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14/02/2008 at 11:39

and also shows where you've 'wasted' money buying things I didn't really need.

Gosh - don't even go there. My drawers are filled with all those "extra" Christmas presents people buy you that you don't want or need. I'm getting less and less good at pretending to appear grateful for them every year too.

Never seen a woodpecker do that I must say - expect the blackbirds were worried she was going to nick their breakfast! 

14/02/2008 at 11:44

Woodpeckers: also in the summer you get them eating ants off the grass ,although from your description it's not ants that deep.  I often see Green Woodpeckes on the grass and occasionally a Spotted Woodpecker.   I'm not sure if the Green is more common or just that the Spotted do not come down to the ground as often.


14/02/2008 at 12:06

Been out and looked at the holes .. YIKES there's about a dozen or so .. the deepest was just over 2 inches deep .. it did say in my bird book that woodpeckers do dine off things they find in the grass etc ..

 And she did look a bit thinner than she ought to have been .. so maybe she hasn't been too well .. and was looking for a quick and easy meal .. all that pounding on tree trunks must make your head ache from time to time ..  a bit of gentle digging in soft soil must be a nice relief ..

I have seen and more often heard woodpeckers quite often .. but had never seen one do this ..

14/02/2008 at 20:26

Oh Toots, you ARE lovely! It was so nice of you to think that maybe your woodpecker had been poorly and was looking for a quick and easy meal! Made me laugh, but it was such a kind thought!

We have lots of birds in the garden, but we also have several cats, so the birds don't spend much time on the grass. We always hang out fatballs and things in the winter, though, and enjoy watching the tits hanging upside down pecking away!

15/02/2008 at 14:04
Congratulations, Patootoe.  I'm a Canadian runner who had never run a single step until I was over 55 years of age. Now I've done several half-marathons and am working on a 30K race. Keep up the great work and you will find so many great benefits, such a new love for life and many, many new friends. All the best.
15/02/2008 at 15:16
Good going Catherine
15/02/2008 at 17:51
Hear, hear!!
15/02/2008 at 18:54

Went out grocery shopping today for the first time this year .. had to buy a bottle of instant energy drink to keep me going .. blimey .. I didn't realise how run down I felt .. early to bed tonight I think ...

 I have an interview next Wednesday with the housing people .. ohh dear .. I hope they like me 

15/02/2008 at 20:27
Brilliant Patootie, that was quick!

Just tell them we like you - that ought to sway them

Enjoy your early night

15/02/2008 at 20:40

Hi Toots

 everything ok ??

15/02/2008 at 23:10

Good for you, Toots, first for getting out to do something; second for being sensible enough to realise when you were getting tired, and to get some energy drink---the last month has been pretty rough for you, and third for getting your interview lined up so quickly. Next Wednesday----that's really great!!!!

And of course they'll like you! I mean, their whole purpose is to support people in your situation, and it must be a real pleasure to them to meet someone who is clearsighted enough to have made this kind of decision and is so positive about it.

We'll all send lots of encouraging and supportive vibes, for sure.

Do they tell you then and there about the outcome of the interview, or do you have to wait?

15/02/2008 at 23:32

Some early night ..  .. very tired .. but curiously not at all sleepy  .. so I just spent the last 4 hours catching up with the TV I'd recorded over the last couple of weeks ..

Is anyone else fascinated by the Ice Road Truckers (shown on Channel 5 various times and days) .. ye Gods it terrifies me just watching them haul those enormously heavy loads over the teensy weeny 3 feet thick ice roads .. you can hear the ice groaning and cracking ..  STREUTH ...  .. but I have to watch each week .. it's compulsive viewing ..

I do hope the interview goes well .. got to be nice and tidy .. nice clean kitchen and bathroom .. yet still appear 'needy' if you see what I mean ..  .. I'll be sure to tell her that the Runners World Forum folks like me .. and ummm thank you for that  it's nice to have your support ..  .. and I think I will have to wait for the outcome of the interview ..

16/02/2008 at 13:53
Sometimes you can be so tired you can't sleep, but it's great that you didn't get frustated with it, Toots. They do so that a nice rest often does you nearly as much good (and certainly more good than getting upset cos you can't sleep) so enjoying the recorded telly sounds like a perfect solution.

I don't get Channel 5, so don't have this prog, but I know the kind of thing--there IS a terrible fascination with the people who cope with these fantastic situations, isn't there? The teenage male Chuglets adore some of the survival stuff, with the experts who are dropped into the jungle or the arctic or something and know how to survive.

I see what you mean about the interview---it is a fine balance! You want to appear mature, responsible, civilised, trustworthy, but also like someone who NEEDS that house. I think if you're just yourself you'll be a star!!!
16/02/2008 at 14:30
Gentle Chugger wrote (see)
 The teenage male Chuglets adore some of the survival stuff, with the experts who are dropped into the jungle or the arctic or something and know how to survive.

