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05-22-2013, 09:41 PM
Early morning all.

Sleep pattern back to early awakenings again!

Today firecast not good and feel too week for golf so some shopping will be needed as toast and eggs only so far.

Back later hopefully.


05-22-2013, 11:19 PM
Sorry to hear it, Geoff, I hope you get back go sleep. I am off to bed, hope I have better luck! See you in my tomorrow.

05-22-2013, 11:50 PM
Geoff take it easy for a few days, you really need to allow time to heal! Men!

05-23-2013, 12:57 AM
Cheers both.

Judy came across picture I took of Hannahs staff last year, as may be around Knaresborough next week or so wondered how Laurence was?

I managed about another hours sleep and now I am up.


05-23-2013, 01:40 AM
Good morning all, brigh but overcast here Geoff.

Sorry you were awake early again Geoff, hope you can get back to a decent sleep pattern.

Art class this morning.

PS Horrible news this morning about a terrorist attack on a soldier in London.


05-23-2013, 03:03 AM
Good evening all.

Boy, you were sleepless Geoff!!

Doug, that was horrible. Terrorists or plain mad murderers. Senseless and stupid. The poor mans family (((()))).

Hi Judy and Lynn.

Clear, windy and cold today. Another bonfire done. Roger is cooking tonight. Loki has made the tactical error of coming in now. Bo is nowhere to be found but the clacking of plates will bring him breathless to the door.

:wave: Hope everyone has a great day.

05-23-2013, 04:59 AM
Bo is nowhere to be found but the clacking of plates will bring him breathless to the door.

That works here too Annie, human as well as feline lol

Evening everyone:wave:
Had some nice sunshine today, got to 20C, briefly! Now 9.9C at 9 pm.
Went walking and visiting today, have had a good day.
We were going to go away for the weekend, a friend has been awarded a QSM and his family are putting on a surprise party for him, but alas, John's not feeling great, the man-cold has taken hold. The last cold he had was when we were cruising on the Nile River in 2007!!!

Have just watched one of my favourite programmes, Who Do You Think You Are, tonight's one went to Italy. Very moving, and very interesting.

Horrible horrible news Doug, that poor family.........and now innocent migrants will feel the backlash from it too.

Better go and tidy the kitchen and get ready for an early night.

Oh, ps, saw this today, well worth reading. Heart surgeon speaks out on the REAL causes of heart disease (Heart surgeon speaks out on the REAL causes of heart disease)
........and it's not high cholesterol! surprise surprise....

05-23-2013, 05:23 AM
Bo was inside. :rolleyes: I must find our where his NEW spot is.

Dinner is served. :)

05-23-2013, 06:57 AM
Good Morning all,
It is quarter to seven in the a.m. here in soggy Oakwood. I was awakened at 4:15 a.m. by the sound of rain pounding on the roof above our heads. It has stopped now and our temps are supposed to be pleasantly Spring-like today...only in the high 60°Fs. So the AC is off and the windows will be opened (unless it is going to rain again, then it will just be the screen doors letting in the cool air).

Poor Larry has had a terrible week with tools....on Monday he was blowing the fallen petals from the Honey Locust trees that are clogging up our gutters on the roof when smoke began coming out of the motor housing. RIP leaf blower. So we did a lot of research on line and found one that had fewer bad comments than the others and he went out and bought it. Tuesday he was using his weed wacker (trimmer) around the yard and it died (less dramatically than the blower, but dead anyway). More on line research and we ordered one from Amazon. Only cost $20 but had some good reviews. Figured if it doesn't work, he can throw it away and get a more expensive one. None had really rave reviews. :rolleyes: THEN, this is the biggy. Yesterday he was at the kitchen sink rinsing his coffee cup out when the faucet began to mysteriously rise off its base and spew water. So he dismantled it and got the book out to see what was happening and discovered a part that holds the unit together had broken. Fortunately, it has a lifetime guarantee, so he called the company that makes the faucet and they have shipped the parts to us. Hopefully they'll arrive today or tomorrow. It is a pain in the patootie to have to go to the bathroom sink to fill the coffee maker and other pans for cooking. :rolleyes: Last night he said he was afraid to use the fan over our bed because it might fall down on us while we were sleeping. He was just joking....I think. :rolleyes:

Geoff, Hope you and Eileen both begin to feel better shortly. I agree with Judy about letting your body recover by taking it a bit slowly for a little while.

