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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2014 4:35pm (Dec 2nd 2014)
     
    I dunno what it is in C either - I don't do foreign. All I know is 16C = 61F and 28C = 82F! I have to work it out from there. And 12 isn't far from zero... How many animals/birds have you got, Lynn? I know there's loads of 'em...:D
    Haven't even done a list, Kate - I can't summon up the enthusiasm somehow...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2014 6:20pm (Dec 2nd 2014) edited
     
    I found a conversion site....12°F = -11.11°C
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2014 8:27pm (Dec 2nd 2014)
     
    WAH! Wrap up warm, chicken....
    Thank you for the snow, Neil!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2014 8:51pm (Dec 2nd 2014)
     
    Minus 11 degrees! That's bl**dy cold! Hope you've got a nice thick pair of gloves and a cosy woolly hat!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2014 12:24pm (Dec 3rd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    WOAH! That is coooold Lynn!! :gasp:

    Our 'pond' has iced over the first time today. I want to bring the fish inside, I'm worrying!! It's supposed to be fine, the pond is over 60cm deep so they fish are supposed to be able to survive ice perfectly fine...but it doesn't stop me wanting to bring them in :P

    Sorry I haven't been around, I had a bad episode. Ugh. Went to see my GP and they really are amazing, had me wait in the waiting room and phoned and demanded that someone do something to help. What a star! So they added another anti-psychotic to my med cocktail and I actually got some sleep last night, which was nice :smile: Still a bit speedy today but definitely doing better...only problem is the AP they added was the one that made me gain a load of weight, so I don't particularly want to stay on it long-term :001_rolleyes: Still, surely it's impossible for me to get heavier if I'm not eating anything because my appetite has gone?! :rolling:

    rant: Zoey is in her crate whilst Lyle takes Kasper for a walk. She is whining, barking, scratching and generally making as much noise as possible because she knows I'm in the house. I can't let her out because I wouldn't be able to watch her properly. She has toys and a tripe stick in there but is being a pain in the bum...shut up Zoey!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2014 5:14pm (Dec 3rd 2014)
     
    Glad you have such a caring GP - it makes such a difference. Hope the cocktail sorts you out - and that Zoe shuts up soon!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2014 9:24pm (Dec 3rd 2014)
     
    Yes, glad your GP was supportive Red. Are you on it long-term now or is it more of a quick-fix and see how it goes?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2014 9:29pm (Dec 3rd 2014)
     
    My rant: My old cat, Emmett (19, arthritic, deaf, one-eyed) went missing this morning. She always comes down at 7.30am for her pate food with meds on it, but she didn't show so I went looking for her. She only ever sleeps behind the sofa in Mic's room, under the grandkids beds, or in the middle of the living room floor. I searched everywhere in every room, all the cupboards, wardrobes, toilets etc several times and couldn't find her. It really worried me that she might have got out while the lads were de-icing their cars so I did 2 circuits of the cul-de-sac too. In the end I had to go to work (only 40 mins late!) as I had a meeting first thing. I couldn't concentrate after that though so took an hour of my time-owing-in-lieu to go home. She was fast asleep under Caitlyn's bed. I have no idea where she'd been before that. Danny says she has perfect cat-moflauge!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2014 4:54am (Dec 4th 2014)
     
    Red, I'm so glad that your GP is taking care of you now and getting you the meds you need.

    Kate, I'm glad you found your Emmett kitty and she is alright. I've had cats that like to hide, till I'm in a panic, then come strolling out like "what you were looking for me"
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2014 4:49pm (Dec 4th 2014)
     
    God Kate, what a worry they are...and Lynn's right, they have complete indifference to your terror and rage! Glad the baggage turned up - eventually!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2014 7:06pm (Dec 4th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh Kate what a pain!! I remember Lyle's parents' cat Nelly once went down into the cellar when the door was accidentally left a crack open. She was down there for hours and covered in cobwebs when we eventually found her :rolling:

    Thank you everyone :smile: CC Zoey did shut up eventually, about five minutes before Lyle got back with Kasper, then she started up again! :lol: Kate I'm not sure, I was given a month's supply and they're trying to hurry my next psych appt along...I think the eventual plan is to change all my meds completely to one I really don't want to try...but I'm fighting that! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2014 7:49pm (Dec 4th 2014)
     
    Meds are a minefield aren't they. I hope you can come to an agreement that you're both happy with!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2014 2:49pm (Dec 7th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Kate :)

    rant: I wanted to get Kasper and Zoey kinda matching harnesses (same flower pattern, one pink and one blue) but they don't do them in Kasper's size booo! According to their sizing Zoey's a Large?!?!

    So I found a completely different harness that would look great on Kasper. It was double the price, then shipping came to £8 - aaagh! So Kasper doesn't have a harness for Christmas...yet ;)

    I'm going to check out Cosy Dogs in Lancaster where we got Zoey's current harness from, they're a bit pricey but hers as held up really well...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2014 9:12pm (Dec 7th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: everything I find that I want to get my mum for Christmas that she might actually like is in America, and the shipping is almost as much as the gift itself *sigh* She's so hard to buy for...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2014 12:01am (Dec 8th 2014)
     
    I hate some of the shipping costs. Many times I have got to the check-out only to find shipping can cost as much as the item so I have to bail out!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2014 3:45pm (Dec 8th 2014)
     
    Can't you get her the purse to go with the chicken handbag, Red?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2014 6:55pm (Dec 8th 2014)
     
    In an egg shape....:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2014 2:43am (Dec 9th 2014)
     
    Red, always check with Amazon when you find something you like. Things that you talk about from over there, I can type in and find it here at Amazon...might work both ways.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2014 7:54pm (Dec 10th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was on etsy I was looking, they had some adorable things, got to check out and realised they were in America! Every. Single. One...doh! Shipping was £10+ for each item, aagh! Think I will stick with Amazon in the future Lynn :rolling:

    CC she doesn't use the chicken handbag, it's more of an 'oh lookit it's so awesome!' thing, so I'm not sure she'd use the purse either :/

    I need to get looking for my dad too, I've only found one proper gift for him so far...bleh, parents! :smile:

    my rant: we had a really fun weekend planned with a friend. Had to cancel Saturday because Lyle was sick in the night, then had to cancel Sunday because I was vomiting up blood in the night!!! Phoned up 111 who told me to get an urgent Dr's appt, dragged myself to the Dr's feeling very ill with a sick bowl and all the nurse did was take my blood pressure. Then said it was probably food I mistook for blood...erm, no, it was definitely blood, it even tasted of blood!!

    But now that the weekend is over and our friend is working all week, we're both fully recovered of course...sod's law :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2014 8:23pm (Dec 10th 2014)
     
    Sometimes if you vomit really strongly (lots of gut wrenching heaving) you can rupture a blood vessel in your throat / oesophagus. Sounds like you've both had a nasty bug so it's very possible. I'm surprised the nurse didn't mention that instead of implying you didn't know the difference between beetroot and blood! I hope you're both feeling better. xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2014 10:14pm (Dec 10th 2014)
     
    Red, the English equivalent of etsy is Folksy.com. Have a look!
    Hope you both feel 100% soon. :heart: :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2014 11:25pm (Dec 11th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No she didn't say anything about that Kate, just that it must have been food...despite all I'd eaten that day was toast with butter on! :rolling:

    Thank you both, we're feeling a lot better, gradually working our way up to full-length dog walks which the pups are happy about :smile:

    Oh CC THANK YOU for the recommendation, found an awesome gift for my mum on there :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2014 6:21pm (Dec 12th 2014)
     
    Glad to have been of service!

