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    My dog, animals in general, cross stitch, knitting, true crime podcasts, ghostly things, dragons, avoiding housework and annoying my sister.

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  1. I have never used a cage but see nothing wrong with them if used properly. My dogs have always had a space that was “theirs”. In my house in Doncaster the front room was “L” shaped so The small part of the L, if you what I mean, was their space with beds and toy box (yes I know dogs with a toy box), although the toys did tend to end up all over the place, dogs did as well really but they had a place to retire to which was their own. I have noticed since losing my Wolf that Kai now beds down in a different place from before. He has 2 favourite places, one in the hall by the front door where I have put his blanket (with his cool pad when needed, although he went and sat on it when I tried to pick it up after the weather cooled) and the other is between an armchair and the settee which seems to be his favourite. He tends to lie touching the settee, probably comforting for him as Wolf and him used to sleep together usually touching each other. He does come upstairs with me at night and settles on the landing, but after a bit I hear him going downstairs again. I know in the night he occasionally comes back up as I hear him sometimes and he comes in to check on me, I can feel him looking at me very intently. When we come in from our walks he still goes all over the house and then has to go out into the back garden. I do wonder if he is looking to see if Wolf has come back, if one went out without the other they did used to have a greeting ceremony when they were reunited.
  2. It seems the Financial Times Have found out the new case figures for Covoid19 that are released are actually only the positive tests done in hospital and not the ones done in the community. (They have got the actual number of positive tests for both in Leicester.) Makes me wonder what Nottingham figures really are. If this is true (and I am sure many including myself are not surprised if it is) it is appalling that true figures are not released. It would appear that there are 36 places under threat of lockdown, some in London (possibly not a surprise), Derbyshire (!) and Doncaster (bit worrying cause of all my friends there). It makes you wonder if anyone knows precisely what the h**l is going on.
  3. Every day BK. Sometimes they even make more sense than my Alexa!
  4. For my birthday I have been given an Alexa with a clock (the wonders of modern technology continue to amaze me) to go in my bedroom. I now have 3, so a) She can now ignore me in 3 rooms b) I can argue with her in 3 rooms c) She can answer questions I haven’t asked and don’t have the slightest interest in the answer in 3 rooms d) She can play the podcast she thinks I should listen to not the one I want to in 3 rooms e) She will be able to not understand something I ask for today that she understood perfectly the day before in 3 rooms I just hope this one is as obliging as the one in my kitchen when it is set up. To be honest the one in my front room is a bit more awkward. Felt sorry for the Sky engineer a few days ago when my broadband box thingy was updated. It had a new password so he volunteered to sort out my iPad, phone and Alexa for me (age does have some benefits). The Alexa in the kitchen reconnected immediately, but the one in the front room wasn’t happy and just kept refusing to connect and switched itself off. She did eventually reconnect with my broadband but I always get the feeling she does things in her own time. As you can guess I am really looking forward to setting up my new one, just hope she gets on with the other two.
  5. Whilst sitting having a coffee and munching thru a pack of 12 snowballs (I know but it has to be done) I started pondering some of life’s mysteries. Why is my brain stuck at 18 years of age and thinks I can do things that my body knows I can’t? Where does the paper hanky come from in the washing machine when I know I checked all the pockets? Why does Kai roll over to have his belly tickled But when I have his brush in my hand he forgets how to do it? Why do my climbing plants climb anywhere but up the trellis I kindly provided for them? Why do Amazon tell you delivery in 3-5 days and then deliver the next day usually when you have nipped out for 15 minutes/are in the shower/washing your hair? Why when I start my dishwasher is there always a spoon/fork/knife still on the worktop that wasn’t there before? Why when I am walking Kai is the wind always in my face no matter how many corners I turn? Why does the person in front of me in the queue in the shop/bank etc always take forever to get served? Why does the rain wait until I have filled my washing line and come back in before starting? Who decided daddylonglegs were useful and why do wasps want to chase me? Why in the sales are the things I like in every size but mine? And the big one .... Why aren’t my lottery numbers in the draw?
  6. Thank you all for your birthday greetings. Nonnab your greeting wasn’t a bit abrupt at all and Beekay no birthday cake the candles would have melted the icing!
