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Posted: Today at 06:49


Can't stop - should be on my way to Wales. I have a really sore throat - I blame that Jenny Far Far waving her germs round in here the other day.

Grat photo Podds


Happy FC 16th today - and on a bin day too - double the excitement

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Posted: 27/01/2015 at 16:31

Podds - I realise it's tough for schools and I certainly don't expect miracles and I feel entirely sorry for them. I'm just annoyed that within 5 months they (the LA) haven't even managed a bit of tutoring or any educational support. It seems they say lots about protecting the vulnerable but do little to actually help at times. However have just had a phone call from education person to say she has lined up a meeting with a headteacher next week. It's amazing what can be done when someone mentions statutory rights and duty of care - mwah ha ha ha 

It seems you may be able to make lovely soup but speaking in real sentences is beyond you Spence! 

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Posted: 27/01/2015 at 13:22


* rant warning.......

I blinking hate the 'social work' team. FC6 arrives yesterday and is dropped off with a cheery wave. Today there is a meeting about her in our house consisting of her social worker, our social worker, her education link person, our education link person, her 'special issue' worker and someone who was observing, OH and me and lets not forget FC6. Why not gather 9 people together to talk to someone who speaks very little English on the second day of placement. FC has been in care since September but education person has been working really hard to get something sorted but sadly hasn't been able to. I point out that I expect her to be in full time education within 5 days as it's the LA's statutory responsibility. Education person doesn't want to get her in to school without the correct level of support as it will only set her up to fail. I pointed out that by not doing anything for the past 5 months this was perhaps already the case. She thinks 5 days is over ambitious. I foresee some harsh words being spoken next week. Aaaaaaarrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhh

Lets not forget too we have the plumber and handyman in today  - tra la la - and breathe.

(((((Larry)))))) ouchy youchy. Hope the painkillers do their job

((((Tubs)))) frustrating stuff at a tie when you don't need the hassle

(((Far Far))) I feel your pain

((((Podds))) in the words of the Grange Hill Gang - Just Say No!

Get me, I only went and ran again this morning. I fully expect my legs to fall off tomorrow

Happy Tuesday one and all

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Posted: 26/01/2015 at 13:19

That's spinach soup for you

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Posted: 26/01/2015 at 13:18

Am I the wind beneath your wings?

I had wind the other day - I may have been a bit like your houndies

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Posted: 26/01/2015 at 12:04


We are now three but our clutter seems to have increased by at least two extra people - I'm guessing that's a teenager thing. 

I did read back last night and therefore all useful information has subsequently slithered from my brain as a fried egg would exit a non stick pan. I seem to think Pippi is wearing an eye pad, Podds' dogs are extra stinky, Chuggs has kidnapped a cat, there are some new and returning WAISTers, a park run was extended to cover 10 k for a few minutes, M.eldy did the splits, Yums was in the banal splits, Coco wants to split more often and the Sluggies have lifted the mastermind trophy.

I have only been out and run again - that's twice more and a gym visit since last time I reported . I have a split with an 11 in it. I'd rather have a split with raspberries and cream in. I am well haloed up.

Happy sparkly new week, full of the unknown and chances yet to be taken


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Posted: 23/01/2015 at 10:48


I have made it home - I think I am now inducted

(((((sorely gobs, unexplained weight loss, poorly hosses, dehydrated kitties, nervous operation waiters and other WINs)))))))

Strictly Come Dancing Live Show was fab - u - lous. It's a modern day reinvention of pantomime. Jolly good family fun - if you like that sort of thing. Those who watched the TV version will be amazed to hear that Simon Webb won this time - his Argentine Tango was amazing.

FC6 spent the day with OH yesterday and apparently all went well. OH is now out trying to think  of  presents for her 16th. I've suggested they go out shopping together on her birthday so she can choose for herself and it will give them something to do!

Watched Wolf Hall last night - read the books and it's interesting to see how it is being adapted for telly. I can't see it living up to the likes of Criminal Minds etc Coco. Now I don't want to offer any spoilers, but I suspect heads will roll.

Happy Friday one and all

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Posted: 20/01/2015 at 12:55

Well hello there

I appear to be on a residential - not due home until Thursday night. Joy to the world. I have to make a run for it on Thursday evening as we go to see Striclty Come Dancing Live Show in Nottingham, but I'll be back to the hotel by late bedtime so they won't send out a search party.

Just popping in during a quick break to say hello, yay the running, cycling, swimbling and gardening!? ((((((lurgified, cold, miserable))))

It has been confirmed. FC6 will join us on Monday. It's the week of her 16th birthday. That'll be interesting then.

Happy what day is it today?


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Posted: 16/01/2015 at 21:39

Evening all

Read back a while ago and have forgotten much. There was a Ralph, an interview, some romance, a lot of swimming, an ickle back cat hostage, a birthday, some cake baking and some lurgy.

What you may not have noticed in your busy lives, is,  that at approximately 7.20 am a minor miracle took place in the midlands. Run 3 survived - that's not just 3 runs in one year but also in one week. You can call me Paula.

Also met possible FC6 today. Things looking positive, we are happy to accept, just need her and her social workers to consider a couple of things such as her desire to discover more about Islam and get more involved and the fact that we don't run a Halal household and will never be fully able to. That and she wants a puppy. ..... don't we all, apart from the cats, and the OH

Happy weekend


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Posted: 15/01/2015 at 08:08


((((Daffers)))) Hope today is a better one. Last time I went to the dentist I was diagnosed with 'cracked tooth syndrome'. The advice don't ever eat one that side of my mouth again. Don't you just love dentists!

Yay for rhino babies

(((((Penny))))) hope the MRI is positive and that she'll soon mend. 

FP - obviously good trainers to save your foot from impalement

Happy anniversary Chuggy - sounds like an 'interesting' present.

Well, my well travelled running kit, which has been to many a destination but never been out of the case got to see some scenery. Managed to get out for half an hour in the freezing temperatures. Someone chose a mostly uphill route and wasn't a happy bunny.

Also potential FC6 is visiting on Friday. 15 nearly 16 year old girl. If it works out she will be coming to stay with us as a long term placement.

Happy Thursday - I wonder what the weather will bring today 


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