What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
|A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.||
|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
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I signed up for a Zumba class at our park district. I hurt all over but I’m so glad I went. This is the first activity that I sign up for at our park district here in this town. I have lived here three years. All my heart is with our old town park district where we still volunteer our time and love. :(
Ironsos Our beautiful Josephine will still be beautiful when she is 90 and looks like a dried apple. It shines from within her. ;)
I must live a very sheltered life, I had to look up Zumba on Wikipedia because all I knew was the name. Curiously the first page provided by Google was filled with very local links.
I made myself stay up later last night so I wouldn’t wake up so early. I woke up early but was able to go back to sleep. So I didn’t wake up to stay awake until 6 Am. This was so much nicer.
I have washed my hair and took my bath. It takes a little longer to do this since I have to heat up my water. Since I wash my hair at the kitchen sink, it is a good thing I remembered to close the blinds. My youngest daughter did not know how I was washing my hair and taking a bath since I have turned the hot water heater off. It makes me wonder how she would get by without her hot water heater and furnance. I told her I did it like we did when I was younger. Our water would always freeze in the winter time. We did not have central heating. So we all took turns using the kitchen sink to wash our hair. The sink in the bathroom is too small to work well for this. There is not room to put a wash pan or platic bowl in the sink. We would have to heat our water then too. We would close off the kitchen so no one would come in since you had to strip to wash your body.
My clothes washer works but I have to hang the clothes to dry since my dryer does not work. This means I have to press my clothes because they do not dry soft. This beats having to go to the laundry mat. I manage all right. I don’t know when the electrician will come to check out my breaker box. Every one I have talked to about the electrical problem seems to think the breaker box needs changing. If Wayne was still here this would not be a problem since he was an electrician as well as a license plumer. As it is, I have to make do until the electrician is free to come check it out.
Emma Watson was held by Home Land Security for a short time today for being a minor flying
without an adult. She tweeted that this was not the first time this has happened.
I have been busy running around today. For a few moments there was a bit of sun but it disappeared quickly. We are expecting up to 3 inches (7.62 cm) of rain tomorrow and Thursday. It is unfortunate it is coming on the day of the week when I am out and about with my parents. With luck it will hold off in the morning hours so we can get the groceries in without getting too wet.
Emma is 5’ 5" tall, hardly the height of a small child. She is taller than the average woman so I wonder why they would continually mistake her for a small child. There should be no reason to hold her. If she is returning to school from having been home to the UK for Christmas she is obviously carrying a passport with a photograph that matches her ticket and probably a universityphoto ID as well. There should be no confusion between her stage name and her real name as they are the same It smacks of them attempting to give her a difficult time. I was going to suggest she carry a screen shot of herself as Hermione as well but that would probably do more harm than good as our trio were portraying minors by muggle standards, even after they had reached their legal wizard and muggle majority.
COOLG, most of us would not make it without a hot water heater. I don’t think my 87 year old mother has ever had to do without a hot water heater except for the one year they lived out in the country during the Depression when she was growing up.
My bathroom sinks are too small to use to wash my hair. I would never get my head under the tap. There is no way to close my kitchen off. It is in full view of the living room. I can stand at my sink and watch TV. There is a large kitchen window, probably 6 ft x 6 ft (1.829m x1.829m) and the window directly across from my sink in the living room which is probably 6 ft x 9 ft. (1.829m x 2.743m). Fortunately, that one overlooks the backyard so unless someone is wandering around out there that shouldn’t I might be okay from that angle. If someone were deliberately lurking behind the fence I wouldn’t be. I could not guarantee privacy from the kitchen window even if I was here alone.
I often use my laundry room sink to wash my hair. I wake with horrid “bed head” hair and it is so short that it gets oily pretty fast. I have to wash my hair every morning to be fit to be seen outside my home. There is a window in front of the laundry room sink, but I keep the blinds closed over it all the time and the laundry room has a door between it and the kitchen. So privacy is not a major concern.
