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A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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ASTI, we have one of those coat racks. We just haven’t installed it on the wall of our entry hall yet. I will be certain to tell my DS of your catastrophe so he reinforces the wall in some way before putting it up.

Thank you all for your condolences. We will be driving over for the funeral on Saturday but will miss the vistation at the funeral home tomorrow night. It is too difficult to have to think of packing bags and finding hotel rooms. It is just too much emotion too. I expect my mother to come home Saturday night absolutely exhausted. She has slept even less than me.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 15, 2012, 09:20 PM report to moderator
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Wolfie: I never knew that porridge and oatmeal were one in the same. Never connected the
two for some reason. Always thought it was a different grain like wheat.

Posted by ironsos on November 15, 2012, 09:52 PM report to moderator
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Graymayne and Lady Hawke. Please accept my belated condolences. Have not been thinking
straight lately.

Posted by ironsos on November 15, 2012, 09:57 PM report to moderator
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Ironsos No worries:) I’m another one keen on oats but I have mine in a different form – Oatibix, like Weetabix but using oats instead of wheat. I have to be in a cooking mood to make porridge even though it takes very little time in the microwave. I rarely sprinkle sugar on top.

Posted by Graymayne on November 16, 2012, 06:59 AM report to moderator
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I am not fond of oats cooked as porridge. There is something about the texture I do not enjoy. I do like steel cut oats better than regular ones. By preference I would rather have my oats in snack bar.

IRONSOS, I understand. Many times I dart in here and make a post or two and then come back later and sit down to catch up and find the world has shifted on its axis for someone and I missed it and didn’t say anything.

I found a dress for my daughter to wear to the funeral yesterday. We almost never purchase her a dress until she has to have one for a specific reason and then she will wear that dress whenever she needs one for a length of time.

I did sleep last night but woke up early. It was one of those nights I slept so profoundly I woke at one point with a very uncomfortable amount of drool coursing down my chin. I always feel so vulnerable when I wake up and realize I was so tired I didn’t realize I was drooling.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 16, 2012, 07:36 AM report to moderator
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graymayne I tried Oatibix but decided I didnt like them as much as weetabix, but I love porridge – I would eat it for every meal if I could.

ladyhawke I’ve been really tired this week and woke up at 9.17am on Tuesday to find my phone ringing and my boss calling me. The scary thing is that I slept through the beeping alarm that goes off on my phone at 7.15am and the hour long radio alarm on my alarm clock. I’m always amazed that I can be so deeply asleep that I literally dont wake up for anything.

Posted by Wolfie on November 16, 2012, 02:51 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I am really tired. I did more overtime today. The good news is that all the extra hours I have done this month adds up to about £250 extra in my pay. Which will certainly help with Christmas!
I also had my annual review today. While I do a job an amoeba could do, I am a very efficient and capable amoeba! Boss said some very nice things about me. It’s also nice to know that my pay bracket is one that only about 5% of all employees attain.

And now I am craving porridge.

Wolfie, that is a seriously deep sleep! I am usually awakeish before my alarm, which is set for 6am. On occasion, I have fallen back asleep after it has gone off, and have been late for work. (I have probably just jinxed myself for tomorrow now!) but if I have the day off, I don’t often get woken by my DS’s alarm.
I’m so glad you like your Kindle Fire.

Lady Hawke, will you have to travel far for the funeral? I hope all goes as well as it can, and it is not too distressing for your Mother.

Posted by asti on November 16, 2012, 03:34 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, the funeral is about 160 miles away. It will be a fairly long day for all of us. We are picking up the rental car at 8 AM and the funeral service is at 1 PM. We hope to be there early enough to see people before the funeral since we are missing the visitation tonight.

I am waiting in line to pick my daughter up now. I am not looking forward to telling her. I don’t expect a lot of tears but I do anticipate a lot of distress and internalized worry. She is smart enough and old wnough to be able to realize her own grandparents are the only ones left, that all my mother’s siblings are gone and all the in-law aunts and uncles except for my uncle’s widow. They would have been married 70 years next week.

She told me she has had nightmares this week about “everything going wrong”.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 16, 2012, 04:30 PM report to moderator
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Why do you need a rental car? Has something happened to yours?
I understand about your daughter. I have had some worried conversations with my little girl recently, full of fear of people she knows dying. My daughter is just realising people don’t have to be very old to die.
I’m sending hugs and my love.

Posted by asti on November 16, 2012, 05:05 PM report to moderator
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DEANIE, getting my pair of Birkenstocks may be one of the worst things that ever happened to me. I have been going through my dress shoes, trying to find something to wear to the funeral and my shoes all hurt now. I guess I just never realized how much they all hurt until I started wearing shoes that do not hurt. It is winter and I would like to be able to wear some closed shoes sometimes, especially dressy closed shoes.

