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Today... / Re: Friday 15th December and.....
« on: December 15, 2017, 08:56:06 AM »
Flooding on the 2 access roads to work this morning, so my 20 minute drive took nearly an hour....

Start of the mad weekend today.  Vegetable shopping on the way home, and a big tidy up when I get there.  Hoping to get off work a bit early again, that will make life easier.

DD has gone down with the 'flu, she looks awful, and I've told her to cancel any plans she has for the day, and stay warm and hydrated.  Not a lot else I can do for her....  :'(


The Cafe / Re: How can it get any worse.......?
« on: December 14, 2017, 21:33:55 PM »
Arrow,  I never even thought of second-hand. It's an idea worth considering if the worst happens  :\ :S


The Cafe / Re: How can it get any worse.......?
« on: December 14, 2017, 21:31:52 PM »
So sorry hernibs! This is why I don't often reply to posts using my phone - I just can't  see the blasted screen  properly!  :|


The Cafe / Re: How can it get any worse.......?
« on: December 14, 2017, 18:05:40 PM »
Feeling quite smug here hernibs, my man doesn't use chemicals. 

All organic and natural.  :angel:


Amended by Iminei as I think calling Hernibs  Hernia might be tempting fate !!  :S

The Cafe / Re: How can it get any worse.......?
« on: December 14, 2017, 14:26:55 PM »
RD and GB thank you both!! 

I have OH on the case at the moment, trying to contact our oven cleaner, but, he's a busy man....

I will mentally bookmark GB, it might be needed in the New Year.

Alternative plan if all else fails, is to cook the pork and the beef in slow cookers (so don't ask for 'rare').  The turkey will have to be mutilated to fit in the other cooker, (combi microwave) and finished in the hostess trolley....

But, there will be no yorkshires, no pigs in blankets, and no crackling, no roast potatoes .....

It is the law of Sod.  :S


Publications / Re: Natalie Bray books
« on: December 14, 2017, 14:15:02 PM »
Well done!  Lovely to get a bargain, the thing with charity shop finds is that they are unexpected - and all the better for that!

Enjoy Mo!  :)


The Cafe / Re: How can it get any worse.......?
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:52:40 PM »
I think I've started to panic a bit Plosh, I'm having visions of 3 lots of meat being served raw....  :o

I have a chap who comes out to clean my oven, so I've asked OH to ring him to see if he knows someone reliable who can fix it in time.

Failing that, it's the triple slow cooker, the hob, and the hostess trolley!  :S


The Cafe / How can it get any worse.......?
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:43:22 PM »
I've been up to my ears in work, but got it under control now.  I had terrible back and pelvic pain last week, but that seemed to be responding to Naproxen.  I've taken the Belle frocks right to the wire, but there is now a manageable amount left to do.

Then, it happened.  Yesterday, the back/pelvic pain (poss sciatica?), had returned with a vengeance, so I left work early to try to get caught up with wrapping etc which is so time consuming, but I can do it while taking drugs.  OH had volunteered to do the Costco run as walking is painful, so I said I'd cook dinner.

I turned the oven on to heat up, and went back 15 mins later - to a stone cold oven! :o  Grill mode, chicken mode, pizza mode, and fast mode - everything has stopped working except for the display panel!!  Absolutely gobsmacked.  I have Christmas to cook on Sunday, and the oven is dead.....  :o

So, I did what I usually only do with my PC, and re-booted it.  It worked.  I'm sure it's only a temporary fix, but fingers crossed it will see me through until after dinner on Sunday.

We had noticed that it was being a bit temperamental lately, but just thought it was a hiccup - never thought of a total shutdown being on the cards.  ><

Keep your fingers crossed for me for Sunday, I have no time to buy a new oven atm, or search for a repairman.  :(


The Cafe / Re: Christmas Jumpers **Bah Humbug
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:25:12 PM »
I don't 'do' Christmas jumpers, I leave that to the younger generation!  I know DD brings out sweaters from previous years though.  Theo is now wearing one that was Lilya's - well, a snowman is a snowman isn't he?

I've bought all the littlies Christmas sweaters, I do hope they wear them more than once.....  :(


The Show Must Go On / Re: Back to the grind again.
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:21:08 PM »
How very, very sad Cat.  Difficult to advise though, best to be a good friend I think.

One of DD's circle of friends has become the first of the group to be divorced.  She's fortunate the friends of both sexes rallied around, but it's the saddest time for any couple.

Men can be real charmers can't they?


Today... / Re: Thursday (I had to check the calendar) 14th December
« on: December 14, 2017, 09:20:15 AM »
Yes!!  I got an appointment for this afternoon!  So, I should be sorted for my hols - the thought of a 4 hour plane journey with my back like this is a thing I dread.

Fingers crossed it can be fixed in time!


Hi, I'm new... / Re: Just arrived
« on: December 14, 2017, 09:07:03 AM »
A big welcome from me too Giotto!  Knowledge of all kinds to be found here - not just sewing!

Glad to see you are enjoying building your stash!   ;)


Today... / Re: Thursday (I had to check the calendar) 14th December
« on: December 14, 2017, 08:42:05 AM »
Got a soaking on the way to the car.  Wet, cold and dark.  Wasted my time on the hair this morning....  :S

Struggling with my back and hips this morning, the Naproxen doesn't seem to be effective this week.  I'm going to try to get a doctors appointment this morning - fingers crossed.  :[

Nativity play later.  I hope the chairs are not too low - I may be able to sit down, but I'll never get up again!


I've just read this article, and it's a real good news story!  Never heard of the brand before, but interesting to read a sewing success story.


Patterns & Fitting / Re: 3 Belles - Progress
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:24:49 AM »
Thank you girls, you are all very kind.  I wasn't able to sew last night as my back is playing up, so I'm on the Naproxen again for a few days.  :(  I need to be on form at the weekend as Sunday is our Christmas celebration, and I'll be cooking from 6am.  -<

I'm knocking off work early to get the last sewing bits done - thank goodness there are no more sequins so sew on!  They were needed though, as the organza pleats were not going to lie flat otherwise!


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