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Dawn
24-10-2008, 07:04 AM
Half term starts today. It's pouring with rain. :rolleyes008:

lisaw
24-10-2008, 07:09 AM
Nice and soggy here too :rolleyes008:

Off to Camber Sands today for a dancing competition weekend with DD, sharing with a friend so have lots of wine and crisps to get through it all :lol:

daveann
24-10-2008, 07:10 AM
my day has started horribly and not even dressed for work yet............oh joy :(

Poohtle
24-10-2008, 07:15 AM
Lovely day here but going to pour tomorrow.

Extra hours sleep on Saturday night though!!!:yes:

Dawn
24-10-2008, 07:48 AM
Extra hours sleep on Saturday night though!!!:yes:

Not if you own a dog. :rolleyes008:

My lunchtime yesterday at school was interesting. Year 2 - all ate their lunch nice and quietly except 2 girls at the front who practically came to blows over the placing of a bag of Hula Hoops. And when they got outside one girl spat in the other girl's face. :eek: Where do 7 year old girls learn to spit? I had to report that one to the class teacher.

Steven's class came out while I was on playground duty and they practically mobbed me. :lol: Steven missed lunch play yesterday for his piano lesson but I've checked and that only happens once a month and he said he doesn't mind and he wants to learn piano properly. His teacher makes sure he gets time to eat his lunch properly too. :)

He also wants to try karate again after half term. :unsure:

Claire
24-10-2008, 08:07 AM
my day has started horribly and not even dressed for work yet............oh joy :(

:hug1:

Nice day here in Poole.

kazzaqld
24-10-2008, 08:56 AM
It was a glorious day here in sunny Brisbane! :yes:

Just waiting for DH to get home - he had to work late so hopefully only about another 1/2 or so.

And it's the first weekend in what seems like ages that I am not on call for work! Yay!

Catching up with my Mum and Dad tomorrow for the first time since we got back from Japan/Florida - just spent some time tidying up the photos and videos - they might almost be in a fit state to start my trip report. :lol:

Skywatcher
24-10-2008, 09:19 AM
should be clear tonight - so a day of planing and charging batteries for me today - followed my disappointment when the clouds fail to clear.

been to physio about my knee this morning - then off for 1/2 term - yay

Dawn
24-10-2008, 10:03 AM
I've just been into school on an inset day. Anyone who thinks these days are just a staff get together for a bit of team bonding is soooooooooo mistaken. I couldn't believe all the work going on in there. :eek: Got out quick in case I got roped in. :lol:

Been to Asda to get Steven a winter coat - 6! :D

Somehow came out with 30 worth of other stuff that we couldn't live without though. :unsure:

Wendy
24-10-2008, 10:42 AM
It's lovely and sunny here today, but it's supposed to cloud over later today.

I thought there were a lot of children not at school :lol: I guess half term has started early here as well :lol:

We were supposed to be going to see The Hoosiers tonight but I've torn something in my knee so I can't bend it properly :( So that's 35 wasted :sigh;

The good news though is that Chris has the day off tomorrow :207:

Disneybumble
24-10-2008, 10:54 AM
Taken cat to vet this morning as his back leg was swollen. He has been bitten by a new cat on the block called "Bonnie", I'II give Bonnie a :slap: and a 45 vet bill.
Half term starts today. I can't wait lie in. Nothing planned this eve.

Dawn
24-10-2008, 10:55 AM
The sun has come out. :D

mumof2
24-10-2008, 11:02 AM
still working on decorating our living room - the end is in sight but not here just yet! have ds9 friend over for tea tonight, ds14 will most likely be out with his friends the minute he opens the front door and drops his bag on the floor!

dh is working tonight 8pm to 4am so when he's gone i shall just relax (hopefully) and watch the tv knowing i don't have to set the alarm for the morning - yippee! :yes:

MystikPiglit
24-10-2008, 11:26 AM
I love oats so I bought some Oatibix for my breakfast....
They DO NOT taste like oats... bleugh........

Wendy
24-10-2008, 11:40 AM
I love oats so I bought some Oatibix for my breakfast....
They DO NOT taste like oats... bleugh........

