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Nelliemoser Thu 27-Sep-12 22:54:32

"Today I've been is full" So I have started What I did Today, as I have something to be a granny bore with.

Today I became a gran for real. DD had my 1st GC 8 days after due date. Several days of twinges and a bad night.
DD rang me at 12;15 today.Just seen midwife at clinic, 3cm and waiting for the taxi to hospital. 5pm I had a phone call, baby had arrived at at 3:30 pm. That is 3 to 10cm in 3hrs! Noah Alexander ***. 6lb 11ozs. Forceps as baby was tiring but amazingly quick DD and SIL surprised by the speed. DD tired and sore but says she is totally in love. I am visiting tomorrow 60 miles away. What a day smile smile smile smile

Oldgreymare Thu 27-Sep-12 23:01:06

Congratulations Nelliemoser, what a day indeed. Enjoy your visit and first cuddle tomorrow. smile

johanna Thu 27-Sep-12 23:04:12

Very many congratulations nelliem.
How wonderful for you. Your DD did very well.
You must be beside yourself with excitement/emotion.

Greatnan Thu 27-Sep-12 23:10:28

Congratulations to all concerned! That was a quickie!

numberplease Thu 27-Sep-12 23:15:12


Grannylin Thu 27-Sep-12 23:19:11

Lovely news nelliemo and congratulations gran!flowers

whenim64 Thu 27-Sep-12 23:20:40

Nelliemoser that's just the most fabulous news! Cogratulations to you all, and welcome to Noah flowers

jeni Thu 27-Sep-12 23:35:01


jeni Thu 27-Sep-12 23:40:05

Horrible day!
Didn't sleep. Too upset about the complaints!
Felt weepy all day. Still very down.
Going to bed now as I'm exhausted!
[crescent moon] all

harrigran Thu 27-Sep-12 23:44:33

Congratulations Nelliemoser flowers

annodomini Fri 28-Sep-12 00:06:25

Super news, Nelliemoser. Great to be a gran, isn't it? Just wait till you get that first cuddle. Something you'll always remember. flowers

Bags Fri 28-Sep-12 06:23:47

Congratulations, nelliem! Have a lovely day visiting today smile.

Bags Fri 28-Sep-12 06:48:19

How did the reception go, glass?

Hope you're well on the way to recovery, jeni.

kitty, ah, slippers downstairs when needed upstairs (or vice versa) syndrome. I get that a lot!

I'm back here now instead of getting washed because I went to get washed but had a nosebleed instead so then I had to vacate the bathroom for DD who wants a shower (voluntarily! usually I have to drive her there!) because she came home from scouts last night with a charcoaly face. She must be growing up – a year a go she wouldn't have cared about going to school dirty wink.

kittylester Fri 28-Sep-12 06:48:54

Nellie well done to your DD and congratulations to you. flowerssunshine

jeni flowers

Littlenellie Fri 28-Sep-12 07:15:19

Congratulations on your first grandchild nelliem welcome to little noah sure we will here lots more about him flowers and wine to wet his head sunshine

jeni big hugs how very dare they upset you like this[[[[[ ]]]]]]]] hope the feet are feeling betterxxxx

kitty hope you feeling so shaky now after your tumblexxxxxxx

bags tissue for your nosebleedxxxx

glass did you go ?xxx

Littlenellie Fri 28-Sep-12 07:17:56

That should be hear about noah blush ,and kitty that should be not feeling shaky..flipping IPad.

Bez Fri 28-Sep-12 07:21:27

Great news Nellie - enjoy all the cuddles and nothing like the smell - obviously do not mean the one after they have performed! Enjoy today.

kittylester Fri 28-Sep-12 07:28:40

Just heard that one of my husband's longest standing friends died yesterday. It had been expected but still a shock and very sad when it actually happens. They were at university together, shared a house, got drunk together and DH was his best man. He was loud, funny, irritating, funny, irrepressible and always there. We will miss him lots.

glassortwo Fri 28-Sep-12 07:48:50

Congratulations Nelliem quick arrival have a lovely cuddle flowers wine

Yes I went, how can an evening be soooooooooooooo long, and my face is aching with smiling all night only person I knew was DH, they were all lovely but I felt a little out of my comfort zone. Dh would not let me pre book a taxi and waited till 11.30 to book it and then had to wait till 12.15 so we were still there for the last song shock and if DH complains today of his hips or knees he will be in trouble he danced all night like an 18 year old hmm next party we are at and he refuses to dance and I will be reminding him of his all night performance grin so I feel like a zombie this morning.

jeni hope you have a chilled day today sunshine

glassortwo Fri 28-Sep-12 07:49:14

kitty flowers

kittylester Fri 28-Sep-12 08:07:57

He was funny but not that funny blush

glass well done - that must loads of brownie points. Have a rest ant lots of brew

kittylester Fri 28-Sep-12 08:09:58

And NOT ant. Grrrr!!!!

Butternut Fri 28-Sep-12 08:27:02

glass Today is yours! Do exactly as you wish grin. Well done for going - I'm sure your dh was very pleased to have you there.

glitabo Fri 28-Sep-12 08:55:34

Congratulations nelliem wine
jeni flowers

Elegran Fri 28-Sep-12 09:00:05

I have just made what was supposed to be a lovely pot of filter coffee. It would have been better if I had put coffee in it, not Green and Black's hot chocolate (next to it in the cupboard)

I do like their hot choc, but not watered down to nothing and most of it clogging the filter.

Bags Fri 28-Sep-12 09:08:09

That's what DH would call a pre-coffee moment, elegran grin

Elegran Fri 28-Sep-12 09:19:37

I needed that coffee. Now have to wait for the next pot, after washing out the whole damn lot.

Elegran Fri 28-Sep-12 09:23:44

The wondow-cleaner came as I was setting up the next load, so now I can't pretend that the smears are on the outside of the glass.

glassortwo Fri 28-Sep-12 09:32:38

Elegran with the rain this week the outside of our windows are murky and I fought the temptation to go out and clean them talked myself out of it as quick as I thought of it, window cleaner will be here next week wink

I am going to school for assembly this afternoon my DGS is getting a Head Masters award in assembly not for working hard but for being kind to others, and that swells my heart bless him, and its the first assembly DGD in Reception class will be taking part in. sunshine

annodomini Fri 28-Sep-12 09:37:20

Elegran brew. Ignore the windows. They can wait until spring when the sunlight shows up the internal smears and splodges - speaking personally of course. blush

Elegran Fri 28-Sep-12 10:13:45

The ones at the front of the house are OK - no direct sun so no visible evidence - but between the sun from the south and the dust rising with hot air from the radiator under the lounge one, they are almost permanently murky, and that is where the good view is, when you can see it.

I can ignore it until December, when the lights on the Christmas tree that will sit in front of it will show each smear.

kittylester Fri 28-Sep-12 10:22:47

Language Elegran grin

Ella46 Fri 28-Sep-12 10:32:46

NellieM Wonderful news, many congratulations. They are love bundles! flowers

jeni Don't let it get you down, worse things happen at sea, as my mum would say. I'm sure that anyone that knows you, won't believe these complaints. flowers

glass You're a saint!! grin

jeni Fri 28-Sep-12 11:41:57

I know I'm being silly and everyone who knows me says I wouldn't have behaved like that! But it is still very hurtful.
One of them said I made her feel as if she was in a court! It IS a court although we do try to make it seem as informal as we can.

glammanana Fri 28-Sep-12 12:10:04

Nelliemoser A warm welcome to little Noah how lucky are you I do love baby boys with a passion envy i would love a new baby in our family.Well done glass in making it through your night out grin
Jeni do you think people complain so it makes the process longer and the appeal process is lengthened in their favour,I am sure you have nothing to worry about so just try and relax about it and have a nice drink when you get home wine

Ariadne Fri 28-Sep-12 12:14:31

Nellie many congratulations! Welcome to the little one too.


Greatnan Fri 28-Sep-12 17:06:15

I had a lovely, if belated, birthday today! A friend whom I met at one of Juragran's parties invited me to lunch. I took the train to Neuchatel and the trip alone was very enjoyable. I love Swiss trains - so clean and punctual. The route is along a very lush valley with steep, thickly wooded hills on either side, past little picturesque villages, and finally along an embankment overlooking a very deep gorge, then Lake Neuchatel appears, and beyond it the distant, snow-capped Alps.
My friend met me at the station and we found a busy restaurant and had a lovely meal, then we walked along the lakeside in the warm sunshine. She is a great companion and we talked and talked (Gatsby is a lovely dog but not much of a conversationalist!)
If the next 364 days are like today, I am going to enjoy being 72!

Grannyknot Fri 28-Sep-12 17:10:11

I skived today! grin to everyone who had a lovely day sunshine and to those who had a not so lovely day [tea] and sympathy AND sunshine. Congrats nellie envy

Nelliem congratulations, have a lovely time with your new grandson.

Jeni I hope things are resolved soon and that you can put it all behind you.

As some of you may know, I don't drink, but OMG!!! as the young ones say, tonight is a hot bath & large glass of red night if ever there was one. (Obviously it'll be a brew instead.

I have been interviewing all day and am amazed by the lack of preparation on the part of some of the applicants, the first person arrived 12 minutes late with no explanation or apology. What is it they say about first impressions?

annodomini Fri 28-Sep-12 18:35:08

Phone rang about an hour ago:
Caller explained that he was calling from a company that was doing research into something or other to do with the over 75s
Much indignation on my part: 'I'm not 75'
Caller: 'According to our records you are.'
Me: 'My records say I was born in 1940. Goodbye.' Put phone down.

Next minute phone rings: DS, sounding a bit odd
Penny drops. Mum well and truly duped. blush

Ella46 Fri 28-Sep-12 19:57:41

I was a bit low this morning due to financial shortages wink so I went shopping! grin
Got home to find fat envelopes from Inland Rev, and YIPPEE, I have been paying too much tax since 2005 and I got a fairly fat cheque! Yesss!

Didn't buy anything, but I can if I want to now! Happy days smile

Ana Fri 28-Sep-12 20:05:18

Congratulations, Ella! grin Isn't it nice when a government department has to reimburse you for their own miscalculations? I've had a couple of cheques from the HMRC myself over the last year or so...

annodomini Fri 28-Sep-12 20:11:50

I got one of those a few years ago, Ella, but I didn't take long to make use of it. sad

Ana Fri 28-Sep-12 20:13:16

Not 'the' HMRC....blush

Ella46 Fri 28-Sep-12 21:02:08

With interest too!
On Tuesday I got a refund from them because dad had paid too much as well, so it's been a good week sunshine

glassortwo Fri 28-Sep-12 21:05:29

Happy spending ellla grin

glassortwo Fri 28-Sep-12 21:06:34

OOoppps finger slipped.

Ella46 Fri 28-Sep-12 21:55:22

Thanks glassss smile

glassortwo Sat 29-Sep-12 05:47:35

Wide awake DH insists on having a full conversation before he le ft at 5. Plans scuppered again of getting to house is off to Ripon .

Ariadne Sat 29-Sep-12 06:37:53

Morning, glass! Sitting in new, half painted sitting room, admiring the colour I chose, and having a lovely cup of coffee. Can I get you one?

JessM Sat 29-Sep-12 07:20:12

Hey, you are IN your new home. And decorating! Don't work too hard. flowers

glassortwo Sat 29-Sep-12 08:22:53

ariadne I would love a coffee now..... drifted off again while reading only to be given the fright of my life when the mobile rang a 7 .48.... yes it was DH angry who thinks the whole world is out and about if he is. Hope the colour is perfect, you are doing well to have started painting already. sunshine

janeainsworth Sat 29-Sep-12 08:37:24

nellie I have only just caught this thread - many congratulations to you and your family, and welcome to Noah, I know you will enjoy all those very precious momentsflowers

janeainsworth Sat 29-Sep-12 09:06:41

jeni so sorry to hear of your problems - I think all professional people find themselves at some point, on the receiving end of completely unjustified complaints and it is very hurtful even when you know you have done nothing wrong. Unfortunately these days people are encouraged to complain, without ever stopping to think that the person they are complaining about is another person with feelings, or seeing it from their point of view.
I hope you are feeling better today - try to focus on all the good things you have done in your working life, and if as you say, your boss is supportive, it might help to talk it through again with him/her?

jeni Sat 29-Sep-12 09:28:28

Thanks Jane.
When I've had my coffee I'm going to take the bull by the horns and write an answer to the longer complaint. I'll probably feel better when I've done that.
Still feeling weepy but that's probably due to lack of sleep.

annodomini Sat 29-Sep-12 09:42:23

Best get it over with, jeni. Then perhaps you can get some much needed and well deserved rest. I have seen the effects of an unjustified complaint on a very close relative who was devastated and took a long time to recover, even though she knew she was completely innocent and was exonerated without a stain on her record.

jeni Sat 29-Sep-12 11:35:33

Well, I've done them now! As my computer got the sulks and refused to talk to my printer, I had to handwrite them. At the finish my wrist and elbow were clicking and really painful. I hadn't realised the arthritis in my upper limbs was that bad!shock I suppose it's because I'm constantly in pain with my ankles and feet and that takes up all my tony mind!confused

jeni Sat 29-Sep-12 11:36:10

Tiny! Who's tony?

Bags Sat 29-Sep-12 11:40:58

jeni, flowers. Hope you feel a bit better now.

jeni Sat 29-Sep-12 11:47:04

Thanks bags!

annodomini Sat 29-Sep-12 12:25:45

jeni, try to have a good weekend now - relax if you can. wine

jeni Sat 29-Sep-12 12:41:02

Will do.

JO4 Sat 29-Sep-12 13:12:52

Today I did some housework. And fell over DH's slipper left by the back door. Went sprawling. Luckily the spin dryer took the brunt of it.

And then I moved some bits and pieces on the fireplace to hoover up the summer soot from behind the firescreen. And knocked over my lovely metalwork candle holder breaking the glass inner.

Why didn't I just go for a walk? hmm

annodomini Sat 29-Sep-12 13:30:43

The moral of that is: housework is more trouble than it's worth!

JO4 Sat 29-Sep-12 13:31:37

I know! Thanks. hmm grin

crimson Sat 29-Sep-12 13:42:04

Work/flu jab/bookies;crash out on sofa with cup of

crimson Sat 29-Sep-12 13:43:06

[just ate chocolate cake that I had the strength of will to not eat yesterday ]sad

whenim64 Sat 29-Sep-12 13:57:51

Bread making session with my 4 year old grandsons, who loved playing with the dough (no worries, the dog ate the dough that somehow made its way to the sitting room carpet!). One very large pizza base and a three-legged elephant successfully baked without me being stretchered off. A final flourish before putting the elephant shaped bread in the oven - Dairylea triangle slapped on its tummy! grin They've eaten everything they made smile

soop Sat 29-Sep-12 14:28:00

Anno and crimson grin
Ariadne smile
kitty and jeni flowers
Jings you'd have been safer on your bike...hope that you can replace the glass inner. (hug)

Bags Sat 29-Sep-12 16:34:39

when, [gold star] smile

whenim64 Sat 29-Sep-12 17:02:45

Sweet-smelling grandsons have just gone home. Why sweet? They have been testing all my perfumes in the bathroom!! As soon as I heard giggling, I knew it would be mischief. Just recovered the remote mouse for my laptop, which was posted down the radiator cover. Now all I have to find is the dog's collar! grin

soop Sat 29-Sep-12 17:12:45 it!

Took DG to Disney on Ice, left when she had had enough. Had to run the gauntlet of merchandise sellers on the way out...

Dropped her off at home then DH & I went for a curry before going to see Medea at the Citz. Seem to have been doing that for nigh on forty years.

janeainsworth Sat 29-Sep-12 23:35:31

Succeeded in persuading MrA to go dancing tonight. Might have reached the stage of unconscious competence in Foxtrot. It's only taken six years......

harrigran Sun 30-Sep-12 00:22:23

Had the man out to measure the study for carpet, how come floor covering for a tiny room costs half as much again as my new large bedroom ? Now I only need two office chairs and we are ready to go. I don't know how it will work with both of us in the same room, maybe I will wear headphones and listen to music while I am on the computer grin

Nelliemoser Sun 30-Sep-12 05:08:40

I thought I had posted this before but it isn't there.

Thanks gransnetters for the baby greetings and good wishes.

I saw Noah next day. He is lovely and of is of course, the best baby ever!
He seems very small, nearly 1lb lighter than his mum or my DS. Which is proportionately a lot. He was in a first size babygro, but as he is still curled up, he just pulls his arms and legs to the inside the body of the babygro.
Now at home and feeding seems to be going well for both.

After all the excitement, driving the 100mile round trip and some more miles around Sheffield's one way systems to find the right lane for the Hospital car park, I was exhausted.
I drove back home and went straight out for a meal with a lovely bunch of former colleagues. I had a lovely time but by about 9pm I was nearly falling asleep at the table.
Lots of emotion and travelling and partying, is exhausting. It must be a sign of age! Thanks again for your good wishes!

jeni Sun 30-Sep-12 11:23:53

I've completely lost it this morning. I've gone upstairs 3 times to get the washing down! On the third time I succeeded!

soop Sun 30-Sep-12 11:25:19

jeni Titters from soop grin

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 11:31:45

Noah. Oh what a lovely name. jeni; only 3 times. I've been up since 8 and, as yet have achieved nothing [I have rubbed a door down prior to painting]. I'm very impressed with my procrastination skills today smile.

jeni Sun 30-Sep-12 11:36:50

So you should be! It takes a lot of effort and practice to become a REALLY good procrastinator grin

soop Sun 30-Sep-12 11:41:14

Nelliemoser Welcome to the world, baby Noah. Aren't we a lucky clutch of Gransnetters. Our babes are beyond precious. smile You had an emotional day. Bet that you'll relive it for some time to come. Just the beginning of a whole new chapter for the entire family. flowers

Nelliemoser Sun 30-Sep-12 11:51:55

If there is anything to encourage procrastination its Gransnet. smile smilesmile

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 12:14:28

...tell me about it wink...

soop Sun 30-Sep-12 12:28:12

I love GRANSNET flowers smile sunshine

glassortwo Sun 30-Sep-12 16:06:39

I have spent the day with DH opening up the fire place in the living room. We suspected that the original door of the old Bastle was hidden there, and hurray it was there and the holes are there for the wooden stake which held the door closed.
I am over the moon to find this ancient door way. You should have seen the colour of the two of us we looked like chimney sweeps. So I have had the most fantastic day grin

jeni Sun 30-Sep-12 16:19:08


glassortwo Sun 30-Sep-12 16:23:46

jeni Bastle is a 16th century fortified farmhouse.

nightowl Sun 30-Sep-12 16:36:30

I have done nothing all day. Not so much procrastination as solidification. Or mummification. Or rigor mortis. Why oh why can't I get up from my chair and PUT DOWN THE LAPTOP.

nightowl Sun 30-Sep-12 16:40:37

Love the story about the Bastle glass, and welcome to Noah NellieM flowers

And now I will walk away from the laptop, I know I can do it .....

Ella46 Sun 30-Sep-12 16:49:45

glass that sounds really exciting, even with a mucky face!

I went for a walk this lunchtime, as my big toe (with pins in) has been causing back ache, and I need to keep moving.
Just bent over in Waitrose and my back gave way!

I don't know how I got home and I'm in agony now, taking paracetemol and Ibuprofen alternately every two hours.
My toe, which has been hurting for about three months, seems to be better!
I have a hospital appointment with the consultant on Wednesday, so talk about Sods Law!

jeni Sun 30-Sep-12 17:04:48

Are you sure it's not referred pain from your back?

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 17:06:02

Last night my son came round and we watched The Hunger Games on dvd. I'd seen it at the cinema but he hadn't seen it at all. I'd wanted to get the blu ray version which has a 15 rating, but, in the end bought the version I'd seen [12]. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I watched the film Seabiscuit, another film that I'd loved at the cinema; I'd just finally read the book in it's entirety for the first time. I was struck by how well the film had been made and felt it coudn't have been made any better [films of treasured books usually being a disappointment]. I felt the same about The Hunger Games, and probably enjoyed it even more watching it the second time [I suppose it was made for people that knew what would happen anyway, due to the book being so popular..I'd assume a film would be made in a different way if it was a totally unknown story to it's viewers] seeing little details that I'd missed at the cinema. Anyway, I always like to watch the 'making of' dvd when I've enjoyed a film and this is what I did today. As the details of it's production unfolded I had a eureka moment which was [you guessed it] that it was directed by the same person..Gary Ross, who I now think is a total genius. He tends to use unknown actors a lot; Tom Hanks was discovered by him, as was Toby Maguire [sigh]. He sort of discovered Jennifer Lawrence who plays Katniss, but I think I discovered her first in Winters Bone [for which she deserved an Oscar]. Sadly he isn't directing the rest of the trilogy due to time constraints sad. But [get this!] he also wrote speeches for Bill Clinton! And, if anyone has been watching the excellent series about the Clintons on the beeb, you'll see that he made some darned fine speeches. Sorry to babble on so much about this, but, sad person that I am, I get very excited about discoveries such as this. Especially on a procrastination day. Now to watch the rest of 'the making of'. [I think I'm a little bit in love with Mr Ross as well blush]...

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 17:09:50

Ella..sorry about your back. All of my aches and pains, which miraculously disappeared when the the weather warmed up have now come back with a vengeance. I think I've got so much referred pain that none of my body bits knows where what is coming from [bit like that British Rail sign; y'know the 'don't know whether we're coming or going one' which I would cut'n'paste except I still can't do it...]

Ella46 Sun 30-Sep-12 17:27:46

jeni No, the pins in my toe are pressing on a nerve causing me to walk badly, hence the backache.

crimson I'm the same, I've got so many body parts that hurt that I feel about 90, however, compared to Jeni,Soop and various others on here, my problems are minor.

whenim64 Sun 30-Sep-12 17:56:38

Had a lovely Sunday roast, courtesy of M and S. £40 Aberdeen Angus beef joint, reduced to £10 and snatched up by SIL last Sunday teatime as they were closing. Delicious, with roast potatoes, carrots, broad beans, savoy cabbage and red wine gravy. He has kindly agreed to call in on the way home, to see if there are any more bargains like that smile

I've spent the afternoon 'minding' the gallery where I go for art classes. The tutor likes to keep it open at weekends & asks for volunteers. It was a lovely quiet afternoon, now about to prepare dinner for DS & girlfriend who will be here soon. smile

anneandgraham Sun 30-Sep-12 18:45:31

whenim that sounded delish, we met friends at a carvery and good see them but will not go back to carvery!! meat good, but veg half cold!!
I was naughty and had treacle pud came nicely presented tiny jug custard, p iping hot but very dry sponge!!

Oh well live and learn. getting slightly stressed about hol and our garden is a tip just overwelming knowing where to start, so did very little as we were out for lunch. O dear!!

annodomini Sun 30-Sep-12 18:51:13

crimson, I love your enthusiasm - don't apologise for getting carried away. I have to confess that I don't know the films and books in question blush, but now I will try to find them.
I took GD1 out to lunch - Italian in Didsbury. She has recovered from her mystery illness and looks very well. She tells me that she is buying knee-length dresses and giving up the tiny minis she has been devoted to. Thank goodness. I didn't like to tell her she didn't have the figure for them.

kittylester Sun 30-Sep-12 18:59:52

Went to eldest granddaughter's 4th birthday party!! Made, iced and (over) decorated the cake yesterday (chocolate butter icing, crumbled flake and sugar butterflies on top, smarties ALL round the outside) as per instructions! Got away before the sugar rush hit them all and now going to sit down with wine and doze in front of Country File ready for Downton. I deserve it grin

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 19:01:02

I thought 'the making of' would last about an hour. I think I've been watching it on and off all afternoon. I'm just enthralled by how anyone can create something; how each minor detail makes up 'the whole' and creates the feel of the movie.

Littlenellie Sun 30-Sep-12 19:07:40

crimson I loved your passion and enthusiasm sunshine
ella flowers poor youxx
when I love a bargain
glass happy days
wine to all of youxxxxx

jeni Sun 30-Sep-12 19:08:28

Just had a lovely long Skype with Dd and DGD
Feel much more cheerful now! Think I'll be fine by tomorrow!

whenim64 Sun 30-Sep-12 19:33:34

That's better jeni. Things are looking up. flowers

Marelli Sun 30-Sep-12 19:34:12

That would've been like finding treasure, glass! Imagine! I've done very little today....been on here a lot, though hmm!
Littlenellie, I've been going through this thread trying to find out how your first week at your new job went - (I've been away all week). Can't find anything, though. it must've been on the old thread. How did it go? smile

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 21:10:12

I don't believe it; after all the money I spent having my central heating done I've got water coming through the landing ceiling..and I've just had the house redecorated.

Ana Sun 30-Sep-12 21:12:03

crimson - how awful! Something's gone terribly sorry.

Marelli Sun 30-Sep-12 21:15:38

Oh no, crimson! Have you got a number you can phone - the company that fitted your heating will have some sort of responsibility, surely?

jeni Sun 30-Sep-12 21:24:54

Insurance company!

Marelli Sun 30-Sep-12 21:32:28

crimson would have to pay an excess though, jeni. The company will have to sort it - immediately!

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 21:40:31

Emergency engineer has just talked me through how to turn everything off! I'd just been sealing off the door to the loft so I could put the heating on and not lose heat going up into the roof. Tried to turn the water off at the meter in the road [my worst nightmare since I had a water meter..a leak! the reason why I put off having a water meter for years sad] but not sure what I've done. My knees don't work these days so kneeling in the road is not good. The good news is that the only room I haven't redecorated recently is the hall and landing so they will probably pay someone to come out and do it wink. Not sure what my house insurance covers me for either. Strangely enough I was only talking to a colleague at work ysterday and I said that, because all my recent little problems had resolved themselves and I was feeling really chilled out and happy I was worried that something would go wrong and, blow me [for want of a better word, IT HAS! I'm going to be really smelly at work tomorrow as well, cause it was bath night....If this had've happened this time last year I would have been in Paris as well. And there was me worriong about flooding. I should've looked upwards instead.

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 21:45:32

worriong; that's Australian for worrying I think. I go aboriginal in times of crisis.

Ana Sun 30-Sep-12 21:47:12

grin crimson - at least you haven't lost your sense of humour!

