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August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004]
If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Later edit: - forgot to say I emailed a letter of complaint over the weekend and got a reply back, so at least someone there is tech savvy. Though not overly literate...
11 am bully shows up with two men from the co he uses for licence application - I think he said it was Greentree, which does exist according to the web. No apologies, just 'assurance' that 8 weeks is the absolute maximum it'll take to get the licence. It should be much much quicker for us. Though since I refused outright to shake his hand at the end of the conversation and shut the door on him it'll probably be delayed...
Onto more pleasant matters. Since we no longer have a gate the only house identification were two small, very inconspicuous numbers that we screwed into the wall to the right of the porch when we first bought the house. (There was a number painted in black on a scruffy white patch on the left but I tried to get rid of that as it was ugly.) Really not great for identification, especially since the numbering in this part of the street goes from 59 to 77 with just a lane in between (we tell people there's actually a row of 8 houses in between but you need a Hogwart's spell to make them appear...) So I found a rather nice slate no. plaque on amazon and ordered one for us. It took a while to reach me as the number on the package was only half of our real number (a mistyping, I guess) but it arrived on Sat and I'm really pleased with it. K&K put it up on Sun afternoon and it looks very smart. Combined with the work we're doing on the front garden, the house will have definite kerb appeal by the time we've finished.
On that subject, Kai came to Hurran's with me on Sunday morning - I had £28 worth of vouchers to play with. We found three lovely conifers - two, silvery ones, will grow to 6 - 8 foot, the other one is low and sprawly, and a few Yuletide bits - and with the vouchers it ended up costing me exactly one pound, as although we didn't see any notices the conifers were on a 2 - 3 offer! Dead chuffed. Less chuffed at the fact the garden centre is closing, as it's been sold off for housing although we don't know when. Going to try to get back there early next month and see if the offer is still on, as it would be good to get a few more evergreens while we can.
Autumn is finally here. Winter downie went on the bed last weekend, and I've just put the heating on. The house is a lot warmer since we had the double-glazing done, but it's still a little too cool for comfort. And it's very difficult to get washing dried...
Ken picked up Agents of SHIELD: season 5 on his way back from work the day it appeared in the shops, and we watched the whole thing in less than a fortnight. Gods it's good! The phenomenon has gone from strength to strength and we're all completely hooked. Alas, season 6 isn't even showing yet (well, no summaries on the IMDb so I assume it isn't) which means it won't be available to buy until next year at the earliest. At the moment Kai and I are watching the whole thing from S1;ep1 onwards to try to cope with the withdrawal symptoms!
That being said, Legends of Tomorrow season 3 is now out, as is season 3 of Lucky Man, so will buy those in the near future. To our relief, amazon picked up The Expanse, so there will be more, although season 3 won't be available to buy until next November. Eh well, something to look forward to when the nights draw in next year!
I've managed to paint another wall, so the redecorating is coming along, if extremely slowly. Though it has been a bit of a manic year.
And Kai is doing well so far - easily able to keep up with and even get ahead in all of his subject units this year.
So, all in all, despite the irritating hassles, to date this year has actually been quite good! I would rather like next year to be a little quieter and more easy-going, though. Fingers crossed.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Next time it comes to choosing workmen I'm letting Ken do it. I opted for Fixit Landscaping and Driveway Contractors because they had good reviews on bark.com, and their 'mission statement' reads -
On the plus side, the younger guys work extremely hard and have done a good job. On the minus side...
They cost £1K more than three of the other quotes we've had. Yes, I should have challenged that at the time, but I hadn't read the statement at that point. The verbal agreement was no payment until after the work was completed, they estimated they could get the excavation licence in two to four days, and the entire job should be finished in around two weeks. They were able to start the same week, and I was happy with what they did. So when Luke asked for a deposit - to pay for materials and so they could pay for the licence I very stupidly said OK and arranged a BACS transfer (to his own account rather than a business account. Hm. Does that seem fishy to anyone else?) They said they'd be back on Monday: when they didn't turn up I rang and was told they were organising the licence that day but would be back on Tuesday. Which they were, then again on Friday to finish the drive. At which point the older guy - the boss, I assume - started up...
