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1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

There's a lot of negativity happening right now. However . . . my spending in November was well below my monthly income. 😲

Then you're not buying enough of the Majestic Beaujolais Nouveau, Ed. It's already drinking a bit better that a fortnight ago.

https://www.majestic.co.uk/wines/beaujolais-nouveau-a-nous-7016

We had our "First Hurrah" party in the garden today. Six of us as legally permitted and at least six bottles of wine including the mulled sort. A bit cold out.

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Ah, Mark, but I have a little problem. With my arm, I can't open a bottle of wine. Even a bottle with a twist cap will have wait. 

 

If you're going to buy yourself a gift this Christmas, my suggestion is that you don't make it a broken arm. 
 
 
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Today was a quiet day. I sat at the table with Echo on my shoulder while I paid bills, and gave her empty envelopes to chew on.

All in all, it was a good day, just another alone day. It’s good that I’m satisfied with my own company.

I’ve  always been a bit of a loner, so I’m finding that proper training for the world we’re in today.
It’s raining, which we need, with a possibility of a bit of snow in the night. I hope so, because I’ve never gotten over my childhood delight in a winter wonderland vista. I hope I wake up to that in the morning.

I ordered an iPhone 12 Pro Max yesterday. My son offered to pay for it. He’s a good guy, loves his mama. 
It might be the end of the month before I get it. It’s supposed to have the best camera of anything out there. 3 lenses.  Bigger pixels. I’m eager to find out. There are phone cameras out there with more pixels, but the proof is in the picture.

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Siry, the cat who has his owners two doors down and comes to my house for Purina cat chow and some attention from my cats, has been ill and his owner took him away to the vet two days ago in my cat carrier, and I didn't see him at all yesterday.   He was back this morning, a bit listless, but not looking seriously ill, eating some cat food, and then going back out.   Not sure what happened.  

 

I joked with the grandmother of the house that he's "un gato rico, con dos casas."   (A rich cat with two houses).   Here he is from earlier this year, sleeping on my bed. 

 

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18 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Ah, Mark, but I have a little problem. With my arm, I can't open a bottle of wine. Even a bottle with a twist cap will have wait. 

 

If you're going to buy yourself a gift this Christmas, my suggestion is that you don't make it a broken arm. 
 
 
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That's pretty serious, Ed. There must be someone who can draw a cork for you (the Waitrose Beaujolais has a screw cap)- or you'll have to stick to wine bars.

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35 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

That's pretty serious, Ed. There must be someone who can draw a cork for you (the Waitrose Beaujolais has a screw cap)- or you'll have to stick to wine bars.

 

my answer is beer. 

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1 hour ago, spacecadet said:

That's pretty serious, Ed. There must be someone who can draw a cork for you (the Waitrose Beaujolais has a screw cap)- or you'll have to stick to wine bars.

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kitchen-Dining-Electric-Wine-Bottle-Openers/zgbs/kitchen/3117953011

 

wim

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3 minutes ago, wiskerke said:

Those are still really two-handed devices. They take away a lot of the effort but you still have to grab hold of the bottle and the opener somehow.

Beer is a good answer.

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1 minute ago, spacecadet said:

Those are still really two-handed devices. They take away a lot of the effort but you still have to grab hold of the bottle and the opener somehow.

Beer is a good answer.

Even with a normal corkscrew I often have to take the bottle between my knees.

The other really useful tool in situations like this is a light work glove with a good grip. Getting the thing off is not that easy, but it can be done. A good alternative would be a thin silicone grip pad for the car. Normally used to hold your phone on the dashboard. Mine was 1.99 I think. But I have seen them in dollar/pound stores also. I hold it briefly under the tap and it's as good as new. When I still used filters on my lenses, I had a dental dam in my bag. Ask your dentist.

 

Beer is often a good answer, but bottles have to be opened also. All wet bars are closed everywhere in Europe I think. Here restaurants are closed too. Restaurants in hotels are still open, but for guests only, and can only serve alcohol before 8 PM.

