Month: July 2017

Family visits…

I do not want to sound uncharitable, but I really cannot be bothered with the forthcoming visit by the in-laws. I know, I sound positively dreadful saying this, but I feel the need to say it. M’s father and brother are coming over this week from Ireland for the weekend. Now, I hear you all saying, well, what is wrong with that. The simple answer is this, I cannot be bothered with it all. Yes, I am a miserable sod, but I love my own space, and quite frankly prefer the quiet life. This, of course, is not against M’s family, I feel the same way about my family. A visit of a few hours to me is like a handshake, but a weekend is like a hug, which I do not do (yes, you guessed it, I am not demonstrative at all).

We have built our home around us, and the things that we like and enjoy, along with our dogs. We have three bedrooms, so have room for guests, and the guest rooms are always ready for said visitors, but I like, no, I love the vacancy of the rooms. I know, I can hear the rolling of your eyes, but I cannot change the way I am. Whenever we have had guests stay over, 90% of the time I have wanted to rip my arm off and hit them with it shouting at them “it is time to go, come on, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out”. That feeling is usually as soon as I get up which is always early. Our nieces stayed for a week a few years ago, and I felt I had been sent to hell, and was shacking up with the devil himself. The room they occupied was quite literally and figuratively destroyed, makeup on the bedding, their hair straighteners left on, sitting on the bed, trying to burn its way through and finally set fire to the house. Luckily, I had the intelligence to check every day. This along with the floor containing everything they brought with them (no carpet or rugs could be seen), and a mountain of rubbish and other detritus scattered there and in our lounge made me vow never to have anyone else stay over ever again, a vow to this day I have never broken.

Another visitor/guest was my little brother.  A good few years back he came for Christmas.  Well, he invited himself to be accurate, but I thought I would go along with it.  Christmas Eve, he turned up drunk, hours after he was supposed to have arrived, he stayed until Boxing day morning as he was going to my Mum’s as she always has a gathering of the family, an occasion I avoid like the plague. I dropped him off and drove back home like a lunatic so that I could start my Christmas, but in all honesty, it was a Christmas that never was.

When we were given the dates of them coming, we set to work on correcting little things about the house, like touching up a few scuff marks on paintwork, putting away our current projects and making sure the guest rooms are clean and freshened up. Laundering of the guest towels to ensure maximum freshness etc. It has not been much of an effort, but it was things that needed to be done.

Next on the list is planning all the meals I have to cook whilst they are here, that was not too much of a bind, and I hope that they like what they are given, at least I am a great cook. Then it’s the entertainment, what to do, where to go, will they want to go out sight seeing or just potter about the village, should I dig out my chauffeur’s cap?

I am utterly exhausted and they have not arrived yet, at this rate I will be ready for my grave by the time they leave.

Hidden

I was out photographing Liverpool, one of my favourite cities for many reasons, but the wealth of architecture is astounding. I know Liverpool very well and always go off the so called beaten track to find things that others do not see.

 

I was pulled in by what could be lurking through the decayed doors, this is what I saw when I tentatively peered in.

I wanted to go in and see what lay behind the black hole, but M stopped me, which I guess is a good thing, if he had not been there, I would have ventured in, and God only knows what I would have come across, and would I have come out again? I am not talking of malevolent forces at work, although Liverpool has a deep and dark rooted history. Is the building safe to be in? If sliding down through the hole I wondered if there would be a floor within reach or a huge drop into the bowels of an expansive hellish underworld. Being by the docks, would it be flooded, or are people living in there. Anything was possible, and the urge to see more was pulling me in. I eventually walked away but kept peering back over my shoulder at the possibilities that lay within that dark and dank world.

via Daily Prompt: Hidden

30 Days of Music

After reading a post on Donna’s site New Life During Midlife I thought I would join in with her month of music fun.

#challenge #music

August music 🎶 Challenge 

30 days of music 🎶 posts

 

1. Favorite song right now

2. No. 1 song when you were born

3. A song played when you are happy

4. A song played when you are sad

5. A song played when you are angry 

6. A favourite classical song

7. A song that makes you want to fall in love

8. A song from the 70’s

9. A song from the 80’s

10. A song from the 90’s

11. A song from the 00s

12. Favorite song from a cowboy movie

13. Favorite song from a western

14. Favorite song from a TV show

15. Favorite song with a person’s name

16. Song about drugs and alcohol

17. A song with meaning to you

18. Song from artist no longer living

19. A song you would play at your wedding

20. A song you would play at your funeral

21. Song with a colour in title

22. Song with a number in title

23. A summertime song

24. Favorite Rock n Roll artist

25. Favorite Old Country artist

26. Favorite New Country artist

27. A song that moves you forward

28. Newest song introduced to you this year

29. First song you heard today

30. Last song you heard in the car today

So much for plans…

So much for wanting to post each day! Yesterday afternoon I started to feel crappy, then I started to ache all over, I felt dreadfully tired, drained of all energy, my head started pounding and I just wanted to go to bed and sleep this “sickness” off. I eventually got home and exhausted and if possible, enveloped with even more aches including my toes, a temperature followed by feeling cold I took to the sofa, had a few hot drinks and about 7:30/8pm I took myself off to bed. I tried to read, but alas I had no concentration and couldn’t get comfortable, then I was too hot and so it went.