I told my daughter after returning home from running errands after school. She actually took it worse than I expected. She is not a cryer but she was today. She is also very resentful we didn’t see my uncle before he passed away. She had a difficult time grasping he has not been himself and was not the person she knew. We went to dinner and got away from the house a bit.

I was able to find some ballet flats that were not terribly uncomfortable and certainly look more dressy than my Birks.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 16, 2012, 08:28 PM report to moderator
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We needed to rent a car because although my car theoretically hold five people, in practice it does not hold four adults with six foot tall plus legs comfortably, at least not with an additional adult size person thrown in. If my daughter was not going we would be fine but she takes up all extraneous room in the backseat so people are wedged in like sardines. So, we have rented a car that, in theory, holds seven. My daughter will have an entire backseat to herself.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 16, 2012, 08:32 PM report to moderator
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I woke up about 2 am this morning. I must have fell asleep around 8. I read until 4 am. I finally woke up around 9 wondering why the dogs had not got me up. About that time here they came down the hall. They must have slept late themselves.

Lady Hawke I hope everything works out for your trip there and back. I have the same trouble with shoes since I wear houseshoes most of the time. I even bought myself some new heels but decided not to wear them. Instead I wore a pair of flats. I was told the affair would be outside. I figured I didn’t need to be in heels on uneven ground. Speaking of shoes, my new boots/shoes are really comfortable. I usually wear them every day. I only have on my houseshoes at night now.

Graymayne My daughter and I went to see Breaking Dawn Part 2 yesterday. She got off work early and wanted to see it. So I saw it the day it was released which is unusual for me. We made the matinee showing so didn’t have to pay the higher price. I had heard that there was a surprise in the movie and there certainly was. Let me just say this was a very tense movie. For awhile I think I forgot to breath. It is the best of all the movies. I might even go see it again. I don’t think I can wait until it comes out on DVD to see it again. They showed a preview of the Host too.

All this talk of oats and porridge. I don’t know the difference. I fix mine in a bowl in the microwave. I no longer cook it on the stove since I am only fixing it for one person. I don’t know. I have had it for breakfast my entire life. Sometimes by itself, others with bacon and eggs.

This is the last race in Nascar this Sunday. It looks like we will have a new champion unless something happens to his car. It happened to Dennie Hamlin a couple of years ago so it is not unheard of. I did not see this one coming. The point change for the Chase has really caused an upset.

Posted by Cool G on November 17, 2012, 10:14 AM report to moderator
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evening all

I finally made 30,000 words on my NaNo book. So have 2 weeks to write 20,000 words which is fab. I have my fingers crossed that I’ll finish this year.

I also very bravely made a very tentative enquiry about joining my local writers group. lemon has been trying to bully me into it for a while, but I’ve been too scared that they’ll all be proper published writery types and I’ll make a fool of myself, but the lady I spoke to seemed very nice and welcoming. The next step is to go to a meeting on monday and not chicken out.

asti good news about the extra pennies for christmas. it does get reallyexpensive

coolg glad you liked breaking dawn. I’m taking my niece up to edinburgh next month and we thought we would see it together then. I didnt enjoy the last one, but the trailers for this one look very good

lady hawke take care during the long drive

ok back to writing, hoping I can hit 32,000 by the end of today

Posted by Wolfie on November 17, 2012, 12:31 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke for winter (after a summer in Birkis) I find that I can wear some styles of Easy Spirit and SAS shoes without pain. My problem is having to wear socks or knee high stockings after a summer of allowing my feet almost total freedom. I do not think I own a single dress that fits me. If we had a wedding or funeral to attend, I would have to go emergency shopping. ;)

We have just returned from a trip to the vetrinarians office. We will pick up the ashes in a week or two. :(

Not a happy day in my house. :(

Posted by Deanie on November 17, 2012, 12:54 PM report to moderator
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Good evening! Another manic Saturday at work. We are really gearing up for Christmas. The next few weeks are going to be a nightmare!

Deanie, I am sorry about your dog. I can well imagine yours is not a happy house today. xx

Wolfie, yay for joining a writing group! I’m sure it will give you more confidence, you’ll find a lot of support and I’m sure you will get a lot out of the friendships you’ll make. Come and tell us about your first meeting.

Lady Hawke, ahhh, yes, that makes sense about the car. I hope it hasn’t been too hard a day.

Posted by asti on November 17, 2012, 02:57 PM report to moderator
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My condolences to both Lady Hawke and Graymayne. Peace.

