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      Important Announcement!   07/28/2018

      Dear BCF members,   This forum has been running now for many years, and over that time we have seen many changes. Generalised forums are nowhere near as popular as they once were, and they have been very much taken over by blogs, vlogs and social media discussions. Running a forum well takes money, and a lot of care and attention, as there is so much which goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.   With all of this in mind, and after discussion within the current moderator team, the decision has been made to close this forum in its current format. I know that this will disappoint a lot of our long term members, but I want to reassure you that it's not a decision which has been taken lightly.    The remaining moderator team have agreed that we do not want to lose everything which is special about our home, and so we are starting a brand new facebook group, so that people can stay in touch, and discussions can continue. We can use it for free and should be easier for us to run (it won't need to be updated or hosted). We know not everyone has FaceBook, but we hope that those of you who are interested will join the group. We will share the link, and send invites as soon as we are ready to go. Added: We may as well get this going, find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/195289821332924/   The forum will close to new registrations, but will remain open for some time, to allow people to collect up any information, reading lists etc they need to, and to ensure they have contact details for those they wish to stay in touch with.    The whole team feel sad to say goodbye, but we also feel that it's perhaps time and that it feels like the right choice. We hope we can stay in touch with all of you through our new FaceBook group.   I personally want to thank everyone who has helped me moderate the forum, both in the past and the present, and I also want to thank every single person who has visited, and shared their love of books.. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved, and the home we built.   Please visit the new section in the Lounge section to discuss this further, ask questions etc.


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    The joys of adult onset ADHD. I am interested in most anything..oh, look at that pretty leaf falling!

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  1. General questions / discussions

    Feels like I'm loosing my friends! So you'll continue on our Facebook page? Will it be the same page or will you create another one?
  2. Christmas planning and chat

    Soooo, anybody planning for the holiday season yet, lol!!!!
  3. What's Up in July? - 2018

    Hey y'all!!! Hope everyone's enjoying their summer (or winter). It's hot, hot, hot! Yesterday the nation celebrated the 4th of July. We don't. Hubby worked and got holiday pay. I've been keeping my youngest grand diva for the past 1.5 weeks. The latest drama in DD's life has been the need for her, hubby, kids and dog to pick up and move AGAIN. This was after only moving into their other house 3 months ago. The landlord failed to disclose that the cooling/heating unit didn't work and that's why the last tenant broke her lease. In certain parts of the US not having AC isn't a problem, in the deep south where temps reach triple digits, its deadly. Instead of fixing the unit, the owner has decided it to let them out of the lease (they only wanted it fixed). Why? Because she can't afford to fix it. Who the bloody hell rents out property without the ability to make repairs? All the trouble the property manager went through vetting them, he didn't think to vet his client. Long story short, they are being sued (owner and property manager) for damages and moving expenses. They will be liable as its their fault the lease was broken. A complaint has been filed to the Better Business Bureau and the South Carolina Real Estate Commission (they oversee agents and managers) and generally, got his name on it crap list. As her hubby had to leave right after finding them a new place and my hubby and son had to work, the house was too hot to stay in, we had to make the move quickly. While doing the move, I also kept the kids (6 of them) at our home while she worked through the packing. Then we rented the Uhaul and did the move pretty much on our own (me and dd). Hubby was able to help us get the big furniture on the truck and unloaded and then it was on us. We did it and now she's settled in her new home with working AC, a large property that they can purchase if they choose and her brother's girlfriend lending a hand. It's been a busy couple of weeks. Next on the agenda is getting the three boys ready for their trip to Virginia on Saturday. Haircuts, packing, shopping, ugh! BUT they deserve the trip and a nice get away! I've managed to keep up with my gardening and house work so when I'm actually able to sit and enjoy, it won't be to do housekeeping. I plan to do a bit of reading and sitting on the dock. What are you up to?
  4. Happy 70th Birthday N.H.S. On 5.7.2018

    I read an article in Victoria magazine about an American traveling in Britain had an accident and broke her leg I think. Anyway, she couldnt say enough about the great service she received. From the emergency room visit, admittance and discharge all she had encountered was professional and pleasant staff.
  5. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Glad your dad is doing better! Hey y'all! Not much happening from home. Just housing the grands as the air conditioning has died in their house and temps have reached 92 degrees INSIDE. They will have to move again as the owner of the house says she doesn't have the money to fix it. Who the bloody so and so rents property without having the ability to maintain the property?! She's been threatened with a lawsuit as well as her property manager because he was aware that this issue before listing it. You cannot live in 92 degree heat and no breeze. They can't even cook in the house because its so hot. The humidity is no joke. Speaking of humidity, our daughter and grands traveled to visit us from Texas, we live in South Carolina. They left to go back home on Sunday and got back Monday (23.5 hours). Monday night our little grand daughter started having breathing issues and running a temp. We initially thought it was a bug she picked up from her cousins as they were having runny noses from the inadequate cooling in the houses. Nope, that's not it. After running dozens of tests, they have come to the conclusion that Z suffers from Restrictive Airway Disease. This basically means that whenever she travels to an area that has a different climate, especially humid, she will deal with this. There's no cure, only treatments and almost anything can trigger it. This poor little one has had so many health issues from birth. It breaks my heart.
  6. What's your current news about?

