(((((((Podds)))))) That is such a hard thing to do----but like everyone else said, you know you did what was best for Sharkey. When we take them on, we promise them that we will take care of them right to their last breath, and you did. As Sue said, there is no doubt a joyful (not to say goofy) welcome party being given by Lady Muck and Guttie. Starkey is a worthy addition to their august company.
Well done, Your Mildness! That was definitely a good swim result, especially if your back isn't quite right (what's that about?). Glad your holiday is at hand, though, even you must need it by now.
JFF, how good that the running group is so supportive, especially right now when life must be rather uphill a lot of the time.
Pippi, you and Mr. P are really epic walkers now. Are you leading a rambling group these days?
Daffs, the neighbours sound like they're just thoughtless; but why do they all have to socialise outside in the shared space so everyone has to listen?!? I guess that once it starts to get cold and wet, they are likely to move indoors, so maybe the problem will sort itself before too long?
Welcome Purple Green---wot everyone else said. Can you identify anything that helps you with the anxiety? I mean, if it helps to have other people around, you could see if there is a club near you with a beginners' section. If you are really uncomfortable being out by yourself, you could think about doing some or all of your training on a treadmill. Anyway, keep coming in here and let us know how you get on.
Sue, I saw the story about the dawgie on FB----so good to see a happy ending! Hooray for all the lovely Welsh people who made it happen
Sluggie, it does sound as if Sky is settling very well now. What a shame that she has 'issues' that suggest such an unhappy start to life; but I'm sure she will continue to relax as she starts to realise that she is really home now for good. xx
Hi, Becks, nice to meet you. Nobody is too slow, too fast, to new, too experienced, so come right in and make yourself at home. Sounds like you are keeping up with your training very well indeed.
Life lurches on here still. On Saturday morning dishwasher wouldn't finish draining. Mr C is carp with machinery, so I got the water out and had a look; nothing obviously wrong, but finally I realised there was no power. Mr C checked circuits and said they were all OK, so we concluded gloomily that something was wrong with the dishwasher, and made an appointment for the man to come. He did warn us that as it's over 11 years old it might not be worth repairing. When we got home it dawned on me that the electric cooker next to the dishwasher didn't have power either--??? So I made Mr C go and have another look, and he found a hidden fuse, tucked away behind the water heater. Once that was fixed, it all worked again. Hooray!
Just in time, as the next day C2 arrived with two friends. They are absolutely lovely people, really nice, really enthusiastic----they made dinner for us all tonight So a lovely time is being had by all, just not much time to do anything else!
JFF, you have my unbounded admiration for chugging in the heat! I don't know how you do it. Hats off to you, ma'am!
Podds, how delicious that the stupid and unappreciative Line Manager got to witness the floral tribute from a grateful colleague Revenge is even sweeter when delivered by fate Will look forward to your email.
DL, ANY holiday with a teen is a test of character. But Kent should be a good place, with enough interesting things to get her attention for a brief period every day And from what you've said, going on hols might not be something she has had much chance to do up to now. So I hope you all have a brilliant time.
Sluggie, glad you were able to help SM adapt to the heat. That's the kind of thing that tends to be forgotten when someone's focus is fading. And with you feeling the heat too, it must have been quite enough for one day. Your new choir sounds like fun. Modern music can be great to sing, and I have sung with a number of choirs that learn music by heart. It can be very rewarding. Let us know how you find it.
Sounds truly scorchio up there----it's been like that here too. On Tuesday it was 36 C in the shade at 7 pm, still 25 C at midnight. Nobody wanted to do ANYTHING. But cooler today, overcast and pleasant mid-20's so Monty and I have had a nice walk, just a couple of miles but a lot further than we've been able to go the last few days. However we took C3 to the airport early this morning to go back to the flatlands, and now we are missing him. No matter how big they get, they are always still your little ones!
But no time to repine: tomorrow I have to make about 25 lbs of apricot jam (my lovely greengrocer got me apricots de Roussillon which are apparently the ONLY kind to use for jam), and C2 will arrive on Sunday with 2 or 3 friends in tow so some forward thinking about food is in order....All good fun
Oooh, excitiing, Westie! Looking forward to your further accounts of the pilgrim trail. (And you know, by making the sensible decision to take a break you made it more real, to me at least.)
Melds, ain't it always the way! Airco not available when it's hot, then arrives just in time for cold feet Hope you managed to get in some sleep before the heat arrives (although it's cooler here today, comparatively at least, so maybe there is relief in sight)
First off, grovelling apologies for having caused so much trouble on FB, and huge thanks to all the lovely people (including Dragon and Snaily) who reported it, warned me, and warned other people. It was my fault for accepting a friend invitation from Beanz, who was already a friend. Should've smelt a rat. Anyway, both the naughty trolls seem to have been squashed by FB, but thank you all for sticking with me!
