It had to go . . .


For quite some time now, I have been a moderate fan of MSN News. I say moderate, because while it’s definitely not the the best news portal on the internet, it’s one of the easiest to navigate. It is certainly better than the BBC news service, which seems to be quite biased in it’s reporting sometimes. I decided this morning that MSN News no longer offers what I like to read about. It’s not so much the actual news that’s the problem though.

Recently the comments has been restored and although I like to read comments (some of them are laughable) there seems to be a hard core of commentators that express their opinion on every story, regardless of the topic. They seem to range from hard right wing extremists to conspiracy theorists to simple sales pitchers, all hiding behind pseudonyms. Comment moderation appears to happen only when some reader reports the comment, even when the comment is blatantly offensive to a section of the community.

So it has to go. For now, I have replaced my news digest portal with the online version of The Huffington Post. Most of the big national UK newspapers require to ‘subscribe’ to their website/newspaper in order to read full articles and I for one am not prepared to do that. It is simply a matter of cost. The average price is between £6.00 to £18.00 per week.

Back to work ….


   The rest of Sunday went quite well. Youngest came back in a good mood. It sounds like he had had a good time. Eldest called, but I’m not sure he knew what day it was. Tried to ring Mrs H, but forgot she was working.

   Then it was work !!!!! D*** is on holiday for a week, so it was up to K**** to cover some of his work. It’s not fair really, as P*** is the supervisor, and it should be him that runs the show. Still K**** is the better of the two. It’s just a shame she does not get paid for what she does. Still having some issues with some of the routines and procedures. Certain people, think they know what they are doing. I think they are beginning to realise that they know a lot less than they thought.

   It was a busy day though. There was a lot of jobs to get through, but I got my head down, and they all got done. I don’t think G***, my colleague that sits opposite me was too happy with me. Lots of tuts and sighing. But there are times when I just need to crack on, and chatting over the desktop is not a priority. No doubt she will have a moan to the boss about it.


    Mrs H talked to S**** tonight. She tried chatting on MSN, but he was not answering. I think he was using his mobile to connect, and it does not always show when someone comes online. Anyway, I texted him to say she wanted to chat, and he said she could ring. From what I could make out, he did not get up until 06:00pm, and was just making some food at 10:00pm !!! Mrs H did not look pleased. He does not make it easy !!!

   Now, the question is …… do I go to the quiz-night tomorrow ??? Sometimes, I think I’m expected, then other times, I feel like a spare part. I’ll not decide until the last moment, but I’ll be out on Wednesday night (drama group), and may be out on Saturday (?), and definitely out on Sunday, so who knows .

A good day ….


   Surprisingly, today turned out quite well. Thought we may have problems, when R*** woke up at half past three, but after getting him a drink, he settled back to sleep around quarter past four. For the majority of the day, he has been fine. The odd glitch, here and there, but nothing serious. A good day. And he seems to have had a good time with his support worker too.

   I made what is called a Barm Brack today!!! It is basically a type of tea-bread, but tastes kind of like a malt loaf. It turned out quite good, although it was probably in the oven about 10 minutes too long. I will have another go next week.

   Was chatting tonight on MSN (via smart phone … cocky sod) to an old friend, whom I’ve not chatted to for quite a while. Strange as it may seem, I think the world of this person. I have never met her, don’t know what she looks like, only ‘spoken’ on MSN, but have a lot of respect for her. It is strange.

Today just happened


   Quite an uninteresting day today. A fall out from a disagreement, that I was expecting did not happen, which was unusual. I was just about ready for a fight. Never mind, it is bound to happen sooner or later. The problem is, that I’ve been sat opposite the same person now, for nearly four years. It has been getting very tiresome for the past twelve months, and one day it will snap. I thought it was going to happen yesterday, but I really bit my tongue and held back. There are issues here, and I should bring them to the attention of a higher authority. But that could make it worse for me. It is a fine balance, but if I’m pushed………

   No quiz tonight. Eldest did not turn up, and I was not really bothered about going on my own. We had bit of a bad turn with the youngest, and I did not feel like leaving Mrs H on her own with him. He seems to be okay now. I don’t really have a problem, going to the pub on my own. There are a couple of people I could chat to, and possibly do the quiz with, but maybe next time. If he comes up for his drama tomorrow, we will probably go then. Tried texting him tonight. It was his first day back at Uni today, but he may just be tired. He had to be there for 10:00am, and even earlier tomorrow. His flatmate did not go Uni today. It is not good, missing the first day. S**** has said himself, that it is not going to be as last year. There are deadline that they have to meet this year.

