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BS: May I weep and wail a bit?

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Subject: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 03:19 PM

Just when you think it can't get much worse...it does. Ok, epn was made redundant (for the third time) last Easter. Due to being nearly 50 he couldn't get another job. Finally got one about a month ago...18 hours a week. We are trying to expand my herb business and there is lots of market, but getting it going soon enough to make any money out of it this year is tricky. All this time I have been trying to keep positive. Little things keep occurring to make it all more difficult, the most recent being a sick cat who, so far has cost me over £100. It began to get to me and I was starting to feel really depressed yesterday. Now today, my boss has told me that they are finishing and for the first time in my life, I am losing my job. Ok...it was only part time and £50 a week, but we needed it...I feel really at rock bottom. Need some hugs.....

Love Lynne


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From: beardedbruce
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 03:21 PM

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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 03:22 PM

Oh Lynne, life's a bugger isn't it? I'm sure with your outgoing personality, getting another job is only a matter of time.
In the meantime, have a big Scottish hug all the way from the highlands.

Love
Giok

PS Don't tell Ted ;)


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 03:41 PM

Now's the perfect time to use your spare time in building up an image of what you want to accomplish. *Feel* what it is like to have it be a great success, really feel it; visualise it, even make up a poster board with images of success and keep a short, simple mantra in your mind to say when you start to get discouraged, i.e. "Success and Prosperity are mine." You don't have to believe the affirmation, just say it over any time you feel anxious. It will displace those negative feelings with positive and help your subconscious to focus on success.

And, it's okay to weep and wail, too!**bg** {{{{{MBSLynne}}}}}}

May all the best come to you, now.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 03:47 PM

{{{{{{{{{{MBSLynne & family}}}}}}}}}

Life can be a real bugger, can't it.

It may not help much at the moment but I do think that sometimes the things that seem to be such a downer right now become turning points to a better tomorrow.

I hope that life treats you more kindly from now on.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: dianavan
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 04:08 PM

"We are trying to expand my herb business and there is lots of market, but getting it going soon enough to make any money out of it this year is tricky."

Tricky but not impossible, and now you have the time to do it. Make every minute count.

I hope you can both find more work. I know that interviews are gruesome but I have a friend that was homeless at age 57 and is just now beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. She found work that she enjoys. Remember, you are too old to do anything you do not enjoy and too old to be treated with anything but respect. Expect nothing less.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Wesley S
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 04:09 PM

Being unemployed is one of the easiest ways to feel crappy about yourself. Take heart. By this time next year you just might see that this is the best thing that could have happened to you. At least I hope so. We're on your side. Weep and wail away....then turn it into a song.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: gnu
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 04:18 PM

{{{{{MBSLynne}}}}} Ditto what Giok said, with Canuck hugs from the fly infested bog country of New Brunswick.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 04:31 PM

What everyone else siad. Hang in there, Lynne love.
KBI (keep buggerin' in) as my Dear Old Dad used to say.
All the best from Charlie.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Hawker
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 04:31 PM

Stay Positive Lynne, Healing thoughts coming from Cornwall, I'll hopefully see you at Miskin and give you a big Mudcat hug there.
Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 04:49 PM

Thanks guys.
Trouble is, it isn't just the money and the being out of work. It's the loss of my lovely cows! I've worked in the dairy industry on and off for 30 years and it is part of me. My heart and soul. Now there are so few dairy farms left that the chances are pretty slim of me working with cows again. I don't think I can bear it. And these 12 little jerseys are all individuals and I will have to see them go....

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: North/South Annie
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 04:52 PM

Lynne,
A big hug from me and the girls to you all. What the hell, have a good cry even if it happens when you're in Tesco's or somewhere, its better out than in as they say! Don't worry about loosing the job, just make sure you claim all the benefits you'll be entitled to until the right job comes along! Meantime keep making the bread and knitting the toilet paper! Hope to see you soon. HUGS & MORE HUGS
Annie


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 04:57 PM

Big hugs from the Ducks.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: skipy
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 04:57 PM

Hugs MBSL, I don't know you but I do know that you are strong.
Ebay, get rid of some junk that you no longer want, turn it into cash.
Have a look at the jumble sales, charity shops & car boots, it is incredible what you can pick up for pence that is worth large ammounts! If you have books to sell, check out ABE, for ebay items, type the item into "buy" then click onto "completed listings" down on the left hand side, then click "search" below it, that will bring up all the other sales of that item, showing you if it is going to be worth selling or not. Of course you would not copy & paste other people's descriptions to save time!
If you have any Ebay or ABE questions that I can help with, then please PM me.
Be strong, Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 05:24 PM

Sending prayers your way. I think we're for a lay-off here real quick too so I can relate. (I work in a factory that makes religious candles, Neil


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Desdemona
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 05:44 PM

As a (so far) survivor/refugee of the inexorably tanking non-profit sector, you have my heartfelt sympathy and best wishes. It os draery hard to leave a job that you love and have made such a personal investment in. My advice, for what it's worth: don't beat yourself up for ranting and railing a bit, you deserve to vent...take what comes next as it comes, but be sure to look after yourself.