Have you ever had to deal with a whining brat who will not shut up? Add bullying and shouting to that and that's what he's like. Ken listened in and agrees with me, he is HORRIBLE to deal with, and eventually I gave in and BACSed another part payment for the licence. Because he was apparently lying when he said he was sorting it out on Monday. He then said it would be applied for the following Monday (Oct 1st).
Monday 8th I'd heard nothing, so rang Highways at Bristol City Council, only to find that no licence had been applied for either for the house or by the builders. So I rang him back and told him, and he apologised ans said he'd get onto his men and get it sorted. Yesterday he rang me to apologise again, telling me that the father of the guy who was supposed to be arranging it had died and had been uncontactable for a few days. Yeah right - I'm going to believe that after all the other lies he's told me...
They're coming back on Tuesday next week, supposedly to get the measurements for the kerb dropping and no doubt to demand more money. I've contacted a few other kerb-dropping specialists to see if I can use someone else instead, then I can just fire Fixit and get professionals. I'm tempted to use my phone to film next Tuesday's meeting in case of repercussions. I am absolutely going to use what I've typed here to post brutally honest reviews everywhere I can. I took a photo of the crew - perfectly legally, stood in the porch, announced I was going to take it and told them to smile. They didn't, but neither did any of them object or turn away - which shows the faces quite clearly. Always useful to have backup!
I really don't need this stress.
Monday, October 01, 2018
YAY! Five minutes peace to sit and update!
... and I wrote that 48 hours ago... heh.
Anyway - I do now have a few mins to type, so, what's been happening?
Weather wasn't brilliant over the weekend before last, so we watched things on Saturday - Deadpool 2 which is brilliantly funny and really quite clever. MOST enjoyable! Kai and I have continued watching Agents of SHIELD (season 1) all through last week.
Sunday was the usual cleaning, shopping and general busyness, and Kai's venesection in the afternoon.
On Monday I had a dr's appt to ask about my eye (right one has been badly bloodshot for over a month now - no pain and it's not affecting my vision but it looks horrible). Dr said it's either episcleritis or inflamed pterygium, not dangerous as it's not spread over the cornea, it should go by itself over time but I should get it looked at at the Eye Hospital if it gets worse or worries me. They can give steroid drops which would clear it up (she can't prescribe them), and she'd be interested in knowing their diagnosis. If she makes the appt it will take between 2 - 5 months: if I just turn up at opening time and wait to be seen it would be much quicker. In the meantime it looks as though it's finally clearing up of its own accord, so not going to waste time if it's not necessary. Simple eye drops prevent it getting too dry.
The electricians from Ian Williams came to put in the extractor fan. Rather a lot of hammering and drilling (made the house vibrate...) but it's in, it's tiny, but ye gods is it efficient! Absolutely no humidity at all (and given I like my water one click down from maximum heat that's really saying something). It keeps the bathroom so dry it even helps with personal drying off! Very happy with it.
On Tuesday left Fixit carrying on with the drive while I went swimming with Kim. The pool water was bath-warm again, but managed 28 lengths, so that was OK.
Wed was another shopping/sorting stuff out day, and finishing the web content from Chelsey (it's the Frankfurt Book Fair in a couple of weeks so this time of the year there's usually quite a lot to do to the website). Kai finished choosing and applying for the units he's taking this year - including Advanced High Performance Computing, Types and Lambda Calculus, Artificial Intelligence with Logic Programming, and Image Processing and Computer Vision - and applied for some time with the uni's super computer. I'm going to hazard a guess that I may not be of much use to him, academically speaking, this year!