:sick007: Oatibix are horrible, I wonder how many other people have bought them and thrown them away :lol:

mainecoon lover
24-10-2008, 11:41 AM
Taken cat to vet this morning as his back leg was swollen. He has been bitten by a new cat on the block called "Bonnie", I'II give Bonnie a :slap: and a 45 vet bill.
Half term starts today. I can't wait lie in. Nothing planned this eve.

I will slap Bonnie for you as well :slap:, naughty naughty girl Bonnie. One of my cats has bad wind :(, not sure why as she has just been wormed.
Kids off here after today. Dd and her carers will be going to see High School Reunion one day next week. I have to get my friends dd christmas presents as i plan to post from New York, much cheaper than from home here. Looking forward to not having to get up at 6am.

MystikPiglit
24-10-2008, 11:53 AM
:sick007: Oatibix are horrible, I wonder how many other people have bought them and thrown them away :lol:

:lol: I hate to throw food away so I'm going to try and eat them..... well, maybe a few more..... :sick007:

Wendy
24-10-2008, 12:02 PM
:lol: I hate to throw food away so I'm going to try and eat them..... well, maybe a few more..... :sick007:

You are a better person than me :lol: there was no way I could eat them, even the birds didn't like them :lol:

MystikPiglit
24-10-2008, 12:04 PM
even the birds didn't like them :lol:

:lol: My cat does though..... :lol:

Dawn
24-10-2008, 01:05 PM
Trick or treat?

Wendy
24-10-2008, 01:06 PM
I'm going to regret this ...................... trick :unsure:

Dawn
24-10-2008, 01:11 PM
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Use the Oatabix things for trick or treat. :evil:

Wendy
24-10-2008, 01:25 PM
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Use the Oatabix things for trick or treat. :evil:

:oops: sorry :lol: :lol: I keep having blonde moments today :rolleyes008:

MystikPiglit
24-10-2008, 01:26 PM
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Use the Oatabix things for trick or treat.

OOOOH, excellent plan. :evil:

Beccaberry
24-10-2008, 01:47 PM
It's Friday...and for the first time in a loooooooooooooong time, we've not a *thing* planned.

I have a doctor's appt tomorrow...she wants to run a bit of blood work (wants to rule out lyme disease)...she's also going to do a mononucleosis test....hate needles...have already nearly canceled the appt twice...still not sure if I'll actually turn up...but the way I feel today surely has to be worse than a needle prick...

Taja
24-10-2008, 02:16 PM
It's Friday! :D

Nothing special planned. Have to do some more work in the back yard--neighbor's pool overflowed Thursday night--forgot to turn off the water when filling it! :eek: It happens periodically, although usually because their pool service neglects to hook up the hose when backwashing the filter. :rolleyes: And I was just congratulating myself that the weeds are under control for the first time this year. :rolleyes: Here we go again! :sigh;

Weather is clear and very dry (my sinuses thank Mother Nature for that). Temperatures should be in the low 90s for the next three or four days, then drop back into the high 80s. Overnight temps are high 50s into 60s. Gorgeous! :D



Not if you own a dog. :rolleyes008:

My lunchtime yesterday at school was interesting. Year 2 - all ate their lunch nice and quietly except 2 girls at the front who practically came to blows over the placing of a bag of Hula Hoops. And when they got outside one girl spat in the other girl's face. :eek: Where do 7 year old girls learn to spit? I had to report that one to the class teacher.

Steven's class came out while I was on playground duty and they practically mobbed me. :lol: Steven missed lunch play yesterday for his piano lesson but I've checked and that only happens once a month and he said he doesn't mind and he wants to learn piano properly. His teacher makes sure he gets time to eat his lunch properly too. :)

He also wants to try karate again after half term. :unsure:

Karate is good--great for coordination and discipline--but you might want to steer him into it as a summer activity that will continue if he likes it. Piano lessons and practice are enough at this point--for both of you! :p015:

Tink
24-10-2008, 02:16 PM
Go Becca. :hug2: :( I hate the whole thing as much as do you, but you must find out what is going on, eh? Can't get things righted without a bit of help from the good Docs. :hug2:

Gray sky here after a long night and morning of hard rain. Expected to be a rainy weekend. I'm afraid we have boring stuff that must be done, planned for this weekend. :sigh;

Actually looking forward to weighing myself on Sunday to see how much more I've lost. Haven't "cheated" this week, but it's felt like one of those "fat" weeks if that makes much sense?