Annie, :lol: at the picture of you standing in the doorway rattling dishes while Bo sneaks up on you from inside the house. ;)

Lulu, Ahhhh, poor John. He sounds a lot like Larry...no major health problems, not even colds. Now that he has one, he will be more miserable than others though. ;)

Doug, I saw stories about that horrible attack and the woman who got off the bus and talked to the terrorists until the police came. Brave soul she is. Poor young man who was the victim of their hatred and violence. :mad:

:wave: to Judy and all who are on their way.



05-23-2013, 07:27 AM
Well, the sun has appeared but it is a little cool at 13C and there is a stiff breeze. I'll wrap up to play bowls.

Thanks for the link Lulu, I sent it to my doctor :lol:

(((Larry))) what a day! LOL about the ceiling fan :D

Painted a Magnolia in class this morning (photo attached) and started a larger version of my Ilfracombe boats painting.



05-23-2013, 07:36 AM
Good Morning!!!

Cooler today and for the next few days. After the heat we have already had it will feel downright cold:lol: Also supposed to rain all day, hasn't started yet.

I think Mrs. Robin is still sitting on her nest but I can't see her any more because the Mulberry tree is leafing out and hiding her and the nest.

The canada goose family is still visiting every day, sometimes twice, and the little ones are growing fast and my driveway is a MESS!!!

The scrabble ladies are coming to my place this afternoon so I have to do a bit of housework:)

Geoff, sounds like the "lurgies" really got ahold of you and Eileen. Remember how many set-backs some of our washer friends had with the same thing, so really, take it easy!!!

((((((((Theresa))))))))))) I am so sorry you are in so much pain.

Lulu, the link is out of commission, so what is the REAL reason for heart disease???? Sorry John isn't well. P.S. Got it now and am in the process of reading.

Sylvia, you and Larry are safe now and can relax because you had the THREE mishaps.

I'll have to read up on the attack in London, am just hearing about it in the radio.

Annie, poor Bo for you confusing him like that. Banging the dishes is supposed to be for coming in, not out:evil: :lol:

Have a good class Doug!!!

The sky has cleared and is very blue and the sun is shining, so don't know about the supposed rain.

Henry, sending good thoughts to you and Leslie.

:wave: Uschi

05-23-2013, 07:37 AM
Sylvia...so it isn't only us that has a series of domestic disasters then!

Doug...Love the Magnolia, there were lots out in Mount Usher Gardens in Ireland last week.

Slowing down...yes am doing so...have just cancelled our week in Ripon in the caravan and no point in us passing the bugs between us again and again...which is what I think is happening..


05-23-2013, 08:30 AM
Happy Thursday,

It's cloudy, cool and rainy here. I thought it was supposed to be nice today; perhaps it'll clear up later.

Josh called last night...after we were in bed almost asleep:rolleyes: and we talked until just after midnight. Needless to say we both didn't want to get up this morning. He is flying to Aberdeen, Scotland today (5 days ahead of us). He'll spend some time in Amsterdam while we are in England.

Doug, that attack makes me scared to visit London; but if we let things like that stop us we'd never see anything right? What a horrible thing.

Aww LuLu, poor (((JOHN)))...has the dreaded man-flu. I hope it's short lived. That article is what I've been reading in many articles lately. Inflamation is what causes cancers too...sugar and processed foods are killing us....I just wish they didn't taste so good.:confused: I usually cook healthy fresh foods and very little processed stuff....BUT....I LOVE to bake; cakes, cookies, etc and I LOVE ice cream. Sugar is highly addictive!:eek: They're all killing us with too many choices of convenience foods in the grocery store I think. I think the number of cancer cases would drop dramatically if we all stopped eating all processed foods and sugar & flour. Good article, thanks for sharing!:thumbsup:

Sylvia, poor Larry, what a horrible day for him...when it rains it pours hey?