Then on Thursday the decorators arrived to paint the bathroom... We had a choice of magnolia or white (not great but hey, it was free, and it saved me doing it!), so went with white. They've done a cracking job, and although I was a bit concerned the white would look cold and clinical, they used a matte white paint and with the white tiles, white shower and white curtains it's a bit like showering inside a cloud. And it really brings out the colour of the teal towels and bathmat, the royal blue and gold lino, and the warm pine of the cabinet and loo seat, so for the time being I'm very happy with it.
Now if they would just fix the curtain rail everything would be near-perfect...
Friday Kai had a meeting at uni - introduction to the new academic year - and spent some time with me discussing how he's going to cope with the work and his fatigue. He's going to go in for all the classes, but can manage the lectures at home, as they're always posted on the uni's internal site, and we know from experience Kai learns better that way. It's going to be a tough but hopefully very interesting year for him.
And Fixit finished the drive (but not the kerb drop - that's going to take up to another 10 days. Fingers crossed it's less...) I had to move Derpy while they finished up, so drove Kai and I to Sainsbury's to get a heavy shop (litre cartons of the iced coffee Kai likes, tins of beans and meatballs etc etc). First proper drive for me and first time driving with his mum for Kai. All went nice and smoothly. And when we got back no work had been done as the blade on the compactor had bust and they were off hunting for a replacement... [sigh] Parked up outside Bill's house and left them to it.
But they did get the work finished, and we now have a beach outside the front door!
Going to look pretty good once I've got everything planted up.
Sat was shopping, then Ken and I watched Lesbian Vampire Killers (49p from a charity shop in Weston). It was OK. Mostly harmless, mildly amusing in places. Kai opted to miss it as he was doing well with the programme he's been working on this summer.
Sunday Ken and I bussed out to Hurrans - for a break, to get out of the house, and treat ourselves to a salted caramel latte (for me) and an Americano (for Ken). Except the cafe was closed, and they didn't have the jardiniere I wanted. Eh well. It was fun anyway! In the evening Ken and I (Kai caught 15 mins and walked out in disgust) watched Mallrats (another picked up cheaply at Weston)... 90s American humour, I guess. Crude, gross, foul-mouthed and not at all funny. We'll keep it, as it has the biggest Stan Lee speaking part we've ever come across, but that's the only reason.
And so to today. Kai's skipped this am's lecture (will catch it online later) and is going in for two classes this pm. We've all finished watching Agents of SHIELD season 4 (and Kai and I are partway through rewatching season 2): season 5 is out tomorrow (on amazon, at least). Kai and I have our flu jabs booked for tomorrow evening at Tesco pharmacy: will see if Tesco have it. If not, I'll order from amazon. I'm staying in this pm as there's a delivery due, of a clock Kai bought for himself on ebay: going to sit with Ken's plan of the little bit of front garden we have left, my list of plants and how big they grow, and mark out a first draft of where everything should be planted for best effect.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Front garden this morning. I took the gate down at 8.30.
Front garden this afternoon.
They'll be back on Monday to continue (and take away all that rubble. That's from the concrete slabs on the top of the wall. All the actual rocks are now in two enormous piles in the back garden...)
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Rang the office on Mon: electrician arrived just after 12 and took a look - and finally explained why the first lot were muttering about a fan in the roof. The inner airbrick has been put into the wall far too high (if you look at it with the window open you can see it's well above the level of the wall) and opens into the loft! It's nowhere near the outer airbrick, which means there's never been any ventilation in the bathroom other than the windows... [sigh] Heath Robinson pipes, cables everywhere and not a right angle anywhere in the house - at least it's eccentric!
So there will have to be a hole drilled through the wall below the inner airbrick to fit the extractor. Now waiting to hear when that can be done. In the meantime will need to skim the inner airbrick then stick a wallpaper patch over it ready for repainting. It looks horrible as it is.
