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Hi, how's everyone doing? So far so good here. I think we beat the odds on the storms. We'll get the rain I'm sure. Tropics are busy!!!

What's new with all of you? How's Scotland doling these days?

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Man, I have a lot to declutter here if I only had the room. I want to get a single bed in the spare bedroom then we'd have room to box things up around the room. Right now there isn't room to turn around and the bed is full of 'stuff'.

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Chatted with hubby on the phone tonight.

Hubby and his sister are both at their mum's home trying to get more done to get it ready for selling.
He told me this evening on the phone that they've managed to get a huge amount done.
They've had a rep from a local antiques shop in - waiting for his offer.
And there's somebody coming tomorrow from an estate agent tomorrow to give an assessment for selling.

He'll be home, Friday evening.
I just don't now yet how long that will be for :(

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I've managed to get a load more decluttering done - even hubby noticed that there was space in the dining room!
I have 2 full boxes and have already started on the 3rd, for a charity shop - when hubby has time to take them.

He's still up the road much of the time.
His Mum is settling well into the care home, which is a huge relief for all of us.
But the house has to be cleared, cleaned, sorted, assessed and sold.

I'm now at the stage of staying home, rather than offering to go up the road to help.
Most stuff now needs a decision from hubby or his sister. And I need to get on with the decluttering here, as well as I can.

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Well it's nice to have something different to try on especially when it shows some weight loss. good for you, all the de-cluttering must be doing something other than tidying things up, lol.

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Hubby due home again tomorrow evening.

He's been doing really well getting his Mum's house sorted out.
I so feel for him, doing this largely on his own. His sister has done 2 or 3 hours each weekend. I helped one weekend - but there's so much where I can't make a final decision. Just decided while he was on the phone tonight that I won't go with him next week - it's almost all stuff where I'd need somebody else's decision, and hubby's doing enough without needing to be interrupted all the time.

This will also give me more time at home here, to try to continue clearing our own house!
It's sooo true - it didn't get so cluttered overnight. But I keep thinking I should be able to get more done.

On a more positive note - last time I was with hubby, I tried on a load of MiL's tops and t-shirts, and brought a load home that I could maybe get into comfortably after some weight-loss.
I'm wearing one of those t-shirts today - really comfy, not at all tight.
Well, talk about non-scale measuring! My scales haven't moved much, but emoticon the fat seems to have :)

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It must be a big relief to you both that your MiL is settled at her new place. It is a worry that they might not like it and want to go back to the old place. If I remember it was Pittenweem your husband went to so although estate sales aren't common here maybe a garage sale for some of the small stuff might be an idea. Someone who was emigrating from here did a house sale a few years ago, selling everything, and there were loads of people there and you know how quiet it is down here, lol. Anyway, good luck with all the work involved. think of all the calories you'll be burning.

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Wow, that sounds really hard, Christine. Once you've all sorted out who gets what, what's to sell, what's to donate, and what's garbage, there are people who would organize an estate sale and put it on for you at the location. You miss out on some of the proceeds that way, though. What are the plans towards having a sale?

I'm glad your mother-in-law is happy in the new home! That must make everything so much easier. Was her place fully furnished, or did she get to take some things with her to feel more at home?

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Christine, I'm glad your mom likes where she is living. I'm sure it is a relief.



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Quick update -
Hubby's Mum is now in a care home in Edinburgh.And is telling her visitors how much she likes it.
So we're no longer tensing up, to the same extent. when the phone rings.
Now it's "just" getting the house sorted out and ready to sell.

It's ever so much easier, I'm finding, to sort out the house when the relative is still alive.
My SiL was finding it really difficult to start, but she knows it has to be done - they need the money to pay the care home!
Also, it was never the "family" home (although it was the last family home their Dad knew).

Hubby was away all this week, working at stuff - got home this evening.
$ visits to the coup and 3 to the charity shop, just since Sunday night!

I've been trying to get on with the decluttering, clearing and cleaning here.

Now I have the (lack of) stress of having hubby home for 4 or 5 days . . .



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Thanks, this tells all about canning everything. Good site!

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Here are some resources that might help you learn about canning food safely:

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Yes, there was a made-for-TV movie made of The Five People You Meet In Heaven. I just recently watched in on Netflix. It's a nice movie, very much like the book. The author wrote the screenplay, that's why it sticks to the book's plot so well. It's nice when the author can help to write the screenplay of something based on their book. I know Lois Duncan had some problems with everything changed in movies based on her books, and it was distressing to her. It takes away from the meaning of the story when you change everything. So have you watched this movie or read this book? The movie is less gory. I would recommend that more than the book.

Sally, your temperatures sound so nice for the Summer! On really hot days, I just hide in the house if I can. And even so, I get headaches easily from getting dehydrated, even though I drink liquids all day! Scotland must be so nice. I bet you can go on such long walks in the summertime there.



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It's easy to make. The difficult bit is ensuring the setting point. The easiest way is to use a sugar thermometer. I use the chilled saucer test. put some drops on a chilled saucer and if it wrinkles and holds a line through the middle the jam is ready. It can be a bit hit and miss and it's easy to overcook it, then you get toffee, but if it isn't done for long enough then it will be syrupy - so - a thermometer - if you've not made much jam. Hope that helps. You can also get special sugar for making jam which has pectin in it to aid setting. I've never used it, or pectin for that matter. Let us hear how you get on.

