Well blow me down!

Just for a change things are going well. Having experienced problems with the previous vendor I was expecting more delays with my online order through another company. I need not have worried, it came right on time. So finally after waiting several weeks for an unfulfilled delivery the second company did not let me down. We are now in possession of our new larder fridge which arrived at noon on Wednesday 10th. I told E it was her birthday present as her birthday was on the following day! That was a joke of course for in any case I don’t celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and the exchanging of presents. It has been many years since I stopped doing those sorts of things. E is well looked after and is treated in many other ways by myself. I did take her out for a meal on the day in case you were wondering. She was as keen as I to have the new fridge as soon as possible for the extra space.  

Not yet filled as it had only just been delivered. We have to ensure the refrigerant has settled and dispersed before switching on the compressor for fear of damaging it. If liquid gets sucked into the compressor it will damage it. Just after the fridge had arrived I received a phone call from the company supplying the pebbles for the lawn project. I was again half expecting to hear that there was a problem having previously been informed it would take many weeks for them to arrive. I couldn’t have been more wrong, they were going to deliver them the following Tuesday (16 th). The pebbles were the only things left that I needed to complete the project. I will post a picture of the finished work as soon as it is done.

Shirley Anne


Pleasant surprises

No Surprises
No Surprises (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always maintained that I am not fond of surprises, arranged parties and gatherings centred upon myself or otherwise. I guess you could say I am a person of routine also as I do not like change especially if there is no apparent need for it. Forever onward and upward is a motto held in high esteem by some who like pressing on into some idyllic future they think is better. In many ways the future as we arrive in it each day isn’t so great at all. We may have achieved much over the generations but in some ways we have taken a backward step as far as I can see. My future is a different one, I am just plodding along with all that is happening around me whilst trying my best not to let too much influence my daily life. I vehemently resist the temptation to acquire the latest technology, all-seeing all dancing mobile telephones hold no interest for me for instance. My mobile phone is only mobile if I take it with me otherwise it is just as immobile as any other inanimate object. I go for walks without my phone because I wish to be left undisturbed. On my return home I check to see if I have any missed calls and often as not I do, most though are unsolicited and are consigned to the bin. Actually I allocate many of them with a ‘Spam’ number so if the caller persists in annoying me I am not taken by surprise and can simply not answer. The kind of surprises I like are the ones which report an item of good news, an ill friend or member of the family regaining their health, someone attaining a qualification after much study, someone who has won a prize or has a financial upturn making their lives a little easier, these are nice surprises. A few weeks ago I submitted my annual tax return and I received a letter a few days ago informing me of the results of the calculations regarding my tax obligations. I appears that I have paid too much tax, £471 too much. Well that was a pleasant surprise as I had expected to be paying more.

Shirley Anne