Greetings, villagers, from cool and cloudy Oxfordshire.
YD was up very late finishing off her course work which has to be submitted by 6pm today. I eventually had to go and tell her to get some sleep because she was going to have her last talk with her tutor at 11.30am today. He will have given her any last-minute advice.
I could not sleep again, partly because the antibiotics for my dental problem hadn't kicked in yet, partly worrying about YD and partly one of the cats, Jasper, charging up and down stairs and eventually mewing to be let into YD's room. YD had finished her work by then and was online with one of her friends! Once she had gone to bed I could finally sleep, though I'd unfortunately woken OH when going to see YD.
OH left me to sleep and went swimming, and then immediately on his return went for his walk because the weather forecast is not good for this afternoon. This meant that he was out when the first of several deliveries came. Someone hammering on the door woke me after less than four hours of sleep. I lurched downstairs in my dressing gown, with my hair like a bird's nest. I took in one parcel (Dutch chocolate letters and cheeses), boiled the kettle and was in the middle of pouring the water into the teapot when someone else knocked on the door. This was three parcels, some clothes for OH, Beano and Dandy annuals for YD's Christmas presents (a tradition in our family) and some clothes for CK6's birthday present. This is when OH returned from his walk and took over so I could finish making the tea. Then the phone rang! This was about a delivery of fish from Cornwall, also due today. Unfortunately their courier has had problems and it will not arrive until tomorrow. I am assured the fish will be fine because it is well packaged in insulation. If there is a problem then I am to ring the company back.
OH checked that YD was awake in time for her talk (she was), and warned her to keep away from me until I was in a better mood.
All this and it wasn't even midday yet!
I'm still in my dressing gown so must go and have a shower and get dressed.
Greetings, villagers, from cold and mostly cloudy Oxfordshire. The sun keeps trying to come out. We could have some rain later. It poured yesterday afternoon, though the forecast had been for a chance of light showers.
YD submitted her final project yesterday with half an hour to spare, and promptly had a wobbly, saying she hadn't done enough. We have tried to reassure her. Her tutor had said he'd have a last minute look to see if there were any minor changes that could be made quickly, but I don't know if there were. We haven't seen much of YD so far today. She came downstairs for some food just now and went back to her room. We had left her to sleep late, and she did. She is now talking to friends online.
I watched The Phantom of the Opera last night. I'd never seen it before, and enjoyed it though I'm not that keen on Andrew Lloyd Webber's music. It's being shown free on YouTube for 24 hours in the UK (48 hours elsewhere) , so I told my US family and DiL2 watched it. She sent me a video of CK6 who came along and started to dance to the opera scene near the beginning. So cute!
I slept well last night but woke up with a headache, which went away after a couple of mugs of tea. The antibiotics are starting to work. The gum above my dental implants is a little less sore today.
OH has cleaned out the Eglu, and cleared the paths of chicken "debris".
Chicken report: Lilith and Lottie have laid eggs. No eggs yesterday. Griselda's feathers are growing back nicely after her moult.
Last Edit: Oct 10, 2020 13:41:22 GMT by Cookiepuss
This morning was cool and cloudy but the sun came out later.
Both YD and I had difficulty sleeping so got up late. OH was up bright and cheerful at 7am. I wish I were more of a morning person.
It's been a lovely afternoon so OH and I went to Aston pottery to see their wonderful display of autumn flowers - dahlias, sunflowers, Michaelmas daisies, zinnias and more. YD didn't want to come with us.
We had a scare on the way home when OH took his eye off the road at a notorious T junction and forgot to look right and slow down so we could turn right and continue on the main road. A car narrowly missed us. The driver sounded his horn loudly and long. The main road turns at 90 degrees, and we were on the minor road although it looks like it goes straight on. OH is now worrying about his driving abilities (so am I). He's noticed that his reflexes are not what they were and is considering driving less. Another thing to factor in when we do eventually manage to move house. We'll need to be near public transport. OH is always more easily distracted on weekends when he mentally switches off somewhat. He's always been like that even when in his 30s. I wonder if there are food supplements or exercises to do to help memory.
The creeper on the front of the house is changing colour rapidly.
A couple in the congregation who recently celebrated their 14th anniversary, had a blessing in church this morning. They married in the Philippines where she was a midwife. Her proud boast was that she never lost a baby. But she isn't allowed to work in the UK without retraining, so she's a care worker. I won't say a waste of a skill, as I'm sure she's good at her job, but...
