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Topic: Anyone had to spend days alone without anyone to talk to?

  1. Hanna3
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    18 May 2020 in reply to Paw Prints
    Paws I meant to say my pal in Queensland had a similar tummy bug, apparently something like that is going around and it's quite nasty. I hope you are feeling a bit better now and have a good rest.. she was vomiting and had diarrhoea and then it went into a cold with sore throat and cough - she works in aged care so was quarantined at home and checked for covid19 but it was just a nasty bug. I hope you keep warm and take care of yourself! Sending you wishes for a nice mug of hot tea, a cosy couch with a warm rug and a nice soft warm Woofa to help you feel better! xooxo
  2. Hanna3
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    18 May 2020 in reply to calmseeker

    Hi CS,

    See my post to Paws - I'm not achieving anything on the gas stuff thing today, I've even got stomach pains from the stress.

    Anxiety is weird, I just finished a great book called One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton, who is a journalist & grew up in a violent, poor family - his description of the anxiety he has adult, and the way he was treated by many GPs, really resonated with me. It seems to be different for everyone but incredibly debilitating.

    House renovating hey, you must be handy which I definitely am not! I once tried taking a class of six year olds as a volunteer years and years ago, but I am no good with kids as I haven't had any, and found it daunting. I couldn't do it!

    Wow your landlord will let you have a dog now - but yes looking for a rental with a dog is ridiculously hard. I don't know why, we are backward here - when I was 20 I went to Europe for a trip and I remember people in Vienna living in their apartments with dogs all over the place, and that was ages ago..

    Alas I'm getting nowhere with the gas thing today and have given up and looking after Sam and myself today, rather a black day I'm afraid. Downers like this are horrible. I'm going to make a cuppa and have it in the last bit of weak sunshine on the front step...

    I did anthropology and philosophy and while I've never regretted them (I loved both subjects) if I had my time over I'd do a librarianship degree as at least I could have had a better paying job that I could now be doing part time... easy to be wise in hindsight I guess.

    I guess today I just felt we're so unhappy here and how to get away? I'm not coping with the crowds of people and traffic returning, I liked it better under lockdown here!!! Is it peaceful where you are? Have you found anything that helps with the anxiety/panic attacks - any strategies at all? I know I always need to sit on an isle seat anywhere - cinema, hall, whatever - so I can get out fast if needed, but then I know what the trigger for my panics is. Must be very hard if you don't know just what sets them off. I really do understand where you are coming from CS!

    Sending you lots of hugs and thank goodness you and Paws came by today, it's been such a help to me this afternoon both of you lovely ladies thank you! xoxoxo

  3. Katyonthehamsterwheel
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    18 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    Hi Hanna (Paws and CS)

    I love the idea of a cuppa in the sunshine, how relaxing! Sorry you're having such a very hard time and everything is on top of you. You're doing so well to manage under the circumstances. I think just taking care of yourself and Sam is quite enough on dark days.

    I'm full of crippling self doubt today, so have sat staring at my laptop screen attempting to write about community gardens and have managed one sentence. Oh dear! But I did finally manage to get the slow cooker out, which I've never attempted to use, and that's busy doing it's thing in the kitchen with a nice beef casserole. So we'll see if that's more a success than my assignment thus far.

    Are you reading anything good at the moment? I haven't kept up with your thread I'm afraid. I'm re-reading Stow's Merry-Go-Round in the Sea, even though I don't have time, as I just found it lovely and immersive, and it gives my mind a bit of a rest.

    Starting tomorrow night on the tele there's a show featuring Miriam Margolyse (spelling?) that I'm hoping to remember to watch. She travels around Australia interviewing people. Maybe look it up if it sounds like something you might be keen on too.

    Not much more to say for now, but I am sending you good thoughts and lots of hugs that things improve quickly for you, and this current mood doesn't take hold for too long. My Stormy is busy snoring on the couch or I'm sure she'd send hugs too. Take care x

  4. Hanna3
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    18 May 2020 in reply to Katyonthehamsterwheel

    Hi Katy! Lovely to see you back. I understand crippling self doubt all too well dear lady! The way I wrote essays was I always started with the closing paragraph - that way I knew where I was headed to. Sounds strange I guess but it worked for me - also gave me a psychological boost thinking at least the ending was written!!!

    CS had a great sounding slow cooker recipe for beef stroganoff - must be on this thread somewhere I'm sure you could ask her for it again?

