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well,i been a lil busy putting a glass door cabinet together,the last 2 days.it was/is a pain put together set-up.now it's in place,and with canned foods in it.and all i have left to do with it.is to put together the 3 draws for it,and put them into place.in which they'll go across the bottom of it.



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Those look really nice, Wolfie. 

Well after 5 days of no heat, the furnace is finally working. None too soon either, as they are predicting negatives for the next couple of days. They're saying the Thursday it'll be a -26 windchill. We'll see. 

It's below freezing as it is, 16 F as I write this, they say the high will be like 19.  Grateful I have a ride into work - the unit I'm at for now, is 3 miles away. A bit cool for that  long of a hike.



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Wow, Wolfie, that looks pretty good. Well done! Hmm.....Can I nab some of those canned goods?

Gosh! You make me shiver, Val, just to think about your temperatures. It is a bit cooler here today, only 85F.
What luck that your furnace is working before the big freeze - And, that you still have a lift to work.

I was in tears yesterday. Shen asked me to make her a dress for Christmas day - she picked out the material and pattern. She was Sooo excited and watched my progress eagerly as it started taking shape. I was about 80% finished when the machine (inherited from Angel) jammed - with the dress caught under the needle. I tried all sorts of things to get it unstuck, but to no avail. I resorted to Google, which helped a bit. I unscrewed the needle, releasing the dress - Phew! (I had visions of cutting the dress to release it.) But the machine remained tightly jammed. I burst into tears! Shenay looked so crestfallen, but tried to comfort me, (bless her heart) by saying she would find something else to wear. I maintained that I would finish it, by hand.
Anyway, last night before going to sleep, I asked Angel to help. This morning, just before 6, I was up and at the machine, turned the wheel backwards and VOILA! - it released! I couldn't stop saying "Thank you", over and over again. Happy ending; Shen will have her dress for Christmas day.



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im glad to hear that you got heat now,val..

glad that things are better with the sewing machine fergie..im sure she'll out right love every stitch of the new dress..

i also cooked up some turkey and veggie soup during my breaks from the new cabinet.it turned out better then i thought it would.we each ate a bowl of it.the rest got canned..i think mom loved it more then i did..LOL..now im playing catch-up on washing dishs and house work,seeing how the cabinet and cooking put me behind on it..got xmas present to wrap.that includes locate boxs,bows,and other stuff for them..

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Mission accomplished!! You were correct, Wolfie, the delight on that young girls' face made it all worth while. I was bear-hugged and kissed numerous times. The dress fits perfectly, and looks good on her.

You seem to be quite the chef, Wolfie. I have never even thought of making turkey soup, perhaps because turkey isn't so popular in this part of the world. The only time we usually see turkey is at Christmas time; and then it is always out of my price range. Chicken is the cheapest 'meat' here.
Good luck with the dishes and present wrapping.

My house looks like a disaster zone. Dust and pieces of thread almost everywhere. I have let house-cleaning slide since hubby has been away - too busy sewing, cooking and entertaining Shenay. I will have to knuckle down in the next two days as Nicky is coming for lunch on Sunday. Fortunately, all my present wrapping has been completed.



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MMMM...soup!!! Nothing can beat a good homemade soup.  It seems to me that chicken is the cheapest 'meat' worldwide, at least from what my friends have told me.  I guess they're the most adaptable of stock animals. As well as the most economical to raise...

Have an unexpected day off as school was cancelled due to the cold; the windchill is expected to reach -26f! At 5:30 AM our temp is -3 with a 'feels like' -18.  

I took a personal day yesterday because I had an appointment with LIHEAP (Illinois heating and energy assistance program). Most states have this program to help those in need help pay their utilities, and I desperately need the help. But even if you qualify, there's no guarantee you'll get it, sometimes they just run out of money.  I fully expected not to have an answer right off the bat. I don't claim to understand the complete process, but I know usually anything government ran takes like a month to hear the result - just like you can't pick and choose the time or day of the appointment.  

