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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 16th Apr 18, 1:58 AM
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    Old Style Daily Monday 16th April 2018
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    • 16th Apr 18, 1:58 AM
    Old Style Daily Monday 16th April 2018 16th Apr 18 at 1:58 AM
    This is an ďover the garden fenceĒ type thread where we chat about everything Old Style and maybe a little bit more. Itís a great, inspiring and motivating thread we start each day to discuss what Old Style things weíre going to do today or what weíve achieved already. Everyoneís welcome, please do come in, put your feet up (although check the fence hasnít 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 donít post large pictures, or clip art Ė links are preferred. When you make a post, if you feel like giving it a title, that will help others that donít 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
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    • dumpling
    • By dumpling 16th Apr 18, 3:29 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Thank you Holly for starting us off but I am sorry you are still not sleeping, hope you manage to get some rest later on.

    I'm another one who can't sleep, I've been tossing and turning for ages so decided to get up and make a cup of tea. I am worried about Becky again, she refuses to go back to school so I am trying to decide whether to formally withdraw her and just home educate her for a while. It is a big decision and one that I want to get right. Becky is very keen on the idea but I am worried she will end up with no qualifications. We could do it for a year and then she could possibly go to college and do her gsce's there. She is very very bright and I am sure she could catch up if she wanted to, but will she be motivated to do this after being at home where it is 'safe'. On the other hand, she won't go into school. I think I need another cup of tea .

    I am waiting for Steve to get up for work and then I will prepare the veg for tea. I am going to make a stew even though it is supposed to be getting warmer as I still have some of the cheap veg in my fridge from all the Easter deals and it needs to be used up. It will give me a chance to use my new peelers from Lakeland. I feel positively evangelical about them as they are so sharp and easy to use and they were only £3.99 each .

    My lovely cmht lady is coming to see me this afternoon. I don't feel up to going out today so hopefully she will not mind. Maybe I will change my mind later on though so I will get washed and dressed anyway. I feel less and less like going out these days but a lot of it is down to my physical fitness (or lack of it I should say). I find it very difficult to walk far and even holding onto a shopping trolley is hard. I need to crack back on with losing some weight to make it easier for me. Jemima is starting Slimming World again so I may do it from home as I still have an online subscription with them.

    Phew, I seem to have a lot to say this early in the morning . I hope you all manage to have lots of sleep and then have a great day whatever you are up to, take care xx

    • ancientofdays
    • By ancientofdays 16th Apr 18, 5:46 AM
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    Good morning Holly and Dumpling, I've been asleep but DS woke me accidentally by clumping past my bedroom door on his way to the loo - I don't think I was deeply asleep so would probably have woken anyway.

    I don't work on Mondays and have tomorrow off too as I tend to work according to what needs doing and worked extra hours over the past few weeks. I had been asked to do a job in Kent but I can't complete it before retiring as it can't be started yet so someone else will take that on.

    Holly I hope that seeing your records is helpful.

    Dumpling I do know people who have hone-educated and their children have eventually gone back to mainstream school.

    Wishing everyone a good day
    I was jumping to conclusions and one of them jumped back
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 16th Apr 18, 6:21 AM
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    Morning All

    Our sunshine didn't last long yesterday, some of the washing was dry before I left at 2pm but the load I left out was wetter than when it started! Raining again today but fairly mild.

    I met DS1 for a late lunch yesterday and we had a good catch up. Also went to a garden centre and bought some seeds and small veggie plants, not sure it's quite the weather to put them out though.

    I hope the non-sleepers managed to get back over, sod's law I was fast asleep when the alarm went off, 2 weeks of waking early when I didn't need to and this morning I was fast asleep!

    Anyway, swim and back to work for me, by 9am it'll be as if we've never been off.

