Wednesday, 10 September 2014

To do...........

Real life often gets in the way of real life, don't you think?
I am sat at the kitchen table trying to find a new fridge on line
The old one has given up the ghost and I am in the process of trying to prise open the freezer door
With a bread knife
It's a work in progress which I have taken  some time out from
Real life jobs can be bleeding irritating
There is a mouse that needs catching in the living room
( we saw it last night bouncing around the draught excluder)
And Chris had nominated me to help a neighbour sort out his car insurance on line this morning
( which was kind)
The neighbour is 90, so part of me wants to say
Why the hell bother?
But I will dutifully go around after I deliver eggs, walk the dogs and water pat- the- animal helper's
tomatoes......she's still away on a cruise !
But first I need another coffee
So I make one
And I sit with my friend, my blog,
Thinking of all of those other mindless little jobs that I need to chase up today

Call in to see my sister to see if I can borrow her chimney sweep brushes ( sweeping the chimney is a thankless autumn job)
Clear the weeds from the lane against the cottage as Mrs X commented just how scruffy the place is looking
Post a job reference I wrote for a friend,
Scrub the bathtub within an inch of it's life after giving Winnie a much needed fanny bath this morning
Real life......we all experience it's charm
Anyhow
The dogs have not stirred from bed yet... So I have a couple of minutes  yet to find a fridge
Last night's mouse must be dead as Albert is happily dozing  amid the canines
I took this photo to prove it
Now.......
 What's next?

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  1. Don't suppose you've got any time to sit at the computer and write a blog then, eh? ;-)

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  2. I am toying with the idea of looking for a freezer, it took me 3 weeks to find a greenhouse, 2 minutes to buy it and it will be delivered tomorrow. I need a day off and lots of tea before embarking on a great freezer hunt. The biggest dog that I have bathed was a Great Dane, I ended up the wettest I think.

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  3. Have you got a John Lewis near you. Good selection there to suit all price ranges and they deliver too. Also, you get 2 years warranty for nowt which is a bonus but don't take out fridge insurance, it's a con. Also, you think you've got problems. We've got a powder keg up here just waiting to go off - tune in this time next Friday!x

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    1. Will take a look Anne.........mind you once I get on to John Lewis.... I may never leave

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  4. You're incredibly kind in all that you do to help others in the village, help the animals in the village, and help the village in general. Admit it...you're a good guy!

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    1. He works hard on his cranky image, don't burst his bubble.

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    2. I am cranky especially in the mornings!

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  5. hire a sweep instead; worth the time AND money. and I was about to tell albert to "get the mousie", but that has been done. I don't even WANT to hear about winnie's arse. smooches, lovey!

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    1. It's mucky but very satisfying cleaning my own chimney

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  6. My real life often overwhelms me and I have so much less to do than you. However, I would scratch off the list: chimney-sweeping, bathroom cleaning (and the prior dog-butt -- or did you really mean "fanny" -- washing), and mouse-catching.

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    1. Fanny as in vagina
      Winnie's is in dire need of a good scrub once a week

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    2. Wait, what?

      We took AlfieDog to vet (mmm pretty) the other day and it took me and two big blokes (ie vet and The F*ckwit) to hold this little dog to just get the muzzle on him. He is a Highly Strung Little Prince. Gonna cost us more than a monkey to get his teeth fixed, sheesh! Love him to pieces tho.
      x

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  7. Do you sing and dance to Chim-Chim-Cheree while you sweep your chimney?

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    1. Cor lummy gov'ner I surely do

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  8. One thing at a time...you can get overwhelmed looking at the list from the bottom up.

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  9. Busy hands don't have time for trouble,

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  10. Lucky you don't live here, then you could add helping me plaster my walls to your list. ;-)

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    1. That is a sill I would love to learn....I am shite at DIY

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  11. We used to buy from a Sears catalog, now anything and everything can be found on the Internet. In the short future, a drone will be delivering the fridge. Now if only Amazon could clean our chimneys and cut down our weeds.

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  12. Winnie's fanny bath? I so really did not need to know that. Australian fridges are really big, nearly as big as American fridges, but ours are full of bottles.

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    1. I always thought you Australians liked tinnies?

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  13. No rest for the wicked Mr. Gray....you must extremely wicked then :)

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    1. That was a long long time ago johnboy

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  14. Who is that man. He is my father's doppelganger.
    I think chimney sweeping is above and beyond.

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  15. That first pic reminds me of a story Billy Connolly once told. He convinced his Dad you could get prescription windscreens fitted so you didn't need to wear your glasses when driving. Unfortunately his father told all his work mates at the ship building yard and became a laughing stock.Oops.

    Jean
    x

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    1. Great story jean...I am not a fan of the man, but stories like that are amusing

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  16. Is Albert dozing with his eyes wide open? Probably wise, after all the sneaky cat tricks. I really enjoyed your list of "things to do." That's what life is made up of, and at the end of the day it feels good to know you've done your bit to keep your corner of the world in order for a little while.