 

I see Amazon has lots of one-handed beer openers as well. 😁

 

wim

 

 

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3 hours ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

I believe you can get wine in cartons now, might help......🙂

 

Carol

 

Carol, please don't take this personally, but let me use your suggestion as an example that shows why I don't want to get into details.

 

Yes, wine comes in cartons, but cartons are bulky and heavy. And I get my beer in cans. Now picture yourself carrying things while your in pain with the use of one arm and no car. I get the beer or one bottle of wine just around the corner in Tesco. My food I get at M&S and I only shop for a few days of meals. And think about what I can't order if I were to go to a bistro for lunch. I can't use a knife and fork. There are endless problems to solve and I can take nothing for granted. And it's raining and I can't put on my raincoat. Hopefully, I'll be better soon. 

 

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Don’t throw a rock at me, Ed, but I would think if you ordered food needing cut, were wearing your sling, used your abundant charm, the waitress or waiter serving your plate should be happy to cut up your food if you asked.

I’m shy, but I wouldn’t hesitate to ask. Sometimes I have found people are eager to help, and often welcome a chance to feel they’ve done something nice. I know I feel good when I’ve helped someone.

Of course, with Covid concerns you may not want to be out for any extended time, and I get that. I’m not going inside to eat anywhere, but I have picked up something a few times.

Taco Bell has a mean Cheddar chalupa. 😉

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"Ed, but I would think if you ordered food needing cut, were wearing your sling, used your abundant charm, the waitress or waiter serving your plate should be happy to cut up your food if you asked."

 

Really? That's the kind of restaurant experience you want to have? Not me. If I go to Rudy's for a pizza I will ask them to slice it in the kitchen, because they don't serve pizza that way here.

 

I'll wait on eating out until I'm functioning better. 

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Edo in these parts there is a help your neighbour scheme with people getting in shopping etc for those who are isolating or struggling. Is there nothing like that you can call upon in Lpool?

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5 hours ago, Colblimp said:

My GF's Chrimbo present arrived today - a Nikon D610.  She's a total beginner and I have the challenge of teaching her.  Can't wait!

She opened it tonight and loves it - yayyyyy!  She was stunned, which makes me happy!

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20 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

"Ed, but I would think if you ordered food needing cut, were wearing your sling, used your abundant charm, the waitress or waiter serving your plate should be happy to cut up your food if you asked."

 

Really? That's the kind of restaurant experience you want to have? Not me. If I go to Rudy's for a pizza I will ask them to slice it in the kitchen, because they don't serve pizza that way here.

 

I'll wait on eating out until I'm functioning better. 

Ed, I wasn’t thinking of a “restaurant experience”. More like a meal to feed you during a time when cooking for yourself all of the time with a bad arm is a drag. Welcome relief occasionally from a painful chore, and the opportunity to eat something different from your housebound fare.

Sorry.  Your response is simply a difference of personalities and outlooks on life, I always respect that.

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Unable to gain access to the forum for 2 days, but back to normal now !

 

Good thing today. Years ago one of our offspring snapped the ball chain that links to the bath plug.  I confess that I have idly let it stay that way, but today, looking for something to do, I espied a video on how to fix a ball chain. Now the video demonstrated the use of an expensive specialist tool with pokey bits and other bells and whistles, but it showed me the general principle. Armed with a pair of long nose pliers and a very small screwdriver a repair was executed. It might not turn out to be durable in which case, post Covid, I'll splash out a few pennies on a new chain, but, on the other hand it might just outlast me....

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At last I put a second monitor on to the PC.  AIM on monitor 1 and Rescearch/notes on monitor 2, should make keywording easier.

 

And I mended the cabinet door under the sink, wonky for years, and years and years...

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11 minutes ago, Mr Standfast said:

At last I put a second monitor on to the PC.  AIM on monitor 1 and Rescearch/notes on monitor 2, should make keywording easier.

 

 

I'd find it difficult to operate without a second monitor. Both LR and even my elderly version of PS work well with two screens, but the advantages are almost endless for all kinds of stuff photographic or otherwise. Enjoy !

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