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Catching up with cosiness


Well, things have moved on a pace with “Operation Cosy Cats” my plan to create a number of 12×18 inch (ish) selection of blankets for the homeless kitties. I am working on number four and must say rather enjoying my afternoons of quiz shows and crochet. Some have been done with two strands of double-knit yarn together and they grow quickly, where as the single strand ones, while more compact make for slower progress. Needless to say I have sourced several other patterns to try. I am pleased with the outcome and could have quite a number completed by Christmas, although the recent heatwave made stitching awkward as sweaty hands are not good for the yarn, so I had to take a few days off (did pattern research instead).

As for other ‘to-do’ things, hmmm, well, I guess it’s time to write the list and try my best. So deadline end of August this year.

  • Complete two more blankets
  • Unravel troll hat hair
  • Declutter & sort all three desk draws
  • Source office chair suppliers, arrange in-home test
  • Buy new microwave
  • Source new fridge

As some might have read from previous post, I need to sort a chair so I can work at my desk properly. I like working at my desk and have a number of jobs, projects that need concerted spans of attention.  I don’t know what the solution will be, I cannot use a laptop because of how I type. There has to be an answer.

Grand day out next week, we’re off to Greenwich. Looking forward to the river taxi and exploring the Cutty Sark. I’ll be in all kinds of shattered for a couple of days after, hopefully there will be a couple of photo ops and I’ll blog sometime after.

Back to it….. Tennis to entertain today as I stitch along.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2017 in General, Life, Projects

 

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One’s At The BBC!

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“How would you like to be in the One Show studio on Friday with me” was how it started, I took my Sister’s excited high squeal as a yes, lol.  It began with one of those ‘well I’ll just try’ things, a modicum of hope invested but a healthy dollop of disappointment prepared. When the email arrived confirming attendance it was a mad frenzied series of phone calls and web searches to secure the one and only wheelchair seat on the four trains, and to reserve wheelchair accessible hotel room.  All was set for Fridat 30th September, what a way to end the month!

Arriving at BBC Broadcasting House with comfortable time to spare we sat with a drink and panini looking down into the news room, the news studio is underneath the media cafe. Before too long we were booked in, given our yellow wrist bands and grouped together ready to go across to the studio. The lovely audience greeters instructed us that we should have fun, keep watch on the floor manager, watch out for cables and moving cameras etc, and finally could we give a hearty laugh.  We must have passed the audition as we were lead across the piazza through the barriered area and into the studio.

Martin the floor manager introduced himself and shook my hand, placing me and my sister comfortably. He addressed us all, reminding us to be careful of cables, to watch for his signals, to laugh if there is something amusing, clap enthusiastically, and have fun. Seated not more than ten feet on the iconic green sofa were Alex Jones and guest presenter Shane Richie, familiarising themselves with a section of auto-cue. They both turned and greeted every one, I passed my congratulations onto Alex, as it has recently been announced she is expecting her first baby. My first impressions of the studio were how small it was, how calm it was (we were less than five minutes to air).  There are three cameras, the sound guy, props man Dave, the hair stylist and make up lady, as well as other assistants. The monitors showed that we were in the final minute to air when a voice announced “Ladies and Gentlemen Barry Gibb is in the studio” huge applause and cheers from the dozen or so fans there, he waved and as he turned towards the sofa the same voice announced “Ladies and Gentlemen Stephen Gibb is in the studio” more applause and cheers. I was directly opposite the door they came in through, his face was a picture of surprise and glee as he spotted me, pointed and came straight over to hug and kiss me as he was then escorted out to the performance area.

We were on air! In my direct eye line, over Shane’s shoulder was Barry, and to my right peripheral vision was the auto-cue with monitor beneath. Everything felt so calm considering how time conscious live broadcasting must be. Martin had his hand signals to an art, palms up as ‘get ready’, silent clapping to ‘clap enthusiastic’, palms down to signal stop and double thumbs-up as good job done. As the vt’s are run cameras and cables are moved, we are shown our marks for when we could move forward and when we returned to ‘first positions’.  We listened intently to those on the sofas.

It is an eclectic magazine programme, there was a segment about notable cars from the 1970’s being reclassified as ‘classic’ and included a section where Barry and impressionist Jon Culshaw trying to guess the first names of a family who had named their five children after classic cars. Another vt was about singing falsetto. Barry discussed his new album and recounted the tale of running around the house in search of a mini recorder as he had the hook to “You Win Again” in his head and if he went back to sleep he’d forget it.

Barry was to perform the title track from his latest album “In The Now” to close the programme, Stephen is a member of the band. As the last tv was run (about clam fishing is Scotland) we were ushered out the studio and around the piazza to the performance area.  Stephen shouted to me as we massed together, laughing together as we \m/ each other.  The closing piece was broadcast and the performance began, due to issues with sound it was lip synced from a recording taken earlier. Once we were off air Stephen came across to give me another hug and kiss, express his surprise and we exchanged a few words. I introduced him to my big Sister. He gave me his plectrum (in the header photo). Barry met each of us in turn, which was a nice gesture. Stephen had to start packing his kit (they would be going to Elstree Studios for Strictly Come Dancing) and the assistants were waving for us to leave, in order to hand back our wrist bands and have a group shot taken.

After having seen numerous online videos of the various band members, it was exciting to be just a couple of feet away from the familiar faces of Tim Cansfield, Dan Warner, Julio Hernandez, Beth Cohen, Leesa Richards, Charlotte MCKinnon, watching Lee Levin, Doug Emery and Richard Bravo along with Barry and Stephen.

