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Saturday, April 19, 2014, 12:29:24 AM- Plans are going well .... it's just the other stuff ...
The wedding plans are going marvelously. I've made a ton of decorations for the marquee already. The garden is looking great and I've just planted a new maple tree and a load of rose bushes and hydrangea too. All the fruit trees are in blossom now so I'm expecting a bumper crop later in the year.

The honeymoon is now off as we just can't afford it but as we live in the most beautiful part of the country it really doesn't matter. We can take day trips and picnic on the beach here ... plus the dogs can come too ... yay!

A bit more worrying news ... I've now been diagnosed with Polymyalgia ... the doctor thinks it was probably brought on by the stress of the flood back in September. All I know is that my body is wracked with pain. To top it all I've also discovered that I have arthritis in my neck, spine, hips, elbows and knees. Seriously .... was I Attila the Hun or Jack the Ripper in a previous life or something?? It wouldn't be so bad if I was a bloke ... with the stiffness ;)

I've refused more medication on the grounds that I'm not a chemical dumping ground and decided to delegate more instead of trying to be Wonder Woman all the time. We'll have to wait and see how long I can keep that up! ...
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Friday, January 31, 2014, 12:02:35 PM- I'm getting married!
After being with my partner for 8 years and going through a lot of ups and downs with him, I have finally agreed to get married. I always said that I wouldn't do it a second time but I now feel that the time is right.

It's not going to a big thing like my first one .... I have an aversion to wearing something that makes you look like a meringue and I think churches are creepy.

So .... it's going to be a quiet registry office ceremony in crops, kaftan and flip flops and then a barbecue at home afterwards with close family and friends. Perfect.

We're pretty skint so I'm going to make all my own decorations and floral arrangements and I'm doing all the catering to keep the costs down. The lovely people on Freecycle have come up trumps and I've been given glasses, plates and bunting to help me out and even free accommodation in France for our honeymoon. All we have to find is the ferry fare.

Anyway the big day is just after my 50th birthday in June so it'll be a double celebration for me. I can't wait.
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Thursday, October 03, 2013, 9:01:16 AM- Flood
Well, I got flooded out last Saturday night/Sunday morning. Due to the Council's incompetence we have drains that can't cope with the flow of water from heavy rain. I've lost everything that was stored in the garage from my move in March, including fridge-freezer, big freezer, tumble drier, dishwasher, a new kitchen, worktops, furniture, pc tower, photos, antiques ... the list goes on. Everything was soiled by rain and sewage water. It even got past the threshold to my house and ruined stuff. Depressed? Just a bit! And now there's more thunder, lightning and very heavy rain so I'm expecting to be hit again. The council couldn't give a flying fuck. Oh happy days :(
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"contact your insurance ASAP.... over here you need to have flood insurance and they have to replace all damage as it was.... IE: if one stair tread is damaged it needs to be replaced and the entire flight of stairs needs to match in finish... if that can't be done they all need to be refinished..."
- joeytomatoes

Monday, September 02, 2013, 9:43:31 AM- Rollercoaster
I've just had a wonderful 2 weeks with my daughter, stepson and other family members coming to stay. I haven't seen my daughter for a year so it was fantastic to catch up and spend some real quality time with her. It was the first long visit from my step son and we finally connected so hopefully there will be more visits in the future.

After everyone had departed and I'd finished cleaning and tidying from their stay I decided to take a few days off from doing the house up. I was just sat at my desk, watching an old episode of Game of thrones when I felt like I'd been hit across the back of the head by a crow bar. I had double vision and collapsed in a heap. It was some time before anyone found me in my workshop but I was eventually taken to the doctor, with a very bad headache.
My doctor took one look at me and called an ambulance, fearing that I'd had a subarachnoid hemorrhage. After having a CT scan and lumbar puncture the results were inconclusive so I'm now waiting for an MRI scan. I'm out of hospital now but I'm weak and fuzzy around the edges. If you don't see me around for a while don't worry .... I'm probably comatose in the workshop ;) xx
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 10:30:13 AM- Today is not a good day
After having a couple of relatively minimally painful weeks, today my body has decided to keep me from moving. Everything hurts, from my fingers to my toes. The morphine and other painkillers aren't working at all and all I want to do is throw myself off a cliff ....except I can't even get out of the bed!! lol I've been an all you can eat buffet for horse flies while I've been working outside too. I'm covered in massive, itchy, red welts and I can't even reach around to scratch my back today. Grrrr!! The worst bites are on my back but I also have them on my legs,ankles and toes and they itch like a bastard. Grrrr!!

