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May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
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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Good evening!

It seems I am not meant to have long, lazy, sleepy mornings this week. The cat woke me yesterday, today was workmen mending power lines brought down by the storm. Sigh…….

I treated myself to a new pair of boots today. Well, the credit card treated me. I do need new boots, but I didn’t actually need them today………But I had to look smart for the wake, didn’t I?!

The wake was ok. I knew about half the people there, though I haven’t seen most of them for many years. I was glad to have my BIL with me, and he chaperoned me beautifully! My DS was able to get there about an hour after I did……..with his job, he never knows where he is ending up, or how long it will take him to get home. I am glad he was able to be there for his friend.

Lady Hawke, fortunately, we took no damage at all. Had the tree fallen the other way, it would have been a very different story. If the fence had gone, it would be up to us to replace it.

Deanie, you are right, my DS is not yet established enough to feel able to ask for time off. I do hope you feel more comfortable very soon.

Graymayne, bless you for looking out for me! My BIL is my sister’s longterm BF, not my DS’s brother. My DS and her BF have been friends since Primary School, and both knew the deceased. I didn’t mind going…..was glad to be able to, since I am not at work.

Posted by asti on October 29, 2013, 03:58 PM report to moderator
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Asti I’m pleased that your early start didn’t ruin your day. I’m impressed that you could find an acceptable pair of boots on the very day you needed them, I don’t think I have ever made such a quick decision. It seems rather early for you to be attending the funeral of a friend, that’s more my generation’s constant duty, but we both lost neices when they were in their thirties, strangely both due to brain tumours.

Deanie I can’t imagine how I would cope with the level of pain that seems to come at you from all sides. You are made of stern stuff, sister!

Ironsos Best of luck for tomorrow, barium swallowing was not my favourite experience when I was fifteen. Little did I know . . . .

Posted by Graymayne on October 29, 2013, 08:44 PM report to moderator
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IRONSOS, sorry you are having difficulties requiring a barium swallow. Hope it comes to nothing really problematical.

I worked at the school where my daughter will attend high school again today, filling in for a geometry teacher. The math department has called me in twice. I know nothing about math. Fortunately, at this school the students are well behaved enough to just need an adult in the room to remind them to keep their voices down while they are working in groups and to be the “token” adult. I had three 94 minute blocks of students, lunch and the final block was the teacher’s planning session. They allowed me to go home. I was thrilled to leave 1.5 hours early. It was a hard 3.5 hours making it to lunch but not as bad as 6 hours with 12 year olds and no toilet.

Tomorrow I have my Wednesday off, the day I have reserved on the record to take care of the needs of my parents. I am not using it for that purpose at the moment but I needed to establish the day as off limits. Then, on Thursday I am taking the day off to accompany my father to a doctor’s appointment which can only be made on Thursdays.

So, I have two days free of teenagers, except my own. Friday morning will result in a crack of dawn phone call.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 29, 2013, 09:57 PM report to moderator
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DEANIE, that makes me think of last fall when my flu shot was given into my shoulder joint and hit a nerve. I spent the holiday season last year in constant pain, unable to find a comfortable position in which to sleep, sit, or stand, and with limited mobility of my left arm. So, although my pain did lessen over a two month period I have some idea of how uncomfortable you are.

Sometimes my DS’s CPap mask does not fit well and the sounds he produces while wearing it are almost as annoying as the snoring he produced before he started wearing it. The sounds are not as loud by any means. He used to sound like a jack hammer. Now he vibrates in rhythm with his breathing, a fast high pitched hum every time he exhales. He was doing that on Sunday night after we went to bed. He fell asleep immediately and started humming. I woke him to tell him he was humming and his response was he didn’t hear anything. (Of course not, he was asleep.) So, he went right back to humming. After a time of tossing and turning I kicked the mattress. No response. So, I turned on the light and started reading. I knew eventually he would notice the light on and wake up to tell me I needed to turn it off. When I saw his eyes open I said, “Yes, the light is on. You are humming and I can’t sleep.” He said, “I can’t hear anythng.” I stood up with my book, turned off the light and stomped off to the bathroom, growling, “Of course you can’t hear anything. You are awake now. You are only humming when you are asleep and I can’t sleep.” When I returned from the bathroom the humming had stopped.