    I do enjoy Miriam don't-know-how-to-spell her surname - thanks for reminding me about that I must watch it!

    I absolutely loved Field of Poppies by Carmel Bird, a novel about a couple who move from Melbourne to regional Victoria and then back to the Eureka Tower in Melbourne because country town living wasn't quite the idyll they expected it to be - it's a fun, witty read. Also the one I recommended to CS below by Rick Morton, One Hundred Years of Dirt - definitely a must-read for a social worker Katy!

    I think both Sam and I were tired today we've both had lots of time in bed this afternoon, I am giving up on the Housing stuff until tomorrow I am useless today.

    Hmm what to say about community gardens? What's the angle? Is it one in particular or them in general? Both? I'll Google them and see if I find any pointers... you never know.

    I'm glad you have had Storm with you these past difficult weeks Katy - dogs are wonderful. My beef casserole needed some free range bacon in it btw... anyway you take care xoxoxo

  5. calmseeker
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    19 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3
    Hanna - I posted a message to you this morning and it seems to have gotten lost in the abyss! I possibly have hit delete instead of post, I have done that before so its possible. So frustrating when that happens. I will come visit you again soon. I hope your day is going a little better than yesterday. My kindest, CS :)
  6. Paw Prints
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    19 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hannah

    Lass I think you need to take a 24hr break from the housing stuff. It sounds like you need to have some decent down time from worrying about it. I know you just want to get it over & done with, but housing won't be in any rush so it's not worth stressing yourself to get it done quickly.

    After 16 hours sleep I have gotten up feeling much better. The sleep probably would have been longer but someone came to my front door. I was woken by my doorbell (Woofa) as he went racing out to the side gate barking furiously. (When I let him out at 6am I left the door open, fed him & went back to bed). As I threw some clothes on, who ever it was knocked once & left before I could even get to the door, so I have no idea who it was or what they wanted. I don't normally get unexpected visitors so it's very strange.

    I'm worried about Mr Sam not being himself & being snappy. When it's out of character it usually means they are in pain. How does his tummy feel, does it tight or is it painful for him if you press against it? Is he eating normally? Drinking? I'm thinking he may have developed a tummy infection from the ongoing pancreatitis & this might be what is making him feel so blah.

    Sending you gentle hugs & pats to Sam

    Paws

  7. Hanna3
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    19 May 2020 in reply to calmseeker
    Hi CS, would you believe I just had the same thing happen - typed a whole reply to you and it disappeared. Rats. I will try again tomorrow. Got the gas timeline done, yay - but the tenancy advocate said more trouble ahead as it's going to impact on the next gas bill of course.. anyway i'm going to veg out in front of the telly tonight and I'll message you again tomorrow, hope you are OK there, xoxo
  8. Hanna3
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    19 May 2020 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws,

    I love Woofa being your doorbell! A bit like Mr Sam here he does that too. I wonder who it was knocking? I've had that sort of thing happen and then I wonder if/when they're going to come back again and I get all anxious. Glad you are feeling a bit better - are you getting the bad weather that we're expecting here - it went overcast and threatening looking this afternoon, I like being able to get out for a walk so I'm not looking forward to bad weather much.

    Mr Sam has a runny nose and the sneezes - I have allergies at the moment I think because they're haymaking here, but I'm wondering if Mr Sam has a cold - I'm keeping him extra warm and trying to get him into the sunshine when possible, I rested him again today, just sat in the park with him this morning and I had a coffee and he sat and strolled a bit in the sun.

    He is eating well (he's hungry) and drinking well, his tummy doesn't seem to hurt when I feel it... I really noticed today his nose was runny and he had little fits of sneezing so I'm going to pamper him...

    I got the gas thing done this afternoon, it's taken several hours, and the tenancy advocate has tidied it up a bit and will forward it on - she emailed me that it's a matter of genuine concern for me that it will impact on my next bill as well. I'm verging on moving into a caravan somewhere and demanding Housing transfer me somewhere else - I said to her I am genuinely wondering when the next leak will happen and how safe we are here, 3 leaks in 7 months....

    I'm going to watch Miriam Margoyles tonight on the ABC, she's usually amusing - Katy mentioned it - and I usually watch Insight if it's something interesting...

    Nothing interesting happened today, just a lot of typing on the computer! I'll get some dinner and curl up on the couch with my furry hot water bottle sneezy sniffly four legged friend and veg out in front of the telly...

