June 2019’s MLA (Monthly Look Ahead)

Late getting something here again, lacking focus and concentration lately. May turned out to be a hopelessly haphazard struggle against some odds. Less said the better for now, it’d most likely seem crazy paranoia if I even began to try to elucidate & essentially personal impacts were of an external variety with other folks confidentiality to guard in the mix, so, onward for June… joining in with https://coolbeans4.wordpress.com/2019/05/31/monthly-look-ahead-june-2019/

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I didn’t manage to achieve anything toward M.E. Awareness Month, tho’  truth be told I get really fed up with focussing on M.E. stuff. However it seems quite important while social media campaigns are potentially unbalancing perceptions of myalgic encephalomyelitis via popularised campaigns and public information. Maybe it’s aimed toward creating a client base and/or job creation scheme and/or funding & financial advantage somehow else. Very discomforting. Enough said already.

photo of my hand-made mini-books. Top: mini-book, titled Rough Work 1, with red ink writing on brown cover. Centre: open mini-book, left page reads Focus on one thing at a time; right-side page shows a doodled flower. Lower mini-book pages, left-side reads Every day is a new blank page... how will you colour yours?; right-side reads Smile you never know whose day you might change.
My handmade mini-book projects started in January, abandoned soon after. I really must get back to a little hobbying somehow!

So far this month, as well as getting out to the local shops THRICE, I actually got some windows shopping done and overspent on late anniversary/birthday/xmas treats whilst excusing myself some early xmas shopping too (not pictured!)… just in case Amazon etc. go kaputt with the problems Brexit appear to hold in store for us Brits…

I’m really looking forward to reading this book! I’ve only read as far as the second chapter and love that I started reading it when I did… to know why, you’d have to buy it for yourself – it’s available on Kindle if you prefer digital books. You can find a link to V Donovan’s ‘The Time Company’ at the author’s coolbeans4 blog.

I’ve spent some minimal /maximal enough time in my yard soaking up some natural daylight and fresh outdoor air, trying a little ‘physio’ & have tackled a tiny fraction of the gardening and yard work I need to achieve. In the next few weeks we should be having gates fitted on the front yard and then it’ll maybe feel safer kicking a ball or lounging out there. For my back garden I’d purchased some fence panels online during April but there was a mix-up or courier scam and as yet they’ve not been delivered (or refunded). So there’s a to-do to sort asap, and hopefully not a problem now outside the 30 days standard consumer protection timeframe for being a snail…

Snail on my doorstep earlier this month (June 2019)

As you can see in the pic below, my back garden’s an overgrown wilder-haven, in need of some attention for sure – although ‘aggressive planting’ was recommended by the local authority for security in years gone by. Dunno about these days, but security’s essential.

A fairweather gardener, it’s never a fair enough day for the effort for sometime… somewhere hidden in the undergrowth are some fuschia plants I’ve been neglecting to transfer to their tubs. Oops. Maybe I’ll catch up with gardening.

And for the first time in several (maybe seven or eight) years I visited a local country park for a stroll… Hopefully I’ll be able to get out more again soon and perhaps make it even further afield. I used my old mobile phone to video my 20-minute walk around part of the park, but dozey me didn’t notice I was filming upside down, although it’s quite a good disorienting effect. I’ll maybe get round to uploading it to youTube if I can reduce the file size or edit it somehow.

The pedestrian entrance to Nottingham city’s very best country park and nature reserve, image cropped to show ‘we count’.

I’ve not found my newest mobile phone yet and that’s quite a nuisance. I need to move some things and get down to floor level to really be sure it can’t be found before reporting it stolen. If it was stolen, it was from my home during trespass by someone who heard where it dropped. Hopefully it is here and my sometimes nightmare neighbours’ associates aren’t pesky thieves(!) I don’t mean that my neighbours are nightmarish, but some visitors to their households seem so.

