Saturday, December 09, 2017

Where Is It?



As I look out it is snowing. But there is hardly anything on the ground.


Downstairs I have a mooch. ooo look at the sight.


outside the front the owl seems to not be wearing the cloak anymore.


A while latter when the snow has stopped i look again. Erm the owl seams to have picked it up when I’ve had my eyes turned away.


Eventually “they” get up. We have some breakfast and head out to Altringham, to the DHP depot. This is good apart from I’ve decided to wear my contact lenses and there is something very wrong with the one of them.


They put up with taking us back after we have Alan’s parcel. And instead head into Stockport itself. We go to “their” Wilkos, but its not that impressive.


We go to the Christmas Shop, but its not that impressive.


And then I look in another house hold shop where, can you believe it, they are trying to sell light up Eiffel Towers. Here in Stockport. I know they try to sell them anywhere in the land of France but here in Stockport? Man? What are they thinking?


There is so much Christmas choice.


Alan tells me it suits me. I’m not sure what he is trying to say.


We head to Sainburys, and then to the beer shop and then Roise comes round. We eat, we drink.


We play one game.


A single game that lasts hours.


So much fun if your winning. Eventually Zoe tots it all up.


I say goodnight and retire, ready to dream of snow.

Friday, December 08, 2017

The white Stuff


I wake up to a lovely surprise, a lovely white one.


Here it has snowed heavily. ooooohhh as I look out the window while making breakfast.


I pack my bag, and pack my car. I put an extra bag in and an extra board.


I climb in the car and warm it up for Mr carshare and myself. I’m sure he’ll be here soon.


An eventually he appears, and thus we set off.


At work it is that time of year. I tell the intern boys to go and get the Christmas tree out of the cupboard. I tell them it is in a box.

20171208_115058_HDRI’m not lying it is in a box. But then they are thinking big. When they find it, after I give them some clues that it was right in front of there eyes, they laugh and we take the tree out of the box.


A long while later I arrive at Stockport. When I get to Cannock another 4 inches has fallen and as the carshare man leaves my car to get into his I leave him trying to get all the snow off the car. Up the M6 I am driving in a blizzard, I slow down, call Alan and let him know I’m not rushing up tonight and I’ll be late. I’ll meet them in Manchester after the show. As I get off the M6 the snow stops. But thats not all. There is no snow on the ground either.


Some time later I am waiting at the station for the 20:05 train. Alone. Munching on chedder cheese crisps for tea.


I head into Manchester, I send them a t text to say where I will be. I’m very nearly out of go go juice on my home. I head to Home, in a way never shown to me by Alan before. Well you wander, you learn.


Once at the Gaswork pub just as I’m about to enter, they say there is an interval. I quickly look at Google maps, I only need to be just around the corner. Can I make it in time, before it ends and my phone battery. Well the answer is no on both accounts! But we do get to see each other eventually while I wait in the bar area with a couple of buds. Ah it is good to get together again. We find a pub that is noisy, and in that noisy pub we find a very quiet corner and we natter for hours. This is nice this is how life is meant to be……



Thursday, December 07, 2017

New Cross


Tonight I should be doing the Christmas decorations I was meant to be doing last night and packing for tomorrow. Instead I’m back at New cross. I get here slightly earlier tonight as the traffic is on myside and I didn’t have to drop carshare man off first. I’m very tired though.


My grandad though is very happy to see me once more. What a difference it can make to see a different face!


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Gift


Tonight after work I head to the hospital. Iwas going to put up my Christmas decorations but this is more important. My Granddad has been in for a week and my dad is ill, so I take over the visiting duties. It has been a while since I have been here, it reminds me of the months I lived here seeing my mom some tens years ago now. A different kind of world, a different kind of living when you spend so much time here. So draining as I recall. Perhaps that is why my dad is ill too?


I look for ward A8, I go down the long corridor, find Gregs, and then into the lift and up a floor. This place is a maze, just like I remember but once your used to it, you can find your way around easy enough. They seam to have upgraded the signs. He looks miserable when I arrive, but by the time I leave he is smiling, This I think is a good sign.


When I get home I find a gift. Will it work? Will it need a new bulb? If it does work, where will I put it.


Oh wow it works!



Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Hotpoint Its Meant to be Cold.


Sunday night I put out the brown bin, which for us is the garden waste bin. Monday morning it is emptied, I guess. I guess as when I get back home, the blue bin is on my drive, but the brown bin is nowhere to be seen. I look up and down my neighbours searching for someone with two brown bins. No luck, So using the council app I contact them to say the bin has gone. There are only two options in the replacement bin section, it has been put in the wagon, or it has broken. I go for the it has been put in the wagon option as it’s nowhere to be seen. I could leave it a few days before contacting them but the bin leaflet says if your bin goes missing after collection you have to tell them within 24 hours so I did. Tuesday when I get back from work, the brown bin is back in its place. Interesting. Is there an option to cancel your request no. Can you email them back by the email they sent you to say thanks we will send you a replacement bin. No it specifically say do not reply to this email. So I o back to order a replacement bin and in the notes section write a note saying it is returned. But I ponder. Will I get another bin! Will I get another two bins!


On Saturday I noticed my hotpoint FFAA52P1 was not cold in the fridge or the freezer department. Seamed to be caused by the freezer door being left open. I sorted this out by unplugging it and it started to refreeze. The fridge though did not cool down.


With the fridge still not working, and reading the internet, After defrosting the fridge with the doors open and the room temperature in the kitchen being made to 30 deg C for 18 hours with the covers off, it was very defrosted. Once back together the fridge still didn’t get cool even though the freezer still froze. I read deeper into what could be the trouble, which pointed to the circuit board. To get at the circuit board you need to take the top door off and also the top panel. Then you have access to it and the wires.


I give it sniff.


Disappointingly nothing seams to have melted, burnt or broken down. Do I risk £60 for another in the hope it fixes it or just another?


For now I put it back together and use it as a cupboard.



Sunday, December 03, 2017

Okay I Cracked



Before I have shower I mount the new basket to the wall. This one has in large letters non corrosive chrome and therefor hope it will not end up like the others, ie rust on them. The soap and bleach does not help.


Once mounted I wash myself.


I head into town to get my haircut. Only I am slow and the place I go to puts the closed sign up just as I get there.


Instead I head over to the Man Cave. It is rammed, but once it is my turn, the world stops, I am relaxed and you understand why this place is so popular.


Back at home with my new cut I get out the tulip bulbs, I brought yesterday and the ones that came in the week.


I mix them up randomly and then


head out doors to plant over one hundred. This takes some time.


While resting a moment I notice that in next doors tree they have a birds nest.


Very cosy.


A some point in the week the fountain has fallen over and done the miracle of pumping the water out of the pool and onto the garden. It take a while to refill.


All is quiet in the garden.


Still so many leaves.


And while the sunflower has seen the best of its days.


It hasn’t given up. It maybe small but here there is a small new head growing oddly next to the main stem.


With the gardening done


I go indoors


to live out my dream


of being a gangster.


After a while of being a gangster I finally crack, get out the new decorations I’ve brought earlier today and put them up.


Wow I know.


So fine.


So good.


So dam sparkly


Maye tomorrow I will get the Christmas tree out.




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