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Title: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 11 Jul 2018 09:25PM
Was about to post on the 'Chit Chat thread of randomness dropping by' which we used to have, but as it's nearly a year since it was posted on, I was prompted to start a new thread... So here it is, and it does what it says on the tin - post about anything you like, any time, and don't worry about keeping any particular topic going >biggrin<

Tonight I've been watching England play Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals, and in extra time Croatia have just gone 2 - 1 up, so looks like we won't get to the big one after all  :-(  (don't know if any of you are following the footie at all, I enjoy the major tournaments but don't really bother with it at other times.)  Perhaps there's more Wimbledon fans here!  Or total sports-haters who'd be happy never to see it on telly again  ;-)

Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: SteveX on 12 Jul 2018 12:28AM
I'm not a footie fan (actually quite the opposite!) but I feel we could have won it in the first 90 mins if we only nailed one of those close chances we had in the 1st half.     Also, it seems to me that we can only score via set pieces..  when did one of our players score a 'normal' goal?

That said though, we cannot complain, they did their best and at least this time they can come home proud instead in shame like previous years.

..but yeah, as a non football fan, I'm glad it's all over now. 
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 12 Jul 2018 05:28AM
The best thing that came out of my divorce was the lack of football in my life. I don't miss it. However I like the Saints to stay in the premiership so keen an eye on the scores until I know they will and then I switch football off in my brain. Haven't been able to be unaware in any shape or form of the world cup unfortunately, not that I watched any. Even the footie mad people on Facebook and instagram seem to be saying we did well despite not winning and getting to the semi finals is no disgrace.

Someone has started a government petition to start a war with Croatia which did make me laugh.

>edit to insert paragraph breaks - KK
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Monic1511 on 12 Jul 2018 05:40PM
I donít mind the football and have watched / had on most of the matches.  I had the sound turned down for any England match because the arrogance of the commentators really hacks me off.

 It used to be amusing watching England getting beaten until you saw the abuse and death threats dished out to the players , sorry thatís wrong, no England donít have a god given right to win and well done to the current squad of players but England would have more support from rest of uk if they canned the arrogance.

Wonder how the fools withe their World Cup winner tattoos feel 5oday.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 12 Jul 2018 07:51PM
Pretty damn silly, I would think  >erm<  IMO, the news coverage of the game - although it was obviously important in the footballing world - has been way too excessive, both yesterday in the lead-up and today digesting the unwanted result.  Let's get back to Donald Trump's visit  ;-)

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Someone has started a government petition to start a war with Croatia which did make me laugh.

Oh, what a complete >rude word<  >doh<  You have to laugh or you'd cry...
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: SteveX on 12 Jul 2018 08:14PM
I know its mean of me and I shouldn't but I'll admit I did laugh a little at one guy on the bbc news site who had a huge England 2018 World Cup Winners tattoo. 

Wouldn't it have been wise to wait until after the final to have that, I mean you're tempting fate. 
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: oldtone27 on 13 Jul 2018 03:42PM
Talking of things which might be of general interest I went along to a Volunteers day at Lulworth Castle run by the Dorset Blind Society; the charity I help from time to time.

This turned out to be quite a significant event attended by a few local grandees. The host, and one of our patrons, was James Weld owner of the Lulworth Estate. The guest of honour was Angus Campbell Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset and the 'celebrity' guest was Julian Fellows of Downton Abbey fame, another patron.

Firstly it celebrated the centenary of society. It was originally founded to help blind and visually disabled troops returning from the Great War. The Load-Lieutenant presented a trophy to mark that occasion and said that in his experience it was quite remarkable for a comparatively small charity to survived so long. Many don't long outlive their founders.

Secondly he also presented a scroll granting the charity The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2017.

This was much as I anticipated but when I arrived I was a bit taken aback to be instructed to be sure and sit at the table at the front right. I was one of about six volunteers to be awarded a certificate for ten years volunteering. I really didn't realise it had been that long. A couple of others at the table had managed twenty years. I guess it is nice to recognised by the powers that be so to speak.

This was followed by a good buffet spread which together with the fine weather made it a pleasant day out.



Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 13 Jul 2018 04:44PM
Ooh, Julian Fellows!  I became a 'Downton Abbey' fan earlier this year when I gave the parents the complete box-set for Christmas and they started re-watching it - Dad said I'd love it and he was right....

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.. I was one of about six volunteers to be awarded a certificate for ten years volunteering. I really didn't realise it had been that long.

That's fantastic, OldTone  >magic< >bubbly<  well done, and well deserved  >thumbsup<

What sort of nosh did you have at the buffet?
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: auntieCtheM on 13 Jul 2018 08:24PM
Congratulations oldtone.  Well done.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 14 Jul 2018 05:25AM
Congratulations Oldtone, well deserved.  >star<

I went to a family funeral yesterday, hiring a car for the day but only managed to stay for the very sad committal at the crematorium and the family buffet lunch in the church hall before the back pain being so bad I worried I might not be able to drive home if I waited much longer so came home just before the thanksgiving service began which was a real shame because apparently there were several lovely tributes and memories shared during the service. My cousin has promised to send me the tributes which will be nice. I'm a technophobe but the word podcasts springs to mind despite never having listened to one so that may be the method she means. That'll be nice.

I have barely seen my daughter in the last two years and yesterday she told me that it's because I'm not interested in her, which is rubbish as I love hearing about everything she does, work wise and pleasure wise and constantly ask about everything, but she also said all I talk about is pain and stuff and there's truth in that. I guess becoming housebound because of it, going nowhere and speaking to no one except my dog who's an excellent listener, gives me little if anything to talk about and pain dominates my life. So I'm going to make a concerted effort not to mention pain at all when we communicate. It will be tricky being honest if she asks how I am but I've thought about it and when she asks I'll tell her about something I've done or that interested me or what programme I enjoyed watching on the TV. So I'll divert the question. It made me realise that others may be fed up with hearing about it too so as well as trying never to talk about it to my daughter I'm going to try not to mention it on the other (non disability) forum I post on too. And reduce it as a subject here though I know this is the one place the subject will be understood. And obviously it'll be frequently discussed with my GP! I need to discuss increasing a dose for something right now, yesterday after I returned from the funeral I couldn't lie down which was scary and distressing. I'm sure others here can relate.

My DWP PIP award letter finally arrived on Thursday and a friend is available to drive me to the garage where I will look at the car I have selected from the motability car finder as meeting all my needs this morning. I hated the car I hired yesterday, it was impossible to see any of the bonnet at all so I had no clue how much room I had in front of me when pulling out of spaces not being able to see any of the nose. Daftly it was the first time I realised how important it is that I sit in the car I've chosen to see if the visibility is good! It's been so long since I had a car. So that'll be an exciting visit and the thought of being able to leave the house and go somewhere is starting to feel like a positive thought rather than a terrifying one though I still can't imagine going anywhere to do anything social apart from meeting up with one of my two friends. I can't even imagine seeing my GP. I think being so isolated has ramped up my social anxiety so I will need gentle exposure. I've always found the doctor's waiting room difficult though; not enough personal space and trying not to make eye contact with anyone in case I know them and need to talk to them. And after this morning's exciting garage visit I'm having lunch with the friend who is taking me. So today should be a good day and a million times better than yesterday. I'm trying to increase my positivity!

What are you all up to this weekend? 
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: oldtone27 on 14 Jul 2018 10:41AM
Thanks for congrats.

A bit more about the event if you are interested.

Fellows came over to our table for a chat and was very approachable. One of the volunteers asked him about the film and whether he was involved. He said he had already written it and would be involved. The older members of the TV cast where quite keen, but as the programme had boosted the careers of some of the younger cast they were a bit more difficult. He didn't say explicitly but I got the impression that there might be some difficulty with filming schedules as they were so busy.

The grub was pretty standard buffet fare. Various sandwiches, sausage rolls, prawn thingies, coronation chicken vol a vonts, sort of pizza tartlets, samosas and a few others I couldn't identify but tasty nonetheless. This was followed by sweet meats such as chocolate chip nibbles, chocolate and fudge cubes, some very colourful iced biscuits with a corresponding filling which where flavoured according to colour, such as coffee, mint, etc. and scones with jam and clotted cream.

