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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 07:04

I received my first Christmas card yesterday. Delivered to work and... unsigned! I have no idea who sent it (aside from them being in North & West Yorkshire). 

Went to bed early last night. I don't feel ill; but I feel as though someone has drained every ounce of energy for me. We're off this weekend to see family so I can't be ill. Hopefully a couple of days in their warm houses might help.

60 children booked in for today. My speciality area of Great Fire Of London.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 18:01

GWRS: the museum of RAF firefighting is 

1 . not owned by the RAF

2. not closing!

The collection started as one man's hobby but as you'll see if you look at photos... it got rather large! He was given permission (as a serving officer) to keep the exhibits in what were then empty and near abandoned buildings. His bunch of volunteers have done such brilliant things to transform it into a museum. 

Currently those volunteers are boxing it all up and there is a huge hunt for a new location. They have a lot of support behind them I know it will go well.

Unfortunately our museum is already full to bursting else we would gladly offer them space.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 17:14

Evening all. Don't worry about certificates and what not for the electrics. We have an electrician who will be  signing off the work.

Money however is the big issue: with my job looking uncertain hiring in more help isn't ideal.

Still: if anyone hears of a job going in the Sheffield area for a Makaton speaking generally enthusiastic museum worker let me know ;)

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:45

If you saw the quality of the work the last qualified electrician did you'd understand my reserved judgement.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 12:09

Welcome LG I didn't see you sneak in there!

Ob: I'm using some drawing software that I used to use at work. But nothing is sitting right. Every time I think I have it I change my mind! 

Joyce: don't worry. EVENTUALLY he's going to have to ask me what I want for Christmas ;) If I ask for the "an idiots guide to electrical wiring" manual perhaps he'll take the hint that I'm fed up of waiting. I wouldn't mind so much but he's started stealing my hot water bottle to warm his feet 

Healthy Eating

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 12:05

I have a stomach problem (allergies, the tendency for it to randomly want to turn itself inside out) so am very careful with what I can and can't eat as the results can be... well horrendous.

Food is responsible for

- my hair falling out

- my migraines (full blown left side blindness, projectile vomiting migraines)

- a headache I had that lasted several years

- my bad teeth (not helped by the vomiting)

- my immune system being badly weakend

- the fact that after years of trying to "make the best of it" my body is stuck in survival mode. It is not used to being able to absorb nutrition... which means it hangs on to every last bit of fat et al that it can. We don't seem to be able to do anything to loose weight.

- the fact that I really should have shares in toilet roll we used to get through so much (I'll let your imagination work that one out)

- Possible fertility problems that aren't a problem yet. But may be in the future.

- Blood sugar concerns (ever had a nurse try and ram an entire bottle of lucozade down your throat because you really shouldn't be sat up talking with blood sugar that low? Oh my goodness those bubbles came out through my nose for hours after).

So yes. Back to the original question: healthy eating. Because of the above there are many foods I don't eat. Many foods I shouldn't eat. But the rest of them? I try to buy the freshiest, try to take the time to make sure I prepare the food myself rather than rely on a packet. But that doesn't stop me from putting the tuna steak back in the freezer because what I fancy tonight is steak and chips!

Everything in moderation. Everything in sensible proportions. And when, especially over Christmas, you know you've eaten far too much, a few extra laps around the fields with the dog to try and keep the trouser button from popping off.

Attic poop

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 11:55

I'm thinking it is a squeaks of the biting through your electrical cables variety* I'm afraid.

*mouse or rat. Its not uncommon for them to access attics especially if you have greenery on the outside of your house such as ivy to give them easy climbing points.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 11:53
fidgetbones says:

OMG Clari. You need a labrador to throw on the bed and keep Reggie company, (and the bed warm)  I got up early, the house cold, I put the heating on and I am sat in front of a gas fire with a cup of coffee.

When will your heating be sorted? I had my boiler changed in the summer. It was a days job, and is now due its three month check up/ adjustments if necessary. We also changed the kitchen radiators, the extension is a cold little box and needed something bigger.

Will you be on Grand Designs or is it more  the £100k challenge?

See original post

 Fidget: its more like a £6,000 challenge! We wont have the heating back until the plasterer has been. He can't come until the electrics are sorted. My partner was meant to be doing the vast majority of the electrics to save costs but I have a feeling he's going to decide its not for him.

I just hope he decides sooner than later so that I can start hunting for another electrician (and then start saving up).

His lordship decided that Reggie wasn't sleeping in the same room as us last night (he has a tendency to leap onto the bed at night at steal the blanket). Poor dog was most disgruntled at sleeping on the landing in a *gasp* dog bed with his blankets. I'm thinking tonight his lordship can sleep in the landing and I'll have the dog with me. His snoring is at least "cute".

For what it is worth my classroom today has had the heater on all morning and is currently at.... 12'C. What luxury!

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 06:56

Thanks Chicky! I look forward to seeing everyone posting here. It's always so much more fun when we all chat together rather than spilt into our little clicks.

Chicky: well done to your new taxi driver! 

7'C in the house this morning. Only 5'C outside!

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 22:20

Ob; I have two greenhouses to try and "hide" from the kitchen view. Fortunately the entire garden is pretty sunny.

Dove: at this rate I will be incorporating the pear tree and pond into their run to try to squeeze everything in without looking squashed. 

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