Monday, 18 December 2006

allegedly working ...

Allegedly, I should be sorting out invoices.

Kate and I did a mammoth job on Friday - we sorted out all of the miscellaneous paperwork for both home and business, confined it all in files and put the small amount that needs actioning in a tray optimistically labelled 'IN'.

B has toddled off to Manchester for some client meetings and I am at home, surrounded by tidyness and cats staring at me resentfully and trying to will me to turn the heating up a bit more.

We had a low-key fun time on Saturday - it was good to catch up with everyone and just chill out without having to worry about getting up and going to work next morning.

However, I have some sad news. Exploding Chicken is dead.

She had some sort of fit - a stroke I think, chickens are apparently prone to high blood pressure - on Friday afternoon and didn't make it. In a way I am relieved, because at least now I am not constantly worrying about whether she's suffering. We had become quite fond of her, in the way that you do when you keep poultry in the kitchen (as I am sure that many people know); but we are taking comfort from the fact that she has gone to The Great Free Range In The Sky. None of the others seem to be sick or sickening for anything; so I think that it was some kind of congenital problem she was suffering from rather than anything infectious.

Tomorrow the man is coming to quote rayburn and multi-fuel heater installation for us, so I will be able to stop swigging sloe gin to keep warm.

And now, I go to put on my filing hat (and fingerless gloves) and get on with the paperwork. It's suddenly gone very cold and foggy. Marginally better than rain, but it would be nice to see the sun for a few hours.

24 comments:

  1. RIP Exploding Chicken. You enriched my life, if only it was to make me laugh at your name.

    Who knew Chickens were prone to Hypertension? Is this a recent development in poultry farming?

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  2. RIP Exploding Chicken. You enriched my life, if only it was to make me laugh at your name.

    Who knew Chickens were prone to Hypertension? Is this a recent development in poultry farming?

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  3. Mmm. got to make me some fingerless mitts. We keep the temp pretty low here, too. Good for you, making inroads ont he paperwork. me, I find it's amazing how unimportant things become if you keep them in your IMPORTANT STUFF! pile long enough. ;-)

    PS: is it just me that sees your posts with the left edge cut off? I just switched to Beta, so I'd be happy to blame it on that (Damn blogger!)

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  4. Mmm. got to make me some fingerless mitts. We keep the temp pretty low here, too. Good for you, making inroads ont he paperwork. me, I find it's amazing how unimportant things become if you keep them in your IMPORTANT STUFF! pile long enough. ;-)

    PS: is it just me that sees your posts with the left edge cut off? I just switched to Beta, so I'd be happy to blame it on that (Damn blogger!)

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  5. Ms Mac - I think they don't talk about it much, in order not to worry the chickens.

    Imperatrix - Oooh, yes, the old Important Stuff Pile Strategy. I based my entire professional career on it, when I had one :).

    Are you using a screen smaller than 15 inches? I have just been playing with my window size and even though I've specified column widths in percentages it doesn't seem to be adjusting itself properly. Back to the drawingboard ...

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  6. Ms Mac - I think they don't talk about it much, in order not to worry the chickens.

    Imperatrix - Oooh, yes, the old Important Stuff Pile Strategy. I based my entire professional career on it, when I had one :).

    Are you using a screen smaller than 15 inches? I have just been playing with my window size and even though I've specified column widths in percentages it doesn't seem to be adjusting itself properly. Back to the drawingboard ...

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  7. Hmmm - I think that should be better now?

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  8. its not that uncommon. Jan whose blogged I'm linked to (Travels with my camera) has a rooster in her kitchen.

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  9. its not that uncommon. Jan whose blogged I'm linked to (Travels with my camera) has a rooster in her kitchen.

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  10. Perhaps you need to start up a Little Kitty Cardigans appeal on your blog. Every reader could knit a square or supply three large buttons (pretty but not too fiddly for paws to undo). Once the cats are nice and cosy you might not worry so much about the cold yourself.

    Chickens are always tense in a kitchen, especially if there are cookery books in there, or roasting tins, or even egg poachers. I was going to warn you about it but I didn't want to be too interfering.

