Fat Chance!

……..And here’s me thinking I’d have the afternoon free! Fat chance of that. I received a call from a young woman who told me her neighbour had lost her electrical power supply. The young woman had tried to re-instate the supply but the reset switch wouldn’t work. I agreed to call and see what the problem was thinking it would be a simple affair. On arrival I discovered that the reset switch was faulty. This switch is what most people call a ‘trip switch’ and is actually an RCD, a safety switch to prevent electric shock and possibly death to someone who accidentally comes into contact with mains power. It does ‘trip’ when activated. The problem was that it could not be repaired or changed because this type of switch is now obsolete. It would necessitate the whole distribution board being replaced. There was no time to do that today so I had to effect a temporary repair which by-passed the switch. However the fault had also caused the electricity supplier’s main switch to fuse solid and the main fuse blowing too. I repaired the fuse and arranged for the supply company to replace the switch on Friday. Meanwhile I will return tomorrow and install a replacement distribution board. Quite a costly affair for the old lady but fortunately her son is paying. I get to do some work for him too next week. Can’t be bad. So off I went to the wholesaler to get the materials for tomorrow and I get another call from a woman desperate to have her bathroom lighting sorted. Evidentally she’d changed a switch herself and made a mess of it. So before I went home I called in and sorted it out for her. This is often how my days go but it does make them interesting…………

Shirley Anne


A quiet day at home.

Today I am having an enforced quiet day at home. I have no work scheduled but that isn’t by choice, however I will make the most of the opportunity to simply relax. Well that is the plan. Mind you I tackled a job I have been constantly avoiding over the last couple of months and got it out of the way this morning. ‘What was it’, I hear you say? I washed my vehicle! It is the most boring of things to do and I never relish the idea of doing it. So rather than take it to a hand wash station (it won’t go through an auto car/van wash because of the roof rack) I decided to do the job myself. Oh, it isn’t difficult, just a boring task. I must say though it now looks more like a professional person’s transport than a garbage removal truck! I’m surprised the dirt that was removed hasn’t blocked the drains…LOL. Well thats a job I won’t need to repeat for a while. Thank goodness she says. So now then, what do I do for the remainder of the day? I’ll think of something I’m sure. Enjoy your day as I will mine.

Shirley Anne

Alive alive o, alive alive o…

It’s great to be alive…………. today I worked about three or four hours or so, earned some cash and almost blew it all on a great afternoon. I took my ex. out for a meal and then onwards to my local pub for some drinks, darts and pool. I got beat at the darts but held my own at pool. The point is we had a great time. It is certainly great to be alive isn’t it? If you don’t agree then something is surely wrong. I had a really pleasant job this morning and was feeling on top of the world so when I got home I asked my ex. if she’d like to dine out. She seldom says no so off we went. Rather than going too far out of town she elected to go somewhere more local, to a place we hadn’t visited for a while. I always leave the venue for her to decide. I was glad she selected the place for it turned out to be a really nice meal all round. Being in a generous mood I asked if she needed fuel for her car because she never complains about the cost when driving me about. She said she was ok for fuel but that she had a quarter tank full. ‘Come on,’ I said, ‘Let’s go fill your tank’. So after the meal we drove to a filling station and filled up her car. I then said, ‘It comes at a price’. She wondered what I meant and I continued, ‘You’ve got to come with me to the pub and we’ll have a game of darts or two’. She gladly accepted. She doesn’t get out much unless I persuade her so I was happy she decided to come out with me. It feels so nice to be alive and to treat my ex. whenever I can.

Shirley Anne

Pillar to post.

I have been from pillar to post today because people don’t think to get organised. I went to do a job in a certain district north of where I live and completed it satisfactorily. I then went across town to another pre-arranged job which I also completed satisfactorily. Whilst there at the second job I received a request to visit another house and assess a job. The problem was I had just left that same area an hour earlier. If the client knew he wanted the job doing wouldn’t you think he would call in the evening or early in the morning so that I, or whomever he called could schedule our day to accomodate him? Ok, so I went along and assessed the job and am going to do it next week. On the way there I received another call from a guy wanting a job doing as soon as possible. I explained that I was on my way to a job to assess it’s requirements but that I would then visit him after doing so. ‘Where are you’? I asked. He told me and wouldn’t you know it? His house was not far from where I’d just been! Typical. It is frustrating sometimes when I do a job say 15 miles away and arrive back home because I have nothing else scheduled for the day only to be called by somebody living in the same area that I’d just left! It’s not as if they don’t know whether they want the job doing, they do but it would seem logical, to me anyway, that it makes sense to telephone me before the day starts as quite often I am in the same area as the caller. Oh it’s fun being self employed.

Shirley Anne

Calories and all that……..

