So the old back has been playing up again.
It has not been quite as bad as last time, but it has certainly caused me a bit of gyp here and there.
It probably doesn’t help with continuing the build of new veg beds at the end of the garden (which is coming on well I might add) along with constructing a fence over the other side to keep the infernal digging Ruby dog at bay. Also the humping about bags of compost and bark don’t particularly help, but I never learn and still think I am invincible! Well obviously I am not - pass the Naproxen if you would be so kind.
When we recently switched our broadband provider to Plusnet (see previous post - Bye Bye Sky Wi-Fi) ), one of the incentives to change was a £50 Mastercard. Today I used the card towards buying a brand new Black and Decker mini circular saw which I am sure I am going to have great fun with. I tried it out when I got it home just slicing up some old wood and MDF and I have to say I am suitably impressed. I like the 2 handles which seem to me to give a more precise cut.
We also had problems with our old fridge/freezer this week. We noticed that it didn’t seem particularly cold at the top of the fridge and I thought I could detect a bit of a pong coming from inside, so I was dispatched down to Wilko’s to buy a fridge thermometer. When checking the temperature the reading was around the 11°C mark. According to the UK foods standards agency the ideal fridge temperature is 8°C and below, but suggests that it is kept between 1 and 5°C.
After clearing all orifices of any deposits and keeping an eye on the temperature for a couple of days, it was obvious that it wasn’t changing so we came to the conclusion that it was time to replace the offending old appliance. Looking back on old paperwork (yes I am sad enough to keep old documents), we noticed that we have had the fridge for 14 years which we really cannot complain about, so we decided to bite the bullet and buy a new one.
The new fridge was delivered yesterday afternoon and it certainly looks good sitting in the corner of the kitchen. It is probably a bit larger than its predecessor, but otherwise is very similar. The obvious difference is that it is stainless steel grey in colour as opposed to being a fitted unit inside an MDF door (we wanted to get away from the fitted kitchen look) and the change is quite striking and pleasing to the eye. If it lasts 14 years, like the last one, we’ll be more than happy.
That wasn’t the end of my spending splurge this week either. I was having a look at Facebook Marketplace and came across a listing for a garden vacuum/leaf blower for the exorbitant cost of a fiver. Fully working, the only problem with it is there is a hole in the bag. It looks like it has been left in a shed at some stage and mice or something similar have had a little nibble. But Mrs G says she is able to mend it, so it’s “happy days” all round. I tried it out after collecting it and it works a treat.
So that is all for another week. In the next post I will write about the promotion I will be getting at work in a couple of weeks. For someone who no more harbours any ambition for climbing the ladder, this opportunity has come as something of a surprise coming after an off the cuff comment I made to my boss a few weeks ago.
Have a good week.