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[*] posted on 24-11-2015 at 17:01


Bird flew and hit the window, killed him. :crying:



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[*] posted on 24-11-2015 at 23:40


We have a lot of blackbirds in our area. A juvenile one flew into one of our windows recently, depositing a big splat of bird poo. It didn't die though, but I had to go out and rescue it from our dogs.



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[*] posted on 25-11-2015 at 23:09


From next year, one neighborhood in my city is chosen to get "supportive benefits" - with all the complaints about the demeaning labour, one party opped the idea of giving people the freedom to make extra money on top of their benefits and to end the benefit "duties" of either the forced labour for the able workers, or the 5 sollicitations a week. Let's hope I won't need it.

It is indeed a very demeaning situation - numerous of the smarter people in my group have experienced depressions over this insult to injury. Last Friday, there were 5 of us - and 4 of us were emotionally so shattered the group leader let us go home early.

I have been having a lot of problems there - mainly migraines, which I never had until I was forced to go to a building with bright red floors. Today was extra terrible. I lost a lot of sleep last night over depressions and hadn't recovered, was still shaking and crying... al things put together the group leaders decided to suspend my work/learn-company duties to get me in contact with another support group. I'd get more infos about them but their website is in need of serious TLC. I'm at least the 3rd of the group to leave for this reason.




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[*] posted on 26-11-2015 at 13:57


Hang in there Bonny.



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[*] posted on 27-11-2015 at 14:36


Thanks Poly! {hug}



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[*] posted on 27-11-2015 at 19:31


I'm a hug you too, dear, really hope the situation will get better.



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[*] posted on 27-11-2015 at 23:33


Thanks Aqua! How are you? :forumsmiley8:



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[*] posted on 28-11-2015 at 08:09


I had to move out of my home of 10-1/2 years and nth kids kids have gone their own way. My son is doing well but I am worried about my daughter as she is living with her mother and they can't seem to find a place to live. I am currently in a friends house and stay in a cold garage but it's not outdoors and have to look for a new job since my good one is way too far away now.



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[*] posted on 28-11-2015 at 09:47


Quote: Originally posted by BBP  
Thanks Aqua! How are you? :forumsmiley8:
I'm fine, dear, I'm fine.:grin:



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[*] posted on 28-11-2015 at 12:15


Sorry to hear about all that, Huck...



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[*] posted on 2-12-2015 at 21:43


Had a letter from the hospital, I now have an appointment on Dec 21st.

I think I can remember that date...




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[*] posted on 3-12-2015 at 23:07


Made this photo yesterday:




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I hope you're not feeling so down Bonny and I hope your situation is improving Huck. You probably may not want to hear but I'm having a great time. Just got my exam results and I got two high distinctions for physics. It seems I'm back on track after the first half of the year was kind of wiped out by my surgery in March. I've been using the spare time while on summer break to work on the garden and do some work on our two vehicles. One's a VW Transporter van which we bought new back in 1998, upgraded with two rows of removable seats in the back as a people mover and the other is a Peugeot 206 which we got back in 2002 - a tiny car in comparison.

They've both got pre USB and BlueTooth music units (they're called head units in the trade) and we'd been using a cheap add on solution with terrible sound output so I finally, with the help of my eldest son, tracked down a really good special on replacement head units. I had helped him install one in his car a while back, which involved a lot of soldering work because the old one was an aftermarket system that had not been installed properly. I learnt a lot doing that and was prepared for difficulties when doing mine. I didn't just fit new head units, I also installed phone brackets and microphones. This was easy in the van because it's got plenty of dash real estate but the Peugeot was quite a challenge. I also managed to repair a few other faults in both vehicles at the same time while I had their dashes open.

I like a lot of variety in my life and this has been a refreshing change from full on academic study. I found that going out in the garden and doing various maintenance chores for a short time each day helped me get through swot vac without going crazy. I've also been working on upgrading my musical setup and got a RAM upgrade on my laptop and the latest version of Logic Pro to get ready for some serious music development time. My next courses don't start until March next year, which is a ridiculously long break.

PS: What is that in the picture Bonny?




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[*] posted on 4-12-2015 at 22:54


Great to hear you're doing well! I imagine it feels odd to break a couple of bad news messages. Likewise I didn't yet want to post the picture I made in the Zappa - What Happened To You Today topic yet, with all Caputh is going through.

The mushroom is the Eindhoven landmark Evoluon. I posted pictures of it before, but this one I made today is so lush with the colours...




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Yesterday, again with the help of my eldest son, we drained the fish pond, scraped out the mixture of fish poo, algae and gravel from the bottom and then removed the old lining. It's a big pond and was originally a school project constructed by my youngest son about three years ago when he was still in high school. It's a feature of our front garden that we have really enjoyed, but there have been some issues with maintaining it. It seems our algae problem was related to overfeeding the fish and having gravel on the bottom has turned out to be a really bad idea, so no more gravel. We're going to use small porous baskets with gravel in and various plants to jazz it up. Also, the plastic that it was lined with was not really the best for the job and had deteriorated and was losing water at a ridiculous rate, so we've replaced that with some specialised heavy duty pond liner. The picture shows where we got up to yesterday. All that remains is a little shoring up with more dirt under the edges, the replacement of the edging stones and another plant box in the deep end on the left with some lilies.





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[*] posted on 5-12-2015 at 13:16


Nice pond!

I'm baking speculaas now, while listening to Hot Rats.




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[*] posted on 6-12-2015 at 23:26


Did you take a picture of those speculaas? What shapes do you use?

We're having a heat wave here, it was 41C yesterday, Sunday, with an overnight low of 31C. It was 34C when we worked on the pond on Friday and then 39C on Saturday, so nothing else got done. Yesterday all we did was buy a lily. Overnight it got seriously windy so I went out and checked the pond in the middle of the night and some of the liner over the edges had blown into the pond so I had to retrieve it and place some of the rocks to hold it down. It was half covered in debris this morning so I had some cleaning to do, but it was nice to see the lily had settled in well.







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[*] posted on 7-12-2015 at 10:24


Poor fishes, I hope they can take a lack of oxygen like that... If we have weather like that, the fishes end up floating.

I did take a picture of speculaas. You can make dolls and such with them indeed, you need a plank for those with the cutout, but this one has almond filling, and then you can't really manage any special form. It should be rectangular but it now had a bit more of a wavy shape. I was in a hurry. Turned out we'd run out of brown sugar, so you have to get some - it needed to be done before dark, because I wanted a picture of it, and I also had to wrap some gifts and write verses so it was a tad hectic.




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[*] posted on 7-12-2015 at 22:14


The fish are fine, the edging is not wide enough to cover the whole pond and even if it were there's a lot of water in there.

I was wondering about your speculaas because I'd checked out a couple of articles online, which indicated that they're traditionally made with various shapes and patterns.




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[*] posted on 8-12-2015 at 13:00


There's a crispy variety that you make little figures with (and large ones, that would be traditionally decorated and given to a sweetheart but that isn't done very often these days) and a softer, stuffed variety. I've made both but the stuffed one is liked the best here, so that's the one I make. It's incredibly addicting sutff, you can't just have one.



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