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1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:

Was given the most amazing box of handmade chocolates for Mother’s Day.

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Looks very nice. Our cat Bran gave my wife a card saying she was purfect, and a nice box of chocolates and flowers. He is a very thoughtful cat.

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My sister and her husband stopped by yesterday briefly yesterday, it’s been well over a year since I last saw them.  He is British born but now an American citizen.  They told me that they will be spending a year in England, both will be retired soon, leaving late this summer.  They will stay nearly free at his parents’ two bedroom flat at Milford on Sea.  Both of his parents recently passed away (not from Covid) and the flat is sitting empty so they thought, why not spend a year there, he still carries a U.K. Passport.  My sister is getting the proper visa for a year long stay.  So I thought, I may have to go visit at some point!

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19 minutes ago, Michael Ventura said:

My sister and her husband stopped by yesterday briefly yesterday, it’s been well over a year since I last saw them.  He is British born but now an American citizen.  They told me that they will be spending a year in England, both will be retired soon, leaving late this summer.  They will stay nearly free at his parents’ two bedroom flat at Milford on Sea.  Both of his parents recently passed away (not from Covid) and the flat is sitting empty so they thought, why not spend a year there, he still carries a U.K. Passport.  My sister is getting the proper visa for a year long stay.  So I thought, I may have to go visit at some point!

 

Great place for you to visit with the New Forest close by. Some of the most expensive properties in the UK are at Sandbanks just along the coast to the east of Bournemouth

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14 hours ago, Thyrsis said:

 

Great place for you to visit with the New Forest close by. Some of the most expensive properties in the UK are at Sandbanks just along the coast to the east of Bournemouth

 

My holiday house is there.

 

Joking.

 

Allan

 

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YIPPEE!  My new replacement washer/dryer arrived today to replace my old broken machine.

 

NOW! Go to the "bad thing that happened in your life today".

 

Allan

 

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We were in a bit of a drought from a dry winter. I got 3 inches of rain in my rain gauge in the past 4 days, some of it wet, melting snow. There was a heck of a storm Tuesday night, though. I’m sure glad I got my back fence replaced, or parts of it would have blown down. (Again)

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Looking through the junk in our garage I came across a roll of foam backed insulating material that you use under laminate flooring. My greenhouse is aligned east west with the northern edge against a fence, so it sees no light from that direction. I therefore cut a length of this stuff and placed it against the glass under the staging. It's heavy and difficult to work with so I decided against placing it high amongst the plants. However one thing leads to another and I lined the top half of the north face with kitchen foil held in place with double sided tape, thus reflecting those useful photons back onto the plants. An old large black plastic bin filled with water has long lurked beneath the staging acting as a thermal reservoir, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night.

 

I've had this greenhouse for 40 years, and don't know why it has taken this long to bring about these improvements !

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Yesterday, Luis, my helper, and I went by taxi to La Colonia, Jinotega's upscale super market.   All the taxi drivers wear masks.  La Colonia does the hand spritz and temperature taking before letting people in and also requires masks.  Got some fruit and veg there, and saw the latest octopus in the fish cooler, but it was too big for one person, so didn't buy it and even wondered if they used an octopus more to get attention than with expectations of selling it.  Luis introduced me to a nice whole wheat cracker with chia and flax seed, which I'm right now having with peanut butter (Nicaraguan made, with honey instead of sugar) that I also bought.  Splurged on a new white bath towel and a granite-wear Chinese-made small frying pan which looks like it was made by the same company that made the larger non-stick pan I bought here with a different non-stick coating.  Handles are the similar, both have an induction plate on the bottom, and both are heavier than most frying pans sold here.  This one is a perfect size for two egg omelets and cleaned up well afterward.   Also, bought a small loaf of bread that's baked in house and split it with Luis since I'd otherwise eat the whole thing in one sitting.  Also, gave him some sweet lemons, which are not as acidic as the usual lemons or limes here, and which made a nice lemonade.  Had my (expired) cedula with me when we went to pay so got the senior discount. 

 

I also bought grapes, bananas, and a red cabbage to turn into slaw.

 

Today was the last day for Prednisone for one of the cats, who, even hungry, does not like the taste even mixed in food.  I've got more antibiotics to give her, which seem to taste less nasty.   Her belly looks a lot better than it did.  Like the new vet better than the earlier vet, who seems to be less good with cats and who doesn't keep a stock of meds.  Luis asked the new vet earlier about a med for incontinence in dogs that's not a hormone, but it's not available in Nicaragua, so Lola the somewhat cocker is on a Cani-Tabs UT Support tablet that's supposed to be chewable, but which has to be wrapped in beef or cat food to get Lola to take it, but she will do that without suspicion or fuss.  Lola does appear to be better.

