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  1. quirkywords
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    15 April 2019 in reply to Jojo100

    hello everyone,

    A huge welcome to Jojo, so glad you found this thread. we are very supportive and friendly and like a bit of fun.

    congratulations on your 5 years out of hospital. I hav heard bipolar for over 45 years and still am surprised at times.

    Quirky

    Aries, hope you survived your birthday and many happy returns.

    velevet, How was the gym ..?

    I had a few days away with seeing family and travelling and I am exhausted . I am not good at socialising it I try.

  2. Jojo100
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    15 April 2019 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi everyone

    Thanks for the welcome Quirky. Sorry to hear you are feeling exhausted. Hope you can catch up on some relaxation over the Easter 🐣 break. I also find socialising can be tiring and sometimes takes a huge effort.

    What is everyone doing over the Easter holidays? I’m just having a quiet one - going for coffee with a friend on the Saturday, but not much else - which I don’t mind.

  3. velvetfaerie
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    16 April 2019 in reply to Jojo100

    Gym was good. I have done 3 days of hard workouts and I am stuffed. Every muscle HATES ME! But that is ok because today they can rest.

    Hope the birthday was ok Airies........ Chocolate helps everything. :D

    Easter - I am going to potter about my house and garden, go for bike rides and go to the gym. I have a friend I will visit when we can sort out a time. We are both so busy...... I think I am going to have breakfast at the olds' place Easter Sunday.

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    16 April 2019 in reply to Jojo100

    waves to everyone,

    Jojo,

    I have a book and gift shop so hope I will be busy, no time to relax!

    Christmas was down on last year so I hope Easter will bring many tourists wanting to buy my lovely preloved books.

    Velvet I build up a sweat reading about your wonderful efforts in the gym.

    quirky

  5. Jojo100
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    16 April 2019 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi Quirky

    Sorry forgot not everyone gets time off over a long weekend. Hope you make lots of sales. It must be really interesting working in a book/gift shop. Are you reading anything interesting right now? I like true stories and books about art & photography

    Jojo

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    16 April 2019 in reply to Jojo100

    Hello everyone,

    Jojo I am reading about a bookshop owner in Scotland. It is funny and I can relate so much to the writing that I feel I could have written the book!!

    I like memoirs . I don't read much fiction. When I want fiction I read an autobiography!!

    quirky

  7. Jojo100
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    16 April 2019 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi everyone

    That is very interesting Quirky. I grew up on the West coast of Scotland! I moved to Australia in my twenties. I came on holiday first and fell in love with the place so emigrated 2 years later. I have recently been watching the series Monarch of the Glen on DVD which reminds me how lovely the scenery is in Scotland, but I don’t miss the weather ha ha so unpredictable!

    jojo

  8. Susie Rose
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    16 April 2019

    Hello everyone and welcome jojo, congrats on 5 years out of hospital. :)

    Hope you're feeling less exhausted now Quirky and ready for a busy Easter weekend.

    I was frustrated yesterday because I had log in issues with this website and couldn't talk to you all! And today I had a doc appointment, got a blood test. Tried to work from home after that and couldn't log in to work! Gah! Technology. Checking in with the psych next week.

    I'm feeling tired and blue today. Can't wait to get far away from the city on the Easter break.

    V - I admire you for working out! It's inspiring me. I'm good with running but need to get to the gym again.

    Airies - are you planning an overseas trip some time soon? Hope you're starting to feel better now. Your loved ones and all of us understand.

    asdff - hope you enjoyed licorice day! Do you have licorice for Easter instead of chocolate?

    Here's a question for everyone - does anyone have tips for planning a wedding while off meds?! I've already started to avoid the mother in law to be...I think I need to explain bipolar to her, however English is not her first language and she's old fashioned, so I really don't think she would understand... So far so good, but I'm worried it will be extra stressful being around her in the weeks leading up to the wedding (still 6 months to go). Any thoughts?

    Susie

  9. velvetfaerie
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    16 April 2019 in reply to Susie Rose

    No exercise today. I’m on the couch eating chippies. Rest day. And I’m blue anyway.

