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ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 31, 2011 6:59 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
The last thread was a tad too long so here is a new one.
Regards.
Neil.
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murielw1
Mar 31, 2011 9:02 AM CST
Pretty picture Neil.

Jamie our house was built in 1900.


Petalpants
Mar 31, 2011 9:15 AM CST
Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX
Pretty picture, Neil! Hope your friends are doing ok since the Mom/wife died... their little boy would probably do well at your house for awhile, where he's distracted from all the sadness at his home. That was nice for you & Sarah to keep him for a couple of days... you'll probably become like an Uncle to him--- closeness with people isn't always blood-related, I've found out!! Group hug
Hope everyone has a nice Spring day today! 'Happy planting' whatever you're planting!! Hurray!
Petalpants
Mar 31, 2011 9:31 AM CST
Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX
Wow, Muriel, your home is really old to me! We have this one little section of town where they have moved 5 or 6 old homes built about 100 yrs ago; some are Victorian-looking---I love them! An organization has restored them, and furnished them like they used to be... they have tours, certain days & times--- but I haven't been inside, I always forget about it, till I am on that side of town & see them... I like looking at old homes & hotels from here, from pictures... many were either blown away from hurricanes or some burnt down.
Jamie, I like your photos of your home... you have it fixed really pretty with those antiques! --- of course, Inky on the bridge outside is a cute one too! Rolling my eyes. Jamie, my grandparents used to live in Coloma? Wisconsin... anywhere near you?? They used to have a Dairy Farm somewhere up there... I went & stayed with them a couple of weeks when I was little; still remember walking down a path picking berries & eating them; remember the milking machines for the cows also... I recently got some old photos from a relative, & it has their big place--- the chicken-coop looked bigger than what our Home is!! Hilarious!
murielw1
Mar 31, 2011 10:23 AM CST
Connie, the only trouble with a very old house, is trying to keep it in order, with the windows being big, they cost a lot to replace, so far we have only been able to replace one bay and side window, in the main bedroom, we had to ask for an grant to help with the electric etc for the house, and we had to match what the council gave us., I nearly fell through the floor when I was told how much it would cost to re-do all the electric on the house, but at least that is all done plus other things, the inspector came and checked all the work as the contractors did the work.
The kitchen was like a cafe when they were all here. Hilarious!
ImageJaeRae
Mar 31, 2011 11:39 AM CST
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5, WI
save the rainforest & habitat
Hi Petal. Coloma is about 2 hours NW of me but in some of the nicest dairying land in the state. Wonderful cheese factories around there too. They must have been properous farmers with land there.

Muriel is correct...these houses are not insulated well, mine is brick and surrounded by trees and because it is 2 stories and is quite square, it is (somewhat efficient) not bad enough to justify the cost of doing more. I have replaced some insulation and windows and it is pretty solid now.

It was a perfect situation for me though because after my divorce, I moved to this area to help take care of dad and rented it with an option to buy once the property was divided. When the property could not be divided, I ended up with much more land than the seller intended but he had to honor the contract so I got it really cheap for the area it is in.

The house itself was truly 'beaten' with leaks everywhere but I learned to plaster, tile, and strip woodwork (all of that kind of stuff) and had professionals do the work that I couldn't in the most necessary order as I could afford to. It's all re-roofed, rewired, and re-plumbed, the garages are sided, I built it a porch, an 'antique' brick patio, lots of perennials....there are still things that I want to do but nothing that "NEEDS" to be done. These will get done as my knees and crickety back can handle it.

....and there are raspberries! Hilarious!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 31, 2011 11:52 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
The oldest house in the UK that is still lived in is in Essex and that was built just before 800 AD. The oldest church that is still used was finished in 721 AD!
That is not the oldest house or church just the oldest still in use!
Milk machines and 100 years old! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Still got diapers on.
Hugs.
Neil.
ImageNanubunny
Mar 31, 2011 3:38 PM CST
Name: Bonnie
A very small town in Virginia
Muriel, you are absolutely right, sometimes the meals that we throw together from things that are in the house turn out better than something that we plan for days! I have often had Tom say, "Wow, this is really good - do you remember how you did it so you can do it again?". Rolling on the floor laughing We're going to have the rest of the "Whatchagot Stew" tonight!

Linda, thank you for your concern, my husband is still being treated for prostate cancer - it's been over a year. They did a cryoablation (freezing) in February of 2010, but there was a tumor that had migrated outside the prostate right at location of the prostate (which is why it did not show up as a separate entity in the preliminary scans). That was removed in a later surgery, but the hormone treatments are not keeping it under control as well as the urologist would like, so we had an appointment with the oncologist on Monday, and he has a number of options available, most of which do not involve chemotherapy, thank heaven. The first thing he wants to do is stop one of the hormone treatments which often causes a positive result (for whatever reason), so we got that call today, and will see him again in six weeks to see if that's what's happening. Then we'll see what other options look promising. He was not a candidate for surgery when he was diagnosed because of his age. After the age of 75, they will not do a radical prostatectomy, and we were not thrilled about the idea of radiation. His urologist said that he was a good candidate for the cryo, and had there not been that tumor, everything would have been fine. However, that tumor would have been there, no matter what protocol we chose, so, we would have ended up here anyway. We're making the best of things, and doing what we want to do, and that's the name of that tune. Hilarious! Your prayers are very much appreciated! Group hug

Jamie, your house is lovely! No, the patio is not on stilts, fortunately! It's just flat stones. The house where I lived before Tom and I married was built in 1917, and I was the fourth owner. The man who had it built was one of the original engineers at NACA which became NASA, the very first location, here in Hampton, Virginia. One of the neighbors told me, when she found out that I was involved with aviation, (member of the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association) that he had built an airplane in the field behind the house and flown it out of there. You'd never believe that could have been possible now, looking at the neighborhood, but there was a small airport, just up the road, then. It was a sweet little house, with a lovely yard. The lady who owned it before me was, at one time, a tourguide at Colonial Williamsburg which is just about 40 minutes away. She designed the yard. It had been neglected, but it was still gorgeous, especially in the spring. I managed to get it part of the way back before I moved. The azaleas were stunning, and there was a white camellia that I wish I could have taken with me.