Hugs,

~D


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: skipy
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 05:51 PM


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 05:52 PM

Oh, I didn't know about the cows! That would so hard and sad to say goodbye to them. Sorry for that and sending you lots of hugs.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Sorcha
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 05:52 PM

Oh Lynne....the cows are going to miss you too! I understand completely. You might just have to buy a cow of your own!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: GUEST,Janie
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 05:59 PM

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 06:06 PM

As a man who's been married and divorced 3 times I tell you Lynne, it is possible to get over the loss of cows!
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: artbrooks
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 06:37 PM

{{{Lynne}}} Will they let you have/buy the cows and take over the business?


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Hollowfox
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 06:43 PM

Good thoughts going out to you and yours noww, and a Genuine Purebred Midwestern $#@!-reduction candle series will get started up when I get home from work tonight. Sometimes there's nothing for it but to keep plugging away and live through it. here's to keeping your energy up, Mary whowasraisedwithcows


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: skipy
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 07:09 PM

Giok, with you on that one, only 2 down to date! Love the third on dearly, 23 years service already!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 07:22 PM

Hug.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 07:38 PM

Sorry to hear this; I can understand how you feel about the cows. Hopefully Jacqui.c and Wesley S will be right about the future.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 07:43 PM

Deep breath...IN...OUT...IN...OUT.

Have talk with the cows. They will understand. Hopefully they will go to a farm nearby where you can visit.

Good thoughts going your way.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 08:03 PM

Hang in there kiddo!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 09:13 PM

Since you are the kind of kind person that other people would enjoy working for and with, you will really enjoy working for yourself.

50 is a tough age, but so was 17 etc.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 10:53 PM

hugs & best wishes & keep talking/typing!

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: frogprince
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 11:08 PM

I wound up retired a couple of years earlier than I had any intention of, when the department at work was eliminated. More stress than a body needs. Do hope you can continue to find some involvement with "critters". Here, on this shoulder; this old shirt will dry out OK.               Dean.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Bee
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 11:14 PM

Do you have enough land to keep a cow or two of your own, or of someone else's? I know someone who keeps watch on a small herd, spring to late fall, basically she just makes sure they are all right, and reports births or problems to the owners.

Being slightly (ahem!) older than you, I know how gruesome it can be looking for employment, but be optimistic - there are niches out there for us, some of them very interesting. List your skills and try to think who might need them. I've found work on movie sets filming locally, at small museums, in craft stores, with small publications, in greenhouses, doing research, making costumes...

Anyway, good luck and sorry you have to say goodbye to the cows!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: billybob
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 12:04 PM

Good things happen when you least expect it! Billy was made redundant 5 years ago, lost count of the letters and applications he sent.Then he started doing odd jobs for clients of mine ( little old ladies who knew him and did not want to get a tradesman in to fix a door or paint a shed) he really enjoyed working in the fresh air and also got really fit.
Last September he bumped into an old friend who asked him what he was doing, odd jobs!! Rubbish he said. Phoned next day with an interviesw with his company and now Billy is a man in a suit with a company car and a big grin on his face,put some weight on though so we have started walking in the evenings.
Go with the herbs, I am sure you wont look back.
lots of luck nd hugs from us too.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 12:12 PM

(((Lynne)))


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 02:12 PM

Just caught vthis one Lynne !! A big hug from me too !!

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Lynne }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Megan L
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 02:16 PM

Scottish hugs Lynne things do get better honestly the light at the end of the tunnel isnt a train comming in the opposite direction :)


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Partridge
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 03:02 PM

I love cows too Lynne, they are such lovely beasts, so sending happy thoughts in theirs and your direction.

love

Pat xxxxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: kendall
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 04:47 PM

I'd love to be 50 again, but I sure as hell wouldn't want to be unemployed. A big hug from me too my dear.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: alanabit
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 07:12 PM

What Kat said a good few posts back. Let go of what is leaving your life and welcome the next bit in. The bad stuff can't stick around the good stuff for long, so work on that and the rubbish will go. I know all this stuff far too well. I am a fifty-one year old ex busker living in another country, where I do can not even write the language. I have just had the sort of month financially that I used to dream about. I wish you the same and I believe you can have it. Let us hear about it as the good news starts to come in again.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 23 Mar 07 - 04:16 AM

Thanks again guys, you are such a great crowd.