Well, other than nursing my overdraft, self-care toward optimising my health, enjoying music and books, getting on with some spring-cleaning and keeping up with basic chores now I’ve cleared this year’s backlog of laundry and washing-up, making time for a little creative hobbying and getting back to blogging better sometime whenever, I don’t really have much else planned for the remaining days of this month…

All images in this post are my own photographs snapped during June 2019, excepting the Monthly Look Ahead badge designed by the challenge host at coolbeans4.wordpress.com














Monthly Look Ahead ~ April 2019

I really can’t believe it’s been six months since I managed my blogging enough to make Monthly Look Ahead ! (This link opens in new tab to challenge host’s April MLA post.)

I finally found my long since misplaced mobile phone, dropped in my home over two and a quarter years ago. It’s long since out of contract but a handy camera to have to hand. Oddly enough it turned up in the pocket of one of my old jackets, although I was certain it had fallen behind and under furniture where I couldn’t reach it!

I’ll be looking forward to spending more time outdoors appreciating nature, hopefully.

I don’t usually succeed in capturing photos of birds while skywatching, I’m far too slow and shaky, but I snapped this handsome creature a couple of days ago whilst outside in my garden…

Possibly a crow; a large black bird in flight carrying a twig in its' beak.

Now, while I found my old lost phone, I managed to drop and lose my new mobile phone! Again, I dropped it at home, indoors somewhere, during absolute exhaustion and ongoing problems with illness(es). I expected to find it but it somehow can’t be seen for looking. Fortunately it’s PAYG not contract so I’m not losing anything but use of it for now. Hopefully there’s not been trespass and theft on the rare occasion I leave the house. I expect it will turn up just like my old one has, only much sooner…

Hmmm. I had hoped to be enjoying the A to Z challenge again this month but so far it’s not happening. Other than as an active reader, when I get there to it. I’ve some lingering challenges to finish up from last year. Hoping for some improvements in consistency, reliability sustainability…

I’ll be trying to catch up with reading blogs … and I’m part way through a couple of books and hope to finish reading these before this month ends(Link opens in new tab to Recycled Book Reading Challenge post at my other blog.)

I’m not particularly looking forward to Easter as I can’t help feel it’s been scheduled for the wrong time of year and as if we missed it already. Mother’s Day seemed odd being at the end of March too and Monday 1st felt like it should have been a Bank Holiday here in England.

Brexit! Something else I’m not at all looking forward to! We’ve already been experiencing the dodgy influences of capitalist food manufacturing and retail intrusions, such as dodgy food labelling, failure to meet UK Law on Trading Standards and the Trade Descriptions Act in all kinds of ways, eg. cyanide being used in anti-caking agent for salt (and the EU food safety website appearing hacked as if cyanide’s being deregulated!) Fingers crossed Brexit won’t happen, but I guess that’s naiive and we’ll have to grin and bear the ‘deMOCracy’.

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Time out might have to wait, along with Art…

Having purchased the streaming file for the ‘Unrest’ film instead of the download file I’d expected and not noticing the product change at time of purchase, I bought the DVD before Christmas and though I played it once I haven’t actually watched it properly yet. It’s a joke really. While thousands upon thousands of people have bigged it up and absolutely lauded it I’m not sure I’ve seen a reasonable review of it since it came out. Perhaps one (review) but I get the feeling no-one’s supposed to actually talk about that project other than in Emperor’s New Clothes style. Crazy stuff. At least the DVD front cover makes clear the main personae ARE actors.

I treated myself to a portable small screen DVD player to watch it on, avoiding putting the disc in my laptop in case the intrusions are as dreadful as they’ve been having looked prospectively as a potential customer at buying the film while it was being so heavily promoted. I might sooner watch ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ as that’s been on my ‘To be watched’ shelf for several years longer than ‘Unrest’ has lingered there.