   Just been chatting on MSN to my American friend. We’ve not had much success, MSN kept throwing her out. We have not chatted for quite a while. We never seem to be both online at the same time these days. It’s funny, we used to chat every evening, and often during the day too. strange how things change. Mind you, there are a lot of people, that I used to chat to a lot, but I do not like it when they get too close and serious, and start opening up with their secrets. It then becomes a bind, and the fun element is lost.

   There was a message on Twitter yesterday from the classical ‘Boy Band’, Blake. Their new album is out next week, and so for their Twitter and Facebook followers, they had posted a free mp3 on  a website. I downloaded it, and it sounds very good. Just for a laugh, I sent a DM back, thanking them for the freebie. To my surprise, one of the guys tweeted back !!!!! I was well impressed. So that is the 3rd famous person, that has tweeted back to me. First is was Maggie Philbin, then Sarah Brown (the PM’s wife) and now Blake. Where will it all end !!!!

A new week …. hurrah


   K**** was back at work today. Everyone has missed her, well at least I hope they have. It was good to see her back. All went quite well. No problems with the PDA’s, although I’ve logged 11 for repair, and have only received quotes for 10 of them. I know what will happen.  I’ll raise an order for 10 repairs and get it emailed off, then the 11th quote will come through, and I’ll have to raise another order. If I wait, I’ll have to ring the help-desk and ask what is happening.

  I got a random email for an MSN friend this morning. It had a link to a web based software called Status Checker. This is apparently a piece of software the is supposed to check to see who has blocked you on MSN. My Geek instincts told me not to open the thing, and to let the person who sent me it know. It turns out that I could have been right. MSN Status Checker is a valid web service, that tries to do what it says. However, as all Geeks and Nerds know, never click on links on emails, unless you know what the link is. Even then, I’m very wary. This thing could be a variant of the ‘koobface’ virus.

   S****’s back seems to be no better. He’s seen the doctor, but we don’t know what he said really. It would appear, that he needs to register with a doctor nearer where he lives, and then needs to get some physiotherapy. I’m not too sure about that though. It would be different if he was going to be living in Leeds for a long time, but he could be back at home next August, which is his work experience year, or more likely even further away.

   I seem to be getting quite a bit of pressure fro the candidate for the local Labour Party. Our MP is standing down at the next election, and I’ve had the three candidates contact me over the past few weeks. One of them, Karen Bruce has been in email contact, another one, James Ellis (I think) even came to see me. The third sent his CV, but he was so unremarkable, that his name has not even registered. I have to ask myself, where is all this interest when the General or even Local elections are happening. This is such a safe Tory seat, that they just don’t even bother to show their faces. How can they expect to get new voters. And by the same token, the Tories are so confident here, that we don’t see them either. At the last local election, the only literature we got from any party, was from the BNP, and that was pushed through the letterbox after 11:00 at night. As for the Lib-Dems, well the words ‘chocolate’ and ‘teapot’ spring to mind. I will not be voting, as I am no longer a party member, but if I did, Karen Bruce would be my choice.

   All done.

…… continued


   Today went as well as it should have. No problems with the handhelds over the weekend, which is a good thing. I thought we may had an issue with one of them,  but it seems to have either corrected itself, or more likely it was an user error. Everyone seemed to be in a happier mood than usual. It is not good really, when a managers staff enjoy his holiday more than he does !!!!!

   R*** was back from his respite today, and he is still very much the same as he went. Still the random attacks without any apparent reason. One minute anger, the next laughing.

  Managed to get some music and some ringtones on my phone today. It is not the same as the old phone, as it is a completely different operating system. So the way I managed the files before bears no resemblance to the way I do now. The Nokia PCSuite will not connect via bluetooth, which is odd, so I have to use the USB cable, or connect through the Blue Soleil bluetooth manager. Only another two days to go, before I am able to utilise the full package. What’s the betting, I don’t use it to it’s full potential. I think I may use the calendar option though … we shall see.

