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from barefootruby :
Child 3 did say "if people think you are weird and you are weird, that's ok as they're jut describing you accurately". Oh, she's also taken to eating breakfast cereal for evening meal, and evening meal in the morning. Oh well, she's 18; the Mental Capacity Act allows her to make her own decisions, even if they are eccentric.
from barefootruby :
well, Easter break in Luxembourg didn't happen, and I'm not rating our chances of getting to Barcelona at more than 50%. Uni plans are still going ahead - she's made her final choices. It's now down to getting the grades - even more difficult to predict now she has no exam to sit! Hope thing are well with you and you are keeping safe.
from jimbostaxi :
12 pounds that indeed is fat boy slim! Keep up the good work my friend! Now, let Jimbo know your secret.:)
from dangerspouse :
Nope. Not a one.
from dangerspouse :
A stupid joke, but your delivery was indeed perfect :)
from jimbostaxi :
Hi Pete, I just dropped in to see how you were doing. Hope all is well.
from jimbostaxi :
I wonder if my kids playback the security footage to get a good laugh when I'm not home. Lol
from jimbostaxi :
They are trouble with a capital T :)
from strawberrri :
Ollie's sister reported her next-door-neighbours doing the same: a load of people over for a sunny sunday BBQ. Maybe Boris's current predicament will wake them up. I hope he pulls through this.
from barefootruby :
It's probably not ethical, but when they come to deciding which patients deserve the limited supply of ventilators, maybe they should take the adoption of social distancing rules into account.
from jimbostaxi :
Pete, I don't do the poem thing much but when I do they almost always are sad. My biggest fear of posting something like that is more about my grammar than my feelings. I always hope the reader feels the raw emotions and ignores any faux pas I may have made. I like your letter idea and hope you follow through with that. If you could share one with us that would be cool as well.
from strawberrri :
I do get the only one walk a day thing as, instead of choosing to go out morning or afternoon, people might do both (with no pubs or jobs to keep them entertained), then there'd be double the people out, and there's always some eejits who don't observe the 6ft rule. Yes, more protective gear for our NHS please. I hope you and your loved ones are doing okay. It's only day 4 of lockdown, people's spirits mainly seem high. I wonder if there will be some kind of fatigue in a week or so x
from jimbostaxi :
Pete, I hope you are staying safe in these perilous times. Thanks for reading and the note.
from jimbostaxi :
That poor guy was in heaven probably until he hit that tree! Sounds in car----- yesssss ,,, yessssss,,,,, (hits tree) Fuuuuuck nooooooooo,,,,,,,noooo
from jimbostaxi :
19 dollars? That's terrifying! :)
from strawberrri :
I also just saw you updated, but the link doesnae work...
from strawberrri :
I dreamt about you last night/this morning! We met (in a bank?), and I managed to get out of you that you were born in 1982 (which I don't think is accurate). I ate a jelly bean out of a Christmas cake we were sat round, then in real life I woke up as Leo was crying to get up. Woe!
from strawberrri :
Thanks :) Everyone says he looks like his Daddy! Been battling him having hand foot and mouth disease this week. Not a week I'd want to repeat. Hope yours has been better x
from dangerspouse :
Which, of course, should read, "...before deciding I *liked* the version..." I'd taken my own advice and had more wine, you see.
from dangerspouse :
Yes, have that wine. Then another one. It's our only defense these days it seems. And of course, thanks for the note! I appreciated your thoughts on the composition of my still life. Very well considered they were, and I don't disagree. I did play around cropping more and less negative space off the top, waffling back and forth before deciding I lived the version with lots of black above the fruit. That was just my own preference, but I can certainly see where others would think it was too much. I however DO NOT appreciate your dastardly insinuation that I would leave all my protein based stains on the bedsheet for all to see. That particular black bedsheet is reserved for photo backdrops. My *other* black bedsheets are the crusted ones. How dare you imply I would confuse the two, sir.
from jimbostaxi :
Thanks! Hopefully, I will have more of those to share. :)
from jimbostaxi :
She loved the gift thanks for the note. It’s my stupid anxiety that makes a simple thing like giving a present mission impossible.
