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Good afternoon everyone,

Cheers on getting that laundry done Gail. It truly is a pain but at least you have clean clothing for a while now, lol. 82 degrees already, oh my goodness, that doesn't bode well for the rest of the summer but you never know, it may just be a blip and be much cooler than it was last year. I hope so. Our clocks go forward tonight and it's supposed to be Spring here. Today we had hail and rain showers and wintry showers forecast for this evening. It's a shame we can't spread the weather around a bit more evenly.

Thank you for the thoughts for my extended family Carol. Sorry to hear there is a case in your small town. It is a testing time for everyone. I do sympathise with the problem of how to self-isolate when one is tight for space. Like everything else, we do the best we can and hope for the best. Stay away from the shops and places where there may be lots of people and observe the distancing advice. I loved the thought of hubby with a man bun and can just hear the response that must have brought, lol. I can hear probably very similar if anyone had suggested lain did that either. Definitely not of the man bun era, those two. I suppose if the weather is cold and wet you won't feel much temptation to get outside but at least you have an area where you can go without being close to anyone.

I've been doing a bit more tidying up of the clothing. it's now in tidy piles on the bed in the spare room as no-one will be staying over for a while now and at least it isn't all over my bedroom floor. It's sorted into piles for whomever I think it would suit and another that is definitely to be given away to charity. I can see my bedroom carpet again, lol. Then I did some cleaning in the kitchen and in the process managed to hit myself on the forehead with a plastic container full of oatmeal. At least the oatmeal didn't spill but I now have a bump and bruise forming there. I rubbed some arnica on it and that should help it to clear up more quickly. This afternoon my son appeared with a small wholemeal loaf and some fresh fruit and fruit juice for me. He stayed the requisite 6 feet away and had a coffee, carefully putting his mug into the dishwasher before he left. His cold is finally going away and he's beginning to feel much better. he was even planning to start building a base for his garden shed. It's a big garden and he will be well away from any neighbours so at least he feels well enough to do a bit and can use his time constructively as he loves being outside too.

Leisl I hope you will soon be able to leave your quarantine and move back into your regular motor home. Meantime enjoy your time on the Xbox.

I'm going to go outside now and pick some of my daffodils that are starting to flower, up the drive, and put them in a vase with some of the forsythia which is beginning to flower too. All my shop bought flowers have gone over and I do like a few flowers in the house. Stay safe everyone and have a good Saturday.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Leisl, it's great to hear from you again. Being bored can make the time drag so I'm glad you got your Xbox to help you pass the time. Also glad you had a chance to get out; those who would object to your break in your alone time at home have probably never had to follow that plan! Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do! But do try to stay safe and as well as you can.

Gail, I'm glad to hear you got your laundry done. I have gathered that is one of your least favorite chores so enjoy being able to check that off your To Do List for awhile now. Your 82 degree temperatures sound almost too warm to me, at least for this time of year. I hope you enjoy them and can find ways to be outdoors and still stay away from people.

Sally, please extend my sympathies and good wishes to your son's SO and family. It sounds as though her aunt really is in a fragile condition under any circumstance with the cancer and the COPD on top of getting the virus. Also good thoughts to your neighbor whose son-in-law had contracted the virus; being a paramedic probably exposed him early on. At least there is some thought now that anyone who gets it and gets over it will be immune in the future. Meanwhile, I'm glad you found that old Kindle and can use it to explore more books since you can't get out to the library van. With that additional cold weather coming in, I trust you will be able to sit by the fire and stay warm while you read. Thanks for the comments on Hubby getting his memoirs off to his niece and my concomitant tearing of my hair; it did give me a good chuckle. I talked to our accountant in Colorado today about our taxes and he was talking about having to drive north to Wyoming (2 hours up the highway) to get a hair cut since all the Colorado shops have been closed due to the virus but the ones in Wyoming were still open. I mentioned that Hubby had lost all his hair with the chemo but now it had grown back in. I suggested the accountant might just let his hair grow into a ponytail and he suggested my husband (conservative, traditional, short-haired) might want to grow enough hair to develop a man-bun. It's probably a good thing the accountant was 1000 miles away when I told my husband about the suggestion!

We had a chilly, rainy day today and enjoyed being home and in the house. Our small town finally reported its first case of the virus today; I guess we couldn't get away with not having it land here. Hubby and I talked a long time about a lot of things today and finally figured out that if either Hubby or I get the virus we will just have to stay quarantined in the house together, probably one contracting the virus from the other. Our house is so small we only have one bedroom to sleep in (the other 2 are very small and are set up as offices) and the sofa is really a love seat that is too small to sleep on. Also, the only TV is in the living room so passing the time alone in the bedroom would be beyond boring, even with a stack of books to read. Hopefully we will be able to stay well and none of that will have to be dealt with.

On that note I will move on to my other Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a safe and sanitary Saturday.


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HELLO EVERYONE CAROL I AM GLAD YOU GOT TO GET OUTSIDE TODAY. OUR TEMPS ROSE TO 82. KINDA WARM RIGHT NOW. I FINALLY DID MY LAUNDRY. WHEW I AM GLAD THAT IS OVER AT LEAST FOR MAYBE A WEEK. WE ALSO HAVE TO STAY 6 FEET APART. LEISL I AM GLAD YOU ARE FEELING BETTER I KNOW IT CAN GET ORING. SALLY I AM SORRY AOUT YOUR SONS SO'S AUNT. I HOPE SHE MAKES IT THROUGH THIS OK. I AM PRAYING EVERYONE MAKES IT THRIUGH THIS TERRIBBLE TIME. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT

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Good afternoon everyone,

So glad to see you are doing okay Liesl. At least you are only bored and nothing worse. I hope you can get back to normality, or what passes for normal these days.It would be a wonderful release to get out for a little while and at least you have your Xbox to while away some of the time.

Gail I'm glad you are coping with the situation too. There are similar restrictions here in lifts (elevators) and some places have closed the escalators to stop people getting too close to one and other. I hope you can continue to steer clear of this terrible virus.

Your hubby will be feeling quite proud of himself Carol, getting his memoirs sorted out. I suspect you may well need a wig to replace the hair you will doubtless pull out while trying to get all his info transferred to his niece but it certainly gives you both something to concentrate on. Especially as your weather looks to be becoming unpleasant again. How strange you didn't sleep well last night Carol. I had rather a disturbed night too. Wonder what is going on in the heavens to agitate us.

Things have heated up a bit here. Last night I got a call from my younger son to tell me his SOs aunt has got the virus. She also has cancer and COPD so things aren't looking too good for her. Also, SOs parents had visited her just a few days before and she visited them last week, just after we came back from the chalet. They are all quarantined now, for two weeks and hopefully will be okay. My other son has volunteered to get any shopping they need and will leave it outside so they can collect it. Then this morning my friend from over the road phoned for a chat and told me her son-in-law has been off work with Covid-19 but he only had mild symptoms and hopes to get back to work by Sunday. As he is a paramedic he is needed desperately at the moment. They think his little girl had it first but she has hardly been ill at all. Just hoping everyone comes through it all safely. I took a trip to the next village this morning as I had very little bread left. The only thing I really needed. Naturally there was none left but I did get some Scottish morning rolls ( a bit like burger buns but much lighter) which will do me over the weekend without having to bother anyone else. Not much else happening here though. It's getting cold again but it is staying mainly dry. The high pressure area is coming down from the Arctic so you can imagine how chilly it feels at the moment. I've brought out my Kindle, which Iain bought for me years ago, but as I don't really like reading from it I stuck it away in a drawer. However, I have several things on it that I've not read so I shall make use of my time by reading them now. I can also get quite a number of free books to read on it too so I may just make more use of it at last.

My librarian called on Wednesday to see how I was doing, I've known her for years and she lives just down the road from my son, and while she was on she asked if I had seen a website called Borrow books. I've had a quick look and there's one in the states too with free books to either have as audio books or as free downloads. Thought i would pass it on for anyone who is craving some new reading material.

Almost dinner time again so I'm off to see what the fridge contains. Could be interesting, lol. Have a fantastic Friday everyone and remember, a coffin length plus a foot, if you have to go outside or near anyone, lol. Typical black humour but we need something to brighten our days. Sleep well everyone.



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I’m still here!!! Just bored out of my mind and going stir crazy!!! I don’t think I had this stupid COVID-19. Just sore throat, headaches and nausea and all around feeling like total crap! Probably just allergies. I’m on day 2 of no symptoms, so hopefully I can get back to work and back normality.

It’s funny. I can stay home all day long, no problems. But when I’m FORCED to stay home, it’s absolutely murder! We did get out a couple of times. Once to pick up my check from work, twice to go to moms (one, I had to get my Xbox to kill some of the boredom, and the other to get brens meds), and to the store a couple of times.

Other than that, we’re doing good over here. Hope everyone else is staying safe and healthy. I’ll post more when I get back on my pc. Just wanted to let you know that I’m doing fine.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a great Thursday.

Gail, your comment about the limit of 2 on the elevator made me shake my head; it's just one of those things I never thought about. I hope your day stayed dry as expected. I bet you found a lot of things to do once you got going.

Sally, I'm glad your son was feeling well enough to come down with the additional logs. I don't know if you have the same sort of "quarantine" instructions as we have; ours call for staying home and away from other people. But like your son, family members don't seem to count as "other people" and we always feel we should be seeing them anyway - got to look in on the old folks and take them some food! I'm sorry about the soot on your cuff, but I'm sure you will get it washed out. It's good to know that you are still feeling well.

Leisl, I hope you and Bren are doing all right. We'll look forward to hearing from you again.

We had a mostly cloudy day with some rain and temperatures in the 40s. I didn't sleep well last night - not sure what the problem was - so I was somewhat draggy today. Still, I helped Hubby get the first parts of his memoirs sent out to his niece before lunch, and then after we ate I went out to the back yard and gathered up moss that had fallen from the tree onto the back lawn. Also raked up old dead leaves from around the raspberry patch and dug up some VERY large weeds from the area around the back corner of the house. It felt good to be outside and moving my whole body in the brief period of sunshine that blessed us in mid-afternoon. I just barely finished and went to pick up the mail when it seriously started to rain. I was happy to get at least some work done as the forecasters are predicting rain for the next several days - again.

There's no other news here, so I'll go finish my Spark postings and make a cup of chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone out there for a fabulous Friday.



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HELLO EVERYONE. SALLY YOU HAVE VERY GOOD SONS. THEY TAKE GOOD CARE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALRIGHT. I HAVE EEN OUTSIDE FOR A LITTLE WHILE. I HAVE BEEN KEEPING MY DISTANCE. AT WORK ONLY 2 CAN GET ON ELEVATOR AT A TTIME. AND NOW WE CAN NOT ORDER OUT BUT CAN BRING FOOD IN WITH US. THANK GOODNESS FOE DVDs, INTERNET AND OOKS. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

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Good afternoon everybody,

I hope you are not too bored Gail with nothing to do and all day to do it in. Cleaning, going by your post but remember to make some me time too. At least it seems to be a pleasant day where you are. Maybe you will find some time to go outside into the garden. Even just for a walk around outside. We know the weeds won't do a disappearing act just because we want them to, lol. it's lovely to be outside for a little while at least.

Carol you are finding loads to do. Congrats on getting those pages of hubby's memoirs organised to send to his niece. Certainly something to do if you should get bored too. The Ancestry projects just get longer and longer and more and more difficult to navigate. Good luck with finding out more information for your grandson. I'm sure he would appreciate it if you can.

Leisl I hope you are recovering quickly and getting back to your old motor-home.

It has been a very pleasant day here. I even managed to leave the heating off for a while. I had to switch it on about 3 pm but that is still an improvement. Recently I've had the heating on and a fire too as it's been so cold here. I spent this morning doing some much needed cleaning up. Tidying up a pile of catalogues and magazines which were threatening to take over the conservatory but it's where I read them. The baffle plate on the stove dropped down last night, much to my annoyance. I decided to let the fire go out instead of trying to move it back while it was burning. It was near to bedtime anyway so it wasn't a big deal. I did get it put back again today though but also managed to get soot on the cuff for my cardigan, which is a bit of a nuisance. Another item for the wash basket. I chatted to my eldest son for half an hour and wasn't expecting him to come down as he is still bit under the weather but he messaged me about 2.30 to say he had logs and was bringing them down. He came in for a coffee but stayed the necessary 2 metres away. He told me the supermarket doorman had a novel way of explaining to their customers what 2 metres looked like for those who didn't understand metric; the length of a coffin plus a foot. Quite succinct for any who wanted to flout the rule. My other son texted to get the shopping list for tomorrow so he can go early tomorrow morning. Still messaging him when my oldest friend phoned, a girl (well, old woman now as she's the same age as me) I went to school with so we chatted for over an hour. Bored, nothing to do, most of my day is spent talking to someone or other in one form or another. Younger son reckons I'm the only person he knows who can have a text rejected for gabbing too much, lol. That was to my niece and I should have sent her an email instead. It would have made more sense, lol. I have a pizza for tonight as I asked my son to bring one from the supermarket when he phoned to ask if I needed wanted anything while he was there. I didn't want him running around after me too much when he's not been feeling very great but he likes to feel he's helping out anyway and I was extremely grateful for the logs.

It's almost dinnertime so I shall go and pop that pizza in the oven and then watch some TV this evening. Have a terrific Thursday everyone.

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Hallo EVERYONE. CAROL I WILL FIND LOTS TO DO AT HOME TODAY. LIKE CLEANING ETC... I THINK TODAY WILL BE NICE . NO RAIN. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR RESEARCH. SOUNDS VERY INTERESTING . I HOPE YOU CAN FIND INFO TO HELP YOUR GRANDSON. I HOPE YOU CAN GET OUT INTO THE YARD. BEING OUTSIDE HELP SO MUCH WITH FEELING GOOD AND POSITIVE. LOTS OF VITAMIN D. LOL LEISL HOPE YOU AND REN ARE OK. HOPE YOU ARE FEELING MUCH BETTER. SALLY I HOPE YOU ARE WELL. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

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Good evening Team!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday, staying safe and healthy.

Gail, I'm sorry you will be alone and bored on your day off, but you can take heart that it is only one day at a time. Sometimes there are consolations about having to go to work, including having other people to talk to and activities to help you pass the time - never mind that regular paycheck! I suspect the rain in your area will help keep people home and isolated but hope it doesn't dim spirits too much.

Sally, thanks for posting the picture. That beach area looks so relaxing and peaceful, I can see why you enjoy going out there to visit. Even if you are somewhat isolating you could probably go for a walk out there and not encounter another person. It's encouraging to learn that your family members are on the mend from their respective ailment, and that must be a relief for you as well. I don't want to get political, but losing our helpful immigrants is really a bummer, in your case because you may not have the laborers to help with your neighbor's raspberry harvest. It's great that you can still get your prawns. We are having conflicts in that area in the U.S. too, and our farmers are having difficulty getting help during harvest seasons for the same reason.

Leisl, I hope you are doing all right. I miss your newsy input and am also concerned about how you and Bren are doing. I hope things are going well in spite of the isolation.

We were back to another stay-at-home day today. We slept late and then I worked on an Ancestry project I may have mentioned in the past. My grandson's father was adopted and when grandson had some medical issues that may have been inherited we could not check beyond just his father. Ancestry DNA has provided a few first and second cousins but nothing helpful, and no replies from e-mail contacts. So I am trying to set up a new family tree, using references to fill in the blanks and add in the closer DNA matches. My hope is that the computers will find some connections from the trees.

This afternoon I struggled trying to help Hubby organize and prepare what memoirs he has completed to send to his niece. He wants to send them by e-mail and they are too massive to just send as e-mail attachments - somewhere between 50 and 60 pages when he adds copies of photos, and they are in several documents and aren't what you would call organized. I recommended using DropBox (we will have to set up an account - free at the basic level) and then his niece will have to do likewise. That whole project will overflow into Thursday: I hope my patience holds up! At least he has agreed to let me help set up the second installment process for him and then he can get back to writing. We are supposed to have good weather so I will be able to get back out into the yard. It's a good thing we really get along pretty well in spite of some occasional challenges!

For now I'm going to finish my Spark postings and make a cup of chamomile tea to calm my head before bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a good day on Thursday. I hope everyone is able to stay well!


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HELLO EVERYONE. SALLY IT HAS BEEN RAINING OFF AND ON ALL DAY. I AM GLAD EVERYONE YOUR WAY IS ON THE MEND. I AM OFF TOMORROW SO I WILL BE SELF ISOLATING. CAN BE KIND OF BORING. I AM SO THANKFUL FOR MY SPARK BUDDIES AND DVDs. THANK YOU FOR SHARING PICTURE WITH US. ENJOY YOUR DINNER.. HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GOOD NIGHT

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Good evening folks,

A pity it is still raining Gail but at least the snow has stayed away. Spring is definitely on the way even here. It's good to hear you are able to get most of what you need from the stores. Maybe the maniacal buying has slowed down for now. Probably because we are all being told to stay at home there's a limit to the number of times the idiots can go for for more toilet paper. Still, I hope you are continuing to cope alright in this situation.

Glad you could get to the store and buy whatever you needed Carol. As you said, if we are not too picky there's plenty for everyone until the shelves get filled again. You would enjoy that lovely long chat with your friend though. Phone calls are so very important particularly now. We grow a lot of food here but at this time of year the soft fruits are all imported. One of the big raspberry growers, a bit further north, was bothered he may not have enough workers to pick the fruits when they are ripe. he employed a lot of Eastern Europeans but they all went home when we came out of the EU. With so many people being laid off I would have thought he should be able to find workers from that group. Not all of them will want to do what can be quite backbreaking work though. Airlines aren't being subsidised either apparently so there may be a fewer planes to bring the stuff in. On the overland transports I do forget that Chile is so far away from you. A couple in the village here own a transport business and they send freshly caught prawns from the Western Isles, about 150 miles north of here, in refrigerated lorries, over to the south of Spain, which is about 1500 to 2000 miles by road but as Spain is in total lockdown presumably the fishing will be on hold too. One of the main producers of frozen foods fly prawns to the far east for processing and then bring them back here to sell. It's cheaper to do that than keep the work here. Those Eastern workers must be getting paid next to nothing.

Leisl I do hope you are feeling better in your isolation.

