sort of activity as illustrated by the screenshot below ;-)

{dowders} lol - who's that stuck in the tree?
{kat} err.... that would be me...    {Take screenshot}{dowders} lol - who's that stuck in the tree?
{kat} err.... that would be me... {Take screenshot}


Sitting in the garden this morning, one of the cat's, Nancy became transfixed by something in the greenery. I thought she might have heard a mouse rustling but no. She pounced and I saw that she had caught a dragonfly. I tried to take it away from her before she could eat it. Predictably, I took it inside to photograph and here it is.

Getting older

This was posted on the FritHappens Forum I look at every day.
"To commemorate her birthday , actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan 's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'. Here are the lyrics she used


Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Computer Troubles

I keep all my photos an external hard drive which is set up as a mirrored RAID with two 400GB hard drives. I've been noticing that it's been making a lot of noise recently and not turning itself off properly when the computer it connects to shuts down so I've sort of been expecting it to start dieing soon. Yesterday was the first day that it struggled to connect properly to the computer once it had power taking around half an hour with fiddling and turing it on and off to get Windows to recognise it as a drive.


After a small frost last night, I tottered down to the kitchen at about 8.00am to feed the cats and saw a fox walking across the lawn. Later, after the sun came out and whilst I was torching, DH saw the same fox come back onto the lawn and sit curled up in the sun. Here's a picture taken by him through the kitchen window.Foxy VisitorFoxy Visitor

Call of Duty 4

Call of Duty 4 - visuals are very nice and the storyline is very engaging but the game just isn't long enough! Finished it today on 'regular' level in 12 hours. I'm not exactly the queen on FPSs so I guess that means that the game is way too short.

One of Those Days

Ok, it's going to be another of those days. We've had 2 days of rain and the car wouldn't start this morning because the plugs are damp. I've used up all the battery trying to get it to start because I knew that if it didn't, I'd have to cycle to the doctors to put in a repeat prescription before the end of the week. Car still didn't start so the better news is that I didn't fall of my bicycle this time and managed the journey there and back in half an hour, including getting off the bike at every sharp turn so that I wouldn't fall off. The ride along the lake was really quite pleasant as the sun was shining.

Rubbish Day

Things seem to be going wrong today.

I recently had a minor ant infestation in my flat which I thought I had got rid of but today I noticed that they'd come back so I had to spend a couple of hours trying to get rid off them again.

My Creative MP3 player crashed during a file transfer and once I had manually reset it and connected it back to my computer the driver no longer works and therfore the player is not recognised by the computer.

As part of the reset the music library on my MP3 player had to be recompiled by the player. After recompiling, the library seems corrupted in that although it seems to had all the required information about what tracks and albums are loaded it doesn't seem to be tranferring this information between all modes that the player goes through. this mean that for example when you are playing an a track from an album when you try and scroll to see the other tracks inside the album they just all show up as blank.


To be sung to " We three Kings" melody since I've just been looking at a book with cross stitch Christmas cards in it.

We three cats of Canvey are
Bearing leaves to take home to Ma
Nick and Bill and Nancy too oo oo
Scattering fur we go

Oh Oh
Cats of midnight black are we
To replace the kids you see
One so old he's turning brow ow own
Sleeping in Ma's armchair
I can't sit in my own armchairI can't sit in my own armchair

When it's sunny, when it's warm
On the trailer, but not in a storm
Never mind the dust and traffic noise
Sleeping the day away.

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