   The new TV is performing well. We found out how to get the radio on through the Freeview, and how to use it a picture frame. I am going to put some pictures on a memory stick, and see if we can get a slide show.

   Still no Skype call from S****. He knows his mum wants to say hello, but he seems to be avoiding the issue. He was on MSN yesterday, but seemed to go offline when I went online. All it takes is for him to sign in for a while, and she would be happy. Well for a while anyway. I wonder if he has got a job yet. I texted him, but no reply as yet. With me still not used to this phone, I don’t know if he got the message.

   Right, I think that is enough for one day.

OMG … my phone


Well, I only went and trashed the memory card for my phone. All I did, was … well I don’t know what I did really. Or even why, all I remember is the memory card flying across the desk, and the phone telling me the card was not formatted !!!!! I lost all my pictures, ringtones and music. I can get all the music back, as they are on the PC, and so are some of the tones, but it is such a bore having to put things back. To top it all, I had backed up the settings on the phone, to the card.

Crossed wires with the eldest last night. I thought, R**** was bringing him home (to this house), but what he actually meant was his flat, or as he calls it, his home !!! Told him, not to say the when Mrs H is around. That would finish her off I think. So I don’t think I got much sleep after waking up around half past two. He managed to get his broadband up and running, so we should be able to speak to him on Skype. That’s relying on him turning Skype on of course. May try talking through MSN messenger, although I’ve only ever used the cam without sound.

I don’t think there is any more to say.

A longish day


Well I was tired, before I started today. Yesterdays late night seemed to do for me a little. Work went okay. The usual minor irritations caused by people who just rush things, without checking all the facts.

Eldest is at a gig in York tonight. A lot of his drama friends have gone, because R**** is one of the performers. I hope he not too late getting in. He has to be up early, as I’m taking him to his flat. I think everyone has to be up for work tomorrow, so they may not be late. Mrs H is not too pleased with him though. He must have been up even later, after we got in, as he did not get up until one o’clock. She was hoping that they might go out during the day somewhere.

There does not appear to be anyone to chat to tonight. Very strange. Not of my contacts are signed into MSN. There is usually at least one person logged in. I had a quick peep in Chat, but that was very quiet.

Youngest has been fine again, although he has just had a bit of an ‘episode, when I told him to shut his PC down.  However, it was not as intense and as extended as usual, so I guess that it was just something that upset him. He does not seem to holding his ears as much either since they were syringed.

The email I get from the ‘Money Saving Expert’, was not up to much this week. There was a link to a free Lily Allen download. I got it, but it was a big disappointment. It is some kind of dance remix, and not the originals. There does not seem to have been many offers from MSE the past few weeks. Some of the offers seem to be a lot of work for very little.

Eldest has just rung (unusual for him) to let us know that he has been invited to the after gig party. I thought that might happen. He says R**** will give him a lift home. He will just have to go on the bus tomorrow. I hope his flat-mate tidies up a bit, or more likely tidies up a lot.

I’m getting a little tired of this theme, so you may see something different in the next day or two.

Done for now.

It’s over ……


Well that’s my holiday all done. It’s been a hard week all told, and I’m not looking forward to going back. It will be quite a busy day tomorrow, what with D*** being off. I’ll have more jobs than usual, but it should make the day pass quicker. Must remember to get some petrol in the morning, although the warning light should come on when I start up.

R*** has not been too bad today, however we did have a bad episode, as usual, at tea-time. It’s now 10:40pm and he is a little angry, although he did not create as much fuss as I expected, when I shut his PC down. He is quiet now, let’s hope it lasts.

I am going to see S**** at lunch time tomorrow. I have some paperwork for him, and a couple of other things. I hope he is up when I get there. I’ll ring about 11:00am. That should give him plenty of time, to do whatever.

Just watched the last Indiana Jones film. The jury is still out on that one. It was certainly not as good as the others. It did not seem to have the usual WOW factor, that the other films had. Still it was quite watchable, although I don’t think Mrs H was too impressed.

I’ve tried out a couple of different Instant Messaging clients over the past couple of days. Had a go at Digsby, which I mentioned before. Too much going on I fear, I had to drop it. I then tried a client called Trillian Astra. That was very similar, just too much for what I need. So I said goodbye to that too. Looks like I’m going to stick with Microsoft for the time being.