    Happy Monday, take care. XX
    • nmlc
    • By nmlc 16th Apr 18, 6:24 AM
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    Morning everyone

    hollyharvey - thanks for starting us off x

    Hugs to those that want/need one x

    Happy birthday to those with a birthday x

    DH up and gone to work stupid stupid early, DS1 now getting ready for work and DS2 still in his pit, but he wants me to wake him as he's going to go for a run first thing.

    Now light, drying up underfoot but still lots of laying water, it's going to take a while as everywhere is just so water logged. Forecast looks reasonable for today, I have a load of washing to peg out.

    Lunch yesterday was going to be roast pork, but Saturday afternoon DH suggested that instead of roast we could get the bbq out - I had some chicken breasts, sausages and fish in the fridge. So the roasting joint went in the freezer and then he duly decides yesterday on the way home from visiting the oldies and it's going to be time to get the lunch cooking he doesn't want a bbq and could I cook it indoors! So I did HM egg fried rice and stir fry veg in oyster sauce - all very nice. It wasn't that much work as the stir fry was ready frozen, and all the meat went in the oven, just made the rice dish. Also did mean that I hadn't got a dirty bbq to clean etc. Dinner tonight will be either fish, chips/jacked potato, beans/veg or smoked sausage and mushroom pasta in creme fraiche sauce, menfolk will have a breaded chicken portion with theirs.

    Back to work for me today, hoping for a busy day so it goes by in a flash.

    Keep safe and well x

    nmlc x
    • Gers
    • By Gers 16th Apr 18, 6:47 AM
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    Good morning everyone.

    Dull and dark'ish here. After the morning sunshine yesterday the heavens opened for the rest of the day. At least I got things planted, hope they haven't drowned!

    Of course both my visitors arrived at exactly the same time yesterday. So annoying. The one I really needed to talk to didn't even get out of his car. He emailed later and will come back, he thought the first visitor would be ages and she wasn't. Ho hum!

    When I climbed into bed I found that my faithful electric blanket had turned up its toes. <shock horror>. I stripped the guest bed, took off that electric blanket to put on my bed. It was too cold to do without support heating last night. A replacement blanket is on order.

    As for the loose cow, at least it was a calf this time, last year it was an injured bull which jumped over the drystone wall to get away from a more aggressive bull. Never a dull moment.

    Right, it's back to work time for me too. Must away to get myself sorted.

    I hope that everyone is doing well, hanging on or getting better. Happy Monday to all.
    Last edited by Gers; 16-04-2018 at 8:00 AM. Reason: Such awful typos! Working on tablet.
    • TravellingAbuela
    • By TravellingAbuela 16th Apr 18, 6:58 AM
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    Morning folks and thanks HOLLY. I hope the early risers manage a nap later. As usual mine was a fitful night of sleeping and wakening.

    We got back from Darlington yesterday rather later than planned as the train we had booked tickets on was held up. Due to a fatality on the line after the train left Edinburgh. Sad news for someone and my heart goes out to the relatives.

    Our few days was marred a bit by health problems but we did our best to overcome them. Mr TA had a day of D & V (he blames the Chinest buffet we'd had the night before but the rest of us were ok) DD had an allergic reaction to something and came up in itchy lumps and blotches and I had a one sided jaw/face ache which kept coming and going.

    Coppelia was absolutely lovely and all the members of the English Youth Ballet did their parents proud. DGD was one of the Chinese dolls and her solo spot was performed impeccably. Then she was one of the four betrothed couples in the final act. Horror of horrors, having to dance with a boy! Aw they looked so sweet. I did far too much eating, despite devouring a huge breakfast at the hotel. Some restraint is now called for!

    Arrived home to chaos! The kitchen ripped out as planned and bits everywhere. I thought I had been organised with all my packed up kitchen boxes etc but still I couldn't find where I had put anything. Tea was a cobbled together affair of stuff warmed in the mw and I was fed up before the job gets properly underway. The electrician is due today to get all his jobs done. I could do with leaving Mr TA with him and popping down to get some much needed shopping. Mostly fridge stuff. As well as my medication from Sainsbobs pharmacy as I run out of some stuff today.

