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09/10/2012 at 22:28

ops on for oct 24

09/10/2012 at 22:36

Have fun, Melds. The rest of us will sleep sounder knowing you're on the case)

Mick, that's good news. Since you have to have the op, the sooner it's done and dusted the better. Any idea how long you'll have to stay in hozzie? 

09/10/2012 at 22:38

7 days ?

09/10/2012 at 22:55

Oooh, long time to be in but on the other hand it's good that you will have time to really get some strength back before you go home. I'm just guessing, of course, but something tells me that 'sit still and don't do anything' might not be your best act, and it may take a stern matron to get to you hold still long enough to get well!) xxx

09/10/2012 at 23:00

i'm really active Chuuggs

more active than most might think

although my job - work - is caring ( not care worker ) full time carer

i am extremely active

10/10/2012 at 07:28


Hope op goes well Mick.

10/10/2012 at 08:36

Morning each.

FIL's house is shiny clean and his grass cut to within an inch of its life.

There were jars of stuff in the back of his cupboards where the 'best by dates' were in Roman numerals.

I'm afraid I have a touch of the CBA's again today.  I have to ignore it as I need to price up taking a big tree down then cut some grass and get my cutomers grreenhouse ready for my propogation projects over the winter.

I must do an Interval session later too.

Mow Cop rates a 9/10 in the book, the killer is a section of 25% right by the Cheshire View pub.  There is a photo in the book to emphasise the steepness.


10/10/2012 at 08:42

Morning all, Oh yes Mow Cop spent many boy hood days playing on that hill but used to go via highlane to chell and cycle the easy route

This is on FB just wonder if someone has being filming Noggy training

secret Noggy

Coffee time

10/10/2012 at 09:12

Ah Westie, that was really impressive.  It looks like a pretty standard road bike too.

10/10/2012 at 09:54

Cant see facebook at work 

MORNING I am feeling very   This morning got up for another run, stepped outside and it was pi$$ing down.  I had a decision to make, go back in the house in front of BBC news in the warm and have a cuppa OR just go.

I chose the latter!  Well I was already dressed in my running gear!  I was soaked, and I've had a free sea spray facial (you pay £100 for that in a posh beauty place!!)

Good luck with the Op Mick

For anyone who hasnt seen it, go to ITV IPlayer for a series on World of Sport, its gone through the years of major sporting events and it was fab.  Big Daddy wrestling took me back to my childhood!  Its amazing how health and safety has changed over the years, we watched double decker bus racing!  I'm telling you that wouldnt have been allowed in todays H&S environment!

Mum moves today, spoke to her last night and she hasnt come to terms with losing her leg yet, she cant bare to look at it.  It'll take time and rehab will be great for her.

Snaunty goes for a scan today, I'm worried but she has the one of the best bowel consultants in the country treating her, so she is in the best hands.


So now I better do some work

10/10/2012 at 10:18

Morning All

Snaily - soooo glad for your mum but big gold stars to you too for getting the system moving, makes you wonder about the folks without proactive and knowledgable rellies doesn't it... Poor old Snaunty though

Sue - wot the others said - tough day but I'm sure you were brilliant and appreciated, tears and all

Good work Noggy at FiL's place - he may not say it but I'm sure he'll appreciate it

Is it very wrong that I am focussing entirely on and getting excited about seeing an old 'oss rather than a sportive in 10 days time...............and no I don't mean Meldy when I refer to an old 'oss 

I am well cheesed off at work currently so shall focus instead on more pleasant weekends to come



10/10/2012 at 11:09

Nope, Podds, an old 'oss definitely takes top ranking ))) And if work is as nasty as it sounds, you're dead right to think about other things!

Snaily, so glad it's moving for your mum. Like Podds said, I wonder what happens to people who don't have knowledgeable family to push for them? And I am sure it will take a long time for her to adapt to the loss of her leg, it's pretty traumatic: but getting home and getting life moving again will help more than anything. Fingers crossed for Snaunty, she's already been through so much.

Westie, amazing video! I recognised Noggy even before I saw his face))

Nogs, good on you and HL. It's very hard for people when they can't manage any more but can't bring themselves to give up. And you have to honour their spirit even when it makes it hard to help them. 

Intrigue in the village here. Neighbour but one has written strange letter to next door neighbour, ostensibly asking him to cut overhanging branches but also saying he (next but one) has built on land he knows he doesn't own....trying to help next door figure out what's going on. Land rights here are very sensitive. Now time to go and make (wait for it) fig jam. Again. Even more.....!

10/10/2012 at 11:44
Great news about your mum Snaily (((( snaunty )))) We had a smashing view of Mow Cop from Mils house in Gloucester Road. Walked up it many times with Jnr tubs in his pushchair :0)

Ouchy vets bill Meldy. I didn't add Ozzys up, the 2 am visit alone was over ??100
You can sell stuff on amazon as well but don't know what the rates are. We have a local thing called Manx classifieds online, even got rid of mr tubs alloys on that! Handy cos you don't have to factor postage in!

(((sue))) that took courage x

Brilliant video Westie :0) but those bridge bits!! I don't do heights!

