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    • nmlc
    • By nmlc 9th Feb 18, 6:17 AM
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    O/S Daily Friday 9th February 2018
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    • 9th Feb 18, 6:17 AM
    O/S Daily Friday 9th February 2018 9th Feb 18 at 6:17 AM
    O/S Daily Friday 9th February 2018

    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

    Still dark, milder but wet underfoot and still raining, blustery too.

    DH up and gone to work stupid early, DS1 now getting ready for work and DS2 still in his pit, will wake him shortly, he'll come with me to do the food shopping, then walk from there to the gym.

    Dinner last night was a lovely mixed grill type dinner, I visited the butcher after the disaster with the pork chops bought elsewhere and will try to use the butcher as much as possible. I bought 1 x big pack of butcher's sausages, 1 x pack of butchers lincolnshire sausages, a huge bag of liver, and 2 x large pieces of rump steak which the butcher kindly cut in halves to make 4 small steaks, although they were very thick pieces, I served the steak, 2 x sausages, some liver in gravy to those that wanted some, a slice of bacon, chips and peas - went down very well - clean plates all round. The unused sausages were bagged up and are now in the freezer along with the unused liver, so a good stock for another meal. I have been using bits out of the freezer so it's got some pockets of space. Tonight's dinner I'm not sure what we'll be having, but I'll sort that whilst shopping.

    Yesterday I got practically nothing done at home due to not being here most of the day - although I did get a couple of loads of washing done, and another is whirling round in the machine at the moment, the dirty wash basket only now has 4 items in it - so not enough to do a wash, but the beds need stripping and the towels need washing so a few more loads will be needed today. I'll do what ironing needs doing once I get back from shopping, then run the hoover round, there's no point doing a big clean as I don't know how much mess the heating engineer is going to make tomorrow, not too much I hope.

    The visits from the health teams went well yesterday, and at last think we have made some progress with one of mum's other health issues, which has not been addressed but is now very much on the agenda and we're hoping that she sticks to her word that she will be willing to go for a formal assessment to get a proper diagnosis. This will be her main health issue in the future, as her physical mobility is very good, she's almost back to the same level of fitness as she was before the stroke, but her mental/memory health has deteriorated massively and some days she's very muddled and confused. Also she has practically no short term memory at all. But everything is in hand and moving forward albeit slowly, it will be long process I'm sure.

    Keep safe and well x

    nmlc x
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 9th Feb 18, 6:25 AM
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    Morning everyone

    I hope that you are feeling a bit better this morning nannywindow.

    One of the advantages of living alone is getting all of the bed to myself, and not having to live with snoring/restless sleepers or someone else hogging most of the bed! I feel for those of you who are being kept awake at night.

    I was going through my recently updated freezer and cupboard inventories yesterday, and realised that if I stretched out what I have I could probably live on what I have in for the best part of a year. I would just need to buy fresh fruit/veg/salad, milk and bread. So Iím going to join the eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge thread and sort this out. I hate the thought of so much money tied up.

    I donít usually menu plan but am going to do a plan for a week this morning and then buy any fresh veg I need for the week. If I do it early enough I may be able to get to the supermarket and back before it gets too busy.

    As it is half term there are a few free things going on in the town next week so I want to call into the library while Iím out and get a list of events. There may be some things on there that Iím interested in going to.

    Have a good day whatever you are doing.
    • ancientofdays
    • By ancientofdays 9th Feb 18, 6:32 AM
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    Good morning, my OH and DS are on their way to Manchester airport, DS flies out at 10. So far I have found only one thing that he had intended to take and left behind. Hopefully the motorways should not be too bad, at least at the beginning of the journey. OH should be back around midday. They have both been fed bacon butties.

    I have started the Friday Tidy and will continue though can't really run the vacuum cleaner at this hour. The washing machine is on though, with the first of several loads. I can only do so much, it is pretty wet so things will need to dry indoors.