Deanie, so sorry to hear about your pup. Hugs.

Le flurk.

Posted by Josephine on November 17, 2012, 03:10 PM report to moderator
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deanie so sorry about your dog. It’s always do sad when you lose one of them. They’re like a fun and
undemanding member of the family.

asti I’m hoping I’ll be able to make lots of new writer friends. They also do alot of things in
the local community as well and thats something I definitely want to be involved in more.

Posted by Wolfie on November 17, 2012, 04:30 PM report to moderator
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Ok, this is spooky. The ad at the top of the page is now advertising a brand of porridge.

Posted by asti on November 17, 2012, 04:51 PM report to moderator
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They say that it always comes in 3’s. I got a call from the county courner today. My brother has passed away. He was always afraid he would die and noone would find him for a couple of weeks. He has been dead for a couple of days. Wednesday was the last anyone in the family had seen him. He had so many health problems. The courner said he probably died of a heart attack but since he had so much wrong with him, they wouldn’t be doing an autopsy. He wanted to be cremated and his ashes spread beside Norris Dam along the Clinch River in Tennessee. I am waiting on my older brothers to make his arrangements. I have five brothers and he was the one a year older than me.

Posted by Cool G on November 17, 2012, 05:59 PM report to moderator
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My condolences, CoolG. Prayers and loving thoughts are being sent your way.
Hugs.

Posted by Josephine on November 17, 2012, 06:46 PM report to moderator
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Josephine Thank you for your kind thoughts. It thought that I was now the eldest of my immediate family, but I have remembered a cousin who is my senior by about three years.

Deanie Losing a companion animal can be more painful than losing a member of the extended family simply because they have been part of our daily lives. Here’s another {{{{{{{hug}}}}}}}. On the topic of footwear I am going to have to seek out shoes that will adjust to the times when my feet are swollen. I attended the funeral this week with a piece of black tape discreetly holding one of my velcro-held straps which was in danger of springing undone:( Fortunately I wear trousers so it wouldn’t be too obvious. My ego was already bruised because I mysteriously broke three of my fingernails for no apparent reason this week, lol.

Wolfie Well done on the writing front! I don’t know how you fit everything in.

By the way, after the urgent delivery flight to Hungary on Tuesday, the day before the funeral, BigG had to fly back there yesterday to face working all weekend:(

Posted by Graymayne on November 17, 2012, 06:53 PM report to moderator
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Sorry about your dog Deanie.

My condolences Cool G.

Posted by ironsos on November 17, 2012, 08:34 PM report to moderator
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COOLG, I’m sorry to hear about your brother. That is sad he was afraid of dying alone and not being found and that is what finally happened. I’m sorry for your loss. This business of losing people is not easy.

DEANIE, my condolences on the loss of your dog. I can honestly say I have shed more tears over the loss of one of my dogs than over the loss of most people. There is something very compelling to the heart about a creature who is so devoted and so dependent.

The day was a long one. The rental car had plenty of room for my parent’s legs but the seat itself was not comfortable for my mother. She fights a bed sore since she broke her hip and it is difficult to find a comfortable seat. My car suits her to the ground. The car seat fits her perfectly to minimize discomfort. My daughter suffered mightily. She was in the third seat in the back. It was presumably meant for two people but could only have realistically been comfortable for two very small children, just out of car seats. There was no way to enter the third seat without someone in the second row of seats getting out of the car. So, once she was back there she was trapped. She couldn’t sit straight in the seat. Her knees were in her chin so she had to sit crooked and that gets old and she was back there a long time both ways.

We arrived about 25 minutes before the service. There were too many people there we wanted to see to give any serious time to anyone. One of my uncle’s granddaughters spoke, telling some tender and funny family stories about my uncle. A minister spoke and three hymns were played. Then, we drove to the cemetery and there was a graveside service with military honors, Silver Taps, a color guard who folded the flag from the coffin, presentation of the flag to my aunt, and a lone bagpiper playing Amazing Grace. My mother decided it was going to be too difficult to get my father out of the car at my cousin’s home and back in again. She was also concerned about taking the time to drive to my cousin’s home and spend time there, making our trip home done completely in the dark. So, we left from the cemetery and drove back, left my parents and my daughter at their house, took the rental car back to the agency and have returned home. We are tired.

It was a sad day and I left totally dissatisfied at the quality of time I had with cousins I almost never see. I am glad to be home but I would have traded an hour of my time to spend more time with one of my cousins in particular. I think I am going to have to make a point of asking for lodging from some of my girl cousins from time to time and take my daughter with me and spend some quality time with some of them. It became clear to me today that the older generation was the glue holding the family together and almost all that glue is gone. If I don’t make an effort to keep up with my cousins I will lose them forever.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 17, 2012, 09:50 PM report to moderator
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Sirius B. said to say hello. He is still having mega computer problems Not sure
if I can be much help but I will try.

