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More violin.....
Posted:Mar 7, 2010 11:56 am
Last Updated:Mar 19, 2010 4:55 am
The violin is complete....all I need now is a bow.
So far I've drawn a blank at the local music shops and the less local ones in Wolverhampton.
Violin lessons
Posted:Mar 2, 2010 4:12 pm
Last Updated:Mar 7, 2010 11:35 am
I've been trying my hand at making a violin for my .
She wants to learn to play the violin and wasn't going to be fobbed off with naff instruments like electronic keyboards or a recorder. I looked at the local music shops and decided the best bet was to make her one out of scraps. Better that than spending a lot of money. Various ancestors of mine made good money playing in bands and making music with home-made instruments. One great great uncle died playing the piano.
I made the violin with a tin of automotive fiberglass resin, a roll of modelling wire and some paint.
I'm still working on the keys to hold the strings in place. Hopefully I'll have time tomorrow.
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Looking forward........
Posted:Feb 24, 2010 4:51 am
Last Updated:Oct 3, 2022 8:38 pm

Jess and I have been preparing for the birth of our third .
Today we received our nappies that should take the baby from birth to potty trained. Instead of the environmentally unsound disposable nappies/diapers, were using the washable cotton sort. They're a step up from the nappies I had as a baby. No safety pins for a start. Velcro and pop fasteners for the perfect fit.
We think the washable nappies will save us a fortune and save a lump of landfill waste the size of a house.

We've spent a lot of time looking at all the things needed for the baby. In my day it was just a bunch of nappies, a plastic bath, a cot and toys. Today things seem to be very technical and we wonder if most of it isn't just companies playing on parental paranoia.
Baby milk for example. They say breast is best and so we have the breast pump and bottles for dad to feel junior when mum is sleeping.
OK.....but then we're bombarded with different ways to clean the bottles when regular soap and water will do. We're also bombarded with adverts for formula milk that offers things the older generation never had and never needed.
In the states there is also the Gerber life plan and for baby. Ohh and bonus, when the baby turns 18 they'll be eligible to apply for another poor value insurance product. Hmmm lets not.
Baby food is another big con. OK, if you're out for a day of shopping, a jar of baby food is as cost effective as buying a meal for another member of the family. Convenient and safe. However, some parents just feed their these baby foods all the time. The cost of this is shocking. Since we cook full meals from scratch at home we've simply bought a food processor to make our own baby food. In most cases the recipes are same as for adults, but without the salt content and lower sugar.

Finally, baby cleaning cloths/towels. We've decided to minimise our use of baby wipes. They're expensive and ineffective. Instead we decided to buy a large number of little washable cotton towels. The big stores charge a fortune for rather rough examples. We found ours on the internet and then I found a good source at the local car parts shop. Soft cotton towels for pampering delicate paintwork, half the price of the baby stores and twice as soft.
Building a kitchen again
Posted:Jan 10, 2010 8:38 am
Last Updated:Oct 3, 2022 8:38 pm

Ohhh my head. I feel like I spent last night out on a drunken bender. In reality I'm just shattered after spending last night on that popular auction site. As Jess snoozed next to me, I sat surfing for a solid fuel stove and other kitchen items.
We're currently renting but it feels good to start collecting the bits for our house for when we're in a position to buy one again.
When we lived in Wolverhampton, my kitchen was perfect. A lovely set of units, flagstone effect tile floor, AGA, butler sink and an electric water heater. When the AGA was installed I built a custom seat and storage box next to it. The unit supported an old fashioned drying rack for clothes. The rack was also a good place to hang curing meat. I miss it all.
So with this in mind Jess and I decided to work on our next kitchen. The AGA in Wolverhampton was a bit expensive to run, so next time I think we'll try a smaller Rayburn stove. They still look as hot, but installation might be a bit easier than the AGA.
Famous last words......
Anyhow, I've been out-bid. But it's always for the best when that happens. We push on. In time, we will have that perfect kitchen again. This time it will be even better.
Hurrah for school
Posted:Jan 6, 2010 2:05 am
Last Updated:Oct 3, 2022 8:38 pm

Today the snow has messed up Birmingham and other places. Some schools in my area are closed, but not the one my attend. Hurrah.
The roads were all good to drive on today thankfully. Nothing like the bad weather we saw yesterday.
Here's wishing you the best of times where ever you are.
Posted:Jan 5, 2010 5:01 am
Last Updated:Mar 6, 2010 12:29 pm
It's dangerous in so many ways, and I should hate it, but today when I looked out of the window I felt my heart leap. Snow, snow, snow. A good thick covering of snow.

