Roger the Dodger – and other things…

My dears, it’s so good to see you again.  Looking at the title of this post, I may seem a little uncharitable.  Be that as it may, the gentleman in question does seem to have a penchant for disappearing when required – well, when required by me.

He’s probably a thoroughly decent chap, who has a twinkle in his eye.  I don’t know that for a fact, of course.  In truth there is very little I know about him, other than I can never seem to get a word with him when he is on his own.  I don’t want him to feel that I am hounding him, so softly, softly, is the way I’m treading at the moment.

Our Roger has a loud voice which carries down the corridor.  Although he lives in the next but one flat to me, I can hear him speaking.  I can’t hear the actual words, but the timbre of his voice is such that I am aware when he speaks.  Considering I can’t hear any sounds from the flat on either side of me, being able to hear Roger is something of a problem.  As my other neighbours are quite deaf it won’t bother them at all.

Roger also has a loud laugh – you know the type – the throw your head back and have a hefty chuckle – a guffaw in other words!!  Anyway, he laughs quite regularly, which is great, but not when it’s late at night.  As you know I’m a light sleeper at the best of times, and our Roger has woken me up on more than one occasion.  I’m sure he isn’t doing it deliberately, but it shows a lack of consideration for his neighbours!

Anyway my dears, I really want to let you know about my latest visit to the library.  It is a lovely space to visit and so easily accessible from here.  It is less than a ten minute stroll from here and all on the flat too, which is a real bonus.  I went the other afternoon – on my own – because I wanted to have a mooch round without Mrs. M wittering about going for a coffee before she dies of thirst.  Something of a drama queen is our Mrs. M, but I wouldn’t have her any other way.  Well, yes, fewer requests for yarn would be appreciated, but you can’t have everything. 

Now, where was I – ah yes, I went to the library as I decided I needed to make myself a little more familiar with knowing where the various pieces of equipment were kept.  I have tried using the microfiche but unfortunately with my poor eyesight it just isn’t possible.  One of the librarians has helped me set it up, and I can see some of the pictures, but unfortunately the print is far too small for me to read in comfort.  It isn’t the end of the world though, so I’ll try other things.  Incidentally, all the library staff members are absolutely wonderful.  Nothing is too much trouble for them and they are so patient, no matter how slow you are with understanding the technology.

It is great to see that such a good number of folk are using the facilities at the library now it’s been refurbished.  Yes, it took quite a lot longer than expected, but I feel that it was worth it.  There are many different classes and workshops being advertised and if you aren’t careful you could find that you are there nearly every day!  I quite like the idea of the short taster sessions – a couple of hours to find out whether you have any interest in the subject, and in some instances, to see whether you have the aptitude and a little bit of  talent to take things further. 

There are so many different courses – some have a small charge attached to them – although they are heavily discounted for pensioners.  Quite a number are completely free which is wonderful in this day and age.  I assume they are being subsidised by the local council, who are trying to encourage folk to use the library and all of its facilities.

I did borrow some large-print books yesterday.  I do struggle with the written word, but if I use my magnifier, and go slowly I should be OK.  It is somewhat frustrating though.  I have asked if they will be lending out audio books and apparently that is on the way.  Yes, there are spoken books, but not the most up-to-date versions.  I have been told that I should be able to borrow books for reading on my Kindle.  That would be great, although how good the selection is, I haven’t a clue.  That’s another thing to find out in due course.

Well my dears, I’m sorry I haven’t anything very exciting to tell you about today, but you know me by now and I can’t just manufacture information.  It could cause a major ruckus and I’m not prepared to get involved in that sort of thing.

No my dears, I’ll just continue to update you, when I can.  I will carry on with these diary posts, so you know I haven’t forgotten you.  I know you really want to know what is happening, but until I’m absolutely certain of the facts, I’m not going to play guessing games.

I really need to decide what I’m going to eat today, otherwise I won’t bother at all, and that isn’t good for me.  There are already a couple of you who try to ensure that I eat regularly.  The problem is that I’m just not hungry, so don’t tend to think about eating!  Oh well, hey ho – much worse things happen at sea!

Now I really must go, or else it will be time for me to write my next post.  I will make another cup of tea first, which is a good starting point, and then investigate my fridge to see what is available.  I’m sure there will be something to tempt me.  I’m going now, but thank you so much for your company. It’s been lovely chatting with you.   As Always –

With Love – Jan xx 

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I'm retired, disabled and after sudden death of wonderful husband, have moved closer to my son, daughter-in-law and baby, Charlie. I live in sheltered housing at the bottom end of the scale called Independent Living. I had been in an online Knit and Natter group for a couple of years before Ian died and the members of the group were and still are a wonderful support to me. Since moving here I have now got my own little Facebook group where the members are now my friends and extended family. It was suggested that I write a blog - so here we are!!

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  1. Your local library sounds like an active one and worth going to on a regular basis! They’ll get to know you and your interests. I’m just beginning to use downloaded audio books and downloaded printed books so you’re way ahead of me! I’m still a bit rusty at how it all works. I imagine I’ll be asking my friends more questions about how they do it. I enjoyed listening to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Libby, our library’s download software. I managed to crochet a cat blanket while I listened to that book. Now I should go cook an egg and toast for breakfast. Tea sounds good too!


    1. Carol, I’m sure you’ll soon get the hang of it. It’s so easy to carry around and very convenient for taking lots of new books away on holiday. I’m sure the library is going to be wonderful – all those free, or subsidised courses. Of course, I’ll be running my knit and natter sessions in the cafe there. xx


  2. Nothing worse than being disturbed at night………….call in your friendly MI5 contact to sort him 🤣😈


  3. It sounds like a fab library and you never know what courses They may run it may be just the ticket – a great way to get to know new people – not sure what to suggest about your new neighbour!!! He sounds like he just needs to turn down his volume a touch – perhaps he is deaf too and does not realise he is being loud- hope he does not disturb you too often- sleep tight xx


    1. Sandra – you may well be right about Roger; however, I do need him to adjust his volume control soon. When I am able to catch up with him, I will speak quietly, and find out whether he can hear me. If not, that could well be the problem and perhaps a hearing aid would make things easier for him and me. I’m really looking forward to using the library more often. xx


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