I seem to have been very busy since we arrived back from our wonderful holiday – now just fading into a lovely but distant memory. Nothing really to do with writing either. We have a gorgeous new puppy Lola, a tiny toy poodle. She’s an absolute delight but quite demanding as puppies are. A few days after she arrived we had our tiny garden dug up so that we could have a little plunge pool installed. I really had no idea how much mess that would generate – a mountain of soil – for such a tiny pool? Lola thought the whole process great fun and was very happy to go and play in the large brown sand dune with the workmen, so I spent a lot of time dragging her back in. Unfortunately, even though she arrived housetrained (at 9 weeks) she lost the plot in all the chaos so quite a lot of training has had to be fitted in. Ho hum – but we now have a little pool, a newly laid lawn and (fingers crossed) once again a virtually housetrained puppy.
I don’t know why it is, whether they hold secret union meetings in the small hours, but almost all of our appliances contrived to pack up at once. I may have mentioned we are raw vegans (the last nine years) so I am very dependent on my Vitamix blender and my dehydrator. Well the dehydrator fan motor packed up – not so simple to replace when one considers it is a Swiss make, bought in England and carried in a suitcase to South Africa. At virtually the same time the jug of the blender developed a leak – it appears to need a tiny washer, perhaps half an inch across but with a specific moulding. Simple to replace one would think? Just a washer? Should cost pennies. Ha ha. The only thing the agents can offer is a complete new blade assembly – costing well over $120 US. We are now looking for someone who can make us a washer – perhaps whittle it down from a larger one. So I am without my Vitamix and also unable to make any of my dehydrated crackers and bread. Then yesterday to add insult to injury I was printing something and the printer stopped working. I took the whole printer to an ink shop who tested it and said it seemed fine – didn’t even need new ink. Took it home, tried again – no joy. Today (Monday ) I took it back to the computer shop where I had bought it – who will look at it – for half the cost of a new one. So I was feeling very hard done by.
Fortunately I am easily pleased by small things. I received my Word of the Day email – from Wordsmith. ( http://www.wordsmith.org/awad/ A great website and they send such interesting words – interesting if not all useful. Some time ago they gave the word, which I have forgotten for ‘that place in the middle of your back that you can’t reach’. My first thought was ‘well I don’t have one of those’; having a short body and long limbs I can reach everywhere on my back – someone else said the same in the comments). Today’s word was overmorrow, with the fairly obvious meaning of the day after tomorrow. Such a nice word - I’ll make an concerted effort to add it to my vocabulary. Not just a word someone has made up either – first recorded usage 1535. Just getting an email with such a nice word has made me very happy – I shall go and take a dip and forget about the appliances. Who needs them anyway? What’s wrong with a knife and chopping board? And why print when I can email?
Till next time J