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Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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I’m struggling with the pain from a second attack of gout in the base of my left big toe. I think I have a bad night ahead:(

Posted by Graymayne on October 05, 2012, 06:32 PM report to moderator
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This morning my daughter looked at me as she prepared for school and asked me if we were going anywhere. I told her we would have to see how the week went and how her grandparents were doing at the end of the week. She said, Fall Break is this weekend." I said, “No, it is next weekend. I have reservations for next weekend.” I grabbed my laptop and pulled up the school calendar. I was mistaken. My daughter was right.

So, after I took my child to school I called my mother and gave her a fright. Then, I started rearranging everything.

We are in a hotel south of Jackson, MS, heading for New Orleans. This is first time I have thrown a trip together and left the same day.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 05, 2012, 10:54 PM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, I’m sorry you are having such a painful flare of gout. I understand it can be quite painful and make you feel generally terrible.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 05, 2012, 11:15 PM report to moderator
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DEANIE, I’m sorry to hear about your arm as well.

I was so busy today, getting ready to leave from 8:30 AM and managing to pick my daughter up at 3:35 PM, that I am just now catching up.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 05, 2012, 11:21 PM report to moderator
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Watched the first season of “Hot in Cleveland” today. I loved it. Glad I have amazon prime.
A LOT of very adult innuendo yet very funny.

Posted by ironsos on October 06, 2012, 12:29 AM report to moderator
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It is 5.57am and I was right about the bad night:(

Posted by Graymayne on October 06, 2012, 12:50 AM report to moderator
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As Hagrid would say……“sorry about that”.

Hope things get better soon.

Bed time for me.

Posted by ironsos on October 06, 2012, 01:36 AM report to moderator
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Graymayne So sorry about your toe.

So much for my sleeping thru the night. I woke up around 2:30 AM and have been awake ever since. It is cold like I thought it would be. I am cold too. My furnace came on a couple of times but it really is at the temp where it is cold but not cold enough for the furnace to run.

Posted by Cool G on October 06, 2012, 07:50 AM report to moderator
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Heat came on here for the first time last night. Took the edge off the chill. Put the stand alone fans away and set the ceiling
fan to light only.

Posted by ironsos on October 06, 2012, 12:35 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

Another horrid Saturday at work, but I am refreshed after a bath.

I’m waiting for DS and son to come home….. They’re both playing in a big golf comp today.

Graymayne, I am sorry to hear about the gout. I read somewhere recently (and meant to pass on,) that cherries are very effective at preventing gout. Something to do with controlling uric acid? It could be worth a bit of research.

Lady Hawke, I hope you’re having fun on your trip!

Posted by asti on October 06, 2012, 02:34 PM report to moderator
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Son won Player’s Player of the Year! Meaning his fellow golf team mates think he brought most, and gave most, to the team. Isn’t that fab!

Posted by asti on October 06, 2012, 03:59 PM report to moderator
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Ooooh, and I have to point out that all the other team menbers are adults. He is the only Junior to play on a regular basis for the Club Team. Squeeeeee!

Posted by asti on October 06, 2012, 04:01 PM report to moderator
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Hey Asti… How cool is that? Ya got me grinning here! Absolute congratulations! :+D

Posted by Won_Two on October 06, 2012, 05:50 PM report to moderator
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Asti: congratulations to your Son. Well done!

Posted by ironsos on October 06, 2012, 06:12 PM report to moderator
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Asti I’ve got a lump in my throat, that’s one hell of an award.

I spotted that cherry headline on the BBC website but never read it. Needless to say the item has disappeared:(

Posted by Graymayne on October 06, 2012, 06:29 PM report to moderator
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Asti Congratulations to your son. That is an honor.

Jennifer and I went to the Octoberfest this evening. I went to my favorite Leather Man and bought a new purse. I really didn;t need one but this one is small but big enough to carry my Kindel in. It has a long strap that I can wear over my head when I have on a winter coat. I am thinking about getting a Kindel Fire HD so it has a compartmet to carry both.

Posted by Cool G on October 06, 2012, 11:14 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, that is fabulous for your son. I have shared the news to my mother here in the hotel room. We are all so pleased for him.

We drove through the French Quarter this morning and my daughter was wild to get out of the car but it was a crush of people on a beautiful October Saturday morning. You could hardly drive through the narrow streets for all the pedestrians crossing back and forth in front of you. My daughter was fascinated with all the buildings, hundreds of years old, the shops, street performers and music. We will try to go back on Monday when it is less busy. With luck we will be able to put my parents out at a sidewalk cafe, park the car and my daughter and I will walk around Jackson Square and through some of the shops. There will probably be fewer sidewalk artists and performers but we might be able to park. At least she saw the place in high form.

Then, this afternoon we drove down into the bayou country, almost down to the Gulf of Mexico. So, my daughter saw plenty of houses on stilts, bayous, marshes and Spanish moss hanging from trees. Tomorrow evening we are to go to the home of friends for dinner. These are people with whom we have very distant family connection. The woman’s aunt married my great grandmother’s sister’s son. The young husband died young and the widow stayed on and took care of her in-laws, my great great aunt and uncle until their deaths. So, our families have been friends/distant relatives by marriage for close to 100 years. The man who we are seeing tomorrow sang at my wedding.