The horror (snuff) film Unrest has afforded full page ads since the dangerously confusing and oppressive #MECFS and #MillionsMissing campaigns started. Live social media screenshots prove capital return was the (amateur standards) project priority, with anyone needing to borrow broadband connection to watch a streaming file counted and tallied as revenue loss and piracy. Anyway, one day I’ll get round to viewing the film attentively and giving it a fair review – this month? Doubtful, somehow. I should probably concentrate on HOW do I get their bogus malicious software strings out of my OS, assuming their capitalist wealth and influential powers outweigh the reach of advanced technology providers? (Maybe it’s been auto-fixed in the background… )

I also can’t help wondering how the ‘product’ changed over time and the potential invasions of privacy while disabled   community were excluded from the viewing public for so long. Obviously these issues are still bugging me…

Positive thinking, affirmations, stress management, holistic self-help healthcare, improving nutrition, making life more fun, all these are on my ‘looking forward’ with no real list at all. Shadow boxing, stretching and strengthening… at least, one minute or so at…

An All Fool’s Day shadow of myself, on the right path…

Time in the garden? One neighbours fence got repaired. Again. (Thank goodness the labourer wasn’t really a gravedigger, merely arrived equipped as if one, with no advance warning – unbrushed I maybe scared him as much as he’d frightened me…) and MY boundary fence the other side blew down following the other cowboy outfitter repair crew wrecking it “rotten”.

April’s garden flowers 2019 (photo snapped by myself)

Hmm, I was keeping this short. April. A time for remembrance and celebrations of life. A mixed bag of emotion. “The memory of things…” (Pam, inspiring and respected.) Appreciating…

Oh yeah, and American Poetry Month, with all the highs and lows of learning more about American Literature (it was mostly excluded in State schooling even through Higher Education teachings, due to the criminal publishing industries, although I had no idea how deep and far that stretches throughout modern American culture. Boy I need to practise not seeming so anti-American in my reflective commentaries! HOW to put it more nicely?!







August 2018 Monthly Look Ahead [MLA]


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You can read this month’s MLA post via coolbeans4 here.

N.B: my post below contains a total of 13 original images, all optimised for mobile data usage. [My image files = 1.66Mb total. My text file to copy in is 12kb but adding this intro and ad libbing on the wire, warning for length, should be less than 2000 words but by the end is approx 2150words!].

This data-optimisation is essential for me too right now while home services appear broke. I am the legal originator of all images (and text) in this post except the MLA badge shown above (and excepting the Microsoft image I photographed, screenshot and appropriated using Microsoft enabled basic software, believing it valid legally entitled individualised use).

I was looking forward to trying the wordpress desktop app I downloaded a while ago now it might be really useful, but it needs an update downloading, with no forewarning of how much data that might crunch from my limited allowance.

So prepping via screenshotting my photos and writing a notepad plain text file all seemed like do I really need an app? I really don’t like apps and try to avoid them like the plaague! Trying to keep my wits about me, I’m looking forward to the day I succeed in that aspect most days of most of whatever’s left of my lifetime.

Here’s my images index screenshot…


… in case you wanna skip off sooner rather than later having seen a little of all those pics… in no particular order of course… they all follow individually through the text of this post, but unfortunately visual describing will need to wait until I have home internet and better physical functionality again.

As I sit pondering my Monthly Look Ahead post for August 2018 I wonder how on earth with my physical limitations I can make any planning of things to look forward to this month AND make it interesting for the reader somehow while stuck almost totally housebound – somehow more fun whilst keeping it achievable??? I should probably give up trying. Almost everything I’ve ‘looked forward to’ in previous posts hasn’t happened yet(!)

I did at last buy Jen Brea’s Unrest film last week at Standard Definition (by choice, not wanting super-sharp cutting my eyes to bits!) expecting a download file. Nope, for a bit less money than previously available I got a watch online on amazon site product, just a day or two before my internet access cut off! It is as if she never wanted people with M.E. to be able to watch the darn thing. But that’s probably not so and just one of those things. Hopefully she’s not part of that bogus campaign muddying the waters to misrepresent how patients with my systemic disease might present.


I have weeks at a time of silence and it pains me so to not be able to enjoy music. Participating in musical enjoyment is therapeutic, singing is deep core muscle and respiratory excercise while needing to avoid aerobic exertions. I am not reliant on digital consumption and avoid it like the plague, so have plenty of listening opportunity offline from old archived discs – but my #newMusic Lunar tides EP paid for and downloaded from bandcamp works offline fantastic! So enjoying the loudest possible sounds and sensations of music is very high on my ‘looking forward to’ list…

Staying offline and off tech doesn’t help me get anything more done or feel any better either.


