Sunday, 23 September 2018

Over on Nayu's Reading Corner #14 Winter Review Policy Activation

Hoping we get snow this winter so I can make another snow bunny! Yes that's what it is. Find out more here.
Head on over to Nayu's Reading Corner (direct link being updated in a few days) to see the full details of the now activated Winter Review Policy. This mostly doesn't affect NCDs in any way, since I chat here rather than review books. It may mean posts are more sporadic than normal (not that life's been normal lately), but that's it. I'm here, I'll be around on Twitter as usual @Nayuleska so please do say hi and I will see you soon!

Friday, 21 September 2018

Nayu's Craft Time #294 It's all about the pheasant

I love birds!
This post is simultaneously posted on Nayu's Reading Corner

For those of you who live in the countryside in England the pheasant is a bird you'll be familiar with. If you don't know what it is, the pheasant seems to be the dumbest bird in the world. It will lie in wait at the side of the road, take a step or two into the road just as you are driving up, then the chaos begins. If it likes you it'll scuttle across the road to the other side. If it's feeling particularly demonic, it will take a few steps out, making you stop (if you can), go back or almost go to the other side then go back to it's original starting position. They are a menace on the roads, more so than crazy drivers on any vehicle. 

This week I'd planned to both read some more books and review them before today for NRC, and schedule some other posts here on NCD, while I have and recover from my mega strong meds tonight. The universe had other ideas: cue one disagreement between my head and a garage door later and I ended up simply resting instead (mostly with gaming which I don't have to think about because it's automatic, unlike reading new books which takes a bit of effort). Definitely having a load of pheasants in my figurative life right now! 

So apologies for the lack of posts in the next week, I've clearly run into a couple of pheasants this week (not literally). 

No brainless birds were harmed in the making of this post. 
Wish birds acted like they do in Disney's Cinderella and were helpful around the house like this bird is!

Monday, 17 September 2018

Nayu's Craft Time #293 Update on stuff

Minus the food this has been lately.
I feel bad that I haven't posted for almost a month! I'm really sorry, but the last few weeks I haven't been well. I've had a variety of issues including the dreaded evil migraine, and last Monday I saw my doctor because I had slightly worrying symptoms. Turns out I'd had a throat infection which was on the way out so I didn't need antibiotics but something else happened so I returned the same day and did get antibiotics for the 2nd thing. I felt so much better a few days later! The antibiotics helped both issues ^u^ While it's never fun being ill, I was glad for once to have a definite cause rather than my body simply flipping out because it could. 

I had about 3 or 4 days where I literally slept most of the day and surprisingly the night. My motto when ill is if in doubt, nap! Works a treat, and since bodies need lots of rest when ill I did the right thing. 

When I was awake I watched several series of the Gilmore Girls and gamed a lot too. Managed to complete Yonder: The Cloudcatcher Chronicles.
  I'm not usually a 100% gamer, but I'm at 98% so I will try and get 100% but that's on the back burner as I've many other games I want to play. Currently I'm focusing on Dragon Quest Builders 
Also on PS4
 because the sequel is out in December - it's the Japanese version but I should be able to play it ok. I'm also ploughing through Pokemon Sun 
which I'm determined to finish before Pokemon Let's Go Eevee  
This will be me! Only I always choose blonde hair.
 comes out on 16th November. There is a Pikachu version, but I love Eevee more! 

Craft just hasn't really happened - I need energy to do that, which never has a strong supply but when I'm ill it's practically non-existent. I am well on the mend now, it's nice to be able to do things again! I've read a little, and am eager to get on with some jigsaw puzzles (watch this space). I'm hoping to get a few posts scheduled as I'm having my mega sstrong meds this week, but I'll see how I go. Life's unpredictable for everyone, slightly more so if you have chronic illness/a family. The important point is that I'm recovering! 
I did spend some time online admiring how adorable Ragdoll kittens are - I really want one someday, and I've learnt there are Ragdoll specific rescue centres so there's hope! I firmly believe in rescuing kitties who need extra love.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Nayu's Craft Time #292 Why a coolbag isn't always cold enough

I've got all of these bags (not my photo) I use the wherever I go and I like them! The cool bag is the one I used later in this post.
Morning! It's a rainy day today, no heatwave either so it's mostly a rest day as my body doesn't take kindly to rain. I am positing this on my other blog, Nayu's Reading Corner simultaneously, and I get to the main title topic quite a bit further down in the post. 

I've been super quiet over this past week because last Thursday I had to go on an errand for something I'm not discussing yet in public. Where I went was within a shopping centre, so I did peek into a toy shop and picked up a new friend, who I showed on Twitter. 
She is really big, a great hugging size.

At first I wasn't sure whether Tulip was a llama or an alpaca, so now I think she is an alpaca. I got her in a bargain summer sale where I got this set of Disney Tsum Tsum toys for a crazy low price compared to the original. 

It must be noted this eraser set did include Pinoccio, who I absolutely hate so he went bye-bye in the bin. I dislike him that much! I didn't realise you can actually switch heads and bodies around, that's not something I enjoy as I like my Disney characters whole and in their own body thank you. 

Shared a moment similar when Stitch felt lost.
 Now I did almost lose my car in the shopping mall, I couldn't quite remember where it was, so I thought I'd start at one end of the several car parks and hope for the best. Went to the 5th floor, no joy. Thankfully the 4th floor was my stop as I was super tired by that point (that kind of going out even though I don't go far in the mall is an awful lot for my body). 

