Time drifts away :-)

By: sandiquiz , 9:30 AM GMT on April 14, 2014

Time Drifts Away

As a child I loved your yellow glow,
Which stored sunshine to give back on grey days.
I loved your seeds that floated as I blew,
Then danced ever upwards to the suns rays.

As a gardener I hated your long roots
That hung on tightly in the green grass,
Always leaving a little of yourself,
To grow again, as summer came to pass.

Today your yellow glow brings memories
Of a childhood that seems so long ago.
When time drifted slowly and days were long.
Unlike today - when time moves .... not so slow!

SD - April 2014



The dandelion is a perennial, herbaceous plant with long, lance-shaped leaves. The leaves are so deeply toothed, they gave the plant its name. 'Dent-de-lion' means lion's tooth in Old French.

They are especially well-adapted to find their way into your lawn and immaculate flower beds. Originally they were introduced into America from Europe to provide food for the imported honeybees. They now grow virtually worldwide. Dandelions spread further, are more difficult to exterminate, and can grow under more under adverse circumstances than most of its competitors.

If they are honest, gardeners detest the resilient little plants - the more you try to remove them, the faster they grow.

Generations of children have helped make dandelions one of the world's most common weeds. Blowing the delicate and beautiful seed heads to 'tell the time' is a very effective method of seed dispersal. The bright yellow glow attracts hover-flies and bees, giving them nectar when their food source is scarce in the early spring.

Dandelions haven't always been troublesome weeds. In Victorian times they were cultivated with care and eaten by the wealthy in sandwiches and salads. Today the roots are used to make a tea, the leaves can be put into salads and the flowers made into wine.

Nutritionally, dandelion greens and roots are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are one of the most nutritionally dense green plants you can eat. Apart from the nutrition, they have many medicinal qualities as well. They are potassium-rich and have a strong diuretic quality. They are good for the blood and liver. In medieval times they were used to treat digestive disorders, arthritis and eczema.


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81. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:57 AM GMT on April 26, 2014
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80. Ylee
8:58 AM GMT on April 26, 2014
I see you've figured out how to change the color of your background. Good job! Looks good, too! Been trying to catch up on the blogs, but work's slowing me down! :(

What's Max been up to?
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79. whitewabit
10:56 PM GMT on April 25, 2014
I know I was by this morning and thought I had left a comment but it must not have gone through .. or the WU gremlin ate it !!

believe Spring is here .. has been into the mid 70's the few days and flowers are blooming !!
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78. SkyBlue17
6:57 PM GMT on April 25, 2014
@GardenGrrl, your voice typed comment is hilarious! Love it. Tickled pink to read it!
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77. GardenGrrl
4:40 PM GMT on April 25, 2014
Hi manually typing now. This has auto correct and does some strange stuff but not as bad as doing the voice dictation. I did not say the word he'll auto correct did. Bad auto correct. Bad. Go to a corner some where.

Anyhow the new carpet looks great. Will post pics when I get real computer set up again and have time. Am going to Dads this weekend. He is talking about using his chainsaw again to clear brush. Yikes. Looks like I have some yard work and a chainsaw to disable this weekend.

He cannot see real well anymore. When he and my step mom drive she tells him what the signs and stop lights are. Oh dear. Wished they lived closer.

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76. GardenGrrl
4:30 PM GMT on April 25, 2014
hi Sandy I have noooo carpet No I have new carpet new carpetI also have A voice typing tablet which I am playing with right now it is almost as great as new carpetitfine once I start using the voice typing it kind of does what it wants still this is fun however getting the house back together is not as much fun. Space the new carpet looks great it is very soft and bring me No I meant to say bring spring E okay typing with voice hell back back it does not affect I cannot get it 2 backspace so it right right right eye what ever the heck it wants to
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75. SkyBlue17
4:17 PM GMT on April 25, 2014
'Course they're not Digestives! What was I thinking about? Well, obviously Digestives, but you know what I mean. :))
I have some of the pictured Rich Tea in the biscuit barrel.
You too! :))
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74. sandiquiz
11:49 AM GMT on April 25, 2014
Quoting SkyBlue17:

