Lately I have had a couple of problems - admittedly miniscule in the general scheme of things but looming large on my little horizon. Eirstly - a stiff neck which has made blogging uncomfortable. I realised that the typists chair I have been using was probably inadequate and certainly too low in height. Fiddling with the screws caused it to fall apart (I paid £12 for it a couple of years ago) so I replaced it – pro tem - with a dining chair but you have to be able to swivel and slide and this was solid and static.
So yesterday we went off to the PC World / Office stuff area and did the Mummy Bear act - sitting, swivelling and ruminating. None of them felt right and then MTL noticed one apart which was ‘chair of the week’ on special offer and it felt ‘just right’.
Unfortunately it was a flat pack but for an extra £5 they will put it together for you. First we had to check it would fit in the car and MTL got full marks for having had the forethought to collapse the seats.
A jolly girl carried it out for us, it fitted and twenty minutes later my new chair was deposited in the car. It is black leather – truly – has arms and a high back and it is soooo comfortable especially for those times one sits staring at the screen. Buoyed by success we went on to MFI and bought a rare sun recliner that can be left out all summer, and even got that in the car also. We scrubbed plans to see Johnny Depp and retired gracefully.
My second problem is more difficult. After hitting a protruding wall turning right over a narrow bridge, my confidences has eroded and since Bluebell, my car, died I haven’t driven at all. Watching a programme about elderly drivers prompted me to take action. Incidentally I have been guilty of laughing at some of the antics old people get up to but it has to be done with a certain amount of wit. I didn’t find Jo Brand asking a nice elderly man if she could address him as an old fart hilariously funny. Ageism is just as unattractive as all the other isms and guess what Jo – one day you too will be an old lady.
Next Thursday I shall have a refresher lesson (an assessment as far as I am concerned) and if the instructor thinks it is worthwhile will have four further two hour lessons to boost my confidence. The first lesson has to be in his car – a Fiesta and then – hopefully – the rest in our Focus. Wish me luck!