JohnSimpson - Once more into the breach 2015, The Final Countdown
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While I was out Robert had rung to see if I could pick him up from the railway station at 5.30pm so that he could get home quickly and sort some things out before he had to go to the cricket club AGM, this I did and then got home and had a late tea. I managed to get some reading done in the car while waiting for Robert's train to arrive.
I had a real humdinger of a day yesterday. I got in my car to go to work and I felt the gear shift break as I put it into gear to get out of my driveway. I had to have it towed to the mechanics. They gave me a loaner car as the repairs will take about 3 to 4 days to get. It isn't the nicest car on the block but it is getting me back and forth so I can't complain. Last night my mother called me and let me know that the insurance settlement from the bad hail storm in Kansas a couple of weeks ago had come in. Unfortunately, it won't be enough to pay for the damages to the roof and the siding on the house. Now we have to get an independent assessment of the repairs and then get the insurance adjuster back out to the house. My mother, who is retired and has all the time a day gives her, wants to deposit the check now, so that she "doesn't have to worry about it anymore." Since I own the house, I am opting for restraint. Life. It's weird sometimes.
Once home I had a quick drink before going to the supermarket to do the weekly shop, not a lot needed so it didn't take me long and I was soon home. Karen unpacked the shopping and put things away and then it was time for a pot of tea. Once the tea had been drunk I got on with the downstairs housework before having a sandwich and some cake. We watched a couple of programmes, Escape to the Country and Home away from Home. Whilst watching them we chatted about our visit to Janet and Andrew on Saturday, as we were leaving I said to them that it had given me pause for thought about moving into the country at some future point. Over the last few days we have both been thinking about this when our mortgage has been paid off in eight years time. We are going to keep a check on what properties are available in a few areas and see if it is a going option, Karen mentioned today that she would be prepared to do a small bed and breakfast or just find a property with an annexe so we could provide a self-catering option, this would be ideal in the Dales. Having lost one or two people who had plans for retirement but never made it has made us think about the future, we don't want to think down the line, Why didn't we take a leap of faith and do something for us. One thing is that we don't have to rush into this and can take our time weighing up the pros and cons.
Meanwhile we have had a very relaxing day, I have done some reading but apart from that we have done very little. We are still having weird dreams but getting very excited for next Friday.
I asked Hannah what she would be doing next Friday and had to give her a clue that she would be dressed up, after such gems as a pirate, a princess, Elsa, Anna I had to tell her she would be a bridesmaid and she said yes for Auntie Amy and Uncle Andy. She watched a couple of DVD's before Karen took her for a bath and got her into her pyjamas, she played for nearly an hour before it was time to go and pick daddy up from the railway station and then take her home.
Tomorrow Amy is coming over early in the morning and then they are going to the railway station to get the train to Leeds and they are having a girlie day, I may go into Leeds with them and then go off on my own or I may got to the Antique fair at Wetherby racecourse depending on the weather. We are now down to just under a week to the big day.
Have a great weekend mate.
I have a bumper crop of tomatoes on my vine and hope that the long warm afternoons we have been having continue so that they will ripen on the vine. If not I will pick them and let them ripen in the kitchen window. The fall days here have been beautiful. If work was less stressful I would enjoy them more.
>35 PaulCranswick:, Thanks Paul, I left the girls to it.
>36 benitastrnad:, Hi Benita, the wedding is getting closer and closer now, nerves are tingling.
>37 thornton37814:, Hi Lori and welcome to my thread, I just love my chunky books and will be posting another one finished shortly and another being started.
>38 benitastrnad:, Benita the Argentinians were awesome last week against Ireland and really should have been playing Scotland in the semi-final today but from the little I saw this afternoon I think last weeks game took it out of them.
Once home we brought the shopping in from the car in heavy rain and then unpacked the bags and put the shopping away, we had just finished and made a pot of tea when Amy and Andy arrived. I made Amy a coffee and we had just sat down when the hairdresser arrived, I had my locks cut and left the girls to it as me and Andy made our way to the Macarthur Glen outlet just outside York to pick up the wedding suits. Once we had got all of them we headed to Andy's sister Dawn's house to drop off his Dad and brother Adam's suits, we then headed to Andy's where I dropped him off and the suits for him and his best man.