from jimbostaxi :
We write what we feel and If it touches someone a certain way that's a plus.👍🍺
from jimbostaxi :
Imagine that lol🤣
from dangerspouse :
Dude! You're alive! Lol. Musta been the pony. Hey, thanks for the great note, and I hope you're havin' a rockin' holiday season :)
from jimbostaxi :
Hello, thanks for stopping by have a happy holiday.
from jimbostaxi :
Hahaha ty for the bday note! And I think Im good for a few more years :)
from strawberrri :
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49578400
from strawberrri :
Telling a child not to hit their head with a knife - ahahaha! It's all super grizzly and whiny here right now (plus work's dead which means I'm doing almost all childcare) so I'm struggling atm. Seeing Jacob Rees-Mogg superimposed on a high jump made my day today though :-)
from strawberrri :
I googled the pic of Boris getting stuck on a zip wire. It gave me a little chuckle! Thanks for your note as always x
from barefootruby :
I think that the problem with persons such as Trump, Bo-Jo and WRM is that they are more interested in helping themselves that in helping other people, and a good politician is more interested in helping other people than in helping themselves. That and they are not the type of people I would want to invite to a dinner party (if I hosted such things).
from barefootruby :
The village where my uncle lives discussed raising money for a defibrillator. One of the objections was "but what if we raise all this money and it's never used?". My uncle's reaction was "isn't that a good thing?" They got the defibrillator.
from strawberrri :
That's so nice of the French guy! Not sure why people would want to get rid of the box - there wasn't a lot in the vote.
from barefootruby :
Yes; both candidates seem to come from the "I can afford to pay for it, so you can pay for it too" school of conservatism
from strawberrri :
Thank you for remembering, as always! :-)
from barefootruby :
My general view of Boris is that he can't be trusted.
from swordfern :
Ahhh thx for the dating advice, Pete! I'm all ears on this relatively new scene for me! :)
from jimbostaxi :
It's a wild and crazy world and, I'm just trying to find my way just like everyone else. If I help someone and they want to pay it forward that makes me happy.
from swordfern :
Oh, Pete! Your note! You are so thoughtful to leave a word gift to me like that. At times it seems as though we are all clinging to a sinking ship here and maybe at times clinging to each other as well.
from barefootruby :
That is indeed a beautiful tune - and with the words. I've never seen the full translation before - and only recently twigged that "Ave Maria" translates to "Hail Mary"!
from jimbostaxi :
Yep, Mom would want us to get along.
from dangerspouse :
Fuckin' poser, you are. NO ONE can spell "Alzheimer’s" while drunk. Oh well, I'll join you anyway. (And I'm not jealous of those hounds in the least. I used to be a boxer, after all.)
from jimbostaxi :
Jeez, what am I chop liver? Lol
from jimbostaxi :
What I lack in talent I more than make up for with moxie! :) I’ve actually done some stuff in acrylic in the past and I agree it’s easier to recover from a disaster. I promise my excuses will soon turn into action! Thanks as always for the notes and encouragement.
from strawberrri :
My in-laws bumped the weight limit, but shh, I didn't say that!
from portlypete :
So good to hear from you with a much more upbeat message. 50 stone? Have you been binge-eating!? WRT Brexit - I might join much of the country in just wishing it would all end, whatever (avoiding any analogy to child birth) if it wasn't so important to the UK's future. Solids! - I'd avoid letting him eat anywhere near a newly decorated wall; and when I say 'near', summer is nearly with us, so have you considered alfresco dining.
from strawberrri :
It was brilliant, even though I thought I was going to die on the Cyclone ride (the oik manning it allowed an extra person in our dinghy, even though I'm pretty sure we'd already reached the 50 stone weight limit without them). Had a blast. Leo is almost six months now so the next adventure will be solids. How are you feeling about Brexit? Great to see so many of my FB friends at the march on Saturday.
from barefootruby :
*Brexit
from barefootruby :
If Brixit were written as a work of fiction, it would be rejected as being too far fetched. I was promised more money when I took on the job, but as my boss has been on sick leave, it hasn't appeared yet!
