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May 19th, 2019

Sunday, 19th May 2019

Ah, the Friday Five - haven't been in here much, except for a quick read of Friends Feed.  i'll do this first.

1. Has your house been renovated?
i'm in a Council flat, so rarely do much to same structurely, but as it was the Council's will that i move (going to renovate my old one), they complied with my request for white walls.  i was so sick of the inevitable old 'marigold'.

2. Have you ever painted a room?
i've painted many rooms in my lifetime of renting, in New Zealand & Australia, but not here in England.

3. Have you ever put in a new floor in a house?
i haven't, no, but the Council removed the dingy grey carpet before i moved in here and i was able to choose a simulated wood-floor covering for the hall, bedroom and lounge; a darker one for the last room.  Which all look very nice - pity there's no underlay (or underfloor heating), but that's the El Cheapo Council for you!  i have various sized rugs and small carpets here as the floor can get quite cold in winter. The floor tiles in the kitchen were okay and although the weird bumpy-concrete flooring in the bathroom is SO ugly and i hated it, it wasn't going to be replaced anytime soon. All my other flats had floor coverings from vinyl (never can spell it!), parquet and carpets of course.

4. Have you ever worked with wallpaper?
i've never done wallpapering but have on occasion painted over it.

5. Have you ever choosen new colors for your flat or house?
Yes, quite a lot. And done small DIY, like shelving units and so on, like you do!

It's been a music-themed couple of weeks, what with Art Garfunkel, Ian Mckellan (not musical but it got me out of the house!), Katherine Jenkins last week and the Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk this coming Tuesday. The RPN are playing Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances and some Glinka - not unnaturally!  i do like the Russian composers and relish the idea of real Russians playing the music. McKellen's memory is amazing and Katherine exceeded expectations, which was nice and she has a great voice.  i like her singing opera best and have a couple of CDs - you do need to hear her in person to get the best experience, but turn up the sound and you can come close.  That's it until October when Aled Jones and Russell Watson do a concert together.

i decided to buy a small strimmer to keep the front garden under control and have started on it, a bit at a time as it's very overgrown now. It cuts well and is easy to use and clean,but i still need to rake and pick up the cut bits and put them in the green bin.  i have to limit my time or it really creases me.  My back & hips complain loudly if i do too much, but onwards and upwards!

i need to get out of the house more, i'm becoming something of a recluse. It doesn't really bother me but after a fall in the garden (some time back), i started wondering how long it would take for someone to come to my aid, if i need some.  i do have the ElderCare alarm (and a key in the keysafe at the front door), but what if i can't get to it? How long would it take for anyone to miss me? If i died, it could take awhile.  The postman might wonder where i was but i don't have a huge amount of mail and very few bits to sign for. The Tesco drivers wouldn't as they only come to my order, so unless i had one booked and they couldn't raise me, they'd just be cross and take the groceries away. Dunno what Tesco would do, email me? i guess only the Diabetic Nurse would be concerned if i missed an appointment. i've one booked for July but i could have been dead for quite a while before anyone missed me.  My friends on Facebook might miss me eventually but how to raise the alarm?  Again, it would take a while. So what to do, if anything.  Food for thought, and it's time i updated my will.  i may need to change my executor as i haven't spoken to relatives for some years now, literally.  Mark is closer than they - and knows me better!
Sorry to be gloomy, i write as i think and speak.
More later in the week, when i've done anything!