Thank you both for your concern about the family. My son is a great deal better,he was out in his garden for a little while, only a couple of hours and my granddaughter is a lot better too. She was busy making some lentil soup using Gran's recipe as she doesn't like other peoples' recipes, lol. I've been on the laundry yet again and this afternoon I drove down to Moffat, to the roundabout for the motorway and then back up again. My car has been sitting idle for ages and I was bothered the battery would go flat. Plus the brakes were getting a bit noisy so that took me about 45 minutes. It has been lovely today and mild too with the temps in the high 50s. Now that is a novelty for here.

I've finally remembered to bring up the cable to transfer the photos I too at the weekend so I've uploaded one of the beach where we were staying.



Off to have dinner now. Have a super Wednesday everyone.


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HELLO EVERYONE, CAROL IT IS STILL RAINING BUT NOT HARD. STILL SUPPOSE TO BE IN THE 50s TODAY. OUR SHELVES ARE SOME WHAT BEAR BUT NOT TO BAD. MOSTLY TOILET PAPER AND HAND SANITIZER. I USE CLOROX WIPES WHEN I HAVE TOO. I JUST HOPE THIS DOESNOT LAST FOR MONTHS. SALLY PLANTING MAKES ME THINK OF SPRINGG. I AM READY TO GET STARTED. HOPE EVERYONE IS ON THE MEND OUT YOUR WAY.. LEISL I HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY EVERYONE.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a good day.

Gail, your variable weather sounds pretty amazing. I'm glad you were able to get in that extra nap; I know you work hard on your job.

Sally, I'm happy to hear your son seems to be on the mend. Hopefully being outdoors for awhile will not set him back. Also hope your granddaughter is improving. It also sounds as though you are itching to get out into your garden - preparing pots, scouting out seeds and bulbs and such for spring planting. I'm sure it will be beautiful once you get it going. It's good to hear that the exercises are helping you; I trust they will get you through life more comfortably until you can get to see the doctor and/or physiotherapist. Also, you are welcome for the reading. It wasn't one of the happier ones but it might help us all to be prepared. Hopefully things will ease in the next moon cycle.

I also hope you will continue to get your fruits and vegetables that have to be flown in. I don't know how much is grown in the UK generally but I imagine the climate would require such endeavors to be purely seasonal to warm weather. As for us getting ours over land, I suppose, at least theoretically, our fresh produce could arrive by truck, but the problem is the combination of the distances that have to be traveled and the time that would take. Chile is about 6500 miles straight line (longer on land through Central America), so food would be spoiled by the time it arrived by truck. Food from Mexico is coming about 3000 miles so, again, land travel would not be feasible. We are grateful for air transport year round. I think the only thing really spoiled is our people.

Leisl, I hope you start feeling better soon. From your description of the severity of your symptoms I have to wonder if you actually have that corona virus that is causing so much uproar. Please take care of yourself and I hope you feel better soon.

We have had a reasonable spring day, temperatures around 50 degrees during midday. This morning I had a lovely 2 hour phone conversation with an astrology friend in the state of Washington; I met her at Norwac a couple years ago. Then after lunch I went down to the grocery store and while I was there also refilled one of Hubby's prescriptions. The crowd was sparse so possible contamination with any germs was relatively unlikely. There were a lot of people busy restocking shelves, but even more shelves were bare. Still, if one was flexible about some items (flavors of canned soup, for example) there was plenty of food. Fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables were plentiful too. There were notes on some of the bare shelves that shortages were due to delivery issues from the warehouse but would be filled as soon as possible. It may take awhile, but I'm sure we will get through all the inconveniences and life will go on. I am grateful things are not any worse.

So I guess it's time for me to go finish my other Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea to prepare for bedtime. Best wishes to all of you for a good night's sleep and a wonderful day on Wednesday.


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HELLO EVERYONE, CAROL, IT HAS BEEN RAINING OFF AND ON ALL DAY. UT IT IS STILL LIKE SPRING. I REMEMBER A FEW TEARS AGO WE WERE GOING TO GET TAKE OUT. ON THE WAY IT STARTED RAINING AND LIGHTING AND THUNDERING. BY THE TIME WE GOT THERE ITSTARTED TO HAIL AND ON THE WAY HOME SLEETING AND SNOW BUT STOP BY THE TIME WE GOT HOME. VERY STRANGE WEATHER. I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS NICE AND QUIET HOME ALONE. EVEN GOT TO TAKE A LIILE NAP. SALLY I HOPE THE EXERCISES HELP. MY DOCTOR GAVE ME SOME FOR MY BACK AND IT DID HELP A LOT. HOPE EVERYONE IS MENDING YOUR WAY. I DO ENJOY MY MOVIES. CHICKEN AND PASTA SOUNDS GOOD AND VERY TASTEY.. HOPE YOU ARE BETTER LEISL.. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE.

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Good afternoon everybody,

You're right Gail. No movies is a small price to pay and we can always find some low cost ones on line if we get really desperate. I hope you are managing to keep safe in your work. We just have to get on with it as best we can. And at least there is no snow. Weeds are another story altogether though, lol. Mine can grow if they can. it's still bitterly cold here so nothing is growing that quickly as yet, even the weeds.

Carol your reading is excellent, yet again. I got up this morning with the idea in mind to get some of those clothes at least moved from my bedroom but all my plans are up in the air at the moment. Trying to adapt so I can still feel I'm getting there but everything is at a standstill just now. Unfortunately I think your prognosis is spot on. things will get a lot worse before they get better. It's good to see the scientists collaborating though to find an answer to this situation. As for my appointments, if the tooth does play up I will still be able to get it treated but so long as it's not causing a problem it's fine. As for the hospital, again, my shoulder is still sore and an X-ray would clarify the cause but it is slowly improving with the exercises I had from my Physiotherapist when I hurt my other shoulder so I reckon at worst it is the calcified tendonitis or just more arthritis. The prosthesis is purely cosmetic and as we are now in more or less total lock-down here for everyone except those in essential jobs there's not much requirement for me to bother too much.

Your weather sounds very changeable too. it's difficult to know what to wear when it is like that. Your muffins sound delicious. My cooking has been very basic recently, main courses only. I can see our fruit and veg that comes in from abroad being disrupted soon too. At least your blueberries and tomatoes can come overland. Those ones are all flown in here.

My eldest son is recovering from his cold, slowly, but he is much better today. The dirty cough is lingering but he was talking about going out into his greenhouse so he must be feeling better. I haven't heard how my granddaughter is but my son was going to take her some paracetamol. They will help as much as anything. he said when my other son took them over he stayed outside and made the hex sign at him, lol. They seem to have helped though.

I went onto one of my gardening catalogues and spent some money this afternoon. I have in the past, grown potatoes in pots so I ordered some new tubers to grow at the back door. i also ordered a greengage tree and a cherry tree for the back of the house. I have another greengage there but it fruits better when there are two so I shall plant this one nearby and I have a cherry tree too so with another I should maybe get some fruits of them. Besides the blossom is pretty in the spring. Big plans? Running out of steam? These are, I hope, smaller plans that will come to fruition, pun not intended.

Leisl I hope you are beginning to improve and that horrible bug is going away.

I'm away to make my dinner now. Just some pasta and chicken but it is tasty. Look after each other everyone and have a great Tuesday. Sleep well too.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

Gail, I'm glad to hear your weather has turned pleasant. Mowing the lawn is a real sign of spring. I mowed yesterday. Hopefully you can find more DVDs of movies to get you through a few more weeks of this virus business.

Sally, it's good to hear you are video visiting with your friends; it must make them seem a lot closer. I don't do any of that stuff - just old fashioned, I guess. It's great that germs don't come through the electronics! I'm sorry to hear your appointments have been cancelled, especially the dentist, as I know you wanted to get that bothersome tooth taken care of. Hopefully you won't have to wait too long for that to be rescheduled.

We had a strange day, with periods of rain, sun, hail, more sun - a real mish-mash. The only time I went out was to walk down the drive to pick up the mail from the mailbox across the road. This morning I baked muffins, using the last of the Christmas cranberries and recent blueberries. They were being flown in from Chile; we get a lot of winter fruit from there and tomatoes from Mexico. Then I finished my New Moon reading. It is posted below. I'm holding my breath on this one - I actually hope I'm wrong.

So best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.
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ARIES NEW MOON March 24, 2020

The Aries New Moon culminates on March 24, 2020 at 2:28 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time; on March 24, 2020 at 5:28 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time; and on March 24, 2020 at 9:28 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time.

For many months we have been dealing with a host of planets in Capricorn, the sign ruled by Saturn. Between the planet and the sign, our lives have been dominated by organization, systems, restrictions, rules to follow, and the sense of being bound by the past and by traditions. Weve beat our heads against brick walls, trying to make changes and improve our lives, and it has always seemed like a lost cause. We tried new ideas as the sun went through Aquarius and been blindsided by delusions and a lack of information as it moved through Pisces. It seems no matter what we have tried, the Universe has been holding us back.

Now, finally, the sun has moved into Aries, the energetic fire sign that signifies the start of a new astrological year as well as the season of new growth and beginnings as we receive more daylight to illuminate both our outer situations and our inner lives. The four planets still in Capricorn are now being challenged (90-degree square) by the five in Aries. Stodgy old Saturn has wielded the dominance of its Capricorn rulership since December 21, 2017; now it is finally moving into airy Aquarius, losing the strength of sitting in the sign it rules and loosening some of the discipline that has been exercised in recent days.

Meanwhile, beginning just a couple days ahead of the New Moon, fiery Mars (ruler of Aries) is crossing expansive Jupiter and transformative Pluto, activating explosive changes in our world corona virus issues, perhaps? It sits in exact square to Eris, the goddess of discord who is being told she should stay away from the crowd at the party. That sure sounds like the isolation we are all being told to maintain for the time being. Expect major, even perhaps violent, events to unfold for those few days before and after the exact New Moon.

Still, during this Aries New Moon, the Sun and Moon sit together with Chiron, the (dwarf) planet of healing and asteroid Lilith, signifying our deep, soul-level passions. Putting that all together, we can look forward to breaking the roadblock of inertia that has dominated this past winter and begin to move into more restorative directions. But keep in mind, this is being done in with the sun in Aries, the fire-cracker, act first and think later sign. Expect impatience and surprise moves in the world around you. Then look for the repercussions in early April.

So how might you approach the goal setting, the new direction finding, that is the hallmark of a New Moon? You might be inclined to start with a big project or an ambitious plan but be aware that Aries has a way of running out of steam in short order, so I suggest you break that plan into manageable pieces so there will be a sense of accomplishment if you find you cant finish it the way you planned. Also note that around March 31 ambitious Mars will be moving into Aquarius and sitting on top of stoic Saturn for a couple days. You may find yourself deciding to explore new directions or you may be interrupted by someone as you try to work on that project; its another reason to have some flexibility in your original plan. Also be extra careful of accidents, particularly as you use fire such as on the stove or the hearth, sharp objects such as knives or tools, or other metal objects, including cars.

We may be in for a somewhat rocky period, culminating in the Libra Full Moon of April 7-8, depending on where you live. However, asteroid Juno, the goddess of relationships, sits across the zodiac in peace-loving Libra, serving as a lens to help us focus on helping those around us and maintaining a sense of compassion for ourselves and others. It might help if we remember that this too shall pass.
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HELLO EVERYONE. CAROL IT IS LIKE SPRING HERE. IN THE 60s AND 50s. I DO MISS THE MOVIES. BUT LITTLE PRICE TO PAY TO BE RID OF THIS TERRIBLE VIRUS. I WILL BE NEEDING TO CUT THE GRASS SOON. I MOSTLY HAVE WEEDS, VERY UNSIGHTLY. LEISL HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER. SALLY I HOPE YOUR GRANDDAUGHTER FEELS BETTER SOON. WE ARE HAVING A VERY MILD WINTER. I AM GRAYEFUL THE SNOW DIDNOT COME HERE. HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GOOD NIGHT.

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Good evening everyone,

I hope you feel better soon Liesl. It's not pleasant having to stay on your own particularly when you're feeling ill. It will be hard for Bren too, staying away when she knows you are ill. Keep the heid, as we say in Scotland. Means stay calm. At least your knee is getting a chance to recover.

Back to the grind for you Gail. At least the snow is behaving and staying away. We have to be grateful for these little gifts, lol. I hope you and your sister are still well and I agree with you on keeping busy. It's difficult to do when we are stuck inside.

Carol I see you have been energetic again, doing the body-weight exercises as well as mowing the lawn. Sometimes we are victims of the weather even when we would quite like to delay things a trifle. At least it is done again for a little while. I was outside for a little while but my friends all decided I'd be better off indoors. It was very cold though and not very sunny either. Only upside was it was dry. In the middle of filling the bird feeders my ancestry friend phoned but she's found out how to do video calling so I finished up what I was doing, went indoors and had a cup of tea and called her back, video style. First time either of us had tried it but the consensus was it is much better for chatting than ordinary calls or worse, sending text messages. Just need to be sure to be appropriately dressed. Not suitable for pjs, lol. My friend from Ayr called too, landline, then one of my Book Club friends and finally a text message from my niece and her hubby checking I was okay. As I'd spent most of the morning speaking firstly to the dentist, appointment cancelled, hospital to cancel appointment and pre recorded message from them saying the same thing. Text from granddaughter she has a sore throat so self isolating, call from my son telling me how he was and calling my other son to take his brother some paracetamol. As you can see, self isolated or not most of my day has been spent talking. Someone said I sounded hoarse. I'm not surprised, lol. I even managed to squeeze a bit of housework in amongst all the yacking, lol.

I'm going to read the paper now and look at a couple of puzzles, sudoku and codewords. Then read until bed time. Not expecting any more calls but who knows, lol. Please look after yourselves everyone. What would I do without you all to read my moans. Have as good a Monday as possible. Sleep well everyone.

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Good evening Team,

I hope you have all had a satisfying Sunday.

Gail, having the snow miss your area sounds perfect - it's time for that stuff to be gone. It sounds as though you needed a restful weekend - I'm glad you got it.

Leisl, I am so sorry to hear you are not feeling well and finding the need to self-isolate. That really sounds miserable. I hope it turns out to just be a cold or something similar that you are able to fight off sooner rather than later. Also hope that Bren does not come down with it, although then I guess the two of you could quarantine together?? Anyway, I hope you are feeling better soon and it turns out not to be the Nasty Virus.

Sally, how wonderful to hear that you had such a marvelous time at the chalet. I'm sure those weekends help you perk up for a whole variety of reasons; hopefully you will get more of them in the future.

We had another sunny, balmy day. I did get in a body-weight workout today and then, after lunch, I mowed the lawn. We are due for rain tomorrow and I wanted to get it done sooner rather than later. We are both still feeling just fine, no hint of any major illness. So far we have not had any cases in our county and I'm hoping things will stay pretty much that way. It's a very rural area, even with the town here in the middle of it, so most of us don't get into close contact with the folks who would have it in Portland. Even the neighboring areas of Washington, the State where it came into this country, don't seem to be affected; I think most of the cases are up around Seattle, which is about 150 miles north of here.

So on that happy note I will go finish my Spark postings and then make my cup of chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous day on Monday. Stay safe!


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HELLO EVERYONE. SALLY THANK YOU FOR THE INFO. I WILL TRY THIS.. I GET A LOT OF MUSIC FROM YOUTUBE. BUT I WILL E TRYING THAT FOR MUSIC AND MOVIES. I AM SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED YOUR TRIP. I WOULD HATE TO LEAVE TOO. I THINK SO FAR WE WILL BE MISSING THE SNOW. SO HAPPY ABOUT THAT . LEISL I HOPE YOU HAVE A SPEEDY RECOVERY. I HATE BEING STUCK AT HOME. I LIKE TO KEEP ON THE GO. HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GOOD EVENING AND NIGHT.

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Good afternoon, ladies! I'm here. I'm stuck in quarantine!!! Woke up yesterday with a sore throat. Been told me not to take any chances, and boss told me to stay home, so I am currently isolated in the other motorhome (Bren is in our main one, trying to stay away). I don't have my computer with me here because I can't get the Ethernet to reach and the wifi system doesn't work on it. And since my phone is a piece of crap, I don't type on it much.... But I'm here, and I'm still alive!!! Just going stir crazy!!!!!!! I'll post if anything changes.

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Good evening everyone,

I'm glad to hear you all seem to be doing okay in this dreadful time.

Gail, try googling " free movie downloads ". It should bring up some movies you can watch on your computer for free. That's how I do my radio streaming although I generally use Iain's iPod on a docking station with speakers. You can get lots of free music on the computer too. I'm relieved to hear you are having a relaxing weekend off with lots of snacks too, lol. Clint Eastwood is good. I can't forget watching him on Rawhide so many years ago. I hate to think how many lol.

Leisl I hope you and Bren and all the rest of your family are all coping well with the situation.

Carol that would be lovely being able to chat safely with your neighbour, watching the little tyke tearing around, oblivious to any worries around him. No doubt their pooch would be eager to join in too. That was good getting the groceries and newspapers? too. Sunshine definitely helps to lift the mood.

We were really sorry to leave the chalet today. It's only about an hour and a half from here but it's a lot milder. Cherry trees blooming, daffodils all in full bloom and the sun was shining. Yesterday's bitterly cold wind had gone too. However, I'm home once again, temps at present in the mid 30s and likely to drop a lot more but the sun was shining here too. I had a call from my eldest son after I got home. He wasn't coming down for Mothers Day as he has a very bad cold and a bad cough so he is self-isolating, just to be on the safe side. He's had the cough lingering since January and all the upheaval, dust etc. at home hasn't helped. His temperature isn't raised at all so he's dosing himself with paracetamol and he has enough food to keep him going. His hens are laying 3 eggs a day so he will have eggs if nothing else. If necessary his SO or my younger son will make sure he has anything he needs. At present my appointments are to go ahead so my younger son is taking over the chauffeur duties. I could manage both myself but the parking is a problem. If necessary he can drop me off and come back later.

Listening to streamed radio just now and I shall catch up with my paper. Might even find a puzzle or two to amuse me before heading off to bed. Please take all necessary steps to stay safe everyone. Best thoughts to you all.

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HELLO EVERYONE. CAROL MOST MOVIES ARE DVDs I AM NOT REALLY SURE HOW TO STREAM.. MOSTLY I DO WHAT IS CHEAP AND FREE. LOL.. ANOTHER SPRING DAY HERE. STEW SOUNDS WONDERFUL.. I NEED TO START COOKING. I HAVE EEN LOOKING AT SOME SPARK RECIPES. HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a satisfying Saturday.

Gail, It sounds as though you are streaming those movies on-line. What a wonderful service that is during this period of essentially being confined to our homes except to work or get groceries. I hope you continue to find movies that you enjoy. I hope you can get outdoors for some fresh air during part of each day.