    It is going to be a quiet house for the next few weeks and I'll enjoy that but will miss him, I might not miss the regular yell of "mum, where's my ...." though.

    I hope everyone has a good day
    I was jumping to conclusions and one of them jumped back
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 9th Feb 18, 6:38 AM
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    Morning All

    Your new friend sounds just the ticket dumpling, hope he settles in well.

    Cold and wet here of course, the day I need to walk to the station! I'm going to DS2s in The Hague straight from work, not heard from him but assume he is back from his travels. DD arrived in Cambodia yesterday, seems to be the week for travelling in our family.

    House all ship shape, bins emptied and everything switched off, see you Tuesday! Take care. XX
    • TravellingAbuela
    • By TravellingAbuela 9th Feb 18, 6:46 AM
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    Morning folks and thanks NMLC. The forecast says it should be sleeting here then turning to light snow - it's doing neither thank goodness! Yet!

    Just enjoying a 2nd coffee in peace before wakening the 3 girls. I wish I could instill a bit of speed into the eldest (13) she messes about as if any time will do! Good news last night - no minding to be done over half term as DD has taken her working days off! Another free week! I love them all to bits but it's nice to have a week to ourselves sometime!

    As it's, yet again, the end of the week the Friday Tidy beckons, once the girls are safely installed in school. Next week I intend tackling the bedroom the 2 youngest share. It's like Toys R Us in there and I am hoping to prune a lot of the "stuff". They have outgrown a lot of the books, games, toys etc so time to be ruthless!

    The living from the freezer is catching and I am determined to stick with it this time. HM soup and a bagel out defrosting for lunch and some chicken breasts thawing. waiting to be transformed into something for dinner. Awaiting inspiration on that!

    Have a good day all and, as always, ((HUGS)) for the poorlies, sad, worried or lonely. The bugs seem to be still doing the rounds among a lot of people. We need warm sun! Take care all xx
    "If you dream alone it will remain just a dream. But if we all dream together it will become reality"
    • redruby
    • By redruby 9th Feb 18, 7:14 AM
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    Morning all

    Cold here today but and have rain which might be a bit sleety it meant to brighten up later though.

    Off to work for me but its Friday which means takeaway and wine I look forward to Friday night all week.

    Washing to do tonight and a quick tidy through.

    The log man is coming tomorrow its the first load we have needed this winter after OH did a small job and was given a load of wood for free, so we have had free heat all winter, we are just running out now.

    Im going to make some chicken kiev tomorrow night, we made some at work the other day and they were so tasty so I will have a go tomorrow.

    Right I had better get on have good days all xx
    • tiredmum2
    • By tiredmum2 9th Feb 18, 8:10 AM
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    Morning all
    Wet wet wet here this morning dolly not happy and her walk was done in double quick time she is now hiding under her blank in her bed.
    Busy day today DD2 is off to a spa day with her friend as her pressie for graduation so i need to collect her from the station then they will need picking up afterwards i will need to come home and do the friday clean . Dinner is sausage n mash
    Have a great day whatever you are up to x
    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 9th Feb 18, 8:22 AM
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    Hard Up Hester
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    Morning all
    Thanks for the thread nmlc and hugs to all those in need.
    I'm off to collect some dgd's soon, I have to bring them back to the boat as we have to turn it around so the engineer can work on the solar panels.
    Then I need to go to the bank, take CHS to work and then take the dgd's home and stay with them until mum gets home.
    Have a good day everyone.
    Hugs Hester
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • csarina2
    • By csarina2 9th Feb 18, 8:33 AM
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    Morning (((((((((((hugs)))))))))) if you need one.

    Shopping yesterday wore me out after a bad night on Wednesday, I was glad to get to bed after spending most of the evening dozing on the settee.

    I saw G yesterday afternoon, he is coming this morning to put the slabs back down at the side of the shed. I am taking our neighbour B down to the Drs for a blood test in a short while. If she goes on the bus before 9.30 she has to pay £1.80 to travel a mile.

