Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Morning tea with Von
Von & Co came over to my place about 11 for morning tea. Now that their house is under contract they have a lot more time to spare.
I had two puzzles for Simon: A strange gadget that seemed to have something to do with opening bottles and cans but nobody so far has been able to guess exactly what. Simon was stumped too.
A much more interesting puzzle was a Parker fountain pen that George gave me a couple of birthdays ago. It was one of those "some assembly required" gadgets and I could never figure out how to assemble it. I gave the job to Simon on the grounds that he is very clever technically. But it nearly stumped him too. He actually had to read the instructions! And even then it took him a while. I now intend to use the pen to sign cheques.
At one stage Hannah slipped off her seat and hurt herself slightly -- making her cry. We were at the time however opening the box of choc-chip cookies that I customarily provide for morning and afternoon teas. So Von said to Hannah: "Want a biscuit?" And as soon as Hannah saw the cookie, she stopped crying and gave a big smile instead. She likes her food.
It was a very pleasant morning tea.
UPDATE: I think Von does not like to be beaten. When she got home she hit Google hard until she found the source of my little mystery gadget. See the illustration she found below. The bottom part of it is obviously a bottle opener for crown-sealed bottles but the top protrusion was the mystery. The accompanying text said that the gadget is used to open bottles AND cans. So it must be to help lift up the ring on a ringpull can. I would have thought that fingernails could do that but maybe ladies with long nails might prefer to use a tool.