Mon pm another building co. arrived to give us a quote for the drive - Fixit Landscaping and Driveway Contractors, found through Bark.com, a fairly new but efficient service. I was quite impressed with the Fixit crew, and the quote was very reasonable (not the cheapest but less than I was expecting), plus they're authorised to get the licence to drop the kerb, which a couple of the others weren't, so that saves work and hassle for me. I rang them on Tues to say we're happy with the quote: they rang back today to say they can start tomorrow! So we should have Derpy safely off the road by the end of next week (hopefully earlier, depends how fast they work, but they didn't think it would take long...)
Tues am I put the first coat of paint on the hall radiator. Have picked up white satin radiator paint, which covers well and dries quickly, and since it's specifically for radiators it shouldn't flake off. Needs a second coat though. Will do that tomorrow. In the pm Kim picked me up to go swimming, which was great, then on Wed she came 'round again and we went to Almondsbury Garden Centre. They were having their usual end of season sale: Kim picked up a little bottle-brush tree, while I've bought 6 evergreen small shrubs to fill in the garden on the side of the front garden. Will need to get those in as soon as the drive is finished and we've got rid of everything that's there now.
So to today. I have some stuff to do in town, then Kai and I will take off the gate ready for the builders tomorrow.
It's all go!
Monday, September 17, 2018
And the electricians never arrived... I tried ringing the office but there was no answer...
Over the weekend K&K went out for the day but I can't remember now where they went!
Last Monday the decorator rang, to arrange a time to come and repaint the bathroom. Had to tell him the work wasn't finished. He said he'd ring the office and get back to me. Which of course didn't happen. So I rang, explained what had happened, was told someone would get back to me to clarify. Which also never happened. [headdesk]
In the afternoon, after the Waitrose delivery, A&T Tarmac (recommended by Tom the Plumber) arrived to take a look at what was needed for the drive. All sounded very efficient: he said he'd send us a quote for Fri. Which never arrived. If it doesn't come with the post today I shall ring him.
Tuesday was the usual Tesco delivery then swimming. Except that the pool was closed 'due to unforeseen circumstances' (which apparently was that the boiler was so severely on the blink again that they had to turn it off). Walked back home in a huff. [headdeskheaddesk]
Rang the pool Wed am to see if they were open, which they were. Kim was on holiday in Majorca, so went by myself and did the 36 lengths. Tiring walk home. In the evening we carried on watching Agents of SHIELD season 3, which is hugely enjoyable. As I said to Ken, this phenomenon is what Starhunter should have been... We're ripping through the eps at a rate of 3 or 4 an evening!
Thurs Kai and I went on a wee trip - bus to Wells, then the country bus to Weston-super-Mare. It's a glorious ride, through Cheddar, Axbridge and Winscombe (not as pretty as the other two but some interesting shops). At Weston we checked out antique and charity shops, enjoyed a little sea air, then got the bus back to Briz. LOOOONG day: left the house at 10 am and didn't get back until gone 6, but it was a fun one. Next time we'll get off at the villages and do a little shopping (needs to be planned as only one bus an hour, which will make it an even longer day).
Fri I was knackered, so only did a little shopping and rested. Sat K&K walked to Keynsham while I did a little housework and watched the first three eps of the BBC The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, which is great fun if crude-looking compared to today's cg and sfx. Yesterday was a little shopping, then sitting with DVDs for the rest of the day - very relaxing.
Watching: along with SHIELD we've recently seen Apollo 13, an oldie but goodie we've never been able to see all the way through before. Now thinking about getting The Right Stuff: I've seen it, but K&K haven't.
So to today. Still no call from the office re: extractor, so rang them: someone will be with us between 12 and 1 to take a look. Also post has now been and no drive quote from A&T, so have rung and left a message on their answerphone. We have another drive co. coming between 1 and 2 to take a look and give us another quote. So an averagely busy Monday then...
Friday, September 07, 2018
So, following up to the last post...
