Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Laugh or Cry

I try and see the funny side of life.  There's usually something.  Today was a toughie.

The computers went off, along with everything on the electrical circuit that includes power sockets.  That meant no washing machine, no dryer, no computer, no tv, etc etc etc.  I am so used to letting bear amuse himself on the computer and he was supposed to be having a pal around to play computer games.  We rescheduled that pal and we played yahtzee and hung out for six hours until the electrician that DH arranged turned up.  I had checked the (new) circuit board and one of the switches was down.  I tried pushing it up and it wouldn't stick.  I mean, I really pushed and held it.  The sparky pressed it up and everything came back on.  That cost £123.80.

Then when DH got home he called out the AA because his car had started to lose power.  It had more or less limped home for the last mile.  Apparently there was a thingy with the onboard computer which they reset.  That didn't cost us as it is covered by the significant payments we make every month to the AA.  It is obviously worth it as I don't know a tyre from a steering wheel and DH isn't really mechanical, but it's another payment.  DH is potentially, theoretically, possibly, perhaps at some date thinking about lease cars.  Please let it not be soon.  Also the insurance comes out in a lump sum this month and I winced when I heard it.

Then when I was hanging out with bear and took out my knitting I found I had made a dreadful mistake.  I had just got past a part where you put some stitches on a holder, cast off, do some shaping, cast back on and rejoing the stitches on the holder.  I suppose I had since done around three rows of 135 stitches.  I've rejoined it twisted.  I'm going to have to go back over around 400 stitches and with all the increasing and decreasing I don't dare just frog it back.

On the bright side (and there always is one) when I met my pal at the weekend we exchanged gifts.  She finally got her housewarming after over a year.  I got a birthday present that may be last year's or possibly next year's or perhaps the year before last's, but we gave up keeping count a long time ago, we just enjoy the friendship.  This meant I got a lovely Woodwick candle to burn whenever I like, even if it's just me.  Also I found the fridge was not on the same circuit which meant that the groceries delivered this morning stayed cold.  Also, it's made me convinced that I need to try and work out about re-wiring and all sorts of other bits.

Also, we had some sunshine and it was great hanging out with bear.

10 comments:

  1. sorry about the electric problems! Glad your fridge wasn't on that circuit. Could have been even costlier.

    Glad you had a fun time hanging with your friend and Bear. Gifts are always fun to receive.

    I hate looking at our insurance bill. It's got a lot better since the kids got off it. We used to carry car insurance for all of them when they were at University. When daughter moved she finally got her own. The company we're with would have been really expensive. She ended up saving $60 a month going with another company!

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    1. Insurance is such a minefield! I'm dreading it when bear is older! x

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  2. I think I would probably have sat and cried Lyssa-x-

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    1. I did consider this as a realistic option x

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  3. Laugh always. I would never have been able to sort that lot out !

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    1. I think being able to tell the story of it has saved the little sanity I have left. x

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  4. How frustrating to have to pay that amount of money just to have someone come over and do the exact thing you tried to do, yourself! But, well done on focusing on the positives - the fridge had power during the whole time, your husband's car got attended to, the electricity was restored, you and bear got to play a board game and you get to enjoy a candle! Hope you got the knitting figured out!

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    1. Thank you. The knitting is a challenge I'm working up to. And there is usually a bright side. x

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  5. I know there are things worse than a power outage but I'm stuck to think of what. ha. I hate running from room to room carrying a candle that doesn't light very much and you end up bumping into stuff. Then I never have my kindle fully charged when the power does go out. Sounds like you made the best of it and enjoy time with the Bear.

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    1. I was so grateful that it was just the circuit with the plugs and we still had lights. Previous power cuts have left me very nervous! x

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