Les Lobbs Diary
We spent the night at Julie's and left at 08.00 to get to
Exeter for my 09.30 appt, we did it with minutes to
spare - where does all the traffic come from!
The gym hadn't changed much since my last visit,
though judging from the amount of sweat I produced, I
think they must have turned up the heating. I left there
feeling well "exercised" and at Aldi I stayed in the car
recovering, while management did some shopping.
The toy total is increasing with a panda under
construction at the moment; the aim is to get as many
as possible done for this Saturday's mini market.
Scottish Advent Calender
A man in northern Minnesota woke up one morning to find a bear on his roof. He looked in the Yellow Pages, and sure
enough, there was an ad for "Up North Bear Removers." He called the number listed and the bear remover said he'd
be over within an hour.
The bear remover arrived, and got out of his van. He had a ladder, a baseball bat, a 12 gauge shotgun, and a mean
looking, heavily scarred old pit bull.
"What are you going to do.?" the homeowner asked.
"I'm going to put this ladder up against the roof, then I'm going to go up there, and knock the bear off the roof with this
baseball bat. When the bear falls off the roof, the pit bull is trained to grab his testicles, and not let go. The bear will
then be subdued enough for me to put him in the cage in the back of the van."
He then handed the shotgun to the homeowner. "What's the shotgun for?" the homeowner asked.
"If the bear knocks me off the roof, you shoot the dog."
Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me!! The doc has just told Dawn she has fallen arches and should buy some
sensible shoes with insoles - obviously didn't know who he was talking to. Guess where we're going tomorrow?
B&Q Exeter open at 07.00, so we popped over and got the
joists etc we need to repair the floor and are now back
home having a coffee. In B&Q there is an overhead sign
for timber about as far as you can walk to the left, so I
scuttled along there on my crutches only to find they
didn't have the size we needed. A man was called who
informed us that the size we were after was kept in the
garden section; guess where that is, as far as you can go
at t'other end of the store. To save me walking that far,
he went with Dawn and brought it back for us. Now we've
got to empty and move the wardrobe to give us enough
space to work in.
Job's done; two new joists spliced in and flooring fitted
back. Andrew came over to "borrow" my sea fishing gear
this afternoon and gave us a lift back in with the
wardrobe (got to have somewhere for the new shoes!).
Head of decorating has been putting on the first coat of "Apricot Blush" and it looks good (nowt like a blushing
apricot), another coat should do it.
Dawn got some insoles for her sagging arches, now she just has to get used to wearing them.
Visited t'hospital for my 6wk post op check-up this afternoon and all is well - doesn't want to see me for another year!
Not very pleasant conditions driving home, but my personal driver managed admirably. Spose I'd better start driving
Window sills biscuited and glued in place - I had forgotten what a heady aroma Gripfill has! Tis all coming together
now, we should be able to fill and sand down later today and might even get an undercoat on.
We've used the multitool a fair bit and it really is a great bit of kit; it slices between floorboards to remove the tongues
and cuts through excess cavity sealer with ease.
What happens when you let kids
play with sticks >>>>>>>>>>>>
P'raps a bit optimistic yesterday; rubbed down the sills this morning and I'm going to give them an undercoat, after
I've cooked myself a bacon sandwich. Dawn's taken the toys etc. to the stall at the mini market: the charity has now
raised enough money to buy the old building, so they're all very chuffed.
Dawn did very well this morning, and this afternoon took Mum to the Xmas tree festival, where Mum met friends and
enjoyed looking at all the trees.
Every year local groups and individuals set up decorated Xmas trees in the church; it's not a competition, but a local
tradition that raises funds by charging a small entry fee and providing tea and cakes.
IMPORTANT REMINDER ----- It's time to get the sprouts on.
I was beaten up by a woman today!
I was in the lift when a busty lady got in.
I was staring at her boobs when she said
"Would you please press one"
So I did......
I don't remember much afterwards.....
After the walls had dried, following their lathering in
paint, we put up the new curtain pole on the bungalow
side of the sliding doors and head of drapery hung
t'curtains; looks a proper job! It has taken us a while, and
not a little fiddling, to take the flooring over the cavity
where the old window was removed, but tis done now
and 'er's 'appy.
The window sills have had their last coat of gloss and
tomorrow, peut-etre, we plan to fix the vertical blinds in
the main conservatory window.
