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On 9/21/2021 at 10:20 AM, NotKateHepburn said:

Hi all! It's been a really long time. I've moved twice, I have wonderful grandkids, I was diagnosed with P.A.D (peripheral artery disease) and Fibromyalgia.  Some days are great but many are not. The fatigue is horrible as is the pain most days. But I hobble along because giving up isn't an option. 

Hi Dena -  I also have Fibromyalgia and I have arthritis as well.  So far pain and fatigue haven't stopped my mini-ing and I hope they never do.  My awesome husband (who has muscular dystrophy) has bought me tools to use to stop me from overdoing things however I do still get a lot of finger, hand and shoulder pain.  I was initially diagnosed in 1997 at age 25 but didn't accept the diagnosis.  It wasn't until I went to a Rheumatologist with hip pain in 2008 that I was again diagnosed with fibro and accepted it - and the somewhat help that some meds can provide.  I find the stiffness almost as bad as the pain, fatigue and brain-fog.  Still - onwards and upwards!!  As you say - giving up isn't an option! :D

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Not doing much building right now..pain a bit of over the top but have been dismantling wedding dresses to make Angel gowns. I am all set to go as son as I get this flareup under a bit of control and can use my machines..

 

You may remember I was going to get catarcts done in July but the surgeon on the day, while I was all prepped and laid ready, had a hissy fit and walked out of the OR. Needless to say i didn;t get my surgery done. It has taken me several weeks to ask my eye DR for a different refferal and have an appontment with ahother one in  a few  days..hopefully he will agree to do it and again hopefully I will get a fairly  early date. I will keep you all informeed.

 

Hoping everyins safe and well and cotinues to stay that way.

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On 9/24/2021 at 4:26 AM, Thimble Hall said:

You may remember I was going to get catarcts done in July but the surgeon on the day, while I was all prepped and laid ready, had a hissy fit and walked out of the OR. Needless to say i didn;t get my surgery done. It has taken me several weeks to ask my eye DR for a different refferal and have an appontment with ahother one in  a few  days..hopefully he will agree to do it and again hopefully I will get a fairly  early date. I will keep you all informed.

Fingers crossed that all goes right this time, Jeannie. I had my left eye done a couple of years ago. Easy peasy lemon squeasy, as I think the saying goes.

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Last week my laptop started making a clicking noise on opening and closing, and then I saw the frame around the screen was coming loose in one corner. I got it last Xmas, so it's under warranty, and I went to the Acer website to see about getting it repaired. They said my warranty expired August 26th. Huh? I was able to attach my proof of purchase from amazon, and got back an email telling me how to prepare it for shipment. Spent several days making sure I'd backed everything up and made all secure, and shipped it out on Monday.

That night I got out my son's 12 year old Windows 7 (which has no battery) and hooked it up to my bedroom tv to relax and watch some streaming video. The tv wouldn't turn on. I checked the batteries, tried the remote on the tiny tv in the den too, it worked fine. My tv was kaput - busted - dead. I went to Walmart and bought a new one.

Yesterday, as I was putting a load of laundry in the washer, I noticed it smelled a little funky, so I decided to run the cleaner cycle. When it was done there was brown crud in the bottom of the washer and on the tub walls. I wiped it all down and ran the cycle again. Same result. Did it a third time, not much better. Went online to research. It seems my washer has scrud, which is yucky stuff that results from iron in the water mixing with things like chlorine, oxiclean and fabric softener. I saw where one guy took out the agitator and the whole drum in an effort to get the goop out. DH said no way was he going to try and remove the agitator and drum.    Some sources said to let the washer fill halfway with hot water, pour in lemon juice and let it sit for several hours, so I poured in what I had. Not sure if it helped or not, but this morning I bought a bigger bottle of lemon juice and my "lemonade" is soaking in the washer.

Last night I turned on the TV and attached the old laptop to watch streaming video. No sound coming through the HDMI cable into the TV. I've gone through this before with other computers & TVs, so I did all the troubleshooting. Nothing did any good. 

Today I'm using the old laptop in my workroom to listen to music and browse online a bit. The darn thing is now heating up. It didn't used to.  I better go check my tracking number to make sure my laptop arrived at Acer repair. 

I wonder if all this bad stuff is happening because I managed to get a guy to come look at our rotted window frames. He said that when he came to fix them he'd take a look at replacing our nasty old shower too.  I'd been looking for someone to come about that shower for a year now. Is Karma saying "you can't have everything, lady"?

Oh yeah, somebody's finally coming to replace the heating element in my oven on monday. I hope he doesn't find anything else wrong with it.

