Solution For Flaky Headphones

Look at the state of these headphones! It is the second pair that has given me this problem. You listen to some great tunes, only to find yourself covered in flecks of black plastic afterwards. Apparently you can buy ready-made headphone covers for around fifteen quid, or a new pair of headphones for the same amount every six months. Or you can raid the wardrobe (or friends wardrobe) and use this simple solution instead.

This works a treat and does not muffle the sound. Looks great too!

Please note full size tights maybe too large, so get ankle highs. Do not bother with fishnets as they are sure to disappoint 🙂



The CAT sat on the mat

A wise man once said that you should be careful what you wish for. I think the idea behind this warning is that you might actually receive your wish, only to instantly regret it, as might be the case if you were suffering from mild embarrassment and idly wished for the ground to open up and swallow you. Get the idea?

You should, as we have just  discovered, also be careful what you order from glossy catalogues. And here’s why:

Earlier this week we ordered a new doormat from a catalogue. The picture of the doormat showed a picture of a happy feline with the caption ‘A spoilt cat lives here’. We also decided to order one for my Mum and Dad as a fun present, as they  are also keen on cats. (Though whether cats are keen on them is another question…)

The cat doormats arrived today just after lunchtime in what seemed like a rather large box for such relatively small items. We soon found out why. Some great nelly at the catalogue’s dispatch centre had sent us not a pair of cat doomats, but…

…a pair of size ten CAT  boots! CAT, if you didn’t know, is a leading brand of high quality workwear. I actually already have a couple of pairs of CAT thermal socks, but I don’t need any boots to go with them. And Smoky, our own cat, also doesn’t need any boots, as they probably weigh more than he does. And besides, being a three-legged kitty he would need one-and-a-half pairs rather than just one pair of boots.

We have arranged to return the boots and have reordered the doormats. Let’s hope we get the correct items next time.

Oh, and as another wise man (ie, me) said: ‘You just can’t get the staff, can you!’





An uncanny moment occurred during one of this evening’s hands of Lexicon (our favourite wordy card game) when I led with AWFUL and Shana countered with WHIRLS. Little to Shana’s knowledge, I had the word TAMER all ready to put on the table, thus allowing me to add the value of whatever cards Shana had left, and so bringing her nearer to the fateful ‘out’ score of one hundred.

‘There! “Tamer”,’ I said, setting down my cards. ‘As in “lion tamer”,’ I added.

Without a word, Shana held up her last four cards. Which, if you read the title of this post instead of just diving in, you will probably guess spelled LION. A chunky thirty-two points onto Shana’s score. But one of those times when we try to figure out what the probability might be of the two words coming out at the same time. Billions to one, we like to think. Cue, as usual, the Twilight Zone theme. Maybe we’d be better playing ‘Snap’ instead.


Today was what is often called a ‘red letter’ day. Strictly speaking, though, this wouldn’t be entirely true, as the letters on our pack of Lexicon playing cards are black.

The big achievement? Shana managed to get a ten-letter word, which is the longest you can make in Lexicon (so yah-boo! to Channel Four’s Countdown with their mere nine-letter bonanzas 🙂 ).

The word? I’ll print it in block caps like the cards. Oh, and Shana didn’t have to use the joker to stand for a spare letter: it was all there waiting to be found. The word was RELOCATION.

So Shana gets the gold star for first ten-letter word of the year. Not only that, but she beat me three games in a row. As Shakespeare said, .You can go off people, you know.’ 🙂