HAPPY NEW WEEK!I hope everyone has a peaceful, wonderful week.
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My 'learning to swim story' is that when I was about six years old my parents thought I should learn. I was taken to the local swimming pool and put in an ADULT rubber ring - surprisingly, I immediately fell through, swallowing a lot of the pool! Unsurprisingly, I have called myself a non-swimmer ever since … although I know what to do, I'm too scared to do it. I'm fine as long as I can touch the bottom!
Just to say, I've been too busy to post - but all OK here!
A bit of free time at last! Yesterday I got busy with church typing, but also doing some indoor jobs with J’s help while OH was mowing. He just finished scarifying and mowing before the rain came, but he didn’t get a chance to do any other tidying at the front. Today I have been attending to a few “loose ends”, including some online ordering, while he cleaned the bathrooms – yesterdays job, but the lawns took priority! Today is dark and much wetter.
Bonnie – I enjoyed your blog about the bread roll – silly Daddy – but why didn’t they leave a piece of cheese for you to have with it?
Linda – sorry your Wednesday shopping was so time-consuming and frustrating – you need your time away to get over that! Pleased your Son enjoyed the chicken dinner. I hope the blood test went well, and that you will get at least some dry days in Wales.
George – sorry about the dishwasher – but it has served you well for a long time! Nice for you to see your Son and D-i-L on their journeys to and from Norwich – and pleased to see that her father had a good scan. Schools here don’t start back until next Tuesday, except the staff go back this Friday and have training days Friday and Monday.
Annette – sorry, I hadn’t realised your niece is divorced; has she travelled so far alone before?
Rosy – how kind of you to give a tea-party for your friend, especially as she is recovering from surgery – she sounds a very active 84-year-old!
Gillian – whereabouts on the Black Isle was your holiday? We have been up that way a lot – our Daughter#2 used to be in Conon Bridge and she and her new husband are now in Muir of Ord – on the landward side of the Black Isle. The last time we were up that way, we found the Botanic Garden in Inverness, which is very good.
Pat O – you are right about not knowing addresses now we communicate digitally – I had to send a Facebook message to elder Granddaughter (25 on Saturday) to tell her that if she wants a birthday card we need to know where to send it! It got a result – she knows there will be a cheque in the envelope!
AQ – I hope you two had a good afternoon with the Little People! And well done with guessing correctly for lunch! I think ten years is a price worth paying at this end of my life for not being encumbered with Littlies, although I may have enjoyed seeing more of them earlier.
Heather – how kind of your Danish friends, but I can understand why you declined the holiday offer! Enjoy your kitchen time with Daughter and Granddaughter!
Must go – sounds like OH is up a cul-de-sac with vegetables!
Hello all -
ROSY - sending late birthday wishes - I was impressed with the truce regarding downstairs noise!
As usual, reading all but not organised enough to be chatty - my mind has been elsewhere over the past few days. Our Danish friends invited me to join them on a holiday next February, to South America. I've had to think carefully before refusing as it is not the first invitation from them that I've turned down. It would involve three weeks, starting in Beunos Aires, and ending with eight days on a cruise ship travelling through the Magellan straits and up the Chilean coast. Anyway, they have accepted my refusal graciously.
AQ - Reassuring to read that being involved with grandchildren keeps you younger!
LINDY - enjoy Wales. I hope that the weather is kind.
GILLIAN - Good that you are enjoying the chat!
Middle daughter and Amy are coming this afternoon and we shall cook Aubergine Parmigiana for dinner.
Have a good day, everyone!
Good Morning. A bit grey here, again. Eldest has just gone dashing off to another city centre meeting, then he's going home from there tonight, so we won't see him. He demolished a plate of chicken and vegetables at an alarming rate last night, so hasn't changed! He always used to start at one side of the plate and work his way across, as fast as his fork would carry him!
I'm getting going as my Doc wants a blood test (just routine as I've changed my meds) so I'm off to the local Clinic, and then we have to pack again, as we're off to Wales - again!
Rosy: Love the story of your neighbor! An inspiration!
