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My conservatory is a very pleasant place just to sit. It looks out over the garden and the hills so very relaxing. Luckily I don't feel in need of a psychologist at the moment, more like a zip with a lock on my mouth to stop me eating, lol.

You must have motivated some folks for them to have nominated you. It is often easier to encourage others than to take our own advice, lol. I certainly wish you good luck at keeping your weight under control. It must be difficult for someone as petite as yourself.

I hope you manage to catch up on all the debates so you can make a reasoned decision for the election which I understand is at the beginning of November. Democracy is all very well but it can be difficult to make a decision on what we feel is for the best.

At least you have lots of other interests to keep you busy. I am busy trying to do some much needed home repairs and finding reputable workmen to do them. Everything is delayed by Covid too with suppliers unable to get the things I want when I want them and at a reasonable cost. Ho hum, it will get done eventually.

Look after yourselves too.

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I'd never be able to afford the phycologist if it wasn't for my Medicare. I think at times I should go back to him. sorry they don't have something in place there that people can afford. I know some doctors charge an arm and a leg.

I'm sure your motivation will come to finish your book. Sounds like your conservatory would be a good place to work, so peaceful.

I saw on my page people congratulating me on motivator. What?? They must have me mixed up without someone else.

I watched Biden and taped Trump. I went into other room to see what was happening on Trumps channel;, but didn't see all of either. I sometimes wish there was a 3rd option. lol





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It's expensive attending psychologists and nutritionists. They aren't available here unless we pay for them too usually. There are both available on the NHS but they are so busy unless one has a severe problem it isn't someone we would see. All the weight loss programmes are expensive too which was why I started using Sparks. It has been an absolute godsend to me. I never thought I would ever lose as much weight as I have.

I do enjoy looking out over the garden. I can sit in the conservatory and see quite a bit of it but still stay warm. My projects and hobbies will get done when they get done although I would like to get my book finished this year. We shall see. I need to have my head in the right frame of mind first though.

Hope you enjoyed the town hall talks. Take care.



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Thanks for the encouragement, I needed it. To see things in another way helps. Thanks
I'm around 4'8". Every ounce shows. lol. I was doing better when I started with a nutritionist and
phycologist. They helped with my binging, but I haven't been going back yet.

I can imagine just sitting in your garden with a nice drink (chocolate milk) and reading. It's good to hear others are behind in projects too. Hope you do finish your book, that is so neat to be able to write and publish your own book.


well the town hall talks with the President and Biden is on.

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You don't sound overweight to me, unless you are very small. I weigh 165 but I was 220.

What did you do during the last seven months? You were doing your drawing for a while but it isn't always possible to keep doing the same thing all day, every day. You did a great deal of research in you family tree too. A bit of variety keeps your mind young. Plus you have been fretting about family with all their illnesses etc. You shouldn't beat yourself up so much.

I keep seeing all the jobs I haven't done. I have a cupboard full of drawing and painting stuff I haven't touched in ages and a book I am writing which is almost completed. All waiting for me to get back to them. On the other hand my sons and I have transformed a big part of the garden and done a lot of things in the house too but I keep seeing the things that still need to be done.

We need to step back and see what others are seeing. My friends tell me, on the rare occasions they have been able to visit, what a beautiful garden I have. I see the weeds, they see the trees and shrubs and flowers and beautiful view. How comfortable my sitting room is, not how untidy it is. I am trying now to see through their eyes and appreciate what has been achieved. I think you should do that too. You have done an amazing amount of research for your family tree. I think it is admirable that you have been trying to learn other languages. Give yourself a big pat on the back. You are doing great.

Scotland is fast approaching winter with icy cold winds and lots of rain. We have had several frosty mornings but some glorious sunshine too. Oh, and my area is back in partial lockdown. When I look outside my greengage tree (a type of plum), is covered in yellowing leaves, although the wind has blown a load off today. A bird-sown deciduous cotoneaster which has lovely bright red leaves and I shall keep it and plant it somewhere in the garden. At present it is growing amongst some bulbs in a pot, lol. And the hillsides are covered in bracken which has gone from bright flashy green to a dark chocolate brown. Little flashes of flower colour from my autumn flowering cherry and some dusky pink from the flowers on a sedum. That was a cutting from a bunch of flowers from the supermarket.

What is Florida like at this time of year? I know you don't get the cold but do you get lots of rain?

I hope you and hubby are doing fine. Look after yourselves.

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Boy, I feel like I've wasted these last 7 months. I should have learned a language, practiced my drawing. I start things, but I lose interest and go on to something else. I have Scottish, German and Spanish on Duolingo that I started back up again.

I'm gaining weight. Was down to 105 and this morning 111. Ugh! Too many snack attacks.

How's Scotland doing?

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I'm afraid I can't help with the languages, sorry. Gaelic was never spoken down here although we do have a lot of different languages all mixed up in the language. For example the the French for farm is ferme but the locals in Scotland all call a farm a ferm. There was a strong French influence all over the UK. I found a very old map online at the National Map Library for Scotland. When I was looking at the place names I found some I couldn't make head nor tail of. One was written lesglendeschappelles, all one word and another was the auric burn. After a lot of head searching it dawned that the first was The Les Glen des Chappelles and the other is the Gold burn. The glen was the road that the locals further up in the hills used to come down to Crawford to go to the church so it was a sort of Frenchified version of Kirk Street/Glen or Church Street/Glen. The Gold burn was more easily explained as one of the few gold mines in Scotland was up in the hills here and gold panners still come panning for gold in the burns/streams around here. Language is a fascinating thing to look at and even more so when some history is added to it.

I'm not surprised you are easing off on Ancestry. Not only is it addictive it can also become a bit tedious. it seems to take over everything else. I was a registrar for seventeen years and was able to access all the Scottish Records whenever I wanted but I got to overload with them too. I haven't done very much for a while either.

I do hope your husband's blood work is fine for the cancer. I was declared clear over twenty years ago but any unusual things still get me worked up. If I didn't have my family I would have found the lockdown very difficult to cope with. I have friends in the village but most of them are shielding themselves for one reason or another so I have not had much contact with outsiders. Your church will have been a help to you both as you have no close family nearby. So many people have cancer nowadays it seems to be very prevalent. Every other person seems to have it or someone close to them. I had it, my late daughter had it, Iain had it and loads of friends and people in the village too. My very best thoughts to you both.

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I'm trying to ween away from doing the family tree. lol It can be addictive. I've been doing Duolingo in Spanish, German and Scottish, but don't know anyone who speaks Gaelic. I'm not learning enough to really speak any of the languages. I was fair on German when my German friend used to get together often, but that was a way back.

That is nice to have the relatives to come help out. I keep thinking if I lose Jim who would I have? Not much family left and the only one I"m closest to is his sister. Her husband is fighting cancer. Sometimes I wish I could look into the future to see outcomes, but I think it would be too scary.

