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Scene Chaser
03-22-2011, 03:22 AM
Good day All,
Woke early today and surprised no one had opened the Wash. BTW, yesterday's wash is a year old.

I painted last night and have decided to do that for an hour each evening, as I find it more relaxing than watching TV, which I do not find very entertaining, anyway.


03-22-2011, 03:48 AM
Good morning Bill, you really did wake early :eek:

I altered the year on yesterday's Wash - surprised no-one noticed it.

Hope you are feeling better these days.

Well, it's a fine morning here, hazy sun and 50F. Just been out and check - looks like my beautiful Ceanothus is dead - killed by the frost I suppose. I'll have to get a replacement.

Found the bird feeder on the ground, the wood pigeons have learned to fly into it and dislodge it. Unfortunately the pigeon was unlucky this time, it fell vertically and the pigeon couldn't get its head into the half full feeder :thumbsup:

Visiting Wyn and her pal this morning then back to the Nursing Home with Ruth this afternoon. Had no luck with ancestry yesterday the home had subscribed to the US site instead of the UK one :rolleyes:


03-22-2011, 03:50 AM
Hi Bill, boy your up early and I'm up late. Not much new here, just been on line looking for some inspiration to paint. Seems like my muse went on vacation. Were getting a little rain right now, which we need greatly.

Someone asked me yesterday about rattlers, I think Reggie. Yes we get them here quite often. In the past 8 years we have had five, but the neighbors get them also. They are all over Arizona, just have to stay alert. Our dog sleeps outside. She has a large 25x75 foot fenced yard with access to the front porch where her dog house is. She alerted us to one, but kept her distance. She is a really smart dog, part hound, so she has a nose for anything different or a threat. She also has a nose for treats like beggin strips and loves sweets.

We have her on a diet now as she is up to 101 pounds. I guess she thinks we are being mean, cutting down her food, but the vet says it's for her own good.

If it's nice tomorrow, I need to go to town and get a haircut and Bob could use one also.

Hope everyone has a great day............Lenore

03-22-2011, 04:10 AM
Morning all...

So I was a year out yesterday..perhaps I was trying to turn back time?...I wish!!

Ceanothus...two out of three of mine have died Doug and the other doesn't look too great either...been going around garden centres this past week looking for some replacements,none about, everyone seems to be on flowering fruit trees this year....

Felt quite 'down' and emotional last night, probably the aftershock kicking in....however managed an unbroken six and a half hours sleep and I can't remember the last time that happened, not for many many months.

Off up to garage in Swaledale to see if they can get me two replacement sets of car keys and immobiliser fobs....have to pay in advance for these ....difficult when you don't have any 'cards' left! But still have a couple of personal cheques in the house,rest went up.

Back later


03-22-2011, 04:11 AM

I had two appointments today. One at the Mole Scan clinic, where i am closely monitored for any changes is any of the moles I have on my back. I got the all clear for another 6 months!! Second, at the Gastro specialist, where he gave me the all clear as well for the numerous biopsies they took. I thought it was 3, it was triple that!! :eek: I am good for another few months!

I hope you all have a great day.

Love, hugs and healing vibes..

03-22-2011, 04:34 AM
Good morning, afternoon and evening to all, another perfect day in W.Australia. Approx. 31c here at the moment and with the sun bouncing off our patio floor, I think it is probably a lot warmer than that.

Well Doctor’s visit this morning to get all our prescriptions for the next six months sorted out. We dropped them into the chemist on the way home and will pick them up tomorrow. The doctor put a Reg. 24 stamp on all the scripts, which basically means, we can pick up six months worth of everything before we leave. I can tell you, the eyes on the other people in the pharmacy when we go to pick them up, grow very big. Hubby takes 10 different types of pills several times a day and I take 4 every day, so if you multiply those by 6 months worth, that’s a lot of pills! We keep them in an esky under our bed in the caravan, to keep the temperature reasonably constant.

