Friday, 19 October 2018

Thoughts for Friday

Why, when there are beds and comfy chairs, has Polly decided to sleep on top of the printer, which is on a chest of drawers 4 foot off the ground? (I keep it covered with an old sheet to keep the dust out) Cats are so weird.


Watched a fascinating programme about building model railways - a competition for teams. Who knew how many model railway fanatics there are out there?  They were mostly men of course!

I shall never moan about Her Maj's Revenue and Customs again because they've just sent me a cheque for over £700 that Colin had overpaid in tax on his work pension in the year before he died. Col said he thought he was paying tax when he shouldn't be and I said it's OK we'll get a form and claim it back in the new tax year and then you know what happened in April and  May......... I never gave it another thought.

After watching a programme about the history of the Man Booker prize for fiction I know why I don't rush to read any books that win prizes - talk about a load of loveys!

Son (our middle child) was 37 last week..........how did that happen?

The windows are filthy when the sun shines on them ................I hate window cleaning

Now that I've bought a re-chargable lantern I bet the electric doesn't go off at all this winter.

Library van due next week and I still have 5 books unread.

The Invictus Games are on TV tonight - they are so inspiring.


Probably back tomorrow
Sue

P.S Thank you for comments yesterday and hello to a new follower and goodbye to whoever un-followed!







39 comments:

  1. How fantastic to get that repayment so unexpectedly. And cats are their own masters. :-)

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  2. Glad that they sent you the money. they are quick to take it, but in fairness, they do refund when needed. I once had £50 repaid to me and had no idea it was coming.
    Totally agree with you about cats. Henry Nuno McGinty is the same. When I strip the beds and have piles of sheets to scoop up and wash, I can guarantee I'll find him perched on top in some super deep sleep so I can't take them from him!
    Also agree with windows. I feel like I'm always cleaning them, yet one beam of sunshine makes a total mockery of my housekeeping!
    Hope the back is feeling better. x

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    1. Polly seems to choose somewhere to sleep for a few days and then changes to somewhere else - strange cat
      A man zooms round the outside windows every 8 weeks but that no help if I don't do the insides!

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  3. Hi Sue, sorry I haven't commented for a while. Been reading back and feel so sad about Colin. I hope you are doing OK. I have a bit of unscheduled time off work so I am catching up.

    Cats are funny creatures. One of mine loves sleeping on my laptop bag. I hope I never have to take it anywhere as it is covered in hair!

    I often think my window cleaner must sigh as he cleans the outside of the windows since we don't get round to doing the insides as often as we should. Ah well, life is busy so what can you do?


    Jane

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    1. I read your blog and see how busy you are with everything so don't worry.
      I'm doing OK - mostly - sometimes still feel I'm waiting for something that isn't going to happen

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  4. I finally caved and bought a window vac that cleans them. What a difference, clean windows in seconds...

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    1. I think thats what I'll have to do - does it make any mess inside the house? What make would you recommend

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  5. Nice surprise from the tax man. Cats are really funny, my next-door-neighbour's cat finds the narrowest part of the fence to sit on

    Julie xxxxxxxx

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    1. A huge refund and such a help towards kitchen costs

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  6. I lovely present for the tax man just in time for Christmas. It looks as thou its going to be a nice day.
    Hazel c uk

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    1. I'm all ready for chutney making then more resting of the blinkin' back which is taking too long to settle this time

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  7. Great about the cheque. Our windows are also filthy. I really have to gee myself up to clean them:(

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    1. If someone invented glass that didn't get dirty they would be multi millionaires in 5 minutes!

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  8. I'm another one who hates cleaning windows, the window cleaner does the outside and then I feel guilty that the marks on the inside are there for at least 3 of his monthly visits 🤣🤣

    Brilliant about the tax refund, a pleasant surprise from HMRC for once 🙂

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    1. It's OK when the sun isn't shining in but when it does...........oh dear!

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  9. Glad you got the Tax back. I was at a Committee Meeting in the Midlands about a year ago and in the same place was a meeting of model railways enthusiasts. It was held in a large hall, with model trains running round the middle. The room was packed (with mostly men) and they kept coming and gong all day. Amazing. Just wish my National Society had as many members.

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    1. I like all the model houses and landscapes better than the trains!

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  10. When my father died I asked them to look at his tax and they sent a refund. When I do my self assessment they send me any money owed almost by return of email.

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    1. Yes I used to send off my self assessment ASAP after April 6th and always got the tax refund by June/July. Quite efficient considering the amount of people in the country

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  11. I am awaiting my tax refund - it won't be £700 but every little helps. We are finding the loose surface stuff from having the house rendered recently is now blowing off onto the windows. DH says it will get less overtime but meanwhile we have to look through dust covered windows which is far worse on a nice sunny day like today.

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    1. Oh dear about the dust -at least thats a genuine thing - mine is just laziness!

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  12. Washing windows is like the expression we have here about painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge - just when you finish them it's time to start all over again. Sadly, if you just stop playing along with their cleaning agenda, you end up with windows that could make you feel like you have cataracts. Do you have some children in the neighbour you could keep on the books to do it for you? Remember bob-a-job?

    I stopped reading Booker Prize winners a while ago. They used to be such excellent reading and now it's all very dispiriting what makes the grade. Loveys, indeed.

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    1. Only small children close and I can't imagine any wanting to clean windows!

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  13. Always good to receive a wind fall even better from the tax man. All the cleaning seems futile especially when its done no one comes round then when its a mess they do! I have a stitchery that I did years ago, "You can touch the dust, but please don´t write in it!" about sums it up. xcx

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    1. I don't think I have quite enough dust to write in.............yet!

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  14. I think Polly reads your mind as to what spot will make you the most perplexed. And windfall are always special. I got one once that was in the thousands, trouble was they had the wrong person and I sent it back.

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    1. Today Polly has wanted to sleep on my armchair. I was stirring chutney and each time I came back and sat down again I had to move her off!

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  15. Our cat loves to sleep on top of the washing machine when it's off. Go figure why he'd pick that over sofas, a comfy cat bed or a rug. Cats as you say are strange creatures.

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  16. I don’t do windows. If my husband waits too long, I may mention it to him. Otherwise, i’ll do the sills, mirrors and doors. I think that’s fair!
    Debbie

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  17. I couldn't agree more about the Booker prize. I wrote a post about it once and I think there were some people who thought I was a philistine. In fact some of the winning books have almost made my blood boil.

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  18. Every time I finally get the windows clean on the inside my dearly beloved finds it necessary to squash a fly or other insect on them. GRRRRR

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  19. Well I thought this years prize looked rather interesting until I began to read reviews about it. Changed my mind about buying it then. They usually take a lot of wading through.

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  20. I found mine dozing in the airing cupboard yesterday!
    Arilx

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  21. Our cat has loads of comfy places to sleep and still chooses to sleep in the middle of the living room floor. Strange creatures.

    We just cleaned our windows about a week ago and already they are dusty from the constant winds we are having.

    God bless.

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  22. I find a good pair of lace curtains hides a multitude of unwashed window sins!!

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  23. Those sound just like my list! Our cat always finds weird places to sleep. Poor thing. I think the cold isn't doing him any good. The other day he was curled up right next to the heat and it wasn't even on!

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