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09/10/2008 at 09:59

Had a couple of hours sleep ... then cramp hit again .. never mind .. it was worth the 'twinges' to feel 'useful' ... and I did meet a couple of folks I might not have met otherwise ..

Just wish it hadn't been last night though .. because today I have to clear my bedroom ready for my new wardrobes to come tomorrow .. but I'll get there ok ,. in my mind I have 'split the room' into 4 sections .. so I can clear a section at a time .. then rest .. then another section ... and finally tomorrow morning I'll only need to sweep the carpet .. good job I have a big lounge to fit all the bedroom things into

Mind you .. I'm still waiting for the 'official' phone call to say they really ARE coming tomorrow .. so I suppose I'll have to ring them AGAIN .. and see what's happening .. right .. one more cup of coffee and then I'll get started .. got my little wheels out ready to trundle things about .. shouldn't be too hard .. just a pain in the legs having to walk to and fro ..

10/10/2008 at 22:52

Well, did the wardrobes arrive all right, Patootie? You were so good taking care of everyone in the blackout, you deserve to have everything go your way for a while now!

I wrote a long post that I thought had been sent only it got lost somwhere so I'm going to keep this one very short and see if it 'sticks'!!

11/10/2008 at 10:34

 no wardrobes ... %(*&£&))_**_) ....

 You know how you get these 'funny feelings' ... well Friday morning I just felt somethjing was .. 'wrong' .. so I rang them again .. bear in mind the day before I had been assured that they were being delivered Friday ... this is roughly how the conversation went ..

 ... "hello .. I'm patootie .. could I just check that my wardrobes are being delivered today" .. silence .. "today madam?" .. "umm well yes .. that's what I was told yesterday morning" .... a longer silence ... then a fresh voice .. "I am very sorry 'modom' you shouldn't have been informed your wardrobes were being delivered .. as they aren't even in stock yet" ...... AARRGGHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!

... stoooooopid people ... I humped all my bits and pieces from the bedroom to the lounge .. swept up (not a bad thing) .. sat here waiting for a large van to arrive .. and they weren't even in the dratted warehouse ..

..... not expected to be delivered until 1st week of November now .. mind you she made me laugh .. she told me that due to my disappointment she would give me free delivery (normally £4.95) .. well that's very kind I said .. but had you looked at my acount you would see I already have free delivery on this order ..

.. so next week I shall ring the complaints department .. and tell them how I have been badly let down  .. and to see if they can actually tell me when my dratted wardrobes will be arriving ..

 .. in time .. we shall be laughing about these events ... but NOT today ...

11/10/2008 at 11:13

oh dear Patootie what a pain especially after all your forward planning and sorting 

I had a delivery from Ikea yesterday - just some wire basket drawers (if that makes sense) to go in our wardrobe so we can sort stuff out better. Mr B is working this weekend so I am going to get out the cordless drill/driver and see if I can sort it. I think I am going to have to unscrew all the current runners and move them down a bit to get the extra ones in - should be fun!

It's lovely weather here, has been all week, and we are off next week so hoping it holds. Happy weekends all

11/10/2008 at 11:22

Good luck B .. that sounds like a nice little project .. and of course if you do it yourself .. then you will get the drawers and baskets just where they will be most helpful  .. and when Mr B comes home you can show him proudly how clever his wife is ..,

And should it all go wrong .. you can play the .. ohh woe .. poor l'il me just couldn't cope without my big hunky man ...

11/10/2008 at 14:37

Tsk tsk, Patootie, such cynicism. Who would have thought it in one so young? )

But she's right, B, that's jolly good going. And it IS always better if you can do it yourself, of course, because then you get it the way you want it, and not the way someone else could manage to do it!  Isn't it funny how much difference little things, like the proper spacing of drawers and shelves, can make to the usefulness and efficiency of an entire system?

And Patootie, that is simply ROTTEN about the wardrobes! I am really appalled to see how casual and accepted this level of service seems to have become in the UK. It's YOUR money and YOUR time that they're talking about here!! So you make sure the complaints department gets the point, because this is just low.