Yesterday I had a physio appointment and another one next Wednesday, nothing major, just nuisance problems. Hubby has a checkup at the heart clinic at Royal Perth Hospital tomorrow, but we are expecting that will be all o.k. then I have an appointment at King Edward Hospital for Women on Monday and more physio on Wednesday. That’s enough doctors for 12 months in my opinion. Just as well it doesn’t involve anything major. Thanks for all the well wishes, but don’t worry about us, we’re going along fine.

I tried my new Windsor & Newton Gouache last night and already have one piece of paper which needs a painting on the other side! I am going to find it a little hard to judge the colour intensity of this paint as the pigment load is just so much more than I am used to. I think I am going to like it though. Still trying to work out a good limited palette with it.

Bill, that’s a great idea. There’s not much worthwhile on T.V. these days.

Hi Doug, Are you able to rectify the problem for the ancestry class?

JJ, you seem to be really enjoying your sketching. Not something I am very good at I am afraid. Hope your Biopsy results are o.k. Edit. We cross posted, I'm glad all is well test wise.

Hi Sylvia, Your carnival mask is looking rather spectacular, looking forward to seeing it when you are finished.

Hi Uschi, stupid question, but what does the sump pump do?

Char & JudyL :lol::lol: – I had a little chuckle when I read your questions. LONI was a term originally penned by Annie and standing for 'Land Of No Internet'. It just stuck. I must admit, I did wonder if everyone understood what it meant.

My goodness Carolynn, it wouldn’t be really pleasant to work in 30c heat all the time. I love 30c heat, but I am not usually doing anything at the time.

Hi Lenore, I don’t mind snakes too much, but I wouldn’t want to get bitten by one. What variety are they? I need someone to put me on a diet and lock up the food! I am not ginormous, but I would like to loose a few kilos.

Hi Reggie, Do you find fatty food upsets your hiatis hernia. I find stress and alcohol are my main triggers. It’s horrible isn’t it.

Hi Ellen, your Seascape is gorgeous.:clap:

Boy Geoff, What a job!:eek:

Lynn, you do lead a really busy dressmaking life.

Hi Lynn, Anita, Ellen, Bridget,


Scene Chaser
03-22-2011, 04:40 AM
Geoff, don't blame you a bit. I thought about you often yesterday.

Too bad about your plant losses Doug and Geoff.

My losses were devestating, not from the weather; but from the deer and rabbits. Will need to fertilize, prune and pray they are alive enough to fill out again. We have purchased an electric fence to install for next year. :evil:

JJ :thumbsup:

Lenore, Rattlers are beautifully designed creatures. don't think I'd like to paint one en plein air, though.:)


03-22-2011, 04:50 AM
Well, the sun is shining brightly now, a beautiful morning.

Hi Lenore - luckily we only have one poisonous snake, the Adder which lives in heathland.

Hope you can get your keys sorted Geoff, hope your cards come quickly.

They will have to cancel and re-subscribe to ancestry.co.uk Nola. I can just imagine the amount of medication you will take :eek: Perhaps you need to go to LONF (land of no food :lol: ) me too!

Trouble is Ceanothus are quite slow growing Bill, we have a prostrate one, but it is the standard that is most impressive. I'll probably order one from a specialist nursery.


03-22-2011, 05:02 AM
Hi all .. Geoff ((())). That is so heartbreaking. :heart:

:crossfingers: for the insurance co.

It's a dazed place... insurance companies.

I saw the LONI questions today and giggled. Noooo .. Nola can take care of that :evil:.

You must be SO looking forward to your trip Nola. You said there must be 12 doctors for every month? :lol: So right.

Sump pumps? Please someone let us know or our southern imaginations will run wild!

Lenore ... your muse is lurking and will attack you at the least available timewise moment. :heart:

Rattlers? you can keep them. I'll keep our shy red bellied black snakes and carpet pythons. Sort of. That's why I don't keep chickens ... they're quickest way of bringing in the dingos, carpet pythons (non venomous but big mouths when not full ... and big stomachs .. when full) and more goannas (they love eggs)... and besides I'd name the chickens and that would would be that. Twenty year old mollycoddled chickens? :lol:

Bill .. every continent has eatingus anythingus wildlife.... from what I can gather. We don't have bears.

