I swear our world would struggle to function without computers - we all seem so reliant on them for everything.
Today was a classic example.
Nigel had to have a routine blood test and so off we set, good and early, to the hospital. We are lucky int hat we can opt to go to a little cottage hospital which has a really nice feel.
Friendly greeting by the receptionist but when we were asked if we had a form for the test and we said no - (it is all computerised these days - haven't had a form for years) she said 'oh dear'.
Apparently the blood test system (or the whole NHS system - who can tell) was down right across Dorset and without the form they couldn't do a test. Neither could they say when it might be back on line nor could they re-book another appointment as the system was down.
Not a great start to our day and certainly not a great day for the poor lady who was having to disappoint an endless stream of visitors
However, my hubby is a clever chap. He took her fax number, phoned our GP, explained the problem and they faxed the form through. Thankfully the fax was working!
He was all sorted.
It reminded me of a funny incident a few years ago in Florida. We stopped at the local supermarket to pick up a few things and they were unable to serve anyone. Presumably for a considerable period of time. Their cash registers were down. No cash registers no sales. There was an American man who, in true American form, was a little disgruntled and said' what - they can't even total up a cheque and take our god-dammed money!'
Hit the computers of the world hard enough and you would bring it to a standstill.
The good news was that being up early we packed far more than usual into our day. We went for a lovely walk along the river (nice pics - haven't downloaded) a walk through town, then into Poole, a walk through town, a Starbucks, some shopping and also Lidl and were still home before lunch. There are days we don't make it out before lunch!
All in all a lovely retired day with an afternoon of scrapping thrown in for good measure.
New scrapping today. Dawn Inskip has a new collaboration kit out with Little Butterfly Wings called Never Give Up.
It's a gorgeous collection and this is what I made with it - very pertinent for Never Giving Up.
It documents how we even our family in Oregon hadn't heard of Lost Lake but we had read about the view and, despite the problems and the difficult trip, we found it. We are nothing if not tenacious.
Today I am thankful for
- a lovely day out.
- computers - we do take them for granted
- Nigel's good veins - he doesn't have any trouble with blood tests - unlike me who has, apparently, tiny wiggly veins that hide.
- new little storage containers from Lidl - so cute and useful.