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    • Knit Witch
    • By Knit Witch 18th Jul 17, 8:29 PM
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    Knit Witch
    The Garden Fence - proper Old Style support and chat!
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    • 18th Jul 17, 8:29 PM
    The Garden Fence - proper Old Style support and chat! 18th Jul 17 at 8:29 PM
    As threads are going walkabout I thought I would start the next stage of this off - I will try and do the links later!
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    • pandamonium
    • By pandamonium 2nd Dec 17, 11:01 PM
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    Just catching up here. My thought are with Ivyleaf, MMF and VJsmum. Also Nursemaggie, I've lived in a block where noise travels and it can e a real nuisance. Upstairs neighbours stamping around must be a nightmare. Fingers crossed that you will be able to move soon. It looks like our move will happen between Christmas and New Year - great fun, not!

    Your oven door incident sounds scary, Monnagran. I had heard that Ovenpride cleaner can cause this to happen if used on glass, don't know if this is true, but since I read it I've avoided using it on the glass.
    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 3rd Dec 17, 12:08 AM
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    pandamonium We were expected to move between Christmas and New Year 2 years ago. We had to ask for an extra week on the lease as removal companies do not work between Christmas and New Year. The earliest we could get was 6th January.

    I have had that problem before years ago our buyer wanted to move in Christmas Eve. I had a toddler and was expecting another in March. No way were we doing it without a remover. We also refused to move New Years day as no removal then either. His furniture arrived Christmas Eve and we moved out in the new year. His furniture was put in the garage.

    What a nightmare that was. That was the house where the people we bought from had taken all the sockets and light switches with them and the gas fires. The house did not have central heating. The baby was born on 26th January.

    Don't let anyone talk you into a move then there is no one available to sort anything if things go wrong. These days only emergency services and shops work between Christmas and New Year.

    By the way DS says he is going to work Boxing Day and New year, that way he will get double time plus days off in lieu which he will keep for our move. Sounds like a good idea.

    We have had a day of peace and quiet today the neighbours must have been out I have not heard a thing. DS has not complained about them leaving the baby half an hour before feeding it. For some reason I have not been able to hear the baby since the first few days. He says it is definitely only a few weeks old.

    Thanks for telling us about not putting oven Pride on a glass door. If we get this house it has a duel fuel range so I will be selling my electric cooker. It will need a good clean.

    monna I am sure you would love to use it for cooking all those mince pies.

    Oh another Christmas move. We moved to Anglesey. The house had an Aga, it also ran the central heating. It stopped working about a week before Christmas. We rang the local engineer to come and fix it. He was fully booked into the new year.

    He turned up late on 23rd December saying my wife says I'm not to leave you with nothing to cook Christmas dinner with. He then told us it had not been serviced for over 5 years. He knew it could not have been done as he was the only Aga engineer within a 50 mile radius of where he lived on the mainland. He was a lovely man I had it serviced every year I never wanted to be without it again. I'd love an Aga again.

    Thinking of you all what ever your problems. Will remember you in my prayers tonight. lots of hugs.
    Last edited by nursemaggie; 03-12-2017 at 12:11 AM.
    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 3rd Dec 17, 2:36 AM
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    The Scottish-themed eating continues - the hospital cafe make *the best* shortbread dipped in chocolate! We set up Striclty on iplayer for dad yesterday evening, last weeks' episode of course, so dad could watch it while sipping a g & t through a straw.
    Talk about dad being a charater, Yep, he was talking about his funeral (because he wants to make sure he gets his own way one last time!), and I said to him I could do with a Pound everytime someone says, 'he was a real characture' and he chuckled with pride in himself

    We asked his lovely nurse to have a chat with him about a medical worry he had and that seemed to help his thought process regarding the palliative care. They have removed all monitoring equipment atm because, as they said, it is not providing any useful info and is distracting him. They are watching out for any mental distress as well as physical, but he is coping ok.

    I'll no doubt say it again but the staff have all been fabulous, from the cleaner to the consultant and everyone in between.

    Have had 4 hours sleep and shall be snuggling down again in a mo. It's good to be able to check in here for a few minutes and jot down a few thoughts. Thank you for being there, x
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 3rd Dec 17, 2:42 AM
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    Oh joy, I seemed to have rejoined the 'awake at silly o'clock club'. Are you awake too Joy?

