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Run through lurk! ;)
Arm still hurts. I suppose doing 3 loads of my laundry on Sunday didn’t help it. ;)
We found out that hound has a cancerous growth in an almost non-operable place. It is all about quality of life now. Sadly he is so old that he can’t wait all day while we are at work. I got a couple of crate beds that can be machine laundered. I am washing one every day that we are both at work. It’s almost as bad as doing dirty diapers (nappies) every night. ;)
Asti Please send me the recipe, too. I will work out the conversions myself. You could post it at CC. I think I set up a place for recipe sharing there. (check the left sidebar places.) ;)
DEANIE, sorry to hear about your dog’s cancer and other related issues. That is really tough. I remember when our boy dog had bloody diarrhea in his crate and all over himself. Having to deal with something similar everyday has to be really depressing, especially since you are also worried about him. Also, sorry your arm is still giving you fits. I have empathy with you today.
I had my flu shot yesterday and I think it was put into my arm far too close to the shoulder joint. As the injection went in it hurt all the way down to my fingers. After I got home I realized I was having a difficult time lifting my arm. I have managed to do some housework today but my elbow, wrist and fingers are aching in addition to the shoulder. My left arm feels too heavy to lift. I found as I went around cleaning if I kept a roll of paper towels between my arm and body it eased the discomfort.
ASTI, I second DEANIE’S motion you share the gingerbread recipe with us on CC. I think there is a US/Metric cooking conversion file at CC already.
DEANIE, I’m not able to get into CC. I’ve changed my password but when I try to sign in it just takes me back to the sign in page.
Deanie, I am sorry about your dog, that is sad news.
I will email the recipe to CC, or email it personally to anyone who wants it, with pleasure. Please bear in mind it makes A LOT! The uniced gingerbread can be frozen; when we make it again, I will certainly freeze half for another time!
Lady Hawke, I’ve had a flu jab just once, (I seem to have slipped under their radar since,) and I was surprised by how much it ached. Hopefully you’ll feel less sore tomorrow. I think you are very forebearing. In your circumstances, I certainly wouldn’t have done any housework whatsoever!
Wolfie, last year, we had smoked salmon on special offer, and I had to spend a good ten minutes, patiently explaining to a customer that while, yes it was a shame her daughter did not have a store close enough to her to take advantage of the offer herself, it really was NOT a good idea for the customer to post her some as a gift!
I have been able to access CC through my phone. Once I was in through the phone I was in through my laptop, very strange.
Lady Hawke I have been signing in to cc for days, it is very irritating. I had a flu jab yesterday when I finished my sessions with the nurse because my legs are both healed. I have not felt any side effects so far but we have been preoccupied with the demise of our TV satellite box. My DS researched on line for advice and today we contacted the firm which supplied us and we now have a new one, duly upgraded to one which we can pause and also record programmes. I was working on the list of favourite programmes this afternoon and gained two news channels and two entertainment ones. We are too thrifty to subscribe which is why I often moan that there is nothing on TV. I could have done without the upheaval today because I am behind with my laundry.
I have never had a flu shot hurt before. At the most the injection site might have been a bit tender. Yesterday and today I have felt quite crippled.
GRAYMAYNE, that is good news about your legs. I think you will enjoy the ability to record and pause your TV service tremendously.
Asti – double congrats to your son and a big Woo Hoo
never, ever had nutella, it is in the grocery store I go to so I may try it someday…..
glad you enjoy your new digs Ironsos. since I got my 7 qt crockpot the only thing I use my oven for is to bake chickens and that is only because cooking them in the crockpot is too fast and all the meat falls off the bones, which really isn’t a bad thing but I like eating the individual pieces of chicken (and having them be indentify-able).
still dealing with the computer virus, tried a scrubber that took 7.5 days to complete, still have the problems…
Deanie – during LeakyCon, we had to have surgery on our dog Bailey. She had a tumor in her stomach. She had a serious infection in her uterus 2 years ago and they removed it. In that same spot a tumor grew and it was cancerous. We found out while I was driving with BWJen to the airport to pick up the Headmistress. My daughter was near hysterical worrying about her. She was crying so much. They removed her tumor and she is doing good right now. I worry because I know she is prone to tumors now.
