Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.


…when the world conspires against you… Frustration mounts! Yesterday was one of those days. Argh!

While we had Thandi in the bath last night I decided to get a head start on supper, so leaving her and Charlie in the bathroom, I headed into the kitchen, into the scullery to discover a pall of smoke from melting plastic. You see the alarm contact above the kitchen door had ‘blown’ and was melting. Poofy! Now that in itself really isn’t an issue, but when this is the 3rd contact in about 2 weeks, you’d think that when the alarm company replaced it yesterday they would have done a few other checks before just popping a new one on the end of the wire. There is something wrong here, people! Is it too much to expect the associated industry to do their work efficiently? And competently? I just get cold shivers thinking about what wold have been if we had not been at home on all 3 occasions… Fire on board? And then it would have all just been a tragic accident, an electrical fault; not an incompetent service industry, offering inferior service! We would have lost our home, and my insurance would have had to work hard to cover it all, for their simplemindedness! (and sorry for the grammar Nazi’s, I’m not sure that’s a word, but I’m using it) Argh! So another repair job today…

And then I bake a cake for Pops’s birthday today, he’s 76 you know, spry old man! We are having a few family over this evening to celebrate, and I wanted to make a cake, so, trying a new recipe and a new pan…. The cake looked and smelt gorgeous (Beetroot and Carrot cake with a caramel cream cheese icing), but as we tried to tip it out of the pan (a ring type one, which I buttered to within an inch of its life) part of it got left behind, leaving me with a broken cake… my heart almost broke. After the working week I’ve had, the frustration of the admin of the week, to have this cake break at 22h00 last night send me pretty close to breaking point. I tried hard to hold back the tears, because, I mean, who cries over a broken cake? But flip, I was sooooo exhausted and irrational by that stage of the day. Oh well, round 2 this afternoon then. At least it was an easy cake to make, and the crumbs tasted good. The icing is insane!

Anyway. Enough whinging. I have about 6 hours to get through before this 10 days of leave begins, so time to slap a smile on my face and fake it till I make it!

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