    You'd think a few hours wrangling three year old twins, a dog and a 12 year old would be enough to ensure a good night's sleep wouldn't you.

    When I got home CHS had turned an unwanted wine rack into a very useful spice rack, made a box for me to use as combined yarn storage and footstool and made a drawer insert to give me extra work surface.

    Rest assured I rewarded him in the way he likes best!

    I received a phone call call yesterday offering me half an hour's work and I will earn 50, I didn't think it was possible to earn that much in such a short time and still keep my clothes on. On second thoughts I'm sure the sight of me naked would have lot's of people offering me money to cover myself up.

    Anyway, I digress, it's market research on sweets and biscuits and just 10 minutes down the road.

    Maybe I'll get free samples, who knows.
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 3rd Dec 17, 6:19 AM
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    No Hester, I was in the land of nod for once. I woke up at 4.44. I did add a m on to that but tablet swiftly corrected me to 4 tram. As I absolutely had not woken up on a number 4 tram I uncorrected it.
    CHS could be very usefully employed down here. He might not get the reward he was expecting though. Would a raw mince pie fill the bill?
    50 for half an hour? Could you not offer to work for them full time? If you did a 40 hour week that's ...oooh.... 208,000 a year. Easier than taking your clothes off. Which reminds me of when my boys were teenagers and the TV breathed its last. We pondered gloomily about what we could do to replace it and in the end I said that there was nothing else for it, I'd have to sell my body. Eldest thought that was a good idea and we might get enough for a second-hand black and white set.

    MMS, I tell you! Your dad will leave with a smile on his face. I will cherish the thought of him sipping G&T through a straw while watching Strictly and issuing orders about his funeral.
    My friend's mum insisted that even if she was in a coma and they had to keep checking to see if she was still breathing, they should play The Archers to her every night because she wanted to know how a particular storyline panned out.

    nursemaggie I have AGA envy. Never had one but always hankered after one. Your DS is a gem. Working on Boxing Day and New Year so that he can help with the move is true devotion.


    You don't HAVE a soul, you ARE a soul. You HAVE a body.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • fuddle
    • By fuddle 3rd Dec 17, 10:13 AM
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    I'm sad to read that you've experienced something that broke the camel's back monna. There's only so much disappointment we can deal with and you've had a house sale fall through and the workhorse of the house give up on you. It's not self pity at all. It's just how we all cope with life's ups and downs... and you knew you had the mince pies to cook while you were sweeping up shards of glass! Broken glass stresses me out I can tell you.

    I hope you're doing chipper now monna.
    Please don't judge my story by the chapter that you walked in on.
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 3rd Dec 17, 10:36 AM
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    Fuddle, you cannot imagine how ashamed I feel at losing it over something so minor when you think of the real problems people have.

    Life goes on and although he doesn't know it yet, Will is going to be spending a large part of the afternoon ferrying mincepies up and down the road in various stages of bakedness. They will also be lending me their food processor as I have also to make enough bread sauce for 70 and the electric grater I bought to make the breadcrumbs doesn't work.
    As a reward for all this help I will be giving him a bag of my washing to put through their washing machine. My gratitude knows no bounds.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • burtha
    • By burtha 3rd Dec 17, 10:40 AM
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    Hi all,
    Mmf, sending hugs and Ivy so sorry to hear about your brother x

    Playing catch up ....
    Need another 4 hours in the day at least , nothing changed really ....
    Running daily still , clocked up 80 miles in Nov ... more if poss for Dec , stress levels are already through the roof ...
    Stay safe everyone
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 3rd Dec 17, 11:32 AM
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    My god Hester, they could employ me for research on sweeties. I'm an EXPERT! Imagine eating sweeties and getting paid for it!!!
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 3rd Dec 17, 2:33 PM
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    Lol Mar I did chuckle when I found out what I.was going to be asked about!
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 4th Dec 17, 5:23 AM
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    I take it that you have all had a good nights sleep as this thread has been untouched for about 15 hours. I hate it when it slips off the first page, I feel quite insecure when I can't spot it immediately I arrive.