I then made my way home as quickly as possible with my suit and Rob's, once home I had a quick toilet stop before taking Karen to Ackworth to meet a lady who was giving Karen a witches outfit for Hannah to wear on Saturday when she goes trick or treating and then we went to the dress shop to pick up Karen's wedding hat. By the time we got home around 4.30pm we were ready for a drink and something to eat as we had had nothing since breakfast. Whilst me and Andy were picking the suits up, Karen had her hair done and Amy had hers trimmed and then they got on with filling the jars with sweets for the sweetie table, it would appear that there are enough sweets to set up a shop. I think the kids and even some of the adults will think Christmas has arrived.
Everything has been done and it is just a matter of us setting off to the hotel tomorrow afternoon with THE dress, sweets, our wedding clothes and clothes for Saturday, just 39 hours before I walk Amy down the aisle now. I have seen nothing so when I go to pick Amy up from her room I have no doubt I will shed a few tears and then some more as I walk her down the aisle and then finally probably some more as I do my Father of the Bride speech. Then I can relax and have a few drinks. We will post photo's as soon as possible of my little girls big day.
Please, give my best wishes to Amy and Andy. I wish them all luck on earth for their future.
Love and hugs for all of you xxx
Friday dawned at 6.30am, the hairdresser arrived at 6.40am and Karen disappeared next door, shortly after she was back and told me to get dressed as Danni wanted to go down to breakfast and wanted company. Off we went for breakfast, Karen soon joined us and then they were summoned back to Amy's room for the full works. I went for a smoke then drifted up to our room but first I had to get the key off Karen, with my back to the door and my arm extended through the door so I saw nothing I got the key, checked that Karen didn't need to come back and told her I was having a shave and a shower. After my pampering I was summoned next door to get something from Amy's car, by this time it was around 9.00am and I was at a loose end. The next twenty minutes dragged by until I decided that it was time for me to get Andy's sister Dawn and his three nieces, this journey there and back killed an hour for me and when back it was time to get suited and booted.
Once in my finery and with son Rob in his finery we made our way downstairs to get our buttonholes, once down Andy told us he had present for us, we both got super hero cufflinks as did Andy's dad, brother and best man and obviously Andy had a pair on, mine were Batman and Rob got the Green Lantern. Soon after I was told I was required upstairs to get Amy, remember I had not seen the dress, hair or make-up until this time, Karen met me at the door and made sure Amy was ready, I walked up a step turned right and saw my beautiful daughter and seven gorgeous bridesmaids, I cracked and was in a flood of happy tears. Amy said "Dad, you'll make my make-up run" to which I replies that I couldn't help it. The registrar and official recorder of the marriage ceremony came to see us to run through what was going to happen, we left the room with bridesmaids in both height and age order, photos were taken coming down the sweeping staircase and we made our way towards the room. The bridesmaids went in, first Hannah and Eva, then Felicity, Charlotte, Shannon, Emily then Danni, we were held back a bit and I had a quick glimpse of the room, as soon as we got to the door I filled up again and tried to compose myself as we walked to the table. The ceremony was lovely interspersed with three readings and then we made our way back out to another room collecting drinks as we passed. By this time the weather had picked up and so photos were able to be done outside. After what seemed a short time but was in fact about 90 minutes we went into the room that had now been extended for the reception. The food was second to none and the Hotel did us proud but soon it was time for the speeches.
I was called upon to start the proceedings and with some good natured banter from the guests was able to go a little off piste with my speech and then I passed over to Andy. Andy did a fantastic speech and unfortunately buried his best man the poor lad. After the speeches Andy's uncle Graham did an acoustic number for them, we had asked if he would do this and Amy and Andy knew nothing about this. I will say that the speeches are worth a view as is the acoustic piece from Graham and they can be seen on my facebook page or Karen's, Andy's has been viewed 409 times already and mine 209 times. Graham's acoustic has had 206 views, Jaren has jus told me this minute. The room emptied and we moved to other rooms and the bar whilst they re jigged the room layout and got the DJ in and put down the dancefloor. We went back in around 7pm and the night festivities commenced, around 8pm Amy and Andy did their first dance, they have been practicing with the Panto members. They started and then five other Panto couples joined them on the dancefloor, this was brilliant and again this can be viewed on my facebook page, just look for John Simpson shared Grace Cook's video, it is well worth a look. We had a fabulous evening and we cleared up the memento's of the evening around 12.15 am this morning. I have no idea how much I drank but it was a lot but I was running on adrenaline and although I felt a bit ropey I was not drunk.
