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Eternal Refuge
Because Everyone Needs Dreams.
My Life 
10th-Jul-2014 07:55 pm - 100 Days Of Happy - Day 5
Tempt me!
When I got in from work today it was to the smell of fresh bread ... my new breadmaker's timer worked.
9th-Jul-2014 07:53 pm - 100 Days Of Happy - Day 4
Sunshine after rain
The sun is shining.

Even though I worked today I was happy for Tim & Claire who are on holiday.
8th-Jul-2014 07:38 pm - 100 Days Of Happy - Day 3
Eternal Refuge gif + just hold me
I didn't have a shift this morning ... and it was great to have a lay-in (I didn't need codeine when I got up), and then I had time to go and buy a new breadmaker, after mine all but blew up yesterday.
7th-Jul-2014 07:54 pm - 100 Days Of Happy - Day 2
Yum - a big bowl of ice-cream for pudding!!
7th-Jul-2014 04:21 pm - BtVS Icons
Buffy - season 1
Being without internet meant I wondered if I would get to download the screencaps I needed to finish this set of icons.  Luckily I had already done a few, so I could start, and hope.  Then I got my pc sorted, the internet back (YAY!) and managed to d/l the final caps to make the last few icons.  They were made for round 2 of btvsats20in20 and my theme is that of BtVS season 1 (I had chosen Oz as an alternative)

Hope you enjoy!

Here are the 3 teasers -

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I am going to now try and catch up with my replies to comments etc (although most are now historical in nature!
6th-Jul-2014 08:46 pm - 100 Days Of Happy - Day 1
I'm back .... Yay!

It took the whole week to get my router and computer sorted out and reconnected!  Thankfully each of the phone calls were to English speaking people, so even though frustrating at least I could understand what they were saying.

I have missed so much, I know .... so if I missed something vital please let me know.

I will catch up with comments etc tomorrow ... for today I want to get a set of icons finished, as I couldn't download the screen-caps last week.

Anyway, I am going to try the 100 Happy Days Meme ... although I don't get internet access at Mum & Dad's at the weekend, so it may get a bit disjointed.

Anyway ... Day 1 ... I am "home"
1st-Jul-2014 07:01 pm - GGRRRRR ... I Dont Have Internet

My router appears to have died.    And my phone is useless!


So I will catch up with you when I can.


Miss you all

Barnabas - James in Caprica
I really needed this - and it made me both smile and shed a tear ... thank you so much kudagirl

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And so to updates ...

Firstly The Orchestral Concert.

The concert itself went really well ... and even better, for me, is one of the "new pieces we played at this concert is one of my all-time favourite pieces. Albioni's Adagio in G Minor for strings and organ. I love it ... the first time I heard it was as the theme for the film Galipoli back in 1981, and actually had to listen to all the credits to find out which piece it was. If you don't know it, then -

We had a reasonable number in the audience (they ran out of programmes, so that's a good sign.

However the drive almost killed me, so I spent the day on pain killers, and the next day in bed. But I am still glad I did it. It took me a long time to get those clarinet skills, so I would hate to lose them for the sake of the drive to Bude.

Now, the Health Update.

As I said, I had a rough weekend.  I went back to my doctor on Wednesday and there was not much to show on the blood tests, which means it is still probably viral.

The good news is that she put me on some mild anti-depressants, which means I am no longer crying all the time, and also much of the constant intense pain is easier.  So, she upped the dose slightly.

The bad news is that my mobility and muscle ache is rapidly getting worse.

So, she is going to send me to see a rheumatologist ... the guy she wants me to see is good, and a nice person (as I have worked in his clinics).  So now I have to wait for the referral letter (which I collect Monday) and then book the appt.

I am determined to keep going though, as otherwise mentally I will be a mess, but I shall have to see what my body thinks of that plan!
26th-Jun-2014 12:47 pm - Star Trek Voyager Icons
I managed to get a set of icons done for Round 59 of startrek20in20 ... the episode I chose was Unimatrix Zero (part II) which is the first episode of the last series of Voyager.  I always love episodes in shows that show the "what ifs" and in this case it shows Borg being "human" and "humans" being Borg ... so interesting thoughts.

Here are my 3 teasers -

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26th-Jun-2014 07:34 am - Belated Birthday Thanks
Thank You ... James!
I am really sorry to say how disorganised I am at present - and so many of you were so kind to wish me a Happy Birthday ... I loved the PM's ... thank you so much.  Thank you spikereader for the card, and pfeifferpack for the e-card,, as well

Ene nicer were the virtual cakes and hugs .... Thank you especially to ...


Sorry if I missed any posts.  I got loads of wishes over on FaceBook as well, and I shall go over there this evening to thank people.

I had a good birthday, although when I got to Mum & Dad's they were a bit in a weird mood ... so I took Jiffy out for a walk, and then things all got back on track!

They had planned to take me out for a pub lunch, but a neighbour popped in with some gooseberries, and we were late, so we had take away fish/chicken pie & chips ... very scrummy!

In the afternoon I took them shopping for some lino, as they are going to get their kitchen done ... I am sure that anyone else in the shop would have been laughing at me trying to describe what the assorted patterns/textures looked like!

Then we sat in the garden and chatted.

So a nice day overall.

