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By: sandiquiz , 8:35 AM GMT on November 12, 2013

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The previous blog was for a special day, which has now passed, so I needed to replace it, so for want of something better, I have returned the "COFFEE BLOG".






So, wherever you are in the World, pour yourself your favourite drink - be it coffee, tea, juice, water, or even something slightly stronger, then pull up a chair, make yourself comfy and "CONVERSE" with friends :)


AND, if like the old advert from 1985 for McVities biscuits -

Tea and coffee needs some!
A drink is too wet without them!

- you need sustenance with your drink - how about some toasted Panettone with farm-fresh butter!






I am planning to do the Advent blog with Christmas countdown again, which will begin with "Stir-up Sunday" on the 24th November, the last Sunday before Advent begins.



I am nine months today!


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101. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:08 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
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100. clearlakemike
3:15 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
Sandi, what does the window washer talk about? lol The weather? Does he have a cockney accent? Inquiring minds want to know...yes, that is a good deal. Actually, I pay someone also to wash my windows for about the same price. He is a chatterbox too. Must be a trait of that occupation :)
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99. SBKaren
1:37 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
I can imagine you are looking forward to the holiday weekend and then Christmas... it does seem that things are getting very tiring for you. The biggest problem is you have such a long time off during the summer....10 weeks or more?... that you get into a routine with R and have fun together. Once you are back at school the routine has to change. My holidays during the summer were only 5 weeks, so not really long enough to get more than relaxed up and ready to go again!

I think I look forward to the holidays more for the 'family' time than anything else. With 4 days off each week I get plenty of 'down' time, but with the holidays comes lots of family gatherings and I always enjoy that!

We do have a lot of time off over summer. We have one school in our district that follows a year round schedule. I don't know the exact schedule but it's like 2 months on, 3 weeks, off, 2 months on, a few more weeks off, something like that.

I truly enjoy the long summer break. It takes me about 2 weeks to decompress and realize that I'm not going to work every day. The body is still on schedule and there is no sleeping in for a while. I also feel like I need to be doing something for work. I don't really feel like I am enjoying summer until we've been off for a couple of weeks. Then, for about a full month, I completely relax. Then we generally go on vacation and when we are about 3 weeks away from starting school, I start getting back in the "back-to-school" thoughts.

So yes, we are definitely off longer than you, but I still love that break! I just have to re-remind myself that the beginning of the year is soooo crazy. It seems to last for about 6 weeks these days, then things mellow. I don't bring as much work home and the schedule finally settles, and I wonder why I was so worked up a few weeks ago! It's such a cycle!

I only have one work day this week - tomorrow. Our school takes W-Th-F off for Thanksgiving week. Some schools take the whole week, some also go to school on Wednesday. Students still attend school 180 days a year, so no matter how many days they get off, they'll spend 180 days in school.

Tomorrow will be a crazy nutsy day I'm sure because the kids will be excited about their long holiday. Randy and I are going to a fund raising concert at a local restaurant. We are going to hear a great musician, Eric Marienthal. I found a YouTube of him performing at the exact restaurant where we are going! Imagine that!



Anyway, it will be a great way to start the holiday season! It's a long YouTube, but listen to a few minutes just to get an idea of his talent.
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98. ozgalah
10:08 PM GMT on November 25, 2013
Hi Sandi, now the big lunch is out of the way I have to get my Christmas cake made, have had the ingredients for a while but have not quite got round to doing it yet! Have two dogs to groom before Saturday for a dog show and they have not been trimmed since September. Did Jorja last night and much as it is hard work when they are very overgrown it is nice to see the beautiful dog when all finished! Mr Bones tonight and he is a whole different can of worms to groom! Looking forward to the new blog!
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97. sandiquiz
4:20 PM GMT on November 25, 2013
Happy Monday, all

I am in the process of editing the photos for the Christmas pudding recipe, for 'Stir up Sunday'....yes, I know it is already Monday, but they were made yesterday, on the day, but you have to leave it to "infuse" for 24 hours before cooking, so I will cook them first thing tomorrow.

I also want to begin a new blog, so that needs organising, too.... Tomorrow, hopefully!

