Tuesday, 15 October 2019

LABATYD .......... Life's a Bitch and then you die !!! ..........

I am in no way a miserable, moany person ..... I am the happy, upbeat kind ..... glass brimming over but there has been  another series of unfortunate events, some of which are just annoying .....

..... my Amazon account was hacked into !!! 
I was first aware of it when I had an email to say that my book would be arriving from Amazon.de { said email was in German ! } A day later a massive paperback ' Quantum Physics ' arrived at the cost of £85 !!! Even if I had not been suspicious of the email, quantum physics would be the last book that I would order ..... I even have trouble spelling it ! Next, Amazon.US emailed me to let me know that the camera I had ordered at the price of £400 would be arriving soon ! The bottom line was that I must have spent at least four days on the phone, sorting it out ..... none of it being my fault.
My next moan is about my tumble dryer ..... I bought a new one in February ...... I am pretty good with white goods ..... they last me a long time and I think I must have had the last one about 20 years. That one had been a Zanussi so I thought that I would get the same. I nearly always buy white goods, mattresses etc. from John Lewis but a friend had bought from ao.com so I thought I'd give them a whirl. 
Having our daughter, her boyfriend and baby living with us, the tumble dryer was being used a whole lot more. Our daughter noticed a lot of condensation but I thought it was because it was being used so much more. Our plumber/electrician was round, fixing a couple of plugs and I asked him to have a look ..... " Oh my God " he said .....

..... the plastic around the hose had completely melted ! The plumber put a new hose { made of very thick plastic } probably wiping out my guarantee, but, we needed it. Anyway, the whole point was that I was on the phone for another three or four days. I wanted to let Zanussi know as I didn't want anyone else to have the same thing happen to them or worse { Grenfell was uppermost in my mind }
Well, can you get through to Zanussi ? Every time I rang, I was told that my phone call was very important to them and that someone would be with me shortly. After half an hour a recorded American voice told me that there wasn't anyone to answer the phone in that department ! That went on for a couple of days and, during those two days, I contacted ao who promised they would get onto Zanussi and failed three times ! There was a lot more aggravation but I've already bored you enough but it was another few days of my time wasted through no fault of my own.

..... and then, you know that our daughter bought their cat with them ?  Well, he had been happily using our cat flap for about a month and then, he didn't come back. That was three weeks ago now so I think that we have to accept that he is gone. We like to think that perhaps he has adopted another family but, considering he has diabetes I think the worst must have happened. Our daughter and boyfriend are so upset .... they put posters in the local shops and searched for him but no luck. They had many phone calls from people saying they would look out for him, some saying they thought they had seen him. It always amazes me how many people want to help. 

..... and, finally, I am getting on a bit now and, luckily, apart from parents and relatives that were very old, I haven't lost any friends or family or heard of any illnesses but, in the last couple of months there have been illnesses from heart attacks to cancer ...... inevitable, I know but, I am feeling my 68 years. 

While I was writing this post, I was watching a programme ' The Victorians " with Jeremy Paxman. There were a lot of illustrations by Gustave Doré showing poverty, the workhouse and living conditions in Victorian London ..... puts my moaning into perspective { apart from sick friends and relatives } ..... hanging on the phone isn't really the end of the world is it ?


image 1: via plumes-feathers, image 2: via google, image 3: via me, image 4 & 5: via pinterest,  nik kershaw video via youtube



  1. Welcome to my world my friend. I hope your visit to this anxiety causing disruptive dysfunctional world is a short one. I've been trapped in it fo r2 years. And I feel 80 some days at a mere 66

    1. I know Z ....... I know I’m not the only one !!! It just gets to me sometimes ! XXXX

  2. That is really dreadful about receiving things from Amazon; I would be furious. We have a washing-up machine that has always behaved oddly, and recently didn't seem to be cleaning anything. There is a spinning arm in the middle which expels water (I think), so I poked around with a piece of wire, unblocking small holes, and it seems to have done the trick. Machines that don't work drive me mad.

    1. I got my money back but it took forever !!!! You seem to have the knack when it comes to mending things although the hose was beyond repair ..... even you wouldn’t have been able to fix it🤣 XXXX

  3. Best place for a moan, your own blog. I hope all soon improves. You have people with you and they are all that really matters.x

  4. I know .... it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of a moan now and again does it Rachel ? .... I just don’t want to end up being a moaning old woman 🤭 XXXX

  5. Hi Jackie - sorry life has been throwing curves, however glad you have managed to overcome and still feel positive about family and friends. We definitely are much more fortunate than so many, and at least won't be thrown into the workhouse!
    I'm on the ocean again - left Morocco and the Sahara, now on the way to the Cape Verde Islands, due to arrive at noon for a beach visit and look around a small town on the island of Sal known for its salt pans!
    Hang in there - age is what we make of it - and I have another birthday arriving in a couple of weeks, eeeeeek!!!!!
    Mary x

    1. Hi Mary and thanks so much for commenting ..... I have neglected you but my granddaughter has been a real time waster 🤣
      Your travels sound amazing and I promise to catch up really soon. Look forward to your birthday .... we are lucky to be having them aren’t we ? XXXX

  6. Oh, so many terrible things! And always comes piling in together. I hope things pick up again ... That melted pipe is the craziest thing I've seen today. Where went quality and standards? Especially obvious when it's set beside your gorgeous door finger plate which looks like it's never let you down. x

    1. Hi there and thank you so much for commenting considering I’ve been rubbish at commenting over the last couple of months ! Our daughter etc will be going to their new house at the beginning of November so I should get back on track as far as blogging is concerned !
      I think you are right ..... they all seem to try and cut corners and that plastic was like tissue paper !
      I found those finger plates in an antique shop. There were enough to do both sides of the downstairs doors and the front of the doors upstairs. They didn’t cost that much either but it was quite a few years ago that I found them. Our house has all the original fireplaces and are very art nouveau so the finger plates were a good find. You are right .... they have never let me down although I have to clean them now and again 🥴 XXXX

  7. Amazon is just as described in the title - a mosquito-ridden swamp teeming with blood-suckers. I am sure the real place is much more congenial.

  8. I can completely identify with your recent problems. They are very similar to what I have been dealing with, but no need to expound. I call times like this being "in a syndrome". I hate it! I hope you feel peaceful and good again soon.

    1. Thank you so much Jeanannemarie. It happens to us all from time to time and a good moan helps doesn’t it ? XXXX

  9. O Jacqueline .....What a troubles...i hope you have a happy fall love from me zei a 🍁🍄🌽🌾🍂🌻🧡

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