May 2012 Chit Chat

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Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Ah I can hear your mellifluous tones from here, sparkling Wink

Good morning all, I have missed you too. Had a lovely break though. I think I was the youngest there, I sung my heart out. Palled up with another lady and we went off into Whitby together one day. On the last evening we did a little concert for the others in the house (there was a group of walkers and a group of folk dancers!) There were eight of us singing, two men and six ladies. I ended up singing the tenor parts in everything Laughing The concert was: Doh a deer, Gaudete (who remembers that from Steeleye Span?), a four part setting of my grandfathers clock and a comic patter song from Flanders and Swann. The teacher was fab, and the foood was nice too. I will definitely see if I can go again next year, maybe to a different venue.

Son did very well on his own for a few days. He had friends round on the Saturday night. When I arrived home the house was extremely hoovered and all the cushions arranged in symmetrical fashion. However, I found two beer bottle tops under the settee Smile He enjoyed the cooking he did and has started his new job at Asda, which is going well.

Anna has a week off now so won't be around for a few days, hope she has a good break and some sunshine.

So...how are you all? Hazeleyes, how absolutely horrendous about the squirrel. It's all about coping with the anxiety that has arisen now. How are you feeling? Glad you sorted out the review.

Hopeful it sounds as if it has been a hard week for you what with one thing and another. I hope your weekend will go well.

LRH I see you have posted on your thread so I will chat to you properly there. Any plans today?

Sparkling, that is sad about MiL's plan to move, but I know you will still keep in touch. Have things settled down with the Scouty crisis?

Hope everyone will have a good day Wink Porridge for me now, and then to read more posts!

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 9:56am
hazeleyes
DoppleMe

LaughingLaughing  Hate to say this Sparkling, but maybe, just maybe, you need some of those singing lessons. My ears are banging!!! Wink

 

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 9:57am
hazeleyes
DoppleMe

That sounds lovely Louise. I'm sure you knocked their sock offSmile  Your son has done you proud too. xx

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 10:02am
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

Glad school was ok hazeleyes, and glad C is better.  They forget that we see what they're up to and catch them out Wink

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 11:07am
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

Hahaha.  I'll have you know that my singing is**ahem** perfect.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it Louise.  It does sound really good.  Symmetrical cushions... Did you faint?  I would have if I'd have seen that here Laughing

 

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 11:12am
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

Scouty crisis.  I have been the third person the area district commissioner has approached.  He sent a job description with 17 points on it.  Have told him I can do 9 which might help encourage one of the first two to take on the role.  I've said I won't!

Meeting him on Monday evening before the district AGM to discuss.  I will be sticking to the NO as a reply.

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 11:22am
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

Testing, testing one two three...

I wan't able to type my essay using the other keyboard, so sent for another off ebay which has arrived today (essential purchase, not a luxury).  Tis pink with black keys.  And it appears to work.

I can now get on with my essay Smile Innocent

This came with a pink mouse as well.  and the scroll thing lights up blue Laughing

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 11:36am
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

youngest and I have been watching the Jubilee thing.

Always surprises me that the Queen doesn't know the words to the national anthem

Cool

Laughing

 

PS - this is meant to be funny...  I posted it on facebook once and I had a very serious reply as to why she doesn't sing it.

duh

Tongue Out

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 12:35pm
hazeleyes
DoppleMe

So, why doesn't she sing it???

Hope your keyboard is better than the last one, You just had to get something that lights up Tongue Out Good luck with the essay. Keep on practicing that NO word!

 

Have been busy here cleaning, and have even scrubbed my hall way carpet. Not sure if it's made much dfference to be honest, but it really was disgusting. I'm really in need of a professional carpet cleaner, so might check out the prices. Not that I'll be doing anything about it for months yet, but no harm in researching I guess. I should hear in June, if I am needed in September for school. I was hoping for a holiday somewhere this year, but realistically I still couldn't afford anything, as I'm paying the catalogue off, and don't want to get into any sort of debt just to go away. Yes, my life has changed since starting work, but not drastically, moneywise or socially wise.

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 2:04pm
Hopeful
DoppleMe

Hi all,

sorry for replying late - I managed to blow up my laptop charger on Thursday - big sigh - ordered a new one, but borrowing somebody else's for now. So unfortunately am behind with assignments and disertation research and all that. Late night tonight and tomorrow me thinks.

Appointment is on Thursday morning. Radiographer friend is coming with me. Saw GP as well in the week and he said he'd be surprised if this is something nasty. So I am not so bad in myself.