Just to put the icing on the cake, Miskin, to which I had been looking forward as a weekend's escape from it all, is no longer happening, so no respite either.

I will try and be positive but one loses the hear to do so...ah well

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Mar 07 - 04:52 AM

The Deities have it in for you this year don't they...

I vote we all go back and start this millennia over again, cos so far it's been crappy.

My uncle works on a dairy farm and may be retiring next Jan, if you're after dairy work? Mind you, the commute is a bugger, he's in Dorset!

Take care dear, if you want somewhere to go at Easter, we're here and there's always bed space available. I'm sure we'll find something to do!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 23 Mar 07 - 08:33 AM

You guys are the best.......


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From: John MacKenzie
Date: 23 Mar 07 - 09:05 AM

That 'cos we luvs ya baby!
G ¦¬]


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: autolycus
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 07:55 AM

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Lynne}}}}}}}}}}}}}}



   You might like to try this.

1. Page of A4.portrait rather than landscape way round.

2. Vertical line down the middle. (No,not what you think)

3. Write a short sentence of something you want now,left column.

4. Write your immediate (probably most negative) response,right col.

5. Repeat 3 - 4 - 3- 4 as much or little as you want.



   You may find that as you get out the most negative responses (it's like giving them the floor),they will slowly or steadily or gradually get weaker;could disappear;get replaced by neutral responses (keep going,like in Waiting for Godot);those in turn replaced by somethings more nourishing.


And of course,whether you try or not is entirely your affair.


   Wishing you well,






      Ivor


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 09:53 AM

Hugs! It must be difficult to lose such an important part of yourself, apart from the loss of the work itself. Just talk to everybody you know - you never know what ideas they will have for you. Hope working with herbs can make up some for the cows.

Linda


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 10:12 AM

If you don't already have a logo for your herb business, what better way to remember the cows than by using a portrait of one on your business cards, signs, letterhead, etc? I can just see a happy cow with a wreath of herbs round her neck.:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 11:15 AM

I like that kat, but we do already have a logo. Pity

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 11:38 AM

Ah, well, maybe for a secondary line of something like Bag Balm to soften their udders, full of all of your good herbs.:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 04:01 PM

Well it would be a great idea except that, in England, dairy farmers are going out of business so fast that there will soon be no dairy farms left. It's a crisis situation. That's why it will be difficult for me to get another milking job. Actually it still is a good idea though...herb products for pets...now there's something to think about! Thanks kat!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Bee
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 05:21 PM

P'raps you could downsize and look into milking goats?

Herb products for pets is a good idea, but you'd have to research like crazy, if you were making remedies. Messybeast's website, for example has reported that Tea Tree oil is likely toxic for cats.

However, I'm betting there are at least forty million cats in the UK who'd like some high quality fresh catnip, instead of the dry low potency chopped hay they get from commercial places. Do I hear a "Hell, Meow!"?


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 08:30 PM

Yeah... first it's the catnip for "recreational purposes", a quick roll in it, no probs... "I can give it up whenever I want" you say... but one day, the commercial stuff just doesn't cut it... you want fresher, stronger, greener.

Then, before you know it, you've got a 10pack of Whiskas Crunchies a day habit and a bald spot on your forehead. Soon you'll be into the pennyroyal and that's some bad shit man... Don't do it.. Just Say Meo!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 25 Mar 07 - 04:05 AM

LOL!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: pixieofdoom
Date: 25 Mar 07 - 08:14 AM

Sorry things are so crappy for you at the moment Lynne just hang on in there. You know there's always lots of love and support here

Blessings

Fiona and Chris (and some added cat purrs from ours to yours)


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From: Herga Kitty
Date: 25 Mar 07 - 07:50 PM

Just caught up with this thread... love and hugs Lynne, Ted, Shady and Richard. Not being recognised by Bubblyrat on another thread must be a blow, too...

No, honestly I hope things get better for you soon. You've been working with / in (?) cows for so long that it must be really painful to give up.

Love

Kitty
xxxxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 01:58 PM

Well the cat seems to be getting better, which is the good news. On the other hand, Ted's car went in for MOT today and they can't get the emissions down so it looks as though we are going to be faced with a massive bill for getting it right. Just what you want to hear when you've just been told your job is finishing.

Love Lynne


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From: gnu
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 02:41 PM

Never rains, pours! Keep the faith as best you can. More hugs.


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From: George Papavgeris
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 03:49 PM

{{{{Lynne}}}} keep your spirits up, laugh at adversity, look at your family and count your blessings. Good things will come, you just need to keep a long breath till they do.