 

So a decent morning.  Luis had homework for his local equivalent of a GED, so walked Lola early yesterday and won't be coming until this evening.  Lola uses the courtyard when he doesn't come by.

 

Like Nicaragua quite a lot on days like this, when it's cool, but not so cool that I want to put on a fleece jacket.  Drinking local growers' coop coffee that I ground this morning from beans and brewed in a French press that I bought in Managua.  Thinking of more things I can shoot around the house with the AD200s bounced from the white Styrofoam board ceilings.   Keep forgetting to ask Luis to buy me a nacataml on a Sunday (traditional for Sunday breakfast or lunch) so I can reshoot that with more control of the lighting and focus. 

 

Getting out yesterday made today a good day.    So far, nobody on my block has had the virus or the health department contact trackers, clipboards in hand, would have been by to check on the rest of us.  My friend who lives next door to a house where someone died last spring says a health department representative has been working with the landlord to sterilize the house after the surviving former tenants, who used the house as an office,  moved out.  They worked for the state-owned Agricorp which had had its building burned in 2018, but is repaired now.   Last spring, she had two health checks in the month after the death.  People with clipboards came by to see if she had any symptoms. 

 

Things I could photograph: my cane, the dog's Cani-Tabs, leather gloves on the small table in the front room, my rice cooker with steamer top, the beer bottles for locally made beer (perhaps need another beer to fill the lager glasses), the peanut butter jar with the cracker box and the last three crackers spread with peanut butter, and the Chinese non-stick frying pans.  Maybe, but now I have a list.  Feeling calmly lazy right now.   Have everything I need for now, not everything I want, but hey.  

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33 minutes ago, MizBrown said:

Yesterday, Luis, my helper, and I went by taxi to La Colonia, Jinotega's upscale super market.   All the taxi drivers wear masks.  La Colonia does the hand spritz and temperature taking before letting people in and also requires masks.  Got some fruit and veg there, and saw the latest octopus in the fish cooler, but it was too big for one person, so didn't buy it and even wondered if they used an octopus more to get attention than with expectations of selling it.  Luis introduced me to a nice whole wheat cracker with chia and flax seed, which I'm right now having with peanut butter (Nicaraguan made, with honey instead of sugar) that I also bought.  Splurged on a new white bath towel and a granite-wear Chinese-made small frying pan which looks like it was made by the same company that made the larger non-stick pan I bought here with a different non-stick coating.  Handles are the similar, both have an induction plate on the bottom, and both are heavier than most frying pans sold here.  This one is a perfect size for two egg omelets and cleaned up well afterward.   Also, bought a small loaf of bread that's baked in house and split it with Luis since I'd otherwise eat the whole thing in one sitting.  Also, gave him some sweet lemons, which are not as acidic as the usual lemons or limes here, and which made a nice lemonade.  Had my (expired) cedula with me when we went to pay so got the senior discount. 

 

I also bought grapes, bananas, and a red cabbage to turn into slaw.

 

Today was the last day for Prednisone for one of the cats, who, even hungry, does not like the taste even mixed in food.  I've got more antibiotics to give her, which seem to taste less nasty.   Her belly looks a lot better than it did.  Like the new vet better than the earlier vet, who seems to be less good with cats and who doesn't keep a stock of meds.  Luis asked the new vet earlier about a med for incontinence in dogs that's not a hormone, but it's not available in Nicaragua, so Lola the somewhat cocker is on a Cani-Tabs UT Support tablet that's supposed to be chewable, but which has to be wrapped in beef or cat food to get Lola to take it, but she will do that without suspicion or fuss.  Lola does appear to be better.

 

So a decent morning.  Luis had homework for his local equivalent of a GED, so walked Lola early yesterday and won't be coming until this evening.  Lola uses the courtyard when he doesn't come by.

 

Like Nicaragua quite a lot on days like this, when it's cool, but not so cool that I want to put on a fleece jacket.  Drinking local growers' coop coffee that I ground this morning from beans and brewed in a French press that I bought in Managua.  Thinking of more things I can shoot around the house with the AD200s bounced from the white Styrofoam board ceilings.   Keep forgetting to ask Luis to buy me a nacataml on a Sunday (traditional for Sunday breakfast or lunch) so I can reshoot that with more control of the lighting and focus. 

 

Getting out yesterday made today a good day.    So far, nobody on my block has had the virus or the health department contact trackers, clipboards in hand, would have been by to check on the rest of us.  My friend who lives next door to a house where someone died last spring says a health department representative has been working with the landlord to sterilize the house after the surviving former tenants, who used the house as an office,  moved out.  They worked for the state-owned Agricorp which had had its building burned in 2018, but is repaired now.   Last spring, she had two health checks in the month after the death.  People with clipboards came by to see if she had any symptoms. 