Jim goes in Dec for his blood work to get update on his cancer and hopefully cancer free.

We have two more months left for hurricanes, not that they can't come outside of that period. We've been really lucky this year.

I didn't find a free online Scottish newspaper to subscribe to. The IrishCentral is free and comes in daily, but I keep googling. I can just go in daily and find news though, just to keep up on what is going on over there.

I wonder, if you don't show DNA for a country if you an still have ancestors from there. I guess so since siblings can vary in their DNA. I've found my Scottish back to the 1700s.

I read in our paper that the 'snowbirds' will be coming back to Florida. Those are the northerns who want to get out of the snowy weather. So, I guess we'll be getting another uptick of covid, plus fully opening up restaurants and theme parks. I'm glad we don't go out except when necessary. I have one friend who says she can scream and gets antsy staying in......not me!!! emoticon

I've been lax in doing my therapy exercises and icing my knee. It is still a little stiff and hurts at times. Stupid hematoma. It has gone down a lot but i called the doctor and he said to continue with taping and icings.

Well, take care and enjoy being with family. Still praying for Gillian.

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How nice to get your hair done. It is a great boost for the mind whether you go out or not.

Irn Bru is a very localised soda made in Scotland. Tastes fruity but it is a horrible lurid orange colour. Lots of people love it though. I had a cold sore after being in the sun the other day so I can totally sympathise with the acidity problem. It was two weeks ago and it is just healing up now. Then again we have had some very cool temps since and not a lot of sun either but today has been sunny. Cold too but sunny. I don't envy you the rain at all. I'm sick to death of it here, lol. At least you won't have to go out in it so that is something. I have different family members coming down tomorrow, at different times to accommodate the lockdown. Youngest son will be here first to help with some computer searches and a legal thing I have to deal with. He is the techie, lol. Then my elder son and grandson are maybe coming down to work outside cutting up logs for my winter log store. Then my eldest granddaughter is coming to collect a load of her grandfather's clothes to take up to the hospital where she works. They are always very grateful for stuff like that for any elderly patients who come in with very little. Some of the old people are very hard up and have very little stuff at all. It will help them and be an enormous help to me. Charity shops, like your goodwill places, are not taking anything at the moment but I am overwhelmed with stuff at the moment. I think Iain must have been hoarding clothes for years. I found eight pairs of chino shorts in a drawer, still with the shop labels on them and that is a tiny fraction of the stuff he had stowed away. At least someone will benefit from them.

By the feel of the air outside I think we will have a frost tonight. The last few years it has been well into October before we had the first one but this year is not playing by any rules on anything. Thank goodness for log burners and family who will fill up the logs for me.

Have a lovely day and don't do too much on Ancestry. It will make your mind go numb, lol.



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Hair cuts today. No where to go for anyone to see it though. lol

Is Irn Bru some kind of soft drink? Like Dr. Pepper or something? I can't drink much on line of acidity drinks for cold sores.

Wow, kids worked at such a young age back then. Nice to know if I see it, I'll know it isn't a mistake. thanks

Jim canceled a doctor appt for tomorrow for next week, so we're free to stay home rest of this week. Suppose to have a hard rain tomorrow I guess, but you know weather reports, not always right.

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It is possible they were a travelling but that area was predominantly a mining area but working conditions were appalling and it is quite likely they were chasing the work. Censuses should say what the occupation of everyone of working age was doing. I found a relative who was working in a hosiery mill aged nine! Good luck with the search though.

Death certificates give the most information if that is any help.

Very cold here today and a frost expected tonight but at least the sun came out. Have a terrific day and take care.


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Thanks for the info. I think I found someone on my tree, but some from Barony and another from New Monkland. I figured if it was close enough they could be same family.
first thee kids from Barony, one from New Monkland and last kid from Glasgow. They could be a traveling family.

I just hope I have the right parents after finding all these kids with same parents names. I'd hate to delete a whole generation. I posted dates and names to Facebook's Scottish genealogy to see if the can check it out. That was where I got the New Monkland.. They have some people who will do the research as to recheck what i have. I hope it is right as it has been a brick wall for years.

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You would have been welcome to join my supper, lol.

I did a quick check on Barony and it is or was a district in Glasgow. I thought it was but checked anyway. It is at the West End area of the city and you should be able to find info on some of the web sites. It isn't really close to New Monklands as in not adjoining. New Monklands, North Lanarkshire, is about 40 miles from me in Crawford and Glasgow city centre is about 55. Barony, now known as Anderston, Glasgow is 42 miles from here but they are on different routes. New Monklands to Barony is about 20 miles, lol. Where I live is next to the main motorway into the city but New Monklands is off to the side at Airdrie I think. That would be considered relatively close in those days. People followed the jobs.

Lockdown is an ongoing problem but at least they are talking about moving on with the vaccine tests. All we can do is be as careful as we can. Life has to go on and younger people particularly must be desperate about their jobs. Lockdown to them has little meaning if there is no income plus as far as they are concerned it is a relatively mild illness or so they keep saying. My granddaughter doesn't think so and she had it. She's 24 and was quite ill with it. Still hasn't got her senses of smell and taste back completely as yet.

Enjoy your lunch, I've just finished my sweet and sour chicken dinner. Be careful out there.



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Well, I was going to say I'd be over for dinner but too late. ha ha ha

I watch a TV show of a family with 19 kids, the Duggars, but the oldest ones are married and out of house, but they still have 12 kids at home. Another family the Bates have 19 and some came down with covid, I think it was ones married and had moved out.

I didn't know that DNA would show Viking. Interesting. So far any updates haen't shown any. I'm still confused on how they determine all this.

I may have broken thru a brick wall, or at least hope I'm not traveling down the wrong branch.
I have my 2x greatgranddad (George)from New Monkland and think I found his dad and mom.(James & Margaret) Margaret (John's mom) has a maiden name same as George's son but spelled differently. Some of the siblings are from Barony so I don't know if that is near New Monkland or not. I'm trying to google or find maps. A younger son is from Glasgow.

The think I miss about Fall is the changing of the leaves. I used to go up to Ohio for my birthday (Sept) and my mom's (Oct) and it was cooler and see the colors. Florida's just not the same.

The chooks came back. If only they didn't mess on our walkway. I read to spray lemon juice so I may try that again. They go away for a while then make a new appearance, just as I was feeding the squirrels. (sigh)

We had it that way for a while only emergency appts allowed but now they are more lax. They do take precaution though. Take our temp and ask questions like have you been around anyone with covid. etc. Some counties are allowed to open bars to the public. I'm glad I don't drink so never had to bother with liquor. If I did I'd buy it at the store and bring home, I wouldn't trust bars, probably no one will wear masks. Can't drink with one anyhow.
Sometimes I think this is never going to end.