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 21:58:05

Goes away humming 'Lay me kangaroo down, sport, lay me kangaroo down...'

Marelli Sun 30-Sep-12 22:09:04

Worse things happen at sea, crimson! You'll soon be sorted again. smile

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 22:11:19

Last time I'm going to feel happy. Much prefer my usual Eeyore mode; it's safer.

Ana Sun 30-Sep-12 22:28:43

Think it's 'tie me kangaroo down...' crimson - just to add to your Eeyore mood! grin

crimson Sun 30-Sep-12 22:51:41

of course it I've got to tidy the house up a bit because of the engineers coming out tomorrow; don't want any undies floating round the bathroom [I've been having a slob weekend thus far]. Maybe they'll put a new washer on the tap in the bathroom that's got a pair of tights over it to stop people using it as it drips and I'm trying sad to save water....[goes away humming 'always look on the bright side of life tedum tedum tedum tedum'

annodomini Mon 01-Oct-12 12:46:11

I hope the engineers have arrived crimson. It's frustrating waiting for these people to turn up, though today I've had a nice surprise - an unexpected call from the Fire Service offering me free smoke alarms - one to replace the old one and another upstairs where I didn't have one. All done in a few minutes, no hassle. Sorry, grans; disappointingly, they weren't your big hunky firemen - one verging on retirement and the other just a youngster, a bit weedy.

glassortwo Mon 01-Oct-12 12:51:52

anno I got the same surprise last week on opening the door to three gorgeous firemen, good job nellie wasnt here wink

crimson hope you got sorted out.

crimson Mon 01-Oct-12 13:49:39

.....water now on kitchen ceiling...[the kitchen that I've just had redecorated]; engineer here, though....

Ella46 Mon 01-Oct-12 13:49:56

crimson I share your fear of a leak, nothing worse! flowers

anno I used to live in Didsbury from the age of 9 until 18! It has changed such a lot, but I had many happy times there.

Still in lots of pain with my back today,seeing the chiropractor later, and ironically my toe is better than it's been since I had the pins put in! I can't believe it!
Also my migraines have halved in number for the last two months, I don't know what is going on in my body but maybe I'm healing myself! confused

crimson Mon 01-Oct-12 14:23:53

I lived in Eccles smile. Spotted that water was coming from the radiator in the bathroom, so that [I hope] is the source of the leak into the kitchen. Actually became the happiest person on the planet when I saw that leak, because at least I knew where it was coming from. Insurance company won't say that they can cover me for this [accidental damage doesn't seem to cover accidents] but the heating company will and, if they don't I do have legal cover with my insurers so I can sue them. Now going back to work. Phew...

Ella46 Mon 01-Oct-12 14:32:04

crimson I lived in Weaste when I was first married, but not for long thank goodness!

Glad you got the leak sussed smile

whitewave Mon 01-Oct-12 16:07:11

Today is one of those can't get motivated days. I think the weather which is dismal has something to do with it, but really haven't achieved anything yet today can't even be bothered to cook dinner might get a takeaway.

annodomini Mon 01-Oct-12 16:17:52

Same here, whitewave. It's been raining on and off and although it is now sunny, I suspect that as soon as I put my coat and shoes on, it will rain again. And, of course, I am immersed in The Song of Achilles.

whitewave Mon 01-Oct-12 16:19:57

Oh yes I purchasd that last week from Amazon but haven't started it yet

jeni Mon 01-Oct-12 16:44:42

Mine arrived today!

numberplease Mon 01-Oct-12 16:50:07

Did a stack of hand washing today, now keeping fingers cdrossed it doesn`t rain for a few hours at least!

numberplease Mon 01-Oct-12 16:51:38

That should read "crossed"! And I`ve got a very wet t-shirt on that refuses to dry, anyone know where there`s a wet t -shirt competition?

Maniac Mon 01-Oct-12 16:55:20

My copy of 'Song of Achilles' arrived today also.
No time to read at present.
Trying to sort out CH problems .Three houses in my close have had serious CH problems in last 2 weeks. Are there gremlins at work?

janeainsworth Mon 01-Oct-12 17:14:08

Had an interesting day. Drove down to Weston-super-mare from Newcastle and found MrA's great-grandmother's grave in the churchyard at Worlebury. Although she lived till 1956 when he was nine, he never met her - rather sad I think.

annodomini Mon 01-Oct-12 17:51:44

DS2, made redundant a few weeks ago starts work tomorrow and will miss his new-found freedom. He's been running and cycling all round the district, getting back the fitness he lost during six years of commuting around 80 miles each day by car. He went to school with his younger son and helped to make a reading sack - putting items relating to stories in a bag. The other children chose nursery stories and our little (well, rather large) rascal chose Star Wars. There's a photo of him wearing a really scary mask! Nothing much scares him - except perhaps spiders... grin

Greatnan Mon 01-Oct-12 18:06:09

We lived in Salford 5, off Oldfield Road, and we thought Weaste was posh!
I have had an absolutely spiffing day! (Shades of The Famous Five). Firstly, it has been warm and sunny. Secondly, I had a telephone call of nearly two hours from NZ, which always cheers me up. Then I took Gatsby for a short walk and set off to explore the lovely historic town of Besancon, which is about 50 miles away. The route is very scenic and I saw lots of side roads and villages that I want to explore. The town is small enough to get round all the old centre in two hours, and is in a loup of the River Doubs. The river is criss-crossed by bridges, so I went over one bridge, walked along an esplanade, watched a whole class learning to canoe, came so close to a heron I thought it was a statue, then crossed back by another bridge and explored the tiny, narrow streets with the tall houses with wrought iron Juliet balconies. I would hate to live in one -they must be so dark.
I had lunch in a bookshop cum cafe, well off the main square. Ham and cheese omelette, salad, and fresh baguette, plus a very good coffee - total cost, about £4. I always look for the cafes outside the main squares, because I am a cheapskate.
There were signs to the Citadelle, which said 'Access difficile'. Naturally, I interpreted that as a challenge and slogged my way up several very steep sets of steps. It was worth it - the view from the top was magnificent, right over the river, the town and the countryside beyond.

I had made a big pan of chicken broth before I left, so I am now about to reheat some - the rest will go in the fridge and will probably make meals for the next two days.

nanaej Mon 01-Oct-12 18:08:14

Had an interesting journey to a meeting today as my Sat Nav 'lost satellite connection'
Logs delivered this afternoon so spent an hour filling up the log store from where the logs were deposited on the path!
At last a bit of time to catch up on GN!

annodomini Mon 01-Oct-12 18:15:39

Greatnan, that sounds like a wonderful day out. sunshine

Grannylin Mon 01-Oct-12 18:23:46

I'm jealous Greatnan I went to Besancon 7years ago for a French course but I didn't get chance to explore. No sooner had I got there, than I got a phone call from DS to say the OH had had a heart inconsiderate!Still I did get to travel back first class Eurostar, courtesy of my travel insurance.Are you anywhere near St Claude?

Greatnan Mon 01-Oct-12 18:40:32

I am staying just over the border from Pontarlier, but in Switzerland.
MY own home is South of Lake Geneva, in Haute Savoie in the middle of the triangle formed by Geneva, Thonon les Bains and Chamonix. Whenever I house/pet sit here, I use it as a base for exploring parts of Switzerland and France that would be too far for day trips from my home.
St. Claude is quite near, but I have not explored it yet. My problem is one of choice - the scenery is beautiful in every direction and there are so many interesting villages and towns to visit. Poor me!

whenim64 Mon 01-Oct-12 18:44:21

I got up this morning, took a look at my bathroom and decided on a whim to paint it. I did the walls and wooden bath panel, spring-cleaned it all, then stopped for breakfast. Job done! Don't know where that came from, but that's another job out of the way. grin

Ella46 Mon 01-Oct-12 18:54:54

when I did similar the other day. Went upstairs feeling quite tired, and next thing, I'd rearranged all the furniture in the spare bedroom! Madness!

Oldgreymare Mon 01-Oct-12 21:40:02

Greatnan your bookshop/cafe sounds familiar. We towed a caravan to the Jura in the late 80s. I think we stayed/camped near the Cascades du Herisson and lunched in a similar cafe in Lons le Saunier. (A bit further South than where you are, I think).
Today I have thought about sorting out my wardrobe, summer away, winter out! Tomorrow I shall tackle it. I hate getting rid of clothes, but have so many things that are being kept 'just in case' that really need to be moved on. sad

jeni Mon 01-Oct-12 22:27:04

Is anybody near me wanting size16 clothes? All in good condition?
Going free to a good home?

Going to bed now.

Crescent moon all! (I wish)

Oldgreymare Mon 01-Oct-12 22:32:18

Night night Jeni, I'm off too. Only had 4 hours sleep last night as I watched Jimmy McGovern's 'Hillsborough' then couldn't sleep! sad

jeni Mon 01-Oct-12 22:40:38

Same here with regard to sleep, but due to pain. Better tonight so might catch up!smile

harrigran Mon 01-Oct-12 22:54:09

Spent the whole day childminding as GD's one has gone on holiday, then other GD after school, should have been doing it for rest of week but I am off to Edinburgh and I wasn't giving that up, I got a cheap deal at the Premier inn.

annodomini Mon 01-Oct-12 23:08:58

Tonight I am aching in joints (right thumb and ankle) that haven't given me trouble for a long time. Is it the weather?

whenim64 Mon 01-Oct-12 23:45:56

Strange day! Got a phone call at 3pm, ex-DIL in need of help to look after grandson whilst she takes her premature baby to hospital. My son (her ex, his dad) down in London and seems no-one readily available. Ended up bringing grandson here from school, fed him, then learned she would not be home tonight, so grandson is now tucked up in bed and I'll take him to school in the morning. This time last year she was sending abusive texts and threatening I would not be having contact with grandson, during her campaign of revenge. It's so tempting to utter those words......but I won't!

Ariadne Tue 02-Oct-12 00:54:13

Went to bed too early, and woke up at about midnight with my knee really, really hurting, so I am sitting here waiting for the pain killers to kick in! The trouble is that we only have the conservatory furniture (and twin beds!) with us at the moment, and, attractive though it is, it's not terribly comfortable.

Ah well; the decorating is now nearly done, the lilac/pink tiles in the main bathroom go tomorrow, then the carpet fitters main bedroom) arrive on Wednesday, then soon all our stuff arrives. Far too much, I fear. I shall sit and plan where to put it all. When I have caught up with GN, of course!

Butternut Tue 02-Oct-12 09:37:34

when - Strange old world, isn't it. smile

Ariadne - Hope your knee is behaving itself this morning - hectic few days ahead! Very pleased to hear lilac/pink tiles are being removed. Not a good combo. smile

Ella46 Tue 02-Oct-12 10:34:00

anno despite the large amount of pain killers and Ibuprofen I'm taking at the mo, my thumb too is desperately painful.

when smile everything comes to he who waits....

Ella46 Tue 02-Oct-12 10:36:41

Ariadne hope your knee has stopped hurting flowers

glassortwo Tue 02-Oct-12 13:48:57

when what a change a year can make smile
ariadne hope your knee pain is easing.
Ohh ella you dont realise how much you use your thumb until you have a problem with it.

annodomini Tue 02-Oct-12 14:09:46

A few aches remaining, but the weather is foul again. I have been to have a look at a gym that sounded good and am going tomorrow to have a trial of aqua zumba. Fingers crossed that I survive.

soop Tue 02-Oct-12 14:26:44

when are one wonderful grannie smile
Ariadne ...sounds like you've been overdoing things. Relax a little and have a nice brew and cupcake flowers
ella and anno good vibes coming your way...sunshine
harri...whoopeeeeeeeee See you soon grin

jeni Tue 02-Oct-12 14:52:54

Aqua Zumba?now that sounds good! Wonder if they have it here?

Ana Tue 02-Oct-12 14:59:56

Aqua Zumba! shock - I found it hard enough to do Aqua Toning with DD last year....

annodomini Tue 02-Oct-12 15:01:01

Ana, I plan to hide at the back of the class and work at my own (dead slow) pace. wink

Butternut Tue 02-Oct-12 15:31:14

I've been getting shouty with GNHQ (sorry), so decided I must get out a bit more!

So took my camera off to a spot about 5 miles away where there's a new high-speed rail link being carved out of the landscape , to make a video for my grandson in America. Loads of real life tonka toys - massive earth digging equipment, lorries and other huge machines that I don't know the name of. They drive amazingly fast, lots of lights, all are bright yellow and the earth is deep red. Very exciting and colourful for a little lad - I

Now to upload it - fingers crossed. Will drag not quite so poorly husband from sofa and get some tech. support.

whitewave Tue 02-Oct-12 15:37:34

Finished clearing the back of the pond - been up to my wellies in the pond all morning - now it has started to rain so retreated back into the house.

I fancy aqua zumba

annodomini Tue 02-Oct-12 16:31:55

Glad to hear your DH is improving, Butty. That's just the kind of video my (now 7) GS would have loved when he was a bit younger. On the way home from nursery his mum always drove him past the place where the JCBs were parked so that he could 'say goodnight to the diggers'.

Ana Tue 02-Oct-12 16:39:11

I agree, most little boys love anything to do with diggers and earth-movers!

The trouble I find with aqua-anything is that it's so hard to move your legs at any kind of speed underwater. I just can't imagine doing the zumba routine our class does in a swimming pool...grin

Greatnan Tue 02-Oct-12 16:42:59

I have had my usual idle day - I found a view that was genuinely awe-inspiring, quite close to Jura's house. I drove up a very winding road to a 'balcon' that had a map showing the names and directions of all the mountains. I could see both Lake Geneva and Lake Neuchatel shimmering in the sun, and beyond them the tops of the Mont Blanc Range poking up from under a long, white, cloud. Then I had a two hour walk in a deep forest, and enjoyed the huge range of Autumn colours in the leaves.

Butternut Tue 02-Oct-12 16:45:23

Me neither, Ana. My mind and body boggles at the idea....grin

flowerfriend Tue 02-Oct-12 16:47:11

Today I met and had lunch with another GNetter. specki4eyes and I had an enjoyable meal in the sunshine and didn't stop talking. We intend to meet up again in the new year.

To all you GNs who are wondering about meeting up I'd say go for it.

soop Tue 02-Oct-12 16:56:08

flowerfriend and specki smile sunshine Lovely for you both.

Greatnan Tue 02-Oct-12 17:15:59

I loved meeting Anno and When but we knew we would get on before we met! I don't think just living close enough to meet means you will necessarily enjoy meeting another member but it is fairly obvious when you are on the same wavelength and obviously you were!
Juragran and I met on an expat forum, and 'clicked' through our posts. It is just good luck that she is also my nearest GN member, albeit in a different country! Well, unless somebody is lurking!

absentgrana Tue 02-Oct-12 17:42:55

AnaThe whole point of aqua anything is that the water naturally provides resistance to your arms or legs, depending on the exercise, thus gently and more or less painlessly exercising the muscles. However, it is almost impossible to hurt yourself when you are doing this, unlike, say, aerobics that bounce you about in a gym with a resistant floor.

whenim64 Tue 02-Oct-12 17:54:16

Fabulous flower and specki. It's been enjoyable meeting some Gransnetters. So far, I've met anno, Bags and Greatnan this year, and looking forward to meeting a few more Gransnetters before long smile

Greatnan Tue 02-Oct-12 18:16:18

There are so many members that I would dearly love to meet - perhaps some of them will take up my invitation to visit me next Spring! I hope to meet absent one day, but it will be 12,000 miles away!

jeni Tue 02-Oct-12 18:38:45

I'd love to meet you greatnan but I'm not a mountain goat!

annodomini Tue 02-Oct-12 18:59:15

It's great to meet other G'netters. I've already met AlieOxon once and we shall see each other again on Monday when I'm in Didcot.

Greatnan Tue 02-Oct-12 19:05:09

Perhaps I will get to your neck of the woods, jeni!

jeni Tue 02-Oct-12 19:13:42

You would be very wellcomesmile

specki4eyes Tue 02-Oct-12 21:42:27

Just logged in to say that today flowerfriend and I had a nice lunch together sitting outside under plane trees in a beautiful square in the Lot valley, south west France. I think we could have talked all afternoon! Gransnet has a lot to be proud of and new friendships forming is just one example. flower imagine the noise when a group of Gnetters gets together!

kittylester Wed 03-Oct-12 07:54:09

Right now I am killing time in case I inadvertently eat something or make a cup of tea. I have a fasting blood test at 8.40 which is far too late for someone who got up at 6 am!

Then it is off to relieve DH who is looking after 2 sick grandchildren. They have Slapped Cheek Syndrome and their mum says they look as though they have been on the bottle all night! Hopefully, they will be in the mood for 'laxing' and watching videos all day!

Grannyeggs Wed 03-Oct-12 12:00:19

kitty, my GC have also had slapped cheek syndrome,a rash on their faces and, yes , they did feel poorly and were definitely in the mood for videos etc; but what exactly is this syndrome, up until this year I have never heard of it or seen it, I can't remember our children having it, or did we call it something else?

crimson Wed 03-Oct-12 12:10:40

...watching more and more little blisters appear throughout the house as a result of my water leak [think I'm imagining some of them and have a crick in my neck from walking round looking upwards all the time]....

annodomini Wed 03-Oct-12 12:49:20

Have been to an aqua zumba class to see if I like it and the health club where it's held. Good news - I survived and enjoyed it, though I was never quite sure what I was doing with my feet but at least they were moving. I will be very stiff tomorrow! And I have joined the club as an off-peak member which looks like good value, as long as I go and do my stuff!

AlieOxon Wed 03-Oct-12 13:00:21

Hi anno looking forward to seeing you.
Hello to all.Sorry all I haven't been posting, both I and my computer have been ill!

Today my little gardener was here at 8.45 when I woke up!
(I did a catchup on sleep, as I was in Oxford yesterday for about 7 hours, putting a draft excluder on my daughter's back door, being with her for an appointment, getting my small grandson from school and leaving him in the park with his mates while we went to shop....collecting him and taking shopping back.....etc etc - ended up a little tired.)

Dave (the gardener) and I have been measuring out a space in my front garden for the car. Big parking problem in this road which was not built for cars really and the people opposite now have 3 vehicles - I get tired of having to park down the road!
I would rather have garden, but there. At least it is progressing, after my 3 big grandsons took the hedge down..the thing is, that was two years ago!

Ana Wed 03-Oct-12 13:51:23

Glad to hear the aqua zumba was a success, anno! Was it as wild as the dry land dancing?

Nanadogsbody Wed 03-Oct-12 13:59:18

I went to watch my 6-year old DGS in his Harvest Festival. I have to say he was the very best tree I have ever see. smile grin sunshine hmm

annodomini Wed 03-Oct-12 14:26:39

Ana - not specially wild. I think most of the class were at least as old as me and some of them probably as clueless. As long as I kept moving and doing approximately what the instructor was showing us, I felt it was doing me good. Now I am feeling a bit clapped out!

AlieOxon Wed 03-Oct-12 14:30:17

Not altogether I hope anno !

Ana Wed 03-Oct-12 14:30:44

Sounds like fun then! Might look out for a class locally...

annodomini Wed 03-Oct-12 14:37:47

Not completely, Alie, but I am sure I will be exceedingly stiff for a couple of days.

phoenix Wed 03-Oct-12 14:41:15

I have cleaned and sorted some of the kitchen cupboards. I did this only because it was on the note to myself that I wrote last night!

Littlenellie Wed 03-Oct-12 19:57:30

Resigned !!

kittylester Wed 03-Oct-12 19:58:48

Oh, nellie why? sad

phoenix Wed 03-Oct-12 20:00:05

Resigned from what, and why???????

gracesmum Wed 03-Oct-12 20:01:18

No! Why?

annodomini Wed 03-Oct-12 20:05:57


Littlenellie Wed 03-Oct-12 20:06:40

Partly because of what I was expected to do as an untrained carer,was told that I was expected to offer palliative care and lay out the people who had died,my shoes where checked as where those in the class and although mine where approved of to withstand bodily fluids ,was on a nil hours contract,with no job security ,but only found this put in the training...sad

Littlenellie Wed 03-Oct-12 20:08:25

Was a private sector company,and if you had signed to say you had received training and something happened there was no comeback on the company you where liable ...scary stuff..

jeni Wed 03-Oct-12 20:09:08

?????. That's ridiculous! Laying out is a funeral directors job, not a carers!

Littlenellie Wed 03-Oct-12 20:10:54

Apparently if it was in the care plan and I was the carer it was my job jeni

annodomini Wed 03-Oct-12 20:22:59

Carers, whether in a home or in the community are among the most exploited employees in the workforce, at the bottom of the heap and poorly paid, they are also expected to use their own transport between clients, without being able to claim expenses.
I'm sorry, nellie that the job didn't meet your expectations. You would be a wonderful carer.

anneandgraham Wed 03-Oct-12 20:32:10

sound bit of a nightmare Little nellie, so sorry that did not work out.

I got a job with Crossroads once, they said it was to visit people to give the carer a break, but forgot to mention it involved care work of all sorts, apparently social services would not pay just to give carer a break, I did not start it as shadowed another worker and found it involved far too much hands on care which did not feel happy with.

hope you find something more suitable.

Marelli Wed 03-Oct-12 20:34:10

No, Littlenellie. I'm really not thinking that untrained staff should be dealing with people who had died and needing 'laid-out'. If you get the chance to, have a wee look online at the website for the company and see what the Care Commission has to say about them - not sure what it's called in England? See what sort of recommendations have been made. You shouldn't have been giving palliative care at such an early stage, either. Oh my goodness.

Oldgreymare Wed 03-Oct-12 20:36:13

Littlenellie you are well out of it!!!

Ana Wed 03-Oct-12 20:38:47

I agree with what others have said, nellie. If that's the type of 'training' they're giving just to get people off benefits it's shameful! So sorry it was such an awful experience for you. sad

Littlenellie Wed 03-Oct-12 21:06:33

Feeling really sad now,apparently cleaning poo off of walls and toilet sand dementia care has been taken on by this company,expecting carers to offer the best care they care in the 15 minute slot allocated by social services,alcoholics and drug a users feature as the package shifts from 06.00 -22.00 with a break in between,my hours 5days a week and calls at home are normal practice on days off...who benefits from this sort of care,apart from the care company.sad

jeni Wed 03-Oct-12 21:06:57


jeni Wed 03-Oct-12 21:08:29

moon I'm tired!

Littlenellie Wed 03-Oct-12 21:11:34

jeni you got your moon sunshine ...moon nite nite so am I xxxxx

glassortwo Wed 03-Oct-12 21:16:54

nellie thats terrible, sorry it didnt work out for you.

Nanadogsbody Wed 03-Oct-12 21:53:47

littlenellie sorry to hear you we're misled and exploited. Sleep tight. moon

Ella46 Wed 03-Oct-12 22:05:35

nellie so sorry, what a disappointment for you! flowers
I'm sure you'll find something, maybe you could find a nice bar to run wink

soop Fri 05-Oct-12 11:30:03

nellie my lovely girl, I've only just caught up with your thread. I'm feeling awful for you. You were so bouyed up when the job came your way. You have a lot to offer. However, what was on offer to you was miserable and misleading. I'm pleased to hear that you resigned. You deserve better. A big warm (hug) from me.

gracesmum Fri 05-Oct-12 11:51:22

Oh I am sorry that you were so misled and agree with all those who say you are well out of it. It doesn't bode well for our ageing population (us!) does it that companies offer no real care provision for the elderly/sick/demented. I can imagine how angry and disappointed you are - {{hug}}

JessM Fri 05-Oct-12 12:42:53

Ah damn nellie.

Littlenellie Fri 05-Oct-12 19:40:29

Thank you all for your support and kind words,do feel very deflated ,care work in this area is the main type of employment,and with the changes in the care system,a lot more people are going to be cared for at home wether that is through choice or necessity as care homes are full.
I maybe should have realised that it was too 'easy' to get the job,every
One interviewed was employed,and apart from a crb and references it was a case of interview and start tomorrow,as it is the main form of employment people are being forced to and into work that is a job and not a vocation and we were all like cannon fodder feel so sad,will not try that againxxxxlove nellie

Marelli Fri 05-Oct-12 19:51:26

Littlenellie, you are worth much more than that. Please try not to feel 'deflated'. In deciding that the job was not for you, you showed respect for those who have to be cared for by badly trained staff who were employed merely because they had a pulse. 'God' help the poor 'service users'. sadangry

Littlenellie Fri 05-Oct-12 20:22:22

marelli just how I feel,the types that where in the "training" where not the people that I would associate with care work,and it was just a means of making money and having a job,I am not saying that they were not decent people,but it was just a job.sad for me and people who have no choice but to be cared for by people who don't really care one way or anotherxxx

JessM Fri 05-Oct-12 20:23:30

Maybe you could get a job for a nice private person who you would care for. My MIL has a budget from the council and as long as it is done officially she can spend it on whoever she wants. She now employs her friend to do the cleaning and washing side of things, and a nice small agency for someone to come in first thing while she showers.
(this is a mixed blessing for the person in receipt of the budget as they have to set up a separate bank account, pay NI if applicable etc etc )

Littlenellie Fri 05-Oct-12 20:27:14

That is an option jess but I have no experience ,there is a website I have looked on previously advertising work so maybe private work is the way forward thank you xxx

crimson Mon 08-Oct-12 15:58:47

Glass; did you watch countryfile last night? It was in Northumberland and they were talking about [and showing] bastle houses! I thought of you as I was watching it.

numberplease Mon 08-Oct-12 16:52:35

Today we`ve made an appointment with the Cats Protection League to go and see a little white cat, with a view to adopting her. I wasn`t going to have another so soon after Pepper, in case he`s looking down and thinking we`ve forgotten him, but hubby wants another, and I`ve gone along with it before he changes his mind. We`re going tomorrow morning, but it`s not a foregone conclusion, we have to have a home visit first.

soop Mon 08-Oct-12 16:56:07

number I'm smiling, thanks to your thread. That's such good news. Please keep us updated. smile

Nanadogsbody Mon 08-Oct-12 16:59:01

I hope it goes well number I think it's a compliment to Pepper that you need another cat in your life. smile

Nanadogsbody Mon 08-Oct-12 17:07:55

Mondays I have Dream Child, by himself, all day. I call him this as he smiles and chatters and clowns his way through the day. He is 2 and 2 months, and new words are just tumbling from him every day. If I don't understand him he mimes it for me. He eats whatever I put in front of him, he goes for his nap without a murmur. He could charm the birds off the trees, he makes me laugh grin
Tomorrow he comes again, plus his cousins, Wild Child and Drama Queen hmm
Love them all but some are much harder work than others!

