Thursday, 30 July 2020

Oh dear.

When you get to my age tiny changes loom large.   The change to a new blogger seemed to be going so well and I was quite proud of myself until today when I wanted to put on today's post and suddenly found that clicking on 'new post' was not enough to get me there.   I tried it a dozen times, to no avail, rang my son to ask him to come on 'at his end' and try talking me through it.   He was just cooking the evening meal and said he would ring me back after they had eaten.   I came back into my computer room determined to try one last time and lo and behold I spotted an orange blob in the bottom right hand corner.   When I hovered over it up came 'create a new blog' - I clicked on it and here I am.   So I feel rather pleased that I have done it myself, but it does rather beg the question - why do all these companies have to keep changing things when everything is running smoothly?   I sometimes think it is just to find something for somebody to do.   The last time was when e mails were completely changed and for about a fortnight I would come on to e mails wondering whether or not I was going to remember how to send one.   Now, of course, I can't remember the old format and am quite used to the new one.

It was a great surprise this morning to draw back the curtains and  see that it was pouring with rain.   The weather forecast had told me that the week was going to build up slowly until tomorrow, when it would be the hottest day so far this year.   Now, at half past seven in the evening, the sun is out and it is a gentle summer's evening.   So I shall wait and see what tomorrow brings.

My hair day meant an early trip to the Hairdresser in the pouring rain but I was able to park quite near, so only a short walk with my stick (I can't take Percy to help me because I can't lift him into my car).
Then it was down to the Medical Centre for my annual Cardiovascular tests - blood pressure, blood sample taken, short discussion with the practice nurse about the general state of my health.   Then it was home again - exhausted from two walks and the effort involved.   I cooked myself a bit of lunch (chicken stir fry with broccoli, spinach, mange tout and red pepper served with rice, which I managed to spill all over the kitchen floor - just the rice) and then put my feet up for a couple of hours.   Outside the Medical Centre I had a chat with a lady who had a Mobility Scooter - she was delighted with it and urged me to get one.   I am considering it but just think it would be the last ditch stand gone - I would have absolutely no need to walk anywhere outside and this would not be good for my limbs.

The news about Covid is quite worrying again isn't it as cases begin to increase again in some parts?   Sometimes I think this will be the shape of things to come for a long time yet.   I must say that on the whole people round here seem to be observing  social distance rules but as more and more folk come into the Dales for their annual holidays things might well change.   I am certainly trying to keep out of the town altogether apart from  going to the hairdressers and her salon in on the periphery of the town.

Well that's about all the news for today folks.  See you all tomorrow.

24 comments:

anonymous said...

You got a lot done, including figuring out how to post with the new blogger,good for you.
You are wise not to get a mobility scooter, the longer a person keeps their body in motion, the better over all health they will have.-Mary

DUTA said...

In my country, starting with next week, the army will play an active role in the efforts to stop spreading of the virus. It won't stop with masks and social distancing only, and we can't afford lockdowns and such. The soldiers will be involved in the performance of tests and questioning of people.

Ellen D. said...

Yes, I agree with Mary. I think a mobility scooter is only for when you can barely walk at all. Otherwise, you will lose your ability to get around with Percy. Good for you on keeping so busy today. You are tired but you are active and figuring things out for yourself. Well done!

justjill said...

Is your car 4 door or two? I reckon you can or your son can find a way for you to get Percy into the car. If its 4 door its easy to get in the back. Front wheel in then push. It tips in. 2 door is more difficult. You need to exercise and you need your independence. Dont give in.x

The Weaver of Grass said...

Jill. My car is a 2 door Corsa but Percy will fit in the back if I put the seat down. The trouble is I can't lift him in.
And I am holding off buying a mobility scooter for that very reason - I must keep walking.

Anonymous said...

I think a mobility scooter would be a grand idea. You could use it when you want to go further, at the moment you're getting exhausted with short walks and this restricts what you can do or where you can go. You're strong minded and would still use what mobility you have, just because you had a scooter wouldn't mean you had to use it if you didn't need or want to. It would be a huge aid to staying independent. It's alright for others to say don't get one, perhaps they don't have any difficulty in walking as far as they want to. Sometimes we can be too pig headed and not realise we're depriving ourselves of something that could enrich our lives.

Unknown said...

Hiya, just to say my late hubby was reluctant to use his scooter but he got used to it and was just brilliant
You dont need to use it all the time.

Joanne Noragon said...

"They" may have moved the orange button again, Weave, this time to the end of tasks listed on the left. No mind; you will figure it out.
I would hate to spill rice all over my kitchen floor, and no Tess to mop it yp.

Ursula said...

