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Reply Sat 7 Dec, 2013 04:52 am

Oh no, now you are giving me flashbacks - to the Temptations. Two of their greatest hits - and two of my favourites. Papa was a Rolling Stone has a loooooooong introduction, often abbreviated on video clips, but I rather like it! Cloud Nine is even better I think!

Ouch! Poor Foundy - not funny, falling like that. I hope your shoulder hasn't suffered because of it. You need plenty of rest, some lovely warm baths, and some good massages! I know you won't have time to rest - but please try and get some me-time!


Had to laugh at your step stories, Sturgis! A one-foot high step to the bathroom - strewth, amazing that you didn't break your neck! Wonder what Health and Safety would have to say about it nowadays! And hot tiles if the floor hadn't been raised? Sounds lethal!


Love your little kitten - ah bless, such a sweet and innocent little face. I do miss having a cat, but Megan is a bit paranoid about them - can't really inflict one on her. Here's your little critter again - feast your eyes!


Temperatures in the States and Australia confuse me. Ever since we went metric here, we've had our weather forecasts in Centigrade, but you still get yours in Fahrenheit, of course - hence the confusion. I think we have about 7 degrees here today, so that must be 46 degrees F? Same or similar to yours at the moment - similar cloud cover too. Oh how I long for summer - winter lasts for such a long time. Snow? I hope not. Very scenic, but so hard to get around - lots of people and animals died in last winter's blizzards.

Nothing to do with anything, but I googled winter, 2012/2013 England - and look what I came up with! Weird thing, this internet, never know what you'll come across next!


Reply Sat 7 Dec, 2013 03:12 pm

Oh Lordy what a beautiful little thing, boy? Name?

I'm so pleased Sturgis but you also know reverse psychology yes? I gave you loads of cats the last few days, I know you love them and well, they were vertical but YAY now you have your own Wink Have you picked it up ? Tell us more .

Whatcha see is whatcha get, HA! I should have written it that way, with a bit of a lingo accent or something ...!!

Oh I knew that I wasn't the only one, couldn't have been the only one to do something so stupid, but seriously who looks down at the ground when in need of a, well bathroom? Oh you do, did, 4 ties Smile This is not the time to proclaim that it's because I am a woman, that would be an insult to all here, well most anyway Wink

Thanks both of you OUCH was definitely a word, at the time, a little limping going on but so far no bruising showing, I don't know if that is a good or bad sign really.. Shoulders are OK Von Wink depends on where I put this key board though, I seem to manage well at work but at home I think the desk is too high or something.

Celebrated my nephews 21st last night ,wow how time flies I remember the three of them as just "kids" ... By the time they were 11, I told them to stop calling me Aunty, the name is AK.. And, that was it, that's who I have been ever since.. I remember when the oldest turned 13, the first step to being a teenager, I remember when I turned 13 Smile Do you all remember when you turned 13? lols.

Ahhh weather..... 32 today that is probably 90ish? I don't know either Von but there are a lot of clouds out there, so it won't be too bad at all... Not in the mood to do open inspections today but then, soon, I can take a week off YAY!! Can't wait!!!!!!

DUTCHY - That be like IDK 3 days max to go if that Smile Till you are back..

Reminds me of a song " You've got a friend" ....

Now to find the song Smile
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Reply Sat 7 Dec, 2013 03:25 pm
WTH is that black thing called an avatar Von? haha.. I'm a looking closely, closely, but can't work it out, the Devil? Smile
Reply Sat 7 Dec, 2013 03:41 pm
WTH is that black thing called an avatar Von? haha.. I'm a looking closely, closely, but can't work it out, the Devil?

Laughing Laughing Laughing

It's not a devil - it's a watcher! Rolling Eyes Watching my back whilst you aren't here! Laughing But it can take a back seat for a while - not too far away though. Never know when it's needed! Might bring my foxy friend back? But foxes get hunted, so what do I do? Mmmmm must ponder on that one!

On a totally different subject - how is your foot now?