If we’ve any sense at all we watch what we eat and try not to put in more calories than we take out. Ideally the two should be the same but how often do we indulge in that extra snack, drink or treat? Life would be so boring if we took things too seriously but some people do go to extremes making sure their intake of calories never goes above their set limit. I am aware of my own needs and I take a casual approach to my calorie intake. I think most people know when they’ve eaten too much or know when to stop. This morning I burned off approximately 460 calories on the treadmill which represents an average meal. I will still need to eat my usual amount for the day although after this morning’s exercise I am mostly sitting down now! My metabolism has been raised, if temporarily, so I will be burning calories more quickly for a couple of hours after my exercising. So I am enjoying a couple of drinks and relaxing. Tomorrow I will be active at work and will be burning calories accordingly. All in all I am keeping my weight stable. My advice to anyone is not to be stupid and over indulge too much and to take regular exercise to burn off those extra calories that you might have consumed. Have fun and be happy! For healthy food information see my links or pages on the left.

Shirley Anne

Bring out the Cider…….

Bring out the cider, bring out the cider, for tonight we’ll merry be……….and so the song(s) go. I love cider, it is one of my favourite drinks and has the capability of having as many varieties as wine. The drink can be sweet, dry, bitter and be distinctively different depending on the varieties of apples used to make it. I like mine to be less sweet, more sharp and tasting less of apple than some do. I bought a bottle of cider a day or two ago and I am going to open it this afternoon. It is a simple commercial product and will not taste anything like that brewed in the southwest of our fair land. Cider made in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall are the most flavoursome and strong ciders ever to be made. ‘Scrumpy’ is the term most used to name these brews and it is indeed extremely strong. Traditionally here in the UK if one visits the southwest and asks for a pint of the local brew you may be offered but a half pint for your own good. Those not used to drinking the stuff might find themselves admiring the ceiling sooner than they might have expected. So I’ll be content with the less strong commercial liquid until I can visit down south and bring some real stuff home. Cheers everyone! Now bring out the cider and let’s be merry…….

Shirley Anne

It’s noisy out there!

I am sitting here writing this and there are explosions going on outside. It is that time of year here in the UK. We are a strange lot over here (stop laughing), we celebrate the attempted blowing up of our Parliament building some 400 years ago by setting off fireworks and lighting bonfires. The plot itself was organised by a group of men in order to kill the King and members of Parliament because of the oppression of Catholics at that time. I personally cannot see the reason why the tradition still persists and to be honest it becomes a nuisance when the celebrations go on sometimes for days.

Shirley Anne

Christmas Feasting.

On my way back home today I stopped by a pub and had lunch. During the meal I got to thinking about some soft drinks I kept promising to buy for myself. So, after leaving the pub I drove around the corner to a mini-mart and went inside and collected the drinks. At the check-out there was an old guy deep in conversation with the check-out girl. They were talking about the unnecessary food consumption that goes on at Christmas time. I waited patiently and tried not to seem too eager to pay for my drinks for I was interested in the conversation. The girl was saying that she and her family were going to spend less on food this year than they normally do. The old guy was talking about ‘tradition’. When they glanced in my direction I popped in with, ‘I have beans on toast for my Christmas dinner’. I didn’t think they believed me but I reitterated and the girl replied ‘Well it is silly spending too much on food because it is Christmas’. It seems to me that today, because of ‘tradition’, people do spend unnecessarily large amounts on food. The way I see it you can only eat so much in any one day and normally you would eat the same amount no matter which day it was. However, because you’ve bought more ‘delicacies’ you indulge more with the subsequent consequences. I piped in again, ‘People don’t celebrate Christmas for the right reason anymore’, to which they replied, ‘No they don’t’. Christmas isn’t about stuffing as much food and drink inside you at all but it appears that it has become that way for the majority. What a shame that they misunderstand the true meaning and reason for the Chistmas celebration. The old guy finished by saying, ‘People should give food to the starving and poor instead’. Now there’s a thought eh?

Shirley Anne

New Horizons.

I was just looking at a program about children’s ambitions. Do you remember the ambitions you had when young? Did you have any at all? Many of us would admit to having ambitions in our past but how many of us have fulfilled any of them? The only main ambition I ever had was to transition and be able to live as the woman I always knew I was. If I had any other ambitions they were transient even if they were realised. I cannot think of any major ambition other than that which I have stated, that I might have had. Every day brought something new into my life and I suppose my course in life has adjusted accordingly. Situations encourage change and we can be sent off course quite easily. It takes dogged determination to fulfill a lifetime ambition sometimes for many things can get in the way. I can say that there have been many ‘new horizons’ in my life but eventually I reached my goal. Have you reached your’s yet or is it still an ambition?

Shirley Anne

So you think you know what love is?

A very thought provoking statement needs clarification. If ever you thought you knew what love is this passage will show you if you are right……………..

(New International Version)

1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


Shirley Anne