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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2018 5:58pm (Oct 12th 2018)
     
    How brilliant NN...will the cats (and GN) be allowed in? When will it be finished?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2018 6:35pm (Oct 13th 2018)
     
    So excited to see so many posts from my beloved buddies. :rowofhearts:

    I LOVE that photo, NN. And CC's pun - entails. Har.

    My kittens are six months old as of the 14th. Well, Merlin as of the 2nd. Hakuin and Merlin (who are cousins ... and half brothers because ... cats) weigh about 9 pounds. Harri, however, (Hakuin's baby brother) weighs about 10 pounds! It almost throws your back out to pick him up. His feet are like he is wearing baseball gloves on them.

    NN I am eating waffles (vegan ones) with peanut butter and PLUM SAUCE on them, as I write. So yummy.

    Kate I carry a laptop for my job as a DCR (Designated Crisis Responder). We have just entered the world of electronic health records. So we go into this online app and all the client data is there for any client we have ever seen. Still have hot batteries in these computers though. I sure it isn't out of consideration for cats. We are way behind you guys on things like this. Our local hospital only switched to EHR last year.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2018 4:32pm (Oct 14th 2018)
     
    Wow, we've had electronic records for many years now, though they are done alongside paper ones - can't get the doctors to give up on pen and paper!! Also, paper doesn't go down when there's a problem with the system, and can't get hacked en mass! I've spend 26 years in the NHS and have always been able to access patient records, but I'm not allowed now. I might read something I'm not allowed. Having signed a confidentiality agreement on day one I really don't see the problem, but data protection rules have changed so much.

    I can't believe how old your kittens are now Diane, or how big they are!! I reserved a kitten of the same age this weekend and he was 3.2kg and considered on the plump side!!!!! Yours must be crossed with a big breed.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2018 5:26pm (Oct 16th 2018)
     
    I hope you realise that Harri will grow into his paws, Diane...you're quite sure he isn't a panther?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2018 8:47pm (Oct 18th 2018)
     
    It don't seem possible that six months have passed so quickly Diane. Your Kitties are growing so fast. Time we had some more photos when you have a moment to spare. My Sootz is a huge cat weighs over a stone. He has massive paws and they are so furry underneath, Mickey looks so slender next to him. Minnie is my tiny little girl. She mostly lives upstairs but does like to go outside for a little while when she feels like it. As CC says he will grow into his paws and be a big cat. Those waffles sound lovely I like lemon juice and sugar or butterscotch sauce and a little butter. No wonder I am plump ha ha
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2018 9:02pm (Oct 18th 2018)
     
    The craft room is a wooden lean to type of building. and its coming on a real treat. The shell is almost done then we will just have to tart up the inside as money permits. Yes CC all will be welcome to come in as long as they create no mess, or sit on what I am doing especially if its wet paint !! I did have a spot in G/N shed but because I always tidied up behind myself it just got to be a real pain having to take all the junk back off my table every time I needed to use it !!! I can not work in a mess and like to know every thing is where it is meant to be. I will do pictures when I get a minute to spare.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2018 7:11pm (Oct 21st 2018)
     
    It sounds fab NN, I hate that I have to do everything on my lap so am constantly putting it away, getting it out ... I used to have a bedroom for myself for a very brief period of time but that disappeared when Danny moved back home, and now it's Caitlyn's bedroom.

    Looking forward to seeing photos!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2018 7:52pm (Oct 22nd 2018)
     
    I know what you mean Kate and do consider myself so lucky. The outside is almost complete now, just got the guttering to finish and the odd bit to tidy up apparently. We got plans to make it nice inside but that will take a while as we need to get the funds together for that. I will still be able to use it mean time so that's handy.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2018 1:41am (Oct 24th 2018)
     
    My sittens are from barn cats with an unknown father. They didn't seem like particularly huge kitties, but now that I think of it - Harri's aunt (Merlin's mother)who Harri looks exactly like, is a fairly big girl. And who knows about daddy... How much is a 'stone' in pounds?

    That space you are building sounds so lovely, NN.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2018 1:51am (Oct 24th 2018)
     
    Oh, found this thread again. I asked elsewhere - Kate are you getting a kitten? I notice I called mine "sittens" above. Freudian slip if I'd added an H.