During the day tomorrow I hope to take my daughter down the Great River Road to see some of the plantation home south of New Orleans.

We have had the strangest experience with our hotel tonight. We checked in after a day out sight seeing. My mother was about to wash her hair. I stepped into the bathroom to discover there were only two sets of towels and once my mother washed her hair there would be only one towel left for the rest of us. So, I called the front desk to request more towels. I was told there were no more towels and there would be no more towels until people checked out tomorrow and housekeeping gathered towels and washed them. So, we would have to wait until after check out tomorrow to have towels. I told the young man it was ridiculous and hung the phone up forcefully. I found another room at another hotel and secured it with a credit card. Then, I packed the car and we drove around to the office and told them we were leaving. The young man at the desk told me there was nothing he could do and that he was reversing charges on the credit card.

I have never heard anything so ridiculous as to expect us to wait until the hotel emptied so the laundry could be done in order to provide us with our share of towels.

We are well pleased with the room we have tonight and plan to stay the next two nights since we have secured a comfortable spot. We have a room with two queen size beds and a couch as well as a refrigerator and microwave. We have two televisions, one centered in front of the two beds and one in front of the couch.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 06, 2012, 11:45 PM report to moderator
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Good Morning

Lady Hawke I am like you. I can not believe the hotel did not have enough towels. You would think they had at least two sets for each room so they would always have a clean set for the next day. I envey you your trip. I have always wanted to go to New Orleans. My brother went there so I got on hand reports about the places I wanted to visit. He went before Katrina and after Katrina so he could tell me the difference.

Posted by Cool G on October 07, 2012, 08:02 AM report to moderator
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LadyHawke – I have never heard of a hotel not having enough towels. That is a staple. Like bed sheets. Like restaurant having utensils. Or a grocery store having carts. Wow. Was it a well known chain? I like the sound of your second hotel. Sounds like “Comfort Suites”. I love that one and “Hampton Inn.” They have the best rooms.

I am awake early on a Sunday. i am letting thr DS sleep. he hardly ever gets to do that.

Last night we went out to celebrate my son’s birthday. My daughter,her BF, The DS, and my DIL. My DIL looked sick to her stomach. She says she can’t eat or look at meat. So she was in a corner eating what I call a very small amount of macaroni and cheese with a side of broccoli. I felt so sorry for her. :( she says that she doesn’t get morning sickness, she gets sick in the evening. :(. I told her that it will pass. Poor baby. She was a good sport.

Posted by Madame Minerva on October 07, 2012, 08:22 AM report to moderator
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Well, the arm is not broken. It seems to be a pulled deltoid muscle. It hurts regardless of what is causing it! ;)

Anyway she gave me some pain pills and a carticosteroid. She gave me no dosing instructions. The dosing instructions on the pharmacy label say to follow the instructions included in the box. Inside the box, the instructions say to follow the instructions given by the doctor. So I still have no dosing instructions!

Sometimes I think I live in a Mack Sennet comedy. ;)

Posted by Deanie on October 07, 2012, 01:55 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I love your comments about my son, thankyou! I have passed them on, and got a “tell them thanks” accompanied by a spreading blush! He does feel pretty proud.

Deanie, I am glad it’s not broken. Hopefully the tablets will help, once you know how many to take!

MM, your poor DIL. I was very fortunate, and didn’t suffer from any sickness. I can’t imagine what it must be like to live with that for weeks or months. I hope it passes VERY soon.

Lady Hawke, I would love to see New Orleans. I hope you are having another good day today. That’s pretty astonishing about the towels.
When son had his op a few years ago, the pillow on his bed was about 5 millimetres thick. We asked if he could have another one, and were told there were no spares. We ended up bringing him one from home.

Posted by asti on October 07, 2012, 02:32 PM report to moderator
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Asti – my daughter-in-law is s suffering from morning sickness pretty much in the evening. So her being at dinner with us was a sacrifice. Poor thing and then all of us ate meat. :(

Your son is a remarkable young man. Tell Him that he makes us all proud. :)

Posted by Madame Minerva on October 07, 2012, 05:59 PM report to moderator
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Deanie Pain is pain, some justs lasts longer. LOL about the dosing instructions!!

MM There is a very interesting piece on “morning sickness” in Wikipedia. I had a fairly brief encounter with it but I used to eat two rather plain biscuits before getting out of bed, and it seemed to work. My sense of smell became very acute as well.

Lady Hawke I am impressed by your indignant withdrawal of custom from a miserly establishment! Well done:)

My gout flare-up seems to have subsided I’m glad to say. It isn’t fun:)

Regardless of some of the critics’ moans I am enjoying Jo’s new book because I find people interesting. How one of them could have described her book as “dull” is beyond me.

