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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 28th Oct 09, 9:14 AM
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    5 OS Pleasures in your Day Today part 2
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    • 28th Oct 09, 9:14 AM
    5 OS Pleasures in your Day Today part 2 28th Oct 09 at 9:14 AM
    Time for a shiny new thread The old one had got to 4500 odd posts which amounts to 22,500 OS pleasures (at least) It's so good to know that the OS life can be so rewarding.

    I'll kick off the new thread.

    1) Homemade bread and marmalade for breakfast.

    2) A walk over the Malvern Hills to blow away the cobwebs.

    3) Drying the washing outside- still, in October.

    4) Watching mydaughter making a game out of sweeping the leaves with her friends.

    5) The prospect of collecting a big order of meat from the butcher this morning and having my freezer full for less.
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 14th Mar 17, 8:39 PM
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    1) Magnolia stellata, that lovely spiky bloom on them looks so exotic and today I came across 2 different coloured ones next to each other in a garden, so exotic.

    2) a lovely swim this morning.

    3) 1 walk with Cookie and another walk with Maisie this afternoon, different routes and much enjoyment of the weather which was not too hot or too cold but comfy without a coat, lovely!

    4) Salmon and green veg stir fry for supper, most delicious.

    5) The first picking of rhubarb from the allotment, cooked it in the slow cooker and will sweeten it with stevia and enjoy the freshness for a few days as pudding.
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    Some people use words to reflect who they want to be, but actions ALWAYS show who they really are!
    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 14th Mar 17, 10:15 PM
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    mhags even when we don't type it our thoughts is with you all xxx
    1) spring has sprung
    2) went to say hello to (consultant) friend who was queueing for her morning coffee and she kindly bought me one too. was good to catch up with her
    3) 'free' lunch from yesterday left overs very tasty. managed to get to ian low centre to eat tasty lunch with friend i haven't seen for ages
    4) mr piano gave me a lift home and cooked scrummy prawn thing
    5) mr piano has been asked to take part in a documentary. Very exciting. while he skyped i read through phd stuff for student. only got to page 45 / 68 but all very interesting. time for bed now though. cup of tea and the archers await. night all x
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 15th Mar 17, 6:41 AM
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    1. Lovely sunrise this morning.

    2. Better day at work yesterday. It was warmer and I had time to eat my lunch without burning my mouth!!

    3. DS1 rang he has an informal discussion about a job he has been interviewed for next week. It sounds good.

    4. Friendly lady on the check out when I went shopping. She made me smile and brightened my day.

    5. Some mending done. It's been sitting on a chair for a while so pleased its done and put away.
    • mhagster
    • By mhagster 15th Mar 17, 7:26 AM
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    Waves hello from the land of much heat. I'm so, so over the heat! No reprieve in sight!

    It's Wednesday teatime but nothing planned for tea. There's plenty in the fridge to pick at.

    Yesterday was got through. At the start of the day I had no idea how I would ever get through. My lovely FD called and asked if I wanted to come in again before hand to see how every thing was set out, I did. She has been so caring and attentive and I think if we'd met in different circumstances could be friends. She has made a difference to a difficult situation to make it a more bearable one. We have had as much time with my lovely OH as we have needed and it's never felt like an inconvenience.

    Our Sydney friends flew down in the morning and they have both been a big support. 2 of OH's other Sydney colleagues ( also from UK) came with them. They had stopped off for cheesecakes on way!

    Service was beautiful, many tears, much laughter and smiling too. DD1 had done a lovely photo power point from a baby to a man and all the fabulous bits in between.

    We had a memory jar and asked our friends to write down their memories of OH.

    We had time with OH after the service and after saying hello to everyone and then sending them back to our home. A friend had kindly came ahead and opened up and placed everything out. Table was all set and good to go but everything was in fridge , all she had to do was pipe cream on meringues.

    I had made ...after a few early morning baking sessions whilst it was cool enough...empire biscuits, brownies, vanilla cupcakes, banana bread, lemon meringue cupcakes, meringues. Sausage rolls and sandwiches too. Friends had made biscuits ( Haggis may have eaten them..naughty dog), lemon slices snd hedgehog slices. And two cheesecakes. More than enough !

    I had filled the laundry sink with ice and placed bottles in there to attempt to keep things cool. We arrived back in our chauffeur driven car ( quickest ride ever, we live 5 minutes drive away..and that's if the traffic lights are red! ) and it was a bit odd walking into your own house with a load of people all having a nice time! ( even though they are all friends! )

    Whilst lovely to see them all it was lovely to say cheerio and to just be us. I find one couple quite pushy and she's all ' we loved him so much too' and I grimace a smile and think actually he found you a pain as do I! Anyway she has been unfriended on FB today ...had unfollowed her months ago as I don't share her approach to other people's religions. I had told OH as soon as funeral was over she'd be gone...shall work up to ditching her husband too ....don't follow him either as he shares the same opinion. Anyway, I politiey managed to avoid spending much time with them ! Was very glad to see the back of them!

