I always start these with 'well it's been ages since I wrote anything...' but you guys aren't stupid, you can read dates and figure that out for yourselves!
I guess the big news is that I've now been living with my boyfriend Kyle for a month! I've never moved in with a boyfriend before, but it's going pretty well so far, probably helps that we were going out for over a year and half beforehand (it'll be 2 years in February! eep!).
Long story short, my parents are convinced that with the current fininicial climate, me and my brothers won't have a pension or much to speak of in the future - probably true! So they paid the deposit on a modest 2 bedroom flat and put it in our names - so we're responsible for the mortage, and then it's an investment for us. We were going to rent it out cos for various reasons none of my brothers wanted to move at the moment. But it was then agreed that me and Kyle could move in!
The flat had been owned by an elderly lady, and I don't think it had been decorated since the '70s! The carpets were so swirlingly brown and yellow and hideous. We had the schedule with us at the carpet shop for the measurements that were on it, the salesman saw the photos, called his colleague over to comment "wow that's cracker! we've not seen that pattern in years!"
Basically me and Kyle, with a lot of help from my parents, worked our arses off in our evenings and weekends for nearly a month, stripping wallpaper, replastering holes in walls, pulling up carpet so old it was nailed down! and finally painting it pretty colours. I have to say, I love my flat now, it's a bit of a hodge-podge of furniture, but the walls are nice and colourful, it's cosy and it feels like a home.
So, to go with our new home.... a new cat! (Don't worry, my pretty little tabby [link] still lives at my old house with my brother, I don't think she'd move well, and she's my brother's cat too). Kyle works at the new SSPCA centre just outside Aberdeen, and he'd had his eye on this lovely ginger cat that wasn't up for rehoming yet as he was still recovering from his injuries. So as soon as he was ready for a home, we reserved him. He's a gorgeous long-haired floofy ginger lazy lump. (there will be photos soon). He's called Kenny (SSPCA named him, but I couldn't change it, it suits him!), and he was found locally in a terrible state. He had multiple injuries, including broken ribs, a broken jaw and shattered teeth, and when the opened him up they found his intestines etc had been pushed up into his chest cavity! It's not clear how he was injured, a car accident was the main suspect, but the tell-tale sign of scuffed claws was missing - I'd hate to think someone could have beaten up a cat to that extent!
Thankfully, he got his happy ending as he ended up at the SSPCA, and the staff reckon he recovered so well as he's so lazy and relaxed he just chilled out and let himself get better. He seems to suffer no ill-effects despite what he's been through, and even with teeth on only one side of his mouth, he seems to love dry food more than most cats! He's such a sweet cuddly cat, and likes nothing better than to try to climb onto my lap/chest when I have my laptop on my knee, forcing me to abandon the internet and give him cuddles. At the moment he also has a paper' fort' of packaging paper on the floor that he likes to sit whilst looking smug - the paper was just tossed there until I was heading out the door to the bins, but I don't think I'm allowed to throw it out now!
Finally the 3rd new thing - Embroidery! I wanted to try a new craft for these long winter nights and I stumbled across this website: [link] bought a starters kit and few patterns, and now I'm hooked! I've done a couple things for Christmas gifts, I'll post pictures when the recipients have opened their presents, I'm halfway through a wall-hanging for the new flat, and I'm going to do an apron for myself next. I'm quite excited about the possibilities of using my own designs, I'd love to do an art noveau series, one for each season perhaps, inspired by one of my old sketches: [link]
If you're interested I'd encourage you to give embroidery a try - I still have a lot to learn, but it's not as hard as I thought!
So, I'll end with a Merry Christmas to you all, and best wishes for 2012 whatever it may bring you.