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  11. Perhaps you need to start up a Little Kitty Cardigans appeal on your blog. Every reader could knit a square or supply three large buttons (pretty but not too fiddly for paws to undo). Once the cats are nice and cosy you might not worry so much about the cold yourself.

    Chickens are always tense in a kitchen, especially if there are cookery books in there, or roasting tins, or even egg poachers. I was going to warn you about it but I didn't want to be too interfering.

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  12. Pete - I am immediately going over to visit Jan, in the cause of Chicken Solidarity.

    ditdotdat - I hope you are proud. If you had warned me, you might have saved her little chicken life. I'm not cold; I have my thermal vests. And the family have had a whip-round and are getting me combinations for Christmas. If I get enough pairs I will cut them down in to little Cat Combinations. So much easier for them to get on and off - no buttons, just press-studs.

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  13. Pete - I am immediately going over to visit Jan, in the cause of Chicken Solidarity.

    ditdotdat - I hope you are proud. If you had warned me, you might have saved her little chicken life. I'm not cold; I have my thermal vests. And the family have had a whip-round and are getting me combinations for Christmas. If I get enough pairs I will cut them down in to little Cat Combinations. So much easier for them to get on and off - no buttons, just press-studs.

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  14. Sorry to hear about Exploding Chicken. At least, as you said, she is not suffering.

    We have had crazy amounts of fog around here, too. It is very picturesque, but inconvenient when it comes to getting anywhere.

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  15. Sorry to hear about Exploding Chicken. At least, as you said, she is not suffering.

    We have had crazy amounts of fog around here, too. It is very picturesque, but inconvenient when it comes to getting anywhere.

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  16. I do sympathise about Exploding Chicken. However many chooks you have, once one is given room in the house or a name of its own it becomes part of the family.

    I bought fingerless gloves today. I'll be playing the clarinet, outside, on Christmas Eve evening. I even volunteered. I wasn't drunk. I don't understand.

    Indoors, I light a nightlight for a little extra warmth.

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  17. I do sympathise about Exploding Chicken. However many chooks you have, once one is given room in the house or a name of its own it becomes part of the family.

    I bought fingerless gloves today. I'll be playing the clarinet, outside, on Christmas Eve evening. I even volunteered. I wasn't drunk. I don't understand.

    Indoors, I light a nightlight for a little extra warmth.

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  18. Sympathies on the sad loss of your Exploding Chicken (what?).
    Similar weather conditions here. If the fog stretches from Wales to Norfolk that's pretty impressive.
    I hope the rayburn and multi-fuel heater installation isn't prohibitively expensive. If it means that "I will be able to stop swigging sloe gin to keep warm" is it necessarily A Good Thing though? Any excuse for a Swig during the Festive Season has got to be worth hanging onto.

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  19. Sympathies on the sad loss of your Exploding Chicken (what?).
    Similar weather conditions here. If the fog stretches from Wales to Norfolk that's pretty impressive.
    I hope the rayburn and multi-fuel heater installation isn't prohibitively expensive. If it means that "I will be able to stop swigging sloe gin to keep warm" is it necessarily A Good Thing though? Any excuse for a Swig during the Festive Season has got to be worth hanging onto.

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  20. RIP Exploding Chicken. Truly it is a sad loss for the blogging community.

    Oh, and we had no fog here in the Bay yesterday, but I know my mum had some in chester.

    It was pretty bad she said, so she feels your pain.

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  21. RIP Exploding Chicken. Truly it is a sad loss for the blogging community.

    Oh, and we had no fog here in the Bay yesterday, but I know my mum had some in chester.

    It was pretty bad she said, so she feels your pain.

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  22. I have an Important Stuff Pile, it's true, it works.

    Sad to hear of Exploding Chicken's demise. May Chicken-heaven be full of fat juicy worms, softly chirping chicks, and warm feathery nests, and no foxes.

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  23. I have an Important Stuff Pile, it's true, it works.

    Sad to hear of Exploding Chicken's demise. May Chicken-heaven be full of fat juicy worms, softly chirping chicks, and warm feathery nests, and no foxes.

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