Not so hearty greeting to you dear reader … and apologies for nearly a week without a post.
I’ve been caught up in a work deadline that has taken a lot of my time.
Also … my computer karma this week is a pain.
Yesterday … in the middle of the deadline my laptop had a serious systems error … that just kept getting worse … until … I can’t open, save or delete files and all access to Google and Gmail is … zero.
I went out to see if I could use Dee’s computer … it wasn’t working.
Never mind … I’ll pop down to the library … nope … all their computers were broken bar 2 … and they were booked.
Went up to Maggie in Smyth’s … I could at least check my emails.
I’m a very positive and solution focused person … it just gets a bit tiring sometimes when one solution after another falls down.
The best part of shit going down is that my friends rally and try to help … although when I tried to describe the DCop server error that was affecting the inodes of the linux system on my laptop … I saw Maggie’s eyes glaze over ... she doesn’t even pretend … love that about her.
So … I can’t upload any photos … I have some fab ones of Gregory Smyth and others dancing last Friday in Moo … even have some video that I’ll post for a good price … and Gregory ... you can pay me not to post it!
More sad news … Moo Bar will be closing.
I get a lump in my throat when I think about it … such a great place to socialise with my friends … love Brent and Mary.
Where will I socialise now?
I could set up a wee shebeen wine bar in the cottage … hmmmm
I’m not a pub person and I hate hate hate those little bottles of wine they serve … I call them hangovers in a bottle.
Maybe there’s someone out there who would love to invest in the wine bar and keep it open … if you exist … I love you already.
I’ve had some great times there over the last year and want to thank Brent and Mary for trying to make a dream a reality … I will miss you.
I keep meeting people from Ballinamore and surrounds that read this blog and it’s always a real pleasure to hear how much you enjoy reading it. Thanks for taking the time to drop in.
The Sharon Sweeney interview has had great feedback with people telling me they didn’t know they could order chocolates in those quantities and will be doing so for Xmas … I’d put my order in early.
There are a whole pile of Ballinamore and surrounding entrepreneuers that I want to interview over the next few months … the wine people … the wooden furniture people … Hamill’s B&B … a photographer … a couple who have developed a small holding … an organic farmer and vege grower … an icecream maker … and many more.
I’m off to Dublin tomorrow to facilitate a network of artists and musicians who work with inner city communities … great people and great work. I’m looking forward to hearing about their projects.
As usual Mary Mulvey will drop me off to Dromod station … I love chatting with Mary. I want to send her and Frank big best wishes for Frank to get well … pneumonia is no fun.
They invited me to visit the cottage that they eco renovated as a holiday rental … I took a pile of photos and would love to stay there myself … really beautiful and the views to the mountains calm my soul.
So … when I eventually get a new computer in the next week I’ll have a lot of photos to post.
I’m looking forward to meeting Lynda and Derek’s first visitor from America. Greg will be arriving on Friday … so … if you see them out with a strange man … give him a friendly Ballinamore welcome.
I also want to say a big hi to Anne who reads this blog every day (when I write something that is … and … there’s always the archives!).
Anne is a lovely woman and I always delight in her company … as I do with so many of the Ballinamore women … must be something in the water to make them all so feisty and individual and so damn funny.
I feel much better for writing … thanks for listening.
Now … all I have to do is keep an eye out so I don’t get stampeded by a rogue elephant … that’s how my luck feels at the moment … you know … the circus truck breaks down out of town and the elephant runs free … a one in a million chance … as Liz crosses the road … splat! Hee Hee.
Big loves to my Dad who just rang me to ask if I was OK because I hadn’t written anything in my blog for a week … I’m fine Pa and my usual good cheer is returning … just keeping an eye out for elephants.
Thanks also to Dee who has let me use her computer in the Forge to write this post … and is loaning me a laptop until I get a new one.
Thanks to Mags for dropping in real turf so I could have a cheer me up fire … and thanks to Lynda for letting me use her computer yesterday.
Even when the elephant poo is piling up ... I am always deeply grateful for my friends and family and good neighbours … many thanks.
And if elephant poo is piling up in your life … you have my sympathies … and I’ll send you a shovel.