Monday, 30 November 2015

Monday 30th November 2015 to Sunday 6th December 2016

Monday 30th November 2015
Hell's teeth, last day of November already.  Woke up at 4am again, didn't get up until 5.40.  Dog walked and papers fetched in the rain.  Into the office before 8am.  Fantasy football team did pretty well last week but have got an injury to one of me subs so made a change or two (I am the tinker man - Cech in for De Gea, Ayew in for Payet, Ayew straight into the team in a 3-4-3 formation - what can possibly go wrong!

Well rehearsal didn't happen waited til gone 6.30 and room still not available so buggered off home.  Not good.

Tuesday 1st December 2015
Hell's teeth December already.  Up early but not as early as wee Phil he was off to work at 5:30 for some reason or other.  Walked the dog, fetched papers.  Into the office before 8am - loads to get done.   Home at 6.10pm - tea, dog walked.  Watched film on the little box - Inherent Vice - very odd but enjoyable.   Bed at 10.30pm - bit of a dead arm happening.

Wednesday 2nd December 2015
Funny night's sleep as arm hurt sort of.  Woke at 4am, up at 5:30am, do walked and papers fetched by 6.15am.  Into office 7.55am.   All good stuff.

Thursday 3rd December 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched. Into office early. Shifted all the music gear. Busy day. Left a bit early.  Took missus and daughter to see Dynamo at Nottingham, parked at Bardhills and went in on tram (Toton Lane) all good fun but got home a bit late.

Friday 4th December 2015
Up early, the usual.  At Doctors at 7am, appointment for 8am.   Got to work a bit late.  Ton of stuff done, office  for about 9:30.   Lots done, brief rehearsal after work.  Back for 6.30, quick dog walk then off to The Shoulder at Osmaston for Aztecs Pub Quiz which we won, yay!

Saturday 5th December 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Golf in a 40 mph wind at lunch time. Final Big Lix gig at in thevening - massive PA system - ears ringing like hell!   Got away about 12.45 top job and a great send-off.   Sold out weeks ago.

Sunday 6th December 2015
Up at 7:30;  Dog walked.  Match of the day.Lunch at The Cross.  Bit of telly.  Walked pooch up Golf course got three good balls, hee hee.  More Telly.  Bed early.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Monday 23rd November 2015 to Sunday 29th November 2015

Monday 23rd November 2015
Woke up mighty early at about 4am'ish. Didn't get up to 5.40 though, stupid to get up any earlier as papers wouldn't be in.  Got up.  Scraped the motor (yet another reason to hate this time of year).  Took dog a walk and fetched papers.  Into the office for 7.55am.  Rehearsal tonight so not sure why made such an effort but such is life.  Good rehearsal we plotted a song out in it's entirety and got it pretty much nailed sans vocals.  Back home for about 7.40.  Couple of mini dog walks in the rain - gone very mild considering it started off with scraping the car.   Got NOW TV working on the YouView box which is better than I remembered it being.   So started watching Guardians of the Galaxy which I decided was so good I'd make Lucy watch it too but as she'd got homework we didn't watch the whole dang thing - save a bit for tomorrow.    Updated Fantasy Football team had two players suspended and two free transfers to use so brought in Lukaku from Everton and Ighalo from Watford - had been toying with the idea of Lukaku for ages - he'll probably stop scoring now.

 Watched a bit of Trollied and a bit of After Hourst

Tuesday 24th  November 2015
Up at 5.45.   Couldn't find me darned glasses - dog walked, papers fetched,   At Tesco's for 7.40am as we have a leaving fuddle at work.  Some crafty parking going on at Tescos's:

Into office for 7.50, computer took a week to start up.  Such is life, doctor's appointment later. Doctors went okay - blood pressure up a bit - lose weight. Okay.  X-ray booked for next Tuesday to have me knee looked at - in fairness it will probably come down to same thing - lose weight.

Watched end of Guardians of the Galaxy with Lucy - ace film - very enjoyable.

Wednesday 25th November 2015 
Up really early.  Dog walked, papers fetched and back home for 6.25.   Into office for 7.45am.  On fire.  Disappointed with meself a bit.  Should have gone to a leaving do and didn't with no really good reasons - am getting to be a humbug.   As rehearsal was cancelled (part of my grumpiness) and the rehearsal for Friday also cancelled I h\ave re-arranged my X-Ray appointment for Friday at 4.30 so will get results a few days earlier and perhaps get something done if anything can be done.
Back home had tea, Took pooch out.  Watched Jaws on the movie box machine.  Aces.  Drank a bit of booze which was naughty.

