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#290958 - Sun Jan 08 2006 05:19 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
picqero Offline
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Aramis, I don't ask this lightly....Will you marry me?



I appreciate the offer, but think my wife might object!
Although it's a lot of hard work and frustration, doing it yourself, or even being the labourer for the guys you employ, does mean there won't be any hidden bodges. You also know exactly where every pipe and wire runs, and what every valve and switch doesl. There were times I was cursing at the 'extra' work, and there were several lows, including returned components being stolen in transit, new boiler springing a leak, and having to be partially dismatled and repaired, new washing machine defective, damaged granite splashback, etc, etc.
Throughout, I've tried to keep a sense of persective, and thought about the many people affected by hurricane Katrina, the Pakistan earthquake, and other major disasters, against whose problems my own are mere passing trifles.
The only problem now is agreeing what type of floor and wall tiles we choose. I suspect it'll be me doing most of the agreeing and most of the work!


Edited by aramis (Mon Jan 09 2006 01:25 AM)

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#290959 - Mon Jan 09 2006 02:03 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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My husband and I have tacitly agreed that I won't start any more major DIY projects until I finish the painting I started so enthusiastically when we first moved in (just over 2 yrs ago now, oops! ) Otherwise I'd be in and ripping out kitchen cabinets with impunity; he won't do it because he's strictly a beans-on-toast man, so I don't think he even knows the oven doesn't work...I was just about to rhapsodise over what I'd do if I could, but perhaps I'll start a new thread...

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#290960 - Fri Jan 13 2006 05:41 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Back home, after a flurry of late afternoon paint clean up, plaster goop all over me and I keep having to dodge this stupid..thing. It's ruddy everywhere I turn. A tiny red plastic oven mitt that tells fortunes [ some kind of inane Arby's happy meal prize, I guess.]
Silence in the back seat. Every once in a while I hear one of the Pichoff twins [ who ride to school with us] mutter in a high falsetto voice "STUPID oven mitt!" [SMmmmaack]. Apparently the thing doesn't always give her the answers she wants to hear. .Then a clutter of high pitched giggles from the back seat. Ah, a tiny part of me wouldn't mind being be back in junior high as my daughter and her buds are, loved and cared for, breezy, and secure enough in outlook to ask a plastic Arby's oven mitt if she can marry Jack White...
Well. That would be fun. But 14 was a long time ago, and now I just have to somehow concentrate on getting through the next 25 years or so. Then I figure I'm home free, and it won't matter if I have an oven mitt to talk my problems over with or not...

Like my friend Ing, I may graduate to confiding in stainless steel cookware.
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#290961 - Fri Jan 13 2006 06:27 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Gees kt, I ain't never gonna live that one down, am I? LOL - but to pay you back, if the oven mitt's red, then of course it's "ruddy everywhere you turn". *groan*

Funny you should mention the joys of innocent childhood amusements, though, as I have spent the last few days being innordinately engrossed in my ant farm. My husband - who indulges me shamelessly - gave it to me a few months back, but it's taken me a while to actually manage to get ants into it. Yesterday I spent literally hours just watching the little fellas go. And yes, I found myself talking to them, offering little words of encouragement, laughing at (with? ) them when the bit of sand they tried to shift was just too big...Sigh, if only I'd known of such pleasures sooner; anyone wanna buy a large-screen telly, DVD player and games console?!

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#290962 - Sat Jan 14 2006 08:50 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Now Ing. Shall I be cross and call in the Pun Police? I don't think anybody wants that.

