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shipbroker
04-28-2013, 11:59 PM
Morning all.

Breezy but stopped raining for time being, awoken by cock pheasant outside the caravan and now half the bird population of the Cumbrian Borders is awake too.


Back later

geoff

JudyL
04-29-2013, 01:30 AM
Hockey game over Stockton lost 4 to 2 in the last second to Alaska. A good game anyway. People do get worked up over games.

Headache going upstairs.

Have a good day y'all

Yorky
04-29-2013, 02:43 AM
Good morning Geoff and all to follow.

Good night Judy.

It's a fine morning here, 7C and rising, plenty of blue sky showing through the rushing clouds.

Ruth's hairdresser is due this morning then this afternoon we are taking the new Android tablet to our friends. Hopefully this will get them more accustomed to using the internet. I put BBCiplayer on there for George.

2 days to go to our holiday, hope the weather stays decent, I want some good reference photos and hope to sketch.

Doug

doppler
04-29-2013, 03:18 AM
Evening all.

Long and weary day today and still have the loan car. I've started to get a bit more aggressive with its pedals and it seems to respond to that. Tomorrow for my Ruby :crossfingers: coming home. She has definitely taken her love to town. :lol: along with the mangled remains of my credit card. But pay day Wednesday. :rolleyes:

Roger is brimming with good humour and is relaxed. GOOD.:heart:

Cats are in and relaxed and very slitty eyed at moment as their dinner has not been served.

:wave:

LauraRussell
04-29-2013, 04:12 AM
:wave: everyone! Haven't checked in the last two days as I had a mad weekend and could only get on here via my smart phone for a quick peek.

doppler
04-29-2013, 04:37 AM
Hi Laura. Just to clear confusion, for everyone, :lol: Ruby is my ruby red Peugeot 407 HDI ... and she has definitely taken her love to town.

laudesan
04-29-2013, 04:44 AM
:wave:

Sharon, wonderful to see you "washing" again. :heart:

Lynn, your Pocket Pooch is absolutely gorgeous. :thumbsup:

Kay, it is a good book. An Echo of the Bone, the last, at the moment of the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Her next one isn't due until December. :eek: I might have to get my sketchbook out. :lol:

Betty, I still remember, fondly, yours and my climb of Cobble Hill Mountain. Bears eh. Oh wow, wish I had been there..

Happy reading Darla..



I have had my nose in my novel all day



At first I thought you wrote "navel" :lol:
:p :D :eek:

Been a beautiful day here, I have been out and about...........

Later...............

Ooooooooooooooooooo, just been reading my car manual, Char, :p there is a section on driving on a snowy road! Cool!!!:thumbsup: Well it would be, if it ever snowed here.. siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh......................

LynnM
04-29-2013, 05:15 AM
:wave: Good day all! Birds are chirping, it's nearly 5. Im on my ipad.....short message!

Thanks for the comments re Puppy......he is growing on me:)

Betty, we got to the Island in 1950 and settled on Brannen lake when I was 12. My folks moved into Nanaimo when I hit high school, and then ended up at Lantzville after I had moved to Vancouver. They were there till dad retired and they got the trailer and took off! I have a cousin in Victoria.....hope to get out to see them again.

That is a good book,JJ!! I read it non stop too.

Char, I think he will go to one of the grand kids, but I really just wanted to make the pattern to see if I could.......they take on a personality all their own as you go!

Hope everyone has a good day :grouphug: :grouphug: :heart:

Scene Chaser
04-29-2013, 06:45 AM
Good Day All,

Foggy and still with sun and 70 F weather in forecast.

((Ruby))

Lynn and Uschi, I'll have you know I finally went to bed with Michael Connelly last night. His first book "The Black Echo." He reads easy. Checked it out of the library onto my Kindle.

Stayed in all day yesterday because of the rain and watched the last of the Foyle shows. I wish they would make more.

I did find time to bake bread and a banana nut loaf. Shouldn't have, though. No weight loss for a few days.

I will change oil in garden equipment today and that will complete their yearly maintenance.

Ms. Feral is loving the chair next to me.

I have not painted in a while, so will start one this morning.