My good friend A*** has just signed in on MSN. Have not chatted with her, for ages, must be at least a month. A nice person. She is one of the first people I chatted with, when I joined the Lycos chat room.

Well I think that is it.

… start with a question ….


Why do boxer shorts have buttons ? How the hell are you supposed to unbutton the damn things, through 4 inches of zip ? Any ideas !!

A mostly uneventful day today. Youngest, despite what I said, was not up early. However his ‘anger’ has continued almost hourly, all day. You could set your clock by it. Again, no obvious triggers, unless it is his ‘unfinished business’ from the night before. Who knows. He seems to have quietened down a lot this evening. Although he is still a bit edgy, and snappy at the slightest thing.

No phone call from the eldest. Again Mrs H is a bit saddened about that. I did not expect him to ring, and to be honest, it it was me, I don’t think I would be ringing home every other night either. I did not when I got married. We will see if he rings tomorrow.

I have just found out that my animated profile picture on MSN worked. J**** said it freaked her out a little. I have to agree there. It was not what I expected. I’ve juggled my PC desk a little, so now I can get my camera on top of the monitor, where it belongs. I should be able to get better pictures now.

That’s just about it I think. Sundays are quite mediocre.

Two more days to go…….


That’s right. Only two more days, then I get a week annual leave. To be honest, I think I need it. It has been a long July, and August looks like it could be the same.

The eldest lad phoned at lunchtime, to say he was not feeling so good. Sounds like he has had a dodgy pizza on top of a few (or not so few) pints of Tetley’s. He’s spent the day in bed. Of course Mrs H is thinking swine flu !!!! But then again, so many people think they have got/had swine flu, or at least, some version of it !!! Strange thing happened tonight though. Mrs H had been trying to ring him, and was very concerned (as usual) that he was not answering his phone. I signed into MSN on my mobile, and noticed the he was signed in also. So I messaged him, but got no reply. Then he rang to say how he was. Later, I had to go upstairs, and noticed that his room door was open, and that his PC was running. I turned on the monitor, and it was running an AVG scan. Could not understand why it was running, or why the PC was on. I checked some of the PC settings, to see if it was set to start-up when AVG scan was due, and there was nothing I could see. We are now thinking, that the youngest lad had, for some reason, switched the PC on. Unfortunately, his condition prevents him from saying whether he did or not !!!! Strange. I will ask S**** when I see him if it has done that before.

No J**** on MSN again. Not chatted since the 1st of August. I hope I’ve not upset her or scared her off at all. She is a nice person to chat to. Last thing I said to her, was that I hoped to talk more about her. Maybe that’s it. Maybe I sounded too heavy !! Who knows. Just got a message. Been busy, that’s all. I had a quick chat with M**** on facebook earlier. Been a long time since I chatted to her. She’s been through the mill over the past few months. Doesn’t pull any punches at all. She was one of the first people I chatted to on the ‘Lycos Chat’ that was. Seems to be a good laugh. Always been straight with me. Here’s a thought …… why are most of my online friends women ????

Bloody appraisal tomorrow (as I may have said a few times). It will be another period of my life I’ll never get back. It’s not as if it really means anything. No promotion, pay increase or anything like that, just an excuse to give me my ‘objectives’ for the year. Oh and an excuse for Spike to be both patronising and condescending at the same time. How does he do that ?? There must be an art to it.I’d just love to be fly on the wall, when he does G***s appraisal. She takes even more serious than he does. Could be fun.

Done for now.

Only a week and one day ….


The above refers to a celebration, of which I will speak no further. Them that know, know!

So that’s Sunday over. The quick walk to the pub was a none starter, as expected. In fact, it may have been that thought that set the youngest off last night. Just before midnight, and he’s getting worked up. Then he was up at 6am, still fretting about something. He eventually calmed, but the little bit of a lie-in was gone. Saying that though, we did not get any ‘episodes’ to speak of at all. Fingers crossed. However, he is on respite from tomorrow, and he has just said that he does not want to go. A bit half hearted though, so maybe he is just saying it because we expect him to.New desk lamp (sad I know)

My new desk lamp seems to be a great hit with every-one.  The last one I had for, well must be 10 years, and it used very small halogen bulbs,of which I have 15 in the garage. I bought a job lot at B&Q at 3 for £1.00, when they were reduced to 25p for three.  Stuck with them now, but it was a bargain at the time. !!

