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The 28th of December.

Well I have been awake since 6am which is not ideal. I was doing fine, having a lovely sleep, then my body realised it was freezing and decided we needed to experience this. To make it worse, the heating didn’t really seem to kick in until about lunchtime so I felt like a little block of ice. I couldn’t even put my cosy clothes on because Shaki was bringing new kittens this morning and they would ruin them with their claws.

She arrived just before twelve, and stayed for about three quarters of an hour introducing us and catching up. We’ve got three black and white girls; Autumn, Amber and Ava. They’re all quite different so we’ll have no trouble telling them apart, thankfully. Twelve weeks old, but small. And so cute. Particularly Amber, who has long hair. She is also the only one that hisses. I have got purrs out of Autumn already, so she doesn’t look like she’ll be much trouble. They’re all very soft.

Daddy sat with them this afternoon, while I crocheted. I was wrong about the shawl – still not finished. Oh well.

The 29th of December.

Much better sleep. I woke up at six, but fell back to sleep and we surprised by my alarm when it went off at nine so that was pleasant.

I’m still crocheting this flipping shawl (just carrying on until I run out of wool) so I did that for most of the morning. Still not finished. I also went to say good morning to the new floofs. They don’t retreat quite so much as they first did.

We have to be with them while they eat, so I sat and watched the shortest episode of Black Mirror, Metalhead. From looking at reviews afterwards, it seems that is the least good one, so I’m quite pleased because it means they can only get better.

This afternoon, we had a family cinema trip to see The Greatest Showman. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t as good as I expected. However, I love the songs, and I had a small cry during This Is Me because it makes me think of Dean. I do miss him ever such a lot. Adam sent me a Christmas card which arrived the other day and it was really beautiful.

The 29th of October. 

I have just enough time to do this before we go out again. 

This morning was a rather relaxed one, crocheting the second Christmas mitten while watching both Saturday Kitchen and the man cutting down the tree in our front garden. Technically it belongs to the neighbours so they can do what they like with it, just a lot of it hung over the fence into our drive. Unfortunately (in only my opinion), the neighbours decided it needed major pruning, so a man going by the name of Mr. Beaver came with a chainsaw and chopped a lot of it off. It was a pretty tree and I liked it but I am in the minority. 

After lunch, Daddy and I went to see Doctor Strange. It is very weird – they may as well have called it Inception: 2016. So much warping of space and matter. Plus they drop in random topical references which I found really jarring. I managed the very impressive task of making a packet of Skittles last for the entire film. When I got home, however, I had to brush my teeth because they felt really gross. Bleah. 

Tonight we are back out, off to the Town Hall to see Miles Jupp. Looking forward to much hilarity!

The 30th of October. 

Not the best night to go out last night because getting back late meant none of us really benefitted from the extra hour in bed. Still, the show was lots of fun, and now I really want to try Duchy of Cornwall sausages. 

This morning I stayed in my pyjamas and wrote up a blog post that I should have done yesterday. When my parents got back from taking Grandma to church, we caught up on last night’s Strictly, and I could watch Ed Balls’ cha cha over and over again. Then, once they’d taken her back home, we watched (read: fast-forwarded through) X Factor while eating lunch. In the Four of Diamonds VT, they showed a clip of Sophia performing at Hallfield which made me feel very nostalgic. That great green curtain evokes a lot of memories. Thankfully their performance was excellent so one hopes they’ll get through this week. 

I spent my afternoon with the cats, trying to regain Amy’s trust and watching Black Mirror. She is still not happy with me after her trip to the vet and so I thought I’d spend some time in there but she’s not much better. I don’t know how we’ll get her back there tomorrow. 

All three episodes I watched were really superb – Playtest very frightening and continuously full of twists. Shut Up And Dance had me gripped and I was really not expecting the major twist in that one either. San Junipero just made me cry.