    No plans for the day except to do the mac and cheese we should have had last night.
    • Judi
    • By Judi 9th Feb 18, 8:39 AM
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    Morning all,

    Before we had the King size bed Grumps restless legs were such a problem i suggested single beds but a King sized bed and a bar of soap was a compromise that worked.

    Now i just have to find a solution to him overheating in bed. I'm in bed frozen stiff and he's chucking the duvet off him and opening the window when theres snow and ice outside.

    Not much to do today but i am going to tackle the black grouting in between the bathroom floor tiles. I really do wish i'd chose a different colour but black tiles and black grouting seemed the obvious choice at the time.

    Grump will be home tonight. I need him to alter the timer on the radiators this weekend. I need them to come on earlier and go off later. I cant even see the temperature settings on the boiler let alone how to work them out. On the plus side i managed to bluetooth Youtube from my phone to the telly last night. I'm rather proud of that.

    Dumpling how are you coping with getting Becky to school?

    Onwards and forwards,

    Have a great day all.
    'Holy crap on a cracker!'
    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 9th Feb 18, 8:41 AM
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    Morning everyone,

    Wet here too but not so cold which is something.

    Need to change the bed and the towels today so that's the main job, if it clears up weather wise later I will get Lulu out and about, she was a good girl in the school yesterday apart from one tiny spook over a pigeon flying up from the hedge!
    Apart from that no major plans, tea is pork saltimboca with pea mash, one of the £1 meals from my M Barclay book, there may well be wine involved as well

    Have a good day folks, enjoy your Friday x
    • tiredmum2
    • By tiredmum2 9th Feb 18, 8:57 AM
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    Muscle Food Recall Meat Following Inspection I know some of you use this company x
    Thursday, 08 February 2018 19 19:20 Written by Editor
    Food News | Muscle Food Recall Meat Following Inspection | Andover & VillagesThe decision to recall was taken by Muscle Food, following an unannounced inspection by the FSA of their supplier, DB Foods.

    The Food Standards Agency had concerns about procedures at DB Foods for use-by dates on some products that were not compliant with legal requirements.

    Muscle Food supplies meat products via its website directly to the public and the business is contacting all of its affected customers to make them aware of the recall.

    People who have bought these products are advised not to eat them.

    Muscle Food will arrange a courier to pick the products up, and provide a full refund for the items.

    There is no indication that people have become ill from eating meat supplied by DB Foods. The FSA are continuing to investigate their procedures along with local authorities and further action will be taken if necessary.

    The recall of the affected products is a proportionate response to the issues found. There is no evidence of wider problems across DB Foods sites and no further action that would affect the business has been necessary. Distribution from their sites is continuing and is being overseen by FSA staff.
    The FSA and FSS have already announced a review of cutting plants and cold stores following separate investigations into the meat sector. Further details of the review will be published later this month and the results will be fully available to the public.

    The FSA continue to engage regularly with industry associations and to make clear the responsibility their members have to produce meat according to the regulations.

    • SpekySquarehead
    • By SpekySquarehead 9th Feb 18, 9:06 AM
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    Morning everyone,

    I returned last night from London and was home for around 8ish. Although a business trip, it was an enjoyable one. I do love that city. We got the train back to the hotel one night, and the Canary Wharf sky-scrappers were all lit up, even at 10pm. I love that sight. It feels business-y. It feel as though people are being productive. I find it quite inspirational.

    Anyway. Back to miserable, cold and grey Glasgow. I've my telephone interview at 1pm, so I'll need to nip out of the office discretely. I've been told it'll only last 15 minutes, so it should be more of a get to know each other, type of thing.

    Absolutely zero plans this weekend which is just dandy!

    HH - That's amazing!! How big is your freezer!?!?!?
    Judi - Am i missing something? A bar of soap? In bed? To cure restlessness?
    Debt Free Date: 29/09/16
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 9th Feb 18, 9:15 AM
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    Good morning, rain on the windows, but not looked at the forecast yet.

