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3/28/14 2:16 A

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That's great. I used to take care of and foster a Basset Hound. Just loved his legs. He was a handsome dog too. Can't remember if I told you. We have a Bloodahoula Hound. Henley is 3/4 Bloodhound (team pic), and 1/4 Catahoula Hound. Henley's dad was pure Bloodhound. Henley looks just like him. We get comments on him all the time. Do you have a current pic of Gus? I can use it as the team mascot for awhile.
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3/27/14 1:41 P

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Have to share a quick story. I work for a City's Utilities department and we work closely with some guys in Public Works. In the last couple years I've come to know a couple of the supervisors over there and found out one has a bloodhound about the same age as mine and the other has a Basset (which I used to own) so whenever we see each other we always ask about our hounds. Now, one of these guys has gotten in the habit of sending a daily cute hound picture to me and the other hound lovers in our group. I love opening emails, among all the important tedious work emails, and getting a cute hound picture!

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3/7/14 3:39 P

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Dane's are neat dogs. I used to see a pure black Dane in our area. What a beautiful dog.

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3/7/14 4:06 A

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We had a Dane when I was in college. Sweetest dog! I think the drool prepared me for Bassets. Have pics? emoticon


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3/5/14 8:27 P

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He sounds adorable. Is he black?

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3/5/14 11:23 A

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The dog sitting was great fun. He will be back in 3 weeks time. The DNA tests came back and he is a Labrador, Great Dane cross. He is a very strong dog with jowles like a Great Dane. But shorter legs. He is very affectionate.

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2/9/14 1:27 A

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Hi Ellen. I am doing better. My knee is still swollen some, but I am walking much better. How did the dog sitting go? I love Labs!! emoticon

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1/29/14 1:57 P

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Hope you are feeling better.
Its cooler here today. I am dog sitting again soon with Avon The Labrador type dog. Hooray!

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1/27/14 3:18 A

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My cold is almost gone.
We're having weirdly sunny, dry weather for Oregon with very little snow pack. My rain loathing Basset is loving it though!



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1/26/14 3:23 P

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Not frozen here. We seem to be having a mild winter lately. It started off cold, then warmed up.
Hope you feel better!!

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1/26/14 5:21 A

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Thanks to a flu bug, we were still doing Christmas!

Anybody out there? Anybody frozen? emoticon


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1/5/14 4:38 A

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How did everyone's New Years go?

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12/29/13 8:52 P

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I love black labs. Have you see them again?

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11/19/13 3:37 P

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The young blind lady was in the supermarket with her beautiful dog today. Its a black Labrador with a very waggy tail.
It very cold here today with snow forecast later this week.

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11/15/13 3:02 P

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Friday, very sunny, but cold

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11/9/13 2:45 P

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Its stopped raining now and I can hear lots of fireworks going off. I do hope all doggies and pets are safe inside.

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11/8/13 3:15 P

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It rained today but we went to the lake to feed the birds. We did not see one dog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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10/15/13 2:26 P

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After a few days of low temperatures, we have returned too the seasonal average. It was lovely and sunny and warm at midday today. Went to the gym in the park and saw lots of dogs including 2 springers and a cocker spaniel. Several retrievers and a jack russell terrier. One labrador.

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10/13/13 8:40 A

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Its raining hard so we didn't go to the lake. The temperatures have dropped to around 8C, a big shock from last week.

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We went to the lake again today. There was a lovely Springer today. It was white with black spots. I had my camera but it was too quick for me. I did take some photos of the birds though and the lake as it was a glorious day. High temperatures of over 21C, very high for the time of year.
The weather is set to change with a cold front and high North winds coming in the next few days.

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10/5/13 1:41 P

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Hi Jeanne,

Sorry I have been away for so long. Had a busy, hot summer. I had not forgotten you all.
I have put on quite a bit of weight. Nearly back where I started with spark. I have lost 1lb this week, thank goodness.
Saw a beautiful cocker spaniel puppy at the lake today. It was chocolate brown and had such a pretty face. Just what Sue wants and GD would like, but Tim does not want to know.
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9/29/13 3:24 A

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How is everyone's week-end so far?

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9/6/13 3:00 A

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Still here. Like the hounds, slow but steady!

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8/30/13 12:28 P

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Glad to have you back. Ruby is a doll. She turned out so pretty. Bloodhounds are neat dogs. In their own little world, yet so loving.

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I rejoined and changed my name. I was bloodhound lady. Remember ruby, the cute bh pup with all the wrinkles? She turned one yesterday and you can see her most recent pics. Love of my life, just don't tell my dh but I think he suspects. It has been an experience owning a bloodhound, such an incredible breed.

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Boy did I lose track of time. Is anyone still with me?

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Lol...You had me going there. I thought there was some new way of doing things, and I was out of the loop emoticon

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Oops pet therapy class! Lol!

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Oops pet therapy class! Lol!

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Sounds like she is coming along. Good for the both of you. What is pettgerapy class?