    I was so exhausted that I was sure I would sleep but I didnt. It was too hot and then of all things was too cold as the fan was blowing on me!

    So a relief to get up.
    Phoned my SIL and then friend. There will be another service tomorrow at our home church.

    Walked as far as the post office to post some letters. Called into the florist to say thank you for the beautiful flowers they had supplied for the funeral. I had chosen specific flowers and I had chosen a bouquet to bring home with me. A traditional wreath would have died in the heat. So this way I get to enjoy these stunning flowers. I had chosen blue and whites for Scotland. These were sea holly ( as near to thistle as we can get ) , lisianthus , iris and large white roses and small budded white roses. Sunflowers to represent me and there were 2 diiferent kinds of banksia ( an Australian native ) and eucalyptus to represent Australia. It's a stunning bunch of flowers.

    We got a mystery box of flowers yesterday, luckily just before we went out or they would have wilted. Lovely message but not a clue who they're from!
    Have emailed the company ( online florist) but haven't heard anything! Mystery.

    Kids went back to school / uni today. Get a sense of normality and routine back for them.

    Have a good Wednesday x
    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 15th Mar 17, 8:03 AM
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    1. having enough money in the bank to be able to donate some of it to the Disasters Emergency Committee for the east African famine.
    2.beautiful sunny and frosty morning here
    3. a lie in til about 7.30
    4. looking forward to meeting up with friends later
    5. gardens growing and looking good.
    Trying for 10 a day
    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 15th Mar 17, 8:54 AM
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    Some recent pleasures include,

    Finally getting round to sorting through Bill's tack etc that had just been shoved away in the shed, not a case of out of sight out of mind so it was good to get it done. All leather was cleaned and conditioned, some will be kept just in case, some will be sold, his rugs will be washed and then taken to the horse sanctuary that I support.

    Time spent in the garden, the sun is starting to have some real warmth in it and it's a joy to be outside.

    Catching my little dog eating fresh compost out of a pot, her look of contrition made me laugh out loud.

    Snap MrsLW on rhubarb, mine was roasted in the oven with ruby orange juice and drizzle of honey, delicious.

    Mhags last post, so glad it went well and had to smile at Haggis dog sneaking some biccies.
    • Cappella
    • By Cappella 15th Mar 17, 9:09 AM
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    Mixed pleasures
    1. Watching the goldfinches pulling the ginger ninjas undercoat hair out of the hanging basket I tucked it into and flying away to line their nests with it.
    2. Imagining nests lined with soft doggy undercoat.
    3. Another glorious bunch of mixed daffodils from the allotment. Ours have flowered very late this year.
    4. A 'thank you' card from someone I don't know, and to whom I broke sad news about a mutual friend.
    5. Reading. Always a pleasure.

    Mhags Hope you are able to identify the flower sender, and glad that you're own bouquet was so lovely x
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 15th Mar 17, 12:09 PM
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    four
    Well not a golf miss, but BoP somehow missed out on his four yesterday. Trouble at the mill cursed that I think!
    It looks like Haggis enjoyed the table while others were at the send off!
    5 DD Donít mention the soccer please. Enough said!
    4 (Got it inn today!) Just love midweek, and downhill at the mill from here, but I was sent off with poached egg on hot buttered toast this morning. Proper food! Lemon concentrate with eau de faucet was wolfed down, as well as BoPís happy pills. Well Jenny needs her regulation!
    3 Got six months free of BT Sport with my new phone thing. But I ask you, cannot sign up. All fool and no bull.
    2 Nite will watch the City of Man. Old Eric used to scout for them round BoPís home parish and ran the supports coach for years.
    And the rest of your day, will be Ö
    No one dreams of escape
    From the aroma of a cheap jar of coffee
    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 15th Mar 17, 12:29 PM
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    Thinking of you mhagster x
    Trying for 10 a day
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 15th Mar 17, 3:34 PM
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    1) the sights, sounds, fragrances and warmth of walking on a sparkling spring day, you can't pay for any of it!!!

    2) Massed ranks of daffodils wherever I go even along the main road verges when I went to town on the bus this morning, Wordsworth knew!!!

