Day 358 – 24th December – Pressing home the un-needed.

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The family visits for Christmas have started but to be able to complete them tomorrow I had to fill up with petrol after today’s journey. This game me the opportunity to do a last minute scout in one of the shops attached to the filling stations and I was rather surprised to see this on sale. It’s a device for sqeezing your teabag, or a teabag press as it’s been called here. My question is why does something like this even exist. How hard is it to squeeze a teabag against the side of a cup. Is this something that we really need or is this a case of creating something that people think they need when they don’t.

Day 357 – 23rd December – Christmas Cards

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I have a number of friends across the world where I don’t have a physical address I can send a card. I therefore decided to create an e-card that I could send, and dug out a photo I had taken earlier in the year when there was snow on the ground. I chose this image for a number of reasons. Firstly its got snow on it, but also you can see that it is still snowing. While white Christmas’ in the UK are rare, snow and Christmas always go together on cards. The second reason I chose this photo is for the image of the footprints and the play that I can make on the more famous footprints in the sand message story that is told in churches. (I’ll let you look it up if you don’t know it). For me its a nice way of having the Christian message of Christmas on the e-card.

Day 356 – 22nd December – Dressed for Success

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I did something that I haven’t done for a very long time, in fact so long that I can’t remember the last time I did this. Not having to go out today I chose to use my dressing gown for the whole day. I didn’t have to go out so I figured that I may as well. It’s warm and comfortable and I realised that I don’t use it often enough. Obviously I’m not talking about wearing it all day more regularly, but I certainly should use it more. What I didn’t do though is totally waste the day, getting a load of stuff sorted, tidied and thrown out in the study to make it a more useable space.

Day 355 – 21st December – Reading Material

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Again today is one of those photos I never thought I would use in a blog post recording my year, but the oddest thing happened today. I was filling up with petrol ready for the driving I’ll do over the Christmas period and unsurprisingly there was a queue at the petrol station. The person in front of me filled up and then spent ages reading through the receipt he had got from the pay at the pump machine. One question arose from this. Why! What added information was so revolutionary that it had to be read there and then. I’ve checked the rest of the receipt and there’s nothing of interest there! (And yes, to those in the USA, this is how much we pay for our petrol at the moment, and this is currently 10 pence down on what it had been earlier in the year!)

Day 354 – 20th December – Rescue Mission

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It was noticed that one of the plants at work had been sufffering and looked like it was dying. On checking it, the lack of root system showed that the main plant had died away and the offshoots were starting to die from the stem upwards. I brought them home and have split off all the offshoots and planted them out. Hopefully at least a few will root and start to grow.

Day 353 – December 19th – Early Starters

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I had a bit of a clear out in the gardne, removing some dead plants and cutting back some of this year’s growth on plants that need it. It’s been so mild that my spring bulbs, mainly daffodils, are starting to come through already, three months early. In repect of the colour in the garden I don’t mind at all, but my concern is what might happen to the plants if there is a sudden cold snap like at the start of this year, it could cause real damage to the bulbs while they are active rather than dormant. There’s nothing I can do but just hope.

Day 352 – 18th December – Old style error messages

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Our computer systems crashed at work today. The outage was only for a few hours, but it did enable this rather amusing error message to be flagged up. I love the idea that a floppy would still be used in this era. I suppose there may be some older systems out there that using them, but they must be few and far between. It has left me I wondering what other automatic messages may still be in networks waiting to pop up.