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    Tea Jenny
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:05 am Groupie
    Hi there icon_biggrin.gif
    Gosh I got an email and thought I would come and say hello.
    So sorry to hear your news about your mum Marie it's such a shame when you are unable to do the things you want to do, my heart goes out to you as we had the same thing with my mum and we had her on our doorstep and it was hard so you must be torn to leave her.

    Sound like you are glad to be here Joy have you been traveling.
    My DH was made redundant at Christmas and me in April so we are just a bit worried about the future and what it has in store for us, my health hasn't been to good and maybe it's a sign that I should stop pushing myself so hard waiting to have some tests done at hospital and all the stress isn't helping but I have to just keep the old chin up and hope for the best that's all we can do as there are no jobs for young folk let alone old wrinkles like us.
    I have started sewing again after years of letting my machine hide in the bedroom cupboard and I am really enjoying it I have made two quilts three pairs of trousers and a blouse for next to nothing. My friend said I should do it for folks and earn a bit but I don't quite have the confidence for that, you never think you are good enough for that. It keeps the boredom away and that's the main thing.
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:23 am
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    Hi there Tea Jenny - we moved back to Australia 2 years ago and it did not work out which is a pity but I guess we had to do it to find out that we had simply outgrown the place.

    Good to hear that you have dusted off your machine too.

    Marie, chin up, yes when things like this happen its sad and also very scarey AND yes they can be very charming to others but ratty as anything to family and friends who try to help
    Tasty Tidbits
    Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:43 am
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    Good to see a post from you Jenny! Scary times! So sorry to hear about you and your husband's job losses. This is the times we live in unfortunately and sadly if you are over 50 I have read that it is nigh on impossible to get a new job. That has been my own experience over the last three years since I was made redundant. Our lives changed drastically, but it is still a good life. Just a different, poorer one, lol!

    Kudos to you for dusting off your sewing machine! Here's hoping you can make some additional income with it!

    Joy, sorry Oz didn't work out for you and Simon as well. But, you had to do it if only to know for sure where you really want to be. I am hoping you are able to settle back in to the UK and will be happier here! Are you living nearer to your sister this time? East Coast rather than West? I hope we can make it down to see you once you are all settled in. My only experience visiting Lincolnshire was going to my friend Angie's funeral in January two years back. But I did like what I saw. Would love to explore it further, and of course if you and Simon ever want to see good old Chester, come on over!

    Taking the dog to the groomers this morning. Not HER favourite thing to do but I do so enjoy a little jaunt through the garden centre whilst we are waiting. Todd doesn't enjoy my jaunts however! £££
    Patchwork Dragon
    Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:42 pm
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    Hi Guys

    I haven't received any messages about anyone posting so haven't been in to check recently. Hope you are settling back in Joy...have you got your own place yet?

    Good to have you back Marie...sorry to hear about the ongoing problems with your mum though, hope everything works out for her.

    Hi Tea Jenny...sorry to hear about your job losses too. Take heart though, my friend got made redundant after 22 years at the same company, and over 50. She has just found another job after nearly 3 years, so there's always hope!

    I'm still plodding through my decorating and renovating although funds are a bit short so tis taking a long time. And one of my little pussy cats has had an accident or some sort of trauma to her paw which caused her circulation to be cut off and now she has to have one of her gangrene toes amputated icon_sad.gif Hopefully she gets on OK and it hasn't spread to the middle toe which is their balance toe as that can't be amputated and would mean she would have to have her leg off! I'm cringeing at the thought of it!
    Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:17 pm
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    Hi there PATCHWORK!!! We are now at my sister up in Lincolnshire, louth to be exact, and we have bought a house and are in the midst of going through all the paperwork involved, if you are interested here is the link, the front of the house looks nicer than the picture and we are quite happy with it, its a bungalow as we are both cracking along lol

    Hope that your cat gets better, I did not know that about the middle toe, we unfortunately had to have one of ours put to sleep last week, its just so so sad

    p.s. if you look through all the pics the last one is a floor plan and Yes the utility room is bigger than the kitchen being about 10ft square icon_smile.gif
    Tea Jenny
    Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:05 pm Groupie
    Hi there all,
    so sorry about your kitty Patch poor wee thing I hope she is ok. thanks for trying to boost my confidence about getting a job to be honest I don't really want one I am having a great time now doing what I please when I please, does that sound bad. icon_eek.gif I am not as well off as I was but I feel so much better I think I was getting near the time to pack it in anyway and DH's health was not so good I can see a big difference in him. We just don't have a lot of money to splash around but we can manage just about. icon_biggrin.gif
    What a nice house Joy it's really big but looking at it from the outside it doesn't look so big hope you will be happy there.
    I just finished a quilt for my youngest grandson, I am going to make one for them all so I will have plenty to keep me busy. icon_wink.gif
    Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:21 pm
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    Hi Jenny, you know being happy is more important than the extra cash.... this is why we came back we were not happy going back and although we have to pull the belt in as it cost a lot to come back and get another house its worth it.

