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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2014 11:46am (Jan 16th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cataloging that the dog was in the garden again today - be helpful to have a list of dates if next door start getting arsey, not that I think they will :smile:

    Letting agents haven't rung back and aren't picking up the phone - helpful! Also need to ask them to ask the old tenants to stop coming around to pick their mail up as it is really annoying and sets Kasper off stressing; instead we will take their mail to the letting agents and they can pick it up from there.

    Rant: Lyle had a hospital appt yesterday for his leg. Took us an hour and a half to get there, we had a 30 minute wait at the hospital, go in the room only to be told they haven't found anything wrong, so he should go back to his GP and ask to be referred to physio...WHY COULDN'T THEY JUST HAVE PUT THAT IN A LETTER SO WE DIDN'T HAVE TO RUSH LIKE CRAZY AND WASTE 3+ HOURS?!?!? :mad: :mad:

    Not impressed....
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2014 10:02pm (Jan 17th 2014)
     
    That's terrible Red, they could quite easily have done that, and it would've saved your CCG money too! It also would've meant one appointment at the GP to get the information and referral. I don't understand why hospital consultants (who you probably didn't get to see anyway) feel the need to call patients back over and over.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2014 3:59pm (Jan 19th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Out of the three hospital appointments we've had there was only one where they actually did anything!! :rolling:

    Dog was in the garden today - now appears to be terrified of Lyle, he only had to go to the window and it fled - very useful!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2014 10:12pm (Jan 22nd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: I have another terrible GP >__<

    This one is possibly worse than the last one, I'm gonna have to book another appt and definitely ask for a different GP as she sorted nothing out...she spent over half the appt pressurising me to go on the pill and repeatedly asking me what I would do if I ended up pregnant...what?! That had absolutely NOTHING to do with what the appt was for, which was my meds. Grrr!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2014 5:40pm (Jan 23rd 2014)
     
    If you got pregnant you'd buy it a lovely RUB, a nice harness and clicker train it perfectly...:face-smile: Silly moo; I hate it when doctors don't listen. It makes me want to hang on to their ears and shout at them. And then they'd talk about anger management issues! I hope you can find a better Gp there, Red. Can you ask if they have one specialist trained in your particular area?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2014 6:26pm (Jan 23rd 2014)
     
    :clap: fantastic CC, shame you didn't say that to her Red. The simple answer would be you'd cope, same as every other woman.

    Are there any other practices in your area?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd, 2014 7:15pm (Jan 23rd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling: Hahahaha that would have been a much wittier response :rolling: ...my reaction was to sit there with my mouth hung open!! Speaking of harnesses, I so wish we had a puppy - how cute is this harness?? :smile:

    I'll definitely try asking for a specialist, the first GP I saw at our house before last was a specialist in mental health and she was great. Mind you my second GP there was fantastic too, I guess we just got lucky.

    Kate, there is only one practice that I know of, it's a pretty small town (as in it has one road and that's it LOL!) but if the next appointment with a different GP also goes terribly I'll try looking for a different surgery too.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2014 7:39am (Jan 24th 2014) edited
     
    Wow, Red your new GP sounds dreadful. How far away would you have to go, to find one that knows which end is up?

    That little puppy harness was so cute. I wonder if I could find one like that for little Frodo over here. I'll have to check out Amazon here.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 24th, 2014 7:39pm (Jan 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    If we did have to switch practices it'd probably take about an hour to get there, instead of the half an hour it takes now...so I'm really hoping we can find a good GP at this one! :P

    Oh I can imagine Frodo looking ADORABLE in one of them!! I want to get Zoey one hahaha but she just won't fit into one I don't think :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2014 8:24pm (Jan 25th 2014)
     
    The only place they have the harnesses is over there..I could order one, but by the time it got here it would be way too small for him. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2014 10:19pm (Jan 25th 2014)
     
    Danny has owned his new (09 plate so 4 yr old) car for one week and the windscreen wipers have stopped working - not good with all the rain we have at the moment. The only saving grace was that he happened to be about 2 miles away from where he bought it, so managed to get it back there and they said they'll sort it out, won't be until Monday at the earliest though. Why does he never have any luck with cars? He put his personalised plates on it that morning so he thinks they're cursed!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2014 3:55pm (Jan 26th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnWThe only place they have the harnesses is over there..I could order one, but by the time it got here it would be way too small for him.<img src=" />

