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Louisa Parry Hi, I'm Louisa and this is my personal blog. I blog about recycling things at How Can I Recycle This?, about simple/DIY living at The Really Good Life and silly drama games at We Heart Drama. Consequently, having used up all my good ideas elsewhere, this blog is just fluff and nonsense about my cats/dog and whatnot. Most notably here, I write up my "Three Beautiful Things" - every night before bed, I record at least three pleasant things that happened during the day.

10 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – power through, a good result/almost wet, yes?

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1. I power through my to-do list.

2. My big glaze experiment project has come about better than I’d thought – not perfect by any means but much more interesting than if I’d just dipped it in a single glaze.

2b. In contrast to the matte slip, the glossy lilac glaze looks like it’s dripping wet.

3. Lily looks back and forth between us, silently asking permission to continue eating her bone.

09 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – snuggler, play out/tidying/black & white, worth it, sauce, bedtime/nest

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0. Lily snuggles between us as I wake up. Backlit by the morning sun, her fur glows. She revels in the tickles until it’s time to get up.

1. The chickens get to play out for the first time in a little while. They enjoy their favourite dustbath spot and stretch out in the sun.

1b. I tidy the garden a bit – what I should have done before winter but didn’t have the energy to do. Pulling out the dead leaves reveals clumps of shoots underneath and oh, our first crocus is blooming too – a buttery yellow flower.

1c. A black cat curled in a ball on a white duvet.

2. Seeing just how many responses the morning flyering produced. I join them for some of the evening rush knowing that, while it’s scary, it’s also worth it.

3. A rich sauce made even richer with melting mozzarella blobs.

4. Lily’s smiling face and high whine to tell us it’s time for bed.

4b. We’re not quick enough changing the bed sheets: Lily makes a nest in the clean duvet.

08 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – community, clingy, gaming/history

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1. We’re having a photo op for the community campaign – I expect there to be about half a dozen, maybe ten people to be waiting at the gate. As I round the corner, the number of people I can see grows – and grows and grows. In the end, there are about 65 humans of all sizes, a similar variety of dogs (though not quite as many) and our neighbour plays horse whisperer, using carrots to bribe the fields’ residents over to be in the picture too.

2. Whenever we’ve had any time apart, or days that are unusual in structure, Lily gets even clingier than normal: she stomps over knees and laptops to squeeze into the gap between us rather thsn sitting in the more spacious corner seat.

3. We play retro video games. Super Mario Bros 3 has my heart in my throat every time John makes an ill-timed jump; Paperboy has us decrying the insanity of the neighbourhood – who on earth gave planning permission for a house with firing canons in a suburb? and what caused three separate parents to lose controls of their baby carriages in less than a single block?; and finally, Bust A Move has us swearing copiously and creatively. We end that one, the only versus game, having won an equal number of games.

3b. Bust A Move reminds me of my old friend Dan – we used to play for hours and hours while putting the world to rights – and also of the origin of one of my idiomatic noises (a bird cry like ‘puhkay’ which I use instead of ‘okay’).

07 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – slow slide/dog sled, pizza pieces/heavy/joke, last visit

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1. John falls over laughing after Z’s deadpan act on the slide.

1b. While Z is having a bit of a tantrum, I hand little J Lily’s lead. She delightedly clings on when Lily begins to pull the pram along, a one dog sled team.

2. The first bites, when the cheese is a little too hot but irresistible. The stone baked dough, just the right level of baked.

2b. A heavy, thick brownie with delicious orangey high notes.

2c. I start a joke not knowing what the punchline will be but just in time, my brain fills in a stonker. (One of those ‘had to be there’ moments, but for future Louisa, think ‘I hate mondeos’.)

3. M comes over in the evening. We laugh a lot and say goodbye, excited by his future plans.

06 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – healthy/ham, sunny day/shoots, the hostess/vinegary

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1. Lily has to go to the vets for a checkup. She spends the rest of the day smiling as if she knows how good the verdict was.

1b. Feeding the three girls bits of ham.

2. It’s a cold day but beautifully sunny. I have meowing company while I’m down with the chickens, and a waggy tail Lil joins me on a photography mission, where we meet other neighbours enjoying the day.

2b. Some little green shoots – bluebells maybe? – still growing on the vertical ground around the base of the uprooted tree.

3. The pub’s cat comes over to me then visits everyone else in the room.

3b. Vinegary fish and chips as a post-meeting treat.

05 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

3BT – thin & thick, doodling, good for something, arrival

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1. I spin the purple a little too thinly so draw lines on my finger to guide my next sample. The watery blue-green fibres look good that bit thicker.

2. I doodle on the squared paper while I count cars. Some of my patterns will have to be transferred to my sketch book: they’ll look good in ceramics or textiles.

3. The film is not anywhere near as good as we’d been led to believe, but perfect inspiration for making jokes.

4. Just as we’re going to sleep, a little weight arrives with a chirp and makes a nest on top of us.