Checked in..while having my morning tea and found 33 posts so opening a new porch.. I wish you all could hv the morning I'm enjoying here..it rained last night and today the air is cool must be 20degrees c.68 degrees F, crystal clear air..with sun.only peeking out thru wispy clouds..the mountain in front of us to the north clearly visible with clouds in the background... Julie - sorry to hear of your heart troubles..those always panic me..I had some palpitation troubles way back when I was living with MIL N fil. Looking back.I now know what it was. It didn't get worse because I checked and the tests said nothing wrong physically. Agree the ongoing stress has a large part to play in all this..I really hope you get to the bottom of all this. Sun - that was interesting info about wood burning..to make designs..sounds like something that might need dexterity tho..not my strong point. I love distressed furniture..and was surprised to learn carpenters can create such. you seem to hv had a bit of bad luck re relatives..esp on marriage related ones. It is so wonderful when one has a kind of soul mate kind of relationship where everything goes mostly smooth. I can't say I had that kind ever. I've had to struggle quite a lot with most of my relationships..my dad was someone I found it easy to talk with and bevwith on a daily basis but he drank and had so many issues..mum was very difficult..a control freak..and very stubborn..and a little malicious. Brothers...no common ground..and I spent and spend my life picking up the pieces they break. Granni - congrats on passing that test..me and my Chinese friend bemoan the fact that we don't know how to drive..even tho nowadays most people hate driving in the city due to small roads and too many vehicles..they have made a small pavement for walkers like two feet across and planted trees on top of that ..where the pedestrians will walk when the trees grow up I don't know..as it is the pavement is high above the street and I find it difficult to walk on them..find it hard on.my legs.. However..I look forward to the trees growing..and.providing shade and beauty ..our main Street downtown has jacarandas lining the street n they make a pretty picture. Star - how fortunate for your son about the healer..my own stomach troubles..non stop diarreoah..nausea..pain for three weeks which tests found nothing was relieved the day I went to a healer and got some blessed water nothing else went away mysteriously the very next morning. Same with my DHs leg pain..for months..they would nit ache at all if he went.out of country but returned when he came back..baffling..after few healer visits which entailed nothing but being blessed..and eating blessed fruit has gone away. I think our faith in things spiritual, metaphysical although intangible started taking root. Rock - your last post made me laugh a lot..I remember with nostalgia the days of my childhood when paper bags were the norm in grocery shops. An incident I remember..I had this huge crush on a boy in school and got hold of every concert programme..and the quarterly school.paper which featured his name. Once I bought something at the neighbourhood grocery and the paper bag was made of a exam answer sheet of that very boy. Mystifying how a school boarder living two kms away up.on a hill, his paper lands up at our grocery store and not the dozens of stores in between.lol! I immediately put it in my collection.of papers featuring his name. That boy was the silent love of my.life.took.me twenty years after leaving school to get over my crush. I heard he migrated to the UK and rose to position.of MD in a finance co. Saw from FB he visits India Nepal often and looks in on our old school. Mikie - I'm wish I could get a Himalayan salt Lamp .our air is so bad. I saw big blocks of the salt..rocks rather..when I went to buy incense..that shop has every incense ..frankincensce, myrrh, sandalwood, Tibetan herbs; massage oils..soaps ..wooden massagers..they're crude but oh,so effective! I've got a small one and a larger one..works like acupuncture..when u.lie down on one. The city is quiet..what a change..the streets with less traffic..the family went out to dinner last night..they invited DH go sample their Chinese fare..I wore my new dress and enjoyed the outing..we had someone come in..go watch the house for a few hours. There was a special type of French fries..and veg tempura..chow mein and a veg curry for me while DH n son had non veg..lamb..duck..and dumplings of prawn..very very good meal. The DH allowed himself red wine because son took the wheel back..the laws here do not allow any drink for drivers..and traffic police are all over the place ..because of festival..with their breathalyzers..it's zero tolerance ..if they smell one drop..they take yr license. I'm glad..no drink related accidents. Well..time to go face the chores.. God bless .