    hope that your husband starts to feel better. the quilt sounds lovely I must say, how about a picture or two icon_smile.gif
    Tea Jenny
    Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:01 pm Groupie
    Oh yes I could do that if I could remember how to work photo bucket it's a long time since I have done it. icon_lol.gif
    Yes! you are so right money isn't the b all, we have lived a very frugal life and been careful so we will get there. DH has high BP at one time it was really bad I worried about him so much, but since stopping work his health has got a lot better, I think the stress and the nightshift was what brought it on he was away from home for 14hrs a day traveling 20 miles each way it just got too much for him and being made redundant was maybe a blessing in disguise.
    Tea Jenny
    Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:41 am Groupie
    Opp's I think it's a bit big. icon_biggrin.gif the big one I made for myself when I am sitting at night in front of the telly, the wee one is the one I made for my GS I backed it with a fluffy fabric as he still likes his blankie he rubs his nose in it so funny.
    Patchwork Dragon
    Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:28 am
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    I think your bungalow looks great...the rooms seem to be a good size and you've got a sun room! icon_biggrin.gif I'm thinking I might have to buy a bungalow when I move, as you say, I'm not getting any younger and have the startings of arthritis.

    I'm hoping to retire next year if I can figure out if I can afford to...and then I want to move away from London a bit. Not sure where yet...there's lots of places I've been on hols to and have likes very much but I don't think I'll be able to afford to move to any of them icon_cry.gif
    Patchwork Dragon
    Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:29 am
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    forgot to sorry to hear about the cat Joy. Which one was it, he/she wasn't very old either.
    Tasty Tidbits
    Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:08 am
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    Your blankets are lovely Jenny. Gorgeous. I have been looking for flannelette here in the UK so I could make a baby blanket, but haven't been able to find any. Perhaps I am looking for the wrong thing. Is it called brushed cotton here??

    Sandie, I hope they don't have to amputate your cats leg. My mother has a gangrenous toe that they are just letting dry up and fall off, but it needs to be treated with iodine every day and kept dry. It is also beginning to cause her some pain. On the positive side my sister is there now and things, although a bit rocky at first, seem to be settling down well.

    Joy I am still feeling really sad about your poor cat. I am so sorry that this happened. One doesn't have a crystal ball though, so these things cannot be predicted. (((((hugs))))) Time to dwell on all that is good, your new home and your daughter coming over! Wow, such a wonderful thing. I wish some of my children would come over instead of me always having to save my pennies up!

    My daughter had her baby early Saturday morning, 2 am, 7 lbs 9 oz. A little boy. I do not know what they called him. Of course there was drama which has ensued. I dared to share it with some friends in a private forum, forgetting that my ex's wife is also a member in there. Truth be told I thought I would get my dibs in first. I am not over there, helping out, or caring for the baby, haven't even seen him, so I thought it would be ok for me to share the news privately. It's all I have! Anyways, she decided that she would inform my youngest son that I had done so. All I had said was that a very excited grandmum was dying to share some news but waiting for permission. I had only four words. Seven pounds nine ounces. That was it. All I said. Anyways, that horrible woman took it into her own hands to squeal on me. Nasty piece of work. Of course it annoyed him. He told me that he was being nice in even telling me at all. It makes me very sad. My daughter sent me a message to tell me, and she did not tell me not to tell anyone. Although I have refrained from announcing it publicly until she and her husband do. I thought it would be ok in that small group though as it wasn't public. It also makes me more than a bit angry because once again she has caused a rift between my son and I, something I have worked really hard to heal over these past few years and knowing her, she probably said something to my daughter too, and that will damage any healing which has been done there as well.

    Todd, he doesn't get any of it. He thought Grandparents were supposed to be chuffed!
    Tea Jenny
    Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:38 am Groupie
    Gosh you don't half get a bad time because of that woman, I bet you wish you had a spell you could wish her away, that would be bliss. But just you forget her and congrats at being a grandmother it's wonderful for you and you DH you must be very happy a lovely wee boy. icon_wink.gif

    I made a flannel rag quilt for my wee dog molly and she loves it. It's quite hard to get hold of flannel I go on a site called Fumbles Fabrics they have the best choice of fabric I have seen it is a wee bit more expensive but the choice is amazing. I am loving sewing again but it can get expensive but I am determined to make quilts for all my grandchildren and of course I now have two great grandson's now so I best get sewing. icon_biggrin.gif

    Tasty Tidbits
    Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:28 am
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    What a lovely blanket Jenny. I need to start sewing more. I haven't done any in a long time!

    And yes, I wish I had a magic wand that I could just use to shut that woman's lips permanently! icon_twisted.gif

    On a positive side my daughter messaged me last night to tell me they have named the baby Cameron David. At first it made me think of David Cameron, which wasn't a very night thought , lol, but now it just makes me think of sweet.

    Tea Jenny
    Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:55 am Groupie
    Aww don't you just want to give him a big hug he is lovely you must be so proud. I think we wont see anymore little darlings in our family for a wee while, I just love the wee ones it brings out the mother in me and I have a hard time staying back forgetting that I am not the mum just the GGM. He is so sweet. icon_wink.gif
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