The heating, the loo, and m4p files.

Well. Now then. The boiler has been switching itself off for a few days, and eventually on Wednesday night it just stopped altogether. Phoned up, got an engineer organised for Thursday morning. Snuggled up tight in the duvet to sleep and it was all ok.

Next morning, engineer arrives, fixes “dead as a dodo” boiler, but it needs power-flushing. This should have been done when it was installed three years ago, and in fact was paid for (by the government), but wasn’t done. Unfortunately the company who actually installed the boiler have gone out of business. Unsurprisingly. So we have to pay £500 to have it power-flushed. Bummer.

The loo has been gradually blocking for a few days. I flushed it four times in a row this morning, but still getting worse. Hubby poured a big bucket of water down and now it’s fine. Hooray!

m4p files. Hm. When you buy music to download from iTunes Apple Store, it is now protected, so that you can’t just copy it. Fair enough, but when you want to copy the music to another player in your own home, and you’re not ripping anybody off, it’s a pain in the neck. If you bought a CD, you could play it anywhere in your home. But not with m4p files.

After much searching on the internet, and discovering that lots of people would like to charge you money to convert the files, I found out that if you go into iTunes, set up a playlist of all the music you want to transfer, then burn it to a CD, and then re-import that CD, it removes the protection. You can only do it a limited number of times, but that’s ok. It is longwinded, and the track details for only 4 of the 50 songs were automatically found, the rest I had to play a bit of the track and then type in the details manually, which added to the length of time. But it worked. It also duplicated all the tracks . . . but that’s sortable. Again, it’ll take time, but sortable.

Today took hubby to the GP – he hasn’t been allowed to drive for a week because of a virus which caused him to be extremely light-headed – and hooray! he’s allowed to drive again. He’s mightily relieved, it’s a big pain having to rely on lifts everywhere, but it wasn’t a problem for me. He’s always taken me places when I can’t drive, bless him.

Lovely sunny day today – quite warm too. Cat is playing happily outside so I’ve washed and changed her bedding. I bought some lambswool from the Rag Market and made it up into four covers, two for her radiator bed, one for her night-time bed, so I can have one in the wash and one on each bed. She absolutely loves them, and kneads them like billy-o.


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