Anyway enough of my woes .....

WHEN I'M 100,

The family wheeled Grandma out on the lawn, in her wheelchair,
where the activities for her 100th birthday were taking place.
Grandma couldn't speak very well, but she would write notes when she needed to communicate.
After a short time out on the lawn, Grandma started leaning off to the right, so some family members grabbed her, straightened her up, and stuffed pillows on her right.
A short time later, she started leaning off to her left, so again the family grabbed her and stuffed pillows on her left.
Soon she started leaning forward, so the family members again grabbed her and then tied a pillowcase around her waist to hold her up.
A nephew who arrived late came up to Grandma and said, 'Hi, Grandma, you're looking good! How are they treating you?'
Grandma took out her little notepad and slowly wrote a note to the nephew.......
'Bastards won't let me fart.'
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"I would so love to scratch your back and body ...and apply copious amounts of lotion on your whole body ...that would be a treat for me"
- bodymaster4u2

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 9:45:05 PM- Funeral
Today's the day I say my final farewell to my bestie, Sue. At 3pm (Friday) she will make her final journey to her resting place. We won't cry or be sad ... we'll sing and celebrate a beautiful person's short life.
I'm eternally thankful that I had the pleasure of knowing her in this life and I look forward to meeting her again in the next.
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"sad times and yet happy tiems as you remember her life and treasure and begin to store all the shared memories of time well spent together xxx"
- newromantic

Monday, June 10, 2013, 12:56:23 PM- Lost
My dearest friend, Sue, lost her 2 year battle with lung cancer yesterday morning.

Thanks for all the good wishes ... they have been passed on to her family.

As for me .... I'm taking time out to meditate in the woods for a few days, it helps center me in times of trouble.
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- dewberry

Friday, May 31, 2013, 2:54:24 PM- Best Friend
I've just had some devastating news from my best friend's husband. She isn't expected to live beyond this weekend after suffering from lung cancer. Her infected lung has been filling with fluid and has been draining into her good lung so she effectively drowning slowly. She's too weak to undergo an operation to drain the lung so this is it.
I won't be around for a while, I'm needed elsewhere.

Please say a prayer for my friend Sue who has never smoked or done anything bad in her entire life. She doesn't deserve to go like this and her family don't deserve to lose such a lovely, kind, adorable person so say a prayer for her husband, children and grandchildren as well.

This sucks :(
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"i am so sorry, i will so wish and pray and i am so so sorry for the loss of such a lady, ((((((((((((((((x)))))))))))"
- newromantic

Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 2:08:33 PM- Workshop
Just had a phone call and my workshop is being delivered and erected tomorrow ... woohoo! This means that in the next few weeks I can get it all kitted out with office, art and craft stuff and start working from home again ... yeeha! I'm not going to make millions but I'm going to enjoy what I'm doing.
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"Awesome! It is so great to do what makes you happy."
- tight_wet_lips

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 3:33:06 PM- In my garden
I've been getting frustrated with decorating and doing repairs all the time so I've paid a bit of attention to my garden.
I've planted trees ~ an apple, a pear, a cherry, a plum and a conker tree. I've planted tomatoes, runner beans, strawberries, blackberries, gooseberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and hops.
I've also got loads of planters full of flowers.
Made the mistake of buying some of my plants online from Garden Bargains ~ over half arrived dead and they won't give a refund :(
Still waiting for my workshop to arrive. I ordered it and paid the deposit at the end of April and they said that it would be built between the 6th and 10th May. That has been revised to the end of the month now ~ another bad internet purchase! In the meantime I'm clocking up hefty storage fees :(
I've had a major successful find on ebay. Got myself a lovely second hand kitchen with oak doors for a fraction of the price of a new one. Just got to take the old one out and fit it now ~ any volunteers? lol
The house is coming along ... nothing fancy, just comfortable.
I've got nice neighbours and the view at the back is amazing. I get visited by horses and a small deer every day. Life is good.
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