Lol - they are not digestives, that is something different:-)
I believe you about the 'letter man'!
Have a great weekend :-)
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73. SkyBlue17
10:50 AM GMT on April 25, 2014

I have done a word before going to work. :))
The 'letter man' giveth and the 'letterman' taketh all without my help! Promise! Lol
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72. SkyBlue17
10:48 AM GMT on April 25, 2014
Good morning and Hello lunchtime! :)) I'm shortly off to lunchtime duty before the other job in school. It's so chilly! But the kids will most likely still have their packed lunches outside (I'm glad I said H could have a hot school dinner today). We got the long awaited for pole for the washing line today. Yippee! Hopefully get it into the ground this weekend.
Bat wishes for a lovely Friday and weekend. :))
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71. sandiquiz
10:11 AM GMT on April 25, 2014
For Briar ... an English "Rich Tea":) My favourite biscuit, hence I had some in the cupboard!

It is a biscuit... not a cookie... served with tea, and "dunked"!
(Lowered carefully into the hot drink to soften - just enough to eat without it breaking off and falling into the tea! )
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70. sandiquiz
7:55 AM GMT on April 25, 2014
Happy Friday ..... hope Bug remembered she had the day as a holiday!! lol

My Kasperkey is doing a full scan, which slows things down somewhat, so I will write a few comments, then copy them, as posting might be difficult!

Karen - The printer has already made itself invaluable! Hope the Pageant is going well.

GG - Oops, I tidied up so well on Wednesday that I now can't find the disc for the new printer... C asked for it this morning, but the disc can not be found....I wonder which 'safe place' I put it in?

Shirley - I am so glad you had fun with your grandchildren, and to see such a lovely bird too, that must have been the cherry on the cake! Thank yo for showing me the photo.

Data - my pleasure:)

Briar - I did hear the church bells ringing from the local church... sounded lovely, and to think so many rang at the same time....
In answer to your question.... I have a photo for you, which I will bring here, once I have processed it:)

Tony - Hi, there! Thank you so much for coming and visiting me, and your kind words ... I often read your blog when I see it come to the top of the list, I find the information of the storms you post so knowledgeable, but easy to understand:)

Here we go... will it post before time out hits?
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69. ncforecaster
7:40 AM GMT on April 25, 2014
Hi Sandi! :) I just came across your thoughtful post (from April 6) found in one of my previous blog entries. As a result, I was inspired to come pay a visit to your blog, as well.

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your fantastic poem and the fascinating info regarding the dandelion. You are such a gifted and thoughtful person, and one with whom, I feel truly blessed to know.

I hope you have a great weekend to come! :)

Your friend,
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68. BriarCraft
10:49 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
Thanks for the Flickr help. Lots of things to learn there, but I have at least figured out how to join a few groups, for birds and landscapes. I will continue to do all photo editing on my computer before uploading -- any on-line photo editing is just too slow with my connection.

So, with 12,000 church bells ringing, it seems that just about every person in England should be able to hear at least one.

I have an English question for you: The other night, I was watching an old movie and there was talk of English Rich Tea (as in "Come on along then and we'll have some English Rich Tea"). As near as I can tell, this is not in reference to any sort of tea variety. Or maybe I didn't hear right -- hard to understand that "accent" when people talk fast.
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67. DataPilot
7:34 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
Thanks for the virtual basket of kittens! They're incredibly cute, and I don't have to worry about getting them fixed. :)
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66. WeatherWise
1:51 PM GMT on April 24, 2014
Hi Sandi, Hope you are having a beautiful week and spotting many birds on your daily walks. I have had a most exciting time this week - spotting the Red-Headed Woodpecker with my granddaughters. It's been a Happy Birding Week - a self declared holiday to celebrate. I have posted several shots on WU and even received ACs on two.

Happy Birding Week!

I think this woodpecker at Pickwick Landing State Patk, TN perhaps likes us as it has come down to us on each visit. Perhaps it is our food we are feeding the ducks or the fact we stay close by all morning or afternoon when we go.
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65. sandiquiz
9:18 AM GMT on April 24, 2014
Good morning:)

A quick visit to say hi to GG, Pros, Mike and Karen, before I dash out to the city centre and the bank before driving across country to meet me Thursday friend for lunch at noon!