Hi Doug and JJ :wave: ... offski to make something unappealing for dinner. Not hungry.

03-22-2011, 05:13 AM
besides I'd name the chickens and that would would be that. Twenty year old mollycoddled chickens?

And no eggs :lol:

You have such an amusing turn of phrase Annie :D

Sump pumps - all basements have a tendency to let in ground water, especially in areas where they get deep ground frost. The idea is to have a small sump in the basement floor which takes any seepage from the drainage tile surrounding the basement and is float activated to kick in when there is an accumulation of water.


03-22-2011, 05:35 AM
Thank you, Doug .. my mind is at rest! :wink2:

Eggs? Probably in the first years ... and then negated by the vet bills in the latter.

03-22-2011, 05:39 AM
Morning All.:wave: 8.4C 09.26am here in cloudy Bath. Should get out later. Snakes Ugh:eek: ? I can't stand them not even the harmless grass snake that we have. Well we do have one mildly poisonous species but they certainly don't live at the bottom of the garden.

The phone rang at 7.25am which is unusual but fortunately only my son-in-law to ask if we could go to his house at 1pm instead of 3pm. Usually we collect my grand daughter from school today. Apparently the boiler has packed up and British Gas are coming between 1 and 6pm to fix it (hopefully).

Last night went to my Bathampton Art group and had a better night although not 100% by any means. I tried to paint some Hellebores from the garden. Only partially successful as I overworked the painting trying to get the subtle blend of colours. Overworking the bane of watercolourists:evil: . I started another Indian portrait and this is coming along well.:crossfingers:

Have to rush as the phone call has disrupted plans for the morning. We're off to Keynsham to do a number of things, including my getting a piece of glass to replace one I broke when changing a painting in a frame. Fortunately everything is close to hand, the children and grandchildren, Keynsham our local small town, and Bath and Bristol. Everything is minutes away yet we live in a large village bordered by farmland and community woodland. Lucky eh?:cat:

All best wishes to everyone and the usual hope that your problems, if you have any, will soon vanish.

Peter (the other one):)

03-22-2011, 05:47 AM
Doug & Annie :lol::lol::lol:

If our freezer breaks down in the LONI, it will quickly become the LONF:lol::lol:.

03-22-2011, 06:09 AM
Morning all! I woke up a little earlier today so I have a few more mins to post and can leave a little earlier so if the roads are not good I can take my time. I have no idea of what my schedule is today and hopefully will be able to review the charts before the appts. These exams are complicated so you have to read them ahead of time and plan the exam and the questions I need to ask. Then they have to be typed into a template that is quite detailed. We basically need to have them completed at the time of the exam so they can be sent in that day or the next. It is quite complicated. I do love meeting these vets as they are quite very interesting. some have endured a lot for our country. God Bless them!

Doug - sorry your plants have died. We have no plants even poking up as we still have a foot or so of snow on the ground! and the ground is still frozen.
Yesterday we only ended up with a couple of inches of snow, thank goodness!

I want Spring!!!!

Geoff- what a pain not even having your credit cards. Can't they overnight them to you?

Lenore- the rattlers give me the creeps! I am so glad we don't have a snakes llke that here. The only poisonous snakes we have are the Copperheads and they are rare in Vt due to the cold climate.

Nola- good luck with all your medical appts.

Good morning Annie and Bill!

Well time to go and take my shower and get ready for work.

Have a great day all!

Til later!



03-22-2011, 06:12 AM
:lol: Nola ... the LONFF ?

Peter(other) .. snakes are part of the great tapestry of life IMO as are spiders, as are insects and small bits of toenail .. the small moments of beauty we can ALL observe and SEE. Hell, once I mentioned the Cricket and Char posted a a really beautiful photo of hers. It wasn't Ricky Ponting. :lol:

03-22-2011, 06:44 AM

It is 6:30 AM here in Ohio. I know we had rain last night and temps are to drop today and I just heard on TV MUCH colder temps coming our way.

