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I splinched. :(
This makes me feel like reading Harry Potter again. I haven’t read any of the HP books in months. I think it may be a year. Bad, Bad MM. :(
I have almost managed the laundry, last load washed, half of it in the dryer, half waiting to go in.
I have also packed with the exception of a few items that are in the dryer. I’m taking three “outfits”, plus something comfortable for lounging in the room or for running out to the car if I don’t want to get completely dressed just to run out to the car.
I have some needlework if we end up sitting somewhere for hours. I also have a couple of new books to take with me. I may stop and pick up a magazine or two for my mother to look at in the car on our way. That will give us something to distract us and talk about instead of worrying about where we are going and what is happening there.
I will take my computer, assuming I will have internet access in the room at night.
This may seem ridiculous to say but I’m not looking forward to this. When I was a child and there was a death in this family there would be a huge gathering of the clan. All the brothers and sisters would come with their children and grandchildren. There would be lots of young cousins. Except for the actual visitation and funeral the rest of it was like a big family reunion. We would all gather and hang out at one of the family homes. There would be lots of food and sitting around, talking and telling stories. The children would get out and wander around the property out in the country.
This is just going to be sad and miserable. In the last 35 years or so all my cousins and second cousins have aged, died or become in fragile health. I’m the baby. I’m going to be there to manage my parents.
Lady Hawke I am sad for the big changes wrought by time, I hope that things may less bleak than you envisage.
Your mention of needlework reminded me that we recently had a surprise TV hit, a competition to find the best Sewing Bee member. I had no idea such groups existed! Last night was the finale and the only time I saw the whole length of the programme. The format was similar to the previous ones they were given three items to make, needing to choose fabric and work with a live model to show off the completed dress. The final three challenges were to make a man’s short-sleeved shirt, very tailored, embroider identical grey material bags to demonstrate hand sewing, and make an evening dress to a pattern of their choice. The three finalist were all women, all from the Midlands area and in three different age groups as it happened and there was a last day surprise. All three models were members of their own family, two daughters and one older sister. The winner was a lady of 81 years who had a life-time of sewing behind her, all of it amateur. She had consistently turned out work of a very high standard all through the competition which lasted over six programmes I think. The male judge works in Saville Row in London (very high-end tailoring area), but I know nothing of the female judge’s background. It was totally absorbing because throughout the series the competitors spoke directly to camera during the making of each garment/item so the audience felt very involved in the drama and tension, the same format that is used in cookery competitions.
Time for breakfast.
Oops! I discover that the tailoring street is spelled with one ‘l’ i.e. Savile Row. The pronunciation rhymes with ‘mill’.
Here is a link to the programme if anyone is interested. It is from the BBCiPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0165nj8.
Work lurk. ;)
It’s not that work is so busy, it’s just so boring with interludes of dealing with real jackasses that I don’t feel much like being social. ;)
No grocery shopping for me today. It is raining and it looks like it has set in for all day. Harley has been out twice. This morning they both just went out on the porch,looked out, turned around, and came back inside. Later they both had to go out in the rain regardless. Harley has been outside again but Bridgette says no.
I have to clean up my yard and porch. I can’t believe that I have let it get so dumpy. I use to be proud of my outside yard. I still have a lot of things next door in the yard. It use to be my flower garden. I have cement deers, wolves, and a lot of other animals. The things that I moved here to be in my yard, my daughter has in her yard now. Of course a lot of things were stolen but the heavy concrete things are mostly still there. The DS took apart the fountain and moved it to the lake. It is one of the things we left when I had to move so quickly.
My cousin’s son has had a heart attack. He was going to have a procedure to see if his arties were large enough to do a by pass. He already has had a kidney replaced several years ago. This bothers me because we were just talking about our older generations and now the younger generation has started having problems. Thinking of Lady Hawke’s relatives has made me think of this. Now I need to read something to lift my spirits.
I’ve just had a lovely chat with my Mum….. Today is her 65th birthday.
Lady Hawke. I do hope all is going as well as it can, given the circumstances. I send my love.
MM, where is your Grandbaby?! I feel for your son and DIL!
CoolG, I hope there will be good news soon about your cousin’s son.
Won, how is Sally, and how are you?
Hugs for everyone.
My grandbaby is 4 days past his due date. :(
I waited years to be a grandma, I guess I can wait a few days. It feels like an eternity. :(
My DIL goes to the obstetrician tomorrow for her weekly check up. Lets see what they say. :)
Suspected someone near me was using skimming gear so I had my debit card stopped. No problems
but no card for a few days.
MM: Tell the kid to quit slacking and join the rest of us already.
COOLG, I’m sorry to hear about your cousin’s son. I hope they find they can help him and give him optimum benefit.
