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    • nmlc
    • By nmlc 11th Jul 17, 6:10 AM
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    O/S Daily Tuesday 11 July 2017
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    O/S Daily Tuesday 11 July 2017 11th Jul 17 at 6:10 AM
    O/S Daily Tuesday 11 July 2017

    This is an !!!8220;over the garden fence!!!8221; type thread where we chat about everything Old Style and maybe a little bit more. It!!!8217;s a great, inspiring and motivating thread we start each day to discuss what Old Style things we!!!8217;re going to do today or what we!!!8217;ve achieved already. Everyone!!!8217;s welcome, please do come in, put your feet up (although check the fence hasn!!!8217;t just been painted first!) and join us for an Old Style natter. The more the merrier!

    As this is the Old Style Board, it would be appreciated if posts could include some Old Style content. Please be aware that many people may have small screens, or SLOW internet connections, so please don!!!8217;t post large pictures, or clip art !!!8211; links are preferred. When you make a post, if you feel like giving it a title, that will help others that don!!!8217;t have the time to read everything skim through the thread quickly but if not it's not a problem. Please do not start a new daily thread before you go to bed at night because this often leaves things confusing with two daily threads live at the same time. The idea is that a member would start each new daily thread after they get up in the morning.

    Morning everyone

    Hugs to those that want/need one x

    Happy birthday to those with a birthday x

    Cloudy and overcast, dry underfoot even after the rain last night, still warm and humid though.

    DH up and gone to work stupid stupid early, DS1 now getting ready for work and DS2 still in his pit.

    Dinner last night was rather disjointed but everyone got fed eventually - boys had the other 2 ready meals, DS1 was cooking those when I got in from work last night, I then got organised to go to meet DH at his workplace and go with him to the next town in a van to collect our new sofa and footstool, staff there couldn't have been more helpful - everything packaged up really well and on a wheeled trolley, also quite high so not such a nightmare to lift from trolley onto the back of the van, they lifted it on with DH too. So we were on our way back within 20-30 minutes - roads nice and clear too, so not such a late night as we'd thought. I then cooked DH egg, bacon, new pots, and beans for dinner. I had steamed smoked haddock and a made up veg dish - I used fry light oil and stir fried courgette, aubergine, onions, peppers, carrots - squidge of tom puree, red wine vinegar, soy sauce - this is my new favourite dish at the mo, and I'm trying to lose some more weight, so am being particularly careful with food - until like last night I then had a couple of glasses of wine and an ice cream after ...! Tonight dinner will be fish again, menfolk will be having breaded fish, chips/jacket potato, beans/veg, I'll be having steamed smoked haddock and a pile of veg, maybe a small jacket potato with it, but no wine and no ice cream afterwards!

    Work yesterday was a busy one, my job was busy and non stop all day, purely down to the fact they haven't go the staff levels right and there's not enough staff on Mondays and Fridays - our 2 busiest days! They are supposed to be sorting this - nothing happening as yet! Also found out yesterday that one of my colleagues went for an interview for a 1 year secondment in another dept and got it, she'll be moving to new dept in 3 weeks, makes it even worse for us as we're already stretched! Interested to see how the management sort this! We'll see what today brings.

    Keep safe and well x

    nmlc x
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    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 11th Jul 17, 6:22 AM
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    Morning all
    Thanks for the thread nmlc, hugs to those in need.
    We're off to work soon, I need to feed ds's cats on the way.
    After work I'm looking after dd1's twins whilst she has a hospital visit, then back to the cats, then home.
    Corned beef hash for tea tonight. We're going to eat out of the cupboard 2 days a week for a while.
    Have a good day everyone.
    Hugs Hester
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • ancientofdays
    • By ancientofdays 11th Jul 17, 6:22 AM
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    Morning all and thank you for starting the thread nmlc.
    I went to bed very early and got up at 5 so nearly 8 hours sleep and feel better for that. I was so tired at work yesterday after a broken night, should be better today.
    We had a little rain yesterday in the evening and it is meant to rain off and on through today so all the brown and crispy grass will perhaps perk up a bit.
    Just done a load of washing on a quick programme, need to put that on the rack, have some breakfast, shower and head off. Recently we were moved around in our massive office building and I'm no longer sitting by the window, possibly better for productivity but I did enjoy watching the rain. It has just started, not particularly heavy so far but it is already making the air smell lovely and fresh.
    Thank you for showing the photos of your grandchildren judi, both adorable.
    I really must get my behind in gear, hope everyone has a happy day.
    I was jumping to conclusions and one of them jumped back
    • Gers
    • By Gers 11th Jul 17, 6:48 AM
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    Good morning everyone.