I worked on getting house in order yesterday. Last week I painted a small pic of a wicker basket with pansies in it. I had the mat and the frame ready. Finished piece just 8 x 10. I can't find my mat. I have looked all over the place. Must be a senior moment starting already:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

I work at the shop today. Last Sat was crazy afternoon. Will be interesting to see what will happen in the next several weeks. The owner of the shop was offered to take over another space in town. If he does we will be moving. It's all on the hush hush. This little town has so much behind the scenes "Drama". It's like a small soap opera.:lol: :lol: :lol:

I have been having such a hard time sleeping during the night --last night I drank a glass of wine - was up 1 time about 12;30AM and then back to bed and slept till 6 AM.

I have found a home care group that I am going to look into for work later in the week. I'll let you know what I find out.

Geoff - Still thinking of you. It will be frustrating getting all your cards and things replaced I'm sure. Still sounds like a close call for you. Do you think that you will get another caravan?

JJ - Good news on your tests.

Uschi - glad you enjoyed your cruise.

Hello to All yet to come.


03-22-2011, 07:59 AM
Good Morning Everyone!!

We had 5 minutes of sun and now it is overcast. Temperature 1C and a few cm of snow expected overnight.

I'll continue on the iris painting this morning, then at 2:00 p.m. I start work in the gallery. I am participating in a local art sale middle of April and want to have a few more of those smaller framed paintings ready.

Annie, add on to Doug's excellent explanation of the sump pump - it stops the basement from flooding, i.e. what happened to Darla's basement, whose sump pump broke.

Anita, I can't wait to see photos of your display! Sounds like you are having a lot of fun with it.

(((((((Geoff and Eileen)))) Can you not go to the bank and get old fashioned cash:)

Reggie, sounds like a lot of paper work, typical for government jobs:rolleyes: :)

Peter, definitely an ideal place to live!!

Ellen, your "water" painting is really lovely, you are sooooooo clever!!! Good Luck!!

Char, what company makes that lovely green you mentioned in yesterday's wash.

Doug and Geoff, is that the gorgeous blue bush you have lost????

Doug, :lol: at the how the wood pigeon's ingenious idea backfired on them.

Bill, those rabbits can chew the bushes down to nothing. The year before last they pruned my large bridal wreath bush down to the ground. You'll have lots of fertilizer pellets:evil: :D Painting is definitely a lovely evening activity!!!

Lenore, you poor doggie!!

Nola, sounds like you are all set to go, we will miss you a lot!!

JJ, great news health wise!!!

I hadn't done my exercises for over a week and I can sure feel the difference, especially the stretching, so I am off to have breakfast and then do them next.

:wave: Uschi

03-22-2011, 08:06 AM
I'm here everyone....just don't feel much like "washing."

My blues turned into something MUCH more and I just want to cry all day long. I cannot sleep and I see a new doctor today. Hopefully she can get to the bottom of why I'm just NOT ME.:confused: :crossfingers:

Love you all, and take care.:grouphug: :wave:

03-22-2011, 08:15 AM
Me again...........

Glorious day...think I'll cut the grass when the sun gets around to the front.

Credit Cards,apart from when I am travelling, or buying iTunes, I don't use them at all............I do use Debit Cards which extract straight from my account. The first Credit Card appeared overnight which is good as I need some fuel!

Back later


p.s. Yes I plan to buy another caravan that's what I retired to do....Eileen doesn't want one...........................


03-22-2011, 08:30 AM
Hi everyone! It's yet another grey day... I want sunshine... and warmth... and crocuses... :)

I've poodled too long on the internet today... In another thread, someone mentioned Annie Murphy Springer, a California artist... I've been viewing her website and all the little promo videos of her PBS television programme.

I AM going to have to say "What Uschi said" this morning because my painting friend will be here soon. But...

Nola... my husband takes a pill stew every morning too... LONF? :lol: We do want you to come back, you know...

Annie... I have some beautiful spider pics, too...

Uschi... M. Graham makes the brand that my student shared yesterday... I gave the pigment number because it's also sold as Green Gold by Winsor & Newton and Rowney Artists...


