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MOB rants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 19:57

CN, don't forget Shakespear!!  I nearly had Macbeth inflicted on me twice, but the lovely teacher at the school I moved to took pity on me, and we did 'The boys from the Black Stuff' instead.  Just as depressing, but with flashes of humour and a load more accessible.  I too like the Anne McCaffrey's Pern books, anything by Pratchett (Good Omens is falling to bits, it's been read and re-read so many times), Tolkien, the Philippa Gregory books, and the series of books written by PC Mike Pannett (if you don't laugh at those there's something seriously wrong with you), and for a good laugh the earlier Bill Bryson books - the later ones are good, but try too much to educate you rather than just making you laugh at his misfortunes.  I once got looked at very much askance on a train for giggling (I couldn't stop myself), until the guard lifted up the book and found I was reading 'notes from a small island', and just smiled and nodded, clipped my ticket, and left me to my mad giggling fit.

MOB rants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 19:11

Frank, we know & love you on this thread, you speak as you find and I for one respect that.  You have the squaddie sense of humour (and I do hope that doesn't offend, as I know you weren't just a pte, but not quite a hofficer).

A while ago this site descended into madness and mayhem, as certain people took a dislike to other people and were quite publicly calling each other names.  Life's too short for that S***, so anyone annoys me now I just hit the ignore button and they can call me whatever they want, but I aint listening (talk to the button, as the eyes aint seeing what you post).

MOB rants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 15:03

Pam, your dog is a beauty.  But then I think all GSDs are handsome, and such easy dogs to 'read'.  Max still not out of the woods, but having his very expensive anti-biotics is helping.  His toe is slowly returning to it's normal size/shape, and no longer t-shaped with all of the swelling at the end.  Every time he's gone to lick it, he's been told 'NO!' and is leaving it alone now.  Using that leg to stand on and pee (good sign), and even scratched his tabs with it yesterday (meaning I had to do the washing in saline to get rid of any grot he might have got on it!).

We are at the vet's tomorrow, so will see how he is then.  Size of toe does fluctuate though, seems better in the mornings when he's kept his (not inconsiderable) weight off it overnight.  Thanks for asking, I'm still worried about him, having the toe off (and it's a middle one) at his age would be traumatic for all of us.

Preparing to lay a lawn

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 00:33

The sharp sand is a good idea, as is removing the stones.  If you buy turves, you'll need to make sure they get plenty of water (sprinkler on half hour in morning, half hour in afternoon), or wait until September to do it.  If turfing from seed, you may want to do it in strips, and cover the bit you've just sown with fine netting, raised a few inches to stop the birds eating the seeds or grass seedlings.

MOB rants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 00:20

GG, not really 'learnt' to train dogs by going to classes, but by growing up with them.  I seem to find it easy to slide into a dog's brain and know what's going on in there.  I have sworn at the telly when dog borstal has been on, there is the odd rogue dog that's not trainable (my Mum's Skye terrier that tried to bite me when I was 4 is one example), but they are few & far between.  The only dog we've had problems with is Max, and we took him to a dog shrink, he didn't really tell us anything we didn't know, he couldn't decide if the constant barking when we were out was separation anxiety or the kids playing football in the street.  In the end we think it WAS separation anxiety, after all, he was a rescue and had been around a bit, when he worked out he was in his forever home, he settled down.  He knows what 'going shopping' means, an knows we'll be back, and is usually on the sofa before the front door has shut.  If he had thumbs he'd be looking for 'Zoo vet' or somthing with the remote.

The biggest problem you find with dogs is weak owners.  A dog that's in it's place, right at the bottom of the pack, is a happy dog.  No need to worry about defending the place, raising puppies, keeping your place as top dog, finding food for the rest of the pack....bliss, for a dog.  Remembering a dog is a wolf with centuries of domestication helps, as there are other important roles in the pack.  Beta male and female, rounder-upper, and mediator are some.  Bracken was a mediator when she was around, and Max is definitely beta male (or deputy dawg as he's sometimes known as).  My favourite has definitely got to be GSD, or crossbreeds with GSD in there somewhere.  I'd never have a border collie, I don't want a dog that's smarter than I am.  We think Max is a mix of collie and GSD, had I known the mix I doubt we would have taken him on (we thought at first he was GSD and Dobermann).