    Everyone, I could use all the positive energy and prayers you can muster for my sweet Holly. She is having dental surgery tomorrow. She 15.5 years old so it's a bit scary. I have done everything I know to do to prepare her. She has an acupuncturist who lived and trained in China. In addition to his treatments (and his reading her labs from her regular vet and saying that her organs are very healthy and labs good) he has been giving her this Chinese treatment that soldiers there use to control bleeding, because that is a danger in mouth surgery. I hand make all her food and I've been trying to keep her spirits high even though I think her mouth hurts her by taking her on walks where she gets to lead us everywhere and sniff as long as she wants. The surgery is at 8 am my time and the surgeon is very good.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2018 6:45pm (Oct 24th 2018)
     
    Sorry, I didn't mean that I'd reserved it for me, I was at rehoming so did the work around introductions with a new family and THEY reserved it (but I count it in my numbers!!)

    Sending lots of good vibes and wishes to Holly - and to you, I think it's more stressful for the owner than the pet sometimes! You've done so much for her it's amazing. She's very advanced in age now, but it's very reassuring that the vet has checked her out and and she's healthy. My cat, Emmett, who passed away last year aged 22, had her eye out when she was 17 or 18. I was very worried because of her age but the vet told me the same and she sailed through it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2018 6:55pm (Oct 24th 2018)
     
    A stone is 14lb, Diane. Lots of love going to you and Holly. :heart:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2018 7:39pm (Oct 24th 2018)
     
    Diane all love and hugs to you and Holly, I know what a worry it is... we had Sootz teeth done two years ago, we could have gotten away with it as they were not giving him any bother but could have been troublesome two years ahead. We thought we would get them out while he still had his full strength, as he is really old for a Mainecoon cat. He did really well and the vets were really good with him, but I did cry all the way home in the car and on and off till we got him safe home with us again. I will try and get a picture of him and Mickey side by side so you can see the size difference. Trouble is Mickey is a right fidgety-jibbit and dont stay in any one place for long. Let us know how it all went. All love xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2018 5:10pm (Oct 25th 2018)
     
    How did it go, Diane? Any news?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2018 6:11pm (Oct 25th 2018)
     
    THANK YOU ALL for all your good thoughts and energy. She HAS sailed through it. You would hardly know she had three teeth pulled yesterday. I'm keeping the kitten boys locked in their room away from her for awhile though and they are not happy. At all. Even though they have every kitten toy under the sun in there with them.

    On Facebook today a long video I did in 2014, walking around our village, came up. I looked at it with confused emotions. So much happiness and also just knowing how hard it would have been if this surgery had gone badly. I am such a lucky person and so grateful for my little dog. And for each of you.

    CC - I would have been skyping you but the damn thing isn't working. I'm going to try to reload it.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2018 6:12pm (Oct 25th 2018)
     
    Thanks for the explanation about reserving, Kate. I want to see that photo, NN. :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2018 6:21pm (Oct 29th 2018)
     
    I'm so pleased she's through it and recovering well! I think the kittens will be the ones that feel it the most! Doesn't matter how much entertainment there is, they always prefer whatever is the other side of the door!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2018 5:55pm (Oct 30th 2018)
     
    Tried to get that picture for you Diane, while they were eating their supper but, Sootz stuck his head in Mickeys dish and he wasn't best pleased and cleared off to eat biscuits !!! Very very happy Holly did so well, I bet she feels fantastic now those nasty ole teeth have gone.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2018 6:02pm (Oct 30th 2018)
     
    Well the new shed is up and running. It is nice and cosy and relaxing compared to G/N shed. Cats are banned due to wanting to take over and get into every thing. I did warn them but typical cats they take no notice and wanted to stretch out right where I was painting. G/N is in and out, mostly for a warm I think !! He got so used to me being in his shed He said it feels lonely in there now. Plus I got chocolate, sweets, a comfy chair and a heater in mine !!! I will get pictures real soon.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2018 6:49pm (Oct 30th 2018)
     
    Better get an extra chair, NN. Sounds as though GN will be a frequent visitor. And of course the cats will need somewhere to sleep...:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2018 11:12pm (Nov 1st 2018)
     
    Sounds wonderful! We're all going to be jealous!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2018 7:32pm (Nov 2nd 2018) edited
     
    Well I got G/N to get the fish eye lens out to take the pictures with, hence the curved look, as I had trouble with my ordinary lens to get the pictures for you. So here it is my new shed
      comfy chair.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2018 7:33pm (Nov 2nd 2018)
     
    Still got some little things to tidy up in there but will get round to it eventually. Main thing is I can get on with my stuff
      door.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2018 7:39pm (Nov 2nd 2018) edited
     
