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Yule Arrangement

Saturday, December 22, 2012




I thought it would make a pleasant change from an artificial tree that just gets in the way. :-)

Also, I bought myself a pressie:





A funny thing to want, really, but I've been yearning for one of these for a year now, and as I had a little Christmas windfall I decided to treat myself. All the illnesses and stuff has left me with one messy house to sort out, which is as good an excuse for the purchase as any! :-)





I cleaned the kitchen and bathroom floors with it yesterday, and over the weekend I plan to try it out on a few more things around the house.





I thought I'd get an early start on the last of the Christmas shopping this morning, so I headed to Waitrose just before they opened.





Seems rather a lot of other people had the same idea. Have you ever seen ants converging on their nest? Well, that is what it reminded me of. People were racing into the store as if it was the first day of the sales! One person nearly knocked me over, he was in such a rush!





Seriously, people, slow down! Doesn't matter how fast you race (or try to) around the store, you are still going to be stuck in a queue at the checkout! It's Christmas! Queues happen! Smile and accept it as a part of the whole Christmas experience. Be nice, not grumpy! Don't forget that as a reward for your patience, the Waitrose staff hand out sweets if the waiting takes very long. :-)

Enjoy your weekend. Don't get too wet, and for those of us who will need one if this rain continues, I'm currently taking orders for custom built arks.
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Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BARCLE 12/24/2012 1:16AM

    Love the pics - they are cute and funny.

Wishing you an absolutely fantastic Christmas xox emoticon

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_LINDA 12/22/2012 11:48PM

    Love your tree! Silver & purple rock! That Waitrose sounds awesome, treats for long lineups! Your new mop looks space age! Enjoy.
Great funnies!!
No danger of getting wet here, just frozen :P
Enjoy your Sunday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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LOVESLIFE48 12/22/2012 10:34AM

    So glad you are feeling better!! emoticon Love your new cleaner!! You have my permission to fly to the U.S. and use it in my home!! LOL!!!!

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SENATOR9 12/22/2012 10:01AM

    Enjoy your new toy. emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 12/22/2012 9:49AM

    cute blog.... hope you are feeling better.

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DESERTJULZ 12/22/2012 9:48AM

    Great smiles created by this blog! I had to bathe my poor 17 y.o. kitty. She doesn't "self-clean" too well anymore.

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ANNEMAC5 12/22/2012 8:55AM

    It is mad out there ! I was at Tesco.s at 7.30 so was most of Chelmsford, the car park was full and inside the shop it was madness. When I was getting served the woman at the next till was not happy complained that her shopping was overpriced and the supervisor came cancelled it and put everything through again SLOWLY same price ! she paid and left never said a word the rest of the shoppers were in uproar I just enjoyed the show.
Nice tree and your mop reminds me I need to do my kitchen floor. I might put an order in for an ark I think I will need it for heading up to Liverpool. DH gone to Ipswich to watch football so house to myself...bliss of to do my jig saw.
Anne :)

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CHICCHANTAL 12/22/2012 8:29AM

    Oh that poor cat! the one with the tap! I can say with absolute confidence the twice I have had to wash one of my cats (he had got something on himself) I was more traumatised by the end than he was.

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Christmas Spirit Surfacing...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012





  
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MARYJEANSL 12/22/2012 7:15PM

  Love the mouse! Thanks for the smile. ;-)

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BARCLE 12/21/2012 2:44AM

    loved these - especially the last one, had to try to quieten my guffaw emoticon

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MAURIZIA 12/20/2012 4:26PM

    Thanks for the smiles...

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CHICCHANTAL 12/19/2012 3:34PM

    If MY cats have decked the hall with festive murines when I get home, there'll be trouble.

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0309COOKIE 12/18/2012 9:00PM

    Oh, the deck the halls one was so very, very funny!

