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I hope our going back to standard time is helping some, Deanie. Now, I have an easier time waking up since DST ended.
Just finished digging out the car from a foot of snow. Our house is north facing so snow and ice don’t melt as fast as our front neighbors’.
ladyhawke living so close to an antique shop would be very dangerous for me. We have one in the town and I spend a lot of time in there pottering around and spending way too much money
Graymayne that seems a little bit unfair on your son. I would never expect anyone in my team to travel the day before a funeral. Some companies just don’t seem to understand staff welfare at all. .. .I’ll stop now because I’ll start ranting.
MM so mean. You need a lesson in sharing. elmo broke into your house this afternoon and rubbed his little furry bum over all of your baked goods . . . I’m off to ironsos house to eat his nice clean, hygenic baked goods. You can keep yours :-P
asti I made up for my lack of food by having a massive cream scone this afternoon – honestly it was the size of my head . . yum yum I dont have to eat for a year now.
josie nothing to do with me, elmo and I have a purely platonic relationship :-) It’s MM we need to watch out for, She seems to have been ‘sick’ an awful lot this year. I’m starting to think that she’s feigning illness just so she can see elmo in his little nurses outfit.
I’ve done my annual trip to the doctor today. Last year I was sent off to visit the urologist and the gastroenterologist as a result of that visit. Then, I ended up with the whole possible lupus at the dermatologist thing. So, this year I have been reamed up one side and down the other and my blood has been tested to within an inch of its life.
Today I was examined. My test results from all the other doctors were discussed and I was waved Bye-Bye for a year. Thank goodness.
My tooth is still very tender…..I cannot brush it properly. I am out of antibiotics, so it is back to the dentist for me tomorrow. Such fun!
Wolfie, I’m glad you are no longer gnawing at the furniture. Check your emails.
Graymayne, is this the funeral for thr family member? I do hope all goes as well as it can in the circumstances, and that you get a chance to catch up with some of your extended family. Hopefully your son will not be too tired from all the travel.
Lady Hawke, until recently, yes, a child could leave school at 16. He or she would have taken their GCSE’s, exams in individual subjects, like the OWLS. Now though, although you can leave school at 16, you have to go on to further training…. An apprenticeship or training for qualifications while working in the job of choice or the like. My son wants to stay for 6th form to take A’ Levels, (NEWTS) which you need if you want to go to University. He could have chosen to go to college, where you can take various qualifications for various jobs, for example electrician, hairdressing, childcare.
You do not need to have A’Levels to get a decent job, but if you want a job that requires a degree, like teaching, or the law, then you do. My son doesn’t know what job he wants to do, but he is academic enough, and bright enough to do A’Levels, so I think he has made the right chioce. He keeps his options open at the very least.
Lady Hawke. Great news. Good for another year.
Asti: You have a very smart Son. The more options the better.
Thank you all. Last year I came home quite worried. So, it feels as if I have a clean slate and I am as far away from having to go back as it is possible to be.
ASTI, I feel for you going back to the dentist. I am so glad your son is entertaining the idea of university and has the ability to allow him to do so. He is keeping all the world open to himself.
Since I have returned home I have, or course, been doing laundry. I have also made guacamole salad and I am in the process of making avocado soup. My DS brought home far too many avocados. I am also making some pumpkin bars. They are a sort of pumpkin pie filling baked on top of a graham cracker crust. I forget what the UK equivalent of graham crackers is. I know we explored that topic once, maybe wholemeal biscuits.
GRAYMAYNE, I’m sorry BIG G’s employer has complicated the funeral arrangements for you. It is difficult to comprehend the idea of working out of country on the same week as a funeral. I take it the deceased was quite a close friend or a relative to have him making the effort to come home at such an inconvenient time. My condolences to you and your family.
My mother has called. They don’t believe my uncle will make it through the night. She is quite distressed. She has already told me she will not try to attend the funeral services and does not want me to leave her here to go as our family representative. I have finished my doctor appointments for the present. I could go if she would allow it.
This is the uncle who introduced me to my DS. Twenty years ago my mother, father and I had gone 2.5 hours over to northwest Alabama to have lunch with two sets of my aunts and uncles and with my cousin and his wife. At the time I was the only person in the group who was under 60 years old. They ranged in age from 61 to 69. I was 30. We had all been out to lunch and had returned to the family health food store and were standing around talking and the aunts, uncles, and cousins were taking time about waiting on customers. They all worked there. A man came in to do his shopping. After he had made his selection he went to the counter and my uncle checked him out. He was a regular customer and knew my family pretty well. My cousin had mentioned a customer they wished they could introduce me to. Well, my uncle took the opportunity and did the job. Three weeks later when the man returned to the store to do more shopping my uncle provided my phone number. We had our first date on October 16 and married the next May.