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We have a couple depressions out there in the ocean but don't think so far that they will be any danger to us. I think one may come close to hit Caribbean. I hope we don't get any hurricanes this year, 2004 was bad.

I haven't baked in a while. Is jam easy to make?

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This is Scotland, lol. The temps are back to high 60s maybe low 70s. Not much danger of overheating here, lol. I know you do get really high temps so do make sure you don't overdo things in the heat.

I made blackcurrant jam and a pie this afternoon so the kitchen was warm. It is pleasant outside too and the perishing weeds are growing like crazy. That took ages though so no weeding.

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We had 82 F on Tuesday. This is more or less unheard of in Scotland. The times we get temps as high as that are extremely rare. No temp in the 90s up here. It must be exhausting having temps in the 90s on a regular basis. We had fantastic thunderstorms here on Wednesday but today is warm and dry, temps about 70 ish and the thunderstorms have cleared for the time being.

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Thanks Sally.

I didn't check the temperature but it had to be in the 90's. Hot Hot Hot!!!!

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It's on the Health Forum Court.

We are supposed to have warm sunshine here today. Quite disappointed to find it raining.... again!! Still tomorrow is supposed to be better. We shall see.

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Okay, where did I read something about the walking to the castles challenge? There was something different this time around, but can't find the post.

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Sally, terrible about the roller coaster ride. People go for fun and that happens, hope they will be okay. My MIL likes to do Logic Problems.

Lady, sorry about your uncle's passing.
Wasn't 'The Five People You Meet In Heaven' a movie? What video games did you get for this weekend? DH and I played 'Zelda' when we first met.

I've got to get on SP more often, so caught up in outside stuff.

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I prefer general knowledge ones. Not very keen on the cryptic so, lol.

As for the weight loss , thank you for that but I must admit I need to update the ticker but I don't know how. It should be pounds, not kilograms. My measures are all done in pounds but for some reason the ticker is stuck on grams. I don't mind too much as after I started, like you I left for a while, I put 10 pounds on so it should read about 28 pounds. That's my admission for today, lol. Since being on again I have stayed much more consistent. The Sparks system is the best I've found for losing weight and more importantly keeping it off.

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What kind of crosswords do you like the most?

Congratulations on your weight loss so far! 40 lbs is amazing, good for you!



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Enjoy your games. I prefer doing crosswords.

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Yesterday, I bought some video games on sale. Now I know what I am going to be doing this weekend!



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My Uncle Donald, who was 80 years old, died last week. He had a staph infection. I didn't really know him, but my mom remembers him. She's going to the memorial this Friday. I have to stay home with my cat, who has been having health problems.



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If I got to choose my own particular heaven, like people do in The Five People You Meet In Heaven, I would like it to be a little cafe that serves food. I've had dreams that that's exactly where I am when I am seeing people that have died. Isn't that unusual? And I think it would be perfect! What a great place for people to talk with one another.



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This book is a lot gorier than I remember it! I'll have to pass it on to someone else or sell it soon.



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I'm rereading The Five People You Meet In Heaven, by Mitch Albom. In the beginning, is an accident at an amusement park. The lead character dies, and then he goes to heaven and meets five people whose lives that he changed. I was looking for something to read and found this on the shelf and thought it looked good. It's so terrible about that accident that happened! But it looks like no one has died, so that's good. I'm surprised, because I read about what happened, and it could have been different.



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The poet I was talking about is Michael Wigglesworth. He was also a physician and a minister. Here's something about him and his most famous poem, a super-long one, of about 225 stanzas!

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P.S. It's a little inaccurate, because it says he was rejected in the pulpit. But that's not true. He was a minister for over twenty years!

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Oh, that's so terrible about the ride!

Yes, my aunt lives far away. It's over 300 miles, well over a 5 hour car ride. And she's allergic to cats, so kitty can't come. And my cat is semi-feral, so I can't leave him with anyone too long. He might be outside the whole time and get even sicker. I really wish she would let me borrow the documents to scan into the computer. We have a scanner too. But she won't let them out of her sight. It's too bad!

One illustrious member of my family was a famous Puritan poet. I've read some of his writing. It's very old-fashioned!



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The language on old documents is very difficult to read. You should see some of the place names. Modern writing says for example, Strathaven but it's pronounced Straven and it was often written as Strvin. Good fun trying to decipher though.

The ride was a roller coaster that came off the track at Motherwell, about 40 miles from here. Some gondolas landed on a kiddy ride sitting below. Eight children and two adults were hurt, three of the children were serious but they seem to be going to be OK.

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I don't have any kids either, just do it for my fun and see what my past was like. Boy, they sure couldn't write or know grammar....like I should talk, mine's not that good either, but they used words like
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his= hiz
son = sun
besides = besidz
following - folloig
New Jersey = New Jerzi

Interesting

I know I'd have a hard time to leave my pet alone if she was sick. Does your aunt live far fro you?
We had to get a dog sitter whenever we went away, but it was a relative.

