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    • Valli
    • By Valli 26th Nov 17, 7:41 PM
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    Weekly Flylady Thread - 27th November 2017
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    • 26th Nov 17, 7:41 PM
    Weekly Flylady Thread - 27th November 2017 26th Nov 17 at 7:41 PM


    What is FLYLADY? Well, it's our version of the US flylady idea - but we work on the principle that housework is not fun, it's boring, can be time-consuming, is often thankless but, unfortunately, necessary. It's here on Old Style to provide the support we all need and to make the whole task easier and quicker. We also accept that, sometimes, life just gets on top of us and we can't keep up, maybe because we're time-poor, not in the best of health and/or we have littlies who need us. We are definitely NOT control freaks aiming for perfection and utterly spotless show-homes.

    Welcome to the weekly Flylady Thread. You're more than welcome to join us in the everlasting battle against dust, grime and gibble. The aim of our thread is to make those onerous tasks less daunting, and to support each other - and to make time for the finer things in life!

    Right now the thread is looking very quiet...but please do remember we have to abide by MSE rules; each post should, ideally, include some mention of flying.


    [/B] Thank you Natty for last week's thread.

    Please follow the forum rules on this thread as Flylady has been here a LONG time and is a fabulous support and resource for lots of us. All posts should have some Flylady-related (ooh a compound adjective) content!

    The idea is that even if you are really busy you don't need to fall off the wagon!

    Every room comes back around next week so please don’t stress about catching up

    These lists are only suggestions and not a must do list; you are more than welcome to post and follow your own lists.

    Also adding a declutter mission each day will help to gradually clear the clutter and make flying easier.

    A few of the basics before we start the week

    Hotspots are areas where if one thing gets put there, loads of other things follow!

    Daily routines are anything you need to do on a daily basis like washing, swish and swipe kitchen and bathroom, ironing, making beds, vacuuming high traffic areas, making meals etc.

    Night-time routines are all things which make getting ready in the morning easier, preparing clothes for the next day, making lunches, swish & swipes of the kitchen and tidying the living room before you go to bed plus personals like shower/brush teeth etc.

    Fling Boogie - stick on some loud music, grab a bin bag and whiz around the house finding items that can go out with the rubbish, recycling, for charity shop, basically anything that will stop it cluttering your home.

    Swish and swipe/S&S means have a quick wipe over an area such as a sink or toilet to prevent the build up of dirt. This is usually done on a daily basis

    HHE/HHC/HHI Half Hour exercise/challenge/ironing ... run around for 30 minutes to the Benny Hill music frantically cleaning exercising or ironing.. other music may be used if you prefer!
    WM ~ Washing machine
    TD ~ Tumble dryer
    SC ~ Slowcooker
    BM ~ Breadmaker
    DW ~ Dishwasher
    SOAADFA ~ Sit on 'bottom' and do 'nothing'
    KH/XH/FW ~ Ex-husband and other not so polite versions
    DH/DD/DS/DW/DP ~ Dear husband/daughter/son/wife/partner/whatever
    OH/SO ~ Other half/significant other
    NN ~ nice neighbour
    Toxic (friend/mother/sister/whoever) ~ person in your life that seems to exist to make your life miserable
    AF ~ Aunt Flo 'time of the month'.. nothing to do with flying but it comes up often.
    ETA ~ Edited to add
    Gibble ~ miscellaneous crap that appears forever homeless
    Dot-to-dot ~ pick a small area (not a whole room) like a chair/coffee/table/shelf/worktop or wherever- thats your first 'dot' - totally clear it - clean it - and only put back what should be there - deal with what you have removed (not just move it somewhere else) then if you have time move on and do the same to another 'dot' -the idea is just like a dot to dot puzzle, you aim to join up all the dots and have a tidy room. The trick is to keep each dot tidy until you get them all joined up! All credit to AnW's Mum for this one
    RoD ~ Room of Doom, the one room that feels like it is a permanent pit and cannot be used to its potential!
    MAD half hour
    - Mad is the abbreviation for Make A Difference.
    The idea is that you have a Forth bridge (ie never-ending - or just huge) task but that you work on it in half-hour bursts. This way you know you ARE stooping, and that you won't get it finished but you will make a difference - so it might be clearing out - the garage or shed, or clothes sorting, or weeding - you get the picture - but rather than keep going until you've lost the will to live you do half an hour...but, eventually those half hours will get the job done!

