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January Sale Bargains
Tue 22-Dec-09
1:09 pm
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SOL
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I know I heard a groan out there somewhere...

Has anyone seen (in any majorish department store), a nice looking fake christmas tree.  Our old faithful from Germany, has decided it would like to be retired as the top 9-10 inches have snapped off (currently held up with parcel tape, and floristry wire.  I watched blue peter as a child you know... Wrapped green tinsel around it to cover.  Tinsel is the worst of worsts for me.  I cringe just touching it...  how strange?)  Anyways.  If anyone sees any January sale bargains that include a Christmas tree please leave a message here.

I also will be looking for a slicing machine.  as in a meat slicer.  For my foray into making bacon.  and cooking my own hams.

Does anyone else out there want me to look for anything for them?

I will also have to look for Christmas decorations in the sales.  as I have been told my house looks like a cross between a Scandinavian Minimalist's dream and a catholic monks cell.  So I take it that means my house is very cream and we dont own anything?  We have only one A4 paper ream box of decorations for our house, which is apparently according to the ladies at work a "tragedy" (cant help but start singing the bee gees! lol).  So for my next house I would like to create a christmas extravaganza.

Maybe next year we could do a Christmas in July, you know when you all blog or post or what ever you want to call it.  To make some form of handicraft every week or month from then on.  So you have all hand made lovelies to give away and we can spur each other on...  So say if it was a scarf you would give the knitting pattern.  (for me it would all have to be very basic as I taught myself to knit from you tube!  LOL)  I can do a tutorial on simple necklace making.  and then if peeps want a copy I could type it up and then put in on here and send them a copy by post.  With a small demo in the envelope or something?  have gone completely off topic havent I?  sorry guys am all over the shop here.  Please cut and paste where appropriate...  ThanksLaugh

Tue 22-Dec-09
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LaughLaugh SOL that gave me a good chuckle, thank you.  I don't do any decorating for Christmas and any cards that I get are kept in a basket on the table.  I don't go to sales ao would be unable to help you with your tree, love the picture of you with your florists wire and you Blue Peter badge on your lapel.  Great post, love it.

I'll try that again!

Tue 22-Dec-09
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We have to have a fake tree, hate the mess ( I have to clear it up) and for some unknown reason, the smell is really awful to me.  I used to have a friend who had a real tree.  and I always remember it smelling like dogs had used it for a toilet or something equally gross.  so the thought of touching the branches of a real tree where a dog may have been is too much for me.  I would be reaching for the rubber gloves, milton sterilising fluid and the bleach.  I would have to wash it.

Fake is defo best in my house.  Also, who the heck are you supposed to dust around alot of decorations?  Is that the reason some people have zillions of the things all over.  You dont dust or clean round them?  Maybe that is why some people need a spring clean.  Because it has built up?

I am hoping for a new carpet sweeper for Xmas.  if it doesnt come in santas sack I will be off to wilkinsons for one.  My grans, the one I use now is held together with 2 coat hangers used as ties, a hair grip a pin to go through the handle holding it on.  and a good amount of parcel and gaffer tap. 

It is from the 1920's.  so it is doing well.  but I cant help but think it is an eyesore.  and sometimes the pan drops out the bottom.  Why do I use a carpet sweeper?  well I do all my cleaning before I go to work.  So that is all dont before 6.30 am.  as my 70 year old iltalian neighbours still party hard into the night till about 3am, I am quiet for them.  you see there you go.  I am not as nuts as I sound.  My great Niece loves it and thinks it is a game.  Child labour in my house!  always a treat.  She is 3 in February, and tells everyone I let her sweep the floor with a "quiet stick".  I have said to her a million times Carpet Sweeper.  but she tells everyone who will listen and is most proud of using the "quiet stick".

And before you ask, yes this is exactly as I talk, scattered all over the place and one crazy thing leading on to another.  We are a family of talkers and it just happens.  My friend read the forum the other day and said she was laughing as the people who leave messages on here, probably think I have some crazed problem where I cant talk completely about the same topic for more than one paragragh before jumping to another.  I told her, "I have a lot going on in my head and blogging and posting here lets it all out.".  Maybe I have ADHD and just was never diagnosed as a child?  Did it exist 30 years ago? LMAO

and completely off topic again.  how would you go about getting an invention copy righted or what ever it is you do so someone else doesnt steal the idea?  I woke up in the middle of the night and I have invented something but want to know if it has already been done?  Watch this space.... oooooh eeeeerrrr MRS

Tue 22-Dec-09
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Whooooo Heeeeeee S.O.L. (Sheila O'Leary - my childhood sweetheart from 43 years ago) you are on a roll on this thread!