Chris arrived at 6 pm on Monday evening. He couldn't actually fix the shower rail properly, as he couldn't find a replacement bracket, so he's put in a screw as a temporary fix. It means we can't completely pull the curtain open, but I've draped it back using a butcher hook (the round-ended sort I used for hooking the wheelie onto a trolley to keep it out of the way when shopping) and it works well enough. So we now have a working shower, and it's fabulous. Sheer luxury.
The acoustics in the bathroom are now completely different, too - rather more muffled than the echoey space it was before, which is taking me some getting used to. But it's an absolute doddle to use: it's recommended for all sorts of disabilities, including the blind: the controls are simplicity itself. We've already decided which temperature suits each of us and a couple of presses of the plus or minus sections on the left adjusts it within seconds.
It'll be near-perfect when we have the extractor fan in and working and the curtain rail fixed (though that's a much lower priority). The electricians are supposed to be coming back today to fit it, but I don't know what time...
He comes in alt mode, so Kai will have to help me transform him on xmas day. He's a lot better at following instructions than I am!
Gorgeous quality - which is just as well, as the handling fee and import tax were £55! [WINCE] I shall not be doing that again in a hurry!
Dentist on Tues am went fine - no problems, next check up in 6 months - and Kim picked me up for swimming in the afternoon - 26 lengths, which is fine and relaxing.
Wed was the big, 4 year post transplant BMT clinic for Kai. I went into the BHOC with him (had some banking and shopping to do in town) but waited outside while he saw the consultant. Prof Marks - and Peter, the trials nurse - were both very pleased with progress. Kai has to continue with the vensections until his ferritin count is consistently below 1,000, then they'll reassess, but they seem to think that under the thousand would be fine and he can stop. We both think that a bit lower would be healthier - from what we've learned the normal level for males is between 12 and 300 - so Kai might opt to have more. His energy levels are still low, and he thinks reducing the ferritin a bit more than 1,000 will help. I booked his next five sessions while he was waiting for the standard blood test that goes with the clinic appt: we'll see how we go. His next BMT clinic is in 6 months, next March.
While we were at The Galleries we nipped into Lush for soap. There's a really nice lemony and fine sand one, great as a gentle exfoliator, called Sandstone I think. Thought I'd give that a try - then Kai spotted the new Salted Caramel scented soap... [sigh] Of course I had to have a small piece of that, I'm a salted caramel addict, but I'm not sure I'll ever actually use it. It literally smells good enough to eat and made my mouth water. Quite difficult to resist biting into it! It's making the bathroom smell wonderful...
9.30 on Thursday am the Smart Meter Services guy rang: he was in the area, so would we mind him fitting the meters now rather than that afternoon? Fine by us! He arrived twenty mins later, checked where all the stuff is, said it should be no problem. Electricity had to go off, of course, so Kai and I played a game of Transformers chess while everything was dead. He beat me soundly (my own fault for letting Starscream - the silver queen - get taken early on), and we agreed to play another game after lunch (game lasted over an hour and a half, both of us playing defensively, and I won, though it was a very close thing!) Such fun, and we've left the chess set a bit more accessible so we can play every now and again. It's good for the brain if nowt else!
Smart meters in, instructions left, and the little household scanning thingie explained (has a lot of functions, but the default is showing the gas and electricity bills - electricity is £1.07 and gas 57p since yesterday). Over the weekend Ken wants to try turning things on and off so we can see what draws most power and keep that usage low (though we're already fairly aware and do what we can to leave things switched off if they aren't in use).
Watched Avengers: Infinity War... Hm. Well, the cinematography is glorious, the acting much as we've come to expect, but... Maybe I just really dislike omnipotent villains. And illogical actions by heroes who should know better. Kai really liked it though, and it led to an interesting discussion on survival and evolution while Kai and I were waiting for the bus, so that was good.
And that's about it, I think. Kai and I finished Lexx - still one of the best s-f series' ever - and Ken and I are still struggling through Starhunter. It's getting worse. It's really difficult to stay awake through it. We have two more eps to go, then I shall bestir myself to actually review it on the IMDb. It deserves a 4 at best.