    I noticed a new office for the NDIS in town today, I'm going to go and find out how I get myself onto it, I'd get the lawn mown free and in future if needed I could get help with heavy house cleaning etc - on a disability pension I know I'm entitled, so hope to find out how it's all done...

    Keep warm Paws and pats to lovely Woofa xoxoxo

  9. Hanna3
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    20 May 2020 in reply to calmseeker

    Hi CS, now I can't remember what it was I wrote to you that got eaten by gremlins when I hit the post button! Bother. Unpleasant weather today with winds, intermittent rain, then some weak sunshine, then more wind/rain. I popped into the 2nd hand bookstore (I'm missing the library) and got into a fun discussion with the woman owner and another customer who had recently visited the coastal town where I used to live, so that gave me almost an hour's conversation which was nice!

    Did you manage to get to your GP yet? I hope you do for your own peace of mind. Anything hopeful on the rental scene there? This dreary weather makes me wonder why I came her, and the house on top of it all, what a seven months it has been, yuk. Now Mr Sam sneezy poor guy, he's never had a cold in his life so i'm keeping him as warm and rested as I can.

    I started to watch Miriam Margolese about Australia last night, but switched off after ten minutes after she'd interviewed a woman who had become a multi-millionaire by selling city real estate to overseas buyers, and a couple who owned a ten million dollar home in the city, and she'd shown off her own home in the southern highlands and then in a prestige area of the city, and I got so tired of all these super wealthy people being admired and wondered if any of them did anything for those who are not so well off. LIke me, and you trying to find a decent affordable rental!

    So a rather dreary day, at least the report to Housing has been done, that was a major task, what happens now I don't know, but it will mess up this quarter's bill as well which is a real concern, I'll be having to pay off agl again while the whole thing gets sorted somehow.

    Anyway not to complain as I enjoyed a nice chat in the bookstore this morning, and am going to have a lie down for a bit so Sam will have a sleep. My friend in Qld on the phone said she hopes it isn't flu as that will kill him - not what I wanted to hear!! He's vaccinated, I said he has a cold and needs warmth and rest...

    I hope you are doing OK dear lady, and sorry both our posts disappeared!!! Sending very best wishes your way xoxoxo

  10. Hanna3
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    20 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    Hi Paws, are you getting this windy grey weather down your way? I'm keeping Mr Sam as warm and rested as I can and giving him a bit extra food to give him a boost. Was thinking of heading out for something at Big W but decided it's a bit late - you tend to get the Mums with their kids after school by this time and it gets a bit crowded, so I'll go tomorrow... going to veg out tonight with a book and Mr Sam in his jumper and parka on top of that! He looks like a little Eskimo in all this warm gear, just his face poking out of the fluffy collar!

    Hope you are keeping warm and OK and recovering, pats to lovely Woofa xoxoxo

  11. Paw Prints
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    20 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna, wave to everyone,

    Poor little Sam having the sniffles. Woofa approves that you're going to pamper him, but want's me to point out that pampering ones fur should be the default setting at all times. 😊 It's a relief his tummy isn't hurting him.

    Thunderstorms rolled through here just after I went to bed. Woofa usually goes ballistic at them barking non stop& running back & forward. Last night though he actually stayed on my bed without barking for part of the storm which was wonderful. It's rather balmy here now but there is meant to be a very cold change coming through tonight.

    I decided not to watch Miriam. I was tempted but I feel I've watched my fill of people doing road trips, meeting people, it does seem like every man & his dog does them these days.

    Well done finishing the gas paperwork.

    I felt like chicken parma for tea last nigh & though I didn't have all the ingredients I had a chicken schnitzel from the butcher. I cooked it in the pan for 10 minutes then I popped it in the oven with cheese on top for another 20 minutes. It wasn't a very thick piece of chicken yet when I got it out the flesh had the texture of cooked chicken but it was pink, so pink at first I thought the butcher had given me one of their parma chickens by mistake & it was ham I was seeing. I wasn't game enough to eat it or feed it to Woofa. So my parma craving continues. Next time I will buy the chicken so I can see what it's like & crumb it myself.

    Hugs

    Paws

  12. Hanna3
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    20 May 2020 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws,

    Ha, that was funny! I knew what you meant, but the way you wrote it, it sounded like you were going to buy the chicken (as in live chicken) and crumb it - I thought, poor chook! Crumbed alive! And Sam and I thought you were a kind person... (chuckle).

