Who ate all the chocolates? Diary Snippets (3)

“Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can’t eat or play with it, just pee on it and walk away.” ~ spartadog.com

Dear Diary,

Sunday – Another morning of cleaning at Joshua’s new house.

Later I finished a draft WP post and linked  to one of our Weekly Prompts articles, Gerry’s ATM germs. Josh cooked tonight, and we cleared up just in time to watch Dr Who.

Monday – My wretched cough is back. Two weeks of being cough free, and now it’s back with a vengeance! I woke up feeling miserable again, what is wrong with me, why can’t I snap out of it?

My bedroom coffee machine (retirement gift) remains the best gift ever. I would recommend to anyone and especially if retired. Pure bedroom luxury!

Propped up in bed I listened to the rain on my bedroom window while I sipped my coffee. I had a quick glance at the e-mail notifications on my iPad, but there were too many to read, I felt outfaced, so I closed down the mail App.

I need to unfollow some people, and it’s not because I don’t like them, I actually do, but some of them post several times a day. The other day I counted eight posts from one person.  I cant keep up and don’t have time to read all these articles.

Since the demise of WP Daily prompts and the onslaught of bloggers issuing challenges, attempting to read the blogs of others (following pingbacks) is more difficult than it was with WP.  Some of the websites have such chaotic pages, and with so much happening on a single page it makes it hard to know where to begin. Each to his own I suppose.

Tuesday – I still feel low and lethargic. I want to stay here in bed, but I’ve planned a Christmas shopping day with Lizzy and Sophie.

The WordPress notifications are building up, but I’ve no time to attend to them. 

2:30 PM Update – Home again and with a whole load of Christmas and birthday presents, and the thought of wrapping all these fills me with dread!

Wednesday – Feeling more like my usual self this morning, what a relief.

The word-prompt Gerry wrote for our Weekly Prompts site was published at 7:00 AM UK time, via the scheduler.   I usually schedule both the Weekly Prompts and my Nan’s Farm response at the same time, but I haven’t written anything for Nan’s Farm yet! No big deal I’ll write something later.

4:00 PM Update – At just after nine this morning I took a few photographs of the cows, ducks and pheasants grazing in the field outside my kitchen window. I sent one to BBC Weather Watchers, and it was shown on the lunchtime news! That’s my second in two weeks.

During the morning I went down to the Blue barn (Animal feed store) and picked up three large bags of kindling for the kitchen stove, and while I was there I bought a couple of Christmas presents for Woody.

I also called at the supermarket, I spotted Cox’s apples, so I took a photograph for Brian, Lord Beari of Bow. Brian left England sixty years ago for Australia and misses our English apples and recently asked if we still grew them in the UK.

Cox's Apples

FOR BRIAN, Lord Beari of Bow

I’ve had a notification from WP. Apparently, they are going to charge separately for domain names and in effect that will be a 25% increase in the total cost. I think I’ll do some research and talk to Gerry about Weekly Prompts.

“We’re changing the way we bill plans and related domains. Before, a plan would include a domain name in the price. We’re separating them now, so a plan and a domain are two individual purchases.” – WordPress

As yet I still haven’t written my Nan’s Farm response to our word-prompt. Maybe I’ll do it after tea.

Double doormatThursday – It’s Evie’s fourth birthday today, and at the end of the afternoon, I’m hosting a family party for her. I also have an early appointment (8:15 AM) to have my nails done, so a busy day ahead, I’d better get it started.

6:30 PM Update – Evie’s party was a success, and all the grandkids were here apart from Jamie, Sophie’s eldest, who is at university in Newcastle. The older grandkids were the photographers so at the moment I can’t include pictures. However, I did take one of another attempt to keep the hallway clean. Double polythene and cardboard this time and it worked!

Today: Friday – Nothing special today just the usual Friday cleaning and laundry.

Woody ate a whole box of chocolates, two layers! Not just any old chocolates, these were Thornton’s! He stole them from Joshua’s bedroom while I was cleaning. I had the hall door open, and failed to notice Woody had gone walkabout!

Woody's chocolates

Diary Snippets edited slightly for the blog… I said BLOG not Dog!

