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If I eat these, will I die?

An amazing whole bed of these ‘shrooms sprung up over the weekend in one of the flower beds. They were lovely and fluffy and white at first and I’m pretty sure they’re some flavor of champignons.

They’re looking a little tired and not so appetizing now, but I’m still tempted. Color photos wouldn’t help; they’re just kind of grayish.

I have a book on identifying local fungi around here somewhere, but I’m not sure where and I’m lazy. Pls help, internet.

The British have a lovely saying that’s not nearly as rude as it sounds: “suck it and see.”


Deborah HH has won the deadpool with Richard Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders. You know what that means:

HERE. TOMORROW. SIX SHARP WBT. DEAD POOL ROUND 120.

April 10, 2019 — 8:34 pm
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Glamour and celebrity

Today, we were next in line to this guy in the supermarket checkout. I have a side bet with Uncle B that you guys will know who he is. You’re just the type.

The picture is a hint. I stole it from the BBC, which is also a hint.

My, he did look weedy, I must say. He was buying a sad little cluster of cans of mushroom soup. One he was returning because he’d accidentally picked one up with chicken in it, so I suspect vegetarian. Don’t do it, kids. Just don’t.

I probably violated half a dozen EU privacy directives just now.

Uncle B nodded hello to him, but I was busy wondering if I could sneakily take a phone picture without getting caught. The answer is no.

April 9, 2019 — 8:49 pm
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*shrug*

Folks, I can’t tell you what’s going on in this country at the moment.

No, really. I can’t. I’m a guest in a place that’s suddenly morphed into a single giant, throbbing raw nerve ending and I’m trying to keep my trap shut and not attract attention to myself.

Nobody likes a mouthy immigrant.

Image pinched from here.

April 8, 2019 — 9:18 pm
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My kitchen garbage smells like cinnamon

My tea came today! That’s a big ol’ bag of chai, innit?

I generally prefer to make it up myself from spices, but this is a very nice commercial blend. If you’re in the UK, I recommend these people (strangely, they have many more varieties of tea in their Ebay shop than their online store). I can’t guarantee they make it up on the day they ship it, as they claim, but we’ve now ordered quite a bit of tea from them and it’s all been excellent.

Not cheap. Not as expensive as some, but not cheap. Fancy tea is dear, even in the land of fanatic tea drinkers.

Good weekend, all!

April 5, 2019 — 8:13 pm
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Fab four

Bit of an anticlimax to watch: they decided mama was not progressing well enough and whisked her off to the vet. An our later, four healthy kittens appeared on camera. Delivered by caesarean (one had to have a little atropine assist to get his tiny ticker going). Three tabbies and a ginger.

I recommend you hold onto the link. They’ll follow these little wigglers right up to adoption time and these babies grow fast.

This (and I’m sure many other) animal charities make serious bank via these kitten cams. And more power to them — you’ve got to buy the Friskies somehow.

I’m sure there’s a doggo equivalent, for you weird non-cat people. I couldn’t find a live puppy cam, but here’s a live cam of elderly dogs eating. For some reason.

April 4, 2019 — 8:10 pm
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Can’t talk. Busy watching feral cats give birth.

Like giving birth RIGHT NOW.

Both are pregnant. The one on the left is Nelia and she’s just gone into labor within the last couple hours. The one on the right is Serenity. This is Serenity’s box. Nelia has commandeered it, and Serenity is not happy about it.

If you hurry, you can join me and seven thousand of my pretend internet friends to see the very first kitten emerge. (Assuming there are no complications; it does seem to be taking a little long).

Fair warning: they have just switched from the above view to butt cam.

April 3, 2019 — 8:10 pm
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What the sam hill is going on here?

Meet my box of extra long kitchen matches. It is a clip art tragedy, featuring a googly-eyed hairy-leggèd prestidigitator spinning a wiener for an indifferent audience of Chads and Beckys.

Did you know fire targets children? Specifically?

I reckon that’s what’s going on in the warning box in the upper right: roving fire bolts victimizing a luckless child.

Forget the porn license – give us the clipart license!

p.s. No. I did not buy a porn license yesterday. Top of the world, Ma!

April 2, 2019 — 9:11 pm
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What time?

This is one of the many images that turns up when you do a search of the URL of my blog using this keyword “sad”. I should point out, this particular chicken is currently not so much sad these days as. You know. Dead.

Me, I’m just sad. I had to go in an hour early this morning. Which I did all last week, so whatever, but the differences is our clocks changed Sunday night.

I hate it when the clocks change. I’ll sulk about it for weeks.

Starting…now.

April 1, 2019 — 9:21 pm
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Not my chicken. Not my cat.

The look on that bird’s face.

Little Boo is not bad about chasing chickens. He’s had a go because it’s such fun, but he backed down when I yelled at him.

He’s responsive to that. Which is, on the one hand, gratifying. But on the other hand, a little sad. Cats are supposed to be bastards, but he’s incredibly shy and eager to please.

Jack was such an unrepentant chicken chaser that I literally wondered if he was deaf. The screaming and the throwing things, it did nothing.

Another picture pinched from my chicken-focused social media. Because I’ve had a lovely laid-back Friday afternoon and I’m lazy. Good weekend, all!

March 29, 2019 — 10:37 pm
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No, YouTube. Let us not go.

This popped up at the top of my YouTube tonight, as though they haven’t been interrupting my programs flogging this thing for months and months. That and their ‘premium’ service — which, as far as I can tell, just lets you play videos in the background on your phone.

No, YouTube. Nobody wants this. Go away.

Anyway. Got jammed up with work tonight, ‘Shopping pictures and watching ‘Tubes.

p.s. Uncle B just reminded me — they’ve started shoving ads randomly and badly all over videos now, too. Like, plop in the middle of an album.

March 28, 2019 — 10:32 pm
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