"why do all these companies have to keep changing things when everything is running smoothly?", you ask. An excellent question. Whilst not given to violence, this morning I could have punched a robot, in customer services. That way only I would have hurt.

Mobility scooter? To me, pedestrian and, as yet, fully fit and fast on two feet, they come across like one of the devil's inventions. When the time comes I shall make do with a Zimmerframe. Having said that, my great grandmother lived without one till she died at nearly one hundred years old. Though she did shrink with age. Which was particularly noticeable because she was tiny to begin with.

Hairdresser? Good on you. I haven't been to a hairdresser in ages. My hair is long and very curly. Same difference. I also, for reasons not clear to me, have grown a birds nest on one side. Knotted. Like one of those Cilla Black sixties combed up styles. Only worse. A hairdresser wouldn't touch me. Instead of which one of my son's friends has given me an "Aussie Miracle Hair" concoction. A spray to unknot the nest. One thing I have realized (what took me so long?) that the longer you leave something the worse it gets.

Glad to find you upbeat,
U

Red said...

I look at the new blog format and think the same as you as to why changes had to be made. It took me some time to discover the "new post" and then I promptly forgot it.

Cro Magnon said...

With Blogger it's a question of 'keep pedaling, otherwise you'll fall off'. I find when I try to write a new page, the photo disappears. I have decided to stay with the old Blogger for the moment; it works!

Derek Faulkner said...

I have exactly the same problems with any changes that occur on computers but when I went on blogger this week I noticed that there was an opportunity to stay with the old format so I took that.
I was amazed to see that you could visit your Medical Center as normal for annual tests, down here, trying to get an appointment at the doctors is like trying to gain entry into M15 and could stay that way, likewise the dentists. You are so lucky being tucked away in the Dales there, where you seem to paint the picture of life just rumbling along untouched by all the traumas that seem to be hitting the rest of us in these Covid times.
We had another blast furnace of a day yesterday with scorching sun and stiff breezes and with 34 degrees forecast today I can only dream of what I could grow if I had ideal, regular bursts of rain like you do.

thelma said...

Mobility scooters always look fun but of course they are deceptive, robbing you of exercise and you will still have to stand and walk into shops, stay mobile for the time being. I think being able to go to the doctor's surgery here only applies to a few, a long pre-recorded phone message says use any other means rather than going to the surgery. Face-to-face consultations by computer. hmmm

Librarian said...

You do very well to keep walking as long as you can, and you have your car for going places further away from your house.
According to the news last night, today is going to be the hottest day of the year so far, could get up to 39 C where O.K. lives and maybe 36 where I live. It is still pleasantly cool as I am writing this, and I shall make sure to keep the worst of the heat out of my bedroom and living room.
When I last wrote a new post yesterday on my blog, it was still the old system; I'll see what it's like next time I post. Like you, I don't see the necessity for changing something that has been working well enough, simply to give it a "fresh look" or to optimise its use on mobile devices, but there you go; maybe those changes are welcome to many others.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

You're not alone - no sooner do I get used to this new Blogger than they change it; it's obviously being run by government advisors! While it's wise to keep walking if you can it might be better to have some other means for longer journeys.

Tom Stephenson said...

It took me a while to find the huge orange blob with a plus sign in the middle too Weave.

Brenda said...

You do so much. This is day 140 of isolation for me-ventured out for gas and pick up library books...use Facetime to teach...love your blog...perhaps some history again...about how you came to live there-your husband...your life...

pam nash said...

I think companies change things because they HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Medical appointment. I did not make an appointment. The medical centre sent me a letter telling me to go. Very restricted with only chairs(covered in paper) for half a dozen - carefully spaced. You couldn't get anywhere near the reception desk - it was all chained off and fully covered with perspex.


No really hot day up here - was sunny but now the cloud has rolled in. Quite a brisk wind is blowing and it is quite cool.


Thanks everyone.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Brenda - I will do just that in my next post.

Meanqueen said...

As Joanne says, the big orange blob has been moved. It is not a blob now, just the words New Post in orange, top left hand side. The blue View Blog has been moved from the top to the bottom on the left side. I am getting used to the little quirks, and couldn't go back to the old format.

Derek Faulkner said...

almost 3.00 in the afternoon here on Sheppey and it very hot. In my conservatory with the doors and windows open it is 40 degrees and the lounge is 35 degrees and in shade in the garden it is 31 degrees. The strong breeze is blowing like a hot hair dryer - don't think you could of coped with this Pat.
I cycled along the nearby sea front at midday and the beach was packed solid.

What we'd give for some rain but that doesn't seem to exist anymore.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Glad you are getting use to new blogger.
I cut my own hair. Thankfully due to the new choppy hairstyles, looking like my hair was cut with a rusty butter knife looks ok.

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