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@grazhinaIt is time for a vacation!

Appliances just don't last like they used to....I  never would  buy the extended warranties because it seemed like I ended up repaying for the original item before it needed repair.  Now they don't even make it to the manufacturer's warranty!

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On 9/25/2021 at 4:53 PM, grazhina said:

Fingers crossed that all goes right this time, Jeannie. I had my left eye done a couple of years ago. Easy peasy lemon squeasy, as I think the saying goes.

Thank you I saw him Two days ao, he was wonderful, everything I could have hoped for and then some, furst surgery is in November

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Oh, I'm lying on the sofa debating whether to drive up to Miniatura tomorrow or not. Against are a 1.5 hour drive either way, paying entry, spending money I could potentially do with not spending, and a UK self inflicted fuel shortage (everyone panicked at the same time) (I have fuel currently, my local gas stations seem to have fuel at the moment). For are minis and more minis, hopefully some 1:24 Christmas accessories, and a day out by myself. 

But looking through the exhibitors list so far there aren't many half scale stands it seems.... Do I go if I'm unlikely to find much? (Staying at home I'll find nothing 😉

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I did. Oh so easy to spend lots, things I never knew my dollhouses needed 😉 Having lunch out before my drive home, then I'll share some pictures of my finds. 

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2 hours ago, Muriel said:

I did. Oh so easy to spend lots, things I never knew my dollhouses needed 😉 Having lunch out before my drive home, then I'll share some pictures of my finds. 

So much for the age old pros & cons method of decision making! Obviously, a bucketful of cons can be outweighed by a few golden pros. :D 

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5 hours ago, Muriel said:

I did. Oh so easy to spend lots, things I never knew my dollhouses needed 😉 Having lunch out before my drive home, then I'll share some pictures of my finds. 

OOh can't wait to see....:D

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A couple Jane Harrop kits - a bench for my entrance and a castle for the kiddies bedroom, a Christmas tree just like the big one I made for my Mummy last year, some cutting boards and some tiny beach huts to paint for a mantlepiece or somewhere. 

Some wrapped presents, parcels and a tiny tissue box from Mini McGregor.

A gorgeous stitched cushion from WHB Miniatures - had seen this online before and it is fabulous in person, so tiny it is hard to tell they're stitches! They do 1:12 too, well worth it if anyone needs a cushion and doesn't want to stitch it themselves. 

I finally found a 1:24 Christmas tree and some tiny candy canes from Life of Riley. Yay!

Best stand was Ella-Rose Miniatures (Etsy) (Facebook) where the 1:24 gingerbread house, snowman and gonk came from. Just full of colour and whimzy, I loved it! She has some fun Christmas trees too, though none in 1:24th and sadly can't afford it anyway!

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Also got a 1:144 house kit which I may make and give my mother-in-law for Christmas. Trying to inspire her to take up her dollhousing again. Took her to Miniatura a few years ago, but didn't manage to get the house waiting to be decorated out of her spare room corner. 

Also got a rainbow cake, and two teddies with party hats, but they're wrapped up packed away for stockings. 

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13 hours ago, Mid-life madness said:

@Muriel

I saw on Instagram that Julie Warren was there. I know she does 1/12th scale but did you happen to see her? I love her books and videos. Her voice is so charming.

I looked at all the stands and spoke to a few of the owners, so may well have done, but my knowledge of miniaturists is next to none, so I didn't specifically notice her, no. There were lots of lovely displays and stands with people selling their work, it's nice to have the combination. 

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I want to thank havanaholly and KathieB and I’m sure a few others for the “crinkled brown paper bag” used instead of sandpaper to give a baby-butt finish to a wood project I’ve been working on. I wasn’t getting the perfectly smooth surface I wanted and I was advised not to use steel wool and then I had an epiphany.....Holly and Kathie’s paper bag trick!!!!   Thanks. 

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1 hour ago, Sable said:

then I had an epiphany.....Holly and Kathie’s paper bag trick!!!!   Thanks. 

You are most welcome -- that's why we are here :) 

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Today I had a great phone interview for a job, but the next one will be in person in another city and I have not driven in so long that I'm a bit worried... I guess I'll practice on a parking with an experienced friend/family member on sunday.

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1 hour ago, _Roxy_ said:

I guess I'll practice on a parking with an experienced friend/family member on sunday.

Good luck with the interview!

Refreshing your driving skills is a great idea. I hadn't driven much in years, but when my husband died, I was forced back onto the road. Even with close to 60 years of fearless driving experience behind me, it took several weeks for me to get anywhere near comfortable.

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