Daisy Ryder
Reply Sat 7 Dec, 2013 08:43 pm
I miss Dutchy...
take care guys.
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Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2013 07:56 am
I think we are all missing Dutchy - hey Foundy, have you spoken to him today? Can't wait to see him back on A2K again. He's sorely missed - not least by you, his friend and neighbour. Laughing


I've been thinking about how I first came to A2K and that sent me on a trip down Memory Lane! Rolling Eyes


Hard to believe that this time last year I was a member of A2K, but had never ventured further than the crossword puzzling threads until January. Dutchy was always there with an answer when I was stuck - sooooooo grateful when he came flying to the rescue! Then he invited me across to First Word and the Yabber-Liner, and the rest is history! That's when I met you and you directed me to the word game threads, and you taught me all about threads, posts, and how to tease Dutchy and Sturgis. Been quite a few laughs along the way. Laughing


So hurry back, Dutchy - we need you here! Very Happy I'm still a newcomer in many ways, but you - and Foundy and Sturgis - have made me feel truly welcome on First Word. As have many other members of A2K on this, and all the other threads. Always a pleasure to log on! And made all the better when I see the eagle has arrived! Laughing



Gosh, that phone company is slow!!!
Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2013 02:28 pm
Aweeee Ms Von, I still class you as a "sister" you know that Wink

Did I not predict (3) wasn't there a (3) or it could have been (2) well I am now hoping it's (1) Monday, it's Monday and well, that's a week, I am going to ring him and tell him to call them and DEMAND he's good at that Smile Wouldn't it be witchy if after I press send on this, he popped up, well later today as they wouldn't put it on before 9am.

Even STURGIS misses you Dutchy!!! HOW'S THAT !! No not cricket. Dutchy would get that Wink

Von that's so lovely of you, such a warm post x

We sure are best friends for ever!! So yes, WE MISS YOU DUTCHY but he knows that .

Love the animated girls, am I the one with one eye or you? LOLS

Reply Sun 8 Dec, 2013 06:13 pm

Thirty degrees (Fahrenheit) and all is well. Actually the well would be just about frozen by now.

Heading backwards to clear confusion (Foundy must be working too hard), the adorable kitten isn't mine, just mined him/her from the internet. Wasn't actually looking for a cat or a cat image, not sure how I happened on it. Must be the fates or something which made it happen. Currently no cat or dog or any other. In part this will remain the case as I don't trust my health enough to put an animal through the uncertainties of me going in and out of the home and through medical facilities for varying lengths of times. I tends to think back on the several months from 2009 as a prime example. That was too long a time for an animal to be placed in a temporary home or have people only checking in a time or three each day. Back in the early 1990s I went through a month (an exact month) away for a hospital stay after an injury and my beloved cat was not happy. Took him a few days to start eating again. So, in closing, the cute grey kitten is not mine. (however if he or she was sitting outside my door, I'd take them in anyway and have them stay)

Legal matters tomorrow (which I suppose might be today already for Foundy, Dutchy, cherrie and maybe even Vonny and the protesters in Kiev as it's scheduled for Monday). Should be matter of fact and straight forward but ya never know for sure and I wouldn't make the mistake of believing it will all be perfectly done. (mentioned briefly on this to Foundy in a PM)

No major pain today, has been occasional itch, occasional jab/stab but all in all it seems good. Tomorrow before the legal, (hopefully) the wound nurse will have unwrapped and rewrapped so I will have had a visual. The last few have been in general much better, although a couple of new spots just can't resist popping up. Such is life. I still breath and think so it clearly is not that bad. When I stop breathing, that's when I will panic...wait a minute, warlocks don't stop breathing. Not that I attest to being a warlock, Paul Lynde was not a good example, although Maurice Chevalier I could deal with as a warlocking mentor. (those were references to the dreadful series Bewitched, which except for Agnes Moorehead and Bernard Fox (oh um I suppose several others as well) was a rather horrible television show.

Of course that was television back then, A witch on ABC and a genie on NBC with hillbillies and the sort on CBS.
Bewitched also had the handsome as all getup David White in a non warlock (mortal) role. Tis strange, strange indeed how so much information resides in my brain about a show which I claim to not have had interest in.

(could someone remind me what I was just jabbering on about?)

At any rate, the day is going along, all seems well.

Dutchy had darn well better get back here and get back here fast. Greatly needed.

As for me, back later...
Reply Mon 9 Dec, 2013 04:17 pm

Well, that's how old I feel Wink

We again, also are experiencing weird weather I mean, sheez it's summer, it's December and it's cold!! But two days ago it was HOT!

I shall not swear.. NO I won't.. I am a lady.. No smartazz comments please Wink

DUTCHY!!!!!!!!!! It's gottttta be like today or tomorrow, 10 days surely is now up...

Ok, I am working too hard Sadhttp://i990.photobucket.com/albums/af25/Antigone53/P1010005.jpg

Nothing wrong with an Internet Pet such a virtual consideration of admiration in anticipation (who writes like that? ) Remember I am a Gemini there are two of me Wink But, it's a cutie for sure as the one above is Smile Didn't you have a ginger cat once Sturgis? And, a black one?

I understand, and I commend you for that decision, it must be hard loving the little critters so much but have to make a management decision for the right reasons, when it can feel wrong.

