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Busy holiday period

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 23, 2014

E and I have worked every day since Friday except for Sunday when neither of us did anything. Our aim was to get as much done on the bathroom project as we could during the seasonal break. We managed to fit the glass screens around the shower because our youngest son was at home some of the time and without him I doubt I would have been able to carry the one glass panel we had stored in the cellar up to the first floor of the house. The other of the two largest panels had been left on the landing outside the bathroom a few weeks ago but somehow I managed alone to move that into position and fit it in place on Saturday. It weighed something like 25Kg. The other panel, the largest of the three weighed in at 37Kg and needed two people to move it. That panel had been stored in the spare bedroom a few months ago when it was purchased. The other panel had been purchased more recently when we discovered it wasn’t included in our original purchases. I had been out at work when it was delivered and E had it stored in the garage. With help from C our youngest the large panel was moved into position on Monday morning but it was left for me to fix it by myself. That wasn’t a problem, the main problem was getting it into the bathroom and placing it on the shower tray, that required two of us. He went out for the day and E and I got on with the work. You can see the result in the pictures below. The next job was to prepare and fix the tap column in position ready for connecting it to the water supplies later. Once that is done all that there will remain left to do will be boxing in the pipework to hide it and refitting the main door to the room.

Bathroom 90Bathroom 91












Bathroom 92Bathroom 93












The last two pictures show the tap column presently only secured at the base until the pipes are boxed-in when the column will be secured and supported further up from the base. The square collar that can be seen halfway up the column is not fixed and will be slid down to rest on the finished box. An updated picture will follow when it is finished. After the day’s work E and I drove to a superstore to purchase a metal and glass tray for use in the wet room, which I fixed to the wall later, a free-standing toilet roll holder and new chrome finished furniture for the door to the bathroom.

Shirley Anne



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The end is in sight

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 22, 2014

I could be talking about Armageddon but no it is far simpler than that. The bathroom project is nearing completion and we have only a couple of things left to do. Over the weekend E and I got stuck in and got much done. At the time of writing this on Saturday we now have the skirting around the shower tray in place and the guide rails for the glass panels secured to the walls and all we need to do to complete the shower part of the project is to fit the glass in position and the wall brackets to stabilize them then seal around with silicone rubber. That may be done by the time you read this. We brought the bath back into the room and connected it to the drain but we still have the water supply pipes and the tap (faucet) stand to install. Naturally we part-filled the bath using a bucket and tested for leaks. I hope to make a start on the tap stand on Monday, which will have been yesterday as you read this. Once that work is done I can construct something to conceal the pipes that will allow access to the pipe connections at a later date should that be necessary. Finally we can replace the main door to the room and paint it. We didn’t spend all weekend working though. Sunday is my day of rest. Anyway here are some pictures of the room as it was on Saturday afternoon….

Bathroom 86Bathroom 87










Bathroom 88Bathroom 89










Shirley Anne

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I have to say no sometimes

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 21, 2014

English: Set of blinds in an abandoned house o...

Set of blinds in an abandoned house on Wapping Ln, Derry, Northern Ireland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My plans for Thursday went a little askew. I had every intention of getting on with some work at home and indeed was continuing with the work around the base of the shower when the house phone rang. I was in the process of fixing the second of the two sections of plastic skirting having fixed the other the day before. I ignored the phone and E remarked that my mobile phone might ring a few seconds later, which it did. The lady on the other end wanted to know if I could replace her old oven for her. That meant pulling the old oven out, disconnecting it and connecting the new one. As that sort of job is very easy to do I offered to do it for her within the hour which would allow me to finish what I was doing. She agreed after I had informed her of the cost. Before I left the house some thirty minutes later she called again and asked if I could check ‘some lights’. When I got to the house I was confronted with an untidy mess of a garden and a rather unappealing presentation of a house with the window blinds closed even though it was late morning. I knew immediately that the interior would be unkempt and dirty as I heard the sound of dogs barking inside. The lady opened the door and welcomed me in and took me through the lounge into the kitchen after she had put two of the dogs outside in the rear garden. Those two dogs were Romanian wolf hounds according to what she told me and would be best left outside until I had finished the job. The other two dogs were much smaller and of a different breed but I am not sure which breed. They were better behaved shall we say and were no problem at all. The house, or rather the whole ground floor was given over to the dogs and there were large cages in the lounge to accommodate them. The lounge itself was very untidy and someone had been doing some decorating but hadn’t made a good job of it and indeed it looked as if they had given up doing it years before! Then I walked into the kitchen and thought to myself how could anyone live like this. The room was thick with grease. There were holes in the walls where electrical boxes had been removed but had not been plastered over, in fact there wasn’t any wall coverings at all in many places, no tiles as you might expect there to be. Again it looked as if someone had started to refurbish the room but had abandoned the idea years ago and left it in that state. Since then it has gotten worse. I fitted the replacement oven within a few minutes then investigated the lighting faults. According to the lady all the lights had been working until recently but some of them had ceased to work since. The first light only required new lamps. The second light had no power supply at the switch and after investigating further there was no supply to some of the other switches yet there was no fault at the distribution board, no fuses blown, no circuit breakers tripped. When I checked upstairs only part of the lighting circuit was working but I saw that she’d had extensive building work done up there as I saw newly plastered walls and ceilings which had been left undecorated. I also discovered poor wiring connections behind the switches and light fittings and earth wires missing too. A bad case of DIY gone wrong and it would take quite some time to put right. I got the feeling that the house had been left in this state for quite some time. I had to decline the invitation to put things right because I do not have the time nor the energy to start moving furniture and lifting floorboards all over the place to essentially rewire the lighting circuits. The lady asked me how much I thought it would cost to put things right. Having told her it could be quite a few hundred pounds I think she realised that it wasn’t a simple task she’d asked of me. I spent an hour checking the lighting for her to see if I could trace the fault until I realised it couldn’t be done so easily. I didn’t charge her for my time spent on the lighting as I knew she could ill-afford it. I returned home and found I was unable to continue in the bathroom as E had painted the woodwork in several places. I would have to wait until the next day to continue.