Back at our hotel, I connected to the Internet to watch the programme, which is when we received messages and texts on our phone saying we had been seen! We watched the broadcast with exclamations of “Oh that’s me!” And “There are my feet” and “Doesn’t it look different on the telly” and “Look my feet are in the closing shot”.

Quite the experience. We got rained on getting back to the train station the next morning and our train was delayed because of an incident requiring police and medics at Ilford, we missed our connection, but got home safely, if a little chilled and shattered.

Sometimes investing hope can pay off, but boy it is a rarity.

 

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in In The News, Life, people

 

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One of those days


Of course it’s one of those days! It’s the 26th, double thirteen!! I have a to-do list of fourteen items, thought I was being a tad over optimistic, but it was still doable, I should have known the fates have other ideas.

Easy task one – book wheelchair service. Dial the number, engaged. Try again ten minutes later get through, wind way through automated service, finally a human, who announces “Oh you need to call …..”. Don’t you just love out sources who out source services and forget to inform clients?  Call second number, speak to nice lady, give my details but they cannot find me in the records sent from the service to the out sourcer who passed it to them. *sigh* They are calling me back, which means I cannot get on with anything else, but they rang shortly to say I had been found (probably down the back of the filing cabinet). Couple of thing to bring to their attention. Booked in for next Friday morning, time kinda before 1pm, engineer ‘might’ call before getting here.

Easy task two – call energy supplier – they left a message on my answerphone about switching to a smart meter. Called them back, navigated through another automated system (these are designed to prolong the call thus costing more to call) and got through to a human, nice fellow with an Irish accent. Asked and answered several confusing questions, was then informed that they are not able to put these meters in flats and they were confused why I had been called. Oh well, duty done, call ended.  Two minutes later energy supplier on phone, asking about coming to fit smart meter, explained that already been told they’re not being installed in flats. Hmm, curious, why am I on a call list. Then the penny dropped, they don’t want me, a residential customer, they are calling me as a business customer, doh! Although the bills for the communal electricity are going to our complexe’s agents, they have not updated the contact details to theirs, it still shows mine. Got that removed, told them agents email, now to let agent know, that’s something else they have not done.

Easy task three – install update – after doing the cautionary back up, I went into App Store and clicked “update” and ended up in an eternal loop of “update”, “restart”, “updates list has changed”, “check for available update”, “update”, “restart”, etc etc etc yada yada yada. Search online for help, end up posting to a discussion forum, awaiting helpful reply.

At least the beef in red wine and chicken Provençal haven’t boiled over or stuck to the bottom of the pans.

Must crack on, of the fourteen items (fifteen as I need to now email the agents) five are done. Think it’s going to be a “get done this weekend”. 

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2016 in General, Life, Tech

 

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Poor Report


Remember my energetic enthusiasm and dogged determination to tackle the trickery on my languishing list of taunting tasks? Oh you do, surely? No!

This one – I’ve added the progress…..

  • Re-catalogue Mac/pad photos – sort of almost done
  • Back ups, time machine + general folders – errr, hmm 😦
  • Web work list, review all pages – that has been done, phew
  • Web work, rework all video pages – I meant to but 😦
  • Finish the crochet shawl – about that 😦
  • Declutter desk draws thoroughly – welllllll 😦
  • Declutter bedside draw – this isn’t going well 😦
  • Make BFF stay jobs list – it’s in my head, kinda 😦

Not looking good is it …….

A sign of my times. For a few days my internet was up and down more than a pair of whores draws! I reported it to my provider and they are fixing it (infact it looks like it might be fixed, fingers-crossed).  I created a jovial poster for a friend, but the printer is out of ink and out of paper *sigh*.  I forgot to record a film on TV that I really was looking forward to watching, which annoyed me because usually films these days are repeated over and over on other channels, only to discover I already have the DVD. 

At least I didn’t wash my clothes using a dishwasher tablet!

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2016 in General, Life, Projects, Website

 

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Final Furlong Feast And Famine


You going merrily bumbling along, making lists and noting important dates on the calendar, tasks get handled, the brain thinks “must see to that before…” and then all of a sudden when your eye drifts from the ball as you drop it, everything becomes a mass panic to fit everything in before the deadline. I should have done a logistics degree I am a genius at it!

Big Sis is off on her hols soon and my BFF is braving the border crossing to come down south to sassenach land and keep me company. I have a new bed due for delivery.  Menus need thinking so grocery can be listed/ordered. Trying to fit in all those things that need attention, like raiding the stores for the crisps, snacks, treats, sauces, pasta, rice, biscuits, holiday stuff etc; finding new pillows, new bedding, new vacuum; getting done the hair cuttings, house cleanings, etc, for Big Sis and I, the time has become suddenly filled and the weather is being annoying by threatening to drown us 😦

Wednesday is store raiding day for the packet, cupboard supplies and hopefully find the sheets I like, grab the new vacuum. Oww must remember to get some cash from the cash machine too (something else to go on the list). I also need to get the letter to my piano teacher printed off and posted.

Bed is coming Thursday, it was not due until next week or even later! Which means tomorrow I have to go and clear the under draw of my cross stitch crap used patterns, magazines, kit leftovers etc, and find other places for everything to live or be thrown/recycled (new bed has draws but smaller). At the same time cooking my beef stew and chicken casserole to be portioned for the freezer for the next couple of weeks.. Oh yes, and wash my hair.

Candle! I was going to treat myself to a new stinky candle, with the nights drawing in, they do look warm and cosy.

Where are my lists …………..

Where is the pencil ……………..
Crappydoodles, I was meant to turn the oven on to warm up, ready to cook my faggots. Or shall I have the beef with mash and do the faggots tomorrow? Decision, decisions …….

Anyone got a coin I can borrows?

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2015 in Life

 

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