    My friend was having a new carpet so I just managed to snag half of of it before it went to the tip.
      desk.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2018 3:19pm (Nov 3rd 2018)
     
    That's not a shed, NN, that's a CRAFT STUDIO! Lucky you...:face-smile: Clever GN...:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2018 3:58pm (Nov 4th 2018)
     
    It looks great NN!! I went to the craft show on Friday with Caitlyn and their was a stand there selling desk and shelving set ups that open out or fold in to hide it all but they were mega expensive! We had a lovely day together - the show wasn't as good as I expected. I bought Caitlyn a marbling kit which she'd had a go at and loved, but we tried it today and the results weren't as good and it took ages to get it all set up. I also bought her a hair curling wand which I burnt myself on first time we tried it. And some blendypens which were great on the stand but not so good at home. If nothing else it taught me that I'm gullible and in future to keep my purse in my bag!! But she was so good and so grateful for everything it was worth it. Best thing I bought was a beading mat for £1! Has made life a lot easier for me!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2018 4:51pm (Nov 5th 2018) edited
     
    I've seen those units on eBay. Kate; might be cheaper to get a used one.
    NN, Tuppence wishes to thank you very much for the tin of sardines which arrived today. She tore them out of my hand as I opened the envelope; all post which comes to the house is for her, of course. Thank you! :heart::face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2018 8:03pm (Nov 5th 2018)
     
    I won't be getting one CC - it's one of those things I'll always wish I had but will always find something better to spend the money on (if I ever have the space of course!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2018 9:08pm (Nov 5th 2018)
     
    Thank you both for your kind comments re my shed.
    Its such a shame you were disappointed with your purchases Kate but so nice you were able to have some premium girly time together. Bless her she sounds such a lovely girl Mallory isn't greedy either and its so nice to treat her to nice things.
    Let me know how Tuppence gets on with her sardines CC, I made mine one sardine as I thought it would be nice to have something different and only Sootz was interested in it, Mickey just wanted to get his head inside the catnip tin and managed to get it out of my hand and spill it..... Minnie was happy to squirm about on my slippers and the carpet where it spilt. I showed it to Tim and he has requested I make them one, but I said he had to join the end of the queue. I managed to get one of the shawls done and have made a start on the second one. Then I got all my Christmas crafts in the shed to finish, No wonder I get so tired. I don't seem to stop !!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2018 2:25pm (Nov 7th 2018)
     
    Every night I put the sardines in their tin. Every morning they are spread all over the front room. One was found under the piano stool. She loves them!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2018 11:24pm (Nov 9th 2018)
     
    I can't believe how quickly time is passing - I must decide what blanket I'm going to make for my friend (will this be The Blanket 5? I've lost count!!)
    I get frustrated that I never seem able to do anything crafting until it's late. My eyes are tired then and I find it hard to do without making mistakes and having to keep undoing whatever I'm making.
    I had a go at lacemaking at the show. I've always wanted to try it - the lady taught me 2 simple stitches and I can understand how it's done, but they must spend a lot of time joining more cotton on to the bobbins. It's not something I'll take up now that I've tried it, but it's almost like scratching an itch and being satisfied with the brief tryout!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2018 4:55pm (Nov 10th 2018)
     
    I had a go at lace making once but kept breaking threads so went over to stone carving...but you're right Kate, it's nice to try these things out.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2018 5:17pm (Nov 10th 2018)
     
    Oh how lovely to have a go at the lace making Kate It is so intricate and beautiful. How the heck did you keep breaking the threads CC ? Stone carving is fantastic though and something you are not afraid to touch. Ive often fancied a go at it trouble is I do so many things as it is so not a lot of time to do new things. I managed to get all my Christmas thingies done now. I got a stall booked for next Saturday and another for 2nd Dec so am hoping all goes well and people buy some.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2018 6:22pm (Nov 10th 2018) edited
     
    We went into the city to pay our respects at the tower of London thought you might like to see a couple of pics
      tower.jpg
      b eater.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2018 7:01pm (Nov 11th 2018)
     
    Lovely, NN. I think I preferred the river of poppies though.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2018 7:40pm (Nov 12th 2018)
     
    So many people said the same thing CC. They were also pumping out some totally awful music/noise that loads of people were complaining about. I think silence would have been a lot better.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2018 8:05pm (Nov 12th 2018)
     