Shirley Anne

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He is risen!

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 20, 2014

Appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene after re...

Appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene after resurrection, Alexander Ivanov, 1835 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!

But the pains which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation hath procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as His love, Alleluia!
Praise Him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!

Matthew 28

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Jesus has risen

1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.” Now I have told you.’

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’
The guards’ report

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, ‘You are to say, “His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.” 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.’ 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

The great commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

Shirley Anne

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By the time you read this

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 19, 2014

Ainscough Flour Mill on the Leeds and Liverpoo...

Ainscough Flour Mill on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Burscough. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By the time you read this we will probably have fitted the plastic skirt around the shower tray platform, the architrave around the entrance to the main part of the room, the inspection cover for the shower tray, completed the remaining filling in here and there, the painting, the blanking plate to the visible side of the toilet to hide the pipes and hopefully will have returned the bath to the room and perhaps fitted it though I am not sure the water pipes will have been done but they shouldn’t take long. All these little jobs seem to take longer than the larger ones but we have had a few spare days in which to make the desired progress. One day soon we may be able to have a soak in the tub! Not that we haven’t a bath elsewhere, we have but it is in an en-suite to a bedroom. Neither of us do anything over Easter, that is we don’t go anywhere, preferring to remain at home during the holiday period. The Spring term for schools ended last week and children will be at home and that means they will be everywhere else with their parents too. On Tuesday afternoon E and I wanted to visit a new eatery for a change, one we haven’t previously visited. However, the place we actually drove to was somewhere we had been to before but many years ago. It is a lovely little pub out in the countryside which like many around these parts, sits alongside the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. The weather was beautiful on Tuesday and many people were out enjoying it. When we pulled into the car park we found it to be filled to capacity and there were a few people making their way into the establishment. I thought to myself, small pub, crowded car park, parents with children some of whom we saw making their way inside, not much space and loads of noise. We chose to give the place a miss this time and drove off somewhere else. We chose a place some five miles further afield, a place we go to once in a while and to our delight found it with far fewer clientele and plenty of space though when we had nearly finished our meal a large party of people arrived for their special occasion, whatever that was. They had a large table set out in readiness for their arrival, close to where we were sitting. It is usually mid-afternoon when E and I dine out so we don’t expect the places we visit to be too full of people, which is the way we like it. Once or twice we have had our afternoon at the restaurant somewhat spoiled by someone’s unruly child so we prefer to avoid places that we know will be full of children running about and making a nuisance of themselves. We’ve nothing against children of course but expect them to be on their best behaviour in a restaurant. Most of them are. I was out working for a couple of hours the following morning but returned home to continue doing some of those little jobs in the bathroom.

Shirley Anne

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O Happy day

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 18, 2014

Icon of Jesus being led to Golgotha, 16th cent...

Icon of Jesus being led to Golgotha, 16th century, Theophanes the Cretan (Stavronikita Monastery, Mount Athos). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

O happy, happy day
Jesus loves me and Jesus saves
O happy, happy day
Jesus is the one I love.

Filled with sin and evil ways
That is how I spent my days
Till He came and changed my ways
And set my spirit free.

O happy, happy day…….