Oh and there was some birthday cake too.

Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: oldtone27 on 14 Jul 2018 10:47AM
Fiz, I understand your problem with car visibility. Modern cars, particularly the small ones tend to have steeply curving bonnets which makes seeing the front particularly the corners very difficult. This is not help if like me you are quite short.

But I find all round visibility is getting poorer also as windows have got smaller to allow for stronger body shells.

I guess this is why parking sensors are increasingly being fitted. You may find these a worthwhile accessory if they are available for your car. I hope you can get what you want.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 14 Jul 2018 05:21PM
Not sure how a film version of 'Downton Abbey' will work when so much story was crammed into the actual series  >confused<

So you didn't exactly have 'posh nosh', OldTone, but good eats nonetheless - my mouth was watering, reading your description  >tongue-smile<

Fiz, hope the visit to the garage was a fruitful one and you have chosen a car that suits your needs  >thumbsup<  Will be interesting to see how your new approach to your daughter pans out, though in my personal opinion she needs to be a little more tolerant!

As for what's going on this weekend for me, will be usual stayover at parents' tonight and probably a walk with Mum tomorrow morning.  Neither parents nor myself are particularly keen to go places you have to drive to on a Saturday or Sunday - they're retired and I'm not working, so we have the option to go to, say, a garden centre for lookaround and lunch in the early part of a week.  Would be nice to have a trip somewhere when the weather takes a turn for the cooler...
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: oldtone27 on 14 Jul 2018 05:43PM
I'm not doing much this weekend. Like Kizzie I avoid heading coastwards as the roads get crowded with folks going to the beach where you can't park and fry for want of shelter.

There is however some very pleasant countryside which can be reached if one carefully avoids crossing main roads at congested points. Careful planning and timing required. So I might be tempted; especially if the present breeze persists. Could always sit out in my garden as it is nicely shaded by a big oak and several silver birches.

We still haven't had any rain apart from a 5 minute dribble over week ago.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: ATurtle on 14 Jul 2018 08:47PM
Is this silliness of groups of 22 primadonnas running around a simulated field after inflated simulated pigs bladder over yet? 

When you consider that at present there are a load of fitter people cycling about 100 miles and finishing at 30-40 mph and they will do it day after day with only 2 rest days in three weeks.  If footballers could do that the World Cup would have been over in a week, not a month. 
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Monic1511 on 15 Jul 2018 08:51AM
Only 1 more match - the final today, mind you the Scottish League cup has started again. Iím more interested in how Croatia produced so many player, Scotland can barely get a team together
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: ally on 15 Jul 2018 09:47AM
Congratulations oldtone.  I've looked into volunteering recently.  I'd now been offered two jobs.  However, I'm still waiting for the GI testing.  Despite my husband ringing the hospital,  I'm on a waiting list.  Meanwhile, I've seen a haematologist, who is in dispute with my GP about my anaemia.    I've no idea who to believe?  Does a haematologist  know more about blood than a GP?  So far, my GP hasn't discussed my blood tests with me at all.

Yesterday, my husband bundled the washing into the machine.  On opening, I spotted my SCS controller on top of the washing.  I've lost all my programmes, and, it's ruined.  Without the controller, I can't switch myself off, nor can I crank myself up.  I'm left as I am, which means I can't lie down in bed without zapping myself.  I'll need to get to the hospital tomorrow morning.  I'm not sure if I'll be given a controller straight away,  or, switched off completely,  and, made to wait for a new one .  Of course, my pain levels will rise.  Worse still, the controller is £1.000 for a new one. I'm hoping I won't need to pay out. 

FIzz, apart from on here, I don't mention my health issues elsewhere.  Everyday someone at my workplace would ask how I was.  I just smiled, and, said, fine.  It was a courtesy, they didn't want to know how I really was.  My friend's husband keeps a record of his meds on his iPhone.  He loves showing others what he's taking now.  I hope the car is exactly what you want, and, need.  What make is it?

To everyone else, I hope you're all as well as can be. I do like football, but, wasn't obsessed as some were about England.  I had my doubts about it coming home.  Too many expectations.

Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 15 Jul 2018 12:07PM
Oh Ally, what a stinking rotten thing to happen with your SCS gizmo  >thumbsdown<  Surely other people must have accidents with them from time to time, though? (ie, I don't see why you should be charged the full amount for a replacement)  And I'd be surprised if the hospital didn't keep spares...

Tend to agree with you about the England footie team - I think they should be pleased that they got as far as they did!  But as soon as they moved up the levels, there was bound to be more pressure on them.  I don't know if anyone else will be watching the final with Croatia v France: will probably catch the second half once I've had my post-lunch snooze, and hope it doesn't get settled by penalties... Croatia haven't won the World Cup before so will be rooting for them as the underdog (even if they did beat us!)

So hang on to your patience, ATurtle, not long to go and it will all be over  ;-)

Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 15 Jul 2018 05:26PM


When you consider that at present there are a load of fitter people cycling about 100 miles and finishing at 30-40 mph and they will do it day after day with only 2 rest days in three weeks.  If footballers could do that the World Cup would have been over in a week, not a month.

Some people from the group went to watch the start of the Tour de France because it starts 3 miles from the site we were staying on while we were there. I'm surprised more didn't go. I'd have gone to watch them set off had I not had to walk or stand or be in crowds lol.

I had a great visit to the garage yesterday. The motability man told me appointments were needed whereas the woman who answered the phone on Friday had said no appointments were necessary  >doh<. He had back to back appointments for the next 90 minutes but I said I'd wait, my friend who drove me was happily crocheting by the free hot drinks counter and she was happy to wait and it's rare for me to have a lift available.

I said to the man that I knew exactly what car I want if that helps, as I'd need less time than people who wanted to decide from all the cars in the showroom. So I made myself a black tea and my friend sought out the best chair for me and we waited but the man collected me after only 20 minutes and the paperwork only took 15 minutes.

The car I've chosen has rear reversing sensors but if you wanted front sensors that's a higher grade/deposit car plus only the model I've chosen has full lumber adjustment in the drivers seat which is one of the 4 reasons I picked this car. I sat in the showroom model and every single control or button to operate anything was within reach without me having to move my body at all so I feel reassured that along with mine being automatic so I won't be leaning my body changing gear that the car will be the best for least pain that I could possibly have. I could see most off the bonnet, enough for me to judge how much extra I can't see would be anyway. I'll be nervous driving again after so long but I'm incredibly excited too.

Are you all melting? My bedside fan has been on all day today, I wouldn't have managed without it. I've been resting my back today and it's helping. I keep forgetting what day it is at the moment.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 15 Jul 2018 05:45PM
FIzz, apart from on here, I don't mention my health issues elsewhere.  Everyday someone at my workplace would ask how I was.  I just smiled, and, said, fine.  It was a courtesy, they didn't want to know how I really was.  My friend's husband keeps a record of his meds on his iPhone.  He loves showing others what he's taking now.  I hope the car is exactly what you want, and, need.  What make is it?

I think I'll be the same as you about mentioning pain in future when people ask. I think you're right when most people ask they're wanting an I'm fine answer. It surprises me because when I ask people how they are, I am genuinely wanting an honest answer.