Nanadogsbody Mon 08-Oct-12 18:48:23

Yes, I know. Too much, just feeling happy and needed to share blush

Ana Mon 08-Oct-12 18:58:14

Missed that post, Nanad ! grin Not too much at all, isn't it fascinating how different children are? I'm always amazed that my twin GDs have such varied characteristics despite coming from one egg.

glassortwo Mon 08-Oct-12 19:16:40

crimson yes I saw Countryfile. That is so strange just after I had been talking about ours, the one they showed is a complete bastle ours only has the ground floor still intact with a Georgian upper floor built onto it as they have done on most of them. smile

crimson Mon 08-Oct-12 19:29:29

I was really excited when I heard the word and recognised it from what you'd said! And I'm so fascinated by the stories of the Border Reivers; that's one reason why I love the riding out ceremonies so much. Gosh; what history your house has. Are you going to keep your cattle on the ground floor confused?

glassortwo Mon 08-Oct-12 19:33:37

crimson just the family, but there maybe a resemblance grin

moomin Mon 08-Oct-12 20:06:03

glass - charming wink - hope you managed to get your roof on in the sunny weather at the weekend

glassortwo Mon 08-Oct-12 20:13:59

moomin all prep for the trusses (they have just gone into production) will be complete this weekend. Saturday was glorious but spent the day moving the scaffold....never again!!!! Then woke up Sunday morning to a white out thought it was snow but it was a really heavy frost, and the caravan door had frozen solid couldn't open it!. But once the sun defrosted everything we had a great day and got lots done. smile

Grannylin Mon 08-Oct-12 20:29:17

Full of admiration for you glass. Loved meeting you all at Gally's.I'm very ignorant of places in the northeast and Scotland and feel really inspired to start exploring.Have you got a completion date? Can we start organising a Gransnet house warming?grin

moomin Mon 08-Oct-12 20:31:54

That's good glass smile

glassortwo Mon 08-Oct-12 20:38:10

grannylin it was fantastic meeting you and eventually putting a face to you, it was totally mad wasn't it! I just wish I had longer to speak to everyone, I only managed a hello/goodbye to Bags and a couple of others. I would like to be in for Christmas 2013, so it may be a little early to book your flight wink but as soon as we are done you are all more than welcome.

Grannylin Mon 08-Oct-12 20:48:57

Thanks glass Lovely to see the photos today, hope to see more of the Midlands gang!

Nanadogsbody Mon 08-Oct-12 21:00:17

Thanks Ana, I think you are one who realises how precious these little ones are smile

whenim64 Mon 08-Oct-12 22:14:15

Exhausted! Picked up my little grandsons from afterschool club. Long day when you're just 4. One schoolbag missing, but it could turn up tomorrow. New school trousers frayed around the hem - daughter says so are the other three pairs! First tiredness tantrum when we got home, and I foolishly said 'no, you do not climb up to get the cereal box out of the top cupboard. Amid tears and 'want my mummy' (had this with the other one a fortnight ago) got an agreement to eat the chicken wraps and yogurt with strawberries, but that was abandoned for 'want a treat.'

Next boundary set and rejected, when I gently reminded them to continue with what they had been given. More tears. Into pyjamas, then they wanted to swap PJs, so ok, did that. Up the stairs for a refusal to brush teeth, so I brushed teeth and they burst into tears and were ready to phone Childline. Asked then why were they crying now - 'cos i a oyed.' (Translation - because i am annoyed). Into bed and more tears when a trampoline jump went wrong. Two stories, agreed to leave the landing light on, then everyone back out of bed to see if my watch had got to the time mummy was due home. More tears because mummy was still driving home, but I steeled myself, tucked them in, gave them a cuddle and went downstairs. As I got to the bottom step, it all stopped and a little voice said 'nana's gone downstairs now.' Happy chat followed, then fast asleep.

Mummy comes home fom late teaching night, bursts into tears because she's just done a 12 hour day and didn't see her angels for bedtime. Mopped her up and came home. I'm going to bed now. grin

glassortwo Mon 08-Oct-12 22:20:16

when you have good right to be ready for bed. flowers moon

Ariadne Mon 08-Oct-12 22:33:14

Oh when isn't it a good job we love them so much? Sleep very, very well. moon

I am surrounded by boxes, some of which we unpacked with DGD1 and DGS1. I have to say that DGD has an organisational style to be envied by many, and an ability to arrange a cupboard with much more flair than me. But it's all the odds and ends that are difficult to deal with. However, my home is returning to me, AND I am sitting on my settee. Yay! But not for much longer (yawn)

Nanadogsbody Mon 08-Oct-12 22:34:00

when bless you moon
Perhaps we should have a thread dedicated to tales like these? I'm not exhausted tonight as DC is (amazingly) undemanding, but tomorrow will be a whole new kettle of fish. I didn't need the translation as I speak the lingo! The nearly 3-year old doesn't say she is 'a oyed' but she does say 'I'm NOT happy' before flouncing off. Same meaning! My daughter teaches too and it's such a demanding job especially with a young family.

whenim64 Mon 08-Oct-12 22:55:27

I've still not gone to bed! But I am going right now. Good night peeps moon

annodomini Mon 08-Oct-12 23:04:15

when, you make me feel tired and all I have done today is snooze and drink lots of tea - and sew badges on GS's Beaver sweatshirt. I wasn't born to sew!

AlieOxon Tue 09-Oct-12 08:52:44

And the best thing you could do, too, anno. So sorry we couldn't meet, but continue to look after yourself!

annodomini Tue 09-Oct-12 09:07:30

I will, Alie. I am going to inflict my cold on a train load of people today! Kids have gone to school, the cats are going bonkers all over the house and I have to pack up and go.

numberplease Tue 09-Oct-12 11:07:34

Have just got back from seeing Mia, she`s beautiful, and we`d love to have her, subject to the home inspection, so fingers crossed.

gma Tue 09-Oct-12 11:29:09

What did I do today? (well, about 9.20am this morning actually) I sent up a big thankyou to whoever was listening for the good news from our local hospital that hubs recent MRI scan showed "no problems whatsoever" After major surgery 2 years ago for skin cancer and 5 weeks of radiotherapy we had a scare and the scan was organised quickly. Thank God for the NHS-much maligned and knocked, but there when you need them. flowers

kittylester Tue 09-Oct-12 11:50:32

Great news gma and agree about the good old NHS! sunshine

Good luck with your inspection number sure it will be fine. smile

Hope you feel better soon, Anno flowers

numberplease Tue 09-Oct-12 11:57:58

Wonderful news gma!

gracesmum Tue 09-Oct-12 12:11:11

flowers happy for you gma I absolutely agree about NHS when it comes to the serious things! Fingers crossed for you number.
Off to DD's for a few days as she has pneumonia and SIL is away from home for the next few nights, so looking forward to seeing little men and just hoping this second course of a-bs will sort her out. I have never had pneumonia and always associated it with old dears, but a friend younger than me was in hospital with it just a few weeks ago. Is it on the increase?
Will miss you if I don't get on line - be good!

kittylester Tue 09-Oct-12 12:17:12

Enjoy your time away gracesmum but hopefully your daughter will make a speedy recovery. flowers

I'm always shocked to hear about younger people having pneumonia but it does seem to be on the increase. Hope the antibiotics work.

Nanadogsbody Tue 09-Oct-12 12:17:27

gma wonderful news smile

Bags Tue 09-Oct-12 13:28:51

Glad to hear your good news, gma smile.

We have shifted wood, over a metric ton of it, DH, DD, and I. We watched a leaf fall down through a tree and thought it was a robin, and we watched a robin 'fall' down through a tree, and thought it was a leaf. And I have made some bread and hung out washing, and brought in washing.

The wood man brought his baby in the cab of the truck because he's really a house-husband at the moment but is helping to train the new truck driver who can't be insured until next month. Nice to deal with family business people smile.

Oldgreymare Tue 09-Oct-12 13:37:33

Good news gma
gracesmum careful not to be stretched like elastic! Work in a little 'you time' (not very well expressed!)
Nunber who is Mia? ..... Keep up OGM hmm

harrigran Tue 09-Oct-12 13:51:59

Have been to Lakeland, enough said grin

Bags Tue 09-Oct-12 13:56:16

harri grin

feetlebaum Tue 09-Oct-12 14:38:50

Ordered greetings card for - er - you know - before New Year's Eve, and checked my Yuletide address database... deleting those who had died since last time... (only a couple, fortunately).

Ordered my groceries from Sainsbury's, for delivery Friday.

Ordered a DVD box set in Amazon's sale.

Cleaned my blasted printer cartridges AGAIN - I don't know if there's something funny going on with the ink I buy, but I'm suddenly having to clean the things every other day, or there's no black ink printing at all. Weird.

So a busy morning - and all without removing ample buttocks from chair!

kittylester Tue 09-Oct-12 15:13:08

Impressive grin

I don't know which ink cartridges you use feetlebaum but my husband always buys coloured ones and black and white ones! confused

kittylester Tue 09-Oct-12 15:13:57

harri envy

numberplease Tue 09-Oct-12 15:22:34

OGM, Mia is the white cat we went to see this morning, with a view to adopting her, we just have to wait now for a home inspection by the Cats Protection League people. And Crimson, no, she`s not deaf!

crimson Tue 09-Oct-12 15:27:34

Pleased to hear that, number smile. I'm sure the 'inspection' is just a formality. Is she a sweetie?

gma Tue 09-Oct-12 15:48:22

Thanks kittylester,numberplease,gracesmum,Nanadogsbody,Bags and oldgreymare for your good wishes. Just felt that I had to tell everyone!!!!

soop Tue 09-Oct-12 15:52:00

number Mia is surely destined to become one of the family. Lucky little pussy cat.
As for the email joke...hilarious. Have forwarded to a few broad-minded pals. grin

Quiltinggran Tue 09-Oct-12 16:09:17

I did some cutting out and sewing today!! This may not seem much but I broke my right wrist very badly in April (both bones and had a plate in) and then, while attempting to get fit afterwards, I fell again at the beginning of August and broke my right shoulder and damaged my left hand again (tho didn't break any more bones). Please don't ask how I did it. Oh ok, I fell off a treadmill! hmm Pause for laughter!
Anyway doing some sewing on my quilt is a big step forward. Next step is driving my poor neglected car again.

Bags Tue 09-Oct-12 16:11:35

Hi, quilting! It's so good to hear that you are getting back into the swing of things smile. Treadmill? Tell us more!

Quiltinggran Tue 09-Oct-12 16:43:16

Oh no! I got that wrong. It was the left wrist I broke in April and the right shoulder in August so had both arms/hands out of action! Now I'm going bonkers and can't tell my right from my left!
Thanks Bags. Would you believe I cunningly managed to press the wrong button on the treadmill at the gym and couldn't reach/didn't have enough strength in my left hand to press the emergency button and ...... well you know the rest!
I shall be going up to my cottage in Wester Ross early November (tho not drivingsad) - broken limbs permitting! I broke the wrist the day before I was due up in April and the shoulder three days before I was due up in August! Is someone trying to tell me something, do you think? At least I managed to avoid the midges this year.

Bags Tue 09-Oct-12 17:07:15

Safe journey, quilting! I hope the cottage isn't feeling neglected after your long absence. I love Wester Ross.

Quiltinggran Tue 09-Oct-12 17:09:56

Luckily kind friends give the cottage lots of TLC in my absences, and cut the grass too!

merlotgran Tue 09-Oct-12 17:50:41

DH and I have been repairing fences and moving chickens on to better land for foraging. The last of the apples need picking but they'll have to wait until Thursday. We watched buzzards rising on thermals above our field as we walked the dogs and then finished building a wood heap. Woodburner is lit and I'm now looking forward to a well earned G&T wink

annodomini Tue 09-Oct-12 18:14:08

Now back from my weekend break, having spread my cold virus through the train - sorry! I will now quarantine myself for the rest of the week and spare my friends and acquaintances.

Grannylin Tue 09-Oct-12 21:26:50

I confess, I confess, I'm watching Mama Mia.....again! blush

glassortwo Tue 09-Oct-12 21:31:46

grannylin thats where notso will have been wink

phoenix Tue 09-Oct-12 21:49:57

Please please please can you all do me a favour?

If you see me on here tomorrow before noon, tell me to sod off and do all the things that I didn't do today?

(The excuse that I made to myself about waiting for the chap to come and look at/ mend my car was pretty feeble)

Total sum of my efforts today? Walked to the village shop to get cat biscuits to avoid a feline protest march, and made two freezer tubs worth of soup.

What I should have done?

Job applications
Ironing of Mr P's shirts so that I don't have to do them all in a rush on Sunday
Put a load of washing on
Hoover up the tumble weed/cats fluff that eddies around the laminate floor

Be firm with me ladies!

annodomini Tue 09-Oct-12 22:10:01

Watching the Great British Bake-Off has made me crave something sweet - just as well I have nothing of the sort in the house. grin

phoenix Tue 09-Oct-12 22:12:41

Ooooh just remembered an individual tub of the excellent local clotted cream ice cream is in the freezer!

annodomini Tue 09-Oct-12 22:13:46

phoenix, how could you? That's just cruel.

phoenix Tue 09-Oct-12 22:16:09

Sorry blush (Good thing I didn't mention the rum and raisin one as well)

Elegran Tue 09-Oct-12 22:40:13

Comparatively busy day today. In morning went to the adult education class at the Zoo, this terms subject "Animal Science" Last week was "cognitive research" on squirrel monkeys - lots of Ahhh factor. Today was the turn of the Zoo vet who told us about how they had dealt with various outbreaks of illness at the Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. Learnt a great deal about mycobacterial infections and the tests they do to diagnose them, preferably before the animals show symptoms and have spread the illness to their pals. Saw slides from autopsies of those who did not make it, then enjoyed an excellent sandwich, so big I had to bring half of it home in a paper napkin.

Did a load of washing, folded and put away the previous batch. Hung up current batch. Fancied some grapes, walked to shops to buy some, found that some Cadbury's whole nut bars were three for a pound so bought them too, came home and ate one. Browsed GN.

Ate other half of sandwich and some grapes, resisted another whole nut bar. Went to Photo Club meeting where the chap who usually brings his laptop to display everyone's pictures from memory sticks could not make it, so someone else had brought theirs. Unfortunately most people have their pictures as slide shows on Open Office, which his laptop did not have, so the display was a bit curtailed. Never mind, the coffee, chocolate biscuits and blether still worked. Walked home and browsed GN again.

Nelliemoser Tue 09-Oct-12 22:57:29

By my usual standards of housework, I have been a domestic goddess today! I seriously cleaned my bedroom and a bath room. Washed the windows and the wardrobe mirrors, then polished them all. Vacuumed the rooms. Changed the bed, washed the bedding, line dried and then ironed them. While the pillows aired in the sunshine.

That will do for another six months then! shock

After all this I went to choir and had to mime all the Alto parts with notes above top D. Why do composers write such high stuff for us 2nd Altos??
Perhaps its time I joined the tenors instead! Would that make me a Tena lady? wink

Night Night all! moon

soop Wed 10-Oct-12 11:51:25

Elegran ...your energy is to be saluted. Such a busy lady! We have enjoyed the tasty bread that you made for Gally's do.

I'm feeling a bit iffy. Tight chest and stomach that appears to be on the cusp of the fast-spin cycle. hmm

Early Friday morning I've further tests [a different hospital this time.] My son has kindly paid for us to stay in a nearby Premier Inn on Thursday night. It's very helpful not to have to leave here at the crack of dawn.

Bags Wed 10-Oct-12 11:55:55

nmoser, grin

soop Wed 10-Oct-12 12:05:02

Bags Didn't sample one of your home-baked biscuits. Could just do with one now. Coffee time calls for a crunchy "bisquit" and a merry blether. Wish you were here. smile

Butternut Wed 10-Oct-12 13:15:50

Should be feeling poor, but am feeling rich ~ oil delivery this morning. Along with the well stocked woodpile, we will be warm this winter. smile

Butternut Wed 10-Oct-12 13:17:14

Oh, and soop - take care of that tummy and all the best for your appointment. x

soop Wed 10-Oct-12 13:19:32

Butter Wise words. smile x

numberplease Wed 10-Oct-12 17:20:49

Hope you`re soon feeling better Soop.
Just been having a bit of a cry, out of sight of everyone, a combination of feeling put upon, missing Pepper, and my aches and pains getting the better of me. Have given myself a shake, and told me to stop being stupid.

Ariadne Wed 10-Oct-12 17:31:49

number ((( hugs ))) sunshine you are allowed to feel down sometimes, especially after losing an old friend like your Pepper. We understand. xxxx

crimson Wed 10-Oct-12 17:55:26

Big hug, number. I'm a bit tearful today as my internet connection and phone line are all over the place, and, if I pay someone to come out it will make it a waste of time changing server to save money. Annoyed with myself for being so stupid sad!

jeni Wed 10-Oct-12 17:59:15

((Hugs)) number!

numberplease Wed 10-Oct-12 18:00:05

Thank you, and hugs to everyone!

harrigran Wed 10-Oct-12 18:07:24

I have spent the entire day sorting out paperwork so that I can file everything in the new study, my back is breaking with all the stooping. The nice thing is I have found lots of GC pictures that I took down from kitchen walls smile

annodomini Wed 10-Oct-12 18:14:39

number, ((((hugs)))). Been there - I feel for you and with you. x x x

soop Wed 10-Oct-12 18:19:52

(((hugs))) and kind thoughts to all those who need a little extra love. flowers

Ella46 Wed 10-Oct-12 19:32:01

soop Hope your tummy feels a lot better tomorrow,and good luck with the

numberSorry you've been feeling a bit low,I'm sending some sunshine for you xx

phoenix Wed 10-Oct-12 19:37:56

Hugs, cake and glasses of wine to all in need.

Managed to stay away until around noon (as per my request last night!)

Did manage to achieve some of my self alloted tasks, but fell by the wayside a bit when I invited my neighbour (who is going through some problems at the moment) round for coffee and a chat.

However, one of my job applications resulted in a phone call within 20 mins of submission, might have an interview early part of next week!

glassortwo Wed 10-Oct-12 19:41:23

phoenix fingers crossed that you hear back sunshine

glassortwo Wed 10-Oct-12 19:42:26

number {{{hugs}}}

Oldgreymare Wed 10-Oct-12 19:48:44

Hugs Number and Crimson and positve vibes too.

Hope your tum is better Soop and good luck with the probing hmm

I've managed to bring Dr.'s App. forward as the one that was THREE weeks away clashed with NO. 2 son's offer of afternoon tea at the Dorchester. I shall go to the Pre- Raph. exhibition first,must organise train tickets.

Today I have been grumbling, tried to do some gardening and got covered in pigeon poo! The blighters roost in a tree, in the field behind, that overhangs the garden. The answer to the age-old question: do pigeons poo in their sleep, is YES angry

glassortwo Wed 10-Oct-12 19:55:41

Last week DD and SIL have joined a gym and have said that they will go when the little ones are in bed (bathed at 6 to 6 .30 then straight to bed after a story) would I listen out for them while they were away, yes no problem.

But she has come in at 6.30 tonight and said they have booked their induction for 6.30 next Wednesday and I now feel terrible as I snapped and said well thats a good start, thought you were going when the kids are in bed 1st visit and its all forgotten about, Now I feel unreasonable hmm

crimson Wed 10-Oct-12 20:05:35

No; you're not being unreasonable. Thinking thin end of wedges, I am.

Grannylin Wed 10-Oct-12 20:09:43

Don't take it too harshly glass.Sometimes it just feels as though they are pushing their luck when you are feeling a bit sensitive.Snapped at my daughter on Sunday...long story involving fleas in her house, sleeping and eating at my house for a month, now gone back but we still have her kitten.She happened to say she was planning a week away in November and all I said was ' lucky you, wish I could. Then I got 'we'll you've just been to Edinburgh, blah,blah,blah.Grrrr

merlotgran Wed 10-Oct-12 20:28:41

Funny how they upset us with what we feel is thoughtless communication. DD2's marriage has hit the buffers and we've been supportive but have kept out of it as much as possible as we are very fond of DSIL. Their phone has been out of order for a whole week due to a switch to Virgin which did not go according to plan. DD texted me last night. Was it to reassure me all was well or to inform me the phone was back on? No. It was to suggest I send money for DGD's birthday (which isn't until the end of the month) because, 'she has a list as long as your arm' angry Whatever happened to, 'How are you, Mum?'

Ana Wed 10-Oct-12 20:35:56

I can relate to these posts! Since DD's relationship hit the rocks a couple of years ago, whenever she phones or texts me I just know before I've even picked up or looked that it's because she wants a favour. We used to have a close relationship, but now I feel as though I'm just a convenient child-minder (which is fine by me) or a cash cow!

jeni Wed 10-Oct-12 20:39:18

I'm to bed. 6am start tomorrow to sit in Cardiff!

Bags Wed 10-Oct-12 20:50:29

Night, jeni moon

This time last night, I was asleep.

numberplease Thu 11-Oct-12 00:24:48

Sounds like we`re all in need of a bit of TLC, so, {flowers} and hugs all round. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Ariadne Thu 11-Oct-12 06:11:57

Am feeling somewhat overwhelmed at the moment with all the "stuff" we have still to unpack. The house is more or less OK, but the double garage is still piled with boxes and there are books everywhere, hundreds of them. So today is dealing with garage day, packing up books for charity, exploring boxes that I packed back in May and making sure Theseus takes regular breaks. We have lost a study and a bedroom, that's the problem, (though gained an extra garage...) so we will have to be ruthless. Heigh ho! meanwhile, enjoying my coffee.

Bags Thu 11-Oct-12 06:17:24

You sound scarily efficient, ariadne grin. It took us months to unpack everything when we moved house six years ago. In fact, I've a feeling there's still an unpacked box in the cellar. Obviously we don't need whatever is in it so when I do finally get round to hauling it into the daylight, whatever the stuff is will be disposed of.

jeni Thu 11-Oct-12 07:09:11

It might be ful of expensive jewellry or gold bullion ?

kittylester Thu 11-Oct-12 07:50:23

We all seem a bit droopy at the moment so I prescribe tea and cakes and taking it easy today!!

glassortwo Thu 11-Oct-12 07:56:19

This morning I got.... no not the cold shoulder but the underlying feeling I am not the flavour of the months but hey ho she will get over it!!!!!!

I am off to the woods today with DGD Reception class, so I will come back all muddy great fun. grin

JessM Thu 11-Oct-12 08:02:39

Oh that sounds fun glass hope the rain keeps off for you. sunshine

whenim64 Thu 11-Oct-12 08:17:08

Morning everyone. Gloomy day out there, but I'm gong to enjoy having my friend, who I've known for 62 years, round here for lunch and endless chatter.

Have fun with the littlies glass. Nothing nicer than exploring with small children. smile

Bags I also have unopened boxes of doubtful treasure from moving here six years ago. Most investigate and donate to the dogs charity car boot sale that's coming up.

whitewave Thu 11-Oct-12 10:35:01

Enjoy your day when there is nothing like a good friend to share stuff with.

Last night saw Tom Conti in "Rough Justice" the subject matter was somewhat tough but I enjoyed the evening - the audience was asked to give a verdict at the end.

numberplease Thu 11-Oct-12 16:08:44

We don`t have anything left unpacked, after 25 years I hope not anyway, but at the very back of the cupboard under the stairs is a bag, known as "the big black bag", containing all sorts of bits and bobs from over the years, stuff that`s not really needed, but that we don`t want to throw away either. When we`ve both kicked the bucket, no doubt our offspring will take one look and bung it all in the bin!

crimson Thu 11-Oct-12 17:12:03

I've got a loft and a garage like that. I have asked people to help clear them out but , as yet, it's fallen on deaf ears. So I've just shut the doors and they can sort it all out when I'm not around!

Ariadne Thu 11-Oct-12 17:41:22

Bit better after a morning in the garage...books sorted a little bit, things discovered (e.g. Theseus' Mont Blanc retirement pen and his tiny collection of fob watches. Which, of course, he had carefully packed himself then forgotten where he'd put them. Did I make the most of this? You bet!)

And still it rains. I know we didn't move to Devon for the weather but.....ah well wine xxx

Gally Thu 11-Oct-12 17:48:19

Just returned home from a really lovely trip to the borders with a friend. Went via Melrose and Jedburgh and stayed at Otterburn on tuesday and then proceeded up to Alnwick on wednesday - a beautiful drive in glorious sunny, autumnal weather. Spent most of the day oohing and aahing in the gardens of Alnwick Castle and did a tour of the Poison Garden which was fascinating. A little retail therapy followed in the charity shops of Alnwick - christmas presents this year for the family all have to be bought from charity shops!. Managed to get quite a few - if I can bear to part with them grin. It really does the heart good to get away and do something completely different - shame it's now raining cats and dogs.

Quiltinggran Thu 11-Oct-12 17:50:23

Another first today! After doing some sewing earlier in the week, I drove my car for the first time in over nine weeks! The shoulder that I broke wasn't too sure it was totally happy but I was!! It felt like getting my life back with that independence of just getting in the car and taking myself where I wanted to go. Ok, so it was just down to the local shops today, but tomorrow the world!

Elegran Thu 11-Oct-12 18:05:07

A milestone, QuiltingGran

Gally did you go to the treehouse in the gardens?

Grannylin Thu 11-Oct-12 18:09:13

Freedom, quilting,GallysmileYes, ariadne, weather has been grim here too, thick fog and drizzle. Went to check why the chickens were squawking and found them beating up a magpie that had got through a hole in the fencing.Had to let them all out to get rid of the magpie.Just hope I remember to shut them in tonight hmm

Marelli Thu 11-Oct-12 18:10:14

That sounds good fun, Gally! Glorious and gentle scenery down in the Borders, isn't it! Like the sound of the charity shops...envy!

