21 November 2014

Ayers Rock shots

Here are some more pictures taken by our daughter in the Ayers Rock region, I wish I could show more but unfortunately I was unable to save them for uploading on the blog. I wish I knew more about saving pictures... although I've never had a problem before.

The first four pictures show some of the wildlife in the area, plus a caged camel that looks as though it was ready to give camel rides. The rest speak for themselves.

18 November 2014

COMPUTERS and a bit about shopping ...

I cannot go shopping without a list and I don't think I'm the only one. It's not about age and forgetfulness it's about being organised. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

When I was first asked if I would like a computer (let me think when that was, Hmm 20 or so years ago) I complained that if I had one I wouldn't know what to do with it. 

'What on earth would I do with a computer?' I asked.
'Well, you could... er ... maybe ... write your shopping list on it.'

I wondered what was wrong with writing one with a pen or pencil, I mean I'd been doing it for years and it never bothered me or made me yearn for another way of doing it. 

Secretly though, the thought of having a computer at a (fairly) late age was kind of thrilling. Of course, I wasn't to know the anxieties I faced once I had one. Anxieties like accidentally removing programmes by a mere touch of a key. But you know me, ever thorough, I didn't just wipe odd programmes I wiped the whole thing. Computers weren't like they are now, these days they come ready formatted. Trust me to get one too early!!

It was the day before going on holiday that it happened. Big Son had warned me never to touch the key with the word FORMAT and I did avoid it, honestly. Until the day before we went away and I hurried to close down the computer and start packing, accidentally, in my rush, touching the FORMAT key. AND LOSING EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING, OMG! 

I felt sick the whole of the two weeks we were in Guernsey (Channel Isles) and I didn't/couldn't tell a soul what I'd done. How I got through that holiday I will never know but get through it I did and the time got nearer when I would have to deal with my problem. It's difficult to describe how I felt but wretched comes close.

As it turned out the problem wasn't half as bad as I expected. All I had to do was phone the Help Line and speak to a nice young man who talked me through the problem and got everything back where it should be. I never found out his name but if he was to read this and recognise the silly woman who removed everything from her computer he would know how much I appreciated his help. If you're looking in, Mister, please know that on that soul-saving day I loved you to bits. 

It's been a one way trip ever since. I'm now known as an expert on the computer which is a load of rubbish because I'm anything but. I just have an enquiring mind. One thing I always tell myself is this: whatever happens, there's always a way to put it right. If you get into a mess, work it out, and put it right. Easy!

Anyway, back to the shopping list. Yes, I did devise one ...  and this is it. It contains everything I will ever want to buy at the store and laid out in appropriate sections like freezer section, bakery, fish and meat, fruit and veg etc. Every week I go round the cupboards with my clipboard list and check what I need or don't need. As I run out of things I tick that item on the list. It's a permanent reminder and a useful thing to take to the shops. All I do is print off a few copies and clip them to the board. When one is complete with a week's shop I cut it in two halves, then fold it like a book. It takes up no room in my bag and all I have to do is shop. Easy!

So, yes, I might have thought it a crazy idea all those years ago but where would I be without my computer now? Where indeed!

15 November 2014

The Best Christmas Present

On Thursday 13 November I received the best Christmas present ever. It was early, of course, too early to wrap in decorative paper and red ribbon but that didn't alter the worth of it. Actually the gift was too precious to wrap, it was the sort that needed to be shouted about from hilltops and roofs, unwrapped and open to view. Would you like to know what my gift was? Okay, I'll reveal all.

As I said, the date was 13 November but it certainly wasn't an unlucky day. It was the day Joe had the ALL CLEAR from the medics. There was no sign of the cancer that had troubled him for a whole year. That is certainly something to celebrate?
There are still a few things to be sorted but when we're told that the cancer had disappeared anything else can be taken in a stride. 

He looks well, is eating well, has put on a little weight, and is able to go out more ... and is rather jubilant about his new status. And why not? 
Our blogging friends have been so supportive throughout Joe and I thought we should impart the good news -  most of all he wants to thank you all for your good wishes and sympathetic messages. 

14 November 2014


I saw these advent calendars in a gift shop and fell in love with them. I could just imagine a child wanting to open one of the above 'houses' to see what was inside, one a day until Christmas.  How wonderful. Long gone are the calendars that were mere strips of cardboard with cut out doors that were the norm when my son was a wee lad. Modern ones are definitely more stylish. 

 And look at all the little drawers to open, just right for eager and excited children. I almost wished I was a child again... smiles.

 Tiny houses drawers and hooks... oh my, these Advent houses are worth waiting for.

Roll on Christmas!