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allanah
allanah

What will the very first thing you do when the pandemic is completely over . As I think hugging will be up there, I'm not letting you have that one πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.!!

Mine .... go to the pool, missed it SO much !

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Seeing my family and friends in person. Going for a meal. Sick of my own cooking.😁 but most of all seeing my 17 year old have a life outside the house.

allanah
allanah in reply to J1707

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Apart from the obvious hugs and friends and family, I want to go to an art exhibition! Or theatre! Just something that will transport me somewhere else....

Hugging shopping meeting friends for drinks time away from my hubby who I love a lot but 24/7 is doin my heAd in πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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I’m so glad I live alone!!😜

allanah
allanah in reply to helixhelix

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allanah in reply to helixhelix

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That’s mine too .. my fave art gallery but I want to go to the Tate, Liverpool and to London also. Missed going to art exhibitions. Oh and some of my fave bands as we used to see a show every month at least.

allanah
allanah in reply to Neonkittie17

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I want to visit family. Also I want to go shopping and I don't mean grocery shopping. 😁

allanah
allanah in reply to springcross

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I am about to make my own clothes again after many years of not sewing as we found the electric sewing machine in under house storage but I do miss going in clothes shops but haven’t bought anything since December! Having said that I’m just about to order a lovely charcoal, red and blue fair isle cardigan online and a gorgeous fine wool stole from my very fave shop. My hubby’s main birthday gifts to me. x

Oooh, that sounds lovely Nk. When is/was your birthday?

11 December, Spring.

allanah
allanah in reply to Neonkittie17

Mine is 4th! Sagittarians!

springcross
springcross in reply to allanah

Oh I didn't see this post allanah when I replied to Nk. You're the same day as my n-i-l so that's four in the set then! 😁

Neonkittie17
Neonkittie17 in reply to allanah

Yessssss! πŸ’—

Carolsos
Carolsos in reply to allanah

My birthday is December 22nd and I will be 60, so when lockdown ends I am re booking my party for my family to come!

allanah
allanah in reply to Carolsos

Another december baby. I was 60 last december so when you can ...it's great fun! ...

Pippy25
Pippy25 in reply to allanah

Yes another December birthday here....the 25th!

allanah
allanah in reply to Pippy25

Oh christmas baby. My daughter is 23rd .

Pippy25
Pippy25 in reply to allanah

Does your daughter feel her birthday merges into Christmas or is it very much kept separate? It's the simple things such as receiving flowers on your birthday, going out for a birthday meal which doesn't include turkey, tinsel and a tree, cards arriving on the day and not having to find a space for them amongst the Christmas cards, cake (Birthday and Christmas)....or I have gone to a midnight carol service and aged a year by the time I come out (and not because of the sermon!) I don't mind my birthday being on Christmas Day and as I get older it's just another number really.

allanah
allanah in reply to Pippy25

We keep it separate we have decorations up but we dont talk about xmas till 24th . We do birthday dinner with no xmas serviettes etc all birthday ones . And pressies wrapped in birthday paper.

Pippy25
Pippy25 in reply to allanah

My parents used to try and keep it as separate as they could when I was a child but with family coming and going, Nana's, Aunties and co all needing to be picked up, visited and arriving at the house plus another sibling who was so jealous it was difficult. Then as an adult and up until last year, when there was just me I would open my birthday cards and presents after midnight (or on return from the church service) to keep it separate. That way I would remember who bought me what and for which occasion so I could thank them. Call me old fashioned but I still write thank you notes and love walking to the post box to send them usually on 27th. My pet hates as already mentioned further down in this post are Happy Birthday in my Christmas card, a 'double' this will do for both present usually wrapped in Christmas paper, a Christmas selection box for my birthday and the 'they didn't have any birthday cards in the shop so sorry' or I can't get to you as we are so busy and then receiving my birthday present either in November or even in April of the next year! I was tempted to say is this for last year or are you early for this year to this person. Or thanks for the Easter present but I refrained. Yet a lovely memory to share was my 1st Christmas, the day I was born, it snowed....the nurses wanted my parents to give me a festive name, but my name had already been chosen and I smile to think I could have been a Carol, Noel, Holly, Gabriel, Mary and so on. All lovely names, but no I'm happy with the name I have.

