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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
A few random things make a post
A couple of weeks ago I invested in a Bluetooth keyboard for my tablet. I hate the virtual keyboards on phones and tablets because it makes entering text so slow and the predictive text drives me nuts. I tried it out today for the first time and it's great!

The problem is, if I put the main computer on, it seems to be like sitting in a gravity well. It's so difficult to get up and leave it in order to do other things. So I thought I'd try leaving it switched off and just check into Habitica and social media using the tablet instead.

So far today I have been for a walk in the morning to see my elderly friends. I was a little sad to find that they'd finished the jigsaw that I'd been helping them with. They always have a jigsaw on the go and after we've had a chat over a cup of tea and done the easy crossword in the paper, we go and do some more on the jigsaw.

This was the latest one.

Unusual jigsaw

I've never done a jigsaw that wasn't rectangular before. This was just as hard as the last one we did, but differently hard. The problem with the previous one was that all the pieces were identical in shape. When you have lots of brown fur on the donkeys and lots of splodgy grass and trees, you could put almost any piece anywhere and it was very difficult to say whether it was correct or not. This oddly shaped puzzle had lots of similar butterflies and flowers, but the pieces were so individually shaped that when you did put on in place, you were 100% sure it was right.

After lunch I started on the job of clearing all the stuff off the floor in my study. Our house is so small and we have so little storage space that decluttering is like those sliding puzzles with just one empty space and you have to slide the tiles around to get everything in the right order. This means that the first step in clearing the floor was to go through the wardrobe in our bedroom and pull out the clothes that no longer fit and that are good enough to go to the charity shop. Now I'm going to crochet for a while as a reward.

As we'd had three days of dry sunny weather, I had no excuses and couldn't put the grass mowing off any longer. It took about an hour and a half, which isn't bad for a first cut. I only did the front today though and I couldn't strim the edges because our neighbour is having a new kitchen and bathroom and the builder has parked his van right next to the protective rocks that stop people driving onto our grass (either on purpose or accidentally). If it was just the van, it wouldn't be a problem but he's propped a large board up against the side of the van which looks as though it's important. I'm sure he doesn't want it spattered with bits of grass. Anyway, everything looks a lot tidier now and I may be able to do some of the back tomorrow and then get the plastic patio table out of the garage and reassemble it. Just in case we get a few more nice days and I want to sit outdoors to eat or do stuff.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 15th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a Samsung smartphone and a cheap Asus tablet. Between them I have mobile computing and access to the internet when away from home. I'm hoping the new keyboard will make them even more useful so I can actually write stuff on them and not just use them for reading.
From: kaishin108 Date: May 14th, 2016 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
What an incredible jigsaw puzzle, it does sound really hard! I have only done rectangle ones also. There was one fun one I did that was unusual though, it was solving a Murder Mystery and there was no photo of how it was supposed to look. But only 500 pieces at least, lol.

Spring has arrived for you!!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 15th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
The horrible jigsaw I mentioned took months while the unusually shaped one only took a few weeks. They get all their visitors helping. I'm wondering what they'll get next.
From: kaishin108 Date: May 15th, 2016 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please keep us posted, I am curious :-)
julesjones From: julesjones Date: May 15th, 2016 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't often use the Logitech bluetooth keyboard cover I bought for my iPad, but it is worth every one of the not inconsiderable number of pennies I paid for it. It makes the thing usable for production as well as consumption of media.

That jigsaw loos amazing. I use an app on my iPad nowadays, but that would tempt me into buying a physical kigsaw again.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 15th, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
The keyboard I bought seemed really cheap at £25 so I had my fingers crossed that it would be OK. The reviews on Amazon were good and so far it has lived up to them. This is what I bought.
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