    Late last night we had a beautiful pinky / red sky so I'm hopeful of a good day. I'm also hopeful of BT sorting out my dead slow broadband too, someone is supposed to phone me around lunch time.

    Yesterday I wrote an analysis of why the four student's work was deficient and emailed it to my colleague and our boss so now feel better about it. It's out of my hands.

    My chocolate cake rose this time! But it's far too crumbly and just breaks up, less flour next time I think.

    All the pics yesterday were gorgeous indeed. Cheery!

    Happy Tuesday to all.
    • TravellingAbuela
    • By TravellingAbuela 11th Jul 17, 6:55 AM
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    Morning folks and thanks NMLC, It's mizzling here too and going to carry on all day, or so the weatherman says. We had rain yesterday morning as well but at least we had a fine afternoon. I think the gardens have had enough now!

    Miserable weather or not we are having a trip out today. Current thinking is getting the bus to Otley and then backtrack to Ilkley for late lunch. I like Otley for the little market and all it's charity shops, especially St Gemma's where all clothing is 99p and books, cd's and dvd's all 50p. Nowt like a good old rummage for a bargain!

    I am still recovering from the epic match between Nadal and Muller yesterday! I was so exhausted by the time it finished I felt as though I had been playing myself! One of those matches when it's sad to see someone lose.

    No cooking to do today with lunch out planned, so we'll probably just need a snack tonight. I'll leave a couple of tubs of hm soup defrosting to have with a sandwich I think.

    Have a good day folks and (HUGS) for the poorlies, sad or worried who want one. I hope the new babies allowed their mums to have a good night's sleep and all is well with them. Take care all xxx
    "If you dream alone it will remain just a dream. But if we all dream together it will become reality"
    • tru
    • By tru 11th Jul 17, 7:16 AM
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    Congratulations Uncle Speky and Nanny Judi

    Scampi had his first proper swim last night, at Mallard's Pike (Forest of Dean). He was ambling in and out of the water, then a bit further on he decided to go in again. He didn't realise this bit was like the edge of a swimming pool rather than a sloping beach, he jumped and went straight under the water, reappearing a couple of seconds later doing a perfect doggy paddle There was a stand-off between him and some geese, lots of barking and hissing which carried on after he chased them into the water but it stopped when he realised they could swim faster than him so he gave up and swam back

    Grey skies and drizzly rain here, I think it's going to last all day. I hope it gets a bit heavier, the garden gets watered with the hosepipe everyday but rain is so much better for the veg, I think. Not entirely sure what to do today, I had planned to spend some time outside. The shopping is coming mid-morning so apart from putting that away, I don't know what to do with myself.

    • silver-oldie
    • By silver-oldie 11th Jul 17, 7:27 AM
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    Good morning
    Thanks for the thread nmlc.
    We had a thunder storm last night, it's so much fresher this morning. Forecast is for more rain today, we'll see, it often misses us.
    DH has just said he wants to go out, maybe lunch out so no cooking for me today.
    Just read the front pages of the newspapers, the i says millions of carers go five years without a day off. I know the NHS is at breaking point but some days I'm so exhausted.
    Lovely news about the new babies.
    Hope you all have a good day
    If you walk at night no-one will see you cry.
    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 11th Jul 17, 7:29 AM
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    Morning everyone,

    Thank you for starting us off nmlc

    Judi I!!!8217;m glad the meeting with prodigal and the mental health team went well. Hopefully things will start to look up for him and you.

    Gers it is such a shame that the tutor who refuses to reply to your emails has let his students down the way he has.

