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Life in the Raw by Smudger

Post 1

Websailor

Hi, Smudger,

It's very quiet tonight on HooToo. I suppose everyone is watching the smiley - football which is why I am up here on the computersmiley - winkeye I decided to read your Post snippet about the Hawk and the Starling while I had a little time. I am in the middle of a very long letter to Australia so it has been a nice interlude.

So sad, but I did feel for your friend and all of you. I feel a little like that when the lovely little birds that I feed daily get taken by a Sparrowhawk. They are very brazen round here, and will sit on the fence ready to pounce.

I try to tell myself it is nature in the raw, but it still seems sad. Then I go and breed mealworms, looking after them so carefully for weeks on end, feeding them, cleaning their tubs out etc.

Only to feed them to the robins, blackbirds, wrens, starlings etc. that worship me for the short time I provide such delicaciessmiley - rofl

I am still in awe of the life you have led, and though things may be very different now, at least you have had a full and active life prior to your troubles, with many, many memories.

Thank you for sharing them with us.

smiley - cheers

Websailorsmiley - dragon


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Post 2

Smudger879n

Hi Websailorsmiley - biggrin Wow thats an old one Snippet! I remember writing that last year some time, glad you like itsmiley - cool

Its weird in a way, as I do not miss working much as much as I thought I would, I seem to have taken a liking to not going out and staying here in my own wee safe world. Doc reckons its a side effect of depression? Im not convinced, I think it was all the junkies and weird folk I came across while in the ambulance servicesmiley - laugh

Anyway, Im chuffed that you are reading the Snippets, and giving them an airingsmiley - laugh
I will catch up you latersmiley - oksmiley - coolsmiley - winkeye
smiley - cheersSmudger,


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Post 3

Websailor

Hi, Smudger,

I think your Doc is right. I experienced the same thing when I was looking after my Dad at home. I had two children too at the time. After my Dad died it took me a year to find the courage to go out and about among the hustle and bustle. I would be ill even before a short bus journey, and anything out of the ordinary sent me into a spin.

I soon realised I was heading for a form of agrophobia and definitely depression and forced myself to go out but it took a long time. I hadn't even noticed it creeping up on me! I could do the same now, which is why I hang on to my charity work, as it gets me out and about. That is not to say that I mind being out of the Rat Race, and I don't think my other half minds in that sense either smiley - biggrin

While we are both just about fit enough to do things we are ok. but I dread the day when we are really housebound. Even then it is bearable if you have your brain, eyes and ears in working order, but that isn't always the case. I am sure the computer helps to keep me sanesmiley - smiley

I will read some more of your snippets as they are most interesting, but have to get off and do some "work" smiley - rofl or my other half will be ticking me off for being on the smiley - bleep computer all the time smiley - run

smiley - cheers
Websailorsmiley - dragon


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Post 4

Smudger879n

Hi Websailorsmiley - biggrin, I still pop round the the corner shop every day, taking my shopping trolly, as I cant carry anything for long while walkingsmiley - erm
I dont mind that, its when Im in busy places I feel uneasy, or when some of Mk2s family come in to see us, I always come in in here to my computer room. get on fine with them all, its just when there are a lot of folk aroundsmiley - erm

Yep! its the computer that keeps my sanity together as wellsmiley - laugh, I dont know where I would be without it nowsmiley - ok
Mk2 is always on at me for spending so much time on itsmiley - wah but its better than sitting watching old B&W movies on TVsmiley - laugh

Sorry to hear about your problem though, iys just as well you have that charity work to fall back onsmiley - coolsmiley - winkeye
smiley - cheersSmudger,


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Post 5

Websailor

Smudger,

My problem occurred over eighteen years ago, and I will not let it return. I just notice now that if I haven't been out for a few days I have to make a real effort, so I make sure I do something about it.

I agree it is better than <<watching old B&W movies on TV>>. It is so easy to veg out in front of the TV and stagnate. At least the Internet isn't all old repeatssmiley - doh At least with a computer it keeps the mind, eyes and fingers active, and you meet such nice people smiley - rofl

There are a few programmes I like - Waterworld, Grand Designs(which I am missing at the moment), and lots of wildlife on BBC2 and travel stuff too . Oh, and Fred Dibnah. I shall miss him now he has gone. We recently had Freeview which has given us a bit more choice and we are enjoying it, especially being able to get more background news. Terrestrial TV news is so sketchy now I get exasperated.

