Yes, I really did. There was a flash and smoke and all sorts of drama. It all started when the ‘on/off’ button just flashed orange and wouldn’t let me turn the computer on or off. Mr. Tialys had just left for the U.K. for the week and 5 days of computer free living loomed large. I Googled the problem. I followed the advice on a forum. I unplugged the computer, as advised, and wiggled a switch back and forth. Then I plugged it back in again. Cue the fireworks plus all the plugs in that room and my daughter’s bedroom next door being fused. Oops. Turns out I should have wiggled the switch back to the 220v setting before plugging it back in again instead of leaving it on 110v so that it got a surge of more voltage than it bargained for. Oh well, it had been making a funny noise for a while anyway.
The next night the whole house was plunged into darkness when all the power went off. I went down to the fuse box thingy and wiggled all the switches until I found a combination where the main fuse wouldn’t trip. Well, I was in the middle of an episode of ‘Luther’ so I wasn’t giving up. First thing in the morning I managed to get hold of an electrician. He was here for three hours and fixed the fuse for the plugs – which was my fault – but couldn’t find a reason for all the power going off – which wasn’t my fault. I had to force that confession out of him so that I could tell Mr. T. that I hadn’t sabotaged all the electricity in the house as well as the computer. I await the bill.
From then on things continued in the same vein.
I broke a good wine glass and my favourite huge breakfast tea mug.
On the bright side I have replaced it with one from the same company (Heron Cross Pottery) which is covered in buttons. The picture of the teapot is entirely gratuitous but it is the same design and I am sorely tempted. The mug hasn’t arrived yet because I had it sent to Mr. T. to bring over with him but, so far, he hasn’t been able to fit it in his cabin bag as it always seems to be full of laptops. He has a laptop for work and he bought one to replace the blown up desktop but, having spent the best part of the weekend downloading software like Skype, my email server, BBC iPlayer, Spotify, etc. etc. my daughter plugged her headphones in and the port didn’t work. So it had to go back.
On the personal injury front I was rummaging in a chest of drawers in my workroom when a wooden storage chest fell on my head. Plus, I have been backwards and forwards to the dentist because I’m having a veneer fitted and the temporary one kept falling off. It is an hour’s round trip away.
Things seem to have run their course now. The new computer is up and running, all my photos (thousands of them apparently!!) have been recovered from the hard drive, the bump on my forehead has faded to yellow and I now have my permanent veneer. However, it might explain why I haven’t been blogging, commenting on blogs, unable to send emails, being in a foul mood, etc. etc.
Life – believe it or not – did go on without a computer.
The kittens went out into the world for the first time.
They explored the flora
and the fauna
but still spend most of their time indoors.
I made green blocks for the F2F block swap which was the colour requested by Emmely and it was a revelation because I didn’t think I liked green. Now I do.
I decided on these four batiks to back my F2F blocks and started making mini quilts out of the individual blocks in order to try the quilt as you go method for the first time.
Mr. Tialys continues with his leather work and he made this bag. All hand stitched by the way. I said that it would need testing as this particular leather marks and will become distressed and we need to know how the appearance will change – hopefully for good – before he uses it to make another. So, it goes everywhere with me and is flung with gay abandon – as all my bags are – onto shop counters, to teeter precariously on the back seat (or floor) of the car and over the back of restaurant chairs. It is marking but, I think, in a good way.
I have also nearly finished the boyfriend cardigan I started – I think it was in November – just got to cast off the sleeves and then the dreaded sewing up. I have to say, I know ‘boyfriend cardigan’ means it’s supposed to look big on you as if you had nicked it off your boyfriend (or husband) but the sleeves are going on forever. Mr. T. is tall at 6’4″ but I think, by the time I’ve finished it will look more as if I’d borrowed it from this chap.
I’ll let you know how I get on!
Have you ever tried to fix something and made things much worse?