Morning all. Again not been here as much as I like but eldest son has been staying and I have been in full nurturing mode. Made his favourite meals and soups along with homemade bread & Rolls. He was going to stay until Wednesday but decided he would go home again yesterday., so just under a week of his parents was enough. Glad in a way as this morning have got around to washing all my floors 😀
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Good morning, villagers, from cold and cloudy Oxfordshire.
OH has gone for his swim. YD is asleep.
I'm going to craft group in a few minutes. There will only be five of us today because one member messaged the group to say she had a sore throat so wasn't taking any chances.
This afternoon I'm having my hair cut. It will be lovely to look neat again. I must remember to book not only a colour and cut next time but also a pre-Christmas haircut because my hairdresser books up quickly.
Not a very good morning, actually, it's cold and wet.
I've done some of my usual Monday morning tidying up, but still have quite a lot to do. I was trying to find some church information yesterday and realised what a mess my church-related files are in right now. So one of today's tasks mat well be to try to sort them out ready for a new PCC year.
I have neat hair again! tinyurl.com/y6yzr8dv I made appointments for the next two months, for a colour, cut and blow dry in November and a cut and blow dry just before Christmas. I was showing photos of the Knitted Map of Ambridge and the crocheted flower hair slides to the hairdressers and one of them has asked me to make some hair slides to go in her little girl's Advent calendar. They have one with numbered boxes that can be refilled.
DiL2 has messaged to say the two big parcels we sent last Wednesday via UPS have arrived safely. The contents will be shared out next Sunday at CK6's birthday party.
Chicken report: Dottie has laid an egg. There are white feathers in the nest box so it looks like ether Pearl or Lottie has started to moult now.
Last Edit: Oct 12, 2020 17:35:32 GMT by Cookiepuss
My hair is much much longer - almost to my waist, in fact, but I like it that way!
I listened to Boris wittering, and he only increased my feelings of depression. I am worried about No2 son, possibly all by himself at Christmas, and that is making me very weepy. I do hope we can smuggle him up here. So we're having wine here tonight instead of the usual water. A sort of miracle at Cana in reverse.
Oh joy! My sister just rang. Elder Twin Nephew developed a sore throat and what seemed to be tonsillitis a couple of days ago. He lost his sense of smell and taste too. He works in a pub so decided to get a Covid test. The result came last night - positive. My sister, her OH, Eldest Nephew and Elder Twin Nephew now have to be in isolation for two weeks. Younger Twin Nephew and his girlfriend had been to Tenerife for a week and hadn't been with the rest of the family, but are self isolating at her house anyway. My sister's OH is on his own in his house. Niece is in Nottingham so out of the way. Second Nephew and his fiancée have their own house so are also out of the way. The three people who are not self isolating do not drive. This is going to be a difficult fortnight - or longer.
Last Edit: Oct 12, 2020 22:19:27 GMT by Cookiepuss
Good morning, villagers, from cool and cloudy Oxfordshire.
After last night's news it was good to have some better news. There has been an offer on FiL's apartment, for less than the asking price but a little more than the probate value. OH and his brother are in discussion.
OH has gone for a walk.
I'm fielding phone calls. Two scam ones this morning, one which OH answered, another just now from the rep from an energy company cold calling. I told him to go away and reported the number.
Chicken report: Lottie is in residence so no idea how many eggs are in the nest box.
Greetings, villagers, from cool and bright Oxfordshire.
OH has been for a swim and then for a walk round the Millennium Green. He bought some bread at the bakery on his way home from swimming. I had a disaster with a loaf yesterday. The flour was too old. I'd found it at the back of a cupboard and took a chance.
I returned from aqua last night in time for most of the Zoom gardening club committee meeting, where we decided to extend memberships and have Zoom meetings while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing. We could only have 30 people in the village hall and there are more members than that.
I'm back at the dentist this afternoon. It's my last day of antibiotics and though they have worked well I can still feel some tenderness above one of the implants. I'm seeing the periodontist who did the last procedure.
Chicken report: two eggs yesterday, from Lottie and Dottie. One egg today, from Lottie. There was a chicken explosion yesterday. It's turned out to be Pearl who is moulting. Every time she shakes herself there's a cloud of white feathers. Griselda has all her feathers now, but she's a patchwork of shades of grey.
Last Edit: Oct 14, 2020 11:44:11 GMT by Cookiepuss