Monday, March 03, 2014

It feels like Spring today..........

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The sun is shining, and the house is dressed in the Spring colours of green and yellow, and I do believe I even have a (slight) urge to go and investigate the garden for more signs of life. The fact that, at that back of my mind the words "Prague Spring" (because it is Spring and because of the protagonist, not the location) (I know what I mean) raise some very unsettling thoughts, mixed with the 100th anniversary of WW1, Crimea, and all the rest, remembering that all it took was one gunshot back then, do not bear thinking about at all.

That has to be one of the longest most rambling sentences to erupt from my keyboard. You get the gist of things in my mind, though. I hope.

Anyway. Back to Spring and sunshine. I am rather hoping that my friend who prunes fruit trees may arrive on the doorstep today, because it is pruning time and it is not wet. My ladder is lying under the tree, in wait. Last year, I didn't get it done, and I can tell you I will not be climbing up there armed with the secateurs either. We had a day of rain yesterday. Last night it was torrential.

I think I told you about my Library Girls? The ones I teach attempt to teach to use/play with the iPad? That sentence sounds wonky as well, but to be frank, I do not have the patience to ponder grammar. The ladies. Senior ladies. Aka older than me. Well, it started with one needing a little help and has grown to 4 now. We have multiplied. The slight hiccup is that one of them has an android tablet about which I know less than zero. As in, how do you turn it on? Huh? And how do you download apps, because it is not very clear at all. This makes for a hilarious hour or two of Linds trying to juggle all the balls. Work out how to make the tablet go, and keep the iPad ladies from expiring from boredom. Cue the introduction of Pinterest. Oh, how they love that. Then I conquered the apps, and downloaded Sudoku for the tablet, so, when all else fails, Sudoku and Pinterest rule.

Actually, no-one minds. Everyone has a good laugh, and, hopefully, now and then they learn how to do something. One of them helpfully brought along her copy of " iPad for Seniors". Maybe I need a copy of my own as well. The library has a very annoying wifi set up as well. You have to re-select the wifi connection every 10 minutes. Every couple, if your device is just lying on the table. This is not helpful, if you are trying to teach the mysteries of skype and have the ladies positioned in the 4 corners of the library (which is small) and you are outside ringing them on Skype.  They tend to shout if they can't get a signal.

Just think, all this going on, at the same time as Rhyme Time for the Mums and Tots, who like to sing as well. Loudly. ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT!

Ye gods. It is a miracle we are still allowed to gather there. Actually, the librarian organised the "class". I use the term loosely. She also provides tea and cakes.

We have a great librarian.

And as an added extra, the Library Girls have asked me to teach them how to crochet as well. We may need gin instead of tea. I can just see it all...........................

Well, it does make for good entertainment, doesn't it. And I so enjoy it all, crazy though it may be. This week is all about reading apps and free books. I sincerely hope that tablet thingy behaves. I may just download the Kindle app for everyone, then I can teach one way to get books, not two. We can cover the iPad book thingy when the android is absent.

I am quite exhausted at the thought.

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5 comments:

Vee said...

The most fun I've had reading a post in days! Laughed so loud that John had to investigate and then I read it aloud to him and now we're both chuckling. Would you please teach me how to use my iPad? After downloading ios 7 last night, I can't seem to do a thing. My daughter had sent me a cryptic email several months ago when it first became available: Mom, do NOT download ios 7 whatever you do. Fine, I didn't. But now so many apps say that they won't work without it that I thought I could handle it. Apparently, I was wrong.

(And, yes, isn't it odd how the same hotspots in the world come back over and over again? I say multiple times a day that God is in control.)

Linda said...

It sounds like great fun Linds. If I were there, I would definitely join.

Debbie said...

Sounds like you have a great time with your Library Girls.

I can almost smell those beautiful flowers! No spring weather here yet, as we've had one of the coldest winters I can remember!

Linda said...

I love the daffodils. Are they from your garden? They are gorgeous.
I think your little group sounds like such fun. If I were there, I'd sign up in a minute.
Please know I'm thinking of you and praying.

Isabelle said...

You're a wonder. I scarcely know what an app is.

Lovely yellow-and-greenness!