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Brenda Report 13 Sep 2004 03:50

Hi Everyone,as you will see from the time not sleeping well tonight ,have a very rumbly tum,don't know whwt has caused it ,John has eaten the same and is snoring away in our room.I have been up and taken a hot drink and also some indegestion mixture.I don't have any pain just a very noisy and rumbly tum.Good job i am not working tomorrow. June I did ask my son about the pubs and he gave me a couple og suggestions,One I know,Yates's is on Portland Street a bit nearer to Piccadilly, the other I think is off Aytoun Street whic I think is a bit far away.I wouls also like to go and see what they are like before I make a suggestion. Hope you are feeling better.Like they photos from the liverpool meeting on Colins site. How are things with Lady/Sadie Jude ? Hi Christine,have seen dolls like you have mention very life like. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow ,after I get some sleep.Hope evryone else is ok ,they must be having busy weekends. Take care ,Brenda


June Report 13 Sep 2004 11:09

Hi everyone, We have another sunny morning but the last day or two has started sunny then turned to rain late afternoon. Its still rather windy too. Brenda, I hope your tum is better now, maybe John has a cast iron tum! The only pub I know of is the Wellington near the Cathedral and once when I went to Chinatown we had a drink in the Britannia? I will have to leave you to have a pub crawl on which is I haven't seen the photos on Colin's site I haven't managed to get on it yet. Christine, You are right about the walks, I still have the memories and some interesting moments, some good and some quite frightening. I was wondering why no one had posted, but of course the site has been down for more than 24 hours, so we couldn't. This time, I will be back tomorrow. Love June xx


Unknown Report 13 Sep 2004 11:46

Morning all:o) Sorry l did'nt get to tell you all about me weekend before now, the site was down and its been abit busy here. l did leave a message on ancestryaid, got chucked off Colin's site,in fact pooter crashed!!:o( Anyway the dog is here - she is an absolute poppet, BUT the cat situation is not good. When we picked her up there was a cat in the office,when she saw it, she was very interested but nothng nasty - On first meeting with Fat cat he did what l expected him to do, hiss and grow double in size, dog was ok,still very interested - then they met on stairs and he clonked on the nose - so ever since then she is worrying where he is,rushing upstairs etc and goes down on all fours,then stalks towards him. l am waiting for the kennels to phone to guide us with next steps - we have introduced every so often, she goes very rigid and still - so we will see what happens from here. Last night she was as good as gold, no noise,no mess, perfect - she loves everyone and everything,so lets hope she really loves Fat Cat (Jimmy really) The weather at present is fine,but nasty clouds are on the way!! Spoke too soon,its now raining and Vic has got the washing in:o) June we like walking but not that much!!! Once we have the dog sorted we will start our river walks again, or atleast hubby will!!!! Quite likely going to stick with the name Lady, we have tried Sadie and we both automatically call her Lady - she actually responds to a whistle more than anything!! she's at my feet now:o)) The furniture is lovely - not megga expensive,the store bought in a load of Next diningroom tables/chairs and console tables,cause Next did'nt want to put them in their catalogue or something. Brenda - hope your feeling better now,nothing worse than a rumbly tumbly!!!:o(( Christine - yeh that doll does sound scary, especially the idea of it being almost real, what next!!!?? l can remember the dolls that cried and how we all thought how real they seemed!! Hope everyone is well and speak later, hopefully l will have heard from the kennels. Jude sarf wales


