Posted in Lifestyle

Missing the Pets

Anyone who knows me, or even claims to know me, will be aware of the fact that the main reason I return to Lisburn, regardless of how much I want to escape my family, is to see the animals.


For my 7th birthday,  we got Baron – a golden cocker spaniel puppy. He was energetic, cheeky, and had a mind of his own. Now, aged 14 (or 98 in dog years), Baron constantly sleeps and plods around after us. In fact, he’s currently fast asleep on my feet. He’s the main reason I come home. Who wouldn’t love this little face?

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Back in January, Rachel was adopted by a stray cat. For a week, the then-christened Trevor, was allowed in and out of the house, fed, and looked after by my sister who claims to not like cats. Of course, she tried her best to find out if anyone owned this kitten. Finally, she took ‘Trevor’ to the vet and discovered that he was actually a she and that she was roughly 5 months old. Of course, Rachel insisted on keeping this kitten and Trevor became Maisie – the proud and anti social cat we’ve all grown to love. Actually, her birthday is some time this month!

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Being an animal person, I do find it difficult when in the flat in Glasgow, as our contract clearly states no pets. The highlight of my visits home isn’t the free food or the heating, it’s getting to play with these two again!


Ktkinnes xx

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Two for Tuesday

Two for Tuesday is my new plan for a Tuesday night – share 2 things about myself in order for you to get to know me better! Feel free to let me know if you don’t like these new themed posts and instead preferred my random sporadic postings – @kvburton657 or!
If you want to read back through my original 10 facts, they can be found on my post called Can’t Sleep Won’t Sleep. Now, while I can’t guarantee that these facts will be interesting or something you don’t already know, I can tell you that I enjoy being able to share with you.

The first is that my dog, Baron, is the reason I come home so often. Baron will be 14 years old in a few weeks but he’s still my puppy. He’s a golden cocker spaniel (well, more grey now) and he got knocked down as a puppy.

Baron as a puppy
 As a result of his accident, he broke his 2 hind legs and had to have a toe removed. I’m also pretty sure he got brain damage but this has never been confirmed or denied by a vet. Either way, I still love him to bits and miss him every time I’m away.

Me with Baron back in 2013
My second fact is that I love playing piano. From the age of 6, my dad’s Uncle Tom taught me basic songs on his keyboard until we finally persuaded Mum and Dad to get a real piano for me to learn on. Soon after this, I started attending weekly lessons. My favourite piece to play (and I know it off by heart) is My Heart Will Go On, also known as the love theme from Titanic. While I love this song, I was learning to play it when 2 of my very close relatives died and so I couldn’t bring myself to play it for a few weeks. Even now I can’t play it without it stirring up memories and emotions. 

However, I no longer let it stop me from playing it. Instead I find myself remembering the happy memories and enjoying the fact that they got to see me doing something I loved.

I hope you enjoyed tonight’s post, and remember – all feedback is welcome! I’ll let you know about today’s interview as soon as I know. Remember to come by tomorrow for the second installment of Wishful Wednesday!
Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Films, Lifestyle, TV

Looking back

Once again, another month is over. Today I’m travelling back to the oh so delightful land of Northern Ireland where the only exciting thing will be seeing the animals again (Baron and Maisie).

Baron looking pensive

Maisie holding my finger
I cannot wait to see these two fluff balls again tonight! Travel is always boring and so today I have made sure to have my dvd player and a few dvds handy to watch – The Lady in the Van, and season 1 of Scandal. Mary keeps recommending Scandal so I thought I should give it a go, plus this way I can get Mum to watch it with me since it’s a dvd and she can keep it if I finish it!

 Just thought, the last 2 summers have been spent watching 24 but now that we’ve finished it I have no idea what we can watch as a family… Will have to think about that and find something different that everyone will enjoy!

The main reason I’m posting now is to give you a chance to look back at the goals for May before tomorrow’s post includes new goals for June! This can be found here – Another month goes by. Still can’t believe we’re actually so close to half way through the year. Soon it’ll be my 21st birthday then Rachel’s 18th! Still thinking of her birthday present… Is a holiday away together a bad idea?


