The thing is, when it works, it’s great. And in comparison to what was available when I was a kid, it’s hard to believe things have changed so much. We got TV when I was about a year old, so my mum told me. We got a car when I was about seven. We didn’t have a home phone until I was about 21. They had central heating installed after I got married, I seem to think, although the house the loved one and I moved into when we married had it already.
How did we ever survive, back in the Dark Ages?
We read books.
We walked to school.
We played outside.
We got up early to make the fire to get the hot water to get washed each day.
We talked to each other.
Didn’t seem weird at the time, did it?
Anyway, what has led to this reflection on times past and the joys of modern technology? Redecorating. To be precise, we decided we needed a new floor in the craft room/study/office. Of course, if you’re going to do the floor, the room has to be empty and therefore it’s a good opportunity to paint the walls too. Which means emptying the bookshelves and moving out EVERYTHING else. About seven minutes into the moving process I was regretting the whole idea. but, once the loved one gets his teeth into a project, there’s little short of manacles that will stop him.
As part of this joyous experience, (Sarcasm? What , me?) we moved the computer, printer and all the associated tranclements from what was the spare bedroom upstairs into the dining room, which is on the ground floor. So we had to plug the internet stuff into a different socket. so we needed a longer wire. So I went to buy and extension cable. Four shops in the town centre and three on an out of town shopping centre before I found what we wanted. That’s three hours virtually wasted, especially when I looked in the drawer full of bits we daren’t throw away to discover that we already had one. Hmmmm.
And then I connected everything up and it didn’t work. I called in the loved one and he couldn’t make it work either. So we disconnected everything and did it together. And it still didn’t work. Damn, damn, double damn. So we phoned the broadband people and a very patient chap talked us through the process and lo! it worked.
In addition to all this, I’ve been away from home the last couple of Mondays, first at the Stationery Show in London and then on holiday in Crete and so I’ve tried to do my blog using my tablet. Well, of course it’s a touch screen, so half the screen disappears when you want to write because the keyboard is up there, so I can’t see what I’m writing. I still have trouble uploading pictures and I keep forgetting to save drafts, which means I write the same thing two or three times before it gets saved! I spent an hour reading through my last two blog posts and shuddering with embarrassment.
And, and… My Kindle died. Battery was lasting about an hour and a half, so on a four hour flight it wasn’t enough. And it kept refusing to turn pages. In desperation, I ordered a new one on Monday teatime.
Well, that was Monday finished with and I hadn’t even looked at the Diva Challenge.
So today I woke up feeling very down. No reason, just felt vaguely headachey and fed up. I dragged out some paper and pens to cheer myself up. It always works and it did today. This is what I did…
And then, I remembered the Diva Challenge and couldn’t wait to have a look. she asked us to produce a duotangle, using Dex and Bunzo. Now, i like both these patterns but they didn’t seem like a natural combination to me. You can imagine my surprise when, like the circular piece, it just seemed to come together.
So now we’ve just finished our evening meal, the computer is working; I’ve written my blog, my new Kindle has arrived (in less than 24 hours!) and I’ve done the Diva challenge. Eight o’clock and All’s Well.
See you next week, world, and I hope you have a good one.