I saw a picture of a group of missionaries from my old church with a group and no one had masks on. At the grocery store the sign on front window says you have to wear a mask, but I notice some wear it on their chin. The sign should say they have to wear it over their nose and mouth. We've almost become hermits. lol

Well, think I'll check on something for lunch.
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Ouch, I don't like going to the dentist either but at least you can go to the dentist. Because of Covid we can only get an appointment for an emergency. Harrumph! We are also back into lockdown too. Not quite as drastic as earlier in the year but limited to two households indoors and only six people maximum indoors or out including children. On the other hand we can go for a meal or a drink as they want to help businesses. I really don't know what to think these days. I don't think they have the foggiest idea what they are doing now. They are laying down rules and hoping for the best. Vaccine testing is well underway though so fingers crossed they find something which will work soon.

Autumn is certainly here and has been for a couple of weeks. Last night our temperature dipped to around 28 degrees and only managed to reach 52 this afternoon. Ho hum, heating time again and dig out the thermal vest, lol.

Spoke to a friend who is doing Ancestry too. She just had her DNA result back. 83% Scottish, 11% Irish, 4% Viking and 2% Welsh. The Welsh was a definite surprise to her. She already knew she had a long line of Scottish ancestors and some Irish ones too and Viking isn't surprising either as they invaded here but the Welsh is a total mystery. I think I would like to get mine done but I know I am definitely British with Scottish, Irish and English ancestry all quite recently. Any others would be interesting to find though.

Got to make dinner now. Baked chicken on a bed of mixed of peppers, onion and mushrooms. I have some new potatoes, home grown ones too but I shall do them on the stove. Better get to it or it will be late before I can eat.

Have a lovely day.

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That is what I had heard snog was too, kissing or cuddling.

I'm not much into politics either. They bash each other, can't people just be nice?

Today is our first day of Autumn. I don't know, just like any other day. We didn't go out anywhere today. I like those days.

Yesterday was not a good day at the dentist. Can't stand needles.



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Thanks for the website name. I had a quick look and actually there are one or two things that are normal here too. Not many but one or two, lol. I reckon we all learn various little idiosyncrasies that make life more interesting. It would be very boring if everyone did the same as everyone else.

Brexit is difficult for folks over here to understand never mind anyone else. Scotland wants to stay but most of the rest of the UK wanted to leave. Politics all over the world seems to be very divided. There doesn't seem to be much of a middle ground anywhere. I don't watch the news very much now. It is too depressing so I don't know much about Biden. The media is always wanting to hype everything. What happened to reasoned information and let the viewer make their own decisions. harrumph!!

I did have a laugh at the Scots words. Most of them look like Gaelic. Not many Gaelic speakers around now. Did it say snog meant nice? If so I think it was being polite as it is more generally used as a description of how mainly young people kiss, lol.

Anyway, I had better go and make some dinner. I still have other posts to do and it is already starting to get dark. Autumn is definitely on its way here.

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I was googling what the difference was in my country and others. Interesting.

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I just find it fascinating learning about other cultures etc.

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I had a whole message typed out and lost it and my e-mail. I donít know about this computer. Iím typing this into a word document and will copy and paste into the team post.
The Hurricane we had for ĎSí was Sally. They go thru the alphabet except for I think QXYZ, then go to the Greek alphabet. Weíre on Beta now, had Alpha. This is only September and we have thru November to go for hurricane season. Busy season.
I was trying to look for info on ĎBrexití. Iím terrible at listening to the news, but just want to see what is going on. I couldnít find a free online Scottish newspaper that didnít ask me to accept their agreement and allow them to know my IP address, cookies etc. I can just google for Scottish news.

We've got all the news for election year. I'll be glad when it is all over. Trump has done a lot of good but he needs to stay off tweeter and watch how he says things. Some of the news will show just part of what was said and makes him look bad. My girlfriend pays more attention and clues me in. Biden I'm not sure about. I don't know how he will fare in a debate. They say he uses a prompter to know what to say. I don't know. I just don't like politics but it is there and necessary.

You have the Queen so don't have to go thru this every 4 years, but I'm sure you have your share of other voting issues. That's life.

Well, guess Iíll get back to my family tree. Havenít done much, just tv and computer surfing or watch the shows I recorded on DVR.

Oh, I did go on Duolingo, a site to learn languages. Iíve tried Spanish and German. I started the Scottish one, but not words that I need to use, mainly, pig, dog, and, nice. (muc, cķ, agus, snog). Iíll eventually get to the greetings.

I see on tv stone houses. Really looks nice, like what I'd expect in Europe.


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I don't recall ever hearing of any hurricanes called Sally. I would be quite happy if there were no more. Not the notoriety I fancy. I do hope your home is okay throughout the hurricane season. Thank goodness it was only rain although that can cause a lot of damage too. My house is very old too but it is built of stone. Not posh cut stones, it's made from the stones that are found in the ground around us. A friend was looking through old maps and found a building here in 1820 or thereabouts. When Iain and I bought this place we noticed on the deeds that it was 'modernised' in 1899. Luckily it has been further modernised over the years since but because it is so old it does need a lot of maintenance. Nothing is ever straightforward is it.

My problem is I am not picky at all when it comes to eating. I just enjoy food and can and do eat practically anything, lol. That is why I am doing Sparks.

I haven't done the DNA test but I do think it could be interesting to do it. Never mind about the Irish you are on the right Spark team even if we seem to be the only ones actually chatting. There are hundreds of names in the Scottish Records too to keep you busy so lots to find out.

Have fun with your searches.

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WE had some rain but not bad. So far this season we have had very good luck. I feel bad for the Gulf though, they have had it bad this year. I think my husband worries a lot, maybe more then he lets on but I noticed more this year that he worries more about the storms. The house is wooden and old and has weathered thru a couple bad hurricanes in 2004, but we didn't live here then.

How does it feel to have a hurricane with your name? I don't know if this is the first Sally or not. When it is a really bad one, they retire the name.

I'm such a picky eater, don't know how my mom put up with me. lol

I went on my Ancestry.com and found another site there comparing other matches to my tree and their ethenticity (not sure how that is spelled), when they match my places with others shows I have 0% Irish.. Guess that is why I haven't found any on my tree, but at least my Scottish went up to 57%

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Mmm, those Cinna Squares do look very tasty. I'm glad you enjoyed your celebratory meal.

My problem is I like all those things, including the tuna, fresh or from a tin. I do like fish too but I was brought up eating lots of fish. My father was a keen angler and would often bring home a basket of brown trout from the river or even wild Atlantic salmon. He also used to bring home wild mushrooms. They are delicious too. Much firmer than shop bought ones and not as soggy.

I heard on the radio that hurricane Sally was heading towards Alabama. I hope it skirts around and misses you out. They cause so much damage and devastation in their wake. We regularly catch the tail end of the hurricanes that come up your east coast and even although they have lost a lot of steam by then they can still wreak havoc all over the country.