Hi GG %u2013 I am glad to read it is %u201Cchilly rain%u201D rather than ice that you awoke to. We had no ice today, and the temps are set to rise over the next two days to reach a steady 50 by Thursday. It is your long week, but by you get to read this you will be half way through :)

Mike %u2013 I suppose I am lucky having a window cleaner who comes to clean the outside%u2026 most of the houses in the street have one window cleaner or another. It does not cost me much, less than 10, and for that he cleans all the windows, including the conservatory! If he didn%u2019t want to chat so much, he would get many more in the hour completed, but he is a chatterbox!!

Ozgalah - Glad you had fun, and have plenty of left overs! That is one problem of visiting friends for Christmas day; you never get to have turkey left overs :( And I love turkey and leek pie :( I will just have to buy a turkey breast, just to cook to have leftovers!


BriarCraft %u2013 Blue was a bird chatterer, and would sit for hours chattering at them. Max, on the other hand, is an %u2018indoor bird chaser%u2019! He sees a bird fly past the glass of the back door, and with one leap he is on the kitchen windowsill watching it land on the feeder. If it leaves the feeder and flies over towards the edge of the garden, he is off the kitchen window, through the lounge and into the conservatory before it flies out of the garden!! Now the weather is colder, I often close down the sliding glass door between the lounge and the conservatory to keep in some heat, leaving just enough of a gap so Max can get through. I have found I have to bring down the blind as well, so he doesn%u2019t run full pelt into the glass window, which he has done a couple of times! He sees the blind and swerves to the edge of the door and through the gap! lol


Pros %u2013 What a lovely collage of Mimi, thank you for posting it.

I am SO GLAD the visit went well, I know it would :)

I miss having a turkey at Christmas (see what I said to Ozgalah) %u2013 Do you have one for Thanksgiving and then one for Christmas, or something else at Christmas?
The news that Mimi behaved, and might even be settling down a little was really pleasing, and I am sure you feel slightly happier too. She is still a baby, not a long-legged, tongue-tied teenager like Max is at the moment!

Bug %u2013 Heavens, re-runs of Last of the Summer Wine%u2026. I am sure, somewhere on the network there is a re-run going on here, every day of the year, and the same for Dad%u2019s Army, Are you being served and Keeping up Appearances, to name just a few!!

This last week or two has been absolute DR WHO heaven. All the BBC channels, 1 through 4, have had something on each day, plus selected episodes from each of the doctors.

I will not tell you the plot of the Special 50th show, but suffice to say, it very cleverly filled in the gap caused by the BBC withdrawing the production for a few years, after Sylvester McCoy stopped being the Doctor number 7 in 1989. Then Paul McGann played the 8th doctor in a ne off special in 1996, followed by Christopher Eccleston playing the 9th Doctor for just on series in 2005, followed immeadiately by David Tennant as the 10th doctor. He played the role for five years, only beaten by Tom Baker who played the Doctor for seven years!
I liked David T, but really love the portrayal of Matt Smith, the present Doctor.


Jane - I am so glad the storm spared you last weekend, let%u2019s hope that was the last %u201Cstrong storm%u201D of the winter.

C%u2019s mum is doing really well, thank you. She has now got an electric wheelchair, and once she learns to go backwards, (she can go forward but finds reversing difficult, as she never drove a car) there will be no stopping her! The buses in her town are specially designed, with a lowering platform to allow a wheelchair on. She will be able to go into the town centre to have coffee with her friends again, like she did before all this began.

