The weekend before last, our washing machine decided to leak onto the kitchen floor. We had been experiencing a few other niggles with it and considering its venerable  age we decided it would be more economical in the long run to purchase a new one. We went to a local shop to order a new one and chose a convenient delivery slot. On the day of delivery, towards the end of the chosen slot the washing machine had not arrived… After a grumpy phone call the machine was eventually delivered and fitted. I am still working out how to use it ;-)

For a while I had been noticing that my blog page was running slow. On Monday it eventually displayed the dreaded ‘Error establishing a database connection’. I submitted a support ticket which usually leads to problem being fixed the next day. A week later, several emails and two phone calls later it is still not working. This evening I was told that I would have to phone back between 9am and 5pm.  In addition to the original problem I noticed that my FTP is inaccessible also.  I am terribly unimpressed.

The internet problems that I experienced a couple of weeks ago (for that you will have to see my blog when it is back) were never completely fixed. The connection keeps randomly dropping out. Another support call was made (4th October). The ISP again insisted it was the router that was the problem. So that would be the old router and also the new one I bought when the old one broke whilst undertaking all the tests the ISP required of us. The original problem was at the BT exchange, but I can’t be put in contact with BT until after I try a new router provided by the ISP. This will take three to five days to arrive.

Those minor niggles paled into insignificance when I received a phone call from Mr C towards the end of Friday afternoon. He had crashed his car on the way home, was I able to come and pick him up? Of course I was. It looks like the car is a write-off but most importantly Mr C is alright apart from being rather shaken up by the experience. When we arrived home after the incident I noticed an envelope poking out from the (inside) of our letter box. The words at the top said ‘Road Safety Team’. On closer inspection I found that it was a survey about parking related issues that may occur due to increased parking charges at our local hospital. Curious timing… Then Mr C opening another letter that had arrived, it was his car insurance documents that had been posted out to him after his recent renewal.

On Sunday Mr C decided to suss out which car he might like as a replacement. A salesman came out and introduced himself and said he would leave us alone to browse, but if we needed anything just to pop inside and ask. Mr C asked if any had caught my eye (they were all similar models). I pointed out the only one that had stood out to me. We went to find the salesman who got the key and let us look around it. Then Mr C took it for a test drive and it was like he had been driving the car for years. When we got back to the forecourt the salesman pointed out some of the cars features including a sensor on the front of the vehicle. He said that if the car in front slowed down or came to a halt the car would automatically brake. Mr C and I caught each other’s eye and fell about laughing.  Mr C then confessed to the recent demise of his previous car. The price of the car was too good to miss and a deal was done. Now all that is needed is to sort out the niggles of the previous car.

Update: This was posted yesterday on Cherie’s Other Place. My blog problem has now been fixed, but I need to do a bit more investigating regarding the FTP.

10 Comments CherryPie on Oct 7th 2014

10 Responses to “A Week of Problems”

  1. CherryPie says:

    Sean Jeating says:
    October 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm (Edit)
    Ah, seems you and Mr C. are living in interesting times, CherryPie. May the force be with you. :)

    CherryPie says:
    October 6, 2014 at 10:37 pm (Edit)
    I think we are in need of the (good) force ;-)

    Sean Jeating says:
    October 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm (Edit)
    At your service, Mylady. :)

    CherryPie says:
    October 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm (Edit)
    Thank you Kind Sir :-)

    ….peter:) says:
    October 7, 2014 at 1:31 am (Edit)
    that was a long and interesting story… good breaks and bad ones… but the car sounds great….peter:)

  2. ....peter:) says:

    i see that you are making some progress Cherie… i’m sure that you will solve your FTP problem soon…

    if there wasn’t two kinds of luck… you wouldn’t have had any this few weeks :)


  3. james higham says:

    Hang on. ‘It looks like the car is a write-off’, then ‘niggles of the previous car’. Seems a bit more than niggles.

    Still, sounds as if the new one is good.

  4. J_on_tour says:

    Hope you are getting there. I think I said before that my BT problems were at a junction box at the bottom of the street. It was unfortunate though that they had to start from my phone and work back.
    A great idea having a back up bog for communication.

    • CherryPie says:

      I was so frustrated in not being able to get my holiday diary posted it led me to think of a place to continue if there was a problem with my main site.

      The internet problems are ongoing. Today we have installed a router provided (free) by our service provider due to our problems. So far it seems to be an improvement. But it has only been a few hours in testing so time will tell…

  5. Mandy says:

    Gosh, it sounds like quite the week. Glad he was okay!