    My Rant: I tuned a piano on Monday and there was a kid hanging around me asking questions and things. Didn't occur to me until last might when I had to cancel a concert owing to having my head down the lavvy talking to God on the Big White Telephone that PERHAPS the brat had been off school with a bug and PERHAPS the mother should have kept it away from visitors...:_puke::rant_red2::ack2:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2014 11:44pm (Dec 12th 2014)
     
    How are you feeling now CC? Some parents can be so stupid.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2014 2:11pm (Dec 13th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no that sucks >__< I hope you are feeling better soon CC! :bighug:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2014 4:28pm (Dec 13th 2014)
     
    Yep, vertical and working today, ta!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2014 7:30pm (Dec 13th 2014)
     
    I'm glad you are feeling better, CC. nothing worse than having to BaRf. :ack2:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2014 8:43pm (Dec 13th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Glad you are feeling better CC :)

    This is the final Christmas pressie I've bought for my mum. It was stupid expensive so I hope she likes it! It's technically a Springer Spaniel, but it looks a lot like Kasper, and underneath the picture it will have his name too :smile:

    https://images.folksy.com/aXRlbXMvNjQwNDM4LzIwMTQwOTE4LzE3MzMxNDQxNTA4Mw-Q-Q-N/main

    I wanted to get my parents something Staffy-related too, so each pup had got them a gift, but couldn't find any cute Staffy gifts in the UK :sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2014 10:40pm (Dec 13th 2014)
     
    I've been looking at Folksy too - some lovely things on there. Thanks for posting it CC!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2014 3:33pm (Dec 14th 2014)
     
    I'm getting my nephews beard baubles to go in their beards on Christmas day...:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2014 3:35pm (Dec 14th 2014)
     
    Bah, everyone's sold out...:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2014 7:30pm (Dec 14th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I tried to buy the piggles and Iden some puzzle feeders and they were sold out everywhere too...stupid Christmas! :P

    I hope you manage to find some CC, beard baubles sound great! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2014 8:45pm (Dec 16th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: we were walking a client's dog today and popped her on-lead as there was a Lab and Terrier mix approaching. The woman walking them took her dogs off to the side and began giving them treats; we moved with 'our' dog to the other side of the path to give her room, and I coaxed 'our' dog past with treats.

    As we were walking past, the Lab started reacting very badly...growling, snarling, lunging against the head collar etc. We were pretty much past and our dog didn't react, but the woman, OMG! She started screaming at the Lab, telling it how naughty it was ( *sigh* ) and then said "If you back out of your collar again I'll break your bl**dy neck" - WHAT?! You mean this very aggressive dog has backed out of its' collar before, and yet you still haven't done anything about it?! Our client's dog was tiny and wouldn't be able to defend itself, and I've had to fight a Lab off before and it is not fun, I ended up bleeding...

    Then, once we were past, she began whipping the dog as hard as she could with the lead of the other dog :sad:

    Lyle was absolutely fuming. I stopped him from going back and confronting her; would it have done any good? Would it have got the dog into more trouble?

    Is it worth trying to talk or educate people like that??
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2014 10:05pm (Dec 16th 2014)
     
    I read a really sad post on Facebook last week. It was one of those not true but written as if it could be pieces if you know what I mean. It was about a puppy that had been put to sleep by a 'rescue' organisation and was written as if the puppy was talking about how he was sorry he had fleas but they hadn't given him any flea treatment, and he was sorry he had messed but it was because of the bad food, and he was sorry he had growled but he had only ever seen his owners shout and didn't know how else to react when they hurt him. That's the gist of it anyway, but it made me realise that many owners really do blame it all on the dog and they will never understand that it is them that instills the bad behaviour in their pet.

