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Achievements for the day 2011
Wed 12-Jan-11
10:11 pm
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Shereen
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Toffeeapple said:

Shereen, where do you get the energy to do things like that?

 So, today, as I walked into Tesco, past the cigarette counter I did a quick calculation of how much money I had saved by stopping smoking (£337.15 in eleven weeks!Posted Image) and bought a new phone.

 


Toffeeapple - I let things pile up to the point where they really need to be dealt with, then I get annoyed at them for a month or two, then I get an attack of the "Oh FFS!" and get stuck in.

Happy new phone - and a big round of applause for giving up on the cigs.

welldonewelldonewelldone

Thu 13-Jan-11
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This isn't really my achievement, it is my Mother's.

As you may recall from my rant last week, we got to the hospital and her notes were not there.We went back today, all 42 miles there and back, she was prepped for the treatment, drops in the eye, anaesthetic in her face and then they told her they couldn't do it as some of her notes were missing.

Two crucial sheets.

She came outside to the waiting room and told me.What should she do she asked? GIVE THEM HELL, I replied, and if that doesn't work, I'll come in and give them hell too. She went back in. All very quiet, twenty minutes later out she comes, all done and dusted.

She told them she was going no-where , they were getting the notes and doing the operation.End of story. So they ran around like headless chickens getting the sheets scanned and emailed to them.

Bravo Mother, 85 and not out!

And able to see properly again.

 

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 13-Jan-11
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Wonderful news about your Mother,  Kate!  So pleased that she stood her ground and, more importantly, that she can now see.  Give her a big hug from me please!


Now, I know I posted a reply to Shereen earlier - who has nicked it?  Come on, own up!angry

 

I'll try that again!

Thu 13-Jan-11
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TA - if this is too long, please spork it, but I received this yesterday (thinking about Kate's brave Mother):

Subject: Senior moment - A 98 year old woman in the UK wrote this to her bank.
The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the Times.

Dear Sir,

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my cheque with which I
endeavoured to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three
nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the cheque and
the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honour it. I refer,
of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my Pension, an
arrangement, which, I admit, has been in place for
only thirty eight
years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of
opportunity, and also for debiting my account £30 by way of penalty
for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has
caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas
I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, but when I
try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging,
pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become. From now on,
I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My
mortgage and loan payments will therefore and hereafter no longer be
automatic, but will arrive at your bank by cheque, addressed
personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you
must nominate. Be aware that it is an offence under the Postal Act for
any other person to open such an
envelope.

Please find attached an Application Contact Status which I require
your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages,
but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows
about me, there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of his
or her medical history must be countersigned by a Solicitor, and the
mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts,
assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof. In
due course, I will issue your employee with PIN number which he/she
must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter
than 28 digits but, again, I have modelled it on the number of button
presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank
service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Let
me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press
buttons as
follows:

1. To make an appointment to see me.
2. To query a missing payment.
3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.
4. To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.
6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
7. To leave a message on my computer (a password to access my computer
is required.
A password will be communicated to you at a later date to the
Authorized Contact.)
8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through to 8.
9. To make a general complaint or inquiry, the contact will then be
put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.
While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music
will play for the duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an
establishment fee to
cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous, New Year.

Your Humble Client

(Remember: This was written by a 98 year old woman; DOESN'T SHE MAKE YOU PROUD!)

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Thu 13-Jan-11
6:15 pm
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Wow Brightspark, thats great!

Bravo! welldone

I'd love to meet her, I bet she's wonderful!magic

And a big Bravo  welldone to your Mother, Kate!

Standing up for yourself is hard sometimes, but if you don't no one else will!

If you can't be a shining example, be a terrible warning!

Thu 13-Jan-11
6:24 pm
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Well, if I had the nerve to write like that I'd certainly do a lot of it.  To Tesco for a start, for putting their wheel chairs at the back of the shop.

I'll try that again!

Thu 13-Jan-11
6:44 pm
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wave  Kate that is such good news about your Mum and good on her for standing her ground.  welldone  We need more people like her and your lady too BS.  

big_hug to both ladies.

Old teachers never die, they just lose their class

Thu 13-Jan-11
7:03 pm
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wave Today I had a lovely lunch out with friends in a very nice restaurant in Dunoon.  Two of us have had birthdays in the past week, so it was a wee celebration.  It is so nice to do that every now and then.  magic

Old teachers never die, they just lose their class

Thu 13-Jan-11
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I've been to Dunoon but I don't think we ate there.  What did you eat?

I'll try that again!

Thu 13-Jan-11
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wave  I couldn't make up my mind between mushroom  tagliatelle  and beef strogonoff  and neither could one of my friends, so we got both and shared.  They were both delicious.  I did not have a starter or a sweet.  ( Did have some nice white wine though )

Old teachers never die, they just lose their class

Thu 13-Jan-11
7:36 pm
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Isn't it great when things work out like that?  I'm lunching next Thursday, no idea how many will turn up but it can sometimes get up to as many as 12 of us, such fun.

I'll try that again!

Thu 13-Jan-11
7:40 pm
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I have read the post about the woman before and it is really brilliant isnt it!

 

Good luck on the library front TA; I dont use it any more but my daughter is well on her way to reading everything in the village library by our departure!!  She is also keen to get a kindle or other reader (for this read the ultra expensive ipad!) very soon.

 

Today I visited the notaire and signed the first documents for the house sale; we hope to be in end of Jan by the latest although they have until 15th March on paper!

 

Feel like I am sinking under a sea of paperwork and lists of jobs; just hope I get through the next few weeks ok!

 

Thu 13-Jan-11
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You'll get through it Shelley and will wonder what you were worrying about.  Then you'll be in your lovely new home and start stressing about where you can put everything! big_hug

I'll try that again!

Thu 13-Jan-11
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Big hugs to you and your family, Shelley. big_hug  big_hug

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Fri 14-Jan-11
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first pics of the new house

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6004327&.....=555748115

 

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6004333&.....=555748115

 

set to on the mortgage today; rates have gone up in the new yearcry but had 90% of the necessary documents so that was a bonus! (and a miracle here in France!!)

 

 

 

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