No3 son went go-carting because of his brilliant attendance at school and won all the races. He's asked me if he could become a member at the racetrack, and if I can afford that I'll let him. Finally an interest!

No2 son in AS levels. Daughter out with friends. I'm off to do some signing - exam for that is on Wednesday.

So much to do!!!! Can we have 36 hour days, please???

Hope everyone is having a fab weekend!

 

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 2:58pm
Hopeful
DoppleMe

Hi all,

sorry for replying late - I managed to blow up my laptop charger on Thursday - big sigh - ordered a new one, but borrowing somebody else's for now. So unfortunately am behind with assignments and disertation research and all that. Late night tonight and tomorrow me thinks.

Appointment is on Thursday morning. Radiographer friend is coming with me. Saw GP as well in the week and he said he'd be surprised if this is something nasty. So I am not so bad in myself.

No3 son went go-carting because of his brilliant attendance at school and won all the races. He's asked me if he could become a member at the racetrack, and if I can afford that I'll let him. Finally an interest!

No2 son in AS levels. Daughter out with friends. I'm off to do some signing - exam for that is on Wednesday.

So much to do!!!! Can we have 36 hour days, please???

Hope everyone is having a fab weekend!

 

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 2:58pm
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

The Queen doesn't sing the National Anthem because we sing it to her.

I bet she really has to stop herself joining in though.

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 4:18pm
happy mamma
DoppleMe

Anna I work in debt management I could be quite helpful on here

Posted on: May 19, 2012 - 6:24pm
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Hi happy mamma, many thanks for that. I am sure you will have plenty of tips to pass onto others! Can I suggest you do so in the spirit of one parent helping another rather than in your professional capacity? The reason I am saying that is that our rules and regs include this bit:

15.    For legal reasons, members are asked not to post messages which offer advice from a professional point of view or in an official capacity (eg Solicitors, midwives etc). Anyone who works/has previously worked as a professional and wishes to post advice on our boards should bear the following rules in mind:
a.    Any advice given should be given with the primary intention of providing advice from a personal, not a professional point of view. Advice should be posted on the boards so that everyone using our boards will have the benefit of your advice.
d.    It should also be noted that our boards are publicly viewable and you may be held legally accountable for any advice however well-intentioned, which could result in harm or injury to another person. In particular, members may be held liable for any defamatory comments, threats and untrue statements or other illegal and fraudulent claims made by them.


Obviously we have to have these rules to cover everyone, however convoluted they appear. So we can all benefit from your wisdom Smile and I will look forward to that!

Posted on: May 20, 2012 - 8:25am
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Hello one and all

Nice to see you in the chat section, happy mamma and hope you will become a regular visitor!

Sparkling lime you really made me laugh about the National Anthem, especially that person replying to you on Facebook. Whilst I was on hol I bought two giant Jubilee flags and a row of bunting. I feel I am now fully equipped to embarrass youngest when I "decorate" the outside of the house next weekend Cool

Anyway I am glad you have made up your mind to the NO. You are being mightily helpful offering to take on so many points. How's the essay?

How are you today, Hazeleyes? When you were saying about the carpet cleaner do you mean hire a machine or get someone in? The trouble is that it is hard to get the machine moved unless you find a friend with a car. I honestly think that when you have had some time on Income Support, even if you suddenly get a bit more money when working, it takes a heck of a long time to get on an even keel, what with debts and repairs/replacements you didn't do before. I think it took me about a year (that was when I was married)

Hopeful glad you got your appointment through. Of course the GP has to err on the side of caution (much better that way than tell you it is Ok without you having any tests!) We will all be thinking of you, that is for SURE. Boo re your laptop charger, that is not helpful when you have so much to do. Hooray re your son, how fantastic that he has found something he loves Smile and you can encourage him in that.

LRH how are you today? I hope that everything that is going on hasn't marred your weekend too much.

Over the hols I decluttered eldest's room including the hellish cupboard. Four black bags to the charity shop and another four to the tip. I also got a plastic box and tidied my kitchen cupboards, all the tupperware stuff is now tidy Innocent Today I am catching up on work, including my Ask The Expert emails.

Hope everyone will have a good day

Posted on: May 20, 2012 - 8:47am
hazeleyes
DoppleMe

Good morning all. Hopeful, I shall be thinking of you on Thursday. I'm pleased you have someone going with you, and also that you have spoken to your GP again. Mine also told me the same thing, and me being me, questioned him on how he could tell if something was serious or not. He really did explain things to me, so I also came away feeling more reassured.