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Just trying to catch up. Too quiet in here. Ruby my blood hound is now 5 months and we recently started trailing classes. She also passed obedience school and will take pet tgerapy class in may. Okay your turn.

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I think Pete has 2 more years to do yet as he wants to get his Masters degree as well.
Sue's birthday today and we went to Jamie Oliver's restaurant. We found it disappointing. The food I mean. Don't know what all the hype is about! LOL!
Sue and Tim went to see "The Hobbit" after and said it was great, but left you up in the air at the end. Meanwhile we took Tiana to see "The Rise of the Guardians". A good kids film by Dreamworks. The animation was very good.
Hope all is well with you.
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11/15/12 1:12 A

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Ah ha...So Tim is the culprit lol. I wondered why Tiana had such fears over dogs. I'm glad Peter enjoys Portsmouth. How much more studying does he have to do?

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Peter loves his new place and being back in Portsmouth. He is enjoying his job at Uni, but its long hours and tiring as he still has to study.
Tiana is slowly getting used to a friends dog and talks about it quite a bit. Tim will never get used to them I fear! We have dismantled the trampoline and given it to Sue to put in her garage over winter, then she is planning to have it in their garden. Don't know how Tim will react!! LOL!

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What a beautiful dog. Is anyone working with Tiana to get rid of her fear of dogs? Poor kid.How does Peter like his new place?

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Hi Jeane,
Just a quickie note as its gone 1am and I need to got to bed.
Saw a beautiful Merle blue border collie today. Here is a link with pics as I did not have my camera 'cos we were going to the recycling centre and garden centre.

www.bordercollies.nl/eklblm.shtml

It really was pretty and full of fun, not very old, but grown enough to look like the ones in the link.
Busy week as we are babysitting twice and also moving Peter to his new digs on Friday. Hoping to have a day out with him on Thursday if the weather is nice and go to a castle.
I petted so many dogs last week, it was great, but Tiana was not too happy about it! LOL!
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That will be nice to have Peter home for 2 weeks. You need to tell your friends you don't mind helping, but your not the only one who will work. Jeez, that's cold. I'll have to check into that exercise. My back is also tender from my RA. If I stand to long, it starts to ache as well. We have enjoyed the Olympics, however, if we need to go to the store etc., Dennis will go with me.

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Carol lives a long way down our road and I was counting her as a friend. I went to help her tonight! She did not do a stroke of work, just made me a cup of tea. I will help her again on Wednesday evening, but she is not going to be happy, because Peter is coming to stay 2 weeks early.So I won't be helping her. He found he has some holiday due from IBM, so that will save him money travelling. He will stay with us till his new shared flat is ready, not long. Perhaps I will get more room to exercise and do my crafts when he moves. I don't know if he will be taking everything though! Hope he leaves his weights and exercise balls. LOL! And the step machine.!!
I am glad Dennis is a bit better. He probably gets stiff when he stands still. I have to move about from foot to foot if I am standing too long. I think I go limp and my back starts to ache.
I find the back extension exercise like on spark, helps. I do it if I have back pain in the day! But don't do it if it hurts when doing the stretch.! The physio exercise I do which helped me. Is lying on the bed, I do it first thing in the morning. Pull each knee into your chest as far as you can, one at a time. 5 on left side then 5 the right side. I have been doing this for years and it really helps, because it strengthens the back muscles of the lower back, which is where most problems occur.
I forgot to take a picture of the measles. I will take one if it still looks the same and the rain has not knocked them off! I did manage to take my flax flowers but have not had time to put them on the computer yet.
Adrian has not stopped watching the Olympics except when he goes to work. Its on now! LOL! I am just going to bed.
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Dennis is getting out. He says his back doesn't hurt as much if he moves around, it's just when he stands still. We think it probably is from the stress. You can rant all you want. It is good to get it out of your system now and then. I forgot. Is Carol your neighbor? I'm proud of you for putting yourself first! You need to take a picture of your painting with the measles lol.

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We all had a good chuckle on Sunday morning when we went outside and looked at my painting. Its was covered in little flies and now looks like it has the measles! LOL! We had rain and thunderstorms yesterday, but its bright and sunny this morning. I am going out to take a photo of my lonely little flax flower if its still there. Then some much needed gardening. Adrian is watching the Olympics again. I was a bit peeved on Sunday as he left me all the washing up! he did cook lunch, but made a real mess in the kitchen. I left it till Sunday morning as I did not finish watering after painting till 9pm on Saturday.
Carol was upset that I was painting and not helping her in the garden. Tough! I need to do some things for me. I helped her 4 hours in the week, plus getting rid of some of her rubbish. I went down last night as arranged and there was no answer, so I ran back home as it was starting to rain and thunder was sounding close. I was not going to work in that on my own!
Sorry! Needed to rant!
Have a lovely week. Hope DH is OK and you can get out!
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Thank you Jeane. We had a great anniversary inspite of the rain which came down.
The weather has been lovely for the last week, but they say it will change tomorrow. I have been gardening and painting the house outside since Wednesday.
DH has not stirred from the Olympics on TV since Friday when he came home. Well, he did catch a little sleep last night and woke me up when he came to bed. But the Telly was on at 9am all day till he went to work and its been on ever since he got back. Its sooo boring! LOL!
I am going to bed now as I am very tired after painting in the heat today. Was very enjoyable though!
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Happy Anniversary!!! I hope the weather cooperates for you. Here we are dry as a bone, and 108 degrees. At least we have a good breeze, or it would be awful. Yipes, that is a lot of emails!!