Hope the short week at work goes well.
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96. GardenGrrl
11:09 AM GMT on November 25, 2013
Ick, cold, wet brrrr. Thankfully it is rain and not the ice storm they predicted. Have a great day.
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95. clearlakemike
12:39 AM GMT on November 25, 2013
In my case it is the dog sitting in the window barking at all the cats outside. She has chipped off all the paint on the window sill and the window is covered in dog slobber. Same with the car windows. Every once in a while I clean it off...like when I start to have trouble seeing out.
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94. ozgalah
10:44 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Hi Sandi, our Thanksgiving lunch went very well and like Pros we will have enough leftovers to feed us for a week and some in the freezer! The good thing is now I don't have to cook a turkey for Christmas!!! I made a New York cheesecake for a friend of mine and apple pecan caramel crumble pie and P made brownies so they all went home with very full stomachs.
We used Enterprise when we were in England and I have to say they were excellent so I was worried in case you were going to say you had problems with them because we would certainly use them again. The image of their young employee standing in the bucketing rain at Manchester airport while we sat in the dry car while he gave us instructions will stay with me for a long time, poor lad. It also reminded me a neighbour of mine who blasted British Gas about the technician not turning up to fix her stove, when she had actually rung the electricity company!
Clearlakemike: its just us that have Thanksgiving, because of our D the rest of the country doesn't....though Aussie love a holiday for any reason!
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93. BriarCraft
10:42 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Briar - Oh, the dreaded sunshine and windows!! I have the outside of mine cleaned by a guy who comes about once every six weeks. The inside is down to me. Since getting Max I am having to wash the windows much more often, as in sunlight I see little paw prints all over!! Do you have that problem? Any bird that flies past, or spider climbing the outside is patted and growled at!

Many are the mornings when I wake up to the sound of a cat sitting on the windowsill above my head, chattering madly at a nearby squirrel. It's not only the windows that get dirty, but the windowsills as well. I manage to keep the inside of the windows fairly clean, but the outside, well, there's no one to do them but me and they definitely don't get done as often as they should.

Your weather and mine still are quite similar. At least it isn't freezing quite as cold at night as it was. When I open the cat door each morning, there has been a decided lack of enthusiasm amongst the cats about going out. There has been a whole lot more windowsill sitting, as well, since the weather got cold.
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92. Proserpina
9:45 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Mimi 2013 photo Mimicollage_zpsdcd16f80.jpg

Hi, thank you for all of the support on my blog. I appreciate it. It amazes me that what used to be routine in my life is now a huge 'event' due to my age. Once all of the preparations were done and the first moment that we met, everything else was easy. A very convivial couple, and of course having my brother and his friend (and ours) helped break the ice as well. We will be eating leftovers until Thanksgiving and then we will have the Thanksgiving leftovers to enjoy for the next week!

We just got back from picking up our fresh turkey, tomorrow I will do the rest of the shopping and then start baking and preparing. I do not feel pressures for this meal because it is just family and I have done it for 50 years! I have it down to a fine art! LOL

Mimi is doing fine. She is beginning to lick rather than bite to show affection, but still needs to hone the art of licking! Today she licked my chin, my lip (gross!), and back to the chin. Then she bit my chin! Yesterday she had a wonderful day, every guest had a turn at holding her and cuddling her. Purr, purr, well the counterpart of purr for a dog.

I hope that your day has been a good one.
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91. palmettobug53
3:47 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Happy Sunday, Sandi.

You're right; once all the hype is over with, they'll start reruns. It's bound to show up on the SyFy channel at some point.

PBS was where I first saw Dr. Who many, many moons ago. But they haven't aired it since. They were running some on SyFy channel recently but there has been a gap between the Tom Baker version and the David Tennant version.

Someone needs to run the series from beginning to end - if that's even possible. If one channel would have a Dr. Who Night once a week, air 3-4 episodes, of so, (back to back) I'm sure they could manage to show them all. Eventually! lol

Too bad I'm not in charge of programming.

Note: PBS has started showing "Last of the Summer Wine" from waaaaay back in the 70's. Cleggie, Compo and Blamire. I hadn't realized that Peter Sallis was one of the few cast members that was on the show from start to finish. Ivy had a husband, who was not in the episodes I'd seen to date. Those were the ones with Alvin, Cleggie, Howard.
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90. JanesVacation
2:21 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
I see that C arrived at his Mum's. I hope she is doing well after all of the issues last year?
I was reading what you wrote to Karen and a I totally agree. We have 10 or 11 weeks off in the summer and by the end of that time I totally forget what it is like to have a job! It is a really difficult transition back into the work week. Usually takes me 10 or 11 more weeks to adjust. I feel very fortunate to have that time off, so I hate to complain about adjustment time!
Right now it is 18F and we have snow EVERYWHERE. All I can really say is "ugh." This is going to take some adjusting time as well. (Hopefully it will melt.)
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89. GardenGrrl
11:01 AM GMT on November 24, 2013
Good Morning, missed the Dr Who yesterday. Was getting every thing done before the long work week and also had to get to the in-laws for my spouses birthday. Had fun but had to leave waaay too early as to get up today for work.
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88. sandiquiz
7:24 AM GMT on November 24, 2013
Hi Rob.... You are probably right....they can jump backwards and forwards at will!