    Ah no that sucks Lynn :sad:

    Oh jeez, no window wipers is not good in the UK Kate! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2014 8:38pm (Jan 29th 2014)
     
    Danny's car has broken down again. Only got it back on Tuesday (garage said they'd fixed it), went to work today and on the way home he had just got on the motorway when the wipers stopped again. Cost a load to get it recovered. Theyve dropped it at our local garage and they're going to look at it for us tomorrow. Wonder if this is why the previous owner got rid of it ...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2014 11:45pm (Jan 30th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's rubbish! Can't he complain to the garage that said it was fixed if it broke down like two days later??
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2014 5:48pm (Jan 31st 2014)
     
    Did he buy it privately or from a garage, Kate?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2014 11:04pm (Jan 31st 2014)
     
    From a trader. The local garage have replaced the wiper motor - when Dan phoned the trader he said if he wanted a new wiper motor to take it there and they'd fit it. How is he supposed to drive it 30 miles in pouring rain with no wipers?! We'll try to get the money out of them but it'll be a real battle. I just don't trust it now and am on tenterhooks the whole time. It kept going while he fetched the kids today, and torrential rain is forecast for this weekend so I've told him he'll have to go out and drive round and round for a couple of hours to test it out properly!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2014 12:52am (Feb 1st 2014) edited
     
    Wipers are something that is vital, I sure hope they got it fixed this time, Kate. We get so much rain here, it would be impossible to drive anywhere without them.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2014 10:11pm (Feb 1st 2014)
     
    He went for a very short drive to Asda and back (a mile in total!) and then this evening he went out in the pouring rain for about 15 minutes and it seems OK so far. Fingers crossed but still worried!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2014 11:23am (Feb 4th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We've had a few pet deaths recently, which are always sad. Quasi passed away, which was completely unexpected as he was so young, and poor little Tala (mouse) too.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2014 8:48pm (Feb 4th 2014)
     
    Oh, Red..so sorry to hear you lost Quasi and Tala. That's very sad news.:brokenheart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2014 9:12pm (Feb 4th 2014)
     
    I'm so sorry Red, it's so sad that small animals have such short lives, but at least they had good lives with you. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2014 10:25pm (Feb 4th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you both.

    We're left with only two mice again, and I always prefer keeping them in three's (in case one passes suddenly there's not one left alone)...well, this leaves us with the problem of trying to find another mouse (or two!) to add to the group. They are IMPOSSIBLE to find around here, I've looked everywhere :sad:

    I know there's a pet shop that would order two in for us, but I have no idea what the breeder is like...or what the mice would look like (not that I've ever seen a mouse I haven't fallen in love with!)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2014 9:02pm (Feb 7th 2014)
     
    Posted By: Red(not that I've ever seen a mouse I haven't fallen in love with!)


    LOL..that's our Red!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2014 6:11pm (Feb 12th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bwahaha so true! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2014 11:00pm (Feb 12th 2014)
     
    Had a really rubbish day at work for various reasons and was glad when 4pm came. Then I got home to find 2 ridge tiles smashed all over the drive. I think the neighbour's end ridge tile has come off and been blown into our little window's ridge (that's set into the roof) and knocked them off. Thankfully they just missed my eldest's car by millimetres, but as it's a town house they might need scaffold to repair it so it could potentially be expensive. Way to top off a crappy day.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2014 1:26pm (Feb 13th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry you had a crappy day Kate. I can understand the wind blowing tiles off it was so strong, or at least here it was! At least they missed the car - cling to the positives! :smile:

    Hope today has been a better day for you.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2014 10:27pm (Feb 13th 2014)
     