    Jackie Mersea is a lovely island, although I have been stuck on there on occasion when the strood has been covered by the tide. I think I would find it difficult living somewhere where you have to plan your life around the tides. I know two people who have moved off the island because of this, even though they loved island life.

    I did manage to go to the supermarket yesterday and treated myself to a ready meal. I bought a chicken and chorizo paella. I have only had paella with fish/shellfish before so this was something new to try, and it didn!!!8217;t disappoint. I would make it myself but whenever I make paella I end up making too much and as I don!!!8217;t like eating left over rice it goes to waste. Today I am planning on having turkey goulash that I have just got out of the freezer with some new potatoes and a bit of salad that needs using up.

    Time for some more tea.

    I hope that you all have a good day whatever you are doing.
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 11th Jul 17, 7:57 AM
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    Good Morning, cooler here today but not cold. We're due some much needed rain, the garden really looks arched and even with watering every day the crops are a bit undersized and unhappy looking, rain would be a blessing.

    JUDI congratulations on that beautiful little addition to your family, she's a sweetie and also congratulations to Uncle SPEKY on the arrival of little Willow, welcome to the world small ones may you only know love, happiness and kindness and may your lives be lived in the sunshine.

    Think we're going to have a look at some lightweight travel clothes at an outdoor shop this morning, we're off on our big adventure to Iceland in a few weeks and I only seem to have jeans in the wardrobe which aren't the best to dry if we get wet ( and we will). DD1 who does expeditions put me on to some 'wicking' easy dry T shirts and we got 3 online so I'm taking some advice on makes that will do the job, possibly some with zip off legs to turn them into knee length shorts if it's nice enough. I also need to get another swimsuit as she's determined to swim in every geothermal pool we come across and use every hot tub (apparently most folks have them) at the B & Bs we're booked into so one isn't enough.

    He Who Knows is off to walk Cookie and I'm off to do some housework, have a nice day, xxx.
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • dumpling
    • By dumpling 11th Jul 17, 7:57 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    It's a bit cloudy this morning but no sign of the promised heavy rain. I am glad because I have my weekly trip out with my lovely cmht lady.

    Congratulations to nanny Judi and uncle Speky for yesterday's good news.

    I have just booked two tickets for an AC DC tribute act for Becky in September. I need to persuade Steve to go with her to look after her as my days of throwing myself around a mosh pit are looooong gone . This will be the first gig she has ever gone too but she is beyond excited about it. It will be good for her to have something to look forward too instead of this endless round of appointments.

    I am going to make harissa chicken and bulgar wheat salad for dinner tonight., I can hear the moaning already but I don't care as I am bored bored bored of making the same food. I am doing salmon in a ginger and orange sauce tomorrow too.

    Hope you all have a great day whatever you are up to, take care xx

    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 11th Jul 17, 8:10 AM
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    Good morning everyone and thanks for the start off nmlc
    Hollyharvey indeed Mersea is a beautiful place,and several times we got stuck on there when we first lived there. But you soon learned the tide tables . We had a small white Triumph Spitfire sports car back then, which was, (apart from me of course ) the love of my OHs life. It was a little white thing with only two seats and he kept it spotless the only problem was it only had about a 4" clearance underneath it and because of all the accumulated salt on the Strood it used to ruin the brakes.
    I remember once coming up to London with my OH for the weekend to see my brother and SiL and OH saying to him 'Can you have a look at the brakes Dave they seem a bit soft ' He duly checked them out and said you can't drive it until I fix them the whole of the brakes were corroded with salt and we could have been killed on the way home on the A12 !! So we had to stay an extra day until he fixed them. I can remember seeing a chap on a motorbike once think that he could get across as he thought the water wasn't that deep Wrong his bike went one way and the chap ended up sitting on the top of the barely showing rail at the side of the road until the tide went down The spring tides were the highest at times and its just something you learned to live with no boats or anything you just had to wait for them to go down.