A silly idea, but have you thought of selling shares in your herbs business? It could bring in capital to tide you over, if that's what you need. On the other hand, with more time in your hands now, could you not speed up the herbs business to reap its benefits earlier?

Whatever you do though, our thoughts and best wishes with you!


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From: MBSLynne
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 03:32 AM

Thanks again guys. So much caring among Mudcatters....

George You really put into words what I've been thinking. Every time something else hits and I say to myself "How much worse can it get?" I look at my healthy, intelligent kids and my solid family unit and realize that I am really very lucky and that it could be MUCH worse.

I've already started planning how I can put the extra time I will have to good use in the herb business. An amusing note on that....Ted and I went to the bank yesterday to see the business Manager and open a business account. (We'd been using my personal account up till then). We came away not only having opened the account, but having sold the business manager £22 worth of herb stuff!!!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 04:06 AM

A large dose of RedEx and a blast along a stretch of open road is supposed to work wonders in clearing some of the poop out of an engine. Do make sure they're testing it when it's thoroughly warmed up, and remember you don't have to take it back to the same place for another test.
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: mouldy
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 04:35 AM

I have very close friends who have been going through a roller coaster of redundancies over the last few years. I have witnessed the stresses and pressure they have suffered, seemingly from all sides: every time it seemed they were just pulling back and poking their heads above the parapet again, some b*stard shot them down.
However,I've seen them never give up hope, even with rent to find and a 16 year old teenage lad to support in school. They are in their mid fifties, and happily at the moment the husband has just got a good job which my daughter quite accidentally found for him with the company she works for, and he seems to be doing well.

I've been a bit wound up in my own little world this last couple of weeks, and today decided to be less selfish and offer my support to you. It sounds to me like you have the drive and determination to really give this your best shot, and I would like to wish you all the success you deserve. Life's a bitch and really can kick you where it hurts. Time to give life a good kicking back, my girl!!!

Andrea ((((()))))


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: freda underhill
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 12:18 PM

hey Lynne, I know how you feel about cows. they are such beautiful, gentle creatures. no wonder the Hindus venerate them.

if you scroll down at this link you will find a beautiful flying cow

best wishes

freda


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: skarpi
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 08:27 PM

Lynne up with your mind Girl , go out there and you another job
its so simple you just have to have a little faith in you go and follow your heart girl if I could do it you can do it its all about faith
its about :

I will......
I can.......
I have faith.......
I am gonna.........

get a job .

I lost my job four years ago , it was a bummer like Giok said
but I had faith so I got a job its hard job long hours but
I got a job.


All the best from fairy faith boy in Iceland
Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Bonecruncher
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 04:36 PM

Hi Lynne, Ted, Richard and Shady
Sorry to hear your news. Only came upon it by chance today.
Not a lot I can say except that I was made redundant in my 40's, went to college and learned to be an Osteopath.
Things can be done!
Regarding the herbs, I wish you well with whatever marketing strategy you undertake.
I have one idea but need to talk to you direct.
PM me with your phone number and I can call you.
Love, Colyn (and woofs from a couple of dogs)


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: mandotim
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 05:12 PM

Hey Lynne; I'm 'sort of' sorry to hear your news, but only 'sort of'. I've been through this particular mill a number of times, and I know how tough it can feel, especially in the immediate aftermath. The 'sort of' comes from my own experience; every time this has happened to me, I learned something, usually good, either about the world or about myself. That learning has usually taken me to places and jobs that were better, not worse than before, although the transition has been painful sometimes. As an example, you are learning right now how many people care about you and your family enough to at least contribute to this thread, and in some cases more besides I guess. I've met you a few times; you strike me as a confident, resourceful, multi-talented and highly intelligent woman. People like you are in very short supply, and I don't think it will be long before the local employers/customers wake up to that fact, and opportunities will start to come along. Don't be tempted to take the first offer if it isn't right; be aware of your own value, and make sure that it's recognised in whatever field you move into.
I hope this helps a bit. By the way, I've done a lot of careers guidance work with adults in my time; pm me if you want a chat at 'mates rates' (i.e. nowt).
Tim


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 09:58 AM

Thanks again everyone. It is almost humbling to see how many people are concerned.

The cat seems to be better so that's one good thing.

Though I am still heartbroken at losing my cows and the loss of the money will come hard, I can see that those extra hours put into the herb buisness will probably give it the boost it needs. I think we are on a winner, we just need to get by until we can start earning decent money at it. Ted's new job, though only 18 hours a week, he's really enjoying, so that's a benefit too.

Colyn, I'll pm you later, I have to go and milk cows in a minute, while they are still there! My boss is continuing until she's told she has to stop, and given the speed at which beauracracy works, it may be some time!