Louise, amazing how much we can de-clutter, when we've not long done it beforehand isn't it? Well done on doing the hellish cupboard. If you're anything like me, there'll be another sort out in the hellish cupboard in another few months, hehe. Hope you manage to catch up with your work today.

For the first time in a long time, I didn't get out of bed until 10.30. I had woken earlier at 6, but went back to sleep about 7. I obviously needed the sleep too, so although it makes the day shorter, I don't give a hoot!! I'd promised C that I would watch a DVD of Harry Potter last night, and I managed a bit of it, before falling asleep during it Surprised I really have felt shattered these last few weeks. He is hoping to go to my sisters in the holidays for a few days. This has been suggested by her, but it has been before and then he is let down. Anyway, he is on about it this morning, so I have said, I need to ask my friend (ex head) if she would be able to take me there for a day, so he's not there for a whole week. I'm hoping if he goes to get my kitchen floor done, (if I can get it that is).

Louise, yes I was talking about the professional cleaner to come in. The one you're talking about (I think) I've been told the actual cleaning solutions cost a bomb, and then of course the charge for the cleaner itself. I do keep looking at a VAX one costing £100, advertised on Tv, but without recommendatons, I don't think I could warrant buying one, only to find out they don't actually remove years of stains!!!

Hope everyone has a good day. Sun is no where to be seen here Frown

Posted on: May 20, 2012 - 11:26am
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

I used to have the carpet cleaned quite regularly in the private let I had.  The chap had laid new carpets through out, so I felt obliged to keep them clean.  Going back a few years now (about 7 years), and he would charge £50 for the ground floor - living room, dining area, front hallway, rear hallway and bedroom...

This is Anglesey though... I could never have cleaned them as he did.

Posted on: May 20, 2012 - 11:31am
hazeleyes
DoppleMe

That was very cheap Sparkling, just how I like it Smile

Posted on: May 20, 2012 - 12:49pm
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

One of the Scouts is on the local radio station.  So we're bombarding him with requests!

 

Posted on: May 20, 2012 - 12:59pm
hazeleyes
DoppleMe

For someone that got up so late this morning (well, for me anyway), I have done the ironing, had dinner, played several games on the WII with C, and washed his hair. All that has to be done now, are those goddamn dishes, his bath, and then sort me out. A few more games, and maybe another Harry Potter DVD. Hmmmm, can see a little nap coming on Wink

Posted on: May 20, 2012 - 3:46pm
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

You are doing well.

All I've done is lost confidence in what I've written and probably won't send it in. Frown

Posted on: May 20, 2012 - 5:30pm
hazeleyes
DoppleMe

Awww Sparkling, I'm sure it's okay. Have faith and confidence in yourself. Re-read what you have done so far, and if adjustments need doing, work on those first, before you begin again. (Do I sound like a TA? hehe).

Sat watching Harry Potter now, well I am sort of!!! C has made his own sandwich for tea, and as he was sorting that, I had nice bath and hairwash. Think we're all done for tomorrow, and this film should finish in time for me to get cosy in bed for Desperate Housewives. Perfect end to a good day.

Hope everyone else is okay, and had a nice Sunday. Louise, did you catch up with everything?

Posted on: May 20, 2012 - 6:46pm
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Good morning to all lovely One Spacers!

Hope you are all well.

Yes, Hazeleyes I got caught up with everything yesterday, glad as I like people to get quick responses. Are you a bit Harry-Pottered out? Hope work will go well today.

Sparkling, with essays I always used to "put them to bed" and look at them with fresh eyes the next morning.

What is everyone up to?

Posted on: May 21, 2012 - 9:58am
Hopeful
DoppleMe

Hi all, finally got my new laptop charger, yippeeh! That means I can get on with the next presentation (sigh) - the last one got our group 71 % and we are very proud.

Friend asked me if she should pick me up on Thursday and I had forgotten what for. So you see I'm not all that worried.

Good evening all! :-)

Posted on: May 21, 2012 - 6:44pm
hazeleyes
DoppleMe

Hi everyone. Hopeful, that was a fantastic mark, so yes, you should all be chuffed with yourselves. Glad you're no longer worrying about Thursday. It's good to have something to take your mind off it, even if it is a the presentation Frown You'll do great on that too I'm sure.

Well done Louise on clearing the backlog. Can't be helped though when you've had a holiday, but all done now.

Hey Sparkling, how's your day been? Good I hope.