Gally Thu 11-Oct-12 18:28:13

Elegran yes, we had lunch at the Treehouse; isn't it amazing - very Harry Potter!
Marelli - you are right to be envy. There was some amazing 'stuff' and I had to be very severe with myself grin

glassortwo Thu 11-Oct-12 19:39:03

gally I love Alnwick Gardens, we were up in the summer with the DGC and they had a great time paddling in the fountains.

Bags Thu 11-Oct-12 21:04:08

Been out this evening doing Heartstart and first aid demos for the staff of a local dental practice. Did some serious housework today too – what for most of you would probably be ordinary everyday stuff wink but I'm not houseproud.

soop sends her love to all.

Bags Thu 11-Oct-12 21:05:21

quilting, it's good to hear that you are driving again and so happy about it smile.

Quiltinggran Thu 11-Oct-12 22:05:45

Thank you, Bags, Elegran and Grannylin. I had a couple of weeks after my broken wrist mended enough for me to do a little driving late July/early August but that's been all since early April. So there'll be no stopping me now. I might wait a little bit before doing the 700 miles drive up to Wester Ross tho'!!

Elegran Fri 12-Oct-12 11:56:30

Just had an email from DGS1 to say that a string ensemble he plays with, (GU Pro Musica), is performing along with the Chapel Choir next Tuesday, playing Vivaldi's St Luke Magnifcat. It'll be in the Chapel, so the webcam will be on, so you can see him playing! He will be in the 3rd desk of the first violins, and in full-on dinner suit, white bow tie etc, (plus ponytail) which will be interesting.... He is now off out to get hinself a white bow tie.

They will probably also have the dress rehearsal there earlier in the day, so there are two chances to catch it.

Last February the Kelvin Ensemble, which he also plays in, gave a rousing version of Fingals Cave and Land of the Mountain and the Flood from the chapel. I managed to post about it just in time for several Gners to watch the webcam.

Unfortunately, both their concerts this year are being played elsewhere. However, it seems every Tuesday the Chapel Choir are doing 'Choral Contemplations' in the Chapel:

I think I will also copy this to a religious thread, as it is all sacred music.

Bags Fri 12-Oct-12 18:05:09

Just reporting that soop is "home, happy, and hopeful" after her latest hospital visit, and will log onto GN tomorrow.

Gally Fri 12-Oct-12 18:36:19

I've wasted most of today; fiddled about on the laptop on and off and have eaten 2 bars (admittedly small ones) of chocolate. Not done anything constructive and feel fed up about it all. Oh well, tomorrow's another day; hopefully the weather will be better and I will be invigorated and energised and get on with 'stuff' hmm

Marelli Fri 12-Oct-12 18:54:56

I made some bread - without the machine! It's lovely...and now there's only half of it left blush. Also went to take some photos of the back of a house that's for sale in the village so that I can send them to my friend who has taken her grandchildren on a weekend holiday. The gardener was working in the back garden so DH wouldn't come in with me and stayed at the front of the house. He just shouted me at one point to tell me to hurry up, as I'd sneaked in and he wasn't brave enough grin. The gardener asked me how old he was, and I replied, '73'. The gardener said, "Oh, I thought it was your son, wondering where his mum was..." DH was suitably un-chuffed when I told him! Serve him right! grin

Grannylin Fri 12-Oct-12 19:02:17

Marelli grin.I made some bread this week, without a machine and it tastes like concrete birdseed but I making myself eat it.

gracesmum Fri 12-Oct-12 19:04:05

I think some people have had a lovely day - that is so nice to read. Hope you all have a lovely weekend too!

Oldgreymare Fri 12-Oct-12 19:05:19

Spent a lovely morning learning about the Newlyn School, then lunch with a friend, just about to open some Prosecco as it's far to late to start anything worthwhile.
Will raise a glass to Soop as she is happy and hopeful! smile
Marelli and one to you for being a brave girl smile

Marelli Fri 12-Oct-12 19:17:10

Here's to Soop! wine
Grannylin - my bread will be like that the next time, for sure. It tasted lovely but did actually look like a big cow-pat.....which did spoil it a bit...confused!

Oldgreymare Fri 12-Oct-12 19:17:12

P.S. Just caught a spider 8 cms across! Sadly now outside in the cold!

annodomini Fri 12-Oct-12 19:21:27

I saw the footage of flooding in Fife, Gally and Marelli - not quite in your coastal area, but you must have been having a lot of rain. [umbrella emoticon]. Hope for a decent weekend!

Bags Fri 12-Oct-12 19:22:41

Bags is now wondering how spiders keep warm. Will ask DH....

Bags Fri 12-Oct-12 19:24:35

.....He says they don't. They don't need to because they are poikilotherms (summat like that anyroad) and are 'happy' at whatever the ambient temperature is.

So you don't need to worry, ogm grin

crimson Fri 12-Oct-12 19:33:30

Do they antifreeze like sharks'n'things?

Marelli Fri 12-Oct-12 19:33:40

Thanks for that, Bags - I was quite concerned! I had this picture of ogm carrying the spider out on the end of her ruler (having measured it first)! I can imagine the ruler bending with the weight of the spider dangling on its web...grin

Oldgreymare Fri 12-Oct-12 19:33:52

Phew, thank goodness for that, I was getting rather worried.
Wish I were a poikilotherm! grin

Greatnan Fri 12-Oct-12 19:43:39

Thanks for the news about Soop, Bags - how that woman worries us! smile

I had a lovely day - took the train to Neuchatel and had lunch in a creperie with four interesting women - two English, one Peruvian and one Canadian - whom I met through Juragran.

annodomini Fri 12-Oct-12 19:44:39

I was admiring the intricacy of a spider's web on the outside of my bathroom window. It's not often I get such a close-up, albeit through glass. I wonder if it belonged to the huge specimen I evicted from my bath the other day.

Grannylin Fri 12-Oct-12 19:49:00

Send you spiders to me , I love the allsmile

Greatnan Fri 12-Oct-12 19:49:27

I noticed how beautiful the spiders' webs looked on the fence this morning, all glistening with rain.

Grannylin Fri 12-Oct-12 19:51:21

Ipad idiot. Send your spiders to me, I love them all.

Marelli Fri 12-Oct-12 19:51:45

I'm very fond of spiders and have no problem with sharing my home with them! They traipse through the dust quite happily. grin

crimson Fri 12-Oct-12 19:53:36

Another Miss Havisham?

whenim64 Fri 12-Oct-12 20:00:55

I don't mind sharing my home with spiders, either. My dog, however, has other ideas! She seeks them out and pounces on them till they give up the ghost and expire. Then, she looks at me triumphantly and wanders off with her tail at full mast to look for another victim! grin

crimson Fri 12-Oct-12 20:07:57

Spent a lot of time on the phone to Indian call centres trying to find out why I can't get any incoming calls since I switched to TALKTALK'. Yes TALKTALK; this is the bad publicity I threatened you with angry!

crimson Fri 12-Oct-12 20:18:02

Marelli; must point out that I once told a group of people on another forum that Miss Havisham was my role model....I'm not too good at housework [I do it but the house never looks any cleaner even though there's usually only me in it so I must be the one creating all the mess]. I sensed a possible kindred spirit...

Oldgreymare Fri 12-Oct-12 20:34:15

I like spiders too, but didn't fancy spending the evening with one!
Crimson No. 2 son says there's a good card at Chepstow tomorrow and that Neptune Collonges will probably be parading.
I'm hoping to go to Wincanton on Thursday (IF I have got everything ready for my sister's visit on Friday.... some hope!)
Again they are promising a parade of West Country Champs ( Hoping P.N. will allow K.S. and Denman out to play!)

crimson Fri 12-Oct-12 20:45:27

I was going to mention Denman. He's got a sort of diary in Horse and Hound. The girl who's got him as a hunter [and possible team chaser] used to have another of P N's retired chasers who sadly died a while back, so PN has sent Denman to her. He's living in a field with two pals and looks happy as a sandboy. Learning to jump walls and walk through stinging nettles [which he didn't like at first]. I wish I could do link thingys. It's wonderful to see him so happy.Chepstow is probably my least favourite track, because you can't get close to the pre parade ring or the fences [they changed it a few years ago; it was better before they did, I believe]. Nipper will have a wonderful retirement. I used to chat to the girl who used to [probably still does] look after Azertiup [sp], so I bet he's with him and Noland. The S.O. was telling me today that they're going to pull down the old stands at Cheltenham [the one where the Queen Mum used to be]. I've always wanted to see inside it. I'm sure there should be a preservation order put on it; it's a travesty imo.

Marelli Fri 12-Oct-12 20:45:54

I'm Miss Havisham minus the wedding-dress, crimson! I don't notice the dust much, really! It's ok as long as I don't move anything about - and as there are so many things cluttered on shelves, there isn't much room to move them anyway! My friends buy me little cards etc that say things like 'the house was clean yesterday - sorry you missed it', or you can touch the dust, but please don't write in it' yes, you've found your kindred spirit! grin

numberplease Fri 12-Oct-12 20:56:34

Another kindred spirit here! But unlike Marelli and Grannylin, I HATE spiders, I`m terrified of them!

Marelli Fri 12-Oct-12 21:01:00

We get some whoppers here, number - Daisy the Cat even avoids them! Incidentally, have you heard any more about the wee cat you were after from Cats' Protection?

crimson Fri 12-Oct-12 21:03:59

Many years ago my mother in law bought me a plaque which said 'bless this mess'. I was [secretly] slightly offended at the time but I wish I'd kept it.

Bags Fri 12-Oct-12 21:06:04

And another who gets notes and messages from DDs saying things like "Dust experiments in progress. Do not disturb the samples" , and smiley faces drawn in some of it.

Love spiders too. There are always loads in our house.

numberplease Fri 12-Oct-12 21:10:08

Marelli, I had a call this afternoon from a lady at the Boston branch of the CPL, she`s coming to make the home visit on Tuesday, about 1pm, so fingers crossed! And all of you please keep your spiders to yourselves, I`ve got enough here to keep me worried!

annodomini Fri 12-Oct-12 21:52:49

Marelli, crimson, number - dust rules here too. However, it was a bit embarrassing today when the meter reader came, rolled the sofa out of the way to get at the electricity meter and revealed a number of dead woodlice. I may have to cave in and get the vacuum out before he comes again. grin

jeni Fri 12-Oct-12 21:57:00

I hate arachnids. They have eight legs and that's six too many for me!

Marelli Fri 12-Oct-12 22:00:32

Oh anno - you've got three months before he comes to read the meter again....plenty of time! wink

crimson Fri 12-Oct-12 22:04:41

My son used to hide the sandwiches from his packed lunch that he didn't eat behind the sofa. It was ages before I discovered them; they were tightly clingfilmed.

jeni Sat 13-Oct-12 15:15:58

So far. I've got rhe sausage casserole bubbling away for tonight.
Nipped to waitrose for a joint of beef as they didn't send it yesterday.
Found they had NO roasting. joints so ended up with a fillet steak piece.
As its a fillet I thought I'd do chateaubriand so have started the chateaubriand sauce. I've also baked the bread.

This is ME! Remember I don't cook and I don't entertain!

This is the last time I agree to help out a friend by putting up a visitor from twinned Dutch town.

I'm exhausted already and she doesn't arrive til 6.30! Help!

jeni Sat 13-Oct-12 15:45:52

Grrrr the carrots and celery in the casserole still haven't softened. This dish is supposed to take on hour! It's more than that already!

jeni Sat 13-Oct-12 15:47:00

They're now arriving at 5.30 I'm shifting into panic mode?

glitabo Sat 13-Oct-12 15:51:13

I have had a lazy day today and spent most of it on Gransnet. I have just been to pick up GD1 and we are going to have tea and watch Strictly Come Dancing together. Then I will take her home. She is 6 years old.

grannyactivist Sat 13-Oct-12 15:53:08

Jeni - I'm sure your company will make up for any real or imagined deficiencies in the food department. Just keep the wine flowing! grin

jeni Sat 13-Oct-12 15:54:24

She doesn't drink or so I'm told!

Butternut Sat 13-Oct-12 15:54:48

jeni Put on earings, pearls and lipstick and dazzle them with your intellect and charm! grin

Good luck!

Gagagran Sat 13-Oct-12 15:57:21

Talking of spiders, I once saw a bit of fluff on the floor beside my bed as I got up, sans specs, bent down to pick it up and it bit me! It was a spider and boy did it hurt! It felt like a red hot needle in my finger and took ages to wear off.

I do like them though and am amazed at the intricate webs they weave and the speed at which they create them. We have lots in our garden and the webs are truly beautiful structures.

jeni Sat 13-Oct-12 15:57:43

hmm humph!

crimson Sat 13-Oct-12 16:59:05

Still phoning TALKTALK because I still can't TALKTALK on the bloomin phone. More bad publicity for you TALKTALK!!!

soop Sat 13-Oct-12 17:01:38

crimson grin

annodomini Sat 13-Oct-12 17:28:02

crimson, threaten them with Watchdog or expose them on Twitter. grin

crimson Sat 13-Oct-12 17:51:25

Oh I haven't started yet! I'l give it a few more days. It's not as if anyone phones me anyway sad..but they don't know that wink.

Ella46 Sat 13-Oct-12 17:54:29

They do now crimson wink

crimson Sat 13-Oct-12 17:59:41

...that's just what I thought as I pressed the submit button blush....! [edit facility please gransnet...]

harrigran Sat 13-Oct-12 22:49:06

Spent the afternoon looking after GD2 while her sister and mum went to see Disney on ice. GD is poorly and just wanted to be cuddled all the time, asked to go to bed but had to sit with her. My back is aching from trying to lift and carry her, at three she is heavier than her older sister.

gracesmum Sun 14-Oct-12 13:08:16

I wish I had something fun to reportsad I have driven DH to mass, taken Grace for a little walkie, finished the ironing, put the towels on to wash, cleaned the hob again after DH has made his bacon and egg muffin breakfast, cooked a lasagne (which DH will turn his nose up at as he has suddenly morphed into a picky eater) oh, loaded the dishwasher (again) and that was my fun Sunday morning hmm

glitabo Sun 14-Oct-12 13:28:44

I was out in the garden this morning, dismantling the tomato frame and collecting finished plants for recycling bin. Also attacked the cucumber and pepper plants chopped those up. Some plants still had peppers on so I have left those. I have putting off doing it for days and now I am very pleased with myself.

Oldgreymare Sun 14-Oct-12 13:57:01

Gracesmum sadnow DO SOMETHING FOR YOU this afternoon!
glitabo me too, there was a frost here last night so it became essential work!

annodomini Sun 14-Oct-12 14:22:06

Ah, now you come to mention it, glitabo.....

Grannylin Sun 14-Oct-12 14:22:51

OH has cut down a sprawling willow and I've scythed off loads of lovely green thin branches.What can I do with them?Wish I knew how to make butties willow baskets envy

jeni Sun 14-Oct-12 14:46:13

Right lunch is finished and cleared away. My guest has gone off with another friend and her guests to see an old NT house near us called tyntesfield.
I'm sitting down with a bag of frozen peas on my ankle and a stiff drink.
She is very nice , but I'm so used to being on my own and not cooking meat and two veg type meals that I'm exhausted. Well at least I've made the soup and bread for tonight.
Only two more days to go as she goes back on Wednesday morning. That means I can stay in bed all day Thursday thank goodness.
The stiff drink is in my hand not on my ankleconfused

soop Sun 14-Oct-12 14:56:36

Quite right, jeni relax and enjoy! flowers

Gally Sun 14-Oct-12 15:30:25

Delivered a couple of letters to other side of the village. I walked - fast - as I am trying to lose the rubber tyre which has suddenly appeared around my waistline (too much Oz wine methinks). Tried a phone conversation with DD3 but interrupted by much yelling and shrieking of 2 GCs so gave up. Relocated contents of knicker/bra/jumper/drawers - taking up the space vacated by the late Mr.G . Managed to get rid of quite a few items for charity bag. Made a disgustingly fattening pud (chocolate brioche) to take to a friend this evening. Dodged the showers to 'walk the boundaries' of my large estate - that took 4 minutes grin. So much for an exciting sunday.

jeni Sun 14-Oct-12 15:39:14

Wow! You daredevil?grin
Are you now collapsed with exhaustion?

Gally Sun 14-Oct-12 15:42:48

Yep Jeni. Think I may join you on your sofa for a snifter grin

Marelli Sun 14-Oct-12 15:44:54

Been speaking with ''almost-13 years-old DGD on phone. DGD, as some will remember, has been causing her mum and dad many problems with her behaviour. Especially her mum (my daughter). I suggested that as it's the school holidays, DGD, her mum and I could go shopping (Primark!) and a Chinese meal for lunch one day this week. The idea is to present a united front to DGD on a normal family outing, without her dad being there. I've a feeling I'd better not hold my breath hmm.

JessM Sun 14-Oct-12 15:48:20

Just got back from a lovely walk with an old friend down in the Chilterns. Beech trees were blazing. Sky blue.
On the down side we did see dead and dying ash trees (they have a disease sad )
and it turned out the pub where we met was the very one in which Dithering Dave and Sammy famously left their child.
They serve non-old-etonions as well, but don't have the chicken pie - disappointing indeed. We had a sandwich there once and it was much nicer (The Plough, Cadsden)

numberplease Sun 14-Oct-12 16:12:27

Hope the plans work out with your granddaughter Marelli, I`ll keep everything crossed.
It`s not what I`ve DONE today, but what I`m going to be doing. Tonight we`re off out to a small local theatre to see Gerry and the Pacemakers, at long last! Our daughter and her husband bought us the tickets as a joint present last Christmas, the show was to be in February. Then Gerry Marsden was taken ill, so it was postponed till June, then he had heart surgery, and it was put back till September, it`s finally going ahead tonight.

annodomini Sun 14-Oct-12 16:36:53

Marelli, since she was about 11, my GD has been my 'style adviser'. I don't always take the advice, of course, but often wish I had done! Maybe if you ask your GD's advice about what you are thinking of buying, it will make her feel like 'one of the grown-ups'. And you can perhaps give her a budget to buy something in Primark - though you might have to keep your opinions to yourselves. Just thought of something - next GD is 10. Should I ask her advice? Hmmmm.

Marelli Sun 14-Oct-12 16:42:24

Enjoy the show, number! We saw them at our local theatre a few years ago, and they were very, very good. 'You'll Never Walk Alone' always does it for me. sad smile

Ella46 Sun 14-Oct-12 17:02:42

Just said goodbye to my baby dgd who was brought at 9.15am with a streaming cold (Anno's? wink ) and teething, while her parents and gs went to Sale rugby club for the day.

Now, totally exhausted but well cuddled, I intend to have a take away curry from Waitrose, and a glass of something exciting.
Then I shall slob on the sofa and watch Downton and Homeland before I collapse in bed!
My house looks like a bomb went off shock

JessM Sun 14-Oct-12 17:06:33

Sounds like fun number - enjoy the evening and singing along maybe?

Bags Sun 14-Oct-12 17:14:38

DD's birthday (12) in two days. She wanted clothes. I gave her a JohnnieB catalogue, and she has chosen two outfits that I might have chosen for her myself (but daren't any more) and a pair of denim shorts that I wouldn't have chosen. Oh well, maybe that fashion won't last very long.

annodomini Sun 14-Oct-12 17:33:45

You can't pin that on on me, Ella, I have been in self-imposed quarantine (apart from a flying visit to Waitrose) since Tuesday. I hope your GD will be better soon and hasn't shared the cold with you - GC are toxic!

Ella46 Sun 14-Oct-12 17:40:02

I'm thinking positive thoughts Anno smile

Oldgreymare Sun 14-Oct-12 17:51:53

Number enjoy the show.
Went to our local theatre last night and saw 'Sgt Pepper's only Dartboard Band' our 'local' Beatles tribute band who are great. They are the group who were chosen to walk across Abbey Road, photographs in all the papers, to celebrate the recent anniversary.
Marelli our almost 14 GS (at the moment) is a different lad from the one who caused so much angst last year, I hope your GD 'turns the corner' soon.
Grannylin make a living sculpture, stick them in the ground and they will take root (not sure about this time of year tho') perhaps in a circle to be tied at the top later, if they are suitable. Otherwise a loose weaving can look very effective. Decide on your shape, link a few key pieces and then weave randomly.

Ana Sun 14-Oct-12 18:05:48

Decided to defrost the fridge-freezer today - I'd forgotten how long it takes! confused Had to resort to the hairdryer in the end and vowed (yet again) never to leave it so long until next time.....

crimson Sun 14-Oct-12 18:38:33

Spent a couple of hours in the garden [seems ages since I last did so] but very concerned about the number of times I lost the trowel and/or my gardening gloves. Then repotted something that needed ericaceous compost only to think afterwards that I'd been taking compost from the wrong bag, so had to start again. Also, I have two keys to my shed [front and back door]. You'd think that I would put the wrong key in the lock 50% of the time, but I'm sure it's more than 90%. I KNOW I should label them front and back, but I'm curious about why I [nearly] always use the wrong one. They're tied together with a piece of string y'see.

annodomini Sun 14-Oct-12 18:41:36

Ana, I used to put a hot water bottle in my freezer (now have an auto-defrost one), and, inevitably, I once forgot to take it out. A very COLD water bottle! An electrician once took me to task when he heard me talking about using the hair dryer - but I still did it. Of course. grin

Marelli Sun 14-Oct-12 18:52:16

Ogm, the angst felt by DGD is accelerating daily - but it's good to hear that there might just be light at the end of the tunnel....eventually!

Grannyeggs Sun 14-Oct-12 19:33:49

Had a family lunch to celebrate the Birthdays of DH,65 tomorrow, andGD 7 on Tuesday.Great fun but very noisy, am just wondering how early I can go to bed.
I want to be ready for tomorrow when I am meeting Notsogrand, and three other GNers in Guildford, I haven't met any other GNers, and am really looking forward to it.

numberplease Sun 14-Oct-12 22:57:55

Gerry Cross the Mersey was a great show, but far too short. I last saw them in the early 80s in Skegness, on the same bill as the Hollies. It was well worth the long wait, and good to see him back to good health again.

harrigran Mon 15-Oct-12 00:07:32

DH and I celebrated our Sapphire wedding anniversary quietly at home with a bottle of our favourite pink champagne. Sorted a lifetime's photographs and packed them into boxes, happy memories smile

numberplease Mon 15-Oct-12 00:27:07

Happy Sapphire wedding Mr and Mrs Harrigran!

Bags Mon 15-Oct-12 06:24:42

Congratulations harri and Mr Harri flowers

Faye Mon 15-Oct-12 06:53:13

Happy Anniversary Mr & Mrs Harrigran, a milestone!

absentgrana Mon 15-Oct-12 07:43:48

Congratulations harrigran (and husband). How many years is sapphire?

glassortwo Mon 15-Oct-12 07:45:39

Congratulations harri did you get sapphires? wine flowers

Butternut Mon 15-Oct-12 08:06:42

harri A lovely way to celebrate. Congratulations! sunshine and [sapphires]

Grannylin Mon 15-Oct-12 08:53:59

More pink champers for you harri, congratulations wine

annodomini Mon 15-Oct-12 09:01:34

Congratulations on 45 years of marriage, harri and Mr Harri. And many more happy years to you both. wine

Oldgreymare Mon 15-Oct-12 09:19:06

Happy Anniversary Harri, I let that one pass by, does that mean I missed the opportunity to acquire a large saphire? hmm

kittylester Mon 15-Oct-12 09:35:47

Congratulations harri and Mr harri flowers

Yesterday I saw Bertie for the first time in a fortnight as he went on honeymoon with his mummy and daddy confused. While he was away he learnt to crawl at 100 mph and to giggle. Baby giggling is seriously infectious grin

Ella46 Mon 15-Oct-12 10:18:45

Congratulations Harri and hubby, flowers

harrigran Mon 15-Oct-12 10:20:08

No I didn't get a sapphire for this anniversary, I got a 4 carat sapphire ring on our ruby anniversary because I already had rubies. We had a wander into Jo Malone last week and he bought me a bottle of Pomegranate noir and I bought him Chanel Bleu.
Thank you all for kind wishes. I wish I could slow the clock down a little smile

soop Mon 15-Oct-12 11:57:05

flowers sunshine cupcake wine smile to Mr and Mrs Harri. Have a very, very, very happy anniversary. xx

Gally Mon 15-Oct-12 12:28:16

Harri Congratulations to you and Mr.Harri 45 years - wow!
Sadly Mr.G and I only just got to 38 years, so no rubies for me!!
I woke up this morning feeling fine, went to see the accountant about my tax return, then on to Asda where, in the childrens' clothes dept. I started sneezing - at least 25x on the trot and now I am home I have a full blown cold - how on earth could that happen so quickly? I really don't get it. confused

Marelli Mon 15-Oct-12 13:31:34

Oh Gally, your marriage was a 'price above rubies'. flowers.
Horrible colds all over the place just now - also maybe you should've checked out Asda's for the flu jag while you were there? It's that time again.