Love Lynne


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From: Morticia
Date: 02 Apr 07 - 01:08 PM

(((Hugs)))


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From: MuddleC
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 07:17 AM

?" I look at my healthy, intelligent kids ?

-I didn't know you kept goats.............

-is there a market for rat-fur iPod cases?
..could even leave the feet on as an aid to hooking on the belt....

I'll get me tutu


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 07:47 AM

Lol!! The funniest thing about that post is that most people wouldn't have the faintest idea what you're talking about Tim!!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Flash Company
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 09:58 AM

Lynne..... Went through all this at age 60, Mine was only a boring office job though, Cows is people!
Curiously, the last five years of my working career were the most fun I ever had. Get onto an agency and landed various 'trouble shooter' assignements. This meant I could go in somewhere, tell the management what a crap job they had been doing, and they couldn't sack me because they needed me to help sort it out. I really enjoyed myself!
Can't see how you could apply the principal to cows, but maybe you could get yourself seconded to DEFRA. ( MR Milliband, do you actually know what a cow is?)
Hang in there, girl

Brian Q


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 04 Apr 07 - 08:13 AM

I can't believe this! Our bad run continues. Last night I got a 'phone call to say my Uncle had died and then today our other cat...not the one we've already spent heaps of vets bills on but her brother, has been hit by a car. He's shattered his jaw which will have to be wired. The rough estimate of the bill so far is over £250.

I just hope when all this ends we get a corresponding run of good luck!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 03:53 AM

Oh Lynne.... you sure you didn't break a mirror or cross any old crones recently?

On no account must you say 'things can't get worse' because, invariably in the films, that's when the car blows up or the house falls down.

Still, it could be raining!

Take care dear, the offer of a bed here is always open unless it's already occupied by someone else, in which case, you get the sofa!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Hawker
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 05:04 AM

Lynne, we have been having a bugger of a year so far too, just keep positive, you obviously have loads of friends, dont be too proud to make use of them! I wish you every success in the herb business, now if you put some time to a website and gave us a link perhaps we could all take a look and start shopping?
You are welcome to North Cornwall too anytime, We are used to moody teenage kids, hypochondriac animals and the like, we are not far from the sea or Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor or Exmoor!
Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 12:31 PM

Liz, I AM the old crone!! And if the bed is occupied, I could always share, depending on who it's occupied by?!

Once again, thanks guys. With family and friends to be thankful for we are still blessed.

The cat was operated on today and had his shattered jaw wired. When we last heard he was not out from under the anaesthetic but the jaw wiring had gone very well and he seemed to be ok. We did keep telling him not to go across the road! We have nothing out the back but fields but the other side of the road has always been more interesting to him. Maybe this will make him think twice in future! I've had two cats before that have been hit by cars and survived, (one of them with the same injuries as this) and both ended up being VERY wary of cars and lived well into their teens

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 05 Apr 07 - 03:29 PM

Glad to hear it Lynne. Hope things improve from now on.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 10 Apr 07 - 04:58 AM

Opened the door to the post lady this morning and received a parcel containing a beautiful, delicate, brown shawl from Maine...a Mudcat hug. It made me cry but made me feel oh so much better. Thank you Jacqui....you are a pearl. These things have magic in them and I believe this will be the turning point in our fortunes.

How glad I am that one of the pivotal points in my life was going to a local folk club which had just started up. From that beginning I have made the best friends of my life

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 10 Apr 07 - 09:41 AM

MBSLynne: well, I cannot be there to sing it for you but here are some of the lyrics to a tune called "One More Ride," that is on my first CD. A few years back a lady came up to me in tears after my set
and told a story of trying to open her own store and after years of
trying and trying and not giving up despite the obstacles she faced - she now had her own business. Keep your chin and your faith up and hang in there. The whole song's a bit longer, but here's a verse, the chorus and the bridge -

Well our train's pulled out of the station
Now we're rollin down the track
We may be bound for heaven or hell
But there ain't no turnin back
This ain't no young and wide-eyed innocent ride
This here's an old familiar rail
Though the names and the faces of our stories are different
It's still the same old tale /

We're takin one more ride / givin it one more try
You leave your baggage with the pullman and follow your heart
We're gonna make this damned train fly
We're takin one more ride / givin it all we got
We got a signal to roll from the gandydancer
Keepin the engine hot / we're takin one more ride

Some people abandon their dreams when they fail
"Settle for less, before it's too late"
"But if it's in your heart" said a wise old man,
"You fall seven time - you gotta get up eight"

We're takin one more ride, etc.

Hang in there, friend. Cheers.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 10 Apr 07 - 09:49 AM

Glad you still live at that Secret Santa address...

Remember, a Santa is not just for Christmas!

LTS who can't keep anything to herself when it's for a good cause!