Be back later .... PS - it is cold here today, had to look out a scarf!! lol
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64. SBKaren
12:41 AM GMT on April 24, 2014
Hi Sandi,

Quick fly by - I have that same printer and love it. I have also used the scanner on so many occasions. I use to to scan some older documents and then shred the paper version. Does a good job with photos too!
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63. GardenGrrl
9:46 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
Happy Saint George's Day!

Perhaps next year I will draw you a St George Day Dragon as they were my specialty (dragons) when was I was a tattoo artist.

and, Howdy, guess spring is officially here with the ceremonial dusting and tossing of things. Seeing how we are all really busy and I don't plan on a new blog soon, I'll do some time saving for us all and cut and paste this to most peoples blogs.

Don't worrying about stopping by my blog porch until a new one is up.

Think I will consolidate visits until it gets too hot to play outside again,,,,in about a month. The new carpet arrives tomorrow (Thursday). Been busy piling the closets high with stuff. Sorting some things to go. Will do a more thorough sort putting things back.
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62. Proserpina
6:56 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
Happy St. George's Day.

And Happy Birthday Shakespeare. Today, April 23d, marks the 450th anniversary of his birth. It is also believed that he died on April 23d!
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61. clearlakemike
4:07 PM GMT on April 23, 2014
That is a good Google doodle, Sandi. Happy St. George's Day! to you and England...Looks like you have mild temperatures for the occasion. Thank you for my equally good Kitty award! :) So far so good this Spring...I haven't seen any new kittens (yet.)
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60. sandiquiz
1:45 PM GMT on April 23, 2014

"There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England."

Sir Winston Churchill 1944

Today is St George's Day, the Patron Saint of England - the day, supposedly, when a dragon was slain to rescue a maiden.

In three hours , at 6pm, 44,000 bell ringers across England will ring the bells in 12,000 churches to celebrate our Patron Saint's Day.

Google always celebrates our Nation's day with one of their Google Doodles... this year's is good, but this one was the best, I think!

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59. sandiquiz
11:31 AM GMT on April 23, 2014
Good Morning,

Yesterday seemed to fly by, and bedtime came before I had time to pop to my own blog. I did have a few moments to "lurk" around the blogs, and drop a few titbits :)

Wabit - Your dashboard cam sounds a great idea... I do hope, if you get one, we get to see the results later:)

Hi Rob - I am glad you had a good Family Easter - Hope Spring comes soon for you, too!

- We have been talking of a wireless printer for a while, and now we have got it, photos, double sided, scanner and banners.... I am more than pleased!

I did notice that one can organize them into albums, so I promptly created one. If there are other ways of searching through photos, I haven't a clue yet.

To search for a photo, either of your own, or just a general search, you need to type the search criteria into the box on the top right-hand side. In the advanced search you can choose your own photostream, and if you were looking for a photo of a "bluebird", if you had used the word in the title, the description or the TAG, it would find all your "bluebird" photos and present them to you.
When I remember I do add a tag or two to make searching easier.

You can also sort by the "organise" section, found in the drop down tab entitled "YOU". It allows you to sort your photos into sets .... sorry, they have renamed the sets, albums.... or select images to do a bulk edit too, like add a tag to all your 'photoshoot' visits, so you can find them again under "search".

Spring is fickle here, too... we had it two weeks ago, now back to winter!! lol

GG - We looked at a wireless laser printer first, but when we inquired about the ink cartridges, we found a full set cost three times more than the printer itself!! So that is why we got a jet printer in the end, with ink costing about a third of the printer cost! We are not "canny Yorkists" for nothing!! lol

SkyBlue - I am glad you managed to spend sometime in the garden, it was cold here, and I am a fair weather gardener!! hehe

Glad the staff meeting was a good informal session, it helps cement the team when you can meet and greet informally!

