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You know the Black Spot from Treasure Island? The Black Spot of Doom. Or the Spot from Macbeth that everyone wanted out? That's a Bad Spot. The worst Black Spot, however, is The Black Spot of DoWizz_fizz_festom Light(TM) I foolishly went there by myself today. I was going to sew totes and bags for people and I just needed 5 zips. Of course, today was the day they decided to summarily ignore their numbering system after I had taken one and waited for 10 minutes. 'Oh no!', they chortled to the pushing in customer. 'You don't need to take a number!!!' Then the front check out women decided they would rather be writing down a bazillion things on a list than serve anyone, let alone me. I had to leave. MrsDrWho tells me never to go when I am feeling pale, but they lull you into a false sense of security. They seem to be nice and want to sell you thHarki_a_speeding_locomotiveings, but they don't. I will have to go back tomorrow to buy the zips, well try to buy the zips. Again. I will be writing a Letter of Wrath. Again. They never reply or even acknowledge my letters. I am polite, but firm, never horrid. I am drowning my sorrows with Wizz Fizz, Bleak House on TV and a new book. I am wallowing.

What I really need is for Harki to be accredited as an Assistance Dog. She could ward off danger and fend off bad service for me. She is very obedient aPeri_smells_a_mysterynd loving. See how quickly she comes when I call her? Peri is sniffing. She is sniffing to find the most boogelly smell so that she can roll in it. Again. Harki sniffs too, but has no inclination to roll in 'you don't want to know what'.

I have finished my second Thuja sock. It is pining as it's mate is lost. Somewhere. I foolishly put it somewhere 'safe'. I haven't named these socks yet. I think they shall be dubbed The Heartbeat socks, named for Greengrass, as they have all the grassy greens in them. TheBare_naked_leggy Bare Naked lady is modelling the one sock. It is the sock that is. We have lost the sock that was. Now it has become the sock that will be. How very Babylon 5 of my socks.

In other Science Fiction news, MrsDrWho has almost finished her 4 Seasons Quilt: here, and here!!! ( I call mine The Crowded House for obvious reasons!!) When I say she has almost finished, what I really mean is that now she is waiting for me to back and bind it for her!!! Yesterday I watched Doctor Who at MrsDrWho's and she made delicious steak and roast vegetables with parsnip and swede and pumpkin and potato and sweet potato and carrot and everything!!! She cooks a most delicious sThanks_donni_lovely_green_woolteak!!!

Thanks to the   skills of the Most Excellent Donni, I have new wool. It is green Cocoon. It feels so soft and it is a lovely green too!!! That's one of my favourite George Dubya stories: His assertion that the whole trouble with trading with the French is that they have no word for entrepreneur!!! Heaven help us all really!!

I made ANZAC* Muffins. They have been given the seal of approval by MrsDrWho so you will need this very easy and tasty recipe!!! *That's the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.

ANZAC Muffins

  • 180ml warm milk
  • 1 tspn bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g melted butter
  • 2 tbspn Golden SyrupAnzac_muffin
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tspn baking powder
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut

Preheat the oven to 190*C(170 FF). Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Mix the bicarb soda into the milk and then add the rest of the wet ingredients and the sugar. Fold in the dry ingredients. Do Not fold them in well. The secret of muffins is to have the mixture look terribly uncombined!!Fill the paper cases about 2/3 full and bake for 15-20 minutes. They taste and smell just like ANZAC biscuits!!

Comments

Ann

Yes, you should write that Letter as these people have to be told - they think we are invisible! I have been caught in such situations too! On a lighter note, the muffins look yummy & I am definitely making them as I love Anzac cookies. Thanks for the recipe.

She Who Smells Yarn

Black Spot of Doom can be nasty when they want to be! I try to stay away from the fabric counter when I can help it..Its scary!!!

Katt

jade

Drat those tiny sock 'black holes', we have them here too, lol.

Tianne

The muffins sound just like my type. I love anzac biscuits and Im sure these will be as well.

I hate spotlight I resist it at all costs but then again we have nicer lys

AmyP

Oooh - Wizz Fizz! Is that the stuff you put on your tongue and it goes all crackly and fizzy?

Sharon

Firstly did you only need zips? If so then do as I do, pay for them at another counter. I only use the fabric counter if I am buying fabric and they have to cut it.

I will quickly tell you of what I witnessed there the other day, after waiting ages a mother with a very small infant had to feed her and the chair was gone, again. This poor mother actually sat in the stroller and fed her child. A customer commented to the staff about the chair not being there and the reply was 'I dunno' shrug of shoulders. Bad very bad place :(

alysha

Love the Heartbeat sock, hope you find its mate!

No local Black Spots of Doom here, but there is a bookshop which has iffy service. They do serve you, which is one up on Doom Light I guess, but I suspect that two of the assistants may have had botox in the wrong place as they are not able to shape their mouths into a smile.
They look so grumpy when you buy a book, you feel like bowing out of the store guiltily for daring to actually buy something. :/

Helen

Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments. Your blog is great too and I really enjoy reading about all your activities, including your gorgerous dogs. Love your green colour theme too.
The ANZAC muffin recipe sounds delicious. Your right about not combining everything totally. I was only thinking the other day that I should make some ANZAC biscuits for the boys, so it will be muffins now, which they will really enjoy thanks to you.

Michelle

wow...so far...i never had any bad experience with Spotlight so can i say i'm lucky?? hehe

Katie

I think training Harki as a service dog is a great idea, then you have an excuse to take her everywhere you go, I wish I could do that with Penny, I hate leaving her at home alone.

I think Spotlight must employ all their people from the same place because every store I've ever been to has had terrible service!

fitknit

I've lived in Melbourne, lived in Geelong and now am on the Gold Coast. Each one has a Doom Light. Each one has crappy, rude 'service'. I am absolutely convinced they are trained to be this way!

MrsDrWho

Oh when oh when oh when?????? will you learn????
I will go with you if you insist on actually wanting something from that sodding place. TBSoD....see how it even has SoD in it????
I am even on holiday!!! We could have gone and been our usual restrained and quiet selves...and I would have waited in the queue and you could have sat on the floor ....but not waited while the other pushing in woman was served first...I am no where near as nice as you I would have objected reasonably loudly.
It would probably improve the service for you if you did turn up with dark glasses and Harki. Can you imagine them wondering how you knew what colour of wool or zip you were buying ???????
I agree with Fitnit....I am SURE they are especially trained in crappy service at TBSoD.
The muffins ARE very good... especially washed down with dietary caramello chocolate.See I am into healthy eating.

lynne s of Oz

Ah, Scroatfight.... what a shop!
Typical of some yarn that I dyed to be very B5. I bet you would like your socks to be The One (Pair) at the one time, not socks that were, are or will be...
I enjoyed Dr Who on Saturday - told from a different POV. I could see me being in a pack of geeks/nerds like those.

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