What is it about June and July…?

Shocking to see how many weeks I’ve been away again. I’m trying not to be too down about my absence and failures to attend my blogging needs and wants. I miss writing. Mostly I miss visiting to read the writing of others.


I can see right now that the above image is out of focus and blurry. Often lately my visions been more blurred than that and I just can’t see if my snaps are in focus or not when I’ve taken any. I’ve stuck with my old and battered BB from years ago while i keep dropping things and avoided using my new mobile phone cam while photography is a useless pursuit in this phase. Adding Omega3-6-9 oil capsules to my nutritional plan might help a little but I’m sure as hell hoping I’m entitled to medicinal cannabis when they start prescribing it now it’s been decided. I functioned much better with that herbal remedy a few years ago but haven’t kept up with the compassion club and not sure if or where they run from these days. Out of touch and too exhausted to ask or go anywhere and not really wanting in case I/they get busted as a result. Ludicrous situation, although I understand the opposition also.

Burn-out always seems to hit me in June and July even when I’ve not done enough to warrant it. Ok, I read a lot of blogs during the A to Z Challenge in April, but lazing around reading and doing little else shouldn’t be so severely and completely exhausting – and I certainly didn’t tackle the amount of art work or research I’d hoped to cover for my own posts. I thought I’d got away with it and might sustain a reasonable level of blogging interaction. Not so.

That seems to be the usual pattern since i started out in May 2015 and by June and July I was totally hopeless – I couldn’t get it together again until August. Maybe I need to plan for eight to ten weeks of summer acclimatisation and learn to anticipate and manage my limited health better. After almost four decades of trying to manage my limitations you would think I’d have achieved that by now!

Well, I’m not meaning to gripe and whinge about my ails – it could be worse and for many others it probably is. I’ve managed to keep getting up and after eating more food than I had been able for a while I have at last put on some weight. Hopefully when I see my son he won’t be whittling at my skinniness. Eating deliberately fattening food might not be the healthiest plan in the world but struggling to intake 500 calories a day in the long term ain’t a good plan either and now at last my jeans aren’t falling down anymore. Saves buying smaller clothes while no energy for shopping and very little for online shopping either. I really don’t like shopping. I get more pleasure finding a button or bottle top or used bus ticket or whatever on the pavement than I do from shopping. Sometimes it’s a good thing not getting out much, although I’ve not picked anything up in ages even when I ‘found’ it. Too tired to bother picking something up. Really. Yes.

I couldn’t believe I totally missed a product recall on some frozen veg from my supermarket. You’d think they’d have it glaringly obvious on their website for the next time you logged in to complete online grocery shopping. Nope. Luckily I only had a stomach bug impact once (a few weeks ago now) and had no idea it might have been the new and in-date-for-ages frozen veggies. I ate the entire remainder of the pack with no obvious ill effect, thankfully. I’d long since finished the way over date ice cream from last Christmas and that didn’t make me ill at all. I wouldn’t expect frozen vegetables to carry a bug like Listeria, but apparently they might. My son mentioned the product recall to me on the phone the day after I finished them, he assumed I would have seen it on the news. So now I know.  And now I know I should probably check the food standards website at regular intervals and check the products I purchased aren’t on  a recall list. But I’m not sure I can blame a tummy bug for these missing weeks, it’s just ME. And by the end of 999 whittling words that hopefully don’t come across as self-pitying I needed to add this sentence as I’m superstitious like that around word counts and 999 is inappropriate in this instance. There. [1034 at 15:36].

Anyway, I’ve started mapping out some ideas for next April’s A to Z. No last minute deciding to join in with barely a plan and scraping through to the end with a whole month of posts but an incompleted project… not having a project other than the posts will help too! Disappointed I missed the A to Z Roadtrip sign-up BUT it won’t actually stop me road-tripping around some more. All in good time – or anytime I can, without overdoing it. Hopefully.

Well, none of this is what I came here to write but it’s an update of a sort at least. Hopefully none of my readers / blogging neighbours have been concerned at my absence. Again. Guess you’re used to it from me. Can’t wait to get over to your blogs for a good read and catch-up again soon too!