    I used to be a positive person, but over the years I've grown a terrible stress problem that emerges at the slightest inkling of anything out of the ordinary. Once its repaired I'll see the positives (Mic's car survived, Danny's wasn't back until an hour later, and it didn't take out more tiles or windows, or hit someone walking by) but at the moment I'm stressing about whether it'll leak this weekend, if we get more winds will the scaffold come down, will he do a proper job or be a cowboy ... my head is terrible!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2014 1:46pm (Feb 14th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm the same, I worry over everything. It's highly annoying and makes even the simplest of tasks incredibly stressful...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2014 9:47pm (Feb 15th 2014)
     
    I wonder if anyone will ever find a cure - we can but hope!! It'd help so many people but the research money will never be there.
    They didn't put the scaffold up today - they said they'd run out of time but I think it might've been because the wind has been really bad again today, so they're coming back tomorrow. I couldn't sleep last night - it sounded like the wink was going to rip the whole roof off! It all survived though. Have got Monday off so will be able to catch up on TV recordings!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2014 7:24pm (Feb 17th 2014)
     
    The roof bill was doubled - I made the "mistake" of asking if the tiles along the ridge were OK because they'd got big gaps in the mortar, and so they had a look and they were all loose too. One of them was completely loose, and another only had a tiny bit of mortar. It was the wrong sort that the builders had used (brick mortar not roof mortar) so hopefully it'll be OK now.

    Another rant: Took Emmett to the vet to get her claws trimmed and she bit me - straight into the fleshy bit of my left index fingertip. It's poured with blood, is bruised at both puncture sites, and sore as hell! How can an almost 19 year old cat be so fast and have such sharp teeth! Hope it doesn't get infected.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2014 6:38pm (Feb 18th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    At least you got the other tiles fixed now rather than having to pay the builders to come out again after the next windy day. It's good that it's all sorted now :smile:

    Ouch, poor you and poor Emmett!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2014 7:56pm (Feb 18th 2014)
     
    Between 9 and 10pm while I was watching The Walking Dead my finger started to swell and got hotter and redder and started spreading up my finger so had to go to the out of hours GP service. They've given me 2 types of antibiotics, one of which gives me awful indigestion! It's like taking a horse pill too-huge thing!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2014 3:19pm (Feb 19th 2014)
     
    Is it gout, Kate? Sounds horrid. And why couldn't they prescribe a different antibiotic to the indigestion one? You evidently have an allergy to The Walking Dead... feel better soon.:heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2014 7:30pm (Feb 19th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh Kate poor you! I hope your finger recovers soon!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2014 1:18am (Feb 20th 2014)
     
    Wow Kate, sound like blood poisoning, if it was spreading up your finger like that, sure glad you went to the doctor when you did. I hope it's going to feel better fast.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2014 11:17pm (Feb 21st 2014)
     
    Yes I think it was Lynn which was why I decided not to wait until the morning!

    It's feeling a lot better already, in fact the tablets are now worse than the finger. Why can't they put a decent taste on them? I know they don't want people to think they're sweets or anything like that, but come on, surely they could be a little more palatable!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2014 4:58pm (Feb 22nd 2014)
     
    I have to fight for sleeping tablets to take when I'm on steroids 'because they're addictive'. 'Have you ever tasted them? They taste as though a badger crawled into your mouth and died. How can you get addicted to THAT?' I asked the twelve-year old who appeared to be sitting in the doctor's chair. He had no answer.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2014 8:01pm (Feb 22nd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2014 5:20pm (Feb 23rd 2014)
     
    Posted By: chief chicken'Have you ever tasted them? They taste as though a badger crawled into your mouth and died


    Thanks for the laugh, CC. :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2014 8:53pm (Feb 23rd 2014)
     
    Ha ha!! No, have never had them, but I think most pills are foul so don't know how people manage them. i struggle with basic paracetamol - how do people take them without water?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2014 4:27pm (Feb 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I can take three of mine without water; two are capsules so they go down pretty easily, and one is seriously tiny. I used to be able to take any pill without water, but seem to have lost that ability...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2014 6:55pm (Feb 26th 2014)
     
    I can't take any pills without water. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2014 5:35pm (Feb 27th 2014)
     
    My rant; why would somebody with a pristine squeaky-clean WHITE sports car be taking up space in the carwash when my little black beastie Arfur is sooooooooooooooo grubby I can hardly see out of the back window? Honestly, his car was sooooooooo clean yet he was ladling about 5 quid into the machine! He must have OCD...meanwhile Arfur has to go dirty.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2014 6:09pm (Feb 28th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: RUBBBBYYYYYY!!! :mad:

    I swear, there is no cage this hamster can't break out from!!