J1707
J1707 in reply to Pippy25

I might have mentioned this before...

My aunts birthday is on Christmas Day. They celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve exchange presents. At midnight down come the decorations up go the birthday banners and balloons and they have a big birthday party and presents ( no combined Christmas/ birthday presents) and boy can they party πŸ˜‚

allanah
allanah in reply to J1707

That's nice. My cousin is jan 1st in scotland , her cards dont arrive till 5th as no post till then up there and everyone is generally drunk so forget it's her birthday!

J1707
J1707 in reply to allanah

πŸ₯Ίshame

Pippy25
Pippy25 in reply to allanah

I think that is sad and I know my pet hate is when people write happy birthday in my Christmas card or this will do for both. So I feel sorry for people born on and around the New Year.

allanah
allanah in reply to Pippy25

Not fair to do that. They are different occasions

Pippy25
Pippy25 in reply to J1707

Sounds good to me!

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to allanah

Yesterday

allanah
allanah in reply to Gnarli

Happy birthday for yesterday xxπŸŽ‚

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to allanah

Thank you 😘

springcross
springcross in reply to Gnarli

Belated birthday wishes Gnarli, I have just seen this, I hope you had a lovely day. xx

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to springcross

Aw Thank you. Given the current situation I had the best day possible

J1707
J1707 in reply to Gnarli

Oh shucks missed it . Happy birthday πŸŽ‚ gnarli x

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to J1707

Don't worry. I don't usually advertise it. πŸ€—

allanah
allanah in reply to Gnarli

Happy birthday to you xx

Gnarli
Gnarli in reply to allanah

Thank you! 😘

hatshepsut
hatshepsut in reply to allanah

Mine is the 9th!!!

A Sagg! You're the third one - b-i-l on 3rd, n-i-l on 4th and you on 11th! That completes the set! πŸ˜€ xx

allanah
allanah in reply to springcross

Wooo!

springcross
springcross in reply to allanah

🐐🐐🐐🐐 πŸ˜€

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I will be 61 on 11 December. x

72 on the 20th 😊

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A mere girl then Nk. 😁😁

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I'm confused Nk, I've got an email from you which says on 22 December? πŸ™ƒ

I’m even more confused .. 😳 I didn’t send an email?? Today?

How odd, it came in today at 1.17 pm. I had actually read the email and deleted it and then thought, hang on, she said it was the 11th. I got it back out of trash. I wondered if maybe you posted it on here and then realised you had made a mistake with the date and edited it.

allanah
allanah in reply to springcross

Brain fog you two ??!!!πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚

springcross
springcross in reply to allanah

No, I've still got it. πŸ˜•

allanah
allanah in reply to springcross

Bill and Nil?

springcross
springcross in reply to allanah

❓

allanah
allanah in reply to springcross

Who are b-i-l and n- i-l birthdays, cant work it out !!

springcross
springcross in reply to allanah

Ah, now I get it. I sat here racking my brains to understand what you meant, it's brother-in-law and nephew-in-law πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I was remarking to Nk when she said it was her birthday on 11th that I had two this month, being bil on 3rd and nil on 4th and hers on 11th made three (things usually run in threes), but of course it's yours too on 4th and a few others on here on different days as well. Glad that's sorted. 😁

allanah
allanah in reply to springcross

Ahhhhhh. Now I get it !!

Brilliant buys! I just want a new pair of black trousers as my old ones don’t fit😟

allanah
allanah in reply to Green230461

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I've outgrown almost everything. 🀐

I have been wearing mostly stretch things!