Hi Annie, Lynn and Judy!

Geoff, I sure do hope you and Eileen will start to feel better real soon, get plenty of rest.

Uschi, I've never seen anything poop as much as the Canada geese...yuck. We have two little bunnies that are in our yard, living under our shed! Last night they both were out and eating on my perennials!:eek: Larry has set the live trap out and hopefully we can catch them and re-locate them. But they look like young ones...and you know what they say about rabbits:rolleyes: We don't know if we should plant our veggie garden before we leave or not; it could be wiped out by the time we come home.

FIVE MORE SLEEPS! We have everything we need and are ready; I'll just have to wait until 24 hours before our flight to print our boarding passes. Poor Josh had to fly from Nashville to Dallas, then Dallas to Aberdeen. Strange that his lay-over was in Dalla; ours is in Philadelphia. He has to take dramamine to fly so he's hoping to sleep some on the plane. We are hoping to sleep some too but I think the excitement may make it difficult.;)

I hope you have a WONDERFUL TRIP ELLEN and that the wedding will be WONDERFUL TOO!!:clap: :wave:

I hope you all have a GREAT DAY!

BBL:wave: :heart:

Strawberry Wine
05-23-2013, 08:35 AM
Good Day Washers from a very soggy Island Grove... Over the past 48 hours we have had several storms with torrential rains along with very high winds. No falling trees here but tornados have touched down to the east and west of us. Once again we have extremely wet areas which the mosquitos are using as their breeding grounds. The pond has overflowed its banks several times and the frogs and fish are liking it. We have not had mosquitos like this since 1993. We are hoping and have our :crossfingers: for a bit of a dry spell. One good thing, the peonies have not bloomed yet.

Sylvia, well you have had your 3 things so you should be good for a while. I can't believe you found a weed wacker for $20. For that price you may receive a pair of hand shears in the mail.:rolleyes: Do let us know the make and how well it performs.

Uschi, Lulu's link works for me... Oh, I see that you have got it working. You can probably open your umbrella now that Ms Robin's nest is tucked away behind the new growth.

Geoff, don't think you can pass this bug back and forth, cause once you've got it, you've got it. But Uschi is right, if you don't rest for several days and recuperate it just keeps re surfacing.

Since it is too buggy to work outside, unless the sun comes out, I may work on my Calla Lillies.

Char, have you posted yours yet?

Darla, homemade baking is a good choice . You know exactly what you are putting into what you are making and there will be no preservitives. You can also reduce the sugar amounts somewhat in most things. for example from a cup in a batch of cookies to 1/2 or 3/4. Char, makes her own ice cream from Strawberries and Cream in her food processor in mere minutes. One step at a time is the way to go. When I bake cookies I freeze most of them (out of sight out of mind, sort of) and only take out 6 at a time.

Cheers to all,


05-23-2013, 08:50 AM
Good morning... It's blessedly cool but cloudy this morning... those clouds seem to have been relieved of their rain somewhere else because they aren't releasing it here... and we need it.

Last night, we met Magoo at the theatre to see the new Star Trek movie... it was SO good! I'd see it again. Right away. :) We all came back here for coffee afterward...

I should get to the gym this morning. And then I'll finish my fuchsia painting this afternoon... I want to get the grass pulled out of my flower beds, but have been hoping for rain to make it easier to do. Our soil is SO hard (clay). I may have to just get to it.

((Theresa)) I'm hope your terrible pain eases today...

Geoff, you really do need to take the time to recover your strength... I hope Eileen is mending quickly...

Hi Judy and Lynn...

Doug, I saw that terrible barbaric event on last night's news... :mad: Your magnolia photo is beautiful.

Shaking the "treats bag" brings in our guys most of the time... So, what was on your dinner plates Annie?

