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    Re: International Army October 2020

    Morning all, any pearls of wisdom have abandoned me for now. Just to say I am glad we have each other here and can post when we need to 'hear' a friendly word, as has been the case over the past few days here with some of our friends.


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    KTAB how is the garden?
    Maturing nicely Bridge, bit like myself harhar.

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    Its eleven years today that I flew over to Belfast to meet up with Mario & Opal at the Europa hotel.
    I would had added another two years at least to that JC, blimey I have been here on and off for a longgggg time, think the penny would have finally dropped...

    Off to do something useful not like chop wood or some other manly activity.
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    Re: International Army October 2020

    Morning and waves to the undies and over the pond,
    @IamMary.............we;re holding on to the ashes. I've still got Dylan's............she'll go in the wardrobe beside him for now. The grand plan is to scatter them with mine and Mr. JC's ashes eventually................hopefully that's a way off. We haven't made up our minds where yet .............macabre stuff for a Sunday.

    @fickle.............thank you.
    Very early on I was given an eyeopener. A colleague of Mr. JC turned 60 about a three weeks into my sobriety. It was one of those can't avoid/get out of. Did the arrive late and leave early plan in place. Anyway got there the food was out and there was a woman about my age absolutely shit-faced ...........for wont of a better word......... on the dance floor by herself with her near full wine glass sloshing it all over the place. She then dropped the glass and continued to dance in the broken glass and wine sloshed all over...................it wasn't so much her it was her children begging her to sit down, her turning nasty and demanding her rights to do what she wanted. Tbh it made me think of my past behaviour. Looking at her grown up children's made me think of what I'd put mine through, how embarassed they were on my behalf............and I just thought I just can't do that to either of them ever again.
    So I haven't.

    Didn't sleep at all well last night. It was/is so cold. Winter duvet being put on as I type.

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    Re: International Army October 2020

    morning -- last night WAS cold -- having a bit of a duvet tussle at the moment -- unusually - I'm happy with the lighter one with a small wee quilt thrown over the piggies - but Joe wants the big heavy winter one -- I find it so heavy that it wakes me up when I try to turn over... so yeah - it IS that time of year alright.

    Facing a potential national lockdown here -- figures in Norn Iron were/are horrendous -- same as our own down here but we have over 3 times their population - but it sure as hell isn't going in the right direction.

    Gorgeous sunny autumn day here --- windows all open and did a wee wander in the garden -- parked now on couch -- decided that any christmas shopping that needs to be done is going to be done online -- end of.... just NOT going to get enraged by those muppets with their noses out in Swords again

    Not much news here -- still cranky with my sprogs so for their own sakes I hope no one is 'dropping in' --- roast beef for dinner --- excited!!!

    Tabbers -- doesn't matter whether it's a day or a decade -- it'll come if you want it badly enough -- and we are ALL but an elbow bend away from 'that' place... our pal on the plane to Spain -- jesus -- Joe met him yesterday coming out of Spar -- he said he looks about 80 (he's only in his 50's I think) -- and he's 'lost' his car --- it could be parked anywhere - it could be crashed - feck knows where it is or what he has done... I cannot emphasise how sensible sound fun and intelligent this man was -- it is tragic -- I would love to grab hold of him and beat some sense into him.... yeah -- that'd work
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    Hallo Army!

    A quick fly-by from me to wish you all a great day!

    @brit- so glad your family has all come together to get through this difficult time. You are blessed to have such great girls but we all know that they wouldn't be that caring if they hadn't been raised with love and respect.

    @fickle - absolutely loved your post. So many great observations and comments. Really enjoyed it.

    @JackieClaire - I didn't realize that you had had a meet-up with Mario and Opal in Belfast in 2009. Somehow I thought the first meet-up was when you flew to Dublin in 2010. Can't believe so many years have passed. I'm sure you all have great memories of those meet ups. Starts, Oney, Molls, KTAB and others. I think Oney celebrated her birthday at one of the meet-ups. I remember calling her room and talking to everyone. It was wonderful to hear all of you. Time sure does go by quickly.

    Back to my painting - happy Sunday to all!!!
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    Afternoon all. @brit, as the others said, you have wonderful daughters and it is lovely and I am sure a comfort to be able to help and be there for each other. Love the idea of scattering your ashes with your fur babies JC. None of us want to be that Mother, and thank Goodness that’s something we do not have to worry about. Very sad about Joes friend too.
    @fickle - enjoyed your post and your observations.
    @Mary - thanks for the recommendation, watched Chicago 7 and really enjoyed it. Good to have you back on board Tabs. Enjoy your painting Stirly. Just had a long walk on the beach with doggies. Just what I needed.