I've chosen a Mazda 3    2.0 litre SE-L nav.  I hope it's as good as I'm hoping. The hatchback boot is definitely big enough for Tizzie which was a criteria and I wanted the average mpg to be over 50 which this is. It ticked all 4 boxes for me. And loving bright colours I've chosen the soul red. My PIP award is until May 2022 so when my 3 year lease of this car ends in August 2021 there'll be less than a year left of my award which is needed to start a new lease so I will be housebound once again for quite a while as I requested change of circumstances in March and only received the award letter Thursday so 4 months after my claim. But it's no good worrying about things that far ahead.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: ally on 15 Jul 2018 06:27PM
Unless things have changed,  I was under the impression that pip claimants were sent for a year earlier than their award date ends?.  Therefore, you may be reassessed in 2021.  Hopefully, that may mean another motorbility car, as  soon as the first one has been returned.  Perhaps  MonIc, or, someone else can verify this?  I hope your new car gives you a few years of happy motoring

Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Monic1511 on 15 Jul 2018 08:58PM
Ally you are correct that claimants are sent the pip renewal a year to 18 months before the current award ends.  If you got your award on mr or at appeal send the decision notice back with any renewal as the renewal says ďare you better or worseĒ and dwp compare that to their original decision not the revised decision made later, just another thing to remember.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 16 Jul 2018 07:22AM
Oh that's good news. And a form asking if I'm better or worse feels doable rather than the horrendous whole application form and face to face assessment. And my spine consultant actually states that my back condition will never improve, which made me cry at the time but would be useful then.

Today the garage man will fax through my forms to motability, tomorrow they should return to him approved and once I've received an email copy of the car order form and checked they're ordering the car I want, the car will be ordered to be shipped over from Belgium. I wonder why loads of Japanese right hand drive cars are sitting waiting to be ordered in Belgium, I suppose that country has the space to store them. I didn't expect to ever feel excited about having a car, I felt really ambivalent about even applying for the PIP change of circumstances I'd never have done that if I wasn't being pushed and encouraged to by my CPN and GP respectively. I still have no idea where I will go in it, I panic at the thought of going anywhere. But I ran out of medication yesterday and I wouldn't have had I been able to get to the chemist on Saturday. The chemist should deliver them today. So that's one place I'm sure I will go.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: oldtone27 on 16 Jul 2018 10:08AM
Cars are usually shipped from the far east to Europe in huge bulk carriers, mostly just between two ports rather than dropping off part loads on the way, to minimise expensive port and handling charges,

I suspect Belgium, probably Antwerp, is where Mazda distribute all their cars for Europe from, left or right hand drive.

Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: oldtone27 on 16 Jul 2018 10:11AM
The Sunday Express had an 'exclusive' about progress on the Downton film. I said very much the same as Fellows told us on Thursday.

Reading it I got a rather warm satisfied and slightly smug feeling of having scooped the national press.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 16 Jul 2018 06:10PM
Yup, shows you could do their job!

I'm not into period dramas so haven't watched Downton.

I've been upset today and also need back rest so I've been sieving through iplayer/ITV hub/4  etc and found precisely nothing I want to watch. That's unusual, I usually find something.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: bulekingfisher on 17 Jul 2018 02:56PM
Hello Kizzy Kazaer

I think all of the foot ball player's should wear tights + Tu-Tu's because a game reminds me of Swan Lake as they are all Diva's worthy of putty medals (pathetic)
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 17 Jul 2018 09:25PM
 >lol< at the thought of the players running round the pitch in Pretty Polly's and ballet skirts  >lol<

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...I've been sieving through iplayer/ITV hub/4  etc and found precisely nothing I want to watch. That's unusual, I usually find something.

What, even with the World Cup and Wimbledon all done and dusted??
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 19 Jul 2018 07:12AM
Unforgotten series 3 has now started. I think Nicola Walker is a brilliant actor. And yesterday on ITV I discovered Blue Murder, an unknown to me crime drama which I enjoyed so things are beginning to trickle in. I keep contemplating starting to watch Coronation Street again. I had a 3 year gap without a TV and although this year I've returned to TV I haven't restarted watching that as I won't know the story lines and so many characters will have left and new to me people will have arrived but as that's on several times a week maybe I ought to plunge in again until I know what's going on and now I'm so immobile and live alone I need to occupy my brain or my thoughts go down the pan.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 19 Jul 2018 09:30PM
TV is a great way to 'take you out of yourself' for a while - though I gave up on the soaps many years ago when they started being on three or four times a week, it was just too much!  Even now I have loads of other stuff recorded that will take me hours to view.... Agree about Nicola Walker, will always think of her as Ruth in 'Spooks'!

I don't know if you have a recording device, but there's often some good films on the Freeview channels and a decent movie can be something you can lose yourself in if you want a break from your own head, as it were.  Debate-type shows like 'Question Time' can be amusing, as well, and gives you something in the wider world to think about.  (Says she who knows what it's like to be in the 'negative thoughts vortex'  >doh<)
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: huhn on 20 Jul 2018 04:52PM
oh just an article  from cyprus about jobs for us. what for a lot of bull shit was this.
i was just  imagining my  boy as a motivational speaker. nobody understands him. or as a consultant, can not write a word except his name. but he is  asked now by people to help on farms and in the garden and even he helps out with making salads in an restaurant over the summer. but i send you the link to read it and please  have a smile about it. nobody can take this seriously.
https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/07/19/best-business-ideas-for-the-disabled/
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 20 Jul 2018 07:46PM
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...please  have a smile about it. nobody can take this seriously.

You're not wrong there;  all this piece of silliness shows is how pathetically narrow the writers' definition of 'disability' actually is!  Someone should have done their homework before publishing that...

Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 24 Jul 2018 12:06PM
...so, anyone done anything particularly exciting in the last few days?  Or even unexciting, come to that  ;-)

Saw a good documentary I'd recorded about Arizona's desert prison, America's toughest jail.  The inmates swelter under canvas in summer temperatures of around 60C, which I can't even begin to imagine - would have thought the body would go into total collapse at that kind of extreme heat, but they seem to survive it by and large.  I quite like the simple idea voiced by the sheriff who runs the prison and who also designed the overall restrictive regime - yes, it's a hard place, but nobody has to go back there if they simply stop breaking the law and become good citizens.  Of course, some of the so-called human rights groups have something to say about it!  Where are these do-gooders when the victims of crime need support, having had their human rights breached in sometimes terrible ways  >doh<
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 24 Jul 2018 03:19PM
I don't have any recording device so just use BBCiplayer and ITV hub.

Absolutely nothing happening here this week so, much the same as usual.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: huhn on 24 Jul 2018 09:43PM
I just came from a nice party with my  girl, and my taxi driver said there is  big fire in Greece. so i am ok, now i  just look where it is in the news and it is the place where the lovely cousins from my ex  are living. Tomorrow i must call them and  see that they are  fine. i am now looking for anything  to find out what happened, but i  do not want to make calls and block the lines for  more important things
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 25 Jul 2018 07:18AM
It's been on the news here Huhn, loads of people being rescued from beaches.

Today I need taxis to see a GP. Both will need to be female but unless the female taxi driver is on holiday (there's only one lady driver) she's more likely to be available with no school runs to do.

Blasted UTI's. Having been awake virtually all night a lot of it sat on the loo for no reason I finally took a modified release 100mg Tramadol at 3am which I thought was total overkill but I soon went to sleep and woke at 6am pain free at that time so I should've taken one sooner. But I just tend to think UTI's are nothing, it's surprising how painful and debilitating they can be. I hope I can get an appointment with my GP otherwise I'll see any female one.

I'm sure that was way too much information but if you've never had a UTI you are a rarity indeed and super lucky. Can't book a taxi until I know the appointment time.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 25 Jul 2018 10:55AM
Glad that you're not in the affected area, Huhn - as Fiz said, our news in the UK has been full of it.  Some horrifying stories about people dying trapped in various places while trying to escape the flames  :-(  Let's hope the fires are under control soon and people get the help they need with rehousing and whatever.

Fiz, I had a UTI about 30 years ago and I still remember the ghastly night I had with knees drawn up to my stomach in bed and then huddling miserably in a chair during the small hours.  My then boyfriend who lived with me thought I had appendicitis and called out the duty doctor, but a quick finger up the back passage confirmed it wasn't that.  So the doctor left me some strong codeine-based painkillers and I managed to get an appointment with my own GP the next day - who said it was a UTI and gave me antibiotics.  I'd never want to go through that again!   >x-fingers< you managed to see a doc..
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 25 Jul 2018 03:21PM
I managed to see my own GP and now have antibiotics. It's only a 3 day course but I ought to be in less discomfort by tomorrow even. Tonight if the pain is bad I'll be less reticent to take a modified release Tramadol but I'm literally drinking 3 bottles of 1.5 litres Volvic sugar free touch of free water which should help too. I live on that water. Natural and fully recyclable plastic. I'm just relieved that I managed to see my own GP.

