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Re: Hello all you Ratskeppers old and new

#21  Postby Agrippina » May 02, 2021 11:23 am

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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#22  Postby Animavore » May 02, 2021 11:49 am

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Animavore wrote:Hi, Aggi. That trip to South Africa is still on my mind.


Wasn't it lovely? I really enjoyed meeting you and the campfire evenings, the outings to the mountains and tourist spots. It was odd that having lived so close, I'd never been there before. That last night's dinner, watching you enjoying how inexpensive your money made it, was pleasing to watch. I hope you enjoyed the game park. I'm sure it was impressive getting up close to the wildlife. Adco is a wonderful host. He and Charmaine always make you feel completely comfortable just being yourself, and having fun. We once spent a week with them at the coast, which was also unforgettable. Lots of lovely memories of that trip with them too.


I felt like a rich man over there. :P

That said, your economy was in free fall at the time due to some scandal with an economic minister, which I presume that blew over after a cabinet reshuffle because I never really heard about it again, which meant I was richer by the end of the week than I was at the beginning.
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#23  Postby Agrippina » May 02, 2021 2:43 pm

Animavore wrote:
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Animavore wrote:Hi, Aggi. That trip to South Africa is still on my mind.


Wasn't it lovely? I really enjoyed meeting you and the campfire evenings, the outings to the mountains and tourist spots. It was odd that having lived so close, I'd never been there before. That last night's dinner, watching you enjoying how inexpensive your money made it, was pleasing to watch. I hope you enjoyed the game park. I'm sure it was impressive getting up close to the wildlife. Adco is a wonderful host. He and Charmaine always make you feel completely comfortable just being yourself, and having fun. We once spent a week with them at the coast, which was also unforgettable. Lots of lovely memories of that trip with them too.


I felt like a rich man over there. :P

That said, your economy was in free fall at the time due to some scandal with an economic minister, which I presume that blew over after a cabinet reshuffle because I never really heard about it again, which meant I was richer by the end of the week than I was at the beginning.


That's fantastic. Yes, I don't really follow it because we are relatively poor compared with other sort-of developed countries. Too many thieves having access to too much money is part of the problem. I feel sorry for Cyril having to deal with the dishonesty, an then being blamed for it. Still we're getting there with covid and will soon be reopening the travel industry which should bring in some badly-needed foreign money.
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#24  Postby aban57 » May 02, 2021 7:08 pm

Good to see you again :)
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#25  Postby The_Piper » May 02, 2021 11:28 pm

Welcome back Mrs. Aggie. :D
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#26  Postby Agrippina » May 03, 2021 6:02 am

aban57 wrote:Good to see you again :)


Hi. It's so nice to be welcomed back. I told my two men that I came back here, and they both said "why not? You've always enjoyed posting there, chatting to people who think the way you do, so go for it." So here I am, thank you for the welcome. :cheers:
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#27  Postby Agrippina » May 03, 2021 6:03 am

The_Piper wrote:Welcome back Mrs. Aggie. :D


You're one of the motivations for me coming back. I missed you and all the fun pics you post. The first place I visited was your cutesy animal one, Thanks for the welcome Piper I missed you. :cheers:
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#28  Postby Agrippina » May 03, 2021 6:19 am

I have to say this, and maybe it's just me and my depression problem, and the fact that my husband has survived his type II diabetes diagnosis for almost 30 years. Now he's approaching 80, and every year there's a reason for him to go to hospital. This year it was a polyp on the urethra that the urologist wanted to make sure wasn't a problem, which thank science it wasn't. However, with covid, and having to have two tests before he was admitted because the first one was a false positive, which of course scared the hell out of all of us. A positive result would most likely kill him because of his age and the diabetes, it was a terrifying 24-hours of him being away.

This is probably what has been the cause of my dread of what lies ahead, with his advancing age, and now a little infirm, with the issues that go with old age, I encourage him to play bowls just to keep him a little more fit than he would be if he just sat in his chair watching tv, like he did in the first months when we were in total lockdown. I know I obsess a little more than I should but watching Philip's funeral had me in tears, not because of the man himself, but because I can feel the pain his wife was experiencing, and can only imagine how hard it is for her to live alone in that big castle with only her dogs and a few servants for company, I need to connect with people who make me smile, and who share my worldview. So thank you. The welcome back means so much to me. Now I'm off to wake him up - we have our own bedrooms now so both of us get a proper sleep without disturbing the other - and our weekly grocery shop. A job I quite enjoy in a world where there's so little available to us that isn't a risk to his health.
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#29  Postby The_Piper » May 03, 2021 12:59 pm

