Happy Anniversary

Wow, I had no idea it was 9 years ago I registered with WP, prior to that we rented our own server and ran our own WP, until damn hackers made mincemeat of it, grrrr…

…In fact I’ve been on the interwebs since the 1990’s, when you could run out of things to look at after a few clicks, and no commercial ads, real links to real pages, sigh, those were the days!

Bad Hair Day

I had a stupids this morning, added some baby oil to the bath to moisturise my skin. Good idea for skin, bad idea for hair. I washed my hair after to rinse the oil out, but my hair still looks like it’s been dragged through a chip pan backwards.

Very bad hair day 😦

Sunday Dinner

I had one of those deep nostalgia moments earlier, I remembered all the way back to the early 1960’s, specifically Sundays. We always went out on a Sunday, but not until the afternoon. Before then I had to endure the ritual of the cooking of Sunday dinner, it drove me nuts, and is probably why I still hate Sunday dinner!

As soon as we’d had breakfast, the oven would be lit, the meat and all the veg prepared. At the same time ALL the windows would be opened, sash windows so lots of cold air came rushing in. That was the problem, the house never had any heating, or running hot water, but I digress, back to Sunday dinner.

I would sit curled up in the chair, freezing to death, the smell of roast beef wafting through the house, my stomach growling like I hadn’t been fed for a month. It was torture. Starving, cold and bored to tears, I just wanted to go out on our Sunday outing!

When dinner was finally served, I then had to learn the art of balancing on a cushion while nit-picking my way around the plate. The only veg I would eat was peas and potatoes, didn’t like much meat either, Yorkshire Pudding was the best bit, especially as some were kept warm to have with syrup after dinner…but only IF I ate all my dinner!

And this is how miserable I looked after having suffered the Sunday dinner ritual!

Shana eating dinner
Shana eating dinner


I have got to have a moan.

A couple of months ago we decided to sell our redundant Halogen Heaters, 2 of them for a tenner. No takers. So we shoved them back into storage.

Two days ago we decided to list them for FREE, under the FREEBIES section of the classifieds. I was immediately inundated with a flood of emails, well just a few, all asking if the heaters were FREE. At this point there was much gnashing of teeth. I replied to the first, telling them where we are and asking them to confirm a time, heard nothing all day.

So late last night I emailed the second interested person, they said they were still interested but were no longer in town, could I deliver. No. Move on to the next enquirer.

Again I told the person where we are, asked them to confirm a time. Silence. Nothing. Nada. Then eventually an email asking what time was best for me, I gave them a time. Silence again. I have no idea if they’re collecting them or not.

Dammit, we’re giving away 2 FREE Halogen Heaters, how hard can it be for someone, anyone, to turn up and collect them.

Even more gnashing of teeth.

If no one collects by the end of today they’ll go back in storage and damn well rot until they’re not usable by anyone.

End of moan.

Update 6.00pm – The heaters have finally been collected, the young man was most apologetic, actually shook my hand to say thank you, then sent me an email to say thank you again. All is well with the world. 🙂

The Monolith Hath Arrived

Good title there for those with lithpth. Yea verily, all are welcome at Waffle Towers 🙂

Modern technology. Its advantages cannot be denied. But there are a few downsides that are seldom discussed. Here is just a small selection:

1. The gradual shrinking of the mobile phone or ‘cellphone’. To be honest, me and mobiles don’t go back very far, but in the early days (ie, mid-1980s) your average cellphone was about the size of a house brick. Ideal for use, if the need should arise, as a doorstopper. Now? Well, phones are about as wafer thin as one of those after-dinner mints. These days they’d just slide underneath the door and have no stopping power at all.

2. Flat screen televisions.  They’ve been around for years, but we got our first one only just over a year ago. Not a reat big plasma or anything like that. And we had, to be fair, already chosen a flat-screen computer monitor some considerable time before that. But back to those slimline tellies. Yes, they save acres of space and weigh little more than a couple of bags of sugar. But come Christmas and all those greetings cards you have to find room for and you’re stuck. In the old days you could just line them up on top of the old gogglebox, but now  it’d be like balancing them on a tightrope. More techie headaches.

3. Ginormous fridge-freezers. Strangely enough, we took delivery of one this morning (yes, on a Sunday). It stands a full two metres high. Even I can’t comfortably reach up to put things on top. And here’s why it matters. Until today, we were running a separate fridge and freezer. The old fridge had needed to be stood on top of a two-foot high sturdy table, because the electric flex was too short to reach the nearest socket. But no worries, because not only could we use the shelf of that little table for all sorts of things (mainly mineral water bottles) but we could also easily use the top of the fridge as a space for our breakfast cereals. Ten boxes, including some tough airtight containers for industrial quantities of bran 🙂 All in all, about two-and-three-quarter square feet of space. And now? We have to rejig half the kitchen because the new fridge-freezer is like the Incredible Hulk of refrigeration. It might be white, rather than black, but Shana insists on calling it The Monolith. I think she’s seen 2001: A Space Odyssey too many times 🙂