Today is Saturday 11th July

After the terrible night we had on Thursday/Friday, I am glad to report we all slept very well last night. This could have been to the temperature being cooler as we had a thunderstorm, or that we were so tired we would have slept anywhere anyway, or the fact I gave Maggie a dose of loxicom as she was stiff, and that usually relaxes her.

Therefore we all slept through until gone 6am and after letting her out, were able to surface in our own time.

Hubby’s touchpad on his laptop had packed up, my stick on letters are wearing out and I have no replacements that will fit, and Hubby’s X key is kaput. Time for a new laptop.
The beauty of our existing ones is that they are identical, so one can be used for spares. Hubby’s keyboard is pristine in lettering, all mine work as does my touchpad, so he will be tinkering as he used to in days of long gone computer repairs.

Finally one of the electronic outlets is open, so off we went. Traffic wasn’t too bad, just one bottleneck at traffic lights in one of the villages en route.
The shop opened at 10, and we were there at 10.45. There were barriers everywhere, and their routine is three salesmen, and limited numbers in the shop. We had to wait but it wasn’t too long.
You can’t browse along the shelves though, and cannot access any areas to look at anything without a member of staff. You’re not allowed to touch anything either, but big screen TVs were in abundance, so several shoppers were looking there and didn’t need a salesperson.
I kept my hands behind my back and chanced a walk down an aisle, balking at the cost of things and wanting to go  home.
A young man came to help us, and nothing was too much trouble. The chrome pads are in our price budget, but not really practical for easily taking images from the internet, blogging and storage.
Moving on to laptops, and prices were almost clinging to the roof. Most models now have Windows 10 S on board, which brings its own disadvantages for users like me, so we were looking for a basic Windows 10 device as Windows 8, 7, or my love XP are definitely consigned to the dinosaur era now.
The next problem was stock.
Anything with a yellow sticker could be taken home today as it was a display model and would be cleaned before leaving the store. Not much in our price range and what was had Windows 10 S installed.
Finally we found one, a little more than I wanted to pay, but it would suit me. No stock, but delivery could be arranged for Monday to our home at a cost of £5. That was OK by us, until I found another item within my budget, and the same brand as the one I’m using now.  Not quite so sophisticated as the other one, but I’m familiar with it and we’re pleased with the make, so better the devil you know and all that.
That is coming on Monday, and this weekend will be spent taking my stuff off the hard drive and putting it on a key.

We are exhausted. Neither of us could believe the standard of driving (too busy looking at cows in fields, texting, on mobile, hitting the brake for no apparent reason then veering off with no signals) and worse, the amount of lard walking around.
I do not mean to be unkind, especially as I’m not exactly a stunning figure of a woman posing for magazines and fashion,  but honestly, even at my heaviest I was half the size of most of the people we saw in town today. The sight of skimpy outfits with more hanging out than covered, shorts riding up to reveal …….. no don’t go there…………., faces being stuffed with chips, pastries, ice creams and buns and people hanging over both sides of their mobility scooters was enough to put anyone off food, then add snotty nosed dirty screaming kids of all ages, shapes and sizes, and NOT A MASK IN SIGHT (shudder).

Shops were teeming and the shelves were more or less empty of toiletries and cleaning products in the houseware store where Hubby went in for some mouthwash which is helping with his sore throat. We didn’t need any other shopping so were glad we didn’t have to fight our way through a supermarket. It was the same as our own town, no social distancing and everyone crowding everyone else.  The only people I saw given space was a couple with two St Bernards!

Coming home, traffic was a rerun of our trip in and we had to second guess what the drivers in front were likely to do every time we came to a junction or bend in the road.
It didn’t help with cyclists on the narrow roads, though two riders were wearing Hi-Vis jackets and at least seemed aware that there would be cars behind them as well as coming from the opposite direction.

We were glad to get home and had three cups of tea to get over the stress!!
Keep safe everyone.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to Today is Saturday 11th July

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    Sounds like a nightmare but worth it because you got what you wanted. Enjoy the rest of your day!

  2. That must have been a stressful shopping trip. But I’m glad that you found out a laptop that fit most of your criteria

  3. This sounds like a very stressful outing. Sorry that people aren’t behaving with care.

  4. Sadje says:

    Hope you enjoy your new laptop. I am very excited when I get a new machine.

  5. Liz says:

    I can’t remember if I mentioned it, but since the further lifting restrictions, I feel I now have to start wearing my face mask while shopping in store. I didn’t feel 2 meters were being observed.
    When I spoke about it to a work colleague, she was saying how she felt when she went shopping, that more seem to be in the supermarket. She went to a different supermarket to me.
    When she said that, I said, come to think of it, it seemed to have more in when I was shopping, compared to before.
    So we were both wondering, are these supermarkets letting more people in, to before?

    • Lidl here seem to have no restrictions on the door or numbers in store, and the holiday makers are piling in. However, where we shop, 3 of the 4 supermarkets we use (Tesco (not often I add), Morrison, and Aldi) still have people on the door and are monitoring numbers. The Lidl there haven’t had queues the last couple of times we’ve been, and it wasn’t teeming with people, though there were a few blocking aisles or chinning with their friends as if nothing had ever happened. Our Co-Op still has restrictions, and the shops we saw in the
      High Street today are limiting numbers as well.
      With the gyms and other leisure complexes opening, we only see things getting more packed. A lady who works in the garden centre told Hubby that although the staff are masked and gloves, the customers aren’t and simply don’t abide by anything. There is a lot of anger and frustration here because of the visitors’ attitude.

  6. SarahC says:

    Wow what an adventure. We need to replace a Vista laptop lol

  7. murisopsis says:

    I went out and had to go to 3 different stores to get orzo pasta and garbanzo beans! Who knew that there would be a run on garbanzo beans?!?! At least the one store was nearly a ghost town and the others were mostly filled with sensible mask wearing folks!.

  8. Carol anne says:

    Glad you got the new laptop or will get it on Monday! I hope it works well for you! Hoping the transition of your files to a USB key goes ok too. Xxx

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