Tuesday, 7 April 2009

It's Been A While

It has been a while since I did an entry, amazing how quickly time passes.

So, what have I been up to? Well, we have had some glorious warm Spring weather and Mike and I have spent a good deal of time sitting in the garden enjoying the sun, I now have heat rash to prove it! There is a Blackbird that visits a tree in our garden every day and listening to his song is pure joy.

The Amelanchier tree arrived on schedule and was duly planted. In just a short time it is doing very well. Already coming into blossom

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Then there has been the Spring Cleaning. We have been busy washing down walls and paintwork and I have started cleaning out drawers yet again. Soon be time to put away the winters clothes and bring out the Spring and Summer ones.

Our old carpet shampooer packed up some time back and we eventually got around to purchasing another. When that arrived a day was spent carpet cleaning. Oh, the dirt that came out after the long months of winter and having the dogs running in and out. The carpets look so much better now.

All the fish in the pond survived the extremely cold winter that we had and all the snow and ice and our now feeding again. Soon the pond plants will be in bloom.

Nathan and Daniel continue to do well. This picture is of them taken on a visit to the Natural History Museum in London.

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You will remember I was going to change our internet and telephone provider and then we changed our minds. You would not believe the hassle. I cancelled by telephone, I cancelled by e-mail and I cancelled by writing to their offices. Three times I was assured that the order had been cancelled and I would hear no more. It was absolute lies. Letters kept coming in confirming the change-over day. Then we got a letter from British Telecom saying they were sorry to be losing us and their letter was a final termination of our contract. I phoned them. They said as far as they were concerned, we were leaving - no cancellation had been sent to them by the other people. After several phone calls and my frayed temper, it was accepted that we were not leaving. We thought all was settled. No. A few days later a router arrived. I had been expecting a parcel and this one was unmarked, no return address or anything like that so I was stunned to find a router inside with yet another letter, confirming we would be going over to the other people on the 9th April.

Once again I was on the telephone. They told me just to return the router. I told them I had no intention of paying postage on a heavy item we did not order and did not want. It was up to them. Eventually they said they would send me a pre-paid return packet. They have now and we can only hope that is the last of it.

Daniel had his Easter parade at pre-school. Nathan's school does not have them. Becky and Dean made Daniel a hat to wear and very nice it was


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Here he is wearing it


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This coming Friday we are having a new bed delivered. Not before time. I was shocked when I worked out the age of our current bed - 34 years. It is very frayed around the edges now, the drawers underneath are broken. We have gone in for one with a memory foam mattress. I do not know whether it will be my cup of tea. I have heard that they are excellent and very good for aches and pains but some people have told me that they are difficult to adapt to and make it harder to turn over. I really do not know until I try it. However, the shop has said that the mattress is on a 30 day trial. If we really cannot get on with it then we can pick a new one and have it exchanged absolutely free which cannot be bad.

So, now I have another job to do. Emptying the drawers that are under our current bed and finding a temporary home for the things inside until Friday.

I will try not to leave it so long before my next entry.

I hope life is treating you kindly, dear friends and readers.


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30 comments:

  1. Nice to hear from you Jeannette, sorry to hear about all the palaver re changing over providers, I have to say I had no issues and delighted with Tiscali so far. I've started a bit of spring cleaning not quite ready to put the winter clothes away yet it's sill quite cold in the evenings. Loved the Easter hat and bet the boys had a great time at the Museaum. Memory foam beds are supposed be good if you have back troubles etc. it will take a week or so to get used to, but will be benificial in the long run.

    Take care

    Yasmin
    xx

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  2. I am glad the weather has been nice and you have been able to sit out and enjoy the bird song. Lets hope the weather will be fine for the Easter weekend. Love B x

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  3. It was so nice to see your lovely entry this morning ! I'm glad you are having nice weather. We might have a day or two and then like today - winter returns. It is snowing this morning and the ground is white once more. Thanks for sharing all the pictures of your blooms and the boys. That Easter Hat is adorable. 'On Ya'-ma

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  4. Your tree looks pretty. I hope you have the internet providers straightened out now. Daniel looks so cute with his new hat on. Spring was here with all the flowers and trees putting out but last night and tonight tells a different story. Freezing temps in several places.
    I hope you will like your new bed. Hugs,Helen

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  5. Those internet and phone providers sound like a bunch of loons! The boys look great as always. Enjoy spring, we have none yet! Linda

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  6. Love the picture of Daniel ,in his Easter titfer ,isnt he grown up now ?Your tree is beautiful ,I have seen some around and didnt know what they were called ,lovely newsy entry ,I am behind posting an entry too ,for various reasons ,Have avery blessed EASTER ..LOVE Jan xx

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  7. Love the Easter hat....enjoy your Spring...hugs

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  8. It must be the spring weather that gets us clearing out cupboards etc. This morning I have emptied a double floor unit and single wall unit in the kitchen, throwing away any out of date tins etc. I cleaned the shelves and put the "in date" food back which only took up half the space! I was shocked as will Peter be when he comes home from work. I bagged everything up and made a trip to the local dump. I haven't got a memory foam mattress but I do have a memory foam "topper" which I find extremely comfortable and much more supportive. Hope you find yours a plus too. Lovely to see a picture of the boys having fun. Eileen x

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  9. so happy to hear from you!
    it's always a pain when dealing with businesses, it seems. :(
    nice pics, nathan & daniel are growing so fast.
    till next time, hugs & prayers.