My internet access gazumped having been fine overnight to wake to find it dead and gone on 1st August. coincidentally Microsoft updated me an odd opening image to my laptop’s desktop screen. “What’s life like in a science research outpost…”?!?WTF!?!

No idea if my aging router is at fault – that’s been playing up since they upgraded my speeds almost two years ago and often on the blink even before that. If I were paranoid I’d have been thinking it was deliberate communications curtailment – and I’m sure I have sometimes felt it was that very thing.

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[Previously published on twitter, but I am the copyright holder of the appropriated image.] I look forward then to making more ‘postcards’ from whatever gazillions of files I created or the few generics saved from pixabay/splash etc.

My laptop was holding this overnight ready for my re-awakening, so I had to snap it in response…


Finding another way, I finally dragged out my emergency mobile hotspot I bought from another ISP so I have some very limited data allowance and minimal access for anything I’m impulsed to consider urgent enough.

I am looking forward to sorting my issues and dispute with my home ISP – but I was looking forward to that way back when too!

So until my replacement router arrives mid-week perhaps only to find that I have to pay £13.60 for out of contract and wrote snailmail to cancel disappeared mobile phone from my bank balance of £38 to last ten days, still needing electric and food (but rations enough if I choose to suffer emergency rations instead)… while they owe me much more than £600, maybe over £1000 in refunds etc etc… I’ll look forward to getting it together and adding it all up properly!… we’ll see then…so my new router might not even get authorised to allow internet access.

So I’m looking forward to gauging how I can somehow keep myself internet happy with only mobile data usage from another provider. it just means it is how it is and I have to put up with the added sense of isolation.

I bought a new mobile phone from another provider to find I have to be well enough to go back to the store for a PAYG voucher or change my email address to receive a digital download of a ‘paper voucher’ when apparently my receipt for the phone should have included a voucher number! Three months having a new phone that I can’t make a call, send a text or use the mobile internet via their services!

But I can tweet at them from this other old mobile hotspot provider and maybe sort it now I found there is definitely no voucher code on a receipt when buying the phone and only a top-up card to use when paying in-store. Aaagh – I’d have expected a sales assistant to tell me that when I was instore collecting the phone I ordered online. It’s been working as a hand-held internet device while I had internet enough and my youtube on it is optimised for mobile data – but still munches it so fast. So you-tubin’ MetOffice weather forecasts only for now. Camera works but it ate my memory!

So I’m looking forward to whenever I get back the freedoms of internet access and the luxury of mostly listening while ‘watching’ some vloggers I’m following.

#skywatching – I forget to post online but do skywatch almost daily at least once or twice and always looking forward to spend more time with it. However, when I think I’ve barely done any skywatching during any given month I still might find I’ve taken 400+ photo of skies from home, even if they are lo-tech old BB snaps for having clogged my new phone’s memory with no easy way to transfer them and bluetooth being such a lengthy excercise! Old BB snaps are good enough, especially if I need to screenshot them for mobile data optimisation! Rarely I might make written or sketched notes and should look forward to journalling them to fill my days and any sleepless nights. They all seem full enough for basic survival efforts without that inclination adding pressure. but I might enjoy it!


I was glad to still have full online access to NASA coverage of the lunar eclipse overnight 27th-28th July 2018, as the cloud coverage made it impossible to see for most of the UK. Skies were drab on 28th I think, until sunset colours appeared in the Eastern skies by evening…


and then got interesting again by 29th (think I must have missed 31st, maybe both myself and the skies were just too dull to be bothered!)


The final one below made me reflect on the volcanic activity from Kilauea and the happenings in the Eastern Rift Zone of the Big Island aka Hawaii. I am missing my updates from @DoingHawaii mostly, but hey… I have to be patient…


So yeah, skywatching is high on my personal agenda. I’ll probably add my full low-resolution images to my skywatching blog elsewhere (blogspot) at a later date. I will look forward to be able to do so, if not this month… whenever…

I’m looking forward to making a TFIBritain (=This Friday in Britain)
post later in the week/month and actually remembering to link it to Joy’s ‘BritishIslesFriday’ challenge!