    Have a better and more organised day than me everyone. HOLLY I hope your usual GP can offer the support you need. DUMPLING that's a big decision you have to make, I hope it turns out to be the right one. ((HUGS)) for all in need/want of them and take care. I have no idea what time the electrician is arriving so better getting myself dressed and looking presentable next job in case it;s early. xxx
    "If you dream alone it will remain just a dream. But if we all dream together it will become reality"
    • redruby
    • By redruby 16th Apr 18, 7:25 AM
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    Morning all

    Dry here and meant to be sunny all day ! we shall see ! On Wed its supposed to be getting up to 25deg !! we wont know ourselves !!

    I struggled to get out of bed this morning, the weekends go so quickly and before you know it its back to work, having a few days off last week has made me really determined to cut my hours to four days a week, so im paying my car loan off ASAP.

    Fajitas for dinner tonight which dd will cook as its her turn, she tends to get in early Monday nights so she can start dinner.

    Dumpling Im not sure what the answer is with Becky, it would worry me that if she left eduction she would not want to return, but as you said she is refusing to go now anyway, you have a lot of thinking to do I think.

    Have good days all xx
    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 16th Apr 18, 8:51 AM
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    Morning everyone, hugs to our early rises with worries on their minds, hope the docs appointment goes as well as possible Holly, Dumpling itís a big decision for sure, could your lovely cmht lady suggest someone to talk to?

    Bright and sunny here but a tad chilly, like RR we are supposed to be getting up into the mid twenties temperature wise by Thursday, toes have been painted in preparation for sandal wearing
    Eldest DSS popped in on his way home yesterday, he was a tad late for a roast dinner but did get a warm gammon baguette which was thoroughly enjoyed, he has a big decision to make over his future but is a sensible lad and wonít rush into anything.
    I do need to pop out soon for a few fresh bits, we are getting through a lot of salad type bits and I will be glad when I can pick my own again.
    Lu will need exercising after her day off yesterday and maybe a bath if the weather is warm enough.

    Have a good day folks x
    • csarina2
    • By csarina2 16th Apr 18, 8:51 AM
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    Morning (((((((((((hugs)))))))))) if you need one, especially Holly, I hope your appointment with the Dr goes ok. Dumpling I hope you can sort Becky out, keep your chin up girl!!

    Bright morning, bed stripped, looking forward to getting washing dried on the line. I also want to get out in the garden for an hour this morning and do a bit more cleaning up and hoeing. I have a lot of plants to go in and more coming. I picked up a cheap offer from T & M for 72 plants 6 of 12 varieties, they will need potting on.

    Lamb casserole for supper with mash and veg. I took apples out to do a crumble yesterday, but as we had lunch out I did not do it, will do that this afternoon for dessert.
    • tiredmum2
    • By tiredmum2 16th Apr 18, 8:54 AM
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    Morning all
    I have woken up with a raging headache again and i have so much to do I am getting fed up with this and my ear is still not right it feels full of water but there is nothing there when i give it a wiggle I am sure thats what made me ill on holiday i just wish it would sort itself out
    Right Dolly has been walked and wm is whirring away i need to go shopping and pick up a chest of drawers for DD1 from ikea as we managed to fit an extra one in her room at the weekend so hopefully her flat is virtually done and she can take her remaining bits .
    Dumpling as mum of a aspie i did think of home schooling but what put me off was would i be able to be the teacher and not the parent and would he be able to differentiate. Its a hard one as you just want to see them happy.
    Sun is shinning so best get on have a great day whatever you are up to x
    • snoozer
    • By snoozer 16th Apr 18, 9:30 AM
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    Dumpling, would you be able to talk to the school about an LEA tutor. They should provide them for children who can't attend through illness so Becky should qualify I would have thought.

    Holly, I hope your dr helps.