    The stone you carved for Joey's grave all those years ago still looks as good as new CC! It sits on his grave and is a little overgrown at the moment but won't take much to clear!
    What sort of things do you sell NN?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2018 5:46pm (Nov 22nd 2018)
     
    I will do photo when I get a moment Kate xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2018 8:06pm (Nov 29th 2018)
     
    Such a busy time of year, Im on my eighth hedgehog at the moment got a craft fair coming up Sunday. Had a leak on the new shed roof, so it has been a rough day for G/N today on the roof in the rain and wind. So did a nice roast dinner. Feeling rather fat and full at the moment!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2018 10:06pm (Nov 29th 2018)
     
    I wish G/N was here! There's a gap in my guttering that just needs pulling back together. I spoke to my neighbour and he said if hubby lets him know when he'll bring the ladder and help him, but hubby just won't do it! SO frustrating - the dripping water drives me mad!

    I've got to do another blanket. My work-daughter is having a baby and it's due in March, but she's quite petite and they think she might have it early. I just can't choose the wool. I want something soft but that can be machine washed and tumble dried. The wool I used last time was ok once the blanket was made and washed, but it was quite harsh when it was new and not pleasant to work with.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2018 8:28pm (Nov 30th 2018)
     
    I hate the drip drip drip sound as well Kate our shower does it every now and then as it get hard to turn off sometimes so I do feel sorry for you. Can you not just ask your neighbour to do it for you? Have you tried the alpaca yarn?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2018 7:58pm (Dec 4th 2018)
     
    My neighbour is in his late 60s - I'd never forgive myself if he fell or something!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2018 12:31pm (Dec 5th 2018)
     
    Yes it is always a worry. G/N is sixty nine and I am seventy two. It is so frustrating when you can not so much as you used to, I tend to push myself and then wonder why I feel so exhausted. We don't do so badly though so that's a blessing.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2018 12:35pm (Dec 5th 2018)
     
    At last here is a picture of some of the things we made, its at a school hall. We went to a posher place Sunday and did really well. I made some hedgehogs and am furiously making some owls at the moment as we will be at a school Christmas fair Friday evening and stocks of the smaller items are running low
      sssss_n.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2018 5:28pm (Dec 5th 2018)
     
    They're gorgeous! Hope you raise a lot on Friday.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2018 6:24pm (Dec 5th 2018)
     
    Thanks CC, they have been fun to make xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2018 11:10pm (Dec 5th 2018)
     
    They look great! You've been really busy!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 6th, 2018 6:27pm (7 days ago) edited
     
    Thank you, I got to think of some spring summer stuff to make now, right off to see if I can manage to make one more owl tonight xx
      owlsssssssss.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 6th, 2018 11:58pm (7 days ago)
     
    Oh they're adorable! Look at those little hedgehogs!! :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2018 5:48am (6 days ago)
     
    NN, your little owls are adorable!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the hedgehogs too!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2018 4:54pm (4 days ago)
     
    Thank you so much. The big hedgehog was sold before I had even got the table set up which was handy as it paid for the table. It was a shame as the stall holders got put into a class room while the main event was in the hall so we got badly over looked. I left G/N in charge of table while I went out into the corridor to direst people in to us. all stall holders were so glad I did else we wouldn't have sold anything G/N and I did reasonably well but it could have been so much better. I did say about it to the school governor that invited us there so she made a note of it. So hopefully another time it will be better.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2018 5:32pm (3 days ago)
     
    So its back to sorting out my Christmas gifts now. Got this bottle of Prosecco jazzed up last night while G/N was at work. He did laugh when he saw it. What do you think?
      wine.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2018 6:43pm (3 days ago)
     
    Excellent! And the joy of it is that nobody knows how much you've pinched out of the bottle...:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2018 10:13pm (3 days ago)
     
    It's fabulous!!! One of these years I'll be prepared in advance. I've only got 2 days off around the bank holidays (or is it 3? I can't remember what was approved now!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2018 4:28pm (2 days ago)
     
    Three. Definitely three. If not more. And with that nasty 'stomach bug' which might keep you off work for another week...:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2018 5:39pm (1 day ago)
     
    Well I just hope you've been good cos Santa is on his way Not many days to go now xxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2018 5:48pm (1 day ago)
     
    I haven't been good. I've had fun!:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2018 8:30pm (1 day ago)
     
    Ah but as long as it was jolly good fun your quite safe CC and he will still arrive...….just remember NN knows you know !!!
    xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2018 7:21pm (9 hours ago)
     
    :scared: