Awww. Sluggie, you're lovely to take SM out, and I don't think you should feel at all bad about putting limits on the time and energy you can give to it. Ironically, it may well help her as much as you if you do that, because older people often don't realise when they are tired, and overdo. And well done for sussing the oven gloves---I was thinking gardening gloves!
Melds, one pipette that did the lot would be heaven! I wonder what you've got? We have separate ones for fleas/ticks, and for worms. (Dear me, on rereading that I am struck by what a classy bunch we are around here!!
Coco, JFF's suggestion certainly makes sense. Can't contribute much since I had an easy time with it all, but for some people it can wreak havoc. Deffo worth talking to the doc, because there is something wrong somewhere and as JFF says, if you need HRT, it can be a godsend.
NewRunner, Edinburgh is a beautiful place to run! And you should be well ready for 5 k. As to the core stuff, listen to Meldy. She knows. (She always knows. About everything. Don't think about this, just accept it as a given
Podds, ignoring the world can be a great way to spend the day. It will also give your colleagues time to consider what you told them yesterday......!!! Glad to hear that the DG is also a total omnivore, I never realised dogs liked veg ---Rossie certainly didn't! Also good to hear your experience with the Halti harness. Seems to be a good halfway house between a normal harness (bit hard to manage because a dog's shoulders just aren't very sensitive) and the headcollar (which Monty accepts, but I wouldn't like one on my face either). Is the DG feeling properly well again now?
Very grey and chill here. I'm afraid I love November---getting warm after being cold, the glow of lights in windows, hot soup, yep, it' my favourite season Long brisk walk with Monty this afternoon---he's quite good on the lead now, and my foot is OK even after 4 miles, so things are looking up. Oh, and 8 cakes marzipanned this morning so now all I need is a spell in the 13th century and life will be complete. xxx
Oooh, hope you manage to find Beanzie this time, Daffs! Give her a hug from us.
Coco, when you are feeling as poorly as you are, it would have been good if they could find out from the bloods what's causing it. Because something is! Might be worth considering testing for food allergies: a friend of mine was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, turned out she was allergic to nearly everything she was eating! Most of all, do NOT give up----this is NOT natural, and it's NOT how you should feel!
Awww, Podds, a meltdown is deffo not you. It should have got their attention, that's for sure, and hopefully may produce some appropriate response. Great swembling, BTW.
Yums, you is now officially a speedy peep!! Well done that Customs and Excise Woman! (always wanted to say that And sounds like good news re work too.
DL, what a splendid account of your break-in. Full of technical detail, local colour and improving thoughts. Erm, have you seen your neighbours since? I was just wondering... Hope Wales is still beautifully Welsh and you kick the cold fast!
((((JFF))) I thought the picture of your parents dancing was just lovely. Take it as easy on yourself as you can, this is THE worst time of year for anyone who has to close accounts. xx
Tubs, a horse box that takes 5 horses, living accommodation for staff and a telly? That's not a horsebox, woman, that's a portable estate!!! Would be fun to see, at least, though I'm thinking a mortgage on a horse box might be hard to swing
(((Amandax))) So sorry your work is going through the mill again. It is hugely stressful. I'm sure you will come out OK, but it isn't a nice atmosphere to work in. xxxx
Welcome back, Claire, great that your C25K is going so well! Tell us what else has been going on with you?
Sluggie, I go for royal icing because it's dead easy. You just whack a few egg whites and the powdered sugar in the kitchen machine, add a bit of glycerine and some lemon juice, and off you go. And you don't have to smooth it out since the roughed-up look is how it's supposed to be
Melds, Frontline is bad enough---what do you do about worming? The worming pills used to be our downfall (took C3 and my joint efforts to get one down Heineken, and she could STILL throw it up!) but now they have a beautiful little pipette that does the job, hooray! Maybe the same as Frontline, but a LOT better than a pill
Don't know what I'm doing these days. Christmas preparations, housework, getting out for a walk or a cycle at least, trying to work my way through some library books.... there isn't enough time!!! How anyone trains seriously for a race is beyond me. But I tried a Halti harness on Monty today, and it's the best solution yet: more control than a normal harness (2 ended lead attaches to a ring on the chest as well as on the back) but not something on his face, which he doesn't like. He went well on this rig. Final discovery of the day: Monty loves broccoli. Weird dog!
Tubs, LOL at the idea of your living in the horse box---but as Sluggie says, some of them are very lux. Lucky geegee's!
