Saturday, December 22, 2012
I thought it would make a pleasant change from an artificial tree that just gets in the way. :-)
Also, I bought myself a pressie:
A funny thing to want, really, but I've been yearning for one of these for a year now, and as I had a little Christmas windfall I decided to treat myself. All the illnesses and stuff has left me with one messy house to sort out, which is as good an excuse for the purchase as any! :-)
I cleaned the kitchen and bathroom floors with it yesterday, and over the weekend I plan to try it out on a few more things around the house.
I thought I'd get an early start on the last of the Christmas shopping this morning, so I headed to Waitrose just before they opened.
Seems rather a lot of other people had the same idea. Have you ever seen ants converging on their nest? Well, that is what it reminded me of. People were racing into the store as if it was the first day of the sales! One person nearly knocked me over, he was in such a rush!
Seriously, people, slow down! Doesn't matter how fast you race (or try to) around the store, you are still going to be stuck in a queue at the checkout! It's Christmas! Queues happen! Smile and accept it as a part of the whole Christmas experience. Be nice, not grumpy! Don't forget that as a reward for your patience, the Waitrose staff hand out sweets if the waiting takes very long. :-)
Enjoy your weekend. Don't get too wet, and for those of us who will need one if this rain continues, I'm currently taking orders for custom built arks.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Thanks everyone for your comments. Been a big help by putting a smile on my face. venting is very healthy. :-)
Here's a neighbour's car alarm update:
Long story short, my neighbour is a difficult woman, as some of you already know from previous encounters with her that I have blogged about. You quite literally never know when you see her if you will be seeing Mrs. Nice Neighbour or Mrs. Nasty Neighbour.
Unfortunately, my having the audacity to complain about the car alarm has brought out Mrs. Nasty Neighbour. I asked her if she was ok this morning, after our Saturday night pyjama party in front of her house, and she has somehow twisted everything around in her head so that the car alarm going off is MY fault, and so she is mad at ME!
Not only that, but she has parked the car down the road in the local shop car park, and this means (how she thinks this is beyond me) that she doesn't have a car to drive because - get this - I MADE her park the car away from the house, and this somehow means she can't drive it again until the bloke (private sale) she bought it from fixes the alarm!
She even accused me of lying about the alarm, claiming that her house guest who sleeps in the front of her house didn't hear it going off.
So, apparently, I cooked all this up just to get out of bed, while recovering from pneumonia, in the middle of a cold wet night, to go bang on her door to harrass her for nothing!
She is a piece of work that one!!! I've lived here ten years, and this is what I deal with on a regular basis!
Un. be. liev. able!!!
And since then, guess what...
She was driving around in yet another car this afternoon (so much for not having a car to use). I don't know whose car it is, but she has used it before when her previous car was off the road.
Time to stick my head back below the parapet until Mrs. Nice Neighbour comes out to play again. And I wasted half Saturday night and a chunk of Sunday worrying about her, and feeling bad for her. I was feeling guilty for disturbing her sleep on Saturday night to complain about her car disturbing our sleep.
So, let's change the subject.
I saw the Doc today. She is very pleased with my progress since the pneumonia was diagnosed. I have to go back to the hospital for more blood tests and another chest x-ray towards the end of January to see whether there is still anything to see in my lungs, and to check my liver function. Currently there is a section in my right lung that would appear to be an infection and slight abnormality in my liver. The doc seems fairly confident that it is all connected to the pneumonia, and that as long as I continue to improve, it should all be back to normal by the next test.
Let's hear a big "Whoop Whoop!"
I walked 5 1/2 miles today. The first big walk in three or more weeks. I am tired tonight, but it is a good tired, not a pneumonia tired. Does that make sense?
Early night tonight, and an early start tomorrow. Tara has a pleasant day planned. Her college class is having their Christmas party - film at the cinema followed by lunch together.
Phase one of my Christmas list is complete. Went to Waitrose at 8am to miss the crowds and dragged home the heavy essentials - dog food, Dr Pepper, Fizzy water - that kind of thing.
I hope to feel well enough to head into town to deal with a few things on my Christmas list for Phase Two completion tomorrow. :-)
*shhh, not saying what. Don't want to spoil any surprises*
Have a great rest of the day. This time next week....
Getting my hair done for Christmas:
Don't think my neighbour would be better off with a sleigh and reindeer. Seems they go wrong too...
And may this Christmas wish be true for us all...
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Guess where I was at three o'clock this morning!
Go on, guess...
I DARE ya!
I'll tell you...
Hammering on my neighbour's front door is where I was.
Should have been curled up asleep in my bed and dreaming happy dreams, but I wasn't.
I was standing in the freezing cold and wet on my neighbour's driveway.
What is the one noise in the night guaranteed to make the most mild mannered neighbour throw a hissy fit?
I'll tell you...
She bought the car on Thursday. On Friday the wind got up in the afternoon and the car alarm started to randomly wail.
She wasn't home and this continued at odd intervals until 9pm, when she finally came home and managed to get it to stop.
I was woken by the car alarm on Saturday morning, but not at an unearthly hour, and things were quiet through the day, largely because she and the car were not home.
On Saturday evening it started again for a brief time, but we thought she had it sussed by the time we went to bed.
Sadly, however, this was a short lived respite, because at 1.45 am, the damn thing went off - three times in the space of five minutes!
Then it went quiet, and we settled back down, until just before 3am, when the damn thing went off again! And again!
And that was why I was standing outside in the cold and wet outside my neighbour's house in the middle of the night.
I'm not blaming her for this!!! Even though she can't even open the damn bonnet to disconnect the battery, which would fix the problem. (Who buys a car and doesn't even find out how to open the bonnet for whatsits sake!!!) No, I blame the unscupulous bloke who sold her a faulty car!!!
Good job I don't know who he is!
Poor woman was in tears last night after we tried and failed to get the bonnet open. I felt terrible for her! Oh, and out of curiosity, where do they hide the bonnet catch on modern cars?
Here's to a peaceful Sunday!
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