    TA, you must be so proud. What is the next step for dgd, will she be applying for the Royal Ballet School or something similar. I had a friend who went to the Italia Conti school, she could also have gone to the Royal Ballet and tbh I think she made the wrong choice and went off the rails a bit.

    We had a very busy weekend. On Saturday we drove to the Norfolk coast, picking up DS and Dw on the way so that we could walk some of the Norfolk Coast path. I was only going to walk the first section of 6 miles because that is usually enough for me but I felt so good that I continued and did 10 miles then caught the coast hopper bus back to the car and picked the others up after they completed 12 miles. I was proud of myself but I think it was a mistake because I still feel tired.

    It was probably added to be the fact that we then had to drive to Heathrow to pick up DD from her Japan flight at midnight. We took her home and stayed the night there and spent the day with her. We dropped her off at City airport last night as she was about to fly to Aberdeen for work.

    So I think a fairly quiet day is in order, a little gentle housework and grocery shopping perhaps and of course some sewing.
    • RosyRed
    • By RosyRed 16th Apr 18, 9:43 AM
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    Morning all,

    We've had a good weekend,DGC stayed Sat night but DS took them to a friends at teatime,and before that they were playing on the new bike & scooter he bought them. DH and I took the opportunity to go into town and had some lunch out,and yesterday afternoon we went to a music event with friends at the pub which used to be our local before we moved here.Its been done up and is really nice.The 'do' was for the local childrens hospice and the place was heaving.We saw people we havent seen for about 3 years so we really enjoyed it,and there were pasties on too so I didnt need to cook when I got in

    I'm off to do a bit of shopping in town-havent been all over the school holidays ,partly because I was decorating,and last week the bus wasnt running for 3 days.Meatballs for tea.

    Holly-hope your GP can prescribe the meds you need x

    Dumpling,last year in the park with DGS I got talking to 2 mums(different occasions) who did home schooling and they were very happy with it,although the children were younger than Becky.They also had a local group that they went to for support and socialisation so the kids still had contact with others and didnt become isolated.One of the older boys did flexi school where he did go in to a school 2 (I think) days.As I used to work in a school ,I was very interested to hear the mums viewpoint,but the children were lovely and both groups were happy to play with DGS who was much younger.Food for thought for you both,and I hope you work something out x

    Happy Monday all x
    'A woman is like a teabag: You never know her strength until you drop her in hot water'. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 16th Apr 18, 9:49 AM
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    Morning all.
    Mr Fix It and I were also in the sleepless club last night . We were both downstairs at 2am watching a re-run of Q time, we did go back to bed but still slept badly, so we may both need a nanna nap later.
    It was lovely and sunny earlier so I put a load in the WM and stripped the bed, now it's gone over cloudy and looks very watery . Well, I'll still peg it out and hope for the best.
    I don't know what today will bring...... the plasterer I hope ! I will probably be pottering about putting things back into their proper places. If I have any energy I may start to wash down the walls in the kitchen, ready for painting. Or I may just put my feet up and read my book/watch some TV that we have recorded. Decisions, decisions...... Haven't even decided what we will have for tea either. Note to self " must pull myself together !" . I do know that we will have to eat up the last of the strawberries, so that's pudding sorted at least !
    Holly good luck with your GP appointment.
    Dumpling I'm sure you will make the correct decision
    TA another disorganised one here. I'm someone who wants a messy job done before it starts !
    Hope everyone has a good first day back at work. Sending healing thoughts to the poorly and hugs all round. Take care.
    nan xx
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    Morning all,

    As predicted Grump hasn't gone to work. He's much better but hasn't gone. By the side of me is a pile of car brochures but he's got no chance of another car if he won't do a full week at work. He hasn't done a full week since he started...then he moans he's skint....

    I've got Diva today. She's grown in a week! She's louder too.

