Well the answer to that is that I don’t really know. I mean, how do you tell?
I received a notification that a ‘blogger’ had liked a post and was now following me. Of course I was interested to know who they were and to have a look at some of their posts. On opening their site I was surprised to see that the only post was the standard start-up “This is your first post” entry and that the about page was the the start-up page also. It was also worrying that the name consisted of word with what looked like random numbers after it. It didn’t help that his/her chosen avatar looked like someone from the Assassin Creed books.
It might just be that they are new to WP, but (as good as I believe they are) I think it slightly unlikely that my posts would be the first that a ‘newbie’ would find. I did consider reporting the site as being a spam site, but there was no proof, there was no anything really. So I did the only thing I could think of and that was to remove them as a follower. As I understand, they can follow me again, and maybe that time it could be different.
Guess what was on sale in Morrisons when I went this morning? Easter eggs !!! Apparently, they went on sale for the first time on Monday. That is Monday 14th January 2019. We are not even half way through the first month of the year and someone things its a good time to start selling Easter. It’s getting beyond a joke now. There are still Christmas lights on display in Wetherby and the major supermarket is selling Easter. What is the country coming to? I wonder if they are thinking that after Brexit, nobody will have the money for chocolate.
* I’m not going to put “Brexit” up as a category or a tag. Nobody needs that kind of grief.
It’s something (among many others) that really winds me up. People who over-guard their shopping. I’ll explain. Some people, and the numbers seem to be increasing, will place their goods on the check-out conveyer and then stand with it. Stand right at the end, where they have placed the ‘next please’ separator. They stay there until the cashier starts to scan their goods before they rush to start packing. Don’t they trust anyone? Do they think we are going put things with theirs? They then start to pack their shopping, after refusing any offered help slowly, putting things in different bags according to what they have bought. Then when they come to pay. That’s when they start looking for their vouchers and credit/debit card. Can be very annoying.
Well it’s back to work on Monday. I’ve not worked since the 18th December (boss thought I would have too much on to work Christmas Eve) and I hope I remember what to do. It’s not as it is the most difficult job in the world, but I tend to forget things sometimes. For example, my last task of the day is to turn off the water heater. It’s not an essential job, as the boss usually checks when I’ve gone, but I do have a tendency to forget it. We shall see. Still I’m looking forward to getting stuck in again and seeing the refit work that’s been going on . I had a quick walk past this morning and it seemed to be as full as usual.
It was the funeral yesterday, and It was really a celebration of her life. It was very sad, but also very beautiful. My eldest son spoke a very moving tribute, that he had written himself that was very emotional. It had people in tears one minute then smiling in remembrance the next. I was very proud.
K*** has been spending a great deal of time with her dad over the past couple of weeks, so for the majority of the time, I’ve been “Home Alone” so to speak. R*** was back at his respite flat on Monday (he’s due home again tonight) so I was left to my own devices. I’ve come to the conclusion, based on this last week, that I don’t actually like television. There has been nothing on that could actually say “I mustn’t miss that!” I’ve not been in the mood for writing or listening to music, but I have been reading. I recently found a book called “The Gods of War” by Conn Iggulden. It is about Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire. What I didn’t know when I started started it, was that it was book four of a series of five. There was a page missing at the front which listed the rest of the series. I read about 80% of the book back in November when we were away for a few days, before I realised. I managed to hunt down books one and two and am well on the way with book two now. I’m struggling to find book three, I tend to buy second/third hand books from charity shops (as I think the big book retailers make enough money) as I have not seen it in any independent book shop. I did spot it in one shop, but it was picked up before I got chance.
As I understand it, the Christian calendar has today (5th January) as being “Twelfth Night”. It is the time when the three Wise Men/Kings visited the new born child. Some cultures have Twelfth Night as the 6th as they count Boxing Day as the 1st day of Christmas. Traditionally, in the West it is the day when Christmas gets put back into the loft, for at least the next 340 days.
So today is the start of the time when you suddenly realise what it has actually cost. This is when those credit card bills start to hit the floor and you begin to wonder how on earth you are going to pay for it all. But most people do manage to pay for it, even if it does take until next November.
The worst part of “Taking Christmas Down” and I think a lot will agree is that there is always that one lone decoration that gets missed. Stuck in an obscure place that you never even think to look at, it sits there all alone. Until that is, when you get a visitor that spots it and you have to either tell them that you’re keeping that one up or laugh embarrassingly at your own incompetence. Hate it!
Of course then there is the tree to deal with. If it’s a real cut tree, you have to find some way of getting rid of it. Back in the day when I was young, all you did was leave next to your dustbin and the ‘bin-men’ would take it away. Now of course, that rarely happens and it means either a trip to the tip or paying someone. If it is one of those artificial trees, you have the difficulty of getting it back in the bag/box that it came out of. Not an easy task. Last year we bought a small living tree in a pot, and it stood on the deck outside for nearly twelve months. It is in a smallish pot, to try and stunt its growth a little, but it managed to put on about 23/26 cms in height. It just went in the place we wanted, but I doubt it will go there next year.
Bit of a sh*t start to 2019. My wife’s mother died of pneumonia in hospital last night. She had been poorly for a while and went into hospital on Boxing Day. It had been fully expected to happen for a few days, but you are never prepared for the emotions that hit you when it finally does.
I just telephoned my mother to break the news and it was really hard, especially as she is not well either. In fact they were both in the same hospital at the same time, just on different floors of the same wing.
That’s all I can say really.
On a better note, the eldest son and his partner are having a baby. It will be June sometime when it’s due, and its a weird thought. I’m going to be a grand-dad. We never thought it would happen as his previous, just wasn’t interested and it would never be possible with our youngest. With people with his level of Autism, it just isn’t a thing that happens. So I’m going to be “Grumpy Gramps”, which I kind of like.