Thursday, August 15, 2019

Again, no knitting. Either I’ll have to pull myself together, or give up blogging.

Rachel’s youngest child, Lizzie, and her boyfriend Dan will be here early tomorrow (after a night on a bus – I could do that when I was their age) for a couple of days of Festival-ing.

James’ and Cathy’s youngest, Kirsty, covered herself with glory, A-Level-results-wise.

And Archie and I moved life somewhat forward today.

I am still feeling shocked by yesterday’s scam – it’s sort of like finding rats in the larder. I’m afraid it’s no use reporting it. I wasn’t quick-witted enough to grab any details – the sort code and the account number of the account “in my name” to which he wanted me to transfer rather a lot of money, for instance. The lead story in the Times today is about how the police duck out of dealing with such crimes. And in my case, no crime was committed, thank goodness.

I was awfully grateful for your comments.


  1. Here in the US I get those type of calls almost daily. I read recently that one of the phone providers is going to start blocking them. One can only hope.

  2. These scams are very sophisticated. We have one going around where the utility company needs payment immediately. An experienced, middle-aged colleague of mine was so worried and shaken by the real feel of it she nearly sent them the money, but fortunately waited until she got to work to ask others. Your knitting mojo will return, it always does for me. Sometimes, I just want to read.

  3. The gravestones are beautiful; they speak through the shape and the form as well as the words.
    The scammers rang me three times yesterday. Not as scary as yours, but thanks to your blog I was awake to them. I'm about ready to get my samba whistle out and give them a blast of it.
    Don't stop blogging! You are always up to something! Have you made any kimchee recently? I've some sauerkraut brewing in the fridge thanks to you.

    1. I have an Acme Thunderer - anyone who did netball at school in the UK will understand - but the mean scammers are rarely real people, just a recording that asks you to press a button, which I will not do.

  4. I was wondering about the progress of your kimchi as well. My first attempt at a batch was very successful, if a little too spicy so my second batch was made without any of the spice blend and then mixed with the first batch for a more pleasant level of heat. I have also made a wonderful recipe of lemon, ginger and honey that is absolutely delicious.The author of the cookbook said the concoction fermented but I'm not sure it has more likely just the honey keeping bacteria away.
    Thanks for the reminder about the phone scammers, I had forgotten about the fact that they could prevent you from dialing out properly.

  5. =Tamar3:16 PM

    Don't stop blogging! There is at least one knitting blog that proclaims it's about knitting the way Car Talk was about cars".
    I pay for Caller ID on my landline and it is well worth it. It does require a phone with a screen to show the number. Scammers hardly ever leave a message, and it's easy to weed out the scams that do. My phone company sometimes even puts a "scam?" label on the caller ID. Given that some of my real email winds up in the spam bin so I have to check for it, I'm glad the phone co. lets me make the decision.

  6. these scams are very upsetting - i have my mother (late80s) trained to hang up and for the email ones (phishing) she emails it to me to double check... still its a constant worry bec they are so successful at sounding official.

    i wrote just now about that and cats in the outdoors but on yesterdays post (not seeing that there was one today!)

  7. and forgot to add... PLEASE PLEASE do not stop writing... this is more than a knitting blog - i enjoy whatever you have to say and all the frequent commenters!

  8. We screen all of our calls. We use Caller ID and our answering machine. Most recorded calls hang up. We don't answer or return ANY calls from numbers we don't know (legitimate callers usually leave messages). Don't even talk to scammers.

  9. It's terrifying how much information they can gather.