Speak soon! I’ll let you know what I think of my new dvds when I get them watched.


Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Lifestyle

My love affair with Airplanes

Okay so it’s not like I love flying, heck I hate trying to get myself organised to fly. The lists are never ending and I always end up at the airport at least an hour and a half earlier than necessary.
However, nervous flying aside, I love looking out the window as we fly. Today I’m in seat 2A with the two seats beside me taken by two men who are probably larger than me – didn’t think that was possible! It’s a tight squeeze which is making me more nervous but in just over an hour I’ll be home with the family, the cat and Baron. Can’t wait to see that fluff ball again!


Baron being an idiot of a dog but oh so fluffy
Hope your week got off to a good start!
Ktkinnes xxx

Posted in Lifestyle

A silent household

Well with the failed appeal for comments I shall assume that no one overly minds my constant rambles so I shall continue 😊 I am hungry. Not in the “oh good, dinner will be soon so I’ll wait” kind of way but in the “shall I eat a pizza or a tub of pringles?” way. We’re having chilli tonight! So excited for the spicy beef and kidney beans and rice… Maybe add some Doritos… But no. The diet shall be stuck to. No snacking between meals, no unnecessary alcohol (because yes there is such a thing as necessary alcohol) and absolutely no crisps. They’re my weakness.

Baron is a clingy child today, think he’s worried he’ll be sent back to the kennels. I did miss him though. His little fluffy face and brown eyes that follow every move you make.

There’s not much really on my mind today. Not yet anyway. Mum and Dad are back to usual so this is a delightful time to be home. I’m considering moving to Glasgow as soon as possible but unsure who to stay with or what good it would do. Apart from being good for my mental health, I don’t think there’d be any changes at home. Shame really.
But for now, I shall sit in silence and watch TV. Speak soon!

Ktkinnes xxx

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Home sweet home?

Good evening one and all! I write to you now from my own bed in my big bedroom with soft carpet under my feet. And yet why am I not happy?

After 16 days of my granny’s company we settled down tonight to catch up on coronation street in silence. Fish and chips for dinner, a brief nap in the middle of the afternoon, and we’re able to drink water straight from the tap. So why does it feel like something’s missing?

One possible reason – Baron. My delightful cocker spaniel is not yet home. Tomorrow morning, Dad and I will go pick him up so I’m excited for that.

Another option is I’m starting my diet in the morning. I know, I know. I said the exact same this time last year but this time I have you guys to back me up, right? By my 21st birthday (14 months away) I want to be happy when I look at myself in a mirror. Right now I’m not so sure I can say that I am. However breakfast won’t be a problem. We have the choice of porridge, porridge, dry toast or porridge. Considering I don’t like milk there may be a slight bias in my decisions. 

Now I know what a lot of people will say – it’s not about what you’re eating, you need to exercise too. Which is very true! So I’m currently looking online for basic weight loss and/or toning exercise routines that I can do privately in my bedroom without being asked questions. Have any of you any suggestions or tips?
To finish off, all I will say is last night was a sob fest. I survived until one couple we met last year and spent time with again this year headed to bed. They got a little upset at saying goodbye which started me and of course I didn’t stop until I went to bed. José and Alvaro, I know you’ll never read this but I miss you both already and would happily drop everything to come back to you. Even if the family can’t go back, I’m going to ask and see if even one person from uni might come with me… Either that or I’ll happily go alone!!

So good night to you all. As usual, thank you so so much for reading and for keeping me motivated in my ramblings. Even if you don’t like them all, even just seeing that one person has liked my post or blog makes me feel like maybe someone out there cares. Take care and sweet dreams

Ktkinnes xxx

Ps. I think I’ve decided on a turtle tattoo but not sure where. The explanation shall come in the morning!

Posted in Lifestyle

It’s a dog’s life

Had to take Baron (my dog) to the kennels this afternoon, this was him just before we left. Having packed his favourite bed and toy, slipper, we drove him down to a new place. The old one closed last year. I think he liked it but it’s hard to tell with dogs. Just wish we could take him with us! Baron is like my own child, he’s certainly as clingy as a shy toddler.