Sally, it's wonderful that you and your family have been able to have this peaceful getaway. Your plans for your garden seem to be moving apace and springtime and gardening-time will be here before we know it. We can all hope that the warmer weather will blow the virus bugs out into the Universe where they will get irradiated or some such destruction.

Leisl, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, we are thinking of you too. Please take care of yourself and Bren.

We had another lovely day, sunshine and temperatures around 60 degrees. My next door neighbor was out with her two little ones, and the nearly-3 year old was riding his tricycle all over the place. We have lots of safe space for him here. The mother and I were able to enjoy a brief visit, even staying well apart and watching the active tyke burn off some of his energy. I went to the grocery store this morning and was able to find all of the things I was looking for, though the list was short. I made a stew in the Crock Pot so that will provide dinners for 3 days, though we will probably have something else on days in between: Hubby doesn't like to repeat 2 days in a row. We are spending the evening watching Ancient Aliens; tonight they had a really excellent presentation on reincarnation; I enjoyed seeing that more evidence is becoming available to the public.

So now I am off to finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a spectacular Sunday.

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HELLO EVERYONE. SALLY SOME STORES ARE CLOSED HERE. DRIVE THRU ARE OPEN. BUT YOU CAN TELL A DIFFERENCE DRIVING AROUND. I AM WATCHINF MOVIE NOW. THE MULE WITH CLINT EASTWOOD. I ENJOY HIS MOVIES. I HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING THIS TRIP AND YOU DON'T FREEZE.. LEISL HOPE YOU ARE WELL AND ENJOYING THIS SATURDAY.. STAY WELL EVERYONE.

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Good afternoon everyone,

Having a lovely relaxing day here. The weather is sunny but there is a very cold wind. Bracing, b..... freezing is probably more accurate but we took a walk down to the beach. The tide was out and there were a few others doing the same as us. Everything is going on lockdown here. All places where people might congregate are to close today. Pubs, hotels, gyms and the like. Several big stores have already closed their shops. The govt have actually promised to pay anyone made redundant by this virus they will receive 80% of their salary, up to £2500 per month. I am very fortunate to have my own home, enough food and a very loving, caring family to help me. Lots of people are not so fortunate.

Gail enjoy your weekend off and rest as much as possible. Have a relaxing time with your sister. Can you watch a movie at home as I presume your cinemas will possibly be closed too and somewhere you can get some pizza or similar.

Carol I am relieved to hear you are both staying clear of this virus. The more one hears, the more scary it sounds. They are talking of this "state" lasting for a year, maybe longer. Thank goodness you both can entertain yourselves indoors without any problem. I hope your insurance company comes up with the money for your medication. $1600 sounds scarily expensive. Healthy eating if possible. No real shortages at present just panic buying but with so many people being made redundant and businesses closing I just wonder how long it can all be sustained. Enough doom and gloom. Your astrology project will certainly keep you amused for a while. I hope you can manage to get a newspaper so you can gave some fun with those puzzles.

I, meantime, have been looking to my garden for solace. Loads of offers coming in emails and they are very tempting. I've ordered some lavender plants to share with my sons so providing the weather behaves I shall spend some time making a small flower bed to accommodate some of my plants. The white border is a big project but a small border would give me a temporary bed to keep the plants we bought last summer and allow me to put in some nice little perennials.

Apologies btw for ending abruptly yesterday but I don't like keeping people waiting unnecessarily.

Leila, I hope all is well for you too.

Have a great Saturday everyone, or as great as these extraordinary times allow. Stay safe and sleep well.

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HELLO EVERYONE. CAROL TODAY IS BEAUTIFUL LIKE SPRING. NO SIGN OF SNOW.. I HOPE YOU HEAR FROM YOUR DOCTORS SOON. I HATE WAITING. FOR TEST RESULTS AND APPOINTMENTS WENT SHOPPING FOR A LITTLE WHILE. JUST PAPER TOWELS AND CUPS. AND SOME SNACKS. I HAVE TO HAVE MY SNACKS. LOL $1600 IS RIDICULOUS. I COULD NOT AFFORD THAT EITHER. IHOPE EVERYONE IS WELL ANS SAFE. ENJOY YOUR SATURDAY.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Gail, being busy certainly can contribute to significant fatigue, but I trust it is from having a productive day. I hope you have a greatly deserved, refreshing rest tonight. Hopefully that snow will pass you by and you will have a clear weekend, since you will be off work. Thanks for your good words for my hubby.

Sally, it sounds as though you have had another whirlwind of a day, but with all that preparation I'm certain you will have a marvelously relaxing weekend at the chalet with your family. Stay safe!

We had another quiet day with warm sunshine. No symptoms of illness for either of us, for which I am very thankful. I cleaned up the kitchen, read for awhile, and worked on my astrology project for a bit. I put in a call to the neurosurgeon's office to ask if Hubby would still be getting his cortisone shot in a couple weeks, had to leave a message, have not heard back yet. I called my Primary Care to see where they were on getting the pre-approval from the insurance company for my new meds that reduce my A1C and left a message there; still no answer. I'll be darned if I can afford $1,600 per month for that stuff! I called our tax accountant to find out where we were in his lineup of getting our taxes finished; left a message there too; still no answer. Sigh ......

So on that note I'll go finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea to try to clear my head for sleep tonight. Best wishes to everyone for a safe and healthy day on Saturday.


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HI. SALLY HAVE A WONDERFUL VISIT WITH YOUR SON AND SO. E CAREFUL OUT THERE. IT WAS A VERY BUSY DAY TODAY. NOW I AM TIRED. WE MAY GET SNOW MONDAY BUT WILL GET COLDER WEATHER FOR SPRING. LOL. HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A WONDERFUL DAY.

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Hi folks,

Very brief as I'm expecting my son and his SO shortly. Granddaughter hasn't long left and it's been a mad dash to get everything organised. All packed now, including dinner for tonight, lol. It's been a lovely day but very cold despite the sunshine. Low 20s last night but it's worth it to get the sunshine. I had a call from my dentist saying they are still doing routine work so that appointment is still on and I phoned the hospital to check about the X Ray I've to get. Still need to speak to the Orthotic clinic as my granddaughter was saying the hospitals are closing wards for ordinary purposes everywhere in Lanarkshire.

Have to go son is here.

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HELLO EVERYONE. CAROL I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR MY JOB.. BUT I WILL BE GLAD WHEN ALL THIS IS OVER. I HOPE IN THE FUTURE YOU WILL HAVE MORE TALKS WITH GRANDSON. I AM OFF THIS WEEKEND. I HOPE HUBY STAYS SAFE. UT I AM GLAD HE IS FEELING MORE LIKE GETTING OUT AND DOING. HOPE YOU HAVE A FANTASIC FRIDAY

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Thursday.

Gail, thanks for the good thoughts about communicating with my grandson. It's hard to know what the future will bring, though I hope we talk more often. But in the meantime I am giving thanks for the conversation we just had; it is a start. Meanwhile, it sounds as though your company is as busy as ever. With all the layoffs right now I'm sure you are glad to have a steady job.

Leisl, you are right about my hubby slipping out of a leash. After being married 27 years, and caretaking him for the last 3, I am at the point of treating him the way I raised my kids: you are old enough to know the risks, so make your decisions and take your consequences. He also knows if he screws things up I won't be mean to him, but at the same time he won't get much sympathy. Meanwhile, your friend's husband confirms what I have been thinking and what I also heard: we do not have a problem of supply; we have a problem of over-demand. Actually, that's pretty reassuring. Thanks! And I'm glad you found your knee brace and other appliances. Hopefully they will help you as you adjust to working again. I hope you weren't hurt by the rough weather I heard went through your area.

Sally, I appreciate your support too about my grandson. Mostly I have just been disappointed that my son didn't stand up for us in the situation. However, what's that saying? "A man is a man until he takes a wife, but a daughter's a daughter all of her life." And truth be told I am watching my daughter and granddaughter both keeping their loyalties with their respective mothers - even when we strong-minded women have our issues. lol (I was an only child, so no issues here.) It does sound as though you had something of a hectic day with phones and doorbells ringing away. I'm glad you will have a chance to relax once you get on your way to the chalet for a break. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time, and I'm happy that it is available to you.

We had another quiet day here. Our "voluntary quarantine" routine is about the same as our normal daily routine: I get up early and get on the computer, Hubby sleeps late, we chat when he gets up, then have a late breakfast/early lunch, hop on our respective computers for the afternoon and/or read, and the next thing you know it's dinner time. We feel very blessed that while we are in the "high risk category" - translation "old with a couple medical issues" we are basically healthy and able to manage just fine by ourselves. We know many people are not so fortunate and we are glad there are other people who are stepping up to help them. We can't really help but at the same time we are not contributing to those problems. Both my daughter and granddaughter checked in with us today too.

Our big news today - tada! - is that our Census Form arrived. It was actually instructions for how to get on the computer at the Census website, log in with the 12 digit code they provided, and answer a few basic questions. We did it and it only took about 5 or 6 minutes. Since we have been working with old census forms as part of our ancestry explorations, it felt as though we were putting the note of our existence into the records of posterity, possibly to be found later. At the same time, we appreciated that it can be put in by the individuals so in the future the folks working with them will not have to struggle with bad handwriting or name misspellings. Perhaps this could be called our Scout good deed for the day.

So now I'm off to finish my Spark postings, then make my chamomile tea and try to sleep better tonight than I did last night. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday!


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HI SALLY CHICKEN STEW SOUNDS WONDERFUL. HERE THE DRIVE THROUGHS ARE OPEN OR THEY BRING IT OUT TO YOUR CAR. EVERYONE IS BEING CAREFUL. JUST WHEN YOU GET STARTED ON SOMETHING THAT IS WHEN THEN INTERUPTIONS START. LOL. HOPE YOU GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP.

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HELLLO EVERYONE. CAROL AT WORK WE ARE ON LOCKDOWN. ONLY THE EMPLOYEES CAN LEAVE AND COME BACK. SO FAR AS I KNOW THERE ARE NO KNOWN CASES HERE. WE DO HAVE MASKS AND GLOVES PLUS WASHING OUR HANDS. I AM GLAD YOU GOT TO TALK TO YOUR GRANDSON. I HOPE YOOU CAN HAVE MANY MORE TALKS. LEISL I AM GLAD YOUR KNEE IS BETTER, I HOPE WORKING DOESN'T HURT IT AND MAKE IT SORE AGAIN. I HOPE EVERYTHING SETTLES DOWN SOO. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE.

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Good afternoon, ladies!! I hope everyone is staying healthy and not too bored!

WesternSage - I can almost see him trying to slip out of the leash. It's good that he says he won't push himself so hard next time, but men tend to do what they want, however they want, so you'll just have to keep a good eye on him.

I have a friend whose hubby works at Target distribution. He said they have plenty of stock there, but they're having trouble getting it all out to where it needs to go. So it's going to be a while before the stores are back to "normal". People just need to stop being idiots! LOL

Sally - Yes it's a long drive to get to the storage, but it's cheaper to drive and fill up a tank of gas than to go all over town and buy a new brace. But because we found other things we wanted out there, it was a bit more worth the trip.

I saw a post on Facebook the other day about sending flowers with a toilet paper vase. Just stick the flower stems in the cardboard tubing and voila! thoughtful and practical!

We ran into town yesterday. I bought a new vape kit (the one I bought the other day will be for the nicotine and the new one is for CBD oil. I'm hoping that using the CBD, I can relieve at least some of my pains. So far it seems to be helping a little bit.). Then we went to Fort Worth, rummaged through storage a little bit. I found and brought home 3 immobilizers (One is falling apart and the other two, I have to fiddle with to get them to fit right) and 3 knee braces (Only one for sure that actually fits, but I wanted to try the others too). I think I'm good for now LOL Tried to sleep in one of the immobilizers last night...That lasted about 45 minutes before I ripped it off. LOL

Met with a friend of mine, the one that got me started on my ancestry. Had a good 3 hour visit with her. I had come across a book in storage about George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. I forgot to mention it to her yesterday, but Mallory is a big family name on one side. This specific George isn't a direct ancestor, but I wonder if we're cousins. I guess I need to get back into my genealogy to figure it out. Would be interesting to find out if there's a connection or not.

I also found a bunch of "Uncle John's Bathroom Readers" that I got hooked on. So I grabbed a bunch of them. I'm in a reading mode right now. LOL

Originally, I was supposed to be off today, but boss has me coming in this evening for about 5 hours. My knee is better, but not healed yet, so I'm just going to wear my brace and take it slow and do what I can do.

Since I don't have to leave for work for another couple of hours, I'm going to head off to ancestry and see what I can look up. Hope everyone has a great rest of the day!

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Good afternoon everyone,

It's good to hear your knee is improving with a little rest Liesl. I hope you are able to find your support in the storage place. That's a long drive to find it so I hope your knee behaves on the way. Losing 14 pounds will have helped it too. It could have been even more painful without that weight loss. Well done on that too.

I take it things are just plodding on more or less as usual Gail or is it much more difficult with all the restrictions that are in place everywhere. I hope you and your sister are coping well.

How pleasant to have that chat with hubby's grandson. It must have been lovely for you all to chat again. People can have prejudices for no real reason so hopefully this chat will help to smooth the ruffles. The sunshine and warmer weather will help to make things at least feel a little better. it seems the madness is all over the place with shortages, essentially self induced because of lunacy and buying up everything in sight. Just remember everyone, this too will pass.

My son's SO came up with a giggle yesterday on the subject of lavatory paper shortage. As it is Mother's Day here on Sunday she reckoned there would be some mothers receiving quilted Andrex instead of bunches of flowers from loving families, lol.

It's actually been sort of busy here today. As it was a lovely day I decided to strip my bed and launder the bedding but I had also a couple of new fitted sheets I bought in the sales in need of a wash before I use them so I got them all done this morning. Back in all dry now. It was people calling that was the inconvenience, not nuisance but definitely not very good timing. While I was upstairs remaking my bed, stuck in the airing cupboard looking for pillowcases the doorbell went. Naturally it took ages to get downstairs and through to the kitchen. It was only the postman telling me he had left a small parcel at the door but he had to stay at least six feet away while telling me. Now I know we have been told to keep our distance so I wouldn't have expected him to want me to answer but could he not just have stuck a note through the door instead of ringing the bell then knocking hard too. Then just after I got back upstairs a workman knocked on the front door and asked what number we were. It's on the gatepost and then he asked where next door was?? Sometimes I despair of people. Then I heard someone with a chainsaw working close to my boundary, I wasn't sure where exactly they were working as sometimes they get a bit carried away with those tools. it was next door, with the workman who didn't know where they were so all right really. My son texted next to see if I had enough milk to take with us tomorrow along with a couple of other things and my granddaughter did likewise to check if I needed anything brought down tomorrow morning. Not nuisances by any means but they all seemed to come right when I was in the middle of doing something, lol. This afternoon was slightly more peaceful and I made a Georgian Chicken stew to take with us tomorrow evening. Usually we have been eating out but as we weren't sure if they'd even be open I volunteered to make this recipe. It's simmering away just now and smells delicious. Essentially chicken with tomatoes and chilli peppers. There's enough there for me to freeze a couple of portions too for using another day.

Thank you for the commiserations for my granddaughter's holiday. It's possible she may still be able to go as the total restrictions on travelling are only until the end of April at present. This may change of course but at least today there are other options available.

Have a terrific Thursday everyone wherever possible. I'm going to see what is available for tonight's dinner. Tomorrow's is fixed but I shall have to find something for this evening, lol. Sleep well everyone.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday,

Gail, I hope you had a good day at work and that you are staying safe from this virus. Is your workplace providing any special restrictions or protective clothing? I'll be thinking about you and wishing you the best during this mess.

Leisl, your suggestion for a leash for my husband gave me a good giggle. He would probably find a way to slip out of it no matter how well it was attached. He did agree that he would not push himself quite that hard again. I hope you were able to get your knee braces from your storage unit and not have to drive in bad weather. Hopefully your knee will feel better soon. As for shopping, I read a comment today that the whole issue with the empty shelves is a matter of over-demand, not under supply. The run on products disrupted the usual pattern of when people wanted to buy them; the quantities will even out over time. Just keep looking when you get a chance and you'll probably find things coming back.

Sally, it's good to hear that your elder son and his SO were able and willing to take a number of items (especially clothes) that you wanted to get rid of. Waste no, want not, as the old saying goes. Certainly in these crazy times we do well to reuse as many things as we can. I'm really sorry to hear your granddaughter's trip has been cancelled, but given the current condition of the world at the moment it is probably for the best. I smiled at your story of Iain and the sink; I think I remember when that happened. At least we both understand the husband issues and have been able to commiserate.

We have been having beautiful weather for several days now, and they are starting to warm up too. I drove Hubby down to the cancer center to have his portal cleaned out. I waited in the car in the parking lot. Hubby said they were screening everyone who came through the doors and I suspect I might have been turned away as a "non-essential" person anyway.

We had a phone call from our grandson (my son's son) in Colorado this morning. His birthday is coming up in a few days and we had sent a birthday card with an Amazon gift card in it. He will be turning 14 and we have not seen or talked to him in several years as my son's wife (and her mother too?) have kept him from us because she thinks we are (I am?) a bad influence on the child. (That's a long story for another day.) Anyway, he called to thank us and chatted for awhile. We talked about his schooling and activities during this crazy period as well as his gymnastics progress; my son has sent photos through the computers from the competitions. I will set aside my aggravation with his family if we can have some increased communication with him.

I read an item tonight that said 74% of Americans are refusing to change their behavior patterns; we live in our small house in our small town and only go out for shopping, Hubby's appointments and physical therapy, and getting hair cuts. No other socialization, no eating out. So what's to change? I feel sorry for people with children and those with medical issues who are struggling to get through this period. Hopefully it will not last too long. The astrologers and some of the government officials are saying this should peak or be starting to pass by the end of May. It will be interesting to see how close their prognostications are.

Meanwhile, best wishes to everyone for a thoughtful Thursday.