syljo Report 13 Sep 2004 18:21

Hi everybody, Yes, it's me, I'm back from my holiday in England. What lovely weather we had. I arrived home yesterday, worn out, but happy! It was so nice to be with my daughter and her partner; we had many laughs. We giggle like teenagers at the most stupid things! Her partner, Henk, doesn't speak, or understand, very much English, and couldn't understand what we were amused at half the time. We enjoyed eating fish and chips again, but how that has gone up in price. For us over here Gt Britain is terribly expensive. We went to the Wedgwood factory and I bought one or two pieces of china. We went to Bourton on the Water, Burford, Oxford, Witney (where my daughter was born). We went to a motor museum. Janet and Henk went to London on Wednesday and we old ones had a day of rest. All the walking around and not being used to it makes us tired. Coming home we visited the large shopping centre in Calais, where we again spent some money. I bought all the things which I cannot buy here. For instance, Options. I've tried all sorts of chocolate drinks, but none can beat Options. At one time I could buy it here, but not anymore. I have finished most of my washing, but now the ironing - ugh! I went out to the shops again today, but this time on my scooter. My toe is still very painful. I phoned the doctor this morning at 10.15 and was told I could come at 11.00, but as I was not then dressed, I said no I'll never make that. I'm not usually so late in moving in the morning, but I couldn't get going today. This afternoon she had special cases to see and tomorrow was her day off, so I've made an appointment to see her on Wednesday. Well everybody, have a nice evening. Sylvia xxx


Kathleen Report 14 Sep 2004 03:06

Welcome back Sylvia, and hi to everyone, Sylvia you made the 100 on here, pleased you enjoyed your holiday. The weather has changed a bit now and is getting colder so you chose the right time. Sorry your toe is so painful, hope the doctor can do something to help. You are right fish and chips is more of a treat these days, it has become so expensive. I have been reading in the Practical Family History about the lacemakers. Brought back memories of visiting my Aunt who lived in my grandmothers house after Nana died. I used to go to stay occasionally and my cousin would take me to visit two old ladies who lived in the road behind my g.mothers house. This was in the 1940's and they were still making lace in the old way. I loved to watch how swiftly they moved the various threads to create the most beautiful lace, there would be about 20 or so threads and some of the patterns were so intricate. Better still they had a large wooden chest which I loved to be allowed to look through. It was full of tablecloths, chair backs, table runners, collars and cuffs (for dresses), and the most beautiful Christening shawl - so fine it was like a cobweb. Whenever I visited they always had their "pillows" at the side with some work in progress. It was fascinating and something I would love to be able to do. I often wonder what happened to all that lovely lace, these ladies were sisters and neither had children. I do hope it went somewhere where it would be appreciated. Jude, I have been following the story of Lady, perhaps she was meant for you seeing that she already had that name. Fat Cat will probably take a little time to accept the 'interloper' but I'm sure he will eventually. My cats were very quick to put Kyzer in his place when he joined us. Fortunately he was a quick learner, though a little puzzled over their reluctance to play with him. He was only a tiny puppy then and they had been with us for 7 years by then. Eventually they would curl up and sleep around him, but were still quick to give him a quick "clip round the ear" if he stepped out of line. We had the cats for 19 years and Kyzer for almost 15. No more though - I couldn't face the heartache again. June, when I lived in Frenchwood I used to walk over the bridge (the next one down from Bamber Bridge) where the railway ran - I suppose it still does. I would walk for miles either back towards Bamber on the other side of the river or through the little wood on the far side of the bridge. Used to be full of cowslips, primroses and bluebells - often got lost and would find myself having to walk through some farmers field to find the road and find my way back to Pemwortham to walk back along by the river on our side. Would be gone for hours - what a pity kids can't do that sort of thing today. No doubt it has all changed now anyway. We used to pick tons of blackberries from the side of the railway tracks, forbidden to cross the tracks of course, but the best blackberries were on the other side, so of course we did cross over. We would be very dirty, hot and covered in blackberry juice when we got home. All that of course was when I was very young!! Brenda, did they ever get that carpet dry? I think you have said you don't always work in the same library, how many do you cover? Hope you are still enjoying the job. Have noticed that you have not been sleeping too well some nights Elisabeth and everyone else, hope you are all keeping well, sorry I haven't mentioned all by name - my memory is suffering a bit. Had some trouble getting the computer to co-operate tonight, it was refusing to boot properly so it took me ages to get connected. Goodnight to you all, have a good day and hope the sun shines wherever you are. Kathleen