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    @stirly-girly.......you joned that December..................I remember thinking you must be in the UK or Ireland as you were posting in our time zone.
    Yep went charging over there with my new found sobriety all by myself. I usedto be half drunk to get on a plane even with Mr. JC............never stayed overnight by myself and I even ordered room service.Slpet with one eye open in case I missed my flight home on the Sunday.

    The Febuary after to Dublin for Oney's birthday................she didn't half scream when you rang the hotel. Molly very kindly gave me a lift to my hotel that night.

    Had a visit from our godson this morning........well he sat on his bike at the end of the drive while we shouted to each other......he's moved back up here from Brighton to be nearer family with his fiance after being in Brighton for donkeys years. They should married this year.

    We may be looking at another wedding next year. Our Jenny's getting all these brochures from wedding venies and they're turning themselves insideout with deals.

    @mollyka.............that's such a shame/tragic about your man there. Wet brain do you think and is it too late? Mind you at the D&A place I used to work/volunteer there was a lad we all thought was a goner...........met him a couple of years back and didn't recognise him at first................he'd gone into re-hab cleaned up, new teeth, not a resentment in him .......a different man. I've got him as a pal on FB. now.........before I would have crossed the road if I saw him outside work.


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    Evening,
    Busy and brilliant posts from everyone today. Great to see you back @fickle and well done on the sugar, you sound like your only half the woman you were!
    Very sad to read about other Alkies, who havnt managed to find an escape route. It does serve as a great reminder for us - thats the reality, not the normies, that can take it or leave it.
    Lovely idea JC about all your ashes.

    Bridge, thats interesting about what you said about having a thinking day.. Im not great for analysing, Im a black or white person, but I do think its important to spend the time to figure things out. Already my head is telling me not to dwell on this too much

    Lovely walk with my folks, all the kids came, just on our quite roads. Thats all the excitement here, until tomorrow when the government tell us to sit tight for another 4 weeks.
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    Very early on I was given an eyeopener. A colleague of Mr. JC turned 60 about a three weeks into my sobriety. It was one of those can't avoid/get out of. Did the arrive late and leave early plan in place. Anyway got there the food was out and there was a woman about my age absolutely shit-faced ...........for wont of a better word......... on the dance floor by herself with her near full wine glass sloshing it all over the place. She then dropped the glass and continued to dance in the broken glass and wine sloshed all over...................it wasn't so much her it was her children begging her to sit down, her turning nasty and demanding her rights to do what she wanted. Tbh it made me think of my past behaviour. Looking at her grown up children's made me think of what I'd put mine through, how embarassed they were on my behalf............and I just thought I just can't do that to either of them ever again.
    So I haven't.
    Oh God that made me cringe JC. It doesn't hurt to remind ourselves on a regular basis about how it was. Rips those rose-coloured glasses off very quickly.
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    Morning all. I am full of arthritis (and empty on patience) this morning so after working until 10.30 am on urgents I have called in sick.

    I need regular thinking days @IamMary. I just find I get the speed wobbles if I don't. I'm also trying to live more mindfully these days. I don't really understand what that means tbh but I've reached the second half of my life and I want to be more conscious about the way I live and for whom. Perhaps there are others here who feel as if they have lived their lives up until now only responding and reacting to what others want and need. And I don't want to be a cranky old biddy any more. I'm mainly hurting myself there. Anyway, that's what I think about as I look at the ceiling (and how much the ceiling needs painting)
    @molly The Lad Who Went on the Plane to Spain sounds a lot like our Richard. I must admit I snorted when I read the bit about losing his car. By the grace of God.... But it's not funny at all is it? What a sh*tty waste of life.

    I'm with @KTAB - I am just so glad that you are all here.
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    morning all! -- yes Jackie -- deffo wet brain -- it's excruciating listening to him on the phone to Joe -- he hardly knows who he is half the time - and re. the missing car -- d'ya know -- many MANY years ago -- a group of us were in town - went to our favourite chinese restaurant on Georges St. and then on to the theatre afterwards -- it was a brilliant night - one of the men had decided not to drink so he drove in and said he'd drive us all home - but he changed his mind and parked the car up in town --- none of us could remember where he'd parked it!!! so we stayed in the chinese having a blast - pissed as newts -- and it was the most sober of us was sent off to find the car -- that person was the 'lad who went on the plane to spain' -- he was by far the most moderate drinker of us all --

    How's things MrsA? thinking of you and sending hugs - you are lucky having the girls - well actually - luck has nothing to do with it - as the others say - you were obviously great parents and what goes round comes round -- you deserve it xxxx
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