    Now that we've completely lost any sense of moral compass, it's decided to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. Of COURSE WE WILL! It's what cowards and despots DO! No shocker there, right?! I mean, how can we look other countries in the face and tell them how wrong they are and we're doing that AND worse. The Devil in the Orange Skin can't handle being called on his BS so he runs and hides. I hate this man. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/trump-is-said-ready-to-pull-u-s-from-un-s-human-rights-council?utm_content=bloomberg&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic-breaking&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
  7. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    I can't believe its over!!
  8. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Hey y'all! Had a pleasant week last week and a nicer weekend. Our eldest dd and three grands visited from Texas and were here in time for my mother in laws birthday cookout hosted at our home. It was lovely weather, fantastic food, great company and she really enjoyed herself! I got to spend time with 9 of our grands and it was just too precious! The house was full to bursting from Wednesday til Sunday morning when Dd and the kids traveled back to Texas. The house is in order (made sure of that Saturday evening). We're now just relaxing and recuperating til hubby goes back to work tomorrow. Then its a matter of keeping cool and keeping my plants from dying. What have y'all been up to? The board has been really quiet!
  9. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    I watched the original move back in the late 80's I think it was. That was more than enough for me. Currently binging on Shannara Chronicles. It's a really good series but I am finding a lot of LOTR's element in it. No matter. It's only two seasons or 20 episodes. We're down 13 episodes already and we only started it yesterday, lol!
  10. What's the weather like?

    We've descended into the third level of hell. Triple digits, yes TRIPLE DIGITS!!!!
  11. What's your current news about?

    We are now separating babies from their parents as those parents cross the boarder seeking asylum from gang killings and domestic violence. These were once reasons for seeking asylum, now these people reaching out for help are detained and their children taken away. We have a "zero tolerance" policy in effect and Drumpf's henchman is using the bible as a reference to its legality. Its now cool to kidnap babies and house then in kennel cages. I hate these people.
  12. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Hey y'all! Quiet day today, well, as quiet as 6 grandkids can be. Hubby is working on his car and I've cleaned the house and washed my hair. I'll putter around with the kids for the rest of the day til their parents pick them up. Saturday I took the grands to the local park with a water feature. I also took a nice walk around SodaCity (outdoor market held downtown every Saturday) and a quick walk through Barnes and Noble. Very nice day. Sunday was spent at home lazing about. I ran out to drop off diapers for Sarah. Her daddy worked out of town and didn't get home til last night. Baby couldn't wait til then for her diapers, lol! So, I dropped off what I had around the house. Otherwise, it was a Midsomer Murders kind of day. What are y'all up to?
  13. What's the weather like?

    It appears to be full on summer time. I'm wanting to get out and do some planting but its so HOT! I've got to get it done though because we have a family get together next weekend. After two weeks of rain we are no in the dry spell. Oh well, it tis what it is!
  14. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Hey y'all! The boards been pretty quiet huh? It's been a bit busy around here the last couple of weeks. We had friends come spend the day with us last Saturday. They picked a great day to visit. We went out to a lovely seafood restaurant and then sat on our dock with drinks and duck watching. It was very relaxing. Hadn't seen them in over 20 years! The previous week was spent playing taxi driver to dh. We have two vehicles, the SUV and a little get about. Hubby drives the get about to work and back, that's about it. We'll last year I went to have the title transferred from m-i-l (she gave him the car) and somehow they put the title in ds name. Two problems, ds had to pay the taxes on HIS vehicle before he could transfer it back to hubby's name. DS is the "II" and it prevented us from doing the paperwork. So I had to spend most of the afternoon getting it taken care of. It's taken MONTHS. But for the past several months I've had to get up and drop him off and then pick him up. The problem is that he is always getting off late. Last week he worked about 95 hours. Friday night I didn't pick him up til 0100!! It really kept me on a short leash so to speak. I've also been doing the granny thing and taking dd to run errands. Today is the first time in so many weeks where I can stay home with no intentions of going out. I picked dd up for a doctors appointment but had to reschedule it because we were late. Instead of taking them (dd and grands) back home, we just came to my house and relaxed outside. They stretched their legs and dd got to relax in the backyard and watch the water. I dropped them off by lunch time and am now relaxing and watching The Causal Vacancy. I'll throw some stir fry and mandarin chicken in the wok for dinner and that will do it for me. Tomorrow afternoon I'll have to take dd to the rescheduled appt and then Saturday I'm taking the kids to the water park. What have you guys been up to?
  15. What's the weather like?

    It's been a pretty wet week. Woke up to torrential rains and a flash flood warning for the surrounding area. No flooding thank goodness. The rain is much needed. Our lake has been needing the water level to rise enough so that the dam can be opened. The ducks and geese are more than happy! We've got a few more days of it and then the sun will shine.