This is the uncle who was the family tease, the charmer. He wasn’t the one my mother was the closest to but he was the one closest to her in age and one of the two she grew up with. The other one, the one she was closest to, was a quiet academic type who she could talk to. He was the first sibling to pass away forty two years ago today. This is the brother who teased her and who had their mother wrapped around his finger.
I just realized what I typed. If my uncle dies before midnight my mother will have lost both the siblings she grew up with at home on November 13.
I take that back the oldest two there twenty years ago were my mother’s oldest sister and BIL who were both 85 and still working in the shop.
The funeral is for my brother-in-law who had a stroke back in September. He was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease so it was a blessed release, really, for his eldest daughter who used to visit him in his care home. He was 85.
Please keep your fingers crossed for Big G that he doesn’t get held up by poor weather. I believe it will be very misty today and I fear that flights might be affected. If he makes it to the funeral I will be mightily impressed.
I did not sleep well. I spent the night waiting to hear the sound of a text coming in, telling me my uncle had passed on. If I drifted off for a bit and woke I would check my phone. Nothing came in during the night. So now I don’t know if he made the night or if they just didn’t text me. Either way I am very tired. Now, I need to wait late enough to call my mother so I don’t frighten her by an early morning phone call. Maybe someone called her and she didn’t call me because she didn’t want to wake me.
Graymayne So sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you today.
Lady Hawke For some reason I thought I only had one aunt alive from my Mother’s family. Not long ago I was informed that I had another aunt that passed away. She was not close to me so I had forgotten all about her. My point is that all the older generation is almost gone and I have become the older generation. I understand how your Mother feels.
I don’t know what I will be doing for Thanksgiving. My daughter has invited me over for the day but I don’t know if she has invited the daughter who is staying with me. They were a little miffed at my granddaughter for moving out so quickly. I quess I will get things to make dinner just in case. The granddaughters have their boyfriends family to eat dinner with but my daughter might not have any place to go.
I took Lady Hawke’s advise and changed nothing for my granddaughter. They solved the problem for themselves by sharing a room with her Mother. This is just as well because between school, her work, and being at her boyfriend’s, the granddaughter is hardley ever here. If she is , it is only long enough to change for work or get a few hours sleep. She is not here on the weekends.
MM I hope you are feeling better.
Wolfie Is it hard to keep groceries at your home when you are away so much? I have never been in a place to go grocery shopping every day for the daily groceries. My aunt use to do that. She said she never knew what she wanted to eat each day. Of course her grocery store was half a block away from where she lived. It does make a difference.
I see they have a trailer out for “The Host”. It is coming out in theaters in March. I wonder if Stephanie Meyers is going to finish the trilogy for The Host now that Twillight is almost over.
COOLG, I’m glad you didn’t turn your life upside down to make other people comfortable. Even if you had done so you would have been the one put out and then they probably still would not have been around much. Just make sure you aren’t the only one left with no company for Thanksgiving. Make the daughter living with you commit to where she is spending her day. Tell her if she means to be with you that you are cooking dinner and will expect her but if she is going somewhere else you have other places to be yourself, you just need to know now before you go shopping to make dinner. Don’t let them just show up or not. ASK! Make people commit to something, yes or no. I have cooked way too many dinners for people who didn’t show up, even when they agreed to come.
Hi, I’m home! I am very pleased to report that BigG made it to my neice’s house in good time so that we had a chance to re-acquaint ourselves. It is six year’s since my sister’s funeral so the young people have grown up quite a bit in the meantime and the youngest one, who is twelve at the end of the month we haven’t seen since she was 18mths. The sun came out just before we set out on our journey behind the hearse and it was quite mild. Apart from the tears shed during the service at the crematorium we had a very pleasant time munching the goodies from the buffet at my BIL’s old sheltered care home and nattering to various members of the family and old friends of my brother-in-law who had travelled up from Wiltshire where he used to live. The almost twelve year old is at a performing arts school so I immediately felt a connection, the theatrical gene runs quite strongly in our family it would seem. One of her brothers plays base and drums and hopes to go to university next year to study music. It has been a good day.
I went back to the dentist today, and got more antibiotics……double the strength of the last lot. Unhappy.
