Weekly Chat (Non-Osprey Topics), 13 May 2012

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Weekly Chat (Non-Osprey Topics), 13 May 2012

  • bjane My heart goes out to you.  I'm in much the same position as you - OH has virtually no mobility, hasn't been out of the house except when taken by ambulance to hospital for 18 months.  I know how wearing it must be for you.  If it would help I'll send you a PM with my email address and you can have a wee moan when you feel like it!

  • Patriciat: what a wonderful offer! I suspected that you might have the same situation. It gets a bit overwhelming sometimes, doesn't it and then we start a new routine and things seem better for awhile. I will accept your kind offer...I hope I won't need to bother you.

  • Brenda - OH has been very caring, but obviously I don't want to overdo my neediness.

    Alicat - I do hope the injection gives you relief soon.

    Annette - I read the latest Ruth Rendell recently and I was disappointed with it. Far too many things that should have been picked up by proofreaders. I enjoyed Tony Horwitz' "A Voyage Long and Strange - Rediscovering the New World". His modern explorations of the areas & people together with the historic stories were fascinating. I remembered & am rereading James Michener's "Chesapeake".

    OG - I woke yesterday morn feeling a wee bit better - enough to do my exercises before checking for osplets.

    Linda - I wander about home with no shoes. Many years ago I stepped on a bee on the back lawn. Owwww! I couldn't believe how painful the sting was. Choosing that for arthritis? Hm, shorter-lasting pain than a new knee!!! Looking out your kitchen window not thro a mist? I would do the same if I cleaned windows more often LOL.

    Diane - News report listed foods with potassium. I was pleased to see chocolate featured. I am still waitng for scientists to discover that choc is the one vital necessity in our lives. LOL

    I started writing this yesterday but didn't get to post as we went out on a vac cleaner excursion. We now have a Miele with added powerhead. Saleslady suggested cheaper at discount store, so off we went, with OH grumbling as we were caught on long road behind an Oversize Load. Home eventually, OH has tested it and seems happy.

    Brenda - Robots were mentioned but saleslady said she knew of someone who sets off machine in room and goes to work. Robot just goes around the room and starts again, all day. Unless it gets caught in a corner and cleans the same spot for the rest of the day. I can't imagine the robot moving lounge chairs, reaching under furniture with low legs, coping with nooks & crannies.

    bjane - Tough decision. I'm thinking of you & OH. Can you get respite to give you an occasional break?

  • Friday Smiles

    A wife says to her husband one weekend morning, "We've got such a clever dog. He brings in the daily newspapers every morning."
    Her husband replies, "Well, lots of dogs can do that."
    The wife responded, "But we've never subscribed to any!"


    During break time at obedience school, two dogs were talking.
    One said to the other, "The thing I hate about obedience school is you learn ALL this stuff you will never use in the real world."


    On the door of the little country store a stranger noticed the sign DANGER! BEWARE OF DOG! Inside he saw a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor besides the cash register.
    He asked the store manager, "Is THAT the dog folks are supposed to beware of?"
    "Yep, that's him," he replied.
    The stranger could not help but be amused. "That certainly does not look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that sign?"
    "Because," the owner replied, "before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him."


    A burglar is sneaking through this house one night, when out of the darkness comes a voice, "I can see you, and so can Jesus".
    The burglar freezes in his tracks and is too frightened to move. After ten minutes, nothing has happened so he moves forward. Again from the darkness comes the voice, "I can see you, and so can Jesus". The burglar is petrified and too frightened to move a muscle.
    After thirty minutes, he decides to do something. He backs very slowly and tentatively to the wall and feels around for a light switch. He switches on the light and there in front of him, sit a cockatoo in a cage, who says, "I can see you, and so can Jesus".
    Greatly relieved, the burglar sighs, "It's just a cocky".
    The cocky looks at the burglar and says, "I might be just a cocky but Jesus is a big German Shepherd". 

  • Hi, all.

    I'm on my way to bed because I worked too hard today and I have to get up early to take the bins down the driveway. Plus, my internet connection is slower than molasses tonight; must have been another big solar flare or something. I'll catch up with everyone in the morning. Have a wonderful Friday!

    AQ: I saw this photo today, and I thought of you. We don't have Blue-Tongued Skinks, like Lizarda DaVinci, but we do have Blue-Tailed Skinks. :-))) (Photo is from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is labeled Public Domain/Copyright Free.)

  • Evening all: Busy day and friend's OH just left after nice dinner and lots of chat. Called his wife in Colorado to assure all well during her absence. Tomorrow it's back outside to the garden.

    TerryM: Good that you got your LG trip set up.  I think Tiger and maybe Chloe were going to try to go, but I could be completely wrong.

    Brenda: I remember having my hair "thinned" when I was living in the UK; no idea why and haven't heard of it since; of course, I'm not exactly on the cutting edge of hair style techniques. Re fruit farms; stopped by our local organic strawberry farm this afternoon; had them for dessert with vanilla ice cream (no chocolate).