All my guilt He bore for me
All the shame and agony
All alone at Calvary
Because He loves me so.

O happy, happy day…….

Now I praise His holy name
And with Him I will remain
Much to lose but all to gain
Jesus Lord and King.

O happy, happy day…..

Copyright Shirley Anne 10 August 1995

Jesus died for me ‘today’

Shirley Anne

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Am I a lesbian?

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 18, 2014

English: An amplifier by Marshall Amplificatio...

English: An amplifier by Marshall Amplification, MG15DFX. Русский: Усилитель Marshall Amplification, MG15DFX. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well the short answer is no I am not but in my latest dream I apparently was one. As usual with dreams they are all mixed-up and seemingly consist of data not normally mutually connected. Quite often in my dreams I am an electrician which is hardly surprising as I am one! However, I am not a lesbian even though I am one occasionally in my dreams. In this dream I had just completed a sizeable job for this guy, who I remember was very tall. When it came to paying me he didn’t wish to reveal to his wife who was standing close-by just how much he was giving me so he quietly slipped the money into my hand. Realising it was coins that he gave me I knew it wasn’t enough for the work I had done. In fact he had given me a mere five pounds. I felt unable to question the meagre remuneration as I had been friends with the couple and especially their daughter. Just then their daughter came into the house and she and I were left alone for her parents knew their daughter and I were close. I have no idea why my Roland guitar amplifier figured in the dream but at that point I became aware of its presence, so much so that it consumed my thoughts. I found myself in the arms of my lesbian lover and then she was gone as if trying to distance herself from me for no apparent reason. I chased after her as she darted in and out of the crowded streets we suddenly found ourselves in. I saw her dash down an opening and straight onto a bus and I lost her. Still I seemed more concerned that my amplifier was missing and thought she had taken it though how that was possible I couldn’t figure out. I then found myself back at her house with her parents who by this time were having sex and couldn’t speak with me yet they seemed to be in the same room as me and fully dressed. Just then their daughter came back and we hugged and kissed and I forgot all about the amplifier which was standing on the floor across the room. I was happy again for two reasons and then I woke up.

Shirley Anne

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If there’s one thing I hate it’s………

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 17, 2014

English: Bet this phone box doesn't take many ...

English: Bet this phone box doesn’t take many calls (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My house phone is very seldom used for outgoing calls and even incoming calls are few unless someone is requesting my services. In the past I received many nuisance calls usually from businesses doing cold calls but that has mostly ceased though the occasional caller gets through. I can tell when the call is from such businesses as soon as I pick up the phone. If I answer then I receive an automated advertising message presumably because the computer sending out the messages recognizes that a voice has spoken. Sometimes there is complete silence before I can hear the background noise often associated with a call centre. In either case the phone is immediately returned to its holder and the call is ended. With my mobile phone it is different. Businesses have resorted to withholding their number in many cases so I have no idea if the caller is genuine, that is they wish to speak to me about a job or engage in a private conversation. Regular callers are added to my contacts list so I can recognize them immediately and in most cases they do not withhold their number anyway. If I answer a call from a withheld number it is often from a business advertising themselves. I can block such callers however with the phone’s security program application, for my phone I use Kaspersky. However, sneaky as these business companies are they now often send a text message which is easily dispatched to the deleted items bin or worse still they leave a recorded message. Because again, I have no idea who sent the message when I retrieve my recorded messages those messages reach my ear. Of course I immediately delete the message. If there is one thing I hate most about modern technology it this persistent pestering by companies wishing to tell me I may be entitled to compensation for miss-sold PPIs or I may be due for compensation after an automobile accident which wasn’t my fault. Aside from the fact that I have neither I think it is such an imposition and a down right nuisance to have to put up with these things especially as I have no interest in them whatsoever. The only way to stop receiving these cold calls is to stop using the phones it seems because legislation if it exists, is as weak as a kitten.

Shirley Anne

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A concerted effort

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 16, 2014

English: Bathroom in 1920s apartment house wit...

English: Bathroom in 1920s apartment house with original light thulian pink and black tile, hexagonal floor tiles, and pedestal sink. Location is Los Angeles, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