Anyway, several things happened that made me want to cry. A) Missing work means missing a day's pay, and I really, really can't afford that. However I was granted a personal day (I get paid anyway). B) the friend I had tried to arrange a ride with couldn't do it, but SHE arranged for someone she knew to do it!!! C) They enrolled me in a new program they have called PIPP - which , rather than the one time aid gives you help year round!!! (Yeah - I got my answer right then!!!) If it works the way they said, it's pretty exciting. It's based on a percentage of what you earn. You pay X amount and they pay X amount to the power and heat companies. Apparently (since both your accounts must be with certain companies) the companies 'forgive' charges up to a certain percent so that the agreed amount is enough to cover. Since they used the previous year's usage to figure it out, it would be noticed if you suddenly went crazy like cranking your heat to 80. AND when my arrangement starts to expire, I'll be sent a letter to apply for the help again! Then they gave me a box of light bulbs and a surge protector (energy efficient kind).  OH! I almost forgot the amount I'm past due on now, will be FORGIVEN!!!

I was so thankful, I told the young woman helping me, I knew it wasn't PC but gave her a big hug. She looked seriously surprised lol

That's wonderful about the dress, Fergie, you simply must post a picture!

 

 



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How wonderful Val, a good start to the festive season and a weight lifted from your shoulders. How nice to be given a box of globes too, here in SA, they are rather pricey and surge protectors cost mega bucks.
We have a similar system here, they call it "Indigent Services", we also have to reapply for it yearly.

Ray arrived home safely on Christmas Eve, tired from his (almost) month long 9 -6, 7 days a week job; he is still recuperating. This was his twelfth year doing the Santa job in malls, and his sixth year doing the "Mama Magic Expo" (a 4 day stint). LOL, the "Mama Magic" people book him, specifically, at the beginning of the year already. He must be doing something right, eh?

Christmas Day dawned rainy and much cooler than usual. We didn't allow that to damp our festive spirit. Shenay was just so excited. We arrived at Nicky's home before 11am to find the other invited guest already there. She is another tenant of the complex (and Nicky's second in command as chairlady) who would otherwise be spending the day alone - her hubby is a sound engineer for a sports channel. He was sent down to the coast to do a broadcast of a five-day cricket match.

Nicky put out a wondrous array of 'starters'. LOL, so much that my gammon was eaten as an after-thought. The rain was light, so we were still able to eat out on the patio. After the meal we went inside and Ray gamely put on his Santa suit once more to have the traditional photo of him and Shen. Shen then took on the usual job of Santa's helper, handing out our token gifts. Naturally, there was a big pile for her.

It was a delightful day with much chatter and laughter. We did however, drink a toast to absent loved ones.

Shen proudly showed off her Christmas dress!

Val, the last two pics are of the 'special' blouse I made.



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The holidays are over and a new school year has begun. Little Miss Nerd, (Shen) says grade 7 is awesome. Her exam marks have been released; 91% for math, 90% for social sciences - the rest of her marks are in the 70s-80s%, so she is rather chuffed.

Hope y'all had a good New Year?

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Well, we'll see if that works... lol 

That's wonderful that Shen is getting such good marks! Let's hope she keeps it up. 

New Year is looking ok here.  Had some rough spots.  I'm disputing some transactions on my debit card, and it looks to be sorted shortly. 

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My, we just keep getting quieter, and quieter...   Shhh! What was that!?  Oh! Me typing! lol

Hope all is well with everyone.  



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we been a lil more busy then what we're normally are this part of the month...had to replace 3 tires on the car..which is a unexpected expense we didn't need this month...

now my mom is in the hospital since friday night..her blood pressure and heart beat were way to low..in which they got both up to par.but she had another episode of to low blood pressure again yesterday.in which the nurse had trouble keeping her awake..now here i am,at home with my 2 dogs.with a rain/thunder storm moving in..