  7. Today is my birthday, so I am more elderly today than I was yesterday! I have been asked what I would like to do today but thinking about it there isn’t much I can do really in this covoid19 world at the moment. To be honest even if pubs, restaurants etc. were open I wouldn’t go I just wouldn’t feel safe and as I am not travelling on public transport town shopping is out. Also there doesn’t appear to be any loos open at the moment so that is something else to take into account. I can’t even take Kai out today as the heat yesterday has upset him a bit so he will be having an “in day” laying on his cool mat. Over the past weeks of lockdown I have got into a routine obviously staying in the house or garden (as most of us have), taking a Kai out and very occasionally going to the local shops (with mask) although mostly ordering online and a relative dropping off fresh stuff once a week. It had become a way of life and I hadn’t given it much thought, it was just something that had to be done to try and keep myself away from the virus. However today has made me realise just how much my life has had to change through no fault of mine and how restrictive it has now become. Since moving back here a couple of years ago and adjusting to being on my own I had got to a stage where I had made some very good friends, reunited with two from before I moved away and was starting to be more daring doing things on my own (like going to the local Cafe a few time’s a week for lunchtime meal and becoming an invigilator at a local school). Although I am still in contact with friends by phone etc. It feels a bit like I am back to square one and if this is ever over I will have to start again building my confidence back to where it was. I was appalled to see the scenes on some beaches In the past few days, I can understand the need to get back to some more normality but really? My exasperation was compounded last nite when watching a Sky News Reporter on a beach somewhere (can’t remember where) with drunken idiots dancing around while she was speaking. I just despair, these are the idiots that will cause cases to possibly (or definitely) spike again and mean I will be in this kind of limbo for longer. (Started this before I went out to do a bit of shopping, Poundland, Poundstretcher, B&M and Morrison’s plants outside, the latter two being at Bulwell. Also had a quick look around Bulwell Market, sat on a bench and ate an ice cream). This gave me back a bit of hope, people patiently queuing outside shops, social distancing still at 2m and some wearing masks like us. I will keep my fingers crossed it is just the idiots that will succumb to the disease and not pass it onto those of us who are trying to do the right thing and contain (or best case scenario eradicate) it from these shores. As the sayings go hope springs eternal but I am not holding my breath. Sorry this is so long again, it seems I don’t post as much as before but when I do it ends up as an epistle. Must be an age thing I am a year older today
  8. I had a German Shepherd that used to get cystitis a lot, he used to get crystals in his bladder. I had to regularly get a sample from him for the vet to check as he was on a special diet and occasionally anti biotics to control it. He got to know what the jug was for and was able to run away and pee at the same time! (Only dog I ever had that could do that.) I spent many hours stalking him round the garden and then chasing him to get the sample much to the amusement of my neighbours.
  9. My dentist was Brian Lawson for many years, I can remember sitting in his chair seeing the gas works. When I was in the last year at BGS I had to have a filling done. Everything seemed to have gone okay, had an afternoon off school, but as the injection wore off the inside of my bottom lip felt sore. Went to bed and the next morning my bottom lip was really swollen and painful. My mum had a look at the inside of it and then rang him as it was cut. He just said I must have moved as he was drilling the tooth! Got me a couple of day’s off school until the swelling went down. When my husband and I were going out before we were married he had really bad toothache. I gave him Brian Lawsons number, he went and the tooth was pulled out. My husband became quite ill after going there and had to go on antibiotics. It appeared he had had an abscess on the tooth when it was pulled out. He never went back to see him again, found another dentist and so did I.
  10. That is a good idea Katyjay thanks. Will put my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with. I will report back in due time.
  11. For the past few weeks I have been locked in a battle of wits with a couple of wood pigeons who have been raiding my bird feeder and clearing most of the stuff in one of the trays. I have tried a lot of things to stop them. I put the feeding tray under the water tray, but too far below it and they can land on it, too near and they lean down from the water tray and get to it again. In between these two and they have one foot on the water tray the other on the food tray and get to it again. I have put the water tray under one of the hanging feeders with the food tray underneath that. They just shove the hanging feeder out of the way and proceed as above. I got a super shooter and have managed to zap them a couple of times with it, now when I go out to get rid of them as soon as they see me with it they fly off, but only a couple of roofs (or is it rooves?) away and as soon as I go in they come back. We play this game all day. I had a brainwave and put pegs around the edge of the food tray and sat and watched them work out they could still get to the food. Tried the same with the water bowl to try and stop them landing on it but they just sat on them. I swear they smirk at me through the window when they bypass my efforts to stop them. Whilst grudgingly admiring their tenacity I am getting heartedly sick of them, not only do they clear everything in site but they poo over everything, I am continually having to swill the mess off my slabs. I also have a couple of robins who visit every day but will only take stuff from the tray not from the feeders so I can’t put food out for them. They also scare away the blue tits and coal tits. Plus I have a male and a female blackbird who come regularly looking round the base of the feeder for scraps, if the pigeons didn’t come I could put stuff down for them, but if I do the pigeons just hoover it up. I have now given up and took the food tray down just leaving the hanging feeders up plus the water tray, hopefully the robins will learn to feed from them and the pigeons will clear off to bother someone else when they realise they can’t get to the food any more. I don’t believe it, the pigeon has managed to reach one of the hanging feeders from the water tray, have been out and moved the water tray so it now can’t reach. I have been told to shoot one of them and that will stop them, however that is not an option that I could take. So does anyone have any ideas to help besides me sitting shotgun outside with my super shooter all day every day?