    It's a gloomy grey wet winter's night here. Mr Sam has spent much of today sleeping and I know how he feels, you feel like hibernating in this weather....

    And Mr Sam wants to say that Woofa is absolutely right, our paws should be pampered as a matter of course. I should have worded it correctly, and said that Mr Sam will be given EXTRA pampering, on top of his normal pampering of course! Sometimes people say he's a spoilt little doggie, but having seen how pitiful an unloved/neglected doggie is, I'd say a little spoiling for our beloved furs is definitely OK! I hope Woofa is reassured - do pass on from Mr Sam that he is being cossetted, stroked and petted, dressed in the warmest jumpers and doggie parkas, and generally being given heaps of love while he has the sniffles... (smiley face)

    I have been totally without motivation to do anything all day. I can't even be bothered reading! I'm going to watch a movie on SBS at 7.30 and have a nice cuppa and a chocolate brownie. I know I won't fit into my jeans after all this during covid19, but oh heck I've given up, it'll have to be track pants for the winter now...

    I hope you have fun crumbing your chook tomorrow night!!!! Or is it tonight - in which case I hope it turned out OK … and no chickens got hurt in the process (except the one that had the misfortune to already been in the butcher's shop).

    xoxoxo hugs to you and pats to Woofa!

  13. Paw Prints
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    21 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna,

    I had to chuckle at the thought of trying to crumb a living chook. When I thought trying to dunk it in the egg mix before crumbing it brought back a lovely memory of my first dane (Odd I know). My first boy was called Rascal & lived up to his name, but unlike Woofa he was bright as a button, a dream to train & no real prey drive. One of the early commands I taught him was "leave it" which was to come in very handy. When he was about a year old the young folk renting next door thought to get chooks. The hen house they cobbled together was very ramshackle & not unsurprisingly the chooks got out. I was inside & all I could hear was a chook squawking its head off, I assumed that something had got into the hen house & went out the back to chase it away. Well one chook had been silly enough to come over the side fence & Rascal thought he had found the best toy ever. I was greeted by him bounding about with the squawking chook in his mouth, it had one wing free which it waved about, which just added to the all the fun. Thankfully he dropped it on command & I took him in then went to check out the chook. Well the poor bedraggled thing was dripping in slobber but surprisingly had no other injuries. I honestly thought it might still die from fright, but I wrapped it in a towel & put it in a box in the dark until I could give it back to next door when they got home. When I asked them a few weeks later how it was they said it was fine & showing no ill effects. It's a lovely memory of what a gentle boy he was.

    I'm hoping after the last few days you've had that you have had a day where you just chilled out & relaxed. Did you manage a fine day or have you had snow on the hills around you? Are you expecting it over the weekend? It doesn't snow here because I'm a bit too low, when it snows on the nearby peaks I usually get sleet.

    Hugs to you & belly rubs to Sam

    Paws

  14. Hanna3
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    22 May 2020 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws (waves to Katy, CS, everyone)

    Rascal sounds like a lovely dog! Fancy the poor chook surviving all that, I thought fright alone would have done it in! I had a lovely cross chicken picture for you off the internet to put on my profile as I surprise for you, but it wouldn't load - where do you find pics that you can download free I wonder? It has a cross chicken face saying "The chicken can cross the road, but you can't mess with the chicken!"- looking very fierce.

    There was snow at a place near here that always gets the first snow and means winter is here - it was freezing last night, and outside I found a couple of very hungry possums who took a piece of apple out of my hands, so I've bought some carrot, apple and banana for them tonight.

    We had some sunlight this morning and I took Mr Sam for a walk by the river, and it was freezing cold so I had his warm jacket on him, nobody was around so he could run off leash - and before I could stop him he'd jumped into the river (the water must be freezing!) and had a lovely swim - with his good jacket on! Honestly, dogs! If he's sneezing now it's all his fault! Lucky I keep a towel in the car to dry him off!

    I had an attack of needing fish and chips for lunch on the way home and that's what I had - must be the cold weather I needed something deep fried and unhealthy!

    Yesterday I was getting into the car after trying to give Sam a short stroll in the park in between rain falls, and a man at the coffee hole in the wall came racing across the street calling my name, and it was the fellow I got chatting with in the 2nd hand bookstore, he told me he is actually taking over the store from the woman there soon and due to our lovely chat I have an immediate and permanent discount there - yay!