Software house rang back on Friday. Seventeen minutes past five !!!! I raised the call on Wednesday, and it was not until about ten thirty on Friday morning that good old W**l rang me to ‘clarify the problem’. At the end of the call, I don’t think he had got what the problem was. I know why they leave it until after five. They can then say, that they tried to solve the problem, but we were not available. So it gives then 4/5 days to solve the problem,but it is our fault that it was not solved sooner. Happens every time.

No-one to chat to tonight !!! I’m feeling very left out. INoesis chat cannot believe that there is no-one on MSN. I’m considering going into the  ‘Chat’ for a while. Just to see if there is anyone in that I know.

Well that was a waste of time …… only one person in that I know, and they were not chatting. Is it something I said/didn’t say/do ??

I wonder if my pedometer pack will turn up this week. I’m supposed to start recording steps from the 1st August. I hope I can keep it up, which reminds me. I must have a walk sometime tomorrow. Mind you, with the youngest being away, I may have company. I may also end up in the pub, half way round again. I got details of the ‘running club’. It sounds a little bit too much for me at the moment. I may have to break myself in gently, although I’ll need to get some kit even before the gentle stuff.

All done.

Day seven …


It’s true …… been doing a daily blog for seven days (pat self on back.) When I started last Sunday, I had no idea, that I could do three days in a row, let alone seven.

I have a new header picture. It was one I took on my mobile phView from Windmill Roadone a few weeks ago. Mrs H and me were out for a walk, and I liked the colours. It was up on Windmill Road, which has quite a steep incline if you walk it from Clifford. I took two photos and this is the second one. They are not bad picture, to say they are from a mobile.

No walk today. The rain just made it a no go. I went to the pub at lunch time (again). I needed to get away. G*** and her bloody phone was driving me nuts. How difficult can it be to swap a phone ???? Of course it was not her fault … everybody else was at fault.

The drive home was a bit scary. The rain was very heavy in parts on the A1, and most vehicles were driving with care. Of course there was the odd exception. The usual ‘loonies’ in their 4×4’s, driving like idiots in the outside lane.

It’s the school fayre tomorrow. Me and the youngest will not go. He cannot really cope with these days, and if I’m honest, I cannot cope either. And I suppose it’s not really fair on him…we’ve been telling him all week, that Friday is his last day.

York - nightime Eldest seems to have had a good time in York last night. Mrs H said, that he absolutely stank of booze this morning. He does not have a clue when he went to bed, but then again, when I was that age, I think I had nights like that…but I don’t remember.

My new MSN friend, J**** came back yesterday. It’s nice to chat again. I’ve just said, that it is strange to think, that 3 weeks ago, we just said ‘hello/how are you/goodbye’ in chat and now we chat properly most nights.

That’s it for now.

A wet day


It was a bit wet at lunchtime, but still warm. Warm and wet does not bode well for a walk by the sewerage works. So I thought I would walk when I got home again. However, It was looking really unsettled, when I got home, and true to form, it was raining within half an hour. Anyway, after yesterdays ‘epic’ four miler, my legs were a bit achy.

Eldest is out on the lash, in York tonight, with some old school pals. As we do not have a bus service, that would get him the 15 miles or so to York, I took A64 at Bramhamhim. It is ridiculous really. It is only 2 miles from our house to the A64, but we would have to catch a bus to Seacroft (10 miles), to catch the bus to York. It always gets me angry, when people says we have to change our reliance on the car. Improve the bus services and people will change. I get even angrier, when they call it ‘public transport’. It’s not!! They are private commercial companies that are in business to make a profit for their shareholders. Customers take a back seat, and routes are only viable if they make lots of money. Rant over !!

J**** was back tonight. I left an offline message, but when I logged on to MSN, she sent a goodnight message. She will have been travelling for a long time, so bound to be tired. We will chat tomorrow hopefully. I have missed her. Strange that, after such a short time. I had a bit of chat with N*** on Yahoo this morning. We’ve not done that for ages. It was good to hear from her.

S**** is having his PDR (personal development review) tomorrow, so that means that we will have to have ours next week. It will be next week, as he is off the week after (hurrah). I would love to be a fly on the wall when he does G***’s PDR. I imagine that sparks will fly !!!!