E and I have been dragging our heels in regard to the bathroom progress, mostly because I have been otherwise engaged with my electrical work and she is limited to what she is able to do. We need to repaint the ceiling in places because of accidental damage and marks caused by the tiler. Some of the woodwork requires touching up with gloss paint too for the same reason. A few days ago we laid the shower tray permanently in position and sealed around the joint between the tray and the wall tiles using silicone rubber but we ran out of the rubber before we could complete the job. We bought some more a day later but haven’t had the time to resume the work. We were expecting the return of the tiler to do the small amount of unfinished tiling but he didn’t arrive. It isn’t a problem because we can do what is necessary ourselves. We had to make an eighty mile round trip last Tuesday in order to purchase more grout so we have everything we need to finish the small amount of tiling that is to be done. Following that we can then fit the glass panels around the tray and fit a plastic skirt around the wooden base on which the tray sits and then the shower cubicle will be complete. Once that is done we can bring the bath back into the room and do the necessary plumbing for it. When that is done we can box it all in and that will complete all of the work to finish the project apart from re-fitting the door and painting it. The door will need cutting down a couple of centimetres before it can be replaced because of the new floor tiles. Hopefully we can make a concerted effort this week to get most of that work done but as usual we may get diverted. All in all we think we have made great strides on this project considering the amount of work we have had to do, half of it preparatory, remember the work we did just to repair the floor, raising the ceiling and repairing the walls!

Shirley Anne

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Grand tour of the cellar!

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 15, 2014

It stopped working, it was too far from the metering equipment. I am referring to the new power monitor we were given when British Gas installed the new smart meters a few weeks ago. We had it standing in the kitchen but it appears that it was at the limit for the Bluetooth signal to connect with the metering. It had to be repositioned and the only practical place to site it was near the steps leading down to the cellar, however there was only one power point there which is used for a table lamp. I had to install an extra point, preferably out of sight and close by to the intended position. That proved to be a very simple job and I had it done in thirty minutes. Here are the pictures.

Power monitor












Whilst I was taking pictures I thought I would continue down the cellar steps and take some of the rooms we have down there. Here they are shown in an anti-clockwork direction from the bottom of the steps004005. The sixth picture below shows the closed door behind which is simply a storeroom for my electrical bits and pieces along with other things.





















































































The last three pictures show the room we intend to turn into a toilet for access from the rear garden, the two doors will be removed and the spaces bricked up. A new door will hopefully be inserted in the wall at the side of the house for access. Two of the pictures show the access to the garage from one of the rooms. The rooms could do with a little tidying up but hey, they are in the cellar!

Shirley Anne

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We must be bonkers

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 14, 2014

English: Walk-behind lawn mower

English: Walk-behind lawn mower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few years ago now we acquired a fairly large petrol-driven lawnmower almost identical to the one shown on the right but when it became impossible to purchase leaded fuel we ceased using it. We had been informed that the mower would have to be serviced to allow unleaded petrol to be used and we never got round to doing it, promising ourselves that we would at some point. A couple of weeks ago I mowed the lawn for the first time this year as the grass was beginning to get out of hand. We have been using an electric mower for a few years and it takes about an hour to mow the lawn with it, providing the grass is dry. Much of the lawn remains in the shade during the winter months and indeed for part of the Spring and Autumn. It is only during the early morning and evening that the sun can shine on the entire lawn at each end of the day. In the height of Summer much more grass is exposed to the sun during the day but close to the house no sunshine falls on the grass at all  except in the morning or evening. This is because the house faces SSW. and the rear garden which has the lawn is on the north side. At this time of year the grass is often wet or damp, especially in the centre of the lawn and it make mowing it difficult for anything other than a hover mower or a high-powered machine. Well our electric mower doesn’t fall into the category unfortunately and when I used it a couple of weeks ago it was hard work I can tell you. Often I would have to drag the machine along rather than push it and crazy as it may seem the grass still gets cut but it takes an age, almost two hours last time! I’d had enough of faffing about so I asked E when she was out shopping for fuel (her car runs on petrol) to buy an extra few litres in a can for use with the petrol mower which has been in one of the garages gathering dust for the last few years. I was determined to see if it was still in working order. On Friday I spent all morning on an electrical job out-of-town and was pretty tired on returning home but after a light lunch decided to give the mower an airing and see what problems I might encounter. There weren’t any, it started first time though I have to admit to forgetting to put some oil in the tank with the petrol to lubricate the cylinders. I corrected that mistake afterwards. It took a mere twenty minutes to mow the damp grass. I had to make an adjustment to the height of the blades as the cuttings started to clog-up the works and the machine cut out a couple of times but once that was done it was plain-sailing. To think we had a machine that could make short work of the task yet we kept on struggling with the electric mower. We must have been bonkers!