People who snore really have no idea how frustrating it is to have your sleep made impossible by the noise emanating from the other side of the bed. It makes a person hostile. Back in the jack hammer days I had enough of it one night. I found a tape recorder before bedtime and deposited it within easy reach of my side of the bed. When it started I pushed record. The next day I asked my DS to listen to something for me and I pushed play. He was confused by the sound and somewhat taken aback at how unpleasant it was. He wanted to know what the horrible noise was. I triumphantly pushed the stop button and told him, “It is you.” It was still a couple of years before he went to be tested but he didn’t protest as much when I punched him awake.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 29, 2013, 10:12 PM report to moderator
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Hello all… Got some Sally news to share. However, it is late and I am pooped out & really need to get to bed. Just too much typing to cover everything now. I will put together the story in Word during the day tomorrow & post it when I can. I have been very busy the last few days and really need to unwind. See you all tomorrow.

Posted by Won_Two on October 29, 2013, 11:20 PM report to moderator
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Won_Two Thanks for the news alert, I am all agog:)

Posted by Graymayne on October 30, 2013, 05:45 AM report to moderator
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Graymayne Do you rememer when I had my knees done? August of 2006 and August 2007. Well, when we (yes, my DSS accompanied me) to the surgeons office and he got a first look at the x-rays, the doctor asked how I was able to walk because the damage was so bad. That was sometime the last half of 2005 & I still had therapy before finally deciding on the surgery almost a year later. I suppose I just have a fairly high tolerance for pain.

After I have a chance to ice it regularly this weekend (impossible to do while at work), i will call the knee and shoulder clinic where my knee surgeon works to make an appointment and talk to their shoulder doctor about prescriing the appropriate compression sleeve and whatever.

I will also ask them for the name of a reputable back doctor. My lower back is making walking extremely uncomfortable. I am not sure how that will play out in Orlando next month – wish me luck!

I usually build a resistance to pain meds, even narcotic pain killers. Plus they tend to ive me insomnia. I really ned to be wandering around the theme parks in pain and sleep deprived. My DS will have to keep me out of trouble there. ;)

Won Ooooh! Sally news!! I hope her recovery is going well. Give her our love. ;)

Posted by Deanie on October 30, 2013, 12:55 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

Took daughter to get a haircut today. The hairdresser put some layers through it, and it looks really really nice. It sort of fans out into a mass of curls down her shoulders. Daughter is very happy. Then, off to get her new library books, a supermarket shop, and home to make tea. Oh, and two loads of washing. This is NOT a holiday, lol.

Graymayne, it was cancer, which has no repect for relative youth. :(

Ironsos, how did you get on today?

Lady Hawke, I think taping him was a BRILLIANT idea! Lol! It must be awful……my DS only snores occasionally, and it is usually easily solved by my nudging him to change position, but it still makes me uptight. I can’t imagine living with it night after night, and it must bother the snorer too, knowing how disturbing it is to the partner. These sleep things sound very clever.

Won, waiting for your update, and hoping it’s good Sally news!

Posted by asti on October 30, 2013, 05:06 PM report to moderator
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Graymayne, I’ve sent you an email, hopefully to the right address!

Posted by asti on October 30, 2013, 05:34 PM report to moderator
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Hello all… Well, where to begin? I got a call from Sally a week ago. She told me that she had just sold her business. I was and still am stunned. This woman was TOTALLY, tooth & nail dedicated to her business. I lived with her for several years and the one time I was foolish enough to say “screw your business” to her, I was greeted with a high speed flying crystal tumbler! You all know the rest of that story… Well, as I say she called out of the blue with this unimaginable news, and asked me if I would be willing to accompany her as she went to NY, Milan, London, & Paris while she shut down her operations. She then asked if I would return to Provence with her & stay for a while after it was all done. She is undergoing a real life transformation. Her health is now good, but the illness really shook her to the core I think. Now truthfully I am not in the best shape to be ‘globe trotting’… I am conflicted bigtime as to whether or not to do this. I still have strong feelings for her, always have really…

It seems I have a lot of thinking & soul searching to do. I have to give her an answer before Nov. 15th. I’ll let you all know what is up as I work through all this. Life is always surprising & strange! Never will cease to amaze me it seems. Cheers all! :+/

Posted by Won_Two on October 30, 2013, 05:45 PM report to moderator
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Asti: No results yet on the test. It will most likely be a couple days before I hear anything. Not
expecting any big news though.

