Just hang in there, bloodandsand. Just because a child doesn't appreciate his or her parent doesn't mean she's done a bad job.|
Reply #3001. Jul 10 11, 8:53 AM
|Not sure how to take that, VM! If mine were perfect, I'd wonder where the real Jonathan was, and what had he done with him. We just don't mention the irritating bits! :) |
As far as I can work out, all the grunting means is that they've still got a bit of growing up to do. I think.
Reply #3002. Jul 10 11, 11:41 AM
He doesn't really grunt much, in fact he often has too much to say. It's more the selfishness and ingratitude he's displaying at the moment.|
Reply #3003. Jul 10 11, 12:10 PM
Sorry, Lesley, I don't want to hijack your blog!|
Reply #3004. Jul 10 11, 12:11 PM
|I suspect that the selfishness and ingratitude are all part of the not having a clue. It's what makes us say things like "You just wait till you've got children!" |
This isn't a blog to be hijacked. It's just a nattering place.
Reply #3005. Jul 10 11, 12:18 PM
Natter, natter, natter........sounds like something from "Chas & Dave" ! Lol|
Reply #3006. Jul 10 11, 1:30 PM
If we can't all pitch in, what's the point of reading? Sorry, but I'm not one of those people who can just "stay in the background," simply minding my own business. Besides, if Lesley didn't want our input or stories, she'd have said so long before now :)|
My mother always says, when I annoy her, that she regrets ever having taught me to talk. "What was I thinking?" Don't know, but you're stuck with me now!
Reply #3007. Jul 10 11, 1:39 PM
Congratulations to both your sprog and yourself, Lesley!|
Reply #3008. Jul 10 11, 1:53 PM
|Rabbit rabbit rabbit? :D |
Background? what's one of them?
Thanks, D - happily accepted on behalf of both of us.
Reply #3009. Jul 10 11, 4:40 PM
Occasionally in life you go to get something and you get a buy one get one free, and when I went to see Tiswas live in the 80s their guest act was Chas and Dave. I suppose it cancels out the later visit (with the same friend actually) to see Harry Hill when he had to cancel, I was in credit and then back even. I did however get to know him personally (although not performing) when he filmed opposite my grandma's for a few days so maybe back in profit in that account.|
Half the purpose of blogs is comments, I think here because they are no longer in boxes under each new entry it seems like a normal thread and does tend to deter some interaction. Now we have highlights at least if you see each highlighted box as a new entry then all the following ones are comments, sorted!
Reply #3010. Jul 10 11, 4:53 PM
|Chas and Dave were great fun. I had no idea they were still active, but just discovered their official website which mentions their final tour this year. That's already happened, but they will be back, by public demand, for a jamboree concert in December. So that'll be their first comeback? |
David's right, just blogging is no fun without a bit of external participation. Sometimes people say "Oh yes, I saw that in your blog," and they're people who have never posted in it, but clearly been following it, so that's a bit disarming, but sometimes they come and post in it too, so that's all right. Sorted!
Reply #3011. Jul 10 11, 5:05 PM
|Poor house, it's been suffering from ten years of neglect, and a few years of our incapacity, and has looked like Kim and Aggie's worst nightmare. Sprog and gf did a massive clear-out while I was in hospital last year, so now it just looks like one of Kim and Aggie's more disturbing dreams. |
Then they cleared the loft, which has now been lagged and is still empty, and left the contents in the house with an overflow into the front garden. I've got rid of half of it, and J has got rid of more, but there's still a few piles left for us to process. Add to that five years' worth of accumulated possessions vying for space, and it's starting to get full up again.
This morning I was expecting a fitter to arrive between 9 and 11 to start work on installing a new boiler and hot water cylinder. At 8.30 there's a knock at the door. Delivery, plumbing supplies. Everything was inside the house when the fitter arrived.
The fitter checked the supplies and said they've delivered the wrong bore pipes and that means the fittings are wrong too. He's reordered them and he'll be back tomorrow with two mates.
I was also expecting a scrap metal dealer to come between 9.30 and 10 to take some bits away. No sign. Something "cropped up" this morning and he'll be here soon.
Bit restricting waiting for people, more so when "things cropping up" make them late, but this too shall pass. I shall have got rid of a lifetime collection of pots and pans, computer innards and krookloks.
Scrap metal man's been and gone, and the new hot water cylinder is sitting in the middle of the living room. It's bright blue. Lovely. And we're getting there.
Reply #3012. Jul 11 11, 5:10 AM
Two.......maybe three...years ago "This old house", was definitely "getting weary" (or at least the central heating was). Boiler worked, after a fashion......of the 7 radiators, only 4 worked, and two of them only partially. So, as I had an insurance policy mature, we decided to invest in a new system.|
"We will start on Monday", said the boss of the company doing the work. Over the weekend, new Combi Boiler, new radiators, miles of copper piping and associated stuff got delivered.
"Plastic Pig" was evicted from garage and went to driveway to "live", whilst the mass of new "gubbings" occupied the garage.
Bright and early (well by 0900) Monday morning, two workmen arrived.......and started stripping out old boiler, hot water tank & radiators.
By Monday 1600..........everything stripped out.
by Tuesday 1600.........new boiler & some radiators in place
by Wednesday 1600.......new system up and running upstairs
by Thursday 1600........job "jobbed" - all systems "go".
by Friday 1000..........old system and rubbish removed.
It cost a bit, but I was well pleased with the efficiency of the workmen, and the results have been "magic"...not to mention decrease in domestic fuel bills.
Which is a hell of a long winded way to say........"Hope everything goes as well for you Lesley".
Reply #3013. Jul 11 11, 8:02 AM
You should take that in the MOST positive way, Lesley! Surely you know that. :)|
Reply #3014. Jul 11 11, 9:47 AM
Lesley i had a new boiler fitted two years back now only took 4 hours as pipes etc were there. |
Is a combi i have and is ok, you will be happy i am sure when yours is fitted
Reply #3015. Jul 11 11, 10:11 AM
|I have not one but two strange men in my house! (Three when Jonathan gets back from the bank.) |
When we moved in, there was a floor-standing boiler, in its own little room. I was delighted when it was replaced by a wall-fixed boiler, and the little room was opened up. All that space! Now, people laugh at the boiler because it's three times the size of modern ones.
Ray, thank you for the story, and I'm glad you and Gary are happy with the results. I have every confidence that I shall be too.
VM - of course. What else is there besides positive? :D
Reply #3016. Jul 12 11, 4:05 AM
I've been busy clearing today too! I sorted through all the piles of, ah, "treasure" in the living room, we've been accumulating camping stuff, and I've been sort of packing for our trip next week, and the new sofa bed arrives today so it was time to move everything and excavate and so on. I actually dashed out into the street to flag down a rag n bone man lol - he was passing just at the right moment, so the old sofa bed is GONE :-D this is brilliant because otherwise it would have migrated to the garage and festered for who knows how long, and we would have ended up paying the council to come and take it away. Then I had to clean behind where the sofa bed was lol, and have sorted and bagged and swept and hoovered and am now utterly exhausted and having a well earned rest! No 2 son has been a wonderful help to me too, he quite makes up for Gothsons erm, how shall I put it.... little foibles in the "being a dutiful helpful plasant son" department :-D|
Reply #3017. Jul 12 11, 8:02 AM
Can't remember when I last saw, or heard, a rag and bone man!|
Reply #3018. Jul 12 11, 2:43 PM
|We've filled a dozen giant orange recycling bags and about fifty black rubbish bags. The house is now getting to the stage where I wouldn't mind calling Kim and Aggie in. I have a horrible feeling we're going to be getting a skip! How do you feel having a massive purge? and how much money was there down the back of the old sofa? |
Not surprised you're exhausted!
I thought Gothson had spent at least the last few years on Planet Gothson, but No.2 son has always sounded lovely and worth keeping.
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supplies are delivered at 8.30, fitter arrives 8.40. Fitter checks supplies, pronounces them wrong (15mm pipes instead of 28mm, and that means all the fittings are wrong too), and goes off to do another job he can do.
Scrap metal merchant picks up a load of - er - metal things, and says plumbers usually let him have the bits of metal they don't need (do they, now?), and would I ring him when they've finished. I said I'd do that, unless they've made their own arrangements.
fitter arrives 8.30. Another one rolls up at ten with the right fittings. The new boiler is on the wall - yippee. It's less than half the size of the old one! They can't connect it, though, because they're not qualified electricians, but I'm sure they'll know someone who can.
They drain all the lovely warm water from the hot tank, because they're going to install the new one. Small problem: it's too big to fit in the cupboard. The existing one is too big too but the man who installed it shaved a strip off the back so it would fit. That was twenty years ago. They're not allowed to do that now. They probably weren't allowed to then either.
They're going to get a new hot tank, a taller, thinner one... tomorrow.
A third man appears at lunchtime and starts changing the radiator valves. It takes him quite a long time, and he grunts quite a lot. I remark, carefully, that I hadn't realised it was such a big job. He said it isn't usually, but these are really old and stiff. Ah - like me!
They've also drained the system, and said none of them had seen so much sludge in a system recently, or ever. They're going to use a cleaner that sits in the system for a few days and is then "power-flushed" out. One bottle does ten radiators. I have ten radiators. They're going to use two bottles.
fitter's coming at 8.30. What will happen tomorrow is anyone's guess.
Reply #3019. Jul 12 11, 3:04 PM
blooodandsand.............I can - this morning! Except no longer horse & cart, now use open backed pick-up truck!|
Reply #3020. Jul 12 11, 3:04 PM
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