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We are seeing a movie tomorrow as its our anniversary! Going to senior's club again and fish and chips after. Think I will just have the fish this time and take a sandwich to eat when we walk, IF the weather has improved. It will be a nice well earned rest anyway!
We had 3 thunderstorms today! Yuk! We are awash here! The garage is flooded again and the patio. Sorry I have not got to your page yet Jeane. Had to stop and sort out my 7,000 emails as we are changing the phone server tomorrow.LOL! I will send you the details ASAP.
I decided to change my user name on spark to what it was supposed to be in the first place.
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Poor Dale. She is really losing it. I hope she isn't charging all the things she buys, because she probably won't remember to pay the bills. She really should be in a place that can keep an eye on her. I looked up the Goldcrest. What a cute little bird. What type of Warbler? The birds seem to like you. Today I had a Goose talk to me. I tried to get a good picture of the bird's eyes. They were really a pretty brown, but it was behind chicken wire, and the slats were so close to each other. What movie did you see?

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So glad to hear Dennis has a possible job! That is good news Jeanne!
The weather here has been awful. Cold, rain for over a week non-stop and very high winds. I thought we were going to have a hurricane last night, it was so bad. I have been very busy. We went to Dale's lock up and took a full car load back. I arranged to see her on Friday and was all ready with lunch packed and just phoned to let her know I was on my way, as arranged. No answer, she had gone out. I was fuming, its the second time in a matter of weeks she has done that to me. She phoned in the afternoon and said she had a Dr's appointment. Pity she didn't remember that on Wednesday. She wanted us to go back to the lock up before May 1st to find her shoes! She's got no chance as Adrian has tennis elbow and had a steroid injection on Friday. He has to rest it. I told her to go on the bus, but she is buying new shoes instead. Where does she get the money???
Had some excitement in the garden as there is now a goldcrest and also warbler visiting. The goldcrest is to quick for me to take a photo. It almost hovers and looks like a humming bird. So pretty.Have not seen the firecrest since. Thought the song thrush had gone, but he was singing earlier in the week. They birds are very hungry so I am putting food out. I whistle when I go out with it and the young blackbird from last year comes down with a young one which I think is his.They can't wait for me to put it on the table, they fly all around me. The call back to me like yours did last year.
After all the trouble moving my things to make way for Peter's, he forgot to pack his boxes. We had a lovely, though wet and windy day with him today. Too wet for a picnic so we went to the cinema and had fish and chip lunch.
I have a stinking cold again. Ugh!
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Well, it sounds like in the long run Peter's situation will work out just fine. From pictures I have seen of Portsmouth I don't blame him for wanting to live there. Our weather has been up and down, but not as drastic as your weather. We have had a few days in the 30's this month, but mostly 40's. We even are having days in the 50's at night, so can't complain there. We haven't had snow at our house this winter/spring. There has been snow in the hills and mountains though. Pretty to look at. In fact the ski resorts didn't have a lot of days that were open, and they close early this month due to lack of snow. It really has been a mild winter/spring. Makes it rough for the people that rely on the money working at the ski resorts. Is your area having a drought? Sounds like you have had ample rain to me, but then I don't live there. I can't wait for our Sunflowers to pop up again. Last year they popped up on their own. This year Dennis wants to add more seeds. I can almost taste the Tomatoes lol
Oh, Dennis got a call today about a possible job, and he is going to have a phone interview tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed. The place isn't too far away, and it will be for 2nd shift, so the drive will be much nicer if he gets it. I will keep you posted. Hugs,
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Yes, we are trying to walk longer on his off days! Peter needs to find another room near IBM where he has his placement, just for a couple of months and then he will move in with us for a short while till he can move into the digs in Portsmouth. He returns to University in October and can't wait to move back to Portsmouth. He hates Southampton! But loves the job at IBM in Hursley near Winchester.
Yes I think I will get muscles as its so cold I am having to keep moving my pots in and out of the greenhouse. It was very cold and windy yesterday and today. We are babysitting tomorrow and they have forecast very high winds with snow in some areas and thunderstorms. They say we will get some rain in the morning, but they have just declared a drought in 22 more counties and its expected to last till Christmas. They say its worse than a few years ago when they had to put standpipes on Street corners and some water companies are supplying others with water! My barrels have filled a bit in the last week, thankfully, but I am having to use it in the greenhouse. I am spending all my spare hours in there at the moment. I have lots of seeds to sow! Panic!! I am worried I won't get them put in in time. I will sow sunflowers again as the birds are eating the seeds from last year that I put out.
If the weather gets worse, I will get some time to scan the photos, hopefully! I may end up babysitting more if its so bad that the pre-school closes.
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Once the weather stays nice you and Adrian will have to take your walks on the off days. Dennis used to work week-ends, you get used to it. Is Peter moving back in with you? That is a lot of exercise. You will have muscles Ellen lol. We had good rain yesterday, and it is going to start raining again tonight. This storm is colder. The snow will be in the mountains though, not in our area. I hope you get the dog pictures scanned. I would love to see them. Take care!
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Sounds like that day was busy Jeanne! Bet you looked good. You are lucky to have such a clever daughter.
Adrian has had several extra days, but they are changing his days for work to Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday which is a bit of a bummer! It means we can't go out for the day at the weekends unless we get back early. We were planning to visit Peter at the end of the month and have a day out. He needs some boxes to do his packing early as his year in the digs is nearly up and he does not want a panic like he had last year. He has some for us to bring back already done, so I panicked and had to start making room for his things. One bedroom is already full of his things and this time we will have to have the rest of it. There is a bookcase to bring back and I am not sure where to put it. I had filled my little box room with my things that were moved last year to make room for his, so I am having to go through them and try and turn some out. The attic is getting full! LOL! I am doing so much walking up and down stairs and ladders and moving heavy boxes, you would think I would be losing weight, but it does not seem to be happening. At least I have plenty of energy so that's good.
I have been moving my photos today and they were heavy, there is a lot! Found more dog photos so I must scan them in when I get time. I am trying to make a place for them in the downstairs hallway so I can free up some space in the filing cabinet. Its taking quite a bit of planning and really getting the grey cells working!
The weather here has been very cold, but at least we didn't get the snow they forecast here. We have had 3 days of thunderstorms, so quite a bit of lovely rain and some hail. The water butts in the garden were not working properly though since Adrian put them back, so we have lost quite a bit of water. I hope we have got it right now! LOL! We are still getting very heavy frosts some mornings and we had to switch the heating back on. The birds have been hungry too!
I am very tired so I am off to bed now! See you later! I will look at your blogs tomorrow morning and have a rest!
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I'm doing good thanks Ellen. I'm glad your bouncing back to your ol self. We had rain good rain yesterday. Today was cloudy, but sunny. I went to my Daughter's beauty school, she trimmed my hair, then slapped some curls in it. She also trimmed Dennis's hair. He needed it big time lol. Is Adrien still getting extra hours?