Hope you are well :-)

Bug - now the hype of the special episode is over I guess it will be shown again, so watch out on PBS to see if it comes on there.

I also saw that Call the Midwife has a new Christmas special, with eight new episodes to be released in 2014. :-)
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87. palmettobug53
10:30 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
Sandi, it was broadcast here but obviously with a premium package from our cable provider. We're paying through the nose, now, for what we do get. I can't imagine how much more our bill would be, to get the package with BBCA.

Grumble, mumble......
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86. RobDaHood
10:06 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
Are you sure?
Anniversaries mean little to time lords.
We can jump between any of them at will.
But the parties are always fun!

LOL

Hey Sandi!

Max sure is a pretty kitty.
So is Kiki.
That's the only reason she has survived so long.
Small, pretty, and still looks like a kitten after 9 years.
Hard to get too angry with her for long.

Still think she's a demon in disguise...
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85. sandiquiz
9:20 PM GMT on November 23, 2013

Wow!!,
It was GREAT!


It was simultaneously broadcast in 75 countries around the world.

And Bug, your favourites, David Tennant and Tom Baker were both in it, as well as referring to all the previous Doctors....

Now watching the live 'after the show' party on BBC 3.
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84. clearlakemike
8:29 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
Quoting 82. sandiquiz:

Australia might have Thanksgiving, but not the UK...

Ylee - Max is fast asleep on his chair, and I hope he stays a sleep for the n ext. hour,


Oh, thank The Queen...When I was in Australia, which was sometime ago, they were starting to celebrate Valentine's Day and I thought "How dreadful"...
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83. palmettobug53
8:19 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
Hi, Sandi.

The 50th anniversary of Dr. Who has even garnered a couple of blurbs in our usually newsless local daily paper.

I've seen no adverts for "Day of the Doctor" being aired here. SyFy channel was running some Dr. Who episodes a few months back but I don't think they're still on. Those were the ones with David Tennant as our beloved Time Lord.

Who was your favourite Time Lord? I've still got a soft spot for Tom Baker.
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82. sandiquiz
8:09 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
Quoting clearlakemike:
You are excused...how fast did he get the MERC? Ahh, yes, London Cockney :-) very sexy, lol

England and Australia have Thanksgiving with turkeys now? Oh geez...what has America done to the world!! That is awful.

Australia might have Thanksgiving, but not the UK...

Ylee - Max is fast asleep on his chair, and I hope he stays a sleep for the n ext. hour,
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81. Ylee
7:58 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
Hope Max don't knock over the telly! :' )
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80. clearlakemike
7:51 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
You are excused...how fast did he get the MERC? Ahh, yes, London Cockney :-) very sexy, lol

England and Australia have Thanksgiving with turkeys now? Oh geez...what has America done to the world!! That is awful.
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79. sandiquiz
7:47 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
Hi Ylee.... You are probably right....you guys do pull some silly stunts!! Lol


I am ready... glass of wine by my side....for the world release of "The Day of the Doctor", which is the 50th anniversary show, which will be released around the world in about ten minutes!!!!
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78. Ylee
6:48 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
I think you Ladies of the Blogs could write a comedy based on the actions of the menfolk, lol!
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77. sandiquiz
12:46 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
Morning All...

Had a fun morning, (and MIKE excuse the copy and paste from your blog.)

C is heading north today to visit his mother. His old Mondeo is fine for around town, and short distances, but not reliable enough to drive 250 miles each way, so he hired a car. In the past, we have always hired vehicles from a company called "Enterprise", on the outskirts of the town. We used to do it by booking on the phone, but as this was a last minute decision, Wednesday evening, he booked and paid for a MERC E class on line.

