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  1. I would tend to agree with this - except I have done exactly that - "put up" with it and stayed for the long term. I won't say I always responded right but heck, we're only human. And I don't dig the blame-fest, either. None of this is your fault - it's pretty much all about his crappy choices. Much love to and prayers for you, Moonhawk. You have my support 100% no matter what you ultimately decide for your marriage. x Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. OP, I think you have just won the internet tonight ;) Yup. Same problem. Booty is on the more generous side but not huge. I don't particularly remember having this problem pre-kids, and I gave birth to 4, of that makes any difference. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Oh, definitely! It simply wouldn't happen otherwise! Some days I'm laid down all day, other days I start out like that and gradually get up, and on really good days I can be up all day. It varies a great deal and we just take it as it comes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. That's just lovely. I don't know how ARCT/RCM compares to our music exam boards in the UK but she's certainly very accomplished. [emoji4] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Heck yes. But getting rid of it is a whole 'nother issue, and believe me we've tried. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Haven't heard that one before and I've lived here 99% of my life! You can buy kitchen knives in grocery stores and although you have to look or prove yourself to be over 18, I've never had a full background check for it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Yeah - exactly. I might not even know about it, but the possibility of that is what makes me feel I should tell the landlord now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Spryte - that probably shouldn't be funny, but I just laughed out loud at the thought of some fine lady crashing through the floorboards in her bathtub! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Two years ago, we moved into a rented house down the road from where we'd been before. We knew the area was nice, neighbours are ok (in the end), we're on a bus route, the garden is big and wild and the kids love it, and the landlord has allowed us to have a dog. We have seven people living here, so having one usable bathroom is manageable but not the easiest. However, when you rent a property on the understanding that it has two bathrooms, ie a main bathroom and an en-suite, you expect both to be working, and if they don't you expect the landlord to fix the problem in reasonable time, kwim? I'm not expecting miracles, just common sense repairs as needed. We have had endless problems with the en-suite shower, to say nothing of the leak from the main bathroom into the kitchen diner which ruined a large number of our schoolbooks. :mad: Anyway... first off we suspected something wasn't quite right because there was an odd smell in the en-suite - a damp, mouldy smell that never went away no matter what we did. Six months into renting the house, we suddenly had a leak from the en-suite down into the garage, and a huge black mould/water stain mark on the garage ceiling. Fortunately there wasn't anything underneath that mattered. We contacted the landlord and asked them to send someone to fix it. It wasn't obvious to us what was wrong from just looking. After two or three months, the landlord finally arranged to come around and he replaced some of the silicone around the shower, and some of the floor grout just next to it. All was well for another six months. Then in June 2016 we had another leak into the garage, and the stain on the ceiling (which had never been replaced, because it was in the garage and technically wasn't hurting anything) got a lot bigger. We contacted the landlord again and asked for him to check it out and fix the problem. He send not one, but three plumbers one after the other, all of whom said that with the problems we'd already had and the look of the garage ceiling, they would not rest their professional reputation on a patch-up job, but if they were to do it, they would be ripping the shower tray and tiles out, to investigate what was happening underneath (to this day, we don't know what the state of the floorboards/joists are under that shower) - so that if necessary, the structure of the floor could be repaired or replaced. No said the the landlord, we don't want that expense. We will fix this ourselves. We had to wait until November, when they came back from their extended trip abroad, for them to come around and do whatever fixing they deemed necessary - which was basically to replace a few tiles with non-matching tiles and stuff a load of silicone into some cracks they found. It'll be fine, they said. Fast-forward to a couple days ago, when DH stepped into the shower. Just after turning the water on, he moved his foot a little and there was an almighty crack underneath him. We froze like rabbits caught in the headlights, and then he turned the water off and gingerly stepped out of the shower. We just looked at each like, wth was that? We will not be using that shower any time soon. We are in the process of buying a house in the next village, a fixer-upper, and we weren't intending to move in right away. We're hoping for around six months, definitely to be there by Christmas this year. I can wait for that long. So here's my dilemma. My tired, sick body will not cope well with the stress of having yet further people around to investigate and fix whatever caused the problems in the past which has clearly not gone away, and that part of me would just as soon leave it and not worry about what happens after we move out. The other side of me, which is anxious and wants to be open and honest, is inclined to tell the landlord and let them do whatever they feel necessary to sort it out (which may not be enough to reassure me to use it again, however). Any thoughts?
  10. Pros Not too many snakes.. or other unpleasant animals.. (sorry, Aussies) Good chocolate. I don't dig Hersheys, and I'm sorry, Kraft has ruined Cadburys. It's just not the same any more. But Green and Black's is very good. Very good indeed. :drool5: The countryside and our national parks, particularly the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The National Trust - beautiful, restored, historic houses and estates dating back hundreds of years. History, generally. I can visit anything from a prehistoric stone circle, to a tudor water park, or a Jacobean mansion, all in the same county. The diversity of regional dialects. Try listening to some of the following on youtube: Highlands, Glaswegian, Geordie, Scouse, Yorkshire, Northern Irish, Welsh, Nottingham, Black Country, Home Counties, Norfolk, West Country.. and that's just a selection. Arts opportunites, especially for children Small means it doesn't take that long to get places. For example, London to Edinburgh is 5.5hrs by train. Diversity of cuisines and cultures The NHS, because it's free Self-deprecating, ironic sense of humour. Cons Not enough space! - small houses, cars, small everything. A minority do have big houses etc but your average person on the street has a much smaller property than the equivalent in the US. Land/property is so EXPENSIVE. Our government.. and Brexit :001_huh: 'nuff said. Damp, dark winters - snow would brighten things up a bit! Long wait for healthcare... the NHS is an amazing thing and I've had many reasons to be very grateful for it, but they are very squeezed now. National reliance almost solely on the financial services industry, rather than different manufacturing industries for export. Just hope that isn't going to bite us in the a$$ one of these days.
  11. What worked - Anything that didn't require a great deal of input from me. I was sick for most of last year and early part of this. So R&S English, Saxon Math with DIVE, R&S Spelling, CLP Handwriting, languages using Duolingo... my 17yo and 15yo are pretty much independent anyway. What definitely didn't work - Apologia Science (I need a simpler science curriculum), any Latin, WWE. I'm sure there are others but I can't think of them off the top of my head. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I think it depends on the instrument. Playing a big instrument like the clarinet, bassoon, trombone etc is best left until 10/11yrs old IMO, but most percussion, piano, violin, piccolo etc can be started much earlier. I don't actually remember learning the piano - I played as a tot on my mum's lap and it went from there. My nephew started violin at 5yrs old. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Praying right now, Anne. xx Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Hedgehog


    Been there. I get it. Hugs xxx Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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