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Hey all,  sorry I've not been active here for a while.  Hope you're all keeping well.  

Some good news for once. My son has finally gone back to work after being furloughed since April. Not in the same store he's supposed to be in but its better than nothing. 

Looking forward to season 5 The Expanse, of course, be good to see Episode 3 later on which has our favourite guy behind the camera.

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I'm very pleased to read that good news!

Not much to report from here... wishing you all a good pre-Xmas time!

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........wanted to ask you Nicole how your daughter is doing?  Everything going okay with the impending new arrival?  Hope so, fingers tightly crossed for you all.

How's everybody else doing these days?  Good to hear the news about your son CJ, that must be a relief for him (and you!).

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On 12/12/2020 at 1:32 AM, CJ Mitchell said:

Hey all,  sorry I've not been active here for a while.  Hope you're all keeping well.  

Some good news for once. My son has finally gone back to work after being furloughed since April. Not in the same store he's supposed to be in but its better than nothing. 

Looking forward to season 5 The Expanse, of course, be good to see Episode 3 later on which has our favourite guy behind the camera.

That's brilliant news, CJ (I'm sorry I didn't see it before now). 

Have you watched any of S5 yet?

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21 hours ago, Gail said:

........wanted to ask you Nicole how your daughter is doing?  Everything going okay with the impending new arrival?  Hope so, fingers tightly crossed for you all.

How's everybody else doing these days?  Good to hear the news about your son CJ, that must be a relief for him (and you!).

She's doing really well, thanks Gail. Nine weeks to go! Can't believe how the time has flown... for me, not her, of course! It's her birthday today, and despite only living 30 minutes from each other, she is in T3, while we are in T2, so no visiting. She's a foodie like me, so I found a restaurant and a bakery, which are selling kits for some of their meals. I sent her Dishoom's bacon naan kit, and a babka kit from Shuk. She was very chuffed!

What's everyone doing for Chrimbo? We invited K's mum over for Christmas Day, and offered to self-isolate for two weeks beforehand. Which isn't really any different to our everyday lives anyway! Ha ha! She declined, and said she doesn't want to risk spending time with other people (ie us). But then said she would like us to go over for lunch on Christmas Eve! That makes no sense! 🤪

We will go over, and then drive to my daughter to drop off pressies but we won't be going indoors. K has offered to cook for the two of us on the 25th because I ALWAYS do it, so I am going to sit on my lazy fat ass, playing games! Ha ha! 

On Boxing Day we're going on an outdoor treasure hunt at Audley End, which we're really looking forward to, and then we're having an evening of boardgames and supper with K's sister and her family. After that, it'll be back to normal, keeping away from people, and not becoming vomit zombies! Ha ha! 

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Well, I spoke too soon, didn't I? 🤐

We'll still be in T2, as will the family (apart from my daughter, who will be in T4); however, we can only see each other on Christmas Day, so a hasty reshuffle is in order! Family WhatsApp is going a bit mad at the moment!

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On 12/19/2020 at 6:06 PM, Nicole said:

She's doing really well, thanks Gail. Nine weeks to go! Can't believe how the time has flown... for me, not her, of course!

Oooh those final weeks can be really tough too and even tougher not being able to have your Mum around during them :(

My son's and I are going to my parents for Christmas as they live in the same town as me and I've been part of their support bubble from the beginning. I've not really been around other people's houses or socialised outside of that and they've both been really careful too.  What is sad though is my niece and her little girls won't be able to come up and visit because of the one day thing as it'd be too far to drive here and back without an overnight stop. 

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On 12/19/2020 at 5:54 PM, Nicole said:

That's brilliant news, CJ (I'm sorry I didn't see it before now). 

Have you watched any of S5 yet?

I've started watching S5, trying not to watch it all at once so I don't have to wait too long between episodes later. 

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On 12/19/2020 at 7:09 PM, Nicole said:

Well, I spoke too soon, didn't I? 🤐

We'll still be in T2, as will the family (apart from my daughter, who will be in T4); however, we can only see each other on Christmas Day, so a hasty reshuffle is in order! Family WhatsApp is going a bit mad at the moment!

Apart from five mins on three doorsteps during the Santa run on the 24th, we didn't end up seeing anyone at all over Christmas. It was bliss, actually! Ha ha! We did all have a Zoom meeting on Christmas Day with K's side of the family, when we did the usual family quizzes, and then opened our pressies to each other, which was nice. 

I am very disappointed with my daughter and her family. They have repeatedly broken the tier rules, saying they don't see why they should not be allowed to have their friends and other family members round. They were also going from their T4 town to a T2 town 50 miles away.... because "Boris won't beat us". I just find it both irresponsible and utterly disgraceful. Not to mention incredibly selfish. 