    Mr S/A/T/M/L/Al - supermarkets Sainsburys, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi. You get the picture!!

    Click here to read Toots wonderful welcome guide

    ok Here goes this Week...

    Marvellous Monday - Christmas madness Looms - get your retreat ready - your bedroom

    Level 1

    Strip bed - leave to air while you have breakfast/school run etc...

    then - vacuum/dust headboard and bedframe
    remake bed
    clear floordrobe/chairdrobe

    Level 2

    Dust bedside tables
    Wipe sticky mats, sockets and switches
    Dust any other furniture
    Polish mirrors

    Level 3


    Clean windows and sills
    Check corners for cobwebs
    Dust skirtings
    Vacuum floor

    The plan (such as it is) is to ensure a comfortable, stress-free zone...

    Extras

    HHI
    Write your Christmas Toots list - then you can tick bits off as you go
    MAD half hour - if you can't think of one why not have half an hour wrapping presents/writing cards/sorting out online shopping - writing Xmas Toots list
    For those for whom there are mixed feelings at Christmas - be kind to yourselves.
    And if you're cooking squeeze something else in the oven at the same time and freeze the extra so that you can have a couple of meals to thaw when you're frazzled.
    S&S kitchen and bathroom.


    *Waves at atb who's snuck in mid thread construction!*

    Tuesday - time to sort out the kitchen

    Level 1

    CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE

    wash all moveable bits eg shelves, salad boxes etc
    Check de-icer/drain holes are running clear
    Dispose of anything that's crawled into a corner and died.
    wipe down fridge innards and don't forget the seals - you want the fridge clean and fully-functional for December


    Level 2

    Wipe down counters/sides
    wipe drawer fronts
    wipe handles, sockets, switches and splashbacks

    Level 3

    Clean the floor

    Extras

    Freezer inventory. Space will be needed - what needs using up?
    S&S bathroom
    Make your bed and all beds in the house
    Go and spend 10 minutes straightening the living room
    MAD half hour - what can you tick off your ominous xmas to do list?
    Have you got enough stamps?

    Write a minimum of 5 cards

    Wednesday Wonders - lounge

    Level 1

    Clear sofas - wipe/vacuum
    plump cushions
    tidy throws
    take rubbish out
    see to flowers/plants
    wipe coasters
    empty ashtray

    Level 2

    Clean coffee/lamp tables (polish and dust)
    sort out newspapers/magazines into reycling
    clean 'christmas tree corner' (where tree is/will be)
    Check for webs

    Level 3

    Dust skirtings and shelves
    Vacuum
    wipe remotes/sockets/switches

    Extras

    5 cards
    HHI
    MAD - if you can't think of one pick a drawer or cupboard to declutter
    Have you enough bulbs and batteries?
    Take time out to tell someone you love them. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the last time my sister told me she loved me and gave me a kiss. the love never dies.



    Thursday bathroom

    Level 1

    Empty bin
    Clear any rubbish
    Wipe sill and polish window
    Scrub sink
    Polish taps
    Wipe whatever sink stands in or on

    Level 2
    Scrub loo bowl inside and under the rim
    Wipe over toilet
    Scrub out bath and shower

    Level 3
    Polish shower screen
    Deal with mould or mildew
    Glue bleach down drains
    Sweep and mop floor
    Put out fresh towels

    Extras
    HHI
    S&s kitchen
    Mad half hour
    Write 5 cards
    Stay warm
    [B][/B]Friday Flourish - 15 minute makeover

    arm yourself with


    duster, polish, damp cloth, kitchen roll, scrim (if you use one) and glass cleaner
    and a binbag.

    15 minutes MAX per room for as many 15 minutes as you have

    stand in the doorway, look around and evaluate

    straighten, tidy, fling and wipe where necessary and generally primp each room. the 15 minutes includes kitchen and bathroom swish and swipe.

    Polish mirrors and remove sticky marks.

    Vacuum high traffic area that need it.

    Last edited by Valli; 01-12-2017 at 7:13 AM.
    Make two - and freeze one!
    Don't put it DOWN - put it AWAY!
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    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 28th Nov 17, 1:55 PM
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    GWS wishes and squishy ((hugs)) LW. It always sounds as though the dogs staying with you have the time of their lives. If I had a dog, it would definitely love to have its holidays with you. If I lived anywhere near your part of the world, which of course I don't.