from jimbostaxi :
Thank you for weighing in on this very important issue :)
from jimbostaxi :
If could sue them for all my poor grammar and typos I would be a millionaire! :)
from jimbostaxi :
Dropped in to see if you’re ok hope all is well
from jimbostaxi :
Yep ,,,lots of fake news ,, i could go on and on about those days they were so hard emotionally. Many days I was so devastated my family was in shambles and I couldn’t see my kid I just wanted to end it. I worked through those dark times and now I’m trying to make the best of it. She’s making and effort and I’m going keep making one one my end hopefully we will meet somewhere in the middle ,, thanks for reading !
from strawberrri :
Thanks! He's almost outgrown the fox costume now - sob.
from jimbostaxi :
Pete I’ would love to leave this whole thing behind. My life’s more a rated “G” movie than a rated “X” movie. I usually stay clear of trouble but I excercised poor judgment all around with that lady it won’t happen again. Thanks for the note ,,,,, wait I have another reason for posting that entry! I had to make up for the baby hug one hahaha
from dangerspouse :
1. Every time I've ever stuck my head in a buckey (and that's a very large number) there's never BEEN any surrounding space. Just my luck to have an XXL brain, eh? 2. A bunch of people who jumped the SS Diaryland a while back set up a WordPress diary for me a while back (see my very first entry there) and harangued me until I began cross-posting there so they could read my entries. So I'm mirroring, not side-lining you. FWIW, it's a much easier interface (no need to HTML code)*and* you have almost unlimited photo space FOR FREE. That's a powerful aphrodisiac, my friend. Best thing: I write my entries there, and when I copy the HTML code over to D-Land, it includes the pictures! I never would be able to add as many pics as I do with my Gold Membership. I hit that limit long ago. 3. Yeah, I'm hittin' that. I can hardly believe it myself sometimes. But...she's kinda letting herself go, if you scroll back and see some of my earlier pics of her. Good news is, those photos jarred her into a new determination to get back in shape. I hope she does. Fucking fat chicks has never been my thing, even if I happen to love 'em. I'll adopt an alpaca first. 4. Thanks for the note :)
from dangerspouse :
Sachmo. Yeah, buddy. Thanks for posting that. You hardly ever hear the spoken intro. Good one.
from strawberrri :
Happy Christmas PP! Tis definitely the season for port, and therefore Petes :) Hope you have a great one xx
from jimbostaxi :
Hahaha yeah makes me wonder too! I’ve been playing advocate in the hospital and doctors last few months my art class kind of got pushed aside,,, but I still want to do it. I’ll update soon with the stuff about the hospital and doctors it’s just I was waiting for things to calm down. How’s things with you?
from dangerspouse :
Lol. That note was longer than 90% of your entries here. And it was interesting! Well done sir, well done. And seriously, I appreciate the thoughtful comments. As well learning about your breasts (well done, sir!). One thing I'll note: I did tell the HR woman that the woman I was chatting with had no objection to the use of "babe", as we'd each been calling the other that for some years. HR chick countered with, "That doesn't matter. What matters is that your use of that word was perceived by the claimant to be offensive, which means you created a hostile work environment. How your friend felt about it is immaterial." So...that's that. Now I know to heed your advice and just stick to cooking (although fuck veganism. It's not worth that even if it means losing my job.). Thanks for the note, buddy!
from strawberrri :
Yes I think Ollie is over the trauma :P I offered him my gas and air but he didn't want any - fool!
from dangerspouse :
You voted for the bike? GODDAMIT MAN, YOU JUST RUINED CHRISTMAS! *sigh* Ok, yeah, it's a motorcycle so I suppose it deserves at least ONE vote, regardless how fucking awful the photographer's technique was. But...shit. IF I DON'T GET THAT PONY THIS YEAR IT'S YOUR FAULT. Fucking stupid internet newbies can't fucking figure out how to hit a goddam "Best" button when it's right the fuck in front of their fucking ugly face. Fuck. Oh - and thanks for the great note! :)
from dangerspouse :
HAHA! Perfect answer! Well done :)
from dangerspouse :
"1 1"? Rather more cryptic than usual, I should say.
from aryssa90 :
Thank you for your message! Friendsgiving was a blast!
from strawberrri :
Thanks! I'm definitely not depressed, but had a very low week or so. Will do a quick update while he's sleeping on me in the sling x
from dangerspouse :
Damn Chinese watches. See what happens when you don't do your research? Ya get burned.
