I really must post this month - I didn't last month as I sort of "lost" the day it was when Claire was having a mastectomy & reconstruction. So, here we are 4 weeks later and Claire is doing well, although the healing is slow. (I think I posted that she got the all-clear on spread of the cancer)
As for my day ... it was "normal"
Breakfast, Bible reading, making sandwiches ... and then off to work.
This morning I was working in a Plastic Surgery clinic (I work as an Auxilliary Nurse for those who don't know), and then after lunch I was working as a runner ... weighing new patients and testing urine for those in a Urology clinic.
Then home to dinner.
In the evening I did washing, which I hung outside, as the weather forecast was good (saves me getting ultra-organised in the morning) ... then watched a bit of a DVD (South Pacific); before switching on my computer and doing some art work for the slayerstillness
competition this week.
And so to bed.
We all sometimes have trouble with our computers.
I had a problem yesterday, so I called Eric, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over.
Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.
As he was walking away, I called after him, 'So, what was wrong?'
He replied, 'It was an ID ten T error.'
I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, 'An, ID ten T error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again.'
Eric grinned...'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?
'No,' I replied.
'Write it down,' he said, 'and I think you'll figure it out.'
So I wrote down: ID10T
I used to like Eric!
You lovers of the English language might enjoy this.
There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP'.
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends.
And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP. When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.
One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so… it is time to shut UP!
Now it's UP to you what you do with this information!
Homographs are words of the same spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is pronounced differently is a heteronym.
I needed that English lesson ... so hope you now know what I mean. Here goes:-
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
Let's face it – English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly... boxing rings are square... and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese... So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. — Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'?
I am meant to be catching up here, doing some icons for a 20in20 comp and writing to a couple of friends ... but after a day at work, even though the penicillin didn't really kick in, I am too tired to do much ... so instead I head off for an early night ... leaving you with this:-
Your Handwriting Says You Are Very Traditional
You are highly energetic. You are a passionate, intense, vigorous person.
You are somewhat outgoing, but you're not a natural extrovert. You think first before you act. You tend to be independent, rational, and logical.
You are extravagant, over the top, and indulgent. You set trends and influence people.
You need a lot of space in your life, and it's easy for you to feel stifled. You avoid commitment and responsibility whenever you can.
You are conservative, old fashioned, and a little stubborn. You are resistant to change.
You are a poor communicator. No one really knows exactly what you're getting at.
And, I think most of it is true!
DID NOAH FISH?
A Sunday school teacher asked, "Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark ?" "No," replied Johnny. "How could he, with just two worms.
A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan.
She asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?"
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, "I think I'd throw up."
A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, "So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That's very commendable. What does she say?"
The little boy replied, "Thank God he's in bed!"( And a couple moreCollapse )
I'm at home today - no work ... but although I need the money I think I need the me-time more.
This bronchitis is not too bad but is a warning that I am not really coping well overall! Still the anti-biotics are kicking in, so I feel a bit better today ... although the cough is annoying (and yucky!!)
Just spoke to Claire on the phone - she is doing well, although the last 1" of her op has yet to heal ... so they may need to re-operate. She realizes that God is teaching her patience ... but is fed up with her lesson!! We chatted for 1/2 hour ... couldn't go round cos of my bugs.
So, today I may be spamming you, as I am going to catch up with some computer time, as well as do a bit of housework ... I may even work on my latest one-shot fic ... although I desperately need a Beta, as mine has got a busy non-LJ life now. So if there are any really brave people out there, let me know!
Hope you are all having a fun day ... it's raining here, again!
A man received the following text from his neighbour:
I am so sorry Bob. I've been riddled with guilt and I have to confess. I have been tapping into your wife, day and night when you're not around. In fact, more than you. I have trouble getting it at home, but that's no excuse. I can no longer live with the guilt and I hope you will accept my sincerest apology with my promise that it won't happen again.
The man, anguished and betrayed, went into his bedroom, grabbed his shotgun, and without a word, shot his wife and killed her.
A few moments later, a second text came in:
OOooops ... predictive text, I meant "wifi", not "wife"
Mum is coping with her diagnosis really well ... in fact she went shopping with me (for an hour) on Saturday - the first trip out in ages ... so that's good.
Dad has had 4 days nose-bleed free ... so again a Yay and a Woot!!
As for me - I'm on Penicillin for a chest infection ... so will catch up properly in a couple of days ... coughing over the screen makes it messy!
*hugs* and thanks
As I said I took Mum to the hospital yesterday .... Sadly her news wasn't good ... she has started hormone treatment in the hope of shrinking the tumour.
They have offered her a lumpectomy (so I aimed at the positive by saying that they thought she was well enough for surgery.)
However she will need to be on hormone treatment whichever she decides ... so she has opted to go on the hormone treatment and be re-assessed in three months. If it has not grown, then that is what she will continue with. I pray that the lump will decrease in size over the next year.
She actually has the advantage of her age (86) in that the tumour is slow growing.
On a side fact we were told that 1 in 6 ladies will have some form of breast cancer in their lifetime ... that is a scary modern fact.