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Mar 15, 2011 - Just Now    No Comments


Seems an age since I wrote re the Room under the Hammer. Well the hammer was out and used to knock the odd hole here and there but thankfully it is all finished with some draw handles only to be added. It is amazing how long just a simple bedroom takes to complete. The worst problem is having to clear up after the workmen all the time.  I asked someone why they never clear up now and it is due to the cost of them visiting the local tip. The bathroom team cleared it all away – from memory it may have been included but a few carpet bits surely should not come into that category take it back to the warehouse.

The boy is back in town now after a couple of days at LEUCHIE House with Margaret and made it for a run this morning despite a cold from last week. Played badminton last night as well only 4 more weeks and then it is the bowling season till September – oh! for some warm evenings – it is snowing heavy here just now.

Managed to start on my seed sowing yesterday following a guide in Garden News so see what transpires.  Daffodils made an appearance two weeks ago as did some Irises down the back wall – so all systems go will think about the competition potatoes in a couple of weeks.


Feb 24, 2011 - Just Now    No Comments

Room under the Hammer

No not the Tv programme but it does show that some of the people on it must tell a few porkies.

One room  – strip paper on walls and ceiling 2 days – palsterer to do walls and ceiling 2 days (3 or more days to dry-out) – painting walls 2 days – wardrobe fit is scheduled for 3 days and new skirting boards – further painting 2 days – 14 days just one room. A whole house in 6 months just might make it.

Margaret away to respite next week so complete when she returns on 11 March.

Course nearing the completion of block 1 and TMA in by next week. What a difference between academic type course and the technical ones. I am now thinking I might have been better to do an other academic one for my honours. The module (not course) as it is to be called does have some interesting stuff of what is in the black box or card re networking  packets and the like thenwe move on to audio and video editing etc later on so there is a good mix.

I am following a schedule in garden news for cropping vegetables written by the guy on friday mornings radio Terry Walton who hails from South Wales so we will see – also in competition with Jaks to grow potatoes in bags – bring it on.

Off to get paint and make my first trip to empty the garage of paper and plaster and a further 4 to go with wood and wardrobe.


Feb 13, 2011 - Just Now    No Comments


Busy day yesterday – Matthew over to help strip wardrobe out from our bedroom – strip wall paper. Managed just about a half of the ceiling and bit of the walls. Plasterer in by end of week if I can get the room fully cleared – skirting to come off as well. New coving to be added after the new fitments are put in whilst Margaret is away at respite on Feb 28. Will do a bit more today.

Feb 9, 2011 - Computer, Just Now    No Comments


Still having problems with PC. More BSOD’s today random reasons (driver_power_state_failure) failed to come out of hibernation. I suspect after some updates from Seattle. A number have failed I notice.

Did a trawl around the net and found a couple of updates for the motherboard and gfx card which updated this week.  Really have no clue what the problem is whether it is a function of 64, the board is not up to it or there may be problem somewhere else.

New HD installed eventually as a straight copy from the old disk.

Went into John Lewis today to try and get wedding outfit for Margaret sadly nothing suitable, we are not surprised with the lack of styles etc that were offered. We will keep looking and the right outfit will fall into place.

Need to put the keyboard into operational mode and get the TMA’s done and the computer marked assignments. The remainder of the books arrived to day they get bigger each time a lot of reading about bluetooth, mobile phones, collaboration software etc.

We have decided the bedroom is getting done whilst Margaret is away at respite -Matthew is coming over on Saturday to take out current fittings and strip the walls for a plasterer to start in the next couple of weeks ready for the fitters.

And not as it is too late HAPPY Birthday to Yvonne.


Feb 3, 2011 - Computer, Just Now    No Comments


The rain is battering down now so it cannot get any more gloomier. Then maybe it can.

PC is still a little sick – having spoken with desktop guru we came to a similar conclusion that the HD may be on its way if not already gone.  It has managed to work OK all day so far.

Did a purchase of Acronis 11 and managed to do a clone of my 32 bit onto an external drive. It wouldn’t do a clone from my 64 drive – it kept breaking down – I was expecting it to clone any disk no matter where it was in the system – the one I did manage did the reboot and did it all before windows loaded..  A bit more research I found ACTIVE ( and loaded the trial version (21Days) and did an image from 64 to a space which I did not have to think about on another drive on my system.