Shirley Anne


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It’s in there somewhere

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 13, 2014

Brain Problems

Brain Problems (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I forget recent things. I think I am forgetting recent things a lot more as the years pass and yet I have an excellent long-term memory, even remembering exactly words in a conversation. I almost never forget faces but names I have tremendous difficulty in remembering unless I know the person extremely well or they are related to me. If I don’t see a person for a reasonably long period I am apt to forget their name even if I know them or have known them for quite some time. As an example I do not remember most of the people I knew in the church in which I was a member up and until 1998 though I had been a member there for ten years. Much information is gathered and stored in my brain yet access to it much depends on how long it has been stored there, if a long time I will recall it, if only a short time I am likely to forget it. Some things however I will never forget whether it has been stored away for a long time or a little time. In a lifetime we must gather an enormous amount of data and it is all stored away in our brains. It really is amazing isn’t it? The human brain can store so much information, far more than computers can store. It can access stored information and process it almost immediately under normal circumstances without the need for special algorithms, formulas or programs. Yet for all that capability the brain is reliant on it not degenerating. Unfortunately our brains, like the rest of our bodies, do degenerate with age but for some that degeneration can be severe and for others less so. I do not think we lose the information that is stored but we can lose the capability to retrieve it or not be able to process it if we do. I sometimes go upstairs for instance and once there forget why I went there in the first place. It might be that I went to get something and forgot what it was I wanted yet minutes or even hours later it will come to me. I want to say something to somebody and it slips my mind. Later I will remember what it was I wanted to say but the opportunity may have passed me by. So the information is in my brain somewhere but that doesn’t always mean I can access it immediately. It is as though there is a barrier preventing access that requires a trigger of some sort to release it, you could say a password but that would be wrong as any number of things can trigger a recall. I sometimes find that not thinking about something I am trying to remember will eventually allow me to remember. Concentrating does not always result in remembering something so it appears that the brain is often best left to work things out in the background but just how it does that may not be understood. I forget things and trust that I can remember them somewhere along the line. I don’t really have a choice!

See also my post on August 19 last year.

Shirley Anne

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The law of God

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 12, 2014


Bible (Photo credit: Light from Light)

These laws given by God still stand today despite what some people would say. God loves the sinner but hates the sin. Continuing in sin is self-condemnation. Are you guilty of this?

Leviticus 18

New International Version (NIV)

Unlawful Sexual Relations

18 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the Lord.

“‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord.

“‘Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.

“‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father.

“‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.

10 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you.

11 “‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister.

12 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative.

13 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s close relative.

14 “‘Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.

15 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her.

16 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonor your brother.

17 “‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.

18 “‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

19 “‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.

20 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her.

21 “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.

22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.

23 “‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

24 “‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. 28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

29 “‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God.’”

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

Romans 1

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

What may be considered right and proper in today’s society, same-sex marriages, fornication, debauchery, pornography and other degrading things does not mean it is right in the eyes of God. Repent and turn away from such things, your eternal salvation may depend upon it. Heaven or Hell? Which will you choose?

Shirley Anne

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No end to the spend

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 11, 2014

Pounds Sterling

Pounds Sterling (Photo credit: 917press)

I love Tuesdays because we dine out a lot on that day. Sometimes I will be out working in the morning but usual try to defer jobs to another day if possible. Last Tuesday I had nothing planned at all and decided to take the whole day off, not even working at home. As it happened we needed to purchase a little more grout for the bathroom as there are one or two small tiling jobs still outstanding but because the grout colour wasn’t plain white we couldn’t purchase it from an outlet nearer to home. The local store didn’t stock the colour we had used which is called ‘gunmetal’, a light fawn colour. That meant a trip of some 40 miles or so to purchase it from the place we had bought everything else for the bathroom, ‘Better Bathrooms’. It would be a nice drive and we could take our time and have a meal on the way back home. Whilst in the showroom we saw a towel rail we liked, one that could sit on the wall adjacent to the vanity unit so I purchased that at the same time too. Both items cost me almost £50. We journeyed on from there to where our youngest son is currently living whilst waiting to move into the house he and his partner are purchasing. We wanted to deliver some mail by hand so that he didn’t need to wait until the weekend to collect it himself. He often comes home to collect his mail. It isn’t worth having his mail redirected and when he moves into the house he can arrange his mail to be delivered there. So we ended up even further from home and by now it was after 1.30. We turned to come back home and found a great restaurant when we were still 20 miles or more away. It was almost 3 o’clock by the time we had finished our meal but it was certainly worth it. That cost me £28 with a tip for the lovely waitress included. We’d each had two courses but only water to drink, something we tend to do these days. Now E’s car is getting a little past its best at twelve years old and I would dearly like to purchase a new one for her but for the moment I’m biding my time. She has been complaining that the wipers need replacing and the adapter she uses for the satnav and the dashboard camera I purchased for her doesn’t work. So after our meal we drove back home and when back in Southport I asked her to call into a shop that sells stuff for cars and had the wipers replaced and a new adapter bought which will even allow her to plug-in her mobile phone too at the same time. Another £17. We drove onward to purchase some milk as we had only a small amount in the house. Well, we like to have our Cappuccinos! The milk only cost me £1.80….LOL. We did forget to visit the plumber’s merchant to purchase a 22mm stopcock but will have to do soon if I am to do the plumbing for the bath water supplies.