Bill

Uschi
04-29-2013, 08:03 AM
Good Morning!!!

Balmy:thumbsup: :D It is supposed to rain most of the day but that is O.K. I will paint.

Apart from that, table tennis in the afternoon.

Daffodils are blooming EVERYWHERE and the grass is green, what lovely colours:clap: :clap:

Bill, yes, Michael Connelly is a nice and easy read!!! By the way, it isn't him I go to bed with but his alter ego Harry Bosch:)

Hi Lynn, your doggie IS very cute!!!

JJ, your author's name is now in my "to read" list. How is your bike riding coming along??

Annie, be careful, you might end up liking your loaner car:evil:

:wave: to Doug, Geoff, Laura, Judy and all yet to come!!!

Uschi

CharM
04-29-2013, 08:26 AM
Good morning... it's a little foggy here in SW Ontario and more rain is promised although "scattered".

The kitty herd's been fed and are outside making sure their feet are nice and wet before they come back indoors. Sneakers (Baby Feral) just loves playing in puddles for some reason known only to kitties.

With two Classes today, I can't stay online too long. I have a few things to do before my homeschool kids arrive... All classes are working on the varied edges of a macro iris while using a split primary colour scheme. Mixing their violets, along with the greens and golds has been an interesting challenge.

Those early birds were getting their fill of worms, Geoff! Did you sleep well?

I hope you slept well, ((Judy)).

What a thoughtful gift, Doug (and Ruth)!

Ruby's reference was not lost on me, Annie... :lol:

:wave: Laura.

Sorry, JJ... I can't get excited about driving in ice and snow. For your new car to drive in snow, it's going to have to fly (or swim) first! :P

Hi Lynn... typing on the tablet is something of a challenge, eh? Your puppy does have a personality!

Bill, do you use white flour in your banana loaf? I've been freezing our over-ripe bananas to make ice cream (which is so good!).

The hyacinths are in full bloom too, Uschi... and our tulips are getting ready to burst open. Happy painting!

I hope that everyone has the best possible day! :heart:

Scene Chaser
04-29-2013, 08:31 AM
JJ, Gabaldon must be good. There are four people on the waiting list at my library for the first book.

Uschi, Harry is too short for you. :)

Bill

laudesan
04-29-2013, 08:53 AM
JJ, your author's name is now in my "to read" list. How is your bike riding coming along??I am loving riding my bike. You will love her books, the first one, I read in one go! Could hardly wait for the second.

Lynn, I still have "The Fiery Cross" you gave me. :heart: It has pride of place in my home library.

Char, I could just drive South if I was so inclined, but driving a right hand drive car over their would be sooooooooooo much fun.. :p

Bill, she sure is popular. See if you can get an ebook, maybe.

Uschi
04-29-2013, 08:54 AM
Uschi, Harry is too short for you. :)Bill

Oh, but he is sooo sensitive:evil: :D

Hi Char, you, or at least your students, are going to paint more than I will. By the way, how is your Skiddles doing??

Breakfast has been had, now to shower and get the day started.

Uschi

Uschi
04-29-2013, 09:03 AM
JJ, which one is her first book????

Uschi

olliewood0702
04-29-2013, 09:14 AM
Happy Monday,

It was dull and gloomy coming into work this morning but since then the sun has come out and I see some blue sky. I've not listened to the weather forecast yet but I believe we are expecting some rain today. Just what I need to start my Monday; they aren't hard enough you know.:rolleyes:

Poor Larry, he went to move his truck in the driveway last evening and it wouldn't start. He had to call into work last night and tell them he wouldn't be in; it seems like it's the fuel pump which is a VERY costly part to replace. He thinks he can do it himself saving at least some money so he drove me into work and he went to purchase the part. So we are hoping it won't rain as the truck is outside not in the garage.:confused:

The only day he got off was yesterday and it rained all day. He has to work this coming weekend again. I think he's ready for our vacation which is coming up fast.

Lynn, that is good that Samantha loves her job and living in Japan. It helps even though you miss her terribly to know that she's happy.

Doug, that's great that Ruth's hairdresser will visit her in her home; I don't think you'd see much of that over here.:rolleyes: Thanks for the map and link!