This morning we got up, drove down to Enterprise, arriving about 8:15, only to find they were not open until 9am. So we went for a coffee in town, and back to the car rental for 9. After a few minutes, he came out, shaking his head!
He told me they couldn't find his booking on their system.... so we went home, for him to check his computer for the booking registration.
Whilst driving back home he told me he was sure they opened at 8, as he checked that whilst booking....and said "It stated the Bletchley office of Eurocar opened at 8am on Saturdays". I said "WHAT! Eurocar??"
"Well yes," was his reply. I told him Enterprise and Eurocar are two DIFFERENT rental places!

Anyway, back home, double checked by ringing the number of Eurocar on his booking from to be told, yes, they had the car, but expected it being picked up 90 minutes earlier! Another quick drive back into Bletchley, where we found Eurocar about 100 yards away from Enterprise!
He set off to his Mum's about two hours late, but should be there in time for lunch, as the roads seem to be clear, according to 'Traffic England' road cams, and he is driving a very swish car!


Ylee - You sound like C's brother....we call him a beanpole. He is 6' 1" tall and weighs in about 10 stone, (hang on, I will convert to pounds for you ... Oh, 140, thats easy! lol) He is 38 years old and has been skinny all his life. C on the other hand got all the family excess baggage!! lol

GG - I love your analogy of Sponge Grey, for the sky.... it does exactly what you described when it is like that! We call it "Milk of Magnesia" sky. That was a OTC med back in the 50-60's that cured all upset tummy situations, and tasted vile. It was a milky white, chalky liquid that kids hated to drink... and often the said tummy upset was miraculously cured, at the sight of the bottle before the dose was administered!

Hope it is not so cold today. It is acceptable here:)

Briar - Oh, the dreaded sunshine and windows!! I have the outside of mine cleaned by a guy who comes about once every six weeks. The inside is down to me. Since getting Max I am having to wash the windows much more often, as in sunlight I see little paw prints all over!! Do you have that problem? Any bird that flies past, or spider climbing the outside is patted and growled at!

KAren - you surprised me when you said it was three years since Randy retired, I thought it was more like 18 months!

I do pop over to your blog on a daily basis when it is open, but if you haven't dropped by, due to being busy, I feel as though I am talking to myself:)

I can imagine you are looking forward to the holiday weekend and then Christmas... it does seem that things are getting very tiring for you. The biggest problem is you have such a long time off during the summer....10 weeks or more?... that you get into a routine with R and have fun together. Once you are back at school the routine has to change. My holidays during the summer were only 5 weeks, so not really long enough to get more than relaxed up and ready to go again!

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I have some photos to edit I did yesterday, and then need to plan a new blog, as tomorrow is "Stir up Sunday"!

BBL

PS - Heard from C about five minutes ago... he has arrived at his mum's!
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76. SBKaren
11:18 PM GMT on November 22, 2013
Hi Sandi - I came here to respond to your response in my blog, but then I'm taking it down. It just sits most the time and I think everyone that wanted to see the photos, did.

Randy's been retired for nearly 3 years now. That's hard for me to believe as well. Sometimes it seems like years, sometimes it seems like last year!

We are definitely entering the holiday time around here. I don't just mean Christmas, but Thanksgiving as well.

I'm already looking forward to some days off and doing a bit of nothing. I honestly don't know how I fit work into my schedule anymore. It's a good thing I don't spend too much time there...!!! LOL
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75. BriarCraft
10:26 PM GMT on November 22, 2013
I just noticed your weather forecast is almost exactly the same as mine. It's gorgeous, until I step out and rediscover that it feels cold even in the "warmest" part of the day. One part of me says I should be out doing some yardening, but the other part of me says "Naaa! Stay indoors where you can look out the window and enjoy the view while staying warm." So I did just that and with the current angle of the sun, I now feel compelled to bundle up and clean the outside of these windows. Ack!
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74. GardenGrrl
5:41 PM GMT on November 22, 2013
Brrrr it is really chilly here with strong gusty winds.
The sky is a "sponge grey" sopping up light from everywhere and extinguishing it in the dull blanket of cloud. Even from indoors. Have every light on and it still seems dreary.

In defense I have a pot of water boiling on the stove with some cloves in it. That makes it a bit more festive inside.

Syd has become his own pillow fluffed up on one foot napping on his perch.