Today we packed the car with wedding stuff, we took three suits back to Moss Bros and had a quick look around the macarthur Glen shopping mall and had a coffee before going to Amy and Andy's with wedding bits for them and the cake and cupcakes. We had a couple of hours with them, they opened cards and a few gifts but with having a lot of stuff they had asked for money to go towards their honeymoon. Their friends have been very generous with a mix of cash and cheques they received £1,650 plus tickets for Harry Potter World. They go tomorrow to the Lake District until Thursday and then they go to London on Friday for a few days and they have booked to see a couple of shows. We shed a few more tears on our way to them and some more with them as they opened cards and saw what friends had given them. We had to pop back to the hotel to pick up a couple of items that they had forgotten to give us this morning before we set off for home, we arrived back around 5pm, tired but so happy that we had given them a really special day. We have been perusing photos that friends have posted on facebook and viewed the speeches and acoustic videos and getting a bit teary. I will close for now as I think it's time for bed as we are a bit tired and I will post more tomorrow.
Wonderful to share in the joy from so far away. Thanks John for posting the photos and your impressions of the day.
>72 jessibud2:, Shelley, the day was fabulous and again it is a shame you are not on facebook (see the above post).
>73 scaifea:, So glad you liked my voice my dear, if you get chance have a look at the other videos, they are well worth a look.
>74 PaulCranswick:, Hi Paul, I had to post some photos and as I am writing this we have found that around 800 photos have been posted by guests and by luck all the speeches have been posted on facebook as well as Andy's uncle Graham's song for them and then the happy couples first dance and then within the last two hours a video of them doing their vows and one of the bridesmaids and me and Amy walking down the aisle, we are still quite emotional watching and looking at them. My speech went down well as the guests were really good and I went off piste and will pay for it at some point, lol but Andy's is superb even if I say so myself. We are joined to a lovely family now mate and I love my son-in-law to bits.
>75 connie53:, Hi Connie, we had an absolutely fabulous day my dear and now there are lots of photos and videos of the day on facebook. I know I am repeating myself but Andy's speech is well worth a look at and Karen looked fantastic, in fact all the main players were absolutely gorgeous. Feeling a bit teary as I write this post but we have been looking at loads of photos and the videos most of the day and they are still being uploaded, can't wait to see the official ones from Nikkipix who was fantastic and was with us for around twelve hours.
Thank you all for your lovely comments and I will post some more photos over the next few days, I hope I am not boring everyone.
Books on shelves at 1-10-15 - 2120
Books added in October - 9
Books read in October - 6
Revised book total - 2123
Pages to read at 1-10-15 - 916,930
Pages added in October - 5,254
Pages read in October - 2,418
Revised total pages to read - 919,766
Tuesday things got back to normal, after breakfast we took Karen's hat back to Diva's and had a coffee with Lynette and Judith and showed them a few photos that Karen had managed to print from her phone. Once home we had a bite to eat and then I got on with the upstairs housework.
Today we went to the supermarket to do a light shop and Karen had got a memory card of Chief Bridesmaid Danni's dad with about 150 photos on so she is having those printed, meanwhile I did the shopping. We got home and unpacked and put the shopping away and then I got on with the downstairs housework while Karen went and washed her hair. Once all this was done we had a bite to eat and watched a bit of T.V.
For those that have seen my wedding speech I have a bit of news, if you saw it you will have seen that I told Andy to make sure that when they go away to make sure that he fully checks nothing is left behind, sadly to say he failed to heed his Father-in-law, they left the cottage in the Lake District this morning to make their way home, Amy put the laptop on a chair that was black, the laptop was in a bag that was black, Andy didn't see it and thought Amy had already packed it. The lady who owns the cottage went to clean it before the new occupants come and found the laptop, she then tried to ring them on more than one occasion finally getting in touch when they were twenty miles from home. The upshot of this is that she is sending it to Andy's mums by courier as they are heading off to London in the morning for a few days. Andy should re watch the speech and take his FIL's advice in future.
I also had a very nice chat with a school teaching buddy from way back. She and I taught in a very small town in Kansas 30 years ago, and I always have a good time talking with her. She, and all the laughter at lunch buoyed me up.
>91 benitastrnad:, Hi Benita, So glad you had a great day off my dear and now you have the car back. Enjoy your trip to the glass studio.
>92 Berly:, Hi Kim, thank you for your compliment on how we looked, we scrubbed up well for my little girl. I will be posting some more photos soon when we get them sorted.
Amy sent me a couple of text messages about their time in London, they went to see Matilda last night and this afternoon they saw a matinee performance of Phantom. Think they were going to the cinema this evening to see the new Bond film, Spectre. They return home sometime tomorrow and are back at work on Tuesday.