Anyway I have ordered a 500g drive to put in and see if this cures the problem of BSOD. The only thing that has been playing up today is windows explorer  taking an age to red DVD’s etc. and deciding to close when it felt like it.

Tutorial 1 on Saturday to see what the grey matter has taken in so far.


Feb 1, 2011 - Computer, Just Now    No Comments


I feel today has been wasted. Went to PC this morning and all was not well. It had rebooted for some reason and wiped the dual boot of the 64 version log on. This is provided by easy-bcd v2 and has been there since I built the machines. So onto the 32 and reinstated the boot details and onwards I went. Alas no good as the PC continually crashed first with pen_list_corrupt and then mem_management that was after trying to boot in safe mode. Eventually managed to get it to work without crashing. Initially thought it was a problem with Microsoft security software so uninstalled and tried Bull-Guard but I cannot get it to install as it shuts down the LAN so no connection. Back now with Microsoft essentials so no idea of problem. I just suspect some update that I do not know about. Will shut off tonight to give it a rest.

Other than that it is now raining in Glasgow.

Jan 21, 2011 - Just Now    No Comments


Another week has gone by. Still cold in the mornings so no running at the moment as my back is  a little sore still. Managed badminton last Monday OK.

Spent the week kicking off on the latest course work on the final couple of chapters now of the first block. Spent most of the week on line doing the CISCO site on networks especially the makeup of TCP/IP protocols, well what is inside them, not sure I will ever need to know but there is bound to be a question what is in the network layer etc. Next read is wireless networks etc. Brought a calculator and managed to figure out how to do the sums 4.27 x 10^6 x 3.14x 10^9 and 4.9×10^9/3.6×10^-9. Can you do it. Answers on a post card.

We had intended to go to the homeopathic hospital this afternoon but we have had so many changes that I called to check and it is next Thursday so saved a trek over to Anniesland.  Have bowls AGM tonight which is a big wow that I could do without but I had better show a face or they may revoke my membership.

Not done much on the joomla website but have had an extended play on the drupal ones on the MAC but I am not convinced not very user friendly for me anyway so will stick with joomla just now. I will need to look over the hosting sites sometime as I could not get directly into phpmyadmin on the Fasthosts site.


Dec 31, 2010 - Just Now    No Comments


Not long now till a NEW YEAR and new challenges for the Abbott clan.

Well the boy’s back in town well actually getting out for a run for the first time since November 26th. Managed yesterday and the day before now that the footpaths are usable. Still some remnants of snow and ice in places making it tricky to get a grip. Rested today and will not run again till Monday. It is strange how you miss something that you have been doing regularly.

Jaks and I are now in competition mode  growing potatoes that is, they sent me some growing bags and some seed potatoes for a present so we are in mode to see who grows the best and largest crop.

Thanks from Margaret and I for all your presents and I hope that you approved of our gifts to you all.

I have been working on a joomla website for the Abbott/Howat interested parties, I hope to launch it live sometime in the next few weeks. You will need to contribute something about yourselves to make the pages interesting, I will only put the basics on just now.

Margaret calls – Happy New Year to all.

Well where did all the text I just did go.

Meant to add earlier, I made a recipe from Jamie Oliver 30 min meals (book from Steven & Yvonne) yesterday Macaroni Cheese , Cauliflower etc. It was great but on Sky news this morning many people tweeted to complain about the title as they were complaining that you cannot make the meals in 30 mins. I reckon I was quite close all in but does it matter. Sad people with nothing better to do are they going to complain about all books with a time in the title, learn this program in 24 hrs or build this cabinet in 30 mins or tile this wall in 3 hours. I rest my case for the sensible among us.

Dec 20, 2010 - Just Now    No Comments


Managed to get round to posting pictures from last week at Symington and shots from yesterday as the snow came back

Dec 19, 2010 - Computer, Just Now    No Comments


It’s back. Had a small dusting yesterday but since 13:30 to day it has not stopped. Brrrr.

Another problem for those going to work tomorrow.  Been reading about a product called autosock (google it) which is a cover for the driving wheel which you put on and take off etc. less than £50 for pair and they can be washed.

Installed 2GB of memory to the MAC. used the crucial checker and used their product. All seen OK not sure if it is any quicker only time will tell.

Going to do some DIY and then load pics from last Sunday at Sandra’s.