    Picked up a couple of books from the library via long distance (they stand inside and pass the book to a table while I stand in the foyer) so I have some reading for the weekend. Not much other news here, all is quiet except from the rotties which went bezerk this morning when I had to take Sam out in the yard - the woman called them off but it's so annoying and stressful - I put a note in their letterbox a couple of days ago asking them to keep them off the fence please!!!

    Katy I hope you are getting through your assignments, CS how are things your way?

    Thanks for the lovely chicken/ Rascal story Paws and did you get to have your chicken parm? How's the weather there - it must be getting chilly?

    Hugs xoxo

  15. Paw Prints
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    22 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna,

    I thought Woofa was good at doing daft things, I think your Sam just took his crown. You're so right that the water must have been freezing. How he enjoyed his swim is mindboggling, I'm surprised he didn't just jump straight back out as he's not really built for cold weather/water. The towel might have dried him off a bit, but I don't envy you trying to get his new coat dry.

    I've found when I've tried to change my image it doesn't always work & sometimes it is very slow to go through each part of loading. I've just assumed it is my internet connection. Your description of the chook pic made me chuckle.

    Yay! You have your library open(sort of), it must be nice being able to borrow books again. Given the weather lately I think curling up on the couch with a book is the best place to be. That's great that you'll be getting a discount from the new bookshop owner. From what you said about your earlier chat with him you might find he will also keep a look out for books that you might like and put them aside for you as well.

    I'll have to wait until I go back into the big town & buy some chicken before I can make my parma. Definitely agree the weather is kicking off our cravings for fried food. You are not alone with this, I had fried dim sims for tea.

    Cold & smokey here. Yet the mozzies are still about in droves, a downside of country living with having lots of dams nearby.

    Hugs

    Paws

  16. Katyonthehamsterwheel
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    Hello all :)

    Well I caught up on today and yesterday's posts and I must say, I enjoyed the doggy stories! I can imagine the joy a big dog might have with a squawking, flapping chicken in it's mouth 😂 , and then Sam in the river with his coat on 🤣 Oh what fun our dogs are! It's my lovely Stormy's 8th birthday today. We usually celebrate but it's been a full on week and I didn't get myself organised, so she's endured a long drive to my favourite out of town nursery, where she had to sit in the car (sorry Storm!). It's the first time I've been out and about since they re-opened the intrastate borders and the weather was amazing. So a gorgeous drive and I took so long browsing the owner wondered if I had gotten lost!

    I spent a bit of time in the garden when I got home, and then woofed down a sandwich while doing a Zoom class. I had to apologise that I would be keeping the camera off while I ate my dinner - I was starving!

    So some lovely news about the bookshop, and you're able to borrow books again from the library - how awesome :)

    My community garden project is not going well. I can talk until the cows come home about why it would be a great idea, but as for budgets, work breakdown structures, insurance etc ugggghhhh. Had another cry because it's fidgety and technical and I felt stupid. This was yesterday, and then last night I got a mark back for another assignment and I got 95%! So I maaaaaaay have done a little excited bragging to my uni friends, but mostly it just reminded me I'm not dumb - projects just aren't my forte lol.

    Anyway, I think you said over on my thread that you watched Miriam Margolis and the show wasn't good. I completely missed it, so no loss it would seem.

    Apparently we have the remnants of a cyclone incoming on Sunday. We've been warned to batten down. My fence is still down after the last storm and my poor plants took a beating in the wind. Not looking forward to it honestly.

    Sorry I'm sort of in and out at the moment. Hope you're faring ok and hugs to you xo

  17. Hanna3
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    23 May 2020 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws, Hi Katy, waves to CS & anyone

    My fluffy friend seems to like swimming in water since we lived by the beach, maybe he thought that's what the river was - but he seemed to enjoy the swim no matter how cold it was! It's bleak and yuk here today, overcast, cold wind, currently 3.7 degrees and I can't think of a thing I want to go outside for... took Sam for a walk this morning but it was so busy we spent all the time trying to avoid crowds/big dogs, so gave up and came home and I've had a kip down in bed it's so cold... tomorrow supposed to improve a bit I hope.