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I think it's fairly much the same with everyone, Wolfie.  Money runs off faster than it comes in.  Just when I think I've got things squared, BAM!  hmm  Robbing Peter to pay Paul. 

It's an uphill battle, lots face.  

Nothing much going on here. Work is kicking my tush, lots of times I'm asleep before 8PM, Of course getting up at 3 AM might  play into that.  lol

 



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Sorry guys, ran out of data, but it has also been pretty quiet here lately.

Wolfie, hope your mom is up to par soon. And as Val says, money seems to be a problem all over.

Val, getting up at 3am, plus hard work, would tire anyone out. What we don't do to earn a $!?

We woke up to torrential rain this morning. Heard on the radio that one place near us had 150mm in 15 minutes - Now that is a lot of water! There is a warning out for localized flooding in 5 provinces, of which ours is one. More heavy rain tomorrow they say. I guess we are getting a side-swipe from the tropical cyclone that hit Mozambique.



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It's been a hard few months here.  I mean really hard. Dealing with an older brother's passing, and my youngest brother having a quadruple bypass done has not made life any easier. Then to top it off someone is playing very uncool games with my financial well being.  I ended up closing my bank accounts and opening new ones, and having to change credit card accounts as well.  A very large pain in the tukus.

 



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moms home from that hospital stay.and doing ok.she had fluid issue with her lungs.but getting cleared up.now we're under way with getting house repairs done to the house..got a section of floor,just inside the front door repaired.all i gotta do now.is to finesh getting stuff out of the living room,kitchen,and bathroom,that i can can do my self.on account we're getting new flooring and new carpet

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Sounds like your home is getting a serious over haul, Wolfie.  Bet it'll be real nice when it's done.

Today they're having a Celebration of Life  ceremony for my brother Kevin out in California.  He passed last November. Of course I do not have the money to go, and the other two siblings health won't allow them to (nor do they have funding either.)  Kevin would understand, and I think it's sweet of his friends to do this for him. I asked his friend, Mary who will be there if I wrote something if she'd read it. she said she would. I thought I'd share it here.

 

Writing this has proven harder than I initially thought.  I wanted to share what it was like growing up with Kevin as my older brother.  I wanted to illustrate that even though his birth family is not physically present, we are in spirit. I wanted to express my and his remaining siblings' gratitude to each and every one of you for having been in his life, for giving him company on the path he chose, no matter how long or short your paths converged.  Kevin knew and understood the worth of real friends, and he treasured you all.  He didn't have much in the way of material wealth, but he considered himself enriched by your shared travels on Life's path. 

When you come from a big family, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle. Even though I was 5 years younger, and a girl, Kevin made sure I never got too lost, that I knew it was Okay if I saw things differently, and that my thoughts and feelings mattered.  Not that he was always angelic, but he was my Marshmallow Warrior. That is to say, even though he appeared to be very laid back, if someone hurt someone he cared for, he would make that person very, very sorry.

  I remember when I was quite young, Kevin introducing me to monster movies via TV.  Today, I can revel in the campiness of those old black and white films, but when you're just a little kid, they're REAL and terrifying.  We'd sit there in the flickering black and white television light watching the werewolf, or whatever that week's monster flavor was, with me trying hard to be brave like Dorian, who was 4 years my senior, and denying  that I was scared every time Kevin would ask.    Of course, Dorian, being a bratty big brother, would wait and at the scariest part, would suddenly clamp his hand on my shoulder or jab me in the side, making me jump and scream, which he thought was just hilarious.  Kevin, in turn, would ask him what he'd done to which Dorian would laugh he scared me. Kevin would growl, punching him in the arm, "YOU don't scare her!" Then turning to me he'd suddenly yell "BOO" causing me to shriek yet again, and he'd laugh saying that was his job.   