Agrippina wrote:
The_Piper wrote:Welcome back Mrs. Aggie. :D


You're one of the motivations for me coming back. I missed you and all the fun pics you post. The first place I visited was your cutesy animal one, Thanks for the welcome Piper I missed you. :cheers:

Wow, I'm glad to hear that! That's one of my favorite threads, I'm glad you started it. :) I hope you and your hubby have plenty of good times ahead. :hugs:
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#30  Postby Calilasseia » May 05, 2021 2:40 am

Ah, the return of Agrippina. At least some things are right with the world. :)
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#31  Postby The_Piper » May 05, 2021 3:19 am

Hey wait a minute, there's an extra e in the title. Did you make fun of your own accent? :excited: :dopey:
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#32  Postby Agrippina » May 05, 2021 6:03 am

The_Piper wrote:Hey wait a minute, there's an extra e in the title. Did you make fun of your own accent? :excited: :dopey:


LOL. My keyboard has a mind of it's own. It does funny stuff like put in extra letters where it shouldn't and if it doesn't self-coorrect, it means the computer is right, and I'm wrong to correct it. Look at this sentence, o and r are having a row this morning,,so the comma decided to join the fight. Idiot computer. I'm getting my computer nerd son visiting me on Saturday. I'll ask him to give the computer a talking-to, to make it stop doing that. :crazy: :lol: I'll fix it. If I can remember how? Or maybe a moderator should do it, because I really can't remember how. :coffee:
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#33  Postby Agrippina » May 05, 2021 6:05 am

Calilasseia wrote:Ah, the return of Agrippina. At least some things are right with the world. :)


Are you ready for me and my long diatribes with creationists? Yes, I've missed you all. It was time to come back before I completely lose the few marbles I have left. Although I'm not sure how quickly I'm going to offend some "woke" person and start a fight. :roll:
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#34  Postby Agrippina » May 05, 2021 6:07 am

The_Piper wrote:Hey wait a minute, there's an extra e in the title. Did you make fun of your own accent? :excited: :dopey:



Calling @DarthHelmet86, @campermon, please can one of you fix the "double-e" error in the title. See my explanation above. :thumbup:
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#35  Postby Blip » May 05, 2021 8:02 am

Agrippina wrote:
The_Piper wrote:Hey wait a minute, there's an extra e in the title. Did you make fun of your own accent? :excited: :dopey:



Calling @DarthHelmet86, @campermon, please can one of you fix the "double-e" error in the title. See my explanation above. :thumbup:


There you go... :cheers:
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeepers old and new

#36  Postby Agrippina » May 05, 2021 10:21 am

Blip wrote:
Agrippina wrote:
The_Piper wrote:Hey wait a minute, there's an extra e in the title. Did you make fun of your own accent? :excited: :dopey:



Calling @DarthHelmet86, @campermon, please can one of you fix the "double-e" error in the title. See my explanation above. :thumbup:


There you go... :cheers:


Thank you. Much better. :cheers:
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#37  Postby Spearthrower » May 05, 2021 10:27 am

Should've changed it to Rat Schleppers.
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeppers old and new

#38  Postby Agrippina » May 05, 2021 10:41 am

Spearthrower wrote:Should've changed it to Rat Schleppers.


:lol: No I'm cool with it this way. I realised on the thread that won't die that I've been on this forum since before my almost 11 year old grandson was born. I hope this place survives at least until I'm gone. I actually feel like I've been on a long trip (and that's not a euphemism, I've been on a few trips this last year, some more unpleasant than others), and now I'm back home, checking that the furniture hasn't been moved around too much so I trip over it in the dark. Nice to meet some new friendly people too.
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeppers old and new

#39  Postby akigr8 » May 09, 2021 12:10 pm

Wonderful to have you back Aggi! :hug: I too recently returned to ratskep :cheers:

Thanks for sharing what you have been through, and good to hear you are doing a lot better!
Also thanks for sharing about autism; because of you posting some on Facebook some years ago I had a serious look at it, and thought this was me. But it took a serious burnout end of 2018 for me to finally seek a diagnosis. I was diagnosed autistic last month :cheers:
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Re: Hello all you Ratskeppers old and new

#40  Postby don't get me started » May 09, 2021 11:39 pm

Hi Agrippina, welcome back.

I'm one of the more peripheral members here and, although I've read a lot of what you have written, I haven't really interacted with you before. But it's nice to see you again and thank you for letting us know about what has been going on with you.
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