Perfect weather down here again today.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: Fiz on 27 Jul 2018 01:40PM
I collect my car on Tuesday. Stupidly excited! Despite not having a clue where I'll go in it! And it's a friend's day off so she's able to drop me off there which is great.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: oldtone27 on 27 Jul 2018 02:29PM
If you've got some wooded back roads then that could be a nice drive. Comparatively quiet roads and cool in shade. Ideal to relax and familiarise yourself with the car. Enjoy.
Title: Re: General chat about anything you want :-)
Post by: KizzyKazaer on 27 Jul 2018 05:06PM
Not 'stupidly' excited, justifiably excited, Fiz!  I like OldTone's suggestion of a pleasant 'country drive' >thumbsup<

I never forget my very first car - it had a manual choke, which could be very challenging in the winter, and I drove it 13 miles each way to work when I got my job with the then DSS in 1999. No power steering, no remote central locking, no frills at all with that vehicle - but it was my first set of wheels after passing my test on the second attempt and it got me to work, so I grew quite fond of that car!  And I still like Ford Fiestas, though I have a more up-to-date 'used' model now - bought it off parents, so I knew it had been cared for.  Appreciate the extras, of course  :-)
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 27 Jul 2018 05:10PM
...PS - anyone else take more than one attempt to pass their (practical) driving test??!
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Post by: oldtone27 on 27 Jul 2018 06:22PM
Yes. I'm a second timer too.
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Post by: ATurtle on 27 Jul 2018 06:51PM
OK, I passed my car test in 1986, before the theory stuff they have to do today, and passed (even though the instructor did not tell me to do the emergency stop I did!) 

My motorcycle test however was a different matter, the first time, the bike broke down; the second time I forgot to indicate on one left turn from a side street; the third time I went wrong doing a "figure of eight" around two blocks in town; the fourth time the battery blew up on my leg!

The fifth time - aha, the lucky one, I did a u-turn in front of a police car (the driver later asked how the test went), emergency stop where I slid the bike sideways to a stop by a toddler about to run out on me - the examiner said "you weren't under control!" I replied, "I was, I just deemed more rubber against the road would stop quicker."  He then gave me a warning that he was going to stop me next time round, so dutifully I approached at 5 mph and stopped safely.  I passed!
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Post by: lankou on 27 Jul 2018 07:11PM

My motorcycle test however was a different matter, the first time, the bike broke down; the second time I forgot to indicate on one left turn from a side street; the third time I went wrong doing a "figure of eight" around two blocks in town; the fourth time the battery blew up on my leg!

The fifth time - aha, the lucky one, I did a u-turn in front of a police car (the driver later asked how the test went), emergency stop where I slid the bike sideways to a stop by a toddler about to run out on me - the examiner said "you weren't under control!" I replied, "I was, I just deemed more rubber against the road would stop quicker."  He then gave me a warning that he was going to stop me next time round, so dutifully I approached at 5 mph and stopped safely.  I passed!

Suggested T-shirt for you:-

(http://customprintshop.co.uk/image/cache/catalog/T-Shirts/Motorbike%20T-Shirts/Guardian-500x500.PNG)
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 27 Jul 2018 09:33PM
With that list of motorcycle mishaps, I think ATurtle definitely needs that T-shirt  >biggrin<
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Post by: oldtone27 on 28 Jul 2018 10:32AM
Why does rain smell so good?

I thought after all this dryness you might find this article interesting

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44904298
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 28 Jul 2018 11:47AM
Well, I've learnt something new there about the smell being caused by bacteria - and its desirability as a perfume ingredient, who'da thunk it?  Though it has to be said, sometimes a bit of wet brings out odours I'd rather not experience ...

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Post by: Fiz on 28 Jul 2018 12:40PM
I passed my driving test first time as did my daughter, despite her disabilities. I found an excellent NLP qualified driving instructor who was perfect for her. My eldest son passed 3rd time and my younger son has yet to learn. So quite a mixed bunch.

I'm enjoying the cool breeze today.
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Post by: oldtone27 on 28 Jul 2018 02:11PM
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...sometimes a bit of wet brings out odours I'd rather not experience ...
Wet dog for instance. Probably depends on the type of bacteria.

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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 04 Aug 2018 05:09PM
There are worse smells than soggy doggy....

Fiz, I've never heard of a driving instructor trained in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).  In fact, I've only ever come across NLP as a concept rather than anyone actually using it!

So what's the latest from you Ouchers, then - anything happening this weekend that you're looking forward to (or dreading)?
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Post by: Monic1511 on 04 Aug 2018 07:39PM
Just watching the European championships in Glasgow
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Post by: Fiz on 05 Aug 2018 10:41AM
I've actually managed to shower and wash my hair which has made me feel a little fresher. I'm not in a great place so have to bully myself into action and only occasionally manage it!

Tizzie was sick yesterday, quite possibly because of the heat. She's been downstairs lying on the lino rather than upstairs carpets for the last few days. Poor girl, I wouldn't want to be wearing a golden retriever coat right now.

Apart from wanting to blitz my upstairs and struggling to due to the heat I have no exciting plans at all this weekend. I've only used the car twice, I'm very nervous both of the car and of going out so I'm thinking it's for necessary trips only at the moment.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 05 Aug 2018 09:25PM
Just watching the European championships in Glasgow

The championships of what sport, Monic?

Sorry your poor dog is feeling literally 'under the weather', Fiz, it hits animals hard as well as us, it would seem.   Well done for having the freshen-up if it was such a great effort for you!  Hope you can build confidence in using the car more and more as time goes on  >x-fingers<

Haven't done anything out of the ordinary myself this weekend, just trying to stay as comfortable as I can in the heat ....  Oh wait, yesterday morning I sorted out my socks and pants drawer  >biggrin<  I couldn't believe the mountain of socks that accumulated on the floor!  Actually threw out some tired-looking pairs... You can see what an exciting life I lead  >lol<

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Post by: ally on 05 Aug 2018 10:11PM
Our family arrive on Wednesday.  My husband is having a party on Saturday for his birthday.  Ive been trying to do things around the house, which is difficult, as I'm limited to what I can do.  My husband is doing most of it, which makes me feel guilty.  We'll be visiting Yorkshire while they're here. . My DIL was born in  Korea.  However, she was brought up in Vancouver.  my GD was born in Dubai, so, my son tries to show them various parts of the U.K while they're here.   Last year it was Scotland.

Unfortunately, both the ferrous iron meds for my anaemia  are playing havoc with my stomach.  I actually felt really  ill on ferrous sulphate, so, had to come off them.  I think I'll need to go to the surgery on Tuesday to see if there's anything else I can try.  Has anyone else tried these meds?  Did different iron meds suit you better than the ones mentioned? obviously, I want rid of the anaemia, but, I can't carry on with the iron meds I'm on now.  One good thing, due to the heat here, our family won't feel the cold, as they  usually do while in the UK   I hope everyone has a lovely bank holiday tomorrow. .  Sorry for my moan.
 
