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Maro2Bear

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Where is everyone today? It’s oddly quiet in here.

I’ll quickly polish the jellyfish and see if I can find anyone. I keep tripping over Montgomery in the gloom. Our aardvark coffee table is lonely.

Over this side of the pond, our hallway is stacked with boxes. Daughter moves to her new flat in south west London tomorrow. Ideally they’ll all fit in our Volvo estate, but it may require my car to be filled as well.

She decided she wanted cheese fondue for her last night dinner, so it’s being prepared now and we have a nice bottle of red wine to accompany it.
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Enjoy.... aagh, the days when all my worldly belongings could be moved in my car....

Have a nice family meal. Fondue is always a nice treat.
 

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Enjoy.... aagh, the days when all my worldly belongings could be moved in my car....

Have a nice family meal. Fondue is always a nice treat.
It's quiet because there's a lot going on. Fingers are crossed on Snoopy"s Mom being able to rescue the sulcatta from a local school; tort stealing; a fire in Medina, Ohio that burned down a shack housing 2 torts & several turtles; a kid overseas with a tort living in a plastic bowl; cat catching; lighting; Mary Knobbin; & planning the tort rescue if Snoopy's Mom needs our help. Oh, & Turentala's male puppy dog got snipped & Walker was out of his shed yesterday before 6pm.
 

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Where is everyone today? It’s oddly quiet in here.

I’ll quickly polish the jellyfish and see if I can find anyone. I keep tripping over Montgomery in the gloom. Our aardvark coffee table is lonely.

Over this side of the pond, our hallway is stacked with boxes. Daughter moves to her new flat in south west London tomorrow. Ideally they’ll all fit in our Volvo estate, but it may require my car to be filled as well.

She decided she wanted cheese fondue for her last night dinner, so it’s being prepared now and we have a nice bottle of red wine to accompany it.
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Congrats on your new flat, daughter! I really wish I could celebrate with y’all, as the fondue and red are right up my ally!

I have been out working everyday this week but I was supposed to work from home today so that my windshield could be replaced by the glass company that has rescheduled numerous times now.. however, they rescheduled again which allowed me a rare opportunity to slip off for lunch date with hubby.. We went for Cajun and I stopped counting calories in lieu of the Fried green Tomatoes and blackened alligator tail..
it was really good! I will head home after picking kids up and have a pajama evening with a glass of Rose.. I may have a couple hours of work to catch up on but the Break today with hubby is worth it. ..
 

Cathie G

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Someone is always building a better mousetrap.....well, in this case, bird house. Pretty interesting & unique way to change the entrance hole to attract the type of birds you want nesting (or don’t want nesting)..

Great. I thought it was interesting when you did the change to yours recently built. That pattern is almost perfect for that idea 💡 too. Just a tweak and done.
 

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Congrats on your new flat, daughter! I really wish I could celebrate with y’all, as the fondue and red are right up my ally!

I have been out working everyday this week but I was supposed to work from home today so that my windshield could be replaced by the glass company that has rescheduled numerous times now.. however, they rescheduled again which allowed me a rare opportunity to slip off for lunch date with hubby.. We went for Cajun and I stopped counting calories in lieu of the Fried green Tomatoes and blackened alligator tail..
it was really good! I will head home after picking kids up and have a pajama evening with a glass of Rose.. I may have a couple hours of work to catch up on but the Break today with hubby is worth it. ..
All of it sounds yummy but especially the fried green tomatoes.
 

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CDR Virtual Vacations presents On this day 2020: We had an early start and magical tranquility on the quay waiting for the boat over to Ulva Island, a reserve with pristine NZ forest, for some bird watching. Many of the birds are subspecies unique to the Stewart Island group.

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Stewart Island Weka
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In the afternoon we hiked out to Ackers Point and saw a fishing boat come in surrounded by Albatrosses. These islands are truly beautiful.
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As usual I love your photos. They're interesting and good. 4, 5, 9 are my favorite for sceneries especially 9. It looks like a little fairy house.
 

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Outside welding my metal fence for the Leopard enclosure. Wire feed line is patched so the wire feeds choppy thus not very pretty welds. They hold well. Also decide to make French bread at home for the pot roast this weekend. It looks much better
 

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Maro2Bear

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Been working on a few things as well today.
- Worked on our John Deere riding mower, making sure it starts, battery good, fresh gas. Probably change the fuel filter & oil next.
- Regular push mower is good to go too. I should next take the blade off and give it a sharpen & oil change. It starts right up, thats the main thing (ogh, and the oil is at least full, dirty maybe, but full).
- Our Troy-Bilt shredder had some starting issues at the end of the season. I usually start it once per week all year long just to make sure it works when i need it. Too late when a tree comes down & the shredder is broken. Long story short, there are two pieces of plastic in the pull start pulley that engages, then releases as you pull. These are called “pawl” ratchets. $800.00 shredder depends on $2.00 part to start. Anyhow, replaced & all good.
- Got a new blade for my Band Saw & some grease for the bearings. Ive had this ShopSmith bandsaw for years & it’s been ok, but not great. After many YouTube videos I see where my PM has been slacking. Sooooo, took it all apart, using degreaser on the bearings, replacing the blade, & general cleaning. It should be better - still need to degrease & repack the one bearing.
- Taxes... last but not least, wifey finished up our taxes the other day, dropped them off with our tax lady, and today, we signed everything and DONE with taxes for 2020.! Submitted.
 