Neil, I am so enjoying your spring pictures - they are so uplifting, considering we're getting chilly rain this week.

Well, the compiler has finished chewing on my program, so now I get to see if I corrected the errors or introduced new ones!

Love to all,

Bonnie
". . . folks I wouldn't sweat the thunderstorms since the radar has also picked up a squadron of Russian ICBM's"
-- George Carlin, a.k.a. "Al Sleet, the Hippy Dippy Weatherman"
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murielw1
Apr 1, 2011 9:39 AM CST
Bonnie our thought are with you and your husband.
There are a lot of buildings that are way older than ours, specially being an historical city.
Went to the dr's this morning, and have to go back on Monday for more tests, before he can treat me, hey hoo!, round in circles.
Muriel
ImageNanubunny
Apr 1, 2011 12:07 PM CST
Name: Bonnie
A very small town in Virginia
Muriel, you will be in our thoughts, and prayers, too, as you go through your tests with the Dr. (Sometimes, it's like playing backgammon with an octopus who cheats, isn't it?)

Bonnie
". . . folks I wouldn't sweat the thunderstorms since the radar has also picked up a squadron of Russian ICBM's"
-- George Carlin, a.k.a. "Al Sleet, the Hippy Dippy Weatherman"
Imageirisarian
Apr 1, 2011 12:38 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
oh well, snow again. Only about 2" for us but heavy stuff. Birch trees on the north side of the driveway were bent over to touch the ground on the south side. A bit of shaking helped & John has been clearing the icy slush so it doesn/t freeze. Western
Mass & northern New England had almost a foot in some places.

Eye checkup this morning; come again in a year. Muriel, I hope the Dr. is skilled enough to get going & figure things out for you.
murielw1
Apr 1, 2011 1:13 PM CST
Thank you Bonnie and Lucy.
I only had a blood test two weeks ago, and that was a laugh and a half. three goes and a second person getting success, so I asked if I could see the second nurse who managed to get first time even if it was in my hand, had a bruise for two weeks and pain in that hand, but I was warned that it would happen.
ImageNanubunny
Apr 1, 2011 2:56 PM CST
Name: Bonnie
A very small town in Virginia
Boy, this getting old stuff is not for wimps is it?
". . . folks I wouldn't sweat the thunderstorms since the radar has also picked up a squadron of Russian ICBM's"
-- George Carlin, a.k.a. "Al Sleet, the Hippy Dippy Weatherman"
Imageirisarian
Apr 1, 2011 5:16 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I was know at a time in the hospital as 'the lady with no veins'. As soon as the veins see a needle, they sprint for the interior. The last few times I have had it drawn, they had to use my hand because the arm veins can't seem to be found any more. If I live long enough they won't be able to do test since they won't be found at all. Certainly some nurses bruise their patients more than others.
Imagecececoogan
Apr 1, 2011 8:08 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Do or did they use a butterfly for in the hand? Should have.
the faster I go, the behinder I get
Petalpants
Apr 1, 2011 8:34 PM CST
Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX
Cherie, I've only recently heard about 'Butterfly Needles'--- I don't know Why they don't use them more often... do you think they're harder to insert??--- should be easier, since they're evidently skinnier!--- Why bruise a patient if you don't have to??! Glare Lucy, I think my veins have ears also! Ears perked up! Quick!--- Shrink and Hide!! Hilarious! Do you usually have Snow in April??!---- must drive you Crazy when it lingers sooo long!!
Muriel, hope all your Tests turn out ok. Group hug
Petalpants
Apr 1, 2011 8:58 PM CST
Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX
Bonnie... from Connie Whistling Forgot to tell you... I'm praying for your husband's health--- and yours too! Group hug
Imageirisarian
Apr 1, 2011 8:59 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
occasional april snow. I think the problem here is that we had so much. I don't know the amount but think it is around 80". the normal is around 46".
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Petalpants
Apr 1, 2011 9:18 PM CST
Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX
Whoa! I can't even Imagine so much! We went to Chicago/ Great Lakes in February--- had never been there before--- I never saw so much Snow in my life!! I really thought maybe the plane had set us down in Alaska! Hilarious! I like snow because it is rare & pretty down here; but I don't think I could take it as long as you guys do up North--- of course, we DO get some 'Winter Texans' hanging-out down here during the coldest months (many from the Northeast areas). Well, Lucy... hope it Warms up for y'all up there real soon!! Group hug
Imagecececoogan
Apr 2, 2011 2:28 AM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Connie, The butterfly needle is easier especially in the hand. Up here they are used mostly on children but adults as well. I learned to use them in Medical Assisting program . I can and have drawn blood, given shots, and inserted IV's. Easy and if done right rarely causes bruising.Our instructor there said "There is no such thing as a rolling vein" They can't go anywhere. It is improper prep and and improper procedure. I only had problems obtaining blood from one person. This person was so obese that I could barely find a pulse let alone find a vein. I was still taken aside and properly chastised for itl.
the faster I go, the behinder I get

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