    I suppose that's a long-winded way of saying it probably isn't worth speaking to them as they believe they 'know their dog' and 'know what's best'. There are many ways of parenting and pet ownership - we never get it right all the time but most of us will try our best and learn new ways and techniques when something doesn't work. However, we never learn new things when we're angry or stressed and are likely to kick back against anyone who tries to tell us another way at that time. We learn when we're calm and able to listen. I think you and Lyle did the right thing to walk away.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2014 2:54am (Dec 17th 2014)
     
    The only thing you can do is walk away from people like that, Red..you'd never be able to talk to that kind of stupid person. Beating on a dog does no good at all and in most cases makes it much worse.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2014 3:59pm (Dec 17th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Agh, can't reply properly as have to go, but just wanted to quickly say thanks for the responses and yes, I agree. It's just a horrible situation to be in, I always feel so helpless watching someone beating their dog... :sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2014 4:51pm (Dec 17th 2014)
     
    Makes me furious. And wish they'd get a taste of their own medicine.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2014 1:00pm (Dec 18th 2014) edited
     
    You could try standing staring at them, very wide eyed, jaw dropped, as if you didn't believe what you were witnessing. Then when they have done, looking at each other gesticulating astonishment, shaking heads and then big sorrow.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2014 1:10pm (Dec 18th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Is it against the law to hit dogs? :confused1:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2014 1:13pm (Dec 18th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKYou could try standing staring at them, very wide eyed, jaw dropped, as if you didn't believe what you were witnessing. Then when they have done, looking at each other gesticulating astonishment, shaking heads and then big sorrow.


    Oh that's a great idea and may make them think about what they are doing or at least make them feel ashamed of themselves...gives me something to tell Lyle to do instead of marching over there shouting too!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 19th, 2014 6:25am (Dec 19th 2014)
     
    That's brilliant Ollie!! Maybe shaming them will help, starting an argument with them won't do any good.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2014 9:19pm (Dec 20th 2014)
     
    'Smacking' your dog isn't against the law I don't think, but animal cruelty is - the problem is proving it. If you knew where she lived you could report her, but the authorities would have to catch her committing an act of cruelty which is unlikely. I'm sure in reality she loves her dog, but just doesn't really understand how to control it and thinks she's doing the right thing. Just hold on to the thought that most of the time it is loved and is a valued member of the family, but frustration boils over and sadly she expresses it as anger toward her pet.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2014 6:12pm (Dec 21st 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's so annoying the only way to be able to report them is to follow them home!!

    I remember when a Golden Retriever attacked Kasper and growled & snarled at me, we tried to report it to the police and they basically just laughed at us because there was nothing they could do :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2014 3:48pm (Dec 27th 2014)
     
    Why do things like blocked bogs always happen at Christmas??! Sorted now, but blimey, what a to-do...
    Especially since we are Poor People with only one loo...:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2014 4:47pm (Dec 27th 2014)
     
    We call it Burke's law in our house - if it can go wrong it'll go wrong at the most awkward time. Glad you're sorted now!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2014 6:00am (Dec 28th 2014)
     
    I'm glad you got your blocked bog sorted out, CC.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2014 1:00pm (Dec 28th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah a blocked loo around Christmas, how handy! :smile:

    my rants: Yorkshire has snow, waaaah! :face-crying:

    And I'm creeping towards hypomania again, despite the med change...well, as long as it doesn't get any worse!! :face-angel:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2014 4:07pm (Dec 28th 2014)
     
    But aren't you IN Yorkshire, Red?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2014 5:00pm (Dec 28th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nope, Lancashire...no snow where we live :(

    (proof that Yorkshire is better ;) )

    And my dad keeps sending me photos all around their village of beautiful snowy fields...soooo cruel!! :001_tt2:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2014 8:22pm (Dec 29th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    today's rant: we were walking Zoey to the beach today down the road with no pavements. Parts of the road were obviously really slippy with a thick white layer of frost. On the way back a car came from behind so we moved Zoey onto the narrow grassy verge by the fencing for it to pass. The car was driving way, way too fast and obviously hadn't noticed the frost, so slammed on the breaks - cue car swerving madly all over the road as it got closer to us!!!