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Cinna Squares It comes without the icing and you put it on. Icing comes in a plastic tube.



I'm sure we will have more hurricanes after Wilbur or whatever the name is, forget. I just hope they are all mild and go out to sea and disappear.

That is nice your son shops for you. We don't have kids. I've never eaten lamb before, just chicken, turkey, beef and tuna (not fresh just packaged. I'm not much of a fish eater.

I'll pray for your daughter not to get the virus again. That is so scary, to work in the environment and have that happen. Having gone thru it has to be even scarier for her and you. What is her first name, if you don't mind my asking, but God knows who I'm praying about.

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QZW are probably too difficult for some of the snowflake generation, lol.

My younger son is getting my shopping for me at present because of the Covid and I just sent him a list. I included gigot chops which may mean nothing to you as I am not sure if it is an international term or not but basically they are lamb leg steaks. He texted back he might not be able to get gigot chops but probably be able to get loin chops or lamb leg steaks, lol. Told me it was because I was old and young people don't know these things. I don't mind, he will bring whatever he can anyway.

Cinni squares are new to me though. Are the cinnamon flavoured cakes with icing on them? They sound nice anyway. I'm glad you had a nice meal though.

I take it that just because the hurricanes have gone through the alphabet it doesn't mean they are finished for the season. Weather doesn't do alphabet does it!

Granddaughter was telling her dad two members of staff have got Covid and two more going for testing in the hospital where she works. She had it in the spring and is very nervous that she may get it again. I do hope they get a vaccine or something soon.


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I spoke too soon. The chooks are back.

The pizza was very good, had the cinna squares with icing as dessert.

Our hurricanes have almost gone thru the alphabet, on S for Sally now. Not coming my way. I think it only goes to W then the Greek alphabet. Why 'W', there's Xavier and Zebulan, but guess they cut off at W. At least Jim said W was the last name for our alphabet. I think they skip over 'Q' too.

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Happy Anniversary. Have a lovely dinner.

Generally 'chooks' are live birds. Chicken for meals though, lol.

I like hearing new words too. Some old words are very interesting too as we can see how they evolve over the years.

Stay safe and enjoy that pizza, chicken, lol?

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Yeah, they haven't been around for a while. I like that 'chooks'. I'm going to start calling them that. Is it just live ones or do you call them that as 'I'm having chook for dinner.'

I love learning words. I have a German friend and learn some from her a while back.

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An interesting way to spend time indoors to keep you away from all the virus problems.

How are the chooks now? Decided to search elsewhere for bugs?

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Thanks sally, gives me hope. I'm working on my 2X g ggranddad's parents, New Monkland.

Suppose to be having rain later. Had a pour down early this morning.

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That is quite interesting Court but a possible answer is that a large number of Scots moved to Ireland, predominantly Northern Ireland, in about the 1600 - 1700s. Lots of Scots have Irish in their ancestry too. My paternal family were from the Belfast area.

Good luck in working that one out, lol.

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I got an update on my DNA and it went from 34% Ireland/Scotland to 57% Scotland.. When I clicked on Scotland for more info it did say primarily Scotland and Northern Ireland. So, I guess I'm mainly Scottish.

I don't understand that it changed, I think when they get more info or something. I'm tempted to do another DNA from another company other than Ancestry.

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We have had two or three storms in quick succession and our temperatures really dropped over the weekend, down to around 35 overnight. It's a little milder today and at least it is dry. That was a dreadful storm that hit Louisiana and Texas. I saw a bit about it in my newspaper. i hope you didn't have any damage.

Good news about the therapy. I hope your knee swelling is finally going down.

Family trees are very interesting and can throw up some odd connections. Relatives from places it had never occurred to us there might be connections. Have fun and I am only too happy to help if I can.

Chooks like to return to a place where they find chook goodies, lol.

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Thanks so much for the info. I'm spending most time on my family tree. Thanks for the help. Found another generation but no Irish. I think one tree has Scottish but just to find right info. found more English. I think most are from England..

Hope you didn't get the storm. Scary things. We lucked out here in Florida but Texas and Louisiana got it bad. Louisiana has low land. New Orleans took a bad a hit a few years ago with Katrina.

Hope you have a great week. We don't do much at all. Finished my therapy and go to doc on 4th.

We thought the chickens left as we hadn't seen them for a few days, but they're back, off and on.



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Hi Court, I did a quick look on google and Benholm is a place in Johnshaven. There is a novel called Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. In the film Benholm Mill is used as part of the scenery and if you can find it, the book is reputed to be a very fine description of rural life in that area at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. I must admit I enjoyed it when I read it although that was years ago now. There is also a Benholm Castle. Johnshaven is on the Scottish coast, halfway between Aberdeen and Dundee. your ancestor probably moved from one job to another in the same area.

I'm sorry you don't have more contact with your family but it is what happens to many families. I have no contact with Iain's family at all and there is only my brother left of our family. My parents and sister all died a number of years ago. Thank goodness my sons are alive and nearby. I would be lost without them.

I don't think my son would really like any more chooks either, lol. He is off searching for two of his three just now, as he was just on the phone. They can make a lot of mess though. They scrape at everything and dig up plants as well as leaving bird mess all around. Where he has them is rough ground so that doesn't matter. His cultivated garden is fenced off.

I am glad you have been released from physio for your knee. We do take a long time to heal as we get older. With luck it will be more or less healed when you back to the doctor.

Please keep the thunder. We have just had the tail end of a tropical storm yesterday and another is on the way from down your way, lol. Hope there are no hurricanes. They are dreadful things and cause a tremendous amount of damage.

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I'm glad it was nice weather for your company. Great to be able to keep in touch personally. I don't have a lot of family left, some we just not close, in relationship and location. some cousins up north. I wasn't raised with my brother and sister, so not much bonding now. We were a little closer in younger years. My brother & i are only a year a part. I was adoptrd to an aunt.

If I could I'd send your son these chickens lol. They are so messy on our walk. Jim has to hose it down.

Is Johnshaven close to Benholm? working on my tree on Ancestry and I find info on one person with different documents showing these two places. I remember you saying it is hard to find info for Scotland, so I'm just trying to find what I can and try to piece what I can together, I know there will be brick walls....lots of brick walls, even in my USA branches.

Thundering here, probably have a, storm later. There's some things out in the Atlantic. Jim keeps watching. hoping no hurricanes.

I was released from my therapy today. Said I've made progress. I go to doctor in two weeks. The hematoma is still there on my knee, but not as big.

i almost lost this whole thing so think i'd better send.

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Hi Court,

We had a lovely time thank you. It was warm enough to have dinner outside which I can promise you is not a common occurrence here. It was so nice having someone staying over for a change.