I have to take son on an emergency dash to the orthodontist tomorrow, one of the brackets on his brace has come loose and is bothering him. There are far too many dentists in my life at the moment!
Graymayne, I am glad to hear the day went well, and your son made it in time. It must have been good to catch up with your young relatives, even though the circumstances were sad.
Lady Hawke, is there any news of your uncle? And would you eat an avocado soup hot or cold? I adore avocados but have never cooked them.
I hope you manage to get more rest tonight.
ASTI, I wouldn’t say the avocado soup is cooked. You can eat it cold or warm but it isn’t really cooked. Milk had to be warmed, but not boiled, with fresh chopped tarragon and salt. Then, it was taken off the stove to cool for one hour. The avocado was blended with lime juice and cayenne pepper. After the milk cooled for an hour the milk and avocado were combined. You were then supposed to chill the mixture for two hours. After that you could eat it cold or warm it and garnish it with sour cream in either case.
Have you ever had an avocado milk shake? There are lots of recipes for them on the internet. Some require blending the avocado with ice cream or condensed milk. Others require sugar and crushed ice. Avocado shakes are the best.
ASTI, I’m glad your dentist is giving another round of antibiotics a chance, much preferrable to a root canal. I will keep absolutely everything crossed that it works this time.
GRAYMAYNE, so glad BIG G made it in time to socialize. Some people in my family have not seen my daughter since before she was a year old. It is unfortunate funerals are sometimes the only time extended families ever get to see each other.
My uncle passed away just before 11 PM. I’ve made a lonely middle of the night run to check on my mother. She was crying and cleaning her stove. She blocked the door and sent me home so it is just after midnight and I’m back home in bed. When I got home I called her and begged her not to make herself sick cleaning. She promised me she was to a stopping place and would quit. I desperately need some sleep. I didn’t get any last night waiting for the call. Now it has come and I’ve dressed, left home and come back again. I need to sleep but I’m worried what to tell my daughter in the morning. She needs to go to school. There wil be no point in her staying home. Nothing will be arranged.
We are relaxing after a busy day, and the weather is nowhere near as nice as yesterday.
Lady Hawke I am sorry to hear of your mother’s distress and your lack of sleep due to the loss of your uncle. I hope that you will both recover from this event as soon as possible. This time of year seems to hold quite a few past departures in our family both my parents and my neice’s parents are encompassed by 28th October – 26th December.
My favorite breakfast: Oatmeal/hot buttered toast.
Lunch: A pb&j and soup
Dinner: Meat and potatoes
In our hallway, we have a coat rack attached to the wall, with 5 hooks on which to hang coats. Just a few days ago, I thought to myself that there were far too many coats hanging there, and I really must go through them and remove some of them elsewhere. It seems I should have acted on this thought….. There has just been an almighty crash. Coat rack is now on the floor. It has taken with it a fairly substantial chunk of plaster.
Oh, and the kettle died yesterday.
And we had to dismantle one of the kitchen cupboards to allow access to the boiler for it to be serviced. The cupboard is now in pieces blocking access to my piano until my DS puts it back on the wall.
My house is coming to bits! (But at least the toilet still flushes, lol.)
Asti That toilet is the important part! And having any type of running water. You can heat it on the stove, if you must have hot water. ;)
Yes Deanie, I am still in raptures about my working toilet!
It is odd how different a cup of coffee tastes when it is made with water boiled in a saucepan on the stove rather than in a kettle! New kettle was purchased today, so all will be right with the world tomorrow morning.
evening all. i’m emailing from my new kindle fire- Its amazing. How did I ever manage without it?I bought a case of wine, a new dress and all of my groceries for the week. I also downloaded my first e-book (world war Z) and added Lemons books to my wishlist……all in about 2 hours. I’m going to be doubly productive from now on. asti don’t waste you’rs on your daughter – take my advice and keep it for yourself ;-)
ironsos oatmeal (or porridge as we properly refer to it in the UK) is my favourite breakfast too.
graymayne glad the funeral went ok and bigd made it back in time
ladyhawke sorry to hear about your uncle
off to bed to read my first e-book :-)
- Asti* I have learned in my later years that the little voice that gives us advice should never be ignored. I think that we sometimes anticipate danger on a subliminal level but our busy lives block out the signals.
I know that “coming to bits” feeling, trouble is, that which is coming to bits seems to be me this year, lol. I feel an attack of gout is in the offing, but I’m thankful that it has come after the funeral and not during.