    I've had a good go at the lists so far. Bedroom window was flung open, and now been closed sharpish. Bed changed and floor cleared and vacuumed. I have found where DH has been stashing his new to him treasures from FIL's house. Under our bed . And I thought he had been going into the loft with them. I had started to wonder why I wasn't getting any of the boxes that I wanted down to sort out.

    LR had a quick vac, as DD and I had a movie night at the weekend and seem to have dropped some popcorn along the way.... Kitchen surfaces dusted or wiped, floor vacuumed. I'm now summoning up enthusiasm to mop the floor. I've got a couple of outside jobs to do first though. And anything else that I can think of to put off the hated mopping.
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 28th Nov 17, 2:17 PM
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    I think we should all dress up as dogs and go stay with LW for a week at a time.. lol..

    First batch of christmas presents readied to post.. I have tried to get lots of handmade/small business items again this year.. they cost a bit more but supporting these people is a big deal to me.

    Off upstairs to get out my christmas decs while Twinkle snoozes! .. I have 30 minutes before having to go get Dot from school.. the other 2 have after school clubs!

    I have filled a wash basket with dirty stuff and put a bag of recycling out.. I am so very lazy today! It is just too cold to do anything I think.. working up a sweat moving boxes about is just what I need.
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 28th Nov 17, 2:44 PM
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    I think we should all dress up as dogs and go stay with LW for a week at a time.. lol..
    Originally posted by pigpen
    Ah, but can you cope with a bed on the kitchen floor, a diet of R0yal C4nin and C£sar, and being sent out in the garden last thing at night to do a wee?
    LameWolf
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 28th Nov 17, 4:04 PM
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    Ah, but can you cope with a bed on the kitchen floor, a diet of R0yal C4nin and C£sar, and being sent out in the garden last thing at night to do a wee?
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    yes.. but if you feed me meat you won't like what you're cleaning up.. I need steamed fish and rice.. thanks..
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 28th Nov 17, 4:47 PM
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    Ok, I can do steamed fish and rice - I used to do that for Penny-Dog; but you still have to go to the garden for a wee before bed.

    Daisy has found her Inner Puppy; we got back from her walk a little while ago and she decided a game with her rather ancient and well-loved raggy toy was in order.

    Mr LW has requested veggie sausages and roasties for dins, so he's been sent to the kitchen to prep the spuds.
    LameWolf
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • Fayolle
    • By Fayolle 28th Nov 17, 4:48 PM
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    Ah, but can you cope with a bed on the kitchen floor, a diet of R0yal C4nin and C£sar, and being sent out in the garden last thing at night to do a wee?
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    Darn it, and I had my costume out and ready and everything.
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 28th Nov 17, 4:58 PM
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    Ok, I can do steamed fish and rice - I used to do that for Penny-Dog; but you still have to go to the garden for a wee before bed.
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    That's fine... how do you know I don't anyway.. .. I need you to come with me though, just in case THEM are looking.. you know THEM.. that live in the garden in the dark and they look at you.. *SHUDDER* Super scary!!!

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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 28th Nov 17, 5:03 PM
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    But of course, Piggers. I wouldn't let my guests go trundling off in the dark unsupervised.
    Btw, are you any good at scaring squirrels?

    Talking of going down the garden to wee - the ex used to wee on the compost heap if he was outside - too lazy to come indoors and go upstairs to the bathroom.
    LameWolf
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 28th Nov 17, 5:46 PM
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    But of course, Piggers. I wouldn't let my guests go trundling off in the dark unsupervised.
    Btw, are you any good at scaring squirrels?

    Talking of going down the garden to wee - the ex used to wee on the compost heap if he was outside - too lazy to come indoors and go upstairs to the bathroom.
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    the enzymes in urine are supposed to be very good for breaking down compost heaps.. he did you a favour!!

    And yes.. I can scare squirrels, hardened criminals and the postman!
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    • x_raphael_xx
    • By x_raphael_xx 28th Nov 17, 8:08 PM
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    I'm still not 100%, feeling mostly better, but had a persistant headache all day.
    Managed a good productive day at work, so that's something I guess.

    Not tackled any of the lists, but I'm focusing on keeping the kitchen sparkling at the moment. Things are put away/washed/in the DW as soon as used. I am keeping the counters clear & swished.
    I'm slowly doing the same in other rooms, BF doesn't fold the dogs blanket before bedtime or remove his dirty cup off the coffee table, which bugs me, but I do a quick patrol in the morning while I open curtains etc and it takes no more than 5 minutes to straighten all the rooms up.