Crista Report 14 Sep 2004 08:38

Thought it was about time I added to this new thread........ Hi Elisabeth, Brenda, Ann, Jude, Kathleen, Dilys, June, Lou, Christine and Syliva. Apologies if I missed anyone but that covers the last page or so. I haven’t been up to much recently. I took up golfing in May and go a few times a week but have yet to attempt 18 holes. Playing 9 holes for 2-3 hours is quite enough! Unlike Peter who sees kangaroos and emus I just see deer, rabbits and big ol' bull frogs. I've donated quite a few balls to the bull frog's pond so far! My b-i-l's been going through a messy divorce this last year but has had some good news now. The child psychologist/custody evaluator recommended he gets custody of the children if his ex-wife leaves the state so it's a big relief that he will be able to see his children when he wants. At least he didn't have to dress up in a Batman costume and climb up on the White House! We’ve spent a lot of time helping him move and get settled in new rental apartments. Does anyone remember Tears for Fears? A local radio station and Starbucks were hosting a free concert downtown on Saturday and we were privileged to witness their first gig since they split in the early '90s. They were very good and haven't changed a bit. They are supposed to be touring the UK in a few months. That's all for now, Crista


June Report 14 Sep 2004 09:08

Hi everyone, Its a very wet blustery day here, doesn't look like the washing will get hung out today, last night I actually put the heating on for a couple of hours. Dilys, Nice to hear from you, your wedding sounded fantastic. Kathleen, I remember my mother crocheting collars and cuffs and pillow case edgings etc., I have no idea where they all went, I didn't see them when I cleared the house. Yes the railway is still there, but there has been a lot of building work, as there as all over the country. I think the footpaths are still there, because they are signposted both in Penwortham and Bamber Bridge saying Preston. I just wish I was fit enough to explore, then again these days I wouldn't like to go on my own. Sylvia, I'm sorry your toe isn't better yet, thankgoodness it doesn't seem to have spoilt your holiday, you seem to have done a lot of exploring and reminiscing. Yes I agree fish and chips have certainly gone upmarket now, its no longer a cheap meal. Carol from Rochester,New York State was over a few weeks ago and she said she found it expensive over here too. I suppose it has just crept up on us, though I do keep moaning that the food bills are climbing all the time. Jude, I do hope Fat Cat and Lady settle their differences, I'm sure they will eventually. Lady will probably come back from her walks by the river and lie down, and Fat Cat will see she isn't really a threat. Hope everyone else is alright, see you tomorrow, Love June xx


syljo Report 14 Sep 2004 19:59

Hi all, I still can't get myself moving at the moment, I feel like I'm still on holiday. The aches and pains are getting less though. My dear neighbour came down this afternoon and said that she had nothing to do, and ............wait for it..............."could she do my ironing for me". What do you think I said, .......... yes, you're right. She was born in Germany and irons so beautifully. Johan's trousers now have a nice crease in them, instead of a mass of creases - 3 pairs of trousers plus shirts all neatly ironed and also 3 pairs of trousers of mine and blouses. What a gift. She has no hobbies, so when her housework is finished she doesn't know what to do do. She goes to bed at 8.00 pm! I have so many hobbies, and cannot seem to get to bed before, at the earliest 1.00 am. The weather here is very windy, but I like this. We have thunder and lightning this evening. I don't like weather which is still, it's just not me! Tomorrow is my doctor's appointment, so will let you know tomorrow what she is going to do with my toe - maybe only 4 toes by tomorrow evening! Have a nice evening all, Sylvia xxx