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Almost back to normal now. Doing lots of gardening again and walking, not much running yet though! Doing strength training. How are you doing Jeanne? Your blogs are good.
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Thank you Jeanne. Yes I have been drinking plenty of water although it did not taste good to me. Finally I am starting to feel better and the cough is almost gone. The temperature was up and down all the time and I ended with a bad tummy again. I still have very little energy though and walking is hard work especially uphill. I think the tree pollens are affecting me now and I have been getting asthma. Today was lovely and warm so I did some gardening all afternoon. Could hear a bird of prey somewhere, but didn't see it. Think it was a Buzzard, I have seen 3 up over our gardens recently. The potatoes my daughter gave me for my birthday are peeping through the soil now. It took a while as a cat covered them up more than I had done. The mange tout I planted 2 weeks ago are now 4 inches high and I have about 20 tomato plants just about 2 inches high already. Sue and Tiana gave me a prickly cactus and some more seeds for Mother's day. I just don't know where I am going to plant them. There are cabbages (3 types), sweetcorn and radishes. I had a lovely evening with them while Adrian was at work on Sunday and although I was not hungry, I enjoyed the Chinese takeaway. We finished the evening with 3 chocolates and an Amarula cream. Delicious. Tuesday we babysat and walked to the park as the weather was good. it took me longer than usual to walk. There were lots of violets to see. I have some lovely wild white violets in the garden at the moment.
Dale phoned on Saturday and several times since. She broke the bed at the B & B and the landlady put the mattress on the floor and took the bed away. She said she couldn't sleep like that so she is in another place now which she says is better and cheaper. I am not fit enough to help her yet. She got Julian to clean 2 rooms for her, so that will make it easier. He has not cleaned the toilet though.
Adrian's job is still going well. He worked 2 extra days last week. But no extra this week.
How is Dennis? What is the job front like?
Sound like you have been having a very exciting time with the birds. I need to catch up tomorrow. I am late posting tonight as I could not post my food this morning like I usually do. It just would not work and half the stuff on my page was missing. Glad they got it back OK.
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I hope you are drinking plenty of fluids. One of my Sister's had a high temp and ended up in the hospital from dehydrating. If your temp doesn't go down I would see a Doctor. My Niece had that happen to her. Her friends let her take care of the Choc. Lab, and never wanted her back. My Niece had her a few years until she got old. Sweet dog. I hope Dale is ok too. I do worry about her. It's hard getting old sometimes. How is Adrian's job coming along? Dennis and I saw a Turkey Buzzard migration today. I did get some photos that I will post. Hope you are feeling better soon!
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So glad you liked the boxer Jeanne. But I have to say, its not a pup. The owner, who was and elderly man said he just looked after it for 2 weeks and that was 7 years ago. They never wanted it back and he loves her very much. He had her when she was a pup. She still behaves like a puppy. LOL!
I am feeling really ill the last 2 days with a high temperature, so I have not done any walking. managed to do a little exercise though, with a little strength training today. My blood sugar is up, Adrian says because I am ill. I reckon its because I am not doing much exercise. We are looking after Tiana tomorrow, so i hope my temp is down. I think I got this from her as she had a terrible cough last week and I've got it now.
I still can't get in touch with Dale, so I hope she is OK!