    Marvellous Monday - Christmas madness Looms - get your retreat ready - your bedroom
    Level 1
    Strip bed - leave to air while you have breakfast/school run etc...
    then - vacuum/dust headboard and bedframe
    remake bed
    clear floordrobe/chairdrobe
    Level 2
    Dust bedside tables
    Wipe sticky mats, sockets and switches
    Dust any other furniture
    Polish mirrors
    Level 3

    Clean windows and sills
    Check corners for cobwebs
    Dust skirtings
    Vacuum floor
    Extras
    HHI
    Write your Christmas Toots list - then you can tick bits off as you go All my presents are planned apart from one person who I am stumped with. Times running out!
    MAD half hour - if you can't think of one why not have half an hour wrapping presents/writing cards/sorting out online shopping - writing Xmas Toots list
    For those for whom there are mixed feelings at Christmas - be kind to yourselves.
    And if you're cooking squeeze something else in the oven at the same time and freeze the extra so that you can have a couple of meals to thaw when you're frazzled. Only me, BF and bestie for xmas day, so nothing special planned apart from pigs in blankets & cauliflower cheese with bacon. Nice stress-free affair this year.
    S&S kitchen and bathroom.

    Tuesday - time to sort out the kitchen
    Level 1

    CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE
    wash all moveable bits eg shelves, salad boxes etc
    Check de-icer/drain holes are running clear
    Dispose of anything that's crawled into a corner and died.
    wipe down fridge innards and don't forget the seals - you want the fridge clean and fully-functional for December
    Level 2
    Wipe down counters/sides
    wipe drawer fronts
    wipe handles, sockets, switches and splashbacks
    Level 3
    Clean the floor
    Extras
    Freezer inventory. Space will be needed - what needs using up?We do a reccy each week for the meal plans.
    S&S bathroom
    Make your bed and all beds in the house
    Go and spend 10 minutes straightening the living room
    MAD half hour - what can you tick off your ominous xmas to do list?
    Have you got enough stamps?
    Write a minimum of 5 cards I have written my list. Might get round to digging the cards out in a mo. BF did ask if we needed any, time to find out.

    I am going to drink my tea, and eat my warm mince pie & clotted cream BF has brought me. I forgot all about it first one of the year.
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 28th Nov 17, 8:14 PM
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    This second job is like the Forth Bridge...

    couple of minor mistakes means

    - we have sticky hooks for calendars but no hanging calendars with date things

    -TWO new sellotape dispensers

    and massage balls instead of spiky balls


    *oops*

    ironed and WU
    Make two - and freeze one!
    Don't put it DOWN - put it AWAY!
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 28th Nov 17, 8:29 PM
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    Spent today being the one person in the building who did not lose their temper with the Offspring of the Parish. Mainly because when they started whining at me about their grievances (ie, being told 'no', arguing about and demanding it, being told 'no' again, going to bother somebody else, being told 'no' and then arguing the toss further about their 'Rights' - rights to behave appallingly, apparently) and crossing into my physical exclusion zone despite being told they were too close and I didn't appreciate their raising their voice at me, I stepped back into a room, closed the door and locked it behind me.


    Please, people, don't let your kids grind you down with whining and arguing and making excuses why 'no' shouldn't mean no. Arguing about anything needs to result in an absolute 'no' and an additional consequence for trying to manipulate you. Otherwise you end up with hulking teenagers who simultaneously behave like three year olds and try to use their physical size to try to intimidate staff, especially when they do it in packs. But, naturally, when it gets home to Mummy, it'll be the big, bad teacher picking on them.




    Last night's packet went in bin, tonight's foil wrapping went in bin. That'll do for today. If I have something to eat (got chicken stock in the SC right now), I might even do some washing up.



    Practically crawled home with tiredness and intend to keep as immobile as possible - went to bed and went to sleep before 11pm last night . Woke up at 4.50am , but went back to sleep again. Hopefully, I'll sleep earlier tonight as well - and stay asleep.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • x_raphael_xx
    • By x_raphael_xx 28th Nov 17, 9:46 PM
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    Slow cooker prepared for tomorrow. Recipe only needs 6 hours so I will switch on when I pop home for my break (the perks of living opposite work) very simple chicken curry recipe so I hope it's tasty.
    Onion, pepper, curry paste, can chopped toms, 2/3 can water & chicken. Coriander to add when serving.