I don't think there's any more stretch in mine! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

allanah
allanah in reply to springcross

I have 4kg to lose ... back in that pool after jabs!

springcross
springcross in reply to allanah

πŸŠβ€β™€οΈπŸŠβ€β™€οΈ 😊

allanah
allanah in reply to springcross

Hurrah ...soon I hope ...

springcross
springcross in reply to allanah

🀞🀞 x

Have really missed going out for a meal with friends. Chatting on the phone is OK but not the same as face to face having a chat and a laugh. Think I may still be worried about hugging for a while.

allanah
allanah in reply to Snackjack

That's why hugging was out but a meal great! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Go to see my newborn Grandson Wesley!! Can't wait!!

allanah
allanah in reply to woodstar1

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Just sitting quietly in the company of friends, taking in the simple pleasure of having a brew and chat together. To go out for the day and visit a castle , museum, gallery or have a picnic. Just having that freedom of choice to go out and not have to think about safety, face masks, sanitising or measures in place.

allanah
allanah in reply to Pippy25

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My aqua sessions, but a trip to our fave local gallery/shop/diner too .. Salts Mill, Saltaire.

allanah
allanah in reply to Neonkittie17

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Freedom to choose where I go, with whom, and when. Have so missed touching another person!!!

allanah
allanah in reply to hatshepsut

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Neonkittie17
Neonkittie17 in reply to allanah

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My Mum had to go into a nursing home during lockdown. I've not been able to visit her or see her room. I will be heading there as soon as it's safe.

allanah
allanah in reply to paulywoo

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Pippy25
Pippy25 in reply to paulywoo

My heart goes out to you there paulywoo as this must be so hard for you and your mum. xx

paulywoo
paulywoo in reply to Pippy25

Thanks Pippy, it's been a really hard year but hopefully soon it'll get better for us all. I've actually gone grey this year! Which reminds me that I will also go to the hairdressers as my husband has been chopping my hair since March 😬 x

allanah
allanah in reply to paulywoo

I have not gone grey, thank you tesco hair dye options!!! Sending love to you and your mum !

Pippy25
Pippy25 in reply to paulywoo

Haven't had my hair cut for over a year now....getting longer by the minute. x

allanah
allanah in reply to Pippy25

Like a Viking! You can tell what I've been bing watching ...

Pippy25
Pippy25 in reply to allanah

More like the country and Western singer Crystal Gayle! :-)

Was just about to post again, saying if my Mum had been here still I would have been there like the speed of light as she was in a care home, so I understand only too well. Hope it isn’t too long for you. For all of us. x

springcross
springcross in reply to paulywoo

I hope it's soon, I know how you must be feeling. xx

Green230461
Green230461 in reply to paulywoo

Something good to look forward too

So far I feel for everyone too. It's hard but let's get through this as safely as we can xxx

Thank God.

allanah
allanah in reply to Sheila_G

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To open the front door to a friend or neighbour and say β€˜do come in - would you like a coffee?’.

Must admit, I did that yesterday. It was an automatic response and didn’t think.

allanah
allanah in reply to thelmar

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Pippy25
Pippy25 in reply to thelmar

Wouldn't that just feel lovely instead of not being able to come or standing at the gate or knocking and backing away. A simple pleasure that means so much xx

I want to be able to go to my supermarket and farm shop and CHOOSE what i want to cook .i want to pick my grandchildren up from school and hear about their day.

I want to say a sincere thank you to the responders who have supported me.

I want to go back to my choir and sing my heart out, all saying i still have a voice.

And probably first

, i want to go to service and say thank you for still being here to be able to do these things. And lots of Hugs ....

allanah
allanah in reply to Sops

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I’ve still been going to the pool, I’ve got a slot booked for next Friday. It isn’t the same though, what with lockdowns & people restrictions. Live concerts theatre & cinemas ☺️ I must admit to still hugging my grandchildren when I see them.

allanah
allanah in reply to Caza

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Just fill my life with being with friends and family. Eating out, having coffee meetings. Cinema, theatre, art galleries, browsing the library, singing group, piano lessons.... just being normal 😊

allanah
allanah in reply to Brushwork

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See a band , miss live music and have a jive , just hope the body holds out πŸ˜‚

allanah
allanah in reply to Nessa28

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Book a holiday. We had to cancel a big holiday to Canada so either that or somewhere else far away like Japan.

