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January 30, 2015

Ice Blocks and Electrical Goods

We’ve had another hot day here in New Zealand. The weather people keep saying it’s going to rain but it hasn’t happened yet. Bella has taken to sleeping on the tiles at the front door (which is generally open) or she sleeps upside down with all her legs sticking in the air.

Bella and her ice block

In the middle of the day we’ve been giving her an ice block to help her cool down. I blogged about ice blocks for dogs a few years ago. You can find the dog ice block post here.

My sister murders electrical appliances. It’s becoming a family joke. She’ll purchase a phone or a television or a computer and something goes wrong with it. The battery dies, it blows up or mysteriously stops working. She’s never rough with her gadgets, but for some reason they whimper and die after living at her house.

Last year my husband purchased a new iPad, and he gave his old one to my sister. She hadn’t used it until this week when her Android tablet stopped charging without warning.

She rang me up and said, “My tablet has stopped working. I’ve charged the ipad. That seems to be working, and I’ve turned it on but now I can’t turn it off. How do I turn it off?”

I said, “You push the off button.”,

“I’ve done that.”

“Oh,” I said, and I was thinking her electrical voodoo has struck again. “Well, you can let it turn off on its own.”

“All I want is a gadget to read my books on,” my sister said.

So I talked her through how to delete hubby’s books and get her books onto the iPad. The next problem was a wi-fi connection because that isn’t working either at my sister’s place. I tell you – she’s hell on anything related to a gadget or appliance. Their phone is very unpredictable too!

Today she rang me to let me know she’d managed to download all her books. The off button still wasn’t working but the ipad flicks off after five minutes. She’s a happy camper.

We’ve decided I need to write a character who suffers from the same malady as my sister, and I think I have just the heroine. I feel sorry for her now! Smile

Do you have problems like my sister with gadgets? Do you know anyone else with the same problem?


  1. Mary Kirkland

    I love the ice block idea for dogs. I let me rats play with ice in the summer too. Or I fill a shallow dish with water and add frozen peas for them to fish out.

    I love the idea of writing a heroine like your sister. That’s too funny. I was pretty bad on computers when we first got one but I’m pretty good with gadgets now.

    • Shelley Munro

      Bella loves frozen peas too. She seems to know when I’ve taken the packet from the freezer and she always comes running!

  2. T.F. Walsh

    The ice block is such a great idea… I actually tried putting some in the cat’s bowl when it gets really hot… she turns her nose at i… fussy little thing…:)

    • Shelley Munro

      Cats have their own set of rules and they don’t like to tell us mere humans!

    • Shelley Munro

      Our dog loves them, and they’re such an easy treat to make.

  3. Heather L

    While you were experiencing hot weather, we were preparing for a winter storm (almost 7 inches Sunday, another 2.5 on Tuesday). I don’t usually have issues with electronics, but a friend’s mother killed three within a couple weeks a few years ago.

    • Shelley Munro

      We saw footage on our news and it looked horrendous. I give silent thanks every winter since we just get rain. Rain I can deal with!