Marelli Mon 15-Oct-12 13:32:28

Harrigran - a very happy anniversary for yesterday. wine flowers

grannyactivist Mon 15-Oct-12 13:39:09

Harri flowers
Gally - oh dear, poor you. I recommend that you put your feet up, read the paper, cruise the net and swig copious amounts of honey and lemon. Dig out something from the freezer so you don't have to cook. Hope you're feeling better soon. flowers
Kitty I know what you mean about baby giggles grin Lovely.

jeni Mon 15-Oct-12 16:11:41

Congratulations harri

I've just come home in the middle of the afternoon session because I'm vomiting+++!
I have a Dutch lady staying with me. Help!

nanaej Mon 15-Oct-12 16:25:41

Congrats to Harri and Mr H.
I did something I have never done before. I bought a hat (beret style) from a proper hat shop then had a long lunch in town. Good day! smile

grannyactivist Mon 15-Oct-12 17:08:37

Jeni - perhaps you have an allergy to entertaining, or Dutch people? wink
I do hope you're soon on the

soop Mon 15-Oct-12 17:12:08

jeni The Dutch lady will need to help you. Take yourself off to bed...or at least put your feet up and relax. I hope that you're not sickening for something as nasty as the tummy bug that is doing the rounds. Get well soon. brew smile

soop Mon 15-Oct-12 17:17:53

Mr soop and I have had the flu jab. Rory waiting on the doorstep, making wimpish half-strangled mewing sounds, which when translated mean...where've you been...I've been here ages...feed me...*like now!*

Butternut Mon 15-Oct-12 17:27:09

Oh Jeni - get well soon. Don't even think about cooking this evening. Nothing worse than having a stranger around when you're feeling poorly, is there!

gracesmum Mon 15-Oct-12 17:35:50

Allergies to Asda and to Dutch people!!shock
Put feet up, spoil selves, read undemanding book and PAMPERbrew if you can.
Jeni you obviously can't take the risk of cooking for your guest, so she will have to do it for
Gally it's not the length of the mariage that counts, it's the

harrigran Mon 15-Oct-12 18:08:02

Gally brew wine hope you feel better soon flowers

granjura Mon 15-Oct-12 19:43:26

Shared driving from Calais back to Switzerland - to find our cat, dog and house very well looked after - and hot soup and bread on the table + a cup of tea!
Aggrrhhh thanks our Greatnan - what a trooper x

Butternut Mon 15-Oct-12 19:49:14

Zumba, came home and raked leaves, raked more leaves, cut down tomato plants and chucked them on the compost, raked more leaves. Unearthed cases to start packing for a visit to the land of plenty (UK), ironing, cooked cauliflower cheese, sparodic dips into GN, fresh bedlinen now on the bed, and it'll be an early night. moon zzzzz

Mamie Tue 16-Oct-12 11:40:39

Made Christmas puddings with DH. Complicated by the fact that I forgot to buy suet in the UK (note to Butternut) and we had to buy kidney fat from the butcher and render it, which is smelly and messy.

nanaej Tue 16-Oct-12 12:00:53

jeni hope you are better now.flowersbrew
Have not gone to work today as have picked up a cough/ temp bug whilst away and it keeps getting better/ getting worse on alternate days! Hope tomorrow I feel and stay better!
Just watched THE Downton episode missed whilst away sad

jeni Tue 16-Oct-12 12:32:29

Yes thanks. Still a little queasy so not eating today. Sitting with feet up taking it easy. I cancelled today's tribunal as I didn't think I'd be up to it!

Bags Tue 16-Oct-12 12:35:13

Glad you're feeling a bit better, jeni.

Gally Tue 16-Oct-12 13:09:19

Jeni flowers Hope you didn't pass the dreaded lurgy to the Dutch visitor?
My sniffles seem to have abated today, but now have a cracker of a headache - probably spending too long trying to sort out my Tax Return - enough to give anyone a headache wink

soop Tue 16-Oct-12 13:51:51

jeni Sitting with your feet up sounds like a good plan. Get well

harrigran Tue 16-Oct-12 14:06:08

jeni Gally flowers

numberplease Tue 16-Oct-12 15:55:38

Hope you`re soon better Jeni.

Mamie Tue 16-Oct-12 16:03:27

Hope my details of the Christmas puddings didn't make you feel worse!

Grannylin Tue 16-Oct-12 16:11:33

Just had a really funny 'conversation' with my 20 month old grandson.Think he has taken and worked out how to use his Mum's mobile- either that a or a very, very, giggly heavy breather has stolen itgrin

numberplease Tue 16-Oct-12 16:18:38

Just stabbed the end of me thumb, trying to get a tight plastic seal off a drum of black pepper, and it flippin` hurts! AND won`t stop bleeding!

jeni Tue 16-Oct-12 16:46:34


numberplease Tue 16-Oct-12 16:57:18

I played host to a lady from the Cats Protection League this afternoon, and she`s given us the go-ahead to proceed with the adoption of our chosen cat, Mia, just waiting to find out now when we can collect her.

crimson Tue 16-Oct-12 16:59:17

Great news, number. What a lucky cat!

soop Tue 16-Oct-12 17:05:36

number I'm delighted for you and Mia. Such lovely news. smile

jeni Tue 16-Oct-12 17:19:19

Well, Gary put up a new bird feeder outside my lounge window for me! So while I've been sitting quietly with my feet up, I've also been watching the birds. (Also chasing off the darn squirrel) and no, I'm NOT going to let the old git shoot it!

crimson Tue 16-Oct-12 20:56:13

Phoned myself on my mobile and nearly died of shock when THE PHONE RANG. Michelle from the Indian Call Centre [who has phoned me twice today, bless her] has sorted it. Or maybe it was going to take a week anyway. Either way, I can phone in and out [but only on one phone] and no sound on the internet but that might be something I've done wrong. Heating engineer who's coming out tomorrow to fix my leak might have a look at my computer perhaps. Oh joy! sunshine

Grannylin Wed 17-Oct-12 20:48:19

Am really enjoying watching 'the great British food revival' about rabbit but am totally distracted by the long hairs on Clarissa D W's chin grin

merlotgran Wed 17-Oct-12 21:01:21

Ha Ha grin Me too, Grannylin

Marelli Wed 17-Oct-12 21:07:08

I bought one of those Finishing Touch things that I don't end up like Clarissa DW blush. I do hope it works....hmm

merlotgran Wed 17-Oct-12 21:34:46

Her chin could come in handy if she ever loses her pastry brush.

gracesmum Wed 17-Oct-12 23:20:50

I have come back from another 2-day Granny duty stint with littlest DGS who has bronchiolitis and an ear infection. DD just getting over pneumonia, I hope that is the end of it for a bit! Starting sniffles myself - as JessM said - toddlers do like to spread the lurve don't they?

harrigran Wed 17-Oct-12 23:57:20

Been to collect new glasses from opticians, varifocals, totally rubbish for computer work. They have promised to change lens back to single vision if I can't get the hang of it in 30 days.

Ariadne Thu 18-Oct-12 06:47:39

harri the first time I got varifocals, I insisted I couldn't wear them for driving (I was commuting into SE London). So I drove in wearing the single vision specs, then changed to the varifocals for the day, then back to single vision for the drive home. Then, one day, I got home and realised that I'd forgotten to change specs, and had driven home in the varifocals and never noticed! That was my varifocals epiphany. Never locked back smile since.

kittylester Thu 18-Oct-12 07:40:58

I love my varifocals but always have to pause at the top of stairs to 'refocus' which makes me feel very very feeble!! shock

Oldgreymare Thu 18-Oct-12 08:47:15

Harri hang on in there. For seeing, I wouldn't be without mine, but I have to have really light (= expensive) ones as I can't stand the pressure on my nose. What a wimp! (Me that is!)
Do be careful with steps, up or down, I've never really sussed them!
Just noticed Kitty's post which says the same thing really!

Marelli Thu 18-Oct-12 09:21:58

I have varifocals and do agree that you have to be careful going down steps etc! I do get on well with mine, but when I had my desktop computer, I used to get a really sore neck. This was because I had to tilt my head back to be able to read the screen properly. I'm fine with the laptop, however.
Ogm, mine are lightweight and I got them from Asda's Opticians. I got them last year and at that time all specs were £95 all in. Nothing added on at all - which is usually the case hmm. They'd had that deal on for ages, and I think it's still the same.

annodomini Thu 18-Oct-12 09:22:39

When I got my first pair of varifocals, I wasn't getting on with them at all, so went back to the optician who made a small adjustment in the fitting. That was at least fifteen years ago and I have never gone back to bifocals. The varifocals were a bit of a trial with a desktop computer but since I went over to a laptop I've been able to adjust the position of the screen and don't get any eye strain. So, harri, if you do have some initial problems, they might just need a little fitting adjustment. Good luck!

Oldgreymare Thu 18-Oct-12 09:39:29

Thanks Marelli smile

baubles Thu 18-Oct-12 10:04:35

harrigran adapting to varifocals can take a couple of weeks so I would say hang in there. Try pushing the frame up very slightly from the bottom rim, if your screen looks clearer then it is possible that an adjustment to either the frame or the lens is required.

If you have only had reading specs before then adapting to a smaller lens area can feel odd. The main advantage of varifocals is the convenience of one pair for all uses. I keep a pair of readers for when that's all I want to do but they are useless for work as everything beyond arms length is a blur.

Elegran Thu 18-Oct-12 10:54:25

I used to have a pair of reading glasses and another pair for TV/outdoors which were used in the car (I don't drive but they allowed me to focus on the view better, and not get dizzy with the scenery whizzing past in a blur)

For my last prescription, I got "office glasses" which are bifocals with a reading part and a computer part, which are useful for working on the laptop while referring to papers lying beside it. I still have the distance glasses, which are also perfect for a cinema screen or a speaker and projector screen at a lecture. I don't wear them just walking down the road.

I think I may get yet another pair for sitting reading or sewing though, quite often you want to see something clearly that is above the transition point, and if it were moved up I would not see all the laptop screen through the top half.

gracesmum Thu 18-Oct-12 11:15:04

Varifocals have one great disadvantage - if lying (reclining even!) on the sofa or in bed trying to watch TV, I have to slip mine down my nose so that the distance bit moves down. But as I invariably fall asleep within 15 minutes, it's a small price to pay.

harrigran Thu 18-Oct-12 12:44:13

Thanks for tips, I wore them whilst reading in bed this morning but I felt like a noddy dog, there were fuzzy areas above and below the line I was reading. I will persevere but at the moment they are pulling the eye muscles.

Oldgreymare Thu 18-Oct-12 22:52:23

Today, I abandoned all good intentions and went Racing! smile

Ariadne Fri 19-Oct-12 03:42:07

gracesmum grin

Bags Fri 19-Oct-12 07:05:18

Hope you adjust allright to your new glasses, harri. I didn't get on at all well with varifocals. Had to take them back because they made me seasick. Apparently this happens to some people. Got new lenses free of charge.

harrigran Fri 19-Oct-12 12:18:15

I feel unsafe when I am wearing them Bags it's not good to feel as if the floor is uneven. I voiced my concerns but the woman in Boots poo-pooed my reservations. Will give it a little longer but will change them if it does not improve.

grannyactivist Fri 19-Oct-12 12:21:47

I have two pairs of glasses - much better for me than varifocals I think - but I have been seen wearing both at once when working on the family computer. Need the reading glasses to type, but the screen is far enough away to need my distance glasses. What a sight I must look!! grin

gracesmum Fri 19-Oct-12 12:30:07

I agree about the insecurity when going down stairs and wonder how many elderly (this excludes any of us of course) have falls on the stairs for precisely that reason? I always use a handrail in a public place - tube station etc, make a point of looking down and feel about 99 doing so smile

soop Fri 19-Oct-12 14:51:02

This morning we paid a visit to Howdens. Mr soop presented the nice man with a plan of our proposed new home and kitchen lay-out. We selected the units, flooring, oven and hob. Early next week we shall have a proper plan, together with costing etc. It was very exciting. Now all we need to do is sell this house, purchase the plot, and build another house in which to put the kitchen. Seems like a good plan! grin

Gally Fri 19-Oct-12 16:55:19

soop that's so exciting sunshine Hope you get a quick sale.
I went out for lunch with 3 friends to South Queensferry. They always get dressed up and I feel like Cinderella (only a bigger, older version!) so today I made the supreme effort - dress, boots, makeup the lot and guess what - they all turned up completely dressed-down in trousers and casual tops; Perhaps they wanted me to feel comfortable . I really look forward to lunch out, but they only eat a main course and I do love starters so I felt a bit miffed (probably why they are all sylph-like and I'm not confused))

soop Fri 19-Oct-12 17:05:26

Gally You are a lovely lady. smile

House will be officially on the market early spring. However, we're telling all and sundry that it is for sale, should anyone wish to make an offer. Sad thing is, we'll need to do a good bit of outside painting before it will look at its best. The terrible winds and rain have played havoc with the beautiful finish that we both worked so hard to achieve. All painting and decorating, inside and out, was down to us. We're ready for a challenge. grin

jeni Fri 19-Oct-12 17:15:29

I HAVE fallen down stairs, several times. And that despite using a stairlift! I've fallen off the top step!

kittylester Fri 19-Oct-12 17:17:10

Good luck soop - sounds exciting. smile

Isn't it horrid Gally when every one else is being abstemious and you are thinking 'what the hell, we're out!!' I have friends I meet every month and we always have the same formula: soft drink, sandwich/jacket potato and a cup of tea and, although I wouldn't miss it for the world, I'd love to go mad and have sausage and mash or something equally daring!! They perhaps would too and are waiting for someone to break out!! grin

Harrigran do give your specs time. My wobbly floor lasted for about a fortnight after I first had varifocals but they are a boon if you can cope.

annodomini Fri 19-Oct-12 17:34:05

soop -what a good idea - build the house round the kitchen. You've got your priorities right! grin

annodomini Fri 19-Oct-12 17:43:22

Today I took my GD out to lunch at our local Italian restaurant. She is having great trouble in her new student house. Her room is in a brand new extension and is tremendously damp. She has mould on several pairs of shoes and some clothes. She has to air her bedding daily. I am fairly sure that it's a condensation problem owing to inadequate ventilation. She has asked the Council to contact the landlord who recently constructed the extension. Anyway, we had a happy hour together going through old photographs, including many pictures of her as a toddler.

whitewave Fri 19-Oct-12 17:57:30

visited Mr WW he is still having loads of tests. Had to leave early as he was going for an echo thing (I think) and a CT scan, which seems somewhat full on? Apparently there is bacteria showing up in his blood, and they can't get to the bottom of it. They had started on antibiotics but have now stopped them as they want to find out exactly what is wrong. They are definately going to fit a pacemaker but nothing can be done until he is over this infection. He is feeling like s* and it is upsetting to see him, as everthing well all his joints seem so painful. Keep hoping for better days. He hasn't washed since he's been in I found out today so will ask if I can give him a once over tomorrow.
Had 2 glasses of wine and a chocolate orange for dinner last night!!

annodomini Fri 19-Oct-12 18:24:34

That doesn't say much for the quality of care in that hospital, WW. Poor man must feel most uncomfortable not having been washed. I hope you can sort this issue out.
That sounds like my kind of dinner grin - but do try to take good care of yourself. smile

harrigran Fri 19-Oct-12 18:41:29

WW how awful for Mr W, where are the nurses who use to take pride in their care ? When I used to work on Nights every patient was given a bowl or washed and bed made before 8am. I know patients aren't kept in bed now but help should still be available.
Take care of yourself too flowers

glassortwo Fri 19-Oct-12 19:33:51

jeni are you Ok?

white I always think you feel so much better in yourself after a wash and clean Pjs.

gracesmum Fri 19-Oct-12 19:45:45

flowers feeling for you - the whole tedium of tests, waiting for results and "mysterious" infections. It is true that once you start on antibiotics it is harder and slower to get cultures which is why when DH has had one of his weird infections, they can't start him off on a-b's until they have taken tube after tube of blood. Echo and CT scan would be a good start and I hope they can rule out any damage to the heart. Good luck - and maybe something a little more nourishing than just the chocolate orange next time....?smile

whitewave Fri 19-Oct-12 19:51:23

grace thankyou for that - I am finding it all somewhat frightening because as a family we are incredibly lucky and have had nothing to do with hospitals etc. except my breast cancer but I don't count that. Everything is such a mystery if you have never had to bother with such stuff. It is so good when people explain things. DH is in the high dependency unit and the staff are good - well except the washing bit but I can do that if only he had said before!!!

crimson Fri 19-Oct-12 20:37:35

Really chuffed tonight because I've got the sound working on my computer [fiddled about with a few connections]. But really sorry to hear you're having such a rotten time whitewave.

Sook Fri 19-Oct-12 21:13:22

Look after yourself too whitewave. It's easy to become rundown when back and forth to hospital x

jeni Fri 19-Oct-12 21:39:45

I used to have to help my DH wash in hospital as there was no help given! That was 10 years ago!
When I was myself in hospital 3years ago and bed bound as my bp dropped! I had to ask!
When I was discharged. Definitly NOT self caring. I had to employ private nursing for help with easing and dressing and angel next door bought me in flasks and 'meals on feet!'

merlotgran Fri 19-Oct-12 22:08:56

I had an op to sort out a strangulated hernia three years ago and was given no help at all to wash or even to get on a commode. They wheeled it in and left it out of reach with the lid on!! I was sick after coming round from the op and being pushed back to the ward at an alarming speed. Nobody helped. After a couple of hours I managed to grab my jacket off the chair next to the bed and wrap it round my feet as I was shivering with cold. I could hear the 'angels' laughing and joking at the nearby nurses station angry

jeni Fri 19-Oct-12 22:10:45

Sounds normal!

Mishap Sat 20-Oct-12 16:53:35

Sorry Whitew to hear of hubby's troubles.

I have had good experience of hospital in the last fortnight after my fall, but the aftercare was a joke - no-one even bothered to ask how I might get on the loo, or even into the house! And no-one on the follow-up fracture clinic had any help to offer on that score either.

However, what I did today was to go outside!!!! This may sound a small thing, but, apart from hospital visits I have been cooped up indoors for 2 weeks - guaranteed to drive me nuts. But today, OH found the energy to take me up to the common in the car and we sat (he on a bench and me in the wheelchair) and soaked up the autumn sun and the beautiful views - I cannot tell you what a lift it has given me - wonderful!

Grannylin Sat 20-Oct-12 16:59:31

That's good to hear Mishap,now for brew and cupcake

annodomini Sat 20-Oct-12 17:32:10

Today my neighbours and I had another sewerage 'episode' - last one only ten months ago! Then it was wipes and condoms. Neighbour's son and Gf have moved out, so none of the latter! But still wipes which none of us could explain unless her cleaner has been using household wipes. The water company sorted it all out very efficiently.
In the car park opposite Waitrose, I spotted a squirrel having a meal out of a discarded crisp packet. I don't know what flavour they were!

artygran Sat 20-Oct-12 20:09:30

I made sloe gin! Not as many sloes about this year as last, though.

glassortwo Sat 20-Oct-12 20:18:21

arty I am not a gin lover but I love sloe gin, I think we are going to have problems with all produce over the next few months with the way the weather has been, are we going to have in in the shops to buy........... if we can afford it!!!!!

celebgran Sun 21-Oct-12 17:48:41

good to hear that mishap.

Was it you on the bbc programme about your grand son??

sorry to be nosey but i could not get iplayer to function well and kept coming and going before saying our broad band speed not up to it.

They did ring me about the police harassment thing some time ago but we found it too upsetting before and can see was a strain for the grand parents on the programme.

so pleased you managed to enjoy an outing.

Oldgreymare Sun 21-Oct-12 18:35:33

I've said goodbye to my sister who was here for the weekend. Now it's quiet ( we chatted away) and I'm sad.
This is one of those times when I am aware that my family is fairly scattered!

RINKY Mon 22-Oct-12 20:40:54

Today I went Dune Bashing! Wonderful fun. Am in Doha to visit daughter, son in law and three grand girls. They have been here six months and have been so busy just setting up their new life and getting used to horrendous traffic and driving. Will never complain about UK driving ever again.

Because I was coming they decided to do some tourist stuff and they knew I would love being driven up and down dunes and sliding down sideways etc. scary but fun. We arranged that the driver would be careful to start with as had five year old three year old and 18 month old girls with us. Haha, they loved being thrown about and were almost hysterical with laughter. Apparently some of these dune bashing trips are really scary even for grown ups but I think the driver got the balance just right and we all loved it and quite frankly it was probably enough for me.

We did some sand sledging, swam in the sea...really quite rough with the evening wind but again girls took it all on board and laughed their heads off while being soaked by waves. Both older ones are swimming well and water only waist height for quite a way so not too concerned about them but the babe, while she hung on tight to my swim suit, loved it all.

No riding the camps camels unfortunately as girls too small but we came really close to some wild ones roaming in desert so they were happy. Food was ok and sitting in Bedouin type tent really cosy.

All in all a great day and another ten or so to go. We can't do this kind of thing every day as girls would be too tired but am really just enjoying be around them all again.

granjura Mon 22-Oct-12 20:48:28

Cut all the perenials down, with OH's help for the thicker stems as my thumb is really giving me gyp - then picked all the remaining horse poo to put on the veg plots and rasberries- after lunch looked after my little neighbour, Joris, 19 months old - whilst his very pregnant mum went to be pampered. We had a lovely time watering the new trees, and both got soaked - thank goodness for our very warm Indian summer smile

Oldgreymare Mon 22-Oct-12 22:31:38

granjura lucky you! I don't think it has 'got light' all day, a dank, damp day. What an anticlimax after a lovely weekend with my sister.

RINKY that's very brave of you and the gc. Far too much excitement for me.....

Looking forward to my late b/day presie tomorrow: afternoon tea in the Dorchester, thanks to number 2 son. Wardrobe crisis looming! shock

Grannylin Mon 22-Oct-12 23:17:14

Have a lovely day OGM.. Are you going to the Pre- Raphs. exhibition too?

numberplease Mon 22-Oct-12 23:24:39

Rinky, just had to Google Doha, in my ignorance I didn`t know where it was!

kittylester Tue 23-Oct-12 11:28:58

We were planning to go to Westonbirt tomorrow but, as the weather is so dire, we have, instead, been planning a route round Leicester to see all the ancient bits we have taken for granted for the past 60+ years - prompted by that body in the car-park!!

We were then going to have a curry on the way home because, as Madhur Jaffrey told everyone watching Saturday kitchen, Leicester is the best place to go, in the whole of the UK, for proper curries. Of course, living here, we knew that but it's a good excuse! grin

A happy day was in prospect until we heard that a friend died in the early hours of the morning. It was not unexpected and her lovely children were all with her. I met her when our children started school together, we live on the same road and she has always been there! We will miss her. sad

Grannyeggs Tue 23-Oct-12 11:49:01

kitty, I am so sorry (((hugs)))

Sook Tue 23-Oct-12 12:03:29

kitty so sorry to hear that your friend has passed away I remember you mentioning her in an earlier post.

We went to Chester yesterday as the local shops are diabolical. DGD age 4 was very very excited at the prospect of walking along the Roman walls and looking in the shops. Unfortunately we only managed to walk a little way as DH just wasn't up to it. Not to worry I will take her another day.

gracesmum Tue 23-Oct-12 12:10:34

Sad for you kitty, it is hard when you can remember happy days in years gone by and you wonder where they went. I often find myself echoing what I used to hear my father say "But he/she was no age" ! flowers
Sook - How is your DH doing now? We are still plodding along without any major problems so far, but the quality of DH's life outside the home has slipped even on this time last year. (I suppose if I am being honest, what I am also saying is my life, but shouldn't grumble, there are so many worse off!)

Nonu Tue 23-Oct-12 12:25:42

Very sorry to hear of your loss Kittylester .
Agree about curry in Leics . Although they do a pretty mean one in Birmingham too .

Today , I been having a good old clean up , getting in lots of treats , they like as my little poppets are arriving in about 3 hours, staying for several days so am beyond excited .

Have"t seen them for 6 weeks sunshine

soop Tue 23-Oct-12 13:56:39

Sad news for you kitty. I'm sending a warm [hug]. My eldest son lives in Leicester. The curries are something special. flowers

whenim64 Tue 23-Oct-12 14:44:15

Sorry to hear your sad news Kitty flowers

Today, I met up with anno for lunch and good company, and to check out a venue for the north-west Gransnetters to meet in the next few weeks. We have somewhere suitable and easy to get to, so anno will publicise it later. Get ready ladeez! It's time we all collided for a get-together! grin

Sook Tue 23-Oct-12 14:45:00

gracesmum DH was 60 earlier this month and not a happy bunny sad. He has an appointment at the MRI this afternoon re the myopathy in his legs it's really getting him (and me) down. Sometimes I feel really resentful that my life is passing me by and I am not doing many (if any) of the things I would like to enjoy. I too look around and think I musn't grumble but just now and then I would like a normal day.

Thank you for your concern take care flowers

kittylester Tue 23-Oct-12 14:51:02

Thank you all for your kind wishes. You are right, gracesmum, she was no age - 58 in fact - the baby of our group!

Nonu enjoy! Have a quick brew before they come.

gracesmum Sook flowers you both have a lot to cope with!

soop we don't actually live in Leicester but near Loughborough. Leicester is where my husband spent his formative years, having lived in Birstall from age 2 to going to university, and therefore the city we call home. We have the biggest Diwali Celebrations outside India and next to no racial tension despite a huge number of immigrants. And we have John Lewis!!

Ariadne Tue 23-Oct-12 17:55:28

Stopped unpacking and started packing - off to a conference in Lille on Thursday for a few days, which I think will do us a world of good. We've worked so hard for the last few weeks, getting this house straight. It will be nice to concentrate on other things and meet friends and drinks lots of wine and have intelligent conversations over some good food.

I really am tired now.

celebgran Tue 23-Oct-12 18:19:24

sorry to hear that sad news Kittylesterflowers

celebgran Tue 23-Oct-12 18:21:19

sorry just seen she was only 58 o gosh thats my age does half make you think.

We went to Leicester last year as my OH had graduation ceremony as in his day they did not do them so was invited back with few others was great time.

despite getting lost few times trying to find first hotel then de montfort place was long while ago he was there!!

crimson Tue 23-Oct-12 18:33:55

kittylester; when is Diwali? I've been meaning to go to it for years but never make it. I always think it's later than it is.