    Had a lovely time at the birthday lunch yesterday, then managed a walk with the dog before the rain came, woke me up a little after being indoors sat being idle. Market visit to be made as usual on Fridays, have quite a long list to do, then need to start on the chores which have been building up again, it seems to be one step forward and two back all the time.

    Hugs and spoons, have a good day all.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 9th Feb 18, 9:19 AM
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    Morning everyone.

    Wet and mild here, hoping that the freezing weather is gone.

    This morning Iím doing some little jobs for DM, think she got the hint last night that Iím tiring and canít keep on doing things one after the other from the moment I walk through the door. Sheís also stopped coming into Ďmy bedroomí every five minutes.

    Judi - on the continental mainland its usual for each person to have their own duvet on a shared bed. That helps stop the problem of over-heating / being cold and duvet hogging. Itís always puzzled me why folk here are wedded to one duvet for a couple. Itís almost as if individual duvets become symbols of a relationship in trouble. Seems to me that trouble starts with duvet problems.

    Right, I must awaí and tear myself from listening to on the radio.

    Happy Friday to everyone.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 9th Feb 18, 10:35 AM
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    Good morning chums, and a very wet Kent this morning, with even more due later I believe.

    Still its Friday, so a tidy is on the agenda for me this morning, and after lunch I will be off to History Club which is always a lovely end to the week as we all have so much fun there with lots of cake ,coffee and laughter plus a good amount of knowledge.

    I too am eating my way through the freezer, and it really is amazing how much stuff is in there that has been forgotten, I had a delicious HM shepards pie last night for dinner, which I had mashed the spuds with parmesan cheese before Christmas, and it was very moreish. I shall do that recipe again methinks Its like mining for gold in my freezer

    Tonight though I shall be using one of my pub chain birthday vouchers on the way home for my freebie dinner saves me cooking, and it will be nice to sit down and be served dinner and no washing up to do afterwards.I have two of them to use up before the 15th February so the second one I will use probably one night next week.

    My eldest DD and her OH are flying out to NYC this afternoon to see my DGS Danny and his wife for a week so I hope the weather isn't too cold for them.

    On Sunday my youngest and I are going to my DGD's Katie's baby shower that her friend has organised in a local hotel.
    I think we get tea and nibbles as well there. I have bought her a few things from her baby list so hopefully she will be pleased with them.

    Last night my youngest DGD Holly and her b/f arrived with a couple of late birthday presents, a gorgeous blue orchid in a very nice pot, and a 1000 piece jigsaw of NYC to keep me happy and busy
    She knows I have a passion for jigsaws

    Nice chat with her and she also brought me a really nice large poster that the children in her year two class had made, covered with notes and hand drawn pictures saying 'Thank You'.
    I had donated all my crafting stuff when I had a clear out to DGD's class at her primary school, and the children were all really pleased with everything.
    Apparently on Friday afternoons 'Miss' gets all of her Grannies crafting stuff out of the cupboard, and the children all have a great time making things.

    I am so pleased that its gone to a good home rather than being just tipped There were two huge Bags for Life full of stuff I had collected over a couple of years back when I did crafting , but now just didn't use much at all (no time ) Holly said the children love all of the stamps and glittery things and glueing etc.She is going to get them to make Mother's Day cards next month as well.

    Right, time is getting on and so must I.

    Hope you all have a good Friday and keep warm and dry if you can

    Cheers chums

    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018
    Running total for four months food only shopping =£126.24.Freezer stuff slowly going down at last May totals £31.11 June spends so far £18.90, brought a few odds and ends home from my holiday and using those up first.
    • Judi
    • By Judi 9th Feb 18, 10:51 AM
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    Judi - Am i missing something? A bar of soap? In bed? To cure restlessness?
    Old wives tale but it works for Grump. It supposedly works for cramps or restless leg syndrome. Ive even popped some under his pillow when he's pulled a muscle in his shoulder.