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It must be very exciting to have a baby hawk to watch. I wonder if there is just one in the nest or more? The Buzzards here only seem to have one or two offspring at a time, or maybe some die. There was a Buzzard up over the fields today when we went shopping. I was in the car at the time so no picture. It was flying quite low and I could see beautiful white markings on the wings which looked like eyes. Went to the park with Tiana last week and there was a lovely boxer dog. It came up and gave me a kiss when I petted it. I took a photo so I will put it on our team page. Hope that is OK.
Its very sad that Dale has run out of money, so I don't know what will happen now. I have been cleaning ready to decorate. The authorities say if she moves back in before the work is done that they require to make it safe, they will evict her in less than a week. I have been so worried, I am not sleeping. I have not been able to contact her since last Friday. I don't know where she is. I am supposed to be going there tomorrow (Wednesday) but I have another cold and not feeling at all well. I will have to see if I can get her on the phone. The rat catcher is due tomorrow, so I hope she goes there.
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I was thinking of Dale the other day and wondered if you have seen her. What are you helping with? I hope her home isn't going down hill again.
What a beautiful little bird. That must have been a thrill to see it in your yard. We have been going by every other day, for the most part, to check on the Hawk's nest. The other day the area where the nest is had more snow then we did. I worried about the Mama. Dennis said it would be ok. We did check on it the next day, and it was in the nest. Animals can be so dedicated. Some human mothers should take note hehe.

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Wow Jeanne. That is fantastic. Seeing Hawks nesting. Hope you can get pictures of the young.
Sorry I have not been posting, but am helping Dale again.
I got a thrill this morning while washing up. Saw a Firecrest from my kitchen window. It was flitting around the fir tree looking for insects I guess. I have never seen one before, it was so pretty and sings prettily too. Here is the link with song that you can click on. Hope it works.
There is a small photo at the top.

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Birds are making nest here already. In fact the last few days we have seen the Hawks in their nest. I have been taking pictures from a distance, as I don't want to upset them with my presence. I take the picture from inside the car. I am so excited! Our birds haven't been eating as much seeds this week. Dennis thinks the birds are making their nest right now. On the other hand, we have had Hawks in the yards, so maybe they are keeping low because of them. We are about 73 right now, but will drop back to the 60's. Still very pleasant for winter. Hope you don't stay cold much longer!

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Sorry I haven't emailed you yet Jeanne! I babysat all day till 6pm on Tuesday. Sue had to work late and then got stuck in traffic. She brought me a beautiful red rose and one for Tiana too. Yesterday I had to go to Dale's and today, it was so warm that I did gardening till 4.15pm. Then DH and I went for a walk. Saw Alan and young Endel, they were just heading home from the bus. The Thrush serenaded me in the morning, then the blackbird was singing and the Robin as well. The bird seed is going SO fast. They seem to like the little seeds. The black niger seeds and sunflower seeds are going really well. I cut down the last of my sunflowers today, the birds had eaten the seeds. I planted some of the early potatoes Sue gave me for my birthday. Still got 6 to put in. The weather forecast says it is going back to winter at the weekend. Guess it comes to us all! LOL! I have loads of snowdrops in bloom. Will take a photo tomorrow if its sunny, it was very warm, but dull today. Minding Tiana tomorrow afternoon.

