As I now usually use the treadmill at least three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays it became awkward that I had a dental appointment on Friday at nine-thirty. It meant I had to arise early in order to have my exercise before keeping the appointment. If I don’t exercise first thing in the morning I don’t do it at all. Exercising early allows me to have the rest of the day free for other activities. Exercising later in the day means I might already be too tired to do it! Anyway I arose around six-forty had my exercise and had eaten breakfast by eight o’clock. After taking a shower and dressing I drove to the surgery for my check-up. This time nothing was out of the ordinary. I paid the receptionist and drove back home. Things were going well and I was thinking about things I could do for the remainder of the day. Going out for a meal was a definite possibility but as it turned out I didn’t get the chance. A couple of months ago we had a new garage door installed (see previous posts). When I returned home I opened the garage door and reversed my vehicle into the garage. On leaving the garage I tried to close the door but it had become stuck in the open position. I switched off the power and attempted to wind it down manually using the supplied handle but it wouldn’t shift. The door had unwound itself and required manipulating by hand. That couldn’t be done whilst the steel cover was in place. It was a job for the fitter to do under the guarantee agreement. We paid a little extra to extend the guarantee to ten years from the one year basic cover. I had to leave the door open which meant leaving all the garage contents exposed to the possibility of theft. I wasn’t prepared to allow that. We called the company by phone and they told us they couldn’t help as the guarantee was the responsibility of the official sub-contractor. They couldn’t supply a telephone number but only an email address and a website. We tried the website first so that we could enter the details of our complaint but it wouldn’t work. Evidently the site didn’t have a secure status and was blocked! E tried the email approach and after a few attempts finally was able to send the message. However, before she could send the message we’d had problems with the email provider (AOL) for quite some time. Rather than waiting for a reply for an appointment date E decided to send another email requesting they contact us by phone. So there we were, no reply, no appointment date and a garage door stuck in the open position with the possibility of it remaining like that for days! What kind of company operates this way? I was disgusted and furious. I decided to take things into my own hands by removing the steel cover, which was rather awkward, then I was able to free the unrolled door before lowering it electrically. I switched off the power and left the door in the closed position. I left the steel cover off too so that the installer can follow-up on the repair/resetting when he finally gets here. It means I haven’t the use of the van until he does, though it is possible to re-open the door if I really need to. I know what the problem is causing the fault, it is a strip of material located in the slot in which the door runs. It acts as a slide and prevents metal to metal contact as the door operates. It has become detached from the slot. The one on the opposite side is perfectly alright. The now loose material interferes with the door rolling up and down and it requires securing probably with adhesive. I wonder sometimes how things in this world manage to work and keep on working without these kinds of problems. They don’t make ’em like they used to!
……even at those prices. For some time now I have endured, if that is the right word to describe it, a loose tooth ( a molar) caused by an infection in the gum. The dentist arranged an appointment on my behalf to attend the dental department in a hospital which is in a town some eight miles away. Evidently my own local hospital doesn’t offer the service. The appointment was made on-line and checking it out later I was informed that it would be sixteen to eighteen weeks of waiting. I thought at the time how ridiculous is that? If I had such a severe infection the waiting should have been less, however, in the meantime and in fact a week or so after the appointment was made, the infection disappeared and has remained that way until the time of writing this, Tuesday 10th. I use mouthwashes regularly and I think that is why the problem cleared. Unfortunately the tooth at the root of the problem became loose and remained so whilst the gum healed. The tooth had no anchor by now and was left dangling like the gong in a bell! I thought it would fall out all of its own accord but after several weeks of putting up with it I decided to call the dentist’s surgery to see if they could fit me in. They had an available slot twenty minutes after my call so I jumped at the chance and drove there. Under normal circumstances the journey is around ten to fifteen minutes but it took me the twenty due to road works and closed-off routes. Isn’t it always the way that obstacles always seem to hinder a journey when you are in a hurry? Aside from road closures I got behind a few drivers who couldn’t drive at the speed limit and others who dilly-dallied not knowing where they were going it seemed. I walked through the door of the surgery and ten minutes later I walked out less one tooth and £56! Now that I thought was ridiculous too…..a great wage for less than ten minutes work! I should have been a dentist. I was told not to eat or drink for three hours but in fact that was a bit tongue-in-cheek for as the dentist told me, the wound was slight and had in fact already healed. Nevertheless I took the advice and starved myself for a few hours. Each time I visit the dentist, which is every six months for check-ups, we have a laugh. The banter we have is relaxing though I never have fears in visiting the dentist as some folk might. The only thing I don’t like about visiting the dentist is the cost! It is ridiculous!