    We too my DGS there a couple of years ago to show them where I used to live and they were fascinated with the place. The fishermen used to at time bring in lost mines that had been caught in their nets and the army would be called out from nearby Colchester to blow them up.They would be towed out to sea then you could hear the bang as they were detonated Great pub down by the Hard and they do smashing fish and chips there .The pianist Semprini lived on the island on one of the houseboats and he was such a nice chap and always raised his hat to any women he passed when walking his dog in the village. He also had a small studio where he practised and often you could hear him playing and it was really lovely .I have many happy memories of the place(apart from the wildlife of course ) and it was only when I was pregnant with my eldest DD that we moved back to London as having lost a baby I wanted to be nearer to a hospital,street lights and civilisation etc back in the early 1960s there were few street lights then and boy was it dark at night

    Well today I have a U3A coffee morning at Dobbies to go to (freebie coffee with my loyalty card) then to Dds to sort out lunch for DGS Henry (he is off today as he doesn't have to go in for sports day ) and let the dogs out and then tonight its quiz night ,so no cooking for me.

    Just had a nice message from DGS Danny in NYC that he sent last night quite late ,bless him, he seems to be enjoying living there, and their heat is much stronger than ours at the moment. No rain here yet but its a bit cooler at least

    Hope everyone has a good day what ever they are doing
    take care all

    JackieO xx
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    • Judi
    • By Judi 11th Jul 17, 8:13 AM
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    Morning all,

    Thankfully Livewire slept well last night but he was awake at the crack of dawn and hasn't shut up since. My daughter, Son in law and granddaughter are still at the hospital waiting for someone from peodiatrics to check my Granddaughter for heart abnormalities.

    Slanging match between me and hubby via text. He told Youngest to turn off his alarm last night resulting in youngest being late for work....The argument started after I found out and after his alarm went off as usual.

    What a great start to the day!

    We really need to make this Livewires last sleepover until Youngest moves out. His staying over affects too many people. Even the dogs sleep downstairs.

    Onwards and forwards,.

    Have a great day all.
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    • csarina2
    • By csarina2 11th Jul 17, 8:42 AM
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    Morning ((((((((((hugs)))))))))) if you need one. I gather congratulations are in order Judi.

    It started to rain last night, not heavy as we had been warned, but steady, its very dull and misty this morning and the temperature has gone down by 10 degrees...brrrrr, fleece on this morning.

    I got all the bedding plus the mattress topper dry yesterday, towels will have to wait for a better day.

    I guess OH is going to mooch round in the house all day as he cannot get out to the garden.

    Supper mince and dough balls.......
    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 11th Jul 17, 8:46 AM
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    Morning everyone, thanks for the start nmlc.

    Apart from a few spots we didn't have any of the forecasted rain yesterday, let's hope we get some today.
    My elderly dog seems to be having some problems with her back legs, she was diagnosed with arthritis last year and has been on anti inflammatory medication since, yesterday she seemed to slump down on the floor and since then has been a lot worse. She isn't in obvious pain as no panting, whining etc and seems happy enough as tucked into her breakfast as normal but will see if any improvement over 24 hours and if not call the vet out
    So, not sure about today, have Pilates but will see how she is doing as OH is out seeing a client and wouldnt want to leave her.
    Tea will be something veggie, perhaps cashew & carrot burgers with roasted veg couscous.

    Lyn I went to Iceland around 10 years again and can seriously say have never been anywhere like it, an amazing place and a swimsuit is definitely needed, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is fantastic

    Have a good day folks x
    • SpekySquarehead
    • By SpekySquarehead 11th Jul 17, 8:52 AM
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    Morning all,

    Thank you all for the well wishes yesterday. I didn't get an opportunity to meet my new niece what with work and all but I've arrange to see them on Thursday. I've been sent a picture but I'm struggling to upload the damn thing. Huge congrats Judi!!! The 10th July, a date neither of us will forget.

    Gers, I've inherited the tradition of offering everyone a drink now I'm in my own place. I didn't realise it was a custom of Scotland but more just being kind and generous.

    Played footie last night with work then had a relaxing night with an early bed.

    Step-dads birthday today. Need to nip out at lunch and get him something. Dinner at my mums tonight to celebrate.

    Jackie - I love your stories. And I googled the Triumph Spitfire car and they look amazing fun.

    Have a lovely day everyone.
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    • Judi
    • By Judi 11th Jul 17, 9:40 AM
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    Triumph spitfire. I get them mixed up with the Triumph stag...I remember them in my distant past.