Posted by ironsos on October 30, 2013, 06:25 PM report to moderator
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Won_Two Looking into the abyss inevitably has a big effect on people and life-reassessment tends to be high on the agenda. You obviously remain important in her life so, yes, now it is your turn to do some very serious thinking. Obviously your physical condition will figure high on the list so you will need medical advice I would imagine. I wish you all the very best in your search for a way forward. I agree with you about Life and its surprises! {{{{{{{Big hug}}}}}}}

Ironsos Glad to see you survived your procedure:) Give yourself a treat, you’re worth it!

Asti I didn’t get on the computer until after midnight, but I own all the books on offer at 99p, both Robin Hobb and Tolkien. I’ve saved the website address.

Deanie I reckon I firsted posted on Leaky in October 2006, based on your operation dates. Doesn’t time fly!

Time for bed.

Posted by Graymayne on October 30, 2013, 09:21 PM report to moderator
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Deanie – I seem to remember your knee surgery. I remember how you were on pain killers. It reminded nor of the pain killers I was on for my back.

My cousin in Texas passed away today. I felt so sad but at the same time relieved. She was in so much pain from the cancer. She had refused chemotherapy or radiation. She wanted none of the treatments since she knew it would not cure her. She was a vey brave woman.

The only bad part is that I can not go to her funeral. I am still waiting for my test results and if I were to get ill so far from home I would be stuck in another state without the DS. My sisters wanted me to go with them. :(

Asti – I feel your pain. The. DS seems oblivious to the fact that his mom has added a lot of work to my workload. I am sure he doesn’t realize all the people that come to visit her and I end up with a lot of the work. No time to relax. Today I just went upstairs to the bedroom and took a nap. I left my sister in law and her family with my MIL and the DS. I was tired, a little depressed over my cousin and I needed alone time. The DS knew I was escaping and gave me the room.

Posted by Madame Minerva on October 31, 2013, 12:30 AM report to moderator
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN/SAMHAIN!

I have a news scoop – Daniel Radcliffe is to portray the character of Sebastian Coe (now Lord Coe) in a film about the runner’s rivalry with another English competitor, Steve Ovett. This item appeared in BBC News online this morning and may have been on TV but I overslept so I don’t know.

MM I am glad that your cousin has come to the end of her suffering and sorry that you cannot attend her funeral as you would have wished.

I must try and catch up on my day:(

Posted by Graymayne on October 31, 2013, 07:04 AM report to moderator
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Gaaaaah! I just reread my last post. All the typos just leapt off the page. Sorry. I know you are all bright enough to figure out what I was saying, even with the words that have extra or missing letters. ;)

I must have been really tired yesterday. No rest tonight, either. I will be on the front porch handing out goodies until 8:15 or 8:30 this evening. Considering that it is a school night and I choose not to encouragge “children” who can legally drive themselves to my neighborhood, it may be earlier. It will all depend on what time the small (not yet old enough for puberty) kids stop coming by. I consider that teens should be accompanying younger siblings or be at age appropriate parties or at home handing out the candy and not roaming the streets alone. ;)

Won I am surprised that Sally sold her business, but serious illness is a common catalyst for spending some time reassessing priorities and making life changes. Whatever your decision is, I wish you the best. ;)

Posted by Deanie on October 31, 2013, 08:35 AM report to moderator
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The rain has been all day. All the news is talking about the halloween storm. No trick or treaters tonight. I wonder if * Lady Hawke and MM* has the bad weather yet.

Asti The stress you and your DS has been under for the past year is finally taking it’s toll on both of you. Just remember how much you both love each other and ride it out. It will get better.

