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Monday, 3 April 2017

More Finds for the Grandchildren

I used to hear a voice saying " you've got enough books already", then when we moved to the smallholding and bought trees and shrubs the voice said " what more things for the garden?". When I was a childminder and had a little nursery group for our youngest and some other small people, I would pick up wooden puzzles and such like from car boot and jumble sales and the voice said "why do you keep buying things for other peoples children, you won't make any money from it if you do that" Now I can still hear the voice, this time it says "you shouldn't keep buying things for them, they'll always expect it".
 It's my Mum's voice, though she's been dead 18 years!

So disregarding ghostly advice, just as I ignored it at the time, at our nearest boot sale yesterday I found the Fisher Price Airport, 'plane, cars and figures, another Little Grey Rabbit book and the  folding seat which can be used on the floor or strapped to a chair. This will save our eldest bringing a high chair at Easter and it can then
go to the youngest's  where they hardly have room for a high chair in their little flat.
Also found a cake tin saying "CAKE"! Spending much more than my usual, this lot came to £15.
 Col came and walked round slowly, he has a horrible cough and blocked sinuses, making him short of breath and very difficult when trying to sleep. Probably a side effect of the tablets. They gave him antibiotics again before he came home but they're not working yet.
He bought some lettuce plants and a couple of cowslip plants and we got them planted out later. The cowslips have gone down the meadow where we already have lots of primroses. Hopefully they'll grow and spread. We never could get cowslips to grow over at the smallholding, they would be OK for a few years and then disappear.

Back home we got the dining room curtain pole re-fixed after the painting and put the curtains up. They are ones Mrs F left and were filthy but after a cool wash have cleaned up well. I was a bit dubious because you never know with lined curtains.

I enjoyed watching the Boat Races - another annual tradition for me - and it's really good to see the ladies given equal billing although Col moans at all the chat before they actual race!

We have today at home together and then he'll be back in hospital again for a few days when they double the dose of the drug. Each week he'll stay in from Tuesday or Wednesday until Saturday, so he will be here for most of Easter weekend I hope.
I need to write myself a job list of all the things that need doing - apart from painting the inglenook where the cooker will go.

Keeping busy as usual
Back Soon
Sue


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  1. You got lots of bargains there, Sue. That folding seat will come in handy:) Hope those antibiotics start working for Col very soon. Meg

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    1. I've washed the seat cushion and the whole thing looks good as new

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  3. That is an amazing haul and shows an expert eye for a bargain. I hope the voice can be replaced by respect for some serious shopping skills x

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    1. I love to find something really useful

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  4. I get that little voice when I go anywhere near fabric...lol.
    Brilliant bargains from your car boot this week.
    I hope Col's antibiotics kick in soon-x-

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    1. He's worried that the chemo tablets are causing it so it might last for weeks

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  5. Very good bargains! I think you will not regret the folding seat and your youngest will love it. We had one for our grands and got more than 7 years use from ours using it as a booster seat after there was no need for the tray.

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    1. It seems very sturdy and I've washed the seat cushion so the whole thing looks good as new

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  6. So lovely yo hear Colin was able to get out, a visit to a boot sale is perfect normal life. As for your spend, you told mine was ok on my post, I think you did well so many useful items.

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    1. He is very short of breath so has been better outside although has no energy due to lack of sleep

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  7. We're looking forward to going to boot sales after OH has retired next month, they're always on Saturdays when he's working, or Sunday mornings when he's in bed having worked all night.

    Hope Col's antibiotics kick in soon and he doesn't suffer much from the next round of the treatment.

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    1. Hope you soon get to find lots of bargains.
      We are further away from the big boot sales now......sadly

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  8. Glad things are going as well as they can do.

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    1. He's feeling pretty rough, so isn't looking forward to double dose this week

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  9. I'm glad Col was able to get out for a bit. You got some good bargains from the car boot sale. I could quite happily play with the airport myself. X

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    1. We had some Fisher Price toys when our lot were little but never had the airport.

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  10. Well, I would rather be known as the grammy that gave too much, rather than the stingy one. Hoping all goes well for Col.

    Hugs
    Jane

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    1. It's fun finding things for them, although it will be a year or so before they will play with the airport

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  11. Very good finds. :-) Our town does annual "city-wide yard sale" events. Last weekend brought people from miles away, as well as many locals. Lots of traffic. And since we're moving in less than 2 weeks, we were able to sell most everything that won't fit in our new home. All that's left are 3 book cases and some boxes of books. We've already packed to bring several boxes of books we're keeping... there's always room for books!

    Fingers crossed for Col.

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    1. Your yard sale event sounds really good. A village a few miles away had garage/yard sales last Saturday but I had to pick up Col from hospital so missed it!

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  12. You can't go wrong with Fisher Price toys. Well done on the folding seat. I am all for making it easy for the grands to visit.

    Do hope Colin feels better soon. Glad he got some fresh air.

    Sandy

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    1. This airport is classed as Vintage on ebay - makes me feel really old!

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  13. I hope the ab's work for Colin soon; he doesn't really have much time to recover before undergoing the next lot of tablets, does he? Everything crossed for the stronger ones this week.
    I love your bargains and that seat is brilliant, because it's so versatile; just the right height for a little one to sit at table with the rest of the family with or without the tray. I'm looking forward to the local boot sale starting up again; I love looking for bargains and it's a rare day when I come away with all my spending money intact!

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    1. He's on the new tablets all the time but goes in each time they double the dose so that they can closely monitor for nasty side effects

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  14. Glad you and Col get to spend some time together before he goes back. Sounds like he's getting around despite the cough. Hope it gets better soon.

    That little voice in my head tells me to buy books - great bargain, you'll read it, it's really good. At least you're buying for someone else!

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    1. It must be at least a month since I found a book from a charity shop or boot sale!

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  15. What a lovely lot of items you got from the car boot. Hope the antibiotics start working asap and you enjoyed your day together before the new routine begins again. Good luck with the treatment. Best wishes

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    1. Thank you, it's a worry not knowing how he will react to the bigger dose.

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  16. What a good haul, the folding high chair is such a good idea xx

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  17. You got some good things!
    I enjoy those type of sales too!

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  18. That was a mighty haul of goodies for the little ones for £15.
    Hope things are all going ok this week.
    Lisa x

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