We had a water heater/boiler in Belgium, but the water was slow to warm in the bathroom. I seem to remember a small Franklin stove type thing with a kettle on it, so we may have used it to heat additional water. I do remember using an older sister with a pitcher of warm water to pour over my head to rinse shampoo out. My hair was too long to actually rinse if I was sitting in the tub of used bath water. It came to my hips until I was almost 7. ;)
I do remember that we had bottled gas connected to the kitchen stove. Ususlly there were two containers. They were metal cylinders about two feet tall. They looked very much like the syrup containers for a soda fountain and the hoses to connect to the stove looked like regular rubber tubing. It may have been reinforced, though.
I do remember watching the grown daughter of the family that lived next door wash sheets in a galvanized tub in the carriage house. She and her brother were our babysitters. This seems pretty primative by today’s standards, but were rather modern in Belgium so shortly after the war. We went to belgium in late 1953 or early 1954. We even had an electric refrigerator that did not have the motor on top. ;)
I am up and about. I had to change things around so I could put important things in my coat pocket. I am having someone from the doctor’s office pick me up today for my appointment. They are doing this so my daughter won’t have to drive back here from her work when she will be only a couple of blocks from the doctor’s office. I am not taking my purse in case I have to go in for my appointment before she gets there.
I have already heated my water and taken my bath. It is funny that only Deanie has had to heat her water. I was sure at least Graymayne would know how it was to make do since she was born during World War Two. My daughter came over yesterday and was surprised that the house was warmer now than it was with the furnace running. I told her I was doing ok but I don’t think she believed me. Lol
We have 100% chance of rain today, tonight and tomorrow. My continued lack of motivation is not inspired by this.
I don’t think I remember such a period of unrelenting gloominess, even when it is not actually raining. We haven’t had sun for more than 15 minutes in weeks, maybe more than a month. We are not meant to have sun until Friday, Jan.18.
I’ve lost my avatar. The first time I clicked on submit the page logged me out and I had to sign back in but I didn’t lose my post. It was sitting in the posting window. So, I clicked submit again and I completely lost the page. It didn’t even go to the login page. I had to use my history to get back here but my post had gone up without my avatar.
This is very strange. I’m sure it must have something to do with them recoding the website.
COOLG, I’ll ask my mother how they heated water in the country. I think it is possible they had running water and a furnace there as well, even though they didn’t have electricity. My mother has never mentioned washing in a tub in the kitchen as you read about in books or see in movies.
I know my mother tells me her family was the only one on their street in town who had electricity, running water, a telephone, a radio and a refrigerator/freezer. My grandfather purchased that house, just outside city limits so they could have their own cow. He wasn’t paying attention that the houses on the street were pretty primative but he took care of those issues. I think she always felt a bit awkward having all those conveniences when their neighbors didn’t but they left the back door unlocked at night so the neighbors could access the phone and the ice when someone was ill.
My avatar came back on its own.
My parents had the refrigerator freezer my father’s father brought home in the early 1930s until the mid 1990s. There wasn’t much of a freezer in it, just room for some ice trays. It never turned back on after they had an 11 day power outage following an ice storm.
The local weather just said the area will be getting 4 inches (10.16 cm) to 8 inches (20.32 cm) in the next week. The first few days will be warm tropical rain followed by several days of cold wintry rain. Joy, oh joy…
Well I am glad to hear about the power outage only to remind you and your mother that she didn’t go 11 days without a bath. You see I think a lot of people have had to make do and heat their own water for baths when the power has been out. I just don’t think they remember thoses times. When out water froze, we had to pump water from a community well. It wasn’t actually a community well, the wealtest man in town owned it but he let everyone use it that needed water. The bad thing was that you had to carry the water home and it really became heavy before you got home. This was before you had heat tapes to put on your water lines.
We’re supposed to get rain/wintery mix tomorrow (Thursday). We need it BADLY. I’m also ready for the snow to all be melted so I can run outside on sidewalks. Hopefully rain will finish off melting everything on the ground.
I can’t imagine my parents trying to go more than two days without water and/or the ability to shower. Perhaps they have after a tornado or something, but I just really can’t imagine it. My mom’s parents (esp. my mom’s mom)…no way would they survive without power/water. When I’m doing fieldwork, I generally go a week at a time without showering. When I was in the Arctic, I went 3.5 weeks without showering. It’s really not a big deal to me, but does become a bit awkward when everyone around you is showering and you aren’t. At least during fieldwork, everyone is not showering…
COOLG, I think you are right. During that power outage I think daddy heated water on a gas grill. Of course, it was cold and they spent a lot of time bundled up with as many clothes and blankets as possible so other than some strategic washing they may have gone the “Arctic” path that DR. LEW mentioned. It wasn’t as if they were doing a lot of sweating and heavy lifting.