Amy and Andy set off from London mid-morning and arrived home around 2pm, they were shattered apparently after their two centre honeymoon break.
>99 PaulCranswick:, Hi Paul, Waterstones York is a decent place and there are a number of book places to visit in this wonderful city. We may be popping off to Harrogate on Thursday and I have a lovely secondhand book shop that I like to visit there.
>100 scaifea:, Hi Amber, glad things are on the up at Scaife Manor now the weekend is over and I believe your MIL from hell has disappeared. We have had had a decent Monday and the rest of the week looks very promising.
If the weather is ok tomorrow we are going to go to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to see the Poppy display and hopefully when we get home I can get some more reading done.
Karen's knee is improving day by day and she is back at work on Saturday although she is starting on reduced hours to see how she goes. Sending love and hugs to you and the family my dear.
I enjoy reading about your lovely days! Happy for Karen that she found a nice brooch for L4 . Not easy to do!
I spent the last two days presenting a half day workshop to my colleagues, and of course, the technology failed. The computer attached to the projector went kaput and when we hooked a laptop to the projector it fried that one along with the memory stick on which we had our power point slides. We ended up winging it - and our audience thought we had done a fine job. I confess I was a bit nervous about this presentation as this one was too my colleagues, and they are tough critics. It doesn't bother me that much to present to students but my colleagues? That is whole different ball game.
I am glad you enjoy reading about our days, I sometimes think they can be a bit boring until it is Karen's days off and then we go visiting some nice market towns and the lovely parts of Yorkshire and Derbyshire. As for the brooch Karen is good at bargaining but in this case the sign said 50% off the marked price, normally when we go to antique fairs I see something and Karen does the deal, she is far better than me.
Karen starts back at work tomorrow, she is only doing a three hour shift to see how things go and four hours on Sunday. I will report how she has coped with being stood for that length of time after a lay off.
Have a lovely weekend and I trust that Karen will cope admirably with being back in the saddle.
Karen had a reasonable shift but was a little tired by the time we got home, things are a bit mad from now until Christmas and the staff double discount started yesterday and this year lasts for eleven days. Hope you are having a good weekend mate.
Once we got home I watched the Rugby League international on T.V before getting some reading done whilst having a nice pot of tea.
Once home I had a pot of tea and finished my book before putting the washing on the airer's to dry although the towels had to go in the tumble dryer. I selected another book to read and made a start before doing a couple of small jobs before it was time to pick Karen up from work. We had a pot of tea as soon as we got home and then made a late lunch. We watched a couple of programmes on T.V before Karen decided to wrap some more presents before Strictly Come Dancing, the results show came on. Not a bad day despite the weather and we will see what tomorrow brings.
It has turned cold and fall like here in Tuscaloosa. I had a very busy weekend and didn't get to cook my comfort food soup that I wanted to make. I like to use squash in soups and found a new recipe for butternut squash, sausage and black beans in a soup. It sounded so good, but it will have to wait for another night after work this week.
>121 scaifea:, Hi Amber, Hannah still likes Peppa Pig but she also likes Postman Pat and Fireman Sam. When she wants a book she just goes into the bedroom to the book box and picks a book out, Room on the Broom is a favourite read at the moment although she does read her reading book to us. She likes granddad to read to her as I try to give characters voices which she likes. Monday has been a good day.
>122 benitastrnad:, Hi Benita, we are both perking along nicely. It has been cold and wet around here with some more storms expected over the next few days and it may be turning even colder from the weekend.
The next job was to check the bank statements before it was time to pick Karen up from work, we then popped into Aldi to pick up some Christmas food items that can go in the freezer before getting home for a nice pot of tea. Karen did the ironing whilst I read before we watched a bit of afternoon T.V before having a nice evening meal. We are now having a relaxing evening.
Ah, I'm much like Karen. I so seldom clear my email and my son gets after me for my 5000 emails. My son, being in the IT business gets after me for my very full inbox. I clear it out when ever my computer seems to be running to slow , on the orders of my son.
Ooof, now I'll have the Fireman Sam theme running through my head all day...
Just before picking Karen up I filled the car with diesel as once Karen got in the car we were going to pick Louise up so we could go to the Asda superstore at Pudsey. I mooched around for a while before I left the girls to it and went back to the car and read. They came out loaded with goodies for Christmas but at least they had saved some money with double discount. We dropped Louise and her shopping back home before we set off for home. Once in I made us a pot of tea before making us both something to eat. Once done I went upstairs to get changed as I was going to the Crofton Academy awards evening in my role as a governor.
