Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

06 January 2007


[No, not me - these trees! :-) ]

So... I've managed to avoid cleaning up after the kids all morning, and virtually all afternoon... but a time comes when it's just got to be done! All the paraphenalia they brought in with them last night seems to be seeping into all the nooks and crannies, filling the few remaining clear floor spaces and generally looking like a hurricane hit the room (which, of course, it did - a force 9 in the form of some very gusty kids!)

Since their return, I've fixed broken items; found lost chargers; put together an Italian charm bracelet (breaking my nails in the process, before realising there was an easy way of doing it...); cooked; picked up dirty and clean clothes from the bathroom floor; taken down the christmas tree (well, almost...) and written a letter of complaint to the seller of my son's psp, who said it would come from the UK, but sent it from USA, with wrong charger, no box and not even basic memeory!

I don't hold out hope of the latter seller doing anything to rectify the situation, seeing as over the Christmas period he had over 3000 sales, and about 60-70 people who weren't happy about the situations arising, and plenty of negative feedback that the seller hadn't replied to their many emails... bastards have managed to dupe a lot of people this holiday period - including my son :-( (or rather me, but it was my son who didn't get his present until yesterday, and couldn't use it... hopefully the phone charger I found him to use won't do any damage to it whilst he awaits a proper charger! And luckily I'd decided the memory that was supposed to have come with it wasn't big enough, so a 1Gb card arrived this morning - phew!!)

So, anyway, apart from not actually doing anything today (!) I've also not done the list of things I'd set myself to do at the beginning of the holidays... Little fixing jobs, putting up new curtains, clearing the garden, putting a whole load of stuff up into the attic (storage only) to create some walking space... you know, bits n bobs it's easier to do when there's no-one else around... (exactly the reason I try not to make new year resolutions... can't stick to my plans for even two weeks!) I wonder how much I would be able to get done in one day tomorrow... :-D

This last picture was almost black when it was taken -
Julia reckoned I wouldn't be able to get a picture out of it...
but there was something there after all (if a little hazy...)

© Annelisa Christensen 3:00 am

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At January 06, 2007 10:02 pm, Anonymous Brian said...

Goodness Annelisa,

You have had a busy, busy time with the kids. Love the pictures of the trees, especially the last one. Looks like a face. :)

At January 06, 2007 10:36 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hey, Brian... yup, back to normal! :-)

I like trees like these - it's just unfortunate I took that last one when there was only a vestige of light left (I wonder why the flash didn't work...!)

Yes, I can see the face you mean! :-)

At January 07, 2007 2:04 am, Blogger Mystic Rose said...

psp..too bad. :( i hate it when that happens, one of the toys we bought for the kids broke with in a few minutes, and since I idnt save the receipts, couldnt get it replaced. Quality these days is terrible.

yeah..dont mind taking the tree down now, the needles are just everywhere :D

At January 07, 2007 3:27 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Gee, I'm sorry to hear that the PSP did not come in a complete set. Your son must be really disappointed.

I didn't know a PSP can be charged with a phone charger! If it really works in the long run, wow, you could have saved yourself some money! =P

Yeah, there isn't anything you can do now except to leave a negative feedback.

Good luck in your cleaning tomorrow! Or if you are too tired, you can always call for cleaning services if you can pay for it. ;)

At January 07, 2007 10:40 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi Mystic - I know what you mean about the quality of things...they (the manufacturers)do seem to be making things for a throwaway society - I suppose they reckon, "What's the point of spending extra to make it more durable when it's going to be replaced with something new later in the year?"
I still can't work out why they don't make cars of a material that doesn't rust!

I seem to remember from somewhere that you don't necessarily need the receipt, if you can maybe show in another way that it comes from a store (eg credit card bill?) or something... I think the receipt is just for the sake of the company... but doesn't take away from the buyer's rights...

My dad was a bit of an enviromentalist (he was as organic as he could be on his fruit farm) and always brought a tree into the house in a pot, then after Christmas would plant it and give it tlc to recover it. I've never had a real tree, however much I prefer them, because I can't stand the idea that a tree's cut down, used as a decoration for a couple of weeks, then thrown out... so, I have this same old well-worn artificial tree out every year. And every year I promise myself to get a new one, but never do! (I think this one's lasted about 15 years so far :-D )
So, much as I love a real tree, I always console myself at the end of the season that at least I don't have to clean up the needles!! :-D

At January 07, 2007 11:01 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hiya FK - yes, he was totally blue about it, until I searched through my many shoeboxes of all transformers and found one that had the right voltage, and fitted the input hole!! Then he was delighted. It works, but I'm not sure how well it's actually charging. Haven't yet heard from the seller, but being as it's a weekend, and they didn't previously respond at the weekend, I'll wait until monday to start any dispute...

(Of course I'm not simply going to write a negative! That's just too easy, and solves nothing. I'm going to give 'em a little shake using ebay to sort out the matter, but you have to at least show you've tried to sort it out... so, I'll go through the proper procedures first. Another negative isn't going to make a lot of difference to the guy... being in a dispute might!)