Shirley Anne

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More done on Monday

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 10, 2014

I had but one electrical job on Monday morning in an apartment a mere quarter of a mile down the main road from where I live. A simple task of removing a socket outlet and repositioning the one it was supplied from. Electrically simple but the work took time to do nevertheless. The apartment block is what we call purpose-built as opposed to one which perhaps is located in an old house and there are plenty of those about. This meant its ceilings and floors were constructed of concrete but the floors themselves were overlaid with tongue and groove boards with a two-inch (5-6cm) space beneath them. This made it possible to pass the wiring  under the floor once one of the boards had been lifted. The difficult part was the knocking out of the plaster and brickwork to accommodate the metal box for the new socket. The ‘plaster’ was actually more like cement, rock hard and the bricks beneath even harder. I managed as I always do and though a little tired after the two and a half hours my plan was to return home and carry on working there. It was almost time for lunch by the time I got back so I put off starting anything until I had eaten. After lunch and a half hour of relaxing in front of the television I decided to get something done in the bathroom. E was keen to do something too so the pair of us set about preparing and fitting the shower tray. Though I had allowed plenty of space beneath the platform to accommodate the flexible drain pipe it was still an awkward fit. We had to fit the drain to the tray before we could lay it flat and ensure it didn’t leak which we did by pouring copious amounts of water on the tray and checking beneath through the inspection hole. Next we mixed the floor tile cement and whilst I applied a generous coat to the wooden platform E held the tray at an angle above. Carefully we laid the tray flat ensuring the drain pipe went down into the void beneath without getting trapped. Once the tray was in position we poured more water on it and checked it again for any leaks. All seems fine. Bathroom 84Bathroom 85The first picture is taken from a normal angle and the second through the large mirror on the opposite wall. Click once or twice on them to magnify. We phoned Mick the tiler who said he would come and assist with the tray as he has a small amount of unfinished work to do here but he won’t be able to do that for some days as he is presently working on a large project in London. He will be happy that he won’t have to help with the tray at least and we won’t tell him until he comes to do the other work. It will be something of a surprise for him. Now the tray is fitted we can bring the bath back into the room and work on the hot and cold  water supplies. The drain is already done and ready to connect. There is still some painting to be done so we may put off bringing the bath into the room as it will only be in the way. We also have the glass screens to fit around the shower tray and a plastic skirt to fit around the base of the platform. We are so used to seeing the room this way it is hard remembering what it was like beforehand.

Shirley Anne



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Getting on a bit

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 9, 2014

Cramp Twins logo

Cramp Twins logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With all the work that I do it is hardly surprising that once in a while I feel really tired and out of the game. Naturally as I get older I suppose that will increase or I will find myself doing far less than I do now. I already do less than I once did in any one day but still find things to do to fill my time. I suffer little with my health but every now and then things happen which are disconcerting and leave me feeling a bit concerned. As an example, on Sunday morning I woke up rather abruptly with a severe cramp in the calf muscles of my left leg. The pain was agonising and long-lived, so long it lasted throughout the day to a lesser degree. As one does with cramp I tried to massage the leg but it made little difference and was awkward to do in any case. After what seemed like many minutes, though probably less than thirty seconds, the pain eased off enough to be just about bearable. I was sat on the side of the bed by this time but something else was affecting me which I am sure was unconnected to the cramp, though I may be wrong about that. I was sweating, a sort of cold sweat. I felt somewhat nauseous and thought I was going to faint. My breathing was shallow as if the ailment was causing it, which it probably was and I felt really bad for a couple of minutes. Once the cramp had subsided to a manageable level I was able to lie down and relax again. An hour or so later it felt as though nothing had happened though the pain in the leg remained with me. Over the last couple of years I have noticed an increase in foot cramp occurrences affecting either the toes, usually the big toe, or other parts of the foot such as the instep and the side of the foot. Nobody really knows what causes these cramps so I am led to believe but they may have something to do with the ageing process. Although I wasn’t feeling my best on Sunday I had enough energy to do some walking though only on the treadmill, for two reasons, one, the weather wasn’t particularly pleasant and two, I could monitor myself whilst on the treadmill. I can check pulse rates and know exactly the speed I am travelling. I can also alter the conditions, the speed, the gradient and the duration. Going out for a walk, though better, doesn’t usually permit monitoring and much of it is guesswork. Should I feel that something is wrong whilst exercising I am in the right place at home. By early evening I was feeling as right as rain, back to my old self and ready for the next day. Tiredness, ageing, lack of respite all take their toll I am sure but I’m not ready to just sit on my butt all day long, not yet.