Posted by ironsos on November 17, 2012, 11:58 PM report to moderator
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DEANIE, what had changed about the hound’s condition? A week or two ago you felt he wasn’t suffering and was enjoying all the treats and spoiling. Had he started refusing to be spoiled and you felt he was hurting? I’m sorry and I dread it so with four furry people here, all of them approaching or in old age.

COOLG, is this the brother you thought might be coming for Thanksgiving? It is so hard when people pass away around holidays. Their deaths become associated with that holiday and it makes future celebrations bittersweet. I have no idea how my family intends to celebrate on Thursday. They have always congregated at my uncle and aunt’s home. Keep us posted on what is going on with you this week.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 18, 2012, 11:16 AM report to moderator
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I can tell most of my girl cousins apart and know whose daughter or granddaughter they are. When I say girl cousins I mean a mixture of my first cousins and first cousins once and twice removed. I have girl cousins who were great granddaughters of my grandparents who are still significantly older than me.

The problem is I have a similar assortment of boy cousins. There are great grandsons of my grandparents who are older than me. When I was a child they arrived at family gatherings, maybe spoke to me or nodded at me, a little girl and went off and talked to the men. So, I had a very shaky idea who they were.

Now I am a middle aged woman, the youngest of my grandparent’s grandchildren, I had all these older men who I knew were some sort of cousin coming over to me. They were a wrinkly grey haired crowd and I struggled to pull their names out of the hat. Suddenly they seemed to notice our numbers were diminishing and I was one of them, one of the next oldest generation and suddenly they wanted to make contact. I had male cousins I have barely spoken to in the past standing in the cemetery with their arms around my shoulders or my waist weeping. I managed to guess who most of them were but I missed several.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 18, 2012, 11:52 AM report to moderator
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Good evening.

CoolG, I am so sorry about your brother. Please come here and check in often to let us know how you are. xx

Hello to Sirius! I hope you can fix your computer problems soon.

Lady Hawke, I too am guilty of not keeping in touch with family. I exchange intermittent emails with my maternal Aunt, last seeing her and her DS and son about 18 months ago. FB helps a bit in keeping up with my cousins, though neither of them use it a lot. I have not seen or heard of any of my Dad’s side of the family for a good 20 years. Neither has he. There are five cousins on that side, and I could not tell you their names. I hope you can become closer to your cousins, for your daughter’s sake too.

Posted by asti on November 18, 2012, 02:13 PM report to moderator
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Remember when I said I have 5 brothers? Two of them were suppose to take care of my brother’s arrangements. It turns out that the main one that has the insurance policy can not make any of the arrangements. He is busy doing Santa Clause and is on diaylsis. He has done nothing to make arrangments. It turns out he doesn’t see the urgency of getting the arrangements made. He told me that we needed to take care of it. My younger brother who was suppose to take care of the arrangements is out of the coutry on vacation. He will not be back until next weekend. So it is left to me and my kids to do this. We have an appointment for tomorrow to get it taken care of.

My brother did not leave a will nor power of attorney or a designated person to take care of his estate. It seems he only said who was taking care of his arrangements but made no formal appointment. He has no children. I don’t know how things operate under these conditions. He does have an apartment full of furniture and a car which something will have to be done with this. His bank account will be frozen that much I do know. I guess I will find out tomorrow what has to be done about his personal belongings. I think unless someone is appointed his executer, we can not do anything other than the funeral arrangements. What a mess. Thank goodness I have my final arrangments made and the necessary paperwork done so my children can take care of my estate. I did this as soon as everything was done for my husband since he was my beneficary . I had to get everything with one of my childrens names on deeds, bank accounts, etc.
Posted by Cool G on November 18, 2012, 04:49 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke We noticed that he was seeming to have some pain and the tumor was growing larger and spreading. It had grown under his chin and eating was getting more difficult. It was just time. :(

My condolences, albeit late, to all who have experienced recent losses. :(

Off to get a shower and work on the laundry. ;)

Posted by Deanie on November 18, 2012, 08:06 PM report to moderator
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COOLG, I guess there is no point in saying that is unfair to have that loaded off onto you. Don’t your family realize you have short term memory loss? Making you take care of these details is unrealistic. How do you pay for his burial if his bank account is frozen?

This sort of thing bothers me.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 18, 2012, 08:30 PM report to moderator
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