Brenda Report 14 Sep 2004 22:10

Hello Everyone,I was tired out yesterday from shopping ,ironing and doing an extra shift at the library that I could not bring myself to even turn the computer on ,never mind read and write a message.I have not felt like that for ages.It was 8pm when I left the libraray (i started at 5pm)and it was dark ,it felt really late,maybe thats why i felt so tired? I had another 8pm finsh tonight ,I started at 12.30pm ,but did not do much at home before I went ,so wasn't too bad when i got home. It has taken me ages to read all your smashing messages,and I will try ro remember what you have all said. June I will do the reccy for the pub when I am back from my holidays. Jude hope Lady/Sadie continues to settle and fat cat sees she is not a threat to him. Slyvia,glad you had a nice time,hope the toe is ok. Crista,John has played golf for a few years now and thinks I should get out of the house more and take it up as well.!Kathleen,no I'm sorry to say the carpets are not dried ,everytime it rains they get wtter,they smell awful now,some of the borrowers have been making complaints now,and I do not blame them. I cover 5 libraries all within a few miles from home,one I can even walk to,It only takes 15mins at most to get to the farthest one,and it's all free parking so I am not out of pocket there. I do have afew nights when I don't sleep ,but it is not as bad as last year. Sorry if I have forgotten anyone,speak to you tomorrow,take care ,Brenda


Unknown Report 14 Sep 2004 23:02

Yes, yes, yes, yes at last (l know its only 2 days) they have settled their differences and met face to face offfff the lead!!!!!!!!!!! l had got to the stage where Lady was not responding to food and banging the table or a tray to get attention did'nt even get a flinch (on a lead)when her and Fat Cat were in consoltation so to speak!!!!! l had just put the phone down after speaking to an animal behaviouralist and forgot the cat was on the mat!!!! (in the hall),opened the lounge door and left it open - oh my word a god almight hiss and scuffle and now everything is as good as OK. l rang her because of the way Lady was reacting - down on belly and stalking, very rigid and not interested in treats at all!!!!!! the Fat Cat has now put her in her place and everytime she goes towards Fat Cat l whistle and she comes back - blimey!!:o) not taking all this for granted though. As you can imagine l am now alot more relaxed, lwas really worried - l know everyone said they will settled their differences etc, but seeing them was'nt so easy to believe it! It has rained on and off here as well, very mixed! AND I HAVE been to work - Community Project today, 9.30am to 1pm, which means walking in the Forest,cutting shrub back,doing garden projects etc and most importantly getting the students to think,care and be responsible - they were absolute gems today. Not the group l had last term where one cheeky monkey liked grabbing manaquins bits!!!!!! which is a real shame, but hey!! Off tomorrow and working allday Thursday and Friday - yippeeeeeeeee Sylvia - sounds like you had a great time and to get someone to do all your ironing what a bonus!!!!?? take care of that toe. Brenda - take it easy,how many days do you work and what do you do at the library?? Crista,Kathleen l will answer ur messages in the morning - dog is ready for bed,hubby has gone to bed,so spose l ought to follow. Nite nite all:o) Take care everyone,hope l did'nt forget anyone:o( Jude sarf wales


Chris Report 15 Sep 2004 02:32

Hi everyone, Looks like there are a few new ones on board. I haven't been doing any genealogy, I've been trying to get fit again. Went into the city last night and ran a 5k race. It was fun seeing so many old faces from quite a while ago. I got into genealogy when my mother-in-law had a stroke and came to live with us so my running took a back seat as I was much more restricted in my movements. It's taken quite a long time to get my enthusiasm back again but I'm hoping I'm on the come-back trail. Crista, Can only imagine how fit people must get playing golf. I have no eye-ball co-ordination so that is a limiting factor for me for quite a few sports.


