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  • i used to try not to eat anything with a name but i have gotten to the stage where if it has had a nice life and it went quickly, i dont flinch if someone else chooses to do it that way. i def dont stand in judgement of them for eating daisy. i dont have good enough fences to get a lamb or a calf. or really enuf land. i have had the odd person trying to give me a piglet to pen but i am scared it would be like a dog and then i wouldnt be able to eat it. rationally tho the reason i have issue with eating dogs is coz they are so useful that it would be counter productive to eat one, not coz they are so intelligent and loyal. i just dont want to end up with a huge pig and not know what to do with it.
    enjoy the hairdresser gwamma. i am getting mine done in 2 weeks. eek!

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    • Pigs ay - we have a pet kunekune, actually I think she was a cross between an Auckland island and a Kune, but her name was Priscilla Petunia. Absolutely amazing intelligence ! She loved me to bits, and always wanted to be near me , but once she became 300 + kg, on these wee short legs, quite dangerous. She kept getting out onto the main road, and at that weight - you can't just pick em up and pop em into the car !!!!!!
      Had THE most fantastic night last night. Met Rachel Hunter, I even gave her a big hug. We had our picture taken, so if I get a copy I shall try and post it, just so you believe me !!!!!!!!

      anyways more cleaning and tidying today. yaaaay
      "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

      ...small steps....

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      • Ooooh gwamma, what a name dropper you are! I'm not a huge Rachel fan, she kinda looks frumpy to me.......and I've been enjoying watching NZ's got Talent, but honestly she's not the sharpest tool in the shed is she? Or maybe (having actually met her in the flesh Gwamma) she's more intelligent IRL?

        Oh boy I'm tired this morning, not at all on my game today. I had a super busy day at work yesturday with a meeting for 25 that I had to provide lunch for (and be the gracious host) followed by an aunt stopping by for a cuppa after tea, and then up half the night with a scratchy 3 year old who claimed to have ear ache. She's fine this morning.......grrrrrrr......! Its very quiet here at work this morning and I'm struggling to keep awake already. I've got my first cooking class for the term starting tonight too, so no early night for me.

        Pleased to see before I left for work this morning that our house painter was finally applying the first coat of paint, after putting off our house for the last month (you're next on the list he's been telling us for ever) and taking 3 days just to prep the house. He seems to do shorter days than I do as he's just setting up when I leave for work and he's gone by the time I get home in the afternoon, and I'm only gone 6 hours a day! It'll be lovely to have the house looking good this summer as we had to put off the painting a year ago so its been needing for a while now.

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        • LL, how exciting about the painting. We are having a few bits n pieces done by EQC, at some stage. The problem is thou, that they don't just paint a wall, they paint the whole room !!!! I can understand this in certain incidences, but every full room with a weeny teeny crack ???? Helloooooo !!!!!
          I always thought that Rachel was a bit ditsy too, until I began watching NZ got talent, and last night really proved me wrong. She is a lovely grounded down to earth Kiwi girl, who just happens to be famous. I was very impressed !

          I am so worried about all those poor people in America. 6 million without power, 50 + dead, all sorts of damage.
          Lots and lots of aroha coming to you all from us in little old New Zealand
          x
          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

          ...small steps....

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          • Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
            LL, how exciting about the painting. We are having a few bits n pieces done by EQC, at some stage. The problem is thou, that they don't just paint a wall, they paint the whole room !!!! I can understand this in certain incidences, but every full room with a weeny teeny crack ???? Helloooooo !!!!!
            Maybe we need to get EQC into our house then? Heh! Our builder ran out of money during the build of our house (he quoted too low and took too long) so he tried to cut costs with the decorating stuff. This is why we are now re-painting the exterior of our 7 year old home and most of our walls and ceilings need re-doing on the inside too. Much is the pity that we have to pay to get it all done too, no insurance cover for that sort of thing.