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From: katlaughing
Date: 10 Apr 07 - 10:12 AM

Great song, Texas guest!

That Jacqui! She just gets those fingers and needles flying and next thing ya know the love and warmth have taken wing, arrived on your doorstep, and wrapped you up in them! She and MMario, both!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 27 Apr 07 - 03:45 PM

On Wednesday the first three cows went off to a sale. Bluebell went into another herd, Freddie (whose real name is Elly-May) also went into a herd to up the butterfat. Bella, who was one of my favourites, a lovely quiet, placid cow, went to a smallholding where she will be suckling calves and hand milked for the house. I was really glad about that cos she will be loved. Even better, the man who bought her was so pleased with her temperament, he has rung to ask if there are any others, so with any luck one or two of the remaining ones may go there too.

Love Lynne


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From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Apr 07 - 04:02 PM

OH GOOD Lynne! (can you visit them?)


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Apr 07 - 04:45 PM

Oh, that is good! May all of the others go to homes equal or better to those.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 30 May 07 - 01:27 PM

Well I'm still milking the cows, so that's a good thing. However today we had a double sadness. Carillion, who had just calved, died this afternoon, and Blossom, who was old and suffering from abscesses in her udder, went to the big cowshed in the sky. Carillion was one of the two who were going to be kept. She was a lovely cow. The good side of this is that they are now probably going to keep Molly instead and she is my favourite.

Otherwise, things aren't so bad. Our trays of herbs are in a farm shop, a village shop and a greengrocers and all sorts of possibilities are turning up. Both the cats are fine, well and happy. Hopefully we are now on the way up!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 30 May 07 - 03:33 PM

So glad to hear that Lynne. I've been wondering how you were doing now. Sorry to hear about the cows dying though.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 30 May 07 - 04:16 PM

Good herbs a'risin'! And the kitties are fine, too!

Sorry to hear about Carillion and Blossom, though. Puir things...good though they will keep Molly. Lovely things, aren't they? The place where I grew up ahd an old milking shed. The cows' names were still above each station, written in hand on cardboard. I used to love going in there and reading the names.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 30 May 07 - 05:07 PM

Other farms I've worked on, the cows had numbers, though some would obtain a name due to being some sort of character. Because these are show cows and such a small herd, they all have names. Each year's calves have names starting with a different letter and I have helped name some of them. As well as the three mentioned, we also still have Sister Dominique, Amy, Delilah, Ceanothus and Gloria. There are also three years worth of heifers, the oldest in calf but not yet calved.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 31 May 07 - 07:12 AM

Echoing thoughts above, is there a website for the herbs? Do you do mail order?


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 31 May 07 - 03:50 PM

The web site is http://www.witchsgarden.co.uk It's not totally complete yet but I hope worth a look. We've just done our first two mail orders of herbs. Kind of experimenting as both were to friends and relations. The postage cost was quite steep as we did next day delivery...£10 for 14 herb plants. Of course we can only post them within England though. And thanks for the continued good wishes and thoughts everyone

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 31 May 07 - 04:30 PM

Try SPDS, they are about the cheapest way of sending UK stuff.
G.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 04:57 AM

Really? Is that one of the courier companies like City Link etc?

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 05:16 AM

Yes dear. Scottish based but with national coverage.
SPDS
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 01 Jun 07 - 12:33 PM

Hmmm...the problem there though, is you seem to have to take the parcel to their depot which for us would be Manchester or Leeds. It would cost us as much in petrol as anything we saved or more.

Btw...pressed a wrong key. Postage was £20 for 14 plants, not £10

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 03:36 PM

I thought that those of you who have supported and sympathized might like to know that I am no longer losing my job! My boss has decided after all to go ahead and is now building the herd up again. We are milking five at the moment but we have three heifers to calve in the next couple of months and instead of being sold they will come into the herd. So my job is safe and so are the rest of my lovely cows!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Emma B
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 03:40 PM

That's great news Lynne!


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From: katlaughing
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 03:54 PM

Wow! That's awesome. Long live the cows and their darlings!


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From: gnu
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 03:58 PM

Good oh!


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From: ClaireBear
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 04:00 PM

Felicitations! What good news!


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 05:45 PM

I am so pleased Lynne!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 07:06 PM

Wonderful!!!

Great to see good bovine news for a change this week.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 07:31 PM

job security! for human & 2 generations of cows

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 02:06 AM

So does this mean the organic garden fertiliser sideline is safe again?!

Oh, and 100!!!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 03:42 AM

This also means I shall continue to get lovely, untreated jersey milk for nothing.....almost worth it even without the pay!