Enjoying the game... although I believe you have paid the "letter" man to give me all the low scoring letters!! lol.
Have a good week, yourself, it is half over already!!
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58. SkyBlue17
5:43 PM GMT on April 22, 2014
Lovely, a new working printer! :))
Time does fly away, I meant to phone you and then all sorts of things happened at once. Had a staff meeting today after work. All fine, typical informal meet and greet. Quite nice actually.
I had to force myself to get up and talk to people I didn't know! lol

H is practicing for his audition.
N and I worked a lot in the garden yesterday w H helping us. He was good in carrying the grass cuttings away etc. :))
Have a good week!
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57. GardenGrrl
9:57 AM GMT on April 22, 2014
Good Morning, congrats on the new printer. Such a deal too. Ink by itself cost almost as much as ones first born.
So, did you indulge in any half price goodies or did you stand firm against temptation?
Good to hear the rellies had fun on their trek.
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56. BriarCraft
10:42 PM GMT on April 21, 2014
Those trips to the garden centre are costly, though I expect you would have ended up at Staples eventually, anyway. Although my new Brother printer isn't wireless, I am loving it's ability to print photos, do double-sided printing. If I want, I can even print banners as it can print any length paper, as long as it is no more than 11 inches wide. It is strange to watch when it prints a "portrait" page sideways.

I just uploaded my end of March trip photos to Flickr, to see how it is to work with these days. I added captions on all, tags on a few, but no real editing. That actually went easier than it is on WU. I was pleasantly surprised. I did read with interest that you say it is easier to find photos on Flickr than it is WU. I did notice that one can organize them into albums, so I promptly created one. If there are other ways of searching through photos, I haven't a clue yet. As with Wordpress, I see that Flickr has a lot of options, so there will be a learning curve.

Spring is being fickle here. The sun threatens to come out, then feels shy and ducks behind a cloud bank again. We had about 2 inches of rain last week, but with mostly cloudy conditions, things are not drying out very fast. Meanwhile the grass and the weeds keep growing.
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7:08 PM GMT on April 21, 2014
Afternoon SANDI,a cool breezy one here in the middle of the Bay, but no moisture, and nice temp to play in the woodpile. We enjoyed a quiet Easter, ten at the table for ham and all that goes with it. Our group all at least young adults now, with the senior being Donna's dad @ 92. You can imagine the scope of the conversations going on, have a good one.

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54. whitewabit
6:04 PM GMT on April 21, 2014
I broke down and bought a wireless printer when I bought this last laptop .. and they are great .. everything will be wireless if it hasn't already .. consumers will be just catching up ..

my phone and the wife's too are not holding a charge like they use to so will be my next buy here in the next couple of months .. with the cost of a new battery you might as well get a new phone .. batteries are not cheap !!

we are going on a trip across the country in Aug and would like to have them then .. they have changed so much since I got the one I have some 3 plus years ago .. much thinner but larger with less weight .. the camera's are very good any more too .. unlike the one I have in my phone ..

thinking of getting one of those GoPro camera's and mount it on the dash for the trip ..
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53. sandiquiz
12:01 PM GMT on April 21, 2014
Afternoon All,

A fun morning has been had in the MK area.
C and I decided to go out for an early breakfast at the local garden centre, as I wanted some'blanket weed' eradicator for my pond. After a wander around, purchasing a couple of Birthday cards, we set off home. I said I wanted to go to 'Staples' to buy Max some more brown paper, so we stopped on the way back home. The brown paper is at one end of the store, so off I toddled, leaving C looking at computers, etc... Boys and their toys!

When I had my two rolls of paper, total cost 3, I went to find C. He was admiring a wireless printer. We have been discussing getting one for a while, as every time I need to print something I have to unplug the laptop, carry it upstairs, connect to the printer and print. How wonderful it would be just to press print, and my document go upstairs without me!! lol

So after we'd "F-daf" - (Flag down a flunkie), - we discussed the various wireless printers on offer. And would you believe it, they had a Bank Holiday Monday special... of course they did !! An HP Officejet Pro 8600 with six packs of paper and a complete set of replacement inks for 150. (The printer alone was 129, and the inks a massive 75, with the paper over 10, so it was a good bargain, but a lot more than the original 3 for brown paper!

