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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Seasonal musings

Advent is over, we spent it looking for our Advent Calendar, a quilted work of art that I won some 15 months ago,

we searched all those safe places where one stores infrequently used treasures, we have found other lost causes, such as bed linen we thought had gone away but fits our futon perfectly. Much time has been spent on turning out drawers, cupboards, boxes with Ian being warned not to say "it will be in the last place you look" because so far the Calendar isn't.

The Calendar is not part of our tradition, we don't go overboard on decorations, just white lights in the front bay window, a Christmas tree with lights and decorations in our lounge, we tuck our cards between books in the hallway Billy bookshelves, not so easy with landscape cards but then one can become absorbed in the book that has been moved and another hour has gone discovering serendipity knowledge that will fail on recall at the next quiz.

Just to explain why my blogging has become so infrequent, I am struggling to use Blogger on my iPad, whether it is Blogger app on my front screen or from the bar at the top of my post so in desperation I have logged into Ian's laptop and will send these ramblings from that machine.  If it works I may invest in another laptop, have not used my Toshiba much this year, it will be 10 years old this coming May so it is due for retirement. I want to tell you all about my experiments with sugar paste and the decorated Christmas cake but will leave it to another blog as the photos will have to be moved from phone to Ian's laptop.  I can type faster on the laptop but have become much reliant on predictive text of Apple products.  One cannot win, it is all a big game to thwart us. what happened to standardization? My mind jumps back to filing cabinets of grey British Standards full of definitions and diagrams.

 Note to self, double clicking the space bar on a laptop and Windows 7 does not produce a full stop and does not capitalise the next word. 


  1. Although my iPad is splendid in many ways, it doesn't substitute for a computer, I find - I'm in the minority in still preferring a desktop. But the double click thing is something I do too!

  2. But, did you find it in the end? Almost every year I look at those kits to make an advent calendar quilt but know it will languish in my stash. That was the motivation for making quilty Christmas presents, not a super surge of energy, but thank you for the compliment when you commented on my blog. As for IT... I am all apple now, iPad in the bedroom, Mac Air at my desk and iPhone in my pocket. It is simpler that way but OH clings to Microsoft and android which caused him small moments of triumph when his PC recognises the new printer and my Mac just can't see it. I find the blogger app is ok for writing the initial draft of my blog but go to the laptop for editing and adding photos