Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Overflowing Water Tanks

Reading the February entries in “Half a Year - Through the Eyes of a Country Woman” I had to smile with the thoughts for 7 February.

Author Betty Sharpe is remembering life in the country and dependency on tank water. She recalls carrying water to the garden plants as often as possible.

It brought back memories when I lived on tank water, not just of water shortage but the times the tanks overflowed.

There is nothing worse, especially after a long dry spell, for the heavens to open and all that beautiful fresh rainwater more than fills the tanks, they start overflowing.

Regardless of the fact it is raining, is the time curtains get taken down and dumped in the bath tub for a good soak. Beds are stripped and the washing machine starts rumbling. We don’t stop to think of how we are going to get all this dry we just know we can’t waste the water overflowing and try to use it as fast as it is falling.

Of course, the dogs don’t miss out on getting a good scrub and it might be raining out there but that is no reason not to wash the car – in the garage.

It is not just the water you become paranoid about. Water from the tank and the dam was supplied to the house with an electric pump – no electricity no water.

I worked in an office with plenty of town water supplied and no need to stress about is usage but once bitten you can’t avoid it. I had a girl working for me who was in the habit of leaving the tap running. One day I’d had enough and yelled at her to turn the tap off because she was wasting electricity.

Now why did the rest of the staff look at me like that?

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

How to Make Puppy Pie

Take one puppy, roll and play until lightly pampered

Then add the following ingredients

1 cup patience
1 cup understanding
1 pinch correction
1 cup hard work
2 cups praise and 1 1/2 cups fun

Blend well.

Heat with warmth of your heart until raised or until puppy has doubled in size.

Mix with owner until consistency is such that owner and puppy are one.



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Monday, 11 February 2019

A Long Way to the Publisher

It’s not far from my desk to my husband’s side of the office but it takes a while to get my book there and ready for publishing.

My husband: “Is your book ready to be formatted?"

Me: “Um, yes, and no.”

You could say my husband is my publisher. He formats my manuscript into print and eBook editions for publishing with Ingram Spark.

My husband: “You’ve set a date for the book launch. I need to get onto the formatting.”

Me: “I’ve just come across some new information I’d like to include, and Carlo is fixing some of the photos.”

Carlo is my step-son and my graphic designer. He designs my book covers and smartens up old photos.

My husband: “You know I need at least a full week to get it ready for printing.”

Me: “But I think I need to go through it one more time.”

My husband walks off shaking his head. He’s not a writer, he just doesn’t understand.

Two days later:

Me (worried he hasn’t started my book): “Did you see the USB stick on your desk? It’s got the manuscript and photos on it.”

My husband: “Yes, of course I did.”

Me: “When are you going to start it?” You know I have set a date for the launch and need to get it out to some reviewers.”

My husband: “It is only going to take a week.”

Another two days later:

Me: Where are you up to?

My husband: I don’t know. Cornelius, I think.

Me: Is that all? Don’t forget Carlo can’t do the cover until we know how many pages.

I am not even going to try and recount two-day conversation between husband and stepson about husband needing cover to finish book and stepson needing to know the final number of pages to finish the cover.

Needless to say, it does all come together in the end.

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