Sweet suffering folk of Avoca, as we used to say back in Ireland years ago (almost - a different f-word admittedly) - S.O.L. I would love to be a fly on the wall during one of your family conversations. Ossie Osborne and his reality TV cannot be a patch on you guys! Smile

To answer your question #31 of 31 - to file a patent or copyright, check out this UK government site.

Point #28 - a lady who would welcome a dish-mop as a Christmas present?

Highly unusual. In fact, unique in my experience.

Do you have a sister?

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Tue 22-Dec-09
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I have a sister Danny, but she is more Margot than Barbara from the Good life.  how deep are your pockets with her.  She spends all, I save all.  complete chalk and cheese.  She is also 15 years older than me, she is blonde and petite and I am dark and dumpy!  LOL

Where I would spend £5 on an item my sister would buy the same product from a better shop.  Poundland and Fortnun and Masons is the difference between us!  LMAO  Do you know a jar of bovril in Fortnum and masons is over £4 a jar and in tescos is £1 something.  What a swindle eh?

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I havent had anyone to talk to all day as no one else came to work.  Can you telll??  so my fingers are ablaze on the key board.  I should have been allowed to go to Copenhagen to debate climate change.  I would have sorted them all out!!!!  (wagging a big stick at all the politicians)

Tue 22-Dec-09
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Where would we be without your great chatter and comments, S.O.L. (Shout Out Loudly) - very quiet on here I think.

PS: Until you let us all into the reason for your S.O.L moniker, I may occasionally continue to suggest solutions!We have got to the bottom of PB. Now it's your turn Embarassed

Love the Barbara / Margot comparison. Sounds like chalk and cheese OK.

Which reminds me of that marvellous comment 80 or so years ago - Jean Harlow met Margot Asquith back in the early 1930s but mispronouced her name by calling her mar-got (with a T) rather than mar-go.
Eventually, Asquith got fed up and responded,"No, Jean. The T is silent as in Harlow".

Just brilliant!Laugh

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Tue 22-Dec-09
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Slice of Life is my private blog.  it just also happens that my dad used to call me SOL when I was a kid, which is latin for Sun. Sorry no weird or wonderful reason behind it.

Tue 22-Dec-09
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Thanks, S.O.L.

i can sleep peacefully each night in future, now that we know! Smile

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Wed 23-Dec-09
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SOL, I love your posts.  I love the way your 'grasshopper' mind works.  Keep it up, please?Smile

I'll try that again!

Wed 23-Dec-09
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Real stream of conciousness stuff - it's great!

I'm afraid I too try and avoid the sales but if I do notice a tree I'll shout. 

Love your idea for the chrimbo crafts from July thing - can anyone teach me how to knit though? Smile  To be fair as a child I could do the basic stich as long as someone else started me off and finished for me!  How about french knitting - I could manage that if you wanted a really thin scarf... Laugh

Wed 23-Dec-09
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Ruthdigs, try you tube.  I taught my self but I tend to knit strangely as I am left handed.  So I kind of knit as it I am playing the bag pipes...  cant explain it

Thu 24-Dec-09
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Laugh  You don't have to keep blowing though do you?Smile  I can knit left and right handed so sometimes I get into a muddle too.  Well done for teaching yourself though.

I'll try that again!

Thu 24-Dec-09
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Funny you should mention being left-handed, S.O.L.

I was born left-handed in a time and place where that was regarded as something of a handicap, something to be ashamed of. My mum literally tied my left hand behind my back to force me to become right-handed. It worked up to a point and I now my right hand is the automatic hand of choice for manual tasks. But I kick ball with my left foot (right foot is useless for that) and I hold a golf stick with a left-handed grip.

I have to admit that being right-handed is useful but Fiona attributes some of my odd behaviour (?) to having been born left-handed and forced to the right Smile

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