I’ll be back later hopefully as I planned a post for British Isles Friday with my T.F.I.Britain post idea… I’ve planned stuff almost every Friday but that small effort knocked me for six every time and I never quite got to make any kind of post at all. All being well August will offer better consistency – especially as I wanted to join in with the #DrawingAugust challenge on twitter again and maybe blog it too. It’s three years since I first and last completed that challenge. Definitely time to get going again… just off to refuel the tum and inflate my new spare tyre a little extra 🙂

Hope you’re having a great day and have a nice weekend ahead…

Reblog: Sunrise on Planet Cistern

I find toilet humour irresistible, I don’t know why, but this photopost isn’t quite that but I do quite love it! – I missed my mundane Monday photo in lieu post again this week and wish I could capture something like this in my lav!



Sunrise on Planet Cistern

The weekly photo challenge is closing down for some reason, so the final theme is “all time favourite photos”. I am not a photographer by any means, I just take photos to decorate my poetry blog, but this one amuses me no end. I have sliced and diced it and used in a number of posts.

Now for the first time I will reveal its secret. The windows in our upstairs bathroom face south and in the late evening the sun shines through the  side windows and the glass shower doors and creates rainbow patterns on the walls. This particular pattern turned up behind the toilet cistern in the angle between the walls. I zoomed in as close as I could with my iPhone, took the photo then rotated it. The curved surface at the bottom is actually the shadow of the cistern.

Equipment used :…

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Jo’s writing contest is open until 31st May for 150 word submissions to the photo prompt via form at this link… (I think the give-away item for the prize-winner is maybe only available to those in U.S.)

A Creative PTSD Gal

Contest Starting TODAY

I’m going to rebel a little here at work and do something I’m not supposed to (blog during non-break hours) and get this going. Earlier this month I started a poll for a contest giveaway prize and even though I didn’t get many votes I’m still going to go through with it.

After much research, there were several options for me to run the contest but none seem to fit what I was wanting to do. I do have many bloggers overseas that Amazon giveaway doesn’t allow me to ship. After doing a little more research I have come to the conclusion that I got this. To make a few things clear. I am not affiliated with any of the products that I will be giving away. You will not have to purchase or pay for anything, just a little bit of your time.

I am a fan…

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My A to Z Challenge Reflections

I was super pleased to complete my month of alphabetical posting for the challenge, although I didn’t actually complete my art project but have a foundation of sorts to build on when health and time allow. It was thoroughly exhausting but I also managed a mega-readathon of other participating blogs and was quite active commenting, although I had some lapses too where I relied on the lazy like button. I still have some reading visits to complete from my hop-lists and hope to find a few more during the road-trip (May 23rd on).

Looking back at my theme reveal post I note that I failed my aims on timing and word-count limit quite often. I didn’t manage to access all my past artworks so didn’t rely on those as much as I might have otherwise and I also didn’t spend as much time practising drawing as I’d hoped and didn’t get round to painting(!)

I didn’t promote my links on social media, as I simply didn’t have energy and preferred to maximise my blog-hopping rather than attracting new readers. I also didn’t comment or leave links at the main challenge site or the wordpress mirror site. Maybe next time I’ll work harder on blog promotion.

I really enjoyed finding new blogs to read, I just wish I could sustain the pace to continue reading as regularly!

I also wrote a companion series of A to Z Limericks at one of my other blogs: https://swishing4th.com/tag/a-to-z-limerick/  – I didn’t sign these up for the official challenge as I didn’t want the added pressure of a second blog in the challenge and wasn’t sure I’d achieve those posts within the timescale. As it was I posted a limerick every day without fail and so completed on 26th April, ahead of the A to Z schedule while I didn’t rest from my limericking on Sundays. It’s a shame there’s not a sign-up in afterthought list as I feel these would have had more popular appeal than my official posts here 🙂

 So, I’ve completed the end survey and quickly scratching in my reflections post as I’d almost forgotten the deadline is today and as usual I’m nearing the final hour!