from strawberrri :
Thanks! Those discs are breast pads, haha. Weirdly I kept myself entertained for about five days solid after he was born by calling him "Milky Mouth" whilst burping him after a feed and pretending I was saying "Mickey Mouse" with a lisp. Sleep deprivation does strange things to your sense of humour. He's three weeks old today!X
from jimbostaxi :
Thanks for the note, it did help talking about it on here I didn’t tip over and I wanted to so badly.
from jimbostaxi :
That’s the first time it’s ever happened to me in all the time I’ve bern there, I was just talking to someone here about getting a gun, but I just like you said I would have shot him and I’d be in jail ,,
from strawberrri :
5lb 8oz* (those two ounces make all the difference!)
from strawberrri :
Hey! I'm too knackered to diary-write, but you've been so nice with all your notes during my pregnancy so thought you'd like to know my little (definitely not portly at 5lb6) son Leo was born on Thursday eve, surprising us by coming 23 days early. We're home and both doing okay! X
from jimbostaxi :
Made notes easier to find now :)
from jimbostaxi :
Hi thanks for the note! Yeah, I had changed the notes thing awhile back hiding it under the “out” thinking it was clever but it’s just annoying I’ll have to change that back. The art class looks like tons of fun thank you very much for the advice! I’m hoping it’s not to large a group I dont want them to distract me from becoming one with my canvas :)
from papotheclown :
Oh vape pens are amazing. You can get high all discrete like. No smell or anything. I am from Colorado and we definitely get spoiled by all the different kinds of legal weed you can get. And yes, definitely better without a car. At least in regards to drug use.
from strawberrri :
Also why do I keep saying "aye"? Note to self: am not a pirate.
from strawberrri :
I'm worse than you are at getting round to leaving notes! Yours are always appreciated :D I'm a bona fide pregnancy/baby bore now, might be wise to skip my diary for the next approx 18 years. Let's hope someone somewhere sorts out Brexit before divorce day, aye!?
from papotheclown :
Thanks for swinging by! looking forward to reading you too.
from barefootruby :
Rather than developing contingency plans of what happens if we don't get a deal, I would prefer the government to work on ensuring that we do get a deal. It was their stupid referendum idea that got us into this mess in the first place. Personally, I can’t see any logical reason why we wouldn't want to continue to trade with Europe. We already manufacture goods that are compatible with their market; we have excellent communication links; and have developed first-class trade relations. Surely, it's a not-brainer? I'd also like the Brexit strategy to rise above party politics - the result is more important than the result of the next election. Seems the politicians can’t see that.
from strawberrri :
I'm trying to educate myself about birth and labour and discovering things like the doctors and midwives may want to take courses and do things that mean they can get off their shift quicker, rather than what's best for the woman giving birth. Crikey aye?! It's cooler today thank goodness. Hope you are having a lovely summer PP.
from barefootruby :
OK, a bit slow to comment, but I agree wholeheartedly with your comments on Trump and Boris. Whether or not I agree with their political views is immaterial; over the years I have learnt that it's not worth worrying too much about the politics of the government as we will get a chance to vote for a change in a few years time. But the more I see their actions the more I am convinced that neither of them are particularly nice people. And surely I am not the only person who thinks that the results of the Brexit negotiations are more important than the results of the next general election.
from strawberrri :
Thanks for your supportive messages! I will happily donate you my beer allocation for the next four-ish months. I think a halloumi shortage is on the way too :( Blood test tomorrow - hope they don't bodge this one and make my arm look like it belongs to a smack addict again.
from strawberrri :
I literally plucked the tick out with my fingers (just call me straw-Bear Grylls!) but when I showed the photo to my cousin she confirmed it still had its head on. I tried to squash it in some tissue but no matter how hard I crushed it just wouldn't die! Maybe Bear would have used it as a crouton or something. Don't really fancy sticking scan pics on Dland. Maybe a baby pic in the future!