Thursday 26th November 2015
Up at 5.45 - keep waking at 4am - not sure what that means.  Took dog out, fetched papers.  Went to Marchington to collect a power booster thing - think I've paid for a piece of scrap - I never learn - always go view first. Such is life.   Into the office for 9:30 so not a bad effort.    Ruddy Facebook showing me a picture from three years ago - a little nail in my heart.
Pippy Dee down a rabbit hole.  Miss that little Minx.

Friday 27th November 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fecthed.  In early 7.45.  Not a bad day.  Had to sort out a load of old file boxes - chuck it I was told so chuck it I did.  Got reports out on time.  Left early for X-rays at St Oswalds Hospital.   Got lucky was there 15 minus early and got x-rayed 10 mins early.   Took shopping to Pads and got drenched in two hundred yards, such is life.   Watched Derby bear Hull 2-0 away from home.

Saturday 28th November 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Fetched Lucy from Wirksworth sleepover at 8am.  Piccy Bs on way home.   Cleaned Missus car out.  Got golf stuff ready.  Fur and Feather didn't play anything like good enough although parred two from last three holes - weather was crap.   Nipped to Aldi on way home for a bottle or two.  Bed earlyish.  Very tired.

Sunday 29th November 2015 
Got up at 7.15 - chucking it down with rain.  Back to bed for 15 minutes, weather-check, off we go.  Dog walked.  Polished shoes. Checked on powerboost thing - not sure it's charging up TBH.  Oh Well.   Fantasy football team did well - 69 points so far.   Got loads of seeds put into envelopes to try out next year not sure if that's the done thing or not buy going to give it a go.  Got the greenhouse fully insultated with bubble wrap again.
Small dog in front of a fully insulated again Greenhouse!!

 Nipped to Aldi around lunch time got some wine in for Xmas.  Over to me mum and dad's early afternoon so bosskat could go shopping.

Took pooch a walk round the hillside.  Cruddy weather but that's November I suppose. 

Came back home with ranty Phil.  That's an experience.  Watched you, me and the apocalypse with Lucy before bed a bit early.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Monday 16th November 2015 to Sunday 22nd November 2015

Monday 16th November 2015
Up at 5:49.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Into office for 7.55 then had to wait 10 minutes for windows updates.  Good day in the office (sort of!).   Practice after work, two songs pretty much sorted, another that won't be too much bother.  

Same kit I've had for 31 years - mum and dad got it for getting all me o-levels - spoilt I was. 

Home for 8.15, dog walked, watched after hours and something else on telly and bed at 10.30 which was way too late.

Tuesday 17th November 2015
Up at 5:56.  Dog walked, papers fetched, halfwit woken and sent packing.  Off to work at 7.10 got in at 8.45, marvellous - Lorry Fire on M1 meant queuing all the way from bloody Ripley. Still, mustn't grumble at least I wasn't late or involved in a lorry fire on the M1 so perhaps should stop moaning.  After work was supposed to go to see Karima Francis at Derby but it was a very wet and windy night and as I'd only narrowly avoided some boy racer idiot driving into me at Hulland Ward who obviously had no understanding fo what Give Way actually means I thought it might be prudent to avoid tempting fate a second time.  Felt a bit guilty for not going though when I said that I would.

Wednesday 18th November 2015
Up at 4am to see what dog was barking at - decided there was no big problem and went back to bed then up at 5.45am.  Dog walked and papers fetched, got into the office for 7.50am.   Hoping to leave a bit early today.  Although hoped to leave didn't actually get away until 7.15pm.  Had a bit of a rehearsal focusing on one song and got it pretty much nailed.  Couldn't work out why I couldn't play this song properly until I found out that there's one bar of 3/4 time in it that throws the down beat of the next bar out so if you play it straight you find the bass drum and snare drum are totally in the wrong place.  Anyway, forensically listening to the tune and getting it written down really helped.  Am feeling a bit like a musical director this year taking the initiative in getting song structures safely navigated through.  Anyway set off home, decided to avoid Hulland Ward and its ar$ehole driver by going Derby way home which would have worked well apart from someone wanting to throw himself off a bridge and shutting the A38 for an hour so back home about 8.10pm.  Tea. Dog Walk.  The usual watched "You, me and the apocalypse" which was very good I thought although a hell of a twist at the end.