HappykindaGal
HappykindaGal in reply to LG199

I’ve booked a cruise for jan 2023. Circumnavigation of South America. 79 days. Can’t believe I’ve booked it and not sure if it will sail or not. I’ve had four cancelled so far. Latest was Barbados next March so not hopeful for two other trips. Bilbao next May and Arctic Circle in August. Just have to wait and see. And work hard so I can pay for them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Had to cancel a cruise to Russia. Not sure I am brave enough to go now

allanah
allanah in reply to LG199

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allanah
allanah in reply to LG199

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Throw the masks in the blooming bin !!! Felt like Bat Man for far too long now πŸ˜†

allanah
allanah in reply to llewelyn2405

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To go out my front door, walk down to the shops, browse, buy a hot roast pork sandwich and walk back home with it, without dodging around people on the way, feeling on edge and worrying about what I need to sanitise before I can eat it.

allanah
allanah in reply to GinnyE

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Going out for a meal with my friends and giving the friend who lost her husband during all this a giant hug, none of us can even go and see her, this Christmas going to be so hard for her. And imagine to be able to go on that cancelled holiday that we had to do this year. Roll on 2021 x I’m now dreaming. Have a lovely day my friends xx

allanah
allanah in reply to Lizard28

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whaleroad
whaleroad in reply to Lizard28

That's so nice. I keep thinking of those people who've had to go through bereavement, or a new diagnosis, or childbirth etc without all the usual support. Not being able to be there for people has been awful, but we will get there. x

Oh now you’ve got me daydreaming allanah! Other then the obvious hugs, I want to have a huge meal with all the family, where we take over half the restaurant and make a stupid amount of noise. Then go to the theatre with my best friend, and take my daughter away for a girls weekend/concert trip. And finally take the kids to Disney World in Florida as we were due to go Easter but obviously it was cancelled, and they have been so understanding about it. Would be great if we could have a forum get together too, so we can actually meet and thank in person those who have supported and helped us get through this period. πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚

allanah
allanah in reply to Monkeysmum

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Just knowing things will be normal and we are free to do what we want.xxx

allanah
allanah in reply to sylvi

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In a weird way I kind of prefer my life now. Spending a lot more time in the countryside working from home where I live as opposed to travelling to a city everyday. I was leaving early in the morning and not getting home until late now I can have a lie in and take the dog out for walks during the day.

allanah
allanah in reply to Rashford20

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I would love to go back to Aqua fit classes but my lovely local spa has recently shut permanently.. I will need to find another one to go to.

allanah
allanah in reply to Lolabridge

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I am so looking forward to seeing my friends - to spending time with them outside of the constraints of a phone call or facetime. This year has left me very conscious of the passing of time and the need to be more adventurous - to travel more and engage with the world more, even if it means sometimes falling back on painkillers to get me home again.

allanah
allanah in reply to achyknitter

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The pub!

allanah
allanah in reply to Angjoplin

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Waving my husband off to golf! Getting on a plane to Grenada in May. NEVER going near Sainsbury’s on line shopping again! My list is endless

allanah
allanah in reply to Pat9442

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Green230461
Green230461 in reply to Pat9442

I agree waving my husband off on his motorcycle and watching serendipity without β€œYou are not watching that rubbish again are you?”

allanah
allanah in reply to Green230461

Oh I get that ...

Green230461
Green230461 in reply to allanah

And yet he will happily watch Bolton wanderers losing for hours ..

allanah
allanah in reply to Green230461

Yes, history channel here........

Green230461
Green230461 in reply to Pat9442

Waving is such a joy! Peace for a while I bought my husband a season ticket for football - best idea I ever had😎

Resume my Sunday routine. Bunch of us go out to play every Sunday. Cocktails and lunch. I miss that.