Fizz yesterday on thumb, back again in 2 weeks, it still gets very stiff especially knuckle joint. Eyes poo too :0( got right one checked at opticians yesterday but it looks ok. I can def feel something though, both eyes very sore and light sensitivity unbearable. Praying for rain - sorry! Eye hosp on 26 th, no chance of wearing lenses before I go at this rate

Can you believe we've had Oskar 4 weeks today! He fell asleep on me yesterday, on his back, paws in the air, completely zonked for well over an hour :0)

Mr tubs last day at t'office today :0)

(((( waisters))))
10/10/2012 at 12:18


(((((tubbs peepers))))

((((Snaily Mum)))) I can imagine the loss of a leg will take some time to come to terms with

4 miles plodded today  nice and quiet at wurk - bosses out on a conference

10/10/2012 at 13:09

Whats Mr Tubs doing instead of the office?  I hope the eyes are ok Tubs finger crossed it'll be ok.

Oh eck Chuggy, land is a sensitive subject everywhere.  We need to have a conversation with our "back" neighbour whos huuuuuuuuge tree type bush thingys (sure Noggs knows what they are called!) hang over in our garden and I want them cut back.  Going to suggest we go halves on the costs as I can imagine its going to cost a small fortune. Its a touchy subject though.  If she wont pay half I'll just get them done anyway, what can she do!!!

Well if your not pushy with some of the hospital services you end up like Snaunty.  I cant tell you how frustrating I feel regarding her treatment, I've advised them what to do along the way, but they have just sat back waiting for appointments and not challenging decisions (especailly when she's been ill and the "specialist" said it was normal)  But they are adults and I dont want to fall out with them.  So I just count to 100 while they moan about the service and treatment shes received.  I know you shouldnt have to challenge and push things, but thats the situation the NHS is in so you just have to know how to work the system.


Its a classic duvet day today, grey miserable wet, its not actually been light all day

10/10/2012 at 13:22


Great vid, Westie - although just looking at it gives me the heebie-jeebies!

(((Tubbs))) such a shame that you are still having so many problems, even after the transplants . LOL @ Oskar. That is also one of Alfie's favourite positions - flat on his back with all four paws in the air so that I can rub his tummy (I know that cat's aren't supposed to like having their tummies rubbed but it seems they forgot to tell Alfie that ).

Well done on blitzing FIL's place, Noggy. It is always easier to keep on top of things rather than start from scratch with the tidying.

Snaily, well done on sorting out SnailyMum's care. It is so wrong that getting the level of care one needs is dependant on having rellies who know their way around the system. Ditto with the benefits system which, despite what the current government and th Daily Mail tell us, is strongly weighted against the genuine claimants.

Chuggy, you must be drowning in figs - I bet you will never want to eat fig jam again after this.

Thursday man for me this arvo - MS has changed the sytem so we have had to shuffle things around for the whole week.


WAIST well xxx


10/10/2012 at 13:42

Great video Westie


Well run Snaily

well runned Far Far

I to have run nice gentle 3 miles

10/10/2012 at 14:06
Snails, I looked at a tree this morning that is causing problems for a neighbour. There is legislation in place that enables you via your .Local authority to ensure neighbours keep hedges and trees to certain heights etc. Your authority will probably have someone in place to deal with your problem.. you can cut branches back to the boundary line at any time.

Lovely and sunny here et last.
10/10/2012 at 14:18
Mr Tubs is pretty much retiring Snaily, on a few boards so will have a few meetings to go to now and again but other than that he's home :0) He's 56 and we want to spend time together, paid ours and jnrs mortgage off with his redundancy from a few years back so should manage ok, except cost of living here is horrendous! Filling up Landy here is 115, at Asda when we picked Oskar up it was 99! Horses come home soon so hardly use the car then. It's also much cheaper to get my dog and cat food from amazon with free delivery. I really want to support local shops but saving over 5 a bag on dog food adds up to over 60 a year.

It's so frustrating feeling that you have to go to appointments or get appointments literally preparing to do battle! I'm already stressed about eye appointment!!
10/10/2012 at 14:54


I don't see how you could NOT be stressed by this point, Tubs. Your eyes have been painful for such a long time, and when people keep saying they can't see anything wrong it must be awful. I hope this time the specialist can do something more effective. And that the therapy on the thumb helps. At least you will now be able to do more fun stuff with Mr Tubs )) It's one of the very nicest parts of being retired! Are you really thinking of moving back to the mainland? With that kind of price differences I can understand it!!

Snaily, it must be frustrating to see Snaunty apparently not standing up for herself. But it can be quite difficult for non-medical types to know when to trust the medics and when to make a fuss. Aside from anything else, we are all afraid of getting on the wrong side of the doctors by seeming to be 'difficult' for fear that we will get worse treatment. Sigh.

Sluggie, I think once they really know and trust you, nearly all cats secretly like having their tummies rubbed)) have you dared let Alfie out yet? 

JFF, well chugged. But how are the sort gums today? 

Still no sign of the Twizzletuft??

Not raining at the mo so think I'll at least take Ross out for a quick twirl while we can go. 

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