    It was terrifying, there was nowhere we could go and nothing we could do...think we'll avoid giving the dogs big walks in future when there's been a thick frost...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2014 2:56pm (Dec 30th 2014) edited
     
    Idiot drivers - no concept of the road conditions. Licence should be taken off them and destroyed. Glad you were all OK.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2014 5:54pm (Dec 30th 2014)
     
    I agree Kate; it was icy here yesterday and as I went to work I saw all sorts of stupid driving - more like rush hour at Silverstone than a morning in the holiday. It's the people who are normally safely locked up in offices and shops and factories 9 - 5!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2014 4:39pm (Dec 31st 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's one of the reasons I'm glad I'm not allowed to drive, I don't trust other drivers on the road!!

    I got quite far through driving lessons once and absolutely despised it, so glad I stopped...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2014 4:40pm (Dec 31st 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: found a great deal for some flooring for Iden's new hutch on ebay, but the bl**dy site won't work and let us pay!! It hasn't been working for us since Christmas eve, and there's no way to email a complaint you have to phone them...grrr!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2014 6:35pm (Dec 31st 2014) edited
     
    They sell it in Halfords, Red, if there''s one near you. That's where ours came from. It comes in packs of about 10 square tiles about 2 feet square and they interlock.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2014 7:33pm (Dec 31st 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC you're a lifesaver! I'll be asking Lyle when he comes down if we have a Halfords nearby haha! We wanted the jigsaw type one (that's what I always think of it as anyway!) as surely that's going to be easier to size...I don't know, Iden's costing us a fortune haha, but it'll look great (hopefully!) when it's done and he'll love the extra room :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2015 1:08pm (Jan 1st 2015)
     
    Eric seems to think they were about ten quid a pack. Axminster sell them but he says they're dearer.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2015 2:18pm (Jan 1st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh wow, that is so much cheaper than I've found anywhere else other than ebay, it would be awesome if they had some in stock! Gonna check if they're open and see if Lyle will phone and ask what they have in store :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2015 5:14pm (Jan 1st 2015) edited
     
    Eric's memory isn't wonderful - check first! :D I found an online review - they're made by Rolson and got good reviews...but none by rabbits... Maplins have them at 22 quid. I bet Neil knows where Maplins is...:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2015 8:03pm (Jan 1st 2015)
     
    How are you feeling now Red? Are the meds helping with the hypomania?

    My rant is simply that I don't want to go to work tomorrow - or next week - or ever. I wanna stay home!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2015 12:25am (Jan 2nd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenEric's memory isn't wonderful - check first! :D I found an online review - they're made by Rolson and got good reviews...but none by rabbits... Maplins have them at 22 quid. I bet Neil knows where Maplins is...


    Thanks again CC :tooth: Found them on Halford's site after reading your post earlier and have reserved two packs, can't believe they are only £10! Will pick up on Saturday hopefully - now if only the new dog crate (sorry, rabbit hutch :tooth: ) would arrive!!
    And yes, I've lost count of the number of times I've been dragged around a Maplins by my dad... :)

    Posted By: KatebHow are you feeling now Red? Are the meds helping with the hypomania?


    Not really...still very bouncy, quick to spend money (good job I have Lyle to rein me in!) and struggling to sleep - even my new meds can't help me drift off! It's not too bad though, touch wood! :smile:

    Posted By: KatebMy rant is simply that I don't want to go to work tomorrow - or next week - or ever. I wanna stay home!


    Ugh I used to hate the feeling of the holidays being over...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2015 6:30pm (Jan 2nd 2015)
     
    At least you can recognise your symptoms pretty quickly and it gives you the chance to manage them (that is, gives Lyle time to hide the dosh!!!) :rolling:

    :willy_nilly: (this emoticon makes me think of bouncy Red!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2015 7:08pm (Jan 2nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha pretty much, he's said he feels really bad stopping me buying things now because it's my Christmas money, so I've been getting away with more :tooth:

    If that emoticon is talking nineteen to the dozen, then yes, that's me :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2015 8:54pm (Jan 3rd 2015)
     