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Poor Dennis! Its so hard when you don't hear anything, it pulls you down. Hope he hears soon. The job is not very exciting but I will send you an email and tell you about it. At least its a little money coming in at last.
Have a lovely St Valentine's Day. We are child minding. I am really tired even though I have not done much today except some ball exercises and walking and shopping. I am trying to get the photos scanned in so I can do some blogs about my dogs I have had.
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Oh, Ellen, that is fantastic. Tell me more about the job. Where it is etc. If you want you can email me. Tell Adrian I said "well done"
Dennis hasn't heard from the two places that called last week. Either they are real slow, or he isn't going to get a call back. The right job will come along. Sure hope it won't be a real long time though. Times are tough right now!
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Adrian was offered the job and went today to learn about it. Hope it works out this time. I hope Dennis does well and I hope you are right about the turning point. That would be very good for all of us.
We went to the lake yesterday after having lunch paid for by my eldest and his wife for my birthday celebration. As I expected it was frozen over almost completely. Not so many swans as there were and not many ducks, but saw a pair of mallards actually mating and a pair of swans getting up close and starting their mating dance. Wrapping their heads around each others necks in unison. So pretty to watch. Perhaps there will be some signets this year on the lake. It does seem quite early though. As we were waiting for the bus, we saw Alan Parton with young Endel. This dog is so clever. We watched as they got to the bank which has a door where you have to press the button to enter. Endel just put his paw up and opened the door. Smart dog! After they had been in there they waited at our bus stop and then got on our bus. There were loads of school children on the bus and they were really interested in Alan in his wheelchair with Endel and were asking him lots of questions. He was telling them his stories about being in the Falklands war and they were enthralled, it was so good to watch. Endel was standing on his hind legs with paws on Alan and he said he was asking for a sweet. He is such a beautiful dog.

The snow here has almost all gone, we had it last Saturday, but not too much. I went to town with Adrian when he went to the job. I had a fast walk round, did some shopping, had a run and then came home on the bus. Its cooler again today and they are threatening more snow.


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Hope you feel better soon. I wish Adrian luck for the interview. Dennis has had two calls about his resume. Maybe it is turning around for both of them!

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Sorry Jeanne! I did take it when we went next time and got a pic, but its not very good as the light was in the wrong direction. Have not put it on my page yet as I have got a cold and a tickly cough and not feeling up to much. Babysat today and its freezing cold again. Will look at your blogs tomorrow and get back on track. Adrian has another interview tomorrow! LOL! So we will be going on the bus and I will walk around the shops while he is there. Off to bed now if I can sleep with this tickle in my throat! See you later.
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I know how you feel Jeanne! We went to the recycling centre and were so close to the lake we just could not resist the walk! It was blowing a gale and there were waves! There were 15 swans today and I could not believe the coots. I counted 50 and then we saw even more! never seen so many there at one time before! There is a pair of Egyptian Geese back and a few Canada Geese! Some very pretty golden fawn sort of colour ducks. Don't know what variety, probably farmyard, though they were no bigger than a normal mallard! Will try and identify them tomorrow if I get time. Went to the Archaeological site meeting at the new building site yesterday. Had a great time! There was an archaeologist that had her dog with her. So cute! There were 2 Buzzards up high, but didn't get a picture as the weather was not that good for photos in the sky! Very cloudy, but not cold! Been a busy week having to blog every day for my 5% challenge and go to 10 team mates pages! Glad to be back to normal! Will try to blog more often though!
Going to lunch at Sue, Tim and Tiana's tomorrow! Hope to walk if weather is good after lunch!
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Today I was taking pictures of ducks etc., and the wind was blowing so hard, a few of my pictures came out blurry. At one point I asked Dennis to hold my shoulders, but he was shaking lol. Oh well, at least I got a few pictures.

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Yes Sue, Adrian and I are all trying to get her over her fear of dogs and now cats too! But every time she is with daddy she seems to get worse again! He does not like animals! LOL! Sue has always loved them! My Mum was afraid of dogs even when I was young, but she learnt to love them and had 2 of her own and shared my poodle when I was a teenager!
Sorry I have not had time to put the pics on yet! I am having to do a blog every day, this week for the 5 % challenge. Adrian has been teaching me to use the scanner with my computer and I have found quite a few doggy pics! We are babysitting tomorrow and Friday and I think we are in Southampton with Dale Wednesday or Thursday! Adrian didn't hear any more about the face to face interview and is really disappointed! No word on the other job either!
It has been really frosty since I last posted! They say it will be warmer for a few days and then get cold again!
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It has cooled down here as well. It's supposed to be down to 30 by early morning. Today was overcast, but not as cool as I thought it would be. I had a light weight sweatshirt jacket on, and I was fine. We also went to the lake. I will write about tomorrow in my blog. That's funny Tiana didn't want to go home. I'm curious. Is anybody trying to get her over her fear of dogs? The older she gets, the worse it might be for her. I would hate to see her so fearful when there are so many nice dogs out there. I look forward to seeing the pictures of the Swans!

