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boodymum67 Wed 25-Nov-20 15:52:09

I have an elderly neighbour...a really lovely woman. We have been friends for 32 years.

She used to help me with my chronic disability some years ago and we return the favour by helping her, after she lost her hubby suddenly.

We used to go to social clubs together, but neither of us has ventured out much in the pandemic.

We ring each other often and I have been amazed how cheerful she has remained throughout this time.

But today she rang and said she was a bit down. Her tv remote wouldn't work and she had tried new batteries. She never asked if hubby could go round...but he did.

Her tv has actually conked, after 15 years. Poor lass, it`s been a good companion and friend in her lonely times.

She`s going to treat herself to a new tv. Bless her.

Smileless2012 Wed 25-Nov-20 15:54:53

Good neighbours are worth their weight in gold boodymum and it sounds as if you and your lovely neighbour are very lucky to have one anothersmile.

Blossoming Wed 25-Nov-20 15:58:09

How lovely to read of neighbours helping each other. We hear so much gloomy news at the moment, it’s good to be reminded that kindness still exists.

AGAA4 Wed 25-Nov-20 15:59:10

Thank goodness for kind people. I have been on my own for many years and am always grateful to neighbours who have helped me.

Grandmabatty Wed 25-Nov-20 17:45:44

You both sound lovely neighbours. It is cheering to read.

Tangerine Wed 25-Nov-20 18:38:09

It's nice to read such a positive post.

Casdon Wed 25-Nov-20 20:47:45

She will be amazed when she gets a new TV at how much they have come on in the last 15 years, at least there are some good deals on at the moment - although she may need some help setting it up, my son did mine in about 15 minutes, whereas I could have done it myself but it would have taken me at least twice as long.

lemongrove Wed 25-Nov-20 23:05:28

I agree Casdon it would certainly take me a long time to set up, especially with Sky.
boodymum when younger ( middle aged!) I used to have a lovely older neighbour too, very motherly and she gave good advice and was a comfort to have next door, our little family was nice for her too, to have around, as she loved children.

Hetty58 Wed 25-Nov-20 23:35:27

My mother (having had the new tv set up) had a diagram card of her remote, sellotaped to it's back, with the main buttons marked/explained.

She only used on/off, menu, subtitles and volume. All it's smart capabilities were wasted. It didn't last long. She killed it by spray-polishing the back. It was unrepairable.

CanadianGran Thu 26-Nov-20 06:36:33

All kidding aside, it is wonderful to have good neighbours, and I hope someone is able to set up her new TV without issues.

Grandma11 Thu 26-Nov-20 07:02:07

Some of the Electrical stores are happy to do a Socially distanced set up service for the Elderly or Disabled People.
There may be a small extra fee to pay, or they may do it for free just to get your Business. Likewise a local TV Ariel fitting company may offer a set up service along with any Ariel or Cable connection adjustments that are needed at the time.
Our local independent Electrical Shop in our Small town offers this Service on larger items they sell for free.

Granarchist Thu 26-Nov-20 10:07:49

I wish more neighbours were like that! We have had a case of a neighbour calling the police when she thought (entirely wrongly) that someone was breaking the rules on lockdown. The police were lovely but it was so upsetting. Talk about the Stasi.

Sarnia Fri 27-Nov-20 08:20:56

What lovely neighbours you are. Important at any time but especially at the moment.