  12. I was told it was because the cardboard tube in the middle of the toilet roll comes from China and the ones already in shops won’t have the virus on them or there was going to be a shortage of them as China lockdowns hence no loo rolls. So silly some people will believe anything.
  13. I got a treat of strawberries when my shopping was dropped off this morning. Didn’t have any ice cream/cream so did a quick nip down to local shops, with mask, to get some cream. There seem to be less people wearing masks now although social distancing was still being done by most. Saw an elderly gentleman with mask but only over his mouth, wasn’t sure whether to tell him he was wearing it wrongly but wasn’t sure of the reaction if I mentioned it so didn’t. Feel a bit guilty now. They can be uncomfortable if you have to wear them for a while, I find them “hot” but better that than the alternative. The mask has been put in washer and is now drying ready for next time. I am finding that I don’t really want to go out, luckily I have managed to get Iceland/Asda home deliveries for us so at the most we only go out once a week if that and try to time it so the shops aren’t too busy. I would say that Iceland do better with home deliveries than Asda very rarely have anything missing and the delivery driver is really nice (and quite handsome I must admit) and always has a quick chat ‘“are you okay - keeping well and safe - etc”. Personally I am quite happy with my own company so haven’t found it too much of a hardship, starting to think I might be a bit anti-social, although I miss my friends, keeping up on the phone isn’t quite the same and conversation can be awkward as none of us are doing “things” anyway. The dog groomer is coming on Saturday thank goodness. Kai is very scruffy and a bit smelly at the moment. Just hope he remembers how to get into the bath as he had only just mastered it before we went into lockdown. The vets are now also open for appointments only, Kai was due his booster last month. They are doing those that are 2 months overdue so have got to ring back next month which is fair enough. His flea/worm treatment is ordered off internet, which has worked out a lot cheaper together with his lamb spaghetti which is running low (think he would leave home if this ran out) which has saved a visit to the pet shop. To be quite honest I haven’t found it too bad being in lockdown, obviously the internet has been a godsend don’t think it would have been so easy without it. I don’t mind my own company, have Kai with me so we have been getting out most mornings for an hour or so walk when we don’t see many people and it can seem normal when we are out except for the occasional social distancing. I think that has helped as well. I have loads of podcasts that I listen to, have 60’s music free on Alexa plus free books on audible and my kindle, and have binged on box sets in the evenings (I can recommend Gangs Of London on Sky if you can stomach some of the violence), as you can see I like the “free” price! I am also in a battle with a couple of wood pigeons who raid my bird table. It has been a constant battle with them over the past few weeks. I have a brainwave of how to stop them getting to the tray with food on it and then watch as they work out how to circumvent my ideas. I am sure they smirk at me through the window when they bypass my inventions. Even getting hit with water from my super shooter hasn’t deterred them so we are locked in a battle of wills. I must say I do actually admire their tenacity (spelling) but they are starting to really annoy me as they just clear everything and then poo in the water bowl to add insult to injury. Even with more shops opening next week I think it will be a while before I venture onto a bus or into town to shop, I just wouldn’t feel safe at the moment even with a mask. I will be glad when the hairdressers finally opens, I saw a barbers in Italy which had opened, the barber was masked and the customer had a mask on which wasn’t looped behind his ears but was stuck into his face with tape so that could be a solution to going there. I really hope we are now over the worst and don’t have a second spike although I am not very hopeful we won’t have one unfortunately. At least the figures seem to be falling somewhat although I am not sure how much you can rely on them to be honest. Sorry this has been so long, everyone stay safe and well, perhaps we might even get to meet up before Christmas! (I do hope to be able to go to Goose Fair this year)