Thanks to Anglian Water

clip_image002Somewhen between the 24/6/19 and 7.8.19 a not so friendly unknown person turned the water to my ponds on and left it on.

When returning home after my shoulder operation, stay in the care home and with a friend, we found that the water was running in the garden.

While sitting relaxing the phone rang, it was from the Anglian Water, who queried my enormous water usage. I explained my predicament and the lady was very sympathetic, she said they would check the meter again within a fortnight and get back to me.

I was very reluctant to open the letter from Anglian Water; but scraped some courage together; and was pleasantly surprised. All the “leakage”, to the amount of £1095.28, had been written off.

Phew, what a relief! Thanks!

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The triumph of a Gardener

My gardener was here the other day and she found this snail nursery; don’t tell me that 13 is an unlucky number (but for the snails to-be it was)

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And a little later she found this snail kindergarten/graveyard:

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there were also two baby frogs – and I think they ate all ‘the kids and the teacher’ in the kindergarten, because of all the empty houses. Sorry frogs; but the evidence had to be destroyed, so no more easy dinner, but there are enough other snails in my garden, I just can’t show you the way!

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Another fortnight has evaporated since the Op

The arm-sling is off and it found its way to the dustbin. I think we were maximum 5 minutes with the doctor, who looked at the scar poked a bit and checked my movements showed me the x-rays of the new shoulder, and answered 4 of 5 questions, wrote my release from surgery note and a referral note to the physio department.
The last question was “when can I start driving again”?
This is depending on the physio from MK-hospital.

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My Total Shoulder Replacement & Recovery

I had my shoulder replacement on the 24th of June, all went well, but I had to stay at the hospital for 9 days until a bed was available in a convalescent home.

I was so lucky to get a placement at Waterhall Care Home in Bletchley. The food was quite good and it was definitely way better than hospital food. The place was absolutely fantastic – a generous single room with an on suite bathroom, shower & wc – and with 24/7 nursing/careers at hand and a daily physio who helped speed up my mobility and strengthen  my arm muscles, plus assuring me that the pain I sometimes felt was not a warning of a possible dislocation. He was very understanding and caring. The carers were always happy and friendly, even when run off their feet. Their title fully described them as they were making each patient feel special. The fortnight I stayed there just flew away.

The stitches/clips (32 of them) came out on the 9th, the plaster came off on the 13th, I was released from the care home on the 17th and my post-op-appointment – with the surgeon/specialist who performed the operation – is on the 1st August when the sling will come off. I hope to be able to use my arm by then and maybe get permission to drive.

Most of all I am so grateful to my friends – HC, DJKA, VR & PO – who were doing all the running around getting me this & that.  Also a very special thanks to my ICE person who is now looking after me until the post-op appointment.

I am a happy pampered bunny.

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Everyone vs Everybody

Sometimes I do wonder how to use the English language correctly. These two words have always baffled me. So, while ‘watching’ (more listening to) the cooking programs on Sunday morning TV and starting composing/researching my PowerPoint/presentation for U3A Computer group for the coming Thursday morning, I stumbled over my introduction.

Do I start with: “Good morning everybody” or “Good morning everyone”?

I went online hunting, other people would say researching, for the usage of these two words.
I only needed to read 4 different sites when I found my answer.

Most sites informed me that
“both everyone and everybody share the same definition and that
many thesauruses usually relate the two pronouns as synonyms under any context.”

Choosing ‘everybody’ from ‘everyone’ can be rather difficult.
The difference is so minute that it is easy to be confusion.
The two words are now accepted by many grammarians as one as the same word.
Many sources either online or offline also consider using the two words interchangeably.
That is though not quite correct.

As I understand the definition:

  1. Everybody: the group addressed is considered as one single unit
  2. Everyone: each member of the group is considered as separate individuals

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More words for my vocabulary

Today i came across two (new) words – that I hadn’t heard before. So, unlucky you here I am sharing them with you.

idiomequivocate

    to speak in a way that is intentionally not clear and confusing to other people, especially to hide the truth

Thesaurus: synonyms and related words

    • beat around the bush (idiom), elliptical, euphemism, evade, excursus, get on to/onto sth, gloss, go (all) round the houses (idiom), go off on a tangent (idiom), indirectly, mealy-mouthed, mincing, obfuscate, obfuscation, oblique, obliquely, roundabout, skirt, underlying, veiled

prevaricate

    to avoid telling the truth or saying exactly what you think

Thesaurus: synonyms and related words

    • beat around the bush (idiom), elliptical, equivocate, euphemism, evade, excursus, get on to/onto sth, gloss, go (all) round the houses (idiom), go off on a tangent (idiom), indirectly, mincing, obfuscate, obfuscation, oblique, obliquely, roundabout, skirt, underlying, veiled

 

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2018 – what a troublesome year!

I am slightly fed up with 2018. I am wondering what more this year can throw at me.First there was the water damage that forced me and my cat out of my house for one month while the building recovery firm made my house liveable again. While we were in exil, I decided to pop over to Denmark for a short week.

When Coco and I came back home, I had to find someone to do my garden. The lady I found (temporarily only) came with me – to check the flat – in Spain. It had become a dump! Grrrr.
We spend the whole week cleaning the flat for the next lodgers.
I manage to organise that the flat got painted from top to bottom, incl. the outside balcony rails and fixing this and that that had been left and not fixed; like the air-con that had never been serviced.

When I got home I wrote a “Dear John” letter to the keyholder and sacked him.
Luckily, I had another key-holder lined up.
I will meet her in October when I am returning to Spain to finish refurbishing the flat (new sofa, armchair, dishwasher …).

And the saga goes on and on, but I wont bore you any further.