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Had a great day on Thursday, though it was definitely cooler and not so sunny, just 'cos I wanted to take photos! Adrian and I parked at the lake and walked round to the road he was taking to Petersfield, then I did some much needed running and walking fast! Walked round again! After that I hiked and explored the Heath! Saw one lot of fungus, but looked like they were dying off! Lots of lovely brightly coloured mosses and lichen so I took a lot of pics. Now I must do a blog! LOL! Adrian phoned me and we met back at the car and then walked in to town to the restaurant! Had a lovely warm goats cheese and vegetable salad again! After we did some shopping before walking back to the car. Adrian thinks he got on OK with the interview, but there was no news on Friday, when we babysat! The weather forecast was right! We got a full blown frost in the morning and it was cold all day, though very bright and sunny! In the afternoon we went back to the lake and fed the ducks and swans! There were 16 and I had counted 13 the day before! I took some photos because one male swan was chasing the other swans off and I was imagining the Valkiri music to it! It was really funny to watch, but not for the other swans! It got very cold as the sun started to go down behind Butser Hill, but Tiana was oblivious to it! She didn't want to leave the playground and when Tim came to pick her up, she didn't want to go home! LOL!
Its very cold but bright and sunny today so we are going into our nearest town by bus to get some brackets so DH can hang my bookcase on the wall! For some reason its got damp at the bottom! Think its where the gutter has been overflowing outside! It definitely is not gardening weather like it was earlier in the week!
This week I have seen some beautiful dogs! Saw a lovely Bernese Mountain dog when we were on the bus at the beginning of the week! On Thursday when I was alone at the lake, there were lots of people out walking their dogs! A beautiful big white poodle and 2 Collies (Lassie type) A beautiful mongrel that looked like it had border collie in it! When Adrian and I had gotten out of the car, 2 lovely Highland terriers had come to us to have a fuss made! The lady said one was nearly blind and very old and the other was a young pup! Yesterday there was a very pretty little Shi Tzu which was a steel grey and white colour! Tiana is still afraid so I didn't get a pic I am sorry to say!

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Adrian got the scanner to work at last so I will find my doggie pics and bore you all to death now! emoticon

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Sorry Jeane! Thought i had told you that Adrian was having a vascular scan of his legs! I will send you a message with the results! Yes he thought the interview went well and is hoping to hear about a face to face interview! His other interview is tomorrow at Petersfield (not the same job) So we are going by car and park at the lake! I shall do some walking, running and take pics while he goes to that! Then we will meet and have lunch at the pizza place with one of the vouchers Matt & Nicola sent us last year! We really enjoyed the meal last time!
Got a phone call now! See you later!

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Why was Adrian at the Hospital? Was he happy with the phone interview? I don't care for those. How lucky you still have Strawberries. I can still buy the Blackberries at the 99 cent store, and they are sweet!

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Yes Jeanne! I am afraid I like to eat Bambi too! We call it Venison! I love Venison sausages and burgers as well as the steaks! Now I am feeling hungry and I am trying not to eat so much!
It was a busy week last week with babysitting, Adrian's hospital visit and he also had a telephone interview on Friday! We were out for a lot of the day yesterday on the bus and walking! Today we put up a cabinet in the kitchen above the new freezer. I could not resist the temptation to clean the other kitchen shelves, the wall and the ceiling! That is another job out of the way! I am still watering the greenhouse as the peppers, Calendula and mint are still hanging on, oh and 2 strawberry plants! There is a hebe just started flowering in the garden!
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I had some friends who made Tamales out of Deer meat. I felt so guilty for eating Bambi, but I must admit, they were very good. She also made some Tamales with Pineapple. Very good!

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Thank you for the link Jeanne! That sounds awesome! Gosh! That is a lot of chilies and a lot of work! LOL!

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Did I say Tamates? I meant Tamales lol...Making Tamales is a lot of work, so Uncle Al has help now since he is up there in the years hehe...You use shredded beef or pork, spices, I think corn bread mix, or something similar. Here is a link so you can see what it looks like. It is soooo goood!
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Your food sounded yummy Jeanne! What is Tamates? I love Mexican food.You were very good to pass on the apple pie. I have mot eaten any of the Christmas cake yet either! They all came to lunch and we had a lovely time. Sue went home to sleep at about 2.30pm so she won't get much! Matt and Nicola went back to Devon at 4.30pm after we had a short walk. Peter is staying till tomorrow or the next day, we don't know yet! He is visiting his friend who is over from Japan tomorrow morning and going to Portsmouth in the afternoon. On Wednesday we are babysitting all day as Sue will be sleeping and Tim is at work. So we are going to be busy! We are just going to have a glass of rose wine and watch I Claudius with Peter. Its Boxing Day here!
Have a lovely day! See you tomorrow!
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Hi Ellen,
Last night we got together with one of Dennis Sister's, and family. Cathy's Hubby makes the best home made Tamales,and what he calls Mexican Smashed Potatoes. The Potatoes have Cheese and Green Chiles mixed in. Also he made Pinto Beans with bits of Ham. It was sooooo good. I didn't eat to much, so I'm glad about that. And I passed on the Apple Pie. That was also home made. It was nice to catch up with some of the family. We haven't seen them for a year.
A Castle for a little girl is perfect. Sounds like you all had a good time. I'm with you, I also hope Sue survives with little sleep. That's always a treat to see Horses. I'm glad they were friendly!
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Tiana is 3 now! I can't believe it, she has grown so fast. Just spent the day with her. She had a beautiful castle instead of a doll's house and lots of other things as well! Sue only had an hours sleep so i hope she will be OK on duty tonight. They are all coming to us tomorrow for lunch now as Sue thinks she will be OK without sleep till the afternoon. She can't resist the lure of roast beef again. Saves her and Tim the trouble of cooking and gives them both more time with Tiana. We have to cook vegetarian for Tim! LOL! We will have 8 at the table, so not too bad.