    Marvellous Monday - Christmas madness Looms - get your retreat ready - your bedroom

    Level 1
    Strip bed - leave to air while you have breakfast/school run etc...
    then - vacuum/dust headboard and bedframe
    remake bed
    clear floordrobe/chairdrobe
    Level 2
    Dust bedside tables
    Wipe sticky mats, sockets and switches
    Dust any other furniture
    Polish mirrors
    Level 3

    Clean windows and sills
    Check corners for cobwebs
    Dust skirtings
    Vacuum floor
    Extras
    MAD half hour - if you can't think of one why not have half an hour wrapping presents/writing cards/sorting out online shopping - writing Xmas Toots list
    For those for whom there are mixed feelings at Christmas - be kind to yourselves.
    S&S kitchen and bathroom.

    Tuesday - time to sort out the kitchen
    Level 1

    CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE
    wash all moveable bits eg shelves, salad boxes etc
    Check de-icer/drain holes are running clear
    Dispose of anything that's crawled into a corner and died.
    wipe down fridge innards and don't forget the seals - you want the fridge clean and fully-functional for December
    Level 2
    wipe drawer fronts
    wipe handles, sockets, switches and splashbacks
    Level 3
    Clean the floor
    Extras
    S&S bathroom
    Make your bed and all beds in the house
    MAD half hour - what can you tick off your ominous xmas to do list?
    Have you got enough stamps? Nope. BF been given instructions to get some when he's in town on Saturday.
    Write a minimum of 5 cards None written, but I have created my list. Checked on my stamp supplies and dug out the cards from the xmas box. We are very low, I have a pack of 10 'colour your own' cards that will do for family (I will colour them in at work on Sat ) and enough nice cards for close friends. I need a box of 'cheap & cheerful' for the work colleagues, so BF has his orders.
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    • Honey Bear
    • By Honey Bear 28th Nov 17, 10:32 PM
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    - Write two covering letters to go with LPA and Vet thing
    - Post LPA
    - Post parcel to Vet UK
    - Order from Vet UK
    - Minutes
    - Visit new voluntary role place
    - Make a couple of things
    - Make another couple of things
    - Get Christmas cards down from attic
    - Write some Christmas cards
    - Go to the pub and talk to the landlord about an idea we had that I need to rein in and put on hold until next year when we'll have time to organise it properly
    - Meal plan from yesterday's freezer sort
    - Sort out another space, dining room cupboards might be a good place to start
    - take small pile of gibble to nearest CS
    - First draft of letter to vet
    - Do a bit of cosmetic Flying.
    - Do a bit more cosmetic flying.
    - Return two library books and get the reserved one
    - Do some six hat thinking about never-ending listys
    - Query pension anomaly
    - Polish and spray boots
    - Protect study
    - Sort In Trays

    Well, some of it's done. It's a bit better. The dsyon's been sounding a bit funny and conking out, so I've given the filter a thorough wash. It took far longer than doing the vacuumming would. Kitchen tidied, laundry sorted for at least one load tomorrow to take advantage of the forecast.
    Last edited by Honey Bear; 28-11-2017 at 10:40 PM.
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    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 28th Nov 17, 10:43 PM
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    Well, some of it's done. It's a bit better. The dsyon's been sounding a bit funny and conking out, so I've given the filter a thorough wash. It took far longer than doing the vacuumming would. Kitchen tidied, laundry sorted for at least one load tomorrow to take advantage of the forecast.
    Originally posted by Honey Bear
    When I had a Dyson (and carpets in every room/hallway, cats, a dog, two longhaired regularly moulting children, one with a dustmite allergy, myself and an ex who was thinning rapidly), I bought a second filter, so I could rinse out one every 3 - 5 days - I vacuumed daily at that point. Rinsing it regularly made cleaning it much quicker; it took longer to get the long ginger strands out from where they wrapped around the turbo brush.