I know I shouldn’t complain about the weather for there is nothing I can do about it. These past few days have been very warm and humid, so much so it has left me feeling very uncomfortable and drained of energy. It has more to do with the humidity rather than the temperature and that applies to everyone. We can only cool down (in the air) if our perspiration is allowed to evaporate but the higher the humidity the less that can happen. I try to do as little as possible when conditions are humid but it isn’t easy. On Thursday morning I had a dental appointment across town and even at ten o’clock in the morning it was beginning to feel uncomfortable. How grateful I was that the surgery is fully air-conditioned. Whilst I was waiting to see the dentist I received a phone call from my neighbour informing me that I should return home because the house alarm had been sounding. I wondered why E hadn’t contacted me but as we haven’t been on speaking terms she asked a neighbour! All that however is a different story which I will not go into at this time. I explained that it was impossible for me to return immediately and left it at that. The alarm would automatically cease sounding after twenty minutes anyway and when I did arrive back home some forty minutes later it had indeed cut off.
It transpired that the main panel battery was faulty but I called the alarm company and asked if they could attend and replace it and also do a complete service at the same time. We hadn’t an existing maintenance agreement so I arranged that with the engineer when he called. For an annual fee (presently £108) they will check out the system each year and carry out any necessary repairs. I had asked their office not to send an engineer before three o’clock as I was eating out. They came at one-fifteen! Fortunately I had been to the pub before then but my visit there was cut short. It was just as well as it turned out. It is unusual for people to arrive earlier than the appointed time I have to say but I suppose they had time on their hands. My dental appointment by the way was for a routine check-up and clean but I have been referred to a local clinic in regard to a gum infection at the dentist’s request. He just wanted a second opinion. By mid-afternoon all had calmed down, dentist, pub, alarm sorted but I had to water the gardens once again. It is easy enough for me to go and stand in the shower if I get too uncomfortable but the poor plants must be wondering when it will be that it rains again! I wish it would too.
I am referring to my next dental appointment. On Friday morning I had the second of my two visits to the dentist for cosmetic surgery. As usual the appointments were running a little late but that is normal. Appointments are generally accepted as guide times and are really put in place to afford some semblance of order and to ensure patients actually turn up!. We all moan about the inconvenience of having to wait that little bit longer don’t we? Well I used to but now I am so laid back about it all it doesn’t bother me. I was in the chair a mere fifteen minutes after my 10.30 appointment and the dentist apologised but I replied that it was alright, and it was. What is the point in thinking otherwise? Fifteen minutes later and I was on my way out with a new appointment scheduled for May 25 next year. Another routine check-up. It pays to have regular check-ups I think. My next intention was to pay a visit to my electrical supplier in order to collect the LED light unit I was promised would be ready for collection late morning. Well it was late morning when I got there but unfortunately I was informed that they had missed the deadline when ordering to have it delivered the next day. It would be delivered on Monday morning. That meant I had to contact my customer and re-arrange my scheduled time of arrival. Now the work will be done on Tuesday morning instead. So much for appointments eh? It was just about twelve noon so I decided to splash out and treat myself to another restaurant meal and drove to a place three miles out-of-town to eat. Later and on my way back home I stopped at a filling station to top-up the van and enjoyed a little banter with people doing likewise. I enjoy making people laugh, it puts everyone in a good mood. My working week was over and I could spend the weekend relaxing…………..maybe! Knowing me I would find something to do.
