Hello September

Another month is with us – actually, I think it’s been with us for some time but I hadn’t noticed. Anyway – Hello September.

Pre-empting the traditional reminder/prompt/nag/threat from my agent – All Hail Hazel! – it’s September blog time and so far, it’s full of nothing happening.

I didn’t attack anyone during yesterday’s town festival despite the death wish of local political parties trying to hand me leaflets. A small fire did break out in a litter bin but I swear that was nothing to do with me.

I haven’t been anywhere or done anything, mostly because I’ve been welded to my laptop for the last fortnight. However – it’s update time. I’ve finished the Christmas St Mary’s story Why is Nothing Ever Simple? and the manuscript’s gone off.

I’ve finished Plan for the Worst – or at least I’m at the stage where someone slightly saner needs to take a look at it – and that’s gone off, too

I’ve even finished a Frogmorton Farm Christmas story – Joy to the World – although I may have left it too late for this year’s Christmas list and it has to wait until next year. The point is that I’ve been busy and as I keep telling Hazel, I can write or I can frolic, but not both. Not simultaneously, anyway. She simply opens one eye, makes herself more comfortable on her hoard of gold, and goes back to sleep again.

Anyway, with all that done, I’ve opened my laptop, typed Time Police 2 – Hard Time – and now I’m staring at the blank screen. Actually, it’s not that blank. As I said, I’ve spent a lot of time chained to the wee beastie over the last couple of months and, like me, it’s not looking its best. The screen is smeary – that’s the polite word for it – and the keyboard part is actually quite gross. The delete key doesn’t work properly because it’s full of toast crumbs. So, a plea for help. Can anyone recommend anything – wipes or sprays or whatever – that will enable me to return my poor abused laptop to its former pristine condition? I’ve only had it two years and you wouldn’t believe how it looks. I’ve tried Pledge and that did not go well. Nor did the eye-makeup remover wipes. About the only thing left in the cupboard is Cillit Bang Limescale Remover and I’m a bit dubious about that.

Any thoughts?


  • Keri Lamle

    These ideas might also belong to you:

    Current favorite article on How to Clean a Gross and Disgusting Laptop (I used to be a technology coordinator so I like to collect these articles).


    I suggest you use Flylady’s purple rags (similar microfiber will work, but, perhaps, not have enough support) and you might want to put on your favorite cleaning playlist.


  • Keri Lamle

    Here is a thought that I think might have escaped “your world” only to land in the middle of my morning mediations.

    It was a very amusing thought and it kept me quite distracted for the better part of the morning, but, all good things must end, so here it is. Oh, I have tried to clean it up a bit…

    Karma meets Clio (Greek Goddess of History) Who is not to be confused with Cleo (Short for Cleopatra) last Ptolemaic Emperor of Egypt.

    Unless the “Cleo” being referred to is Hindi (a connection I cannot quite clarify the background because of Amazon recent release of a language expansion pack for Alexa won’t let me access prior learning),

    Also, there is the possibly of an exception in instances when referencing societal influences of a “Clea” (who is most often observed in her societal home in Marvel comic books. -

    Imagine Ms Partridge dressed in a Marvel super hero costume (Peterson) No thank you, I am quite happy in this reality (reply)-

    A friend and loyal reader from the pond

    How did the thought escape? Well, that part was my fault. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/keri-lamle_book-quote-meditation-a-little-game-i-like-activity-6580099833363783681-3Jxm

  • Laura Rodgers

    Just be. Ray careful with the canned air! I have my very own disaster magnet story to go with one of those, suffice to say my laptop no longer works. Take it to the professionals to clean for you!

  • Megan George

    I concur about using the canned air. And rubbing alcohol will take off anything “smudgy”. Can’t wait for all the new stuff! And a new frogmorton farm story we have to wait over a year for?? You’re killin’ me! 😁

  • Sandra

    You could always throw it in the dishwasher. I can’t guarantee that it will work after, but it will be clean. LOL

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