Day 360 – 26th December – I must be crackers

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It may be a bit early to be buying Christmas crackers as we’ve just had Christmas, but given these were in the sale and less than 25% of their original price I decide that it would be a wise to stock up in the Christmas sales as they will still be good next year. I’ve done the same for Christmas cards as well given they had similar if not better reductions.

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 339 – 5th December – Wrapped Up

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A decent number of presents have now been purchased and while there is little chance of any of them being seen before they are wrapped up, I decided to have a mass wrapping session. Gift wrapping seems to be a bit of a dark art. Sometimes I seem to be able to have mastered it, other times I’m wrap as if I was missed out on opposable thumbs! I wish I could say that it was just some of the very odd shaped gifts that cause problems, but even the regular ones seem to leave behind a ball of messed up sticky tape and incorrectly cut paper. I do at least like to think that where I have options, I think carefully about what people will like, and I hope that I have hit the mark again this year. There were certainly a couple of moments of inspiration was I wondered around the shops, especially the ones that are for friends where I have more freedom to choose.

Day 333 – November 29th – A bolt from the internet

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One of my jobs earlier in the year was to do a minor work on the patio doors to ensure that they shut propperly for the winter with all the locking points connecting to create a proper seal from the elements outside. With that successul the next thing I want to do is to replace what is called the slave lock on one of the doors. The original one had suffered as a result of the weather being able to sneak in. While it does still work, it’s very stiff to use, often needing a screwdriver to act as a lever to help raise the bolt. Therefore, so that I can freely open both patio doors I’ve purchased a replacement lock. A few measurements and a bit of internet searching and I had found what I needed. I won’t fit it to next year as there’s no need to now, but it will be nice not to wonder if I really want to have both doors open in what I hope will be another nice summer.

Day 331 – 27th November – Winter Warmth

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A number of years ago I had a North Face Nuptse jacket that was the warmest jacket I had ever owned. It served me well for a good number of years before it wore out. So effective was it that it even kept me warm in a stationery car with the engine off for over 3 hours while I was stuck in snow and bad weather due to an accident further up the road that needed to be cleared. At no point with it on did I feel cold. Bored and needing the toilet yes, but cold, no. After the extreme cold earlier this year and the possible threat of a repeat, I decided it was time to reinvest.

(In line with current blogging practice, I should point out that I am not being paid or receiving goods in kind by North Face to mention their product or brand).

Day 319 – 15th November – Pug of the Month

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As I suspect many have noticed, next year’s calendars are in the shops already. Normally I’m terrible at picking one of these up, leaving it to the last minute, or often a few days in the the year, before getting hold of one. However this year I saw one that I wanted to buy and thought I would break a habit and buy it early. I don’t have a pet myself (other than the fish) but I have a friend who has a pug which is full of charachter and I thought this calendar would be fun to have and an alternative to the normal calendar I get.

Day 310 – 6th November – Triffid Time

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The plant seller was back at work today so I decided to take the opportunity to purchase a second, and different type of carniverous plant, this time a Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia).  I’ve always liked these as they remind me of the 1970’s television version of The Day of the Triffids that was shown in the UK.  They were featured on Gardeners World recently as a good way of controlling bugs in a greenhouse so I’m going to see if it works as well for me as well.  Hopefully it will mean and end to having to put up fly paper!