This morning I woke and the mysterious illness was gone. I admit I had a headache, but that is nothing new, I don’t drink enough water at times, so dehydration is always an issue.

Whatever it was, it has vanished, so back to the original schedule.

Real Satisfaction

Satisfaction

This week on The Daily Post our photo challenge was “Satisfaction”, and I think after this little ant has had his fill of the jam I put on the bin for him, he will definitely feel satisfaction. He and his buddies were roaming about across the garden waste bin, obviously looking for something to eat, or to take back to the nest, so back to the kitchen for a blob of jam, and then to my office for my camera to see if I could get a good shot. Since these little creatures move at a hasty speed I took many photos, so good some blurred, but this one for me said satisfaction.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Satisfaction

High Speed

Speed Test

Today our new high-speed router arrived. Knowing how many items I have attached to our old router I was rolling my eyes at the thought of having to add all 27 devices, however, I had read an article last night regarding routers, and that changing the SSID and the password on the new router to the old details it will auto connect to all the existing devices. With this new knowledge, I plugged it in, logged in, changed what was required, and hey presto, we were working. I then decided to run a speed test, and what do you know, we have the high-speed connection already, even though it was not to be live for 10 days (next Wednesday), the words WOO HOO! came to mind.

I have been testing it all day, not the speed test as featured above, but uploading photos to Pixabay, and syncing my Apple drive, and the ISP said that the speed will increase for the first week or so till it reaches 80Mbps. Streaming is now a doddle and downloading films from Sky takes seconds now.

Reminders of the past

Dairy CowsGrowing up in the country there were many smells/fragrances about, from livestock to equine to rapeseed, but there are other smells that also take me back in time. The smell of an outboard motor reminds me of a holiday when I was about 10 in my uncle’s speedboat, fishing in the North Atlantic. Lavender, scones, evaporated milk, streaky bacon all remind me of being in my maternal Nans kitchen, apricot brandy and advocate of her at Christmas.

There are fragrances that I just cannot describe, but on the odd occasion, I smell them and whoosh, I am in the 70’s at my paternal Nans home, part of the fragrance is wax and a metallic element, but I have never been able to discover what.

Gunpowder has memories of clay pigeon shooting.

There are many fragrances that take me back, some with fondness others I lament, but all, memories of my past.

Fragrance

Computer….

M has a laptop his Dad bought him about 5 years ago, however, the last week it has been playing up, and at the weekend it decided that it would do a so called update/repair, and had been stuck on 4% for 2 days solid. Yesterday I decided to surprise him with a new high speed one with lots of memory and a massive hard drive. Needless to say, he was a little surprised when I told him to close his eyes and put his hands out and placed it in them.

I bought him a new touchscreen all in one PC last year which he loves, but due to his disabilities, the laptop is easier for him to use on bad days. He has spinal disabilities among a host of other things that cause him a loss in mobility, add that to brain function problems and pain 24/7, he has quite a struggle on his hands, so I thought this new machine would make it easier for him.

Last night he started the setup procedure, which took so many painful hours waiting for it to finish its download/set up to the latest version of Windows 10, but I guess that is a windows thing. I will never understand why Microsoft machines take forever to get to the point of being able to use, especially when they are straight out of the box (this was a 2017 brand new machine). I only use Apple, so have never had this problem. He spent some of today adding other software that he uses, along with antivirus, office etc. He seems really happy with the new laptop, result!

My next job is to tackle his old laptop, get into it and rescue all the things he has on it. I don’t think there will be too much to rescue as he backs up his machines and uses Dropbox too, so fingers crossed it will not be too much of a job, that is once I get past this 4% rubbish as I know that Windows 10 does not have a safe mode, oh the joy of it all.

Sweater Thoughts

I love gothic/Victorian clothing, I always have, and luckily enough, they seem to suit me. However, there is one sweater that I would love to make myself, and it is this one modelled by Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler in Penny Dreadful season two.

I love the simplicity of it, the colour and the detail of the shoulder closing. It is simple and yet divine.

If anyone knows of a knitting pattern that matches this, or the original pattern that this is made from, please let me know.

Post Script: I also love the knitwear that Eca Green (Vanessa Ives) is wearing too.

Fibre Broadband

We upgraded our broadband about a year ago from 12mbps to 40mbpb fibre. After adding so much onto our system lately in the form of Amazon Dots, Hue lighting, Echos, Ring and much much more I thought it was time to increase the speed of the system as there was an offer with our ISP, double our speed for an extra £5 a month, so it seemed silly not to go for it, after all, we stream music, movies and tv shows all the time, so why not a little faster.

I also thought that this may also help with the speed of my old iMac, which as you know, I want to upgrade. A new hub has been ordered, so will be with me in the next few days, and the service will be live 2nd August. Only 10 days, but I will be chomping at the bit till it starts. I am quite impatient when it comes to getting things, I guess that is why we have an Amazon Prime account. Fingers crossed all our systems will speed up, especially when we have 26 wireless items attached. Is 26 a little too much?

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