Slight hiccup today when the "ring-n-ride" bus didn't turn
up to take Mum to Morrisons; Dawn changed her togs
and dropped her at Morrisons, while she did some
shopping in Tivvy. Mum came back happy and a bit
secretive, so wonder what she bought?
Look out all you other road users, I'm driving again! Dawn's foot gets quite painful when she
drives, so it will be easier on her foot, and my nails, if I drive.
We needed a little more polyfilla - ain't it always the way - and for a change we went to
B&Q at Exeter. We ended up with filler, masking tape, gripfill and a pack of skirting boards.
Not many people about, spect they're all chrissy shopping, so we nipped into Aldi on the
way home, where I managed to slip a wheel of stilton into the trolley.
Laminate '*?/ flooring!! I'll give um "just clicks into place".
It's taken us the best part of the day and I've still got the last row to cut; they need ripping down and it was getting
cold and dark, not the best conditions for using the table saw.
In complete contrast, the blinds we got from Wilsons went up easily and work a treat, so we've ordered the other
three for the double door end - should be here for xmas, so that's 'er pressy sorted!
One step backwards; I went to the physio gym yesterday and twanged my bliddy back halfway through the exercises
- I'd done all the hard ones!
The flooring is all down, so we started cutting the skirting this morning, very slowly, and now I'm stretching my back
while head of returns has taken an unused pack of laminate back to B&Q.
Mum went to the local RBL women's Xmas meal last night; it was gone ten when she finally rolled in, with us waiting
for her as if she were a teenager on her first date. This morning she has gone with a friend on the "ring-n-ride" to
Morrisons in Tivvy; they usually have a wander round and get a lunch in the cafe before the coach brings them home
A cop stopped me as I was driving home from the pub.
As I got out of the car he said "You're staggering", I said "you're not bad looking yourself".
Great to see Mary on Keyboard and Joseph on vocals,
on this year’s Christmas Stamp
This morning we took up all the masking tape and
touched up in a couple of places before the chief
scrubber cleaned the floor. The next job was carrying
the settee from the summer house to the patio; it took us
a while, but with a length of rope we managed it. That
is now being cleaned before we bring it into its new
home, glad we opted for the wide double doors or we
would have needed help getting it in.
Fortunately, we have been blessed with a drop of
sunshine and not the gales that were forecast.
I've taken a couple of pics before we fill it with junk, but
when I transferred them to the computer, I discovered
the sd card is nearly full - where did I put the sd cards!!
Want to make the turkey look more interesting?
Cut a lemon in half and slide under the skin before
Reet then, we'em moved in!!
Dawn's a happy bunny now that we've got a room of our
own - it's like starting married life all over again. The first
jigsaw of the winter has been started, though the edge
pieces seem a bit elusive; it's "Padstow Harbour", so
should bring back some memories.
I called in at the Patent office to register some of my
I went to the main desk to sign in and the lady at the
desk had a form that had to be filled out.
She wrote down my personal info and then asked me
what I had invented.
I said, “a folding bottle." She said, "Okay, what do
you call it?"
"What else do you have?"
"I have also invented a folding carton."
Again she said, "what do you call it?"
She said, "Those are silly names for products and
one of them sounds kind of crude."
I was so upset by her comment that I grabbed the
form and left the office without even telling her about
my folding bucket.
Well that's over - what did we buy all that food for!!
We went to Julie's for Xmas lunch, but they were all full of colds so we came home after the meal. Andrew dropped
in for a chat - mainly about fishing, because he has now started beach fishing while the trout reservoirs are closed.
He has had a few whiting, but the water is still too warm for cod.
Jean and Ivan brought Mum home yesterday and stayed for lunch, a leg of lamb and all t'other stuff, followed by
I think we're going to have a ride to Burnham today - I've got to do some walking and the weather doesn't look too
Tip - you don't have to go through all the orbs.
This morning we eventually put together the bed base that I started to make before my op. It's been pouring down all
day (wish I wor in Spain) and we've not been able to do anything outside, so Dawn's been jig-sawing while I got next
year's web pages ready.
Yesterday, after my session at the physio gym, I went to the mobility place to find out why my appt was taking so long
to arrange - "what appt?" she said. After lots of apologising I was told there was a cancellation and they could see
me that afternoon (good job they're not organising Heineken's xmas party!). They measured my leg and gave me
another temporary raise to fit in my shoe and said my prescription would be changed for the next shoe I have
The appt meant we had to miss a lunch party with some friends, but we turned up late and there was still plenty of
food left for us.