June Report 15 Sep 2004 10:45

Hi everyone Its lovely and sunny here, although we did have a short shower earlier. Christine, you do very well to do a 5k race, keep it up as long as you can, we all need something to enjoy and what better way? Jude, I'm glad Lady and Fat Cat have a truce, I dare say they will have the odd spat, like children they will have a quarrel then forget all about it. I like the sound of the work you do, lovely walking in forests looking at plants etc. Most students are good but you always get the odd one showing off. Brenda, you seem to be very busy with this job but as long as you enjoy it , that is the main thing. The reccy on the pubs will be fine after your holidays, its very good of you to look round for us. Sylvia, I hope your toe is soon sorted out, our feet are very precious to us. You have a lovely neighbour to come and do your ironing for you, thats one of my pet hates and whenever possible, I buy clothes thst do not need ironing. Later I have to go and get Gaynor's prescription, they hadn't got them in yesterday, then one of my friends is coming round. She has just come back from Detroit, she surprised her brother on his birthday, so she has lots to tell me. Hope everyone else is alright. See you tomorrow Love June xx


Brenda Report 15 Sep 2004 17:48

Hi Everyone,well I am now offically on holiday,yippee,and have some ironing and all my packing to do tonight and tomorrow. Jude I,m glad Fat cat and Lady are repecting each other,our old cat loved our old dog ,but would not go near our present dog.Yet when the cat died the dog was so lost. Christine,I am what is known as a libraries and information assistant.I do 18 hours per week over a six day week.I usually do one late ,starting at either 12.30 or 4 till 8pm,one early starting at 9am till 1or 5pm.and and Saturday 9am-5pm.But the other days can be any, last week I was off Monday , workedTuesday4-8pm off Wednesday ,off Thursday.Friday and Saturday worked 9am -5pm. I have found that when I do a late I shouldn't go out doing any shopping or having lunch before hand,as I get so tired I find the job interesting.I issue books to borrowers delete loans when books etc are returned.take the money for overdue items,Find books that people have requested,see if the libraries stock certain books etc. File the books back.keep the shelves straight.Help book computers .photocopiers etc. I am really enjoying it,it is a lot less stress than my other job.Mind you the public can be very funny at times. But allin all it's good. I have been told my tea is ready ,John has just dished I will have to go,Sorry if I didn't get round to you all ,might be back later when ironing done HAHA. take care Brenda


syljo Report 15 Sep 2004 18:23

Hi everybody, Woke up to a showery, windy day, but I don't mind at all. Visited my doctor. I thought my appointment was 3.40 but it was 2.40, but my kind doctor fitted me inbetween. I have to go to the hospital for an x-ray to see how the bone is. My doctor will cut a piece of the nail away herself she said. It is still very painful, but I've had worse things than this. I'm busy making my Xmas cards now. I have made 35 - but need somewhere in the region of 80. Every Xmas card I make is different! I love being creative. I worked until I was 63, so enjoy all the time I can spare making and doing things. My neighbour, the one who did all my ironing for me, came down with 2 rainbow trout. They were caught in Denmark and frozen. I now have to work out how to clean and cook them. I got round to making my bread again yesterday - so much nicer than shop bread! I'm not spending so much time now on the boards as there are so many more things to do. See you all again, keep this thread going. Love, Sylvia xxx


Unknown Report 15 Sep 2004 21:09

Hello everyone This is going to be quick, it takes so long to post messages tonite its driving me mad. Not in the best frame of mind either - the dog, cat situation not too good today, Fat Cat has been chased out of the garden now and next doors cat, don't mind that too much cause he keeps catching the Blue Tits - grrrrrrrrr. Fat Cat has just been in for food but shot back out the back door - can only hope they settle down cause its getting me down now. l know its only been a few days, but its distressing to see. l wonder if she was a farm dog before, she's never settled always following us around and curls up on the concrete tiles in kitchen - at night she gets in her bed though,thats where she is now. Anyway we'll see. Nite nite Sorry if l have'nt actually chatted to you and gone on about me, need me bed now:o( work tomorrow, new class,new students!!!!! :o)) Jude sarf wales