Roxie is no where to be seen so I suspect she has burrowed into the clothes pile for laundry and is napping as well.

Napping really does sound good right now.
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73. Ylee
4:18 PM GMT on November 22, 2013
I agree, the model in the photo your uploaded shows Snow White in a better light! Nothing wrong with skinny models, as long as they are naturally skinny, and not bulimic. I should know, I was a beanpole(although I was not a model, lol) when I was younger, stretching 135 lbs. over my 6'2" frame! Doctors did everything from steroid shots, to giving me worm medicine, to declaring me hypoglycemic, and altering my diet! Nothing worked, of course, just a couple of decades to slow my metabolism down! Now, I'm a "healthy" 195, but I could use to lose another 10-15 lbs.!
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72. sandiquiz
8:24 AM GMT on November 22, 2013
Good morning to you all :)

Ozgalah - glad you managed to get a turkey. Perhaps next year you should remind your butcher about September, that it is time to order his turkeys!

We do not decorate the house until the weekend before Christmas, although I did put a very small tree that arrived from Amazon yesterday, jsut to see if it fitted on top of the bookcase! I think putting up the big one this year might be too much temptation for Max. By next year he will be older and less likely to run up and down things!
Have a wonderful weekend:)

Bug - HI and BYE! lol

GG - I have a recipe for Parkin, which is a very moist gingerbread, in fact, it is better to leave it for a few days before you eat it after making it. Delicious served with a little butter and a slice of tasty cheese.

Oh, how I agree with you on the models.. the skinny size 0's look ill!!

SkyBlue - Oh, the decorations in London are a must! I love them, there is so much to see. The MK centre is only a small area, and the rest of MK is not decorated, so I have to agree with himself on this occasion! lol

Oh, I am sorry to hear about the roof... I do hope the LL comes up with the right answer!

I am sorry to hear about the work situation... it seems to go from bad to worse! :(

HAve a wonderful weekend - if you can, and I hope the flu symptoms have lessened.
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71. ozgalah
9:45 PM GMT on November 21, 2013
Yes ordered turkey from butcher going to pick it up today, he said it had got him thinking about an ad campaign for next November.....but he said that last year too! My biggest issue is a simple pumpkin, there are still a few left around this year but last year was really difficult. The Christmas season starts VERY early here and granddaughter gets very frustrated with me as I wont put decorations up until the week of Christmas. She is looking forward to helping decorate for Sunday though! Have a great weekend.
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70. palmettobug53
5:29 PM GMT on November 21, 2013
Quick HI and BYE!
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69. GardenGrrl
3:09 PM GMT on November 21, 2013
Fat rascals look yummy. A bit like a palatable fruitcake. I make a gingerbread cake with nuts and bits of dried fruit. Closest thing to that here.

I don't think Snow White looks fat. She looks healthy.
(Although that comment Ylee made was pretty funny.)Speaking of, I'm so glad they are finally getting models to be less anorexic. We should be shipping them care packages of fat rascals.
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68. SkyBlue17
9:46 AM GMT on November 21, 2013
Good morning Sandi. :)
Well, I'm trying to convince a certain someone that going to your neck of the woods instead of London would be so much better. The display you are showing photos of for starters! Lol
So far...he says nada on the subject. Though, he is a tad pre-occupied re work and en our roof, more specifically the side of the roof above H's room. Brown patches in ceiling and have felt water droplets. The roofing contractor came out yesterday (himself worked from home) and they must now contact landlord and get approval for the job; i.e. completely redo the roof that side of the house, and possibly inside as well.
Re his work...politics with large capital letters and a frisson of something going through the department.

Funny to see the photo of Fat Rascals. I had just recently read about them in a book I was reading. :) Sir hubby would certainly be very happy if I learnt how to make them.
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67. sandiquiz
6:18 AM GMT on November 21, 2013
Quoting 66. Ylee:
Looks like Snow White's been eating Fat rascals! :' )

Oh, you are cruel! lol If you look at the original photo in my WU photo gallery you can see she is much slimmer. When I posted it into the blog it foreshortened the image, and no matter how I tried to change the sizing, it wouldn't make it longer. There must be a finite depth they allow in the blog??