Home, with large box and peripherals, to remove the old printer to the garage and set up its replacement. C's Apple Mac found the printer immediately, whereas my old laptop... and an HP at that... couldn't until the disc was inserted...but it WORKS!! I sent up a test page and it even turned the printer back on from a sleep mode! How good is that!

Now I have no excuse to get on with my Family Story book, and then back to writing the children's story.:)

GG - Barbara, Data, Linda and Bug, thank you for your very kind Easter greetings:)

GG - I thought of you this morning... all Easter eggs and Easter Chocolate gifts were 50% off in the Garden centre!!! lol

Bug - Yes, sister and BIL made it to the top and then walked around the tarn. She sent me a text on Saturday night. She was tired, but elated - it took six hours - but they had a beautiful clear, sunny day , unlike here which was grey and misty, not good weather conditions for climbing fells!

Fiddle sticks!! I saw a spelling mistake and like a fool, I modified the comment only to remove all the pound sterling signs, making them black diamonds! I find it really irritating that a comment with the $ can be modified, but the Sterling sign £ cannot! Anyway.. all figures, except the 8600 are to be read as POUNDS sterling -- ta:)
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52. GardenGrrl
10:11 AM GMT on April 21, 2014
Hi Sandi, happy day after Easter. I am hoping to find some Cadbury Eggs half price when I get off of work today. Wish me luck.
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51. barbamz
7:28 PM GMT on April 20, 2014

Happy Easter, Sandi, with "Goose Lizzy" in the town of Goettingen I've visited some days ago:

From wikipedia:
Soon after the fountain was erected [1901], newly-enrolled students of the Georgia Augusta university began to climb up the fountain and to kiss the statue which rapidly became a university tradition. Because the climbing of the fountain was usually celebrated with excessive consumption of alcohol and loud cheers of fellow students and because the number of students largely increased after World War I, police issued a decree in 1926 that officially forbade the climbing and kissing of the statue. A law student who was prosecuted for kissing the goose girl in the same year, took the case to court. However, the superior court of justice in Berlin legitimated the edict.

The tradition itself has changed over time, and today it is unusual for first year students to kiss the statue; it is now more common to bring a bouquet of flowers to the Gänseliesel and to give her a kiss after one's official reception of the doctorate degree. It is for this reason that the fountain is decorated with flowers very frequently, and throughout the year. Until today, climbing and kissing of the monument remains officially forbidden although both the city of Göttingen and the university advertise themselves with pictures of PhD graduates kissing the girl.
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50. Thoughtsteader
3:55 PM GMT on April 20, 2014
Happy Easter, Sandi. Finally, I'm getting out of the house and off to the fields to find that Texas dandelion for you!

Karen, it's good to see you. I was thinking about you yesterday, wondering what was happening. I'll read more closely tonight when I get back home.

In the meantime - happy Easter to you both. Enjoy the day!

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49. DataPilot
3:48 PM GMT on April 20, 2014
Happy Easter, Sandi! What a beautiful cactus flower.
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48. palmettobug53
3:07 PM GMT on April 20, 2014
I hope you are having an enjoyable Easter Sunday, despite the un-Easter weather.

We are cold and wet. I saw in the paper yesterday that some of the planned Easter activities had been cancelled, due to the weather. It played havoc with the sunrise services this morning, not to mention a few outdoor Easter egg hunts.

I hope your sister and BIL manage their climb with no problems. They are being very adventurous!

Hi, Karen! Good to see you but I'm saddened to hear about the things you're going through. You haven't been far from my mind these past few months.
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47. GardenGrrl
9:58 AM GMT on April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!
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46. sandiquiz
8:33 AM GMT on April 20, 2014

This is today's entry in the "Photo a day for April".
My Christmas Cacti, flowering beautifully.
I suppose you could say..."It is having a Resurrection" :)

Happy Easter Everyone, and thanks to SkyBlue, Poppy, Skye and Pros for their Easter Greetings:)
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45. SkyBlue17
9:11 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Happy Easter! Wishing you a peaceful and lovely Sunday and Easter Monday. :))

I tried to add an Easter gif, but the silly thing couldn't be copied...
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44. calpoppy
4:58 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Happy Easter, Sandi!!