I mentioned coming from a big family. All told there were 8 of us kids, with the eldest being 23 years older than the youngest. During most of our youth, there were 5 of us at home.   Because of her health, our mother couldn't often make it to school activities, and if my Dad was working late or at night it meant no family at your function, because Mom didn't drive.  When I was in 4th grade, my class was putting on a play that I had written, directed and also acted in.  As you can imagine it was a huge deal for me.  As luck would have it, that night my dad had to work a double shift.  I tried not to show it, but of course I was upset at this turn of events.  It felt really weird as different kids pointed out their families in the audience to know I had no one there, but as they say, the show must go on. Final curtain call and parents are swarming the stage telling their particular darling what a good job they'd done.   A few did stop and told me it was a really good play, and did I really write it myself, when I hear this familiar voice say, "Hey! There's my sister the star!"  I should have known my Marshmallow Warrior wouldn't let me down.  He was just that kind of big brother.

I could go on; there are just so many memories.  Some good, some not so good, but that's life for you.   

 

Thank you, Mary, for giving this voice, so that I could participate in this celebration of his life in some small way. His life is truly worth celebrating. When anyone of you thinks of him I hope it is with a smile, he really would like that.



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great story about your family val..sounds like that you have some good brothers there..


well.we got the flooring and carpet done.got through easter sunday ok.mom ended up in the hospital again.she hasn't been getting enough oxygen problem.they have her on a devilbiss 5 liter oxygen concentrator,for when she's at home.in which the air line is long enough,where she can go from the livingroom,to any other part of the home.and not have to take the concentrator with her..and she has a portable air tanks to use when we go some where,and during power outages..she's doing better since they got her set up on oxygen.

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Sorry to hear your Mom hasn't been doing so well, Wolfie.  Always seems to be something, doesn't it?  But I guess that's life. At least she is home and  that's great news about the oxygen (being portable and all).  

My allergies have been really bad this year. I pretty much stay broken out in hives. If it wasn't so close to the end of the school year, they'd probably make me get a doctor's note to prove it isn't a contagion of some sort. furious It's just so purty.... (sarcasm).

After this week, there's only 5 more weeks of school.  Everyone is stressed that works the kitchen.  We haven't heard if our contract has gotten picked back up yet, so we don't know  if we have jobs next year.  Rumor is we'll need to re-bid on our positions as well, because they plan on condensing the freshman kitchen with ours.  They haven't told us how many positions will be available; will we ALL have jobs or just some of us?  Will the new kitchen be ready?  Questions, questions, questions....

 

 

 



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Sorry for the long absence. As you see, I have taken the plunge and logged in despite the warning signs on my PC.
If my calculations are correct, you are now on Spring break, Val. I hope you have some clarity on your work situation now? I hope things are hunky dory for you.

As you know, Val, I have had two mini vacations, LOL, though I did take my sewing machine with. Did mending for Nicky, her boyfriend and the lady that helps run her complex. Since then I have been doing sewing at home, plus doing some writing.
I was opening the motor -gates for Ray one day when the guy next door stuck his head over the wall to greet. Said he hadn't seen me around for a while and wondered if I had gone away again. Told him I had been busy sewing, then showed him an example of my work. He got all excited, asked if he may show his wife my work. What the heck, sure, it's only a pair of shorts. He came back with the shorts, asking how much I charged. I though, "Oh no!" his wife is about three times my size. I told him I only sew for family, and thought that was that. Next day our door-bell rings, Ray answers then comes in with an arm full of clothes. Mending from next door. Says they will pay for me to fix the clothes; what am I to say? I landed up charging R10 per item - that would be under $1 each. They paid up with a smile and seemed really satisfied with my work. I have squirreled away that extra bit of cash - keep it for a rainy day. Hope more comes my way, just not zips - I am really bad at putting them in.

