Do you see what Chuggy said, up there ? I second every word of it!
Sharon and Pdr, you are both very welcome. On this thread we vary from ex-runners, like me, through plodders, chuggers and frequent re-starters to racing snakes and IronMen. Pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable and tell us aaaaaaall about yourself.
MS says he is happy to come to a meet-up, so that is transport sorted for me. 5th March is fine but, like Podds, I could manage others too.
Chuggy, Yums was kind enough to send me a photo of 2 very handsome young men. She is claiming they are the minis, but I don't see how that is possible
Pippi, I do hope you have been seen, packed and sent packing! I also had a phone call this morning to say that the Practice Nurse is off sick so can't fit my 24 hour b/p monitor. Which is just as well as no-one had seen fit to inform me of the appointment in the first place!
MC, it is likely that the girl's youth and physical fitness will stand her in good stead. I do hope she makes a good recovery.
Thankfully, I seem to be almost clear of lurgy today, so it seems I got off lightly
Podds, I'm sorry, I didn't notice your post just before mine.Terrible news and, as you say, a real reminder to seize the day
MC, I'm glad that the lass has made it this far but it is likely to be a long road ahead of her. Having said that - some of you might remember that my nephew suffered a potentially catastrophic head injury a few years ago? He has returned to full health, his only remaining problem being that he is now deaf in one ear, so these things are unpredictable and there is always hope.
19th March and/or 2nd April both sound fine. Now I have to persuade MS that he wants to go...
Oooh, Yums amd Yums, sitting in a tree... I didn't see the photo of Joe but will go and look in a minute.
Aww, Penny sounds lovely and how great to be able to go to Orlando Christmas shopping! It's a tough decision isn't it? Dogs bring so much joy but their welfare has to come first and sometimes it is just not the best thing to do. I think you know that I would love one but I don't think it will ever work for us. It sounds as if HWMBT really isn't very active these days?
SM is generally OK, thanks.Her friend, D,has fallen out with The Friend, so Mum has D all to herself, about which she is very pleased.TF and D used to be partners, I think SM has got caught up in the middle of their dysfunctional relationship. I was in TakkyMax yesterday and they have lots of lovely soap - which is what D wants for Christmas (not 'cheese' as SM first said ), so I think we will visit together when we go out on Wednesday.
I came back from Advent service yesterday with a vicious sore throat and aching all over. I don't feel as bad today as I thought I would but still far from 100%. I think it's the first 'bug' I have had for some years, so I really can't complain.
At the moment, my calendar is clear for most of next year - with the obvious proviso!
That sounds like a perfect start to the day Podds - payment for all the horrible, cold, wet, miserable mornings.
MC, you are sensible to take it easy. There will be plenty of halfs to be run, you are in this for the long haul.
Spence, I think that kid was very sensible - it's a great way of checking whether homework is actually being read. I know I often suspected that things were given a cursory glance rather than read properly. Sorry it was you s/he picked on though.
Chuggy is right. Turning round the lives and attitudes of young offenders (or not-yet-offenders-but-heading-that-way) actually takes the involvement of the whole society.People to step in if they see trouble starting - knowing that they will not get hurt and will be supported by society and the parents. People to give their time to help keep kids off the streets and out of mischief. People like DL who will give loving homes and consistent discipline to kids in need. Employers who are willing to take chances by offering jobs to people who have served custodial sentences. Prisons that engender respect but also encourage education and apprenticeships. And so on.
I think Dragon's idea is great! I also agree that we need to set a date soon, before we start getting booked up for next year.
Quiet morning for me. Singing with choir at an Advent service this evening. It is a joint churches service so needs to be held at a time when other services are not being held, hence the Saturday evening slot. 4 weeks today is Boxing Day
Yes, the argument of punishment vs rehabilitation is a thorny one. One of the big problems, as I see it, is that not much effort goes into rehab anyway, either in or out of prison!
I would be up for Secret Santa as long as it could be organised very soon. If that is going to be undo-able then I will pass this year.
In this country we don't really seem to have got the hang of the Black Friday thing I don't think. I certainly haven't seen any hugely discounted stuff on the sites I have been looking at. Some discounts, yes, but nothing exceptional. I did manage to get some socks for SB with a few £ off. Just call me 'The last of the big spenders'