    My favourite books are biographies, true crime and medical/science/pathology things.

    I would love to go to Scotland and do a distillery tour.

    Feeling blue must be in the air :(

    sorry this is short and jumpy. Been blue all day. People just say dumb stuff and they take their lives for granted.

    more chippies....

  10. asdff
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    16 April 2019 in reply to Susie Rose

    Susie - Yes. I have licorice for Easter instead of chocolate.

    Velvet - the friend who forgets their Birthday. Amazing do they forget other things? I wish I could forget things. One day I am sure I will have dementia, like my Nanna. V I would also love to visit Scotland but for The Outlander scenery.

    Me personally. Tired, not liking change in routine being school holidays. Meaning I have to change my gym times, not see my gym friends. Get up early, do things with my kids.

  11. quirkywords
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    16 April 2019 in reply to asdff

    Hello all,

    asdff. , licorice eggs?

    As one gets older one forgets little things and words but you remember all the mistakes you have made In ones life.

    Quirky

  12. velvetfaerie
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    17 April 2019 in reply to quirkywords

    Yeh I was reminded once again at work yesterday how defective and unwanted I am. :/

  13. velvetfaerie
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    17 April 2019 in reply to velvetfaerie
    Ohh that's right its school holidays !
  14. asdff
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    17 April 2019 in reply to quirkywords

    Quirky licorice in place of eggs.

    Anxiety is through the roof today. I've been sitting on this for a week or two, without sharing with you guys. My step father has cancer, hardly anyone in the family knows. We are very close, he has done all of the Dad things for the past 28 years. I have a biological father but he lives a few states away. He goes in today for furhter investigation to see where it has spread to. I am aware that is why I am highly anxious today.

  15. velvetfaerie
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    17 April 2019 in reply to asdff

    **hugs** asdff. At least with investigation they can plot a plan of treatment. ***Puts medical nerd science research hat on**

    I am sending you positive vibes and all the ....... hope that it is one that is tackled routinely and beaten into remission swiftly.

    Don't you wish sometimes life things and hurdles would just calm down?

    V.

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    17 April 2019 in reply to asdff

    Hello everyone,

    Asdff,

    I am glad you could share with us and I am sad your step father has to go through this.

    It is so sad to see a parent suffering and unwell.

    Sending hugs and kind thoughts.

    V, it feels at times when you have just managed one hurdle then another two pop up to challenge us,

    Quirky

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  17. Jojo100
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    17 April 2019 in reply to asdff

    Hi asdff

    Sorry to hear about your step Father. It is good you were able to share as it can often relieve some of the pressure. Hoping for a positive outcome. Look after yourself

    Best wishes

    jojo

  18. velvetfaerie
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    17 April 2019 in reply to Jojo100
    What is family?
  19. Jojo100
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    17 April 2019 in reply to velvetfaerie

    My family are my friends now and my little dog. Both my mum and dad have passed away. I have a brother, but haven’t seen him in almost 6 years. My mum and dad both died quite suddenly which was really hard.

    Who are your family?

  20. velvetfaerie
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    17 April 2019 in reply to Jojo100

    I am sorry to hear about your parents jojo :( Nothing is forever is it? :(

    My bird and my parents are my family. My dad and i barely speak though. My man thing and I an bf/gf. He says family. I ask how?

    I have been in tears for two days as I am sick of seeing all the old school cliques together still and everyone with their families. I don't have my own.

    I have a handful of friends that are pretty cool though.

    V.

  21. asdff
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    17 April 2019 in reply to velvetfaerie

    Jojo your dog is super cute. I love that pets are unconditional. I have a cat. I have said she is good to use as a tissue :) He He she is very fluffy and catches my tears. I wouldn't wipe snot on her.

    Velvet I have things from the past that are hard to let go of.Do you have any pets?

  22. velvetfaerie
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    17 April 2019 in reply to asdff

    I have a corella. I had a dog and bunny as well but they both died in 2016.

    All people who know me well said I need more pets again. I have not been the same since the disaster that was 2016.

    Cats are cheeky. I admire the feline.