So sorry that John has succumbed to the dreaded man cold, Lulu! I'm not surprised by that article and it supports what I've been reading about genetically modified food which causes inflammation because our bodies don't know how to deal with the foreign elements.

Sylvia, you've had your three episodes so let's hope now that you're safe from any further broken stuff! Is Larry also suffering from man cold?

Uschi, too bad the link didn't work for you... basically it says exactly what you and I were talking about the other day! :lol: I'm absolutely loving this cool air...

Geoff, your domestic disasters ended up being pretty costly, eh?

Darla, I couldn't agree more about tasty snack foods... it's the one thing we've had trouble replacing with healthy alternatives! :lol: Counting down, eh? :clap:

I wish you'd send some of that rain back down here, Gail! I haven't posted my little painting yet 'cause I haven't photographed it yet! :lol: We saw the wind damage (on the news) and didn't realize that tornadoes had touched down.

If I had to head to town, I'd better get a move on... Have a happy and creative day everyone... Prayers are with all who're under the weather... :heart:

Ellen in Ont
05-23-2013, 09:07 AM
:wave: everyone,
I am down to just one page on my "to do" list. One more sleep.:eek: I can't believe it's actually here. I don't know how I'm going to do with the heat and humidity but there is always the pool and air conditioning. :rolleyes: Right now it is -1 with a chance of flurries here.

My son starts his new job today. He has to go underground for orientation and to be sure he can handle it without becoming claustrophobic before he signs all the paperwork. :rolleyes: He won't be doing mining, he will work in a huge warehouse underground. It will mean shiftwork but a steady job with benefits, MUCH less stress, vehicle allowance etc. :thumbsup: He thinks he will actually feel like cooking at home again (now that he doesn't have to do it as a job) and will get his passion for it back.

I better run and start my list. I'll check in tomorrow before I go. There is supposed to be WIFI there but I heard it isn't reliable so we'll see.

Stay well or get better, stay safe, and keep those brushes wet.:D

05-23-2013, 09:18 AM
:wave: Good day all! Sunny here at the moment but storms are coming through regularly. I hope I get to the gallery before the next one. It was so hot and humid last night, will be pleasant when it cools off this weekend. Relatively good sleep, no headache this AM, I think the massage is working :clap:

I am having wifi woes. I set up my router again when I got the I-pad mini, and it works fine. But somehow my laptop firewall is blocking the local network, and I can't print from it, and of course it has the old word processing program on it that I want to use. I can just plug the printer into it, so will do so, but it's the principle of the thing, I should be able to use the network :( Amazing how much time one can spend on this sort of thing!

Very interesting link, Lulu, thanks! It is exactly what my new eating program is supporting, and I hope the rest of the medical profession gets the message.

Hope your equipment difficulties are over, Sylvia......:) at the fan!

Lovely star magnolia, Doug.

I agree, Gail, I cut down the sugar, and use xylitol for baking. Of course, that doesn't reduce your set point for sweetness the way total abstinence does, but I just can't stand my coffee without some sweetness :rolleyes:

I'm getting excited about your trip right along with you, Darla! I look forward very much to your reports back to us.

My sympathies re the goose droppings, Uschi, the birds are lovely to look at, but not sure that makes up for the mess :eek: Seeing them at a distance is fine :)

Hi Annie, Judy!

Hugs going out to all in pain and distress :grouphug: :heart: :grouphug:

edit: Sounds like it is a good job for him, Ellen, what a relief! Will be thinking of you winging your way south, hope it is not too hot there for you.

Char, glad to get your review of that movie, I am looking forward to it.

05-23-2013, 09:24 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap: Ellen :wave: :wave: :wave: So much excitement... so little time...

Lynn, we've been experimenting with coconut palm sugar... it has a slight caramel flavour and we use much less than conventionally processed white sugar. Networking is really tricky... good luck :crossfingers: getting it resolved.

Shutting down the computer... I'm not going to the gym today after all... I'll do it tomorrow... I need to get back on track, but my metal isn't agreeing with me just now... Anyway... :wave:

05-23-2013, 10:11 AM
I read the article and actually heard the same from one of the specialists, michgt even have been the one who wrote this, who was on Dr. Oz.

