Mar. 27th, 2011

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One of the things I got rid of today was a large plastic and cloth sunflower. I bought this in 1993 or so, and then when I ended up ill and in hospital over and over the sunflower always came with me. Mainly because it was the symbol of one of the main Irish depression charities for a while. Hospitals disapprove of you bringing too much crap in but the staff all LOVED the sunflower.

But for years now it has languished in my bedroom and is falling to bits. I decided - I can keep my memories, but I don't need a physical reminder. And I'm not that ill any more, and am unlikely to be again. I don't need something to grab and hold on to to keep going, literally.

So bye bye sunflower. Thanks for the inspiration and help.


Mar. 27th, 2011 05:51 pm
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Dammit, we took out the model train set to play with today, but we couldn't make it go. After about half an hour, between shining the contacts with steel wool, tweaking the connector cables between the contact unit and the power unit, and messing with the loco, we got it to work.

However our floor is not 100% level and this caused a lot of problems. We couldn't get carriages to attach to the loco for any length of time for example. This was probably just as well due to sustained feline interest in the moving thingie.

Luckily there were no fatalities although the driver (DH) was quite amused.

In future though we have to find some way of levelling the ground under the track - the dining table isn't wide enough as the layout is roughly square. I mean, James May managed this outdoors for 4 miles, so it can't be that hard. We did get a paper layout backing thing with the set but it's spectacularly ugly....

Any ideas?

(Yes, I put the set away carefully afterwards. DH says, remember to put your toys away when you have finished playing with them!)
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This reminded me of the Sex Ed scene in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life....


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