Love your pic of the chickens. My son has three chickens at his house. He keeps them in the run but allows them to free range when he is in the garden. They do however, regularly find a way out and go roaming around the neighbourhood. He has put fencing in various bits but they still manage to escape. The eggs are delicious though. One of his neighbours looks out for them and feeds them too. They are greedy little things and eat practically anything. One of their favourites is a cabbage! He occasionally buys one at the supermarket for the chooks, lol.

Maybe if you watch them you will find out who their owner is. he will probably be found with a grain tin in his hand, in the evening, rattling it to attract them, lol.

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Hope you had a good time with your family.. I message a few friends on facebook, only way I have contact with them. I don't call people very often. Just don't use the phone that much.

We have 4 stray chickens that comes around everyday. I don't where they belong.



The 4th chicken is a bit of a loner and wanders away from the rest.

The black ones have feathery legs. Friendly, but I wish they'd go home. We usually feed the squirrels but the chickens eat it too. We did give them Ritz crackers. They ate them!



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Hi there,

My granddaughter is fine now thank you. She was down visiting today actually. We had lunch and looked at some paint colours for my bathroom. She also messaged one of my other granddaughters for me as I don't do facebook. So a great day all together. Chatted to one of my sons and my brother on the phone this morning so needless to say not a lot has been done today. My other son and his SO are visiting tomorrow for dinner and drinks and staying over so I did most of the clean up yesterday fortunately. Out shopping this afternoon too but just to the village shop in the next village. I'm still very wary of going to the larger town supermarkets.

I am sorry your leg is taking so long to heal. You must have had a very bad fall. I do hope it improves soon. My very best thoughts to you for it to improve quickly.

Scotland has been cold and wet for the last month. Today has turned warm. What a pleasant change. Temperature actually reached 70 degrees and with luck it is to stay warm over the weekend.

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How's your granddaughter? I'm typing on my kindle so no the best. Hope all is well. Our storm paused by without much at all but went north and intensified. We just hope no more hurricanes.
I go to my doctor for my knee. Hematoma is still big. Have two days of therapy for last couple weeks and next week. Ugh! Have to ice knee about 6 times a day and do the exercises. Still hard to bend knee but doing better then first week.

How's Scotland doing? I've found another generation of Scottish, but not the city.

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I'm sorry your knee is still causing you pain. These things do seem to take longer to heal as we get older. My very best thoughts to you for it to improve soon.

Granddaughter is fine at the moment but she did get the virus in May and was quite ill for a while. She's recovered now although her sense of taste and smell have been very slow to come back.

I have my mask in a little plastic bag but I haven't really been anywhere yet other than the little shop in the next village. Anything you can do to protect yourselves sounds fine to my mind.

Look after yourselves and try to do the physio exercises. Even if they are a bit achy, lol.

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Hope your granddaughter is safe working in the hospital. That is scary. Hope they have all the supplies they need.

I'm still icing up my knee and going for therapy twice a week, still can't bend my knee up completely. When the therapist does it it really hurts. I'm such a wimp. lol

We take a separate mask for each place we plan to go. I read you shouldn't wear same mask to your next stop. I take a baggie to put in our mask to be washed later when we get home.



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At least you can use those disposable more than once now. No one mentions how much it costs those of us on a pension or not very well off to pay for all these extras. At least the washable ones will last a while. My granddaughter works in a hospital and she has to change her mask every two hours.

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Glad you found washable masks. Our drmatologist said we can wipe down the blue paper-like masks with lysol or clorox wipes and put them in the sun.

I'm on the laptop so not typing very well. We mainly like the clothe ones too.

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Not such a good few days for you really. My very best thoughts for your knee and presumably the rest of you too, to recover quickly from your fall. However, that is very bad news about your pastor and his family. This virus can be so infectious and it is so dangerous too. My thoughts for them too.

Cheers on getting some masks though. At least that will help you a bit. I got some at our local shop, my son brought one back with my shopping and I bought some washable ones online so I am ready to go out, at least, so far as the masks are concerned. I am still quite dubious about going out as I used to though. Far too many people seem to be blase about the whole thing.

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Hi. We found some masks at one of our doctor's office, They had a youth masks that fit pretty good.

I fell yesterday and long story short it is a hematoma on the knee. Have to elevate, ice and start therapy next week.

Guess didn't have anything better to do. lol

My pastor and family went out of town and came back with covid. He is worse than rest of family, but his parents have it too. He is the only one in hospital. Shortness of breath and in Afib. We have a lot of prayers going out for them.

I figure they didn't wear masks. Most of people at church don't. My church that is.

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Hi Court, I saw some examples of how to make your own masks from kitchen towel. I don't know what you call it but the absorbent paper used in the kitchen for wiping up spills or to absorb grease when you are cooking. Don't know if it would be very effective but it might be an idea for the kids to do themselves.

There are a few available, just put free Scottish newspapers into your search bar and several will pop up. They are written in standard English though, no accents or dialects there, lol.

I don't think there is anywhere that is truly safe from the virus. It pops up in the most obscure places. All we can do is make sure we are as careful as we can be with our own safety and keep washing our hands whenever we venture out. As for cleaning, I gave up on that a while ago but like you I am needing to get into it again. I have spent a lot of time out in my garden though so I don't feel too guilty about the build up of dust indoors.

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We found some small masks for kids but ended up too small. The adult sizes are too big. I do have some we got at Target and they fit okay. I think I'll move to a state where the confirmed cases are low. lol. Florida cases just keep going up.

I want to find a free online Scottish newspaper. I have an Irish one. It is interesting to see what goes on in other countries.

I remember when I took a Spanish class I would buy a Spanish newspaper at a newspaper store, I didn't stay with that class long unfortunately. We have a lot of Hispanics here in Florida.

Well supper calls. Take care and have a good day.

I need to get back into the cleaning and reorganizing mood again. I know there is a lot more I can do around here, but the mood kind of passed. haha.





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It can be difficult trying to understand people although trying to speak on a phone but unable to talk English does seem a bit stupid. An automatic translator would be handy. If you add on accents from different areas then life can become impossible, lol.

I don't know about wearing a mask as I have literally been nowhere that it might be required. My sons have been bringing my shopping and helping out with the different chores at home so apart from family, delivery couriers and the local shop, where one person is allowed in at a time, hand sanitiser available for using the card machine for the Post Office, it can't be accessed with a swipe, I haven't met anyone. Goodness knows how I will find the new 'normal' in shops. Our other shops aren't opening until July 10th or something. Don't know the exact date, lol. Our lockdown has only been very slightly eased. I hope the numbers in Florida start to even out again so things can get back to normal for you.

it certainly isn't hot here today, 59 the last time I checked but it was 87 on Thursday and very humid. Humidity was about 70%which is very high. Every move made me sweat. No problem with that today.