It's a horrid thing to say, perhaps, but maybe one tiny silver lining to all this mess in the financial markets is that they will have to stop taking the customer for granted. In spite of all the rubbish everyone spouts about customer service, it's been apparent for the last decade that almost all of it was a highly cynical attempt to mislead people into buying things they didn't want or couldn't afford (or both) and that the whole system was fundamentally rotten because people got paid just for getting you to sign the contract. They didn't care a farthing whether you actually GOT the stuff, or LIKED it, because they were on to the next customer. I have noticed with revulsion how much of the language used is, revealingly, the language of adolescent sexuality: expressions like 'customer intimacy' really mean 'how can we get this one into bed---oh, sorry, I mean how can we get this one to do the deal?' Maybe when they REALLY have to compete for business, because not everyone has enough money to buy everything, things will actually improve somewhat on that front at least. (I hope so, because it looks as if things may be quite hard on a lot of innocent people who have done their best to be prudent all their lives, and to invest wisely---only to find now that the regulators have been asleep on the job and even the most 'conservative' companies have giant holes in their finances.)

Dear me, I rant, I had better stop. But I hope the bliddy wardrobes come SOON, Patootie, and that in the meantime they do something very, very nice for you to show they know they screwed up!


11/10/2008 at 14:47

haha Patootie - how did you know my fallback plan However, I have managed to complete the poject and really enjoyed - I need another project that involves an electric screwdriver - it's fun - no wonder Mr B aways does that bit himself! I do love to have a place for everything and everything in it's place. We need a bit more storage still - perhaps my next project .....?

11/10/2008 at 17:48
Very well done B .. another project .. hmmm ... you could build an extension on the back of the house ... these new funky wooden framed houses literally only need a screw driver
11/10/2008 at 18:05

lol I think a piece of flat pack furniture is perhaps more the mark!

Still I did find time to watch Lewis get pole in Japan - let's hope he can translate it into a win

19/10/2008 at 07:28

Been a funny old week ... weather up and down like a yoyo .. really hot some days .. yet frosty mornings .. typical Autumnal days .. but had my fibro doing fandango's .. it's much better weather for me in the long run though ..

A few days ago I had intended to take a picture of the glorious cherry tree outside my lounge window .. the leaves were simply stunning, beautiful golds, reds and yellows make the tree seem ablaze with colour .. wait for morning I thought .. sun on it .. will look even better .. got my camera out ... but ... during the night there was some rain and brisk winds ... I got up in the morning to find my tree practically denuded of leaves .. sadly the stunning spectacle was over for this year .. unless you wanted a picture of bare branches with just a few straggly leaves left ..

 Wardrobes now arriving next Friday ... so fingers crossed there will be no further delays ..

Edited: 19/10/2008 at 07:33
20/10/2008 at 15:21

That happened to me once with an Aspen tree in Canada

I spent several days walking underneath it, then it was dull and grey for a while. The next day the sun was shining brighlty but half the leaves  were gone! Autumn only lasts for about 10 days in the Rockies  

I do hope your wardrobes arrive as planned on Friday.

24/10/2008 at 16:14

Wardrobes ... at last I have wardrobes ... wooooohoooooo !!

 2 very courteous young lads just brought me my single, corner and double wardrobes and 3 door chest .. and I LURVE them  .. the furniture I mean .. not the lads

They sit perfectly around the corner .. although I do admit I got my measurements slightly wrong .. I had calculated I had 1" spare when in fact I only have 1/2" spare ... so the lads did well to wriggle the wardrobes into the space ..   

The colour of the light ash is perfect .. my hangers fit in perfectly ... and the door handles are just the perfect height for me .. and at half the price I could find anything in the local furniture stores they are pretty perfect all round ..

Just one small problem ... I now have to go and fit all my clothes into them .. going to try and sort them into winter/summer posh/casual as I go ..

Phew better get started .. I have a feeling it will take me all weekend !

Edited: 24/10/2008 at 16:21
24/10/2008 at 16:24

hurrah! glad the wardrobes are all in patootie

I am doing my first marathon tomorrow - finally it has stopped raining and the sun is shining so hopefully drying out the hills. It's the Beachy Head marathon up on the South Downs - lots of climbing, but then at least you get the downhills too! I'm really looking forward to meeting lots of forumites as it's very popular with RW peeps. Fish ans chips out tonight to fuel up I'm excited and wibbling all at the same time ...