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HELLO EVERYONE CAROL I AM GLAD HUBBY QUICKLY RECOVERED FROM DIGG OUT THE WEEDS. I DONLT LAME YOU FOR NOT WANTING TO LEAVE HIM HOMW ALONE. LOL. I THINK HIS STORIES WOULD E WONDERFUL . SALLY I AM SORRY YOUR GRANDDAUGHTERS TRIP WAS CANCELED. I KNOW SHE WAS DISAPPOINTED. I AM ALSO GLAD YOU HAD A VISIT FROM YOUR SON.. IT IS SO NICE WHEN FAMILIES STAY IN TOUCH. AND YOUR REALLY KEEP IN TOUCH. VERY RARE THESE DAYS. LEISL 14 POUNDS IS WONDERFUL CONGRATS!!!! TAKE CARE OF THAT KNEE AND ENJOY THIS TIME OFF. HOPE EVERYONE GETS A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP.

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Good afternoon, everyone!

WesternSage - Your hubby's shenanigans sound almost like my dads. I laughed at the reaction to him weeding. I feel the same way! The feeling of knowing I can accomplish something kinda cuts out the feeling of aches and pains. But please, put a leash on him or something! We don't need him overdoing himself. :-)

I'm enjoying these couple of days off, catching up on some shows and relaxing my knee. It's better, but not completely. We slept late (literally just woke up about 30 minutes ago), so grocery shopping is out, unless we want to take a chance and see what the stores have. We decided to run into Fort Worth for a few minutes. We have a storage building out there, and that's where my knee braces are. Since I can't just buy one at Walmart (my leg is too big and they don't fit), and the medical supply company I use is too expensive right now, I guess I need to go look around in storage for it. It may not fix the issue, but it will help.

I'm gonna finish my coffee and get out of here before the bad storms hit again. It's going to be a good 3 hour drive, plus the time it takes to go through to storage to find everything, plus whatever else we want to do (if anything is even open). I was wanting to go to our sushi buffet while we're in town, but I'm sure it's closed. :-(

Hope everyone has a great day!

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Good afternoon everyone,

On early as my other son is coming down shortly bringing dinner with him. Could be a surprise as he's not sure if the fast food shop he intends using is still open. If not there are lots of things in the freezer to be had. Elder son was here earlier with his SO for no particular reason, just to say hello but he took some socks away with him and she fell heir to a couple of bags of stuff I was going to send to one of the charity shops if no one wanted their contents. As she has two daughters still at home she reckons there will be something there for both of them and she already has her eye on a dress. Got some more of my stuff cleared anyway. I also did a couple of loads of laundry and I've just brought them in. Not bone dry but certainly not soaking wet either and they smell beautifully. My friend from over the road popped over for a little while and very kindly cut my hair for me. Boy does that feel better. I look in the mirror and see me again instead of a copy of my mother, lol. It's a lot lighter too, weight wise not colour, lol. She'd been to the supermarket today and she was dismayed at how empty the shelves were. Seems my trip in Monday was fortuitous as I got more or less everything I needed. She was saying she thinks she may have to close the shop for a while though as she will struggle to pay the rent without any customers. Granddaughter phoned too to say her holiday to Jamaica has been sort of cancelled. She was given an option to upgrade to an alternative but they weren't giving her money back. This is a very expensive holiday, over 9000 and she doesn't want to have to pay more. However, I saw in the lunchtime news our government are going to help the airlines out with a huge billions of pounds bailout so at least she shouldn't lose out completely. Anyway enough of this horrible pandemic.

I did smile when I saw hubby's reaction after doing his weeding yesterday and your response. I know exactly how you feel as I had the same feeling last year when lain decided to mend the dishwasher. Lying on the floor underneath the machine but he was all smiles when he fixed it. He could barely walk for a couple of days afterwards but he was so pleased he was able to do it. Meantime, you and I are thinking, they're mad, totally mad but it makes them happy. He's much safer doing his memoirs but don't tell him that. Tell him how much everyone will love hearing his stories, which they will, and he really needs to get down to that. Hopefully once he gets his next cortisone injection he will have less pain again, I just hope he remembers how sore he is just now and doesn't try to overdo it again.

Leisl I'm sorry your knee is causing you such a lot of bother. At least, as Gail said, your extra rest day will give it a chance to heal. Fingers crossed that it improves really quickly and you continue to get sufficient hours at work.

I hope all is well in your life Gail. Work, rest and eat seems to be the way just now for those who are still working.

My son will be here shortly so I shall get off now. Have a great Wednesday everyone and remember to stay six feet away from everyone else. Not quite sure how we can always manage that but we can try. Sleep well everyone.


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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

Gail, I appreciate your thoughts about my husband's memoirs. The fact is that he started them a couple years ago. He is being strongly encouraged (pushed) by his niece who is actually putting them into some sort of a program through the National Archives. He has been working on the writing and collecting together family lineage and pictures too. The biggest delay (from my viewpoint) is that while he loves to tell his stories, he doesn't like to write them because his real pleasure is in telling them and getting a reaction from his listeners. He bought the software to talk into the computer and have it write it down, but it's not the same as having an audience - particularly a NEW audience who will react to his punch lines. I encourage him and sometimes he will sit down and focus on them for awhile - and then his back will start to bother him and that will be the end of the project for awhile. Meanwhile it seems his cortisone shot has worn off and he is relying on pain pills to get him through the day. His next shot is scheduled for April 7. Meanwhile, I hope you have been having decent days, particularly staying safe from this ugly corona virus.

Leisl, I can totally sympathize with you not wanting to feel incompetent and not giving the "young'uns" a chance to treat you meanly because of it. I suspect once you get into the groove with this new job you will be working rings around them. As for feeling "old," you get no sympathy here. Remember, I'm the old goat of 73, nearly 74, and I worked a full time job until I turned 68. Those last few years I was the oldest in the company and I sometimes struggled to keep up with the workload. But I'm sure once you get back into the swing of working, everything will be fine. Meanwhile, I'm glad your step-mom is getting the care she needs. Your knee problems are probably making you feel older too, and hopefully that also will pass. It sounds as though the Goddess was giving you a gift of a day to rest your knee without you having to call in. Also, congratulations on losing 14 pounds. That is awesome!

Sally, it sounds as though you were given a needed day of rest. I know you really enjoy planning (or at least dream) what you want to put in your garden this summer. The telephone can be a real lifeline for staying in touch with friends and family - yes, that old fashioned thing where you can actually hear the other person's voice and words and then respond in real time. I suspect most kids these days don't even know what an original telephone was or looked like! And now the wonderful news that you will get to go out to the chalet again this weekend. It's good to hear you anticipating all these pleasing activities.

I got a late start to the day since Hubby slept quite late and I don't like to go out of the house before he gets up. I finally got out the door to the grocery store a little after 11:00 a.m. I dropped of the prescription refill and went about my shopping. There were some empty shelves, but mostly just sections, not whole shelves. The stockers were busy putting out new products and everyone seemed to be in a reasonably good mood. Some things were still sparse and sometimes favorite flavors turned out to be the favorites of everybody else too, but overall there were no panicking crowds and no depressing empty departments.

After I got home, put away the groceries, and made lunch, Hubby informed me that he had a task he was going to complete in the yard. There were some specific weeds growing against the shed that had been annoying him and he was going to go dig them out. When he was at the hardware store last week he had bought a "stand up digger" so he wouldn't have to bend over. Heaven give me patience! I didn't watch him - I was afraid what I would see - or say. But when he came in he was staggering, bent over, grabbing onto furniture and counters to get to the sofa to sit down, gasping for breath. If he had one more step to take he would have fallen on his nose. He was also beaming: "I did it!" was all he could say. And people wonder why I don't want him doing anything when I'm not home to keep an eye on him! Fortunately after resting a few minutes he seemed to revive and his back relaxed; I just hope he has learned his lesson, to at least wait until after the next cortisone shot before he tries such shenanigans again!

So on that note I will go finish my Spark postings, make my chamomile tea (Tension Tamer tonight, I believe), and try to clear my head for sleep. Tomorrow we go down to the Cancer Center to have his cardiac portal cleaned and I will need to be rested for the drive. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday.




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HELLO EVERYONE. CAROL I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY GOOD THERAPY FOR HUBBY TO START HIS MEMOIRS. SO FAR THERE IS NO SIGN OF THE VIRUS AROUND. I AM BEING VERY CAREFUL.. SALLY I AM SORRY YOU SON IS SICK. HOPE HE FEELS BETTER SOON. IT WAS CLOSE TO 70 TODAY SPRING IS HERE FOR HOW LONG I DON'T KNOW. I HOPE YOUR APPOINTMENTS GO SMOOTHLY. LEISL TAKE THIS RIME TO REST YOUR KNEE. YOU MAY NEED A COUPLE OF DAYSS. IM GLAD YOUR STEPMOM DOESN;T NEED SURGERY. I HOPE YOU HEALS WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE.

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Good afternoon!

Sally - I'm slowly getting used to everything. I didn't hurt near as bad yesterday (until I took 5 steps out the door when I was leaving...Knee gave out again).

Yes, stepmom's health is a lot more important at this point than a leaky motorhome. I'm good with dad waiting since we do have a back up plan.

Icecub - The nurse had come in on the Monday after she fell to change bandages, saw that her leg was a little red and swollen, but nothing concerning. When she came back a couple of days later, she saw that it was worse, which was when she called the doctor to get antibiotics.

I typically can get along with people, until they piss me off once, then I have an issue with them (like this one guy up there). It helps that these guys are laid back, so I don't feel so pressured to do anything. LOL

WesternSage - I don't like feeling incompetent. And when I'm around people, I try not to let my pain get in my way. I may slow down, but I still try to get my jobs done. I also don't like the fact that I'm one of the oldest ones there at night and don't like the younger ones "showing me up"... LOL

I'm glad hubby felt good enough to get out of the house a little bit. Cabin fever is horrible. I hate being stuck at home. I always have to get out of the house, at least for a little bit, every day.

As I was leaving work last night, I was walking to the car and my knee popped...Not the joint; more like a tendon or ligament or something. I barely made it to the car. Eventually got home (trying to hit the brakes at the curves was painful). I took a pain pill, with the plan of going into work this afternoon. I didn't want to call in during my first week! Slept like crap though. Every time I moved, my knee would ache and throb, with the occasional sharp pain. So I seriously considered texting the general manager this morning.

When I checked my phone, I had a text this morning from the him. He told me to take the day off. I asked him "How come?" He said they had to close the lobby (because of the stupid COVID-19), and he can only have 4 people working at a time right now. On one hand, I'm glad I get an extra day off, without having to call in (I was already scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday off) to let my knee heal, but I really need the hours. I did tell him to just schedule me whenever he needs me. Since most of our employees are high schoolers (even with schools closed, they have other things that need to be done), he may need someone to fill in during the day shift. I'm even willing to work a split shift at this point. I don't care. Just give me at least 30 hours a week!

Dad said the doctor came in yesterday to see my stepmom, possibly discussing surgery (not sure what kind), but when she checked it yesterday, she said surgery isn't needed at this time, so that's a good thing. She may even get to come home tomorrow.

We're going to attempt to get groceries tomorrow morning. Our Walmart is only open from 6am to 11pm (closed at night to restock the shelves), so we plan on getting there shortly after opening. I'm tempted to start living off the land, so I don't have to mess with this crap anymore. Living on the lake, there's fish and turtles and snakes, so that covers our proteins...It's the veggies I need now. For us and for the guinea pigs. (They're gonna be mad at me if I don't feed them their veggies. LOL)

Oh, and I weighed myself last night when I was feeding the piggies. I'm down a total of 14lbs!!!! Shocked me! I lost basically 4lbs since I started working. But after yesterday, I don't doubt it. Working at the grill, it's super hot, so I'm sweating like crazy.

I'm going to stop rambling and end my post here. LOL Sorry about that. I didn't realize it would be this long. LMAO I hope everyone has a great day today.

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Good evening everyone,

The world seems to be spinning off it's axis just now with this virus. Today I am self-isolating, more by chance than deliberation really but the coffee morning is cancelled for the time being, my friends are painting their kitchen and my son is trying to put some order into his house. Other son is off sick although not with the virus and his SO is working from home.

I received some of my bulbs this morning so I had fun checking through them and then I went outside for a little while before the weather changed. I filled the bird feeders then moved onto the roses I have in pots. They were in need of pruning and some weeding on the tops. I chatted with one of my sons about making a new flower bed where I can plant out the roses and maybe some perennials too. That was a fun way to spend some time and then my elderly friend from Ayr phoned so we chatted for about an hour. All the activities she usually is involved with have been cancelled too so everyone seems to be struggling to find ways to fill their time. Personally I'm enjoying having some time to relax. I seem to have been on a treadmill for ages and it is nice to slow down a bit and take things easier. My other son is coming down tomorrow and we are going to the chalet for the weekend. It is quite isolated so we don't have to see or speak to anyone. If it is nice I will try to get down to the beach though. Next week I have a dental appointment and a hospital one, neither is vitally important but I will wait and see what the advice is by Monday. I could easily cancel the hospital one as it is just to get a new prosthesis fitted. Dental one could be a bit more of a necessity as I want that dodgy tooth checked over. It has been fine again since I made the appointment, it's knowing what to do for the best.

I'm not surprised you were concerned about hubby Carol as his immune system could well be still compromised but it's trying to maintain a balance between a need for being outside and being sensible. You'll have to get him back onto doing his memoirs so he can find something interesting to concentrate on. At least having some sunshine will improve things and you can go out to garden if you get cabin fever too. Your astrology project will keep you well occupied for some considerable time though. You are fortunate to have something you find so all consuming.

Gail it sounds as though your work has things reasonably sorted for now. It's good you can get home for a while too. I hope Leisl's job isn't short lived with all the businesses being required to close or restrict. Restaurants and the like will find it very difficult to carry on if people are told not to go out or use them as far as possible.

I'm going to make dinner now and I shall watch TV or else maybe listen to the radio this evening. Fortunately I have lots of books to read too. Have a great Tuesday everyone. Best thoughts to you all.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

Gail, it sounds as though your job is not being impacted by the current crisis even though you can't work from home. At least you have a steady income through all of this mess.

Sally, it's too bad your weather is still so dicey. I'm glad you were able to get out shopping and visiting with your family today. Your sons continue to be helpful - what great men they are!

Leisl, it's unfortunate that you twinged your knee. I hope you are able to get the pain relieved soon. You sound like a real trouper, doing whatever is asked of you even if it is physically difficult. Hopefully your one difficult person will come around to appreciating you soon. You picking up that 50 lb. box should have gotten her attention. I'm sorry to hear your step-mother's condition got worse. I hope this infection clears up quickly now.

Our clouds this morning gave way to sunshine and temperatures around 60 degrees - springtime was back! Hubby insisted on going out to run a couple short errands around town. I think he had cabin fever as he was not about to be denied. We aren't being quarantined and he promised he would be careful about being around people, so I smile and wished him well and held my breath (figuratively) until he got home. My young next door neighbors texted to ask if I needed anything form the store as the husband was going out. I didn't need anything but it was reassuring to know that they were thinking of us. The day was filled with my working on my astrology project: I'm outlining a new book on past lives in the horoscope. This is the way I used to review my notes in college (a few centuries ago!); using my eyes and fingers to repeat the information seemed to help set it more firmly into my brain. It's going to be a long project (many days) as I work and then get up and stretch awhile before getting back on the computer. My best stretch today was collecting the trash in the house and then taking all three of the trash containers down to the curb for tomorrow's pickup.

So now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.




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HELLO EVERYONE. LEISL SHOULDN'T THE NURSE CAUGHT THE INFECTION SOONER. IT SEEMS TO HAVE CHANGED FAST. YOU SEEMED TO E FITTING IN WONDERFFULLY. YOU MUST E ONE WHO CAN FIT IN WITH EVERYONE. EVERY JOB HAS SOMEONE. LOL. SALLY WITH THE LOCKDOWN THE EMPLOYEES CAN LEAVE AND COME ACK. BUT TRUMP HAS SAID EMPLOYERS HAVE TO PAY IF PEOPLE WITH CHILDREN CAN;T FIND SOMEONE TO LOOK AFTER THEIR CHILDREN. THEY HAVE TO PAY THEM ANY WAY. THERE WERE A LOT OF CALL INS. I DO LOVE PIZZA HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GOOD NIGHT. I AM TIRED. LOL.

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Good evening everybody,

Thankfully the sun shone here this morning and in the early afternoon. It makes such a difference to one's mood when there is some sunshine. It's back to icily cold and wet tonight, heavy sleet and snow showers but at least I saw the sun earlier. I spoke to my ancestry friend but she's not coming up tomorrow. It's not a surprise really as its a 60 ml round trip and that's not sensible just for a chat. We chatted on the phone though and she's going to phone tomorrow so we will still have a natter. I drove up to my son's this afternoon and he drove me into town for the shopping. While we were in the supermarket my grandson came around with my great grandson. That's the one who is in a wheelchair for a few weeks while his leg is in plaster. I reckon he's safer on his feet the way he was negotiating the aisles, lol. Grandson was hard pushed to keep him under control but at least he is off that foot. We went for a coffee and a chat and finished the shopping before heading back to my son's. He drove his can down as he had more logs for me. I also had the oil tank filled up today but at least they won't need paid until next week when their account comes in. Feels like a busy wee day although not terribly strenuous.

Your Sunday seems to have been relatively peaceful but productive Carol. It does us good to get our hair done doesn't it. Mine looks like and old fashioned floor mop just now. One of those cloth ones that hang in ringlets of twisted cotton, lol. I shall have to ask my friend if she has time to give me a tidy up. Makes sense to stay away from crowded shops too if there's no need to be there.

How are things at your work Gail? Are you getting home or are you still in lock down. That must be an awful situation if you are. You would have enjoyed my dinner tonight, I had pizza, lol.

How about you Leisl, getting gradually used to the continuous hours? I'm sure your dad will get the leak fixed soon but the problem with your step mother's leg sounds very worrying. He must be very concerned about it. Sort of puts other things in perspective when we see how quickly something bad can rapidly become even worse. My best thoughts for it all to be sorted soon.

Time to have a catchup look at my magazines. They're late as they are last week's but that doesn't matter. I enjoy puttering through them. Have a marvellous Monday everyone and sleep well.


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WesternSage - HAHA I'm glad you got a good laugh out of that. I have, in fact, worked full time jobs before, and I say the same thing every time. At least this time, the people I work with are amazing (except for one, but I guess there's always one). I feel old when I'm up there (I really think I'm the oldest one there), but most of my friends have always been way younger than me or way older, so I can "mesh" with them very well.

Icecub - Dad was supposed to have gone to town today to pick up some silicone or something to stop the leak, but other things happened. So we're just going to keep sleeping in the other motorhome until we know for sure the leaks have stopped....Even when there's no chance of rain.