I'm going to my son's for dinner this evening so I'm off to get changed before going out. My first overnight stay in three months, lol. Look after yourself and watch out for those ignorant people without their masks.

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I met my friend at a park and we sat catty corner at a table. It was a nice visit, we talked about what all we've been doing and just a shoulder to complain or support one another. We didn't wear a mask and we didn't sit right across from each other it was at a distance.

There are walking paths and some people were out, most without masks. I don't know if I would walk without one or not, you can come up to other people to pass and I'd feel better with a mask.

I can't believe how the people are complaining about having to wear a mask. Don't they understand that it is to protect each other. They see it as the government 'making' them wear one. Childish!! I just want to shout, "People wake up, this is a pandemic!! Our number of cases are going up!!"'

I like youtube that I can hear languages, dialects etc. So cool.

When I worked I did have problems trying to understand other people who called, they move here but haven't learned our language.

Today is very hot. I checked the online weather and 11:00 said 89ļ, but feels like 102ļ. It sure did feel it. We went to the grocery store and coming out, wow! The heat. Stayed inside the rest of the day.

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I do hate it when that happens. You are typing away when suddenly it all disappears. Where does it go, lol.

Lol, half three is half past three so 3.30. You were heading off to bed at around half twelve.

I would suggest you listen carefully to those interviews but once you have heard them a few times it shouldn't be so bad. My granddaughter works in the local Cottage Hospital and they had a new patient who couldn't speak English. She said to my granddaughter to speak more slowly. The patient was Eastern European and she had a better grasp of English than my granddaughter had of Polish or whatever language it was. Foreign languages and dialects do sound pretty much like a gabble.

It is about five to five here, 4.55, so I am going to finish my posts then make my dinner.

If you manage to meet up with your friend have a lovely time.

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Ugh! i had a post here and hit some key and lost it. As I was saying...

That is so neat that I can know how my ancestors sound. Thanks for letting me know. I'm going to listen to James McAvoy interviews.

In a video the guy was saying half 3. I wasn't sure if it was half till 3 or half after 3, He said half 3 so I would take it to be 2:30. Interesting to learn these things. I just might try all this I'm learning on my husband. emoticon

I'm heading fro bed as it is 12:24. I'm meeting a friend at the park. We planned on it last week, but bad weather had other ideas. We haven't seen each other since beginning of last month. I haven't seen any of my friends in fact.
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What a coincidence you listened to James McAvoy as his accent would be very similar to that Scottish ancestor of yours. Probably even more difficult to understand, lol.

My accent is a bit like that but much less so as I was brought up in the Scottish Borders and they have a different accent again. I have noticed that speaking to my brother every day recently, because he lives on his own in Hawick and has mental health problems, my own accent has been reverting to the Border accent, lol. I find I am repeating myself too so you are not alone on that one either.

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Interesting. I can google youtube for the dialects sound. It is fascinating to learn about how others live, talk etc. Think I did say that before.

That is how I will start looking at myself from now on. lol.

I sometimes take my glasses off then have to hunt them down. I had such good eye sight when I was younger, but working on the computer for years did that in.

I went on Facebook and put Scottish accent and a Saturday Night Live comedy sketch came up with James McAvoy came up. He has a thick accent.....but he is a fav actor of mine.

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Good evening,

It's almost dinnertime here and pouring with rain again. That's why Scotland and Ireland are so green, the rain doesn't know how to stop.

Aye is used everyday by more or less everyone here too. You often here people say ye too which sounds decidedly old fashioned written down but not when 'ye hear it' like that. It's s bit like y'all in the US. Accents and language are very difficult to navigate when people are speaking. The written word hasnae ( has not) so many nuances, lol. The dialect in New Monklands would be very similar to the broad Glasgow accent that can be found on some YouTube articles. No idea where as I don't use it much.

The best way for old women to look at themselves is in a dimly lit room without glasses, so I read, with my glasses, recently, lol.

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Good morning, We're just getting ready to sit down to listen to our preacher on Facebook, he streams the Sunday sermons and Thursday night Bible study.

I was on a youtube the other day and some Irish were talking and use the 'aye' for yes. I just thought that was old fashion, but I guess it is used, is it in Scotland? I like that.

I was looking at the back of my desk and boy is it dusty. Really need to dust more often. These little places I miss seeing until I'm in the right light. lol

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I'm not really surprised you found it hard to get further on the Scottish grandfather. Scottish registers where all details were listed didn't start until the 1850s. Prior to that the only records are Parish Records. These can be accessed through Scotland's People but it can be difficult to navigate at first. They only list a sort of directory with very basic information and most of Scotland seems to have used the same names for all the children. If grandfather was called James and he had four sons you can more or less guarantee that all the sons called one of their sons James too and James was a very popular name. I have goodness knows how many on my tree on both sides of the family, lol. I used to be the Registrar for Crawford Parish and had free access to all the records for years but it is very time consuming so I never finished doing mine either. I use Ancestry but that can become expensive too.

Your arrangement with your cousin sounds as though it worked out fine for you both. Just as well you don't need anything altered at present though. i do agree with you about the present situation, it does feel extremely strange. I hope it ends or at least eases up soon. It gets very lonely here since Iain passed and although my sons have been brilliant I can't expect them to be here all the time either. They have things to do themselves.

I have to admit I'm glad our police do not use guns as a rule. They can use them if there is a need but generally people don't carry or even have weapons of any sort at home. Hunters are required to have licences and gun cabinets to lock them all away. Some of the morons going around are evil enough as it is without having easy access to guns. It is more of a problem in the cities but as our little village only has about 350 people it is very quiet. Ironically there are quite a few with shotguns because there is game shooting on the hills here in summer.

The members of the royal family all seem to be long lived. Must have long lived genes but yes, people are living longer too. I read in the paper today about a woman who is celebrating her 100th birthday with her elder sister who is 108, lol. Now those are long living genes. She didn't look like 100 either although her sister did look more like her age.

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That great grandfather is one of my brick walls. Now that I have my Scottish I need my Irish and wonder if his ancestors may have come from Ireland. Most of mine people I have found I think go beyond the famine time, except my brick walls. I wish I was better at this. some was in a Bible and some from a family tree my grandmother gave me. One person on it she wronte was from Ireland but everything I find says Virginia. I wonder if they lied. Didn't the Irish have a bad time when they came to America? I'm re-organizing my info into notebooks, 4 different colors for the paternal and maternal side. Blue for paternal dad's side and green for maternal dad's side and rd and yellow for the mom's side.

I was adopted to an aunt so luckily I know about my bio family. Luckier than some people adopted.

I can't sew. we always take our clothes to Moe at the mall, but I don't know if he is open. We haven't been going out much so no hurry to get anything hemmed.

When I lived up north in Ohio, my cousin did my hemming and I baby sat for her. Fair trade. lol

That has to be nice to be in the same time zone. My girlfriend, in California, is 3 hours behind me so sometimes she calls me late.