Ozgalah
- are you doing your Thanksgiving this weekend.... Did you find a turkey?
The Christmas display in the centre only opened this last weekend, and is open for only five weeks. By the 28th December it will be gone, as the whole theme is for children to take a train ride to see Santa, and who needs to see Santa after the 25th! lol

BT- hello! Plenty of coffee for everyone.... Hope you are well:-)

Hi GG and Bug :-)
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66. Ylee
2:57 AM GMT on November 21, 2013
Looks like Snow White's been eating Fat rascals! :' )
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65. ozgalah
9:35 PM GMT on November 20, 2013
So glad to see fat rascals still around! Used to be P's favourite treat from the York shop. He is going to cook some pecan brownies for our Thanksgiving lunch on Sunday.......we have been here for ten years and he still won't be able to find anything he needs in the cupboards!!!!! Perhaps you are right about the spoon feeding! The Christmas display looks great, a couple of weekends ago Adelaide had its Christmas pageant and it really starts the Christmas fever in South Australia.
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64. GardenGrrl
5:53 PM GMT on November 20, 2013
Oh how cool! Not sure where to go around here for neat decorations except through the neighborhoods. The malls have really cut back on extravagant Christmas decorations. In lieu of those kiosks of Christmas related gift clutter have sprung up.
Tis the season ;)
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63. palmettobug53
5:48 PM GMT on November 20, 2013
Hi, ho, Sandi.

That turf cake(aka Fat Rascals) sounds really good!
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62. bigtrucker
5:24 PM GMT on November 20, 2013
Hi Sandi...Just stopping by for a cup of coffee..Hope you are doing well.
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61. sandiquiz
3:24 PM GMT on November 20, 2013
This morning I went into town to see the Christmas display. It is called "Snow White and the Enchanted Forest."

The have utilised the tree from last year... recycling, I'm all for it, but the animated characters around the centre depict the story of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'.

A compilation of some of the shots I took.

.......
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60. sandiquiz
3:20 PM GMT on November 20, 2013
Ozgalah, For over 25 years I have been reminding C to take this or that... and the few occasions when I forget, he does, too!!
Perhaps we spoon-feed these men! lol

Apparently Betty's still sell Fat Rascals, and even will send a gift box with four inside to wherever you wish!



** Fat Rascals, (also known as Turf Cake) are round domed tea-cakes with a rich brown crust and made with dried fruit, nuts and candied peel. They are closely associated with Yorkshire, and resemble a flatten scone. The origin of the name is unknown, but has been in use since at least the mid-nineteenth century. The name Turf Cake comes from the tradition of farmers baking them on turf fires.
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59. ozgalah
9:30 PM GMT on November 19, 2013
Hi Sandi everyday before P leaves I have to ask "Do you have your tags, phone and lunch?" If I forget to ask something usually gets left behind!!!
Aaah Betty's are they still allowed to have fat rascals or have they had to change the name to be pc?
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58. sandiquiz
7:23 PM GMT on November 19, 2013
Quoting 57. Ylee:
British TV has standards? ;' ) Neither does the US, lol!

BBC has standards, I am not so sure about the independent TV channels!! They are the ones that show adverts. It is the National advertising standards, for TV and other forms of media, that draw the boundaries for 'good taste'.

Mike - the accent was London Cockney :-)

GG - I'm sorry the dreaded lurgy descended on your house.... I do hope you managed to stay clear of it.
I see you are still on holiday. Is this the last week for the backlog of 2013?
Preparing and cooking meals for the freezer and baking muffins are wonderful 'holiday' occupations.

Skye - his eyes should finish up emerald green.
I have a Nespresso coffee maker which makes a perfect cup every time, thanks to the measured amount in each pod :-)
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57. Ylee
6:39 PM GMT on November 19, 2013
British TV has standards? ;' ) Neither does the US, lol!
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56. clearlakemike
6:15 PM GMT on November 19, 2013
Thanks for the video link, Sandi! Very interesting...I enjoyed watching that. Loved the narrator's accent.

Here is a photo of the 1830's version of the bridge that is now crossing Lake Havasu, Arizona

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55. GardenGrrl
5:51 PM GMT on November 19, 2013
Good Morning, bit chilly here, mostly due to wind.

