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Les Lobb's Diary
January 2016
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The jumper I got for Christmas kept picking up static electricity, so I took it back to the shop and they exchanged it for another one, free of charge.
01/01/2016
07.00
Happy New Year.
Tis a cold start to the new year with temperature touching zero. (You were right Ann)
We got Dawn's bed base finished and installed yesterday, so now we've got a bit more room in the garage. My next job is to fix a folding table whose support leg keeps coming off and then I've a couple of planters to make for a chap down the road - don't know what we're doing after lunch!!
02/01/2016
06.30
South easterlies yesterday - very wet and windy! The garden doesn't know what's happening with the weather, we've got miniature spring flowering irises in full bloom,
After taking the old bed base apart, we got the table sorted and then called it a day, twas too bliddy cold for a delicate chap like me.
This morning we're having an early run to the shops before they get too crowded and then, perhaps, make a start on the planters.
10.30
Aldi at Cullompton was the target and I'm glad we didn't leave it any later going. The Culm had come over its banks and flooded the fields on the way out, coming home it had risen enough to start covering the road near Killerton as well. Now we have sunshine, so if the rain holds off the level may start dropping.
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
The structure of the wall was incorrect
So he won ten grand with Claims Direct
06/01/2016
12.30
The sun has got his hat on - yipeeeeeeeeeeee!
An early morning trip to B&Q to get some timber for the planters I'm making and then a morning in t'garage assembling them.
Dawn's been collecting unwanted xmas gifts for the next fund raising event in February and already has several fruit boxes full of wine, chocs etc.
I managed to do the full gym session yesterday without my back twanging, so praps it's going to ease off for a while. On the way home we topped up with diesel (99.7p ltr) and it only took £26 worth, which was good considering the last time we filled was early Dec!
The husband and his young wife were not on good terms. In fact the wife was convinced that he was carrying on with the pretty housemaid, so she laid a trap.

One evening she suddenly sent the maid home for the weekend, and didn't inform her husband. That night when they went to bed, the husband gave the old story: "Excuse me my dear........my stomach," and disappeared towards the bathroom.

The wife promptly dashed along the corridor, up the back stairs, into the maid's bed. She just had time to switch the lights off when in he came silently...

He wasted no time or words but quickly took his clothes off, and got on top of her. When he finished and was still panting, the wife said, "You didn't expect to find me in this bed did you!!" and switched on the light.

"No madam", said the gardener.
08/01/2016
07.00
Still raining; just looked at the weather forecast and it shows a chance of snow next Thursday - that's nice.
We had a trip to Ju's yesterday morning and on the way home decided to visit Lidl in the town centre - it's gorn! They have moved to the outskirts near Tesco, so that should make parking easier.
I've only got to cut the bottoms for the planters and they're done; p'raps we'll be able to see the garage floor again soon!
A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members! In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.
Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine!
That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."
Buffalo Theory
11/01/2016
16.00
It's dry today, so we drained down the pipes to the greenhouse tap cos they reckon it will get cold (remember that!) later in the week.
The request Dawn made for unwanted Xmas stuff for her charity has resulted in biscuits, chocs, wine and a few bottles of spirits and the stuff is still coming!
The next fund raising "do" is in February so plenty of prizes for the draw and tombola. Talking of tombola, my next project is to make a drum for the raffle tickets - be summat different.
My wife found out that our dog (a Schnauzer) could hardly hear, so she took it to the vets.
The vet found that the problem was hair in the dog's ears. He cleaned both ears and the dog could then hear fine.
The vet then proceeded to tell Andrea that, if she wanted to keep this from recurring, she should go to the store and get some "Nair" hair remover and rub it in the dog's ears once a month.

Andrea went to the store and bought some "Nair" hair remover.
At the till, the pharmacist told her "If you're going to use this under your arms, don't use deodorant for a few days."
Andrea said "I'm not using it under my arms."
The pharmacist said "If you're using it on your legs, don't use body lotion for a couple of days."
Andrea replied "I'm not using it on my legs either. If you must know, I'm using it on my Schnauzer."

The pharmacist says "Well, stay off your bicycle for about a week."
13/01/2016
18.00
Gym yesterday, one more session then I get re-assessed by my physio.
After a frosty start, today has been bright and sunny, if a tad cool.
I made a start on the tombola drum and have got all but two panels on the drum itself, so I'm leaving the glue to dry overnight then I can tidy up the inside before fitting the final panels. I also have to come up with some sort of bush/bearing to let it revolve on its stand and a sliding hatch to get the tickets out.
16/01/2016
07.00
Frosty start this morning; same yesterday but brightened up later, so praps the same today.
Did a bit to the tombola drum yesterday but it was a bit parky in the garage and I packed in after lunch. When it warms up a bit I'll have a couple of hours out there.
This charity gift thing is getting out of hand and we'll soon need a container to put the stuff in; I think Dawn will take some to the stall at the next mini-market, which is before the coffee morning on 13th Feb.
19/01/2016
16.00
We had to de-ice the windows before setting off this morning - ruins your nails dunnit!
Twas my last gym session this morning and tomorrow I visit my physio to be re-assessed; if she thinks it will help, she may book me in for another six weeks at the gym.
I've finished the drum for the tombola and have brought it indoors because the damp cold atmosphere stops the glue from curing properly. I wanted a piece of dowelling for the handle but it turned out cheaper to buy a yard brush and use the handle off that, than go to the DIY shops. I've now got enough timber for the frame, so that'll be the next job.
How to fry a baby!!!!!
21/01/2016
12.30
We're back to wet and cold weather again.
The physio was pleased with my progress and offered me another six gym sessions; at this rate I'll soon be turning my red barrel back into a six-pack - dream on!
Tombola drum has been primed and undercoated; still got to sort out the balance but I think that will be easier to do when it's mounted in the frame.