    It should have several speech bubbles saying "blah blah blah blah ..."!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2015 5:33pm (Jan 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rofl:

    *cough* come on computer whizzes, sort it out!! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2015 7:09pm (Jan 5th 2015)
     
    Ugh - I've got a cold! Throat is killing me and voice is very gravelly (maybe I should earn some extra money by doing one of those naughty chat lines!) Another 24 hours will probably see my voice disappearing completely.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2015 8:44pm (Jan 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Poor you Kate, I hope you feel better soon :bighug:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2015 3:54pm (Jan 6th 2015)
     
    Yes, hot water, lemon, honey & whisky. Not too much hot water, lemon or honey...:tooth: Feel better soon, petal. :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2015 8:52pm (Jan 6th 2015)
     
    :lol: Had some hot water, honey and lemon this afternoon which really did help. (left out the whiskey mainly because I don't like it, but for some reason it'd be frowned upon at work!!)
    Don't feel quite so bad physically today, but voice is still suffering!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2015 11:26pm (Jan 6th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My dad had a really bad cold recently, and when he answered the phone I thought I'd got the wrong number as his voice was so different! :rolling:
    Glad you're feeling a little better Kate :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2015 5:33am (Jan 7th 2015)
     
    I hope you get to feeling better fast, Kate.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2015 6:01pm (Jan 7th 2015)
     
    Thanks everyone - spoke too soon though, felt bloomin' awful today! Discovered there's a 'gastric' element to this virus if you follow. Went to work to get my laptop and ended up being there most of the day. Still feeling nauseous but am more tired than anything now. It seems to be running along the same lines as everyone else has had at work, which means it'll be another week or so before it starts to subside. Argh!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2015 12:45am (Jan 8th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no :( That sounds rubbish Kate, hope you feel better again soon.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2015 5:54pm (Jan 8th 2015)
     
    Yes, look after yourself.
    Small rant: saw a stupid woman being towed along by a dalmatian today - she had no control whatsoever. Why don't people train their dogs to HEEL?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2015 6:58pm (Jan 8th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, Kasper and Zoey, why can't you heel?! :tooth:

    I think most people don't know the right way to train it, CC...and then a lot of other people (like us!) don't because it takes a LOT of effort, especially with certain dogs! I can spend weeks training other people's dogs to walk nicely with no problem, but Kasper and Zoey? Yikes!

    We did try the tree method when we first adopted Kasper, which should have worked, but the little stinker's too clever! That was all I knew at the time, and now I know other methods, I'm loathe to try them :smile:

    On a serious note though, there's a dog aggressive dog around here that's walked by a really frail older woman. She has it on a head harness, and every time the dog sees another dog it just goes crazy! It strains so hard it must be in agony, and of course the woman can't control it...I'm always terrified she'll drop the lead and her dog will get one of ours. Now when we see it we turn the other way but sometimes it sneaks up on us!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2015 6:59pm (Jan 8th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    my rant: my meds have been raised again, doubled one of them actually...I'm taking so many pills I think I'll rattle if I jump :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2015 10:21pm (Jan 8th 2015)
     
    Had to take the day off today - felt so ill. Spent all day in bed and slept. Ting Tong was on the bed with me until 6.30, and then Jenson took over. I'm sure they were caring for me in shifts! Got up at half 7 this evening just to stretch my muscles - got hell of a headache, but not too bad otherwise. Might take tomorrow off to get over today!