Enjoying the daylights out of our Wendy being back with us. :smiley4: Although, I'm really sorry to hear about the knee. :( Who/What are the Hoosiers? Sounds like a basketball team from the Midwest! :wink:

Am hoping to get a bit of time to nip down to DTD for a bit of shopping for a special item for a dear friend. :yes: That would make the weekend great! :D

Have some candy bags to mail out to the little ones (six now!!!) in the family. :D Filled with Halloween goodies and a cute card. Started it long ago with one of the little ones and you know what happened next! LOL. EVERYONE wants a special Halloween treat bag now. :D No problem as we love doing it, but it bugs me to death that the postage is just a few dollars less than the candy and cards cost! :(

Thinking about a proposal at a local community college for directing a specific course of study. Not sure it will ever come about, but it's nice to do the thinking bit.

Hope the UK skies are clear and bright and that our Skywatcher has the chance to get some great shots. :yes: (What's up with the knee)? :eek:

MystikPiglit
24-10-2008, 02:23 PM
Have some candy bags to mail out to the little ones (six now!!!) in the family. :D Filled with Halloween goodies and a cute card. Started it long ago with one of the little ones and you know what happened next!

That's a lovely idea. :)

A couple of years ago I started making & filling little bags to hand out to the Trick-or-Treaters. Sweets,stickers and a toy spider or bat. Now I have to keep some behind for the family supper guests too. :lol:

Tink
24-10-2008, 02:29 PM
It's started raining again. :sigh;

Mama used to always have little decorative Halloween bags that she filled with the nicest candy. :yes: Everyone came to our house "trick or treating" for those yummy treats. She always kept a basket of "special" bags for her "special" kids (neighbors, special friends etc.). It's too much for her now, but she still buys full size candy bars to hand out, so the house is still a popular spot on the Halloween circuit.

We have candy and little bags of honey graham teddys. We had to find something to hand out that we wouldn't be tempted to eat! :lol: :spring:

Oh! We'll probably carve our pumpkin this weekend too. :yes:

MystikPiglit
24-10-2008, 02:34 PM
Oh! We'll probably carve our pumpkin this weekend too. :yes:

I was cutting up a turnip for a stew and the smell took me right back to my childhood when we made lanterns from turnips. :sigh;

Tink
24-10-2008, 03:42 PM
Oh! Tell me about that! Please? I've not ever heard of that. Is it like a little luminary? :unsure:

MystikPiglit
24-10-2008, 04:05 PM
Oh! Tell me about that! Please? I've not ever heard of that. Is it like a little luminary? :unsure:

It's the ancient version of Pumpkin carving on Hallow'een. You hollow out a turnip and put a candle in to keep evil spirits away and welcome the spirits of loved ones.

Hallowe'en
Hallowe'en dates back to pre-Christian times, and was an important festival in Scotland and other Celtic countries for centuries. Its pagan roots led to the Kirk attempting its abolition, along with other Druid festivals, in the 17th century. Although older people did give up Hallowe'en, it survived among the young long after its original significance was forgotten.

For children of my generation in Scotland fifty years ago, Hallowe'en was one of the principal events of the year. But its proximity to Guy Fawkes' Day (5th November) created some confusion, so that the later tradition of Guy Fawkes got entangled with the earlier one. A key element of the original Hallowe'en, bonfires, probably made this entanglement inevitable, the Hallowe'en sacrificial bonfire being replaced by the burning of Guy Fawkes' effigy on 5 November.

The two most important traditions we celebrated were "guisin" and "dookin for apples". Guising is the root of North America's "trick or treat". We dressed up - "disguised" ourselves - in outlandish clothes, often our older siblings' or parents' cast-offs, and painted our faces. We made turnip lanterns.