Brenda Report 16 Sep 2004 10:38

Hello Evryone,should really be finshing my ironing now but had to check emails and here I am. Jude,don't worry about not chatting to everyone,it's about telling us whats happening with you as well. I find I do it a lot when something gets me down or makes me feel good. Really hope the cat/dog situation does get better for you,like I said before our old cat and present dog did not get on at first ,then settled into a sort of stand off respect thing and did not bother with each other ,but we did have one or two skirmishes,sorry about spelling. Slyvia,two of my friends have been making their own cards as well ,they enjoy it tremendously and sometime make special orders for friends families etc. Glad the doctor could see you ,don't think ours would.Hope the toe is sorted soon.Must go now,it's my little brothers birthday (well both my brothers are younger than me actually but this one is smaller than me as well)and I have to get his cards round to him.Hope to get back on here later when the packing is done.But if I don't I will be thinking about you all.look after yourselves and take care ,see you Oct 2nd. Brenda


June Report 16 Sep 2004 10:58

Hi everyone Its very blustery here today and definitely chillier although it is dry. Brenda, I hope you finished your ironing in time, have a good time, you have been working hard you deserve it. Jude, It must be very worrying and I'm sure they will settle down in time, in the mean time its you that is getting stressed out. Dont worry about the messages being short, we love to hear that you are alright, though I must admit I enjoy your colourful accounts of events. Sylvia, Your neighbour is an absolute gem, dont let her escape! First she does the ironing and now trout! I hope the toe is soon better, at least the doctor is interested which is more than be said about some. You are getting me interested in making cards, my daughter does this, I really must find the time. This afternoon my friend will be coming, we both enjoy painting ceramic ornaments and tracing our family history, so we are never short of something to talk about. Hi to everyone else, I hope you are still reading even though you aren't posting at the moment. Love June xx


Kathleen Report 16 Sep 2004 17:03

Hello everyone Has been fine and sunny today though a bit breezy, just right to get the towels dry. Well it would be if I had remembered to hang them out!! Went shopping whilst they washed and then forgot all about them - oh well......... Nothing very exciting to tell you all about, bit fed up with my son's not getting on with some of the jobs they have said they will do. Hence the kitchen is still not getting it's ceiling plastered, nor the doors painted, so no chance of getting any new flooring down yet. Have to put up with the old, paint splattered tiles for a bit longer. Jude, give them a bit more time, it's still early days yet and I'm sure they will settle down together before too much longer. Brenda, I hope you have a fabulous holiday - come back feeling nicely relaxed. Won't stay any longer just now - I am fed up and think I will go out for a walk to buck my ideas up. Love to everyone - will be back later, hopefully feeling more cheerful. Kathleen ps. Have just seen No.1 son getting the sander out - looks like the doors just might get prepared for painting.


syljo Report 16 Sep 2004 18:26

Well not much has been happening here today. My granddaughter, bless her cotton socks, came after school and cleaned my bathroom and toilet and did the vacuuming. What did I do, well I changed the beds, washed the bedding and almost finished ironing it. Oh yes, I baked bread again. My husband has been walking around like a zombie all day with headphones on listening to a debate on television on how our ministers have misspent a lot of our money. The sun has been shining, and the outlook is good for tomorrow for my weekly trip to the market with my neighbour. At least I'm keeping the thread going with my little chat. Bye now, Sylvia xxx


Unknown Report 16 Sep 2004 20:48

Hi everyone - another very quick message. Lady go's back to the kennels in the morning - the situation with her and Fat Cat is not getting any beter, we keep trying to have them together and doing the treat thing when she looks away etc , but she does'nt react to much - banging on the table,tray etc often does'nt work,calling her name sometimes works. Fat cat has spent the past 2 days in the garage, sleeping in doors at night and eating when he's relaxed (not often). She is the sweetest thngs,but really not a cuddly pet.l can't decribe it - my nephew is here tonight and can see what l mean. Don't know when we can look again cause the kennels suggest we wait till she has been re-homed - if she see's us around the kennels or we see her,it won't be fair. So, l am about to dish up dinns, speak to you tomorrow:o((( Jude sarf wales