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_LINDA 12/18/2012 8:04PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing, could use a smile :)
Have a wonderful walking Wednesday!
Hugs,
Linda

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Neighbour's car alarm update and good news from my doc:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Thanks everyone for your comments. Been a big help by putting a smile on my face. venting is very healthy. :-)

Here's a neighbour's car alarm update:

Long story short, my neighbour is a difficult woman, as some of you already know from previous encounters with her that I have blogged about. You quite literally never know when you see her if you will be seeing Mrs. Nice Neighbour or Mrs. Nasty Neighbour.

Unfortunately, my having the audacity to complain about the car alarm has brought out Mrs. Nasty Neighbour. I asked her if she was ok this morning, after our Saturday night pyjama party in front of her house, and she has somehow twisted everything around in her head so that the car alarm going off is MY fault, and so she is mad at ME!

Not only that, but she has parked the car down the road in the local shop car park, and this means (how she thinks this is beyond me) that she doesn't have a car to drive because - get this - I MADE her park the car away from the house, and this somehow means she can't drive it again until the bloke (private sale) she bought it from fixes the alarm!

She even accused me of lying about the alarm, claiming that her house guest who sleeps in the front of her house didn't hear it going off.

So, apparently, I cooked all this up just to get out of bed, while recovering from pneumonia, in the middle of a cold wet night, to go bang on her door to harrass her for nothing!

She is a piece of work that one!!! I've lived here ten years, and this is what I deal with on a regular basis!

Un. be. liev. able!!!

And since then, guess what...

She was driving around in yet another car this afternoon (so much for not having a car to use). I don't know whose car it is, but she has used it before when her previous car was off the road.

Time to stick my head back below the parapet until Mrs. Nice Neighbour comes out to play again. And I wasted half Saturday night and a chunk of Sunday worrying about her, and feeling bad for her. I was feeling guilty for disturbing her sleep on Saturday night to complain about her car disturbing our sleep.

*sigh*

So, let's change the subject.

I saw the Doc today. She is very pleased with my progress since the pneumonia was diagnosed. I have to go back to the hospital for more blood tests and another chest x-ray towards the end of January to see whether there is still anything to see in my lungs, and to check my liver function. Currently there is a section in my right lung that would appear to be an infection and slight abnormality in my liver. The doc seems fairly confident that it is all connected to the pneumonia, and that as long as I continue to improve, it should all be back to normal by the next test.

Let's hear a big "Whoop Whoop!"
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I walked 5 1/2 miles today. The first big walk in three or more weeks. I am tired tonight, but it is a good tired, not a pneumonia tired. Does that make sense?

Early night tonight, and an early start tomorrow. Tara has a pleasant day planned. Her college class is having their Christmas party - film at the cinema followed by lunch together.

Phase one of my Christmas list is complete. Went to Waitrose at 8am to miss the crowds and dragged home the heavy essentials - dog food, Dr Pepper, Fizzy water - that kind of thing.

I hope to feel well enough to head into town to deal with a few things on my Christmas list for Phase Two completion tomorrow. :-)

*shhh, not saying what. Don't want to spoil any surprises*

Have a great rest of the day. This time next week....
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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Getting my hair done for Christmas:





Don't think my neighbour would be better off with a sleigh and reindeer. Seems they go wrong too...





And may this Christmas wish be true for us all...


  
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FUZZIEBEAR3 12/19/2012 11:38AM

    Glad you are feeling better and back to walking!

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MARUKI52 12/19/2012 10:58AM

    Wonderful to hear you are getting over the pneumonia so well. I am very pleased for you. Hope all goes well at the hospital in January.

As we have a neighbour who is similar to yours I can commiserate with you about your experiences.

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BOVEY63 12/18/2012 5:17PM

    How awful that she is so mean. You deserve a much nicer neighbor than that.
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So happy to hear that you are improving so much and will be back to good health soon.
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CARLA-216 12/18/2012 3:43PM

    So glad you got a good report from the doctor!