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2 hours ago, Nicole said:

I am very disappointed with my daughter and her family. They have repeatedly broken the tier rules, saying they don't see why they should not be allowed to have their friends and other family members round. They were also going from their T4 town to a T2 town 50 miles away.... because "Boris won't beat us". I just find it both irresponsible and utterly disgraceful. Not to mention incredibly selfish. 

I really understand what you're going through: my cousins thought it would be great to come and spend a nice tea time with my parents during their round trip through France at New year's eve... 😲🤷‍♀️ but I am also infuriated that my parents didn't say no. Although they are extremely careful otherwise.

Family is a microcosm of society: we have to accept differences and cope as best as we can with the whole situation. I feel I'm doing my share to avoid spread this thing.

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7 minutes ago, Enaira said:

I really understand what you're going through: my cousins thought it would be great to come and spend a nice tea time with my parents during their round trip through France at New year's eve... 😲🤷‍♀️ but I am also infuriated that my parents didn't say no. Although they are extremely careful otherwise.

I have a degree of sympathy for older people because the rules can be confusing. At least here. My mother in law kept dithering about over Christmas, not knowing what to do for the best. Eventually, she decided she didn't want to see anyone on Christmas Day because it was too much of a risk (even though K and I almost never even see other people, much less interact with them in person!). However, on Christmas Eve, when we dropped her presents off, she invited us in for tea and cake! 🤦‍♀️ We declined, of course!

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Family is a microcosm of society: we have to accept differences and cope as best as we can with the whole situation. I feel I'm doing my share to avoid spread this thing.

I agree. As are we. And have been for almost a year now. To be fair though, we've not found it in any way difficult, so are fortunate in that respect. I know it's been really hard for some people. And others just don't seem to care. I wonder whether they'd have the same attitude if Covid manifested in an obvious physical way, such as horrible sores on faces. I suspect people would soon abide by the rules then! 

Also, I am sick and tired of seeing people complaining that this is all the government's fault. Yes, they could have acted more swiftly last year. Yes, they could be decisive, and stop pussyfooting around. Yes, they could have set a better example. But are they responsible for the spread? No. It's all the people like my daughter, who think they don't have to obey the rules and the law. Who just carry on as normal, and don't give a stuff about the consequences. And frankly, opening pubs in the summer was always going to be a recipe for disaster. 🤨

 

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43 minutes ago, Nicole said:

I wonder whether they'd have the same attitude if Covid manifested in an obvious physical way, such as horrible sores on faces. I suspect people would soon abide by the rules then! 

 

A very good point Nicole!  You can bet your life people would be more than happy to put their lives on hold rather than on the line if that was the case!

My boss has just come back to work after suffering with it late last year and he says it’s the worst illness he’s ever had, even worse than man flu which we all know is horrendous 😏🙄

I just wish people would follow the rules so we can get back to some semblance of normality sooner rather than later.

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1 hour ago, Gail said:

A very good point Nicole!  You can bet your life people would be more than happy to put their lives on hold rather than on the line if that was the case!

My boss has just come back to work after suffering with it late last year and he says it’s the worst illness he’s ever had, even worse than man flu which we all know is horrendous 😏🙄

Oh gosh, hope your boss is ok, Gail. 

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I just wish people would follow the rules so we can get back to some semblance of normality sooner rather than later.

Exactly. Perhaps if they had in the first place, we might not be in this situation now. Especially all the people who've been on protests during lockdown and other restrictions. And all the ones who flocked to tourist spots. And... well, just people in general, really! 😆

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We are sooooo on the same page Nicole!  People have widely been pretty reckless and as you rightly say, are then very quick to blame government for the spikes in cases. Nobody forced them to gather, it was purely their own choice.  And don’t even get me started on the idiotic panic buying 🤬🤬🤬

I don’t have a social life to speak of so pretty much unaffected by the lockdowns (I knew the years of practice would pay off some time 😉) but I do feel for people living alone or families that have been forced to stay apart.  Saying that I’ve not seen my mum since last March, and even though she doesn’t know who I am any more it’s still painful, but I would hate to think that I might be responsible for taking the virus in amongst vulnerable elderly people.  At least my conscience is clear in that respect.

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1 hour ago, Gail said:

We are sooooo on the same page Nicole!  People have widely been pretty reckless and as you rightly say, are then very quick to blame government for the spikes in cases. Nobody forced them to gather, it was purely their own choice.  And don’t even get me started on the idiotic panic buying 🤬🤬🤬

Yes, I am always bemused by people who blame others for the choices they've freely made! As for the panic buying, I've been seeing people on social media talking about it today. It seems that some people just can't help themselves when it comes to selfish behaviour. And where the heck do they store all those toilet rolls and packets of pasta?? 🤣

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I don’t have a social life to speak of so pretty much unaffected by the lockdowns (I knew the years of practice would pay off some time 😉) but I do feel for people living alone or families that have been forced to stay apart.  Saying that I’ve not seen my mum since last March, and even though she doesn’t know who I am any more it’s still painful, but I would hate to think that I might be responsible for taking the virus in amongst vulnerable elderly people.  At least my conscience is clear in that respect.