Real news versus fake news:

I’m very looking forward to catching up with #brianharvey while he’s subject to corrupt criminal proceedings – and wondering is Ian Puddick also being prosecuted for malicious communications then, because he should be! Of course Puddick has money and there’s no such thing as Fair Justice or balance in the UK Criminal Courts. Crazy times! Wish I could look forward to being well enough to go protest!

Also hoping very much to hear good news from the #freemelanieshaw campaign after her court hearing due this week on 7th. But the ways things are in my country I’m not sure I can realistically be looking forward to any such thing much!

Hopefully I can still access the news though, but the news services don’t half seem a load of rubbish, often anything other than the real news while they try and shut down real news sharing via social media and will criminalise the troofsayers – making an example to shut us all up? Calling real news ‘fake news’ and giving us loads of fake news as if ‘real news’!


I haven’t yet analysed data use for my SCBI (SimCityBuildIt) app on my android, but fear that’s too much too. My league effort is ruined and I let my club down by not playing at all this week, but…


At least I completed my challenge and earnt my reward of… an iconic Music Festival …of course I can’t do anything with it, but having no internet makes no difference to that! I am missing just relaxing and shoving graphic icons into factory and production slots and trying to add up well enough to meet challenge demands and time management constraints. So I will look forward to playing a little if and when I can. It’s the only thing my android tablet is much good for. Fingers crossed then.

The data allowance I have could last 3 months if I don’t waste it and use it only sparingly. But I found looking around a few blogs doesn’t take too much so far, maybe depends on photo quality within posts and things like that. Nor does being online making this lengthy post. Hooray! Still, I look forward to less isolation and more freedom of choice.


I had been looking forward to taking part in #DrawingAugust on twitter and via my blog, but being offline doesn’t have to stop my trying to draw every day and worry about posting sometime later. I hadn’t managed to draw a thing since April’s A to Z challenge and must make more effort, I’m really rusty again. I am very looking forward to some serious concentrating with drawing attempts!

I’m always looking forward to family time and hopefully there’ll be more of that again soon.

I’m always looking forward to health and mobility improvements and one of these days I’ll achieve some!

(I should look forward to vignettes perhaps…)

I was looking forward to the NHS improving standards of care having seen it’s now decided to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis oil – then I remembered that under NICE Guidelines 2007 for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (being different and NOT the same thing!) anyway, doctors can only prescribe those medicines in the NICEGuide2007 recommended list – mostly only useless harmful medicine like paracetomol, ibuprofen and anti-depressants for pain relief(!) and NICE2007 is not due for review until 2020! So that’s another inequality to look forward to.

I’m still looking forward to the year 2065! That’s when the classified info will be made public that almost definitely includes my blood test results and those of others affected by M.E. during the 1980s, held at Kew research, previously due for public release 2025 and re-classified in recent years until such time as we can all be expected to have gone to hell.

Cheerful this ‘looking forward to…’ innit. Sorry about that. I made every effort to capitalise all my little ‘i’ occurences though…

So, maybe this month’s theme is ‘failure posts’, apologies again for all my previous inconsistencies and failing to post… and I sincerely hope your month brings many happy things to look forward to looking back on in the future!

Final thing not to miss on my list: Recycled Book Reading Challenge ~ posting something for that at my main blog sometime soon enough – surely I can just relax and read a book!!!

Apologies for another rant! Next time maybe I’ll try going back to a simple short list!

By the way, I might only be posting from my micro-blogging site (swishing4th.com) if my access remains curtailed so I’d best look forward to picking up over there again very soon…

PS: @wordpress.com – I’m looking forward to return of PDF capability for saving my draft off line too, thank you! Guess it’s a copy to OpenOffice then… maybe it’ll PDF once published(?) and maybe it’s different on the sites I paid for from wordpress(?) Oh my days, #MLA! over and out…





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…

Task It Tuesday (To Do this week!)

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It still looks like it’ll take forever to get my master list tasks ticked off. I’m not even looking at it this week!

Progress on last week’s to-do list:

Of course there’s always more washing-up…!