    So we had her in the Kios cage, which is this huge beautiful cage suitable for mice as the bar spacing is so narrow. It's supposed to be totally escape-proof. NOT!

    Ruby figured out that if she used enough force she could knock out the section where tubes can be attached...okay, the first time we thought we must have connected it wrong. I mean how can a hamster cage not withstand the force of ONE hamster pushing against it?!?!

    We recaptured Ruby from the shelf, popped her back home and went to bed...and the next morning she was gone -__-

    Found a trail of moved socks and poops leading to the bathroom...oh good, she's under the floorboards!!! Never thought we would get her back, but Lyle set up a bottle trap...WE CAUGHT HER!! We didn't even use anything enticing, just bread, but nope she was in the tilted jug when Lyle checked around midday :smile:

    So now she's in one of the mice's pink orbs, which are so so so so small but we just don't have anything else secure to put her in, she's going to have to wait a few days.

    I think I'm going to complain about the Kios cage, we almost lost a hamster because of it!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2014 7:00pm (Mar 2nd 2014)
     
    I hope you can find a cage that will keep Ruby from breaking out, Red. I'm glad you were able to find her after her great escape. Ruby is a clever kid. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2014 10:32pm (Mar 2nd 2014)
     
    She's a very intelligent hamster! I would complain - maybe they'll suggest some way to stop her doing that Otherwise, could you tie the pieces together somehow - cable ties or a big roll of sellotape?!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2014 6:09pm (Mar 10th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She's too clever for her own good, a real Houdini...mind you she wasn't clever enough to avoid the bottle trap, it was pretty funny going in the bathroom and finding her upside down in a jug :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2014 9:57pm (Mar 10th 2014)
     
    Posted By: Redit was pretty funny going in the bathroom and finding her upside down in a jug


    Too bad you didn't get a picture of that one, Red. :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2014 4:06pm (Mar 11th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha we were both laughing hysterically and then thought 'oops, should probably get her out of there!!' :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2014 8:06pm (Mar 11th 2014)
     
    I've never heard of a bottle trap - is it literally that, a bottle with something delicious in it? How come she can't get out - slippy glass?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 2:02pm (Mar 12th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The bottle is tipped sideways semi-vertically so they can't scramble their way back out, we propped it on a few books thinking there wasn't a chance it would work...Ruby's belly got the better of her! :001_tongue:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2014 8:18pm (Mar 14th 2014)
     
    Ha ha! That's great, would never have thought of it.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2014 1:06pm (Mar 16th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    RIP Ruby, I don't know if it was something to do with her recent escape but she passed away sometime in the night :( Sleep soundly, gorgeous girl xxx

    I've also got a feeling something is up with the new mice, but I don't know why because they are both acting completely normal!! I've had it ever since I brought them home, but I can't take them to the vets as there's nothing actually wrong with them...they go crazy for food, handle like normal...I just have a feeling something is off...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2014 1:38pm (Mar 16th 2014)
     
    I hope you're wrong, Red; I hate that feeling when there's nothing concrete you can say but you Just Know. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2014 7:41pm (Mar 16th 2014)
     
    I'm so sorry about Ruby. Sleep soundly little girl.

    All you can do is keep an eye on the mice until you realise what it is, if anything. Sometimes the 'feeling' really can overtake any sort of logical assessment - the fact they're eating, drinking, playing as normal - but then again, when you're living with an animal and getting to know it so well you will often realise something is off with them before it affects one of the normal markers. I hope it turns out that it's just mommy worries!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2014 1:32pm (Mar 18th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks both...I hope it's just mummy worries too! They're still fine so far! :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 4:39am (Mar 19th 2014)
     
    Oh Red, I'm so sorry to hear about little Ruby. That is just so sad. I hope there is nothing wrong with the other mice and it's just because you don't know what Ruby died from, that makes you have a feeling there is something wrong.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 1:24pm (Mar 19th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you Lynn, I hope so too :) Sparrrow and Su are such little sods when it comes to handling, they're the fastest mice I've ever owned! And despite trying to handle them numerous times a day (yes, trying!) for just a few minutes they are still so skittish :(
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2014 10:16pm (Mar 23rd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant(S): Firstly cars that don't indicate. How are pedestrians supposed to know which way you are going and avoid getting run over, are we all supposed to be psychic?!