All done (see I appear to be writing everyday…how long will this last … watch this space)

A bit of a change


It has been a reasonable day today, after the youngest sons ‘episode’ this morning. He had wanted some movie clips downloading last night, and of course, it was too late when I got in. So working on my theory, that he wakes up with ‘unfinished business’, that resulted in the episode. I did the clips when I got in from work, but he was not happy. It was then that I found that the disc I had done could not be seen on his PC. Probably because they were cheap. Saying that, they were half price at £3.50 for 25, so not really ‘cheap’.

So to the change. Well it was a bit wet this lunchtime, so I did not go for my little walk. I went to the pub instead. NoThe windmill on Windmill Rd the change was, I walked when I got home. I walked for about 75 minutes, so I must have covered about 4 miles. Up to Clifford, then along Windmill Road to Town Hill and then home. It was Windmill Road that slowed me down. I’ll walk the route the opposite way next time. It was a good job that I did not have any money with me, as I was ready for a drink as I passed the Red Lion. My legs were aching (and still are) when I got home. Just not used to the exercise at all. Still I’ll keep going whilst the weather holds. I did think of getting by cycle out though. That may be an alternative. R**** mentioned last night about the Bramham Running Group, and that I should join. If I get sent any info through facebook, I’ll look into it.

No one chatting on MSN tonight, and I don’t want to go into ‘Chat’. The last time I logged in, there seemed to be a lot of back stabbing and nastiness. I get enough of that at work. I am missing chatting to J**** though. I hope her holiday is going well. I just had a quick look in Chat …. still the same . I think I’ll give it a miss for a few days.

Sunday am …


Well here goes with the ‘write something everyday idea. We shall see how long this lasts.

Surprise mobile MSN from J**** this morning. I did not expect to here from her for a few days. On her way to Ireland and messaging from the coach. What a nice thing to do.

Waiting for a text from the eldest. Going to see if he needs picking up before 6pm. If he does, it means taking youngest with me. Don’t think either of them would be too pleased about that !!

A couple of jobs to do today. Going to get them done ASAP. Get them over with.

That’s it for now. Not much I know, but I may add a little more later … watch this space !

It’s been a long week ….


Work is a ball ache. Nuff said ?

Eldest lad and me went to Scarborough last Sunday (youngest was on respite.) Very ‘man-to-man’ experience. A pint in a pub, then fish & chips on the front, before a couple of games of pool in the arcade. We then went on to Filey, but there was nowhere to park, and we were both feeling a bit tired so we just came home. Took ages to get there, traffic was a nightmare.

I was off on Thursday, and we took the eldest to Beverley to stay with his Uni pal. This is the guy he will be sharing a flat with from August. Only stopped to say ‘hello’ and then we had to leave, but he seemed okay. We then had a day in Bridlington, which was nice. It seemed very strange, just the two of us. Took us back a few years. Is this what we will have to get used to again ??? I am going to pick him up at around 6pm on Sunday.

I have a new friend on MSN. A nice person from ‘chat’. We got into ‘PM’ somehow, and it grew from there. We now chat for a while most nights. No expectations, just pleasant conversation. She is going to Ireland for 5 days, so I’ll be a bit lost chat-wise. I never know when N*** is online, A*** seems to be very stressed at the moment and certain other people can be a bit weird. Some take everything too serious. Lighten up !!

I saw the nurse on Wednesday evening, about my blood pressure. Gave me lots of ‘good advice’. Told me I need to do 20 mins vigorous exercise, at least five days a week. So the walk along the prom at Brid was a start. On Friday, I decided to go for a ‘brisk’ walk at lunchtime. Walked on the footpath toward the M1. It was about 2 miles there and back, so not bad. I will try and do that more often. It’s not the most pleasant of routes, but I’ll put my MP3 player on, and make the best of it.

Gardening today. Hedge trimming and lopping mostly, and the ubiquitous grass cutting. I’m wacked, but you can see what we did.

I need to write more often. Get into a routine. This needs a plan. I may have to make notes during the day…that may be an idea.

That’s it for now.

Where did the week go ….


Well a whole week without a blog. Am I slipping back into old my old habit ? I hope not. So what has happened this week ?