    3) Finding a lovely bright red and blue fleece jacket for Zebra in M&S this morning very reduced in the sale, also a cable knit navy jumper for me and then finding a 'Bear' hat in fur and fleece for my little oreo too in the Debenhams sale, great stuff!

    4) The first seedlings are up in the 'nursery' that is our bedroom windowsill, many tiny pots swaddled in plastic bags all hatching tiny seedlings that will become next years crops.

    5) DD1 just rang me to tell me she'd booked us a table in the Fernsee Tour (260 meter high tower) in the middle of Berlin to have lunch when we go at Easter and also an interior tour of the Reichstag Parliament Building woohoo, magic!
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    Some people use words to reflect who they want to be, but actions ALWAYS show who they really are!
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 15th Mar 17, 5:56 PM
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    Mhags, I've only just seen the GoFundMe for OH. Done. I am so pleased you were able to enjoy the flowers and hope you get to the root of the mystery bouquet. I guess Haggis decided to get his share of the tea early.

    Cheltenham week this week, so half an eye on the TV whilst doing other things....! My dream is that in 2022 or so, the Foxhunter's amateur race on the Thursday will feature our Boo, Angrove Mumsbuns.

    1. A little treat for lunch of a reduced price luxury roll. Nearly £4 for a roll...?

    2. Getting Sis's birthday parcel and birthday card off to her in the post.

    3. Brilliant night out at the live music club. Great music. Whilst I didn't win the raffle this week my friends did - I've had quite a few wins recently, so was quite relieved they had won too.

    4. I had a yen for mulled cider and wondered about how mulled wine spices would work with cider. No need to wonder. A!di still had some ready made mulled cider, reduced in price.

    5. A very expensive maths teaching specialist book I would have liked to have bought was offered to me free to review on Am@zon.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 15th Mar 17, 11:07 PM
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    Let's talk rugger instead bop
    Go for it haggis
    1) Ceylon tea for couple who give me a lift each morning
    2) meeting with free lunch
    3) when catering was just about to clear leftovers I put some in the sandwich bag I had taken for the purpose for tea as working late
    4) work finished and off to band - dd1 came too. Lovely
    5) mr piano meantime made yummy lentil thing so will be having mine for lunch
    • mhagster
    • By mhagster 16th Mar 17, 6:26 AM
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    Thursday evening here. We had the oddest sky this morning. The sunrise was reflected in the storm clouds so we had a reddy / orange sky...then the rain started . Heavy for an hour but by now you'd never have known. Everything is dry again. Been the teensiest bit cooler but very humid


    Today I went to the bank. Bit of a trial! Death certificate not issued until after the funeral ( can't remember if I've already explained this) and takes 30 days. So we won't get death certificate until April. Lady in bank said oh you need probate ...methinks I do not need probate. She was saying ' oh so young ' ' how dreadful' ' did he leave you financially looked after?' ' if you don't mind me asking where was the cancer?' I was quite glad to leave. I have to go back once I have certificate but his account is temporarily suspended, so that's something.

    Then I went to solicitor to make appointment but ended up having free chit chat and NO I do not need probate!

    I went and bought lots of games for the Palliative Care ward as our way of saying thankyou and hoping that other families can know the quality time that we were allowed to share.

    I then emailed the ward manager to say thanks and to arrange a time to go in with our gifts.

    I then had to call the ward social worker as she had called me yesterday. Had a chat with her...this left me rather emotionally spent.

    Have just put a ready meal lasagne in oven. Friend had brought it over 2 weeks ago ...no high expectations! Have also made some potato wedges and shall even have veg! Radical!

    Do not encourage Mr Haggis! My friend makes these perfect teeny tiny biscuits ,decorates them and they are just lovely. When we had a party to celebrate our citizenship last year he munched his way through a box then! I had been on phone to my sister, could hear him crunching on something ( which I thought was his ice block) .DD1 had taken a couple of boxes of cakes over to her work colleagues who had came to funeral but had to go straight to work...she had left biscuits in what OH called the Haggis Zone....about 70 little biscuits later! Bad dog!

    Vjsmum & McC thank you both

    Have a great day
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 16th Mar 17, 7:13 AM
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    Mhags Take time for you. Haggis was only thinking of everybody's waistline obviously.

    1. Lovely workday.

    2. Managed time in the garden after work.

    3. A colleague gave me a lift to my car so didn't need to catch bus and as I rarely see her we caught up.

    4. DS2 cooked toad in the hole for tea.

    5. A major chunk of DH accounts are now done. Certainly not a pleasure doing them but great that done.
    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 16th Mar 17, 8:37 AM
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    Pleasures for yesterday,

    A warm, sunny spring day, perfick!