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43. Skyepony (Mod)
2:20 PM GMT on April 19, 2014

So good to see SBKaren:) Thanks for sharing the struggle.. You aren't the only one dealing with living facilities & clearing stuff. It makes me rethink anything I bring in & encourages me to tell mom..just because we cleared some of Dad's stuff out of the way doesn't mean you should be bringing a bunch more in to fill the space.. Oh the stuff.
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42. Proserpina
12:57 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Easter 2014 @Maria photo PicMonkeyCollageEaster2_zps7ce90ddc.jpg

Wishing you a blessed, joyous and peaceful Easter.

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. ~S.D. Gordon

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41. sandiquiz
9:26 AM GMT on April 19, 2014
Morning all, form a grey and dismal UK, but I am not complaining, as the cloud cover is in the south, and not in the north, where my sister and her hubby are climbing the "Old Man of Coniston" today.
It is a peak fell in the Lake District, height of almost 2000 feet.
It is famous for being the place where Swallows and Amazons, by A Ramsome, was based, after his childhood spent by the lake, and also where Donald Campbell died in 1967 when his boat, The Bluebird, broke up plunging him to his death nearly 200 feet below. His body was not recovered until 2001, and is now buried in Consiton Church cemetery.

Ylee - Oops, Yes, I found it in one of my old blogs, forgetting, I suppose, that I had transferred it to WU. It is much easier to search for photos in Flickr than it is in WU!
Glad you could see it:)

GG - I remember having to clear things out for the "laying of new carpets"! I do hope you are using the time to "recycle" unwanted stuff... (read Karen's entry about why minimalism is a good way to be).

Yes, I do hate visiting friends who have hardwood floors, and then slipping all over the place. I may have to rethink my intentions. Anyone know of a "scratch proof carpet! lol

Caro - hi there. glad you could find your way around. Thank yo for you mails of the last few day:)
Happy Easter to you :)

Wabit - it was down to 34 this morning when i awoke, but rapidly lifting to the mid 50's. It will not make 60 today, and only low 60's for the next week, but i am not complaining... If it gets too warm in April and May, we often have a horrid June and July. I like summer in Summer!

Karen .... hello! I did lurk in FB a couple of weeks ago to check up on you, so I knew you had placed your mum into an assisted facility. I hope she has settled in.
I hear you about making wills. My dear aunt and uncle refused to make wills, but luckily, after many years of nattering, they finally did it, and just in time, as my uncle died the year after. They made the solicitor the executor , which is good, so it means they will organise the selling of the house and splitting of assets, so that all I will have to do when she finally joins my uncle is to clear the house.
You do sound busy, and then the pageant this next week ... I hope it goes well, and once it is over, it won't be long to the end of school!
Take care of yourself, try to keep smiling, although I do know it isn't always easy:)

Happy Easter to all:)

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40. SBKaren
11:48 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
Hi Sandi (and other friends)