Strays seem to find me, I swear the seek me out...

How did you go with your legal matters, did you succeed? I hope so, I hate people "thinking" they have the upper hand, 9 out of 10 times they don't as the person whom they are up against, has cards being held for the right moment, sometimes I love legal battles, been through a few and as you know, in my profession I have to be a step ahead or research in the event of any problems occurring.. Means my brain is active though, that's always a good thing.

LMAO no Sturgis Warlocks do not stop breathing, so you are safe then huh x

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll26/Plutzker/Bewitched.jpg I don't know the wiggle of the nose was quite funny, the Mother-In-Law often made me laugh and the little girl can't remember her name, oh yes I do, Tabitha a real Witch's name for a cat these days, was, well cute Smile

They wish you a Merry Christmas, they wish you a Merry Christmas, they wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Obviously, I am in my silly mood today, can you tell?

Everyone bar (3) always (3) is a-wall but I guess, there are reasons, so I hope all is well!!!

Reply Tue 10 Dec, 2013 02:16 am

Well, I just spoke to the man, he was in bright spirits but I had to call from my mobile so it wasn't for long.

It appears that the supplier that he's gone through doesn't have any free email addresses so he's kinda on hold Sad

BUT he did get a small giggabite ( how do you spell it?) I accept my faults, for emails to his important people to keep in touch with, such as family.

So I am going to give him an early birthday present, I'm going on Friday to purchase a Huge giggaaaabite so he can come back here whilst he is waiting, and D and I will go see him Friday morning and whilst there give Anna her birthday present ...

I can write this cause he can't see it till after Friday hehe.

I would do it for any of you too but you would have to live here Smile

Reply Tue 10 Dec, 2013 03:27 am

Phew - just Googled Gigabytes to see just how big they are - this is what I found :

1 Bit = Binary Digit
· 8 Bits = 1 Byte
· 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte
· 1024 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte
· 1024 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte
· 1024 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte
· 1024 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte
· 1024 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte
· 1024 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte
· 1024 Zettabytes = 1 Yottabyte
· 1024 Yottabytes = 1 Brontobyte
· 1024 Brontobytes = 1 Geopbyte

Oops - still none the wiser, EXCEPT that your birthday gift to Dutchy sounds amazing! Loads of space for our darling Eagle to get posting again until his communication problem is sorted out. What a wonderful gift - you really have put a lot of thought into it, and come up with exactly the right thing for the right time! Clever girl!


Wow - so you're visiting him on Friday morning - bet you'll be welcomed with open arms - by Anna as well as Dutchy. Give them both a big hug from me and say hi.


Anna's birthday too? On Friday? Happy Birthday, Anna. Have a wonderful day.

Reply Tue 10 Dec, 2013 03:57 am
Good Lordy, you can google way to go... Smile I still don't know "what" but I believe it's broadband pre-paid and I'll just ask for the highest Smile

Anna bless. Apparently, she likes me Smile Well also some other beautiful woman who is on here who I care about heaps...

But, her birthday was a while ago, so was mine. She cheekily gave me a present when I visited Danny, very thoughtful the card was a hoot, kinda can't get pregnant at 50 lols, a lot of thought as I said into it.. It was special.

I hope she likes the things I bought her, due to Danny going into hospital AGAIN, I had planned for his birthday to celebrate all of ours but no, just like Dutchy she had to beat me too it Smile

Will though give your love Von. Smile x

And, Sturgis I'll give him a poke or something manly, I'll just you know, be a Gemini a male for a minute and back to me, the female. Gawd that reminds me of a Troll, that I once met, well never met but she/he was well, a he she? Still don't know .

Anyways... there is two people I've ever said much love, guess I've started with another and here.. I value my friends.

Best wishes for tomorrow, it's another day, to all of you, those here, reading not writing and there Smile
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Reply Tue 10 Dec, 2013 04:13 am

I remember Bewitched - and the nose twitch!


What I didn't remember was the role the chap Sturgis referred to had played - David White. I Googled it (whatever would we do without Google - or be, in the case of some people) and found out that I not only recall the character well, but that he had been in several other series I watched back then - the Rockford Files, Columbo, Quincy, M.E., Cagney & Lacey and Dallas - those were the days! Scarcely ever watch television nowadays - plenty of entertainment online - gosh, something new and entertaining every day - fact as well as a lot of fiction!

I'm still watching 24 Hours - Series 7 - oh dear, only one more series to go, although I did hear that there was to be another series - set in England? Oh, I do hope so! Very exciting - but I ration myself out to one episode a day - enjoy the suspense. Lots of murder and mayhem - is that art imitating life or life imitating art? Mmmm - that's something to ponder on.