    Diane: 1895 very recent; just dug around on Google and read (on Chicago Tribune site) that Italy started keeping regular weather records in the 1650s while England started weather "observations" in 1697 (probably along the lines of "wettest spring, wettest summer, wettest autumn, wettest winter" - and, of course, not forgetting the wettest drought of 2012!  :-)  Do try to take it easy tomorrow.

    Lindybird: Good luck with that balky light; glad the window got fixed. Isn't it funny how the right little tool or gadget makes all the difference?

    OG: Oh that's funny: When I used to ask my Dad where he was going, he'd always say "to see a man about a dog." I took some photographs of the planesand will post a couple in the next day or so.

    Sandra: Seriously, will that chick have any problems fledging?

    bjane: Oh dear, so sorry to hear that things have taken a downturn with your OH; that's sad. I do hope something works out that will be acceptable to you both. Do let us know when you get a chance. AQ suggests respite care; is that an option?  Interesting about the Hoover; I've got a canister vacuum that I drag around behind me. Not sure anything would make me love vacuuming except maybe a maid?  :-)

    patriciat: How nice that you can share "wee moans" with bjane. We're all here too when you guys need to spread it around a bit!  :-)

    AQ: You know, you're right about those proofreader misses, not that I can remember anything specific. Seems to me most books have at least one or two obvious errors in them these days. I've read all Michener's work; will have to check out the Horwitz book.  Those jokes are good!

    Hope I haven't missed anyone. Off to bed now.

  • Good Morning:   Dull here & cloudy, but dry.  Glad of that as off to Hairdressers on foot this morning.

    AQ:   Love the Friday Smiles!  - I had a cartoon once where someone said that their dog had been dangerous to visitors for the same reason!  Good to hear that you are feeling a little better.

    Annette:   Will put on something about books later today:  must go & get dressed now and off to do above chore.  My hair is almost in my eyes as its 5 weeks since the last cut.

    Diane:   Just LOVE the blue tailed creature!!  what fun Nature has with colour. 

    bjane:    Sorry to hear that you and your OH have to make serious decisions.  Best to mull over it and discuss at length:   maybe even get someone else's opinion, who is not as involved in the situation as the both of you.  I also think as others do, that occasional Respite Care would be a good solution.  My thoughts are with you both.

    Must go!!   Back later.

  • Good Morning. Dry morning after late rain last night.

    Shouldn't Margo be back home now ?

    AQ, As I said yesterday. I am very happy with my Miele vac. and the swivel head realy does get into the corners.

    Thanks for the Friday smiles. I like the two dogs talking :-))

    Annette, I can't wait for the strawberry season to start. We can buy Spanish ones at the moment but they are so large and tasteless.

    Diane. Lovely coloured Blue Tailed Skink. Hope you are recovering from all your hard work.

    Linda, Hope the weather stays dry for your hairdresser appointment.

    bjane, What a heartbreaking decision to have to make, but you really do need a break at least. I am sure that being able to talk to Patricia will help.

  • Help! My brain has seized again(a fairly common thing as I've got older0 and I can't remember how to send PMs.

  • Patricia, Go to the page of the person you are writing to and click on the envelope with 'send message' in the right hand corner. Don't forget to give it a title or it won't post

  • Got home with new hairdo on my head, in the dry.  Hooray!

    Just seen a little person on the Feeders at LG:

  • Good afternoon everyone the weather here is more like November than May as the temp today when I was out was only 6c. Went for a haircut today and with the temp as it is I am feeling the cold if I don,t cover my head. Diesel still has to get his walk and it has been waterproofs the last couple of days.

    I recently bought a Dyson hand held battery hover and it is ideal for a quick hover as the charge lasts for 15min. or if you use the boost setting it lasts for 6min. I have found it ideal for the stairs as you don't have any cables to bother about the only drawback is that it has to be emptied frequently.

    I hope the weather improves soon for our ospreys as this cold weather isn't very good for the chicks and also for me and the rest of our bloggers who are going up to LG soon.

    I hope that bjane and patriciat find some comfort by sharing their problem as seeing ones loved one in that position is very hard to take my thoughts are with you both.

    Hope everyone else who is poorly gets better soon and the weather perks up for all.

  • Nice to hear from you George.   It sounds really cold up there:  do keep wrapped up well when you take Diesel out.

  • You are all sooo lovely and thoughtful.  I'm sure bjane agrees with me.  I know most of us have problems at times and it's good to know others are sympathising.

    George Do wrap up well when taking Diesel out.  It's fairly chilly here too and I intend to pile on the layers when taking my 3 out shortly. My only problem is that I had an expensive hairdo yesterday and don't want to ruin it!

    Brenda Thanks for the reminder!

  • Afternoon all an update on the shoulder pain it apears that i did  right  in having that injection as i can now lift my arm up above my head with not much pain were as before i couldn't even get my arm above my head still hurts a bit in the top of my arm don't know if all the pain  will come back, will have to see what two weeks time will say as thats when i have to go back to GPs if it still hurts