    Is Jojos dog a Jack Russell? They are super cheeky. And clever! I can see maybe some chihuahua in there....?

    Animals are completely unconditional. Even if you feed them late. Ask my friend who has a herd of spoilt champion dairy goats. They will go ***MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!*** at the house if she is 3 mins late with brekky. They are hilarious.

    V.

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  23. Jojo100
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    17 April 2019 in reply to asdff

    Hi everyone

    asdff I am glad you have a pet cat as they are so comforting. One of my favourite sounds is a cat purring.

    V my dog is a chihuahua x miniature fox terrier. I got her when I was in a really dark place and she literally saved my life. Does your corella talk and what’s it’s name?

    jojo

  24. velvetfaerie
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    18 April 2019 in reply to Jojo100

    Hey jojo - Animals are the best aren't they? Fox terrier ! COOL! Not very common but a very cool dog. I like terriers as a class. Clever cookies. So much personality.

    My corella has various names....... depending on his actions..... but his actual name is Jack. He doesn't talk much, he just says "hello." I have been trying to give him more of a vocabulary but he seems set in his ways. I rescued him about 12/15 years ago. He wasn't being treated very well by a friend so they gave him to me.

    His favourite thing to do in the world is destroy cardboard boxes...... and then watch me clean up.

    Cheeky chicken nugget.

    V.

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  25. Jojo100
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    18 April 2019 in reply to velvetfaerie

    Hi V & all

    Yes I would be lost without my little dog. Her name is Poppy Angel 😇 because she saved my life! She has a very naughty habit of chasing frogs 🐸 in my garden. I try and rescue them and throw them over my neighbours fence! One time she actually ate a frog - poor wee froggy! Maybe she is of French descent!

    A corella would be a fun pet too he sounds quite a character. Pets are really precious and I find they have always improved my mental health.

    Happy Easter 🐣 to you all

    jojo

  26. quirkywords
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    19 April 2019 in reply to Jojo100

    Hello everyone and a wave to all the pets,

    Jojo, my parents are no longer alive , mum 18 years ago and dad 12 years. I guess I am older than you so it is to be expected.

    I have children and siblings.

    V ,good question what is a family, does it have to be related by blood. I think the word to me means people who care and support me, you have friends who do that so that is special.

    I think we sometimes meet people who we just connect to and we are not related to and others we are related to but find it hard to connect to them.

    Quirky

  27. Airies
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    19 April 2019 in reply to Jojo100

    Hi folks,

    cute dog jojo. Full of beans. I've a black faced mini foxy whose birthday is a day after mine. He has helped me through my darkest moments. Loves his walks and if I'm not having the best day and bed bound will not rest and paces up and down the passage until I reappear.

    Hope everyone has an enjoyable Easter. Kids make it with Easter egg hunts and the like. To me it's just another day.But that's me. Don't want to put a dampener on things. Enjoy, endulge. I've been giving hot cross buns a nudge,

    cheers

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    20 April 2019 in reply to Airies

    Hello everyone,

    Aries, I like the description of your dog, sounds so wonderful.

    I have not had a pet since leaving home.

    I do take other people's dogs for walks but as I live on a busy road no way I could keep a dog.

    wonder what research has been done into having a pet and one's mental health.

    Quirky

  29. Airies
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    20 April 2019 in reply to quirkywords

    Tad ironic,

    the black faced dog helping me fight the black dog. Rather pivotal in my decision to get him.

  30. Jojo100
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    20 April 2019 in reply to Airies

    Hello everyone hope your Easter break is going well and hope Quirky is having lots of sales in the shop.

    Airies your little dog sounds cute too and it makes perfect sense to be swayed by the black face in order to fight the black dog. It’s amazing how my little dog can sense when I am having a bad day - she sometimes sits on my shoulder and her breath on my neck is so comforting. I love when she starts dreaming too and starts twitching and making snuffly noises.

    Quirky I’m sure if they did research they would find pets do improve your mental health. They say that when stroking a pet people become calmer and their blood pressure is reduced.

    When I was in hospital one time a visitor was allowed to bring their dog in and it changed the whole vibe of the ward for the better and put a smile on everyone’s face.

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