Hot here too. Currently (2315 pm) 26 C; it was 37 in the shade today. Our 4 day heatwave should cool down after tomorrow---special sympathy to anyone stuck in a hot classroom or in a city commute in all this!
JFF, hope work is easing up a bit. It can't be easy to visit your mum more often, but as you said she probably doesn't understand about your dad... But that was a great parkrun result, you should be well pleased!
Sluggy, Sky sounds gorgeous, and she is clearly settling in for the duration. Specially nice you took a black cat cos they are hard to re-home. Your mini-break sounds like just the ticket. And now that you're home, what's happening with the promising new choir? Did you join?
Melds, this is a training camp you're at??? How frustrating, as Bourdeilles is only about an hour away from us! Hope it's a great time, anyway.
Pippi, the photos of the sparrow hawk are great! Must have been exciting to see him so close. And the Merchant of Venice sounds brilliant---RCS, no less! Every summer we go to an open-air Shakespeare done by a small, innovative London-based theatre group---in 2 weeks we're going to the Comedy of Errors. I think these travelling performances often have a freshness that you don't get in conventional theater.
DL, 'tall ships experience which gave us 5 night'..... very cryptic! But I gather it was nice, whatever it was And now camping? Be sure to look in when you can and give us a running account of the rural life!
(((Podds))) a great ride at the weekend, especially as you are under the weather----but MC is right, you really need to see a doctor now, this has been going on for too long. Hope you manage to get in. (And what a weird thing is THAT, to have to wish someone luck to make a doctor's appt!!)
(((MC's hay fever))) It's fierce this year everywhere, we had dinner outside the other night and Mr C was suddenly seized by an awful sneezing fit. Hopefully we'll all get some thunder and the rain will wash the pollen out of the air.
Daffs, are you still house-painting?? Sounds like you are doing every wall in the place. Respect!!
Dragon, your wildflower meadow sounds just beautiful! And hopefully Aarons day has gone perfectly.
Busy times here. Same plane that took friend home brought C3 out. Lovely to see him, and we've been to some interesting local places. Over the weekend two other friends were also staying, so quite a houseful. Friends are both academics and very upset about Brexit so much deep discussion. They left yesterday, C3 goes on Thursday, C2 + 3 friends arrives on Sunday.... but it's what summer's for, right?
'Lo all. Note is on Meldy's desk---just too many people coming and going!
Pippi, between your epic cycle and your assault on Snowdon in a blizzard, you've had quite a two weeks!! Hats off to you.
Yums, I am so glad the family day went well. That must have meant a lot to your mum, and to you too. Hope you can repeat it from time to time. Oh, and some fab chugging going on there!! You must have raised a lot of money with that performance---well done you!
Sluggie, so glad you got a re-asssessment for SM, sounds like she needs somewhat more support. And the assessor can surely tell when people are putting on a brave front...hope you get a sensible new support plan quickly. The new choir sounds good---what music are you doing? Oh, and a new kitty----is it Beky (who used to be Sky) or Sky (who used to be Becky)? Either way she sounds delicious---photos please!!
Oh Melds, a failed MOT is just what you do NOT need! Hope the part is one that just clicks into place so labour costs are minimal...
Dragon, I bow down. You are an ace mountain climber!! But take care of that chest----pneumonia would be a high price to pay.
DL, many vibes for the job, if it's one you want..... and three cheers for FC's apprenticeship! She must have been SO proud to tell you her news! Hope you all had a great party to celebrate
Daffs, the foot sounds uncomfy, hope it sorts out quickly. I'm with Meldy, heels are the work of the devil. (You could at least avoid them until your foot is better?
JFF, you are such a wonderful daughter. And it can't be easy. Especially now when it sounds like you've inherited your boss's work as well as your own! Grrrrr. Hope his holiday is a short one!
Westie, brilliant that you're chugging again! The Camino will be a cinch this time You off this weekend?
Podds, how selfish of people not to let you know, especially when there are other kids who really would have liked to come. Hopefully this period will be over before long.
(((MC and mum))) Not an easy time, especially with the uncertainty. And it can be very hard when other people are not showing the same concern and support for your mum. (We had the same with my SIL...) All you can do is support your mum yourself and give your sister the facts; if she leaves things undone, she will have to live with that. Glad there is such good news on the lass who was in the accident, though. Hopefully her recovery will continue and be helped by getting back to school.
Busy here. One friend (the one whose husband died just over a year ago, so suddenly) was here for a week and we had a great time. Then the day she left, C3 arrived (by the same plane that took her back), now really enjoying having him here. Between all that and desperately trying to follow the twists of the Brexit plotline, there hasn't been much spare time. But that's pretty much normal for summer