I’m still waiting to have my phone and new garden gadget in hand, so I’ll hopefully be busy later this week getting to grips with those, as my feet wouldn’t carry me far enough to go collect them from the store and I need less confidence in my abilities, not more. I should have ordered them for delivery not collection!

I paid one of my urgent bills – just waiting for the red letter and enough cash in the bank on the other; I topped up my pre-payment electric account (the meter was so low it was off by then, but not for long) and I grabbed some food and coffee shopping enough to last until I can complete my online grocery order. As I have to get to the store anyway and I usually have plenty of store cupboard type foods at home, online grocery shopping can be delayed a few days, next week or so . My freezer’s looking a bit bare but it contains bread and vegetables enough and there’s even an ice lolly or two from last summer and some ice cream that’s hopefully still good since Xmas! (yes i know they say use within 3 months but I bet it doesn’t give me a bad tummy, if it does I’ll know better next time and will throw it out before a second helping!)

The A to Z reflections post due anytime between Monday 7th and 18th May is taking a raincheck while we’ve been having a heatwave here and I’m still reeling from my little walk out last Thursday. I barely picked up a paintbrush or pen in the meantime. I’m still a bit behind with my reading list from the April A to Z blogging challenge too. The road trip doesn’t start until 23rd May, but I hope to cover plenty more ground before that starts.

I posted elsewhere  for milae’s Recycled Book Reading Challenge just prior to drafting this so as not to need to add it to the list of ToDo having missed posting my response. I have an ongoing problem with my brain assuming I have already done the thing that I add to my list just because I listed it! Obviously I forget to look at my lists! I have little else to put in my spare pocket diary so entering my blog posting schedule there seems a better idea. My pocket diary happens to have made itself invisible to my eyes having had it close to hand last week! Neuro problems. Aye!

I joined in at Joy’s British Isles Friday event (#BriFri)but in doing so completely missed Skywatch Friday even though I’d taken pics to post– so postponing to add them this Friday instead in a  catch-up. I don’t like taking part while I might not get round seeing others in the link-up enough. I also managed to post a photo for MMPC#158.

#May-be-A-B is on track, taking a day off posting yesterday got me ahead by a day and I’ll set to work on getting further ahead by scheduling some posts.

Priority Tasks this week:

  1. Remember to add this post to inLinkz as I forgot to do that last week too!
  2. Reading those A to Z post series I’m still catching up with. I read at least 24 or more complete series so far. Most are short or short-ish posts. I’ve enjoyed it, but it’s frazzling. Having posts to write on the day reduced my reading time, but I’m not sure I could extend my reading capacity by not writing posts, to be honest.
  3. FRIDAY! Join in with Joy’s British Isles  Friday event and Skywatch Friday.
  4. #May-be-A-B … more alphabetical blogging to keep on track
  5. more Creative writing to join in with blogging neighbour Sarah C’s prompts ( posted for part A so far and have some bitty drafts and vague ideas to work with)
  6. more Time with art: drawing, painting, doodling, looking at art history, definitely more than I have these last few days.
  7. home and garden spring cleaning has to start soon if only I can stay on my feet more! (not being able to sit at a desk or table and not being able to stand for long are really hindering progress in all areas!)
  8. Come up with a mundane photo as response for MMPC#159 prompt at KO‘s.
  9. It’s M.E.Awareness Day on 12th May, so it’d be a challenge to post something to mark the occasion and to be able to do so without embarassing myself further. I might give it a whirl.
  10. Eat well and get plenty sleep and rest! Remember to take my CoQ10 with my food!

I tend to post more here and there than is on my list, if and when I can, and while they might enter my posting calendar, they’re not fixtures and my list here doesn’t need bogging down with them. I might just go back to playing Sim City Build It more instead, but my brain got too tired of it and needed a break, and I got blogging again instead.