Of the people I know who have had heart attacks, not one of them was obese or even heavy. Starting with my husband who had a major heart attack at 42 years of age. ALL the meals I cooked were from scratch and healthy, we very rarely had desserts (I can never remember if the sweet stuff is spelled with double ss:lol: ) he was 5'10 and weighed 147 lbs. No collesterol!!!!!! But he was utterly frustrated at his job and I truly believe he exploded with frustration.

The others, table tennis people, Jenny, George, Gerry, Rudi, Howard, Tom and a few others - very active, skinny, healthy home cooked meals (all old fashioned and older people who really aren't into fast foods). Not one is a smoker.

My friend Lynn (the one I go for lunch with) had narrowed arteries from too much calcium, slender and eats very healthily but she too was under great stress because she was losing her job.

Also so many things affect the blood vessels i.e. all NSAID pain killers/anti inflametories narrow the blood vessels.

I think if anything is going to give us a heart attack it is worrying about having one:lol: :lol: In the meantime relax and paint and :crossfingers: :crossfingers: :crossfingers: for all of us!!!!!


05-23-2013, 10:45 AM
:wave: Hiya Kids have come and went. DGD had to watch the winning dance from Dancing With the Stars (Strictly Come Dancing over here) before she would go to school, (ie:The Lean) truly awesome!

Not to much to report, the kids have a "new" car, so they can return to normal, till Lauren gets her license that is, but when she goes to college she can ride the bus for free, which would be ok as the bus goes very close to our house! Mum Jen has caught Kevin's "man flu" so is suffering, hope she is better by Friday we are supposed to go to the Stockton Thunder play hockey. I was worried that I had a bit of it till I realized it is allergy season.

Today I REALLY plan on finishing the painting I started about a week ago! promise to post it (with Jack's help that still stumps me)


05-23-2013, 10:50 AM
Just awoken after 3 hours deep sleep......do I feel better? no I don't.

Eileen also in bed ...she is sufffering more than I, possibly because of the Norovirus she had a couple of years ago which may have weakened her...

Sun is shining and breezy....so what!


05-23-2013, 11:55 AM
Ok Geoff, you know the routine, plenty of fluid, light meals and lots of rest! Stay in bed and watch the telly! by osmosis if necessary.

My mum used to say, "If you stay in bed drink lots of fluids it will last 7 days, if you ignore it, and go to school, it will last a week"

I don't hold with that, she didn't ever mention the passing on the germ factor :rolleyes:

Take care!

05-23-2013, 01:05 PM
Just dropping in to say Hello:wave: :wave:

Busy running errands today and filled up bird feeders now to get shower and get ready to do my volunteer work at the museum tonight from 3:30 - 8pm. :crossfingers: :crossfingers:

Wishing everyone well ---I must say that London attack sickened me and I couldn't watch any news anymore.

Everyone take care


05-23-2013, 04:22 PM
Still rainy and dull and COLD!:confused: I didn't wear a coat to work so I'm glad I remembered to put a sweater in my bag because I get cold from the air conditioning. It's supposed to be quite cool tomorrow and Saturday too. But sunny through MOnday now.:thumbsup:

One more work day then vacation time.:clap: MOnday is a Holiday here (Memorial Day) so we are off.

I'm helping Kaitlyn with an art project for school and we have to work on it tonight. BUT...Larry is staying over until 7pm and I will have the girls so have to think of something for dinner.:rolleyes:

I'm trying to use up what's in my refrigerator so that we won't have to throw things out when we get home; it's looking mighty bare these days.:lol:

We will watch the Redwings play tonight their 4th game in this series; at home too.:crossfingers:

I hope you all enjoy your evening/afternoon!:wave:

:grouphug: to all in need.

05-23-2013, 04:34 PM
Hi Darla, it is unusually cool here too. Not likely to be much above 13C/55F when you are here.


