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[*] posted on 22-3-2021 at 02:13


I've just been to the vet with our unwell dog to find out he's very sick. He's 13 and will probably be euthanised today or tomorrow.

We're having a run of bad news and I hope it stops there.




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[*] posted on 22-3-2021 at 08:55


Oh your poor dog!


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[*] posted on 22-3-2021 at 18:12


Quote: Originally posted by polydigm  
Julie's dad has been in care for a while and has just taken a turn for the worse, so he probably hasn't got very long. It's very difficult to get clear cut information at this distance. We had a surprise visit from our eldest son this weekend, which was lovely. I've just entered a composition competition - music appropriate for dance. The winning entry is then used in a choreographer competition. The winning composer and choreographer then team up to produce a work for a performance by the Royal Academy Of Dance in 2022.
Sorry about Julie's Dad. You don't think there's any possibility of improvement?

This music and dance competition is a cool concept.
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[*] posted on 22-3-2021 at 18:13


Quote: Originally posted by polydigm  
I've just been to the vet with our unwell dog to find out he's very sick. He's 13 and will probably be euthanised today or tomorrow.

We're having a run of bad news and I hope it stops there.
Ho man, it sucks. :umm:
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[*] posted on 24-3-2021 at 22:25


W've been delighted by a squirrel in the back yard for the last few days. He's discovered our squirrel feeder and has been eating from it every day!



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[*] posted on 25-3-2021 at 18:59


That's awesome! I really like squirrels, watching them run up and down tree trunks, their vivacity, their colour. They're so cute!
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[*] posted on 25-3-2021 at 20:59


Yes!

That is, almost adorable. I did once find out what sound they make - crazy hissing!

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[*] posted on 27-3-2021 at 09:24


Julie's dad is 89 and he has an untreated form of leukaemia, he could go any day now. Our dog Darwin is gone and it's now very quiet here during the day, during the week, working on my own. Yes it sucks, but I'm over having the responsibility of looking after a pet and Julie's dad has had a pretty good life, we did think he had a few more good years, but he had a pretty bad fall a few years back. Once he recovered from that initially, it didn't seem to hold him back too much, but I think that is what ultimately turned the tide on his health.



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[*] posted on 27-3-2021 at 09:59


On a more positive note, I completed two more demos of my music yesterday and posted them on YouTube.






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[*] posted on 28-3-2021 at 21:33


Haha fun to hear the Zappa influence :D

Very nice, thanks for sharing!






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[*] posted on 29-3-2021 at 21:22


Went out shoping something that wasn't food, which was for the first time since the Corona regulations were tightened on 19 Dec. Now shops are allowed to open but they're only allowed guests by appointment, so you have to make an appointment first before you are allowed in. And there has to be 4 hours between making an appointment.

I made 4 appointments, one for the second-hand store, one for the household articles store and two for textile discounters. Ended with satisfying birthday presents for DED (16 apr) and a large stack of booklets on the Japanese language. Got my fix! :D

Was a great sunny day for it too. Feels great to get out of the house.




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[*] posted on 30-3-2021 at 19:09


Sounds like you had a great day Bonny, good to hear.

I don’t want to put a damper on things, but Julie’s Dad passed away on Saturday. Life is now returning to an even keel. We’re in our sixties, so these aspects of life are to be expected, we’re okay.

Thanks for your comments about my music. An album’s still a way off but I’m happy about how things are progressing.




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[*] posted on 30-3-2021 at 22:05


Sorry to hear about Julie's dad, my sincere condolances...



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[*] posted on 31-3-2021 at 18:01


Sorry to hear about Julie's dad passing, even though it was to be expected it's still a difficult moment. :-( I'm sending good vibes to you and your family, Poly.

About the music, I really like Foreveranda Café, especially the sax solo, it's really good. Keep up the good work.:forumsmiley281::music4:
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[*] posted on 31-3-2021 at 22:26


Appreciate the condolences, guys.

Thanks for the boost, Aqua.




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[*] posted on 1-4-2021 at 18:03


You're welcome, Poly. Hope the rest of the year will be better for you and your family.
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[*] posted on 2-4-2021 at 22:23


Cheers, that’s the plan.



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[*] posted on 3-4-2021 at 18:06


Last day of being 37 today... up to a better new year! At least this year I can bake a cake!



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[*] posted on 5-4-2021 at 07:24


Happy birthday, Bonny. Hope it's gonna be a excellent one and everything is fine for you. I'm sure the cake will be great.
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[*] posted on 5-4-2021 at 11:03


Haha it was my 4th attempt at the Sachertorte. Since I'm from the 4th of the 4th (apparently a bad luck day in Asia) 4 is my lucky number and with me it's usually 4 times a charm rather than 3.

Sachertorte is not an easy cake but it involves my 3 favourite things in the kitchen - sieved flour, molten chocolate and stiff egg-whites.
I began by greasing the tin and gathering the ingredients. For the dough I melted the chocolate au bain marie, beat the butter with some of the sugar, added sieved flour and then chocolate to the mix, and beat it thoroughly. Then came the tough part of the mix - the egg whites. I made sure my bowl and the beaters were clean and grease free, split 6 eggs (which took 7 eggs, I baked the 7th) and then beat the whites stiff, and added sugar. They went stiff beautifully and all sparkly.
The difficulty is in Sachertorte that the rise comes from the egg-whites, there is no other rising agent. So you have to mix the whites stiff, then fold them in with the dough carefully - if you're too rough, you'll break all the air bubbles in the egg and you get a very dense and chocolate-y pancake. I was ever so careful - using the tip to first mix in a third of the egg whites firmly to get the mix loose, then slowly fold in the rest of the egg.

And as I was one, I looked to my right - and saw the six egg yolks in their little bowl. That had to be added at a much earlier state and needed to be beaten in vigorously.

Drat. I added the yolks and some baking powder.

The rest of the cake was moderatey successful in that I got a rise, I asked Dad to cut it through the middle so I could put the apricot jelly into it, and the glazing went well for a first time.

Result was sweet and the coffee taste of the glaze is really powerful, but it wasn't too bad.




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