And good grief at the nasty neighbor! It seems to be a common trend these days where people simply won't take responsibility for their actions and/or twist stories around such that they become the victim. People like that....
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Carla

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SENATOR9 12/18/2012 10:25AM

    The main thing you're feeling better.And you know your neibour best.Every morning throw a bit of salt on her lawn emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/18/2012 4:07AM

   
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ANNEMAC5 12/18/2012 1:51AM

    So glad to hear you are starting to feel better. I hope the walk yesterday was not too much for you plus the shopping. You should be clear by the next check up but still go easy on that body of yours.
I am very lucky with my neighbours but have had some odd ones in the past, you will never win and she will always twist things.
Love your cartoons :)
Anne

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_LINDA 12/17/2012 9:42PM

    So glad you are on the mend Lexie! 5 miles is very impressive for someone so sick!!! Well done!.
I will bet that neighbour of yours is bipolar and should be on meds. Lithium comes to mind emoticon I have to deal with someone like that at the club. One day she can be sweet as pie, the next in your face complaining, or worse, making up nonsense about you behind your back. They ought to be put back in their cages and the keys tossed. Don't ever feel at fault dealing with someone like that, its exact;y what they want you to feel.
Hope you have a totally terrific Tuesday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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LOVESLIFE48 12/17/2012 7:58PM

    Sorry to hear about your neighbor!! Seems we all have at least one like yours!! Glad you are feeling better and a big emoticon emoticon on your walk!! Have a nice evening! emoticon

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JULIA1154 12/17/2012 6:48PM

  We had a neighbour like that, too, for many, many years. It's a grinding annoyance that just doesn't go away, despite all one's best efforts to re-frame it, to ignore it, etc. I wish there were a good solution - although I do like the idea of using ear plugs (in the case of car alarms) and letting the rest of the neighbours become the heavies in the situation.

Take care of yourself as you finish recovering from the pneumonia.

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MARYJEANSL 12/17/2012 4:52PM

  So sorry you are having to deal with someone like that! Thanks for the cartoons - I have enjoyed them

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CHICCHANTAL 12/17/2012 4:15PM

    I would buy some earplugs, and wait till the car alarm has woken up half the street and your neighbour is ostracised.

But I'm a mean person, and someone who doesn't deserve to shop at Waitrose.

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/17/2012 3:32PM

    Glad you're doing better. Too bad about Mrs Grumpy neighbor, but at least the car is out of ear-shot in case the alarm does go off again. Guess you can celebrate that. But doesn't such an on-going conversation really make you wonder about time travel???? hahahaha!

Hope you have a successful day today and don't over-do it.

Remember to breathe!

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SHAWFAN 12/17/2012 3:32PM

    Glad to hear you're doing much better! Sorry you have a Ms Nasty Neighbor and hope she changes her tune soon. Have a great week!

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/17/2012 3:04PM

    Good read!

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Guess where I was at three o'clock this morning!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Guess where I was at three o'clock this morning!


Go on, guess...


I DARE ya!


Give up?


I'll tell you...


Hammering on my neighbour's front door is where I was.


Should have been curled up asleep in my bed and dreaming happy dreams, but I wasn't.


Oh no!


I was standing in the freezing cold and wet on my neighbour's driveway.


And why?


What is the one noise in the night guaranteed to make the most mild mannered neighbour throw a hissy fit?


I'll tell you...


A


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Car Alarm!!!


She bought the car on Thursday. On Friday the wind got up in the afternoon and the car alarm started to randomly wail.

She wasn't home and this continued at odd intervals until 9pm, when she finally came home and managed to get it to stop.

I was woken by the car alarm on Saturday morning, but not at an unearthly hour, and things were quiet through the day, largely because she and the car were not home.

On Saturday evening it started again for a brief time, but we thought she had it sussed by the time we went to bed.

Sadly, however, this was a short lived respite, because at 1.45 am, the damn thing went off - three times in the space of five minutes!