GEoff, isn't it funny how loud the birds sound in the morning? Well...not funny but amazing.:D

Char, did you post your iris in the gallery?

JJ, I bet you wished you DID get snow there...you'd be out playing in it and making snowmen and ladies instead of driving in it.:lol:

Bill, your Ms Feral has come a long way; now she's sitting next to you on a chair. Banana loaf is SOOO good.

I'm thinking about getting that BIG stand mixer out that my Mom gave me when I was up there visiting her. It's not a kitchen-aid but a Sunbeam but has all the dough attachments. I want to make some bread and that'll come in handy for mixing up the dough. She also gave me her canning pressure cooker! Larry got some nice clothing items that were my Dad's; he was happy to get them. One is a very nice warm camoflauge jacket for hunting.:thumbsup:

We saw Matt for a little while last evening. He's working out of town so we hadn't seen him in a couple of weeks. He was tired but had to come over and have a look at Larry's truck and give him his opinion. He agreed with Larry's prognosis.

Annie, Poor ole "Ruby"..

Betty, I think I'd be in awe of such beautiful scenery. Maybe someday I'll get to visit there.

Waving to Lynn, Uschi(I'm glad Ava got the hang of it!), Laura and Judy! Enjoy your day!

I've got to start my data entry now; after another cup of black coffee though.:thumbsup: UGH....Monday's are rough but it sure does help when the sun shines.

Make this Monday a GREAT Day for yourselves!

BBL:wave: :heart:

laudesan
04-29-2013, 09:19 AM
In the Outlander Series, it is called Cross Stitch (http://www.amazon.com/Cross-Stitch-Outlander-Diana-Gabaldon/dp/0099911701) or Outlander. Click here (http://www.dianagabaldon.com/books/outlander-series/) for all her books.

Darla, you bet girl. :thumbsup: :lol:

shipbroker
04-29-2013, 09:33 AM
Cant join in about books or cats, weather perhaps even gardens,,,

Weather then, blowy but currently fine mixed clouds and blue sky, we have been walking around adjacent town of Kirkby Lonsdale this morrning but bought little.

geoff

Strawberry Wine
04-29-2013, 09:38 AM
Good Day Washers !

I just realized that I have not been here since last Thursday or Friday so thought I better show myself.


Raining off and on here but did get quite a bit of gardening done over the last few days.... The pond cover is off and frogs, fish and plants are doing well. Perennial beds are almost cleared out. Have not even looked at the veggie beds yest and I need to turn over an area to get the lettuces and other greens in. Still too wet to do much yard clean up. If it would only quit raining for a week instead of every other day we could pick up/rake up the 100's of sticks an branches. It is supposed to rain for the next 3 days. We also got the Gazebo up and the chairs and table set up too. !

We need to get the Van in to the garage for power steering and some other mystery noise issues. Pearl needs to go to the Vet for her "heart worm" screening and then preventitive meds... Those two bills are going to hurt. A lot.

Lesley and Henry :grouphug: I hope you have received the MRI results by now and the Dr's have formed a plan of attack. You have been in my thoughts. :heart:

Bill, you have made progress in leaps and bounds recently with Ms Feral.... I think her next winter will be a much more comfortable one.

Doris, I am so sorry to read that the flu has made its presence known once again. It sure is antibiotice resistant.... Perhaps even those small trips to the store are sapping your energy and allowing the virus to become stronger once again. Can you get someone to pick up your and Louie's needs for the next week ?

Sylvia, I thought Larry made an enclosure for the veggie garden? How are the squirrels getting in?

:wave: Welcome back Sharon !!!!!! Wonderful to see you "washing" .


Dan needs my assistance upstairs so I will :wave: to all

Cheers,

Gail

Sharon Douglas
04-29-2013, 10:27 AM
Hi All, I hope you are all having a lovely day.
Thanks for all the welcomes back.

The weather looking stunning here today, but it`s cold in the wind.
Doug and I had a lovely drive along the coast after taking the girls to school.