It has been really warm for several days here, we turned the heating off the night before last as we were so hot. But, today it was really cold again after lunch and there was a strong wind blew up. We walked along the footpaths, but didn't go along the shore as it was so windy and muddy too! We didn't go to Bosham as i was hoping. There were loads of people walking and lots of lovely dogs. We stopped and petted 2 lovely horses that came across the field to us. I got a photo. I had better go now as we have Peter, Matt & Nicola here.
Have a lovely day Jeanne!
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Sounds like the disco night was a lot of fun. I'm glad you all had the chance to get out and go. good for Mary!! Happy Birthday to Tiana. How old is she now? Growing to fast, I'm sure.
I remember you mentioning the Song Thrush last year. I can't believe it has been a whole year. That is a lovely bird. The last couple of days we have warmed up a bit, but it won't last, and I think the rain is over. Looks clear so far anyway. Today I slept away. I had a stiff neck, I think from all the dampness. So I took half a pain pill, and that did it for me. I was out like a light. Tomorrow I am going to Kohls to buy one more thing for Christmas,then I am through.

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Yes Adrian carried the camera today! I got a pic of HMS Warrior in daylight and a night shot with the Christmas tree in the mast for you. I will post them on my page tomorrow if I can. Had a lovely weekend, but the weather was absolutely freezing. Bright and sunny on Saturday and Sunday though! We walked the footpaths on Saturday morning then went to Sue's in the early evening. Had birthday cake and coffee and then drove Sue, Tim and Tiana to Southsea for Sue's birthday bash and disco. We had a lovely time and I danced for 2 hours with Tiana and Lara and Sue. Adrian actually danced at the end of our time there. And Mary who is over 80 also danced. Woo Hoo! She said she had forgotten how, but did so well! We took Tiana back home at 9.15pm and Bill and Mary brought Lara as they were both tired. They didn't get to sleep till 11.30pm. Then Bill and Mary went back to their holiday cottage which today they said was very cold. Its near the sea so I am not surprised. Adrian got a call from Sue who was away with the fairies, and he gathered they wanted a lift home so off he went. I put some music on and did strength training and yoga as I had so much energy! must have been the food I think and the mulled wine! Just 1 glass! We didn't get to bed till 2.30am. So got up at 9am this morning. We were woken by the Song Thrush singing in the garden. I am so thrilled he is back. He came this time last year!
We went to Gunwarf on the bus to meet Sue & Tiana, Jill & Lara. We went to a disco for children for Tiana's birthday treat. Then met Tim, Mary & Bill at the Pizza house for food with all Tiana's friends and mummy's & daddy's. Had a lovely time.

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I have a small backpack that I put my camera in. Sometimes I put it in my purse. Shame on you. You should always be prepared for the unexpected lol. Maybe you can get Adrian to carry the camera for you!

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What a good idea Jeanne, never thought of potting them! Will try that next year! I do love them!
My nose has been running like a tap, On and Off all day! Its a bit better now! But I am not feeling too well now, no sore throat though! I think it may be a remainder of my last cold a few weeks ago that has come back! Hope it goes soon, I have stepped up my vitamin C and zinc again! Ooh! they have just threatened thunder and lightening on the weather forecast!! It was lovely today, but chilly! We were going to Waterlooville shopping on the bus, but it was late owing to accident chaos! The Petersfield bus came first, that was late too! So Adrian said lets go there. We did some shopping then couldn't resist going to the lake for a walk! I didn't take my camera as it makes my bag heavy enough with shopping and water to drink and Waterlooville is boring! Wish I had it with me! There were loads of Cormorants! They have taken the boats away for winter so the Cormorants were sitting up in the tree on the Island and on the Island itself. They were flying around and around too, never seen so many together before! There were some juveniles, we could see their white tummies as they flew really close! I love to see them sunning themselves with outstretched wings! We also watched a kestrel, but the light was wrong so I couldn't tell if it was male or female! Don't see many of those these days and rarely at the lake! The lake was freezing over this time last year, but no sign of ice at the moment! The water is still very low, very unusual for this time of year, a bit worrying! There were 10 swans including 2 signets, no herons or little egrets today! The birds were looking for food but we didn't have any! Didn't see one dog, well there were not many people about!
It was market day which saved us some money on veggies! Nice and fresh and cheaper than the supermarket! The South American stall was there again, beautiful and very colourful. Lots of knitwear and woven ponchos and rugs! Quite cheap too! I took photos last time we went so I think I will have to do a blog!
Think I will have an early night again! See you later!
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Those are cute flowers. Can you tried them as a potted plant? Might work better for you. Hope your not getting a cold!

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