My son brought me a larger monitor today and I am just getting used to seeing a whole web page at oncesmiley - rofl instead of having to scroll all over the place. It will certainly give my eyes some exercisesmiley - dohsmiley - cool

Anyway, better pop off again or I will getting a ticking off, much like MkII gives you smiley - biggrin Fortunately my husband is a sports fanatic (watcher that is, not a player) but it means I have time on the computer and he doesn't even notice I have gone smiley - laughsmiley - steam

I'm crushing aluminium cans and foil tomorrow for collection - the money goes to my charity - so I better get a good nights sleep or I shan't have the energysmiley - somersault If I need a break I will come and look at some of your snippets. smiley - smiley

smiley - cheers

Websailorsmiley - dragon


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Post 6

Smudger879n

Hi Websailorsmiley - biggrin We cut our TV package down to the basic one, from £15.50 to £9.50 a month, as we were watching repeats so muchsmiley - erm
The only channel I really miss is the History one, even that was repeated every weeksmiley - laugh

We have been clearing out our bathroom today as we are having our wet floor shower installed soonsmiley - magic Been waiting over 2 years for thatsmiley - ok
What a pile of junk we had collected over the yearssmiley - laugh Including a pile of ornaments! as Mk2 has them everywhere in our house!smiley - laugh

We took a pile up to the auction rooms earlier today, some good antique stuff amongst it as well (from my days of when I was a dealer, and had my own shop)so we are hoping to pick up a few £s form that lotsmiley - laugh

Good luck with your can crushing! What you could do there is line them up in rows, and have a competition as to who flattens the most with a mallet against the clock! Take a small fee from each entrant, and make money for your charity at the same time? Sounds like fun Eh!smiley - laughsmiley - winkeye
smiley - cheersSmudger,


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Post 7

Websailor

Smudger, now there's an idea!smiley - cool

Got the cans and foil crushed just in time for the collection. I had bags and bags for them, plus what I crushed today. I have a crusher fixed on the wall, 'cus the original way of crushing with my feet years ago got me sciatica, so I have to be careful. Shoulders ache, but at least I can get in the shed now. The compost is sitting there, and the bark, so I am hoping the weather at the weekend is OK. I have had some sweet pea plants given to me so must try and get those in whatever happens.

Managed to get a very long letter to Australia finished and posted too and that took about four days, doing snippets at every opportunity.

Must catch up with email etc. so C U l8r.

smiley - cheers
Websailorsmiley - dragon


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Post 8

Smudger879n

Ah! good, so you got all the cans squashed, shame about your sciaticasmiley - erm that can be very painfulsmiley - sadface
We have garden rubbish bins which the council have provided everyone, so I fill it as much as I can. They make compost with it, then sell it back to the public!smiley - cool
I cant do much in the garden, yet with all the tools that Ive adapted I can still weed and keep it tidy, just?
You say that you write to smeone in Australia, would it be cheaper to Email them? I have a mate for my Navy days who lives in the USA, and we keep in touch via Email, as well as MSN somtimes, where we talk in real timesmiley - oksmiley - coolsmiley - winkeye
smiley - cheersSmudger,


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Post 9

Websailor

Yes, Smudger, it would be cheaper, and she is hoping to get a new computer and get online. Her previous computer, which she ws just getting used to, was second hand and finally gave up the smiley - ghost I have been telling her all the things I do with my computer, and she is very interested. She is lively and active, and a good typist, so I am sure it won't be long. It would enable her to keep in touch with her sons too, who work a long way away.

She is over 70 and not all that well off, so until she can find one she can afford, it will have to wait, but soon she hopes. Because she lives "in the sticks" her car is her main priority when it comes to finances. I have just sent her photos of the Whooping Cranes in America that I am also following on their migration. She is most interested in that too, so I don't think it will be too long.

I have "rellies" and friends in Australia, two in Canada, one in Argentina, one who visits Mexico for six months at a time, and another who has long holidays in Florida, so in addition to my friends on HooToo I get around a bitsmiley - rofl

I haven't ventured into MSN. I am not sure my computer can handle anything else at the moment. I am promised my son's next model which has much more memory etc. but I have no idea when that will be. Maybe I will get more adventurous then.

smiley - cheers
Websailorsmiley - dragon


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Post 10

Smudger879n

Hi Websailor, Your friend sounds like she could handle a computer easily, and full of funsmiley - laugh A computer would be great for her as you said she lives way out in the sticks, but I can see why the car is top prioritysmiley - ok

As regards to MSN, its easy really, If you use a hotmail.com Email address you will find that all your friends who also use that, will be in your address book. In fact every time one of them goes on line, a wee window pops up and tells you, then you can click on to "send instant message" Then you can talk away in real time, one to onesmiley - cool

I hope she gets a PC soon so you van stay in touch with her easier.

Do you know that you can buy extra Memory for you PC? I bought mine on Ebay for £18, would cost £30 in thw shops. I got a 562gb of memory which gave me more memory as well as speeded up my computer smiley - magicsmiley - coolsmiley - winkeye
smiley - cheersSmudger,


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