OK, so we are just a week away from our cruise but I really need a holiday.
It has been cold, very cold, and foggy for a few days and this has made my arthritis worse. One of the issues I get is that my fingers get stiff. Yesterday I managed to lose the grip of a cup and threw most of the hot chocolate it contained over our oatmeal coloured carpet.
It produced a really dirty patch that spread over quite an area with the dark brown drink. I was embarrassed and Deb must have been slightly annoyed at my clumsiness. Deb is a lovely person and also very supportive and didn’t even “tut tut”at my error.
The wet and dry cleaner was brought out of the depths of the under-stairs cupboard. After consulting the instructions to remind her of how to use it, Deb spent half an hour attempting to remove my embarrassment. I suspect there will be enough of a stain remaining long enough to remind me to be more careful.
Our daughter and grandson are arriving later so I am sure the brown patch will be discussed again.
While checking with our daughter to see when she would be arriving, I discovered the phone was not working. We still have broadband but the phone line is faulty.
To report the fault I had to shiver in the conservatory with my mobile phone. This is the only place I can get a signal – while standing on one leg, in the corner of the room and facing the garden wall like some naughty schoolboy.
The fault was reported to the Indian Call Centre and an appointment made for an engineer to come here on Saturday morning (today). At least that was a prompt response.
So this morning we were up before it was light to be ready for the engineer who was due between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
John was here by just after 8:30 and he took over two hours to replace the incoming line. He was efficient, tidy with his work, and quite sociable as he explained the problem and outlined what he was going to do.
The phone is now working again, so thanks John.
It is almost lunchtime now and I have lit the fire to warm the house up after having several doors open while John came in and out. Our daughter is due this afternoon so the stair gate has been fitted and various ‘not so child-friendly’ objects have been moved to high up hiding places to avoid accidents.
It will be nice to have time with Lynsey and Oliver and our last chance to see them before we disappear onto our cruise next week.
So, all there is left to say is to wish you all a Happy New Year!
Speak to you again soon.