    Maybe the old lady has had the dog a long time - she probably knows it's too strong for her but it needs exercise so she is doing all she can do. Might be her only company. Could've been adopted that way too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2015 1:00pm (Jan 9th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh jeez your illness sounds horrible Kate! At least you have the cat nurses to look after you :smile:

    Maybe so, but I still don't think that's an excuse for putting everyone else's dog at risk of a serious attack. If you can't control your dog, to the point where the dog is causing itself a lot of pain / dragging itself and owner onto the road / owner could drop the lead, something needs to be done...be it rehoming the dog, or hiring a trainer or dog walker...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2015 6:34pm (Jan 9th 2015)
     
    Posted By: RedAt least you have the cat nurses to look after you


    Yeah, but they're not good at filling hot water bottles or fetching cups of tea in my experience...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2015 9:57pm (Jan 9th 2015)
     
    But great at lulling me off to sleep!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2015 6:24pm (Jan 10th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    At least they don't climb all over you, weighing 12 - 20kg, and lick inside your mouth when you're snoring...right Kasper and Zoey?! :tooth:

    minor rant: doubled dose is making me so sleepy, slept 10 hours last night and needed a nap today...I supposed I AM sleeping now though!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2015 9:46pm (Jan 10th 2015)
     
    Once you stabilised a bit can the dose be pared back a little? 10pm to 8am isn't too bad, especially in the winter!

    Took me ages to get to sleep last night, the wind was terrible (as in the weather outside, not under the duvet!!) Didn't help that hubby was snoring (sorry, breathing heavily). Seriously considered sleeping on the sofa!

    Didn't go to rehoming today - only the 4th Saturday I've missed in 5 years. Energy levels were still low, and I don't want to spread this around their staff. Am really missing the cats and want to know who's been reserved etc.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2015 3:50pm (Jan 11th 2015)
     
    Don't do ANYTHING until you're 100 per cent Kate or you'll just be ill again.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2015 7:16pm (Jan 11th 2015)
     
    Am feeling a lot better today, apart from snotty nose and feeling very stressed but don't know why! Could just be Sunday evening syndrome - grandkids go home (which is always horrible as they don't want to go) and work tomorrow. :sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2015 5:48pm (Jan 12th 2015)
     
    Hope it went well if you went back today, Kate.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2015 9:36pm (Jan 12th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm glad you are feeling a lot better Kate :) How was work?

    rants: tried to return a carrier that a pet shop lent us, only the train was cancelled 10 minutes before it was due...this is the THIRD time the train has been cancelled, all on different days we've tried to get there! :001_tongue:

    Typed pages and pages of a story...read it back a few hours later, and it makes no sense :rolling: Spent about an hour typing a normal length blog post...real struggle to concentrate and get things to make sense! Good job I have Lyle here to check things over :bigsmile:

    Posted By: KatebOnce you stabilised a bit can the dose be pared back a little? 10pm to 8am isn't too bad, especially in the winter!


    Ugh I hate it! I'm energetic enough I don't need sleep, now these meds force me to be tired >__<

    With as many episodes as I've had recently they don't want to lower them at all...they seem to love increasing them though :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2015 11:17pm (Jan 12th 2015)
     
    Do your hormones affect the episodes / meds? I find mine fluctuate throughout a year so maybe they'll settle after a period of time. Doctors do seem to be obsessed with adding more and more meds and never taking anything away. Maybe they don't learn subtraction at med school!!

    Work was, well, work. It was OK, I had loads to do but the day passed sooooo slowly!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2015 7:14pm (Jan 14th 2015)
     
    I hope you are feeling much better, Kate..don't over do it.

    Doctors don't seem to be able to subtract over here either. They just add more pills to counteract the side affects from the first pill instead of just lowering the dose a bit...next you wind up taking 15 pills a day.
    :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2015 5:39pm (Jan 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hormones don't seem to cause episodes, but there are triggers...some are unavoidable though; this episode was caused by socialising too much at Christmas, but what were we supposed to do?! We kept it to a minimum, but I'm not gonna just not see people!

    rant: my wellies have holes in already, I've only had them a couple of months!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2015 11:56pm (Jan 17th 2015)
     
    Nope - unless of course you win the lottery and can fly off to a Caribbean island for Christmas (but I know you'd rather be home with the canines)!

