Thursday, March 06, 2014

Nineteen seconds to meltdown

Nothing like staggering in with a meagre breakfast and black coffee to find an email from Miss O'Dyne and she has sent me a cake. Not just any cake but a Maraschino cherry cake with fluffy cherry frosting. I drooled, probably would have drowned if it had had whipped cream on the side.

I have a new phone, $54, with additional handset for the study and 67 pages of instructions on how to use it. Apparently it was my fault with the phone. The last time I tripped a over t, I detached a wire inside which was shorting out all the other phones. Now all I have to do is work out how to make the thing go ring ring instead of sounding like a air raid siren. 

The computer is another creature altogether. In March 2010, I had it upgraded to 1gb of memory but the whole thing is not powering up as it should. I'm saving it for emails and banking and just managed to do online shopping by a whisker before it tanked last night. So now looking at new towers, not laptops. I like my desktop, in the study and when it's turned off that's it, I walk away otherwise I'd be at it all night.

Mother, well, mother is not doing too well.  She had an x-ray this morning and tomorrow, pathology and an ECG. Thank you Doc Marvin who set up an in house service for all of this so residents wouldn't have to go and wait in hospitals anywhere.  Her heart is not beating fast enough to get the fluid out of her lungs, she has a pressure sore that is not healing, the cellulitis in the leg is still building up for a breakout and she has tremors in both arms so bad so threw lemonade over the idiot Tea-boy on Monday.  In other words, she's cactus but today is her 84th birthday and she made it, just like she said she would. I had organized something for Saturday but I must cancel as she is too ill and tired for people.  She would say no, but I'm not falling for that. Of course she could fool us again and survive and if she does, then she really does deserve the label of "Terminator".


Elephant's Child said...

You deserve that cake. And whipped cream.

River said...

I hate phones that sound like air raid sirens. For heaven's sake, what's wrong with a good old fashioned ring-ring?
The cake looks delicious, pity it's only a picture.
Sorry to hear mum is going downhill a bit, but glad she made her birthday.
Good luck with the computer shopping.

Frances said...

You are an excellent daughter, CopperWitch, and cake, gin and gowns are piling up for you in heaven.

JahTeh said...

I woke up from a dream last night of Miss O'Dyne handing me bags of salt&vinegar crisps with a throat that felt like cut glass, chest rumbling and headache. Very dizzy and nearly passed out on the early morning delivery man. Salt&vinegar crisps I never thought to order, her version of penicillan, so I am ill.

River, I bought 4 loaves of bread to make sandwiches which I'm not doing now. I'll make up as many as I can but the birds are going to be well fed. I rang this morning and she sounded better than I did.

Frances, I've no doubt she'll come through again but what a time for me to get crook. My sister is going down today which shows how shocked she was and I'll go tomorrow and try not to breathe on anybody.

Unknown said...

You may have some other rings for the phone, but it is not like a mobile where you can download one of your choosing.

Some electrical things no longer come with a manual and want you to read instructions online, our iron for example. Bah to that.

Now you are no longer a teenager, it is very wise not to be 'at it all night'.

River said...

@Andrew; I have an older flip phone and would love to download a ringtone of my own choice but don't have a clue how to do it. I've gone so far as to find a website with free downloads and they have what I want, but I don't know how to get it from them onto my phone. Does it download direct or do I download to my computer then transfer it? I'll have to get my K to work on it...

JahTeh said...

Andrew, I can't even find out how to use the menu button but I can turn it off and on now.

River, good luck with that. Any mobile older than two weeks you might as well not worry about.