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hope the allergies get better val.

sounds like that you did all the good on the sewing fergie..

it looks lie it's my mom heart.it skips 1 to 3 beats. pluss,it seems to stop every once in a while.so she'll be going in to see of there's any vein blockage or not,first . then a pace maker to help out..


mom stayed with one of my nephew while i had me a camping trip..

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i've started up on my home canning.just canned 8 pint jars of beans n spam.i'll be getting all the ingredients for chicken soup next month..

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Wolfie, I have to ask .. Is your mom on any thyroid medication? A good few years ago, I had the same problem, it scared the sh@t out of me. Once it stopped for more than six beats; thought I was dead for sure. It turned out, my thyroid medication dosage was too high, or too often. Once that was adjusted, everything was fine.
I hope your mom's case is something as simple as that.

Tried to look at your camping pics, Wolfie, but the site tells me there is an error. *Sad*

Good luck with your canning. My hubby has been pickling beetroot - curried and spicy. He has also been making some of his famous 'hot stuff' with chili (habaneros) and garlic - A secret recipe which folks around here are begging him for. Lol, no dice; he is not giving up his secret.


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Same here with the pictures, Wolfie.  Says the page doesn't exist. 

Had a nasty scare at work, Thursday when construction workers hit a gas pipe.  Was still early about 6:30 AM, so not many students were around, thank God. Plus no one was seriously hurt, and no explosion! YAY! They were able to turn it off before anything truly awful happened.  Plus someone had the presence of mind to run into the school and pull the fire alarm, so we all got out, before the fumes got too bad.  

We did end up sending one of the managers (pregnant) to the hospital as she was throwing up like mad. Thankfully, she and baby are fine, and a co-worker with a heart condition was sent home.  Most of us developed minor headaches/nausea, but it was deemed safe so we finished our shift.  

Speaking of shifts, only 3 more full days left, and then it's half days until June 6th, when summer break starts! 

Fergie, tell Ray he simply MUST share that recipe with me! I love hot stuff!!!

 



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i thought i had posted a new link..anyhow.here it is... s36.photobucket.com/user/lawnwolfie/library/camp%20out?sort=3&page=1

im not sure of what all meds she takes now..

my canning turned out good..


im glad that everything turned out good for all of you val.mainly for the pregnant mom..

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Still says error, Wolfie.


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ok..here's another try..


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That works! Great pics!

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thanks about the pic's..

my mom went into the hospital last Thursday,to see if it was her heart giving her,her problems or not.it is.2 primary arteries coming from her heart.they planed on keeping until monday.then transport her to a houston hospital .things went pretty bad that night.in which i got a call from them around 4:50 am Friday..so they did a emergency trans port to houston..where they went ahead and did the surgery..she's still there.and there's some complications,that their working on getting straightened out..

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So sorry to hear about your mom, Wolfie. Hope things can be sorted out quickly and she is soon on the road to recovery.

I still can't see your photos. My PC has been giving me up-hill lately, so the problem is probably on my side.

BTW, Val, Ray says he could give you the recipe, but then he would have to kill you....LOL
I'll see if I can wangle it out of him and send it to you personally.

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I am finally on summer break from work. Today marks the 4th day, and all I've really managed to do is sleep, and take naps.  Jerome was beginning to worry that there was something wrong with me. 

Something very strange - nearly all my 'summer' clothes have gone missing.  They're not in the closet or in any drawer.  Much too small for Jerome to wear and much too big (and short) for his girlfriend.  I don't remember throwing them out (and why would I?). They just seem to be gone.  Just one more thing for me to be scratching my head over, I guess.

 



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well val.i guess that you now have a reason to buy some summer clothes that you like..smile .

 

hope the computer stops giving ya problems fergie..i'll see if i can up load them into the other section later on,just to see if that works for ya..

 

my mom is still in the hospital,and with issues.it looks like to me that we're gonna have more medical expense's then what we already have.so i started a go fund me account.and because of that. im wondering if it'd be alright to post a link to it here,or some other area..