from strawberrri :
Thank you SO much for the birthday wishes both in my notes and your diary blurb, what a treat :D I had a three-day celebration (and obviously no hangover, yay!). I think next year it won't be quite so extravagant. 20 week scan coming up next Tues :) x
from strawberrri :
Thanks! Yes, I doubt I'll be laughing as I give birth. Still wondering whether to ask for the epidural or the heroin (sorry - diamorphine!). Just waiting for next scan appointment letter then we can find out if we're having a Pete or Petina(?)! Hope you're well :) x
from jimbostaxi :
I wrote that entry more to describe a feeling I had at the movies it’s not and exact representation of the past. My hate for the holidays is because we had next to nothing and knew better to ask for anything... and I detest black socks even more than the holidays :0)
from strawberrri :
No bitcoin chat for me - I hid on the 5th floor to eat lunch today. He eats his on the 4th floor :)
from jimbostaxi :
I think to be perfectly honest the “ I suck” thing is something I’ve felt about myself for not getting involved in certain situations, I consider myself a good person but I’ve felt “sucky” that I’ve been putting my own self preservation above helping my fellow man. Thanks for the notes and it’s good to know there’s and another old school person out there :0)
from jimbostaxi :
Your right,,,, I suck ,,,
from strawberrri :
I think dland had "its day" more than a decade ago. On my profile are spaces to fill in my ICQ number and yahoo messenger ID! Talking about diarylanders and what they're up to, I always wanted to know more about YOU. I suspect even the email address you once messaged me from was an alias :p
from nineofswords :
Thank you for the kind words. I did get plenty of candy as a kid thanks to my generous uncle, but I managed to retain my choppers. My dad, who missed his calling as a dentist, served as the tooth enforcer at my house and we had stellar dental hygiene under his vigilant care. Thanks Dad! :-)
from strawberrri :
Was the person you first started reading skinnylizzy? I have her and a few other diarylanders on my Facebook but miss their diaries so much and wish I knew more what was going on in their heads and lives :( Writing here used to be a community thing. Only about five people on my list update now, none of them regularly. Two people on my buddy list died (including our wonderful stepfie). I don't feel inspired to write often sadly, and I don't do it enough to do it well anymore.
from jimbostaxi :
Since receiving your note and a few others I've decided to carry the diaryland torch a bit longer, I wanted to thank you very much for the note I'll be back out into the world in a few days and back to the daily grind, that POS son made me all emotionally. We need my good guys more people that give a shit about their fellow man,,,, I'm not giving up on Dland and I'm not giving up on the world :0)
from strawberrri :
Oh thank you!
from strawberrri :
Happy holiday portlypete! Hope you find some nice xxxl clothes, if your dland moniker is to be believed ;)
from strawberrri :
I survived it (got a bit smashed on cocktails on boxing day after two nights at my sister-in-laws), whoops. Hope you had a superb festive period (insert usual dross about January being rubbish etc) X
from strawberrri :
The most stressful thing is Christmas at the in-laws', right?!
from raven72d :
I'm thinking of staying drunk 'til January 2021. At least.
from strawberrri :
I tried to email (your defunct email) you about Stepfie as I wasn't sure how often you come here anymore. It's just so horrible and I'm still shocked. But I am fine thanks - just a slack diaryer as per usual. I hope you are okay PP! X
from strawberrri :
Thanks for your good wishes! I have downloaded rick steve's audio guide for the uffizi and St mark's basilica. I looked at ollie like he was mad when he said he was going to pack his daily contact lenses (which he cannot see without) in our hold luggage. I don't trust airlines! We're going BA too as an upgrade from the usual sleazyjet since it's our honeymoon and all. After previously being happy with my dad's scan the doctors have now changed their minds and said it looks like there's something on his liver too. You know things are bad when the best you can hope for is that it's cirrhosis. He's having more tests next Saturday so it's just an unpleasant waiting game for now...
from dangerspouse :
I was wondering where you were going until that last line hit me. What a great Jo Cox tribute. Bravo, and sorry for your nation's loss.
from barefootruby :
If only the guys in the nightclub had been armed, they could have defended themselves ... oh ... er ... hang on ... let me think that through a bit.
from strawberrri :
Thank you! Because I went out with a friend on my birthday instead of Ollie his mum now keeps ringing him up and asking "Is everything all right between you two?" SIGH!