It was a good evening for the class of 2015, they played a video looking back at their five years at school before awards were given out in a number of categories and special awards. I even shed a tear at the end of the video as they were showing stills of their prom night to the tune seventeen by Ed Sheeran, the tears were not for the video but that was the tune of Amy and Andy's first dance at the evening do on their wedding day.
By the time I got back home I was ready for a pot of tea and then it was time to watch The Great Pottery Throw Down which has been good viewing. Normal service will resume today.
Just as an aside, If any body would like to see Amy and Andy's official wedding photos you can go to www.nikkipix.co.uk from there click on client pix a box will appear and then click on view all galleries. From there click on the picture of the arch with lego Mr and Mrs and then you will have to type in a password in client box, this is AAwelch46. If you go on you will find one or two photos of me crying as I see Amy and the dress for the first time. I do hope people will not think me a bit twee for this but the photos are better than the ones I posted.
Once home we had a pot of tea before Karen went to wash her hair and I read before we did the shopping list and then had some lunch. We watched a couple of T.V programmes before it was time to take Karen to her bariatric meeting, I got home and had some tea before going back to pick her up. We are now back home and Karen has had something to eat and we are relaxing now.
Well, off to wash my hair and get out for a walk and do some shopping etc. Yes, Christmas is coming!
Have a great weekend.
Hi John, I'm so far behind. I finally find time to do some weekend greetings. Wishing you and Karen a most lovely weekend. L&h xx
When the girls got back we had some lunch and then chatted for a bit before we set off for home calling in at Andy's mums with some cupcakes, we had a pot of tea with Pat and Mike and then made our way home. We have had a relaxing evening, tomorrow we are having Hannah for a few hours and are taking her to see Santa at Tong garden centre.
I took some time at work on Friday and looked at the wedding pictures. I didn't get through all the pictures but got to the banquet and dance. I looked to be a wonderful wedding with all who attended having a great time.
Once home Hannah had some lunch and then she read her school reading book to me before playing with the puzzle, she made a number of words before she saw the Sylvanian house we had been given yesterday. Hannah played for a long time with the house and the pieces that came with it, time seemed to fly by and it soon came to the time to take her to her other grandparents where she is staying the night.
Robert had a good birthday yesterday and they had a lovely stay at the Pavilion hotel where the wedding was held and then today they went into York to do some Christmas shopping.
I got a notification about the Yorkshire pen fair on the 29th, think I may pop along after I have dropped Karen off at work, I am looking for either a Conklin or a Pelikan as long as they are a decent price. I can pick up a new Pelikan pen if I am prepared to pay £240, which I am not and to my knowledge there are no stockists of Conklin pens in the UK.
Once back home from the pharmacy I had a shower before doing the upstairs housework and then had time for a pot of tea and a bit more reading before it was time to go to the supermarket to pick Karen up and do the weekly shopping on the last double discount day. Once we got home we unpacked and put away the shopping before having a well earned pot of tea. Karen then did the ironing while I read and then we watched a bit of T.V before making something to eat. Having a nice relaxing evening, tomorrow I will start writing some Christmas cards for overseas and letters to go with them to make sure they get to their destination in time for Christmas.
We are coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday and I will have two days off from work. There are no classes tomorrow so that meant that I had a very busy day at work today. Students who want to get work done over the holiday came in with questions and problems with their research. This kept me hopping today - this afternoon in particular. I have to go shopping for my groceries for Thanksgiving and plan on doing that tonight. I will be making balsamic glazed onions, and making a parsnip puree. If I get time I will do sweet potatoes as well. The next two days will be busy but I plan on staying far away from the shopping stampede on Friday and Saturday as I have most of my Christmas shopping done. I checked out four books from the library yesterday and will be spending those two days reading and far far away from the shopping hoards.
>157 vancouverdeb:, Hi Deb, Fountain pens can be very expensive, at the Penshop website they have a Montegrappa that is £41,500. I have a Montegrappa Expressione that Karen got for my Fiftieth and that was £180 but it is a gift that I use regularly and will always remember when I got it.
We headed for home and had some lunch that we had bought in Normanton before watching Escape to the Country, once this had finished Karen began the preparations for the Panetonne she is making, in fact she has just checked the dough as it has to go in the fridge for at least 7 hours or overnight and it is rising really well. Looking forward to the end product but will have to wait until Christmas for the main one but Karen says she will pop two lots of dough in Dariole pots that she got recently.