Ariadne Tue 23-Oct-12 19:13:32

So sorry *kitty I did mean send you a ((hug)) before I started. You must be feeling so sad, and I send a shoulder to lean on. Didn't mean to be thoughtless. blush

Marelli Tue 23-Oct-12 20:10:50

kitty, I'm sorry to hear about your friend flowers. I was at a friend's funeral today. There were no hymns, no prayers, just a man standing up and telling us all about J's life. There was a little screen with photos of different things she did, even one of her and her husband lying flat out, exhausted, on the top of a Munro that they'd climbed! A good bit of humour and lots of love.....what better way to say goodbye to your friends.
After that I came home, changed my clothes and went food shopping. Loaded with 2 large bags, I got on the wrong the dark... and ended up miles away from home. So much for going to Aldi's to get things a bit cheaper... I had to get a taxi home, or wait about an hour for a bus! confused
I think I'll have an early night!

numberplease Tue 23-Oct-12 21:23:54

Oh Marelli, poor you xx

grannyactivist Tue 23-Oct-12 21:36:09

Kitty sad
Today I visited my daughter who is pregnant and looking very unwell. Her waters broke at 30 weeks with her last baby and he was born two weeks later. I'm concerned because she now has high blood pressure, protein in her urine and oedema; resulting in the midwife saying she was at risk of pre-eclampsia. Her midwife hasn't seen her now for seven weeks and has just left for a three week holiday, in spite of saying that my daughter should regularly be having check-ups! My daughter's left two messages with the midwife supervisor, expressing her worries, but still hasn't had a response. angry Grrrr! I'm going to phone her myself tomorrow if we haven't heard from her by lunchtime.

gracesmum Tue 23-Oct-12 21:45:06

I'd be asking for a doctor to see her and I hope she is getting as much rest as possible? She won't want to be admitted to hospital if she can help it, but I am amazed that the midwife's attitude is so relaxed. I know some people are all for pregnancy and childbirth being treatd as totally natural experiences, but I think I preferred the more regimented approach of my day where I had monthly appointments up to so many weeks, then fortnightly, then weekly, bearing my "wee" bottle each time. Hope all is well flowers

JessM Tue 23-Oct-12 21:54:40

I totally agree with gracesmum. If the pregnancy is high risk, given her last one, she should surely be monitored very regularly for the sake of the baby.
If she is at risk with signs of pre-eclampsia she should be regularly monitored - BP and urine.
You need to kick ass on this one activist and don't listen to any hippy nonsense!

jeni Tue 23-Oct-12 21:54:59

She should be seen! Like TOMORROW!

annodomini Tue 23-Oct-12 21:59:54

You are right to be worried GA. With her history, she should have been monitored carefully. That midwife's attitude is completely unprofessional.

Oldgreymare Tue 23-Oct-12 22:59:18

Feel a bit embarrassed to come on and say I have had a lovely day when there is so much worry and sadness about, so big ((((hugs))) all round before I start!
Grannylin Yes I did go to the Pre. Raphs first, had a huge grumble about the catering facilities tho' queued for ages, decided on salmon lasagne only to be told it was still in the oven and would take another 20 mins. Gave up and had a consoling wine as time was running out and I knew I'd be ages in the exhibition!
Just as well I'd 'saved' myself, tea was really delicious and generous. Sandwiches kept coming, could have had more scones too. As I was popping a pretty little pastry into my mouth, I heard the pianist play Happy Birthday and said to No. 2 son: it must be someones birthday. With that they brought ME a special birthday cake with candles, far too full to eat it so it has travelled home with me!!!! smile

Ella46 Tue 23-Oct-12 23:42:41

OGM How lovely, what a nice day you must have had,Happy Birthday flowerswine

Oldgreymare Tue 23-Oct-12 23:45:05

Thanks Ella it was my b/day in August, this was a belated presie, which was why I was so surprised to hear that tune!!!

Ella46 Tue 23-Oct-12 23:56:46

Even better....two birthdays! sunshine

Greatnan Wed 24-Oct-12 00:34:23

I drove home from the Pyrenees - almost 700 kms in 7 hours plus two half hour breaks for coffee and lunch. I am a bit stiff! The motorway from Perpignan to Nimes is on the coastal plain, so it is a bit boring if you are alone. I found it much easier to keep alert when I turned North towards Valence and saw the mountains again. I do not think I will drive so far in one day again but it was too short to justify an overnight stop.

whitewave Wed 24-Oct-12 03:28:45

It is 3am having a sleepless night! Cheesed off as I scratched the car trying to park it yesterday when visiting DH in hospital - in the scheme of things it hardly matters - but car is DH's pride and joy so haven't yet had the courage to tell him wouldn't want to make matters worse!!

He is now under the diseases team as well as the cardiac team - nothing positive yet but live in hope.

JessM Wed 24-Oct-12 07:37:01

Oh whitewave no wonder you were awake. Hospital carparks can be a nightmare with everyone visiting at the same time. And never enough disabled spaces when there are lots of outpatients clinics on. There is a dreadful temptation to go over and over these things. If I were you I would not bother him with a car scratch (which can be fixe) while he is so poorly.

Marelli Wed 24-Oct-12 09:22:45

whitewave, it'll all look a bit better this morning, even with a bit of a scratch to the car. During the night, while we're lying awake our worries tumble about in our minds, multiplying by the minute. Hopefully your DH will have a soon have a diagnosis that can be properly treated smile.
grannyactivist, it's a worrying time for you - you'll be feeling as if you just want to get hold of the relevant 'professional', and shut her/him in a room with your daughter and yourself and ask them just to address the job in hand. Are none of them communicating with each other - or just hoping someone will take the responsibility for your daughter's on-going care? xx

merlotgran Wed 24-Oct-12 09:49:12

Best wishes to whitewave and grannyactivist as you're both having a worrying time at the moment flowers Hang on in there.

DD1 was supposed to be travelling to Exeter today for work and wouldn't be back till tomorrow evening so she asked me to stay overnight in her house to look after the two DGSs and the dogs. I spent a sleepless night worrying about how I was going to pick up the boys from the bus stop, take them home to get changed, pick up DH from his fishing trip (remembering to take a change of clothes), take them all for a meal in PREZZO (vouchers to use up grin), drive DH back home, feed dogs, shut up chickens, drive back to DD's house, feed her dogs, supervise homework etc., and make sure the boys have everything ready for the morning.

Was woken by the phone early this morning to say the trip to Exeter is off as practically the whole workforce has gone down with the Winter Vomiting Bug!!

sad for them but brew in bed for me grin

Ariadne Wed 24-Oct-12 09:51:32

Oh, don't we worry during the night! Everything gets magnified a hundred fold. Enjoy your brew Merlot

kittylester Wed 24-Oct-12 10:11:44

Thank you all for your good wishes flowers

What a day Marelli hope you have recovered. brew

That's a real worry GA hope you sock it to them really, really hard. Let us know how you get on and, of course, how your daughter and the pregnancy progress. All that and a wedding - but you'll cope, you are a gran after all.

OGM you sound as though you had a wonderful time - we have to take the bad with the good and,as one of those who are not so happy at the moment, it's lovely to hear of happy happenings. smile

Whitewave hope things look happier for you this morning and, what the heck, it's only a car!! Let us know how your DH gets on.

GN hope you have a restful day today. You will be pleased to be home I'm sure. smile

We are off for an exciting day in Leicester. grin

whenim64 Wed 24-Oct-12 10:24:26

flowers to all my Gransnet friends who are having a difficult time. I hope things are a bit better for you today smile sunshine

baubles Wed 24-Oct-12 10:28:37

I'd like to echo when's post. I do hope today is a little easier for all of you flowers

soop Wed 24-Oct-12 11:19:34

I would like to add my warm wishes to all those lovely Gransnetters who are having a tough time. Thank you dear Kittylester your message says it all. flowers and sunshine

merlotgran Wed 24-Oct-12 11:45:51

Best wishes and flowers for you too, kittylester. I didn't mean to ignore you but broadband is terribly slow this morning for some reason. By the time I get to where I'm heading, I've forgotten why I wanted to go there.

crimson Wed 24-Oct-12 15:16:33

Bought a new cd player [ouch] and switched my electricity tarrif off Economy 7; something I've been meaning to do for a long time. Was advised to do so ages ago; thought I'd need a new meter but I don't.

Gally Wed 24-Oct-12 15:43:22

Oh Marelli You should have called me - I was, yet again, at the Honda Garage in the afternoon and could have rescued you.
Quite a few of us seem to be going through some tough times - there are some sad posts today; I hope we will all feel happier, our problems be resolved and our lives back to some normality very soon and for those who are looking on very black times indeed, let's hope the light will eventually appear at the end of the tunnel. sunshine and flowers
Today I was supposed to be catching up on a long list of 'to do's' which I wrote at 4 this morning but I got sidetracked and went for a walk in the glorious sunshine with a friend and stopped for a brew at the beach cafe and this afternoon I am making clementine and cranberry chutney ready for home-made Christmas presents; heaven knows why, as I haven't made chutney for years and years so it will probably be a disaster - time will tell grin

harrigran Wed 24-Oct-12 15:50:14

Sending flowers to all troubled Grans and a ((hug)) for those that need it.

annodomini Wed 24-Oct-12 15:53:11

Today was a 'chasing my tail' sort of day and I have just got home and realised that I have forgotten to pick up my prescriptions from the pharmacy. However, I can hold out till tomorrow. This afternoon, I got myself into the swimming pool and felt really good until, after 10 lengths, my feet cramped. They still feel a bit odd! The doctor once suggested tonic water for cramp but wouldn't prescribe it on the NHS. grin

Gally Wed 24-Oct-12 15:57:44

....the chutney is smelling very odd - I wonder if I've put too much of something and not enough of the other in it confused I shall blame Good Housekeeping if it all goes pear shaped.

Stansgran Wed 24-Oct-12 16:01:47

I hemmed curtains(which have been waiting to be done for 18 months) sewed on a button, tidied my hobbies room, wrote a post card,paid a bill and watched the leaves fall.Now going to hang a picture.

narg Wed 24-Oct-12 16:24:27

When I am feeling down your posts always cheer me .
Reading that you were writing a list at four this morning makes me realize that I am not alone in waking and not sleeping in the early hours
Felt very misrable today. Grey damp weather does not help but feel better having cleared a hugh pile of leaves from the driveway.

AlieOxon Wed 24-Oct-12 16:36:42

Hope things are going well for everyone now.
I hung around until 4pm playing on computer - trying to find someone who doesn't seem to be on Ancestry census although he's on other sites!
Taking pills and food at the right intervals.
Some wood was delivered for the (hopefully) car standing in the front. I pulled it throughto the back garden but haven't got any further ie cuprinol....

Thinking about DGS's costume for Halloween...he wants to be a troll and to make it, so he is I think coming on Friday and we will work it out! (Mum thinks I can do it better, pats self on back...)
Went on a tour of charity shops and didn't find anything nice, but there are possible things to adapt for a troll costume.
Cheers all.

soop Wed 24-Oct-12 16:49:45

narg A hug from me. x

Grannylin Wed 24-Oct-12 17:01:19

I want to have a moan but it seems so self indulgent on such a sad grey day.I'll do it quickly: invited to a friend's house today for a walk, a cuppa and cake but at the last minute she texted to say she was still at work.This has become a pattern.She invites me, calls it off with various, dog, tired etc.Its very annoying because I change my own plans to see her.Why does she keep inviting me ?Moan over smile

Elegran Wed 24-Oct-12 17:14:08

Arrange to meet her a few times and call it off at the last minute. It might just make her value the times when you can see her.

Grannylin Wed 24-Oct-12 17:23:08

Thanks ele find it difficult to retaliate, think she may be depressed.Taking the dog for a walk, he always loves me!

Marelli Wed 24-Oct-12 17:27:03

Gally, that was kind of you - but it was at 7pm that I was heading for Glenrothes along the by-pass, when I thought I was going home - and catching sight of my reflection in the bus window didn't help me - I looked like Winnie the Witch shock! Hope you got the car sorted out ....and also the chutney hmm?
The walk in the sunshine would do you more good than attending to lists - and as we know, time spent with friends is never time wasted.
Narg, a warm arm around your shoulders from me - and to all of you who are feeling quite despairing just now. xx flowers

kittylester Wed 24-Oct-12 17:41:21

A big (((hug))) and flowers for everyone who needs one.

We had a nice, peaceful day wandering around the old part of Leicester really seeing things we walk past many times and read all the information notices. We found 'the' car park but it was closed to the public sad Then it started to drizzle so we went to a French restaurant, had lunch, wandered through John Lewis (well it would be rude not too, really grin) came home, drew the curtains and settled down. A gentle kind of day.

Note to crimson - Diwali switch on is 4th November and the actual day is, I think, Tuesday 13th.

whenim64 Wed 24-Oct-12 17:42:56

Grannylin I have a friend like that. It's her who initiates arrangements, then when a couple of us have gone to the trouble of rearranging things to fit in, she backs out! Now, I just guard the suggested date and half assume it will be called off, so I've always got something else i can do instead. The time span between our meetings are getting longer and longer because we now leave it to her to show some commitment. I meet my other friend for coffee in between, and we just leave her to it. She knows we're here if she needs us smile

grannyactivist Wed 24-Oct-12 17:58:43

Today I:
Visited the dentist (no charge because he was re-doing some earlier work that wasn't up to scratch).
Had my nails done to keep them in good condition for the wedding and gave some help to the Vietnamese manicurist. (She had school paperwork to fill in about her four year old son and as soon as she heard I'm an ESOL teacher she scurried off to find the forms. This is very typical.)
Did some admin for a Chinese student who needed help with his business.
Listened in as my daughter had three phone calls from various health professionals - and I'm glad to report that a consultant appointment is on its way.
Became very angry!!! See my post!!
Enjoyed spending time with my lovely grandson.

numberplease Wed 24-Oct-12 18:11:16

Just remembered that I hadn`t checked last Saturday`s lottery tickets, then realised I`d thrown them in the bin, rooted them out, checked them...............a big, fat, NOTHING!!

annodomini Wed 24-Oct-12 18:34:13

I know that mail deliveries have been getting later and later, but my postman has just knocked at 6.30pm. Could this be a record?

crimson Wed 24-Oct-12 19:18:27

Went to cinema; film had sold out; came home sad....

glassortwo Wed 24-Oct-12 19:25:39

Sending flowers and {{{hugs}}} to all of you who are having a terrible time today.
I have had a poorly little GS again today.

Grannylin Wed 24-Oct-12 19:25:42

Was it Anna Karenina?Our Arts Centre has sold out except for the Mum and baby,no,no!

Marelli Wed 24-Oct-12 19:32:45

How is he glass? I must have missed your post about him not being well - sorry.

crimson Wed 24-Oct-12 19:51:58

No; it was Untouchable; got tickets for tomorrow [last night it's on]. Anna Karenina was disappointing, albeit slightly interesting in a quirky sort of way.

glassortwo Wed 24-Oct-12 20:07:22

marelli I dont think I mentioned him being ill smile I had to bring him home from the Harvest Festival at school on Friday vomiting, he recovered then last night in the middle of the night he started again but this time he has a temperature so probably a virus, he has never moved today so you know they are ill when they just lay around.

Marelli Wed 24-Oct-12 20:26:33

I know, glass - it's like that advert (is it for Calpol or something?) where it says, '...they've all been feeling a little poorly lately...' then you see all the children being really naughty when they're better - I really do like that advert!
Hope the wee lad feels better soon. smile

glassortwo Wed 24-Oct-12 20:30:44

I hope they are not listening but I prefer the naughty, noisy DGC when they are in to everything.

Marelli Wed 24-Oct-12 20:32:05

Much more normal, glass! wink

Grannylin Wed 24-Oct-12 22:48:44

Anyone watching Alison Steadman in A Civil Arrangement BBC4. it's like watching an episode of Gransnet grin

crimson Wed 24-Oct-12 22:54:43

Missed it, and it's not repeated sad.

Ariadne Thu 25-Oct-12 05:01:25

Off to Lille in an hour's time - a much longer drive from here than it was from Kent. Still some lovely meals in lovely restaurants to come, and lovely friends to meet. A bientot!

Gally Thu 25-Oct-12 09:27:09

Grannylin - I saw it - isn't Alison Steadman brilliant! Perhaps it will be on i-player?
Just off to St. Andrew's for the day - come on sun, shine sunshine

whenim64 Thu 25-Oct-12 09:36:05

I caught the last few minutes and it looked riveting. Must find it on iPlayer.

Ella46 Thu 25-Oct-12 10:01:41

glass it sounds like Norovirus which my baby gd has at the moment. Poor little thing has a cough, an ear infection, watery diarrhoea,a rash and she is teething!
I'm looking after her again tomorrow so lots of cuddles smile
This is the second week now, so hopefully she will be better soon.

whitewave Thu 25-Oct-12 11:20:05

ella46 I do hope the babe is recovering 2 weeks seems a long time to be so poorly?

Still they do bounce back quickly once well don't they?

Pleased to read about Alison Steadman - I must watch that - I do think that she is a great actress.

Ella46 Thu 25-Oct-12 16:09:30

whitewave thanks, she has been seen by 3 doctors now, so we are sure that she will recover in the next few days!

Ella46 Thu 25-Oct-12 16:41:09

Just watched Alison Steadman, it was brilliant!

Marelli Thu 25-Oct-12 17:13:03

I'm going to watch Alison Steadman on Catch-up! Thanks Grannylin - I hadn't known about it. Just now I'm watching Getting On - I love it, does no-one else watch it?

Ana Thu 25-Oct-12 17:27:20

What is this Catch-Up? Is it the one where you watch tv programmes on your computer? (Bit behind the times at Ana Towers...blush)

Marelli Thu 25-Oct-12 18:54:33

Ana, have you not got this on your television? BBC i-Player and also ITV player? I'd already seen the Alison Steadman programme, but watched it again - I think she's great!
Someone will be able to tell you if you can access Catch-up, Ana. I have cable TV but you'll have something similar whatever type of provider you have, I think.

Ella46 Thu 25-Oct-12 20:56:35

Ana I watch it on my computer, I only have digital tv.

Ana Thu 25-Oct-12 21:01:14

Thanks, both of you. I'm still confused, but I've Googled it and I can watch on my computer. We have digital tv and Sky, but what is cable? And how would I know if I can access BBCi player & ITV player?

celebgran Thu 25-Oct-12 21:01:29

bit lazy today really, went to acquacise and had good catch up with couple ladies, then pottered round OH cooked lovely tea steak, fried onions, new pots. mushrooms yummy!!

Just paid his fee online so he is working another year just the one day!!

did not go out this afternoon pondered about it but wait til tom!!
still feeling body clock out gear after hol.

numberplease Thu 25-Oct-12 21:35:47

I took delivery of a parcel this afternoon, hoping it was grandson`s C word present from Amazon, it was from Amazon alright, but was hubby`s C word present, and he was sitting right there. He`ll guess it`s for him, because if it was for anyone else I`d show it to him. Another 15 minutes and he`d have been upstairs out of the way!

johanna Thu 25-Oct-12 22:00:25

That is good news. You can watch Downton Abbey on Sunday and Homeland on your computer on Monday, or vice versa.
Don't know too much about cable, I don't think we have it in our part of the world.
Anyhow you have sky already, probably all you need.
Happy Catch up.

Ana Thu 25-Oct-12 22:15:53

Thanks, johanna! smile

jeni Thu 25-Oct-12 22:20:06

Went to visit dd and DGD. They were having their 'sling meeting' which I was invited to join! I'd taken up a beanie I'd crocheted for DGD but dd decided she wanted it a bit longer?
So there I was, crocheting a couple of extra rows on when hordes of earth mothers with babies in slings arrived!shock
Dd introduced me, then said , 'it was scary to see me sitting looking like a trad grannie!'confused
The next thing I know - I'm inundated by demands to knit hats!

Hang on here!


Why have I agreed to crochet some hats and give them to dd to hand out? And all for free?

I suspect I have early dementia!


glassortwo Thu 25-Oct-12 22:23:59

Well that will keep you out of trouble grin

jeni Thu 25-Oct-12 22:32:53


glassortwo Thu 25-Oct-12 22:36:25

Night jeni moon moon

Ana Thu 25-Oct-12 22:44:29

moon everyone!

annodomini Thu 25-Oct-12 22:51:42

I snoozed through a vital part of a play put on by a local am dram company. The acting was up to their usual high standard but the play - well - an interesting idea but not very well realised.

kittylester Fri 26-Oct-12 09:33:06

anno - just hope you didn't snore. grin

We went, with friends, to see a really tedious play a while ago calling at the pub on the way. All went well until the main character was droning on in a depressed(well, depressing!!) manner and a man in front of us went to sleep and started snoring. Of course, we all got the giggles, which enlivened the play no end, but quite upset the leading man blush

Ella46 Fri 26-Oct-12 09:38:03

kitty grin I love it when that sort of thing happens!

annodomini Fri 26-Oct-12 09:44:40

kitty, I was assured by the friends on either side that I didn't snore - I hope they weren't just being polite!

gracesmum Fri 26-Oct-12 12:59:23

(Hasn't it got cold? )We have been up in Birmingham at a concert at Symphony Hall last night, the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra playing Shostakovich's 2nd cello concerto and a Rachmaninov symphony. It was glorious!! (Present from DD and SIL to DH for his birthday in September) Saw the boys for teatime and bathtime and again this morning as we stayed (obviously) Given that DH doesn't get out as much as we would like, it was a lovely lovely evening and a welcome dose of "normality"!! AND I didn't nod off (or snore when "resting my eyes" as my grandpa used to say)

harrigran Fri 26-Oct-12 13:09:18

It is sleeting up north today, I bet this is the edge of the Scottish snow clouds.

jeni Fri 26-Oct-12 13:11:44

It's cold wet and windy here!sad

Bags Fri 26-Oct-12 13:15:11

Lovely here! Temperature below six degrees but sunny. Been outside working for a while. sunshine

gracesmum Fri 26-Oct-12 13:16:30

Had planned to drive up to Scotland this weekend - but arthriticky wrist/hand allied to long driving put me off and now I have seen what the weather is like, glad chickened out.

Bags Fri 26-Oct-12 13:18:55

Erm... I'm in Scotland. Beautiful weather.

Bags Fri 26-Oct-12 13:19:26

Did you mean the weather on the way?

soop Fri 26-Oct-12 13:21:58

Bags Please don't overdo things. We want you to keep well. smile
It is a marvellous day here in Kintyre. Almost a cloudless sky. Wonderful warm autumnal colours. Crisp dry cold.

gracesmum Fri 26-Oct-12 13:33:40

I think I meant "on the way" - we would have gone at the weekend and I understood from Countryfile that it was getting colder and with the clocks going back, it would also be darker sooner making driving just that bit more tiring! But heigh-ho, Scottish weather can often be the opposite of what we are getting down here! [umbrella] emoticon?

soop Fri 26-Oct-12 13:36:53

gracesmum...we certainly get our fair share of sunny days. Yesterday's trip to Oban was a real treat. The scenery was breathtakingly beautiful.

glassortwo Fri 26-Oct-12 22:35:26

Well it has been bitterly cold here today and we now have a good covering of snow.

kittylester Sat 27-Oct-12 09:21:46

Yesterday we took DD3 for a meal and to the theatre, a rare treat to have her to ourselves unencumbered as it were!

We saw 'One Man, Two Guvnors' and, despite having seen it before, we laughed all night. smile

Gally Sat 27-Oct-12 10:17:49

I'm still in bed shock I never stay in bed - do you think I'm ill? I think I feel ok. I made another load of chutney (chutney any one?) yesterday after my practice run on wednesday; plum and apple this time but it looks a bit insipid as I hadn't got any brown sugar - oh, I expect it'll be all right. Maybe all that peeling and chopping has exhausted me, or maybe it's the thought of all the filing I have to do before monday - I really don't like paper work......

Marelli Sat 27-Oct-12 11:07:34

I'm a little under the weather...I do believe it's a tiny wee hangover that I have blush. Wine doesn't really do me any good, so why did I drink so much of it last night confused? I made a curry etc, etc and the next-door-neighbours were in to eat and have a drink......I think I just feel a bit tired perhaps......wink. However, I shall gird my loins and go and have a look at the second-hand furniture shop which might just have a bargain (that I didn't know I needed), as it's closing down soon. grin

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 11:14:17

marelli grin

gracesmum Sat 27-Oct-12 11:14:22

I haven't done anything today - except make loads of cups of tea, read the newspaper, come on Gransnet and drink a cup of coffee. What do other people do on a Saturday morning?

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 11:21:26

Much the same today grace I am not used to milling around on a weekend as usually up with the larks to get up to the house but the snow has put a stop to that today,so just having another cup of tea then will brave the snow to go to the post office before they close.

harrigran Sat 27-Oct-12 11:29:45

Sitting in pjs when I should be getting showered and ready to go out for lunch. Bad weather caused a bit of a stir, lots of groans from DS who thought he was going to get some astronomy photos. Must do shopping, half term this week, fussy eater alert grin

gracesmum Sat 27-Oct-12 11:31:08

Real snow, glass?? As in not slush, didn't mean artificial!! There, now I feel much less guilty about chickening out of a drive to Scotland!

Ella46 Sat 27-Oct-12 11:37:56

I'm still in pjs too,after a baby sitting night with dgd. She is a bit better than she was but still wants constant cuddles. smile
I'm shattered, but last night she made me laugh so much trying to flirt her way into getting some peeled grape, sitting on my knee with her little face inches from mine, with her mouth open expectantly!
This morning she sat in her high chair, eating a banana, and going "Ha ha haaaa"!
Adorable baby smile and happy nana.

Ana Sat 27-Oct-12 11:45:14

She sounds so lovely, Ella! smile

Marelli Sat 27-Oct-12 11:57:47

Fortunately, the second-hand furniture shop had nothing I wanted....had a good old gossip with the man in the shop next door to it, and now here I am, cosily typing away with a coffee at my side. DH suggested a walk in the sunshine, though.....hmm. Nah.....can't be bothered! grin

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 12:06:53

grace yes real snow the DGC have been out for hours playing and making snow angels but its started to melt now and they have come in shivering.
Aww ella I am pleased since is getting over her bug.

soop Sat 27-Oct-12 12:23:34

Mornin' all! Lovely day here ...dry, bright, chilly. Been out walking and stopped to talk to lots of village folk. Passing the word around that our home is for sale. Would you believe that as I type, a gentleman has phoned to ask about an asking price.

Kitty How lovely for you, it sounds like a real treat.

Ella loved your post. smile

Marelli aren't you a tinker boots!

Gally take good care of yourself. flowers

Gracesmum Scotland is a beautiful place. However, in inclement weather, [snow forecast in some places] it's wise to stay put.

Harri and Glass (hugs)

Marelli Sat 27-Oct-12 12:25:54

That sounds hopeful, soop! smile

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 12:27:44

ella not quite sure what my last post should have said but I am glad your gorgeous DGD is on the mend smile

Thats great soop someone showing interest in the house already smile

soop Sat 27-Oct-12 12:30:12

Thanks...I shall keep you updated. smile

whenim64 Sat 27-Oct-12 12:36:04

Ella your granddaughter is adorable. Those cuddles are so precious, aren't they?