Love Lynne


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From: Partridge
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 06:22 AM

Brill!

pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: JennyO
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 06:38 AM

Oh Lynne, that is fantastic news. It was obvious it was a lot more than just a job to you, and now you can stay with your lovely cows. I'm really happy for you!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Hawker
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 09:29 AM

Glad to hear your news Lynne, looks like things are looking up. Hope you are carrying on with the herbs as a sideline too. Great tohear you are able to carry on doing a job that you so obviously loved.
Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: GUEST,Desdemona
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 08:22 PM

Cheers, that's very good news, I'm glad to hear it!!

~D


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 12 Jan 08 - 05:09 AM

Oh dear. Having had a few months reprieve, it's now happened. My bosses have looked at what they have to do to get extractor fans etc in their listed building and all the accompanying environmental health work that needs to be done and have decided that they will never make the money back, so the cows go next Thursday and I will be out of a job. Hugs needed please

Love Lynne


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From: autolycus
Date: 12 Jan 08 - 05:13 AM

<<<<<<<>>>>>>>

   Ivor


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Jan 08 - 06:09 AM

what a bummer.

sending lots of hugs to you

sandra


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From: Janie
Date: 12 Jan 08 - 08:40 AM

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Bee
Date: 12 Jan 08 - 12:02 PM

Time to git your own cows - then no bosses can take 'em away.

I know, cows are costly. Here, if you've a suitable field, you can often take care of a herd over summer, usually cows that are about to calve or young steers (big calves, really) on grass.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 12 Jan 08 - 12:21 PM

Small farms are so precarious here in the UK. However, after the problems over the past few years in farming, if you really do have skills with cows, I would have thought that there might be openings, particularly with people who are rebuilding rare breed collections.

It may mean relocation, though.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 12 Jan 08 - 12:33 PM

So sorry to hear that Lynne.

Good thoughts and big hugs coming from Maine.


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From: Bee
Date: 12 Jan 08 - 01:20 PM

Could you transfer some of your cow skills to milking goats? With the rising demand pretty much everywhere for goats' milk for cheese and the anti-cow-milk crowd, there must be some largish herds of goats somewhere.

Plus, goats are so neat with their rectangular pupils and long ears!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 12 Jan 08 - 01:55 PM

Trouble is, my job wasn't full time so finding one that fits in with my herb business would be difficult. And the way petrol is going up, travelling any distance isn't worth it. Having been a mining area round here, there aren't many livestock farms in the neighbourhood and no one milks, either cows or goats.

Oh well, at least it frees up more time to concentrate on the herb business.

Wednesday will be really hard though, when I say goodbye to the cows for the last time.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Jan 08 - 03:01 PM

Oh...this is so sad. I was hoping it would all turn out okay. {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

Do you all mow grass over there? I know of a woman who is making a great living renting out her sheep as grass mowers. She takes them to the place, puts up a temp. pen around the area to be *chomped* and they go to town. I don't see why you couldn't use goats instead and it could be part-time.

Give the cows some hugs, too, please. I love cows!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 13 Jan 08 - 04:26 AM

I will give all the cows an extra hug on Wednesday evening. My boss is keeping four, two of which are dry and waiting to calve, so she will be milking two. I don't know how many she plans to keep in the long run, but when this all blew up several months ago she was going to keep two for calves and house milk. She still wants to raise a few calves and show them. I'm going to offer to go over and lend a hand occasionally in return for some 'real' milk. Two of my favourite cows are going though. *sob,

It's a good idea about the goats, but one still needs somewhere to keep them. Goats in this country need good housing and protection from weather as they are not as hardy as sheep.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 Jan 08 - 04:07 PM

Sorry to hear this Lynne, I hope it isn't too hard.

You could do what my uncle (who retired this weekend) is planning to do - he's going to set himself up as a 'consultant dairyman'!

Take care dear.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Emma B
Date: 13 Jan 08 - 04:49 PM

ReaLly sorry to hear this news Lynne, will be in touch soon.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Jan 08 - 02:07 PM

Lynn,

Just got this in an email from Mouldy. It's one of many on a list, but I thought it, esp., might bring you a smile:

Did you ever stop and wonder......
Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze
these pink dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?"


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 14 Jan 08 - 02:26 PM

Lol!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: lady penelope
Date: 14 Jan 08 - 05:29 PM

((((((((((Lynne))))))))) Lawks what a dreadful time you're having!

Would giving lectures on herbalism bring any money for you? Or would the travel outweigh any profit?


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Bobert
Date: 14 Jan 08 - 05:37 PM

((((((((((((((((((((((((sorry))))))))))))))))))))))))


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 14 Jan 08 - 07:09 PM

Lynne - I've only just caught up with this thread. Very sorry to hear your news - big hug from me too, to you and all your family.