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Where is everyone today? It’s oddly quiet in here.

I’ll quickly polish the jellyfish and see if I can find anyone. I keep tripping over Montgomery in the gloom. Our aardvark coffee table is lonely.

Over this side of the pond, our hallway is stacked with boxes. Daughter moves to her new flat in south west London tomorrow. Ideally they’ll all fit in our Volvo estate, but it may require my car to be filled as well.

She decided she wanted cheese fondue for her last night dinner, so it’s being prepared now and we have a nice bottle of red wine to accompany it.
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I don't understand the Volvo comment...?
Congrats on your new flat, daughter! I really wish I could celebrate with y’all, as the fondue and red are right up my ally!

I have been out working everyday this week but I was supposed to work from home today so that my windshield could be replaced by the glass company that has rescheduled numerous times now.. however, they rescheduled again which allowed me a rare opportunity to slip off for lunch date with hubby.. We went for Cajun and I stopped counting calories in lieu of the Fried green Tomatoes and blackened alligator tail..
it was really good! I will head home after picking kids up and have a pajama evening with a glass of Rose.. I may have a couple hours of work to catch up on but the Break today with hubby is worth it. ..
real alligator?
 

Maro2Bear

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Cathie G

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Outside welding my metal fence for the Leopard enclosure. Wire feed line is patched so the wire feeds choppy thus not very pretty welds. They hold well. Also decide to make French bread at home for the pot roast this weekend. It looks much better
You bake bread? I can't wait to see the finished product.🤗
 

Cathie G

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Been working on a few things as well today.
- Worked on our John Deere riding mower, making sure it starts, battery good, fresh gas. Probably change the fuel filter & oil next.
- Regular push mower is good to go too. I should next take the blade off and give it a sharpen & oil change. It starts right up, thats the main thing (ogh, and the oil is at least full, dirty maybe, but full).
- Our Troy-Bilt shredder had some starting issues at the end of the season. I usually start it once per week all year long just to make sure it works when i need it. Too late when a tree comes down & the shredder is broken. Long story short, there are two pieces of plastic in the pull start pulley that engages, then releases as you pull. These are called “pawl” ratchets. $800.00 shredder depends on $2.00 part to start. Anyhow, replaced & all good.
- Got a new blade for my Band Saw & some grease for the bearings. Ive had this ShopSmith bandsaw for years & it’s been ok, but not great. After many YouTube videos I see where my PM has been slacking. Sooooo, took it all apart, using degreaser on the bearings, replacing the blade, & general cleaning. It should be better - still need to degrease & repack the one bearing.
- Taxes... last but not least, wifey finished up our taxes the other day, dropped them off with our tax lady, and today, we signed everything and DONE with taxes for 2020.! Submitted.
Yes I helped Joe get his done today. That's always a great relief off my mind. Good bye!!! 2020.😊
 

EllieMay

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Been working on a few things as well today.
- Worked on our John Deere riding mower, making sure it starts, battery good, fresh gas. Probably change the fuel filter & oil next.
- Regular push mower is good to go too. I should next take the blade off and give it a sharpen & oil change. It starts right up, thats the main thing (ogh, and the oil is at least full, dirty maybe, but full).
- Our Troy-Bilt shredder had some starting issues at the end of the season. I usually start it once per week all year long just to make sure it works when i need it. Too late when a tree comes down & the shredder is broken. Long story short, there are two pieces of plastic in the pull start pulley that engages, then releases as you pull. These are called “pawl” ratchets. $800.00 shredder depends on $2.00 part to start. Anyhow, replaced & all good.
- Got a new blade for my Band Saw & some grease for the bearings. Ive had this ShopSmith bandsaw for years & it’s been ok, but not great. After many YouTube videos I see where my PM has been slacking. Sooooo, took it all apart, using degreaser on the bearings, replacing the blade, & general cleaning. It should be better - still need to degrease & repack the one bearing.
- Taxes... last but not least, wifey finished up our taxes the other day, dropped them off with our tax lady, and today, we signed everything and DONE with taxes for 2020.! Submitted.
OVER ACHIEVER!!! I am a bit jealous 🥴
 
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