Anyway, some random rants

* People who light a fag the minute they get out of a shopping centre - can you not wait until you're more than 5 feet away from the doors before lighting your vile cancer sticks?

* People out shopping who suddenly stop in random places with no warning

* Other drivers (in particular, doing 30 on a motorway, not bothering to indicate - I know which way you're going, I'm f*****g psychic, doing 40 in a 30 zone)

* Misuse of the apostrophe (heavens, it's not hard, you take some letters out, put an apostrophe in, use it to show possession, and NEVER use it for plurals).


This allows me to garden with my bad body!

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 00:00

Wish an x-brake was only 34.99 from Amazon.  Had one of those on my wish list for the landy for a long time now. (Not any relation whatsoever to the x-hose).

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Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:10

For yapping, you need a distraction, and a big shout of NO! or Quiet! at the same time.  for example, keys thrown onto concrete, pop bottle full of gravel rattled sharply, or, if you've the money and you really want them to shut the f*** up, you can get compressed air, quick blast of that onto their neck,and the command word.

It's not difficult to do, but so many dog owners can't slide into an animal's head.  You have to do something into shocking them into quiet, and use the command word at the same time.  Not easy if you aren't the owner (if the alpha male/female does it, they learn really quickly).  Taught an owner to stop her dog 'going' for other dogs in about 10 minutes (when on holiday), teach the owners and the problem's solved.  Max will only disobey and continue barking if the person at the door smells wrong (fear), the more scared they are, the more agitated he gets.  Am trying to get one of small boy's friends to not be scared of dogs any more (a GSD went for him when he was about 2), unfortunately Max is half GSD, so looks big and scary.  He might look the part, a bigger softie I've yet to meet.  I can't go anywhere, he's fallen asleep on my feet, he's that big and scary - daft and hairy more like.

garden fence & shed

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 00:35

If it's a fairly sturdy shed and will stand it, give it the once-over with a jet washer, that will get rid of the algae.  Then give it a coat of paint, cuprinol do a range called 'shades' that is specifically for wood outside (sheds, fences, play houses etc), so you could pick a colour that you really like.  Fences don't have to be bright orange or brown or green any more, can be any colour you like.

Have never used a fungicide on a shed before, but never had an algae problem.  I'd paint it and see what happens, then if the algae comes back, use a fungicide.  Don't know if outdoor timber paint contains one anyway - go to your local hardware store or B&Q and have a look at what it says on the tin.

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Posted: 27/05/2013 at 21:11

The filters that are applied by schools and colleges are not foolproof, either.  When at college, many  moons ago, one of our cohort typed in 'sex' and 'sheep', and got a warning that his search was illegal.  So he typed in 'Sheep' and 'Sex', and got taken straight to the 'Love ewe' site.  I'll let you work out what that was about!

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Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:52

Yep, you can buy tops for 3 year olds with 'Bitch' emblazoned in bright metallic shiny letters.  I WON'T be buying one of those, ever, and I question the mentality of parents that are happy for such young children to wear such items.

I'd love for my children to be bookworms, they both get the 'imagination library' books from the Dollywood foundation, and they are lovely books to get, and I will try to make sure they both get a book a month when that runs out (they are given one book a month, totally free, to try and encourage a love of reading until they are five).

When I was younger I used to drive my Mum to distraction, as during the summer holidays we didn't go away on holiday (at that point my Dad had a gambling addiction), I'd go to the library twice or three times a week to change my library books, I was that engrossed in what I was reading I'd not hear Mum calling me for dinner or tea.  Sometimes back via the post office for a quarter of something nice if pocket money permitted (sometimes my big brother would give me 50p out of his wages for going and buying a huge list of chocolate and sweeties for him on pay day).  I could get a packet of crisps, a quarter of dolly mixtures, a quarter of jelly babies and a bar of fry's five centres for that!!

Even now, my idea of heaven is two sound-asleep children, a bag of jelly beans or galaxy counters and something good on my kindle.  Not that it happens that often, by the time I've wrestled the eldest small child into bed (the winner by 3 falls and a submission), all I'm good for myself is sleep!

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