[ Sorry, dear. It's just that your little skillet fetish was so charming I couldn't help but rib you about it! [ see Funtrivia Christmas performance - chain games]

I always wanted an ant farm for myself, but with my luck, something would go terribly, terribly wrong... [ scratches furiously]]


Edited by ktstew (Sat Jan 14 2006 08:55 AM)

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#290963 - Sat Jan 14 2006 09:15 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Sue just saw this..my hubby is going through the same as you with the appeal, he was suspended in October dismissed in December...he has a Personal Injury Claim against the company going back to 2001 the claim was in court on the 6th Jan this year, he received a letter asking him to attend a meeting on 5th Jan (miles away so he would have to stay out the night) he said he couldn't attend....then on the 5th he received a letter saying be at work on Monday 9th Jan so we thought he had his job back..the court case didn't go ahead because the judge was late. He went to work on the Monday and they said we called you in to see when you can make your appeal hearing!!!! So our solicitors assume if the court case went ahead and wasn't going well for his works they would of said they had employed him again. He now has to go to the appeal and his court case should be between March and July. We just want to get on with our lives and he wants to work again!
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#290964 - Sun Jan 15 2006 06:22 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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My highlight last night was being so engrossed in thinking about what I'd make next (having just discovered that 'window stickers' also stick to ugly kitchen cupboards) that I reached for the wrong bottle in the fridge and only realised I was pooring juice into my husband's coffee when it didn't change colour! There was a brief temptation to just top it up with milk and see if he'd notice, but as he virtually had to come and resuscitate me I was laughing so hard, I kinda had to explain...

And, for those of you wannabe Ant Ranchers like Ms kt, I just found this: Steve's Ant Farm. I'm hoping to find some tips on how to keep them interested - mine seem to sleep a lot. Hmm, they do say pets take on their owner's personality...for the record, Steve and I apparently have the same farm, as that windmill looks awfully familiar, but my ants are much smaller...

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#290965 - Tue Jan 17 2006 08:57 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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I had my 77 year old 'son' throw a tantrum when I dropped him back at his 'home' this afternoon. It was quite bizarre, he mentioned that a friend had asked him if he wanted to go to see a concert...in Melbourne (a 10-hr drive, at least). I said absolutely no way and he stamped his foot (literally!) and whined "why not, [friend] will drive me". I listed a number of reasons - even counted them off on my fingers - not least of which was "[friend] will drive me". He is my Ward, I have legal (not to mention moral) responsibility for him. Though I try to let him make his own decisions as much as possible, every now and then I have to say no. Still, at least I managed to stop myself from totally becoming my mother and saying "I don't have to give you a reason, the answer is no!"

It's very difficult sometimes with both my father and uncle ('son'). Obviously they're not children, and I slap myself on the rare occasions when I find myself being patronising towards them, but in many ways they are so child-like. For instance, they have both lost much of their powers of reasoning, especially in terms of self-perspective. They both think they are perfectly capable of looking after themselves, and are sweetly unaware of all the running around that has to happen to keep them going. Still, they both have periods of lucidity, so when it comes up I do try to reason with them, try to point out, try to explain, but you can almost see "does not compute" appear in flashing letters across their foreheads. Not only can they not accurately assess their own state, but they cannot see that they have lost the ability to accurately assess their own state! I often end up telling them that the only way they are going to get anyone to believe they can do things for themselves is to do them. When the guilts hit and I start to think that maybe one or other of them isn't as impaired as he seems, I tell myself that if they didn't need to be in care, they would be able to get themselves out.

All the above blather comes in part as a response to the Feedback thread about bonus points in the Global Challenge for under 5s and over 75s. I imagine what kind of an old person I'll be sometimes, and I am quite sure I will be a terrible trial to those who will, innevitably, be charged with my care. I have a long-held ambition to be the crazy old lady on the corner who parents warn their children to stay away from; fortunately my husband has similar ambitions and is, in fact, making us matching front-porch rocking chairs (now we just need a front porch...oh, and a house on a corner might help too...and can anyone teach us to whittle? )

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#290966 - Sun Jan 22 2006 12:52 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Well Dad started his radium theraphy last week, goes all this week and two days next week. He's seeing the specialist this Wednesday too. He's been in very bad pain, sometimes the powerful painkillers haven't been shifting it. But this weekend he's been reasonably ok. So taking each day as it comes, and every day is a bonus. My sister's house sale is going as well as can be expected, she may be next door in the next few weeks. That is one thing I am really looking forward too!


Edited by JaneMarple (Sun Jan 22 2006 12:55 PM)
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#290967 - Sun Jan 22 2006 02:31 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Thinking about you Jane, hoping all goes well for your father. That is good news about he progress of your sister's house purchase, I know how much you are looking forward to her living next door.

