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Old 8th Jun 2020, 05:59
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Somewhat like decanters. Some wine will benefit from decanting
but a fancy crystal decanter will do nothing to improve a robust, craft whisky.
I think it might be insulted.
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Old 8th Jun 2020, 13:05
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Gale warning

I fear there may be strong winds later on in the South East - I just prepared a batch of my chicken soup with a LOT of onion...
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Old 8th Jun 2020, 13:32
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Treadie, I challenge you after our last nights coq au vin.
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Old 8th Jun 2020, 15:53
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I found a battery tester yesterday.
Two outings already.
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 06:44
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I found a multimeter lying just down the road some years ago. I stopped and picked it up, still in its box which was marked with the name of one of our big hospitals and, in red letters, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Do Not Remove from Premises. I thought about returning it myself then realised that they would certainly ask me where I found it and someone could get into trouble for removing it so I handed it in to the police and did the paperwork etc. knowing that when they contacted the hospital they wouldn't give any details about who found it and where. Fingers would not then be pointed at whichever employee lived close to me who had "borrowed" it. Three months later a police car pulled up outside and the multimeter was returned to me. This left me in a bit of a quandary ... should I return it myself thus putting me back in my original position or should I just keep it? I decided that after three months that department had probably replaced it some time ago so I kept it. I did wonder though if none of the police officers at that station could read ... or if they just didn't care.
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 07:24
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Feeling fretful and peevish at present, with shingles on forehead, scalp and eyelid. Taking enormous tablets. Yah boo pish.
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 08:23
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Retiring on Thursday, age 66 and 4 months,not looking forward to it.
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 13:51
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Feeling fretful and peevish at present, with shingles on forehead, scalp and eyelid.
You have my complete sympathy Karearea ... I had an attack of shingles a couple of years ago but mine appeared in a band from the front of the tummy, round the side and almost to the back. I thought I'd been bitten by something and didn't go to the doc until a couple of days later ... which apparently was too late to take the antivirals although he prescribed them anyway along with a topical ointment. It was painful and there's no doubt you're going through the same thing too. I refuse to call it "discomfort" because it's pain!

Ask your doc for strong pain meds if you need them ... and don't be shy about that. Calomine dabbed on can help as can cool water. I hope it's soon over for you.
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 14:23
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Think I must be pregnant, sudden craving for custard - bought a tin of powder and made several lots recently. Need another tin now!

Hurricane Chicken Soup never came ashore, one of the best I've made, nice and tasty. Not sure why the flavour varies so much, my mum's was spot on every time. Hifly, how was the coq au vin's aftermath?

Karearea, hope you are better soon

Spitfirek5054 - not looking forward to retirement? As my pending pension is likely tarnished still further by Covid and the economy, I may have to forgo taking it and go back to work. Not looking forward to that.

Rang about a local part time admin job this morning, suspect I will be too old and wrong experience. Suit me, a mile away and two days a week, probably pay the monthly bills and leave a bit for a pint or two.
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 15:51
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Commiserations to those feeling a bit crook at the mo, get well soon. By order!

Sunday's coq au vin was a triumph, cooked all day Saturday and Sunday, superlatives fail me. Only followed by a light southerly breeze.

Had a couple of small jobs lined up before the virus struck, a bit of decorating, making a garden fence and sanding a floor. The spirit is willing, the wallet is emptying but I'm not sure if the body will be fit for purpose. A couple of days at it should put me back in the saddle.
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 16:04
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I just spent 10 minutes applying decorator's caulk to gaps in the skirting board tops. That's enough decorating for one day. Be dry enough to sand and paint tomorrow...
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 17:42
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Originally Posted by spitfirek5054 View Post
Retiring on Thursday, age 66 and 4 months,not looking forward to it.
I retired last year, 65 plus 8 months. Didn't look forward to it either, most peculiar state of affairs. They reckon there's no such thing as retirement ( as a state) now. Still it's been ok. Past working life seems a bit of a dream: did it really happen?
Key thing was wife's sister dying last summer ( PML). Nasty, quick, unexpected. As she was just a few months older than me I recalibrated.
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 18:12
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Spitfirek5054:
Forced out 7 months ago due to having a birthday. Wasn't prepared mentally or financially for it.
Decided to take a few months off to decompress before thying to find something else. Then "manana symdrom" set in.
Then came corona and shut most everything down.
Now I am resigned to get by the best I can.
Hang in there.

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Old 9th Jun 2020, 18:33
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
I just spent 10 minutes applying decorator's caulk to gaps in the skirting board tops. That's enough decorating for one day. Be dry enough to sand and paint tomorrow...
You can't sand caulk, smooth it lightly with a damp sponge before it hardens. (In case you didn't know).

Haven't seen Gemma10 here lately. AFAFK he's in my neighbourhood, I PMd him a couple of days ago just to see if he's ok but had no reply. Does anyone know him to contact, just to see if he's alright?
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 20:44
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Yeah the caulk's been damply smoothed into the gaps, just want to run some fine sandpaper over the paint before giving the whole lot another coat. Tomorrow's job. Or Thursday's.

Sorry, don't know Gemma other than from here, hope he is ok.
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 22:01
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I ran into a kid with chickenpox when I was about 23 or so - and that triggered a bout of shingles, a line from my backbone, around my left side to just under my left man-boob. I hit the doc early , and so was duly issued with a course of Acyclovir to calm it down, but it was still pretty uncomfortable. My sympathies to sufferers, especially around the eyelid!

I'm 52, but with the COVID thing haven't been working for 10 weeks or so now. Not like retirement, so much I guess, as the lockdown mucks everything about. I have discovered that I don't like gardening much.
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Old 9th Jun 2020, 22:10
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I discovered I don't like gardening either, so a couple of years ago I chucked in some wildflower seeds and let things take care of themselves - the bees (those that haven't been mistaken for bluebottles in my house) appreciate it, particularly when the very tall purple flowered thingies shoot vertically out of the ground as they will shortly - Mother Nature's ICBMs. Plus my neighbour's raspberries have taken a liking to my patch - mmmmm! On the downside, bindweed which I worked very hard to get rid of a decade back is making a comeback. Resolva will be applied...
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Old 10th Jun 2020, 02:10
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Thank you, kind people, for your good wishes.
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Old 10th Jun 2020, 06:48
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Checkers ... I'll do a deal with you. You come over to my place and do some cooking and I'll go to your place and do the garden. I love gardening! Sorted!

Retirement? Happened to me a few years ago and at the time I thought, "What on earth will I do all day?" These days that has changed somewhat to, "How on earth did I ever find the time to go to work?"

Thank you, kind people, for your good wishes.
No worries Karearea ... but do look after yourself while this is happening. You're likely to feel tired as well as irritable so make sure you rest when you need to.
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Old 11th Jun 2020, 15:10
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
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Retirement? Happened to me a few years ago and at the time I thought, "What on earth will I do all day?" These days that has changed somewhat to, "How on earth did I ever find the time to go to work?".............


+1 from me.

Just before I retired, I got an ultimatum from 'er indoors along the lines "If you think you are going to sit around the house all day getting under my feet, think again".

I joined a canal restoration society and have never looked back. It started off as just a couple of days a month but is now three or four days a week. Pay is crap( zero) but the enjoyment is immeasurable. Outside in the fine/not so fine weather, plenty of fresh air, plenty of exercise, doing heritage restoration, learning building skills and enjoying social contact with folks from a wide range of disciplines - doctors , dentists, architects, pilots, teachers, builders, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, ex-forces, etc.

It's important to keep active both mentally and physically otherwise things can go rapidly down hill.





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