Thursday 19th November 2015
Bad form this morning didn't get up until 6:08!  Dog walk, papers fetched into the office for 8.10am so not too disappointed with that.  Good day in the office, found out all sorts of stuff.  Had to move music stuff out of rehearsal space as they wanted it for training.  Never mind.  Picked Lucy up from School on way home.  Big walk with Lily for a change.
Lily as usual finds a stick just big enough to catch on everything

Watched a bit of telly, bed for 10:30.  Still 0A

Friday 20th November 2015
Up at 5.50am.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  McD brekko.  In office for 8.10am.   No rehearsal as we had to clear the room.  Had a drinky poo and watched some telly when got home.

Saturday 21st November 2015
Missus going shopping.    Was up early, fetched papers and took el pooch a walk.   Piccy B brekko.  Did a few things in greenhouse.  Tried to get a computer table up into the attic it must be 5 mil to big - what a pain so had to put stuff back,  Golf at 12 noon - very, very cold but pretty, could see snow up on the hills.  Played very averagely  - just can't putt these days - might put a bit of practice in over the week as it will be fur and feather this coming saturday and my game is far from A1.  Such is life.   Bought a NOWTV box from Argos for £13 with two months of Sky Movies - after haggling Sky down to £22.50 on Thursday night to upgrade to have movies would cost an additional £22.50/month so £6.50 a month sound grand.  Phil and Lucy watched Penguins of Madagascar and other nonsense so feels like we're getting value for money already!!
Blue sky, snow on the hills, bitterly cold, really poor golf!

Sunday 22nd November 2015
Up early.  Dog walked.  Not as cold as a I expected first thing but got colder.   Borrowed Phil's van and fetched a water barrel from the lotty.  Phil give us a hand to drill a hole for a tap and also for water overflow.  Took it back down lotty - got it plumbed up to the other one.

Took Pooch on a big walk round Waterly Lane and back up through the farm.   As weather was half decent I thought I ought to get down the lotty - took the bean rows down,  Put the big canes into the shed on number 7 so they should be good for next year - Shed 7 is slightly non-standard in that it's nine foot long but am not going to be telling anyone that! Got a load of daffs and tulips in as well so hopefully they'll be alright.

Rehearsal for Big Lix farewell concert - did the three tracks I'm doing and then off home!  Am a bit out of sorts with the old drums it has to be said.  Watched the Pick of Destiny on the Now TV box - I need to see where you cancel it for 21st January!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Monday 9th November to 2015 to Sunday 15th November 2015

Monday 9th November to 2015
Woke about 4:30, up at 5:45, dog walked, papers fetched. Breako, into the office for just after 8am.  Will be a long one today, I think but needs must.   Got home a bit after 6pm.  Tea.  Dog walks.  Did a bit of web work.  Telly Bed.  Bloody hate these dark nights.   0A

Tuesday 10th November 2015
Up early.  Dog walked. Papers fetched.  Set off at 7.10, got into office 8.15 bloody A38.  got home a bit after 6pm.   Tea then dog walked then a load of Firewall work - made some progress on project Stable but Project Barn still an issue - might be the VLAN settings.  More dog walks. Bed late but never mind. 0A

Wednesday 11th November 2015
Up at 5:58 - very late.   Dog walked, papers fetched.  Did a bit in the greenhouse.  Into the office for 8.20 about the same time as yesterday but set off 30 minutes later pretty much.  Load more work on firewall last night after rehearsal  cancelled.   Very frustrating.  By 11pm I'd got three virtual access points running from a single true access point so more progress being made!   Might have it all finished by the weekend!  0A

Thursday 12th November 2015
Up at 6:00 on the dot, had a job to get to sleep for once, anyway got off flying - dog walked and back to base by 6.35.    Into the office by 7.45am although had to wait ten minutes until ruddy Windows Updates had finished - such is life I suppose.  Got to Ashbourne for 5.50pm, picked Lucy up from School and back home about 6.10pm.  Tea, dog walk, more firewall, vlan, virtual access point stuff and that's damn near finished.  0A

Friday 13th November 2015
Wowzer, didn't get up until 6.11 something going on in my head I reckon.   Dog walk, most of papers fetched and back by 6.50am which was okay as rest of household not in as much as a rush as usual. Into work for 8.15.  All good stuff.   Finally rehearsed just two guitarists and mesen.  Wasn't too bad really.  Hopefully will all come together at a pace.  Home for a bit after 8pm didn't bother with football I predicted England would get beaten 3-0 and was only 33% out with overall score.  0A