            Yes I've been watching the news about the US in the last few days. Looks awful. There was a thread on here a few months back where we were discussing disaster planning, so hopefully that geared a few people to get things in order in time. At least they did get a day or two's notice about the storm, not like an earthquake eh?

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            • It's nto as extreme as the media makes it out to be. Most everyone is fine, just without power for a couple of days. It happens pretty much somewhere every year. There was this massive snow storm that suddenly hit PA a couple of years back, and people were stranded on the roads in rural PA (farms -- both "english" or "modern" and amish -- lining the road), and basically everyone went out to the cars and gathered people up and brought them indoors and shared food and everything. It took about 4 days to actually clear the road, but everyone was safe and sound.

              Media made it out to be this great human tragedy etcetcetc. Yes, it was an extreme storm and a BIG traffic jam, but no one got killed or died from exposure or starvation or anything.

              Same here with sandy. True, Manhatten is not used to being under water up to their knees (which means everything underground is flooded), but lower level living people had places to go -- many of them just up stairs to neighbors. Others went to shelters that had been set up on higher ground. And pretty much everyone was warned to have up to 5 days of food available.

              My family checked in. My sister (western PA) never lost power and while her town has some flooding, they didn't have any. My parents (eastern PA), last I heard, had been out of power for 25 hours, but were fine. No flooding in their basement, and they have plenty of food and water. Water is fine in their area, but they still have bottled set aside. I heard from them yesterday (dad recharged his iPad and emailed from the car), and I would wager that power will be back on today if it's not on already.

              NYC is still going through clean-up, of course, but so far people aren't dying. Thankfully, this isn't another Katrina. What a disaster that was. Still haven't recovered from it, And yet, it gets hardly any news at all as to the real extent of it.

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              • Originally posted by zoebird View Post

                NYC is still going through clean-up, of course, but so far people aren't dying.
                Thrilled to hear that your family are ok Zoebird. It is such a worry when family are so far away.
                I thought that 50 + people had died so far. Did I get that wrong ?
                Anyway it sounds awful and I am sure some people are suffering, however it is wonderful during natural disasters how people come together and help each other out.
                "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                ...small steps....

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                • I had wondered if that was the case Zoe, it seems that the US can have such extremes of weather as the norm each year. I know that there were a few kiwi's interviewed on TV who were in the US and they were saying that it really wasn't as bad as some of the storms they'd experienced in NZ. Helps to have a little perspective. I'm glad your family are OK.

                  Given the pathetic response to Katrina I'm not suprised there is so little news coverage. The authorities should be ashamed of what happened there (of course thats assuming we got the true story of what happened?).

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                  • Katrina was a fail at every level. Bad information. Slow response time. I've talked to people who even though they were on higher ground for Katrina, still get tears in their eyes when they talk about it.

                    For Sandy, as of 1pm EST, 5.9M still without power.

                    Weather.com is reporting 47 dead on the mainland US, one death in Puerto Rico, and 69 dead in the Carribean.
                    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                    B*tch-lite

                    Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                    • Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                      69 dead in the Carribean.
                      Yet we've heard next to nothing about the Carribean. Media!

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                      • Good lord, that IS awful. However its wonderful that people pull together in times of need. Hopefully there will be lots of BBQs, and the masses can be fed !!!
                        The next issue will be the sanitation aspect. Heres hoping that low lying water can be pumped out, before this becomes a problem.
                        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                        ...small steps....

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                        • Small city right across the river from Manhattan. Hoboken. About 50,000 residents. Sewage system overwhelmed. Streets still flooded with sewage-y water. That would scare the crap out of me - no pun intended. And the train that goes under the river to Manhattan will be closed for about five days. Not life and death so far, but sewage in the streets could cause some illness to the very young, the very old, and people with compromised immune systems.
                          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                          B*tch-lite

                          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                          • QUOTE]Yet we've heard next to nothing about the Carribean. Media! [/QUOTE] +1

                            not too much going on in the deep south. me and my 11 yr old went to the kids halloween party at the pub yesterday avo which was a hoot. she went as a pretty vampire lol we googled and found a pic of a lovely blonde girl with hell long wavy hair with a flower in it and gothic makeup so i copied the makeup and hair for her. i dont have any red lipstick so we couldnt do the blood dripping out the mouth. just went with tasteful dark purple. she borrowed one of my lbds and a pair of my long black boots. i was gonna put the steel boned corset over the top but she has no boobs so she reckoned it gaped too much. she looked very demure till she snarled and scared a few old men lol it was kinda entertaining how all the little kids went in out of it costumes and all the teens or nearly teens went gothic.

