Monday, 15 June 2020

Monday morning

....Bright and early - up with the lark (if we ever heard one around here).   My printer has broken, I have bought a new one on line, it has come, I have disinfected the box, it has sat in my kitchen for three days but there I have come to a full stop..    I can't get it out of the box and carry it through to my computer room and connect it, although it looks easy to connect.   My son, who is still in lockdown with his invalid wife, does not wish to come in house to do it, quite understandably.   But it does mean that unless I send communications by e mail or pdf file I am out of touch.   I don't like that.   To add to my troubles I have run out of both first and second class stamps, I have run out of good quality writing paper and envelopes - I feel totally out of touch.   Yesterday I went on line to try to buy first and second class stamps from The Post Office site.   Three times I went through the process of getting to the check out to pay.   Three times the screen told me I had done something wrong.   I went back to the beginning and began again but I never got to the end without intense frustration and severe chastisement from the screen to tell me to go back and fill it in properly (I was only putting in my personal details!).   I gave up - and in any case that still left writing paper and envelopes.

This morning I arose at half past five.  The world was largely still asleep.  Shower, medication, donning of rubber gloves, face mask - the full works - I drove down the mile to the Newsagents, already open for early morning paper girls and boys who deliver.   Apart from the two assistants the shop was empty.  Entry at the front - large bottle of hand sanitiser - large screen - paid the bill up to last Saturday, bought writing paper, envelopes, first and second class stamps, business envelopes, a Bounty Bar and a Mars bar as a treat for getting up so early - exit by the back door, drove home, washed my hands well singing Happy Birthday to me twice (as recommended - it it isn't my birthday) and by quarter past six I was drinking my coffee and eating my Weetabix.  I am feeling pleased with myself and marginally smug.   Oh, and by the way, don't try wearing hearing aids, specs and a mask - it really doesn't work.

21 comments:

Rachel Phillips said...

Very good. Nothing beats getting up early and getting things done and putting things right. I tried to order something off the Post Office website the other day, actually a printer cartridge, and had problems and also gave up. I drove 20 miles to Tescos and bought one in the end. Have a good day.

Derek Faulkner said...

5.30 - normal start to the day for me. By 7.00 when walking the dog round the nature reserve this morning it was cloudless and hot, all signs that we had any rain in the last week have totally disappeared and we are at the mercy of the drought again. Hardly anybody wears face masks or gloves much in shops where I live, even the assistants and I certainly don't but I can see why you are sensible to do so.

George said...

A little frustration, but you always seem to be a model for resilience to me, Pat.

Tom Stephenson said...

Is your son unable to go to your house in a 'bubble' because he is staying in with his wife?

JayCee said...

Oh my gosh. All that by 6:15 am? I think you really deserved that chocolate! I wish I lived nearby, I would pop in and set up your printer for you, suitably PPE-ed of course.

thelma said...
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thelma said...

Isn't it fun? I found my fountain pen in the end. Cheap printers, expensive cartridges they have got us over a barrel. This is called 'slow living' enjoy.

Christine Hancock said...

Well done, I was still in bed when you were out and about! We bought stamps with our Tesco order but I 've run out of birthday cards so going to make my own. I always used to so time to start again.

A Smaller Life said...

Well done, both on the early rising and the venturing out.

I hope someone can help with the printer, at least the getting it unpacked and out of the box for you. Perhaps your gardener could temporarily be 'in your bubble' ... at least long enough for him to unpack and position it where you need it and then scarper back to the garden with a cup of tea and a biscuit for his troubles.

Our printer/scanner/copier that we need for all the functions for our business is on the blink ... just one month out of it's guarantee time, isn't it always the way.

Margie from Toronto said...

Well done! I am up at 6am this morning - taking the subway to the centre of the city (about 20 minutes) where I will pop into a fancy food store just to pick up a few bits & pieces that I can't get at my neighbourhood stores. Then I'm going to walk to my office - that will take nearly half an hour so that will get in at least 5,000 steps for the day. A couple of hours in the office, followed by another bit of a walk, a stop along the way for a bottle of wine and subway home. Supper is already prepared so I'll have a few hours to read first.
Enjoy your letter writing.

Linda Metcalf said...

I always wear my mask when I absolutely have to go out but my glasses fog up due to the mask breathing and I can hardly see where I'm going!

the veg artist said...

I wish you'd taken a selfie!

Heather said...

I go out early too, and only enter the newsagent if there is only one other person in there. I haven't used a mask yet as I suffer from hay fever and have to blow my nose frequently! On top of that it tends to steam up my specs. As other shops begin to open I shall probably start using it.
Hope you are feeling a little more connected now, even if not electronically.

Dartford Warbler said...

Well done for getting all those essentials bought in person, and all before breakfast!
Hope that someone you trust to be "Covid Clean" can help you to set up that printer. Good luck. DW

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

I'm proud of your determined spirit! Makes me smile
I would have bought cheese puffs as well. I use a fork to keep my fingers from getting cheesy, and I think that way is healthier.

Librarian said...

Getting up early always sounds wonderful in theory, but I hardly ever manage it in practise - unless I have to, because of an early train or plane to catch, things that won't be happening anytime soon.
Over here, wearking face masks is mandatory in shops and shopping centers as well as on public transport and around it (while waiting at the platform etc.). Gloves are a rare sight these days, especially since our virologists keep saying that although the virus can be found on surfaces, it is not in a reproducible state anymore after a very short time, and keeping rooms well aired is more helpful than using disinfectant on surfaces.
Hopefully, someone will be able to connect the printer for you soon.

Anne Brew said...

My OH kindly bought me stamps along with other shopping. Forgetting about them when he returned I took the cloth shopping bag from him, removed the bread and eggs and threw the bag into the washing machine. Only later did I discover as I removed the bag from the machine the wet remnants of 12 1st class stamps! x

The Weaver of Grass said...

Tom my son has been in a couple of times when I have needed help but we are trying not to do so because he wife is so prone to catching anything

Anne - I don't mean to be cruel but I did laugh at you washing the stamps!

Wearing a mask with hearing aids and specs is nigh on impossible and the aids whistle loudly all the time.

Thanks everyone.

Cro Magnon said...

I have been up for an hour and I see it's now 6.05 am. It gives me plenty of time to do all my computer stuff; answering Emails, blogging, etc. I could never go back to staying in bed until 10 am (like someone I could mention).

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