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Post by: Fiz on 06 Aug 2018 09:53AM
Possibly try Spatone?  I think it's available on prescription if not you can buy it in boots. It's a liquid format that causes no stomach or digestives issues. Unfortunately the sachet of clear liquid does actually taste of iron so have some orange juice handy to wash it down with!
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Post by: Monic1511 on 06 Aug 2018 11:37AM
The European championship has swimming athletics cycling and has Clare Balding and Chris Hoy in a studio in George square in front of a music festival. Itís on bbc1, I enjoy the swimming though
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Post by: oldtone27 on 06 Aug 2018 11:52AM
Local girl did good, winning the golf, although I thought the caddy was supposed to carry the clubs, not the golfer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/45077779
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Post by: ally on 07 Aug 2018 11:03AM
on Saturday, I noticed that since  Monday was noted as a bank holiday on my iPad diary, we decided not to brave the usual mayhem bank holiday shopping, traffic, and, have a day in the garden.  Later that day, we decided to go out for some milk, and, my husband noticed the car park at the GP surgery was full of cars.  When we arrived home, I looked more closely at the bank holiday.  Due to both of us not working, these holidays pass us by these days. As you've guessed, it wasn't a bank holiday in England, only Scotland. So, officially, we had the bank holiday that never was.   >doh<
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 07 Aug 2018 04:59PM
The European championship has swimming athletics cycling and has Clare Balding and Chris Hoy in a studio in George square in front of a music festival. It’s on bbc1, I enjoy the swimming though

Ah - not a football in sight then >biggrin<

OldTone, I didn't even know there were female golfers playing in TV-worthy competitions  >doh<

Ally, didn't quite like to say about the non-Bank Holiday as I wasn't sure if you lived in Scotland ;-)  Got muddled also. earlier in the year with the Spring Bank Holiday - was a week ahead of myself and wondered, while I was out: why is that window cleaner busy at work and why are the groundsmen out in the local park mowing the grass?  Suspicion was dawning and I felt quite a fool when I double-checked with a shop assistant!

I avoid any popular attractions on BH days - leave it to the workers, I think..
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Post by: auntieCtheM on 07 Aug 2018 10:10PM
Oh ally, are you sure?  I also thought Monday was a bank hol.  I tried to check it on the computer automatic date thing, but it does not have bank hols on it.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 08 Aug 2018 07:37AM
My (old-fashioned) paper calendar gives Bank Holiday dates - definitely one for Scotland and the Republic of Ireland on the 6th just gone, and the 27th for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  So now you know  >biggrin<
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Post by: SteveX on 08 Aug 2018 10:59AM
Seeing how today is international cat day, here is a picture of my little treasure in her castle.
(forgive the bad quality, I don't have a mobile phone and my digital camera is like 12 yr old hehe)

(https://s33.postimg.cc/yuisl9kxr/castle.png)
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 08 Aug 2018 04:42PM
She has her own castle?? What a lucky little princess  >lol<  The picture quality is enough for me to confirm that she is, indeed, a lovely feline specimen  >blackcat<

Hey, I don't have a smartphone either - though apparently 85% of the adult population do!  Has never really tempted me, as I have a good old-fashioned mobile that just makes and receives calls and texts (and no, it's not the size of a house brick  ;-)) plus my trusty laptop and tablet.  What do I want more gadgetry for...

Now I'd love to know - who else doesn't bother with a smartphone? (damn things are the curse of the modern era when out and about, people seem so absorbed in looking at them that they often don't pay attention to where they're going  >angry<)
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Post by: Fiz on 08 Aug 2018 08:32PM
I don't own/have either a computer or laptop so please miss can I be excused for owning a smartphone? Otherwise I won't speak to you! (Because I wouldn't be able to lol)
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 08 Aug 2018 09:21PM
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..please miss can I be excused for owning a smartphone?

 >biggrin< yes, as long as you don't bump into other people while you're using it  ;-)
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Post by: Fiz on 09 Aug 2018 07:38AM
Given the distance I'm able to walk I think everybody's safe!   >biggergrin<

Off to see my previous unofficial foster parents today, I so rarely see them so I'm really looking forward to it. They've bought a dilapidated bungalow which they're gradually making habitable for their old age. Currently the old ancient and broken bathroom has been removed so the kitchen can be extended so I was informed yesterday that the "facilities" are currently a portaloo in the garden! That's made me hope I can get up if needed, I usually use my window ledge at home to help me and there'll be nothing like that in a portaloo. My visit to see them won't be as long as I'd like methinks! The new bathroom will be in a new place.
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Post by: Monic1511 on 11 Aug 2018 07:26PM
Wow
just came for my nightly visit and NO ONE has posted anything since I was here last, I know its the start of the football season in England but I didn't think you were all away.

Have you been up to anything or is it just everyone has nothing special.

My Saturdays are normal, part time job cleaning and shopping - other then that just watching TV.
I hope you are all healthy
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Post by: oldtone27 on 12 Aug 2018 09:15AM
It has been quiet here.

I watched the launch of the Parker probe to the Sun this morning on Breakfast TV. The launch at night is quite spectacular, but I was rather taken by a scientist's comment that a rocket was basically a bomb with a hole in the bottom.

Sort of brought it down to earth.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 12 Aug 2018 10:46AM
There was certainly a great fuss being made about this thing on the Radio 4 news - it was the main headline yesterday and I couldn't help wondering, 'nothing else of interest happening then?'  Though it does sound like an achievement if it can get as close to the sun as we're led to believe...

As for minimal activity on the message board, I put it down to the time of year and people possibly being involved in other things - I'm sure 'traffic' will increase when summer ends!
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Post by: Monic1511 on 12 Aug 2018 04:17PM
I laughed when they said a rocket was a bomb with a hole in it.  I think news is a bit slow as parliament is in recess and the politicians are meant to be back in their constituencies. Mine has been all over the local media getting photoshoots. 
Our children return to school this week so lots of Scottish parents will be so relieved.  >lol<
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 12 Aug 2018 06:21PM
I'm sure they've had about enough of their little darlings now, Monic  ;-)

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I think news is a bit slow as parliament is in recess and the politicians are meant to be back in their constituencies.

Well, here in England we had Boris Johnson causing another bit of a ruckus over his comments about women wearing niqabs/burkas (full face veils)...
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 13 Aug 2018 04:47PM
...blimey, I thought at least one person might have had a view on Boris's antics!  Oh well, I'll get back in me box  >biggrin<
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Post by: Frances on 13 Aug 2018 04:54PM
Is he even worth our wasteing our energy on I ask myself !!!
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Post by: Fiz on 13 Aug 2018 07:38PM
I think he's entertainment. I can't believe he's under the banner of politician.

Today I drove my car to and from London (way hey! ) to attend an independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 an I'm pleased that something I've strongly been campaigning for during this 2018 review is in the final 4 suggestions and working out the nitty gritty of how it would work and what steps would be taken if plan A couldn't happen. It really looks likely  >x-fingers< that the nearest relative rule will be abolished and replaced by a nominated person chosen by the patient with the nominated person's consent. This would be fantastic, totally shifting power away from the government and law and into the hands of the patient/service user as to who is told what. I'm thrilled to see what I've been fighting for all year is in the final 4 things to discuss and hone down before being handed to Theresa May to be discussed and hopefully approved by parliament. 
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Post by: Monic1511 on 13 Aug 2018 08:18PM
Re Boris Johnston - he's a racist masquerading as a comedian but has access to power because of friends and people voting for whichever body wears their party rosette.   First he is a man complaining about how women dress - sorry not allowed.  Second he should never have used his power to generate hatred.  Picking on minorities is the position of a bully, not a leader, it also shows he is insecure.   As for the women who wear the niqab, hijab full veil,  as long as its their choice fine.  OK I might get a bit concerned when all I can see are the eyes looking back at me and it forces me to concentrate on the person, clinical surgeons seem to cope, nuns can cope, even the Japanese population go around Tokyo with face masks on.

You notice BorisJ called the ladies bank robbers rather than clinical surgeons but surgeons are all covered up. 
As for being a comedian - he uses that tag to try and say hey look I'm harmless, oh yes really harmless to take the mickey out of anyone not like you.  He nearly caused a diplomatic incident by referring to some colonial war and the UK ambassador was filmed say "not appropriate here" cant recall where I saw that.  His behaviour is like the old comedians who took the micky out of children with downs or cerebral palsy, epilepsy - the old mongol  jokes that are now not PC.

Any way - back to important things - buying new school stationary sets - SCHOOL's BACK ON THIRSDAY YEAH!
Tears and snotters from some and dances of delight from the relieved parents
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 14 Aug 2018 04:41PM
Is he even worth our wasteing our energy on I ask myself !!!

 >lol< well, with it being 'the silly season' for news, and all that...