I've got my two little monkeys for the day. One is hiding behind the armchair eating crisps and tickling his brother to annoy him, and the other is teasing the dog with his crisps, by sticking one in each of his nostrils (Walkers French Fries!). Both looking at my face to see whether they can get away with something else, and laughing so much they have the hiccups.

At least they'll have tired themselves out before they go to their baby cousins' first birthday party later this afternoon grin

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 12:53:00

when the girls cant be one already, where has that year year gone.

whenim64 Sat 27-Oct-12 12:58:43

I know glass - it's flown by. I've got a couple of photos to upload later. It's turning into such a special day, grandchildren-wise! smile

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 13:04:55

Happy birthday [cupcakes] to the girls, you are in for a fun day when

Marelli Sat 27-Oct-12 13:05:44

Oh my goodness, when - it doesn't seem a year! I'll watch out for the photos! smile

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 13:05:58

No should be cupcake cupcake cupcake

annodomini Sat 27-Oct-12 13:07:07

Happy birthday Polly and Alice. Have a lovely day with your family, when. cupcake wine

jeni Sat 27-Oct-12 13:11:41

I can't believe it's a year!

gracesmum Sat 27-Oct-12 13:36:17

soop - you may need that caravan sooner than you think!!
Happy Birthday to the twins!! cupcake cupcake and wine for mummy and granny!

gracesmum Sat 27-Oct-12 13:37:28

cupcakecupcake and wine wine Why is it so hard???

Greatnan Sat 27-Oct-12 13:39:42

Anno - you don't snore!
Snowing here and snow is sticking. I go into seige mode as winter approaches and my fridge, freezer and cupboards are bulging with food, so I needn't go out all week, if necessary.
My joints and muscles are still aching from my marathon eight hour walk on Tuesday and the long journey home on Wednesday, so I am being kind to myself.
I have just got six new books from Amazon, I have a hard jigsaw on the go, Radio 4 and TV, plus the internet, so a duvet day is no hardship.
I hope you are all looking after yourselves and trying to take it easy this weekend. (I am jealous of the twin gds, though!)

nonnasusie Sat 27-Oct-12 15:04:32

Made the cake for a certain celebration in December today!! Just taken it out of the oven!! Hope it's cooked ok!!

jeni Sat 27-Oct-12 15:12:10

My birthday? How kind of yougrin

annodomini Sat 27-Oct-12 15:43:41

Cold....hoar frost this morning and the leaves are falling fast, almost ankle deep around here. I like scrunching through leaves, but when it rains and they get it a sign that you're old when you see soggy leaves as a threat?

soop Sat 27-Oct-12 15:55:15

Jeni is it your birthday? If so, I hope that it is a HAPPY one. smile

jeni Sat 27-Oct-12 16:07:48

On 3dec. I'll be 68sad

soop Sat 27-Oct-12 16:24:27

jeni A very fine age, if I may say so. My late papa's birthday was Dec 2nd. Many good people are born in December. Nellie's birthday is on the 29th.

gracesmum Sat 27-Oct-12 16:29:29

My favourite sort of bad weather Saturday afternoon - I have made 1 large Lancashire Hotpot, 1 big pot of red cabbage and 1 pork and onion casserole, all of them simmering away in the oven so I don't need to cook again for days!smile

soop Sat 27-Oct-12 16:30:51

gracesmum I can smell it from here. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Greatnan Sat 27-Oct-12 16:56:25

Oh, gracesmum, why are you torturing me? Two of my favourite meals!
68? You're a young 'un, jeni!
Thick snow outside now and still whirling - very picturesque on the forest opposite my flat, but I wish I had run out and put the cover on the car when it first started. Now I will have to clean it off when I want to go out (might not go out for a week, though, as I have stocked up with food).

Ella46 Sat 27-Oct-12 16:57:09

Ana soop glass when.. Thanks, I'm really enjoying her,(won't get any more now sad )
when Hasn't this last year whizzed by? Aren't we lucky grans? smile

soop I hope you'll be beating off would-be purchasers grin

I've just put a beautiful (if I say so myself!) meat pie in the oven for my son,who is 39 tomorrow. They are having a Halloweeny party tonight so I thought I'd save him cooking tomorrow. He loves my pies so he'll be chuffed!

I'm now ready for bed! grin

baubles Sat 27-Oct-12 17:06:05

I've had a lovely, quiet day just getting some shopping in and pottering about. It was much needed after an exhausting week. Last weekend DD and I took baby and toddler to Ireland to visit their GreatGrandma (my mother), we won't be doing that again in a hurry, huge queues at security and very unhelpful airline staff!

Glad to be catching up with everyone here again smile

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 17:08:41

I have put the day to use getting some C shopping online, ohhh I love not having to go to the shops, I have sat with a cup of coffee in the warm and managed to sort quite a few presents out smile

Bags Sat 27-Oct-12 17:34:30

Just back from an archery day at Polmont. Very good coaching. I think I've made an improvement to my archery posture. I was one of only two barebow archers there and my scores were better than many of the recurve shooters (sometimes called Olympic Recurve), so that was encouraging. Have put my name down for two tournaments – one in November and one in January. The ages of the archers today ranged from a boy of about eight or nine, through teenagers, to people in their seventies. It's a very inclusive sort of activity and very friendly smile.

Zorsted now and enjoying a large brew and cupcake (well, flapjack), then off to catchup on gransnet.

Happy weekend, folks!

soop Sat 27-Oct-12 17:47:46

A good day for you, Bags smile

About to log off, feed Rory, light the fire, drop the blinds, slip into comfy jimjams, read newspaper and raise a glass of G&T to you all. Back with you tomorrow. moon xxx

nanaej Sat 27-Oct-12 17:53:15

Enjoy your evening soop
I have just got back from taking DGD1 to see a local amateur (but good!) production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, her first taste of Shakespeare! She seemed to enjoy it and laughed a lot at the dramatic death of Pyramus!

kittylester Sat 27-Oct-12 17:59:16

It's just the sort of day for jimjams in front of the fire here too. Just closed all the curtains and about to make ginger beef (Gok's version) to have with egg fried rice (bought at Waitrose, on offer!!)blush on a tray, in front of the fire, watching Strictly with wine or winewine as soon as DH gets home from the football - they won sunshine

Greatnan Sat 27-Oct-12 18:15:00

I have a lovely vision of us all hunkering down in the warm with our coffee, tea, G & T, or wine, and preparing for a good night's viewing! Cheers, ladies (and gents).

celebgran Sat 27-Oct-12 18:26:22

we done very little really today but are going brave elements to pop round corner to our social club with friends, they have a singer booked.

bit of effort to get changed!!

Dear OH went to get my boots been re soled and heeled as they are so comfy, cost more than they did I reckon!! look good tho.

I stayed in warm!! oh did mess around and do order calendar with hilight pics from the year and some xmas cards (not sure if allowed to mention that word yet??!

Finally finished unpacking the odds and ends from hol also and cooked nice lunch Trout, cauli cheese, and new pots. lovely but do not like bones in fish!! I swallowed one and was ok but horrid feeling!!

gracesmum Sat 27-Oct-12 18:43:59

I get the feeling that the last thing any of us would welcome right now would be a surprise invitation out!! Saturday night IN has to beat going out any time!!
However....before I get too complacent, DH has taken to his bed with a temperature sad it's creeping up - so not dramatic, yet, but if it starts spiking it could be blues and twos again. Fingers and everything else crossed.

Ana Sat 27-Oct-12 18:55:55

Oh, I know the feeling, gracesmum! You can't relax, can you? sad
Hope he's OK.

Gally Sat 27-Oct-12 19:19:24

Went for a lovely sunny but freezing walk with a friend in the morning. Wrapped up C presents ready to take down to the family in the car next week. I am flying to London at Christmas so won't be able to manage them all. I loathe wrapping presents and I now have a sore back from bending over all afternoon. I think someone should invent cellotape that doesn't attach itself to all my fingers, the present and the table at the same time confused. Just eaten spag bol with a friend but she has now gone home to watch Merlin; think it's time for a bath...........moon

artygran Sat 27-Oct-12 19:20:01

Visited a very good exhibition of paintings put on by Friends of the Samaritans, at Baslow village hall, then a walk through Chatsworth Park - lovely day, stunning trees - bit too cold to stand and stare for long though!

crimson Sat 27-Oct-12 19:23:21

Bought a new cd player. Am getting quite good at this technical stuff and was able to connect it to the amp and speaker. Sound is fantastic which makes me wonder if the old cd player had been on it's way out for a while. My son did point out that it was probably one of the first cd players ever made. Shall take the old player to bits to see what they look like inside smile. Now going to watch Shutter Island and hope I can stay awake for the whole film as I've got a stinking cold and feel quite lousy. Fell asleep watching the excellent Jools Holland programme that was on BBC4 last night so hope it's on iplayer.

Marelli Sat 27-Oct-12 19:37:31

Just watched that programme on Catch-up, crimson, and it was really very good!

specki4eyes Sat 27-Oct-12 20:23:48

I put on my duvet coat and mittens for the first time since March to walk the dog. Then spent the afternoon rehearsing the choral bits of Messiah with about 100 other warblers - performance tomorrow night - absolutely exhausted now so going to gargle with honey, vinegar and warm water then get into my jim jams for this lovely long night. Night all xx

jeni Sat 27-Oct-12 20:36:21

My winter duvet is going on on Monday when the bed gets changed!
I spent today reading files and crocheting another beanie!

My dd reckons I ought to cut down on work and I think I agree. I'm working 4 days this week! Think I'll cut down to 3!

It's not the tribunals themselves that stress me, but all the reading before!

whenim64 Sat 27-Oct-12 20:43:30

Has such a lovely day. I've posted some birthday photos of my little grandaughters and their amazing birthday cakes on my profile. They had a ball and went to bed tired and happy smile

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 20:44:07

jeni I think the travel must be stressful especially when we go into the winter when you are sent further afield, start a new cottage industry with your beanies.

jeni Sat 27-Oct-12 20:46:18

Don't mind the travel as I always have a taxi.

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 20:47:46

when I have just had a peek the girls are gorgeous and you would never think they had been so premature. I love the cake.

Marelli Sat 27-Oct-12 20:49:56

What lovely wee girls, when! And what a cake!!! smile

phoenix Sat 27-Oct-12 21:02:41

So sorry to put/hide this in here, bumped into another person that I hadn't seen for ages, usual chit chat, and then she asked after "the children" gave her an up-date on DS1 and the two DG's, then asked " and what about Jack, what's he up to these days?"

I don't know which of us felt the most awkward.

Strange event all round, as for the past week or so I have been having very intense "Jack Dreams". They seem to come & go, sometimes they are almost comforting, at other times rather distressing.

Not much more to say, really, no doubt give me 10 minutes and I'll be in "Lil's Bar", posting a load of nonsense as usual!

Please, no flowers and there really is no need to reply, just like to sort of offload from time to time.

Many thanks,

whenim64 Sat 27-Oct-12 21:09:30

We hear you R, so on with some chat x

Just about to open a bottle of wine. It's been a busy day. As my daughter said earlier - 'when those babies have had their bottles and settled down in their cots, I will be having MY bottle! grin

phoenix Sat 27-Oct-12 21:18:59

Wine all round, when!

Although I have just done something that I don't usually do, I think I may have been a tad contraversial or even challenging on another thread.

Will nip down to the kitchen to top up my glass and see what lands in the bunker!

Ana Sat 27-Oct-12 21:23:23

Not to worry, phoenix - sometimes you just have to say what you feel! wink (I'll be in that bunker with you...)

phoenix Sat 27-Oct-12 21:30:49

Tin hat, Ana, or a balaclava knitted from used brillo pads?

gracesmum Sat 27-Oct-12 21:33:30

Yep, ambulance. I am following them oversad

Ella46 Sat 27-Oct-12 21:34:28

when those girls are lovely and the cake is amazing! sunshine

Ella46 Sat 27-Oct-12 21:35:27

gracesmum flowers what a worry for you again.

Marelli Sat 27-Oct-12 21:38:22

gracesmum, keep us posted? flowers

whenim64 Sat 27-Oct-12 21:38:23

Sorry to hear it's ambulance time gracesmum. I hope things are sorted quickly and he's safely home again ASAP flowers

Ana Sat 27-Oct-12 21:40:39

Oh, so sorry, gracesmum. sad

annodomini Sat 27-Oct-12 21:48:47

Lovely pictures of twins, when - and stunning cake!

gracesmum - sorry to hear about your DH. Hope he feels better soon and it doesn't cause you too much stress.

bikergran Sat 27-Oct-12 21:52:09

gracesmum done that a few times here with DH.. always seems worse during the night, so hope daylight brings some improvement.

jeni Sat 27-Oct-12 21:58:16

grace best wishes to you and Rflowers

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 22:01:22

Oh grace phoenix I feel crap when you have so much going on, I thought I had posted ages ago but. The com crashed I am tipsy I am tipsy and have sounded off at Dh we prepared the meal two hrs ago and he was called out, he does not get paid for all this disruption and he will not be back for 50 mins, sat night is special if we don't go out and now I have sorry folks it does not make any sense.

whitewave Sat 27-Oct-12 22:03:28

oh gracesmum you have been so kind to me over the past few days, I do hope send all my very best wishes to you

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 22:06:52

grace I hope every thing is ok, sending you a{{{hug}}}

numberplease Sat 27-Oct-12 22:28:40

Crimson, Shutter Island, have I missed a good film on TV? I read the book ages ago and loved it!
About to have a glass of the Sangria my daughter brought us backk from Spain, but have found it too strong to drink as it is, I put lemonade with it, she reckons I`m ruining it!

Sook Sat 27-Oct-12 22:33:18

gracesmum thinking of you please keep us posted xxxx

Ana Sat 27-Oct-12 22:57:18

glass {{hug}}

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 23:04:36

nag I can't see the kes but now waiting for a carry out .

harrigran Sat 27-Oct-12 23:06:15

gracesmum thinking of you
glass ((hug)) for you
Anybody else want a ((hug)) ?

harrigran Sat 27-Oct-12 23:10:25

Lovely photographs when love the cake.

Quiltinggran Sat 27-Oct-12 23:17:50

gracesmum I'm thinking of you too. Hope everything turns out well. flowers

crimson Sat 27-Oct-12 23:18:21

No; my son lent me the dvd...if you've read the book, number, you'll have to explain it to me confused....

RINKY Sat 27-Oct-12 23:18:26

Today I spent second last day in Doha. Can't believe two weeks have gone already. Wish I didn't have to work.
While sitting by pool watching grandkids splashing around, dd says well that's good news for you! It's snowing in Yorkshire!

I have sweated buckets here trying to get used to the temperature mean of 33 degrees and not done very well even with pure cotton and not very much on. Came when temp was supposed to be less but hasn't really happened. How three small kiddies, dd and sil have coped with up to 40 degrees I don't know.
However been very interesting culturally, lots to do for a none city girl and can't wait to come back, but has to be before April or not til oct/nov again as don't see me doing the summer stuff

Still up at qtr past 1 as cant sleep and the book I have is so boring i have given no extra sleep for me tonight. Thanks for listening!!

numberplease Sat 27-Oct-12 23:27:25

I seem to have missed out a whole page on here.
Gracesmum, so sorry to hear your news, hope things turn out OK.

glassortwo Sat 27-Oct-12 23:48:46

hmm he has just got home, I am off to bed hmm I think I may be a little fragile in the morning .

gracesmum Sun 28-Oct-12 01:17:07

Well I'm back having seen him hooked up to his antibiotics. He's still in resusc (sp??) but I'm sure they'll need the bay ere long, things were getting very lively in MK A&E as I was leaving around midnight. You do hear such awful things - e.g. a young man was brought in having accidentally hanged himself as a Halloween stunt. I heard the paramedic say his feet were off the ground for a whole 2 minutes but they had a pulse and although he wasn't breathing unaided, it sounded as if he would pull through. There were so many police there!! DH had felt dizzy and nauseous so went off to bed around 6 and was beginning to run a temperature. It climbed as the evening went on and at 38.6 we decided enough was enough so rang Royal Free and they said to get him into hosp asap. He wasn't well enough to make it downstairs and to the car with just me so had to go by ambulance and I'm glad he did as he needed oxygen on the way over, also his temp went up to 39.6. Anyway, to cut a long story short, he was looking much more comfortable when I left, temp back down to 37.something, heart rate and blood pressure down and on fluids and IV antibiotics. I have seen him considerably worse so feeling quite calm - just wide awake!!!
Thank you for your good wishes xx

baubles Sun 28-Oct-12 06:11:16

Gracesmum what a worry for you. I do hope your DH makes a quick

JessM Sun 28-Oct-12 06:27:17

oh gracesmum sorry to hear about this. After a really good patch.

Faye Sun 28-Oct-12 06:41:48

gracesmum i just read your news, you must have been worried. I hope your DH is on the mend soon. flowers

Grannyeggs Sun 28-Oct-12 07:17:02

Gracesmum, I hope he recovers quickly, get some sleep now,look after yourself. flowers

kittylester Sun 28-Oct-12 07:54:44

gracesmum hope all is well this morning.sunshine keep us posted

glass brew flowers. I had more wine than was good for me last night too, though it was nice at the timegrin

((((hugs)))) to anyone feeling in need of one.

whenim64 Sun 28-Oct-12 08:53:48

gracesmum I hope you find DH feeling a whole lot better today flowers

crimson Sun 28-Oct-12 09:01:08

Oh dear; Saturday night not the best time to have to go to A&E! At least you can now get some rest. Take care.

Marelli Sun 28-Oct-12 09:02:27

gracesmum, I hope DH is recovering well this morning. flowers
,,,,,,and glass.....plenty fluids! Flush out the kidneys! wink!

Gally Sun 28-Oct-12 09:41:23

Gracesmum flowers Hope things carry on improving today
Glass Oh dear - we've all been there (some of us more than others wink)

jeni Sun 28-Oct-12 09:49:58

I see we have sort of Halloween emoticons!hmm

jeni Sun 28-Oct-12 09:52:11

grace sounds as though you caught whatever it is nice and early. Love and prayers to both of you.

Oldgreymare Sun 28-Oct-12 09:52:32

Gracesmum hoping things are looking up for your DH and flowers for you for having to deal with the emergency.

What a lot has happened in the few days we had DGS to stay. His first solo train journey! He was really good company, amusing and polite. Waved him off at Bristol Templemeads yesterday. He gave me a huge hug, I realised he was upset, but got him onto the train and into his seat. As we were waiting for the train to leave a nice young man popped his head out of the door to ask if GS was O.K. as he seemed rather upset..... that made me sad too!
Into the journey, he settled down.
Last night an amazing thankyou message from him.
Today, such an anticlimax...... and it's cold, dull and damp.
(((hugs))) to all who need them, please return them as I too am feeling low today!

Grannylin Sun 28-Oct-12 10:14:29

Sending you best wishes gracesmum and hoping you both have a better day
Feeling smug because I had NO alcohol yesterday and I feel great grin

Marelli Sun 28-Oct-12 10:18:33

Well, I still had a headache last night.....and after only a few little, tiny wines the previous night, (she whined)! Perhaps I hadn't eaten enough... hmmgrin!

Ana Sun 28-Oct-12 10:35:04

Yes, jeni - I'm assuming the little stalks are supposed to make them look like pumpkins? confused confused

jeni Sun 28-Oct-12 10:38:46

OGM sorry you're feeling down! Here's a {{ hug}} from me and some flowersgrin

Sook Sun 28-Oct-12 10:58:49

gracesmum hopefully anything nasty has been nipped in the bud. He's in the best place at the moment. Look after yourself xx

soop Sun 28-Oct-12 11:15:58

Gracesmum Goodness me, haven't you had one heck of a night. It's comforting for you to know that your husband is in very good hands. Such a worry for you. I hope that the news continues to get better. flowers

Dear Glass ...oops! Not the end of the world. Many of us know the feeling...and that it passes. smile

when such pretty wee girls. Adorable! smile

OGM I know how you feel. You have a happy, recent memory to embrace. If I could (hug) you, I would. And that goes for all the special people on GN.

merlotgran Sun 28-Oct-12 11:23:00

Best wishes, gracesmum. Hope you have a less worrying day.

Oldgreymare Sun 28-Oct-12 13:07:15

Thanks jeni and soop.
I'm off to an orchid show with a friend, soon, so that should be bright and cheerful. A local Sec School has a national reputation for growing orchids..... that is what an inspired and inspiring teacher can do! (Tell that to mr. Gove hmm)

jeni Sun 28-Oct-12 13:50:17

Orchid! Lovely! I used to grow them but DD developed an allergy to them!

annodomini Sun 28-Oct-12 14:29:40

I rightly judged that midday would be a good time to have a swim - most families having their meat and two veg. Didn't get cramp in my feet this time - maybe the tonic water (without gin) is working grin. This morning, I saw a flock of about 15 long-tailed tits in one of my now leafless trees. They are such lovely little birds.

Ella46 Sun 28-Oct-12 14:49:23

Today I've bitten the bullet and purchased a pair of black trousers in a larger size than usual. Fed up with feeling uncomfortable.
Good news was, I got a £20 gift voucher to spend in the store!
Called in to wish my ds a happy birthday (and deliver the pie!) to find they were all suffering from hangovers!
Thank goodness I don't get them anymore [virtuous emoticon] grin

Ella46 Sun 28-Oct-12 14:51:06

Getting concerned again about Smoluski, hope she's ok, she hasn't been around for a few days.

soop Sun 28-Oct-12 15:45:08

Ella I can reassure you that our Smoluski is fine. We've been in touch. She tells me that she's had a pleasant weekend away, and is looking forward to a hog roast at a neighbour's home tonight. She has been short-listed for a job. Tomorrow, she'll know whether or not she's been selected. smile

Marelli Sun 28-Oct-12 15:50:15

We'll be rooting for her, soop! smile

soop Sun 28-Oct-12 16:00:06

Spot on, Marelli! Being short-listed must have lifted her spirits. I hope that good fortune lies in store for her. She so deserves it! sunshine

Gally Sun 28-Oct-12 16:09:36

Today I have wrapped up all the C presents to transport south this week - all of them purchased in charity shops for £10 or under (I am a convert to charity-shop-shopping - I'm on a roll grin); turned up the hems of 3 pairs of trousers - it took forever and was the air blue angry; did a pile of ironing; sorted out mounds of paperwork and made beds/cots ready for the DDs and GCs when they arrive back home with me next week. I am almost feeling virtuous. Out to supper with a friend tonight and then we will watch Downton Abbey together.

gracesmum Sun 28-Oct-12 16:13:44

That would be nice and give her a well-deserved lift.
DH transferred to Royal Free in London this afternoon. I got the call about 10 that he was to go within 4 hours so rushed around putting together a bag with PJs, washbag, phone, iPad, chargers for both, today's paper, a couple of books etc and dashed over. He went around 2 and we had a good couple of hours, so I decided not to follow him to London, I will go down tomorrow by which time we might know a bit more. I suspect that you are right jeni that we caught it in time, but also his immunosuppression has been reduced to an absolute minimum as his liver is stable, so his body is much more able to do a bit of fighting off bugs by itself.
Feel a bit "after" shell shocked but not as worried as I have been in the past as he is looking much more comfortable ("look at the patient, not the machine") but also his obs are more like normal.
I am so glad we got our concert in Birmingham on Thursday !!

soop Sun 28-Oct-12 16:20:21

gracesmum You continue to be in my thoughts. I hope that tomorrow is a better day for both of you. flowers

jeni Sun 28-Oct-12 16:22:47

Much easier to knock something on the head at the start, than wait until its well dug in! (Very technical talk this)

Bags Sun 28-Oct-12 16:25:05

Have a good trip, gally smile

gracesmum flowers

nellie [Good Luck!]

celebgran Sun 28-Oct-12 16:44:30

sorry you had all that stress gracesmum, not sure what is wrong with your OH trying to keep up! do hope he is more settled now, just seen he has been transferred keep strong and all best wishes to you both flowers

Sook Sun 28-Oct-12 18:12:02


JessM Sun 28-Oct-12 18:29:36

anno very envious of the long tailed tits. I have seen some less than half a k from here, but not in my garden.
Still if this cold weather persists, the siskins or redpolls may come back. Sadly someone reported cold and confused songbirds crashing into the N sea this week, caught out by sudden change maybe.
My key achievement of the day was to make an IKEA seed loaf. This is a kind of sourdoughy swedishy loaf that comes in a carton, like a milk carton. From the IKEA food dept, just after checkout.
add water and shake - well i had to stir mine with the handle of a wooden spoon as resident viking busy elsewhere. (it would have to be quite some shake)
Then you pour it into a loaf tin, let it rise a bit and bake. It is not a cheap loaf but dense. And a fun thing to do with GKds I'd say. Note - not a small loaf tin as it says on the packet, a full sized one is needed. I also tidied utility room a bit and made yoghurt and cassoulet, so a productive and domestic day.

annodomini Sun 28-Oct-12 18:43:35

Yes, JessM I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw one long-tailed tit, then another and then the whole flock. If they do come into the garden it's usually much later in the winter. Perhaps they know something we don't. Maybe redwings next!

Greatnan Sun 28-Oct-12 18:50:14

flowers to all of you who are down, worried, or feeling poorly.
Everything crossed for Nellie.

Heavy snow all last night so no signal for TV, but I can watch it on my computer via iportal so I won't miss Downton Abbey.

crimson Sun 28-Oct-12 18:56:28

A few months ago I put a load of cobbles in a bucket; it then rained quite a bit. I tend to forget to put more water out each day for the birds in their special container but have kept the bucket topped up with water and they love it. A wren was having a bath in it today.

glassortwo Sun 28-Oct-12 22:07:51

<head hung in shame emoticon > I am sorry for being very insensitive last night when grace & Phoenix needed our support. sad

janeainsworth Sun 28-Oct-12 22:19:38

glass flowers
We had a lovely dinner with DD2 and DSil. So nice that one of the DCs still lives nearby.

gracesmum Sun 28-Oct-12 22:31:25

glass winewine I didn't find you at all insensitive! smile

Ana Sun 28-Oct-12 22:42:11

glass you were supportive! Don't you remember? grin wink

annodomini Sun 28-Oct-12 22:42:36

What a weekend you've had, gracesmum. Worrying for you and very hard for your husband. I hope you find him comfortable and on the way to recovery tomorrow. flowers

baubles Sun 28-Oct-12 22:48:11

glass I've hung my head in shame so often it's a wonder I don't now need a neck brace to hold my head up!! grin

grannyactivist Mon 29-Oct-12 01:09:31

Look at the time I'm posting and you will see that in order to catch up with what's going on I have to lurk in the middle of the night! confused
I've decided that I'm just too busy - but can't do much about it right now. After my son's wedding (in just less than two weeks now) I will have more free time.......I will have more free time.......I will have......