    5 loads of washing done and dried on line, including the heavy mattress protector

    Reading whilst sitting on the garden seat with my little girl snuggled up next to me, it's the only time she's allowed on the furniture so she makes the most of the treat.

    Chilli and lime chicken for tea.

    Several games of Yahtzee, too long since we had one of our tournaments and good to see Capt S laughing.
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 16th Mar 17, 12:12 PM
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    Running wild here
    Right DD we will have a ruck and maul!
    5 Chatted with millwright again yesterday about the harvest. We are getting proper corn inn as well. And the rat catcher that was here on Monday, his job is done and the culvert is running again.
    4 Mill is already organising its Christmas function. Happy cheers to all and goodwill. I thought did I miss easter!
    3 Had elevenses this morning with damaged cake of jaffa. I has written to the baker, but I destroyed the evidence!
    2 Night In house completion at camera club. Should get a good one. Usual rules, if mine score low, off goes the projector. I win, because I do the projector!
    And that is it
    No one dreams of escape
    From the aroma of a cheap jar of coffee
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 16th Mar 17, 2:54 PM
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    1) A nice swim this lunchtime.

    2) Birdsong everywhere in gay profusion when Cookie and I walked the lanes today.

    3) Drama and beauty of 2 male kestrels having a screaming talon to talon clash on the wing over one of the wilderness fields, I stood to watch and the smaller one finally winged off into the distance hotly pursued by the bigger one, knew they were both males from the colouring.

    4) Blue flowers all over, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, early irises, crocuses, speedwells on the grass verges, violets and today some campanula (harebells) shyly showing their blue flowers nestled at the base of a wall, so pretty.

    5) The best photo of little Orley smiling such a sweet little smile that DD2 sent through on He Who Knows phone, he's such a sweetie!
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    Some people use words to reflect who they want to be, but actions ALWAYS show who they really are!
    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 16th Mar 17, 5:30 PM
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    MHags thinking of you all x What an awful woman in the bank ! As if you haven't got enough to deal with. Hope you can make an appointment with someone else next time. Had to grin at naughty haggis


    1. lighter mornings and evenings
    2. a couple of days of sunshine
    3. stew in my slow cooker last night and enough for several meals
    4. had a walk round the nature reserve/pond in the last of the afternoon sun
    5. lots of flowering bulbs, daffs tulips & grape hyacinth (I recognise these MrsLW !) in my lawn
    Aims for 2016
    1. no takeaways !
    2. shop once a week - no "top-up" shops - no unnecessary spending !!
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 16th Mar 17, 8:12 PM
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    Still here in NMex. With the kitchen drama. The lady I ordered (and paid) my granite counters for three weeks ago had not put in the order. She did so yesterday...after I called to inquire as to when they would be put in.

    * It's slowly coming along.

    * Quoye colored her face with markers again. When asked why she said she was coloring her kitty cat. I told DD1 to hide the scissors! The joy of being two!!!

    * I ordered a huge wooden spice wall rack, had it hung on my pantry wall and filled it up today. It looks fab! Love love love it!

    * The weather is gorgeous but windy. March in New Mexico! 95F yesterday. The local swimming pool doesn't open until the kids get out of school at the end of May. Then it's sunbathing by the pool!

    * DD2 got two feet of snow in Pennsylvania. Better than the 4ft my childhood friend in Maine is having to dig out from. She got two day off work and was having a Netflix (in bed) marathons both days.
    Last edited by milasavesmoney; 16-03-2017 at 8:20 PM.
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    • katkin
    • By katkin 16th Mar 17, 8:36 PM
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    Mr Blackbeard of P I'm very curious about your mill now is it a working mill or a museum mill? We have a Museum mill nearby, it's a joy to visit.

    Not owning a dog I do miss out on their antics. Cats are all very good and non-sensible, as the Internet will show, but they don't steal beautiful home baked biscuits! Well my 2 don't, though they will try to steal any meat left out to defrost and tackle baby bluetits like they are popcorn snacks

    My cats are mostly a great pleasure in my day, especially when they give me shoulder / back massages!

    Work. Work is my purpose and pleasure when things fall into place easily and actually happen.

    That bit extra light outside even if it's clouded over makes a massive difference to my day. I'm so happy spring is on her way.

    Started a new book and it's a keeper. I'm going to so enjoy this. The history of Japanese geisha.

    Eating more fruit has been a joy. I eat plenty of veg and salad but seldom fruit unless it's an ingredient or a treat as a dessert. I've added portions of fruit into my day to top up on my 5 a day and fallen in love with oranges and kiwis
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