Gotta go... hugs to everyone... and have yourselves the very best possible day! :heart:

03-22-2011, 08:40 AM

:wave: to everyone. Sorry, just not up to chatting either


03-22-2011, 09:04 AM
Good Morning all,
It is just before 9:00 a.m. here in overcast but bright Oakwood. Temps going to 60°F today! Dropping again later in the week with possibility of snow showers. That's March weather though, isn't it. :rolleyes:

No hospital run today, so we'll do some grocery shopping and hopefully I can put some paint on my Carnavale Mask painting too. I'm itching to get back to it, something I haven't felt in a while. :D

Geoff, I hope you can get things straightened out with the banks, car, and insurance companies quickly and easily. I can understand Eileen's reluctance about getting another caravan...she needs a little bit of time to get over the shock of almost getting burned up in the old one. :eek:

Annie, One of the ladies in my art class yesterday (who has a very whimsical sense of humor that she puts into her art) was doing a painting of stick insects. I told her about your marvelous variety you showed us the other day and she said she'd love to see it, so I'm taking a print in of your picture next week if that is OK with you. Can't wait to see what she will transform it into.

Anita, Your little art booth venture really sounds like it is a lot of fun and the kind of work stocking it that is also fun prowling around estate sales and yard sales looking for things to put in it. Hope the home care group turns out to be a good fit for you.

Uschi, You sound so much like Larry and me sometimes, :lol: about the old-fashioned stuff — cash! I'm glad Ethan is enjoying his Grandmom's gold metal. Much better use for it than sitting in a drawer somewhere, isn't it.

Char, I haven't seen M Graham's green gold, but I have had DS and WN versions. I like the WN one much more than the DS one because it is a bit more on the gold side than the green side.

Ona, :grouphug: for you. Hope you begin to feel better soon.

:wave: to all who were here before me and to those still on their way. Gotta go and get dressed now. Like Char, I've piddled away too much time on the Internet already. :o



03-22-2011, 09:09 AM
:grouphug: Darla :grouphug: I hope you feel better soon!!!

:grouphug: Ona :grouphug: Ditto for you!!!

Geoff, I too use my Debit Card for most things. :crossfingers: :crossfingers: about purchase of a new caravan!!

Char, you can get very similar greens with Pthalo blue or Cobalt Blue mixed with Quin Gold.

Now the sky is blue again and the sun is shining!!!!! Had my breakfast and now on to the exercises.

:wave: Uschi

03-22-2011, 09:09 AM
((((Darla)))) sorry you are feeling down, you are normally such a cheery person. Hope the doctor can find out why.

Just called to pick Ruth up from her knitting class - waited 20 minutes then went in to find it wasn't on today. Ruth and her pal had taken a taxi home. Didn't have my phone with me. :rolleyes:

Yes Reggie it was my Ceanothus which goes so well with my yellow Acer:


Ellen in Ont
03-22-2011, 09:25 AM
:wave: everyone,
It is supposed to be grey and continuing cold the rest of the week with lows of -20 to -25 at night. Spring is still quite far away.

Today I have to frame my painting and get back to work on the portrait. I still have the tax pile of papers sitting beside me as well.:rolleyes:

:grouphug: Darla - I hope the doctor can help you feel better quickly.
:grouphug: Ona - I hope you feel better soon as well.

I'll keep it short this morning as I got distracted in the thread about favourite watercolour artists and started looking up some of them. I'm behind now as well but want to look up another couple while I finish my coffee.

Get your brushes wet everyone.

03-22-2011, 10:10 AM
wow 25 posts already & it's only 10:10am here.

“It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy...Beach Therapy” ~ --Amy Dykens
I think I'm going to visit my therapists today - Sunset Beach & the Atlantic Ocean

love & hugs to all...I'll be back later

Strawberry Wine
03-22-2011, 10:33 AM
Good Day Washers !

I have a few more crocus's and daffodils poking their tips up through the hard soil :thumbsup: I am impatient for Spring and have to keep reminding myself that it is still March.

:grouphug: Darla :grouphug: Hoping that your new Doctor is understanding of your symptoms and starts you on Paxil or Prozac.. Just remember that these medications do not work their magic overnight. It takes a few weeks before you will notice how much better you feel.