I've had a good day, tiring but good. Came home, and typed out the review. Shall show it to boss tomorrow, am sure she'll find flaws in it, or I'll need to add more, but I've tried, and that is the main thing. Not long had dinner, so am sitting down for a bit, before I get the washing out of the machine, then I'm off to bed to watch TV all tucked up. It's been a funny day weather wise. Chilly, but when the sun decided to shine at 3.30 it was warm. Supposed to be really nice tomorrow, but shan't hold my breath.

Hope you all have a good evening, and enjoy your day tomorrow.

Posted on: May 21, 2012 - 7:37pm
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Goooooood morning everyone. The good news is that summer appears to be peeping round the corner!

Well done on getting the review together, Hazeleyes. Even if it gets altered, you have now got a good basis for the finished product, and once you have been through this process this time, you will feel loads more confident for future reviews Smile

Sparkling what was the verdict on your essay?

Hopeful, WELL DONE on that presentation mark, that is really high, in fact a First in Uni terms, I believe. Good luck with the next one.

LRH, hello to you and I hope your week is improving.

Counselling for me today (got three clients) Eldest is coming tomorrow Laughing

 

Posted on: May 22, 2012 - 8:42am
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

Essay done.  Just need evidence, although my supervisor can't sign until Monday 4.30pm!!!!

Has to be posted to be in by Wednesday.

Emailed stuff so she may be able to make a start.

Working all day tomorrow as 'new' girl is off. 

Thursday will be quite a day with no essay avoidance.

Posted on: May 23, 2012 - 12:39am
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

AHA, all those essay avoidance tactics, I know them well Smile

It's another lovely day out there. Eldest is coming over later. I cowered behind my blinds first thing as the binmen had to collect some of the results of my decluttering (took most of it to the tip and charity shop and have another charity bag on the go already)

How is everyone today?

Posted on: May 23, 2012 - 7:08am
Hopeful
DoppleMe

Good (?) Morning!

Have no more days to prepare presentation before my group meets on Friday (tomorrow is being taken up by investigations and lectures), so have to get on with it! See Sparkling, I can relate! What's your essay about?

Am still sitting in bed with big fat books all around me (for evidence...).

Have a great day everyone!

Posted on: May 23, 2012 - 7:25am
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Good luck with the preparations, Hopeful Smile

Posted on: May 23, 2012 - 8:13am
hazeleyes
DoppleMe

Hello all. Just really popping in to say Good Luck to you Hopeful for tomorrow. I shall be thinking of you.xx

I'll catch up with posts at some point, but for now, I'm absolutely shattered. The heat has also knocked me for six, so much so, that C and I are only just eating dinner, which is unheard of here at this time. I love the weather, but it doesn't creep up on us does it? It just smacks us in the face full on!!!!

Hope everyone is okay. xxx

Posted on: May 23, 2012 - 7:51pm
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Hello

Internet very temperamental here Cry

Hopeful I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you, I am so glad your friend is going with you and the appointment came through quickly so you can get sorted. We are here for you, whatever the outcome but I feel that things will be OK

Hazeleyes, yes the hot weather has hit like a sledgehammer, I woke up at silly o'clock. Hope your day will go well

How is everyone? sparkling? LRH?

Posted on: May 24, 2012 - 7:05am
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

Hopeful, I'm thinking of you too. xx

Posted on: May 24, 2012 - 8:30am
littleredhen
DoppleMe

struggling a bit but will post on my thread - thinking of you Hopeful x

Posted on: May 24, 2012 - 3:20pm
Hopeful
DoppleMe

Alas, Louise, I hope your feeling is for  longterm. Dr said she is 'very concerned' (her words) and took 4 (four!) biopsies. It's two lumps, not one, bigger one 3.5 cm, smaller 1.5. Results next week, but she reckons I'll 'need treatment. Am very cross - I really have better things to do.

Don't know what to say to children - have postponed that till I know what's what next week.

Otherwise I am fine, just tired. :-)

Hope everyone is enjoying the lovely sunshine!

Posted on: May 24, 2012 - 3:58pm
littleredhen
DoppleMe

Aah Hopeful - you posted on my thread when you have enough on your own plate x

Sending positive vibes to you and hoping things are ok - thanks for letting us know - we are here for you

 

Posted on: May 24, 2012 - 4:07pm
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

Hopeful.  Thinking of you so much and sending loads of virtual hugs. xxx

Posted on: May 24, 2012 - 4:30pm
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Hi Hopeful,

I am so sorry to hear that you still have no definite answer. Of course then if you need treatment then that is top priority. The comforting news (at least I hope it is comforting for you) is that treatments are SOOOOO effective that the wheels willl go into motion to zap it good and proper with all guns blazing. And I DO feel sure you will be OK. One of the really hard things is the time it takes for the treatment to take place and to feel better and I know that is something you are really dreading....but if it means you being off, then so be it. you are the most important consideration now.