You know what is hard to find? Underwear. At least my size, 8. I guess they are making masks instead of underwear. lol. I did find a package today though, so that was lucky. It is getting easier now to buy toilet paper.

I still find it hard that we are all going thru this. It's like our world won't be the same, at least here with everything. I try not to watch the news, too depressing.

At our Wal-Mart some man tried to hijack a car with people in it, he even shot in side the car but they are going to be okay. He did get killed by the police. A while back two guys went around Wal-Mart coughing on people then spraying them with Fabreze. They got arrest and for steeling because they stole the Fabreze spray. Scary to go out any more.

I see where Prince Phillip had a birthday, 99 years old. Wow! People are living longer now a days.

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It is interesting to find out about other parts of the world and what differences and similarities there are. All is relatively well here at present. The lockdown is slowly easing but still pretty tight at the moment. We can visit with one other family outside.

There are some demonstrations in Edinburgh and Glasgow about the Floyd incident too although our First Minister is asking them not too at present because the Covid-19 is still at a severe level here and large gatherings will exacerbate that situation. The ones so far have been peaceful although there was a bit of trouble in London.

The UK is in one time zone with the entire country at the same time. The British Isles are really very small. You are about 5 hours behind us as the UK is on the 0 degrees line of longitude.

How interesting you have relatives who came from New Monklands. New Monklands is about 45 miles from here. Just outside Glasgow. I live in the hills of South Lanarkshire in a small village called Crawford. As matter of interest I have relatives who lived in New Monklands too. My great grandfather was married there as far as I remember. I would need to search through my family tree notes to be sure. He was a coal miner in the deep mine at New Monklands I think. He was one of a family of nine or ten siblings so it might have been one of his brothers, lol.

Your assembly abilities are excellent. Good for you still doing these jobs. It's a while since I did anything like that but I used to do quite a bit of upholstery. Today I have been repairing my son's SO's shorts which had a split seam. Appeared a simple little job until I looked closely. It was a flat seam and one little seam became three quite long ones and the seam across the legs needed stitched too. They are done now though and a T shirt where the overlocking (serging I think you call it) hadn't caught the fabric. All done. Tomorrow a pair of jogging trousers needing shortened an a T shirt where the hem has totally unravelled.

We can always find something to keep us busy. I'm going to finish my other posts now before dinner. Look after yourselves too.

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Hi, Thanks for all the info. I find it fascinating to learn about how other people in countries live.Culture, food, etc.

Hope all is well on your side of the world. I guess it is just across the ocean. 'just', as if it was across the street. lol.

We had a lot of running around today, more than any since all this pandemic started. I put together a bar stool for the kitchen counter, where my laptop is stationed. Felt good to achieve something. I used to put together desks, book shelves etc. Fun. The stool is still standing so I guess I did something right.

I read that Glasgow is planning a peaceful protest for Sunday. I was surprised that all these countries have done this, and hopefully it stays peaceful.

What part of Scotland do you live? I forgot, I think you did tell me. If I figured out my 2x great granddad was born in New Monkland. I think that was the name

Do you have the same time zone throughout Scotland? My girlfriend lives in California and we're 3 hours ahead of her. It was nice when she visited her mom in Ohio, same time zone.

Well, going to get some more things done here. Take care.

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A great deal of Scotland is fields. There are frequently sheep in the field next to me and the perishers persist on trying to climb throught the fence, lol. They belong to the farmer across the river from here and there are several other farmers sround, all with sheep. I believe there are wild ones in the Orkeney islands but generally the sheep are all owned by farmers. The next village is 5 miles away and it has a shop where one can buy most things. I try to do shopping once a week at some of the larger supermarkets but the wee shop is handy for yhings that have been forgotten.

Like you I used to leave all the driving to Iain but snce he died I have had to make an effort to get back into driving myself. I have had a licence for over 40 years so it's a case of getting my nerve back again, lol.

I agree with you about the 50s and 60s. It did seem to be a more peaceful and relaxed time but as you said, we can't turn the clock back.

Our dentists aren't allowed to practice at the moment unless it is an emergency. I hope it eases up soon but cheers on a good report for you both. It's always a worry if they are going to find something wrong, lol.

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Sounds so picturesque where you live and I love that you go to the village. That is the way I see Scotland with fields, gardens, villages, pubs. Do they have sheep running around on the fields, I never knew if they belonged to farmers or if you had wild ones. Videos touring countries would show them running around.

I'd love to visit the UK, but I'll have to settle for reading about it or watching videos, youtubes.

Although, I don't think I could live 40 miles away from the stores. There's always something we need, but we only go out maybe twice a week and the stores are just down the road. Jim does most of the driving, but I"ve really got to get back into the knack of driving again, it's just sometimes scary when you aren't used to driving.

I like the 50s too. We have music channels of various genres (I like the 50s & 60s too). I wouldn't mind going back to the 50s. It wasn't like this, I don't mean the pandemic, but just all that is going now a days. As kids, we could go Halloweening without parents and not worry about our candy. You didn't have to lock you doors. Oh well, can't go backward.

We had our dental appt today. We called on the cell once we got there and the girl came out to take our temperature and asked questions that we had to sign, bring our own pen. Had a good dental report. She was very pleased that we've been keeping taking good care of our teeth.

Well, guess I'll get back to some exercise. I tried to clean some grout by the front door, looks okay.

We had to wear masks when we went in and take off once we're in the chair. I thought I'd have to wait in the car while Jim had his appt but they let me wait in waiting room No magazines and only one end table with nothing on it. They had Plexiglas all around the front desk.

Is this going to be the new norm, I wonder?



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I do have quite a big selection of channels to watch Court but there's no cable tv where I live in a village in the hills. We are too remote from main urban areas. Suits me fine as I like the peace and quiet out here. My house is very secluded. I have one next door neighbour and several others roundabout but all over 200 yards away so I'm not isolated either and I'm more or less surrounded by fields and trees. The nearest big shop similar to Target will be about 40 miles away. There's a shop in the next village and supermarkets about 15 to 20 miles away. I listen to the radio a lot and Iain and I particularly like an Internet channel called Radio Caroline Flashback. It plays only music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and bit of early 80s. All stuff we knew and can remember the words too, lol.

I've not been to a large store since the lockdown began. My two sons have been getting my shopping and making sure I have plenty of logs in for the log burner stove in the evenings. I go to the wee shop occasionally but apart from that I spend most of my time in the garden. It's huge so keeps me busy without even trying. Also do video chats with friends which is brilliant. I am glad you had such a good meet up with your friend. I have had a couple with friends but it's gone very cold again so not good for sitting outside. Some of my friends who have to go out are wearing masks so it's becoming more common all over.