Lady Hawke I can not imagine you being a teacher. Not that you can not do it just I remember your face melting just helping your daughter with her home work. Of course it should be easier with other children.

My DS snored very loudly for a lot of years. When he stopped working as much it got quieter. The last several years I was always checking on him like you do a child. I would wait to see his chest move up and down to make sure he was breathing. I would rather have the snoring then the unease of not hearing him snore.

Won I am glad that Sally wants you back in her life. If you are not able to do all the traveling that she wants due to your own health problems maybe you can do part of it. If not, maybe she would be willing to spend time with you at your place. I hope you two can work it out.

MM No matter which family member it is that moves in with you, the woman of the house always bears the extra work. Maybe your DS can take over some of the extra work load? The trouble is you will have to let him know about the extra work because men do not realize it on their own. I am sure your DS will gladly try to help out once he is made aware of the problem.

Graymanye I saw Daniel on the TV last week talking about the new role. He also was talking about another new film he was in…..something about nudity. He was talking about it being easier to be nude in a film than the live. Since he is 24, I should have written down the movie. I may be getting the two mixed up. Maybe I should check out the internet to see which is which.

Ironsos Hope everything turns out ok. I always hate to have an extra doctor’s appointment. Hmm I think I have one next month. I need to look at my calendar.

Posted by Cool G on October 31, 2013, 01:44 PM report to moderator
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Got the results back from my test. Have a small hernia that will be taken care of at a later date. No
big deal as of yet.

Posted by ironsos on October 31, 2013, 03:00 PM report to moderator
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CoolG The film in which Dan has nude scenes I believe is Kill Your Darlings, in which he is playing the poet Alan Ginsburg as a young man.

Ironsos You will have to be kind to yourself, no heavy lifting. I’m glad it was only a hernia, the surgeon’s have got that procedure down to a fine art:)

Posted by Graymayne on October 31, 2013, 03:17 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I am absolutely over the moon today…..about six months ago, my daughter wrote a fan letter to her favourite author. I warned her not to expect a personal reply, if indeed she got a reply at all. This afternoon, so many months later she had pretty much forgotton about it, daughter received a letter. And she is so pleased and proud! Yes, it is just a generic newsletter, but it is signed, and daughter’s name is handwritten at the top. She must have read it 20 times, and we are off to town tomorrow to buy a frame. I am so so happy for her.

I may be conspicious by my absence for a few days. DS and I are going to our usual free holiday escape for the weekend. He’ll come back on Sunday, ready for work, but I am going to stay on for a few days, utterly, absolutely, completely and deliciously on my own. I’ll have my phone, but access to the internet is patchy at best, so don’t worry if I disappear! My day of return is not yet decided.

Graymayne, Happy Samhain!

Ironsos, I am glad they have found what has been causing you problems, and am very glad it is an easy something to deal with.
Make sure you look after yourself. xx

CoolG, thankyou, and I hope so! How are you?

MM, I am glad your DS recognised your need for some time to yourself. I hope it helped you. xx And DO talk to your DS about the extra work involved. He sounds such a sweetie, and loves you so much, I’m sure he doesn’t realise how much more you are doing. Take care, and I am sorry for your loss.

Won, Graymayne summed up beautifully all that I was thinking. Including the hug, lol. Think hard, think well, and good luck to you both. xx

Posted by asti on October 31, 2013, 05:16 PM report to moderator
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Thanks Graymayne and Asti. Doctor feels that losing a bunch more weight will have the most positive
effect. That is the first step.

Posted by ironsos on October 31, 2013, 06:43 PM report to moderator
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Keep on with your walking, Ironsos. Fresh air is good for the soul, even in weather that is not great. Try getting out very early one morning and watching the sun rise. Take your breakfast as a picnic. Make yourself feel good inside too. Keep listening to your music. xx

Posted by asti on October 31, 2013, 07:07 PM report to moderator
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Thanks Asti, I know I will have to make some adjustments. I am going to have to make myself do things.

Posted by ironsos on October 31, 2013, 11:23 PM report to moderator
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Happy Halloween

Happy Samhain

Wow Won I say if your health can take it – go for it.

