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Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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Ian, I prefer it to be called predestination rather than fate, but .... whatever it’s called, it was meant to be.

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@Jill Sparrow hope you’ll be able to chat with the bats tonight.  Are you a good finger clicker?

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Hope castanets won’t be too loud, or the little bats could panic thinking there’s a strange huge bat waiting to get them ...

i bet one can buy bat clickers online!!

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BK I just click my fingers (And I wanted to say they all come running but that ship has defineitely sailed!)

 

Jill, claves might be better but I still reckon finger clicking is more natural....?  If you want to have a laugh - or maybe an ouch - look up bat clickers on Google :wacko:

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No bats tonight. However, I did see Horace the hedgehog, munching away at his dog food and mealworms! Judging by the noise he was making, he was enjoying his supper, bless him!

 

Also encountered Princess Puss, the long haired torrtie and white cat. Swanky fluorescent pink collar and a diamante studded id disc. A bit precious, she is. Tail straight up. Didn't want to talk to me. Better things to do!

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16 hours ago, mary1947 said:

DJ360 liked your comment about your stick,I have just stated to have to use one. At first thought everyone was looking at me but now if i have to use it (most times needed) i will, the only problem that I have is shopping.

 

Mary, I find a well used stick can alter the way people treat you... You just need to learn how to fake a pained expression as you totter bravely around the shop.  ;)  But seriously.. I normally only take a stick out for a substantial walk.  I was doing that long before I had knee problems. A stick has many uses when you are out and about, from poking about, pushing brambles out of the way, steadying yourself on steep muddy paths etc.

 

Here's a tip.  When the pandemic first started, I was bleaching/disinfecting all shopping, my car, my cash card and the wallet I keep it in.  When the penny dropped I made a point of putting my card in a pocket separately. So.. no fumbling with wallet etc.  Just take card out.. make a (usually) contactless payment and it's job done. I also keep a strong plastic carrier bag in one fleece pocket and a mask in the other.. And I don't carry a handbag. :)

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Jill strange you didnt see any bats, we've not seen them the last few nights. Granted it has rained but our lodger behind the shutter hasn't been home either. Is there a rave somewhere?

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They are all round at Margie's, Nonna! She's inadvertently clicked news of a huge Batfest with as many free insects as you can eat!

 

I was surprised not to see any last night as the sky was clear under what bit of a moon there was and there were gnats about.

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Never a dull moment down here in the "Valle". Opened the door to let the dogs in and 2 swallows swooped in towards the door probably saw the Christmas wrapped porch light and thought better of it. Nearly had them both in for lunch. There are loads around this morning.

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Just Scalded mesen...with Coffee on the inside of my arm just above the wrist.........never been Scalded afore....bleddy painful.....:Shock:

 

Remedy's please.........

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Lavender essential oil. Takes pain away immediately, no scarring. Don't use on broken skin.  Keep in kitchen. I'm never without it.  Bet you never spill your beer!

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Thanks Jill.....Donna getting some when she goes shopping later..pain easing now........

          Was Quite funny really...i was putting my metal coffee cup on a bookcase in the hallway...and caught Grandads big Navy picture with it......as it was falling tried to catch it with cup still in hand...hence the coffee all over my arm..........all Donna heard was the crashing of Grandads photo and the clanging as the metal cup bounced about.......with my lack of sound'' (ie silent scream) she came running not knowing what to find.....bless her.............

 

Edit......think it was Grandads way of reminding me its his Birthday tomorrow...18th May 1900..........

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My Smartphone 'died' a couple of days ago. It had been a bit flakey for a day or so.. freezing etc.. Then it just went blank.. (I know the feeling..) ..wouldn't start up, charge..nothing.  After a bit of Googling I found a fix which involved holding down three buttons for about 10-15 seconds..whereupon the thing 'booted up' and has been pretty much OK since.

 

However.. it's still an old device in phone terms.  a Samsung A3 (2016) version... in which I replaced the battery a couple of years ago. I reckon it's getting due for replacement now. The main reason I bought that particular phone was because it is quite small...a bit over 5" overall.  The majority of phones now are huge in comparison., with 6, or even 7" screens!!!.  might as well buy a tablet and have done with..

 

A lot of googling has revealed that there are very few 'small' phones on the market now.. apparently there's no demand..... :angry: There's the iPhone Mini.. pretty much the same size as my Samsung, but around £600-900 which is more than I want or think I need.. to spend. Plus I'm not an Apple fan.  Maybe one or two other contenders.

 

So at present I'm looking at highly recommended phones such as the Google Pixel 4a.. or the Motorola G9  'power'.  My first smartphone was a MotoG and I coudn't fault it until I dropped it. and it wasn't worth repairing.

 

I don't play games, or  stream films etc.. and I don't have my whole life on my phone. I don't need poncey cameras etc. I have two excellent 'proper' cameras.  Just a decent phone with either 32Gig internal storage plus an SD card slot, or say 128 gig built in... so it won't fall over if I add a couple of apps.

What does the team think?

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iPhone iPad iMac all troubles erased from your life :biggrin:

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38 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

What does the team think?

 

How do you pay for your usage ?  Are you Sim-free, or on some kind of contract ?

 

I bought a Sim-free Motorola more than 3 years ago. Cost around £150.  My monthly data allowance is much greater than I ever use. I'm gobsmacked at some of the payment figures I see advertised. Some of them are almost more for a month than I pay in a year. 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Cliff Ton said:

How do you pay for your usage ? 

 

Must admit I bought the Samsung on a 2 year contract.. but for the last 3 years I've been on a SIM only deal.  I pay about £7 per month. Any new phone will just have that SIM inserted.

 

I too am gobsmacked at the prices some people will pay...  On the other hand, some, especially young.. maybe 'flat dwelling' people, effectively have their entire life routed through..and stored on.. their phone.   For them.. it's a combination of Hi-Fi, TV, Radio, Cinema, PC, Bookshelf..and err phone.. They don't use TVs, Stereo systems, PCs etc.

 

I'm sort of part way there.  I'm happy to use my phone to listen to books via Audible...and sometimes listen to music on it too..(through headphones obviously.  Even the best phone speakers are dreadful. That said I have a tiny Sansa Clip which I prefer.  I do a bit of web browsing on my phone too.  But mostly, I prefer my PC for browsing, writing, emailing etc... and my Hi Fi system for music. I sometimes use my tablet for viewing TV via the iPlayer etc..

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I bought a recon Samsung 6 some years ago and had no problems at all. I changed it on a whim for MotoG 8 with all the bells and whistles, not impressed. Used for calling, texting, alarm reminders mainly with occasional   internet. 2Gb data a month but have never used anywhere near that amount - £5 month.

Dearly beloved has Apple, (phone and IPad) which work fine but they really are not worth the premium, the iPad is about 8yrs old and slowly dying.

I will return to Samsung when the time comes though with my usage that may not be any time soon.

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Apple phones are so easy to use. My daughter gave me her old one and I used it for ages until I got an Alexa and couldnt get it to work with the iphone because it needed an update which was already updated. Went for a samsung A20 but I hate it. Granted it has all I need but I find it a bit awkward to use and manage.

Benjamin hope your arm is calming down a bit. Jill beat me to it by saying Lavender essential oil for burns. I always use it and am never without it along with Aloe Vera gel. Both together they work wonders for mozzie bites and stings. 

I agree Apple are far too expensive.

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