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Diary > Wednesday 7th April
« on: Wednesday 07 April 21 23:35 BST (UK) »
Was rudely awoken by NN banging her bins about alongside my garage, thanks a bunch. A grey and cold day.
Tesco delivery arrived early again, sorted out and put it all away.
Out for a walk after lunch, the grass cutters were on the field, they'd completed most of it. Through the woods, down the narrow path, it's usually deserted along that bit but I passed a few people, some taking children for a walk, had to stand in the undergrowth while they passed. I could see further along that a couple of families had stopped to chat, couldn't be bothered to try and skirt around them so took a side path off.

Kept busy for the rest of the afternoon with boring things like (partly) cleaning the oven and other chores. The weather didn't tempt me into the garden but forecast a little warmer for Thursday. The Canadian Landscape Artist programme was on tonight, recorded it but didn't watch, will save for another time.

I finished the latest Steve Robinson book last night, was very disappointed to realise it was only about half the length of normal books. I felt that he'd come to a conclusion rather hurriedly, although I did enjoy it.
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Re: Diary > Wednesday 7th April
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 08 April 21 01:05 BST (UK) »
Roobarb, sorry to hear you were woken so rudely, hope it didn’t ruin the whole day for you.
My hip hurt today after my unaccustomed walking in the park yesterday.  Hope it is okay tomorrow.  We had to go to our local grocery store today to get a pile of provisions as the superstore “up the hill” online ordering system has not been working for us.  We have used it for a year now but now it doesn’t keep our reserved time, although the order is there.  Talked to three different people on the phone but no one seems to know what’s wrong.  We were getting low on essentials so needs must...OH nipped over to the liquor store and got some wine for me and some exotic beer for himself. 
Also picked up a couple of books on reserve at the library.  Did not get much else done.
Sat outside with book and wine later in afternoon, about 21 C. I think it was.  very nice.
Tonight we watched The Canadian Landscape Artist, thoroughly enjoyed it.  My daughter briefly lived near where they filmed the first show (maybe all of them?) and I was hoping we’d get to the art gallery at some point, but never did, sadly.  I liked one of the winners, not so much the urban style.
That was my day, oh yes, our oven got cleaned, too!  Self-cleaning, so not much of a chore, and OH does it 😄.

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Re: Diary > Wednesday 7th April
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 08 April 21 01:34 BST (UK) »
Don’t mention oven cleaning. I think that has to be the worst job in the world house. Mine is is dire need of a clean. When it was quite new a glass dish broke inside it and I’m sure there are still shards of glass blocking some of the gas vent thingies. It is likely to need some kind of specialist gas person to remove it. As for a general clean, I hate doing it so much that I have been considering paying someone to do it for me - apparently there is such a service.  ;)

I’ve been reading about the rise in virus cases in Canada Diana - new variants affecting more young people. I believe that was the pattern of the Spanish Flu too - it swept through different age groups.

Roobarb, I have noisy bin neighbours too. Last week some idiot decided to drag his bin out at about four in the morning. The other side sleep all day, wake up in the afternoon, do gardening at night, including gate slamming and bin lid slamming. Drives me mad.

I spent Wednesday at daughter’s house dog sitting. She decided to go to work as her back was bearable, and she is very conscientious, and wouldn’t want to let anyone down.

Odd weather, some grey skies and light rain, and some sunny patches. The forecast was correct. Threw some washing in to take advantage of the sun to get it dry.

Uneventful dog walk, which was nice.



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Re: Diary > Wednesday 7th April
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 08 April 21 01:47 BST (UK) »
Yes, Ruskie, cases have been going up on some parts of Canada.  Ontario is going into a more severe lockdown tomorrow, with only essential stores open.  Schools are still open, though, but they have not opened up vaccinations to teachers or other staff. 
Fortunately our neighbours are quiet, both single people on either side.  The school across is busy during the day, but quiet at night. 
It is supposed to go up to 26 tomorrow, too hot, and too quick.  Just last week we had temps hovering around 0.  I hate that drastic change.  This was the first day, though, we opened the windows in the house, probably since October.  Next - ceiling fan and A/C season!
Good to hear your dog is behaving.  Ours has stayed out of trouble, but he has less freedom in the yard (leashed sometimes) as he has a new “friend” living behind us, a 9 month old boxer, who I was calling Mr Bo Jangles due to its jangling collar, but turns out it’s a she!  Darcy goes nuts if he knows she’s out too.


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Re: Diary > Wednesday 7th April
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 08 April 21 05:47 BST (UK) »
Diana, your little lad sounds just like my dog. We take her out on a lead because people behind us have dogs.

Previous people had a dog and it really wound my dog up. They would face off barking at each other through the fence. Not vicious, but still noisy.

They moved out and people with two dogs moved in. Oddly enough my dog isn’t as bothered with these two, though they still bark at each other a bit, it is not so bad. She is therefore now sometimes allowed off lead. Recently she has been quite good with coming back when she is called, but with previous neighbour’s dog we had to go out with collar and lead to drag her back.

Dogs are odd creatures.