                            been training today way too hard and i hired the treadmill!!!!!!! too exciting. i am waiting for a burly man to come around and manhandle it out of the exhubby's car for me so as i dont damage it.
                            priscilla was my precise fear on the pig front. i wouldnt have wanted to eat her but i am not deluded enough to think it is better if someone else eats her. then i get all staunch and have to make sure i am present when they get shot so as they dont suffer and it all gets too stressful. so i problem avoid and dont get any piglets. now one of those teacup pigs they get in england could be cool.

                            looking forward to the pic of rachel and gwamma with the new hairdo!

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                            • I couldn't allow anyone to eat Priscilla either, so she has gone to a good home. The farmer has to lock her up for a few days once a month, because when shes in season she gets growly, grumpy and bites people !!! LOL
                              Not my problem any more - thank goodness.
                              We had ostriches years ago, Lesley and Lou (named after my mum and MIL). Put a pea sized brain into an 80 kg bird - nothing but trouble !!!!! Our youngest was about 5 at the time we had these stupid bloody things. She is a wee bit of a risk taker, and was always climbing the fence into their paddock. No amount of scolding would stop her. The damn things have claws on them longer than our fingers, and would disembowel a grown man with one swipe !!!! So they were sent down the road. I couldn't eat them thou, we sold them on. Bloody bloody stupid things.
                              Don't ever get ostriches.
                              Oh this has got me thinking. We have had a pet eel - Elrick. (He disappeared from the creek one day. I think the Old Maori neighbour caught and ate him !!!!), pet rats - poppy and bruce. Bruce had the biggest set of bollocks any man would have been proud of !!! Then there was JD and JB the alpacas, (Jack Daniels and Jim beam), numerous dogs, cats, sheep, calves, cows, axylotyls.... the list has been endless. The things we do ay ?...........

                              how exciting about the treadmill. I am keen to get back into my excersize, but I am struggling with these wedding preparations. I shouldn't be spending all this time on MDA !!!! LOL, althou one is allowd whilst having a coffee break ??????????
                              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                              ...small steps....

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                              • I couldn't allow anyone to eat Priscilla either, so she has gone to a good home.
                                lol you see. that is so difficult to find for a huge pig. i prob would have ended up having to dig a hole, act natural and feed it chocolate while someone snuck up behind with the some really gnarly big calibre gun. say the last rites and have a funeral. In nomine padre et fillii et spiritus sanctus and what a waste of pork!

                                i've never had ostrich. nice feathers and eggs. you can make the 20 egg chocolate cake with an ostrich egg. i tend to stick with eating the normal farmed animals unless they are a game animal, then anything is good. alpacas i never understood the point of from a $value pov. we went to an A&P show once and they had some fancy pants stud alpaca there which my middle daughter led around all over the place. it was worth $45K. i nearly fell over. i think merinos have much better wool and i've never heard of anyone eating one so i was mystified. the only good rats are dead ones in my book too. so just pet cats, dogs and ponies here.

                                with exercise, slow movement and hit the weights hard once a week. so if you manage to do some kettlebelling every now and then and just keep moving doing the wedding stuff and avoid the cake tin, you will be sweet. go for a stroll after dinner maybe every now and then even with gwampa. or an early morning swim in your beautiful pool. my plan is to do a hill program on the treadmill for 20 mins a day for the first week. i still have to walk the dog and train so we shall see. it is doable and i have distractions to make me want to run lol

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