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By all means you can post that link, Wolfie!  Not sure how much good it'll do, but every lil bit helps

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 This is one of my latest digital creations, Zombie Granny.   Not too sure I'd be in a big hurry to hug or get a kiss from her... She says "I could just eat you up!" She probably means for reals.  

  Feeling a bit better and not as worn out as I was.  Thank the Lord.  



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i showed that zombie granny to my mom..she said ewww yuk..and that you did a good job with it..


i made that post,over in prayers..

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Granny zombie looks terrifying Val.

Wolfie, I hope your mom is doing well.

I have been flat on my back, literally, for almost 4 weeks. I did my back a mischief while cleaning house the day before Father's Day. I can now tell you that our bedroom ceiling needs painting, my curtains could do with a good wash and my bed is 28 steps from the loo. I can also tell you that having a pinched nerve in your back is the pits!
I am getting better slowly, thank goodness. I can sit for more than ten minutes without excruciating pain, but I still cant bend to put on pants by myself. At least I have Shen here for the school holidays; she has been such a sweetheart.


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im not sure.but i think she might be doing better..their weening her off the breathing tube.and physical therapy has been going to her room twice a say for physical therapy..


i know the pinched nerve can be bad..mom had that issue.so she had 2 titanium wedges put in because of it..in which i was doing everything short of going to the bathroom for her,untill she got the wedges.hope you get better..

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Ouchie, Fergie!  My daughter has a healing back too, and it seems to take forever to heal.  Very good thing that Shen is around! 

Glad to hear your Mom is doing better, Wolfie.

I've been working on another addition to my Trespauze site. This is a hidden object game called The Witch's Kitchen.  So we have Trespauze Manor ~ a haunted Victorian House, Loss Mine, which is abandoned and you explore via flashlight, Twisted Tombstones ~ a collection of my creepier tales, and soon the Witch's Kitchen will be added. 

Other than that... things are very quiet.



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My..it surely is quiet in here. 

Part of me says 3 Paws has lived well past its time.  15 years is an extraordinary life span for a website, and yet - I can't quite bring myself to click the delete button on it. If nothing else it brings back an awful lot of memories. The days when 'chat' was all the rage  -times when we'd have as many as 100 people filling the screen all at once! But most times we were a cozy group of under 20, who met nightly. Then MSN decided to do away with public chat and sentenced us to 'group rooms'. Unless you belonged to the group you couldn't chat. Everyone missed public chat a lot.  I knew there had to be a way to beat MSN at its own game, to bring 'public chat' back in some form. I also knew how possessive managers could be of their groups, always viewing things as an attempt to 'steal' their membership, which I had no desire to do. However, I did convince them to allow me to build 'bridges' between our groups that would allow them access to my chat room. With any manager being allowed to co-host. I kept primary control.  

Then fate stepped in and I made the acquaintance of an internet radio dj named Nomad. My wheels churned, and he was willing. So we gave out invites to all interested groups to join us for an evening of music with live djs. "Chat like it use to be!" I remember we had so many listeners we blew up the station at one point, and they had to scramble to increase their listening coverage, and so many bridges were built! Oh my! It was such a success that Nomad came to play music 2 or 3 times a week, "Live from 3 Paws Saloon!" Very quickly, managers of rooms I didn't know were contacting me about using our chat room. It was good, until MSN decided it was going to axe groups as well...

Once again I was scrambling to find us a new home. We moved to Spark Pea for chat, and here for everything else. Once again I was building 'bridges', spanning together various pieces to recreate what we once had. 

I guess the chat died when I returned to college 5 years ago. It was already limping, but I just couldn't work 2 jobs and go to school full time, and chat with any regularity. Many had already turned to FaceBook.  I completed a 4 year course in 2, graduating with Honours 'Cum Laude', but too late to salvage any part of the chat. Folks had moved on. I can't blame them.