I just heard on the news about the accident at an amusement park in Scotland. I forget what kind of ride. Hope no one died.



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Wow, hefty prices at Ancestry.com! It sounds like fun, though, to work on your tree. Luckily, I have a lot of family members that have been doing family history work at FamilySearch, so if I start making a tree, I will probably just do it there and sync with their info.

I've been having some health problems, for quite a while, so I haven't thought about this kind of stuff for decades. And I don't have any children, so it wouldn't really benefit anyone if I worked on it. So I really don't have the interest. I was just writing about it, because you guys are.

My aunt wants me to stay with her for a while and help her with something, though. She has these old letters from my great-grandparents, that they wrote to each other during World War I. She wanted me to feed them into the scanner one by one, so that we can make a book to give to family members. However, my cat is older and he's partially deaf now (because of an illness that he almost died from, caused by a vet!) and he's always really relied on me since he's semi-feral( he used to live outside!). I just can't see leaving him for very long at all. I wouldn't feel right.



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Yes, nothing much is free, except Familysearch.org, but on that it like global and everyone with the same ancestor can work on that line. You can find lots of mistakes there. But it is nice to find records and can post those to Ancestry.com. I hope I can still do that when I'm not a paid member any more. I have two more months.

For monthly on Ancestry.com it is $19.99 ffor just US, $34.99 for world explorer and $44.99 for everything including newspapers. If you are lucky and can get a 6-mon for $99, that is what I'm on now. It took me a long time before I got it though. I used to get ads in the e-mail but don't get them any more, so I guess I'll just have to call them every now and then when I have the money. When you aren't a paid memeber, you can still get into Ancestry.com just not everything. You can still work on your tree.

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Sadly, like lots of things, it does. I don't know how much it costs in the US but it costs about 20 per month for worldwide access in Scotland. If I stay only in the UK it's 14 per month. The DNA cost I have no idea as I've never looked. If you go onto the Ancestry site you can usually get a free trial for a couple of weeks. If you stick at it you can get a lot done in that free time but be sure to come out of it, and inform them, before the time is up or it will cost you money. Hope that helps, happy hunting!

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Does it cost money to make a family tree on Ancestry.com?



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Yeah, Family Search is run by the LDS Church.

familysearch.org/about

We have some charts that one of my family members got from the LDS Church, before they had an online website for genealogy. That's how we found out about Scottish people on my mother's side. Just recently, I found out what my grandmother's maiden name was, and that it was Scottish. I had asked her while she was alive, but she didn't tell me, because her church does NOT believe in knowing anything about genealogy or passing on what you know. I really don't have a lot to go on knowing only her name, so If I do any research, it will just be on my mother's side. Because my paternal grandfather, he was adopted, so that is impossible to follow up on too.





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I'm doing it on Ancestry.com. I do have one on the FamilySearch, I'm not sure if that has something to do with the LDS or not. It is fasenating to find someone new. Is that how you found your Scottish ancestors?

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Are you making a family tree by hand or do you use charts on paper or a computer program or are you doing it online? We have some charts that one of our family members got from the Latter Day Saints.



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Thanks. It must be in Germany. I should have put the ancestor's name down here, because I don't remember who I was working on at the time of my post. I'm going to work on my brick walls before my membership runs out.

This seems to be taking all my time lately, working on my family tree. I'm going to work on my Scottish Finlay and Arthur. I did get a few generations on my Douglass. He was from St. Cyrus.

I think some Irish went to Scotland in the migration period, maybe I'll find my Irish through my Scottish.

How's the weather in Scotland now?

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No - I don't know any Hanover in Scotland apart from the street in Edinburgh.

But it could be something tht was not considered important at the time . . .

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I've never heard of a Hanover in Scotland. There is a street called Hanover Street in Edinburgh, presumably as a consideration to the royal family in the 1700s who came from Hanover in Germany to take over the crown. The only one I know is Hanover in Germany. I've never heard of one in Ireland either.

Maybe someone else will have heard of it.

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I'm working on my family tree and wondered if there is a Hanover, Scotland? This is a brickwall for a long time. He's suppose to be from Ireland, but going to see if it's Scotland that he is really from.

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An ice cube onto the sore sometimes helps.

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Thanks, I need all the luck I can get because it is like pulling teeth to break through a brick wall.

Fighting another cold sore. 4th one this year. First one was carry over from Dec.



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Good luck with the search!

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Thanks Sally. It has cleared up pretty much. Now I worry when we have a hard rain. knowing that it can be that bad is a bit scary. I can underwtand if we had a hurricane, which there is a tropical something out there, but passing us to go to the Carolinas. It is way early for any hurricanes. Our season starts June, but peak time is Sept.

I've taken a bit of a break from SP, but stopped in to unjoin some things on one team, if I can find my notes on what is to be unjoined, the old stuff we did.

I'm still working on my family tree, kind of obsessed to find my Irish. I've already found my Scottish and may find more along the way.

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I believe your deluge is heading this way. It's supposed to arrive by the weekend. If I see Noah I'll put up a post. LOL

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