 

Things I could photograph: my cane, the dog's Cani-Tabs, leather gloves on the small table in the front room, my rice cooker with steamer top, the beer bottles for locally made beer (perhaps need another beer to fill the lager glasses), the peanut butter jar with the cracker box and the last three crackers spread with peanut butter, and the Chinese non-stick frying pans.  Maybe, but now I have a list.  Feeling calmly lazy right now.   Have everything I need for now, not everything I want, but hey.  

 

A lovely post.

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A couple of weeks ago my GP took a reasonable sized suspicious blemish from my arm. Yesterday the result came back as a positive Carcinoma, that was bad news, the good news was he took a big enough margin to get it all so all clear, that was good news. A cheque came through the post from a British bank I had long since closed an account with. This large cheque was issued after an audit revealed I was owed funds for wrongly taken charges. The bad news was it was in Pounds Sterling not Euro, my local branch in Ireland said it may take weeks to clear. The good news it cleared the same night (apparently cheques drawn against banks are pretty much cleared straight away). So between the good news and bad news it was pretty much OK ish. 🙂

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1 hour ago, Colblimp said:

I've managed to find a barber who will give me a black market haircut.  👍😎

I had my first cut the other day in 461 days....by the same woman who cut my hair as a kid. I didn't have to sit on the board to make me taller or anything this time. 😄

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My good thing is my son came back from a week’s business trip. I watched his dog while he was gone. Big mistake. My yard isn’t fenced and Sophie didn’t enjoy doing her business on a long leash. So instead of taking her out 3 times a day, it seemed it was every hour before she’d finally perform. Two of those days was cold and windy, one was rainy. She’d sit on her rear in the grass and roll her eyes at me like she’d never heard “go potty” before.

Then Thursday, she started heaving and ran behind my couch to throw up on my rug. I had to lift and swing out the end of the couch, grab her and run for outdoors. I’m not supposed to lift.

We made it to the garage where she threw up before I could leash her. Then I discovered she’d had diarrhea on my hardwood floor and rug in a bedroom. Four places. 😖 She felt better after eating some grass salad. She couldn’t help being sick, poor thing.

 

Jeff left with her this morning and I celebrated the rest of the day. I’ve always been a dog person, but this dog!!! She is sweet, I gave her lots of love and petting. She never knew I wanted to pinch her head off a few times.

I'm having a real good rest of the day. But I keep thinking every half hour that I have a dog I need to take outside. Again.

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6 hours ago, MandyD said:

I had my first cut the other day in 461 days....by the same woman who cut my hair as a kid. I didn't have to sit on the board to make me taller or anything this time. 😄

Oh my, that's a sod of a long time! I remember sitting on that board when I was a kid 🤣

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6 hours ago, MandyD said:

I had my first cut the other day in 461 days....by the same woman who cut my hair as a kid. I didn't have to sit on the board to make me taller or anything this time. 😄

 

I've had to get my sister to cut my hair thankfully she has clippers she's very good at it.

 

Though having a grade 3 to 4 got some getting used to ☺️

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17 hours ago, MandyD said:

I had my first cut the other day in 461 days....by the same woman who cut my hair as a kid. I didn't have to sit on the board to make me taller or anything this time. 😄

 

Sitting on a board across the barber chairs arm rests, I remember that well. Many moons ago.

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I just spent two incredible days on a wonderful island in the Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island, near Gladstone.

 

We snorkelled over the reef amongst amazing fishes and reef sharks, a bit of an unsettling experience and a first for me. 

 

It's turtle hatching season and the little ones can be seen every day around 5pm when the sand is cooler. We saw a cute one crawl with great effort all the way from the nest to the water edge, it swam 2 metres, then SNAP, a shark got it...

 

The noddies were nesting and were perfectly integrated with human activities. No fear. We saw spectacular displays of the males offering a leaf to the female for the nest.  She only accepts one in a thousand... Women are hard to please wherever...

 

And now let's select the keepers. 2,000+ images 😏

 

https://www.facebook.com/gen.froggie/posts/10222574413742702?notif_id=1616398560510099&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif

 

https://www.facebook.com/gen.froggie/posts/10222578918135309?notif_id=1616468849715467&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif

 

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Well done on the snorkelling Gen! You'll never look back :)

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18 minutes ago, LSP said:

Well done on the snorkelling Gen! You'll never look back :)

 

Thank you Susan. The water is so warm, I have no excuse for not going!

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On 17/03/2021 at 16:51, Allan Bell said:

YIPPEE!  My new replacement washer/dryer arrived today to replace my old broken machine.

 

NOW! Go to the "bad thing that happened in your life today".

 

Allan

 

 

Following on from sending you to the "bad thing".

 

This is an expecting a good thing to happen. They are bringing a new washer/dryer today of the correct size to fit the space and are going to install it to. Should be here between 11am and 3pm.

 

Will be back after 3pm to let you know the outcome.

 

Allan

 

 

 

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