We`ve spent to rest of the day framing. Poor Doug I`m always asking him to do one thing or another. No wonder he loves fishing so much, it`s the only time he gets any peace.lol.

HAWLTAIN.

Maffet
04-29-2013, 10:41 AM
Hello to all :-)
just short visit to greet you after some time. I am painting again, so soon I will something to show in gallery. But next week I am leaving to Spa. Jupeeeee!
Lazy week in a spa town in a woods, surrounded by beautiful nature, having treatments, enjoy food. Good! Partly it is payed by health insurance and only for a week to recover from winter flu's, but it looks like holidays!!!

Oki for those who have seen Prague in news. Dont worry, no terrorists! It was only gass explosion and city officers just confirmed that nobody died there. But it was really giant explosion. All windows around are down all part of prague traffic goes different direction.

Lulu
04-29-2013, 11:01 AM
hello from the desert! where it has been not so hot the last few days.
Having an amazing time, feels quite surreal still.
The family are really giving us the time of our lives with different experiences nearly every day.
Went to Dubai last weekend, and to the top of the highest building in the world (was fearful about that, but turned out the only time we could get a booking was at night, so easy peasy...).
The evening we arrived home we dropped our city gear and headed out to the desert for a bbq. What a fantastic playground and so close! We managed to eat before the clouds rolled in and the rain began, but that didn't stop all the boy racers hooning around on their bikes in their giant sandpit lol
The next day rain fell all day, which has been something of a talking point since the annual average is only 25 days of rain.
And the temperature dropped sharply to 21C too.
Fine again today, 33C and about the same expected tomorrow.
We are getting quite adept at getting around locally by taxi - so cheap and efficient.

Hope all is well with everyone, no time to catch up.
It's quite hard to get in here sometimes, so will have to save all the news (and photos) until we get home. But know that I'm thinking of you all:heart:

Scene Chaser
04-29-2013, 11:10 AM
Char. I used whole spelt for the banana loaf. I freeze over ripe bananas, too. I slightly toasted the walnuts and used a natural sugar instead of white. Don't know if it matters, though.

JJ, the books are available ebook. I can't get to the library very easily, so this works great. Not sure I want to read about zombies, though.

Bill

Lulu
04-29-2013, 11:16 AM
ps we are babysitting 9 yr old grandson while the girls are at dancing class......John is trying to convince him that he DOES need a shower before bed lol

NancyR
04-29-2013, 11:19 AM
Good morning from Texas. We have two 80 degree days and then another cold front moves through. Oh, I am so tired of this crazy weather.

Jana, I saw that this morning and immediately hoped you were not affected. Glad you have some spa time coming up. You will be ready for spring.

Lulu, I cannot wait to see your photos. So glad that you are having such a good time.

Darla, Life is nothing but a bunch of "curve balls"--some are inexpensive, but most can be dauntingly expensive.

Gail, Glad that the pond has sprung back to life. DH was teasing me about just making a fountain instead of a fish pond. I told him after I retire be prepared!

Sharon, So good to meet you. Welcome back.

Hello to everyone else. Have a wonderful day! White light to all in need.

Europa
04-29-2013, 11:39 AM
AFTERNOON WASHGANGEROOS!!

Popping in ....busy busy busy as usual in the office.

I forgot my DS Jamie's wedding anniversary yesterday :eek: - I had to phone and explain I had so much going on at the moment - no excuse really but a monetary transfer into his bank account ensured his forgiveness.....lol.

Mum seems to have recovered from her two day illness - have had to call the district nurses in though as she is starting with pressure sores again and I haven't any of the pads they put on....so they are due on Wednesday.

She is still in a lot of pain with her shoulder - am trying as best I can to minimise it but cannot wait till we get to see the specialist. :crossfingers:

I am finally happy with the portrait I am doing - I must have scrubbed the darn thing out about 10 times........aaargh - I just need to darken the values a bit and should be good to go. :thumbsup:

Hope everyone is doing ok - those on holiday having a fabulous time - white light to those in need - hugs to everyone else.

