What have we become?

Written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), ship.

I never really had a problem with online shopping, although it has always been rare for me to buy anything high-value online. I have used eBay quite a bit for low-value purchases. After every transaction, eBay allows both the buyer and seller to leave feedback on each other, and my record is about 1,000 positive, no negative experiences. Of course, as a buyer, you’re only ever judged on one thing – do you pay in a timely manner.

I think I was pretty much there anyway, but certainly, since I became disabled, I am far more frugal. Shopping holds absolutely no interest for me – I only even enter a shop if I have a specific purchase in mind. The disability benefit paid by the UK government is several tens of GBP each week, which is probably not far different in USD or EUR. The amount just about covers the mortgage, with very little left over, and I try not to dip into my savings if I can at all help it. As a result, I usually go months between online purchases, although when I do purchase something, it is most likely from eBay.

I’m happy that even in the current crisis, online deliveries still seem to be happening. Couriers are deliberately dropping things off without knocking, but as we are in all the time anyway, one of us usually sees the van pull up and brings the parcel in as soon as the guy has gone.

I am still doing my charity phone calls from home, in fact I am doing about twice as many as usual. Sometimes just courtesy calls – are you okay for groceries/meds? One oerson, I am even calling to remind them to take their meds! And last weekend, I decided to try and save some money on those calls by using my computer’s internet connection instead of a traditional telephone. I got it working, but I wasn’t happy with the sound quality. So I ordered a cheap headset, something wqhich will just plug into my USB port and act as headphones and a microphone. I guess, the sort of thing people must use in call centres. I am told that it has shipped, but it has not arrived yet. I’m hoping to be using it by the time I make next week’s calls.

The other thing, I needed a new sharps bin, into which to put my used insulin needles. I can get them through the doctors, but they are tiny and it is easier just to pay a few pounds and to source them privately – at least then, I can get a bin big enough to last several months. That item shipped immediately, and when it arrived today, it was the highlight of the day!

I really wouldn’t have written this post, except I saw Fandango’s prompt 🤣. I bet you had something better to do! But a final glimmer of hope – this song just came on The Simpsons. Do you remember it?

Colour change?

When I moved this blog over to WordPress, I noticed that a lot of the WordPress colorscheme was in shades of blue. So I deliberately picked one of their blues and made my banner and buttons acceordingly.

But it is not a colour I would have chosen myslf, if I were thinking about it from scratch. In fact, the very last version of my Blogger blog was themed around the colour you seee above, which I still like. Green is my favourite colour anyway, and I wanteed a kind-of midnight-greeen shade, nice and sombre so as not to offend anybody’s eyes! A nice high contrast with the page.

I was thinking of changing my scheme to this colour. What do you guys think? So far as I can tell, most people read my posts through the reader, so I’m hopeful most people won’t particularly care.

I think any of WordPress’s buttons and the calendar would continue to be the blue that you see today, because I don’t have control over them. The page background would continue to be the same off-white that you see today, and the page text the same dark grey colour (and font, and size). The things which would change are the border, the banner and any other of the badges I created, like the award-free one to the side.

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