    Dim Sims good Paws now I know I'm not the only one feeling like some unhealthy deep fried food - I'm sure it's the cold weather.... it's interesting you have mosquitoes there I thought it would be too cold by now? I haven't noticed them here... lots at coastal town, only a few weeks without them in winter.

    Katy well done you are allowed to brag here too about such a terrific mark, well done you! Glad you treated yourself to a trip to the nursery. I would hate to do budgets etc etc, not my thing at all, I don't envy you that one!

    Sam will turn 9 in July which is becoming scary - somehow I've always thought of him as a young fellow, but since the move he's looked a bit less happy than he did in coastal town, this cold is tough on him, I thought he'd like it as the humidity did him in by the coast - so much for my plans...

    I got so bored last night with the rotten weather I watched a DVD then googled around and found a link to 25 utterly pointless websites - that was the name of them - one was 10 versions of Dave Brubeck's Take Five with one note missing in a different place on each one - totally mindless I think lots of people must be Googling "I'm bored" like I did!!!

    I don't think the library will be open as normal, might be that you have to phone and book - in the newspaper they say they are not permitting browsing, which I don't understand since you can browse all you like in the shops...

    I'm going to watch a movie on SBS tonight, 127 hours or something like that it's called. I also saw a great one thousand piece jigsaw advertised on the www which is of a crazy bookstore, apparently little clues and odd jokes about famous titles are hidden in the puzzle, that sounds like my kind of jigsaw but where to put it???!!!

    Hope you are OK in the cyclone Katy gosh that's no good. Paws how are you and Woofa? Hugs all round and keep warm everyone xoxoxo

  18. Paw Prints
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    23 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna,

    Had a very quiet day here. Woofa & I decided the weather here this morning was conducive to having a sleep in. It really hasn't improved all day with very low cloud & heavy misty rain. Motivation here has been like the weather very low.

    I was surprised when I moved here to find that mosquitoes were a year round occurrence. Having the neighbours dam in the paddock next to my place gives them perfect breeding conditions. The numbers drop in winter but I can still get around 6-8 come indoors whenever I open the back door to let Woofa in/out.

    I'm guessing with the cold you wouldn't want to do a jigsaw at your kitchen table. I've done jigsaws since forever & I have a piece of plywood big enough to hold 1000 piece puzzles so I can do them on the couch. What I do is put a kitchen chair facing in to the couch with a cushion on it, then I can sit the plywood resting on my lap & the cushion. The plywood is very light, so easy to pick up & move, also it's rough enough to stop the pieces slipping off.

    Stay snuggled

    Paws

  19. Hanna3
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    24 May 2020 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws,

    I understand the lack of motivation with the weather being like it is - it's been overcast for days here with no sunshine and a cold wind - it does get depressing and by 3pm it's too cold to be outdoors. Cold weather with sunshine doesn't bother me in the least, but cold with rain/wind does get demotivating for sure!

    I do jigsaw puzzles online but I did like the look of this huge bookshop one - not cheap though and imagine buying it and putting it together and finding one or two pieces were missing! No room for a kitchen table here so I've just got the coffee table... I don't know what size you need the board to be but your setup sounds good!

    I hope you keep warm and I just vegged out yesterday arvo on the couch with lots of cups of hot tea, chocolate brownies (yes I know I shouldn't) and watched TV.

    So best wishes from one slothful being to another! I must go and get myself a nice cuppa now...

    Warmest wishes xoxo

  20. Hanna3
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    24 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    I put another note in the rotties owner's letterbox this morning Paws - all they're doing is calling them off when they come at me/Sam if we go out in the yard (with Sam on the lead), not stopping them getting to the fence - this morning I went out to the rubbish bin and the male dog was up at the fence head over, raging at me - it's stressful to have a huge dog flinging itself at the fence trying to get at you whenever you go out - so I got angry this time in my note and said I was requesting yet again that they keep their dogs off the fence, that when they are out the dogs are at it as usual, that the Council has requested me to video record them which I am (I'm not, but I thought let them know I have gone to the council) and saying I should be able to use my yard without this happening.

    I doubt it will do any good, but being nice hasn't got me anywhere so I decided I needed to sound fed up this time - which I am. It's a shame the council are so useless.

    Mr Sam is sick with his tummy again today, I don't know what brings it on, I am fasting him and he's just lying around looking miserable again poor little guy. I hope he's better tomorrow. Cold, grey and unpleasant here - motivation zero here too.... oxo

  21. Paw Prints
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    24 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna,

    Your neighbours have had plenty of time to do something about their dogs. Hopefully your mentioning the council will make them finally do something.