Sluggie, so glad the insomnia is gone. It's such a pain. And just as much so for MS when he has to work. Hooray for sleep! Oh, and since you ask, this year's count is 6 full-sized and 24 half-sized ones. Waiting impatiently for already-rolled marzipan to arrive so I can finish them and get them out the door!
Spence, well done, brill parkrun time As for daughter meeting a B-O-Y, all I can say is, buckle up. The wild ride starts here!
Melds, love your new project. What a good cause to support! More power to your fetlocks, lass. xx
Daffs, a decent parkrun and back to bed? Sounds good to me!
Yums, 'customs special procedures' sounds pretty heavy stuff. I suspect you are being too modest about your expertise, my girl!! Customs regimes, even in the 'normal' range, tend to be jungles, so 'special procedures' must be pretty daunting. Are you starting to have to make provisional plans in case of Brexit from the EU? (I think very few people have any idea how disruptive that would be, but it might happen....)
Pippi, LOL at the toy dog who stood up and wandered off!!! Poor Mr. P has really been in the wars, hasn't he, with teeth, and fingers and heart? But once this raft of stuff is sorted he should be good to go for the next 40 years at least! And how noble of him to sort the floor in the meantime.
((((Coco)))) Not ANOTHER cold? Poor you. And poor Mr C. How very sad that you can't visit his aunt, she sounds like a lovely person; but at this point you have to put her best interests first. Hopefully you will have another chance to visit, but she knows you wanted to see her, and that's what matters most.
Busy day yesterday, cycled 30 km, into town and back, then into the village and back. Not as good as running, but keeps things ticking over. Fair went well, they had put some stalls in the church which made it much less of a scrum. And people liked being able to sit down and just listen to the choir singing carols, nice start to the season.
Or it would be if this were Christmas, but it's Sinterklaas---Christmas won't really take hold for another 2 weeks. So chocolate letters have been purchased, and we are thinking about a nice family evening to celebrate the Saint. Friends now coming for lunch, then we will sing evensong (Sluggie: modern setting by Aston, quite nice, with Paul Manz anthem). Must go get food ready. Happy Sundays all.
Zounds. I had just got my head around DL as the mum of four boys (cue the same evil laughter as everyone else) when suddenly it's one girl----or maybe three somethings--- It must be SO disruptive, not having any idea at all what to expect or plan on: and presumably it's even worse for the kids than for you, DL. The social services really do seem to be in disarray, but that means it's even more impressive that you and HL are still willing to be there. Hats off to you both. (And on the whole: a happy escape from four boys!!!
Coco, glad the bloods were done. Hope they find something (so they can do something to make you feel better) but it's easy to fix (like a daily iron tab or something). That would be perfect, as a no-stress job with weekly holidays might be a tad hard to find
Awww, Sluggie, glad you have the world back under control but sorry you're tired and achey. Is that to do with the way you've been manhandled by the hospital over the last few weeks?
Yums, you is evil, but the glee with which you counselled a mother of boys was beautiful to see DL seems to have had a lucky escape this time, but no doubt she will treasure your words of wisdom and keep them for future reference So when does your new role start? I mean, what do you actually have to DO now that you are becoming an Expert??
Pippi, I saw that link too (you'll love it, Podds!) and it confirms beyond any shadow of a doubt that I was right----Monty is almost pure Golden Retriever!!!
Melds, we all know you're speedy if your lodger was on the phone during the time it took you to do 5.5 miles, that will have been one expensive phone call!
Spence, you can understand how letters like that happen. People are in a hurry, and saying the same thing to dozens of parents. But I would be sorely tempted to write back to the school, thank them for their letter, and tell them that Sarah no longer wishes to enroll for the special class in writing ancient Aztec.
(((Podds))) AND breathe. One of those weeks. Although I share Sluggie's view of your manager, conflict up the line always is stressful. Hope you get through today and forget it all over the weekend.
Daffs, if the offer is still open, I'd love to have lunch out with you! Might just have a bit of a problem finding a place to meet up...
((((JFF))) Tiring times all round. Hope things settle down for Mr FF. And a good curry night out will help too.
Busy times here zooming between town and home. Just made a monster chocolate cake to take to church this arvo for Christmas fair tomorrow. Have to spend the afternoon setting up the choir stall for fair (which frankly no one wants to do as we already have rehearsal tonight and Evensong Sunday). Pick up C3, drop him at home, quick supper with C1 in town, choir rehearsal, drop C1 off, back home. Tomorrow back to church to sing at fair. But I shall fit in a nice walk with Monty before I go off to church---Daffs, thanks for the encouragement, walking is all my foot will do right now I never even knew I HAD a whatever-it-is underfoot that I twanged