Posted by Graymayne on October 07, 2012, 06:30 PM report to moderator
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Pain is pain. I totally agree. Deanie I hate when my doctor starts me on a new medication and gives me samples; I never remember the dosage. She then calls in my prescription and I’m lost. I have to and pick up my prescription to see what I’m supposed to take.

Graymayne – I had a very brief encounter with my daughter and son. I was sick but not as often. I also had an acute sense of smell. I hated the smell of melted cheese. Go figure. You would have thought there was no smell in cheese that can melt but there is.

Posted by Madame Minerva on October 07, 2012, 07:01 PM report to moderator
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Mother once told me that the smell of eggs cooking set her off during all three pregnancies. She also told me that eggs bothered her the entire time of the pregnancies. There were other things, too, but eggs were the worst. ;)

I did once, long ago, see an article that recommended keeping a container of Cheerios beside the bed and eating a couple of handfulls before getting up to curb morning sickness. Of course, that only works if the sickness is indeed in the morning. I have no idea how to avoid or lessen it later in the day. Other than avoiding the triggers, that is. ;)

Asti as the daughter of a very good golfer, I know how much this means to your son. Tell him how proud and happy I am for him. ;)

Off to baby my arm. And to take another pain pill. ;)

Posted by Deanie on October 07, 2012, 11:01 PM report to moderator
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Today we toured Nottoway, The White Castle, the largest Antebellum home in the South. I had been there before but did not recall that the house was equipped with hot and cold running water and flush toilets when it was built in 1859. I did not realize such luxuries had even been conceived at the time. To the plantation owner’s surprising credit the hot and cold running water was also piped to the slave shower house. The construction of the house was paid in cash at a cost of $80,000, a current cost of $40,000,000.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 08, 2012, 01:02 AM report to moderator
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Today we toured Nottoway, The White Castle, the largest Antebellum home in the South. I had been there before but did not recall that the house was equipped with hot and cold running water and flush toilets when it was built in 1859. I did not realize such luxuries had even been conceived at the time. To the plantation owner’s surprising credit the hot and cold running water was also piped to the slave shower house. The construction of the house was paid in cash at a cost of $80,000, a current cost of $40,000,000.

We had dinner at the home of our friends/family tonight. The daughter who is three years older than me had found a bundle of her grandmother’s quilt squares in the attic. Her grandmother had made a quilt for each grandchild so she couldn’t imagine what the focus of the unfinished quilt had been. She sent the squares to a woman to have them made into a quilt for her mother for Christmas. When they received the quilt the sqares included nursery pictures with five squares labeled with the names of her five grandchildren, plus one additional name, MINE. It made me and my mother cry.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 08, 2012, 01:09 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke That is definitely a house to be proud of. Lovely story about the quilt!

MM Curiously, my most vivid smell reaction seemed to be against very perfumed soap, and it persists to this day. I also detest the smell of aftershave so I am glad that both of my males are bearded.

Posted by Graymayne on October 08, 2012, 02:40 AM report to moderator
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Don’t forget you read it here first! I believe that a new series that starts its third episode on BBCTV tomorrow will be bought for US audiences, because it is a period piece concerned with the start up of an early department store and its focus is on consumerism and women and the role of the entrepreneur. It has fashionably dressed ladies, smart town houses, young people wanting to get on in the world of trade and the distrust of trade by banks. It has everything, it is The Paradise!

Posted by Graymayne on October 08, 2012, 12:44 PM report to moderator
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LadyHawke methinks that the towel incident was karma for telling funny stories about my own travel mishaps. I feel that when you where telling these stories you were not oozing sympathy and feeling sorry for me but perhaps you where hooting with laughter at my terrible misfortune. . . if you still havent learnt the error of your ways then you may find that at the next hotel they have enough towels but they are all little itty bitty doll sized ones.

speaking of towels I once hired a cottage that didnt provide any towels at all. I arrived at the cottage (which was in the middle of nowhere) with my sister, BIL, and 2 male friends. It was late in the evening so there was no way we could find a shop that was open and we had to go to a wedding v early the next day . . . I ended up substituting a t’shirt as a towel the next morning as I needed a shower.

Ironsos honestly I always knew you where a wierdo and now you’ve confirmed it. How can you not like nutella? I love the stuff, but i never buy it because I find that once its in my cupboard I forgo all other food in favour of nutella sandwhiches, nutella on toast, nutella on crackers etc. . . . I’m the same way with peanut butter. I reallly cannot come within 5 feet of the stuff without having the urge to stick my head in the jar and eat it all.

whooo hoooo asti congrats to your son – the best awards are those voted for by your peers.

graymayne ouch on the gout . . . and fingers crossed that it gets better soon.

I have to be up at 4am to drive down south (gaaaaaah I hate early mornings) so I’m going to head off now. Will be back next week. I have a day off on friday and am going on a cake decorating course . . we are making a camper van cake. I’m very excited although we get the take the cake home and its massive. . . .I wish you all lived close by so I could share it with you. I love cake . . but there is only so much I can eat before i go pop.

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