Still no electricians...
Monday, September 03, 2018
The start of another manic week...
Nothing's ever easy 'round 'ere...
Tom the plumber arrived at 8 this morning for the annual boiler service: should be a quick and simple job. Then I'm expecting the peeps to finish the shower...
One of the very few benefits of being now registered as disabled is the accessible living aspect of the City Council. During my visit to WeCare (the people who got me the over-bath seat, second stair handrail and grab rails) I also checked what else they could do, and I mentioned that it would be really helpful to have a proper, plumbed in shower. We've been using one connected to the bath taps since we moved in, and none of us can get the temperature exactly right. Anyway, they put in the request, several official people came to check the possibility, and then the week before last I had a phone call (on Tuesday) saying the grant had been approved and they'd be arriving to do the work on Thursday. That was Thursday that week - two days notice. Which was great!
In theory, anyway. The tiler was supposed to arrive at 8: at 8.30 I had a call from the office to say there'd been an emergency with one of their existing clients and he couldn't get here until after lunch... Arrived about 1 pm (Chris - nice young man, friendly and seemed efficient < /BOF mode >) and made a start. Couldn't finish the job so stuck up waterproof stuff all over the new tiles so we could use the old shower - carefully - that evening.
Arrived back at 8 on Friday morning and got straight back on with the work. By the time he'd left all the tiles were done - much better coverage than we had before - but he still had to finish off. As in, put up the shower curtain rail and generally tidy up. He couldn't fit the actual shower - that was the electricians job. They'd be here next Wednesday.
Uh, what? Nobody told me anything about that...
Told him Wed was no good, as we had train tickets booked to go see Mum T. He promised he'd tell the office and reschedule for later in the week.
So he left on Fri evening, saying he'd be back on Tues. Not Monday, because of course that was a Bank Holiday. So... no shower curtain, no new shower, and no grab rail. Oh joy. Fun weekend.
Chris arrived back on Tuesday to finish off, which involved putting up the shower rail. And a piece broke, so he couldn't finish... Said he didn't have a spare, but someone would be here to fix it on Thursday. He got called away to an emergency (an old lady had messed about with her radiator and it was flooding) while I was swimming in the afternoon, but arrived back soon after I got home. I reminded him again that we wouldn't be here on Wed: he said he'd tell the office and reschedule.
Off to Babbacombe early on Wed. Nice run down, and Mum T was in good form considering she was bruised and lost a tooth with the fall. Turned out a valve in a blood vessel was faulty and had caused a blackout. She can have surgery for it, but the surgery itself is dangerous. She's now 93, and the toughest woman I've ever met for all she's five-foot-nothing and built like a china doll, so will think about whether she wants to risk it. It won't be 'til next year anyway.
It was a lovely day! Lunch out, and a scour of the charity shops, and a very nice run home. Poor Tyjer was distinctly unsettled, though glad to see us, and on Thursday I found out why...
When no electricians had turned up by 9.30 I rang the office (luckily found the no online, as I had no note of it or the woman who'd arranged this all). And of course, Chris hadn't told them we wouldn't be there and they'd turned up at the house as originally designated... Poor cat must have been traumatised!
Explained what had happened: she apologised and promised electrician would be here on Thursday, and then someone else to fix the shower on Friday. [headdeskheaddesk]
He arrived Thursday am, only to say he couldn't do the work as according to the detailed report folder there's asbestos in the ceiling tiles. AAAARRRGGGHHH!!!
But he did do the groundwork - put all the cabling in place and put the shower unit on the wall, and left promising the rest of the work would be done today.
K&K went for the day on Friday - walking in the Mendips - while I waited in for the tidy-upper to arrive. Which never happened. Tried to ring J at the office but no answer, so texted her. Still haven't had a reply.