Silly mood, Foundy? Not surprised - your news of Dutchy is sooooo good! Bet you can't wait until Friday! I guess both Danny and Anna regard you as family now - you've been strong throughout all the ups and downs of the past year - thank goodness you were there for them!


Sturgis - owwwwwwwwwww - I hurt when you hurt - what, phantom pain? Seriously though, it sounds so bad at times - how on earth do you stay cheerful - ahhhhhhhhhh - I know, yelling DOMINIC - don't think that would work for me. I just yell for the pain killers!


I have a bone to pick with you, my friend - you've got myself and my husband hooked - on Butternut Squash! It goes with almost anything - and it's soooooooooo delicious.

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Reply Tue 10 Dec, 2013 10:45 pm

Where to start?
A decent outcome yesterday (so far) and will have to wait and see what happens next. Next, meaning this Thursday afternoon (tentatively. can't stand the indecisive nature of that word. Mad ) Yet it's best to take the positive route and note that things were good Monday in all respects. Good wound nurse report as well! The starter wound has begun looking a little better. The infection port which has...um, no, that would not be Port Arthur or Port of Call or even Port Bruce. A simple (?) infection location which has reopened a few times, seems to be getting a better color and appearance all while slightly reductulating in size.

Um, when did Foundy turn into my friend Peggy?
I'd recognize Peggy anywhere.

Okay, that wasn't Peggy or Foundy it was a reasonable facsimile of both of them combined. Must be the standard drawing for kind ladies of the world.

Then I notice Vonny wants musical flashbacks as well since she insists on showing tree hugging.
which brings me to an upbeat song from around 1970 called Draggin' The Line by Tommy James (he was earlier with The Shondells, then went out on his own).
At about 1:34, notice the words, "hugging a tree when you get near it"

Needless to say I loved Tommy James and The Shondells, from Crystal Blue Persuasion to just about anything they did. Nice sounds for a confused teenager to be listening to back then. Works well for listening to as a confused adult too.

Happy late birthday greetings to Anna. (just how did I miss that, or did I and Foundy mentioned it before and somehow it left my swiss cheese brain?)

MMMM....Swiss cheese! Don't care what my sister says about sodium or fat content of it, I eat it anyway. Pretty sure the sodium and fat are taken out of it before it's sold...that is why there are those holes isn't it?

Not that it matters, no Swiss cheese, or Swiss chocolate in the place right now. Need to do more food shopping. Also need to make some calls tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, it will be here in less than 30 minutes.

Odd as it may seem to some (Vonny perhaps), never saw an episode of 24. It was on every week, yet it never appeared on my screen. Mainly because there were other things going on or to watch I suppose. Not sure at this point in time what the reason was.

Glad Dutchy is in the process of getting service, sort of steamed that it is taking seemingly forever. That seems flat out wrong to do to a person and they should have made very clear at the start how long it could take instead of offering up vague hints or just luring people in. Few things irritate me more than misleading advertising. Straight out lies are what that amounts to. (now to step off my soapladder...the soap box was missing)

Er um, Vonny, go easy there with those butternut squashes before I am a victim of the next B movie. Attack of the Killer Butternut Squashes. Had a dream about that the other night that they were coming after me for having turned so many people on to their deliciousness. They weren't happy. In the end though, they realized it was a matter of keeping others happy and a few of them hopped up onto the roasting pan. Seems they'd rather sacrifice a few for the good of many. (and you thought your dreams were strange)

Okay that's it for now. Back later...
Reply Wed 11 Dec, 2013 02:46 am

As long as you don't end doesn't matter where you start Wink

I need reminding, how you copy and paste a photo from above, thank you very much Ms Von Smile

EVENING... MORNING.... Yawn!~ That's better.

It's a bit amusing really Von, because I know Dutchy will say " I could have bought more g's, but see then I'll say "You are a stubborn young fool" Anna will laugh " Because you wouldn't do that" .. Anyways, 2g's would last him even on here can't tell him that though he won't believe me, I have 4 and I am here 24/7 well nearly with work and all..... It's his birthday present, not getting anything else that's it. Hope Anna likes her presents Smile

STURGIS NOOOO It was like IDK just after mine? June lols. With Dutchy in and out of hospital neither of us got the chance to hand over presents that's all Smile

WT? WHO THE? What?

Who is Peggy .. Oh, OHHHH , Aweeee I got patted on the back thank you Sturgis, been another 12hr shift I should have seen that, I'm quite astute Smile

Couldn't find anything for ASTUTE grrr.

That's terrific news YAY Sturgis, HANG in their, round one went well and it seems things are improving, so happy about that.