Gillian: It's my niece who's coming (but same branch of the family tree). When I retired, I was still doing some freelance work and with regard to your comment about missing the social aspect of work, read somewhere that the newly retired tend to form "friendships" with mailmen, UPS delivery people, etc., etc. :-) (That was probably before social media!) Hope the Swedish cot has good instructions and all the necessary parts. I remember hearing a story once about the police being called to a house where the residents seemed to be having a huge fight. Turned out they were trying to assemble something from the same store. FYI, if you want to put anything in bold, italic, etc., you can use the "rich formatting" link under your post, which is where you also can upload photos when and if you ever feel like it, but I wouldn't worry about it. Can I ask what you did before you retired?
PatO: Well your friend is living somewhere very nice if she's a regular at Point Lobos.
AQ: :-)) Interesting that kiddie-involved grandparents live longer. I guess it's because they have a sense of purpose and being needed., plus there's no time to think bout how exhausted they are!
Have a good Wednesday all.
Rosy - Happy birthday.
Linda – Thanks for flower pics. Attisshoo!
Food shop done. Very small this week. I wonder what vital things I forgot. Each Wed I guess whether OH is going out to lunch or not. He can’t decide until last minute. <Sigh> If I buy something special for lunch at home, he goes out. If I don’t, he is underfoot. Eureka! Today I struck it right. I bought bacon for b & eggs, he is home and what’s more, he is coming with me to visit Little People. I read an article this week – research says g-parents who look after g-chn live 10 years longer than those who don’t. And I just thought it had aged me 10 years.
Annette - Don't know exactly where my friend lives. That's the problem now we all communicate by e-mail - no addresses! I just know it's California, and must be somewhere near Point Lobos as she goes regularly as a volunteer. We met in Scotland, playing golf, and she has stayed with me here in UK.
Thanks everyone for all your comments. I so look forward to reading it all. Perhaps beacause I miss the social aspect of work.
Sorry Rosy, I too forgot to say happy birthday.
Thanks for the lovely flower pics lindybird. Those displays are always so perfect. I found it quite overwhelming when faced with a marquee full of colourful flowers. Love your chat Bonnie. There's another clever dog on twitter called Nigel. His dad has a gardening programme on TV. You might want to chat to him sometime.
You must be so looking forward to your sister coming Annette I hope you spoil yourself too. My great grandson is 2 1/2 weeks old. He will be 3 weeks on Thursday. Currently knitting him a little cardigan as already grown out of newborn size. So far it's just about recognisable as something to wear. Give it a pull and a stretch and it might be ok lol.
Great to hear from you George. I always imagined you living down near the prom but have a rough idea where you are now. That's a very busy school. My eldest daughter works in the cafe at the top of the gallatown and it is overrun with school kids at lunchtime. Must be very difficult parking.
We were at the Black Isle last summer Heather and went shopping in Inverness. It's a lovely town.
Have been to Edinburgh today to get a cot for Declan - that's our pressie to him. His mum wanted one from that well known Swedish store. Good luck with building it up.
Another rainy day here but it cleared up mid afternoon so sat outside for a while. Made a mess cutting down a clematis. It was affected by lack of water and looked miserable.
I wish I could post a pic Lindybird of the dogs but I wouldn't know where to start. I'll find out one of those days. Night all.
Thank you Diane for the lovely card.
Thanks also for your greetings, Pat and Lindy.
George, I am impressed that your dishwasher lasted 17 years! My last one gave up the ghost after only 6 years. It was supposed to be a very reliable make (beginning
with M) Suffice to say, it was replaced with a different brand.
I gave a small tea party today for a neighbour who is 84. She is very active, but has recently had spinal surgery so cannot resume golf yet. She had a growth that was increasing in size, and was told she should have the surgery while she was still young. She could have ended up in a wheelchair otherwise, apparently.
We are wondering when old age starts now!
I also like Bonnies "inside story".
Busy with "office work" so will reply tomorrow. Good to hear from George - and from Bonnie again!
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