    Secondly, cars that speed. Especially on tiny country lanes that have no street lights and we have to walk our dog up at night. I carry a strong torch to shine at cars so they know we are there, but some idiots drive so fast it's scary.

    Finally cars that park on the pavement. This really bugs me...is it legal?? When they're blocking the entire path...grrrr!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2014 10:26pm (Mar 23rd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lyle just called that the uber-rant :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 6:57am (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Sorry to hear about little Ruby, Red.
    They certainly keep you entertained and on your toes all your little friends.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 12:07pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks TM. They certainly do, my life would be very empty indeed without my pets!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 3:41pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Posted By: Red Firstly cars that don't indicate. How are pedestrians supposed to know which way you are going and avoid getting run over, are we all supposed to be psychic?!
    Finally cars that park on the pavement. This really bugs me...is it legal??


    Number one applies to other drivers too, Red; "Well, everybody knows I always turn right here because it's where I live"!
    And no, it's not legal to park on pavements. You can ring 101 to report them. Or get Lyle to buy you a big fat...scratchy...diamond ring...:face-devil-grin:...after all, if the car gets scratched, it's not your fault there's no room to pass...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 10:57pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's useful CC, I didn't realise you could report it.

    Haha I'm not sure a diamond ring would last in our house, Zoey just loves chewing on rings (and watches, and sleeves, and toggles...). My dad bought me a small ring in the shape of a mouse...it's lost an eye already :tooth: I'm really surprised nobody has scratched the cars in anger yet though!

    I remember my friend was wearing diamond earrings when she came to see the chicks when they were about 4 weeks old. Daisy studied it very closely and then pecked it out and tried to eat it; my friend had only had them a week!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 11:10pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Not indicating annoys me too - car designers didn't put orange lights on the corners of cars to make them look pretty after all!
    As for parking on the path, I have to do a half on half off if we visit the mother-in-law, otherwise I can guarantee a car would crash into the back of ours because of the narrow road layout, and if ours was parked fully on the road another car overtaking it wouldn't be able to see one coming the other way. I do try to leave enough room for a pushchair to get past (they're usually the widest thing on a path) as it's something that annoys me too but we have no choice as there's no other parking. It's also bad for the car so I'm surprised people choose to do it! I apologise to anyone I may have annoyed though.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 11:13pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Forgot to post my rant. Lent my earrings to Caitlyn (she'd lost one of hers) until we could buy her some more at the weekend. Took mine back and put them on top of the microwave out of the way until I could take them upstairs. She went home, I went to get my earrings ... only to find Tabby had knocked them off and one of them is now lost. Hope she didn't eat it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 4:33pm (Mar 25th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: Kateb
    As for parking on the path, I have to do a half on half off if we visit the mother-in-law, otherwise I can guarantee a car would crash into the back of ours because of the narrow road layout, and if ours was parked fully on the road another car overtaking it wouldn't be able to see one coming the other way. I do try to leave enough room for a pushchair to get past (they're usually the widest thing on a path) as it's something that annoys me too but we have no choice as there's no other parking. It's also bad for the car so I'm surprised people choose to do it! I apologise to anyone I may have annoyed though.


    Oh Kate you are One of Them!! :tooth:


    Posted By: KatebForgot to post my rant. Lent my earrings to Caitlyn (she'd lost one of hers) until we could buy her some more at the weekend. Took mine back and put them on top of the microwave out of the way until I could take them upstairs. She went home, I went to get my earrings ... only to find Tabby had knocked them off and one of them is now lost. Hope she didn't eat it!