I thought the car would be iced over as well as the snow, but it was just three inches of powder. Superb. We drove off to drop Jess at work in a blizzard. This is the sort of weather I learnt to drive in. The car had minimal traction, slick front wheel drive on steep slopes. Fun, using all my skill to stay on the road and get to our destination. Some roads were too much, even for me, though I've driven in worse.

Luckily, we heard on the radio that the 's school is closed today. This saved us a longer drive up some really dangerous slopes.
Sunday, the day of reading and cooking
Posted:Jan 3, 2010 1:46 am
Last Updated:Oct 3, 2022 8:38 pm

The and I are sitting in one room, cosy with the heat of a fan heater whilst the rest of the house is sub zero. Keeping the whole house warm for 12 hours costs thirty pounds, where as heating the one room costs just four. As you can imagine, this adds up.
Later we're all going to go sit in the kitchen while I cook lunch. With the kitchen doors shut it might be just as warm.
The snow fell here in Stoke on Trent yesterday. Just a thin covering, nothing like the snow that's been falling on higher ground. However the chill wind and a lack of real insulation really brings down the temperature.
New Year Resolutions
Posted:Jan 1, 2010 7:52 am
Last Updated:Jan 1, 2010 7:57 am

(1) To live comfortably for another year.
(2) For the to do well at school
(3) To cycle much more and lose the belly I gained as my cooking improved in 2009.
(4) To get a job.
(5) To get a mortgage and a home of our own.
(6) To have fun.
(7) To get another AGA range cooker, or a Rayburn.
(8 ) To visit the coast for a few days out.
(9) To be the perfect husband for another year.
Happy New Year
Posted:Dec 31, 2009 9:33 am
Last Updated:Jan 1, 2010 7:43 am

Happy New Year, where ever you are.
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Coin slots
Posted:Dec 26, 2009 2:20 pm
Last Updated:Oct 3, 2022 8:38 pm

There are a number of multi-story car parks, (Car lots if you're in the states), which operate a system with plastic tokens.
The one at the Stoke on Trent Potteries car park, has yellow plastic tokens that drivers collect on entry and keep in a safe place until they are ready to leave. Just before leaving the car park, the token is inserted in a payment machine to calculate the cost of parking and take payment.
OK, simple enough, and it saves paper that the sticker/card based systems use. However......the system is gross and unsanitary. Every time I park in one of these places I see the guy or gal in front, take the token and put it between their front teeth for safe keeping. Would they do it if they knew where I shove my tokens?
Some days the grubby chewed tokens turn my stomach.
Job hunting in the great depression......
Posted:Dec 10, 2009 2:30 am
Last Updated:Oct 3, 2022 8:38 pm

Well it's been over two years now, since I last had what I would call a job. Sure I'm a house husband, a home-maker, spending time being a dad for the ..... I should be thankful. But deep inside my clock is ticking.
This week I applied for a job with a company I used to work for. I think I got an interview based on previous good work. When they heard I was based in Stoke on Trent, they stopped the interview process. The job is in Birmingham, (Some 50+ miles away if you're not local),a bit far for me to commute in their opinion. Well sure it would be, but with money coming in I could afford to move the family. With money coming in we could afford a mortgage and to get a home of our own.
I'm told that a CV/Resume, shouldn't be a pack of lies. But really, what choice is there? So many of us have the ability, but something gets in the way.
The Christmas Market
Posted:Nov 29, 2009 1:28 pm
Last Updated:Mar 6, 2010 12:32 pm
Yesterday my family and I went on a drive to Birmingham.
The German street market is in Birmingham, and whilst it's expensive and technically only November, we were still in the mood for some Christmas cheer.
It feels better than visiting the Christmas shop in Stratford upon Avon in the middle of the summer. That experience felt very wrong.

We ate lots of over-priced food and wished we were not driving.

The streets were jammed with people. The Bull Ring shopping centre was packed with customers. I believe there were more people in Birmingham than I have ever seen there before. It all bodes well for the future of the local economy I guess.

The picture shows a lovely example of Christmas tackyness. Not very German....I hope. It's the singing moose head that sings along with Christmas carols. The head is attached to the top of a mobile pub.
Posted:Nov 26, 2009 2:41 am
Last Updated:Oct 3, 2022 8:38 pm

It's been some time......well, years, since anything other than sickness, sex or masturbation has kept me awake at night once I'm in bed. Then Jess and I got our new phones.
The new phones have a game called Bounce touch. It's highly addictive. The game is guiding a little red bouncy ball through a series of plant-based levels. Lots of things to roll along and puzzles to figure out. Some levels are very easy, some are baffling.
Well, so I have a choice at night. I can sleep, play the game or try and get the 3G internet to work. To be honest, it's usually a mixture of all three. However, it's refreshing to find a game I can actually enjoy for once. I think the last game I enjoyed this much was Alien Breed 3D for the Amiga. That was some time ago.

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