Cleaning? Oh darn, I forgot I was supposed to be doing that today...!! :-(

At January 07, 2007 2:29 pm, Blogger My Marrakech said...

Most impressed by writing the letter of complaint. I am constantly proclaiming I am going to write them but some manage never to do that...I will! I have my rights you know!:-)

At January 07, 2007 3:24 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hiya Maryam - I'm supposed to be cleaning at the moment (ha ha!), so I've come back here to avoid it for a couple of minutes more :-D

I have to admit, I take ages and ages to get round to writing complaining letters - they're never very pleasant to do, are they? - but when I get going on one, I really throw myself into it! This one's a matter of principal - because the company not only mis-sold to me, but obviously to a whole lot of other people as well. Their excuse that they ran out of stock in the UK didn't hold, because there are earlier negative feedbacks saying they'd given the same excuse (unfortunately not there when I made my purchase :-( ). People shouldn't be allowed to get away with conning buyers like this!

In this case, I think I'll just get the satisfaction of knowing I've at least tried, but in the past, when I've complained to companies about things going wrong, I've found them quite amenable to sorting things out, and sometimes they might even give a voucher or something to spend on their products as a kind of 'sorry'... that usually works for me :-)

Worth doing, anyhow, just to get it off your chest... I find if I don't, every time I think of a certain product that I should've made a noise about, I get this underlying feeling of irritation, and a feeling that I 'really ought to do something about it... better to get it over and done with straight away!!

At January 07, 2007 11:07 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Very cool and gnarly in a barley twist way! (That's candy!)
Of course, I have no idea what your son got for christmas! Some techy thing beyond me!

At January 08, 2007 12:34 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Barley twists, or perhaps cough-candy (that's an orange-coloured twisty sweet) ?? lol I could count on you to see sugar in the trees, MOI!!!:-D

My son's pressie was one of those hand-held game-playing machines...you know, the ones that drive you to distraction with their constant background noise...which cause more answers of 'in a minute, mum!' than any other thing in the planet...which are expensive to buy games for and which you wish were never invented.

However, if you're a kid, they're cool...social intermediaries...they stop you being 'bored'... they have kudos (and sadly, without one you haven't got a leg to stand on, unless you have some amazing personality trait that wows the bejezus out of everyone, so they don't notice you're 'without'...) but any kudos earned by owning one of these items is lost in the attempts to get the latest games and add-ons in whichever way it's possible to achieve the goal...

I'm glad they weren't around when we were kids, they sure don't help the imagination much. I'm just happy I spent so much time with my kids playing other stuff, so there's a bit of perspective about them...

Ehmmm, but then, I have to admit, I can't talk... I keep coming back to the ol' blogging.... :-D

At January 08, 2007 6:37 pm, Blogger steve said...

The traffic coppers will have to put out Bollards to keep everyone that wants to break that vendors Bollocks in line...

At January 08, 2007 6:52 pm, Blogger goatman said...

Odd looking remains on those last two pics. Pray tell, what kind of tree was it? Cypress?
A friend once remarked as to how my pics, like yours, never showed any people. I didn't know how to respond to that??
Hope the new year is good for all of you and that your hair doesn't grow back white (as happened to a cat of ours once when it was injured and lost fur). Ha

At January 08, 2007 9:48 pm, Blogger Mystic Rose said...

hi girlfriend,
you've been tagged. ten things that define your style.

check out frothywaters for more info. :))

At January 09, 2007 12:49 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Yes, those games we teachers hate! They try to play them in the room and then take them out for recess where they get broken or taken by older kids and then we see the tears flow upon entry to the school! I'd rather they play some game, sport, or just socialize!

At January 09, 2007 8:30 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hiya Mystic - thanks for tagging me - I'll be over to yours to see the tag asap... and will do it when I have a chance!

Totally agree, MOI!! They can cause so many fights between friends and enemies alike! Kids in the schools mine go to don't allow those sort of games (thank goodness). Even phones and mp3 players are confiscated if used in school! (There's usually a flow of the items through the safe, though :-) )

At January 11, 2007 2:15 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

:-D I think I'd rather stick a bollard up that vendor's... ehm... I think that's enough of that... before I say something I regret (oh so often!)

Hey Steve - I didn't mean to ignore you, honest! I didn't see your comment before... it's only when I went through my mailbox just now I caught it!

I had a feeling you might know what I was talking about :-D

It's all a load of bollards to me!

At January 11, 2007 2:20 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

I really don't know what kind of tree it was Goatman... being as it was dark at the time, and I was taking the pictures pot luck, just because it was making interesting shadows with its twists and holes! I'll have to check what a cypress tree looks like... I forget (it's the very old age, you know! :-))

There's definately silver glints in amonst the dark hair on my head now... but I suspect that was there before, under the dye... :-D

Your comment about people... next post!


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