Thank you again

Will update on everything else later, and catch up on comments, but wanted to get this done.
19th-Jun-2014 07:39 pm - Still Sad-ish!
Still sad about not being able to see James in July ... but super happy that he has work, although not a show I have even heard of - Witches of East End ... so looks like I shall be watching something else for at least a short time!

However I am looking forward to hearing Ghost of the Robot ... even though not with the full band. I am sure James would have loved to have shown his son a bit of Europe ... maybe another year! I think I expected him not to be able to come, as it seemed too good to be true.

I am beginning to try to sort out ideas of where to visit on my London trip ... but have to be careful due to my muscle symptoms, as if they are not easier I would tire easily.

I am off to Bude tomorrow - and dreading the drive as it hurts to sit in a car at present.  However I am playing in the  orchestral concert and don't want to cancel as I did in March.  So I have spent the the last couple of weeks practicing, as I need to get my mouth muscles toned ... trouble is my hands are not liking the work.  It will be quite a bit of playing, with the rehearsal in the afternoon - but have pain killers lined up!

Well, I had the blood tests on Monday and get the results next week - so will let you know if my doctor ha any answers.

Off to catch up on comments.
18th-Jun-2014 08:03 pm - Am Sad - But It's For The Best Reason
James - I'm a fan
Message from James Marsters

Holy Moly! When I got up this morning I thought I was going to spend the day restringing my guitar and packing my bags for a month long tour with my band, Ghost of the Robot starting in Philadelphia and continuing through England and Europe. The tour is the culmination of a years worth of love and work that 'Ghost' has spent recording and polishing our live sound. It was also a chance for me to experience the wide world with my son Sullivan before he starts University in the Fall. 'Ghost' voted Sullivan into the band without asking me after seeing him play a club in Santa Monica a few years ago. They said, "As a father you can veto this, of course, but as a band member you're already out voted so shut up!" They wanted him in the band because he is wicked good on the guitar (I just saw him bring down the house last weekend at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA). He's also written a catalogue of twenty songs that we wanted to explore, and because he's quite frankly...gorgeous.

So these were my thoughts upon waking. Then the phone rang and the Universe filled me in on the actual plan. I've been cast in a really cool recurring role for a T.V. show that I imagine a lot of you are already watching. The character is charming, dangerous, devious and sexy; It's just my cup of tea. It's also a role that's not dying straight away, so that's refreshing. What this means is that while I will be able to come to Philadelphia this weekend and meet with fans, I will have to get on a plane Saturday evening to begin filming and 'Ghost of the Robot' is going to rock out without me for a bit. I will also not be able to accompany them for their European tour this July.

This is a painful thing for me to announce, but I am comforted by the knowledge that the band is going to do just fine on this tour without me. You see, from the beginning Charles De Mars (the genius I met in 2001 who convinced me to form 'Ghost') and I envisioned the band with multiple lead singers. We both love 'The Beatles' and remember the point growing up when we realized that every member of the band sang lead on almost every album. It created a band that was forever surprising and egoless.

Charlie and I have been working toward this goal and with our upcoming album 'Bourgeois Faux Pas' we have finally done it! We're all sharing the lead vocals on the upcoming release and we all sing harmonies and back up on each other's songs, and just like with 'The Beatles' you have to check the liner notes to know who is singing what. It all blends into a surprising journey for the ear. I couldn't be more proud.

So come out and support the band as they roll through the world this Summer. Meet my son and my friends Eddie, Jordan and Charlie. I won't be there in body, but my heart will be. My heart is inside this music, my best friends are in the band and I wrote half the songs. If you want to get to know me, come to the show and listen to the words. I've put things into the lyrics that I haven't told anyone else. That's what I love about writing songs, I can be totally honest. Sullivan will be taking over on some vocals for my songs too. I gave him his voice and he has put it to extraordinarily good use. He sounds very much like me and a bit better. When you come see Ghost of the Robot, just close your eyes and I'll be there.

All my love,

James Marsters - The Official Page
16th-Jun-2014 07:43 pm - OOOoooops - Haven't Updated In Ages
How Long
I am still alive - although how my body feels most of the time, I do wonder how alive I am!!  The virus has changed, again, into a myalgia (muscle pain) and everything hurts.  I have been to my GP (who has changed), and the new one is amazed that I am still struggling ... so, more blood tests, and possible future tests ... I have another appt the day after my birthday.

So although I am looking forward to London, Ghost of the Robot ... and JAMES, I am also wondering how I will cope with the trip ... but pain killers will be used (they are anyway), and I shall enjoy!!!!

It was a good Father's Day weekend.  Tim & Claire came over for tea, and it was just nice and family.  Dad is coping OK again, so he was able to enjoy the time, as were we.

Poor Jiffy has a skin infection again, however it is his first this year, so that's good news.

Have seen Claire for a lunch a few times, as she has been going to a Cancer rehab support group.  She is doing well ... 17 weeks now, and she has started back at work a few mornings a week from home.

Hope all is well with you all - I must get round to catching up on a few comments.
11th-Jun-2014 08:05 pm - Blakes 7 Icons
Avon & Cally
My Blakes 7 icons continue and this month I am on season 3 (my favourite one of the 4) ... although as ever, it's hard to do the story justice.

I must also thank red_satin_doll as she pointed me to iPiccy and I used them for a couple of the effects .... I shall play more!

So, round 45 of season20in20 has it's 3 teasers here-

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