Great work managing the drive to London to follow up on your campaign, Fiz  >thumbsup<  I'm all for more power being returned to service users so let's hope common sense and humanity prevail here  >x-fingers<

Monic, your analysis of Mr Johnson would have his supporters throwing a right old wobbly - I have to confess I laughed (though perhaps with a touch of horror included) when the news came on about his burka comments.  Then I thought, 'but in your position, Boris, you just can't say things like that!' >yikes<  He shouldn't have been so rude about people different to him.  On the more general issue of face-coverings, I do take your point about surgeons being all covered up, Monic - but  I can see why some might feel uncomfortable not being able to read a facial expression. (Also, one is usually asleep by the time one gets to a surgeon all masked up  ;-)) From a disability point of view, how would deaf people cope with, say, a carer or a doctor whose words they couldn't lip-read?   And people aren't allowed to enter shops and banks with motorcycle helmets on.  Again, it would seem some common sense (and a bit of give-and-take) needs to be applied...
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Post by: Monic1511 on 14 Aug 2018 10:22PM
Hi Kizzy

I accept all of those about being uncomfortable not being able to read the person you are talking to,  if you explained that to the person and they felt safe they would probably uncover their face.  We do tend to assume that someone covered up is up to no good.  I just about remember when I was bald as a result of brain surgery and I hated putting my scarf down, there was a woman on the bus today wearing a balaclava and extra large sunglasses with headphones on, I assume she was trying to be fashionable but you never know.
I don't mind anyone keeping their hair covered but I would like to see their face, but I wouldn't insist on it - can you imagine forcing someone to bare their face and it turns out they had a scar or disfigurement that they wanted to hide.   

Chris Evans said this morning Its a bad day for Boris - he's not on the front pages of the paper  >whistle<
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 15 Aug 2018 05:00PM
 >lol< well, some cynics did say that he (BJ) deliberately kicked off the burka row to keep himself in the forefront of publicity!

Good point about facial disfigurements and people not wanting to display them.  Gosh, it's complicated, isn't it?
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Post by: Fiz on 19 Aug 2018 10:25AM
I'm still gathering spoons following my London trip on Monday, I'd assumed that 6 days on I'd be ale to do more/something.

Therapy tomorrow but I'm really unsure about going. We all had a 1-2 session with the two psychotherapists last week instead of a group session about whether having had the 4 sessions of theory (I only went to the last 2 as I had no transport for the first two) we felt the therapy would be beneficial to us and whether or not to continue. At the 1-2 session on Tuesday I said I'd continue as I'd try anything to shift this ruddy depression that I'm completely stuck in. But ever since I've been mulling over one thing the senior clinician said to me. She said my main pain is the fact that basically I'm estranged from my children and grandchild, I am fortunate if we gather for a Christmas day on a date within a week from or before the actual Christmas day. On every single actual Christmas day I'm alone always. None of my children respond or reply when I try to make contact with them and basically I am not in their lives. The therapist said given that is my main pain, she worries how I will feel at the end of the compassion focused therapy when my pain is still there and just as strong and painful.

I really don't know whether to continue with it or not. The clinician implied that being in the same pain at the end of the therapy could do more harm than good.  >erm< 
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 21 Aug 2018 05:22PM
> decided to delete
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 26 Aug 2018 08:51PM
..well, that killed the thread, didn't it?  so I thought I might as well scrap the post altogether.   Now I'm really going to risk it - is anybody watching Celebrity Big Brother?  And are you all away for the Bank Holiday weekend because I'm talking to myself tonight!
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Post by: oldtone27 on 26 Aug 2018 10:41PM
I am away for the weekend and will definitely NOT be watching Big Brother. Hope this keeps you company for a few seconds.
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Post by: Fiz on 27 Aug 2018 07:45AM
I have no idea what you posted kizzy, I hope you're okay  >hugs<

I'm still trying to declutter my house. I managed to put everything in the cupboard part of a dresser in a doubled up bin bags and put that out for the rubbish. I'm not feeling well at the moment so I'm unsure if I will get the drawers of the dresser emptied today or tomorrow. Bit fragile at the moment.  Sleep is a bit hit and miss at the moment which definitely affects spoons.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 27 Aug 2018 09:33AM
Thanks, OldTone - you've also reassured me, by being able to log in and post, that there aren't any serious technical issues with the board (I was beginning to wonder....)
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I have no idea what you posted kizzy, I hope you're okay  >hugs<

Hugs appreciated, Fiz, difficult time at the moment as someone I love is in the process of dying and it's all been quite sudden.  Might post more detail on the 3 am board at some point. 

Ah - decluttering, the joys of!  Sounds like you're making great steps forward on that score  >thumbsup<  Not getting sufficient sleep is a killer though, so make sure you don't overdo it  >angel<
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Post by: SteveX on 27 Aug 2018 06:48PM
This weekend has taught me a lesson, never make plans. haha
I thought as it's bank holiday I'll save my pennies and treat myself to a new video game to play and a special meal.

..but come saturday and I'm not good, sunday I feel awful, burning up, headache and unsteady on my feet.   today much the same.
so my plans have come to nothing as I've not been well enough to play my game or have my meal.

lol!!  just my luck.
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Post by: Monic1511 on 27 Aug 2018 08:04PM
Steve - I hope your feeling better soon
I haven't been in my house over the weekend as had to travel north to look after my parents then back down on Sunday for Work on Monday as no bank holiday in Scotland, just a normal working day.

I hope you are all safe and the weather has been kind.

Big Brother - sorry never seen it - I'm so tired after the weekend that I need to go to bed early

There's a bunch of Saudi Arabian pipers on the TV riding horses playing pipes - Oh wait its the military tattoo  ;-) ;-)
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 27 Aug 2018 08:09PM
Here is a special hug for Kizzy 

 >attachment<
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 27 Aug 2018 09:35PM
Thank you Sunshine  >hugs<
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 28 Aug 2018 10:48AM
Kizzy,

We are so used to you being the strong one here on Ouch Too I almost missed what you mentioned in your earlier post.

Hugs appreciated, Fiz, difficult time at the moment as someone I love is in the process of dying and it's all been quite sudden.  Might post more detail on the 3 am board at some point. 


Whether you wish to post more or leave it at that know that you are loved here.

 >hugs< >hugs< >hugs< >hugs< >hugs< >heart<
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Post by: SteveX on 29 Aug 2018 11:27AM
I'm in a bit of a bad state right now, so please forgive the selfish moan.
I've had this cold/flu thing for four days now and it seems to be getting progressively worse, not better.  with me being asthmatic colds etc always instantly go to my chest and this is the same,  coughing my lungs up, sweating, headache, really struggling to breathe (my inhaler says the max daily use is 4.  yesterday I used it 9 times, the day before probably the same.  it's not even midday today and I've used it 3 times already and it's showing red which means its low and close to running out.)   I have no spare, I've asked several times for a spare as this summers heatwave really took it out of me, but no. 

So knowing i'm not getting any better and my inhaler is due to expire I phoned the doctors and asked for an early prescription (as I'm not due for a new one for over a week) but they said the doctor won't issue one unless I see him.

Well that sucks, but the way i'm feeling.. fine whatever.   but no, they have no appointments free today.   So refusing me medication unless I go in, but I can't go in?   This is idiotic.  >angry<
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 29 Aug 2018 02:34PM
Steve,

I hope you are feeling better soon.

It sounds like you need to ask you GP for a brown inhaler because you are having to use the blue inhaler more than you are supposed to.
Does you doctors surgery have a phone line people can ring at 8:30am to get a same day or next day appointment? Is there anything stopping you getting an appointment that way. I mean does it matter which GP you see as long as they can help you?

Monic,

I Googled military Tatto and got these results https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=military+tattoo&rlz=1C1CHBF_enGB750GB750&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi6mYjzrpLdAhVkBMAKHZ_cBs0Q_AUICigB&biw=1276&bih=829

LOL  ;-)

I hope you are better rested and back in the swing of things.