We are having a nice relaxing evening now.
Also sent an email to my nephew. He is at Cambridge in the UK studying for his PHD.Though he is 25 and has lived away from home attending university here in Vancouver , close to my sister and her husband ( he could have driven each day ) , I think he might be a bit lonely settling into Cambridge. So far he has seemed to be pleased to receive my emails and I get newsy fun emails back from him. We've been discussing the merits of Canadian made tea vs British Brands, ISIL, pubs, the older building that he is living in etc - quite a lot of fun. He is an avid reader, but his reading time is mainly technical sort of books. He is currently attempting to read Ulysses by James Joyce. He is actually a science guy, so I admire him for trying to read serious novels.
I wonder if my fellow LT friends can help me, I have been looking to see if I could pick up an old fashioned marble edged Ledger that I can write in. As a stationery geek I just fancy one as it would be ideal to log my books in as I like to do things the old fashioned way, I am probably on a wildgoose chase with this but you never know.
>166 Berly:, Hi Kim, I just love using my Montegrappa.
By this time I was in need of a pot of tea and a read. The weather has been atrocious here with high winds and heavy rain but tomorrow after taking Karen to work I am going to the Yorkshire Pen Fair in Sheffield.
When I picked Karen up from work we had a pot of tea before she made another Panetonne mix and put that in the fridge overnight and the one she knocked back this morning she put in the oven to bake, it came out lovely and that is for Robert, the one she started earlier is for Amy.
Your tales of woe regarding washing machines reminds me of my own problems with similar equipment this week. We are doing an office fit out for an American client. They wanted a dishwasher for the kitchen/pantry but only confirmed this after the cabinets were made and installed. We managed to eventually find one that would fit and bought the thing cash but the client rejected it outright as it would mean, inevitably, modifying the cabinets. Now I am left with the bloody thing and nobody uses them in Malaysia much.
Have a great weekend.
I like the Penman series on the early Plantagenet family. Penman really made Maud and Stephen come alive in those books. For being an American Penman does a good job with the history. I am slowly reading through the series and am now ready for Lionheart. I had planned to finish that series this year, but admit that I got distracted by the Poldark series and am working my through that series instead. I do plan on getting back to Penman next year.
No American would think a house furnished without a dishwasher. That might also be true of offices for Americans, but I would think the more important appliance would be a refrigerator. We have one and a separate ice maker in our break room at work, and the ice machine is heavily used.
>171 PaulCranswick:, Hi Paul, they really should have stipulated what they wanted in the kitchen as well as the cabinets rather than just assuming that dishwashers are a staple in Malaysia. I enjoyed the Penman and it was due to a review of yours that I sought this author out. Cheers mate.
>172 benitastrnad:, Hi Benita, I think I will probably read more Penman's next year.
I am on my own a the moment as Karen has joined Mandy her work colleague for a meal out and a chat.
>176 Berly:, Hi Kim, thanks for passing by my dear, well done on reaching your goal. I am going to be down on the number of books read compared to what I thought I would achieve but think I may make my 33,000 page total with a bit of good luck.
>177 scaifea:, Hi Amber, thanks for thinking of me when you got your fountain pen out, it may be that the ink has dried and the nib needs washing out with a bit of warm water, give it a go and see if that does the trick my dear.
When I picked Karen up we popped along to the pet store to get some arthritis tablets for Leo, we got home and had a pot of tea before deciding to have a late lunch/early tea, we popped the Lamb shanks in the oven and prepared the vegetables and popped them in the steamer, one hour later we had a lovely meal.
>181 Ameise1:, Hi Barbara, I am so glad you liked the letter, card and magazine, I just thought I would do something different and send you a bit of Yorkshire.
Books on shelves at 1-11-15 - 2123
Books added in November - 21
Books read in November - 3
Revised book total - 2141
Pages to read at 1-11-15 - 919,766
Pages added in November - 7,109
Pages read in November - 2,503
Revised total pages to read - 924,372
Tomorrow we are having a drive out and will be heading for the Trafford Shopping centre just outside Manchester. We haven't been here for a few years so it will be nice to see what it looks like especially at Christmas time.
Once home I assisted Karen with the tree decorating and then we finished decorating the room. We broke off for a bite to eat and then finished off the room and then we had a pot of tea. Once done Karen went and washed her hair and after the sports results programme finished I went and had a shower and got ready to go out. We were going to our best friends for a meal and a chat, Geoff picked us up at 6.45pm and we had a lovely meal. Linda had made chicken liver pate to start followed by Beef Stroganoff with potatoes, green beans and peas, this was followed with tiramisu for dessert. We had a good catch up and a few drinks. We left them at around 11.30pm.