LadyHawke – I hate flu shots. :(
We had a late night. This was my daughter’s first band concert tonight. There were performances by the 6th grade band, the combined 7th and 8th grade bands and then we saw the half time show of the senior high band.
My daughter was glowing. She loves being out on stage.
This is a video of last year’s Mississippi State Marching Band Championship performance by our high school band. We saw this year’s version tonight. I have no idea what the theme was last year but it gives you some sense of the type of show we saw and the band the middle school is training to fill. When they announced the 6th grade band they mentioned the students had only had instruments in hand for eight weeks. I was impressed they played anything recognizable but they are a far cry from the proficiency of the high school band which they may join in three years. The 6th graders remained stationary while playing.
Lady Hawke Gosh that looks like an excellent all-round discipline to be involved in, music and movement and teamwork. I am not aware of anything like that happening here.
Lady Hawke That reminds me of my granddaughter’s band. I know I have pictures of them performing. I wonder if I have a video. I probably do but at the moment I can’t remember the name of her school. At any rate, she loved being in the band and the dance band. I am sure your daughter will love it too. Of course now she is a Junior at North Carolina University but I don’t think she is still in the band. She is going to be a ………….. animal doctor………. I hate it when I can not think of the proper name of things. Vet…..
I need to put insulation in the wall between the new door. It is the wall I built last year but was waiting to put the insulation between the studs until I figured out what I was going to do with the doorway opening. Now that the door is put up, I need to finish the wall on the living room side. This means I have to take my curtains down which hides the fact that the wall is open. Since I kept the downstairs heated last year, I wasn’t in a hurry to get it done. Gee this means I will have to paint the walls now. I will probably wait until next spring.
Cool G Yep! One thing always leads to another. Especially with any houseold pojects! ;)
Lady Hawke I never get a flu shot. I had one, years ago, and It was the only time I have ever had a bad case of flu. ;)
Work lurk! ;)
I was a bit surprised at the choice of music played by the band. I was accustomed to well known, easily recognizable music being performed by marching bands. This band seems to have become avant garde in their choice of music and themes.
In last night’s performance the flag girls were dressed as pantalooned puppets with ribbons and were sometimes manipulated by the drum majors.
I did recognize a few bars of music last night. “Did you ever see a lassie, a lassie, a lassie? Did you ever see a lassie go this way and that? Go this way and that way, go this way and that way, did you ever see a lassie go this way and that?” So, that was a tie in with the puppet girls. As they band played those notes the drum lines zig zagged back and forth across the field.
When American marching bands play in parades they do form into more conventional lines and march in order but when they stop or during half times of ball games they are usually prepared with a presentation style show.
I’m afraid of the sort of flu I remember having as a child and teenager, the kind that went on for days, when you ached so much you weren’t sure you didn’t want to die, when you could hardly remember what not hurting felt like, when you almost fainted trying to go from the bed to the bathroom and back. I distinctly remember flus that did not allow for anything but lying in bed suffering, no reading, no watching TV, just borderline delusional pain. I don’t want that. I haven’t been that ill in years and I don’t want to be that ill again. If I was that sick I simply could not take my daughter to school or pick her up.
MM, you never told me you had a sick dog during LeakyCon.
Off to do the parental shopping.
We are expecting severe storms this evening with winds up to 70mph (112.7km/h), maybe even a few tornados leading in.
I must have had at least four annual ’flu jabs, possibly five, plus a 10yr pneumonia one. My chest infection this summer was the first I had had for four years.
We have been out for lunch today to an old pub Nr. Much Wenlock. There was a ladies’ lunch group there when we arrived so it was very lively, but not easy to have a conversation. The food at this place is to die for and my DS had forgotten his camera!! We skipped the starter which was just as well because the DS was served half a duck and was amazed at the size. He brought home a decent doggy bag. I chose a half shoulder of lamb and the meat was beautifully tender but I discarded the fat. The rosemary lamb sauce tasted wonderful and the sautéed potatoes were perfect. My dessert was creamy rice pudding which I guessed was flavoured with vanilla pod and was delicious. My DS opted for Jersey icecream flavoured with maple and walnut (the milk of the Jersey cow has a very rich cream). I had a cafetiere of coffee which was very good, often a point of failure at many restaurants. So I will now abandon the computer and have a doze in the armchair whilst a lively breeze bends the silver birch against a blue sky.