Slowly, in the shadow of big social media folks drifted away from here too.  I come in and blow away the cobwebs, dance down memory lane.  Musical throws around foam rocks, and Plum pushes me off the swing. CT is encouraging me to try for EMT licensing, folks are flirting.  Various things that made me laugh, shared tears...  Good times. 

 

 



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yeah.there's lots of good times when it comes to msn chat and groups..then msn messed things up.then here comes facebook...then we all started to spread out to other places on the internet..while some passed away..it's sad how some things change,for the better and worse at the same time...and now here i am,with the passing of my mom..so much to think of.and so much to do..

the web site in which i have my forum,they have a shout box of sorts,at the bottom of each page.pluss the forum/group can be,pretty well set up the way the admin/creator of the wants it..if you wanna down size this one..

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I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, Wolfie.  I've been 'locked out' of the forum for a bit, due to the fact I've forgotten my password!  Anyway, hugs.



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Hi guys!

Firstly, Wolfie, so sorry to hear about your mom. Hope things are going well/better for you.

Secondly, Val, I too have had a bit of a problem logging in. Besides that, I have been rather busy with family matters, and just plain "not in the mood" for writing. I have also been away for a while. house/babysitting.

Shenay has now finished writing her final exams for Primary School. Her final day of the school year is on 6 Dec. She has so far received the results for her math and social studies exams. 80% and 72% respectively. Not as good as she had hoped, but a decent pass at least on those subjects.
Her new uniform for High School has been bought - OMW, the price is ridiculous! Over R6000; so failing is NOT an option for her.

Nicky spent her 50th birthday with long-time friend Karen in Umlanga Rocks, a holiday resort on our west coast just north of Durban. The Universe gave her a birthday present to remember - food poisoning!

Ray started his Xmas stint early this year, in Rustenburg, an hour and a half drive away from home. He and Cleo (the dog) were ecstatic when I arrived home yesterday late afternoon (to a very messy house). I have my work cut out for me for the next few days. I have started on the laundry and dishes already - floors and inch thick dust will have to wait a bit. I was planning to do my yearly sewing for Shen, but that has come a few days later, I guess, LOL.

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Welcome home, Fergie!  I sympathize with the house work. I really should be doing some as I should put up the tree soon. Just not feeling Christmasy yet.  Every morning I tell myself, "After work, you can do____", but then after it's "I'm too darn tired." Come's the weekend and more of the same - just too tired.

Small bit of exciting (for me anyway) news: I've been hired to create a website for an UK artist! Been awhile since I've done one for pay.  So. I've been collecting the various plug-ins, codings etc. to make it do what she wants. Hopefully over the Holidays I'll get it up and running for her. 

Wolfie, you doing ok, bud?

 



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Aah! Thanks for the warm welcome, Val.

Oh my goodness! Congratulations, Val. That certainly is exciting news. Knowing you, the website will be spectacular. It would be lovely if this is just the first commission of many to come.

Last Saturday, Nicky held a get-together for her friends, in honour of her birthday. It was held at a venue out of town - a lovely double-storied, thatched, stone building. Lots of willow trees beside a meandering rivulet, and rolling green lawns. 23 people attended, some of whom had been in high school with her. She received a lot of lovely gifts.
Shen was thrilled when she was allowed to wear pink lipstick and nail polish to match her outfit. AND, for the first time ever, a smidgen of eye-liner and no glasses. She looked quite grown up. Many commented on how pretty she was. I was so proud of 'my girls', as Nicky also looked lovely in her navy and red outfit.

Yesterday, I spent the morning mending a Santa suit, then doing Santa's washing. Ray insist that his gloves must be snowy white; not always an easy task when he brings them home so dirty.

Last night was Shen's farewell to Grade 7 western style "Barn Dance". Ray bought her a western hat, and I sewed fringes onto a checked shirt for her. In time, I hope I can post a few pics.

I have made arrangements to collect Shen after her final day at primary school tomorrow.

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I have missed you, Fergie. 