Saturday 14th November 2015
Wet horrible day predicted.  In fact morning wasn't too bad.   Took pooch for a decent walk and fetched papers to start day off.  Did a bit in the greenhouse.  Put the summer outdoor furniture away - can get metal chairs in greenhouse and put the other stuff under a tarp so all good stuff.   Golf got cancelled and good job too as it started to rain about noon and never really gave up so that was a good decision Mr Westerman!   So got on with finishing off the VLAN/Firewall and am now relatively happy with it.   Watched telly, walked dog which was pretty much the story of this weekend. 0A

Sunday 15th November 2015
Up earlyish.  Dog walked  Telly. Lunch at Cross.  Telly. A-Team Film!  Watched a bit of Whiplash but couldn't get into it as a film so we stopped half way through.  Crap day really.   0A

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Monday 2nd November 2015 to Sunday 8th November 2015

Monday 2nd November 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched. Watered greenhouse (still got some stuff on the go, oh yes).  Work for about 8.30.   Busy day.  Practice cancelled due to lack of commitment/memory by some folks.  Home for about 6pm.  Dog walk.  Went to help Phil take some bits off his trailor, get a load of manky rubbish tidied up and get his trailer turned round for monring.

Tuesday 3rd November 2015 
Up at 5.55.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Off to work at 7.20, got there 8:30 due to somebody parking their lorry across the A38 apparently. Found out that travel reports apart from being too infrequent and bloody useless are delivered by Chiara Glorioso on Radio Derby whose name definitely makes up for the crappy late reports.   The perfect storm would be to have Glorioso deliver the travel then Sara Blizzard do the weather - that would be great.   Anyroad - a really busy day. Got home about 6pm.  Dog walk.  Tea. Watched more of the enjoyable "You, me and the Apocalypse" with Rob Lowe and all sorts of folks you'd not expect to be in the same thing.  Bed not long after 10pm right tired.

Wednesday 4th November 2015
Woke up and out by 5:50am.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Into the office for 8am to check on a theory and I think I was right!  All good stuff.   Have finalised my fantasy football league team for the weekend:

Got home watched a new episode of You, me and the Apocolypse - dead wierd, dead enjoyable.

Thursday 5th November 2015
Up at 5.45.  Some gits walking their dogs at 12:30 didn't help a sleepful night as it set our dog off for about half an hour.  Inconsiderate halfwits.  Anyway got most of the papers, Times wasn't in again.   Back hoke in decent enough time, still no rehearsal. hmmm

Friday 6th November 2015
Bit of an issue - dress shirt for Saturday don't ruddy fit.  So tried Tesco - no joy (but did get 8 bags of compost for 48p a bag so not a complete loss).  Tried Burtons but they only do them at Chesterfield or Derby which is no good for me I ain't travelling.  Local shop in Ashbourne has one but I ain't paying £32 for one (cheapskate that I am).  Never mind, have a plan B.  Back home in not bad time.  Bed fariyl early.

Saturday 7th November 2015
Up early dog walked.  Papers fetched.  Piccy B Brekkie.   Took Lucy and El Poocher over to Darley Dale.  Got home and set off for Birmingham before noon!!  Into Hotel at about 1:30 due to road works and missing one damn turn. In pub by about 2:30 after finding pub we used to go to has been knocked down.  Off to Slimming World Woman of Year 2015 at the ICC for 5:15!!!  On a table with the gals from HR and the Rathbone clan - top night - fantastic life-stories - Jason Donnovan wasn't a bad host although was a bit disappointed to find he's a year younger than I am (not sure why).
Yes, I know need to shift a few stone.
Jason Donovan, no less. 

This doesn't really do justice to how many folks were there 

Saw loads of folks, some of whom I'd not seen for some time so a great night.  Left a bit after midnight - fireworks still going off at 1am - what's that all about.  Nicely sober though so that wsas nice.

Sunday 8th November 2015
Woke up at 6.30, breakfast at 7:40, on road for about 8.15 and back home by about 9:20 - all good stuff.  Did a bit down the lotty - got me garlic in, weeded two beds covered one up, started putting pathways down.   Need to get second water butt sorted out as first one on number 7 is now full and overflowing.   Brought back spuds, onions, sweetcorn, cabbage, a butternut squash that was left behind somehow - lost some garlic somewhere - am hoping it's still in Shed 7.

The bottom bed is covered up now so should keep weeds off, you can see the path idea on this one too

Weeded bed two 

Got me garlic in and onions already sprouting up nicely. 

Over to Darley Dale for lunch and then back home for about 5:30.  Up at Phil's bosses to watch Alton Towers fireweorks at 7pm ish.   All good stuff.  Bed early at 9:21

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