Today we got up and had breakfast before setting off for the Outlet just outside York to meet up with Rob, Louise and the girls. The outlet had a winter wonderland fairground and ice rink in the carpark and Hannah went on a few rides before Karen went onto the Waltzers with Hannah and Shannon, she really enjoyed it re-living teenage years. After the rides we went and had a coffee before having a look around the shops. We left the outlet at just before 2pm and made our way home, we had left a Lamb stew in the slow cooker and just had to make some mashed potato to complete the meal. We had the stew and it was gorgeous and have spent the remaining time just relaxing.
Sorry about the surgery. But if it helps it is worth your time.
>197 Ameise1:, Thanks Barbara.
>200 vancouverdeb:, Hi Deb, we both seem to be long term pain sufferers but as you say we have to function as best as we can. It seems that my problems are left sided, my back pain radiates to the left and then it started to affect my left foot and now my shoulder. My GP thought the shoulder prob could have been caused by my neck and I mentioned this to the surgeon and so when I have my x-ray he will include the left side of my neck just to make sure that is not the cause. Sending love and hugs my dear.
>201 scaifea:, Hi Amber, thank you for your message my dear and I hope the op solves the problem and I will get lots of reading done whilst recovering.
Today I have done the upstairs housework after taking Karen to work, once I had done this I made a pot of tea and read. We had a relaxing afternoon before having some tea and then our hairdresser arrived and we both had our hair cut nicely for Christmas, Karen also had hers coloured a little bit different than usual as she wanted something different.
>203 johnsimpson: Oh, I love the idea of a hairdresser who makes house calls! I'm afraid that I've convinced myself that you and Karen live in a sort of Wonderland, with all of those pots of tea and Karen's baking, and now this! Tomm and Charlie and I *need* to come visit you sometime (yes, I'm inviting myself - horrible manners, I know, but what can you expect from a bloody colonialist, eh?)!
Today has been pretty good too, after breakfast we went to the supermarket to do the weekly shopping, I normally do it on a Wednesday but Asda have re-instituted the double discount for staff for another week. Whilst I started the shopping Karen went to the photo department to try and transfer photos from a USB stick to a disc and to sort out photos from a disc, she couldn't do either so we finished the shopping but I had to use my holding account as my card was declined on the everyday account. We got home and unpacked and put the shopping away before going into Wakefield so I could sort out the account. I went to the bank whilst Karen went to another photo shop to sort the photos out. I sorted the account out and did other bits of banking and Karen managed to transfer the USB to a disc but the other disc she couldn't do. We then went to pick up a parcel from another store and Karen tried the garment on in their changing rooms rather than go home and find out it didn't fit and have to come back in to town. The shirt was all wrong so she got a refund and I picked up my art magazines from the newsagent. Whilst we were making our way home Karen texted Amy to find out about the disc and it turned out that the disc causing problems was not really causing problems as it was a slideshow to music of the wedding photos. We watched the disc and had a few tears in our eyes as it was like watching the wedding day but over just 30 minutes.
We had some lunch and then it was time for me to go to the post office to get 36 stamps and put them on the Christmas cards and post them and then I went onwards to pick Hannah up from school, whilst I was doing this Karen did some more baking. By the time I got back with Hannah she had finished baking and tidied up and we got the dolls house down for Hannah and the figures and played with her. We made Hannah some tea and then read her school book with her and then it was time for me to pick Robert up from the railway station whilst Karen got ready to go out this evening with her best friend, Hannah was keeping Karen company. We got back and had a bit of a chat before I dropped Karen off at the Pub/restaurant for the meal with her best friend Tina to celebrate Tina's birthday and I took Rob and Hannah home.
Now I am relaxing and will read my Rosemary Sutcliff book for the rest of the eveningg.
There is a good chance I will be back in Wakefield over Christmas so it would be great if we were able to catch up.
I will PM you my local number when I get one there.
Trust that you and Karen have a great weekend.
Once I got back I made a pot of tea and read for a while before having another pot of tea and some lunch and more reading. It soon became time to go and pick Karen up from work, we had a pot of tea before she went and had a shower before finishing off icing the buns she made on Friday.
