Tuesday, December 15

Fate’s Fickle Fingers…


Yesterday I wrote a perfectly sane and amusing- well, I thought so- post. Glossing over the ugly bits, to make them appear funny, and light reading.

I must have just accidentally hit some key, only to have the whole thing vanish without trace!


We have been having a somewhat trying time of various things lately, & the vanished post seemed somehow, to be the Last Straw!

I searched in vain for the lost post- haha- then took myself off to bed in High Dudgeon.

As I am now using Windows Writer to do my posts, I don’t have the Autosave feature that Blogger has. Win some, lose some. Perhaps it was a lesson to teach me to periodically click on ‘Save Draft’.


I have taken myself off to have a dreaded blood test, which is no biggie, just routine, but I have ‘shy veins’. They hate being stuck with any sharp objects. The bloodsuckers I mean blood takers always assure me they can find a suitable vein with no ‘digging’. Invariably they lie, & I end up having the blood taken from the back of my hand, having had holes poked in all directions. I was most amazed when this morning’s blood taker had success at finding a vein- “As big as Texas” she said. Also, & most importantly, it was not painful!


Our ancient Airconditioner finally gave up the ghost, & comepletely died. Yes, on the hottest day this year- so far! At it was fully ducted system, it would cost the funding & feeding of a small nation to have replaced. We are settling for something within our modest means, & are promised that this Friday it  shall be installed. Thankfully the weather has been only moderately hot while we have suffered with no great means of cooling down. We have a large room downstairs, which remains about 8 degrees cooler on a really hot day. We have spent some time down there trying to read & amuse ourselves & keep the dogs from ripping out the screen door at every passer by.


Speaking of our canine kids, I bit the bullet on Sunday, & attempted the massive clipping, and bathing. I managed to get Honey quite balded, much to her disgust.



Honey shornHoney shorn 2 Leo trimmed


I could not get her to sit down for me, & so this is her begging pose, as much as to say “No more! Please!”


Leo just will not cooperate for a photo shoot, & I am ashamed to say, he beat me with his legs, & just refused to tolerate me clipping them, so I think he will have to go to the groomer.


Another little stab from fate, was the shatting breakdown of our TV. We had luckily taken out an extended Warranty, so we rang up to see what we needed to do. We were told they no longer stock our model, so we could have a refund, or Store Credit. We took the credit & hightailed it off to choose another, more modern, & very satisfactory Televisual appliance. Of course, it cost more & it is not exactly the time of year for having to purchase mammoth appliances. Mind you, only the price was mammoth, (well, mammoth-ish)we chose a very modest sized TV.


We were very proud of our SG as he won the Class Award this year. I was taking some photos to send to his other Grandparents, & he asked if I would put him on the Blog. He is rightly very proud of himself.Medal Darcy 2009 Class 1A  Bless his Heart


We had SG to stay with us on Friday night, & on Saturday morning, we thought he might enjoy looked at some garage sales with us. We duly got ready & he stood beside me, outside the garage, whilst Gom was reversing the car out onto the drive.

I am paranoid about children & vehicles, & either get them seated & belted in the vehicle, or I hold onto them to ensure no accidents happen. We were standing together when we heard a loud cracking noise. Uh oh, I thought, Gom has hit something.

I ventured into the garage to see what the problem was, & the leaf blower, had fallen off the shelf, & was now wedged between the front wheel & the bumper bar.  Gom decided he would push the car forward, so I could release the blower. Which would have been fine, except he released the handbrake, & as I released the blower, I noticed the car was gently moving!

Of course I shrieked out, & Gom tried to stop the car, with his body. By now it was gathering momentum, & approaching the doorway of the garage, which was lucky, as Gom had to leap aside. We had had no idea our garage floor had any slope. As our drive is quite steep, we could tell, it was inevitable the car was on it’s way across the road, heading towards two neighbour’s houses. Thank goodness Gom was inside the garage and also thank goodness SG was also inside, as instinct is not always wise, & I would hate to think one of them might have thought they could stop the car from rolling.

As it happened our neighbours had a smallish gate pillar about 3 feet high, made of solid bricks. Thank goodness the car came to an abrupt stop, knocking the gatepost out of the ground, but halting progress of the runaway car. SG was hysterical & Gom was so upset. I think I was just so relieved we were all ok, but it was still a shocking thing to have watched, & it left us quite shattered.

Our neighbours were out as it happened, & when the young husband came home, he had not even noticed his ‘dead’ gate pillar! Gom went over to apologise, & the young man was quite surprised, but not very alarmed- plus he had had his wisdom teeth removed, so had worse things to worry about!

We could hardly believe our luck, when Gom drove the car back up our drive, the only damage done was a little paint scraped off the bumper! As there is a very steep drop to either house opposite ours, things could have been very dire indeed, so we did get off very lightly. Needless to say, we went nowhere that day, but did thank fate for small mercies.

And I confess, every time I looked at the knocked down pillar, I had to laugh to myself.


In other happy news, look at this Gorgeous little Soul. She is the Granddaughter of a dear friend, & I think she has been this way before, with those wise eyes.

Gorgeous little Soul

I am still trying to pretend that Christmas is not going to happen, & there have been times I have felt sure it won’t!


I wonder if anyone remembers this is the song they played to wake the Astronauts on the moon, in 1969.


quiltmom said...

HI Meggie,
Congratulations to your Grandson on receiving the class award. He looks very proud.
It sounds like you have indeed having many trying times just now.
I hope the festive season will bring you and yours good health & prosperity. May you find yourselves surrounded by the love and laughter of those that you hold dear.
This is one of my favorite Arlo Guthrie songs.

Our Dusty dog got sheared not long ago as she was getting mottly looking. However, she could use some of that fur just now. The thermometer has dipped to - 40 + with the wind chill. My little ones and I are not spending any time outside just now- skin can freeze quickly in these temperatures. It is suppose to go up to - 8 later this week. We will think it is positively balmy outside.VBG
Warmest regards,

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Joyce said...

Glad to hear there were no injuries in your recent car adventure. A friend of ours went to an Arlo Guthrie concert at our Winnipeg Folk Festival in the summer and he said it was the best concert he had ever attended. His wife was a volunteer backstage and she said he was the only one with no long list of requests. Apparently most entertainers have a list of "I must haves". They said he was just very easy going and friendly.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

So glad the runaway car met with a wall instead of anything else! Nothing like a good shot of adrenaline to get you going.

I have been pushing aside thoughts of the holidays myself..... Now I find myself rushing to get everything done. Time, never enough time.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

So glad the runaway car met with a wall instead of anything else! Nothing like a good shot of adrenaline to get you going.

I have been pushing aside thoughts of the holidays myself..... Now I find myself rushing to get everything done. Time, never enough time.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

So glad the runaway car met with a wall instead of anything else! Nothing like a good shot of adrenaline to get you going.

I have been pushing aside thoughts of the holidays myself..... Now I find myself rushing to get everything done. Time, never enough time.

Thimbleanna said...

SG is just adorable -- how sweet that he wanted to be on the blog! You must tell him how very proud we all are of him -- even way over here in America! Boy, you've sure had a run of mishaps! Hopefully things will shape up around there soon!

Tanya said...

My goodness, air conditioner, TV and then car. When it rains it pours! Glad to hear that the damage to the car was minimal and that everyone is fine. Congratulations to your grandson!

Mary said...

Honey is so cute! I can't believe she sits up like that.

Chesty needs a bath now that his stitches are out too but I'll probably take him to the groomer so he's all pretty for Christmas.

Glad the runaway car didn't hurt anyone.