I’ve already found myself wondering about next year’s A to Z and have no doubt it’s a tremendous advantage to have posts at least pre-planned in outline, or better still, fully drafted, edited and scheduled. There’s nothing quite like writing on the day, but it only takes an internet outage or other such technical hitch to spoil your plans. Luckily I didn’t encounter any tech hitches during the challenge phase this time round. I do wonder my wifi glitching more recently is maybe my ISP imposing data limits to my over-priced previously unlimited internet since blog-hopping so intensely during April! Next year  I might be on mobile internet only and have data limitations to take into consideration – I’d have ditched my home broadband already had it not been for planning to join in with the April A to Z. There must be plenty of bloggers who successfully manage the challenge with limitations of mobile internet – and I’ve seen and downloaded the wordpress desktop app and might give that a try ready to start planning for the 2019 A to Z Challenge! I’d hope to do it better next time…

All in all, it was a good blogging experience, quite a fun challenge and really enjoyable for the extra interaction and new encounters. Now I’ve been there, done it, but can’t say I got the T-shirt…


TFI Britain

[All links in this post go to bbc.co.uk news articles.]

This Friday in Britain, it’s the eve of the Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle and of course this event has been dominating the UK news for some time. Yesterday the town of Windsor hosted processional rehearsals and the streets were lined with crowds of spectators.  While Meghan’s wedding dress remains a closely guarded secret, five young designers put forward their take on the outfit they would have her wear. Today it was announced that Prince Charles will walk Megan down the aisle since her father won’t be attending due to surgery; Megan and her mom met for tea with the Queen and Princes William and Harry made a surprise walkabout in Windsor town. This evening, along the processional route, crowds of eager spectators are already forming with people staying out for the night in chairs to save their prime viewing spot. The wedding takes place at 12 noon BST tomorrow and the bbc’s royal wedding final countdown live feed has lots of interesting snippets and updates, including a preview look at tomorrow’s national newspaper front pages.

Although there’s no national holiday to mark the royal wedding, all across the UK people will be having barbecues and get-togethers and joining in the celebrations. Unless of course they hold anti-royal sentiment or have other things to do, like watching the F.A. Cup Final (football/soccer) or any number of suggested ways to avoid the royal wedding hype. Usually Prince William would be presenting the F.A. Cup, but he’ll be absent from that duty this time round.

It’s two months since Sergei Skripal was exposed in Salisbury to the nerve agent Novichok and he’s finally been discharged from hospital today.

More to follow…


Task It Tuesday (To do this week…)

How’d last week’s list go?

Getting out of the house and on a bus to the nearest shopping centre last Thursday was wonderful, although it made me really ill. That’s how it goes. Anyhow, it made a nice change to go out. I collected my new phone and garden gadget, bought a set of drawing pencils, paintbrushes and flowers I was hankering after all April,  snatched an opportunity to grab a snapshot of the supermarket travelator for the MMPC ‘ramped-up’ prompt (previous post), stocked up on some groceries, pain medication, hammer, nails, got very confused over lightbulbs so failed to get any and totally forgot fuses, so still a bit dim here.

My wi-fi’s been refusing to connect again so I’m behind on planned reading, I failed to make a bunch of planned posts and I spent no time with art either, so I have some catching up to do. I didn’t write anything for M.E. Awareness Day (May 12th) nor take part.

While there’s plenty to still go at from previous lists, the only thing I’m adding to this week’s to do list is

  • A to Z Reflections post and survey to complete by 18th May, that happens to be Friday, so I may as well write ‘Friday posts’ and include Skywatch & BFI.
  • Lots more rest, eat well, sleep plenty.
  • 20 to 30 minutes daily attending to small tasks in the garden.

Of course there’s lots more I maybe should add, and plenty I’d like to add, but for how to simplify my life this week, I’m limiting my to-do list to three main items only as the week disappears so quickly! Of course item 1 is four things and I shouldn’t need the self-care reminder at item 2. C’est la vie.