Shirley Anne

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Closer to the finishing line

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 8, 2014

On Saturday it cannot have escaped most people’s notice that the world-famous Grand National horse race was run at Aintree, Liverpool. That course is about sixteen miles from where I live though at one time I lived much closer than that, about three or four miles away. The only time I ever visited the course was in the mid to late sixties in a professional capacity. I was a stand-by emergency electrician there only to reinstate the electricity supply for the television cameras and equipment. I was never interested in the races themselves and I suppose that was a consideration in my being selected for the position, I could be trusted not to wander too far from my station. Many people gamble on the race but the thought has always been far from my mind to follow suit. I entered in a raffle one year at work but only because I was under pressure to do so as there was only one ticket left. I reluctantly accepted and to my surprise but probably much more so the surprise of the organiser, I won. The horse’s name was Aldaniti ridden by Bob Champion who I am sure many of you will remember. I won the princely sum of £48 for my £1 ticket. I watch the race each year though on television but only that race, no others. I had the chance to sit down and watch the live broadcast late in the afternoon having spent the morning doing some work in the bathroom, I got the radiator working and can only assume it still had an air lock preventing it working properly before. I fitted the replacement air vent plug at the same time. I also fitted the wall mirror which covers the inspection panel at the rear of the shower unit and I laid the shower tray temporarily in position to establish what work if any had to be done before it is fitted permanently. Here are some more pictures….Bathroom 80Bathroom 82











Bathroom 83Bathroom 81













Shirley Anne

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Light duties

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 7, 2014

English: A selection of commercially available...

English: A selection of commercially available LED lamps (“light bulbs”) with Edison (screw-type) base/ Photo by Geoffrey A. Landis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

E and I live in a rather large detached house that was built in 1877. When people ask about our house I tell them that it isn’t that large but we’ve already lost three butlers and four maids who seemingly have gotten lost in the place. Joking apart though it is large for just two people but once, a few years ago there were seven living here. It is classed as a seven bedroom house, four bedrooms on the third level and three on the level above. There are three main lounges, a family room which serves as a dining room and a small kitchen. Other rooms include an en-suite bathroom, a family bathroom and a wet room. there are four main rooms in the cellar together with three small rooms/stores and a hallway. Three more hallways/landings are on the three other floors. Attached to either side of the house are two garages. Quite a lot of space to hide away in and quite a lot of space to fill too! On Friday E and I went out shopping for some LED light bulbs (or lamps). Both the newly built wet room and the main/family bathroom (undergoing refurbishment at the moment) have between them 16 LED down-lights (recessed into the ceiling) and we want as many of the other light fittings in the house to have LED lamps in them. Some of the rooms are fitted with fluorescent fittings as the main source of lighting, some in the cellar, some at the top of the house and of course the garages. Some rooms have large chandeliers which have six to 10 lamps in them others have less. Some of the rooms have wall lights too, each with two lamps in them. We purchased enough lamps for three chandeliers and six wall lights which amounted to 27 lamps of three different types and all of them LED’s. They cost us a little over £170. Ouch! As an exercise and to determine just how many light fittings there are in and about the house I counted them all both inside and out and discovered that there are 124 lamps of different types and sizes. Some are large fluorescent tubes, some are LED floodlights, some are chandeliers with many lamps in them and the total number of actual light fittings amounted to 84! Phew! We reckon we will need to spend quite a few hundred pounds more yet to replace all those that can be replaced with LED lamps. Even the fluorescent tubes can have LED tubes fitted. That is a lot of money to spend out in order to cut down on running costs and the payback period will be measured in years however, the LED lamps are supposed to have a 30,000 to 50,000 hour lifespan under normal usage which works out to be quite a few years too. There will be a saving on power usage of course which means less to fork out for electricity and less demand on the electricity supply system.

Shirley Anne

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I thought I’d seen it all

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 6, 2014

I hadn’t much electrical work to do until Thursday and spent most of my time at home working there. One of the tasks I had other than that work E and I have been doing in the bathroom was to carry out repairs to the central heating reservoir tank up in the loft area. In the event I had to change the ball valve assembly replacing it with one I had in out cellar storeroom because I didn’t have a replacement washer for the old one. I had to revisit the loft again the next day as I had installed the replacement valve at a slight angle from the vertical which caused the ball to catch the side of the tank.