    Daily? It's not even monthly since Himself has been in charge of the housework. Having a £30 vacuum cleaner off ama zon would suggest that he's trying to make it last longer. At this rate, it'll still be barely used when I'm retired.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll
    Originally posted by colinw
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 28th Nov 17, 11:56 PM
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    Jojo.. I have taken on a huge hulking ex-navy tutor who was bullying my then 14/15 year old son (his boss also sided with me because he was in the wrong), usually I will back the teachers as I do appreciate their insanity in dealing with hundreds of spotty oiks with hormones and attitude problems and thinking a split end foretells the end of humanity.. But I utterly agree.. whining and snivelling gets an absolute no in here.. I do usually explain why it is a no rather than just a flat 'no' .. if someone said no to me I would like to know why so feel it is only fair to offer that info to my sproglodites.. Other times I ask them to give me the reasons why I said no.. they know the answer if they think about it.

    bed time in here... Christmas tree is hopefully goign up tomorrow!
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    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 29th Nov 17, 7:44 AM
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    Dizzy Imp
    I didn't drown or get swept away by the rising water, so that's good. Well, for me at any rate - it does mean you lot have to listen to me twittering for a little longer

    Laughed out loud at the dog discussion. I'm sure I've seen a programme about people who dress up as dogs...

    We have just invested in some super-duper thermal dog kennels, which DH now has to build a base for, erect (correctly) all the panels and frames, then kit out with cushions and blankets, water troughs bowls and electrickery for heating, lighting and ambient music. Then, and only then will we be able to go out, safe in the knowledge that our hounds are warm and snuggy while we are doing dreaded Christmas shopping.

    Another chook carked it in the night, so a hole must be dug in the frozen ground this morning to bury her. The antibiotics didn't work and the third hen is wheezing and looking sad now, so I think she may be on her way soon too.

    Right, let's get my ratbags ready for school!
    • atypicalblonde
    • By atypicalblonde 29th Nov 17, 8:00 AM
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    atypicalblonde
    Morning all,

    V quick one as working all day so need to be super organised. Sending big hugs to LW, there's sticks, spoons, brews and chocolate aplenty here. Sorry to hear about your chook Dizzy x

    Will post properly later have lovely days all x
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    • ionafan
    • By ionafan 29th Nov 17, 8:36 AM
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    ionafan
    Morning all

    It's typical, isn't it. I've done 12 things that were on a listy, but that listy never made it as far as the computer. I seem to spend my time not doing what I thought was urgent as something, in fact many many things, have cropped up in the meantime that are far more urgent. As this seems to be a permanent state of affairs, clearly I am getting something very wrong. I need to work out how to be realistic about what needs doing and what I can actually get done. No wonder Flying's so far down the list and gets left until the place is a shambolic sty.
    Originally posted by Honey Bear
    That's exactly how I feel most days, Honey Bear.

    Sorry to hear about your hens, Dizzy I won't tell Rosie about your new kennels - she'll want one too! She is turning into a well-behaved and contented indoor dog, but still loves being outdoors.

    LOL at the idea of dog impersonators lining up to stay with LW

    Yesterday evening's college lecture was utterly exhausting, so why did I have to wake up at 4.45 this morning?
    I spent an hour tidying up emails, sending birthday cards, etc, and downed
    I have also done a bit more of my essay and the word count has shot up from 300 to 800 - how on earth did that happen? If I can persuade DH to give Rosie her morning walk, I will crack on while I'm in the mood. It definitely needs to be finished by Saturday evening, as I've got other urgent work to be done over the weekend, but I'd really like to have the bulk done by noon on Friday so that we can go and see DS2 and family for a few hours.

    Today:
    - food will be cooked as necessary
    - WMx1
    - S&S bathroom and kitchen
    - quick tidy round everywhere else (especially kitchen table)
    - an hour's walk for Rosie this afternoon

    DH is tidying his man-cave again and actually decluttering a bit.
    He has routine appointments with the dentist and GP today, so I will send a bag of stuff to the CS and might also ask him to do a mini top-up shop while he's out.

    Hope everyone has a good day. (((Hugs))) spoons and sticks all round, as needed x
    • pigpen
    • By pigpen 29th Nov 17, 9:02 AM
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    pigpen
    Well I just skived out of a trip into town.. it is blooming freezing out there!! OH is not at work until 4 so he can drive me there and back tomorrow and I can squeeze in a speedy T shop.. we need cereal and baby slop.. yes I am fully aware she should just eat what we eat but she doesn't and won't, she is offered food several times daily, so slop it is.. she does at least feed herself the slop now so we are heading in the right direction just very slowly.

    WM on

    Squeak has a school trip tomorrow so I need to build her a packed lunch which she is more excited about than the trip.

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