So there's three people here, one asbestos specialist to make the hole for the cabling to the shower unit, and two to get everything else working. We're getting a new light in the bathroom, as the one we have isn't up to spec (pity that, as we rather like it) and an extractor fan is to be fitted where the old airbrick is (I think. I'm staying out of the way!) But they can't fix the shower rail or put up the grab rails: someone else will be along to finish all that later...
So what I thought was going to be a three day job (at most) has so far taken getting on for two weeks and we still won't be able to use the new shower. If I'd known what a shambles the operation was going to be I don't think I'd have asked to have it done in the first place.
In other news... Ken's had a reasonable week off, I think. He and Kai have dug out the area for the drive, and he did some research for costing. Apparently pebbles are not recommended as they're rounded and the car's tyres will dig ruts: we've found a rather nice alternative, silvery grey quartz with golden streaks through it. We're making it a little smaller than originally devised, as we need to keep the path and having the driveway split wasn't really feasible (or attractive). We've moved the soil from the main section over to the side that was already dug out and planted it up with all sorts of pretty things (mostly deciduous but that'll be OK). Tom the plumber has also recommended a company he's used for their drive: will give them a ring later. We can do a lot of the work ourselves, but the kerb has to be dropped by someone authorised to do it.
Watched Invictus yesterday. I never thought I'd ever like a film about politics and sport, but it's damn good!
Anything else? Probably, though I can't remember. Tomorrow is Tesco delivery (early), dentist for me, then swimming in the afternoon. Kai has BMT clinic on Wed. Thursday pm we're having smart meters fitted.
Oh, and the electricians have just left - without installing the extractor fan. They'll have to come back to that.
I think it's time I complained...
Monday, August 27, 2018
Well THAT was manic!
But good. Over and above the usual busyness I'm currently meeting Kim every Tues for swimming (have dropped my goal from 36 to 24 lengths. I know I can do the 36, but it leaves me knackered for the rest of the day, while 24 is more relaxing and nothing like as tiring), and GoodTwin and Adrian came to visit last Friday and check out Derpy. She gets their seal of approval - seems I unwittingly got a really good deal, as well as that old stereotype, a nice little car with just one previous lady owner! (Service history shows she was Welsh and obviously looked after the car really well.) [GLOMPS] to you both, and many many thanks for all the advice and help. It was lovely to see you again.
Bought a Derpy figure on ebay as a celebratory mascot...
Now I need to make the time to take her out!
Kai had venesection yesterday, and YAY!! his ferritin level is finally below 1,000. This is fantastic news. He has a big BMT clinic next week - exactly four years post bone marrow transplant - so it'll be interesting to hear what Prof Marks has to say (he was going to reassess the venesection schedule once Kai reached this level.) Will report back later.
We have a vixen and cubs regularly visiting/playing in the garden (they tipped over the recycling boxes last week, presumably climbing on them. Nothing broke so that was OK.) Ken managed to take a photo of mum on the PDSA wall, yawning while the cubs were playing down below.
© Ken Taylor
Ken's on annual leave this week: will probably be off out with Kai later on, once Kai's recovered from the venesection. We're also visiting Mum T - we were going to anyway but late last week she had a blackout (probably caused by her BP meds, they think, though the doctors are mooting surgery in the spring) and managed to fall on her face. She's back from hospital and managing OK, though she may have damaged a few teeth. Luckily her neighbours are fantastic and looked after the flat and her dogs while she was away.
Watching... Starhunter is dreadful. There have been two vaguely interesting episodes so far (and we're on disc 3 of 4), the rest have sent us to sleep. It's so frustrating - the overall story should be intriguing, but the execution is dire.
By contrast, Ready Player One is wonderful, an absolute triumph. We all loved it. Last night it was Rampage, which surprised us with the complexity of the plot. It's a gem too - rollicking good fun and a subtly strong message. Great stuff!
Kai and I are on season 4 of Lexx, and I'm enjoying it more this time around. It still doesn't beat the stunning season 3, but it's certainly 'spot the meme' anarchic fun!
Right - lunch!