I Thought I'd Seen Everything

I Thought I’d Seen Everything (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This meant that it wasn’t closing the valve properly allowing the tank to fill up beyond the overflow pipe. Such are the trials of doing my own repairs, not that I am incapable, I am not but once in a while I make mistakes like everyone else. I had been to a job late in the morning but spent most of the time there chatting with the woman about make-up and other girly things. I got back home about 1.30 and had lunch with E who soon afterward went to do the weekly shop with her mum. That is when I discovered the overflow pipe was still dripping out the odd spot of water and was when I revisited the repair. Hopefully all that is now history, well until the washer wants replacing again years down line. By then I’ll probably get someone else to do it if I am still here! I received a call to do an emergency job for somebody living about three miles away but I was expecting E to return home and didn’t really want the work as it was early in the evening being 6.30. I don’t usually do emergency call-out work but have been known to take on the work occasionally. Just then E returned home and she said that I should go if I wished. She’s good with those kinds of suggestions! Apparently, according to the father of the woman in whose house the emergency was supposed to be, there was all sorts of exposed wiring behind the washing machine when he pulled it out ready for a new one to be installed. He didn’t want to touch it in case he caused more problems or was electrocuted in the process. He explained over the phone that his son-in-law had abandoned his daughter and their two children and he had been responsible for the bad wiring. I agreed to go there and try to set things right. There were no exposed cables but simply a connector box which though too small was connecting the washing machine’s flex directly to the circuit cables. I removed it and fitted a socket outlet in a more accessible position. That made that part of the circuit safe but there was another underlying problem. The cable to which I had fixed the socket was apparently connected to a multi-way socket beneath the oven which in turn was plugged into a socket above the worktop. That in itself required to be looked into but further than that the cooker hob which has four heating rings was also plugged into the same multi-way socket! The oven was connected to the cooker circuit provided for that purpose. The hob should be connected to that same supply! I will be returning there at their convenience to put right those faults but in the meantime I left the woman with instructions not to use the hob whilst the washing machine is in use. How anyone could just leave home and leave things in such a dangerous condition without regard for the safety of their estranged family is beyond me. I returned home to a late dinner which E had just prepared. The phone rang again. Someone else wanted my services the following day. I thought I’d seen it all…………..

Shirley Anne

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The small things

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 5, 2014


Tiler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A couple of weeks ago E and I were scratching around looking for things to do in the bathroom then suddenly over the last week or so we have had plenty of work to get stuck into, fitting the vanity unit, toilet, radiator, shower unit but at the time of writing this on Wednesday we still have the bath, the bath water supplies and the shower tray to install as well as the glass screen. We were waiting for the plumber who looked at the radiator problem (it wouldn’t heat up despite it being installed correctly) and Mick, the tiler to return to help with laying the tray so that he can finish some minor work which can only be done when the tray is fitted. This meant we could do as many of the small jobs that needed doing. One of the two window frames in the main part of the room required some beading fitted around its edges as that frame is slightly further back making the wall tiles flush with the wood whereas the other frame is slightly proud of the tiles as it should be. Fitting a thin beading around the frame will rectify that problem. Another similar problem was revealed when the tiled wall on which the shower is located resulted in the tiles being flush with the surrounding wood. A couple of lengths of architrave solves that problem. I set about measuring and cutting the necessary pieces of wood and took them all down into the cellar workroom so that E could apply an undercoat of paint prior to them being fitted a day or two later. E has done all the painting jobs except the ceilings which I did. Remember, she is slightly incapacitated. Whilst she was painting the wood I set about connecting the main cable for the shower in the distribution panel circuit breaker and the cable supplying the shaver unit circuit into an existing power circuit. I then went into the bathroom and tested the operation of the shower and shaver units, leaving the shower circuit isolated after testing in case anyone should accidentally switch it on before the tray and screens are fitted! There is only a dew days work left to do in the bathroom now but it may be a week or more before all the work is done. At the beginning of this project I did say that it would take months rather than weeks to bring it all together and it has worked out as I said. My thoughts have been focusing on the next project, the garden toilet! When that will start I am not sure but it won’t be this side of Easter.

Shirley Anne

Update: I had another try at solving the radiator problem and was about to fit a temporary pipe to the radiator to see if supplying it from the top would make any difference. I had bled off some water to ensure there was no air in the system and I adjusted the lock-shield valves to see if there was an improvement. I had to turn up the heating controls as the central heating had just switched off. I waited a few minutes and hey presto, it worked! At last I could move on. This morning we received the replacement air bleed-off plug for the faulty one that had been supplied. I will fit that this afternoon. No need for the plumber. Funny thing is I was reading our local freebie newspaper, the one I advertise in, and there was a new girl plumber on the block advertising on the same page. I wonder if she is any good?

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