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.

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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!

Day 306 – 2nd November – No More Slipping Up

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I’ve decided to ‘invest’ in a couple of pairs of ‘slipper socks’ to see how they are compared to slippers. I’ve been finding the slippers that I have keep trying to come off when I go up the staircase with the results that I’ve nearly tripped over a number of times as I’ve almost tripped over the slipper I was wearing. I don’t like wearing shoes around the house so I’m hoping these will be a good alternative and make me less likely to have an accident on the stairs.

Day 299 – 26th October – Accessory Arrival

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The bits that I ordered for the new mobile phone arrived today. Screen protector and case. The screen protector is different from the type I normally use. It’s possible that they haven’t produced any film screen protectors and will in due course, but this one was a tempered glass one. Having never tried one before I was slightly cautious, but so far I’m happy. It certainly was able to be applied without any trouble, or more importantly bubbles forming. The case is the type I normally get. It doe hid what is a very nice back to the phone which is meant to help with grip, but the case itself will protect the corners better and on the rare occasion the phone takes a bump, will absorb the shock better. Now all I need to do is transfer everything from the old phone to the new!

Day 295 – 22nd October – A new model

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I’ve been having hassles with the mobile phone I purchased at the start of the year. It still works but I’ve never felt comfortable with it (operationally). It was an experimental phone to be fair with features that I never ended up using and was a result of a new collaboration of companies. I therefore made the decision to get a replacement phone given the new incarnation has just been released and all the reports are that they have dumped the experimental stuff and gone back to their previous set ups. Today the phone arrived. Slightly larger than my current phone but not as large as some of these phones that masquerade as tablets (or is it tablets masquerading as phones). I now need to get the accessories to protect it for everyday use, but my evening will be spent setting it up via the Wi-Fi so that it is ready for use when everything arrives.