    Hospital have detected a slight heart murmur in my Granddaughter. They want to keep her till this evening.

    I'm telling myself...history doesn't have to repeat itself.
    'Holy crap on a cracker!'
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 11th Jul 17, 10:12 AM
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    Hi all

    Judi Congratulations on your new addition to the brood. She is gorgeous Your right... history doesn't have to repeat itself and the hospital are right on the ball this time. Thinking about you all x

    Uncle Specky Willow is going to be so lucky to have an uncle like you I can tell.

    Made me feel old that people had to google a Triumph Spitfire Good story Jackie you should defo write a book

    Strange one here today I have had what I assume is an allergic reaction to a new tube of toothpaste ..Aquafresh. Started using it a few days ago and my lips and tongue swelled up and the inside of my mouth feels like its been burned Took me a while to realise it was the toothpaste ....thought it was something I had eaten. Anyway I have stopped now obviously so hopefully it will all calm down. I did google and apparently they have had lots of reports of it so wont be recommending that to anyone feels like I have brushed my teeth with bleach at the moment

    Weather pretty grim now but supposed to be back to sun again tomorrow was nice to have a cool sleep last night I must admit.

    Made a big pot of butternut squash soup yesterday for mum so may have a dip of that today for lunch depending on how my mouth is then crack on later with some sausage casserole for her.

    Have a great day everyone particularly those with new arrivals
    • redruby
    • By redruby 11th Jul 17, 10:52 AM
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    Morning all

    Raining here and has been for a good few hours the garden desperately needs it though so wont grumble !

    Day off today ad I need to give the house a good clean through and hopefully take the dog to the park in-between showers, OH took her over the fields last night and within hours her eyes had swollen up, not fully shut but they looked sore, could not do anything last night but was going to take her to the vets today, woke up this morning and she is back to normal !! I think we had this last year with her after being over the fields it must be something they spray the crops with, anyhoo we will stick to the park for a while.

    I have the dentist this afternoon just for a check up so once I am out of there I might watch a film.

    Popped into John Lewis on the way home yesterday and saw some towel bundles reduced to half price, 2 flannels 2 hand towels and two bath sheets for 15, I bought two and they are lovely quality, some of my towels I bought before my dd was born over 22 years ago and are getting a bit ratty, so these can be made into rags. I have the new ones in the wash.

    Congrats to Judi re the new baby hope all is well with her xx

    Specky congrats again you you xx

    Have good days all xxx
    • elona
    • By elona 11th Jul 17, 11:21 AM
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    Grey skies and drizzly here so I am glad I got a lot of laundry dried outside at the weekend.

    Had a bacon sandwich for breakfast and a dd is popping round after being at the dentist so might do something like scrambled egg or soup depending how her mouth is.

    I was hobbling round on Sunday as my knees were so sore and stiff and dds have been nagging me to see the doctor. A dd got me some pain relief spray and cream (asked the pharmacist's advice)
    yesterday and that has helped so will try to get a gp appointment later this week or next.

    Congratulations to Judi and speky on the new arrivals.

    Someone is supposed to be doing some planting this afternoon but not sure if the weather will allow this so fingers crossed. Might hobble down to the shops later for bread, milk, eggs and veg etc.


    Your Mum is very lucky that you are still cooking for her after some of her comments and your dishes sound lovely. I sent a dd off with three home made frozen meals yesterday and she was chuffed to find that one of them was a home made beef and mushroom pie.

    Hugs to all.
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    • lonewhitewolf
    • By lonewhitewolf 11th Jul 17, 11:24 AM
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    Morning all x
    Late one from me as I have been to see counsellor this morning so feeling like a wrung out dish rag at mo.
    Dinner tonight will be chicken steaks chips and peas as Tbh I cba to do anything else. I will feel better tomoz just need to shake the blues today from bringing up the past this morning.
    Seeing doc on Thursday and have been advised to see if I can get him to give me some sleeping tablets as sleep is avoiding me of late.
    Anyhoo enough from this miserable mare. Congrats to JUDI and fingers crossed all goes well x
    Hugs to all in need xx
    Bright Blessings xx
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