Yesterday was very tiring. There were lots of people at the visitation, lots of people we didn’t know and lots of family we had not seen in so long we hardly knew them. They formed lines and passed by all of us. I finally sort of broke away and found a cousin or two I with whom I could have real conversations. My cousin is suffering through this. He is obviously distraut and he has his own health issues and recent broken ribs. He is quite emotional and weepy.
We did have a late dinner with one of my male cousins, his niece and his mother. The niece is one of the female cousins I am intending to go and visit with my daughter. She has a child almost my daughter’s age and a couple of girls not quite ten years older. So, they are an opportunity for my daughter to have some family.
Today we are due at their church where lunch is being served at 11 AM. We have had coffee and muffins in the room from the selection at the buffet downstairs. So, that will be sufficient with such an early lunch. We will have to be back at the funeral home by 1 PM for the 2 PM funeral.
The day is sunny and currently 39F (3.88C). By the time we reach the cemetery is should be 70F (21C).
ASTI, happy birthday to your mother. I almost gave her my greetings on the parish Facebook page but no one else was doing so.
MM, I wish the baby would come I could use some good news.
My DS did get word he passed the certification test for which he has been studying since Christmas.
just lurking. Have not been in my workshop today, I have had a couple of pluming emergencies that took some time to fix. My next project is a sun sign of Cancer for a friend at work.
My DS is getting more and more stressed, and I don’t know what to do to help. The financial settlement from his old company is STILL not finalised, and it is getting silly. We are almost at the point of having to take them to tribunal.
We need that settlement to meet our financial obligations. I am working all the overtime I can, but it doesn’t cover the shortfall. And what really, really really really annoys me is that my husband is very reluctant to take my overtime money. He thinks it is my money, my savings. Does he honestly think I am doing all this overtime for fun? I am doing it to HELP.
Rant over, for now. I am not happy.
Lady Hawke, congrats to your DS! I am glad that you and your daughter are forging some family connections during this sad time.
MM, I keep checking both here and Fb for baby news! We all can’t wait. xx
My grandbaby is 5 days overdue.. :(
Asti – bop your DS on the back of he head and tell him to take the many. If it makes him feel better he can put it back once he gets his settlement.
LadyHawke – it must be heartbreaking but at least you get to see and meet family.
Congratulations to our DS.
Apparently the Doctor appointment is not till tomorrow for my daughter-in-law. Sigh.
It is getting daylight earlier. Today I let the dogs out at 6AM and it was getting light outside.
I have gradually been doing my spring cleaning. When I say gradually that is what I mean. I finally got the top shelves cleaned and my can food moved on to them in the cabinet where I had mouse droppings. This has taken me some time to do but I have found no traces in the cabinet since I cleaned it. I did find traces in the sink cabinet. I have not seen any more but I think I need to get a different kind of mouse trap. My daughter told me to get myself a cat. They did because they were having mice problems. I would but I don’t think the dogs would accept a new cat.
MM As you should know, babies come on their own schedule.
I need to go get my glasses repaired. I talked to my daughter and she told me how to get there. I know I went several times to get ready for my glasses but that was a couple of months ago. That is enough time for me to forget. I think I will go to Columbus to get them repaired because I do know how to get there. I have been waiting to go because of the gas it will take. I want to wait until I can get my gas tank filled again. I can remember when $50 would fill my large gas tank up. Now it will only give me half a tank and not really that much since I never let my truck get lower than a quarter of a tank.
Did I tell you Jennifer never closed on her house? She did move but she has been renting until she closes. It seems she had to wait until she received her income tax refund to pay off her storage building. All the paper work has finally been done so she is suppose to close on the 5th of May. After that she will be coming for her stove and freezer. She is suppose to change stoves with me. The one that is here has the glass top and the one at her new house does not. That means I will have to learn to cook on a different top again. Maybe it will be easier since it is the old style of stove. If for some reason she doesn’t, I will just put my gas stove there. I will have to have someone run a new line from outside to the stove. I did tell you that someone stole the copper lines that ran from the outside gas tank to where it went underground. That is why I had the gas tank removed before they figured out how to steal the gas in it. I could use the portable cook stuff I used when the stove didn’t work. That may be the best solution anyway.
Harry Potter was just on the news. Something about the studio in England. I was listeneing to the report on Prince Harry when they started talking about Harry Potter.
Did I ever tell you I had a Prince William doll of when he was about 6 months old? It actually was in my Mother-in-law’s collection. She bought it when Prince William was a baby. I bought it from her when she sold her doll collection. I have had it about 15 years.
Cool G. You said that the nose pad on your glasses came off, is it the pad itself or the metal arm holding the pad? If it is the pad only you can get that replaced at any optical shop. I know Walmar sells them for about $2.00 for a pr, they only come in prs, and they can put them on for you. Call the closest optical shop and ask them how much they charge, that will save you both time and gas money.