Saint Ragdoll
05-23-2013, 04:44 PM
I do believe frustration, stress and depression can cause all sorts of health problems...All the anger and acting on anger in this world now....
My sympathies with the poor soldier, his family and the innocent immigrants that will suffer from this....
Well, all the numbing stuff in my back has worn off, the "angry nerves" have calmed down and.......no pain in the area the injection is supposed to take care of. So that is 2 painful areas taken care of, for now......Yipeeee!!! But, funny thing, all the pain I had, it was coming from 3 different places and all the pain just blurred together making it hard to say exactly where the pain was coming from. The last painful spot is upper back and the xray shows scolosis, my back just takes a sudden bend to the left at that point. I dont know if steroid injections will work on this. I have been compiling a list of questions and concerns to ask my doc at the follow up appointment to see what the future holds, my options.....
I am hoping that these injections last a good long while....I not thrilled to be having steroids in my body(side effects are awful) but this whole chronic pain issue is a complicated one and these steroid injections seem to be THE thing to do for my sort of problem......i keep telling myself, I am not in as much pain as I was and that is a GOOD thing no matter what, I can live my life ,for the most part, doing what I want,when I want....
Life philosophies.....
There is always some one better off than I am and always someone much worse off. Every day I count all the things I am grateful for, some simple silly things others major, all make me happy and enrich my life.
In every negative or bad thing, look for some way you can learn crom this, even if it is a good example of a bad example, it's not as bad if you can learn from it..
And now I am gonna go practice plein air painting, my neighbors house!!!
Saint Ragdoll

New Gamboge
05-23-2013, 05:11 PM
Hi everyone - a beautiful day after a night of rain. Our muscovy eggs are hatching, and a friend keeps bringing us more babies as he has no protection from the ravens.


This is what some of the adults look like - they are hard to photograph as soon as they see me they start walking towards me in the hopes of food!



My DD still has her horrible cough - it's getting better very slowly. Her dr prescribed a puffer, which sent her into paroxysms of coughing, so stopped using it. DGD is finally over hers, and mine is almost gone.

I finished putting Tanglefoot around my house so hopefully no more ants. I have also been attacking the St John's wort again - it is getting less healthy, but I think it's a life-long job.

Our deer have been around again, so at least no bears while they're here! And we have strawberries (which still have to ripen) so it's a good thing I got the netting up. HAWLTAIN. Betty :cat:

05-23-2013, 06:55 PM
Summer's over. :lol: The wind changed, the drizzle arrived and the temperature dropped 10 degrees in an hour... and it's gotten steadily colder... Ted went out to secure the dock and put a coat on!

We dropped by the Superstore and had lunch with Magoo... Ted's friend Rick is coming down here tomorrow so I wanted a nice big chicken to rotisserie. I also picked up a new mat for the back door as my old one was really getting scruffy looking.

I got a couple of paintings sprayed with fixative but didn't get my fuchsia finished... :rolleyes:

Uschi, your friends probably never fell for the convenience of Convenience Foods... the over-processed junk that we were brainwashed to believe was good for us... anyway, their children and grandchildren are likely buying the very stuff their parents avoided.

Judy, your Mother had a great sense of humour!

Geoff, it's hard to lay around doing nothing much... but that's exactly what you need to do!

Hi Anita!

"Fridge Meals" are really a challenge, eh, Darla!

Doug, it's only going to be around 13C for the next several days here as well...

Teresa, I'm glad the shot has helped ease your pain...

Those chicks are adorable, Betty...

I'm going to read by the fire (yes, Annie, I succumbed) awhile... Have a wonderful evening/morning everyone!

05-23-2013, 09:52 PM
Yeah Char, she was a hoot! Probably comes from being the oldest female of 12 (10 surviving)

Lauren had her last day of real school, the seniors take off for Disneyland at 5 am then graduation on Tuesday. Going to be a busy week.

I am about to go upstairs as I have a bit of a sore throat and Jack is watching the second of 6 DVD's all of old Star Trek movies, and I don't like this one. (Wrath of Khan)