I finally have a few minutes on this glorious afternoon to stop by. Wow, does WU look different! I scrolled back just a tad and realize this must be a rather new event, since there are so many comments about it. Thought I'd try to catch everyone up a bit since it has been so long. I really miss browsing around the blogs. There just doesn't seem to be time for it now. I'm sure it will return, we haven't reached the end of our journey with all the family issues, but I might be able to see a light at the end of the tunnel now.  So, here's a catch up:
  • Mom moved into assisted living beginning of March. What a switch for her, but it was her request. I think with all that has happened over the beginning of the year, she has lost a great deal of confidence in living alone.
  • She seemed to be dealing with depression for a bit - might still be. It's hard to determine exactly what is going on with her
  • We haven't been able to think or take care of anything with my brother's assets since end of January. That is when mom started her decline - all attention has been paid to her.
  • This was my spring break week. I finally have been able to go an entire week without going down to my mom's place (it's farther away, but not too much). I'm still her primary care giver in that I take care of all financial matters and get her to most doctor's appointments, although my older brother does help out.
  • Since my mom is in assisted living, we had to sell her place. Thank goodness older brother sells real estate and sold it fast - two weeks!
  • Next weekend we are having an estate sale to try to rid  her home of all left over items that family members have not taken. To say our weekends have been busy would be an understatement. Me and my brothers went through her things to determine what we want, then the grandkids. Now, it's all just leftovers
  • My mom saved EVERYTHING! Sometimes, 'things' become burdens. We have discovered this over this time
  • I still have a bunch of stuff to take to my aunt for her to go through (my mom's sister)
Because we've had to deal with so much, both on my brother's front (his stuff is still in probate) and my mom's (just getting to her what she wants in a more limited amount of space) and then selling/giving away all the rest, it's put us in the frame of mind of cleaning out - BIG TIME! Hubby and I have both become somewhat of a minimalist - but we have become even more so now. We have gone through and tossed so much stuff that we have hung onto for years and years. Example: my mom saved every greeting card that I think we ever gave her. Not sure if she ever looked at them, but I did the same. When I went through the cards that my kids gave me, I realized that I was looking at them again, for the very first time since I decided to save them. For some things, that means over 30 years! It truly becomes a burden to whomever goes through your stuff when you leave. We also created a trust and an advanced health care directive and gave them to our health providers. Trying to leave no stone unturned, so our girls do NOT have to go through what we are going through with my brother's things. He had no wife or children, so really had no reason to write a will or trust - so you would think. Think again. My brothers and I are really going through the loops.
In between all that I finally went to look at new carpeting for our home (went last Tuesday to 'shop' with my step-sister, who got me a deal!). It will be installed in a couple of weeks. When I return to work this Tuesday, April 22, it's Pageant Production Week. It's rehearsals, assemblies and performances all week long. I'll resurface on Sunday morning, only to begin to move furniture in anticipation of our carpeting being installed the next day.I've been trying to maintain my regular swimming routine, as that is my saving grace and keeps me 'unstressed' and balanced, but some have slipped by the wayside.Weather is very springlike here. Beginning of the week was hot, last couple of days have been gloomy in the AM, clearing to nice sunny skies. Suppose to warm up again next week. I have no idea what kind of a summer we will have (since we really didn't have much of a winter), but we are in a severe drought situation.The end of school is just around the corner. I am loosing one aide next year, which means our media center will be 'dark' on Monday and Friday. No media center employee to assist anybody with anything. Not sure how that is going to look. Our school applied for the California Distinguished School and had our official visit a couple of weeks ago.Should hear at the end of the month if we get it or not.
Well, I guess that's it for now. I think I like this new blog setup - but of course I haven't been around much. It wasn't too hard to find the blogs again, things just sort of made sense.

I promise to return soon! Miss everyone!
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39. whitewabit
6:27 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
Sandi .. we may have some temperature's up into the low 70's this weekend .. so maybe, fingers crossed the cold is done for the season !! 61 here this afternoon .. flowers are starting to bloom and my Pin Oak is finally pushing the old brown leaves from last year off as new shoots begin to grow !!

see that you are a bit chilly there this afternoon .. only 49¬ļ ..

Hope you will have a good Easter Weekend !!
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38. carolinagal
5:16 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
Hello. I hope you had some sunshine today, and not all clouds.
As you can see, I managed to figure out the WU mail, and now the blogs!! Hope to visit and catch up more later.
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37. GardenGrrl
4:51 PM GMT on April 18, 2014
Good Morning, going out for breakfast sounds like a great idea. Am still hungry from splitting my strawberries with bananas and yogurt with the spouse who is off today and wondering what I was making "us" for breakfast.
Could also be the having to work around the house stacking things out of the way for the carpet that has me looking for ways to procrastinate.

As I have pretty much been off WU for several days I do need to catch up ;>)

FYI for the hardwood/laminate replacements, some are very slippery. This sounds goofy but bring a sock you walk around in, put it over your hand and run it across the samples to see which ones will send you flying should you mis-step.
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36. Ylee
11:52 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
Quoting 31. sandiquiz:
Sorry Ylee, it is straight from Flickr...

