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Les Lobb's Diary
March 2016
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Back to liquid sunshine again - thought it was too good to last!
Off to physio gym this morning and then admin wants to take some gear, left over from the coffee morning, to a few charity shops in Exeter.
The first charity shop had all the gear, so that saved a bit of driving around.
I ordered a thicknesser from Screwfix on Sat, for collection Sun pm; got a phone call Sunday to say it hadn't been delivered, could I collect it Monday. Went to collect it Monday - there had been a cock up and it still hadn't been delivered; they ordered 2 for delivery this morning to make sure and gave me £20 in vouchers for messing me about. This afternoon we again went to collect it and, yup you've guessed it, there was no stock at the depot despite what the computer said and therefore no machine for me. They were very apologetic and are delivering a better spec machine costing £50 more, at no extra cost to me. We now wait and see if/when we get a delivery tomorrow; if we do I have come out of the deal quite well, despite all the running around. 'Glass half empty' Dawn said it'll most likely arrive damaged - now why did she have to say that!
We can see the floor again now, until we start getting 'stock' in for the next raffle/tombola. It's amazing how generous people can be if they see the cause is worthwhile; there were six bottles of wine donated yesterday with the promise of more.
Yesterday afternoon we had a quick trip to Taunton to get some wool and stuff, and drop a load of gear off at the clothes bank; called in at the 'Old Well' garden centre on the way back for compost (and a cuppa and slice of cake).
Garden centres nowadays seem more like drop-in centres for wrinklies!
Planer/thicknesser arrived at lunchtime, but too cold to go out and play!
Wind whistling through the garage, so made marmalade instead; tin of lemon, tin of thick cut orange, half a bag of crys ginger chopped up and 3 ton of sugar. Beats messing about with seville oranges and takes about an hour from start to jar.
We've had sun, rain, hail, sleet and a rather strong wind; thought March came in like a lamb and out like a lion!
Chilly start, but a brilliant sunny day.
Got some more sorting done in the garage and have made a wheeled trolley to hold the planer or the table saw, so a lot more flexible to use.
Dave the builder has just called round to measure up for the new windows on the front of the bungalow; he's looking at the week before Easter to start and it should take a couple of weeks. We are also having the kitchen window replaced and a smaller one put in the bathroom, so we will have enough wall space to fit a shower in the future.
How did the birthday bash go Barry?
First mate was out of action yesterday - 'orrible cold and sinus headache (must have been bad, not much stops her!). She's back on light duties today and is knitting clowns to raffle at the next 'do'.
I went to the gym this morning and afterwards to the nurse, who wrapped another comp dressing on my leg.
We'em off to B&Q early tomorrow morning to get timber etc., for making a doorway in the back wall of the garage.
A Friend Indeed
Management is feeling a lot better now, but still has a rough throat (that's froat for you stender fans).
We were at B&Q just after 07.00 and got everything we needed.
Crossing Exeter afterwards to see Andrew at work was a nightmare, traffic and roadworks, but we had a chat with him before hitting Lidl, for a spot of shopping.
The wind is calming a bit now, but has been gusting strongly all day with lumps of trees and recycle bins on the roads.
Husband and wife are shopping in Tesco's when the man picks up a crate of Stella and sticks them into the trolley

'What do you think you're doing?' asks the wife 'They're on offer, only £10 for 24 cans', he says

'Put them back. We can't afford it,' says the wife and they carry on shopping...

A few aisles later the woman picks up a £20 jar of face cream and sticks it into the trolley.

'What do you think you're doing?' asks the man, 'It's my face cream. It makes me look beautiful,' she says.

The man replies... 'so does 24 cans of Stella and it's half the fecking price'
We've taken the old window out of the garage rear wall and today finished cutting the doorway in the remaining brickwork. The rear roof joist was part rotted, so we've replaced that while it was easy to get at. The door frame has been cut and fixed, ready to put in place tomorrow after the treatment has dried.
Before we start work tomorrow, we're taking Mum to Ivan & Jean's for the weekend.
Doors hung and part treated; we've an old sheet of hardboard that I'll use tomorrow to bung up the hole. Dave is coming to fit new windows in the bungalow just before Easter and can use some of the imperial bricks we have taken out, so we'll see how many are left afterwards and decide then whether to brick up completely or make a small window.
The room was full of pregnant women with their partners. The class was in full swing. The instructor was teaching the women how to breathe and was telling the men how to give the necessary help and assurance to their partners at this stage of the pregnancy.
She said, "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery that much easier." Just pace yourself, make plenty of stops and try to stay on a soft surface like grass or a path."

She looked at the men in the room, "Gentlemen, remember -- you're in this together. It wouldn't hurt you to go walking with her. In fact, that shared experience would be good for you both."

The room suddenly got very quiet as the men absorbed this information.

Aftter a few moments, a man named Marvin at the back of the room slowly raised his hand.
"Yes," said the Instructor.

"I was just wondering if it would be all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?"

---- This kind of sensitivity just can't be taught . . .
Male Sensitivity
We took Mum to Jean's yesterday and she is staying there until our building work is done. The front windows and door are being replaced by two windows of standard height rather than the floor to ceiling ones we have at the moment.
Slight delay, builder turned up and we've been helping him board off the lounge to keep the weather and muck out while he's working.
On the left is one of the shelf units I've been making for Dawn to sell on her charity stall. I make them and a friend paints them with that chalk paint stuff.
The builder has cracked on; the old front windows and door are out and gone, and the inner and exterior walls are nearly up to window base height. Bit of a delay today when Dave's (the builder) wife was taken into hospital by ambulance. His 'lad' carried on and has been notching out the bathroom brickwork, ready to take the new smaller window, in between block laying on the front wall. The weather was against them yesterday with sun, wind, rain and hail, but has been better today.