 I read all of Bear Grylls books before he started doing his TV Born Survivor and  Man v Wild TV programmes .. all very good .. but I was rather cross to find out he had 'cheated' on some of the more dangerous 'stunts' they were carefully set up by the film crew .. and when he was supposed to be roughing it without adequate food or water he was in fact staying at a very comfy nearby hotel .. naughty little Bear .. leading his viewers on like that ..


But it still makes good viewing .. and his escapades while in the SAS and the stories he writes about in his books pretty much make up for his 'cheats' on the TV shows ..

I came across him several years ago when I was reading about high altitude mountaineering (one of my rather 'odd' passions seeing as I am never likely to climb more than a gentle slope nowadays) .. I devour all the high altitude books I can get my hands on .. simply wonderful, utterly scary, feats of daring do .. very, very brave people ..

18/02/2008 at 08:43
Hope you enjoyed your weekend Patootie. Bit chilly this morning eh?
18/02/2008 at 09:05

It's way, way too cold this morning ..

 I knew it was going to be bad .. because yesterday I just started feeling worse and worse .. so looked at the electronic barometer .. temperature outside was falling fast .. fibro is very 'weather related' so when the weather takes a turn for the worse so do I ..   It's still -4 outside .. lowest through the night was -6 brrrrrrrr ...  my hands are all swollen and paining me ... so only a short stint right now on the 'Net for essentials .. then I'll go and catch up on the recorded TV I did over the weekend .. typical TV theses days .. nothing much for days .. then several nice programmes all at once ..

And why .. WHY for goodness sakes are the BBC flippin' repeating everything .. you watch a weekly show one night .. then it's flippin' well on again 2-3 days later .. for those of us who get confuddled easily it's like having Groundhog Day .. over and over  .. and I can never remember if I've seen that particular episode until I watch it .. DOH!!

 Ohh well .. stay in and keep warm for a few more hours .. take care if you are going out running .. those paths are going to be pretty slippy ..


By the way ... loooooooook ... 'our' little thread has run into 11 pages ..  .. thank you to everyone who posts  .. you have no idea how much it means to me .. really keeps me buoyed up and full of positive thinking .. thank you ... !!

Edited: 18/02/2008 at 09:11
18/02/2008 at 09:17

I have Sky - hundreds of channels and nothing to watch.   Most channels are on an 8 hour cycle so you get the same episode of something twice in one day!

Wrap up warm Patootie. Hope your symptoms ease off soon.

18/02/2008 at 13:05

Yes, cold here too, Toots, but must be really unpleasant to have it painful as well as cold. Hope at least the sunlight during the day will help ease the symptoms.

Bear Grylls is indeed the current idol. Chuglet 2 has several of his books and watches his programmes religiously. Even if some of it is 'staged', it's still pretty impressive (to him at least!).

As to repeats....I'm with Screamapillar. We have Sky too (largely so the male Chuggs can watch cricket!) but there is an incredible amount of junk, with a few real gems thrown in.

 Did you watch 'The Choir' on BBC on Friday nights? About the young conductor who went to a big boys' school and got the kids to join a choir that finally went to the Albert Hall? Maybe it's because I've been in choirs all my life, but I thought it was just brilliant.

As to our 'little' thread---we're just getting started, girl! We'll be up to 500 posts before you know it. Your courage and determination lift us all, and  even though the fibro means you can't run now, you're still a runner, you know! Being a runner is in your heart, not your legs.

18/02/2008 at 13:41

Ooh yes GC I love "The Choir" some of the younger lads are adorable. It did remind me of being in the school choir, although our music teacher didn't take all-comers like Gareth (which is very brave of him), if you couldn't sing he kicked you out!

I think it is good that he's managed to rope the teachers and hardcore rappers in too.

I think this series is better than the last actually, although Northolt High is local to me - some of the kids were ok, especially litte Enoch  but something about thay sly-looking girl with the whiney voice just made my skin crawl, I'm not sure why. 

18/02/2008 at 21:33

Yes, I thought the music teacher (Gareth, was he?) was very brave. He managed to draw in all sorts, including the macho teachers. And the thing is, it's true----music really does have that effect on people, it gives them confidence and freedom that are wonderful. And somehow he managed to find something musical in everyone, even the most unpromising. Really great.

Weather forecast says it's going to warm up a lot tomorrow, and I must say I'll be glad. The heating in my office doesn't work, so I spent a lot of the day feeling very cold indeed.

Toots, I hope the warmer weather will help you too, ease the aching hands and so on, which would probably make the interview easier too.

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