You can have hugging. I’m not keen πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. As for strangers kissing. No thanks. I interviewed a lady a couple of years back and as she left she hugged me which was a bit weird.

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Oh forgot hairdresser and face wax lady !!πŸ˜‚

Monkeysmum
Monkeysmum in reply to allanah

Don’t get those two mixed up!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Seeing my hubby cuddle our grandchildren - he’s a shielder and has resisted the temptation, though it breaks his heart. Have to admit, I do hug them both, briefly, very occasionally!

allanah
allanah in reply to NannyNooNoo

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I'm dying for a swim too. Or not the swimming so much as the just being weightless as it's the only thing that seems to help my back, which is killing me daily. I just need a break from my body.

But I think one of the first things will be to go to some live music, choral evensong or a proper concert, I don't care.

allanah
allanah in reply to whaleroad

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See my group of friends for our monthly coffee β˜• morning 😊

allanah
allanah in reply to Plumcrumble

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Pippy25
Pippy25 in reply to Plumcrumble

Oh and a bit of cake....purely medicinal of course!

Plumcrumble
Plumcrumble in reply to Pippy25

Yes definitely πŸ˜πŸ˜‹

Fed up with cooking so-Whetherspoons!

allanah
allanah in reply to boberch

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Maggsie
Maggsie in reply to boberch

So with you on this, I used to love cooking but I'm really getting fed up of it now! Cant wait to go out for a meal

Visit my cousin and see his new kitten. Have friends round. Go out for a meal and to the cinema or theatre.

allanah
allanah in reply to holly-willow

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I shall be on the first flight out to the sunshine!

allanah
allanah in reply to AgedCrone

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Just to be able to meet friends for coffee/lunch, see a good singalong concert or musical, and go on holiday! Had a biggie booked this year to celebrate my sister’s 60th birthday/retirement - Christmas and New Year on a Caribbean cruise - will need to make up for lost time! Oh, and meet my gorgeous little great-niece for the first time! 🀞🏻🀞🏻🀞🏻

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Seeing my son. Being able to β€˜browse’ at leisure. Then planing a camping holiday in the sunny south of France in summer - if they are out of lock down too. It will probably still be socially distanced though, I can’t see me ever getting back to being happy in a crowd.

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I just want life to be normal again. Cuddles with my children and all my grandchildren, re-booking holidays, taking off in the caravan, meeting up with friends. I might even give mingling a go

I’d like to see my family and friends and be able to hug them. Cuddle my nearly one year old granddaughter. Do simple things like having a cup of tea in someone’s house, or maybe a glass of something stronger! Travel to meet friends - go to an art gallery in London. Live music. Visit my friend in Portugal. Nothing exotic!

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I've just booked 8 weeks in portugal ...2021

Great post allanah. x

allanah
allanah in reply to springcross

I'm going to.do a table from the replies, food seems to score highly!

springcross
springcross in reply to allanah

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I just look forward to going having some contact with people again especially friends. I am so appreciative for all the support I have but miss that face to face contact and those precious hugs. x

allanah
allanah in reply to Summerrain14

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definitely hugging without a doubt. celebrating my sister's 50th birthday that was last month. taking my mum out for a cream tea, we normally would go next week on the anniversary of my late dad's passing in 2018, instead I have an appointment at the hospital. πŸ˜‰πŸ™‚

allanah
allanah in reply to Flor1rence

Aw the same here , my dad left us very suddenly when my mum was 50 in 1992 on dec 23rd. Some years later he sent me my beautiful daughter on that day so we celebrate and dont grieve now my mum left us suddenly last april but even though I'm not religious it felt like she was going back to the nan who idolised her !

My birthday is Friday and ive ordered a cream tea, sandwich and cakes which have delivery on friday lunchtime!!

Flor1rence
Flor1rence in reply to allanah

enjoy your birthday 😊

allanah
allanah in reply to Flor1rence

Thank you it was lovely.sorry just seen this !

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