Pumpkins were totally unknown in Scotland, but the faces we cut in our turnips were identical to those in today's pumpkin lanterns.

http://www.originsnetwork.com/html-email/images/halloween.gif A group of us, with our turnip lanterns, would go round our neighbours' houses, hoping we would receive a few pennies to help buy fireworks for Guy Fawkes' Day. As often as not we would get sweets or nuts instead. Although some of our parents were agin guising, regarding it as a form of begging, we usually had to do a turn - singing a song or reciting a poem - before we got our penny or sweet. This tradition may originally have been linked to Hogmanay and have moved to Hallowe'en over the centuries.

After the guising we would gather at one of our houses to "dook for apples". The apples would be floated in a tin bath (sometimes a real bath) and you tried to catch an apple with you teeth, arms behind your back. Few could do this without getting wet, which for us was the main attraction. But the roots of this tradition are also very old, linking back to ancient Druidical worship. Apples were the fruit of life, and grew abundantly in Avalon ("Apple Land"), the Celtic paradise. An apple offered a passport to the Celtic other world. Putting the apples in water represented the Celtic ordeal by fire. In the Middle Ages witches were ducked in water: if they sank they were innocent; if the floated they were guilty.

Another common tradition was trying to take a bite of a treacle scone, suspended on a string, again with your hands behind your back. The treacle was usually layered on really thickly, to make sure that there were some very sticky faces.

josh.p.
24-10-2008, 04:10 PM
I've been out shopping for winter clothes today as we had a teacher training day in college. Got a jumper and some jeans in the river island sale.. oh and a scarf

Johnie
24-10-2008, 04:12 PM
It's Friday...and for the first time in a loooooooooooooong time, we've not a *thing* planned.

I have a doctor's appt tomorrow...she wants to run a bit of blood work (wants to rule out lyme disease)...she's also going to do a mononucleosis test....hate needles...have already nearly canceled the appt twice...still not sure if I'll actually turn up...but the way I feel today surely has to be worse than a needle prick...

ma'am you'd better go to the dr! I know where you live and will come up there if need be and drag you off to the dr. I hate drs too but it is a necessity sometimes :hug2:

Johnie
24-10-2008, 04:15 PM
Today is my flex Friday so I am not working. I slept till 11am! Obviously much needed sleep.

Alysia scared me to death last night. She had texted me close to 11pm to tell me she was on her way home. Mike comes to bed at 12:30am and asks if Alysia is coming home. I check, she's not here. I call and call and call her cell phone, she doesn't answer. Mike got up to go look for her. I continue to call and keep that scary thought out of my head. Finally after 20 minutes which seemed like an eternity she calls me. Seems she fell asleep. So after I know she's safe and have called Mike back home, I literally fall apart. Oh my goodness, I was so scared.

I was going to go into work today and finish up some paperwork but I don't think that's going to happen today.

Tink
24-10-2008, 04:21 PM
Thanks MystikPiglit! I have some familiarity with the origins of Samhain :wink: but have never read the Scottish version.

Carving a turnip must have been difficult! I have peeled and chopped them before and they are really quite hard veggies. A pumpkin is much easier to carve, I should think?

MystikPiglit
24-10-2008, 04:24 PM
Carving a turnip must have been difficult! I have peeled and chopped them before and they are really quite hard veggies. A pumpkin is much easier to carve, I should think?

Oh yes! :lol:

Disneybumble
24-10-2008, 06:18 PM
Becca you get to the Dr's:slap:
Johnie , i bet you had that flipped stomach feeling. I am having plenty of those with Liam.:hug2:

Taja
24-10-2008, 10:06 PM
Today is my flex Friday so I am not working. I slept till 11am! Obviously much needed sleep.

Alysia scared me to death last night. She had texted me close to 11pm to tell me she was on her way home. Mike comes to bed at 12:30am and asks if Alysia is coming home. I check, she's not here. I call and call and call her cell phone, she doesn't answer. Mike got up to go look for her. I continue to call and keep that scary thought out of my head. Finally after 20 minutes which seemed like an eternity she calls me. Seems she fell asleep. So after I know she's safe and have called Mike back home, I literally fall apart. Oh my goodness, I was so scared.

I was going to go into work today and finish up some paperwork but I don't think that's going to happen today.

Sleep definitely was needed, Johnie!

Be sure to let Alysia know that she carried her daughterly duties a little too far last night. Moms worry--regardless of the child's age--when their chicks are outside the nest. ;)

Glad everything came out okay. :thumbs_up: