Sunday, January 29, 2012

The post that got away!

Did you ever have something happen, and just as soon as it's over think : " blast, that would have made a fantastic blog post"? Blast because you forgot to take photos.
That's what happened this week.
We bought a gig-bag a couple of months ago for daughter's tuba. After about 3 uses, it began to rip, so I contacted the seller, a website in Germany. They asked me to send photos, which I did, and then asked me to return the bag, by post!
Of course, we had got rid of most of the original packaging, in fact all but a huge box that was way too big for the bag, and which I had given to the Art Department in school.(image from Google- ours looked nothing like this!)
Eventually, after more emails, the company agreed to send a courier to collect the bag, but we had to have it ready and packed. So, Thursday night, Hubby wrapped the bag in Clingfilm, and on Friday I brought that package to school, and put it in the huge box. When I say huge, it was about 4 feet cube!
This is one of the photos of the bag that I had emailed to the company. The bag cost €160!
The company had warned that we had to pack it in such a way as not to cause more damage en route, so, to fill the empty space in the huge box, I gathered all the bubble wrap and plastic bags I could find and packed them round it. Then the Art teacher showed me a great trick..filling a black refusesack with air by running along the corridor with the bag held open! And that black air-filled bag helped to fill some more space in the box.
The last job was to secure the lid, as one layer of flaps had been cut off. One roll of duct tape later, it was still not secure, but the courier was already on his way! When he arrived, he didn't think he would get the box into his van, whereas my only worry was that the lid would give way! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it gets to Germany in 1 piece.

The lesson for me? Take photos! Oh, and don't throw out the packaging, give it to the Art Department!
Have you ever forgotten to take photos of an event that would have made a great blog post?

Friday, January 20, 2012

TGIF and camera found

It's been a long week, and I'm so glad it's Friday, moreso than I can remember in a very long time. I've been just about hanging in there!With all the stress of the recent family deaths, my stomach has been playing up again, and I've ended up on medication (again). Even though it's only an acid inhibitor, and I will probably only need it for a few weeks, I hate taking it.
Is anybody else like that?I'm (touching wood!) so healthy that I never even have to take paracetamol, so I shouldn't complain about a few stomach tablets.
I've had to buy a big pillow, which I also hate, and which interferes with my sleep, as does the acid that's still causing pain.
Moan over! It's the weekend and I plan to enjoy it. I'm doing a little shopping tomorrow, band on Sunday morning (another recording coming up soon! some of it is not too challenging, see below!) and on Sunday afternoon I'm meeting up with 3 former colleagues (referred to by my kids as "Mary, Mary and Joan" since they were tiny!) whom I haven't seen for about 5 years. We send Christmas cards to each other, always saying "we will meet up next year", but, finally, we've got it organised! They're great fun and I know I will probably have pains in my side from laughing at/with them.
Can't wait!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
My camera went missing in September, and I searched high up and low down for it, without success. While we were down the country at the funeral, younger daughter was rooting around in the car and found it. These photos were on it, and I needed them to brighten up today!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thanks and here's to (the rest) of 2012.

Thany you all so very much for the supportive comments after our big ordeals over the New Year.
Things have now settled, and we're getting back to a new normal. I really appreciate your comments and emails very much; it makes a difference when people empathise and sympathise.

We're all back to work/school, though eldest daughter is not back to college till next week (lucky girl!).

As an easy new post, I came across this somewhere in blogland, can't remember where, but I enjoyed doing it, and you may enjoy it too.

The Number 1 single when I was born was:

Harry Belafonte - "Mary's Boy Child"

For Number 1 single over the subsequent years click here

The Number 1 album was:
Original Soundtrack - "The King And I"

For Number 1 album over the subsequent years Click Here

Born on 24th Nov:
1941 - Pete Best ( drummer, The Beatles from 1960 to 1962 )
1942 - Billy Connolly ( comic vocalist; solo and in The Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty )
1955 - Clem Burke ( drummer, Blondie )
1957 - Chris Hayes ( guitarist, vocalist, Huey Lewis & The News )
1962 - John Squire ( guitarist, The Stone Roses / The Seahorses )

I'll leave you to work out for yourselves (if you want) what year I was born!