Thursday, 7 January 2010


So, the village church it is then. The vicar said that he felt privileged to have been asked to hold the service and spent a good session with us helping to plan things. We are preparing to give OG a really good send off. Last year I went to the funeral of a very good friend and her family had prepared a booklet of the whole service including the prayers, bible readings, eulogy, family memories, poems, hymns and songs. It worked so well because even when emotion overtook the speaker the congregation followed the words being said. We decided that is something we would like to do.

On the black humour side of things everytime OG went away, as sure as God made little green apples, we would have a power cut. He knew how scared I would get and became obsessed with us having more torches to add to our multitude of torches in case of cuts this winter. He sent Kimberley on a mission to buy more. She came back with a couple but he said that wasn't enough. Off she went again and, to satisfy his compulsion, bought more torches plus three massive halogen torches. Tanya also bought two boxes of candles and some matches. Now we have a torch for every occasion in every room of the house.

So far power cuts have not been the problem but the electricity and appliances have been acting up big time. To start with the gas fire smelt fumey, we had it checked out but it's fine, then the 'fridge stopped working. It needed a new sensor. The lights were the next thing to play up, they tripped out, then the underfloor heating contactor melted. We were told that these contactors are virtaully indistructable. Wrong. Then the electronic garage door wouldn't shut, the hot water pump hiccuped, stopped and started again a few hours later, and finally lights that John was working on in the new bedroom wouldn't turn on although they were wired up and lights that weren't wired up turned on ! That totally freaked him out.

BUT, on the upside a laptop keyboard that we ordered months ago and were told was unavailable suddenly turned up unannounced!

Oh! and add to that list - the vacuum cleaner just broke!


jay said...

Gosh, what a catalogue of failures! I wonder if OG is still with you and having one last laugh?

I'm glad you're going with the village church. I'm sure you'll have a much nicer ceremony there. God bless you.

Retiredandcrazy said...

I'm sure OG wouldn't be so cruel Jay. I think that he left behind so much energy that it's looking for somewhere to come out!

The Wrenns said...

I'm sure it drives you kind of mad with all those electrical issues--although I am smiling because if my husband went, I'm sure he'd leave behind the same sort of orneriness.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

The village church sounds lovely. I do hope it all goes as well as you would wish - and that any remaining snow adds to the general atmosphere and doesn't hamper anything.

Hope too that all your electrical problems are now sorted.

rosiero said...

Hope all goes well for the funeral, particularly in this weather. Maybe OG is testing you to see if you can cope with emergencies. My mum had similar problems when my dad died.

Maggie May said...

Glad that you chose the Village Church. Sounds just the job.
Sorry about all those catastrophes happening.Its the kind of thing I dread having to deal with.
You sound such a competent person. I think you are doing very well.

Nuts in May

Retiredandcrazy said...

And do you know Jennifer, OG could sure be ornery! We had similar mad things happen when my mother died. I know this sounds crazy, but she used to buy crystal glasses for my birthday and for a long while after she died whenever one broke, it was replaced! Woow!!!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Actually Anne I forgot to mention that the sky card stopped working before Christmas and now the hot water and central heating keeps turning itself down!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Roserio, OG thought, erroneously, that I was the greatest thing since sliced bread and could conquer the world so I don't think that's what is happening. Unless he has now discovered the truth about my inadequacies!!!!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Thanks Maggie, I see that I have fooled you into thinking that I'm competent too!!!

ladythinker said...

My Dear RAC
I've not been around visiting my favourite blogs for many a month and so it is that I now send my belated condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss. I'm sure your family will be a great support.

All these electrical malfunctions etc are probably a sign that OG is just letting you know his 'energy' and spirit are still around. A few weeks or months from now you'll receive another more 'peaceful' sign that he is still with you in spirit. A small white feather or an out of season butterfly - you'll know it when you see it . .

And congrats on the latest addition to your clan.
Big Cyber Hug.

aims said...

I'm smiling over here - not because of your troubles - never that - but I think - somehow OG is saying - I'm here! I'm here! But in a good way.

I like that you think he had so much energy that it's looking for a way to come out.

I sincerely believe you will feel him with you always. Truly and truly.

A love like yours never dies and it doesn't go away. It remains in your heart along with OG and as the days and years pass it becomes more precious than you can ever believe.

kanishk said...

it's looking for somewhere to come out!

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