My last "real" job was as a valet for 3 years (I actually quit one week shy of my 3 year anniversary there.). I quit there almost exactly 2 years ago. Since then, I've lived a very sedentary lifestyle. So I'm excited to get back into work. I just wish the pain would hurry up and go away.

I did pretty good today. They had me in hot kitchen all day. But I did some kind of little twist and my foot didn't follow, so I twinged my knee. The other grill girl I was working with told me to wipe down the coolers under the prep table, so I squatted down. Then I realized I couldn't get back up. Ugh!! I shifted over to another counter and pulled myself up and told her that there's no way I can do that right now. I felt horrible and useless, but she was at least nice about it. So I just went around restocking stuff. (I did pick up a 50lb box of frozen chicken tenders and carried it from the back freezer to the freezer by the grill, so YAY!)

Update on my stepmom (remember, the gash in her leg?). Today was the day she was supposed to get her stitches out. The ER had other plans. Her leg is really infected. A nurse had come out a couple of times this past week to change out the bandages. The first time (Monday, I think), she said it looked a little red, but nothing too concerning. When she came out on Thursday, she called my stepmom's dr and told her what was going on and had some antibiotics filled for her. Dad showed me a pic and it was definitely infected. My untrained brain could see that in a blurry pic. (shrugs) He showed me a pic from the ER earlier and I almost lost it! I won't go into details at all, other than I almost threw up. So they're keeping her in the hospital, at least for a little bit. My stepmom takes her meds religiously, so it wasn't that she didn't take the meds. We just don't know what happened to cause the infection.

I'll keep ya'll posted if anything changes with her. Until then, I'm going to bed. Wednesday can't get here fast enough right now.

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HELLO EVERYONE. LEISL IT WILL TAKE TIME TO GET USE TO WORKING AGAIN. ITS A GOOD THING YOU ONLY TOOK ONE JOB. I HOPE YOUR DAD CAN FIXED THE LEAKS. CAROL THE TEMPS HAVE DROP AND TONIGHT I S, COLD. IT IS IN THE 40s BUT A BREEZE IS BLOWING. IT IS NICE I THINK WE WILL HAVE A HOT SUMMER. HOPE NOT. if it is her appendix and it RUPTURES IT WILL REALLY MAKE HER SICK. HOPE EVERYONE GETS A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP.

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Good afternoon Team,

I'm on a bit early today because we have a full evening of TV tonight and I don't want to be up until midnight working on it.

Leisl, you have me ROFLMAO regarding the routine of work. It doesn't matter what shift you work or what kind of work you are doing, it's all the same. I'm sure you have worked before and just forgotten. (Bad things pass from the mind!) Aren't you glad now that you didn't try to fit in a second job, even part time? More seriously, getting back into that routine after being out of it for awhile is a royal pain. Just think of the paycheck and what you can do with it and hopefully you will feel better about it. I started working in high school (part time) and worked nearly non-stop until I turned 68. Some days can be a long haul, and you are on your feet a lot, which may be tough. But you will get used to the routine and start to build stamina, so eventually you will be ready to take up other things when you get home each day. I really wish you all the best as you get back into this routine.

Sally, it sounds as though you had a good day, especially since you were able to get outside to enjoy some fresh air and then daydream with your gardening catalogs. And those little naps can be quite refreshing. You've had a lot of work and stress lately, so you are more than entitled to some extra snoozes.

Gail, I hope you have had a good day today too. I'll catch up with your post tomorrow morning.

Our yard was covered in that wet snow again when I got out of bed, but the sun came out and now the snow is all gone again. It's good for the lawn and flowers but blessedly not in our way at home. I dedicated today mostly to myself. I colored my hair and showered, then worked on my astrology project of excerpting some sections of an astrology book into my personal notes. Also ran two loads of laundry and stayed home out of the stores. So far Hubby and I both seem to be maintaining good health against the monster virus.

So on that contented note I will move on to the remainder of my Spark postings and then go make dinner. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific evening and a marvelous Monday.



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Good afternoon, ladies!

The whole working thing is ridiculus! I wake up, eat, go to work, come home, eat, sleep, wake up, eat, go to work, come home, eat, sleep, and keep repeating. I barely have time to do anything else. So much for enjoying life with a little bit of the money I'll be making. (rolls eyes)

Yesterday was super slow. They actually sent a couple of us home early last night, so I only ended up with about 5 hours out of the scheduled 8. I'm scheduled for 7 hours today. I wonder if I'll get to stay the whole shift. I think with spring break and the coronavirus panic, it's cutting our productivity back. It doesn't help that we're out in the middle of nowhere.

I did get a chance to work the grill a little bit more yesterday. And part of drive thru (I have anxiety when it comes to talking on a microphone, but the manager "took" the order, I just put it in the computer). The only thing I haven't touched base on is the actual registers and taking money. I'm sure it's not much different than the other registers I've worked on over the years.

I have 2 days off coming up on Wednesday and Thursday. Boy, am I looking forward to that!

Dad went into town today. He's supposed to be picking up something to help seal the window in the motorhome to keep it from leaking. Hopefully it'll be fixed soon so we don't have to run to the other motorhome every night (although I do sleep better over there for some reason).

I hope everyone is staying safe. Have a good rest of the day.


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Good afternoon everyone,

Very quiet here today. I've dropped off a couple of times this afternoon, my paper has been so riveting, lol. Only 10 minutes or so at a time but I must need it. I went outside and puttered around just to get some fresh air between rain showers. It's not freezing but it is cool so I didn't stay outside for long. I had a message from the friend who is going to the wedding. She's not been feeling well, thinks it may be a grumbling appendix. I told her to get it checked out just to be safe. She told me the coffee morning is cancelled for the time being too which didn't really surprise as the number of cases is increasing greatly every day and as we are nearly all over 60 it does make sense. I shall miss the chat though. Going shopping tomorrow with my son. I am under the age where we are being asked to self-isolate but not by much and I don't want to pass anything on to anyone else. At least the boy from the school who caused a bit of panic tested negative but one of the teachers was positive. It's too close to be cavalier with others. Seems to be the only topic of conversation all over the world so on a brighter note I had a photo message from my son. He went to Hawick to help my brother to get his old sofa outside so it can be taken away. He sent a pic of my brother's living room with his new carpet, new curtains and suite. He took a pic of my brother vacuuming the carpet, lol. For posterity!! My brother is not renowned for his home keeping qualities.

Seems the cold weather hasn't departed Oregon either even if did just lie for a little while and at least you managed to get some things as well as a couple of newspapers Carol. A little treat to while away a little bit of the day.

I hope things are okay at your work too Gail. At least it seems to be business as usual at Dairy Queen for Liesl to be so busy. With all the sports fixtures being cancelled fast food premises particularly are feeling the drop in business.

I'm going to have a look at my gardening catalogues now. My paper had a special offer of 100 bulbs, including lilies, freesias and crocosmias for the cost of postage, 5.80 so I ordered three packs. One for each of my sons and if they don't fancy them I will pop them into the pots here for a bit of summer colour. I was looking at the potatoes for growing in pots too but I'm not sure I will be able to eat them all. Just have to give them away. I might have another thought about them.

In the meantime I'm going out to the garage to see what I can find in the freezer for my dinner. At least it isn't raining at the moment. Have a peaceful Sunday everyone and sleep well.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Gail, I hope you had a good day at work. Take care of yourself and stay healthy!

Sally, it was sweet of your son to come check on you and your supply of logs, but it sounds a bit inconvenient that he brought in his wet seat! I hope he didn't do any damage to your furniture. Isn't it funny how men will complain about their situation but if you ask them to help in the solution (selecting from Iain's clothes) they can't be bothered. Now if you had just gone up to get them yourself and brought him down exactly what he needed . . . . . I hope you enjoyed your TV programs and puzzles after he left.

We woke up to snow on the ground this morning with more falling. Here we are, a couple days from spring, and we get our first serious snowfall of the season. Well, serious is a relative term. It must have accumulated about a half inch, mostly huge, wet flakes that stayed white on the grass and melted to mush on the pavement. It was gone by 10:00 a.m. I went over to Safeway to get the newspapers; there was only 1 USA Today (so yes, something of a run on them) and there were plenty of copies of the weekend Oregonian. The shelves were relatively well stocked (still no toilet paper, however) and there were several moderately long lines. I picked up a loaf of bread and the paper and was able to bypass the lines and check out at the deli without waiting. My daughter told me later that Freddy's was also restocked. So much for everything disappearing and the need for panic! We had a quiet day at home, reading papers and working on computer projects. I expect Sunday will be more of the same. So far we are avoiding any attacks by the virus.

I trust everyone out there has survived the nonsense. I'm going to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a serene Sunday as well.





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HELLO EVERYONE. LEISL.. IT WILL TAKE TIME GETTING USE TO BEING ON YOUR FEET ALL DAY. PLUS WEARING NEW SHOES. IT TAKES A WHILE TO BREAK IN NEW SHOES. CAROL THE EMPLTEE CAN COME IN. BUT ONCE YOU LEAVE SUPPOSEDLY YOU CANT GET BACK IN. . IT IS TO PRORCT EVERYONE. SO FAR I HAVENT SEEN ANY EMPTY SHELVES. WHEN IT SNOW HERE EVERYONE HURRIES TO THE STORE FOR BREAD , MILK AND TOILET PAPER. MY SISTER AND O GET SNACK FOODS. LOL. SALLY I LOVE ROY ORBISON. I ENJOY PBS. YOU ARE LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A CARING FAMILY. HOPR EVEYONE HAS A GOOD NOGHT.

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Good afternoon folks,

I reckon you've hit it Carol. The whole world has gone mad. Toilet paper is the same here but I did read a giggle about it in my newspaper. One of the regular columnists was going on about it. He was bemused at all the cheap toilet paper disappearing. In his supermarket it was only the more luxurious, quilted expensive stuff that was left. He reckoned if he was going to be stuck at home, maybe breathing his last he would much prefer the comfort of some luxury:) I hope you got your papers okay. As you said I can't see a run on them.

Gail, I hope you are feeling better or is it that someone inside is ill meaning you have to stay in once you are there. Whichever I hope you and your sister are fine. It was good of you to stay to help her out. Good job you got to the laundromat too, just in time.

Your poor feet will be very tender Leisl. Maybe need to give them a relaxing soak, as opposed to the cold water soak they received the other night. If your shoes are rubbing at the heels a little soap on the shoe at the place where it is causing a problem helps to soften the upper to reduce the rubbing. Works too as I've tried it myself.

My son has just called in to check if I needed any logs brought in. He has been out coarse fishing but it was becoming too cold and wet. He seems to have enjoyed it though, even if he did sit on a towel when he came in. His tackle seat was wet so he soaked his behind, lol. I offered him some of Iain's jeans from upstairs but I don't think he could be bothered going up to find the ones that might fit. Apart from that my day has been very quiet. It wasn't too bad earlier, just drizzly rain but it is back to heavy rain and cold winds again. The talent show I like is on later so I shall watch that and I have a few box sets on the Fire Stick I'm enjoying. I also have a jumbo crossword to do so that with some oldies music. The Beatles are on at the moment but there was Roy Orbison and the Walker Brothers earlier. That's me happy now:)

Have a great day everyone and a super weekend.


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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday the 13th!

Gail, I'm glad to hear your temperatures are still warm. With your employer's building shut down, are you now shut out for a while due to this virus business or just for the rest of the day? I'm really sorry to hear you and your sister have a stomach bug; I hope you get rid of it soon.

Sally, I got a good chuckle from your story of going out to walk and then found just one branch to snip and getting into full gardening mode. I find that sort of distraction whenever I start to just about anything - in the yard or in the house. I hope your fit of upcoming bad weather is short-lived. It's interesting to hear how many places are being closed down due to this big virus problem. We have heard of such things happening in the past, but this is really the first one I can remember at all. Thank you for your thoughts about the complexities of astrology and also some of the Ancestry work. You mentioned the census being withheld for 100 years; in this country they only take the census once every 10 years, and they are withheld for 72 years - apparently thinking most people on it would be dead by then. My first appearance would be on the 1950 census. I'm getting old enough to want to see what they have on me! At least if we end up confined to the house for awhile I will certainly have things to keep me busy - plus the 4 books I just bought.

Leisl, I'm sorry to hear you had such a poor night's sleep - soaking wet on top of it and having to go to work on a short night's sleep! I hope you can at least get a tarp to use over the roof until you can more or at least have more permanent and effective repairs completed. I think you were wise to focus on just one job; it sounds as though your dad gave you some good practical advice that made your decision easier.

I woke up to clouds and rain this morning, as predicted. We even had about a full minute of snow in the morning.Life was quiet here but apparently somebody hit the panic button for the community today. People went into total panic mode at the stores. My neighbor was going to Walmart and when she got back said the place was crazy with people buying everything in sight, not just the necessities of daily living. The store was limiting toilet paper purchases to one package per person and people were practically having physical battles trying to get more from other customers. Later in the day my daughter went to the Kroger outlet and brought back pictures on her phone of entire departments with totally bare shelves! She did laugh, though, that as she drove home she saw restaurant parking lots nearly empty, the bars were packed to capacity, and there were long lines out the door of the liquor store of people trying to get in. I guess we can see where the priorities were showing up. We have enough groceries for several days and I trust a few trucks will bring in food stocks of some sort or other; we aren't terribly fussy and can make do with most anything. Tomorrow morning I will run up to the local Safeway store for the newspapers (which will just be coming out and not likely to be in demand) and see how that store fared today.

I swear the world is going nuts! Hopefully we can keep each other sane with our internet connections here.

So now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make some echinacea/chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a sane and satisfying Saturday.


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Hey everyone! I survived my first full day at work. Just got home a few minutes ago. Boy was it busy! They said it wasn't as bad as a normal Friday, but we had a few times that we were slammed. They started me out in the hot kitchen (where the meals are all made). It's really not that hard to make the food, but then again, I was being told what to do and how to do it. Not sure how it would be if I was by myself. Then around 5pm, they put me over in the cold kitchen where all the desserts are made. I still haven't found my mojo from the last time I worked DQ, but it's getting there. My feet are aching though. It's going to take some time to get used to being on my feet all day. Plus I'm breaking in brand new shoes, so I'm sure that's not helping. LOL

It's been rainy here off and on since around 2am. We're going to sleep in the other motorhome until dad can get around to caulking or whatever the leak above the bed in one we live in now. Hopefully that won't take too long.

The schools in Mineral Wells (the biggest town worth anything that's closest to us) have extended their spring break. I don't think there's any confirmed or even presumed cases here, but it's more of a precaution. The shelves at the Walmart in another bigger town were almost completely empty of toilet paper when we went the other day. I've heard that some places are putting a limit on the supplies. I think some part of this has blown out of proportion, but I also understand "hoarding" the toilet paper and cleaning supplies and canned goods, just in case you're stuck in the house for 2 weeks or more.

I'm beat, so I'm going to head to bed in a few. Hope everyone has a great evening.

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HELLO EVERYONE CAROL THE SHOT WILL HELP A LOT WITH PAIN. IT IS GREAT WHEN EVERYTHING FALLS IN PLACE. OUR WEATHER IS STILL WARM.. IN THE 70s.AT WORK WE HAVE A SHUT DOWN. WHEN WE LEAVE WE CAN'T COME BACK IN THE BUILDING. SO I STAYED THERE MY SISTER WANTED ME TO HELP HER WITH SOME WORK. WE HAVE A STOMACH BUG BUT NOT THE VIRUS. LEISL I HOPE YOU ENJOY WORKING AT DQ. I KNOW YOU ARE RELIVED TO HAVE A JOB. AND YOU GOT 2. I THINK IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO CONCENTRATE ON 1 JO. IT WILL TAKE TIME TO GET USE TO STANDING ON YOUR FEET. SALLY I DID GET MY LAUNDRY DONE. THEY CAME EARLY AND WE GOT DONE EARLY. TERRIFIC TIMING. I HOPE YOUR DAUGHTERS FRIEND HAS JUST A COLD. I AM TIRED NOW HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GOOD NIGHT

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Good afternoon everyone,

Well, so much for going a walk. I went out intending to feed the birds and then have a wander but first I had some empty log bags to put into the log store. There I noticed a rose bush with a very wayward stem which insists on getting in the way every time anyone goes near it. Not now it doesn't. I went back inside and put on my gardening gloves and a pair of secateurs and the rose bush is now pruned and much tidier than it was. So are the berberis and the spirea which were beside it, sticking branches in my eyes as I tried to tidy up the rose. By the time I had finished and gathered the cuttings to take to the bonfire area I was out of breath and sweating. Like I said about gardening yesterday, it doesn't sound like much but by the time we have done the work, lifting and cutting and carrying off, it is an excellent little workout. I've done very little outside recently so after filling up all the bird feeders I decided that would do instead of the walk. I do feel much better for being outside though. I only wish the weather would stay milder and dryer for a few days but it's to be back to rain tomorrow, harrumph. maybe next week. My son phoned too a little while ago. He was telling me the rugby International at Cardiff has been cancelled and also. much closer to home, Lanark Grammar School, which his SO's daughter attends, is closed today. A teacher has tested positive for the virus and one of the pupils, a friend of the daughter, has a 'cold' and is being tested today. He apparently is telling his friends via facebook it is just a cold but until they get the test results no one really knows. That is very close now although I haven't heard of anyone in the village with it as yet. My granddaughter messaged me too and said she wasn't coming down as she wasn't feeling well. She thinks it is exhaustion as she has been covering a lot of shifts recently. She works in the local Cottage Hospital, with primarily elderly patients and they have been very short staffed. She has been dieting like mad and going to the gym too so it may well just be exhaustion. I hope so. No testing as she isn't showing any symptoms of the virus, just a sore throat and that apparently isn't a symptom. I see they reckon it will become a regular illness now, appearing every year like colds and flu. Not much we can do about it anyway so perhaps the morons who think that hand washing is for cissies will become a bit more particular. No news about the coffee morning but gatherings of over 500 people are cancelled. On a really good day we manage about 40 -50. We'll see.

I hope you got your laundry all done Gail and the rain stayed off long enough for you to visit the laundromat and get back without getting soaked. Sorry to hear you got drenched last night Leisl. I'm sure it was the last thing you needed after your first day at work particularly. It's a funny thing being back on the treadmill once we hve been off for a while. In a couple of weeks it will be fine and hopefully all your aching joints will be easing up. Good idea to take only one job too in the meantime.