:grouphug: Ona :grouphug:

Geoff, glad you had a fairly good sleep.. I expect you were emotionally exhausted and your body said enough is enough. I can't imagine the stress you are dealing with. Try and go with the flow. Hard as that may be.

Ellen, your waterscape is beautiful.. Did you take the photo near Shirley's ?

Bill, the rabbits have done quite a bit of damage here as well but not as much as some years.. They spent many hours under the bird feeders every night and they are very plump little bunnies for this time of year. :thumbsup: on the electrical fence.. That should do the trick.

I slept in this morning, Dan has left for Toronto, and I am still sitting here in my P.J's so I better get a wiggle on before the day slips by.

:wave: to all I have missed individually and to those on their way in..




03-22-2011, 11:53 AM
It's nearly Midnight, so this is literally a fly by until tomorrow.

Lots of Love Carolynn. :grouphug: :grouphug: :heart: :heart: :smug: :) :) :clap: :thumbsup: :wave: :heart: :heart: :heart: :grouphug: :grouphug:

03-22-2011, 12:08 PM
Late afternoon all...

Doug, just spent the last two hours mowing the lawn (more like moss) which has been quite good therapy......the other ceanothus #3 looks as if it has had it...you can snap branches all over...so that is three needed!

Eileen has been talking about another caravan but never barbecue again...which sounds a reasonable compromise...let us see if she stays that way!! We both feel much better today, and if anyone asks where the caravan is " we have left it with a farmer in Northumberland!"


Green Gold.....one of my favourite non-standard (to me) colours.....

Wind Song
03-22-2011, 12:33 PM
Hi Everyone:wave:

Welcome home Gaill and Uschi! Your trips sounded wonderful!

I am finally getting over 5 weeks of pnemonia and this morning I woke up with a hemmorage in my eye, so I am off to the doctor's and should probably get off the computer!

:grouphug: Geoff, Darla and Ona and anyone else that needs one:grouphug:

03-22-2011, 12:57 PM
Hi :wave:
Been a busy day, first a quick tidy as the Estate Agent (Realtor) came over to value our house, a good price, lots of hope there as we live in a touristy area.
Then we went to the base in the "baby" Jack to do some bowling business, me to just go along. But while we went to the travel agent place and booked our tickets for the SF Bay to Breakers and the Charlotte trip in May!

Our Son-in-Law is a real farm type person and they live on a 2 acre place with a barn and all, they used to have goats, but were asked why they don't have chicken, answer coyotes, yeah I'd buy the eggs too.

OH, and one more thing, I bought a waffle iron! don't find them over here for some reason, I know, we are moving soon and can't use it in the US, but I have a good friend who will get it when we leave. Meanwhile, I get to eat real waffles!

Strawberry Wine
03-22-2011, 01:50 PM
:grouphug:Sharon :grouphug:

Judy, you can find plenty of waffle irons this side of the Pond... Just don't buy Black & Decker..... Anything !!! :eek:

Geoff, we have a small BBQ that you can use on the table top of a wood picnic bench or on the supplied stand... We use it well away from the tent trailer.. It is not large but good enough to cook for two while camping away from home



03-22-2011, 02:15 PM
Gail, I know that waffle irons are quite available over there, I was really amazed that I couldn't find any over here, except for Amazon.co.uk, bless'm. I got one of the top brands, I do like to at least check things out on the Amazon sites, because of the reviews!
Can't wait to use it!
But why not B&D?

Strawberry Wine
03-22-2011, 08:23 PM
Judy, I too love homemade waffles... Mine is a 4 in 1 George Foreman grill/griddle. I do like the Cuisinart waffle only maker. I think that is the one Char has and it makes a wonderful Belgian Waffle. What kind is your new one?

Over the last 10 years or so B & D's products have gone downhill dramatically... Everything from their tools to small appliances. Their product reviews are terrible and some are quite funny to read as long as you have not recently bought the same product.



03-22-2011, 08:37 PM
Hi to All

Up late here watching a crazy movie on tv, which I very rarely do

Geoff, you most probanly know about this, but have you thought about an all electric caravan http://www.caravanguard.co.uk/news/xplore-electric-caravan-review-351/