But it is a WU photo..... :' )
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35. sandiquiz
11:25 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
Oh, darn! If I had a ten pound note for each time I have scrolled to the bottom before remembering the comment box is at the top, I would be rich!
My problem is, I think, that I always had the "newest comment" first, so I didn't have far to go to read them, but then I would drop to the bottom to post a reply! Now I read and "automatically" drop to the bottom! lol

BriarCraft - Good morning, you were up late, me thinks.
Glad to read you will still drop by for coffee:)

Sunny here, and I really ought to cut the grass before the rain arrives at the weekend.
It is no where near as warm as it was earlier in the week, but it is 'spring-like' so I shouldn't complain.

GG - I am thinking of having my hall carpet taken up and hardwood look alike laid instead. Mad Max likes the hall carpet too much and scratches on it. He has the biggest scratching post money can buy, which he uses religiously, but if he can get away with it, he strops on the hall carpet. I pull out the raised loops, but if he, and I, continue pulling out the loops, the carpet will be decidedly bare!!

Poppy - I didn't know the answer to your question, the flooding is not mentioned on the news any more, so I had to go and investigate. I can find no evidence of reports of floods still being in evidence, so I should imagine all areas have receded. I can imagine many homes are still drying out, but the long range forecast is for a cold and wet May:(


It is Good Friday here today, that means free parking at the city centre. We decided to go into the centre for breakfast, (C not working), and left here at 9:30. Normally on a weekday the car parks are fairly quiet at the centre until late mid morning... today they were PACKED!! We did find once space I managed to squeeze Oscar into, and then we went to our favourite Italian restaurant for breakfast before having a leisurely wander around the shops.

Time to go and cut the grass, before the dark clouds build even more...back later to catch up with WUfriends.
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34. BriarCraft
7:53 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
Good morning, Sandi!
Cold and chilly here after three days of sunshine. It is amazing what a difference it makes to how you feel!! Yes indeed! Even though the temperature outdoors was mild today and indoors I had the heat on, I still felt chilly here much of the day. We get a break from the rain on Friday, but then it will be back to rain, rain, rain. Oh, and yet more rain!
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33. GardenGrrl
4:12 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
Good Morning, so much to do today and it is half over I slept so late. One of which is to walk around the yard and see what has bloomed in the last four days while at work. Also have to take a few hundred books and dvd's out of the shelves to make it easier to move everything for the new carpet to be laid next week.

We have a lot of stuff. Glad the carpet thing does not happen too often.
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32. calpoppy
3:42 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
I have always like the dandelions! Bright, cheery and you know it is spring! Corporations have been making fortunes on the products to eradicate them!

On the areas that were flooded, has it dissipated or has the ground water raised to the surface?
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31. sandiquiz
2:06 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
Hi All, - Cold and chilly here after three days of sunshine. It is amazing what a difference it makes to how you feel!!

Ylee - A smart cookie? Of course I am, you only just realised!! lol

Barbara - thanks for the link, it looks like the Easter Bunny may bring some rain, but the way the clouds look right now, I feel we may get some today!

Shirley - Oh, dear, I cheated and bought a chocolate egg wrapped in colourful silver paper! I must try it though, so might make a couple for breakfast on Easter day!

Ozgalah - would you believe the nettle sting I got never bothered me yesterday after the initial sting, but today it has been "nattering" me, until I slapped on some camomile!
Good luck to you and Geddy for tomorrow and then hopefully you will get some rest next week when P is off... Hope the gardening goes OK, with no surprise slithering visitors!!
Happy Easter to you :)

Briar - a little of this and a little of that... sounds a great mantra for my diet!! Pity I can't follow it!

Yes, we have lots of stiles, made out of many materials, wooden, metal, a mixture, or even like these steps I saw when up in the Dales... stone steps built into the wall.

Sorry Ylee, it is straight from Flickr.....

Jane - Dandelions don't make me sneeze but daisies do! Wouldn't do if we were all the same, would it!
Yes, I am fine, hope you are too... Enjoy Easter :)
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