Your goals sound quite small Carol but having talked to you now for a number of years I know that your idea of looking at astrological stuff would have most of us running for the hills. You investigate and study these things incredibly thoroughly and it is very time consuming. So is Ancestry if the truth be told but at least I can understand that, lol. I got hooked when I was a Registrar putting everyone's details onto those forms. At the time you don't realise how important the information will become to future generations. I have noticed, talking to the Book Club friend yesterday, who is English,that they have a different system of recording info. It seems a very basic system whereas there is much more info in the Scottish records. We have far more information than the English have in theirs. On the other hand we can't check the Census records in Scotland unless they are over 100 years old so the most up to date ones we have access to are the 1911 ones. English ones are available right up to 2011.

I'm off now to make my dinner. Some more lentil soup and a very unhealthy plate of grilled sausages with mashed potatoes and fried onions. Everything else today has been healthy though so I shall not feel guilty about it. Have a terrific Friday everyone and enjoy the weekend.

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WesternSage - Yes, I understand what you're saying. I was talking to Dad the other day about it, should I stay full time with DQ or take the extra money at Popeyes? He did a rough estimate and said that the extra money I'd be making at Popeyes would basically cover the extra gas for that week, since Popeyes is quite a bit further than DQ. So really, it's not much of an incentive for me at this point. But like I said in my previous post, I think I'm going to pass on Popeyes at this point, just because I don't want to overwork myself right off the bat. Give me a few weeks or so, that might change, but as of right now, I'm sticking with just DQ

Yes, I'm up in the middle of the night. Went to sleep around 1am. Got woken up around 2:30am by a wet bed (another leak in the motorhome) and lots of rain and thunder. My socks were SOAKED. Now I'm ticked, awake (yet tired), and have no way to get any sleep for a while. If the rain would slow down, I would grab my necessities and go sleep in the other motorhome (it's much nicer), but I don't see a chance of that happening. I may catnap at the table for now.

Hope everyone is having a better night than me! :-/

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Thursday.

Gail, How nice that your weather is getting warmer. I hope you enjoyed your movie. At that rate, a little rain every now and then may be welcome. Thanks for your kudos to Hubby.

Leisl, about the two jobs. Certainly you want to stay with the one that will best meet your needs. I suggest, however, that you make that evaluation carefully. Leaving the one you committed to over a few cents an hour might be penny wise and pound foolish. Someone who would steal you like that might also replace you just as fast with someone who would cost them less. I'm not saying which to take - just suggesting you evaluate carefully. In any case, good luck with the new jobs and please let us know how it's going when you get a chance.

Sally, it sound as though you had a super day, hanging out with friends, shopping and finding some bargains. And it sounds as though you really are starting to enjoy doing the driving regardless of conditions. What a great step forward in adjusting to your new circumstances. I hope your weather doesn't turn too ugly again. It is just about time for spring, after all. Thanks for the good words on my yard. This is a transition time, so other than continuing to clean up from last autumn's raking and make plans for spring planting. I am still trying to get used to the longer growing season here in Oregon. In Colorado it would be way too early to even think about planting anything. Your encouragement about the yard - and Hubby's skiing - are greatly appreciated. As for the tuna, I never buy the mixes, just the canned tuna in water and then I make my own mix, though lately I have not done that for sandwiches either. The traditional casserole was tuna plus canned mushroom soup, a few onions and some mushrooms. This time I found a recipe from an ancient set of cookbooks (from the late 1960s!) and made it all from scratch. Turned out pretty well, except I think it called for too many noodles. I'll cut back on those next time I make it. Your thoughts on my goals made me giggle: getting the dishes done up and the newspapers read, along with astrology readings and perhaps a quick check on the new Ancestry connections - and of, course, continuing to post on Spark. Yep, I admit it does sound like a lot. It does keep me out of mischief - dagnabbit!

Today's accomplishments were pretty minimal. I did a body-weight workout for a change and called the neuro-surgeon to ask about another cortisone shot for Hubby. Apparently our timing was good as the records showed Hubby was due for another show, the approvals were all in place, and we were set up with an appointment on April 7 for him. Meanwhile, of course, we were inundated with news items (on both computer and TV) about this corona virus and quarantine business. We are both well over 50 (first danger criterion) and Hubby has a compromised immune system from the cancer treatments. Other than that, we are in basic good health and figure we can ride out this storm. We are just pretty much staying at home, but then, that's what we do most of the time anyway.

So far there doesn't seem to be anything in our little town - at least not yet. Hubby had his PT today with no changes in the appointment time. I grocery shopped on Tuesday and today ran to Safeway for our sugar-free frozen desserts and the stores are pretty much business as usual (as opposed to the really empty stores in Beaverton when we were up there on Tuesday). My daughter's company is shutting down to skeleton staff on alternate days and everybody in her company has the capacity to work from home via computer, so she will be nearby if we need help.

So here's hoping everyone is able to avoid the ugly virus. Now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and then have a cup of echinacea chamomile tea. Best wishes for a fabulous Friday.



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Hey guys. I'm jumping on early tonight. I'm pooped! Had my first day at work, just about a 4 1/2 hour shift. They want me to cook there. Ummmm I don't know how to cook, so this is going to be interesting. The manager first had me follow the front register guy around for about an hour and a half. Then decided to put me on the computer for some training in the "hot kitchen" (the "cold kitchen" is where they make the blizzards and milkshakes and stuff.) That took about an hour or so. Then he had me stand and watch him and the other cook run around like chickens with their head cut off. He asked me what I thought about it, and I told him "It's gonna take me a bit to get used to it and be as fast as ya'll, but I'm willing to give it a shot." It's been just under 2 years since my last real job, so my body isn't used to being on my feet so much. So my feet, back, and knee are aching pretty good. I keep telling myself: One day at a time. But I think I decided tonight that I'm going to call Popeyes and tell them I can't take the job afterall. I think it's just too much for me to start with. Maybe in a few months, once I'm more used to Dairy Queen, I'll be able to.

Sally - Luckily, both jobs want me for the evening, so roughly around 2pm until 10 or 11pm, which is perfect since, as you said, I'm not a lark. LOL I'm definitely a night owl!! But it's still basically the same thing, you get up, go to work, come home, eat supper, go to bed, start it again the next day....regardless of what times.

I just finished eating supper, about to take some pills and lay down and see if my back will straighten up. Just standing around kills me. Once I actually get to start cooking, I shouldn't have too much of a problem with it, I hope.

I hope everyone has a great evening.

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HELLO EVERYONE. SALLY WE DID GO TO THE MOVIES AND HAD A VERY GOOD TIME. IT IS GETTING WARMER AND WARMER EVERYDAY. I AM GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD DAY SHOPPING AND COFFEE TOO. WE MAY GET RAIN IN THE MORNING. I HOPE I CAN GET THE LAUNDRY DONE WFORE IT STARTS. NOT A FAVORITE JO OF MINE. HOPE EVERYONE GETS A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP.

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Good evening everyone,

Well done Carol on getting back out to the garden work. It looks easy but I know it's anything but! The tuna casserole sounds good. I've heard a number of people talk about tuna casserole but I've never tried it. I do like a grilled tuna steak but I'm not keen on the sandwich mix we get here of tuna, sweetcorn and mayo. I think I'm a bit of a stick in the mud sometimes, lol. I think hubby is having you on about the skiing too. He's doing his PT religiously and clearly working to get back as fit as possible so although I think he probably does realise skiing in the longer term isn't really practical I reckon he has that picture of one more shot at the mountains in Colorado. If he is I wish him every good luck on achieving it, he certainly deserves it. Now what are you going to aim for, lol. You set yourself some pretty tough goals too. Good luck with whatever you have in mind.

I think Carol and Gail are right Liesl, once you get to work two jobs working seven days a week is unsustainable. The early rises are a right pain in the posterior unless you are a total lark, which seems unlikely going by your posts, lol. I know how hard I found it, working for myself, starting early and working all day more or less seven days a week. You can only go at the level for so long and other things suffer at home with family. Find your happy and go for that. Good luck however you decide to go.

Gail, I hope your lunch and movie with your sister and your friend goes really well too. It is nice to spend time with people we get on with.

This morning I woke up to a covering of snow but not enough to stop me going out this afternoon. By lunchtime most of the snow had gone and turned to heavy rain and more strong winds. One of my Book Club friends came down with me, (I was driving, yippee, getting back in the swing), and we met with my ancestry friend at our neighbour's dress shop in Moffat. She was definitely happy as we all spent money, lol. She had some stretchy trousers, a bit like leggings but much more shapely, (there's a laugh, on my derrire), but they are very comfy and smart. Not a common combination, usually one or the other. She's selling off last season's stock at 50% discount so I got a top too. My friends got tops and other things too. We intended going for coffee but we there so long she made us coffee and offered biscuits too, lol. I had a great afternoon despite the lousy weather. It's to be nicer tomorrow, before more storms blow in Saturday so I think I might go for a little walk. I'm needing to get more exercise and that's a gentle way to increase it.

I'm going to watch TV for a little while now before having my chamomile and heading off to bed. Sleep well folks. Have a terrific Thursday too.

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HELLO EVERYONE. CAROL I AM SAVING A LOT OF MONEY BY NOT HAVING A BARNES AND NOBEL. LOL.. HUBBY MAY SURPRISE US ALL. THIS WAY HE CAN RENT. I AM SURE HIS DOCTORS SON WILL APPRECIATE THE KIND OFFER. LEISL YOU WILL HAVE TO SEE WHICH JOB FITS BETTER, ONCE YOU GET STARTED WALKING THE ES=ASIRT IT GETS TO GET UP. I USUALLY WALK EARLY. IT IS HARD TO GET STARTED. SALLY HOPE YOU ARE DOING GOOD. WE ARE SUPPOSE TO GET RAIN AND STILL TEMPS IN THE 70s. WE HAD FLAS LIGHTING LAST NIGHT. UT NO STORM. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.

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WesternSage - I was just reading over your post from last night again. You said something about them fighting over my services. Well, that's funny. I had already gotten the job at Dairy Queen, and when I went to Popeyes, they mentioned that they wanted me full time for the evening shift, the same shift that Dairy Queen wanted. I mentioned that to her, but told her I would be more than happy to work part time for them, since I already committed myself to DQ. She asked how much DQ was paying me and I told her. She said "If I pay you 50 cents more an hour, will you switch over here full time?" I've never been asked that before so it threw me for a loop. She told me to think about it. I'm just going to go full time with the company that I mesh with better, and the one that has better insurance benefits. I'm sincerely hoping I didn't put too much on me. I know we need the money desperately, but I won't be much good in making that money if I'm overworked. But I'll try it out for a bit and see how it goes.

As for the past lives, I grew up with the idea of one life, that's it. Done. My family is full of very strong Christians. We have a few of the non-believers, but mostly "God's way or the highway." So it was constantly instilled in my head; not counting the fact I was homeschooled through a Christian school. When I was 15 or 16 (right around the time that the internet became more readily available at home), I started getting curious. I have come to the conclusion that, although I believe in the same Christian beliefs I was taught at an early age, I also have beliefs in other religions as well. Which is where I started hearing about reincarnation. Again, I'm not sure if I believe in that aspect, but I do believe that it could be a possibility. The theory, at least, is understandable. I'd love to have some more reputable information, aside from Google. (We all know how reliable that can be. LOL) So by all means, whatever you'd like to share, that would be awesome! (You are more than welcome to SparkMail me, or I can give you my email address. Either way is fine.) Thank you!

Sally - The birthmark used to be really dark but it's started fading out over the past few years. It's hard to see it now. I have other ones that are a bit darker. One of them is a perfect match to one that my cousin's son has. Same size, shape, color, and location! It's creepy when you think about the theory of reincarnation. What's the medical information about them? Like, what exactly is a birthmark? Hmmm I'll have to look that up later.

I'm a big John Wayne fan. I haven't seen many of his movies, but my favorites are McLintock and The Alamo. They filmed the Alamo in a field about 4 hours from us and during one vacation, my mom took me and my cousin down there. It was pretty cool. And that was even before I really understood the significance of the Battle at the Alamo!

Icecub - Thank you! I'm excited but nervous right now. I hope I didn't overbook myself and start to regret it. If I work full time with DQ and if Popeyes fits me in whenever, I'll be working 7 days straight. Maybe not a good idea when I haven't worked a real job in a couple of years.

We just got back from celebrating. Went to a local restaurant called Montana's. Bren used to love their chicken fried steak, I'm not a huge fan. I had planned on splitting a plate with her to save money. She decided to eat catfish instead, but it was only one filet so not really much to split. I ended up ordering "fajita bites"...they sound better than they tasted. Basically popcorn chicken and beef with fajita seasonings. OMG the sodium!!! I didn't eat all of it, so I brought it home for another meal.

Then we went grocery shopping. We could've waited a couple of days for that, but I needed to go to Walmart to find some clothes for work. (Stupid uniforms) NSV?: I tried on a pair of pants that were at least 2 sizes smaller than the last pair I remember buying for another job 3 years ago. I don't know how that happened, since I know that 3 years ago, I didn't weigh this much. How could my waist have shrunk by a couple of sizes while I gained weight? Another one of the body's mysteries, I guess. I'm not complaining, just curious. LOL

Side note: For the heck of it, when we were feeding the piggies, I weighed myself. Yes, I know night time weigh ins aren't very accurate, plus I've had a lot of sodium today, but I did it anyways. (I also wasn't wearing my light weight pajamas...) The scale showed another loss! I'm down to almost 10 lbs lost in just about 6 weeks (I think). Not too bad since I'm not exercising (Bren wants to walk 30 minutes after eating, while I'm still digesting - I can't walk like that on a full stomach lol) and I feel like I'm starving all the time, so I tend to snack more often. So YAY!(?) lol

I hope everyone has a great night! I'll post when I can. I already have my schedule for the next 6 days, and I'm working every day, anywhere from 2-5pm until 10 or 11pm. I'm gonna be wiped out! LOL Oh well. Just more exercise since I can't seem to get off my lazy butt and walk anymore. (shrugs)

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

Gail, thanks for the good words for my Hubby. I understand wanting a Barnes & Nobel nearby, though not having one probably saves you a lot of money! It's easy to overspend in those places, and books are getting more expensive all the time.

Leisl, congratulations on getting both jobs! I love your enthusiasm about taking both of them, and it certainly was accommodating of Popeye's to be willing to work around the Dairy Queen schedule. I know you can use the money; please just be careful that you don't get yourself overly tired trying to keep up. It is still important to take care of your own health.

Meanwhile, I appreciate your openness to the concept of past lives. Your story about a past life in the 1800s in which you were shot - and that you have a birthmark in the same place you had been shot - is special. In some areas of India a birthmark like that is considered almost mandatory to prove the past life. They generally come with a violent death; those who die of illness, for example, may not have any marks. And yes, you may (probably) have had multiple past lives, but they may or may not be tied to birthmarks. There are a number of excellent books on the subject too. Your conclusions are your own, of course, and I fully respect that many people don't follow the concept. But if you do want more information, books or personal, please let me know.

Sally, thank you for the insights on the irises. I'll be thinking about where to put my outliers if my neighbor doesn't take them and also about thinning them out this year when the weather gets warmer. I appreciate your enthusiasm for my husband's recovery, particularly his visions of skiing in the future. However, I must tell you that he told me today that he is going to give his ski, boots, poles, and other equipment to his physical therapist for the man's adult son who wants to learn to ski. Hubby says his things would not fit him now because of the effects of the chemo on his body, and if he were to ski in Colorado again (his dream) it would be a hassle to take these things on a plane with him, so he would simply rent equipment when he reached his destination. I suspect he knows he won't ski again and this is his way of easing into accepting the situation, but we never know. He just may fool all of us! Anyway, it also sounds as though it could be another case of following those Full Moon and and Mercury retrograde turning direct situations with hims coming to terms with what is real and what is imaginative in his life.

In addition, it does sound as though you had another busy day with household chores and family members visiting. Savor these days - you are blessed to have such caring family members.

I took advantage of another dry and sunny day to get out into the yard. The bottom of the yard waste bucket was heavy from the grass I put in there a few days ago, but there was plenty of space to add a lot of leaves from the back of the house. I also picked up and added a slew of smaller branches that had dropped into that back area. We are slated for rain for the next few days, so I'm happy that chore is finished for now. My monthly Social Security check was direct deposited today, so I spent some time paying bills and then drove them to the Post Office to send them off. Dinner was an experimental tuna casserole; I have not made one of these in many years. Hubby enjoyed the change, and there is enough left over for another meal. That made my day!

So now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and then make my cup of chamomile tea to settle my head for bed. Best wishes to everyone for an amazing day on Thursday.






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HELLO EVERYONE. CAROL I AM SO GLAD HUBBY GOT A GOOD REPORT FROM EYE DOCTOR. AND HE IS GETTUNG STRONGER. I WISH WE HAD A BARNES A ND NOEL. I MISS IT. LEISL CONGRATS ON GETTING OTH JOBS. TTHAT IS WONDERFUL NEWS. I AM GLAD YOU HAD A LONG VISIT WITH YOUR MOM. SALLLY I HAVE TO DO LAUNDRY IN THE MORNING. I LIKE TO GET IT OVER WITH. THEN THE DAY IS MINE. I AM GLAD YOU GOT TO VISIT AND SPEND THE EVENING WITH YOUR BROTHER.. ITS GETTING LATE HOPE EVERYONE GETS A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP.

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Good evening everyone,

That's brilliant news Leisl getting both jobs. Very best of luck for them to go really well for you. Interesting too the info on the reincarnation thing too. How strange you had that birthmark in the spot your friend said was where the wound had been.

Gail your irises could be disappearing for a number of reasons although I think Carol is a bit optimistic on my abilities, lol. An animalb eating the irises is definitely possible but they may just not like where they are growing. Some irises prefer cool damp areas but others like hot dry ground. Carol's ones clearly are happy where they are and have room to expand. If yours are growing in a circle and the they are disappearing from the middle out it would suggest they need to be lifted and planted somewhere else. Some fertiliser often works amazingly too. Put up a pic and I might be able to help but gardening is often a case of trial and error. I have lots of things now defunct, lol.

Thank you for vote of confidence Carol. Not so sure about those irises of Gaol's though. You seem to have found a really interesting book yesterday. As for housework, you know my opinion on that one and my feelings on exercise are in pretty much the same place. Studying something we dine interesting sounds far better to me too. Great news on hubby's eyes too. He's like a new man as everything is improving. He'll be off skiing yet.