Then it went quiet, and we settled back down, until just before 3am, when the damn thing went off again! And again!

And that was why I was standing outside in the cold and wet outside my neighbour's house in the middle of the night.

Incidentally...

I'm not blaming her for this!!! Even though she can't even open the damn bonnet to disconnect the battery, which would fix the problem. (Who buys a car and doesn't even find out how to open the bonnet for whatsits sake!!!) No, I blame the unscupulous bloke who sold her a faulty car!!!

Good job I don't know who he is!

Poor woman was in tears last night after we tried and failed to get the bonnet open. I felt terrible for her! Oh, and out of curiosity, where do they hide the bonnet catch on modern cars?

Here's to a peaceful Sunday!


I hope!

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CATLADY52 12/17/2012 1:52PM

    Hope everyone in the neighborhood gets sleep tonight. emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 12/17/2012 12:26PM

    LOL! Sorry I shouldn't but still . . . and I guessed it was the car alarm too. Had the same problem with the caretaker in my last flat buying a new car and the alarm went off endlessly.

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MAURIZIA 12/17/2012 11:12AM

    Oh, my. Nothing worse than a car alarm...which I don't really understand since no one every pays attention to them when they are blaring...we all just walk on by. Hope it gets fixed today.

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BUBBLEJ1 12/17/2012 12:30AM

    Google the car and bonnet release. You will find it.

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_LINDA 12/16/2012 11:55PM

    All cars usually come with a manual, but as I don't drive I never bothered to read one to find out whats what. A crowbar might have helped it along ;) emoticon
Hope that dealer does right by her and gets it fixed right quick.
Wishing you a peaceful sleep tonight!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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AHTRAP 12/16/2012 11:48PM

    Nails on a chalkboard have nothing on a car alarm gone bonkers. Poor neighbor will be hearing about that one for ages if she sticks to the area.

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ANNEMAC5 12/16/2012 2:11PM

    I feel bad for both of you. Hope you get sleep tonight emoticon

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WILSON425 12/16/2012 12:19PM

    I agree with John. Find the owners manual.

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SENATOR9 12/16/2012 10:19AM

    Yep back to the dealer comes Monday.
Did the car come with a manual?

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STONECOT 12/16/2012 10:12AM

    Quite oftan there's a pull handle release down by the drivers pedals, then a slider somewhere in the grille. Hope you have better luck tonight.

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0309COOKIE 12/16/2012 9:31AM

    Oh, there is nothing more annoying that that save a barking dog.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/16/2012 8:59AM

    Not fun, I know. Have a good day.

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LOVESLIFE48 12/16/2012 8:56AM

    I hope you get some sleep tonight and she gets her alarm fixed!! emoticon emoticon Sweet dreams!! emoticon

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TXTOAD9970 12/16/2012 8:13AM

    that's terrible! I hope you get some sleep tonight! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 12/16/2012 7:48AM

  Well at least she felt bad about it, some people wouldn't car a whit! Did you disconnect the battery for her?

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Come and Play With My Rubber Ducky on the Thames! :-)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012



No, your eyes are not deceiving you! Today a giant rubber duck had a swim on the Thames!

More pics and the story behind it here:

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-224
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Well, it worked! Made me laugh big time!

Now, time to put my thinking cap on cos I want a share of that bursary! LOL
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Lex xxx
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SCIFIREADER 12/16/2012 10:48AM

    What a sight to see! Come on Lexie, let's see what you have up your sleeve. I know you can come up with something that the FUNdation would love :)

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    These wer great. emoticon

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    Love the rubber duck!
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CHICCHANTAL 12/12/2012 2:52PM

    What about a clockwork squid?

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CARLA-216 12/12/2012 1:37PM

    What a site to see on Thames!

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/12/2012 12:34PM

    Those are great!

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_LINDA 12/12/2012 1:35AM

    emoticon My moneys on you for coming up with a corker for this contest Lexie,
You go girl!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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