Although I had taken a two-week sabbatical from my electrical work I did get a couple of jobs which I took on. It was now Wednesday, the day my advert would re-appear in the mid-week print of my local newspaper so I expected the calls to start coming in and I wasn’t let down. Wednesday was a cold, dry and sunny day, a day to be outside working in the garden but I had a dental appointment just before noon and had no intentions of doing any work either in the morning or at any time in the day. I was too tired, even a little too tired to be driving to the dentists surgery but I had to. I was having some cosmetic work done and thought the dentist would have done it all on the one visit as he had said he would but he didn’t, I had to arrange another appointment on 24th of the month to have the rest done. I paid the price for the two sessions and left. It was now almost twelve-thirty and I decided to eat out. I wasn’t dressed for work, I was smartly dressed so took the opportunity to treat myself to a meal in pleasant surroundings for a change. I didn’t much fancy driving home and cooking a meal there anyway. To be honest I wasn’t feeling at my best, still tired and wanting simply to rest. I dined alone, something I hadn’t done for quite some time and perhaps I should do more often. At the moment E and I are not on speaking terms anyway so dining alone it would have to be anyhow. The problem I have is deciding where to dine for there are so many to choose from. I went to a place about two miles from home where E and I sometimes go for the food and service there are excellent. It isn’t expensive either. Whilst I was at the surgery I received a couple of requests for my electrical services and made arrangements to do the work later. I was happy to get the work for my disposable cash reserve was by now very low, especially after paying the dentist and dining out. I wanted to purchase some plants for the flowerbed I have been working on and needed the extra cash to do that. I never break into my savings to pay for my domestic projects though when I retire any work I might do and need cash for will have to come out of what’s left at the end of the month from my pensions. After my meal I drove home and rested for the rest of the day. I would be out at work the following morning. Hopefully I would be fully rested by then.
I had a dental appointment mid-morning on Wednesday which pretty much prevented me from doing any work, if I had any that is. The appointment seemed a little pointless to me because all the dentist did was to assess what he needed to do at my next visit. My teeth needed a little cosmetic treatment which according to my dentist wouldn’t take long to do but it just meant I would have to return at another time. The receptionist gave me an appointment near lunch time on 2 November! That’s almost a month away! The dentist, that is the surgery, must be in great demand for me to end up with another appointment so far off. I needed to pay a visit to my banks in order to deposit some cash but I had to drive home first to change my shoes. The reason for that is because I had been wearing shoes with a small heel. Let me explain. I never park my vehicle in the town centre because of the parking fees and the problems I would have in finding a parking space anyway so I park outside the zone and walk in. Although I could have walked in my heels walking any distance in them can be painful especially as I have problems with my left knee-joint. Apart from anything else high heels wear out faster than flat-heeled shoes. When I go walking I don’t wear heels. So a quick visit home and then I walked to the banks and made the deposits. While I was in town I decided to buy some cosmetics and on my way back to my vehicle I stopped off at a florist’s shop and bought a potted orchid as a surprise for E. It arrived late in the afternoon. After lunch I was just catching up on my emails when the house phone rang. It was the lady from the lawnmower shop telling me that the plaque I had ordered was now ready for collection. I drove off to collect it and on my return home I made a template to use when drilling the wall which is far easier and safer than using the plaque itself. I hoped to fit it the following day, Thursday. I will post a picture when it is fitted. Finally I made a cup of coffee and went outside to sit on the patio in the glorious sunshine. Considering it is early October we are experiencing some fine, warm and sunny weather of late. There was one snag. One of our neighbours had a gardener mowing his lawn, which is larger than ours so it takes longer to do. Well he had to cut the grass sometime just as I do. However just as he had finished someone else further along the road decided to start cutting theirs too. Oh well, so much for a quiet time on the patio. The noise abated after a while so could I relax? No I couldn’t. Another neighbour living close-by and in fact whose garden adjoins ours has two small dogs who like to bark, and from the moment I went out until way after the lawnmowers had ceased cutting, they barked continuously! After what must have been an hour they finally stopped barking. They are a pest but to be fair to the dogs it is their owners who allow them free rein. The dogs seem not to have been trained. The man of the house is a veterinary surgeon and you would think he would have trained them. It appears though that his wife puts them out into the garden sometimes when she goes shopping. She doesn’t have to sit and listen to them and it doesn’t occur to her that the dogs are causing a nuisance, though E and I have spoken with her about this in the past. I am surprised some of our other neighbours haven’t complained. Maybe they are all deaf!
