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Saturday, December 12th, 2015 10:30 am
I’ve been a bit quiet, what with one thing and another.

Smokey has been quiet the last few days. She seems to have picked up now, but I don’t think she was too impressed by the Christmas tree I put up. The flashing lights bothered her and she seems happier now I’ve put the lights to ‘always on’. I also changed the dangly thing on her thing on a string on a stick because she’d destroyed the old one, and she doesn’t like the new one, so I’m going to have to buy a replacement, perhaps with feathers. She likes feathers.

I don’t like it when she doesn’t run about after the dangly thing. I think she needs exercise and not just to lie about the place like a little furry cushion.

It could also be the weather, which isn’t all that cold but has been quite grey and depressing. As I type this, she’s sitting on her cat tree looking out of the window at the gardens, I think hoping for signs of birdies or other cats.


No news on the sewing front. I’m waiting for beads to be delivered. I could be getting on with doing a toile, but haven’t.


The reason for the above is that I bought at PS4. It took a while for Amazon to send the games I’d ordered (of which more below) but now they have I’m spending time playing LotR: Shadow over Mordor.

The plot of this game (such as it is) is that a ranger called Talion has been killed (always a good start, that) and is possessed by the spirit of an elf (as they are) who does not know who he is or where he comes from – or even why he is possessing the body (?) of this ranger. Talion has to do something unspecified by a time unspecified or some unspecified Bad Thing will happen. So far so good.

I am useless at this game, but am not letting that stop me. Or, not yet.

What happens is this: you start at a tower which doesn’t really exist in the “real” world, and go off into Mordor to do various tasks set out on a map. Between you and the task there will be various random numbers of orcs, goblins and uruks. You have to sneak past (or kill) the orcs, goblins and uruks. Sneakily killing them works, too. All the time you’re sneaking, you hope that you’re not seen by too many, because if there are too many (and at the start three are too many) they will “kill” you and you go back to the tower. You also release slaves, which is good.

On the other hand, each time you are “killed” you earn experience points, and what do points make? Yes, extra skills and things like that. You also get experience points for things like spotting and collecting healing plants in the wilderness. (Er…yippee?)

Certain uruks, goblins and orcs are specified as “captains”. If you kill a captain you get special extra prizes and skills, which are well worth having. That is, if you can succeed – killing orc captains is not easy because they tend to have guards and lower level orcs with them. So far, I’ve only managed to kill one captain who had his supporters with him, the others I’ve dispatched have all made the mistake of trying it one-on-one. As soon as there are more than two supporters, I’m done for and there was one which had twenty.

It’s an enjoyable game, if you don’t mind doing a fair amount of fighting. For that reason I don’t think it will appeal to the likes of [livejournal.com profile] smallship1 as it is quite violent. It deserves its 18 PEGI rating.

A lot of the plot (such as it is) concerns the identity of the wraith-elf who’s occupying Talion’s body. However, I made the mistake of looking for how you ‘save game’ (you can’t, it’s an automatic save after certain events) and thus found the Wikipedia entry which tells you who he is. Good thing I don’t mind spoilers.


Amazon pissed me off somewhat mightily over delivering my latest batch of stuff, most of which was for Christmas or for my dress. They managed to fail to deliver nearly all of an order (how? I’ve been a customer since 1999 and only one other thing has ever gone astray) and when I contacted them to get it re-delivered, they re-did the order, this time cocking up by sending me a second PS4. Getting that collected was far more difficult than it should have been.

In other news

I’ve been setting up having my flat decorated next month. So far, I’ve two really interested firms, but no actual written quotes for the work.

I did have a third firm come round and look at the job, but he didn’t strike me as really interested – the other two were full of ideas about how it could be done, but the third just noodled about, took my bit of paper explaining what I wanted doing and disappeared. I’ve heard nothing from him since, so I don’t know what’s going on there.

Running as favourite to get the work so far is the Italian girl (and her friend who didn’t speak English) who took photos when they first came to scope the job, then came round with samples a couple of days ago and are taking the whole thing very seriously. Second is the firm run by a Greek bloke called Demis, but I haven’t seen any samples of the stuff he wants to use so he is definitely as second choice.

We shall see.

While the work is done Smokey will become a lodger at [livejournal.com profile] gloria1’s, and [livejournal.com profile] gloria1 has kindly agreed to take her in and treat her as her own.

This is because the work will include floors in the hall, kitchen and bathroom, decorating my bedroom and decorating the living room, which takes up most of the flat. I can’t keep her shut up in the spare room for several weeks, so have to find somewhere she can stay in peace and quiet. I will miss my baby girl, though!
Saturday, December 12th, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, you're not just redecorating, you're full on renovating! Which may well be a Canadianism. i've noticed that Brits tend to say "decorating" or "redecorating" for household work that I would consider to be actually a renovation. A Canadian would usually say re: redecorating that they were getting the walls painted and maybe new curtains or something. Just a bit of trivia for you.

Can cats have Seasonal Affective Disorder, I wonder? Smokey sounds like she could use a bit of sunshine. Not that she's likely to get it for the next few months unless you two emigrate to Australia or something. Sounds like you're doing the right things to try and keep her engaged, though.

Amazon have never ever screwed up any of my packages, which probably means I'm long overdue for it to happen.

It's nice of Gloria to take Smokey during the period that the Italian girl (or possibly the Greek guy) will be ripping up flooring etc. That would probably be really disruptive for her, plus you'd have to worry about her getting out while the workers have the door open, etc.
Edited 2015-12-12 08:44 pm (UTC)
Sunday, December 13th, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC)
Smokey and you are welcome any time!
Monday, December 14th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hahhaha, no bother.