Happy Tuesday! Hope your Tuesday is going well. I have had a week of technology problems that started Saturday week ago thanks to some Windows updates that broke my laptop, and continued to last weekend when my phone tried to leap to its death into half a cup of leftover cold coffee!
This phone seems to be able to fall off any flat surface and on to the floor and I am constantly having to watch where I sit it as I’d really rather it didn’t break. So on Friday, I was listening to a book while I made dinner and the next thing I knew, it sounded like the narrator was gargling! I looked over and the phone had slipped off the safe place I had sat it on and into a half cup of cold, leftover coffee, speaker end first! I know some people might be thinking – who leaves half a cup of coffee undrunk lol – but I was going to reheat it later honest. Anyway, after fishing it out and drying it off, it wouldn’t play and no sound was coming out of the speaker, so I quickly put it in a ziploc bag full of dry rice and left it there for the weekend.
Meanwhile, after a week of trying to get my laptop working properly again and undoing the damage the Windows update had done – success! That is one thing I don’t like about Windows 10 – the automatic updates! There is no way to turn them off, only delay them but eventually it will update, unless you never have it connected to the internet in which case, why bother having it at all. But having two devices out of action was very inconvenient as there is a lot of stuff on the laptop and there were photos on the phone that I couldn’t access, plus I was in the middle of a book that I was enjoying and suddenly had no access to until the phone dried out.
However, now that I have cancelled Prime, and btw that is hard to do, they really don’t want to let you go lol, I am enjoying the free shows on FreeVee as a regular amazon customer. There is so much on there that is really good stuff, not least the new Bosch spin off that I watched a few months ago, but I noticed yesterday that they have added all six seasons of Longmire on there, a show that I loved and wished they hadn’t cancelled, so I have started a rewatch! There are supposed to be ads on FreeVee but I have never seen a single one since I have ads blocked on my devices. And speaking of Prime, I was paying £7.99 a month but I see it has gone up to £8.99 now! Apart from watching FreeVee I am taking a break from amazon and not ordering anything from them. My last break lasted two years and was only broken because of the first lockdown and scarcity of cat food, so we shall see how long this one lasts.
And speaking of annoying things, I sent a birthday gift to my friend in the Netherlands, filled in the customs form with the items and value, and made sure it was under $10, and got it tracked to speed it up, and what happened? It arrived with a fee to pay of nearly $6 – why? Well her husband was on the phone with them, complaining about this charge they had to pay, and the mail service was asking them what was inside! Well it’s a gift so how are they supposed to know what is inside, plus it is written on the customs form what is inside the package, so they already know. They also said there was no name on the package, just UNKNOWN, despite the fact that there was a very large, very clear name and address label on it. Anyway, there was no way around it, and they had to pay in order to receive it even though their website says no fees for receiving “gifts” from outside Europe. But in my tracking info, it said that there would be fees to pay for any packages received in NL from outside Europe. So sadly, this means the end of our gift exchanges for Xmas and birthdays as we will both be getting import fees from now on thanks to Brexit. I refuse to pay any more custom fees as we also get a handling charge on top of the import fees, and it can end up being $20+ and I just can’t keep paying fees in this current climate. The only way around it is to order something from a shop in the same country eg order from an Netherlands Etsy seller and she could do the same with a UK Etsy seller, but it means an end to our handmade gift exchanges unless we limit it to something very small that fits inside a card and that should pass through with no problems and no charges.
Currently Reading . . .
This is book 8 in the Invisible Library series and I believe it is the final book in the series as she has a new series coming out next year. This book doesn’t close the door completely, so there could be more books sometime down the line.
Librarian Spy Irene is heading into danger. Not for the first time, but could this be her last? She’s tasked with a terrifyingly dangerous solo mission to eliminate an old enemy, which must be kept secret at all costs. But even more troubling news emerges. Multiple worlds are disappearing – and the Library may have something to do with it.
Determined to uncover the truth behind the vanished worlds, Irene and her friends must descend into the unplumbed depths of the Library. And what they find will change everything they know. This may be Irene’s most dangerous assignment of her hazardous career.
Today’s Art . . .
Today’s art is something I made at the weekend for a friend’s daughter’s birthday. First the card, she has two cats, which were the inspiration for the card. Note also the teacup pattern on the envelope I made, which is my first ticket to tea.
I started by painting lots of little cat paintings in three inch squares. I made more than I needed so I could chose which ones I liked best.
Then put them together to make the card.
The card is made of more watercolour paper and some origami paper.
On the back of the card, I stamped the happy 16th birthday message.
For her present, I made her a tote bag, quite a big one as I wanted to include as much of the pattern repeat as possible – and as many Alices as possible. She loves all things Alice in Wonderland.
It might have been a good idea to iron it before taking the photos lol.
This is a beautiful Japanese heavy cotton fabric that I have been saving in my stash, so it was good to be able to use some of it. It’s not clear in the photo but all the gold leaves are actually shiny metallic gold. You might also notice more tickets for tea with the red tea cup, red coffee pots, and the stack of four tea cups right in the centre of the photo.
T Stands For . . .
What else have I been making since last Tuesday…have a look at these blog posts which are the latest seven pages for my daily challenge…
I moved a table into the art room and two cats instantly appeared on it just like magic! Miss Lily and Mr G appreciate a fresh horizontal surface to perch on and would appreciate it even more if I could keep it clear of art supplies!
Oh and here is that half cup of coffee that caused so much trouble! My final ticket to tea this week.
(Strawberry Tart and Black Coffee – I was out of almond milk)
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
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