Well surprisingly, not that much really. Eldest passed his driving test, which was good. He was really over the moon about it, and we are all relieved, that that part is over. Now he has to ‘learn to drive’ as all the instructors tell us when we pass. Thing is now, that he thinks he can use my car whenever he wants. He wanted to go to Harrogate in it last night, on his own. We managed to explain to him that it is different driving on your own to being told where to go. Both Mrs H and me think he would be better practising locally for a week or two before he goes off, on his own, on a medium length journey. He is still a little wary, but that will pass over the next few weeks. Mrs H has been looking on-line for prices of new cars for me, so that we can give him mine. This will need a great deal of thought, before we go down that line.

Not spoken to anyone on MSN this week. Mind you saying that, I don’t chat to many on there anyway these days. Always seem to miss Mrs C, when she is on. I tend not to stay on-line a lot now (the youngest sees to that).

I’ve been back on ‘the chat’ again a few times this week. I’m in two minds about that. It really does seem very pointless. It is getting to the point where, if you don’t make smutty suggestive remarks, then no-one chats to you. I do not know if I want that.

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A short week next week. I’ve got my hospital appointments on Friday, so I’ll be having flexi in the morning and Special Leave in the afternoon. I’m also at the dentist tomorrow lunchtime. I need a filling repairing, so I’m not looking forward to that much. In all fairness, I have not had anything done, except for scaling and polishing for a few years. In fact, I don’t remember having any work done with this dental practice at all.

If anyone actually read this, you may notice, that I have added the 2007 entries from my Google  ‘Blogger’ blog. I had to look through forums to find a work round, as the direct import routine failed. I was also able to offer some advice to someone who was having a problem with their import, which was very satisfying. I need to ask the question about importing my Windows Live Spaces blog. See if that is possible. Or perhaps not

….. back to work we go ……


What a horrible Bank Holiday Monday it has been. Rain all day, and cold too. It has been a strange weekend really. The youngest has been fine all three days, which was a help. The eldest……well that’s another story. He left his wallet at work on Saturday, he hopes. Then Sunday night him, his girlfriend and some friends went to the pub, then onto the friends house later. Did not get in until 3:30am. Then his girlfriend was ill all night, and this morning had to Harrogate for 11:00am. We left at 10:41am !!!!!!! I think I did pretty well to get them there for 11:10.  I thought he was going to burst into tears when he got in my car. He looked so depressed, and she looked upset too. so what could you do or say ? He had not even said goodbye. I told him to either say goodbye or go ! So he went! He was supposed to come home with me, but he decided to go out with them for the day, and stop the night. It is very upsetting for Mrs H.

It’s a four day week for the next four weeks. A leave day, another Bank Holiday and my hospital appointment. I could get used to this. Dentist tomorrow though and this time I need some work doing. I think I lost part of a filling. The tooth is quite sharp and was a little sensitive a week or two ago.

I put the new wheel trims on yesterday. They look very good. I also tried putting the graphics on, but that was not as successful. I got one on, but it did not look right. In fact it looked quite tacky. Not at all like I expected, so I took it off straight away.

Still no sign of Mrs C on MSN. As before, she has been in facebook, but not at the same time. I’ll just check MySpace ……nope not there. I’ll tell you what though JM left a tweeted at around 6:00pm that she was having a nap, and would someone text her at 6:45pm. So I picked up her mobile number from facebook and sent a text at around 6:50pm. Thought no more of it, until she replied back by text to say thanks. I was amazed … the power of Twitter I suppose.

Successful day


The IT meet went very well. I think they just about have got the idea now, although they are still talking about ‘corporate measures’ that will change everything we do. I don’t think so. We are the largest income generating section within the Council, and if IT think they can jeopardise that, they are in for a massive wake-up call.

Eldest went out with Mrs H in my car today. It seems to have gone okay, but then his stupid head kicked in tonight. He wanted to drive to the village hall, but he had had a couple of drinks, so that was not going to happen. So he went off in a huff. I just don’t get him sometime. To cap it all, the youngest kicked off at 10:00pm tonight. It lasted about 20 minutes. It is getting really difficult to cope now.

Subject change……

A friend I’ve not chatted to for a while has logged onto MSN. I said ‘hi’, but she is away. Shame. I’ve not chatted to Mrs C for a few days. She doesn’t seem to be on MSN at the moment. I hope all is well there. I don’t really like chatting on facebook, and MySpace is a bit too longwinded and slow.