Fiz,

It looks like I have a far bit to catch up on so for now well done on the decluttter and thinking about therapy maybe it is one o f those things you just try and see how it goes. I will probably start a thread about counselling and therapy soon.  >hugs<

Kizzy,

 >hugs< >hugs< >hugs< so you know I am thinking about you too.

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Post by: Monic1511 on 29 Aug 2018 08:04PM
Sunshine Meadows - bet that Tattoo is a lot quieter than the Edinburgh one.

Steve - is there no way you can go to A&E if it's any use
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Post by: Frances on 30 Aug 2018 10:56AM
Steve we are really lucky with our GP as we can ask them to ring us and if its urgent which does happen with Rys Fitting and other Problems they phone within half an hour.  Also they do home visits as neither of us are well enough to go to them.  We always have spare inhalers etc just in case.  Try ringing and ask if you can speak to your GP or even the Nurse. they are usually happy to help esp if it saves them a visit.
Hope you improve soon.  >hugs<
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Post by: SteveX on 30 Aug 2018 12:31PM
Thanks all, I'm feeling a bit better today which is helping and my inhaler use is down quite a bit already so I'm hoping to scrape through next week and get my normal prescription. (but it is annoying when I don't have a single spare one)
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Post by: Fiz on 31 Aug 2018 07:09AM
Definitely something to ask for when your appointment happens Steve.

I'm fortunate too in that the phones at my GP surgery open at 8am and anyone phoning would be offered a same day appointment to see a doctor.

Or as said before a GP will ring back. I've called 111 and had a GP visit me at home over a weekend and they've prescribed and dispensed antibiotics so 111 is always a possibility if your GP practice isn't providing adequate services.

My GP now has weekend GP surgeries held at a community hospital 20 miles away. Useful. Not. 111 is the better option though when I called them needing antibiotics I had no car and was housebound and things are different now.

Oh, I worked out how to get into my car without pain yesterday. It's not quick and I'm sure looks on but I'm sure it will make each day I use the car less painful in general now.
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Post by: huhn on 04 Sep 2018 06:59PM
since 10- days my cat is in the hospital. after 3 days missing we found her comatose  under the  fire wood  next to our house. now she is  better und her front paw has to be amputated. so now I can say not only me and my children have problems, even my cat is special needs. in 2 weeks said the vet we can collect her.
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 04 Sep 2018 07:14PM
 >bighugs< >chocolate<

Huhn,

It sounds like your cat went away to die and then when you found it it decided to live. The fact the cat is getting better says a lot about you  >hugs<
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Post by: SteveX on 05 Sep 2018 10:54AM
aww poor little thing.  Give her lots of cuddles and love when she comes home. 
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 05 Sep 2018 02:07PM
Steve,

How are you feeling today? I hope you health situation has improved.

 :-)
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Post by: Fiz on 23 Sep 2018 01:01PM
I'm sure I've mentioned several times that I'm decluttering the house with the incentive of simple living and making it easy to clean. I've been working hard at clearing what has been dd's room but is being changed into a guest room worthy of guests. I've finally completed all the sorting and bagging up of a storage cupboard in the small room so that dd's things she's keeping until she gets a home of her own. Now I've also sorted and bagged up all of the rubbish from her old room and I've black bin liners filling my car boot and a couple of crates on the back seat plus a whole hallway of black bags to go too. Trouble despite 30mg morphine and the patches I am in excruciating pain so I've washed and into clean pj's and into bed. Experience tells me I will be virtually immobile for days while I recover, despite letting the bin bags fall/roll down the stairs so I've not lifted anything. I'm so done in. I ought to feel pleased or proud of what I've achieved but instead I'm in too much pain to feel that. I suspect I will feel pleased in however days it takes for the pain to recede.

Dd is here Tuesday,  then starts her very well deserved career on the 1st of October. I remember that someone we know's husband told dd that she wouldn't manage the course as nursing is a hard job. As we'd never spoken to him before, that was obviously what his nurse wife believed. Shame we're not in contact with them I would love to tell that nurse that my highly intelligent daughter has a 2:1 in BSc Paediatric nursing and every single placement she worked on during the course asked her to apply to that ward or department when she qualifies so practically she must be pretty good too! So sad that people write off autistic people just because they're autistic when the fact is, every different person with autism has different challenges than other autistic people. They're all unique. I knew my dd would make a brilliant children's nurse practically but expected her to struggle with the academic side so I am so proud of her 2:1 and it was a high 2:1 too, she got a first for 2 or 3 assignments. Sorry for waffling on about dd but I'm so proud of her.  >blushing<

Dd is just going to rent a room in a family home near her job. I hope she keeps in regular contact with me.

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Post by: huhn on 23 Sep 2018 04:13PM
great to hear.  >thumbsup< >thumbsup< >thumbsup< >thumbsup< >thumbsup<
 I struggle in the moment with a lot of problems, I do not want to talk about it, I am also not aloud to talk about it. It is with the police involved, but I struggle that  they are not  often aware how to  deal with  handy capped people. I hope it turns  out to be solved to the best.
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Post by: Frances on 23 Sep 2018 04:26PM
I will be thinking of you Huhn.Take care of Yourself as best you Can.
Pm me if you want to chat.
I am not always about due to caring for My Son Etc.
But will reply as soon as I can.
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 23 Sep 2018 05:54PM
Fiz,

Well done and congratulations  >star<. I know what you mean about when you talk about days of pain following activity. Some of us are told to pace ourselves and do a bit at a time, and not matter how many times I do that it never gives me the same rewards as a big clean up or garden etc.  However these days I am less able to push forward with a BOOM KaPowee Ye Haaa Tahdaaa than I used to be.

I hope to hear more about how Dear Daughter is getting on in her new job.

Huhn,

Hugggggss  >chocolate<


Frances,

It is good to see you  :-) I hope things have improved for you and your son. Has he started playing any new games? I was playing one called Dragonage earlier in the year and got as far as the penultimate stage.


 >bighugs<
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Post by: Frances on 24 Sep 2018 10:12AM
An update on Ry and I. Ryan first. Sadly his Fitting has got much worse though only Petie Mals They happen Daily going on one after the other for Hours' Migraines daily. Plus all the other things , I could list his illness's but it has now reached 7 different ones(Most of which I can't spell or pronounce !!!The shortage of hormones now causing oestoporosis and his teeth are crumbling. Also he has put on weight from all the Steriods (That keep him Alive) GRRR. He takes 7 different meds daily that I can think off a total of approx 30 tablets plus emergancy injections.
If he goes unconcious .
At least his brain still works so that is good, He has friends on line . But except for one local he see's no one.He still plays games on line not sure which ones I have lost touch.
Me after spending most of last year in Hossy 3 major surgeries. Removal of most of Bowel and Bladder unable to walk without Zimmer. I can now move with a walking Stick, I dropped to 50 killos now I am 70 (really need to lose some !!)
I have discovered a lot of people including (Sadly) family are fair weather friends as long as they gain they are here for you !!  Mind Liz just down the road is 84 and still goes for walk and calls in most days to check on us.
So the only people we see are a Carer Twice a week,Who is lovely collects stuff from Doctors etc, but that is a drain on my pension. Wales charge's more per hour than we pay her.Her Otherhalf does the garden hedge cutting etc,
I do manage to get out there and water it or tidy the raised bed a bit.
It's so Nice to get outside a bit.
Sorry about the rambling on !!!
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 26 Sep 2018 03:13PM
 >bighugs< It is good to read more about how you are doing Frances. Say hey to Ryan for me and that I hope his health gets back to what it was soon. You have been through such a lot and yet got back to the level of using a walking stick is amazing well done (I hope that does not sound cheesy). There should be some sort of family test that lets sick and disabled people know who is genuinely caring etc as opposed to who will let you down with a thump. It is good you are getting outside, I find it so easy to stay indoors too much when I am in pain that I have to remind myself to go out even just into the garden. The other day I went out and was welcomed by a blooming yellow rose that had grown in my absence. It reminded me there is a life I can have that might be considered small by some people but can be full of allsorts of moments in time.