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  10. I enjoyed seeing the easter hat! We shampooed our carpet yesterday too. It looks so much better today. I hope our warm weather arrives soon, yours sounds lovely
    Sandra

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  11. One of my friends who has pretty bad arthritis can't use the memory foam mattresses as she can't turn over on it and generally she finds it to hard on her joints

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  12. It has been a while! I'm glad everything is well.

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  13. Jeannette it is lovely to hear from you ~ I loved the pictures of the boys and Daniel looks great in his Easter Bonnett ~ Lyn has one of those Memory Mattresses and she thinks it is great ~ hope you get on well with yours ~ nice to know you can change it if you arn't satisfied ~ Ally x

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  14. I need to speing clean..no excuses now as i am home full time...LOL
    your house is so pretty jeanette!!

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  15. Nice to read your entry today Jeannette, it is so quiet here just now don't know where everybody is. We have memory foam beds yes they are very comfy but we do find they are very warm during the night. Once I get my strength back I too will have to get busy with the Spring cleaning. Have a lovely Easter. Love Joan.

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  16. Good to hear from you again, front lawn area looking great. Grand kids looking cute and well behaved as usual. the best thing we old timers have GK.
    My bed is 55 years old and it is still good enough for me. Wide has taken good care of it. I need drawers under my bed, thanks for the reminder.
    K hate it when we get a new mattress or pillows. They both take time to get use to.
    Have a nice Easter and enjoy your nice weather. BIll

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  17. I can't wait until my yard looks all springy. Darn winter just wants to keep hanging on. Love the Easter hat.

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  18. Wow you've been one busy lady your way with all you've been doing, hope the new bed/mattress is just what you need for a good night sleep, etc. Loved the Easter hat, your grandsons are adorable. Happy Spring and Happy Easter your way.

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  19. Hi Jeannette,

    It`s lovely to hear from you. Firstly, we have a memory foam mattress topper and it was an inspired purchase. Neither of us wake up with backache anymore and if we ever have twinges they seem to get better overnight. I do sleep much better now and wouldn`t change it for the world.

    I love Daniel`s Easter hat. Kerry and I made one for Roman but I forgot to take my camera so I don`t have a photo. I know that he really enjoyed the Easter parade though.

    What a carry on with trying to change Internet providers, it seems like the left hand has no idea what the right was doing. You`d think in this day and age with all the technology there is a simple thing like cancelling a contract would be done at a click of a switch...sigh.

    Its Kerry`s due date today but no sign of baby yet.

    Love and Hugs

    Sandra xxxx

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  20. i tried a memory foam topper jeannette,was too hot for me.but i think they are very good.just warm.glad you ok,nice to have an entry,take care,love mort xxx

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  21. Happy to hear from you again. hope things are finally settled with your communications troubles. love the hat! happy it's spring too. ~kbear

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  22. Hello Dearest Jeannette,
    Just stopping by to say hello. We are still enjoying our time and today it was in the mid 90's.
    It freaked me out on your neo counter that shows I am sending this from Tucson AZ. For sure big brother is watching.

    Love and blessings to you and Mike and family

    ALBERTA Lori

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  23. Hi Jeannette ,what a lovely tree,glad its doing nicely .Daniel looks great in his Easter bonnet .
    Hope the easter weekend is as nice as last weekend so its nice to sit out in the garden and enjoy all the spring flowers.
    Wishing you Mike and your family a very happy Easter
    Love and hugs
    Jeanxxx

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  24. Happy Spring Cleaning... :)

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  25. Hi Jeanette, Good to hear from you. I am glad your fish survived the cold months. The boys look so cute. I hate dealing with stuff like changing phone companies. I am not looking forward to it when we move. Ugh.

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  26. It is such a hassle to change providers or anything else of that nature that I am prone to leave everything as it was for years. But I did go through all the trouble of changing to an online phone and am I glad I did that! Poor Doc has such poor service with Cox, the main one here that he hardly gets a call for him and many that disturb him for some one else, someething else. Only about 1 out of 10 calls is actually for him personal. I, on the other hand, get no telemarketing whatsoever and a very reasonable price ($20) for call waiting, caller ID, and message service and about 700 min a month. I do pay Cox for broadband which is our only provider for it. But I hope the nightmare will soon be over. And that you will not have to go through the hassle of returning the bed. I must warn you though my sister bought a bed and she said it was impossible for her to sleep on and after many threats and so on she got them to take it back! Your yard sounds delightful. I can hardly wait for more photos of it. And that hat made me laugh. Your grandson looks so pleased to be wearing it. He is an extrovert! Gerry

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  27. Jeannette, go by my blog I gave you an award, congrats!

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  28. the tree looks just lovely in your yard. thats a mighty handsome lil boy wearing a fantastic hat for his parade. I hope the new bed is very cozy and you get many a nights good sleep. Well, I'm off to get the kids some icecream for their evening treat. Take care and god bless.
    Love ya xoxoxoxoxo

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  29. I enjoyed seeing the photos of the grandsons and also the trees in bloom. I think you will like the new memory foam mattress. I know I would with my back. mark

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