It is so dark but I have to go clean up and head out.
CoolG, you seem to be coping brilliantly, but I do hope it is all sorted soon. I hope all goes well at the Doctors.
Lady Hawke, daughter is halfway through the second book of The Alchemist series!
Our weather has been very similar to yours. New Years Day is the only sunny day I can recall. Today was quite exciting as we had a few glimpses of blue patches in the sky before the gloom returned. It is very depressing.
I have a fridge full of food. I did a big shop after work tonight, to take advantage of special offers and to restock the freezer. I will be in a cooking frenzy for the next few days. I know what we are going to eat each night for about the next three weeks, lol!
It is worth the effort, for the pleasure of being able to pull a decent meal out of the freezer, and just have to heat it through, rather than cooking from scratch after a long shift.
I am also seriously worried about money. It is good to know the freezer is going to be full of food.
Above freezing today for first time in ten days. We are to get snow from Thursday to Saturday.
Oddly I cannot remember being without hot water for any length of time. Grew up in the city.
My Grandmother had no water heater, a hand pump on the sink and an out house till the
early 1970’s when she moved.
COOLG, I asked my mother. She said the year they were in the country they only had a cistern to catch rain water and a large reservoir for heating water on the stove and they did bathe in the kitchen which she recalls as awful. She was only six and doesn’t remember the details but says that is the only time in her life there was not heated running water (other than the ice storm). So, I guess she falls into city girl status.
ASTI, I’m glad your daughter is enjoying the books. What will you be cooking?
It drizzled all day. I was able to get my mother’s groceries in without getting too wet. The rain didn’t become heavy until we were on our way home after leaving my parents at their house after dinner. I hope I can stay home most of the day tomorrow.
In Belgium we rented a house from a lawyer and the next dor neighbor was a well known architect, so we had the nicest houses around. There were potato fields on both sides of our houses and each house had an orchard. We did not have the use of the orchard that belonged to the lawyer, but we had free run of the neighbor’s orchard. across the road was a wheat field and a small house used by an employee (and his family) of the farmer who owned the fields. On the corner was a fairly small house on a very small lot that was owned by the woman (and her brother) who helped mother with the housework. They both had electricity, but they also had outhouses. I don’t remember if they had piped in running water or just cisterns.
The farm worker had a son about a year younger than me. The woman on the corner had a cherry tree in her back yard and we would climb it and eat the cherries. She also had turned most of one bedroom into a huge birdcage where she raised canaries.
Around the corner was the farmers house with the barnyard. He kept geese and one of them ate the buttons from my sister’s winter coat. I don’t think he had a tractor. I remember a huge belgian drafting horse. I think they are slightly larger than clydesdales. I know he used the horse with a wagon to bring the wheat harvest in. I’m not sure if it was also a plough horse. I am sure it could pull any and all farm equipment he had.
So I was aware at a very young age that not everyone had running hot water or even flush toilets. ;)
I panicked in the MRI machine yesterday, so we rescheduled for the “open” MRI machine today. It was still right in my face, but I could turn my head and not stare at the machine. I could see the wall about 15 feet away and part of the ceiling and the door to the room. It was still uncomfortably close, but did not feel so much like a coffin as the closed tube machine had. It really did not feel much tighter than a tanning bed. Almost 30 minutes was just about at my limit, though.
Now I need another appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon so he can look at the disc they gave me. I will call his office tomorrow for that appointment. ;)
I have been looking at “buy buy baby” and all the things my son and DIL signed up for in the baby registry. Is it bad of me that I want to buy them everything? :(
I have a bin with all the things I have bought for the every time I go to the stores. :(
Deanie – I had a.Dr. appt. too. I went to see the doctor that will do my colonoscopy next week. I will go in to the outpatient clinic on Friday. The DS will take a day off and go with me because they will not admit me if I don’t have anyone with me.
An MRI freak out my sister too. I just close my eyes and I’m ok but I know what you mean by the machine being so close to your face. :(