Work has been a royal pain this year.  The past couple of months it's gotten to the point I cry almost daily, or feel upset. Normally, I'd write it off to my seasonal depression due to Josh's passing, but it seems like no one, not even the managers are happy at work. 

 



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Aaw! Thank you Val.

Seems like you need a change, Val. Definitely not good to work under those conditions. Just now you will be having a nervous break-down, and what then? Loss of job? I know you have been working there for ages, but to me, it sounds like time to get out. Do yourself a favour; you simply can't carry on that way.

As for me? I am on cloud 9 at the moment. Shen has completed Primary School with 4 distinctions. The family is soo proud of her. Nicky remarked, "Angel must be smiling down at her too!".
Shenay says she had a lovely time at her "Barn Dance". LOL, she was limping for three days afterwards. I think she pulled a muscle in her buttock, with all her gyrating on the dance floor.

We (Shen & I) had a nightmare ride home on Wednesday. Ray had arranged with his friend to take me to collect Shen from Nicky's work. Harry, the friend, complained of a headache when I climbed into his VW Kombi. (He suffers from high blood pressure.) On the way home, his headache became worse, and he said his vision was impaired. He turned very pale and started sweating - I thought he was going to pass out. By some miracle, we arrived home safely, despite Harry's erratic driving.
Soon after arriving home, Shen climbed into her pj's and went for a lie-down. I tootled off to my friend across the road for a short visit. On my return, Shen told me of soft footsteps, up and down our passage, and the click of a lighter - she thought it was me. When I returned, she heard my keys in the security gate, and realized it hadn't been me. So, hmm?



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That ride does indeed sound like a nightmare! Thankfully no one was hurt.

"Therein lies the rub," pretty much sums up my job situation. I can't afford to quit without having another job in my hip pocket. Between my age, and no car finding another job is pretty slim.  Although I have been very vocal as to how I feel with upper management (bosses' bosses). The problem boils down to too few hands for the workload. Their solution was to move the work load around.  
Seriously ?  Same amount of work, redistributed over the same number of folks, is still the same amount of work.  I don't see where they think this bit of smoke and mirrors will help, but I'm willing to give it a try. 

What a cute pic of Shen! I'm glad she had fun at the dance. 

Did Angel smoke by any chance? (Thinking of the lighter flicking.)



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Val, there is just no reasoning with bosses, they only see things one way - their way.
Yep, having no transport is a big bug-bear. You don't know of a friend-of-a friend who could keep an ear to the ground to look out for a job near home? I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

Angel used to smoke. She gave up three years before her death. Do you think she could have taken up the habit again?

Nicky used to colour her hair, now she is letting it grow out. Lol. She is actually more grey that me now, but the look is very fashionable here, at the moment. I am posting a pic of her with some of her presents at the party.




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Well, hopefully 2018 is treating you nicer than me so far. Where's the cheese? I need it to go with my whine.  Seriously...

I was getting assistance for food and medical through the state. Then for some reason they decided all I need is $15 a month for food, and I no longer qualified for the medical.  So of course, I've broken a tooth. I'm to go for a redetermination on the help I get for utilities on the 17th, and I'm scared they'll take that too.  The federal gov. says I HAVE to have insurance, and the cheapest I can get is over 200 a month... Its the Lackamoola curse!!! *screams*

Oh, well...that's life huh?   



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sorry i aint been here.i forgot my password.and the phone i was useing is good as a paper whight when it comes to changing password's. Pluss things been hecktic when it comes to gettings done.n all.anyhow.hope that everyone had a great xmas and new years day.

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I'll forgive you this time, Wolfie.

Well, I finished that website, and Jen loved it! It's my first ever completely mobile friendly website, so there was a learning curve. If you want a peek:   http://gaiacreations.co.uk/Index.html

A mutual friend of ours, was telling me that Jen was singing my praises all over the place. That did my poor ego so much good.  



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