High yesterday was seeing my oh so very gorgeous cardiologist, oooooer. Slight low yesterday was discovering that my thyroid levels are too low so now I need to take medication - but on the bright side that might cause me to lose a few pounds. Oh and the cardiologist doesn't need to see me for another six months, what a pity as he is really gorgeous in every way, looks, personality, skill.
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#290968 - Sun Jan 22 2006 06:05 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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I have an incident that is a high AND a low at the same time. It's high because I now know how it feels to be recognized positively by my general manager (my former one did not, no matter the positives). My former general manager was also quite unfair. Two months after I was reprimanded for something, another shift manager did the SAME thing, and was NOT reprimanded for it. The low is I miss the customers of my old store and it is a bit further to drive. I also have a general manager who is fair as well, unlike my former.
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#290969 - Wed Jan 25 2006 03:45 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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No Lows at all, just a HUGE High!
I have been filling in at a school while a teacher was away on other business. I thought they would advertise the job and give it to someone young and better qualified when she eventually left. They have instead given it to me, until the end of the year! This is so lucky for me as I am over age, and was really worried about my future. This has perks like sick pay and holidays. Boy, am I happy!!!
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#290970 - Wed Jan 25 2006 04:35 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Excellent news, Ren! Good to see experience still counts

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#290971 - Wed Jan 25 2006 05:31 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Very well done Ren!
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#290972 - Wed Jan 25 2006 07:00 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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That's great news for both Ren and Dave.
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#290973 - Wed Jan 25 2006 07:04 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Congratulations Ren.
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#290974 - Wed Jan 25 2006 08:59 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Well done you old witch, it will keep you in broomsticks for a while then! Well done you too dave.
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#290975 - Wed Jan 25 2006 05:35 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Nice to see when things fall into place Ren, and for the nice guys for a change!
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#290976 - Wed Jan 25 2006 06:58 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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hi ren
my congratulations as well.
you may wish to consider making funtrivia.com as homework assignments (like answer three complete quizzes per x time period for whatever are possible subjects--yes?
i know i would have loved to have had a teacher who make homework assignments like that.
providing that i was given the privilege of creating my own homework as well.
peacelovejoy
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#290977 - Wed Jan 25 2006 10:19 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Thanks all, and thanks Dr Bob for your great suggestion! Unfortunately 5-7 year olds don't manage Funtrivia quizzes too well.
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#290978 - Thu Jan 26 2006 04:24 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Not even Buffy and Harry Potter?
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#290979 - Thu Jan 26 2006 05:41 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Good for Ren and Dave! It's nice to see good work be rewarded!

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#290980 - Thu Jan 26 2006 08:29 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Late late late, but yes, wonderful to read good news for once!

Me, I'm just counting down the days until my dad goes into respite care again (for six weeks from Feb 6). Though I feel horribly mean to put it like this, we are all hoping that this time we'll be able to arrange it so he won't come back.

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#290981 - Thu Jan 26 2006 08:55 AM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Except I have had a high - my ant farm is doing really well! I restocked with 'big' ants, and actually read the instructions this time so they are happy as ants in a really happy place now...

Oh and that reminds me. My mother-in-law was telling me the other day that her sister managed to poison herself when trying to get rid of ants in her pantry. She passed out and was hospitalised, but is fine now. When I told my husband (including the part about her being fine) he said "Oh yes, well she shouldn't have used 'Aunt Rid'!"

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#290982 - Thu Jan 26 2006 01:04 PM Re: Good Night & Good Morning/High and Low of Day/
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Ouch! I can't abide ants, especially when they fly, I am terrified.

Anyway my high today... I had lunch with the woman who is starting up this new charity and she asked me to attend a meeting on 15th February which should help things along for them. She said that there will 'almost certainly be a job for you once we get started'. So I told her that I will probably look for temporary work to fill in the time until they get up and running. Sounds very promising. The meeting with lots of interested people representing a number of different disability groups plus a high flying civil servant in the health department, one who I already know from my old job.
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