Finally, my thinking of just ONE thing to simplify my life this week? All the spare fuses seem to have been used and the last of my working lamps hasn’t sprung to life with a new bulb, so its’ problem is either the fuse in the plug or it’s old age, as it must be more than ten years old by now. All the other lamps and all the light fittings except one need a replacement bulb so as well as replacing them, extra spare bulbs and fuses would be a very good idea. Not being limited to torchlight in all but one room of my home would definitely help simplify things! So would a butler, to reach high and change the bulbs, but I can’t afford one just yet 😉

May 2018 MLA

MLA challenge hosted by VDonovan at Coolbeans4

This month I’m looking forward to things very much alike last month:

  1. Remembrance of my Dad (and continuing remembrance of my mum).
  2. Outdoor attempts: small tasks in the garden. Obtaining compost, not achieved yet from previous MLA [ideas]. Again!
  3. Pressing my neighbour’s landlord to fix the boundary fence before it completely falls over. I need to be able to use my garden! I completely neglected to tackle this.
  4. Skywatching more often than not even a daily snap and maybe from further afield at least more than once. Further afield so far was just across the road from my home – but I did take daily pics (other than a couple of days without a camera and making notes in the meantime until I sorted old tech).
  5. Shopping for my b-day treats – a book or two or a few. I have my wish-list ready, but no rush just now. Yes, I still need to do this too.
  6. Cooking and food! Salads with warmer weather! Attempts to gain increased natural enzyme production less artificially and increasing calorific intake. Eating lots of cake and crisps and snacks wasn’t quite what I meant but it does add calories. I ate better during April but May dietary improvements would be good.
  7. My 37th month of posting with WordPress. More alphabetical blogging no less (#May-be-A-B) and more reading A to Z bloggers.
  8. More time doing (and looking at) arty things.
  9. Listening to music some more, air my lungs more, bang about or rattle along and enjoy moving around here and there. Some Spring cleaning. Hopefully.
  10. Getting out to spend time with my kids and grandkids. I do hope so!

Az Zeroing in

Still Life with a Twist ~Z~

Today’s post was planned as ‘Zipping to a close with Zeal’ and the results of some painting. Zod’s Law (being a  more polite phrase than with an S), since my last post for ~Y~ my energy was zapped to zero and pain levels zoomed. I spent most of Sunday having many extra zzzs and was too unwell for painting or drawing today too.

So the twist for today with my still life is that I am presenting precisely ZILCH in the way of new art.

I suppose I could have left it at that with the previous sentence, but to at least be pictorial about it:

So hey, I brought new art to my post after all – and the ZEKE filter in MSPhotos gives it an extra little raZZamataZZ.

I suppose if I’d had the sense I was born with, I’d have decided along the way to simply print a photographic still life and put that in a frame and never mind the extra effort needed to make a painting. But that would somehow be missing the point.

Anyway, I haven’t entirely abandoned the idea of painting, and we’ll have to wait and see what arrives with my Reflections post on Monday 7th May. Apologies for any disappointment (although you must have seen it coming, if you’ve been reading along the way of my A to Z posts).

One final glimpse into historical artists who painted still life:

Father and son, Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664) and Juan de Zurbarán (1620-1649) were accomplished Spanish painters in Seville. Francisco de Zurbarán is best known for his paintings of Saints and religious figures, but also made a few paintings of still life, two examples shown below:

By Francisco de Zurbarán – http://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection/online-gallery/on-line-gallery/obra/still-life/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23999
Still Life with Oranges, Lemons and a Rose, 1633, by Francisco de Zurbaran, public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Juan de Zurbarán apprenticed in his father’s studio and he is believed to have worked collaboratively on some of his father’s paintings. He was however primarily a painter of still-life subjects. His life was cut short at 29 years of age when he and several of his brothers were killed having contracted plague during the 1949 epidemic in Seville. Two examples of his work are shown below:

Still life with Plate of Apples and Orange Blossom, 1640, by Juan de Zurbarán [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Still-life with Fruit and Pottery, oil on canvas painting by Juan Zurbarán, c. 1640-45, Cincinnati Art Museum via Wikimedia Commons (CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication)

If you’ve been taking part I hope you’ve enjoyed the A to Z Challenge. If you’ve been reading, thank you for your time and thanks to everyone who’s hit the like or left comments, your support has been much appreciated.

Zipping to a close then, until next time with Reflections (May 7th) and hopefully…

~one final reveal~