Thursday, December 07, 2017

New Cross

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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.

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

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Gift

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Oh wow it works!

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Hotpoint Its Meant to be Cold.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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I give it sniff.

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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?

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

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Okay I Cracked

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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.

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Once mounted I wash myself.

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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.

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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.

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

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I mix them up randomly and then

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

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

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Very cosy.

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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.

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All is quiet in the garden.

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Still so many leaves.

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

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

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With the gardening done

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I go indoors

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to live out my dream

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of being a gangster.

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

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Wow I know.

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So fine.

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So good.

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So dam sparkly

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Maye tomorrow I will get the Christmas tree out.

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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Tell It Like It Is

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Saturday morning and I have my mom, my dads not well and well it will be good to spend some time with her. We head into Cannock and get out the blue badge.

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We park up in  the center amongst the shops, and nip in and out of them. It’s amazing how much you can spend in the pound shop.

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Of course all this shopping in the cold make for wanting to sit in the warmth.

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We head to Taylors for some dinner, both choosing the mix grill.

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After several other shopping moments in the shops, we head to the church for the Charity Christmas Tree Festival.

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As it happens I’ve never been in the Church that is as old as the Vikings.

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Inside the vicar said hello and the warmth was welcoming. The Christmas trees were so lovely dressed.

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Now is it a competition on the best Christmas tree, or just to see how many charities can be supported in one go?

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Either way it was a nice moment.

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And it smelt really good too.

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I like this simple one the best.

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We wonder away and back to the grim outside world.

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Well the cut backs the council said they were going to do, actually seem to be happening now.

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The towns Christmas lights are appalling. Naff pants rubbish.

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I notice the camera on the phone is not liking taking photos with lights. Looking at it the camera lens cover is scratched, so on ebay I go and order a replacement. Hopefully this will sort it out.

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And while on there, I saw this, tell it like it is.





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