    Given Sam has been poorly so often lately do you think perhaps it might be worth having a talk to the vet to see if there are any other things you can do for him. I'm wondering if perhaps some probiotics to help his gut health, though it would be best to check with the vet first.

    Woofa sends Sam feel better soon slobbers

    Paws

  22. Hanna3
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    24 May 2020 in reply to Paw Prints
    Thanks Paws I just logged on after you - Sam seems very odd tonight, staring ahead, not eating, took him out to do a wee and he seemed confused - I think I'll take him to bed early and see how he is in the morning, I'm feeling worried about him. I hope you are keeping warm there. I'll post again tomorrow. Sending best wishes xoxo
  23. Hanna3
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    25 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3
    Wierdly Mr Sam recovered completely this morning (after I phoned the vet of course). I think he's going to get episodes of what I think is nausea from time to time. He's eating and drinking well today thankfully so I cancelled the vet. Grey, cold, drizzly and bleak here today, seems to go on day after day. Hope you are OK Paws - this weather gets to me after a while - I want a bit of sun, don't mind how cold it is as long as I can get some blue sky! Pats to lovely Woofa xoxo
  24. Paw Prints
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    25 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna,

    That's good news that Sam is brighter this morning.

    I probably shouldn't rub it in but after a very cold foggy start to the day I've had a lovely sunny Autumn day & Woofa has spent most of it sunbaking on his bed by the window in my room. Hopefully as the weather systems move east you might get some of this sun, probably as I get the next cold front here.

    The fog was so thick here that I couldn't see my verandah rails from the kitchen window, so that put the kybosh on my plans to go into the big town early before it got busy. I love foggy mornings, but I hate driving in fog.

    Woofa has a vet visit tomorrow arvo to get his nails cut & I also want them to check out a lump he has developed that feels like it is attached to his ribs. I'm sure they will just say keep an eye on the lump & bring him back if it changes, but I still want their opinion of it as Danes are prone to bone cancers & being me, I'm worrying about it. Hopefully they will say it is just one of those fatty lumps that dogs get as they get older. He will be 7 next week which is old for a Dane.

    Woofa wants me to point out that he thinks it was his get well slobbers that magically helped Sam feel better. I don't have the heart to tell him otherwise, so will pass on todays keep well slobbers as instructed.

    Hugs

    Paws

  25. Hanna3
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    25 May 2020 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws,

    I am envious of a sunny winter day it's grey here day after day after day.... not nice as it's cold and bleak and windy...

    Sam has a lump on his side/tummy, mobile, I think they get these things as they get older but best to get the vet to check it out I agree.

    I actually now think Mr Sam had a mild seizure last night - he had seizures about four times in the past, usually in extreme stress (Iwhen we were staying with those horrible abusive people they started) and one in extreme heat. We went for a walk in the morning somewhere he wasn't used to, the wind was very strong and cold, he was off his food all day and acting weird in the evening staring into space, hiding in corners, when I tried to take him out to do a wee before bed he couldn't seem to work out how to get up or down the stairs so I carried him - then put him to bed early and stayed with him... so I'm thinking now it was another seizure.

    But I'm sure Woofa's slobbers helped! Thanks Woofa!

    We only went for a very gentle stroll in the town park this morning, I've kept him quiet and he's eating OK today. I won't walk him anywhere strange again, we'll stick to where he knows, maybe that stressed him - also the cold wind perhaps.

    Take care driving tomorrow and I hope Woofa has beautiful manicured nails after the vet has done them!

    Sending furry waves from Sam xoxoxo

  26. Hanna3
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    26 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    I got talking to a man walking a Great Dane this morning Paws - one of those mostly white ones you said get ill... they sure are gorgeous dogs but what huge feet and claws he had! I asked the guy how he cut them and he said he uses an electric nail clipper that you put the dog's claw into - don't know if this is what you use? Anyway hope you went well with the vet.

    Some brief sunshine here today, I think your perfect Autumn day finally came up here briefly!

    Waves to Katy, CS, everyone! xoxoxo

  27. Paw Prints
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    26 May 2020 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna,

    Visiting the vet during covid-19..... as expected had to ring the surgery when I got there.....vet came to door..... all good so far..... she then stepped out to speak to me about what the issue was.... while we were in the small entrance way which is about 1m x 1m??????..... we would have had more distancing if I had come in!!!!!..... then 2 of them came out at end of consult to talk to me????.....