    Dumpling a family I know home educated but their Mother was university graduated and was well up to the task. The children did go onto university themselves so did well out of it but were like coiled springs. They missed social integration. Personally Dumpling, I wouldn't entertain the idea if your not qualified to a high standard. What if Becky doesn't understand something and you don't either? Can you guarantee she will sit with you and do her work? You will have to balance the stress of getting her to school against the stress of getting her to sit down with you.

    Sorry if I'm being negative but that's how I've seen it.

    Onwards and forwards

    Have a great day all
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 16th Apr 18, 10:00 AM
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    Another gorgeous day here today hoping it holds then I can sit out in the garden when I get back from Mums. Actually got a tee shirt line sitting out on Sat so must have been good Got a lot of prep to do before tomorrows work event so will try not to hang around too much after lunch but guilt kicks in so will likely have to sort it out this evening.

    Going to a new restaurant near mum which we found when her usual one was closed. The food is lovely and its a really quirky place. Didn't think mum would like it but she asked if we could go today...wonders will never cease Its near a fab butchers so may need to nip in and get a few bits.

    Holly fingers crossed for the GP visit today. Try to talk to him about your sleep or lack of it too 2hrs is no use to anyone.
    Lainey Hope the bath goes well Im stuck with "that" song in my head again
    TA sounds like you have a rising star there good luck with the kitchen I remember the pain

    Have a great day all
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 16th Apr 18, 10:39 AM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Good morning from overcast, drizzly France

    DH & I have been up for a couple of hours but havenít been able to do any decluttering as DSis was still in bed & not available for supervising duties She does get very cross when things are not done exactly Ďherí way & as we are only at the start of the process we didn't want an argument immediately DH has cleaned the fire & brought down a chest from the attic & I have had my daily fix of Angry Birds 2

    Yesterday I was doing the washing up, after DSis had cooked a lovely roast dinner, & managed to break a glass in such a way that I sliced open a knuckle on my right hand (& yes I am right handed) blood everywhere but DSis managed to bandage it all up very nicely. Unfortunately no more washing up & everything is awkward hey ho

    DSisís son is also here until Friday - not sure if it is a good idea as they argue quite a lot but I am sure it will all come out in the wash He has just crawled out of his pit

    Hoping to start soon

    Bon journee everyone especially Holly & Dumpling.

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    Hope all goes well at the doctors Holly.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 16th Apr 18, 12:31 PM
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    Mrs SD I sympathise about having your dominant hand out of commission; I have had severe tendon pain in my left thumb (I'm left-handed) for ages, and it just keeps getting worse. I now can't grip anything in the "normal" way with that hand. I keep hoping it will get bored and start playing nicely again, by so far, no dice.

    Mr LW has kindly blitzed the bathroom and we need to do a visit to @ldi in a bit - I think he's scaring himself up some lunch at the moment, so we'll probably go when he's had that.

    I was hoping to get my Dog Behaviour Training course finished and my exam taken this week, but it's starting to look decidedly unlikely; specially with Dusty Dog due in on Friday lunchtime.
    If your dog thinks you're the best, don't seek a second opinion.
    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 16th Apr 18, 1:54 PM
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    Nelski I was watching a programme last week ( was on late ) about drama for kids at the BBC in the 70's. Can you guess what excerpt they showed........ Yes it was Jacky and that damn theme tune !!! I had trouble sleeping after that with it going round and round in my head . Now you've done it again...... " On white horses let me ride away......... " .
    MrsSD Hope your hand is ok. Some people will go to such lengths to get out of the washing up .
    Judi Please tell Grump that the sun is shining here today, well in between the clouds. But at least it isn't raining !!
    We've had a call from the plasterer who will be here sometime this afternoon, knowing our luck we will be last on his list as usual.
    I have found some energy from goodness knows where, so I have stripped the spare bed as the washing is drying quite well and then I shall put up more curtains. It's a pain when you have so many windows to do. Never mind I will keep on going, slowly. Right WM has finished so I shall go and hang the spare bedding out. See you later xx
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