Thursday, September 17, 2009

What's Up Doc?

How time flies when you're having fun! And what a week it has been. I'm sitting here now at my laptop (get me!) in the sitting room, semi-watching a movie, but basically using my wireless connection. It's blooming great to have said goodbye to all those wires.

Going back to where I left you, I have to say that nothing went quite as planned! The piano delivery was delayed because they were minus one van, so it finally arrived on Wednesday last week. I had been expecting it on either Monday or Tuesday, so there was a lot of hanging around, but never mind. The Piano People, when they did appear, were just wonderful, and made light work of getting the piano out of their van and up two flights of stairs. They soon had the old girl standing on her ornate mahogany legs, and looking very comfortable. Apparently the piano is strung like a harpsichord and so needs special treatment. Luckily the guys knew some names of people who can do this, so hopefully we will soon have the piano sounding reasonable. Then all I have to do is learn to play it again. Don't hold your breath!

I had been planning to go and spend a couple of days (Wednesday and Thursday) with one of my London BFs, but the great Laptop initiation was also delayed because the lovely Dan (and his equally lovely partner, James) couldn't get here until Friday morning and I just knew that rushing back and forth to London wasn't going to work. Especially since I had finally managed to get a Dentist appointment on Friday afternoon. So, as luck would have it, I was here, sitting on the loo on Thursday evening, when I looked down and saw water. Everywhere. I quickly opened the water meter door to discover that there was a fine mist spraying out from one of my pipes. Panic. I phoned the Water Board and then my lovely downstairs neighbour. Roz arrived first (of course) and gamely sat with her finger over the leak (just like the little Dutch Boy) until the water man arrived. Surprisingly, the leak turned out to be my responsibility and all he could do was turn the water off. Great. No water except what was leaking from the pipe. And did I forget to mention that Daughter was staying because she was going to a wedding the next day (not hers, I hasten to add). I sat up until the water stopped dripping (1.30 am) and fervently thanked Divine Providence that I hadn't gone to London, only to return to a flooded house.

I really am very lucky though, because the lovely Roz phoned her friend, and he came and fixed my leaking pipe the next day. What's more, the dear man refused to take any money, so I am in his debt and will have to think of something nice for him. And I had Dan and James setting up my Laptop and transferring all my backed-up stuff at the same time, which was tricky because I couldn't really concentrate on them, and I felt pretty bad about that. Next was the dentist, which wasn't good news - I need maybe an extraction, definitely a crown for a broken tooth and also a new filling, plus a "deep clean" which sounds painful to me.

After all that, I had to get ready for the Wedding Reception, to which I had been invited so that I could bring Grandson home after a couple of hours, leaving Daughter and the Boyfriend to dance the night away. We came home in a taxi at 10pm, and were both tucked up in my bed and fast asleep five minutes later. I was just exhausted, and so was Grandson, who had been dancing on on his own on the stage for a couple of hours, apparently. What Larks!

Oops, is that the time, and my battery is about to run out. I'll have to finish for now and re-charge. More later, bringing you up to date with all the latest news, including the rest of the weekend, new Student(s) and Son's 30th Birthday. Night, night. Sleep tight.


Maggie May said...

Sorry about your leak. But glad you had it fixed for free. Also that your laptop is there and that the internet is working on your new system. And that piano! Wow!
Too bad about the dental treatment.
I am having a deep cleansing tomorrow. Not looking forward to it. Fingers crossed.

Donna said...

What a Week you had! Lucky a friend of a friend could fix that leak! I could have sent a plumber but it Might have been a tad expensive!lolol...Happy night sweetie!hughugs

Expat mum said...

My little guy has just started piano lessons and I get to sit in. I can read music quite well, so I'm going to see how long it takes me to ask his teacher is she can fit me in somewhere in her schedule.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

We have had our en-suite redone and when we came back from a short break, there was water coming into the sitting room ceiling. We panicked but our pal came straight over at 0630 in the morning to trace the leak - mind you it was his handiwork so he had no choice! Providence worked out for you as these things are a nightmare. Enjoy your laptop, I use mine sitting in my chair whilst keeping an eye on the telly!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, setting up laptops and tranferring data is my idea of a nightmare!! I've done it twice this year, first with a new desktop and then with a new laptop - of course I didn't do it, my computer expert did!!

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Hi Maggie, thanks for popping over. Actually I had a reprieve because my dentist was ill today!
All's going well,thank heavens. M x

Thanks for the offer Donna :-). It's still drying out. Hugs, M xx

Hi Expatmum, it's so tempting I can imagine. I still have to get it tuned but then I'll be looking for a teacher too. M xx

Hi MOB, these plumbing stories are awful aren't they? But you're right, I was very lucky. I'm doing that too, watching TV while typing! It's not good for the blog. M xx

Hi Crystal, yes I know - what would we do without those computer guys. M xx