My day has as per usual been relatively busy. Two loads of laundry and then my brother came up this morning. His vacuum cleaner broke down and he wanted a new one and as there are no shops near to him that sell them he asked me to find one for him online. Organised and being delivered to him tomorrow. We had lunch and then watched an ancient John Wayne movie. He loves westerns and old movies so he had a great afternoon. My son appeared about an hour later and he stayed for dinner before heading off again. Tomorrow afternoon I'm supposed to be meeting a couple of friends to do a bit of shopping and having a coffee but the forecast is for heavy snow here tonight so that may have to be delayed. It's snowing just now so it's a case of wait and see.

It's about time for some chamomile tea and an earlier night. Exercise, who needs exercise I'm keeping fit catering for visitors, not that I mind, I enjoy the company but it does get tiring. Have a wonderful Wednesday everybody. Hope the jobs go brilliantly Leisl. Sleep well everyone.

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OMG GUYS!!!! I GOT BOTH JOBS THIS MORNING!!!! Dairy Queen will be full time and Popeyes will work around that schedule! Thank you for all the good vibes, thoughts, prayers, or whatever! I might be starting at Dairy Queen tomorrow, maybe Friday. I really didn't think I'd get either one, much less BOTH of them! I'm excited, nervous, scared, and super stoked right now. Just wanted to let ya'll know. Talk to ya'll later. Hope everyone has a great rest of the day!

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WesternSage - I'm not sure if I believe in previous lives, but I am intrigued by it. I had a former boss and friend who was a Wiccan and partially psychic. One day at work, we were talking about previous lives and she told me that I had lived in the 1800s and was shot protecting my kids. I knew of a theory about birthmarks being serious injuries or causes of death in the previous lives. So I asked her where I was shot. She said in my stomach and pointed right to where my biggest birthmark is. Freak the crap out of me! Even after that, I still don't know if I believe in reincarnation, but it does have me curious. I always wanted to live back in the western times, or earlier times of modern civilization... Could that be why? Hmmmm I would love to dive more deeply into the theories of reincarnation. Who knows? I do have other birthmarks; maybe I've had multiple lives???

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

Leisl, congratulations on getting the interviews! I'm sure you'll wow all these folks and have them fighting for your services! Please be sure to let us know how they both go.

Gail, Sally is our botanical expert, but I can tell you that the irises I have had over the years multiply all the time. They put out rhizomes (or runners) that then grow new plants. The internet has great explanations; just Google "how do irises multiply" and you'll get lots of information. I did read that rabbits like to eat the rhizomes (the parts that do the multiplying) and can totally wipe out a bed of iris plants. On another note, thank you for your good wishes for my Hubby. He had a good visit with the eye doctor today. He did get another shot in his eye but the doctor did say Hubby was getting better and scheduled the next visit for 6-7 weeks out instead of just 4. As for the dentist, I understand you do not like change. It sounds as though you are pretty fearful, and I'm sorry to see that. Hopefully you will find that the new dentist is helpful and provides pain-free care. Modern dentistry is light-years ahead of where it was even just a few years ago. I'm sure things will go well. As Sally noted, paying the bill may be a different issue, of course! Please let us know what happens. Meanwhile, I hope you have a fabulous day off on Thursday and thoroughly enjoy your time with your sister.

Sally, it sounds as though you and your coffee group had another rollicking good time. The interpretations our minds can attribute to things they don't understand certainly can give us reasons to laugh at ourselves. On another note, I can understand the governmental instructions for hotels and restaurants not to serving food from buffets, but somehow the homemade treasures provided by our friends don't sound as though they would fit that definition. What did your group decide to do? Or should I not ask??? Finally, I would love to hear the story behind the black dress for the bride. It must be unique!!!

Our weather today was perfect for our trip down into Portland - sunny, dry, comfortably cool. Hubby's eye appointment went well, as noted above, and we made the rounds of Costco, Vitamin Cottage, and 2 book stores with Hubby not tiring nearly so much as he has in the past, in spite of some increased back pain even with pain pills. I do think his stamina is improving almost daily. I picked up 4 used books today at Powell's but didn't find anything that grabbed me at Barnes & Noble. I'm also trying to extract some notes out of an astrology book I recently finished about identifying past lives in a person's birth chart. It's like being back in college, typing up my notes in a sort of free-form outline. It should keep me busy. Wait, what's that thing you are talking about, Housework? Hmmmm...... And then there is exercising - hmmm...... I'll get there one of these days, I guess.

So on that thoughtful note I'll close out of here, go finish my Spark postings, and make some chamomile tea for bedtime. I will need to be rested to get back into the yard work tomorrow. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday.







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Just popping on for a sec. On our way back home and my phone is stupid. Ill read the posts and respond when we get home. Just wanted to update you. I have 2 job interviews tomorrow. One at dairy queen at 10am, and one at Popeye's right after. Wish me luck! I really need one or both to hire me ASAP.

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Ok. We're back home, car is unloaded, guinea pigs are fed and watered, and I talked to Dad for a little bit. LOL I should've already been home this afternoon to dump the holding tank, but I was enjoying movie time with Bren. We don't have a TV right now in the motorhome, so when we go to Mom's, we steal her living room tv. LOL

I'm just about to head to bed, but I wanted to jump on here real fast and see what's going on.

Icecub - Yes, there's a LOT of information on diabetes out there. The problem is that sometimes it's hard to understand. LOL The course I listened to was SUPER informative and made a lot of sense to me.

I've been known to fall asleep shortly after the movie starts. At home, it's fine, because I can just rewind it. But when we go out, it sucks because I spent $15 to take a nap (SMH)

WesternSage - We haven't started working in the yard yet. We're waiting on a friend to come back. He's the one that's basically deciding what all is going in the flower beds. LOL But yes, I can't wait to get out there and help her plant everything. Hopefully soon.

I'm hoping that with how crazy my life has been BEFORE the retrogrades, that the retrogrades will smooth out everything. LOL Not likely, huh?

Sally - We have our own personal handyman as well. He's my mom's best friend and her house is his escape from the drama at home. So he really just comes out to relax and recoup. Then he gets bored and finds things to do around the house. He still needs to put a sink back in our bathroom and try and find the leak in the storm shelter, but he always finds something else that "needs" to be done, even though cleaning out the fireplace isn't priority. HAHA But he's a lot cheaper than most other people out there, so we do pay him when he gets stuff done.

Implants here are about $2000, from what my dad was told a few weeks ago. If you're just getting one or two pulled, it's not worth it. But the dentists here recommend 2 implants on the bottom jaw if you have all your teeth pulled, to help anchor the bottom denture plate down. It's crazy how expensive something so necessary is. (Rolls eyes)

BWAHAHAHAHAHA at the "peanuts"!!! That's funny! Kids say the funniest things.

Temperature the last couple of days has been high 70s to low 80s. I'm not looking forward to summertime heat! But it's not there yet. Going to drop down into the mid 60s for a couple of days before going back up to the 80s. It was nice to just sit on the back porch with a cup of coffee and talk to Mom for hours, instead of rushing to finish a cigarette and get back to the fireplace. LOL (yes I'm still smoking. I haven't been able to quit yet. But I think I've cut down some, so I'm working on it.)

I hope everyone has a great night. Talk to ya'll tomorrow. I'll let you know what happens with the interviews.

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HELLO EVERYONE. CAROL I AM INTERESTED HOW YOUR IRISES SEEM TO E MULTIPLYING MINE SEEM FEWER EVERY YEAR. I THINK IT COULD E THE DEER, CHIPMONKS OE RAITS. LOL.. I WISH HUBBY GOOD LUCK AT THE EYE DOCTORS. I THINK THE POTS WILL E MUCH LESS MESS. SALLY I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME AT THE BBBIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. ALSO AT THE COFFEE CLU. THURSDAY HAPPENS TO E MY DAY OFF AND MY SISTER IS OFF TOO. WE PLAN ON DOING SOME CLEANING AND MAYE LUNCH WITH A FRIEND AND THE A MOVIE. WE NEED TO GET RID OF A LOT OF CLUTTER. I HATE GOING TO THE DENTISE. MY DENTISE OF AOUT 40 YEARS RETIRED. SO I SEE A DIFFERENT ONE. I DON'T LIKE CHANGEIN CASE YOU HAVE NOT NOTICE. LOL.. I HOPE EVERYONE GETS A GOOD NIGHTS REST. OH ALSO I WENT TO SEE ''EMMA'' SUNDAY THE MOVIE STARTED AND NOT LONG AFTER I FELL ASLEEP. I WOKE UP AT THE END. I AM ALWAYS TIRED. LOL.

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Good afternoon everyone,

On early for a Tuesday but my ancestry friends are going out for dinner this evening for a family birthday so they left quite promptly today. For a laugh their daughter told the restaurant people that the kids had laughed at Grandad's suggestion it would be funny to have a surname like Chairs. This evening she has them organised to call out table for Chairs, instead of their own surnames. Doubt if many would have a surname like that but one never can tell these days. At least the kids will have something amusing to remember from this family birthday party, lol. There were lots of laughs at the coffee morning as usual mostly caused by not hearing properly but as we are all getting on a bit it's to be expected I suppose. My contribution dated back to when my kids were small, younger son under five. At Hallowe'en we had some peanuts, one of which he decided would be better in his nose. It was so far into the nostril I had to take him to the doctor to get him to remove it. I was telling my friend about it, when her daughter about the same age asked very politely if he had put any more peanuts, (at this point I would ask you say it aloud, quickly, to hear what we heard), up his nose. Let's just say it wasn't peanuts! The mind boggled at that one! We also discussed selling things on ebay and whether or not the coffee morning would be able to have cakes available after today. This is because a health advisory group has said that hotels and restaurants should stop serving food from buffets. At present I think if the food is covered and protected from coughs and sneezes they will be fine. Then we moved on to what someone else could wear to a very small wedding, bride, groom and the two witnesses when the bride says she is wearing a black dress she has, if she can still fit into it! My friend who is one of the witnesses was at a loss but she has a black catsuit, which is very smart, and if it still fits, will do fine and I've offered a crushed velvet jacket I have. It is a mix of autumnal colours on a black background which I know she likes. She wanted to add colour without being too obvious. She is coming down tomorrow to try it on. It iswhat we used to call a duster coat style. Edge to edge and roomy and as she has similar colouring to me will suit her brilliantly without out shining the bride. We also did a round the room collection for her and will get them a gift token they can use in over 11,000 different outlets. They are sure to be able to get something they like from one of them at least. Not a lot of money as there were not that many of us there but at least they will know we are thinking of them.

What a nice day you seem to have had weatherwise Carol and so nice to be able to stand outside and chat to your neighbours and have some time with their pooch. It is lovely being able to spend some time outside just talking without shivering after the long damp winter. We are still having snow showers and cold winds but the daily temperatures are rising a little. I do hope your weather continues to be fine for your drive to the retinologist and for your shopping. It does make it a much pleasanter experience. I hope the visit goes well and perhaps hubby won't require many more injections. It's super he's able to drive himself to the doctor again too.

Your plans for pots sounds great Gail. Easier I would think to cope with than planting out borders. I admit I was slightly bemused by your odd occurences but it was an odd occurence, lol. Modern dentistry seems to be much less of an ordeal nowadays thanks to improved painkillers and high speed machines so I hope you get all the work done as painlessly as possible. I can't guarantee you'll find paying for it painless though. That seems to be the biggest pain of all.

I'm off to make dinner now. Refrigerator surprise I think. See what's there and that will be dinner. Have a terrific Tuesday everybody and sleep well too.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a marvelous Monday.

Gail, I caught your note on Odd Occurrences. Good luck with the dental work. I hope you have a dentist who can do it without causing you any pain. Your plan for gardening in pots sounds workable. I hope you can send it pictures when it blooms.

Sally, I'm glad you found the Full Moon reading useful. Retrogrades and dipping back into an air sign reflect exactly the kinds of things you were doing - and the timing too. It sounds as though you have quite a bit of work that needs to be done; yes, you are most fortunate to have family members who are both willing and able to do the labor for you. It's helpful that they can take some of Iain's clothes out of your way too. And good for you on making that dental appointment; sometimes we just have to grit our teeth (no pun intended) and do those awful chores we dread so much. I hope capping that tooth will do the job for you. I have had caps on some of my teeth for many years and they have worked just fine. Hopefully you will have equally good results.

Leisl, I will echo Sally's good wishes for your work in your mother's garden.

We had a beautiful day here, sunny and temperatures in the 50s, maybe even low 60s. Hubby had an appointment with our Primary Care doctor this morning, and I didn't even have to drive him there. (It's about 2 miles away.) While he was gone I cleaned up the kitchen and the bathroom. No time for a workout, however. After lunch I worked in my office for a bit, then heard the neighbor's dog barking - and barking - and barking. I went outside to see what the problem might be, and it was just that the mom was gone running errands and the dad was in the drive area with the toddler and the infant. And the poor dog (the one I dogsit sometimes) was corralled in the fenced area and wanted out. So I talked to the dad and the almost-3-year-old and then petted the dog for awhile. The mom came home and we kept on talking. It was just so enjoyable to be outside we didn't want to go indoors. I had a pair of children's gardening gloves that I had been saving for the toddler, so I retrieved them and gave them to the little boy. I offered them as many iris plants as they wanted since mine have been multiplying and wandering into places not good for irises. I took the lazy day since I could get it. Tomorrow I will be driving Hubby to the retinologist's office and then we will do some shopping, our 65 mile round trip, back to the old routine. At least the weather promises to be dry.

So best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday, and Sally, I hope you have a good time at your coffee morning. Now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea.


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SALLY I NEED MUCH DENTAL WORK ALSO. I DREAD GOING. I PLAN ON A MEDIUM SIZE GARDEN. I I PLAN ON PUTTING EVERYTHING IN POTS. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT WILL TURM OUT. THE REST OF MY RESPONSE ENDED UP IN ODD OCCURANCES. GO FIGURE, LENTIL SOUP SOUNDS GOOD AND IS SUPPOSE TO BE VERY HEALTHY. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.

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Good afternoon everyone,

Thanks for the Full Moon reading Carol. You do make me smile with your consistent knowledge of what is in my mind, lol. I know you are just reading the information on the charts but you do get it right so often. As you will be aware the last few weeks here have been rather chaotic but yesterday afternoon, I decided it was time to be a bit more proactive and draw up a sensible list of the most immediate things i want or need to do. Yes, enough of the wishy-washy dreaming, get down to reality, lol. After writing item number one on the list, repairs and working on the outside of the building and looking at the likely cost I reckoned I would be as well to leave the rest for now until this lot is done and paid for, lol. Who knew that guttering and the ancillary bits attached were so expensive to say nothing of having someone actually repair them. I am so lucky my son and his son and stepson are are all willing to do the manual labour required. I will pay them but it won't be anywhere nearly so costly as getting a firm in to do the work. Everything else will have to wait it's turn. I did get a random phone call today though from a firm who are, at present, making cold calls on behalf of government agencies, trying to assess what repair works people are doing and offering up to 40% grants towards the costs. It's the other 60% which scares the pants off me. Last night I had an accident with a glass of water, which I spilt all over my clothes. As my heating pipes go across my bedroom floor I laid them down there to dry off before putting them into the laundry basket today. When I saw them this morning it encouraged me to go into Iain's wardrobe to do a bit more clearing out. Oh lordie, I wish I hadn't bothered. I now have more piles of clothing on the floor awaiting removal. At least some of them will fit family but there is just so much. Granddaughter has said she will help to bag them up when she is on holiday, in a week or two and meantime the males in the family can get the stuff they want taken away.

I phoned the dentist too and made an appointment. My tooth, as all teeth do, has improved at the prospect of a visit to the dentist so I'm not seeing him until the 23rd. When he did the tooth last year he only repaired the cap but I'm hoping we will get away with a similar thing as you had recently Carol. Essentially repalcing the cap. Over here that will still cost the better part of a week's pension for me, even with our NHS subsidising it. I hate to think how much it would cost to get the work that Liesl was talking about. I know an implant costs about 3000 at least so if I can keep going with a capped tooth I will be happy.

Gail I hope you manage to find time to get out into your garden. I'm sure the vegetables and flowers you have in mind will be great. Home grown stuff really does have a much better flavour. I'm full of ideas for mine too but some of them will have to wait, lol. Liesl good luck with your mother's garden too. Gardening can be very hard work but it is satisfying when we see some of the things we have planted coming to fruition. I think if I stick to pots this year and get the house works done I will be happy. I do love to see flowers coming into bloom.

i've made a big pot of lentil soup, with a ham hock, so I shall have that for dinner. Lots of apples I got in the autumn are needing used up too so maybe I will cook some of them too.

Have a marvellous Monday everybody and thank you again for the reading Carol.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a spectacular Sunday!

Gail, I hope you had a good day today. It sounds as though your plans for planting flowers and vegetables will produce an amazing garden. Please keep us posted on your progress.

Leisl, you have my sympathies with the dental work - and the cost! The recent dental work I had done with taking off a cap, cleaning out the decay, and putting on a new cap, cost almost as much as a whole month's worth of my Social Security. Amazing how the insurance companies will pay for doctors but not dentists . . . Meanwhile, I hope you have a great visit with your mom and also that you have great weather so you can enjoy that work you plan to do in her garden.

Sally, it's good to hear that you had a day of rest. I know you love to have people around but sometimes we all need a day just to pull ourselves back together. Besides, it's easier to focus on your puzzles when you don't have any distractions!

I spent a good part of the day finishing the Full Moon reading: you will find it at the bottom of this post. I had exercising on my To-Do list for today too, but it kept getting pushed to the bottom as other chores popped up. I'll try again to get that in tomorrow.

There's no other real news, so I'll close and add the Full Moon reading. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.
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VIRGO FULL MOON March 9, 2020

The Virgo Full Moon will reach exactitude on March 9, 2020 at 10:47 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time; on March 9, 2020 at 1:47 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time; and on March 9, 2020 at 6:47 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time.

The last few weeks have been chaotic and confusing, with both the sun and Neptune, along with retrograde Mercury, in the foggy land of Pisces. So now, with the moon in Virgo, we have a strong lunar emotional craving for solid information and orderliness. With retrograde Mercury on a short-term drop into Aquarius we are starting to get some clarifying information, but we are questioning we have had so much confusion we are questioning whether some of it is even accurate. Meanwhile, the moon is in a strong aspect to the five planets plus south nodes of the moon (old habits) in compatible earth sign Capricorn, pulling us yanking us, dragging us toward some emotionally satisfying decision-making and action. Enough of this wishy washy business!

Well, that will sort of work, if we are careful.