Just quietly ? http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/hdl_is_love/.jpg


For Dutchy


Pumpkin squash don't go there, aren't we over that now? Did I tell you that cream of pumpkin soup, with some coconut milk and green prawns dropped in until cooked is awesome? It is...

Family carp meltdowns everywhere this year, roll on Christmas parties NOT ...

I always thought I was confused about things on my desk but I have to say tonight the desk looks confused!

Wishing all lots of good vibes even if you don't post, I suspect some read Smile

Reply Thu 12 Dec, 2013 04:10 pm

Picture from above? Right click, scroll down to 'copy image location' then post it as you would any picture, just click 'img' and centre it before clicking 'paste' - is that what you mean? As in -


All of a flutter today! Received a letter from my surgeon to say he'll perform the op on 13th February! I knew it was going to happen, of course, but when that letter comes ................... needless to say, a sudden dull thump as a leaden lump clunked down in my stomach - ohhhhhhhhh not that awful injection again! Still have vivid and painful memories of the last one! My scars have healed nicely - but it has to be done, so onwards and upwards or whatever the saying is! Wish it wasn't on the 13th!!! Rolling Eyes


Sturgis - I need more vegetables to try. Butternut squash is lovely, but what else can I experiment with? There was an0ther type of squash in the supermarket today - not Butternut - stated with G I think - wish I'd taken a note of the name, I wanted to google it ... any idea what it could be? None of these -


Not a lot to say, for once! Laughing
Reply Thu 12 Dec, 2013 06:01 pm

Will try to reply tomorrow for some reason, I'm having difficulty with the site, and have to post in a word document then here, which is confusing as I am also replying to friggen 6 emails and sending the wrong ones as well lols.


Til then
Reply Thu 12 Dec, 2013 09:02 pm
Hello all, this is terribly out of sync, but "Papa was a Rolling Stone" well well well, wherever he laid his hat was his home, and when he died, all he left us was alone. Thank God I have it on a CD or I would have worn the grooves off the record. The first record I remember buying was a 45 rpm disk of Ray Charles singing "hit the road Jack". I think I bought it with saved up babysitting money. My mother must have had the patience of a Saint, I would play it over and over and over until somebody screamed Uncle. My favorite past times are music, film, and nonfiction. Oh, I didn't mention the pups, they are both a challenge and a constant source of entertainment.

I've not mentioned our granddaughter, she is a joy and the spitting image of her dad when he was her age. Well, her hair is longer, and a little red like mine. She is only 2 and a half, but we didn't have a lot of access to her until the last 10 months. They don't live that far from us, but we have been locked in this dance with the maternal grandmother who believes she gave birth to her own grandchild. I was ok with waiting, because I figured as she got older she would want to see us, and thank God for my long past Grandmother who was wise beyond belief. Little Gia loves loves loves granddad glitterbag, and the dogs are an uber attraction. All those months having the other grandmother take her out of my arms, and now Gia tells her, but I want to go to grand moms house, I want to see Rooby and Sophie. (It's ruby, but that's how Gia pronounces the pups name). I know, I know, it's painful when folks start nattering about their grandchildren so I'm reluctant to bog everybody down with how wonderful we think she is.

OMG, I've not mentioned mr. glitterbag, we will celebrate 35 years in February. We've been good for each other, well he's been good for me, I hope I've been
good for him. I like to believe our son is very special as well. He's become a decent, honorable person. Sorry for all the sentimentality. I was only intending to talk about "Papa was a Rolling Stone" then my fingers started flying.
Reply Fri 13 Dec, 2013 12:11 am
Hello witches and Mr.Sturgis, please note the "Boss" is back thanks all to Foundy! The beautiful lady and her fiancée paid me a visit today and it was like an early Christmas for us. Presents for Anna and myself like there is no tomorrow. The Boss received a 4G mobile broadband usb modem which will permit me to go on line and play the threads until I'll be permanently connected with my new ISP, this could be several weeks yet. How generous is that, thank you Foundy from the bottom of my heart.

To all of you have a great weekend, it is nice to be back. Vonny hope all goes well for you in February and Sturgis I hope you're faring well. Glitterbag I enjoyed your post.

Waves from downunder.
Reply Fri 13 Dec, 2013 02:51 pm
Good morning boss Smile all. I just gave you selected answers . So good to see you back x now it's not a2k. It's my dang computer and typing on this via a mobile is not fun lols. And I can't have three screens and word open either. At least I think that's a good thing as I am still tired and would probably stuff up. So I have to now get the internet working hahaha my turn?Smile glitter I be back to answer good to see you and off course he is special x morning all ...til
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