I agree, it really is so hard for some folk, and I do feel for them. Especially ones who really need support. I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like. Really sad. And of course, it's awful for people trapped in abusive relationships. 


I am so sorry about your mum, Gail - I imagine it must be rather heartbreaking at times. Sending you lots of socially-distanced virtual hugs. 

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On a lighter note... (I believe I don't need to translate!)

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Haha!  My 'O' Level German has largely been forgotten but I'm pretty sure I get the gist of this 😂

Thanks for lifting the mood Ariane! 😉

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2 hours ago, Nicole said:

Sending you lots of socially-distanced virtual hugs. 

Thanks chick 🤗

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How is everyone at the moment? All hale and hearty, I hope! Are you all coping with not being able to see family?

It's mad that we moved here to be closer to ours, and I've seen my daughter for five mins on Christmas Eve when we dropped pressies off, and K and I have seen his family a total of four times in person. We do Skype with K's mum every day though, and we have been taking afternoon tea with her and his sister via Skype on Sundays. It's not quite the same as being together in person but it suffices. 

In other news, we have lots of birds where we live (including several red kites, yay!), so we set up a hanging feeder for the tits and finches. And then another. And then another. We now have a big feeding station and several independent hangers, plus a ground feeding station for robins etc. It's amazing how many feathered friends we now have. Truly lovely!

We're doing the RSPB big garden birdwatch this weekend (if it stops snowing long enough for the birds to come out of hiding), and so are our neighbours. I noticed this morning that they have put out a very large log with loads of 'big' food - I suspect they are trying to tempt the magpies and kites! It's great that we can watch what's going on in each other's gardens, and compare notes!

Do you have any plans this weekend? Going on nice walks, perhaps? Doing a spot of DIY? Hobbies? Bingeing TJ? 😋

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It’s quite crazy that you go through all that upheaval to probably see less of them than you did before!  Thank God for all the technology we have available though, can you imagine how hard it would have been if this had happened even ten years ago?  Glad you’re enjoying the twitching - we have a few feeders and are currently spending as much on bird food as ‘us’ food!  Playing host to a wide variety of birds from coal tits up to wood pigeons and even a woodpecker and the occasional sparrow hawk!  Plus a couple of squirrels that have worked out where the easy meals are 🙄 I’m attempting to dissuade the magpies though to avoid them nest raiding come breeding season as I think a number of ‘our’ birds nest either in our trees or nearby ones.

Currently I’m taking things quite steady as I had a small operation yesterday so very achy today - painkillers rock!  😉🙃

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8 hours ago, Gail said:

 

Currently I’m taking things quite steady as I had a small operation yesterday so very achy today - painkillers rock!  😉🙃

Ouchy, hope you feel better soon. 😘

 

9 hours ago, Nicole said:

 

It's mad that we moved here to be closer to ours, and I've seen my daughter for five mins on Christmas Eve when we dropped pressies off, and K and I have seen his family a total of four times in person. We do Skype with K's mum every day though, and we have been taking afternoon tea with her and his sister via Skype on Sundays. It's not quite the same as being together in person but it suffices. 

Sending you hugs. 🤗

I'm really lucky in that my parents are in the same town as me and I'm in their support bubble because my Mum sometimes needs help with shopping due to her knee.  My sister on the other hand is down in Devon , her two daughters live separate to her but they're same town and they can't visit each other. Her younger one (24) is pregnant with her first child. The older one has two kids as well so its all having to keep to their own places. ☹️  We have a family whatsapp group and my parents facetime them all so they get to keep in touch that way. 

I feel sorry for other people who live away from family and don't get to see friends.  I miss not seeing some of my friends and going to the local pub to listen to them playing music. 

I'm meant to be doing the RSPB thing this weekend too but its been pouring it down with rain here so not exactly birdwatching weather either.  

Been doing the usual playing MMORPGS and watching some stuff on Amazon inbetween, all caught up on Season 5 so having to wait for each episode to drop. 

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11 hours ago, Gail said:

Currently I’m taking things quite steady as I had a small operation yesterday so very achy today - painkillers rock!  😉🙃

Wishing you a speedy recovery! Thinking about you 😘

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Glad to hear people are still doing well in general despite everything. Please all contiune to keep safe. Xx

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