    Judi - on the continental mainland its usual for each person to have their own duvet on a shared bed. That helps stop the problem of over-heating / being cold and duvet hogging. It!!!8217;s always puzzled me why folk here are wedded to one duvet for a couple. It!!!8217;s almost as if individual duvets become symbols of a relationship in trouble. Seems to me that trouble starts with duvet problems.
    Wish i'd thought of it before we bought the duvet cover. Wouldnt have an issue replacing the duvet at it wasnt too expensive but the duvet cover made up for it.
    Last edited by Judi; 09-02-2018 at 10:57 AM.
    'Holy crap on a cracker!'
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 9th Feb 18, 12:11 PM
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    Hi all

    Feeling a bit sorry for myself today ...thick head and a bit nauseous entirely self inflicted of course not sure how i thought 3 glasses of wine (large) made sense after nearly 2 months off drinking. Anyway had a lovely meal with 2 of my friends ...sea bass and a lobster and prosecco sauce tasty we were there most of the afternoon and properly sorted all the worlds problems out

    The hip education session was a bit of a waste of time nothing different from my last one just hope it happens soon now getting so sick of this lack of mobility.

    Need to nip and get some pittas and a bit of salady stuff. no wine for me though need to recoup with lots of tea and cordial
    For dinner Im having HM doner kebabs with all the trimmings ..seems appropriate after my wine fest cooking it in the slow cooker today for a change not totally convinced at the moment but hoping it comes out OK

    Been enjoying the winter olympic opening ceremony in the background today looking forward to watching the events what a beautiful venue.

    Holly I dread to think how long I could live out of my freezer but I suspect it would be a lot of months ...I have been stocking up ready for when i have my op but thinking about it there was no real need as I could have daily online shopping deliveries if I wanted to and a hotline to dominoes of course, so its just an excuse to do more of my favourite Do need to give my head a wobble though as both freezers are now stacko
    nanny hope you are feeling better lovely ...cant have you missing sunday lunch with Dad that would not please him

    oh yes meant to ask why do some people offer hugs and spoons ? I get hugs but not spoons.....why would I want more sppons? I have loads if you count teaspoons and dessert spoons oh and wooden spoons I have a few of too. I did google but could only find links to cutlery sets from amazon ans a list of all the nearest wetherspoons

    Off to nurse my head then hit Asda.Have a great day all and teaspoons all round xx
    Last edited by Nelski; 09-02-2018 at 12:14 PM.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 9th Feb 18, 1:45 PM
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    Yes. Copied from Google...

    Put a bar of soap under your sheet! ... Doctors are not sure, but some believe that the magnesium in the soap stops the problem. That is because magnesium deficiency is a leading cause of both restless leg syndrome and leg cramps. Dr. Oz suggests lavender soap because it helps to relax the muscles with its natural scent.

    Certainly works for Grump.
    Originally posted by Judi
    I just read this out to Mr LW, and he's agreed to give it a go.
    Watch this space.....
    oh yes meant to ask why do some people offer hugs and spoons ? I get hugs but not spoons.....why would I want more sppons? I have loads if you count teaspoons and dessert spoons oh and wooden spoons I have a few of too. I did google but could only find links to cutlery sets from amazon ans a list of all the nearest wetherspoons
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Nelski 'twas I who first brought Spoons to MSE - have a read of this, written by a fellow Lupie; it will explain all.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 9th Feb 18, 2:41 PM
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    LameWolf - It probably was your doing that I first read of the spoons theory, but not sure. It made so much sense to a way of life that I was struggling to understand and certainly not ready to accept at that time.

    Now I will stand up and state that my problems are nowhere near as severe as yours and others, but I now seem to have acquired 4 chronic and often painful and debilitating conditions and that for most of the time the worst thing for me is the utter fatigue and the inability to pace myself or make plans.

    So Nelski, you will often find me offering spoons and if I could send some your way and help with the pain I would willingly do so, (not sure if you dear ladies need a particular type of spoon for dealing with awkward oldies though
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