Today I took Karen to work and popped back home to get the washing out of the machine and putting it on the airers before setting off to Meadowhall shopping centre to do a bit of Christmas shopping for presents for Karen. Whilst shopping I picked up a cd, The best of Slade and also picked up two DVD's, Le Mans with Steve McQueen and Convoy, unfortunately they didn't have Grand Prix with James Garner so I will have to look out for this. When I got back I had a customary pot of tea and listened to the cd before popping the slideshow DVD of Amy and Andy's wedding photos and then when that had finished Toy Story 2 was just starting. I really should be careful what I watch as near the end of the wedding slideshow I had a few tears trickling down my cheek and I forgot that this is the Toy Story film that has Jessie's song and that had me in tears. It must be my age or the recent events and the season where we have lost loved ones that has me a bit emotional.
Luckily it was time to pick Karen up from work and after a pot of tea when we got home we had a lovely late Sunday lunch of Pork, mashed potato and vegetables. We are having a nice relaxing evening now.
Once home I had a pot of tea before getting on with the dusting and vacuuming of the bedrooms and the full clean of the bathroom. Once these jobs were done I made myself a sandwich and a pot of tea before going to pick Karen up from work. Once Karen was in the car we went to the Cemetary in Sharlston to put a wreath on mum and dads grave and then we delivered some cards to friends in the village where I was brought up for my first 21 years.
When we got back home we opened some cards that came with the post and then the cards we give each other, both with very soppy messages in them, ( who said romance is dead).
I find that the number of Christmas Cards sent is really declining. I have a few more to send out myself.
Lovely that you were able to take a wreath on your mum and dad's grave. My dad passed away 8 years ago of cancer, but my mom has chosen just to keep his ashes in the house , so far.
I can't believe it is 25 years since dad passed away and 20 years since I lost mum, it will be 8 years on Christmas day since Karen's mum passed away and 2 years on the 2nd of January since Karen's dad died.
That's the link to use for free exhibit-only passes!
Today we have got on with a few little jobs and Karen has finished her Christmas baking by making some cranberry scones. After lunch I went to pick Hannah up from school and she is sleeping over tonight, she is quite excited about Christmas.
Sorry!! I just couldn't not. I do sympathize with the pain, though, and here's hoping you find some relief soon!
The next book off the rank is The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh.
We have just finished watching the annual Sports Personality of the year show on BBC one and the top three were: Third, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Second, Kevin Sinfield and First, Andy Murray. I know for some readers these names will mean nothing most of all Kevin Sinfield who is the First Rugby League player to have been nominated and he came Second which isn't a bad performance.
Tomorrow whilst Karen is at work I will finish off getting her secret stocking presents, I have done this before for her and she was really surprised and pleased but as she said to me the other day she hasn't had one for a while so I thought I would surprise her again. It usually consists of the old style stocking of our parents with a brand new penny, an orange and then I just add small little bits that are all wrapped and put in a bag with shredded paper just to make it a little bit interesting.
As I finished my fiftieth book of the year I may get to finish another two or three but it is down on what I had envisaged but it has been a busy year for us one way or another.
I'm sorry to hear about your cousin's condition. Thinking of you and yours. Love and hugs xx
I thought I had done well until 6.30pm when she got a text from Amazon to say her parcels had been put through the letter box, she opened them and it was the CD's she had ordered, one of which was the one I had bought earlier in the day. I should have listened to her when she made her order so I will take mine back and get something else.
Hope you and the family had a good Christmas my dear.
Take care! We are blessed at the moment with sunny weather.
>255 vancouverdeb:, Hi Deb, we are ok but Amy and Andy were a bit worried with the situation in Selby but it passed ok but Andy could not get to work in York on Monday and today, he should be able to get in tomorrow. We have seen on the early evening news that the old stone built bridge in Tadcaster collapse late this afternoon and it was captured on a phone. The weather is to turn bad tonight and tomorrow so it will be Thursday and Friday when York may be in trouble again. I hope you have a lovely meal tonight with your son and Daughter-in-law.
I read for the next couple of hours in the company of a few pots of tea before doing the downstairs housework. Once the housework was done I read for a short while with a pot of tea to hand before setting off to the pet store to pick up some tablets for Leo and then on to pick Hannah up. Once I had got Hannah we went to pick Karen up from work and then we headed home. Hannah immediately got some toys to play with before having her tea and then she opened a present that Karen had put to one side, this was some princess Lego and she soon had me making up the little sets. Before long it was time to take her home which I duly did.
I will be putting my 2015 reading stats on my new 2016 thread, so come on over and join me as I luxuriate in my stat addiction.