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ADS and the winds of change

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justasking111 · 09/10/2022 10:35

All set onward and upward friends

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ISaySteadyOn · 07/12/2022 17:31

Can I pinch that phrase? A tsunami of fear is brilliant.

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justasking111 · 07/12/2022 18:58

ISaySteadyOn · 07/12/2022 17:31

Can I pinch that phrase? A tsunami of fear is brilliant.

Help yourself πŸ˜‚

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Curlygirl06 · 07/12/2022 19:14

Forgot to post madam's birthday photo shoot! It seems amazing how small she was when I first got her.

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justasking111 · 07/12/2022 19:17

Happy birthday πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚

How big will she get?

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justasking111 · 07/12/2022 19:20

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Curlygirl06 · 07/12/2022 19:55

justasking111 · 07/12/2022 19:17

Happy birthday πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚

How big will she get?

If she is female ( and the jury is still out on that one!), she will be about 10 inches long. If she's a boy he'll be about 8 inches long. I'm just gonna assume she's a girl, it'll be a bit like that song "A Boy Named Sue ", character building! She's 4 inches long already.

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Curlygirl06 · 07/12/2022 20:00

We have been to the Seychelles, we had relatives working there, lucky us! We saw loads of those tortoises, I'd love one but they are protected. You can buy sulcatta tortoises in the UK, they can get to a similar size but we don't have a garden big enough for one.

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NannyGythaOgg · 07/12/2022 22:06

My brother was privileged enough to meet Lonesome George the last Pinta Island tortoise.

And Hi All - still around

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CruCru · 08/12/2022 07:17

I love tortoises. When I was little I lived next door to a family who had one - he was really super fast.

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ISaySteadyOn · 08/12/2022 09:25

It's surprising, actually, how fast they are. And @Curlygirl06 , she just gets more beautiful.

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Curlygirl06 · 08/12/2022 16:58

ISaySteadyOn · 08/12/2022 09:25

It's surprising, actually, how fast they are. And @Curlygirl06 , she just gets more beautiful.

Thank you, I'm quite enamoured with her! Yes they are pretty fast, when we were in the Seychelles the big ones moved at quite a pace, especially if food was involved. If they stood on your foot you knew about it!

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BogRollBOGOF · 08/12/2022 17:22

Curlygirl06 · 07/12/2022 19:14

Forgot to post madam's birthday photo shoot! It seems amazing how small she was when I first got her.

She has grown!

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110APiccadilly · 09/12/2022 05:03

Happy Birthday, isn't she getting big!

Picalilli turned two a couple of weeks ago so she's getting big too. Gone from weighing well under 5lb to someone I do not enjoy carrying for long distances! Still small for her age but catching up. She's looking forward to Christmas (which she seems to think is a place).

Her little sister is also doing very well, growing nicely and letting me get some sleep at night (we seem to have settled on waking twice a night at present, which is really very civilised for not quite four months.)

We've had constant colds this autumn, particularly Picalilli. I do think she's getting two or three winters' worth at once. Hopefully it's doing her immune system good though.

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BogRollBOGOF · 09/12/2022 06:58

DS1's going down ill a lot too. DS2 is fine although he's been having his own reasons to be ill off school- mainly asthma which flared up in the summer, plus he was sick in school and invoked the 48hr rule. The irony was that I think it was the conclusion of a migraine and he looked better after that than he had in ages and he's not the type to get sick bugs.

Poor DS1 got slammed by one coldy bug in September that flattened him for 5 days, same again in November, same again now, plus a standard cold in October while we were on holiday. I think the gear change for secondary has a lot to do with it and he's gone from.a cosy little primary school to one with a large catchment. Plus being autistic, transition is extra stressful so that won't help his immune response. DS2 and I have just had occasional, unremarkable sniffles.

I haven't tested the brand of DS1's ailments. If he's ill, he's kept off to recover and that's my civic duty done. There's so much around anyway. His school seem rather reasonable without any pressure either way. His attendance isn't ideal (and well under where it was at primary) and they seem to be quite understanding about it.

Collective immunity being affected by Covid measures is another AD we told you so from the book of the bleeding obvious.

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ISaySteadyOn · 09/12/2022 07:16

Well, quite.

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ISaySteadyOn · 09/12/2022 07:17

DD's school isn't sympathetic at all. I swear attendance officers go after the nicer parents.

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justasking111 · 09/12/2022 08:49

Grandchildren have been off here and there all term. But so have school staff. Mummy doesn't care she says. They recover more quickly at home.

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ISaySteadyOn · 09/12/2022 09:02

They really do. They bounce back. Incidentally, Detective Pikachu is actually a great family film for ill children.

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NeedWineNow · 09/12/2022 10:01

Hello all! The AD threads helped me so much through what was an incredibly difficult time. I was one of the lucky ones in that I could WFH, DH was doing the same with me, and the resulting saving of train fares and associated costs of working in town has enabled me to retire early at the same time as DH rather than do another 1.5 years - DH is 70 next year and I always intended to give up next Xmas.

The downside to the above was that I was trying to deal with an incredibly demanding boss who was not adverse to screaming, and I do mean SCREAMING, down the phone at me because everything she wanted was urgent, whilst also trying to make sure my elderly mum was ok on her own. There were a couple of times I had to break off work and do a 40 dash to get to make sure she was ok a I hadn't been able to get her on the phone for 2 or 3 days. I was working longer hours because the lawyers I worked for were pushing it, including weekends. I couldn't watch the news because the narrative was one of fear and some of the threads on MN left me in despair.

You guys kept me going and for that I will be eternally grateful to you all.

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justasking111 · 14/12/2022 19:24

@NeedWineNow

I think there was a lot of mutual propping up here. The vegetables were fun too

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NeedWineNow · 14/12/2022 20:57

@justasking111 I think you are right.

and the veg was wonderful!

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justasking111 · 16/12/2022 18:40

Well what a Christmas. Trains, royal mail, NHS, misery the gift that keeps on giving.

It's a good job the pagans dreamt up this mid winter festival to take minds off the weather and short Days. I wonder if they came together as we do today, family, friends, what they did to break up the monotony?

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MrsDanversGlidesAgain · 16/12/2022 18:49

BogRollBOGOF · 17/11/2022 14:41

The ADs (Anti-Dementors) were a long runing series of threads through 2020/21 where we were critical of the narrative of the time of covid meaures and raised the wider (negative) consequences of many of them, and joy-sucking, unrealistic attitudes such as not going to be able to holiday abroad for years, or that going for a second walk of the day was spread the virus and going to result in the unnecessary killing of grannies. They were always interspersed with light relief deviations of conversation and some (much lacking at the time) humour.

Have just found this thread, worked out what AD is and say THANK YOU. The AD threads gave me some much needed comfort during the Situation in 2020/2021 (and some laughs). I read them and felt much less alone.

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justasking111 · 27/12/2022 23:23

Taken me ages to clean up my threads to find you. Hope you all had a peaceful Christmas without hitches. Even the media calmed down re plagues, weather πŸ˜…

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ISaySteadyOn · 31/12/2022 11:43

We did. It was lovely. But I am finding having an adolescent DD difficult.


She says she is lonely but rejects all overtures of friendship. She has just had a massive go at me for arranging for her to meet up with a friend this week because I did it wrong somehow. Confused

Anyone been through this? Any words of wisdom?

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