    Anyway..... toenails done.....weigh in done...she believes lump is fatty tissue...Yay!!! However she does want me to keep an eye on it, if it gets bigger rapidly then I need to bring him back for biopsy. May need to get it removed anyway because of where it is. Of course I forgot to mention his bouts of confusion.

    Poor little Sam, as an epileptic I know how dis-orientating seizures can be. It would have been very reassuring for him having you staying close. I hope he is back to his usual self today.

    The weather forecast was for nicer weather in NSW today so hopefully you got some of this sunshine I've had again.

    Hugs

    Paws

  28. Hanna3
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    26 May 2020 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws, glad the lump isn't anything to worry about - they seem to get these lumps and bumps as they get older, our doggies.

    How did the vet cut Woofa's nails? Was it with one of the tools the man described to me this morning? Or do they have to sedate Woofa?

    They're talking about libraries having to disinfect book covers in between borrowers - but meanwhile you can touch fruit etc in the supermarket and touch pretty much anything in a shop like Big W, and the used bookstore doesn't disinfect books you touch, and nor does the bookshop here - it's all getting a tad confusing...

    You must be tired after your drive, so have a good evening and rest up. I'm going to try to get onto the NDIS and have about fifty pages of paperwork to read through here... sigh.

    Hope you have a nice cuppa and put your feet up now and Woofa can put is beautifully groomed paws up too.. xoxo

  29. Katyonthehamsterwheel
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    27 May 2020

    Hi there :)

    Glad to read Woofa is ok, Paws x

    Hanna, I've heard that the NDIS paperwork is full on! I wish you the best of luck with getting through it all, and for a good outcome.

    My piece of news is that I was advised my prac placement will be in research with the university, so that's pretty cool. Can't wait to hear more about it.

    A nice day here today, with storms expected the next few days. I think you mentioned that it snows there. I've not seen snow before. I can't even imagine a place that gets hot as hades in summer, and snows in winter - madness! lol

    Hanna, wondering if you ended up finding any courses or study of interest?

    Best wishes, Katy and smiley chops Storm xo

  30. Hanna3
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    27 May 2020 in reply to Katyonthehamsterwheel

    Hi Katy (& Paws & CS & everyone)

    Research at the uni sounds interesting Katy, I wonder what you'll be doing? I haven't looked at the NDIS paperwork yet, I have to be in the right frame of mind to cope, and after all the ongoing stuff re gas leaks I'm slightly over paperwork for the moment...!!

    I wanted to do a course on Greek Mythology because I'm pretty ignorant about it and would like to know more, and there was also a great course on screenplay writing for beginners, which I would do just for interest - but I seem to have lacked motivation to do either. I think the hassle with Housing, and general unhappiness here has done that. I'm very unsettled here, have a lot of financial issues now due to gas bills, car issues etc, and am having some off days generally.... although I find winter weather much easier to bear than the awful heat! I am reading a lot at least...

    The summers here used to be very short and not anything like this hot, people say the climate has changed in the last few years (and I didn't know!!!) - when I lived in this general area long ago, nobody had an air conditioner, you didn't need one, just good heating for the icy winters (which never bothered me much, cold weather and I don't mind each other). Now an air conditioner is mandatory in all houses built here now. When I came to look at the house it snowed so heavily I was snowed in for an extra day and it was stunningly beautiful - like driving through Canada, just stunning to see snow all over the hills and mountains everywhere as far as you could see, kids having snowball fights etc. So I guess it all looked pretty enchanting - then we got the drought and fires and smoke etc etc!

    SBS movies is showing a series of Westerns and No Country for Old Men is showing at some point, do watch if you can for the scariest villain ever - and he was the first Mexican actor to get an Oscar he was so good - it's not very violent it's more what you're scared he might do...

    I stopped by the church this morning and they were having a morning tea outside in the sunshine socially distancing so I got to chat which was nice - a pleasant group of ladies. Paws I think you would like the older lady clergy, the Reverend Carla - she is one feisty elderly dame, I do wish I was more like that! She's delightful but she doesn't put up with anything from anyone - a kind woman but you mess with the Rev. Carla at your peril! I rather like older women like that...

    Pats to everyone's lovely doggies xoxo

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