Have to plan a menu for the week. This is my last week of vacation so should probably cook dinners and such. The weather was not good for Hot Springs while the spouse was off last week. Just as well. Poor thing caught a cold so spent the time off semi-miserable.

Am thinking pork steaks with an apple chutney again to use up the meat in the freezer. Also have a flank steak that needs cooking.
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54. Skyepony (Mod)
2:31 PM GMT on November 19, 2013
Max is looking stunning. Nice eye color.

Drinking some fair trade organic coffee this am. Got spoiled on the french press camping. It's taken weeks to get me mostly domesticated & back to using a automatic coffee pot.
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53. sandiquiz
11:22 AM GMT on November 19, 2013
Good morning All,

Pros - I believe Mike has posted the video you were talking about in his blog.... as I told him, it wouldn't get through Advertising Standards here in the UK, I am sure!

GG - Not celebrating Thanksgiving here in the UK, Christmas begins in earnest at the beginning of December, although Christmas decorations begin arriving in the stores by the end of October.

I am told the ham and egg pie was "delicious"!

Mike, I see you found the Christmas advert!! lol

Do you know that the bridge in Arizona is called London Bridge, one of the first bridges built over the Thames, and was in use in The Roman times, as a crossing, not the same bridge.

This a great video I found about the history of it.

LurknLearn - hi there, and yes, to me the ad is 'gross', too!

OZgalah - oh the Hovis ads... I loved them, especially the one of the steep hill!

I am not built for running anymore, but when I used to move 'faster than a normal walk', I found myself singing - "hot chocolate, drinking chocolate!"
And whenever I am about to board a plane I find myself humming..."Let's go, let's,go let's go, British Caledonian!" lol

My favourite drink and snack of all is a pot of Yorkshire tea and a slice of cinnamon toast, served in Betty's!

Briar - the Russian Blues do have green eyes, but as yet, his are not fully developed, and often look lemon yellow in certain lights. His eyes will be the final colour by the time he is one year old.
We actually call him 'a throwback' as his ears are upright on his head, and should be at an angle of 45%, and his eyes should be fully rounded, whereas his are almond shaped!

I will try to get to see the Cola truck..but being the last Saturday before Christmas the shopping centre will be bedlam, without the added pull of the truck!!!

As far as I know, Tower Bridge is lit up, but with white lights. This coloured version was for a special occasion I think.

SkyBlue - Oh, poor you and the flu jab. Hope you soon feel better, and not get flu!

C decided he wanted to change from his leather jacket into his thicker winter coat for today, as he was cold on the station yesterday. I told him to do it last night, change all things out of pockets, etc, but he forgot, so had to do it this morning. He remembered all cards, tickets, wallet, earphones, gloves, etc...but left his phone on the kitchen work surface where he put it whilst he did the transference! I saw it ten minutes after he had left! OOPS!!

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52. SkyBlue17
10:48 AM GMT on November 19, 2013
Good morning Sandi from a somewhat cloudy and very chilly C-d. Brrrrr!
It was so cold that little H wanted to wear gloves. He only wants gloves if it is really cold...so it must be! LOL
I still feel blah after my flu jab and the arm is rather achy. I was so tired last night, went to bed early.
Max is so handsome! Please give him a cuddle from us. :))
I hope you are feeling better day by day. You sounded so much better yesterday than the previous time we spoke. Harry wanted to speak with you...next time. :)
I have to get going with writing some long over due emails! Before I am off to work at lunch time.
I need a coffee to fortify myself with, hmmm, a nice soy latte please, not too strong with some Swedish ginger biscuits...pepparkakor. :)
Have a lovely day.
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51. BriarCraft
6:16 AM GMT on November 19, 2013
Max has got the absolute brightest emerald green eyes I have ever seen. Cats eye color changes depending on the light and how large or small their pupils are, but his eyes are amazing.

Are you going to brave the crowds to go see and photograph that fancy Coca Cola truck when it comes to town? It does look festive, but that photo of the Tower Bridge all lit up is really magnificent. Is it lit that way all year 'round?

I'm no fan of Christmas, Bug, but I do love those Budweiser commercials. Those Clydesdales are such gorgeous creatures and the ads are dramatic.
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