I’m not sure if I like my new theme. It does not look as sophisticated as the ‘Misty’ one. It may grow on me, but I just don’t like any of the others. They all look very sameish.

A little bit of this ….. a little bit of that …..


Saturday went well. Potted on some of my seedlings. They are looking quite good, fingers (and everything else) crossed, they will survive the holiday. No luck with the Lottery again. There should be a prize for nearly numbers. You know, where you nearly get the right numbers. Maybe get you money back if 4 or more numbers are near to the drawn numbers. For example the Lottery (funny how no-one calls it ‘Lotto’!!) draws say 1,21,22,35,6,47 and you have 2,20,34,7 and a couple of others. Because 4 of your numbers are within 1 number of the draw number, you get £1.00 or a free play. Worth a thought ??

The National was good. Poor start again though. We Mon Mome - 2009 Gand National Winnerdon’t really need two false starts. It’s the jockeys fault, they should be ready. When the starter calls them in, they should be ready to go. Not facing the wrong way.  What’s that all about !! A 100:1 winner though,who would have thought of that. I bet only the groom and her partner had money on that one. The bookies are laughing all the way to he  travel agents.

Packing to do tomorrow morning. Youngest will want some more YouTube downloads. I think there are another 2 lots of 26 to do, and then it should be done. I timed it this afternoon. To download 26 videos and convert them to .wmv format, takes around 1 hour 15 minutes. I had 3 lots to do today. What he is doing is collecting the American versions of the classic series. There are 9 DVD’s in the series at the moment, although I think there is another one either out now or in the very near future.

This may be that last blog for a week. No internet while I’m away. With any luck, I should still be able to get MSN on the phone, so I’ll still be able to chat to anyone who wants to.

Holidays are all gone.


All gone. Well until April that is, when they start again. Its been a good four days really. Lunch out, and a trip to the MacArther Glen outlet on Friday. Harrogate on Saturday. I bought a pair of tongs for cooking. Yesterday it was Fountains Abbey and Ripon. We also went the Tates Garden centre. Kath got some perennial plants, and I bought a greenhouse. Well it is more a four shelf cold frame. It will be good for growing seeds. Kath want to grow salad leaves, and I think they need to start off away from the cold. I want to take some cuttings, and I would like to have a go at growing bedding Dahlias’ again.

MSN has been playing up tonight. It seemed to have lost all the profile pictures, in the main window. They are coming back gradually. Well most are.

Why……


You know, sometimes, not often, but occasionally, I get to thinking ‘Why do I bother with it’. Not life you understand, but this ‘social networking’ I have gotten into. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good laugh, and I do enjoy the ‘chatting’ and the silly games, but … what is the point?

There are some nice people and some very nice people, but on the other hand there are some ‘okay’ people and some not so nice people. I have steered clear of the latter category and the ‘okay’ people I can take or leave.

The problem I have is that, on some occasions, I just am not in the mood to ‘socialise’. It is then that I feel I am letting friends down (and some of them are friends, even though we have never met .. you know who you are.) Take tonight for example. On MSN, there are currently 2 people that I like chatting to. Facebook has another. I just don’t feel like it. Publish and be dammed !!!!!!!

Weekends all gone….


Well if that’s my weekend, it all gone. Has it been a good one ? I don’t know. It’s just been the weekend. I’ve not done much really. A bit of ‘taxiing’ yesterday, oh and washed the big car. I’ll put mine through the car wash this week sometime. Made a start on my ‘Memories’ thing. That is not going to be a daily project, just when I get around to it, I’ll add a little more.

A normal Sunday today. A bit of washing, a bit of ironing a bit of cooking and nothing much else. I did manage to install Skype on my PC, and get it running. I have to use the cam mike though. It will not work with the head-set that came with the web-cam though. I managed to have a quick chat with Nina using Skype. It was a bit like MSN, so it seems to be quite a reasonable chat client in that respect. I have yet to try it with video, so that will be interesting.

I just missed my friend tonight. As I was signing out of MSN, they logged in. By the time I had logged back in, they had gone. Never mind.

It is going to be a short week this week. I’m on leave Friday and the following Monday, so it will be a 4-4-4 fortnight. It’s the last two days of this years leave, so I have to get them taken.

No suit tomorrow. I am going to wear a jacket and trouser separates. It will make a change.