The Story So Far
The story so far is as follows. Up to today (Friday) I have stripped all the wallpaper and hung the lining paper on half of the walls. I need to hang lining paper as my walls are like orange peel so it makes things awkward when trying to re-decorate. The rate of hanging is quite slow. About 10 minutes to measure / cut and paste each piece of paper. About 10 swear words to hang said piece of paper. Then about 20 minutes to sit down and take a break before the next piece. At this rate I will be finished the job by about August, maybe. The good thing about it is I am enjoying myself doing it. All the time that I am working away I have my iPod blaring away at me from the dock. It’s like a guessing game sometimes trying to remember who this is coming on.
There was a break of 6 days in the decorating though. My Father in Law passed away last Friday very peacefully at home as were his wishes. There was a lot to arrange for the funeral as there usually is. Family members started arriving and this was done and that was done. Messages of sympathy started to arrive and in general everybody was very kind. There was a very light hearted funeral service followed by a committal at the crematorium. That was followed by having everyone who wanted to back at our house for a wake. Friends of my wife’s had been in and organised the food and there was other refreshments available. They did a wonderful job. I think I managed to get my hands on 1 sandwich and a cocktail sausage or 2. I missed everything else. My wife was the same. All in all everyone there had a good time and I know that if my Father in Law had been there he would have approved of everything. Many thanks for all the messages of sympathy from bloggers.
Yesterday we were up in Belfast as my wife had a hospital appointment. I thought it might be a good idea to do a bit of shopping so off to Victoria Square we went. House of Fraser was our 1st stop as they had a sale on. I like it when there is discount on everything. I managed to pick up some really nice casual shirts and trousers at a really reasonable price. I picked them out of loads of things as we intend on going on a cruise later this year and I have to look my best. After all, they need to see who I am as well as knowing who I am. Whilst in HoF this female voice called out to me. I looked up and saw this girl / woman who I used to work with some years ago. After introducing my wife and her I had a long chat with her and caught up on things. It was nice to know that she knew who I was. After doing the shopping thing we went and had a burger with our daughter, who just happened to be in the same building with her boyfriend. Eventually got home to 2 very hungry dogs.
Tomorrow I will have a bit of a lie in and maybe hang a few more bits of paper. Or maybe I will just sit and watch some DVD’s
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Posted :: Friday 3/26/2010 10:36:00 AM
Putting It In A Nutshell
Putting things in a nutshell. This week has been quite adventurous for me. I have been out every day and I have even gone out with my wife and had lunch on more than one occasion. I took myself, and an Aunt of my wife’s, to the pictures to see the opening showing of Alice In Wonderland. We went ot the afternoon showing to avoid the kids but guess what? There were kids there anyway making there usual noises and running about the auditorium. Bring back the Torchie is what I say. The film itself I thought was brilliant. I really enjoyed the storyline and the dialogue was great. The FX were really good. Now don’t get me wrong here but I am not a professional fim critic, I am just an ordinary bloke at the flicks. But do go and see this classic, I don’t think you will be disappointed . Honest!
Other things happening in my life this week. We, my wife and I that is, went out yesterday to look at wallpaper. It has got to the stage in our houses life where it needs a total makeover, so starting with the hall, stairs and landing we have picked out a nice paper that we didn’t argue about. We both liked it at the same time. We took a sample home with us and pinned it on the wall to see just what it would look like. Really nice, really bold, really making a statement. Even our daughter likes it. So, today we are going out to buy said paper and any other bits and pieces that we need. This means only one thing folks, my rest and recuperation period is over (although I do have visitors arriving on Thursday so that will give me a bit of grace) There is another reason for buying the paper today of course. It’s on offer. It is reduced from £9.99 a roll to £7.99 a roll with another 15% off on top of that and we also get a 1000 Nectar points as well. I like shopping when it’s in my favour. The only down point is we have to go up to Belfast to get it as we need so much of the stuff and our local store doesn’t have the stock required. Never mind, another day out for me.
While I was out yesterday with my wife and Mother in Law I went into the mobile phone shop to inquire about why my monthly bill was so high. The guy was very good and he looked everything up on the computer for me. Doh! Dumkopfh! And other names to call myself. The reason my bills were so high is because I am making so many calls abroad. No I’m not says I. Yes you are says he. Where says I. To the Republic of Ireland says he. I have never in my life considered The Republic as being abroad. A different country but never abroad. Spain and America and Australia are abroad. But Ireland. I live in Ireland, how can it be abroad? Lesson learnt. Any calls to the Republic will be made on my landline as I have a special weekend rate that only charges local rates. The good nrews there is I can upgrade my phone in May to an iPhone if I want. I will give this much thought. My daughter has one so I will consult with her the pros and cons of having one.
On Friday night I was able to use a knife for the first time since coming out of hospital (they left me with nerve damage you might remember on my right side) It felt great being able to eat my dinner without having to ask someone to cut it up for me. Great innit!
On a bit of a downer. My Father in Law is still hanging in there. He is a strong man and for the moment he is still mentally aware of everything. It’s a waiting game and everyone is just hoping that when the time comes he won’t suffer.
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Posted :: Sunday 3/7/2010 3:23:00 AM