Learnergran Mon 29-Oct-12 08:02:29

Gracesmum I haven't looked at this thread before and now I find that you have had your own problems while being so kind to me.
You'll be in my thoughts today too.

Ella46 Mon 29-Oct-12 08:15:46

glass We know you well enough to know that you would never be insensitive intentionally!
Hope you're ok now? grin sunshine xx

gracesmum flowers Here's hoping your dh is improving today.

janeainsworth Mon 29-Oct-12 08:20:54

flowersfrom me too gracesmum, I hope you soon have DH back home with you.
Thinking of you too Learnerflowers

kittylester Mon 29-Oct-12 10:10:19

gracesmum, whitewave hope you both get good news today and find your DHs well on the way to recovery. flowers

learner an awful day for you but one more step taken. flowers

Greatnan Mon 29-Oct-12 11:07:17

I an just glad that my heavy drinking stage was over before I got access to the internet! Now I can only blame stupidity when I post something daft.

Here's hoping that all of you with worries about your nearest and dearest get some good news today.

My grand-daughter sent me a copy of her first OU essay for me to comment on her spelling, grammar, etc. (Has to be some benefit in having an ex English teacher as a nan). I was truly delighted by it -she is dyslexic but had used spellcheck and her grammar was impeccable. It was also really interesting - about the effect of street furniture on the way people perceive and use public spaces. I am so proud of her - she has two childen under four and works long shifts at a local hotel to fit in with her fiance's working hours.

gracesmum Mon 29-Oct-12 11:11:59

Turning on the pooter this morning, I immediately spotted a news item on Yahoo about the young man I referred to when we were in MK A&E, who had accidentally "hanged"himself on Saturday night. Apparently it happened in a gay nightclub in MK which has a noose as a "prop" for photographs ( the amusement factor of which eludes me). He is recovering but what stupidity.
DH has had a good night and I will be going down to visit him today. Thanks for good wishes. Whitewave I hope you too get good news and Learner I can only imagine what you are going through at the moment, I hope having your family around you is a strength and a comfort. flowers

soop Mon 29-Oct-12 11:26:33

To every dear GN facing difficulties, I send good wishes galore. sunshine flowers smile

Nellie (((hugs))) Sending positive vibes.

feetlebaum Mon 29-Oct-12 11:45:41

Gracesmum : "Turning on the pooter this morning..."

gracesmum Mon 29-Oct-12 12:03:26

Don't like, feetlebaum - I am sorry if my reference to my laptop as the "pooter" grated with you.

whenim64 Mon 29-Oct-12 13:06:38

A unique experience for me today. Surprise visit with son and DIL-to-be to see their expected baby on a 4-D scan. My grandson is due in February. Had a lovely time, ooh-ing and aah-ing over a cross between a beautiful baby and a giraffe! grin

grannyactivist Mon 29-Oct-12 13:29:53

when my next grandchild is due a week or two later than yours; although I'm expecting s/he will put in an early appearance as daughter's waters broke at 30 weeks last time. bags has a similar happy event due then too if I remember correctly. I'm quite anxious about this pregnancy, but daughter's seeing the consultant on Wednesday which I hope will put my mind at rest.

whenim64 Mon 29-Oct-12 13:42:48

Exciting times ahead for us ga and bags smile

annodomini Mon 29-Oct-12 14:01:10

How exciting when. I am getting quite envious about all these expected GC. It would be lovely to have a new baby to cuddle - have to wait for GGC!

kittylester Mon 29-Oct-12 14:08:31

DD3 is expecting another baby in March and DD2 tells me she is trying very hard to get pregnant. That's more than a mother needed to know, surely blush

Sook Mon 29-Oct-12 14:09:25

gracesmum glad to hear that your DH had a good night hope you managed to get more than 40 winks too.

soop Mon 29-Oct-12 14:16:23

It's good start the week with happy news. smile

crimson Mon 29-Oct-12 14:16:37

What a rotten weekend for everyone; lets hope this week is better! On the subject of computers, my grandson, when he was about 3 always called it the oocompoooter. We knew that we really should tell him what it was actually called, but it was so cute we just let him carry on [and we called it the same blush].

kittylester Mon 29-Oct-12 14:19:11

Has it stuck crimson? There are some words we have used from when ours were little and they are completely part of our vocab now. grin

crimson Mon 29-Oct-12 14:24:00

Y'know, I don't know what he calls it now, but to me it's a pooter [it sort of reminds me of Mr Pooter because it knows everything and is always right]. Years ago I told someone there was an 'organ rectical' on in town that day, and I'm afraid I still have to hesitate if I go near the word 'recital'. Or just avoid it completely wink.

annodomini Mon 29-Oct-12 15:08:35

Mine called it the plooter and I think his parents sometimes still use the word - he doesn't, not at the advanced age of 7.

JessM Mon 29-Oct-12 15:14:17

Far too sophisticated, 7, anno.
Glad to hear you DD is seeing the consultant on Wed absent
Sunny day has turned grey here. I did a run to Oxfam (remembering my giftaid labels) this morning. 6 bags of books and one of clothes.
Bit of a mooch up Stony Stratford high street and managed to buy an adjustable roasting rack. A clever device i was envying in my cousin's house recently. Holds the roasting object aloft for better browning and so you have more room for roasting veg beneath. It even goes kind of vertical so you could cook a chop vertically of you wanted. Cool!

feetlebaum Mon 29-Oct-12 15:21:35

Gracesmum : Oh dear - I thought it was funny!

Bags Mon 29-Oct-12 15:56:50

Ompinter in our house.

gracesmum, glad the news was allright this morning. Hope things continue to go well flowers

ga, yes, you did remember correctly smile

crimson Mon 29-Oct-12 16:06:44

Have learned how to cut'n'paste!!! [sound of champagne corks popping] in a state of shock.

Ella46 Mon 29-Oct-12 16:15:07

We can look forward to lots of links now crimson grin

Gally Mon 29-Oct-12 16:41:34

Just back from Edinburgh where Marielli, Elegran and I met up with Notsogrand who was visiting with her daughter. Had a lovely natter and a delicious lunch before waving Notso off on the airport bus. Thank you 'girls' for a lovely day. smile

Ella46 Mon 29-Oct-12 16:44:41

This may make all of you with husbands that you complain about, feel that they aren't so bad after all!

My son and DiL had a Halloween party on Saturday night. It was fancy dress.
My ex turned up dressed in a track suit, with rude t shirt, dark glasses and large fake cigar!
He had pictures taken with my dgd aged one, screaming on his knee, and dgs aged 9 pulling a scared face (pretending).

Sick b*****d!

Ella46 Mon 29-Oct-12 16:46:03

Gally glad you had a lovely meet up.

Ana Mon 29-Oct-12 16:56:08

Ella - that is truly awful! shock No wonder he's your EX!

soop Mon 29-Oct-12 17:03:28

Delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Edinburgh gathering. Wish that I could have joined you. smile

Marelli Mon 29-Oct-12 17:18:42

Gally - you beat me to it! It was lovely to meet up with Elegran andNotso (she'll just about be on her way home now, I think). Hope we can manage to organise another meet-up soon - and get some more of us together. smile

numberplease Mon 29-Oct-12 17:33:33

Glad you enjoyed your meet up.

moomin Mon 29-Oct-12 17:39:23

Been so busy the last few days so not lurked about on GN much wink but seems it was a rotten weekend for some, hope you have good news and peace of mind soon.

How lovely that there was a "mini-gathering" in Edinburgh envy

Must now go and cook the evening meal, been busy all day in the garden and getting the utility room cleaned and sorted out, ready to paint tomorrow!

Butternut Mon 29-Oct-12 19:41:47

Unpacking after a lovely holiday, during which I kept a lurking eye, and thoughts for all you gn-ers.

Becoming more than a little concerned for my son and family as they live right in the path of Hurricane Sandy. No news so the internet connection must be down, and as we've no mobile connection is the is very frustrating. Will be jumping in the car soon to drive to the nearest place in order to text (and hopefully to receive one) ......which is about 2kms away in the middle of a triangle of grass in the middle of nowhere. It usually works there! smile Need to be dexterous holding torch whilst texting.

Elegran Mon 29-Oct-12 19:42:22

Just wish I had not managed to be late for the meet-up by getting the resaurant we were going to mixed up with the (closed on mondays) one we were not going to and having to sit on a bench outside it to phone Gally and ask "Where are you?"

Reminded of the joke about the Vikings.

Rowboat with a lone Viking in it pulls up to the beach somewhere on the East coast near Whitby. Shout (do your own Yorkshire accent) from Viking to peasants gathering mussels, "Have youse been pillaged today? Raped?" They say, no, not today, so he rows away.

Pulls ashore further up the coast, shouts to women collecting seaweed "Have your huts been burned today? Anywon been ravished?" No, no attacks today, he looks worried and rows a few miles further up, pulls into the shore, asks monks shepherding their sheep, "Anywon been by today to seize your valuables? Anywon been murdered?" No, they have not. He is really worried now, rows off into the distance muttering anxiously "Ah wunder whyer the lads have gone!"

Gally Mon 29-Oct-12 19:46:38

Marelli sorry I keep putting an i in your name - it just happens! wink

janeainsworth Mon 29-Oct-12 19:49:56


janeainsworth Mon 29-Oct-12 19:53:47

Butter whereabouts is your son? Mine is in northern Virginia, near DC. He skyped earlier today and said they were expecting heavy rain and 60mph winds and might lose a few tiles off the roof but the house wouldn't fall down! Hope yours is safe, but don't worry if you don't get a text as they might not be getting through x

JessM Mon 29-Oct-12 20:03:17

Glad you had a good time butternut and hope you hear from your lot soon.

Butternut Mon 29-Oct-12 20:49:11

Thanks Jess.
janeai - My lad's in N.J. - just west of Cape May. No luck with the texts earlier this evening. Nice to hear your son feels confident. Saw pics. of the NJ coast this evening and it looked pretty lively. Still, they're a resourceful lot so am sure they'll be ok! [hopeful smile]

Marelli Mon 29-Oct-12 20:56:30

Elegran - I bet you felt just like that Viking.....thank goodness it wasn't raining! blush

glassortwo Mon 29-Oct-12 21:04:43

butter good to see you back, I hope you enjoyed your holiday smile

Poor elegran text me when she thought she was locked out of the restaurant but I was driving and it was 40 mins later when I replied, so I hope she didnt have long before she found you all, I was envy that I missed it.

Marelli Mon 29-Oct-12 21:14:34

glass, Gally went to find Elegran, and they seemed to be back in no time - in fact, Notsogrand and I were blethering away so much I hadn't even known Gally had gone! (Sorry, Gally)! grin

glassortwo Mon 29-Oct-12 21:21:50

I am pleased gally found elegran the thought of her still wandering about Edinburgh and missing the chat would be terrible.

Elegran Mon 29-Oct-12 21:46:18

Meant to text you back glass to say that I was found, but it was all go (esp tongues)

I turned on my mobile phone to ring Gally when I found the Petit France all locked up and found a text from you on it - so replied with a wail! You would notice from the typos that I don't text a lot.

Elegran Mon 29-Oct-12 21:47:08

I hope notso puts that booze recipe onto the recipes page. It sounded delicious.

glassortwo Mon 29-Oct-12 21:49:08

notso hasnt been leading you lot astray has she grin

Ariadne Mon 29-Oct-12 21:52:17

Hello, everyone!

Today we drove home after a wonderful conference and dinners and lunches and lots of wine and dancing in Lille.

It takes a LOT longer to drive back to Devon. When we lived in Kent we were half an hour from the tunnel; however, how lovely to drive down the hill and see the lights on the quay reflected in the water. Aaahhhh, home. And it really is. Cannot move. Diet begins tomorrow.

(Did stop off at Auchan in Calais to buy wine and cheese! Diet starts at weekend.)

Elegran Mon 29-Oct-12 21:58:52

Certain of us make chutney to give away at that festival which cannot yet be named. Notso makes wine and liqueurs. She was describing how to make orange and coffee liqueur and we persuaded her to share it with everyone on the recipe page. If it does not appear soon, get ready to nag her.

glassortwo Mon 29-Oct-12 22:04:31

Its one of notso favourite festivals grin grin I will nag too wink

crimson Mon 29-Oct-12 22:15:20

I had a HUGE embarrassment at the cinema. I always take a bottle of water with me. To allow myself two hands to get my purse out of my bag I put the water bottle between my knees. No one could see it because I was wearing my long winter coat. As I look down [there's a queue of people behind me] there is a big puddle where I'm standing. I tell the lad selling the tickets and he radios for someone to come and clean it up shouting 'there's a spillage!' Very red faced I wave my bottle around saying 'it's water' blush.

Ariadne Mon 29-Oct-12 22:16:36

Crimson grin

gracesmum Mon 29-Oct-12 22:31:09


gracesmum Mon 29-Oct-12 22:32:44

Just to add DH has had a good day, he is responding well to antib's and unless they find any "nasties" in liver or heart valve he may be home before the end of the week! smile

glassortwo Mon 29-Oct-12 22:38:29

grace thats good news.

crimson grin

crimson Mon 29-Oct-12 22:46:23

...the worst part was being of an age where you just know people are thinking 'oh poor woman; what a shame'....

janeainsworth Mon 29-Oct-12 22:55:22

gracesmum glad your DH is doing well.

grannyactivist Mon 29-Oct-12 23:31:52

gracesmum hope your DH continues to respond well and that he'll soon be home. flowers

grannyactivist Mon 29-Oct-12 23:32:55

Sounds like a good time was had by yon Scottish grans. envy

numberplease Mon 29-Oct-12 23:55:29

Wonderful news Gracesmum!

Crimson smilesmile

Learnergran Tue 30-Oct-12 02:44:54

Fingers crossed gracesmum
Knees crossed in future please crimson!

Gally Tue 30-Oct-12 08:28:51

Marelli it's good to know I am sometimes invisible - the double walk down and up Victoria Street is obviously doing the trick grin
Gracesmum great news about Mr.Grace - may he continue to make good progress flowers

Oldgreymare Tue 30-Oct-12 08:40:29

Gracesmum... good news indeed.
Crimson still smiling, wish I had been there!

annodomini Tue 30-Oct-12 08:53:24

gracesmum, good news about gracesdad. I do hope he continues to improve.

Sook Tue 30-Oct-12 09:22:37

Oh crimson you did make me laugh grin

Sook Tue 30-Oct-12 09:23:56

gracesmum glad to hear your good news xx

Grannylin Tue 30-Oct-12 09:45:28

Wishing gracesmum and dad another good day sunshine

kittylester Tue 30-Oct-12 09:45:31

gracesmum sunshine

crimson grin

celebgran Tue 30-Oct-12 09:50:18

thats brilliant news gracesmum so pleased for you keep everything crossed X

whenim64 Tue 30-Oct-12 10:00:43

gracesmum smile

cimson grin Your name has never been more apt!

kittylester Tue 30-Oct-12 10:09:19

I am so chuffed! smile

We live in the middle of a largish, busy village but everyday for the past week we have had two nuthatches visit our bird feeders. smile

whenim64 Tue 30-Oct-12 10:12:15

Lovely birds, aren't they kitty?

Marelli Tue 30-Oct-12 10:14:47

gracesmum - good and positive news. It's been a hard few days for you flowers xx

crimson - I hope no-one thought your 'waters had broke', as they say round these parts grinblush

..and Gally, you'll never become invisible, you're far too bubbly for that! grin

soop Tue 30-Oct-12 10:49:08

gracesmum - Good news...keep smiling.

crimson - Oops! What are you like...grin

soop Tue 30-Oct-12 12:07:46

Smoluski ...Nellie dear, you continue to be in my thoughts. I hope that you'll return to us very soon. We miss you.

baubles Tue 30-Oct-12 13:10:06

Good news Gracesmum, may he continue to improve.

Crimson. I can just imagine scene grin

Notsogrand Tue 30-Oct-12 18:17:20

Can you get jet lag on a flight back from Edinburgh? grin
Arrived back late last night from a wonderful weekend, my first visit to Scotland.
Meeting up with Gally, Marelli & Elegran was wonderful! Thank you all so much for a perfect ending to my Edinburgh weekend. Being waved off as I was driven away on the airport bus was quite emotional ..... bless you all!
I've posted the recipe we discussed for Orange Liqueur, it's under Christmas Recipes.
Why doesn't Gransnet have a section for home made hooch recipes?
I'm still away from home for a few more days, with only sporadic internet access, but am off now to have a GN browse and catch up smile

Greatnan Tue 30-Oct-12 19:56:13

Notso.......envy.....for meeting some special people! I feel as though I have known some members for years, even though we have never met.

Marelli Tue 30-Oct-12 20:36:48

Notso, you made our day very special, believe me! flowers And Greatnan...maybe one day.....and, like you, I feel as if I've known some members for ages, too. Such is the power of Gransnet! smile

merlotgran Tue 30-Oct-12 20:51:19

Spent the day in Addenbrookes Hospital as mum had another stroke this morning. When I first saw her I thought, This is it! Within a few hours, however she was rallying and getting movement back in her left arm which was badly affected. Her speech is still slurred but the drooping has improved. When I left her she was comfortable but very tired so I will go back in the morning and hopefully be given some more information. She's 94 so who knows which way things will go? Can't just give up on people though can you?

Marelli Tue 30-Oct-12 21:06:50

What a strong constitution your mother must have, merlotgran. And she knows you'll be there, regardless. flowers

Grannylin Tue 30-Oct-12 21:34:07

I'm being very generous with the wine tonight.Think you deserve one now merlotgran

glassortwo Tue 30-Oct-12 21:39:02

merlot flowers

merlotgran Tue 30-Oct-12 21:44:05

Thanks, Marelli and Grannylin. I have had a couple of wine to unwind. Feeling more human now.

Ella46 Tue 30-Oct-12 22:35:02

merlot flowers It's amazing how they find the strength and will to rally.
Hope you manage to get some sleep (the wine will help!)

Ana Tue 30-Oct-12 22:59:35

merlot - my thoughts are with you.

Jodi Tue 30-Oct-12 23:09:32

Merlot flowers and wine and hope tomorrow brings good news moon

annodomini Tue 30-Oct-12 23:17:59

moon Goodnight all and specially to you, merlot. Hope your mum continues to show improvement. flowers

kittylester Wed 31-Oct-12 07:22:12

What a woman your mother is, merlot. Hope you find her much better again this morning.

Oldgreymare Wed 31-Oct-12 09:20:26

Merlot echoing Kitty's post.

celebgran Wed 31-Oct-12 11:12:48

gosh merlotgran 94!! hope your mum rallies well.

well the sun was gorgeous here on the coast yesterday but today o dear wet and cold again!

Glad I took elderly neighbor to garden centre yesterday and treated myself to some lovely cyclamen which I planted up and also set my sweet peas which I normally do and over winter them.

got to grab the moment when sun shines!!
we are off for lunch out today tho a nice place which does mid week offers!

phoenix Wed 31-Oct-12 11:50:16

Has anyone played with todays Google doodle?

kittylester Wed 31-Oct-12 15:50:23

I have phoenix it's great. I love the google home page!

phoenix Wed 31-Oct-12 15:54:55

The guitar one was my favourite.

Mishap Wed 31-Oct-12 16:04:05

How is mother merlot?

annodomini Wed 31-Oct-12 16:11:08

Had lunch with my friend, then went for nice little swim followed by a session in the steam room - clears the tubes. My rotten shoulder won't let me do more than 200m but I hope to strengthen the muscles gradually and work up to a decent distance. Now gathering my wits for the Halloween coven tonight. wink

numberplease Wed 31-Oct-12 16:33:47

I forgot it was Halloween tonight, haven`t got any goodies in! Let`s hope the bad weather keeps `em away from my door!

granjura Wed 31-Oct-12 17:14:19

Just hate Halloween - so very fortunate it isn't celebrated around here and we won't have any kids calling. Where we lived in the UK it was dreadful!

Feeling very righteous, as OH and I have spent the whole day on top of step ladders washing all the fly poo off the kitchen ceiling and walls - it's all shining and clean- and it was great to work together.

JessM Wed 31-Oct-12 17:57:50

Wet evening predicted here, so expecting it to be quiet.I quite like to see the little ones in their costumes. i have bought horrid haribo sweets that i will not be tempted to eat myself.

harrigran Wed 31-Oct-12 18:01:35

I went to Durham and had lunch with my friend. Her son has pulmonary hypertension and is also suffering severe pain from arthritis at present, all very distressing on top of her stressful job. We had a delicious meal and a wine or two, with apologies to glass My DH drove us there and back so we could drink smile

merlotgran Wed 31-Oct-12 19:23:10

Addenbrookes now seem satisfied that mum had a TIA this time and not a stroke so that's a relief. She is making a good recovery, in fact I knew things were getting back to normal when the nurse said they wanted to do a 'swallow test'. Mum looked at me and said, 'Does this mean they are expecting me to fly south for the winter?' Priceless grin

Thanks, everyone for your kind wishes. Much appreciated smile flowers

Marelli Wed 31-Oct-12 19:35:57

Oh merlot - what a woman! Good news indeed! smile

kittylester Wed 31-Oct-12 19:38:37

Definitely good news merlot sunshine

harrigran Wed 31-Oct-12 19:46:00

Lpove it Merlot smile

Ella46 Wed 31-Oct-12 19:56:18

merlot great! Your mum sounds a real character smile

annodomini Wed 31-Oct-12 20:02:36

Sounds just like 'one of us lot'.

glassortwo Wed 31-Oct-12 20:06:26

merlot brilliant grin

harri wink

baubles Wed 31-Oct-12 20:07:53

grin merlot I like the sound of your Mum.

gracesmum Wed 31-Oct-12 20:53:07

I am beginning to see where you get it from.................................grin

I have "sprung" DH from his temporary incarceration and he is looking and feeling much better. So he had better behave now and we can get on with our lives [bossy]emoticon.

janeainsworth Wed 31-Oct-12 20:59:24

That's good news gracesmum - he will do as he's told if he knows what's good for himsmile
Merlot your mum sounds amazing. Tell her all of Gransnet is rooting for her.

I suffer from a total lack of imagination so instead of going to the Hallowe'en party I'm going to do the ironing and listen to Radio 4 moon

glassortwo Wed 31-Oct-12 21:04:22

*great news grace

glassortwo Wed 31-Oct-12 21:05:11

jane I cant get in the mood tonight either.

janeainsworth Wed 31-Oct-12 21:12:08

never mind glass we will have to have some more real wine again soon.
Now I am really off to do the ironinggrin

glassortwo Wed 31-Oct-12 21:37:46

jane smile enjoy your ironing.

annodomini Wed 31-Oct-12 21:37:47

gracesmum - pleased to hear that OH is back under your thumb! He will recover better in his own surroundings. flowers

Oldgreymare Wed 31-Oct-12 23:05:32

gracesmum keep him well under ( the thumb I mean!) smile
Merlot what a trooper!

Sook Wed 31-Oct-12 23:41:17

gracesmum glad to hear that your OH is home and well. I can't believe that you are bossy lol.

numberplease Wed 31-Oct-12 23:51:21

Gracesmum, so glad you have your hubby home again.

Merlot, I love the sound of your mum!

Jodi Wed 31-Oct-12 23:52:22

Good news grace & merlot grin

kittylester Thu 01-Nov-12 05:27:14

Good news gracesmum flowers

Hope you mum is ok merlot

celebgran Thu 01-Nov-12 12:23:45

pleased gracesmum hope OH continues to be ok albeit bossed aboutwink

I had goodies ready and we had only one caller, so got some over!!

may be because of the little girl who was abducted people more wary? never did think good idea sending little ones on their own to knock on strangers doors, but try not be miserable!!

Marelli Thu 01-Nov-12 15:02:46

Pleased to hear that, gracesmum. smile

Bags Thu 01-Nov-12 16:18:07

grace and merlot grin flowers

Spent half the day escorting DD to the orthodontist with a broken brace. It's the second time she has lost/broken it so it was going to cost her a lot of pocket money this time. However, the chappie she saw, who was different from her usual person who's on holiday, said we can ditch the removable braces and when DD's orthodontist comes back, DD can get her train tracks sorted. DD v happy to be rid of the mouth clutter for a few weeks. I'm just worn out with all the to-ing and fro-ing. Feet up. Pot of tea. Comfort food time.

glitabo Thu 01-Nov-12 16:38:09

Good news gracesmum. It would be good if you could BOTH spend some time

merlotgran Thu 01-Nov-12 21:06:27

Mum is back in her care home, very tired but quite chatty. Fingers crossed she'll be OK for a while but I know there's a real danger she'll have another TIA or stroke. What counts now is that she's comfortable and happy. DH was very quiet in the hospital yesterday. Looking at a ward full of stroke victims must have made him realise how lucky he was that his was not serious although he would never admit it. We've a lot to be thankful for.

janeainsworth Thu 01-Nov-12 22:47:28

Glad your mum is in good spirits merlot
I have just found a mouldy, dried up banana in the back of my hall cupboard along with a little red spade. They must have been there since the summer when my DGCs were here from the States. Felt a great wave of missing them all sad

Ana Thu 01-Nov-12 22:54:58

merlot {{hug}}

Gally Fri 02-Nov-12 11:16:38

Arrived in the deep south last night after a horrendous 8 hour drive through rain, wind and intermittant low, blinding sun and 50 minute queue for an accident. On top of everything else got a stone throne up at the windscreen so now waiting for Autoglass to come and repair it. Will be flying/training next time hmm Not a happy bunny, but it's lovely to be with the GCs and with DD3 on her birthday today.

Bags Fri 02-Nov-12 11:18:31

Glad you got there safely at any rate, gally.

Marelli Fri 02-Nov-12 11:57:50

Oh Gally ! Have an extra bit of cake and lots more wine to cheer yourself up! Safe journey home again.