Oh, thank heavens! I have found the old laptop cable and here I am. Thank you all for your emails, messages, for trying to contact friends to see if I was okay, and as you see I am indeed alive and well and fuming like Mt Krakatoa.
The day after the Olympics started, we had a storm, and the gizmo thingamewhatsits which send the Internet through the electrical wiring in the house sort of blew up. Had a lightning strike. Ceased to work. That meant no Internet on the computer. That meant silence here at RCR. So, after chatting to Son#1, who installed the gizmos here, I headed out to buy new ones. He said about £30. Hah. In his dreams. They were way too expensive, and then he saw some on offer from a big chain of stores here, and I squinted at my tiny phone screen and managed to order them.
I had a cheery email saying that the order was on its way to dispatch. And I would get an email to say they were on their way.
No dispatch email.
They have yet to arrive.
I kid you not. Call after call I have made, and while it would have been a great idea to cancel the order and just go and get them from somewhere else, these ones were affordable. The coffers here are not overflowing. So yesterday I finally spoke to a manager, who was apologetic but said he would call me as soon as they were sent to dispatch. He did. They are on their way. Maybe. Perhaps. Possibly.
We will see.
And in the meantime, the London 2012 Olympics have been and gone, and oh, what a triumph they were. Team GB outdid themselves, and the entire nation was smiling, happy, chatting to people in the street, the tubes and it was magical. Just wonderful. Thank heavens we still have the Paralympics to look forward to as well. Soon now.
And the weather has been iffy -lots of rain, some sun and a great deal of greyness. The garden is good in places and decidedly not good in others. I have no idea why. The bean harvest is in full swing, and because there has been no Internet to distract me, I Have Been On A Mission.
There is not a cupboard in this place which has not been emptied, swapped around, changed, or rearranged. The nook is done and is a triumph too, and every kitchen cupboard has been cleaned.
And I am exhausted.
The sewing room nearly finished me off, which would explain the increased number of calls to the gizmo company. (Powerline adaptors.) I took all the monumental stash of fabric out and dumped it in the lounge. Then I mountaineered over and through it all ruthlessly. It was put in colours then I chose what to keep, tossed the rejects into a heap and called my friends to come and forage. The remainder went to charity. And THEN I moved all the organised and labelled boxes of things off my shelves and into the cupboard neatly and stacked the fabric onto the shelves.
I need a holiday.
And if I ever mention thinking of acquiring any fabric STOP ME. It will take several lifetimes to use up what I have.
So there we are. In a nutshell. I have missed you all so very much, and the need for a laptop of my own or an iPad is becoming pressing.Urgent. It has shot to the top of the list. Just under bread.
And now I will go and check the post to see if they have come today. I have my doubts. I have so much to tell you all, and so many posts to go and read and my brain is about to explode with all the words trying to leak out, and .....
You get the idea. I will be back later.
And I love you all.