    Take the wellies back - not fit for purpose!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2015 8:03pm (Jan 19th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I lost the receipt *annoyed head shake* I knew I'd need it and meant to keep it safe... :001_rolleyes:

    Local shop sells Dunlop wellies really cheap, so if they have my size I'll be trying them next :smile:

    rant: sick of the stupid dog walkers we see! Had a young adolescent rush a dog we were walking today. She was really rude and pushy, the owner was yelling for the dog to come constantly and the dog wasn't paying a blind bit of notice. 'Our' dog would have been quite within her rights to growl and snap at the dog, but thankfully she's very treat motivated and we've trained her to ignore distractions really well, so she just sat there looking at us :tooth:

    When the adolescent's owners drew near they apologised and said "she never listens to us at all"...why is she off lead then?!?!? Grrr!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2015 10:46pm (Jan 19th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bleh I have to have a blood test soon, I was supposed to get one six months ago, can't put it off any longer :sad: Never used to be scared of blood tests, then the last one I had (first one since I had jitters) really, really hurt because my arm was moving uncontrollably!

    Thought I'd be able to get one whilst my mood was elevated, easy peasy, but I'm still adamant I'm not having one! :smile: We've read that Butterfly needles (that are used for babies) are supposed to reduce the pain by a lot, and are actually supposed to be used in people with tremors / uncontrollable movements...really hoping I can have one of them!

    Lyle's phoning up the surgery tomorrow to ask if we can book an appt to speak with a nurse, ask about the needle (they'll probably say no as Butterfly needles are more expensive...) and book an appointment...I am so ridiculously scared!! :beaker:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2015 4:21pm (Jan 20th 2015)
     
    You'll be fine - especially if they're aware of your phobia beforehand. Be brave! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2015 7:38pm (Jan 21st 2015)
     
    They may cost more, but at the end of the day your fear is preventing you having a blood test you need so they should be doing what they can to make you feel more at ease.

    Is it likely to be the same nurse/phlebotomist that did the previous test? Some are better at it than others. We have to go to the local hospital to get blood tests and the phlebotomists there are all OK, but there's one man there and he's great and doesn't hurt at all.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2015 7:42pm (Jan 21st 2015)
     
    My cough and cold are back with a vengance. It's worse than it was before, but at least my stomach is holding up so far!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2015 11:51am (Jan 22nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cheers guys :)

    Thanks Kate! It'll be a different nurse as it's a different surgery (damn moving house so often :tooth: ) but so far all the staff there have been great, so touch wood! When Lyle phoned up the receptionist added a note to my file saying I had akithisia, and booked me an actual appointment for the blood test rather than using the drop-in time and feeling rushed.
    Oh no Kate! :( Is it the same illness or a new one? I hope you're feeling loads better soon :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2015 6:15pm (Jan 22nd 2015)
     
    Poor Kate...hope you get rid of it soon...:(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2015 3:28pm (Jan 25th 2015)
     
    Where IS everybody?:face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2015 6:25pm (Jan 25th 2015)
     
    It seems to be standard format - have a cold for a week, feel better, then cold comes back even worse! It' finally starting to subside now.

    I'm feeling really down today. Tabby Mommy (aka Seven) has been challenging Kitten lately and it got to the point where if Seven walked in, Kitten ran out of the room. Rehoming lent me a scanner to check for a microchip (none), and the manager said if I was taking the scanner back today I could take her with me. So I did. I feel so bad - I know it's the right thing to do - I can't upset Kitten, and it's unfair that Seven, who obviously wasn't happy at her previous home, can't live with us because I can't let her dominate the others. She looked so scared when she got to rehoming. All the way there she wanted to get out of the carrier and onto my lap. When I left she was cowering the corner of the pen. I've cried so many times it's pathetic. She's not dead, and will hopefully be adopted by a nice family who will give her the love and attention she deserves. I can't have them all can I. Wish I could though.
    :sad:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2015 4:19am (Jan 26th 2015)
     
    Kate, I'm sorry that you had to take Seven to Rehoming, but sometimes it's all that you can do, especially with all the other kitties, not liking her bossing them around. I hope you are feeling better soon.