Our old cleaner stopped coming when her own husband became ill and we have not got around to choosing another one. When Mr Sunshine broke and dislocated his ankle social services gave us contact information for a agency that charged £16 an hour. Our cleaner had been giving charging £14 for two hours and so I could just not get my head around spending half my DLA Care on cleaning. hmm one thing about having few friends and no family living nearby is our house can be scruffy and only we see it. I know it is much harder for people who are more limited than I in terms of having no good days when some chores get done.
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Post by: Frances on 26 Sep 2018 04:09PM
Your right no one to see the Mess. Just it would be good if I could just remember where I put Things ! Ryan still computer mad. We are both a bit fed up, as we are trying to loose some of the extra inches we have put on. When you think a year ago I was only 50 kilos now I am 73 the same as my age .
Just wish I could be more Phisically active.
That is the trouble with being so inactive(Lazy!!!) >erm<
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Post by: lankou on 02 Oct 2018 09:08AM
Today has started well, I had a fire start in the kitchen, whilst making a terrible attempt at frying an egg, shortly followed by a nose bleed. (Fire transported outside, no problems.)
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Post by: SteveX on 02 Oct 2018 08:12PM
oh! that's not good lankou!  hope you're okay now and I hope the nosebleed stopped soon.
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Post by: Monic1511 on 02 Oct 2018 09:17PM
 >crying<Lankou

I hope you have recovered and that everything is back to normal.
 >hugs<
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Post by: lankou on 03 Oct 2018 08:35AM
No more disasters (yet.) Normal is self adjusting chaos.
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 03 Oct 2018 10:23AM
People like us dont need to do extreme sports or sky dive to get an adrenal rush. All we do is try to push the daily living envelope and try to fry and egg, do some hoovering or carry a cup of coffee on a tray  >yikes<

I am glad you are okay  :-)
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Post by: lankou on 03 Oct 2018 10:58AM
People like us dont need to do extreme sports or sky dive to get an adrenal rush. All we do is try to push the daily living envelope and try to fry and egg, do some hoovering or carry a cup of coffee on a tray  >yikes<

I am glad you are okay  :-)

I am just preparing to sweep the chimney. What could possibly go wrong?
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Post by: SteveX on 03 Oct 2018 08:16PM
People like us dont need to do extreme sports or sky dive to get an adrenal rush. All we do is try to push the daily living envelope and try to fry and egg, do some hoovering or carry a cup of coffee on a tray  >yikes<

I am glad you are okay  :-)

I am just preparing to sweep the chimney. What could possibly go wrong?

ah.. you need good old Fred Dibnah for that job..  what a legend and a true gentleman, may he rest in peace.
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Post by: Fiz on 04 Oct 2018 06:39AM
I've no idea who he is but I'm hopeless with celebrities.

I have bought a ticket to see Anne-Marie in May next year. The venue has standing and seated in a dress circle. Strangely you can't chose a seat, they just allocate them. So at the library on a borrowed computer having bought my ticket within minutes of them going on sale at 10 am I went to the venue's access section and printed off the form and completed it saying that I need a free carer ticket (might need morphine and my night vision isn't good and it's a fair way away so I'll need someone to drive me) and requested that my ticket to be in the front row of the dress circle because it's painful for me to stand for more than 5 minutes or so and if people decide to stand for the whole main act then I wouldn't see the act at all if anyone was in front of me and I posted the access request form off together with evidence of my disability, signed for via the post office so I really hope I'm allocated seats I need. I followed the instructions given to me by a man at the venue whom I had spoken to the day before on the telephone where I was trying to find out if the disabled access facilities would enable me to see the act. That's already happened to me once at the 02 arena in London where I didn't see any of the act at all because everyone in seats in front of me stood for the entire main act. I will also need early access as I can't stand in a queue and seating inside while I wait until we're allowed into the auditorium.  When I went to see Anne-Marie at the Roundhouse in London in March that venue couldn't have done more for me as a disabled guest.

Shortly after my visit to the Roundhouse they were awarded the best venue for assistance and provision for disabled guests. Along to the left of me a deaf person was there and there was a professional musical BSL signer in front of her and the seats that would have had their view blocked by the signer the venue kept them unsold and vacant which is amazing provision. I love BSL and can have a basic conversation and when I'm feeling distressed my distraction of choice is to watch songs on YouTube being signed by BSL/SSE.

So I will find out how well this new to me venue caters for my disabilities and for other disabled guests. I can't take the same friend/carer as last time because she was horrified by a swear word being in the first song and completely switched off from the rest of the concert because of that. That friend is a Christian who only listens to Christian worship albums and never listens to secular music. I will have to find someone happy to drive that distance, driving back late in darkness and who won't hate Anne-Marie's music. Plenty of time to source a suitable person as it's not until May. It does help me emotionally through my hard days, having something in the future to look forward to. I'm a major Anne-Marie fan. General sale starts tomorrow morning, I bought mine with 02 priority. I think seats at all UK venues may well be sold out already though they may have some wheelchair spaces and their carer seats left. So standing only for general sale tomorrow possibly.

Looking forward to May!
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Post by: lankou on 04 Oct 2018 07:51AM
People like us dont need to do extreme sports or sky dive to get an adrenal rush. All we do is try to push the daily living envelope and try to fry and egg, do some hoovering or carry a cup of coffee on a tray  >yikes<

I am glad you are okay  :-)

I am just preparing to sweep the chimney. What could possibly go wrong?

ah.. you need good old Fred Dibnah for that job..  what a legend and a true gentleman, may he rest in peace.

Fred Dibnah swept Chimneys from the top, I get dizzy standing on a stool.
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Post by: Frances on 05 Oct 2018 11:58AM
 Yesterday I was 74. Large son remembered just in Time to Phone.
 Ryan of course did and as he is prone too went OTT .
So now I have one very large green Elephant that's meant for the Garden.
 But he is so cute I bet I will keep him indoors.
Also a Large Dog , a medium sized Tortoise and a Small Elephant, All covered in pretend green grass.
He always gets things that make me laugh.  I will see if he can take photos later so you can all join in the Laughter !!
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Post by: Monic1511 on 05 Oct 2018 08:39PM
 >bighugs< I hope you had a good birthday and more happy memories.
take care
 >thumbsup<
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Post by: Fiz on 07 Oct 2018 03:38PM
That sounds lovely Frances, great gifts!

I've been away for a couple of days so a belated happy birthday to you.   >cake<
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Post by: Frances on 02 Nov 2018 10:20AM
Thanks Girls not been feeling to good so a bit late with the Thanks >whistle<  XXX
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 02 Nov 2018 08:55PM
Hmm for those who noticed SG was posting all chatty like earlier all I can say is Doh !

SG - website builder and software support for Ouch Too.

Sunshine Meadows - Me.

Spindrift - will be proving extra content as a non Charter member.

 >x-fingers< :-)
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on 02 Nov 2018 09:39PM
Thanks Girls not been feeling to good so a bit late with the Thanks >whistle<  XXX

Frances, how about a photo of your amusing birthday dog, tortoise and elephants?  When you're up to it of course....
Hmm for those who noticed SG was posting all chatty like earlier all I can say is Doh !

SG - website builder and software support for Ouch Too.

Sunshine Meadows - Me.

Spindrift - will be proving extra content as a non Charter member.

 >x-fingers< :-)

Someone's going to end up discombobulating themselves at this rate  >whistle< >biggrin<
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Post by: Sunshine Meadows on 05 Nov 2018 04:23PM
Frances,

Sorry I missed your birthday I think it was a  couple of weeks before I returned to Ouch Too. I am glad you had a happy time.

I bought someone close to me who lives far away a Gruffalo and when we text back and forth by phone she talks about Gruffy the way I talk about my cats. She can no longer have cats because she lives near a busy road.


Kizzy,

Lol the amount SG posted today I hope Sunshine did not accidentally join in with the tech speak oh wait I am Sunshine  >fairy<

It is actually working out okay because SG is reminded not to be overly emotional.