Lady Hawke: What I see in the band is not the standard High School marching band routines but
Drum and Bugle core routines which you band does quite well.
Ironsos I deplore “innit” usage. It seems to be confined, I hope, mainly to very southern counties of England and never seems to be used in a way that makes sense. In this it is similar to the use of “like” several times in one sentence, and usually denotes people with a restricted vocabulary. Sadly I have heard Emma Watson over using “like”, presumably having picked it up during her ten years filming HP. It certainly wasn’t used by her when she first did interviews.
I have emailed CC with the gingerbread recipe.
I have devoured a lovely little book; one of those that is really a children’s book but has made the leap to appeal to adults too. It is called A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, and it made me cry.
Speaking of books, I am so, so, so happy to see that Hilary Mantel has won the Booker Prize. Her winning book is Bring up the Bodies, the follow up to Wolf Hall which also won the Booker.
Ironsos, out of interest, which three?
Graymayne, I hoped you would have a lovely lunch!
I too noticed in a recent interview that Emma used “like” far too much. I find myself doing it, and it irritates me intensely. It’s hard not to pick it up when it is all around you.
Lady Hawke, CoolG posted a couple of pics of her Grandaughter’s band at CC a little while ago, in response to my talking about my daughter learning the trumpet. I am delighted the night was another success for your daughter. Is all still going well for her?
IRONSOS, I agree, based on the description of a drum and bugle corp, that is the style of performance being used by our band.
This is what I found about a Corps Sytle Marching Band.
Corps Style bands
Corps Style bands directly reflect the trends seen in modern drum and bugle corps of Drum Corps International (DCI). Unlike the military band style, drum corps style step sizes are constantly changing to accommodate the differing forms the band is creating on the field. Forms may be linear, curvilinear, or scatter. Music selections can include anything from symphonic music, film scores, to world music, jazz, rock, or pop music.
Unlike a Military band’s usage of baton twirlers, Corps Style bands may include the usage of a “color guard” which spin flags, rifles, sabres, and may also incorporate dance into their routines. Other visual elements unique to the corps style is the usage of props, backdrops, and even costuming – with the purpose of adding more theatrical elements to the show.
Other elements unique to the Corps Style bands are the incorporation of the “front ensemble”. This includes the usage of keyboard percussion such as: xylophone, marimba, and bells; and/or any other color percussion instruments such as: tympani, cymbals, conga, tambourine, triangle, drum set, etc. The front ensemble may also use sound amplification or electronic instruments such as synthesizers.
The “Corps Style” is constantly evolving, with contributions coming from college bands, high school bands, and drum & bugle corps throughout the United States. Typically, corps style bands are gearing their performances for marching competitions and marching festivals. Competitions featuring the corps style on the national level include: Drum Corps International; Winter Guard International; and Bands Of America.
Sometimes in Southern American dialect you may hear, “idn’t it” in place of “isn’t it”.
GRAYMAYNE, you have made me feel disatisfied with my dinner. I would love to have had the duck or lamb. I am currently cooking a pork roast with root veggies.
I am home cooking on Wednesday because while my mother and I were out doing her shopping I received a call from my daughter at school. She had become suddenly ill, headache, sore throat, general aching of her body and fever. So, I had to get my mother out of the shop, pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy and get her home before I could turn around and go for my daughter. I did not want to take my mother with me to pick up my daughter as I did not want to potentially expose my mother and father to whatever she has.
My daughter came straight in and went to bed. I stopped at the grocery to pick up some things to feed and water her and saw the availabilty of some veggies marked down for sale which were already prepped to go in with a roast. I grabbed a pork roast as well. So, now I have a large chunk of meat and a lot of veggies cooking. If we are in for some sick days here at least I have a bit of food for us to live off of while we are giving in to illness.
Asti: Actually there are four words. Chav,numpty,skint and sussed.
Wow! did my spell check go crazy on that last line.
Lady Hawke: I used to love watching the Drum and Bugle Corps when the championships
were on pbs stations in the 70’s-80’s.