I had been wondering why I hadn’t any electrical job requests this past week but then I realised that children hereabouts are still enjoying their Easter break from school. Offers for work are usually less frequent at such times I have found. It isn’t that I didn’t get one or two requests but those I did get I didn’t want to do for one reason or another. It worked out well anyway as it meant I was available to do any work at home that needed doing. On Monday I had my six-monthly check-up at the dentist which meant I wasn’t available during the morning and in the afternoon I don’t think I would have wanted to work unless it suited me. I don’t much like starting work in the afternoon if I haven’t been working in the morning. On Monday afternoon E and I spent a little time out on the patio before the weather turned cooler and overcast. On Tuesday the weather had started wet and windy but soon after lunch it turned sunny and dry, though the wind was strong. I had to stay indoors as I was expecting the delivery of the replacement drawer part for the new bedroom furniture and it arrived just before lunchtime. We had noticed the drawer base had been damaged but the fitter hadn’t mentioned it. Perhaps he thought nothing of fitting a damaged part but I’ll give him the benefit of my doubt and say he hadn’t seen it. After lunch E had to take her mom to the optician and I still had to remain indoors awaiting the fitter to install the part. By the time he had done the work the day had turned cool and cloudy again so I was unable to spend any time out on the patio as I had wished. The only day we were to have it sunny enough to sit out in I was stuck indoors! Story of my life. I wouldn’t mind but the damaged part was replaced in thirty seconds and I could have done it myself it was so easy. However easy it was though my guarantee may have been compromised had I done the work and in any case I had paid for a quality product and I expected one so they had to fix it. Anyhow whilst I was waiting for the fitter I made some tentative steps toward clearing out the small bedroom which is used by my youngest son when he visits. There he is in the picture with his elder brother. Even at that age he had a mischievous look upon his face. Nothing has changed. It will take a few days to sort and stash his belongings, though I wish he would either throw them out or take them to his own property. I may insist he do so when next he visits. The room is quite frankly a mess and there is so much ‘junk’ it is difficult to see the floor in places! Typical boy’s room, well young man’s room, he is 31 years of age for crying out loud! Once the room is clear of personal possessions we have to remove the furniture which is free-standing and made of solid wood. We can then lift the carpet which is in dire need of replacing and get on with the painting, which is all it needs. I would probably be better off retiring from my electrical work as there is plenty I can occupy myself with at home. Not just yet though.
I almost had a day off yesterday, that is Thursday but nevertheless you could say I had a rest from work considering that what I had done was very little. I knew I wouldn’t be working the next day but I did have to call to a house to assess a small job. I got up around eight o’clock after a really good night’s sleep and was in no hurry to do anything. I had a dental appointment at eleven-thirty and as I didn’t intend to work I dressed in finer clothes for I had it in mind to take E out for another meal after my visit to the dentist and my call at the house to look at that job. Everything went according to plan but I did get calls asking for my electrical services later in the afternoon, they would be accommodated the following week. I was glad to learn that the dentist had carried out the necessary treatment in my two latest sessions and I don’t need to pay him a visit now until next April for a routine examination. On my first visit two weeks ago he had suggested the work might have taken longer. I was happy for the extra day free from work but by the end of the day I was looking forward to Saturday morning when I could do some work at home, the lawn needed probably its final cut for the year and I wanted to remove the last couple of courses of bricks from the perimeter wall we had started to demolish on Wednesday. According to the weather forecast it would be wet and windy within a day or two so these little jobs needed to be done whilst I had the chance.
I don’t know if my readers have noticed but the last few post titles have all begun with the letter ‘A’. There is no reason on my part for that, I put it down to coincidence but maybe there is an explanation somewhere. I’ll try to make my next post begin with another letter.