24/10/2008 at 16:46

Thank you B ...

 Have a goo marathon, enjoy yourself .. and I hope your legs don't ache too much afterwards

Fish and chips .. !! Blimey .. do runners really eat fish and chips .. won't they weigh you down ..

24/10/2008 at 16:58
thank toots - haha I have been eating for England just recently but apparently I am allowed because I have to carb-load to get lots of glycogen (I think) in my muscles to carry me through. In fact I think I have over done it  and I will now have to carry a few extra pounds up all the hills, but maybe I'll be quicker downhill with gravity to help
26/10/2008 at 12:13


 "More than 1,700 marathon runners stranded by floods in the Lake District remain unaccounted for, police said. Nearly a month's rain fell in one day in parts of Cumbria as torrential downpours blocked several roads in the area."

  what were those organisers thinking of .. several severe weather warnings had been given out long before the start of this marathon ..

I hope each and every 'lost' athlete comes home safely .. and those folks in hospital with hypothermia recover quickly


Latest update and thankfully 'only' 44 missing now ... BUT .. those figures are based on the assumption that many are assumed to have returned home without informing the organisers. So it could still be hundreds .... ohhh hurry up and get them all safe ..

Update:  Phew everyone is safe ..

Edited: 26/10/2008 at 22:31
27/10/2008 at 09:13

Yay, Toots has wardrobes

Hope you enjoyed Beachy B - how did you get on?  I expect it was a bit wet and windy was it?

I think if I was ever to do it I'd go with a plan of walking the up slopes and running the down slopes.

Good to hear all the fell runners are safe although they are quite hardy types I understand and have to be in teams of two. Reading another thread it seems like some peeps think the media were exaggerating things a bit. Still I suppose it makes a change from the Credit Crunch!

Yum - fish and chips

29/10/2008 at 22:11

Gosh, I've been away for nearly 2 weeks and only NOW have the wardrobes arrived??? Maddening! However, it sounds like they were worth waiting for, Toots---they do sound like really Mary Poppins wardrobes---'practically perfect in every way'. Enjoy getting everything sorted and put away tidily, that's part of the pleasure, and having waited so long for them you deserve to enjoy every inch!

Well done on Beachy, B. A number of forumites I know were there---did you enjoy it?

Toots, I was worried about those fellrunners too, but I believe they were all accounted for by the next day. I guess that's a pretty elite race anyone, they only allow entrants who are both experienced and equipped. But that said, the weather was VERY dangerous, and the simple fact that they had so many rescue crews out does tell you something, doesn't it?

We had a lovely week in France, with perfect weather nearly every day; prolly the last time I'll see the sun until next spring. Well, not the last time I'll SEE it but the last time it will feel warm.  But though it's cold here now, it's also quite bright and crisp so nice weather for my daily 4 mile cycle to work.

Time for bed now, though. Sleep well, all! xx

30/10/2008 at 15:26

Nice to have you back GC and I am glad you enjoyed your holiday

 Yes .. I like the bedroom units so much I have just ordered a larger chest of drawers .. going to use the one I already have as a bedside drawer unit .. then I can get rid of the cheap canvas thing I have now . . I can put all my 'office' type things into the bedside drawers as well as all the usual female paraphanalia we try and balance on the bedside table .. having the extra drawers will mean I can get most things put away .. just my handbag 'tree' and the computer left in sight .. but the floor space all nice and clear .. and that will help me to keep it nice and tidy too .. I never feel like sweeping etc as I've always had to move so many piles of things  .. and dusting will be to a minimum .. woohooo .. isn't it lovely when you can get a place as you would like it ...

  got to laugh  .. every time I go in the bedroom I still say .. "woohooo my wardrobes .. I love them" .. I've put a really nice gold and black Thai Buddha on the top of the corner part of the wardrobes ... so that sits and looks down at me .. very peaceful and relaxing ...


30/10/2008 at 16:31

Ooh lovely Toots,

Welcome back GC

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