Kitty
xxx


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 15 Jan 08 - 03:53 AM

I already do talks on herbs and their uses Penny. It's one of several things I do to make a bit of money. The travel's ok cos I just charge more the further I have to travel.

Thanks for your support everyone. As anyone whose called on the Mudcat and/or folk network knows, it does make a difference.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 15 Jan 08 - 04:03 AM

Sorry to hear this Lynne. We'll be thinking of you on wednesday and thursday

{{{Lynne}}}


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Pistachio
Date: 15 Jan 08 - 10:41 AM

(((((((((((((Hugs to you and the cows)))))))))))))))


Hazel.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Partridge
Date: 15 Jan 08 - 02:14 PM

so sorry lynne, I love cows - they are my favourite animal.

Pat xxx


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: GUEST,LTS pretending to work
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 03:49 AM

It's Wednesday morning already...

(((MBSLynne)))

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 03:53 AM

{{{Lynne}}}


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 01:55 PM

*Sigh.
Well that's that then.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: GUEST,Eye Lander
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 02:27 PM

Hi Lynne
Sorry to hear about your probs, you have my sympathy, I was put in that same boat in July last year.

Fingers crossed for you

Jillie x


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: maeve
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 05:40 PM

So sorry, Lynn. Sometimes it's harder to leave favorite animals than to leave familiar people.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Tig
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 06:17 PM

Hang in there Kidda. Something will be waiting round the corner and it's going to be good for a change. You wait and see.

Lots of love and hugs
Tig
xxxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Hollowfox
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 08:45 PM

I'm so sorry. More hugs and positive midwest juju coming your way.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 09:16 PM

{{{{{{Lynne}}}}}}


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Gurney
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 01:43 AM

By the time that I got down here, Lynn, things seem to be looking up for you a little. However, the comments that I intended might interest you.
I was made redundant for the sixth time at the age of 55. (I ASSURE you that none of them were my fault!) I was looking at jobs which paid little more than half of my previous money, so I did a course in bookkeeping and started my own business, which has kept me off the dole queue for the last eleven years. It has never paid more than average money, but it's the best job I ever had in my life.
I've no doubt that you are industrious because your occupation demands it, so don't be afraid of the paperwork, with a good grounding it gets easier over the years, and the accountant is effectively free, as his fee comes off your tax.

Here in Godzone some people are making quite good money breeding Highland cattle for lifestyle blocks. Lovely beasts.
There is money to be made stripping wallpaper, gardening, odd jobs, mowing lawns, changing refrigerator seals (of all things,) all of which, apart from the cattle, cheap to set yourself up in.

Good luck. And don't get a Siamese, they are very prone to road accidents.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 07:30 AM

Thanks again for all the support guys. We're looking at it from the point of view that it gives me the equivalent of a full working day a week extra to spend on the herb business. That should, hopefully, start to pay dividends, but it will be a while before we see the benefits so it's going to be something of a struggle 'till then. Oh well. I just discovered that breast of lamb is only .90 per lb!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 09:35 AM

Soon you'll have that day filled and wonder how you ever found time to work!

Take care dear... (((X)))

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 01:54 PM

Well I'd thought that already Liz!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MuddleC
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 05:26 PM

Hi Lynne, shame about the dairy, just for the sake of fans.. I'm busy doing nothing at the moment .. and fed up with it! -but needs must....The thought of working for someone else again ...a 'boss' ughh!!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 03:17 AM

Well if you're bored Tim, go and shoot me some rabbits, pigeons, squirrels......:-)

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: freda underhill
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 08:19 AM

very sorry to hear yr up the creek, Lynne.
big hug

freda


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MuddleC
Date: 21 Jan 08 - 05:53 PM

the only thing about in this weather is fish!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 03:55 AM

Well shoot me some of those then!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: Bonecruncher
Date: 22 Jan 08 - 01:46 PM

Hi Lynne
Hope you got the package I sent you.
Look after yourselves and I hope to see you later this year. Sidmouth would not be the same!!
BTW beware of goats. They are well known for eating anything that might cross their path, including hedges, flowers, vegetable plants and herbs. That is why, in many parts of the world goatherds are nomadic - the goats need to be given new pasture, as the current pasture has been eaten clean.
Also, goats stink! Not to be compared with the lovely smell one gets from cattle.
Luvnkisses
Colyn.


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Subject: RE: BS: May I weep and wail a bit?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 04:18 AM

Haven't received it yet Colyn.

I used to have a goat so I know all about them. Though I love cows, goats are much smarter and quite hard to outwit sometimes! I knew one who used to put her head over the half-door and slide the bolt to let herself out, then go all along the other boxes letting the rest out!

I don't mind the smell of goats as long as you don't keep a billy. Now they DO stink!

Love Lynne


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