I agree with you about not telling the children till you really know where you are batting. Once they have the biopsy results they will be able to tell you a treatment plan. Thank heavens you went to the doctor so quickly.I hope you know that you have the full support of all of us and we will hold your hand through any treatment you might need.

Can you get a good rest this evening? (hmm silly question) Big Hug, of course.

Posted on: May 24, 2012 - 5:56pm
Hopeful
DoppleMe

Aw, lrh, just because I have a problem does - unfortunately - not mean yours suddenly stop! Hugs to you!

Louise, I think from how the doctor was, she's pretty sure this is nasty. But we are relatively close to the summer holidays, so I am hoping that I won't have to interrupt studying (I'd hate that!!!) There's a placement coming up end of  June for four weeks and I could do that in the holidays instead, or maybe they'd let me do it in consolidation time if I had to. See, I'm planning already! :-)

But now I know why I've been so tired all the time - any tips on keeping up energy levels will be greatly appreciated! Going out now to meet with some friends. No stress, I promise.

Thanks all for your support! x

Posted on: May 24, 2012 - 7:43pm
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

You are very welcome. If you need surgery then this could well be in the holidays and I guess then it is whether you need other treatments. As for your energy levels, I can do no better than say healthy food, lots of fruit and veg and wholegrains, a walk every day and not too much booze (and you know all that already Smile) You can be tired just from all the stress too.

Have a relaxing time with your friends Smile

Posted on: May 24, 2012 - 8:26pm
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

I hope you had a lovely time with your friends Hopeful.

Posted on: May 24, 2012 - 9:27pm
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

Daughter's last day at school now, other than one exam Cry

Posted on: May 25, 2012 - 9:31am
Sally W
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Hi All, i don't normally post in here very often, just thought that i would drop in and wish you all a great weekend, forecasts are looking good and if my lot have their way we will heading to the beach tomorrow. Undecided 

Thinking of you Hopeful Smile 

Aw sparkling, i was only thinking about that the other day, K is doing work experience and he only has a year left at school Surprised, had me thinking that it does'nt feel that long ago he was a baby, where did the time go, it got me quite teary too.

lrh hope your feeling more yourself soon.

Hope you and c are doing o.k hazeleyes.

Louise hope the internet is co operating with you today Smile 

Sending you all a big hug xx (it's a good job it's virtual i am feeling stickey already)   

 

Posted on: May 25, 2012 - 10:50am
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

Smile

Posted on: May 25, 2012 - 2:01pm
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Yes it is very hot here too.

Internet is Ok now, thank heavens.

Oh sparkling, it is quite a revelation when we realise they are old enough to leave school. Youngest has five more weeks at college and that is it for education, he has just been talking to me about how he has had enough.

Hope everyone will have a good weekend Smile

Posted on: May 25, 2012 - 4:57pm
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Hazeleyes, how are you? We are missing you!

Posted on: May 25, 2012 - 7:44pm
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Good morning one and all and hope you have woken up to a sunny day again.

I am going on that annual meditation morning today, it is with my counselling organisation, we go about 40 mins drive away and there is a modern church building with a gorgeous rose garden and we have some quiet meditation time. Some of you may remember that two years ago I fell asleep, whoops Embarassed So I will be back later to catch up with what has been going on!

 

Posted on: May 26, 2012 - 7:26am
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

VERY lazy morning.  First Saturday off for ages.  Freedom from course work.  I've even been reading the book about teenagers this morning that I bought an age ago.  The only effort has been making sure little animals are cool and watching the grass grow even longer.

Posted on: May 26, 2012 - 2:02pm
Louise
Parenting specialist
DoppleMe

Ah I am glad you had a rest,about time too. There is something about this weather that makes us all slow down, too.

My meditation was lovely, but I am glad to be home and in the shade Smile

Posted on: May 26, 2012 - 3:19pm
sparklinglime
DoppleMe

Did you snore this time Louise?

I actually feel that I needed a lazy day.  I parked the car yesterday evening and decided I wasn't getting in it today.

We have a lovely breeze here.

 

Posted on: May 26, 2012 - 3:35pm