Waving to everyone :wave:

LUGGLES

Pat xxx

wcartistsr
04-29-2013, 11:40 AM
Good morning. Nice looking day ahead. Might get outside to enjoy it, but really have "cleaning the studio" on the books for today. House cleaner is here doing the rest, but we do not have her clean the studios. We do that and the studio bathroom ourselves.

Nice to hear recommendations for books. I have made notes. I am currently reading the newest Maise Dobbs book on my Kindle.

Have a great day.

Shirley

New Gamboge
04-29-2013, 01:18 PM
Good morning from a sunny Cobble Hill.

Char - our solution to the Jerusalem artichokes is to feed them to the pigs! I can't stand them, even though DD looked up recipes on the internet - you are supposed to cook them for HOURS - still didn't like them.

Bill - I enjoy Michael Connelly's books also - have read most of them. Our Mr. Feral decided yesterday that the newly planted veggie garden was the perfect place for his toilet - looked very perturbed when I yelled at him, and went ahead anyway. DSIN now has incentive to replace the gate as Stubbi doesn't like climbing our wire fences. Dave moved the gate so he could put an enclosed run for the ducklings when they hatch - moved the hole in the wire, that is, but not yet the gate.

Lynn - my ex moved to Lantzville and my DD spent many summers there! Such a small world. If you do make it back here for a visit be sure to come and see us. DD is also a printmaker.

That is an open invitation to any of you - please visit! Betty

LynnM
04-29-2013, 01:20 PM
Bill, I don't know what that link told you about her books, but Diana Gabaldon definitely does not write about zombies! It is time travel (with much difficulty), so maybe you can't suspend disbelief for the duration, but they are wonderful character studies with Scottish and eastern USA connections and lots of history thrown in, and a bit of archaeology too.

Another author I enjoy is Dorothy Dunnett. Hers are historic novels, the series is called The House of Niccolo, set during Renaissance days. Niccolo Rising is the first.

:lol: Uschi. Congrats to Ava, she will be happy! GS (9) managed the required treading water (in the deep end) last week, so he is happy too.

I managed to get back to sleep this morning, so am still waking up, probably mental exhaustion from last night's family do.....my, 14 people can make a lot of noise, whether it's kids or the adults. I guess I'm a bit of a recluse now! Was lovely, though, and GD very happy with the jewelry case and the little history I put together of her great grandmothers in my line.

The birthday kids 17 and 21 'will that be centre or edge cut?'

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Apr-2013/97813-Anthony_and_Emily_edge_or_centre_piece.jpg

Have a great rest of the day!

Edit: Betty, yes, I 'know' your DD through Wet Canvas printmaking, small world indeed! Thanks for the invitation, will be in touch.

Flattwo
04-29-2013, 02:23 PM
Hi to All

Gail, not even any news of an appointment for an MRI yet, which is a bit worrying, Lesley had a large blood clot expel itself, GP took blood test to determine whether a transfusion was necessary, but Iron shots are prescribed. Thank you and everyone else for your concern.

More painting tonight, helps diminish stress somewhat!

People must be desperate to put themselves through this for a ciggy

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Apr-2013/3457-528333_517548134948512_1769519691_n1.jpg

Speak Later

Henry

JudyL
04-29-2013, 03:19 PM
I could have sworn that I posted this morning, but must have been the effects of the migraine I had and still hanging around. Cannot decide if it was the strong cheddar cheese or the dog on a stick. Took drugs at bedtime last night so slept but the B***tard still hanging on, now using caffine.
Kids came and left for school and I took a short nap in the energy sucking chair.

Jack and I are planning on a short bike ride to check out a route, we have the things should use them!

Again Sharon, so glad you are back with us.

BBL

shipbroker
04-29-2013, 04:04 PM
Evening all

Still dry still windy but a nice afternoon overall.

Actually sat outside and plein aired, a novelty, but we have Ingleborough one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, in good view from here!!
BUT the clouds kept hiding the top...... difficult.