I knew I'd be resting for a few days after, but this was hampered a little bit by having younger family members to stay. It was fun but they are permanently on the go. I got to game several hours with them on Saturday morning when I wasn't feeling great to begin with. Being social that long is tiring, and add to the fact they couldn't sit still (as in constantly figiting (fi-git-ing (not fighting)) on the same sofa as me my body didn't take well to that either. 

My base! This is the 3rd level, one is a bedroom for a girl, another is a work room for a girl, and the blue and white structure is my room! Sadly the boys do wander around up here, but I like it as a girls only space!
I'm still playing Dragon Quest Builders, I'm on the 3rd chapter (still) which is hard but I'm starting to get better weapons and building materials so I'm hoping to get to chapter 4 soon. The honeymoon period was over for a little bit - I still love it but it's definitely not as easy as it was in the earlier chapters. 

This isn't my picture, and as far as I know I can't ride on the larger animals, but the character is similar to mine. I finally have a cute hairstyle (loopy braids) but I also just got a headscarf as an item and my character looks so cute! When I have more time I'll do a post on NRC about it - I'm trying to complete it before I write a review.
I've unexpectedly and happily got in Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. My younger family members loved it, it was so much fun going around having them look for stuff for me including the 55 cats that need rescuing in the game. I'm now over 50% through the main story which makes me a bit sad. I heartily glad that I think I've built all the bridges I need to - getting enough stone was quite an issue! It involves making things with the materials that you collect around the world which is never dull, because the world feels quite large and for some reason I'm not able to remember where everything is so it always feels like a new area even when it isn't. 

That's all I've been gaming (mostly), although I must get back into Pokemon Sun because I want to finish the main story by the time the next Pokemon game comes out. 

Such a shame a pretty parasol can't make it easier to craft in heat.
Craft wise not much has happened because I haven't had the energy, and when I did it was too hot to handle metal: I hate the way metal feels in high temperatures, which is why it may be a few weeks before I can continue with my craft.

I have been reading a few good books that I'll be reviewing soon over on Nayu's Reading Corner, but I will link to a couple here in the right hand menu where I put my latest NRC post (when I can get online to do so). 

Thank you for being patient in my non-posting: I've some life stuff going on (nothing bad) which may affect my blogging from time to time over the next few months, but I'm doing my best to keep you updated when I can. My priority is to rest! 

the good white stuff! Which I get in a carton.
On that note I can finally get to this post's title topic. Usually when I go grocery shopping I'm able to put everything away straight away (the main storage fridge is in the garage which I can't access on my own). The last time I went I couldn't do that, so for some unknown reason I decided milk would be ok in a coolbag, with frozen food and a tray of ice cubes for a few hours. There wasn't  much room in the internal fridge so I thought it would be ok. 

While it was very cool, I don't think it was cool enough: every single pint of milk I'd bought then and used this week has gone off. I'm not sure why I realised it may be the cool bag thing (it's organic milk which my family pointed out may have shorter shelf life, I'm not sure) but that is the one thing I did differently to other milk. From now on no matter how tired I am I'm putting milk in the fridge as soon as I get home! Thankfully the flavoured milk is fine which suits me. Cool bags do keep food cool, but it's advisable to put perishables away promptly to avoid them spoiling and you temporarily being wary of using milk. 

Essential emails are almost done, this blog is ending and it's nearly time to go back to some gaming! I hope you have a good day whatever you are doing, and plan to put up the next post this weekend!
Searched for 'see you soon' picture, saw this one, thought it was adorable and then discovered I already had a copy ^u^

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Here but busy

Well, it feels that way with doing stuff & getting enough rest between the busy days.

All recovered from my mega meds but had a few busy days, and got a few coming up this week so I'll be blogging next weekend. Thank you for being patient!

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Happy Wednesday!

Awww! So cute!!
This is a nice cute picture of my favourite cat, a Ragdoll, which I hope to have one day. It's a pedigree cat, so I'd be happy with a cross breed so long as it looked like this. I hope to be back blogging very soon (this is the last of the scheduled posts while I recover from my mega strong meds.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Nayu's Product Review #8 Yeo Valley's Limited Edition Baobab Yogurt

This is an amusing looking tree - looks a bit like broccoli

Before you think this is a repeat post from the other day (although it kind of is + it's the post before this one which I can't yet link back to because it's not yet published (this is me writing in the past (well present) but being published in the future...confused yet?), I wanted to do this as a separate post because including it in the last post would have made it rather long. Using the title I'm sure you can probably guess what type of tree this picture is of. You've guessed, it's a baobab tree! I've heard of baobab quite a bit over the past few years but have never tried it, so when Yeo Valley produced a limited edition flavour incorporating baobab I simply had to try it. 
Oh my word, it is AMAZING! I seriously love this flavour, it's like nothing I've ever tasted (apart from the vanilla part), and yes when I had it I immediately bought several more tubs. I don't know if I'll like it in other foods, but I most definitely like it in yogurt. 
 Baobab trees are super tall, live mostly in Madagascar and also in Africa, Australia, and Arabia. They can retain a lot of water in their trunk to help them survive droughts. The fruit reminds me a bit of both a coconut and a cacao bean. It has a range of nutrients and is often used as a powder (I'm guessing to put in smoothies and other food).  

cacao pod with cacao beans
You can find more info online, but that's the basics of baobab. I'd love to know if you've ever tried, or if you will try it now! 
You never know what you'll discover!