The focus of the Full Moon is to look for the culmination or at least the ultimate direction of the intentions we set in February at the time of the New Moon. The energy then was focused in idealistic Pisces. How much progress have we made in fulfilling those goals? Are they still they ones we want to pursue? With Mercury turning retrograde during this time, have we decided that those goals needed to be changed, possibly even moved in completely new directions? If so, you may recognize that the originals were not wrong or bad: they were simply based on incomplete or incorrect information and as you gained new knowledge you needed to make a mid-course correction. This may have slowed your progress but it helped you refocus in a new direction.

For this Full Moon, the sun is sitting snuggled up to fuzzy Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, which should remind us to use continued caution lest we get careless and take a misstep. For a couple more days Mercury will still be in a making up my mind attitude, so we might do well to resist the moons urge to rely on doing things as we have always done them without fully considering possible consequences. This is a good point for gathering just a bit more information and setting up plans and appointments just a few days out. Its just so hard to resist that spring fever that is blowing in the wind!

Mercury will turn direct on March 11 and stay in Aquarius for a week, helping us clear our heads and find more logical information to work with. On March 18 Mercury will again move forward into Pisces as the moon moves into pragmatic Capricorn, this time helping us crystalize our dreams based on the logical preparations we have been making. The spring Equinox will occur on March 19 as the sun moves into Aries, propelling us finally into the beginnings of the solar new year.

We have had a long winter with violent and erratic weather, along with many of us having some comparable chaos in our personal and political lives too. We can trust these next few weeks to be the final ground-laying period for a fresh, new, and hopefully more positive and productive year ahead.
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HELLO EVERYONE.. CAROL I AM SO GLAD HUBBY FEELS GOOD ENOUGH TO GO OUT TO ALL THOSE STORES. I THOUGH RICHARD SIMMONS WAS GRUELLING. LOL.. WAY OUT OF SHAPE. SALLY I AM PLANNING ON PLANTING FLOWERS AND TOMATO MAYBE CUCUMBERS. I AM TRYING TO WAIT ON THE WEATHER. I CANT IMAGINE IT SNOWING NOW IT IS BEAUTIFUL LIKE SPRING. LEISL THERE IS A LOT OF DIEBETIC MATERIAL OUT THERE. I NEED TO GET BUSY. HOPE YOU HAVE A NICE RELAING VISIT WITH YOUR MOM.. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE.

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Sally - I'm so glad to hear that you had a relaxing day. Good luck tomorrow. I know the pain of needing a tooth pulled but the dentist refuses. I've been fighting with dental issues for many years, thanks to the braces I wore when I was about 16/17. I've been trying to convince my dentist to pull my teeth for years, but he will only do it if necessary, so I get to enjoy the pain one extraction at a time. I went to one place to see what they could do, with a dental grant, but the grant would only pay up to $5000. The whole procedure - extractions, dentures, all of it - was going to cost $15,000! There's no way on earth I'll be able to afford that anytime soon. So I guess I'll just suffer.

The trees aren't that big. I don't know how long they've been here, but I'm sure the fumes from all the vehicles have stunted them. All I know is that they make good firewood, with the natural tinder they have on the bark. And they smell amazing, even if it does flare up my allergies a little bit. LOL

I need to look and see what other courses they offer for diabetes. I'm always interested in learning more about a disease that affects someone near and dear to me. I've even thought about going to back to school (when time and finances permit it) to be a nutritionist or a dietitian. I'm tired of all these people thinking that what works for them will work for me. That's not always the case. What I've learned so far, I've been trying to implement. I just need more schooling than what this website can offer. LOL

We're fixing to head out to mom's for a couple of days. We'll be back on Tuesday, but I don't know what time. If it's too late, I probably won't get on here. But I'll post if I can.

I hope everyone has a great evening and next couple of days.

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Good afternon folks,

A very quiet day here, no phone calls or visitors, just peace and quiet. It has been raining 'hard' rain off and on and rather chilly with it. Our warm reached the dizzy heights of 48 which is a lot milder than it has been, lol. Back down into the 30s now but it is later in the day. I've read the paper and done some puzzles from it too. Didn't do much else really. A lazy, layabout kind of a day. Tomorrow I shall have to get an appointment for the dentist though. I had to cancel my checkup back in December and I've been hanging fire on getting another, coward that I am but that tooth is causing me niggles again so I shall have to go back and see what he can do to fix it. Probably take it out although he isn't keen on extractions if there's an alternative. I also need to get someone to look at my central heating system. i think, I hope, it is just air in the system but it is making an awful lot of noise that it wasn't before. Another round of things that, if it can go wrong it will, ho hum.

Great to hear hubby is becoming so active again Carol. Surely a case of Spring fever! Your hyacinths are pretty although I do see what you mean about them being smaller. i would try regular feeds through the summer to encourage the leaves to feed the bulbs and with luck you will have better flowers next year. My zinnias never even managed a flower before an early frost got them. They won't take any frost at all. Snapdragons will take some but not much either. They were on year two though if I remember right. A few small plants are much quicker and easier to work with. I've had several plant catalogues arriving filled with tempting pictures. I'm trying not to look at them yet as they're often available much more cheaply at the supermarket and in the end of season sales.

Tulips would be lovely Gail. Watch out for the bulbs in the autumn and plant them out by November or December. Pansies are lovely all year round and sometimes they will rvert to the wilder forms if you let them go to seed.

Those cedar trees sound amazing Liesl. They must have been there a long time if they are large and at least the grass only needs to be cut. have some fun helping your mother with her new garden though. Well done on getting all those applications done and going through so many courses. Lots of interesting reading I'm sure.

I'm going to make a simple dinner tonight. Some chicken breast rolled in cheesy breadcrumbs and stuffed with pesto. I'll have a baked potato to go with it and see what veg is in the freezer. I hope everyone is having a great day wihout any added inconveniences. Sleep well everyone.

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Icecub - I don't know what all goes into carrot cake. I just know my mouth tingles/burns a little bit after eating it... nutmeg? ginger? Most nuts don't bother me, but I don't know.

WesternSage - OMG! A menage a trois/hot date with Richard! LMAO That's freaking hilarious!!!! (Thanks. I needed that laugh!)

Yeah, I knew Sally was in Scotland. I'd love to go visit. See where some of my ancestors are from. Most of them are actually from Ireland, but there's a few from Scotland. I'd have to find my files to see exactly where.

Anytime ya'll wanna pop in for a boat ride, let me know! I'm always up for a trip around the lake. And someone had better bring goodies!!!!

I'm so excited to hear that your hubby is feeling energetic enough to get out and so something in the yard. I'm anxious to really get out there myself. Not so much Dad's yard (it's mostly just cedar trees and grass), but my mom is wanting to get her yard looking pretty. She just moved to this house a year ago (this month), so she's been taking the time getting the house itself all fixed up. She said that intense yardwork will be this year once it warms up a little bit.

I've been doing these classes on Coursera all day long (OMG I've learned sooo much about healthier eating and diabetes in general!). I've technically finished 2 courses (one a 3 week class, and the other a 5 week class) just today. I'm working on another one right now (on starting week 4 out of 5), but I think my brain is telling me to go to bed. I hope everyone has a great night. I'll post back next chance I get. :-)

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a spectacular Saturday.

Gail, it sounds as though your temperatures are close to ours. They still go just a few degrees below freezing at night; in daytime they range from the 40s to the 60s now. Spring is definitely on the way.

Leisl, I'm glad your step-mother is not hurt any worse than she is and should start on the road to recovery soon. It sounds as though you have enough towns around that might be able to offer work so finding a job may not be difficult as one would expect from your home location. I'll be sending good thoughts your way. As for Richard Simmons, his workouts are not killer, just steady and somewhat energetic. I was doing them just fine a few weeks ago and then got out of the routine. The stamina will come back as soon as I get serious about using them. Years ago, when we were in a larger house with more space, my husband and I used to work out together to the Richard Simmons videos. We called it our menage a trois with Richard. After my husband stopped doing the workouts it became my hot date. My late stepson (college age at the time) used to make fun of us as he worked out hard and ran a lot and thought we were wimps. Then one day when we were gone he put on one of the programs and worked out to it. His response was classic; he was so tired he could hardly move. He apologized profusely to us and never razzed us again!

As for the transporter, you'd be quite welcome to join Sally and me. You do know she is in Scotland, right? The trip to the lake sounds like a great reward for all the work we are talking about. Oh well, perhaps in another lifetime. Meanwhile, congratulations on getting all the applications turned in. Good luck on getting an actual job.

Sally, that ambitious tree of yours certainly sounds like a challenge to manage. It's good that you have your son to help you with it. And I'm sure with his help you would also demolish a carrot cake within a minimal amount of time as well. As you know, we are also avid fans of carrot cake. Perhaps we should bring a couple along on our transporter trip to eat on the boat as we cruise on the lake! I can see it now! ROFLMAO

I took a couple pictures of the hyacinths. They are hard to see among all the oak leaves that have fallen into their patch, and as I said before, they are pretty sad looking this year. Still, they really do still have a lovely fragrance. We just had clouds and rain today, so the pictures don't show them as well as I'd like. I'll try again in a few days if we get some sunshine.



As you can see from all the patches of empty dirt, the zinnias and snapdragons did not survive another year, nor did that poor lavender plant. The stores are full of seeds and early-blooming bulbs as well as small pots of flowers but with our cold nights yet I will wait before starting the garden this year. Still, the yarrow that was here when I moved in 5-1/2 years ago (time flies!) is still taking care of itself and already growing nicely.



Hubby was up and about, driving himself to the Post Office and WalMart and Ace Hardware to buy Moss Out and other goodies for the yard. The Spring Fever Bug is biting and this is the first time in more than 3 years that he has been able to be moving and active. We have had a lot of blessings that he has come so far, especially for being 85 years old. As always, we take one day at a time. Blueberries are in season now, so I baked some blueberry muffins and took a few to my helpful neighbor next door. Also picked up the newspapers and started the crossword and other puzzles; Sally, I see you are doing the same. Sometimes it's good that we retain some of our old habits.

On that happy note, I'll go finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea. I hope everyone has a spectacular Sunday!




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HELLO EVERYONE. CAROL IT IS GOOD TO HAVE FAMILY CLOSE IT IS GOOD TO KEEP IN TOUCH. IT IS NICE DURING THE DAY UT COOLER AT NIGHT AROUND 27. SALLY I AM GLAD YOUR GRANDDAUGHT COULD USE THE CLOTHING YOU GOT TO VISIT. I AM PLANING ON MAYE ADDING TULIPS AND UTTERCUPS TO MY LIST. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED PANSIES. LEISL I AN GLAD JAN DIDN; T BREAK ANYTHING. DO YOU ADD NUTS TO THE MIX. A LOT OF PROPLR CAN'T EAAT NUTS. HOPE EVERYONE GETS A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP

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Hey!

Jan is doing ok right now. She's really sore, but that's to be expected. Thank you for all the thoughts and concerns.

WesternSage - I laugh at Richard Simmons because he's so hyperactive and crazy! But he's passionate about what he does. I've never actually used his workouts before. I don't think I could keep up with him. LOL Good luck with getting back into it. I've been slacking myself lately.

Family is one of those love-hate relationships. I'm glad they're here, but I'm also very glad that I don't have to deal with most of them except for a few days a year. (With the exception of a few people, that is.)

I'm gonna need ya'll to jump in that transporter and come over here and help us in the yard. As an added bonus, after we're done, we can jump in the boat and cruise the lake!

Sally - I giggled at your comment about the carrot cake. I'm not a huge fan. I love the cake, just don't like how my mouth hurts afterwards. I think I'm allergic to something in it... So I just stay away most of the time.

I hope everyone has a great day. I've finished with my 15 applications this week, so I'm going to enjoy my day off. I found a website called Coursera that I'm kinda hooked on right now. I'm an avid learner, and they provide tons of schooling for free (if you want a certificate of completion, it costs per class). I found quite a few classes on nutrition and diabetes that I've "enrolled" in. So much information! I'll share some when I get a chance to type up something.

Also, I'm planning on going to mom's tomorrow. Have to turn in a log form to WorkForce on Monday, then on Tuesday, we're going to drive around to another town that's about 30 minutes away to see what types of jobs they have to offer out there.

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Good afternoon everyone,

A very quiet afternoon here so I'm taking the chance to come on early. Our short spell of spring like weather has gone and we are back to chilly, wet and windy. My son came down for a little while and stayed for a bacon sandwich. He also decided today would be a fine time to prune the shrub outside my dining-room window, drizzly rain or not, lol. It's a lonicera ledbourii if anyone cares to look it up. Very unusual flowers in spring and loads of berries in the autumn. The birds love it but it is a thug. No sooner pruned then it's up again twice as livley. I'm going to throw some of the cuttings along the boundary wall beside the railway and it can grow to it's hearts content there. Likely won't take there but at least it's not trying to come through the window up here. I hacked it back a couple of years ago intending cutting it down last year but I never got around to it so no chances on that this time. There's a massive purple berberis there too and it's coming out too. It's supposed to grow to around 8 feet. All I can say is no one told my plant. Last time I pruned it, it wasover 12 feet high and almost as wide. It's up about 8 feet again so it's going. I'll maybe out in some small shrubs but the soil seems to be so fertile I'll maybe stick to perennial flowers. I like being able to see out the window, lol. I'm looking forward to seeing how your hyacinths are coming on Carol. Even if they aren't very good this year if you feed the plant with some high potash fertiliser once the flowers are past that might help them do better next year. Or put them somewhere else but add some bonemeal to the soil first. I wish I could transport myself over just for the sheer fun of it and the chat and I would be delighted to help with the garden. keep going with your DVDs too, they seem to be working a treat for you if your reports are anything to go by. Cheers on the chats with your sisters too. It must be nice to find family to chat too, albeit a comfortable distance away, after spending so many years thinking there was no one else but you.

I'm assuming you have a weekend off Gail. If not enjoy your time when you finish and if you are off then have a lovely break. You work long hard hours and deserve your time off.

That wound your stepmother suffered does sound to be a very nasty one Liesl. I hope it heals up rapidly without too much problem. Thanks for the info on the cake mixes. It's always interesting hearing how people adapt recipes to suit their circumstances. I always made carrot cake with rather a lot pf oil, as per the recipe, until the day I made one, all the ingredients on the table. Cake in the oven and clearing away thinking where's the oil. I had made it without any and it tasted every bit as good as when it had loads so now I still put in some but nowhere near as much as the recipe says. Main difference was in the keeping quality, no fat really doesn't keep very long at all but then who keeps carrot cake for a long time, lol.

I'm off now to do some crossword puzzles before finding something in the fridge for dinner. This evening will be quiet watching some TV and reading. have a super Saturday everybody and sleep well.


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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Gail, thanks for the good thoughts. The doctor looked absolutely "gobsmacked" as the Brits would say when she saw the numbers. I don't think she expected them to be that good. I hope you had a good day today and that your weather is staying reasonable.

Leisl, I'm glad your step-mother is not hurt any worse so your dad can continue to care for her. It sounds as though you are doing the right things in the job search arena. I hope something turns up soon for you. Meanwhile, you are welcome to laugh about Richard Simmons. However funky he might be on TV programs, he is always quite sincere and dedicated when it comes to weight and exercise matters. I have used his programs off and on for years. His music is always wonderful and his moves demand just enough effort to be effective without half-killing a person. As Sally and perhaps Gail also know, when we bought this house 5 years ago we had to revamp the kitchen completely. I made sure it had enough space for me to put a small portable DVD player on the counter and I could do my Richard Simmons dancing in the kitchen. Between Richard and some body-weight exercises and getting out into the yard as the weather warms up I hope to get back into some kind of healthy shape. I'll keep everybody posted.

Sally, how fortunate that your granddaughter was able to use some of the clothing from the lady across the way. Sounds like a win-win all the way around. And I'm glad your granddaughter was able to have lunch and visit for awhile; I know how much you enjoy her visits. Having her help with a few chores was an extra bonus. I'd be happy to ride that transporter to help your son and visit with you, but then you would have to ride it back here to help me figure out just what plants to buy and how to arrange them. I'm thinking this year I may go more with pre-started plants and never mind the seeds as they require too much work for this old body. The hyacinth bulbs I planted last fall came up and bloomed - sort of. I noticed the bulbs looked as though they had been used for batting practice before being put in the sales bag and the resulting flowers a puny and lopsided. I'll try to get a couple pictures in the next day or two, weather permitting.

I didn't get much done today. Hubby was up early and hanging around, getting in my way. It was another rainy day, so no way to get out into the yard. So I took time to call my dad-side sister in Arizona as I have not talked to her in several weeks. We don't have a lot in common but she is divorced/no children and has multiple medical problems that keep her from being very active. After lunch I called my other dad-side sister who lives in Illinois; she is the one I am closer to and we are two of a kind in many ways. Truth be told, I am really glad I found my dad's family and at the same time I'm really glad I live about 2000 miles from each of them. Having my daughter and her kids close by is about all the family drama I can manage.

So on that happy note I'll go finish my Spark postings and make some chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a super day on Saturday.




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Hello EVERYONE . CAROL I AM GLAD YOU GOT A GOOD REPORT FROM THE DOCTOR YOU MUST BE DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT. AND I AM GLAD HUBBY GOING BACK TO PT. SALLY IT WAS A WEIGHT WATCHERS RECIPE. JUST USE DIET COKE AND NOTHING ELSE. I ALWAYS LIKED RICHARD SIMMONS. I HAVE ONE TAPE OF HIM. I HAVE NOT USED IT IN A WHILE. SALLY I HAVEN' TRIED ANY OTHER FLAVORS YET. LEISL I AM SORRY AOUT YOUR STEP MOM. ITS GOOD THE EMTs GOY THERE SO QUICK.. I ET SHE IS SORE. GOOD LUCK WITH THE JOB HUNT. HOPE EVERYONE GETS A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP

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Sally - I'm just glad she didn't rip into an artery or vein! It wasn't gushing when we came in, so that's a good thing. Dad said she's really sore this morning, but she was just fixing to get into her recliner when I texted him a couple of hours ago.

I did find out that it was actually the muscle we saw, so it was a really bad gash. I'd say about the size of a small pancake. Then again, I didn't really look at it long because it was making me nauseous... Plus I was on the phone with dispatch.

The soda added to the cake mix replaces the milk, eggs, oil and/or whatever else you're supposed to add to the mixes. I think the boxes already have the flour added, so you're not substituting that. I don't know. I'm a cook in name only. I barely know how to boil water. LOL



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