Good evening all.

geoff

JudyL
04-29-2013, 04:37 PM
Just got back from a 5 mile bike ride, the first time I've been on a bike in YEARS! And my first time on the gear type bike takes getting used to, but we will do it again. But not too soon :eek:

Now I will check out the pool! Oh and now it's 87 F here

olliewood0702
04-29-2013, 04:51 PM
Judy both the cheese AND the dog could have caused a migraine, the nitrates in the hotdog and something about aged cheese. Both of those things are mentioned on doctor's lists of migraine causing foods. (Chocolate too). Not everybody that gets migraines is affected but it "can" cause them. I'm glad you felt well enough to go for a bike ride...and 87F:eek: Lucky you going for a swim.

It's almost time to leave here; Larry is coming to pick me up. He's still working on his truck...it was SO MUCH more involved than he thought it would be. :rolleyes: Poor guy.

I still don't know what we're having for dinner but I'd better come up with something soon.

It's been a gorgeous, sunny day and quite mild too:thumbsup:

(((LYN))) (((WINNIE))) (((LESLEY (HENRY'S))) (((DORIS))) & (((ANYONE ELSE IN NEED)))

Enjoy what's left of your day everyone.:wave: :heart:

Scene Chaser
04-29-2013, 06:15 PM
Lynn, I guess this book (http://www.dianagabaldon.com/books/lord-john-grey/novellas/a-plague-of-zombies/) through me off. d
Bill

LynnM
04-29-2013, 07:48 PM
Ahh! Well, that series is related to but can be read separately from the Outlander series. I haven't read that particular one, but she brings a sense of humour and great intelligence to all her writing. I suggest you read the blurb on 'The Outlander'.

Too bad about the headache, Judy, sounds like the one I had yesterday too...it is edging back, caffeine both helps and can trigger if used too much, no escape!

laudesan
04-29-2013, 08:41 PM
Hello to all :-)
just short visit to greet you after some time. I am painting again, so soon I will something to show in gallery. But next week I am leaving to Spa. Jupeeeee!
Lazy week in a spa town in a woods, surrounded by beautiful nature, having treatments, enjoy food. Good! Partly it is payed by health insurance and only for a week to recover from winter flu's, but it looks like holidays!!!

Oki for those who have seen Prague in news. Dont worry, no terrorists! It was only gass explosion and city officers just confirmed that nobody died there. But it was really giant explosion. All windows around are down all part of prague traffic goes different direction.:clap: :heart: :thumbsup: :clap: Great to see you Jana.


JJ, the books are available ebook. I can't get to the library very easily, so this works great. Not sure I want to read about zombies, though.

BillYou are right, she did write about Zombies. It was in her Lord John Series I think.
I read that story, against my better thoughts, it was creepy, very creepy... It was far fetched too, (I hope) so didn't give me nightmares. (I refuse to think that really happened) :eek: Taking the skin off dead people, and drugging people and getting them to sleep in fresh graves, so they smelled like the living dead.:eek: It sure left an impression on me.

:wave: Lulu :wave:

Gail you must be excited your pool is open again. Bring on spring.. Autumn/fall here is absolutely glorious right now. Fresh, lots of sun, and just a great to be alive feeling!

Hugs to Pat and Nan. Hang in there girl..

Love the photo Lynn.. I tis good that our kids know their genealogy and family stories too.

Henry, I think of you and Lesley every day. You are in my heart. As for that smokers bell, eeeeeeeeeeeuw, it must stink.. :(

Hugs Judy, and gentle hugs to Jack too.

Darla, I get shocking headaches, and quite debilitated from eating Darrell Lea (http://dlea.com.au/) dark chocolate. I ate their dark chocolate easter eggs one year, and though I was "done for", I had a wicked migraine, but also I was disorientated and feeling depressed, really depressed. Those who know me, know I am not a depressive person.. Just the opposite. :D Never again. I don't eat chocolate at all anymore.

JudyL
04-29-2013, 09:58 PM
Thanks JJ, I did get in the pool, it was lovely :smug: I did a few laps and my favorite, floated :cool: Jack went to the garage and worked on adjusting the bikes :rolleyes:

He just does not know when to stop! Of course he does watch the telly by osmossis, a lot, on the sofa (the energy sucking one) I ususally throw a blanket over him and tip toe to bed. I do not believe in waking someone up to send them to bed. :lol:

FYI STAR testing is Standardize Testing and Reporting Program a requirement in California.