Sunday, April 26, 2020

Our House - A Light Bulb Moment!

Our House - Light Bulb Moment!
Apart from the hose detaching itself from the vacuum cleaner this morning, it was an uneventful weekend. That was, until about an hour ago when I tried to turn on the standard lamp and nothing happened. Dammit! After several attempts of fiddling with the switch, turned the lamp on its side (of course it's taller than I am!) unscrewed the bulb thinking 'well that didn't last very long!) put it to my ear and shook it. The usual sound that tells you that it's dead, didn't happen. 'Oh lawd' she thought 'it's the wire running up/down the inside of the casing.

Goes to find a bulb and only has 75 watts and this contraption takes a 60 watt. Never mind, that will do for this evening! Inserts bulb into lamp socket, upends lamp and turns the switch. Nada!! Huh! And I thought this was a good buy! Ponders - now what? Stares at floor and suddenly a real light bulb moment! Plug at the end of the cord is not plugged into the wall socket! Why? Because the blue tooth speaker is being charged in the socket where the lamp plug would normally be!! Shakes head and thinks 'you've lost all of your brain cells'!! 60 watt bulb restored and back in business!


PS: mentioning the vacuum cleaner reminded me of a conversation many years ago with my husband:
Me: I have to hoover.
Husband: No, you have to vacuum. Hoover is a brand name.
Me sarcastically: So tell me, why do you call tissues Kleenex?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Our House - My Day Was Made!

I was more than amused!

Yesterday morning much against my will, I had to break my lockdown of weeks (since 19 March!) and go to the bank. I was somewhat apprehensive. So donning my compulsory mask, I went before it opened, to Republic, West Mall. For anyone who knows the Mall, I found myself at the end of a line that went back further than Wonderful World!! A lady came by saying before she stormed off, how ridiculous this was as the first hour (10 am till 11) is reserved for senior citizens. My son came towards me and said he would bring me up to date. He then called me saying that a lady from the bank was walking down the line, to stay put and she would eventually get to me. I saw her in the distance and she was pulling people out of the line obviously directing them elsewhere. So I waited as she neared me but hey ho, she got to me and walked straight on!
Me: Excuse me, are you looking for senior citizens?
Her walking back to me: Yes.
Me: Well, I'm a senior ........
Her: Really?
Me: Yes.
Her: Oh! Really?
Me: Yes!
Told me where to go.....
I was in and out of the bank in less than seven minutes.
Going back to car, I told my son what had happened.
Him: Not surprised. I thought that would happen!

Made my day!! 😁😁

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Our House - Disaster in the Kitchen!

I hope what just happened to me isn't going to be the setting for the coming week!! I just opened the oven door to add the marinated chicken breast to the baking potato, when one side of the handle dropped down and as I was looking for the screw to put it back together, the same happened to the other side of the handle. The entire handle landed on the floor and the door flew open! Still can't find the screws to put it back together. The door is now propped up with a kitchen stool and so it's going to now be pan-seared chicken with sauteed parsley potatoes!! That is when the heat from the oven dies down. Pours glass of wine! Geez! 

You gotta laugh!   

I did say to dear friend Jacqui Binford-Bell last week that the 'Our House' series was not dead! Not by a long way!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Our House! In the Time of Isolation!


I find myself in what can only be described as interesting times!! At 2am this morning I rediscovered the engineer in me when my standing fan refused to turn on. I could hear the motor but the blades were at a standstill. Studied it and realized one blade was touching the casing. Ahha! Applied flat head screwdriver to casing and removed the front. Straightened blade, turned back on and presto, blades whizzing. Reassembled fan. Turned on and nothing. So...... took the whole thing apart and lo and behold, it worked. Problem was I couldn't get the back of the case back on. Threw casings into the shower - now seemed like a good time as any! Spent the night with a whizzing fan sans casing. This morning kept reminding myself to avoid walking near to it. Hah - now sporting a slight cut to hand and a strange shape on my hip!

My plumbing abilities have obviously disappeared into the distant past. I was once known for fixing my waste disposal unit without help from my husband who at the time was in some far off land - Africa! This morning I tried to deal with the kitchen tap which is spouting water! Yes I know it needs a washer but my attempts failed there!

So after the tap episode, decided to go back to the time of children's parties and made brown bread ( Kate Wong !) egg mayonnaise sandwiches for lunch. Well, they didn't taste the same! Maybe that was because I wasn't making them for hoards of children!

As I was doing that, I thought I'd fill the pepper grinder! Well! Just in time, I realized cloves were about to go into it!

I'll be glad when I can finally go back to my office!!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Time to Come Back

Is it really over a year since I last wrote a blog? It would seem so.  Much has happened and the inclination to put pen to paper (figuratively speaking!!) just hasn't burned up inside me.

If I am to return to some sense of normality, blogging had better become, with the little spare time I do have, something I should come back to!  Writing was so much part of my life but these days my life seems to centre around work and the only reading I seem to do is of documents and spreadsheets!!  I have always been busy but I seemed to find the time to write.

Time to come back!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Depression's a Bitch

This is supposed to be a happy time.

This is supposed to be a time of hope, joy, waiting, expectation and love.

It's supposed to be but for me, it's not.   I can hardly see through the tears as I  write. Regardless of the love of my children, some close and dear friends, I am engulfed by absolute sadness, loneliness, and utter desperation.

I am over sensitive to personal remarks made that I am supposed to laugh at.  I don't know how I am managing it, but I  am very close to telling people to fuck off.

I will go to work tomorrow, put on the face, wear the pearls and tell anyone who asks that I am 'absolutely fine'.

Reality is that I know I have once again, sunk into a depression and that weaning myself off anti-depressants over the last few months really was not a good idea.

I am tired but I will,  as I promised my daughter yesterday, go to the doctor this coming week because I really am beyond putting a brave face on it. and not finding joy in anything around me.

I try to be positive but wonder if it's all worth it.

I wrote the following in 2009.

The Jester

The quiz I took

In Medieval times
I was a jester
A natural entertainer
One who can
Raise a laugh from the toughest
The quiz I took
In Medieval times
I was a jester
A maker of friends
One who knows
The popular rich and powerful
The quiz I took
In Medieval times
I was a jester
A political animal
One who can play
The diplomatic game
The quiz I took
In modern times
I am an actor
Or world leader
One who is good
At getting along
The quiz I took
Did not say
In modern times
The actor in me
Like the jester of old
Masks the tears
Wears the smile
And hides the pain

Trinidad, WI 

January 2009 ©

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Saturday Hot Mess

"Grief is the price we pay for love". (Queen Elizabeth 11)

As the 14 November which is the first anniversary of my husband's death draws nearer, it didn't help this morning when the following favourite of ours, was played on BBC Radio2.  We would dance all night.

Meet a Saturday total hot mess.

When does the ache ease and the pain go away?

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