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Re: Diary > Wednesday 7th April
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 08 April 21 07:57 BST (UK) »
Dogs are indeed odd creatures.
Yesterday a French bulldog puppy was tired and sat down refusing his little leader's commands, but when he saw me he was very curious, and decided he had the energy to walk in the wrong direction. Poor little girl just had to run along behind him!  :)
Walked into town in the morning to post a birthday card, and we had read that Superdrug are collecting medications plastic packaging to re-cycle (Rotary involvement I think).  I was glad the assistant knew about it and was happy to take mine... so this platform can help spread the word.
After lunch went around the lakes. Despite rain in the night, the paths weren't too muddy, but I didn't see anything out of the ordinary, though I suppose there may be plenty of nesting going on out of sight in the reeds.
Continued trying to read a book to review.  It is TRULY dreadful.  I find it unreadable and have had to give up. :-X  Now I have to craft a review giving no praise, and trying to avoid consigning it to the craters of hell, without encouraging anyone to spend good money or time on the darned thing. SO disappointing!!
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Re: Diary > Wednesday 7th April
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 08 April 21 10:30 BST (UK) »
Continued trying to read a book to review.  It is TRULY dreadful.  I find it unreadable and have had to give up. :-X  Now I have to craft a review giving no praise, and trying to avoid consigning it to the craters of hell, without encouraging anyone to spend good money or time on the darned thing. SO disappointing!!
I'm sure you have some well crafted polite phrases that will leave the readers of your review in no doubt as to how good or otherwise the book is. I think teachers or former teachers are quite good at those phrases - things like disappointed , doesn't quite meet the standard type thing that some school reports have. I used to get disappointed on my maths reports ( I was useless at it ) except for one year with one particular teacher and I got 88 in my exam. I was ecstatic! However he then got promotion and left to be a deputy head elsewhere, so of course the following year my marks dropped and one phrase was 'we are at a loss to understand this drop in standard' . Well I could tell them - other teacher didn't treat me like an idiot and explained things till I got it. Next teacher taught to the top group ( former grammar school) and didn't do explaining, so I just floundered.
The one I laughed at most was 49 in history and the comment was 'almost satisfactory' - yes you guessed it, 50 was satisfactory!
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Re: Diary > Wednesday 7th April
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 08 April 21 10:54 BST (UK) »
Y-e-s..... very far from satisfactory I'm afraid; but someone put half their life blood into creating it, and speaking as someone who detested a Man Booker prize winning book, I am not sure if my opinion really counts!
Would "a rambling mess" cover it do you think, or is that not sufficiently well crafted and polite?  :-\

p.s. I had a wonderful maths teacher who went the extra mile for me, bless her heart. I finally achieved the desired GCSE maths grade at the age of 40.
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Re: Diary > Wednesday 7th April
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 08 April 21 11:15 BST (UK) »
Oh Candleflame! Maths!
First day at Grammar School and Maths teacher - an ogress , said we must ask if there was anything we did not understand as we were all from different schools ( no National curriculum in  those days)and had done different things.

So when she was putting , what to me were full stops in the middle of numbers I put up my hand and asked why?
Oh ye gods, the explosion of wrath! She was screaming,spittle flying about etcetc.I never asked amother  question,and she never did give the explanation of Decimal points!
By the third form I had enough ,so just put anything down on the exam paper, rubbish, got ,wait for it  —- minus two  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Had to see The Headmistress, told her the story from day one etc and said I was too afraid to ask questions ever again.
Next year our form had another Maths teacher and I did better but never really caught up ,however when working with the little infants reception class I started all over again with the foundations I never had even at the first school I attended nor the next where I sat my ElevenPlus exam.
I was doomed to always gave rotten Maths teachers from my first day at school!

So cold here , and no incentive to do any gardening.

Now! My big oven is clean, so stupid,a drop down door which is in the way when you lean in to clean,I suppose I could take the door off but would I ever get it back .
I do find if I have baked I can clean it before it goes cold but with a roast well you are busy and want to eat whilst all food is hot .
I bought a good quality counter top oven “ Sharp”, but that is dreadful to clean as the finish in parts comes off if you use anything slightly abrasive .
However it is good ,a super grill and exact temperature ,
My big one can vary and the service engineer said twenty degrees either way is acceptable ,well not to me it isn’t !
I ought to get it taken out and replaced but came with a new fully fitted kitchen,what wouldn’t I give to have my old Cannon,self cleaning gas oven back!
At a loss what to prioritise today,I won’t be bored that is for sure , ought to get rid of the boxes taking up precious storage room in the built in cupboards like box rooms in the big bedroom , all the cards etc from schools,retirement and 60th Birthday etc, why do I keep such things!
Well because my last house had four bedrooms and in three  there was  one full wall of floor to ceiling storage cupboards ,a floored attic with proper staircase etc etc etc .
For a hoarder,paradise!
I must be ruthless though .
I will keep family stuff and let school stuff go ,but only after I have read them all again ,I mean I retired in 2002, !
Well post arrived so  into isolation  for a few days .
Cheerio.Look after yourselves.
Viktoria.