from strawberrri :
Scrap that, I've done it today, just for you! :P
from strawberrri :
I'll try to continue it tomorrow (Thursday!) :)
from jimbostaxi :
Thank you very much for the note I have been a very loyal employee over the last ten years and it has gotten me know nowhere I've missed important events weddings, graduations etc etc because they demanded I be there or lose my job. All this devotion to them has come at a great price and I've gotten nothing but a kick in the ass, I passed my road test :0) now all I have to do is move on with my life,,, I know it's stupid but I'll miss them
from raven72d :
With any luck, Donald will be kept far, far away from the red button. There's no chance he'd ever get my vote. I took some EU law classes once upon a time, and once wrote a paper about insider trading rules in the EU, but other than that, I'm staying well away from arguments about the British referendum. The emotional level about the Brexit vote is high indeed, and I'm letting my British friend argue it out without me.
from strawberrri :
Thanks for your congratulations! There was no blood shed but the exhaust pipe did fall off the wedding car when it came to pick me up, which was hilarious :)
from jimbostaxi :
When I think about the big picture I'm acting like he owes me something when he does not, I helped him cause it was the right thing to do and I would do it again if presented with the same circumstances. I was hurt by the dissing and the diary post was a knee jerk reaction thanks for the note :0)
from strawberrri :
Phew! I'll cancel the bodyguard I ordered ;) Thank you for your kind wishes! I'll do an update with piccies (hopefully there will be photographic evidence of before I've spilled anything down myself) soooooon! X
from strawberrri :
"...worse things in store for you than cold canapes." Am now worried you're going to show up and stab me or something :/
from stepfordtart :
I forgot to say thank you for your note - it really did mean a lot and I was really grateful. :-) s xx
from strawberrri :
Oh! I left that message before I saw you left me one - spidey sense and all that :) The New Year is fine and dandy really; I have take two with my hair on 25th Jan so wish me luck! And I have just finished making 52 name plates (or whatever they're called) so I'm feeling smug and accomplished right now.
from strawberrri :
I liked Squeeze and love them even more now! Happy New Year PortlyPete-dawg x
from stepfordtart :
link wont work! :-( s x
from barefootruby :
The Conservative ethos: "I can afford to pay for it, so you can pay for it too". I think some of the policies are somewhat short-sighted - but the government is looking only to the end of the current parliamentary term, so probably doesn't care.
from strawberrri :
Thank you. Would quite like to stop getting older now please!!
from nineofswords :
Yes, I paid a lot of money for that damn shampoo. I reeeeally like a good hair day.
from strawberrri :
We went on the railway! Lovely little steam train :D And then had a hilarious (attemped) walk back from Corfe. Only made it half way before getting the train back in defeat as I was becoming borderline hysterical and paranoid we were going to get shot by a farmer as we kept getting lost and wandering into private land by accident.
from strawberrri :
Only just saw your note! It seems email notifications don't work anymore (sort it out, Andrew). Anyway, thank you! I promise I'll do an entry about my wedding day :) We're tying the knot in March next year. I hope you're okay and happy! Thanks for your lovely notes over the years xxx
from jarofporter :
hey pete, still around? haven't seen anything in a while...
from marzipanmind :
Hello, and a much belated Happy New Year! Also yes, this site is falling apart and Andrew owes me $2 from 18 months ago. Boo.
from barefootruby :
it's also not unknown for the government to change the rules and make people pay more than they originally expected
from dangerspouse :
Trust me. I'm not laughing now. #irony
from stepfordtart :
What did you get done? If you had an asymmetric augmentation then Im going to be very impressed. Or did you get attacked by a shark? Quadruple bypass? Paper cut? Circumcision? Im a nosy bastard today, aint I?! s x
from stepfordtart :
Seriously, what's not to love about Stephen Sutton? I know haters gotta hate and all that but, fucking hell. I cannot find a single thing wrong with anything that fella does/did. Saw his mum on the telly last week and even she was just bloody lovely. s x
from strawberrri :
Thanks, that's really kind! I always think I should update more, but in all likeliness it'll probably become even more of a rarity, but you never know :P My life is still themed around booze and I would say "boys" but it's just the one these days, who makes my world an infinitely better place. Hope life is treating you nicely - you deserve it xx
from stepfordtart :
sent you an email :-) s x
from strawberrri :
Hello :) Miss you!

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