In a very recent post I talked about my toothache and how it affected my eating. One lower incisor was the problem as it had become very sensitive to the touch. I mentioned I might make a visit to the dentist but as things turned out the pain has lessened dramatically, to the point where I can hardly feel anything. I surmised the problem was simply a sensitive tooth that could be treated by switching my toothpaste to one specially designed for sensitive teeth and so I did that. I didn’t expect it to work but evidently it has. I had purchased a few tubes of ‘Oral B‘ toothpaste some months ago thinking at that time I ought to be using the brand considering I use a ‘Oral B’ electric toothbrush. The brush itself is a top of the range item which has a ‘Bluetooth‘ (how coincidental is that?) system connecting it to a special timer. The timer pictures four thirty-second quadrants with a sounder that lets you know which quadrant has been reached with each quadrant representing one-quarter (one-fourth) of the mouth. This ensures that each quarter gets a high-speed thirty-second clean. After the two-minute period I usually stop but I could do it all again if I wished to for it will happily continue indicating thirty-second intervals. Once the brush is stopped the timer also stops via the Bluetooth connection. There are also speed controls on the brush itself if they are needed. With that sort of ‘designer’ brush I feel it best to at least use their brand of paste. The paste itself claims to reduce the effect of sensitive teeth by filling in the microscopic holes in the tooth enamel and it appears to have worked for me though the problem might have lain elsewhere. Once upon a time I used ‘Listerine‘ antiseptic mouthwash but I was told by my dentist that the liquid was too strong and in fact could cause more problems than it cured. I had a couple of those bottles unopened in my bedroom so I thought I might open one and use it but watered down. I mixed about one unit of the liquid to four of water and used it at that strength. I could still feel its effect but it was very mild diluted. It is possible that a gum infection beneath that single tooth was causing the pain and that the mouthwash cleared away the problem. Anyhow I shall be using both the mouthwash and the new toothpaste from now on in the hope that they will keep things in check. Naturally I will visit the dentist should it be necessary but hopefully it won’t.
In my post I also talked about the lack of work at the beginning of the week but on Monday morning I received a request for my services and then again in the afternoon, both jobs done that same day! It is Monday evening as I write this and I am wondering what the rest of the week holds in store. There are a couple of interesting things about those two jobs, or rather the women who called me but I will save that for another time.
I had a dental appointment for cosmetic repairs again on Monday (today as I write) at 11.45 which meant my day was effectively cut into two! I couldn’t do any work at home during the morning as I had slept in until 9.15. Maybe it was the night out on Sunday and staying up until one in the morning writing a little about it that kept me in bed but I must have been tired enough to do it! After my appointment, which was the final one this time around, I had to go shopping both for electrical materials and personal things and consequently didn’t arrive back home until after one o’clock. I had missed breakfast as I didn’t wish to eat before visiting the dentist, though there was enough time if I had wished, so I was feeling quite hungry on my return. I was dressed in what I call my ‘no intention gear’, that is clothes not suitable for working in. I therefore had it in mind to dine out instead of getting changed and having lunch at home as by that time there would be little time left to do more work in the bathroom. My heart was simply not in it. There would always be another day. So I invited E out and we drove out-of-town a few miles to a restaurant we know and had a hearty two-course meal and a soft drink (soda water)for the princely sum of £20.36! Now Tuesdays are usually kept for dining out but that is not written in stone. We may go out again on Tuesday or not as we feel but if we do it might well mean that it will be a few days before we can resume work at home for on Wednesday and Thursday mornings I will be working away from home and on Wednesday afternoon we are having a visit from the team who installed our cavity wall insulation. It appears that they hadn’t filled in certain parts of the building’s cavities after a recent inspection. When I was replacing the drain pipe a few days ago I discovered a missing brick in the interior wall beneath the floor which I subsequently repaired. Whilst doing that I noticed that there was no evidence of insulation having been pumped into the bathroom floor as would normally be expected with a hole in the inside wall. It meant that part of the wall hadn’t been filled. That isn’t the reason for having the contractor return but I will certainly point out the error when they do. The walls which have been omitted are those around the cellar rooms at the rear of the house. Perhaps their hearts weren’t in doing the job right the first time! I wasn’t having a cavity filling at the dentist but hope that if I ever did he would fill it all the first time!