    Hope it turns up Kate :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 5:50pm (Mar 25th 2014)
     
    Has it dropped into the michaelwave, Kate? Does it rattle?
    As long as there's pushchair room on the pavement I reckon it's all right, but a lot of people park so only their two wheels are on the road; everything else is across the pavement. :(
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 8:41pm (Mar 25th 2014)
     
    I am ashamed to be 'one of them' but we don't visit that often - terrible considering how close they live! I would moan about it if I were a passer-by. Double standards!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2014 3:00pm (Mar 26th 2014)
     
    Well you aren't 'one of them' because you leave room for push/wheel chairs. It's the ones who park with most of the car on the pavement, not the road...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2014 6:03pm (Mar 26th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    today's rant: we asked for some fuzzies at the pet shop (although apparently they call them 'fluffies') and specifically asked for the mice a step up from pinkies...the mice she gave us are huge!! Travis is way too big for pinkies but I don't think he could stomach those...

    There are hardly any pet shops around here that sell frozen food for snakes, so it's a pain having to go to another :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2014 8:28pm (Mar 26th 2014)
     
    I thought the size was pretty much defined around pinkies, fuzzies etc. Did you explain what size you needed so that they can get the right ones next time? Can you buy on line or give him pinkies while you wait for them to get the right size?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2014 11:20pm (Mar 27th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They seemed to think that they *were* the size up from pinkies, despite us clearly saying they were large...in fact Lyle clearly turned around in the shop and said "omg they're huge!" Shop lady was not happy, but then again she is always a misery :tooth: In fact she is usually stood outside the door blowing smoke in your face as you walk in :001_rolleyes:

    Ordering online is a great idea! I can't believe I've never thought of that, thanks! :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2014 12:24pm (Mar 28th 2014)
     
    Also, the use of a knife could reduce the size. Two for price of one!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2014 8:46pm (Mar 28th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hmmm, that's true, and something else I hadn't thought of. I wonder if that would be safe for him?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2014 3:32am (Mar 29th 2014)
     
    Found that earring yet, Kate?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2014 8:41pm (Mar 29th 2014)
     
    Would you have to cut across or along the length for him to manage with it?

    No, still no sign CC, I've given up hope!

    My rant: the bulb has gone in the kitchen and we can only buy them online (stupid fitting means til only take a specific bulb), and the loo in our bathroom has broken. Slowest dribble ever to fill up, but then doesn't stop filling either. House is only 6 years old and that's the second loo to break.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2014 4:58pm (Mar 30th 2014)
     
    Bucket of water would be the best way to flush it till it's fixed, Kate.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2014 6:13pm (Mar 30th 2014)
     
    We've got 2 other loos, it's just that first thing in the morning (or middle of the night) that loo is more convenient! Now, how to get hubby to fix it ...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2014 7:31pm (Mar 30th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha at least you have other toilets!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2014 4:33pm (Mar 31st 2014)
     
    Posted By: KatebNow, how to get hubby to fix it ...


    Nail up the door to the other loo. :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2014 6:02pm (Mar 31st 2014) edited
     
    Kate, I wish I was there I could probably fix the loo for you...Can you take the lid off the tank part and see if maybe the chain that controls the flopper thingy has gotten snagged on it's self, it sounds like that could be the problem..but then I don't know what the inside of your tanks over there look like (you could always post me a picture of it. :face-smile: )
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2014 8:54pm (Mar 31st 2014)
     
    It needs a new rubber seal thingy. Can't believe how hard they are to find! Went to B&Q and came back with the wrong one. Why won't men ask for help?!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2014 9:21pm (Mar 31st 2014) edited
     
    Posted By: KatebWhy won't men ask for help?!


    That's the all time big question, Kate..I guess they just don't know how to ask.:confused1:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 1st, 2014 4:31pm (Apr 1st 2014)
     
    Moses and the children of Israel wandered the deserts for 40 years in search of the Promised Land.
    Even then, men wouldn't ask for directions...:tooth:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2014 4:51pm (Apr 2nd 2014)
     
    Wahahahahaha..CC, thanks for the laugh. :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2014 8:53pm (Apr 4th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: poor Zoey is under the weather. She was sick (just foam, usually a sign of a too empty stomach in a dog) so we tried to feed her but she wasn't interested. Mind you she rarely is in food!! But we're keeping a close eye on her; all she's wanted to do is sleep bless her...I'm wondering if it's possibly because she was wormed yesterday, Kasper used to throw up every time he was wormed when he was on a different one...