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2018

25 thoughts on “Who ate all the chocolates? Diary Snippets (3)

    1. Yes I’ve already done that with a few but then the reader gets full, so seeing as I know who they are I’ll just visit now and again. My VIPs are unaffected! 🙂

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  1. Your dog looked so sheepish. It’s as if he was saying “what do you mean”, “what chocolates?” And thinking ‘if I just sit here quietly she may not even notice’….loved the film clip.

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    1. Thank you Selina. He did look very sheepish, but not quite guilty enough! The bag he raided also contained smaller boxes of chocolates that were intended for Christmas stockings. He took those out of the bag but the boxes remained untouched… thankfully!

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  2. Oh Woody, what guts !! you could’ve left a few, and tore the box up too, not very discrete.
    Great to hear you were feeling betterer as the week went along.
    And I’m having problems too, with so many readers to follow, and I’m not sure what to do, by the time I’ve done my own article/post I’m already tired these days. oh it’s a “conundrum ” xx

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    1. It’s a wonder he didn’t throw up, a whole box! I am a lot better in myself Ivor. I just need the cough to clear.

      We know you are ill and everyone understands that you cannot read all our articles. Just concentrate on your own Ivor. I am very grateful that you took the time to read mine. Thank you. 🙂

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  3. Thornton’s?! I had never heard of them before and then our local ‘frou frou’ grocery store has them and raved about them. And Woody ate all of them??!!! Oh, Woody…..which was your favorite?

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    1. He ate every single one Lois. It’s my guess that he ate so fast he wouldn’t have had time to choose a favourite! Thornton’s are absolutely delicious. They have their own exclusive chocolate shops, you should see the queues at Easter for personalised eggs. https://www.thorntons.co.uk/. Thank you Lois

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      1. The big square Christmas box is what the store has now. I was so excited to see your post about the chocolates….all the incentive I need to get out and purchase a box. Woody did not have any tummy upset?

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      2. He appeared perfectly fine. Last Easter he managed to get into my grandson’s room and ate a very large Easter egg. The vet said he’d be fine just so long as he didn’t eat dark chocolate (bad for them). The Thornton’s box had four dark ones but he was okay, though I’m so surprised he wasn’t throwing up everywhere. Oh I hope you enjoy the chocolates Lois and I’m glad I gave you the incentive.

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  4. gc

    Remember when I suggested you take 2000 mg of Vitamin D3? In the winter it is recommended that a person take this vitamin. I have for years. It is good for your heart, mood and spirit. Check with your physician. 🙂

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    1. I do remember love, but then I forgot what you’d told me! Am I making sense here?
      I promise I will do something about it. Is it fish oil?


  5. Maureen Helen

    Glad your health began to improve, Sue, but the cough sounds horrendous. Loved this post and the entertaining glimpse into what seems like a very ordinary week.

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  6. At this rate you’ll become an official BBC photographer! I can just see all the cows, ducks and pheasants — perhaps some local peasants as well, slightly confused — queueing up for auditions!

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  7. I just got the notice about the change in how they are charging for the domain name. Fortunately, I’ve never used the domain name and can easily let that part go!
    I don’t have any problem paying for a WordPress upgrade, though. I blogged for a long time on the free plan, but I think it is worth it now to pay so that my blog is ad free. WordPress is, after all, a business!


    1. Hello Margy, how nice to meet you.
      I chose WordPress for my Nan’s Farm blog specifically to support open source software as opposed to a private business and I have no objection in paying for the service.

      I use a premium account for Nan’s Farm and always have. I needed the storage capacity so that I could showcase personal videos (without YouTube), include lots of photographs and not have adverts.

      Six months ago my partner and I set up WeeklyPrompts.com, (a premium account) solely to issue word-prompts and photo challenges. The domain name, was our choice and was important to us (domain names go hand in hand with these accounts)

      My partner also has a premium account on his own blog.
      Charging for domain names is the first increase WP has had for many years, but with three accounts between us we asked ourselves what we actually needed.
      After some discussion, we decided that a premium account for Weekly Prompts was unnecessary and we’ve since downgraded to a personal account at half the cost, and we retain our domain name.

      Apologies for the half finished earlier message… trigger fingers! Thank you for the visit Margy, it is appreciated. 🙂


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