The Dangers of Air Guns and Pellets

I just wanted to share some of the trauma I have had over the past week. My beautiful, friendly, happy, cheeky cat named Charlie started feeling unwell. I took him to the vet who did an x-ray and discovered to my horror that he had been shot in the face by an air gun.

To any parent considering buying an airgun for a child, please consider the possible dangers that can occur. To any parent who has a child who purchased one without their consent please consider the risk your child poses with a gun. I do not know, and probably will never know if this was an accident or a deliberate attack on my cat – but to cause so much trauma and pain to a friendly, loving and trusting cat is sickening.

Currently, Charlie is on pain medication and antibiotics to reduce the infection. He will be assessed again soon to see if this has sorted the infection. Luckily the pellet is within the soft tissue, it managed to miss his brain and his nasal cavity and whilst very close to the eye seems not to have caused too much damage to it. For now, the plan is to hope medication can work to remove the infection and the pellet can stay in place without causing too much harm. An operation to remove the pellet is very long and has risks to it.  The following photos give some indication of the injury.

Below: The Pellet (the very white blob in the middle of his face) can clearly be seen.

Below: The bright white blob again visible on Charlie’s jawline. Showing how did the pellet has travelled.

Below: Some photos of Charlie in recovery. It’s amazing what a bit of painkiller can do. Although clearly still in pain and fighting an infection he is able to be a bit more comfortable now.

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52 Week Card Challenge: Week 1

So I have a lot of card making stamps and I decided to set myself a challenge to use one every week this year in order to actually use them and to challenge myself to create something every week.

I’m a little behind in posting them but this was week 1.


Second-hand Pens with Initals

I picked up this pen off the Oxfam website for a very good price. I love the fact it has a history with someone else’s initals on…but I am a little sad it is a history I can’t access because I do not know what they stand for. So I would like to give the pen a motto with the initals, yet my brain cannot give me anything better than: ‘Remember, mind decisions’.

Can you come up with something? It doesn’t even have to be in English, I also speak a little German and I’m learning Gaelige. I also might be moving to Edinburgh for and people degree so Gàidhling is a possibility too.


Design your dream planner?

Van der Spek has launched a competition to design your dream planner. They will pick their favourite design and you’ll get to win your creation!

Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? I couldn’t resist drawing my own design and submitting it. You can see my design below. For me being able to flip through my pages and have a third section on view to be able to write was important.

I made a slight mistake in my design – the notepad on the closed view should be the other side of the ringed pages.

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You can check out other entries as well as the rules for entering here.

Why not have a go yourself? You have until the 13th February to design and submit your entry. Winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day – for the lucky person to be united with their dream companion!

Good luck and have some fun designing!


So where did the rings go?

About two weeks ago I posted about a shocking turn of events in my planning system. It’s a book…without rings. Scary! In fact, it is a Hobonichi Techo – which is a6 size. So it is the same sized paper as I am currently using but it is in a bound book…without rings. I’m still getting used to the last part. So why did I change?

Well of late I have stopped using regular pens and now solely only use fountain pens to write with – and a pencil sometimes. The Hobonichi is made out of Tomoe River paper, which is vastly regarded as the most recommended paper to use fountain pens on. It is extremely thin, imagine bible paper thin, but it is very resistant to the ink – so it doesn’t soak it up like most papers. This means that inks that have a sheen to them (inks they almost appear to be two colours) will show more of their sheen on tomoe river paper compared to regular paper.

Next, I wanted a change this year. Whilst I liked the inserts I currently use I sometimes struggle to keep up to date with printing them…and the thought of doing that in one big patch at the start of the year sounded horrible. Plus I wanted Tomoe River paper and I suspected that wouldn’t be the easiest paper to print on so I decided to buy a planner already printed on Tomoe River paper.

I’m still trying to figure out how I am going to set it up and I am impatiently waiting for the start of the new year when I can start using it. I will write in more detail when I have figured it all out…


Shock planning update

Where did the rings go? 😉


Cloud Cloths

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I’ve been using cotton pads for years but increasingly I’ve been thinking there must be a better product out there. I mean cotton pads are great for toner just add toner and wipe but they are rubbish for cream cleansers and don’t really work with getting the cleanser off, particularly without leaving cotton fluff behind.

Then I stumbled across Cloud Cloth, you can order them here. They are reusable cotton cloths that are designed to take your makeup off (all of it, not a scrap left!) and then you throw them in the washing machine and you have a clean cloth to repeat the process. You get three in a pack for £6 which includes shipping – so that’s about one cloth for the price of a pack of cotton wool pads and these not only work better than the pads, they will last longer too with less wastage. An added bonus was the inclusion of a free hairband which can also double as a headband – Amazing – that cut down the hunt for a hairband that morning 🙂

They have two sides, a rough side to exfoliate the skin and a softer side for gentle cleansing. This is where I think the product has a unique element – their rough side is fantastic.  I recently had a skin reaction on my face which left me with some dry skin. One session of the rough side and my skin was radiant, flake-free and smooth again. In fact, it glowed. I also use the soft side of a fresh cloth to apply my toner and then follow up with a moisturiser. My skin is looking amazing of late! I would really recommend these cloths and I can see me ordering some more in the near future!