    Second rant, at the rescue we walk dogs at, we saw one of the staff really yelling at one of the dogs...this is a dog the sanctuary has adopted as their own as he was so long term. The dog was reacting to the dog we were walking (barking and pulling on lead) and the staff member was yanking him back and really screaming at him... :sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2014 9:13pm (Apr 6th 2014)
     
    Its horrible when you see staff doing that - I told on one of the staff for 'scruffing' a cat (picking it up by the scruff with no other support) but feel like they all look at me suspiciously now. Still, well being of the cat is most important. Were you able to mention it to anyone or did you not feel able?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2014 6:18pm (Apr 7th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We'd already complained to one staff member about some volunteers trying to open the paddock gate whilst we were in there with a dog...their dog also turned out to be dog aggressive!!! What sort of fool would do that?!?

    So I didn't want to complain to them again, least of all to another staff member. But I might email them about it...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2014 8:42am (Apr 8th 2014) edited
     
    When you "complain"' put it in the form of a question, asking for guidance, as if you didn't know better. With your head on one side and a big smile.:face-smile:

    Eg., Has the regulation/advice been changed, as you understood that the paddock gate should not have been opened in those circumstances.....?

    This method may be re-used many times.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2014 5:03pm (Apr 8th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKWhen you "complain"' put it in the form of a question, asking for guidance, as if you didn't know better. With your head on one side and a big smile.


    Haha, I like it! Makes me not come across as such an annoying brat, bothering them all the time :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2014 7:38pm (Apr 8th 2014)
     
    That's a great technique Ollie, will use it myself I think!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2014 7:54pm (Apr 8th 2014)
     
    Fabulous idea...she's sharp, is our Ollie! You should've been a diplomat.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2014 7:51pm (Apr 9th 2014)
     
    My rant: accidentally found a site called winkypaedia or something like that. There were posts about stopping cats pooping in the garden, and the first few were about things they'd tried and the success rate, but then they degenerated into hate-filled posts about poisoning, shooting, and vile, horrible things they would want to do / have done. There was no way to report the posts as abusive so people can get away with posting all the venom they like.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2014 5:53pm (Apr 10th 2014)
     
    Gits. What horrible people there are...:face-sad:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2014 9:59pm (Apr 16th 2014)
     
    Some people don't understand the difference between being firm with an animal and being abusive to them..they also don't understand it with their children either. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2014 9:52pm (Apr 17th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Whenever I hear someone advocating being "firm" with an animal it makes me cringe...even if it's not the way they intended (although it so often is), it always makes me think of punishment...Tico, the puppy we saw at the animal sanctuary, they advertised he needed a "firm" owner as he was confident...he's just a baby!!! It's a *good* thing that he's confident, sheesh!

    Walking Zoey today and she was pulling at the end of her lead as she wanted to say hello to someone. The man said she needed a firm hand and advised slapping her about the face...erm, no thanks?! :cursing:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2014 9:56pm (Apr 17th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: there is so much smashed glass on the pavements in this village, it's ridiculous. On all three of our walks we have to cross the road or walk down the road to avoid glass from smashed beer bottles...Zoey has already cut her foot once and nicked it a second time thanks to idiots who have left glass there!

    Funnily enough we haven't had such a problem with glass since we lived in Stoke, and this is regarded to be a nice, 'posh' little village.

    and second rant: still the dog walkers in this village! Today we saw a lovely Greyhound who reacted to Zoey. What did the owner do? Yank the dog around by it's collar and whack it over the head repeatedly!! We also saw the two Cocker Spaniels who get hit if they look in our direction... *sigh* :sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2014 9:23pm (Apr 18th 2014)
     
    It must be so frustrating Red, they sound like a load of idiots.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2014 4:34pm (Apr 19th 2014)
     
    On the up side, if Red does start a training class in the village, there seems to be a huge number of potential pupils!