I too have been doing home cooking but luckily my sons are only too happy to take some of it off my hands, lol. Keep doing the workouts. They are very good for us. You will be getting near to lunchtime, lol. Have a great weekend.

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Do you have options for what tv programming? We have comcast but there are other cable options, Universe, can't think of others. We have a lot of channel and music channel as well.

We went back to Target. I was afraid we'd be the only ones wearing masks as they seem to be loosing things up (too soon I think.), but about all the older people wore them and some clerks.
We looked for peroxide for my SIL but none or alcohol.

Going to grocery store tomorrow, then not going out again until next week. I'm getting way too use to staying home. I spend more time working out to burn calories for the meals I eat. Fitbit is motivating me, but to meet the calorie goal takes forever. Usually into the evening. I get over my 10,000 steps in easy enough I worked out to two tapes and two were walking tapes.

I had a nice visit with my friend, we sat in back of the church, grassy area with trees. Just talked about everything. Kept our distance. We may do it again. I just wish my other 3 or 4 friends could join us. Who knows, maybe.

I just pulled up my world clock and see it is 4:18 am Thursday there. It's 11:18 pm Wed here in Florida..Your 5 hours ahead of us. Hope you have a good night.

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Wow! Nice at 88, it's been nice here too, at 69, which is unseasonably warm, lol. We are to get cold again tomorrow though. Arctic winds blowing down. Unpack the thermals again.

We don't have Target as such but there are similar sorts of stores. How are finding the Fitbit? Setting these things up can be a total pest. Lucky you have someone to help you. My grandson is great for that. He was helping me with my TV last week. Increased the number of programmes and channels I can watch now. Cheers for TP and paper towels too. Not had a problem but I know some people are still finding it hard to get them.

I hope you had a great visit with your friend. It is good to actually talk to another human being instead of making do with phone calls.

Take care and have a great weekend.

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We went to Target, not sure if you have that store there in Scotland, like a department store with food. I got a new Fitbit Inspire. I've been wanting a fitness tracker for a long time. DH's nephew will come tomorrow to help set it up, I did charge it. I can do that at least.
They had some TP there and paper towels. Yay!!

Most of my friends text, which I don't do. I'm still in the cave days of e-mail. I do message on Facebook sometimes though.

Masks are voluntary here too. Some places you see them all over and other stores barely anyone has them on, including clerks.

It was nice today. 88ļ. I'm meeting a friend behind her church tomorrow. Keeping our distance and sitting in our own chairs, just to talk and visit. I haven't see any of my friends (which are mostly church friends) in a long time.

We had our Taco dinner tonight instead of yesterday's Cinco de Mayo.

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Hi there,

I know what you mean about the restrictions. I'm 70 in November so it will affect me too eventually. At present wearing masks is voluntary and they are actually scared to tell people to wear them in case they start buying up the ones which are suitable for medical use. Granddaughter works on the NHS here and she says the masks they use have a waterproof membrane but the cheaper ones don't. Health workers need them more than me so I try to stay at home as much as possible. Like you I'm quite happy in my own company although since Iain passed away it is very quiet in the evenings. I chat to friends on the phone regularly and my brother and sons phone every day too. It's a wonder I ever get anything done, so busy chatting away, lol. I did go to the post office in the next village this morning and as it is a small shop only one person is allowed in at a time. There was only one person waiting when I went so it wasn't long. They have sanitiser and wipes available at the door and I had gloves with me. It was only because I wanted to send a card and a gift voucher to my grandson or I wouldn't have been there at all. My sons get me shopping and stock up my store of logs for the stove. Our weather has been lovely the past few weeks but it is back to normal now. Raining and a cold wind now. The temperature only reached 49 this afternoon so heating and fire will both be on this evening.

There are two vaccines being tested here at the moment but even if they work they wont be available until next year probably. Looks like we will have to adapt our ways of living. Our local supermarket has TP stocks back to normal and most other things are available too. At least something is working, lol.

I stay out in the country so there are no home deliveries available for fast food. If I want pizza I have to cook it myself, lol. I do miss not getting out for the odd meal though. My sons use the take away places near them though. Everything is ordered and paid for by phone and they just collect the meal already wrapped up or boxed. I suppose if whatever you are having is really hot it shouldn't be a problem. Might be a bit wary of eating ice cream outside though.

All we can do is carry on being careful and know it will pass eventually. Stay safe.

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Sally, oh my gosh! 18 months. That would be me, I'm 70, be 71 in Sept. We go to the grocery store maybe once a week. Didn't have TP today but we still have some. We did get some paper towels and napkins. Later I called a pharmacy and found they have X-large gloves, which DH needs and XS gloves for me. Small gloves are too big believe it or not. They had masks!! So we got some.

When I wear gloves it does remind me not to touch my face. I know a lot are saying you don't have to wear gloves, but I see a lot wearing them. If we don't take them off when we get in the care, I clean the car with wipes, but we are learning how to take them off.

It takes time to wipe down the groceries, canned goods etc. Whenever we find wipes we get them.

18 months....this must be going to last a looonnnngggg time. Well they did say it will be back along with the regular seasonal flu. Hope they come up with a vaccine before that. I wouldn't know if I had the reg. flu or Corona, but guess they do have different symptoms.

Some restaurants have to go or/and delivery. We thought about getting a pizza to go, but not sure if we want to chance it. They all say how they are being careful etc.

Nice that you have a garden. You can have fresh salads.

I'm glad I'm an introvert as staying inside doesn't bother me. I don't have to be on the go and doing something all the time.

Take care everyone!!

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Hi there, doing fine here.

Nothing is being opened officially as yet. Some busuinesses have begun to work again but with strict social distancing in place. I can understand how you are suspicious of peoples' ability to respect the social distancing though. I live next to the main West Coast railway line and this afternoon there were workmen on the line and they were not staying the required distance apart. It may feel fine to them but what about their families and anyone else they happen to meet up with. On the other hand they are unlikely to come up with a genuine, fully tested vaccine any time soon. Even if the ones they are testing just now are viable they still won't be available for at least months away and it's unlikely that people generally will put up with being shut in that long. They're talking here about telling over 70s they must stay inside for the next 18 months which is ridiculous in my opinion. It wouldn't cause me a huge problem as I'm not 70, at least not yet, and I have a big garden where I can go at anytime but many others are not so fortunate. I suspect we may eventually have to take our chances and make sure we stay as far away from people generally. All you can do is stay away from people as much as possible. Look after yourselves out there.

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They are opening our beaches on the 28th. Can't believe it. I know people need to get out, but I don't trust that they will keep the distance and one state is opening gyms, salons and bowling. I know people need to make a living but this just doesn't seem like the right time yet. Not until the virus is more under control and hopefully a cure or something. Maybe it is just me being paranoid.

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Happy Easter to you too.

We can always hope for better tomorrows. Never did any harm to hope and try to be good friends and neighbours.

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