    So........6 dozen mince pies made, 4 dozen baked and in tins. 2 dozen gone AWOL but hopefully will find their way home this morning. Just 6 pints of bread sauce to sort out now.
    This morning, my friend who does this with me is picking me up and we are hitting the Cash and Carry. We always have lunch out on these occasions and at this time of the year we go to the Roman Villa because we love the little restaurant there. Can't get near the place in summer for coach parties. The only thing we have to contend with now is the Tinsel and Turkey brigade but they are not so keen on the Villa so we should be OK.

    Millie Houdini went walkabout yesterday. Goodness knows how she got out. The only way out is through the kitchen and I was a permanent fixture there yesterday. Whatever, I looked up from the sink and there she was, swaggering through the archway and barking to be let in. My blood ran cold. The village knows her, but there are many visitors to the hotel who don't and I don't know how long she'd been out there.


    Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
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    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 4th Dec 17, 6:46 AM
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    Poor Millie - she pops out to round up the stray Mince pies and what gratitude does she get....

    Enjoy lunch, well deserved.

    I am off to work, running late hey-ho
    Note to self - STOP SPENDING MONEY !!
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 4th Dec 17, 7:22 AM
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    I decided to read last night instead of rambling on here.

    I'm now trying to decide what to wear for my market research interview, do I go as an elderly hippie, mad boat lady or do I pretend to be normal?

    I have two family problems to worry about and I can't see either being resolved before Christmas, so I have a few weeks of worrying ahead.

    until the situations are resolved I cannot talk about them so it means the worrying just intensifies.

    Hey ho there are many worse off than me so I'll shut up whinging.

    Nice e to see you Burtha, glad Millie returned safely Monna.
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 4th Dec 17, 7:22 AM
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    Islandmaid, I'm glad she didn't find them. MILLIE + mincepies would not be a happy combination.

    I forgot to reassure panda that whatever happened to my oven door was almost certainly not due to over use of Oven Pride. I might go as far as to say that the relationship between Oven Pride and my oven door is tenuous in the extreme. They are but distant acquaintances. In fact I don't think they would recognise each other if they met.

    Thank you for giving me such an excellent excuse though. I have filed it away for future use.
    Last edited by monnagran; 04-12-2017 at 7:32 AM.
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • monnagran
    • By monnagran 4th Dec 17, 7:36 AM
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    Hester, what about the blue suede corset. Maybe the PVC mac and high heeled shoes, or is it too chilly?
    I believe that friends are quiet angels
    Who lift us to our feet when our wings
    Have trouble remembering how to fly.
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 4th Dec 17, 8:04 AM
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    Hard Up Hester
    They w would probably phone the police if I arrived dressed like that, though the look on their faces could be worth it!
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • elona
    • By elona 4th Dec 17, 10:01 AM
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    Remember the mantra "As far as everyone knows, we are nice normal people!"
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 4th Dec 17, 10:38 AM
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    Sending positive vibes this morning to MMF, Burtha and Karcher also to NM for the noise and for the new house. Stay warm Mardatha (you need sugar to create energy to keep you warm - virtual jellybabies to you)
    Monna- hope the mince pie/oven debacle gets sorted soon and no mishaps with the bread sauce!
    Hester - hope the survey goes well and maybe more dosh for you too in the future. Keep meaning to ask - have you had any feedback from your previous employment at all?? You probably don't care though!
    Dashing round the SM today for the club's childrens christmas party. I've also got to wrap up all the selection boxes, buy birthday cards and organise for our weekend away - better get my arris in gear!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 4th Dec 17, 11:24 AM
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    No feedback, SS, my replacement was given to understand I'd left in mysterious circumstances, until she was eventually told by someone else that I had retired.

    I'm back from my market research it was about chewing gum, the three other participants had travelled 30 or 40 miles each way so that must eat in to the 50

    Now it's on with my exciting life, cleaning, crochet, eBaying and trying to repair a hearing aid!
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 4th Dec 17, 12:14 PM
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    Mind now doing quick calculation of time taken to drive 60-80 miles (ie that needs to have cost of that time covered) and the petrol for a car presumably coming out of that 50....mind boggling.

    But for an opportunity 10 minutes walk down the road - total time taken 10 minutes + 30 minutes + 10 minutes and no transport costs = where do I sign up?I don't eat sweets - but that's a minor issue....
    Like Frankie said - I did it my way.
    It's MY life......
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