Posted by Sirius B (HeartMagic104) on October 31, 2013, 11:30 PM report to moderator
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Is it bad that I’m wishing my mother in law hates it here? I’m tired and I want my time alone back. Sigh. I feel so selfish sometimes. :/

Work administrators have decided that I’m to work till 8:00pm next Tuesday. No overtime. Its our parent/teacher conference day. I am to enter at 10:00 and work till 8:00. It’s in our new contracts. With a two hour lunch in between. :( Apparently we have to fulfill these hours during our Parent/Teacher Conferences. There are two each year. They found a way to make us work and not pay overtime. Aaaarrrrggghhh!

It used to be that we would start at 7:00pm and stay till 8:00. It was considered overtime and your check would reflect the extra hours. It seems that some office secretaries have refused to stay and now we have these new tules. Argh! I hate that my life was made more difficult due to others selfishness!! I always worked the late hours. It was nice. :(

Posted by Madame Minerva on November 01, 2013, 12:21 AM report to moderator
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MM I suspect that the only people who are comfortable with having the older generation living with them are those like the Chinese and Japanese and Native Americans etc, who hold their elders in great esteem. Elders were the ones with long memories, who had survived difficulties of climate disasters or epidemics and they kept alive the stories of their origins and traditions by word of mouth for peoples without the ability to read. Society has changed almost beyond recognition and the old have to turn to the younger generation to learn how to use all the new technology, and the past is available at the touch of a button or the turn of a page.

Posted by Graymayne on November 01, 2013, 04:45 AM report to moderator
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MM, I sympathize with you so much. In the siuation in which you find yourself it is like jumping into the frying pan, only to jump into the fire and back into the frying pan again. This is one of those situations in which it becomes a dubious honor to be the “lady of the house”. Unfortunately, that title seems to indicate that you not only cook, clean, cook and service your own guests but those who come to see anyone else in the household. My grandmother lived with us and my mother ended up having to hostess for my grandmother’s guests. My MIL didn’t have anyone to visit so I avoided this particular pitfall.

I realize almost if not all of these extra guests are members of the family so you, sweetly, feel it is necessary to entertain them. You don’t need to do that, not any more regularly than you did before your MIL moved in with you. If their extra visits are obviously to see your MIL then let them come visit but don’t feel it is necessary to offer them more than a soft drink or coffee or even to be present if you have other things you need to do. Establish the extra visits are to see your MIL and that you need not be directly involved. If you have to do so, leave as they arrive until the message is clear. They are not coming to your house to be fed, watered and entertained, not unless you have made the invitation for some event such as you might in the past. If they want to bring in dinner or take her out that is fine. It has nothing to do with you. Don’t feel you have to put on a show and offer refreshments because they came to see her. If she would like to entertain her extra guests, make it clear the kitchen is available to her (but only if she is willing to purchase the groceries and you have time to take her to get them).

I’m sorry about the loss of your cousin. That does not make things any easier.

WON, that is a remarkable situation in which you find yourself. I hope if you find the idea appealing your doctor will give you permission to go.

IRONSOS, I’m glad the problem doesn’t require immediate action and that you might be able to put it off indefinitely with some exercise. You walk so much anyway maybe you can manage this.

I will have to look back and post in more detail after I get home tonight or sometime over the weekend. I am always pressed for time now.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 01, 2013, 07:29 AM report to moderator
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Thanks Lady Hawke: The main reason I bought the treadmill was to be able to continue my walks in winter weather.

Today is bill pay day. Yuck.

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It has been in the 60’s today. Leaves have fallen all over my yard from the rain. I doubt I will be raking them unless they are more than they are now. The dogs have been out most of the day.

I have done laundry and done my hair. I don’t curl it every time I wash it during the week but do try to make it look good for the week end. I think my youngest brother is having a get together tomorrow after he does a race. I need to check on FB to get the details. Jen told me about it but I forgot to look. I guess we will go since she said we couldn’t stay real late.

Asti Have fun.

Posted by Cool G on November 01, 2013, 04:57 PM report to moderator
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Near 70 tomorrow. Snow downtown by Sun. evening. Ouch!

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Ironsos That sounds like a spectacular temperature drop!

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