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    1. The bastard feral cat has been about again, so he's been a little more clingy with the dogs for protection

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  17. Looking at those amazing bright eyes - wide open and fully aware - I have to tell you that I bet that mouse is still alive somewhere close at hand and just waiting for Albert to shut his eyes in order to slip away. Why not go to the nearest shop and buy a new fridge - in the long run it is probably easier.

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    1. Not many to choose from pat..........Wales is a desert when it comes to shopping

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  18. "Why the hell bother..." lol.

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  19. The last few days the next door neighbor has a fellow working on their porch....he carts a e-cylinder of O2, pauses frequently for pursed-lip breathing. My main task has been going out occasionally to see if CPR needs to be started.

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    1. Lol..reminds me of the times I used to take my mother out in from the nurses home
      I used to borrow a huge oxygen cylinder from work and have it in the back of my car...... With her connected to it, we used to go to the beach for fish and chips ( and a fag)

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  20. SIGH... In twenty years yada-yada.
    That's the fun [for them] when you marry, they delegate all the mundane crap to you.
    If Albert got the mouse... where is the other half?

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    1. Usually under my bare foot when I get up in the middle of the night for a pee

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  21. John, you have a full and varied life!

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  22. Wow, after a morning like yours I would move my evening scotch to a morning scotch……without the rocks!

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    1. Sometimes gin at breakfast seems like a mighty fine idea

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  23. What's next? I think that's quite enough to be getting on with. I'm surprised you bother to sweep the chimney yourself, it must be a filthy job. Why not get a little man in to do it?

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    1. It's a great deal cheaper

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  24. Keep the soot for sprinkling around your onions, . They love it - especially wood ash. It's full of Potash.

    How do you know when Elephants have been in your fridge? Footmarks in the butter.

    The old jokes are the best!

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    1. I love that joke
      I used to tell it all the time when I was 11

      Good reminder about my onions

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  25. I love how the dogs are making full use of the pillows! Your list makes mine look short.

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  26. IKEA near by? That would be ideal and usually costs less. Do they carry appliances? When my little Sam goes out to do his business I am right behind him to ensure there is no residue....if there is I carry him by the arm pits straight to the bath!

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  27. Why does a ninety year old need car insurance? When I worked at the nursing home we had some patients come in who still had a driver's license, although they were damn near deaf and blind.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. He drives more than I do!

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  28. The photo is lovely !
    I love the puddle of gud dugs and the little Scotty ears sticking up.
    And yes sometimes life gets in the way big time.

    cheers, parsnip

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  29. Busy, busy, busy. Glad you have an outlet. And love the puddle of pooches and Albert.

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  30. Great pic of Albert in the middle of his 'entourage' :-).

    Assume the mouse lives if our cats are anything to go by -- they are lethal outside [and bring their kills in to eat /deposit] but crap at catching anything inside the house; including live ones assumed 'dead' when brought in.

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    1. I guess autumn is also a time every little bugger is preparing for winter

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  31. We discovered a couple of storage boxes in the lounge had become home to a colony of Wood mice, including a nest of babies in a ceramic pot, and a stash of peanuts and sunflower seeds nearby.

    The humane traps were of no use. Either they are too light to set them off, or (and I suspect this is the case) one keeps the door open while the other snacks.

    All those found have been deposited in the undergrowth at the bottom of the garden, a Dylan cat from two doors down has been told he's welcome to pop in for a snack. Two other cats seem to have moved in nearby lately, and one has started making friends with the girl next door, so we may have help.

    This would never have happened on Sheba's watch.

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    1. Sometimes it just best.....if we never know what else is living in our houses!

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  32. Cute pic! Our dog Mickey just gets up and walks away in disgust when one of the kitties tries to snuggle with him.

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  33. You need something to keep you occupied. A hobby, a plan for life, a fridge freezer that isn't an Antarctic iceberg.

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    1. Barry.......perhaps...you are right

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  34. This I have learned through a lifetime of trying to find people who will "do things." Do not, EVER, ask those people who say they are soooooo busy that they don't know where the day/week/month/etc. has gone. They never have time for anything. Ask only the people who volunteer for everything, handle children and jobs and exercise time and gardening and make their own bread.....you know, the ones whose lives are just crazy busy. Those people, THOSE, are the ones who can find just a little more time in the day to help someone or some cause out!

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    1. Yes...I always like the saying
      " if you want something done ask a busy man"

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  35. If that cat's dozing .... I hate to see it when it's awake!!

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  36. Did you find another refridg? Your list? I would probably stop at # 6. That's enough for one day.

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  37. Love those cat's eyes. Spooked!

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  38. I was wondering if Albert was going to be needing a mousing partner, but I think that photo says it all. "You dare question if I caught the mouse?"
    Haha.
    We are looking for a new freezer. Must be the time of year.
    Hope you got your coffee, John. Have a blessed weekend. ♥

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