Every time I mention to my beautician and daughter that I should get some high lites in my hair they say no because I already have them naturally. While I was drying my hair I finally noticed that what I thought was gray is actually dishwater blonde. This means that my hair has turned the color it was as it was turning from blonde to brown. There are still some brown in my hair too. I guess it is turning from brown to dishwater blonde again before it turns to gray. Now I have light gray all around my face. It use to be naturally blonde but has turned light gray. I also have these streaks all thru my hair. It actually looks like it has been hight lited this color. So today I saw what they were talking about. Lol
Two whole, lovely days off to look forward to, yay!
Well, after my little moan yesterday, the settlement money has been PAID! We are solvent for the forseeable future. FINALLY, we can put the last four months behind us, and move on and away.
Got an email today about the story competition that my daughter entered. She hasn’t made the final shortlist of 50. I am not surprised, but I am so proud of her to get as far as she did. She is planning to enter next year, so I’ll keep you informed!
CoolG, I know I moan about my grey hair, but I am grateful for one thing…… I too have natural “highlights.” The differing shades of grey amidst the remaining brown are streaked quite nicely, it looks quite unusual.
I saw the report about the studio tour on Facebook. Apparently, William, Kate and Harry all visited.
I am sure there was something else I meant to tell you, but for now at least, it has gone……….
walk,walk,walk. Shop,shop,shop. Spend,spend,spend. Broke,broke broke.
Asti: Glad to hear things have turned around a bit.
Asti, I am fine (more or less) lool… Sally has improved a lot… both physically & emotionally. We talk every 2 or 3 days. I think it is just flat brill that the settlement has been finalised. Now you all can get on with your lives without fear of the wolf at the door.
MM, I hope the happy day arrives real soon!
My daughter-in-law went to her weekly appt. yesterday. Her doctor told her to check in to the hospital that evening and that he would induce her labor today. Her amniotic fluid was low. :(
She is worried but excited. They are in the hospital now.
I ask for all your prayers that my grandbaby is born safe and sound.
MM, I will keep your DIL and family in my prayers and thoughts and wait anxiously for the news of the arrival of your new grandchild.
MM I’ve sent good energy to the event and I await the news. Try to relax and keep your bloodpressure down:)
Asti I was greatly relieved by your good news and glad that your DS’s stress will be much reduced. I love your charming daughter’s spirit, making plans to enter the writing competition again next year.
Won_Two Delighted to learn that you are such good medicine for Sally, it makes me feel all warm inside.
Lady Hawke Are you back home yet?
Ironsos I do love your sense of humour:)
MM: I hope things turn out ok.
Thanks Graymayne. I do prefer snark over substance.
Someone needs to uninstall and re-invite me at new cc. Unable to get to site.
Ironsos Um! That is beyond my skill. You need Deanie, but I think she only logs on from her works computer.
COOLG and ASTI, I have always had highlights in my hair, a mixture of brown, dishwater blonde and gold. Up until a couple of months ago I would find a single strand of silver white hair from time to time, maybe once every couple of months or so in the crown of my head. Then, about two or three months ago I realized I had about ten strands of silver white hair coming out of the crown of my head. If I pull back my hair in a pony tail or French braid it does not show. The silver white is just coming out of the crown of my head. Maybe it is all the stress from the move.
ASTI, it is still well done of your daughter and I do hope she has a good idea working for next year. Congratulations on FINALLY having your payment problem resolved. I can easily imagine how much relief must be flowing through your veins.
WON, good to hear promising news on your front.
GRAYMAYNE, we arrived home in time to go to dinner with my DS and daughter last night. We were very, very tired. Yesterday morning we paid a visit to my cousin who was too ill to attend any of the visitations or funeral service. After we left her we went to my widower cousin’s home and spent about three hours with him. It was very depressing and difficult to leave him. He told us he believed we would never see each other again in this life as we left him. We all thought that was the case but he said it. My father was very depressed this week.
We are waiting for Comcast for the second Saturday in two weeks. They were supposed to be here between 8 and 10 AM. No one showed up. No one called. When my DS called to find out why they had not arrived they told him they had repaired the problem from a substation and had cancelled our apointment without calling us to find out if the repair solved our issue. I can tell you it did not.
My DS demanded our case be escalated and we were told we would receive a phone call to set up an appointment for later today, rather than forcing us to make another appointment in two weeks. We waited for and hour with no incoming call so he called Comcast again. He was told we had an appointment between 1 and 5 this afternoon. Of course, no one called us and so if we want to have functional use of our services this week we will have to sacrifice the whole of our Saturday, the first we have had in three months not dominated by this move or the lurking knowledge of an upcoming funeral. My DS has demanded escalation to a manager who can give us assurance of an appointment which does not encompass a four hour window after spending four hours this morning waiting for a missed appointment on their part.
We want to go to a gem and mineral show this afternoon.
It is more than likely we will find some other way to get television into this house.