I woke to heavy rain, but decided I wasn't going to change my routine so I set off at the normal time of around 9.15 a.m. to do the big weekly shop. Actually as I'd done an extra large shop last week to take advantage of the "£8 off if you spend over £80" offer, I didn't need so much this week.
I also planned to walk through from the Co-op car park to the centre of town to pick up a tin of paint to refresh the kitchen decor and two more of the rubber tea towel holders to replace the ones that no longer grip the towel properly because they are so old. I had also decided to treat myself to a new teapot because the stainless steel one I've been using for many years doesn't pour well because, on investigation, most of the holes in the little grid that covers the spout (in order to catch tea leaves) have become blocked by corrosion.
There are parking spaces around the town square, but it's almost impossible to get one. There was a space on the way round the one way system, but not significantly nearer to the hardware shop than the Co-op car park, so I ignored it. I did, however, after ignoring the turn to the Co-op and going right round the one-way system, find a parking space by the Methodist Chapel which is very handy for the shop.
I found a cute little bright red pottery tea pot, bought the last two rubber towel holders and also found a pale blue paint that looks like a reasonable match to the colour the kitchen was painted previously. I then drove on to the Co-op and got more or less everything that I had on my list. So far so good...
After arriving home and putting everything away, the day turned stressful. Years ago, when G was still teaching, he would often do evening classes or talks to groups. We were used to preparing stuff, bundling equipment into the car and setting up in some village hall. However, we haven't done it for a long time now and so that in itself felt stressful. And then the laptop crashed badly and refused to start up.
Tonight's presentation to a local community council is important, so we couldn't just cancel. After some discussion, we decided that the fall-back position was to take G's desktop computer, meanwhile I tried to resuscitate the lap top. After googling for ideas, booting and rebooting and trying a few options, it did, eventually, come on again. I then managed to run a disc checking utility and it said it had repaired various files. We successfully ran the presentation. All this took most of the day.
It seemed OK this morning, then after the initial optimism, there was a period of despondency because it wanted to run an update and in the process it seemed like like it had crashed again. But I made G wait and it did eventually finish running the updates and (touch wood!) seems to be restored to health. We have our fingers crossed that it will be OK this evening, but we will be taking the desktop computer, just in case. With luck it will remain in the car, but the laptop's health is now so frail that it can no longer be trusted. It's about 5 years old and was a fairly cheap machine, so I suppose we've had our money's worth. We don't even need it at the moment because we're not travelling and staying away from home.
At least it crashed yesterday which gave us time to sort things out. It would have been even worse if it had decided to give up the ghost in the middle of the presentation!