Marching on – it’s MLA time again!

Here we are again as Monthly Look Ahead flies round so soon…

…and there’s much to look forward to these next few weeks. I’ll be another whole year older by the end of the month – and glad that doesn’t happen every month. Whether I’ll be any the wiser for my older age remains to be seen, but I’d hedge my bets toward ‘most unlikely’. 

As usual there’s ongoing blogging goals. I can’t be bothered to think about them much just now, kind of mapped out already and more of the same ole same ole and lots of lingering to-do’s.  I don’t know how long this ‘blogging my way back to life somehow’ might take, but I’ll get there, wherever ‘there’ might be. Maybe I just need more determination (to get a life, not to blog! LOL). This month I’m still looking to get my blogging house in order and retaking the BloggingU customisation and everyday-inspiration ‘courses’, but not from here and hopefully not in my usual scatterbrained here, there and everywhere ways…

I’ll be carrying on my appreciation of Cid Corman and delving into getting to know Frank O’Hara’s poetry better. Hopefully I’ll be immersing  with reading and experiencing poetry aplenty, learning some more about more poets and maybe even trying to write some more poems myself too. Maybe it’ll help me drag myself into being more creative in other ways too, like getting a daily drawing routine going – it’s been a failing goal for much too long. I definitely could use some better therapeutic activity time and a lot more often.

Somewhere to hand I’ve some packets of flower seeds that should still be good for sowing. Increasing exposure to natural daylight and more outdoor fresh air would be a very good idea. Fairweather gardening might be do-able in small bursts, providing winter doesn’t strike with avengeance. Even if it does, there should be some window for gardening type enjoyment and the fencing really needs patching and propping up more sufficiently.

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This panel doesn’t really need my shadow to prop it up, unlike other parts in need of more than my shadow…

Although I’ve not yet made it onto the bouncerciser at all yet, nor my wii-fit, and even though excercise can be counterproductive they are at least available if ever I feel up to some. I live in hope. I used to love walking, just getting anywhere at all under your own steam, but my capacity and tolerance has been reducing year on year for the last eight years. It’s quite concerning to now, or still, be at this current stage and on the one hand seems totally unrealistic to be even thinking about excercise and on the other hand seems totally defeatist not to be. I’m managing up and down the stairs a bit better again – and quite often in comparison to a while ago. So, being grateful for small mercies…

I’ve been managing to eat more regularly without cooking much as such and have restarted co-enzymeQ10 supplements. They’re no good without good food enough and food’s not much good with insufficient enzyme production. So keeping up with food and nutrition and making sure to enjoy food is definitely on the menu again. Washing up may be off the cards most days of the week but I’m making sure not to make much of it by labour-saving strategies and by letting it wait around looking like still life. I even got photos to prove it but I’m not sharing those here and now. I might draw from them when I’ve washed up forgetting to get round to drawing any beforehand.

Anything else besides will be an added and appreciated bonus and be bound to get a mention – I almost forgot to add that I’ve managed quite a lot of reading books for pleasure these last few weeks. That makes a nice change. I’m quite enjoying reading Scott Nicholson’s post-apocalyptic ‘After’ series, they’re quite an easy read and very more-ish; I already finished the four books of his that I bought and so need to buy more – or find a better way of getting kindle books and ending my boycott, cos kindle versions are loads cheaper as well as having the environmental advantage and the instant delivery. Yet a real book will still work for very much longer than any gadget and there’s nothing quite like turning a page.

I haven’t forgotten my family, honestly, even if it’s not what it looks like; we’re quite long overdue for a visit but will get around to it eventually, one of these days…

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Monthly Look Ahead event hosted by Coolbeans4, visit their post for March here

 

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February 2017’s Monthly Look Ahead

It seems like only a few days ago I was making January’s MLA post but I managed to achieve some of things in that post (in spite of my lately stresshead phase).

I write this post to join in with the event created by Coolbeans. I enjoy visiting there, even though I don’t share a similar zeal for watching movies or TV, it’s an uplifting blog to read. I liked the idea of using this event for my blogging strategy mostly, to make a monthly plan and set myself some goals. I can’t really plan for any other kind of activity much at all. Keeping up with anything consistently is quite difficult, but the laptop helps keep me awake, so, here we are again, only a day late this time. Hooray!

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I’m using Coolbeans’ original event emblem pic this month (and hoping they don’t mind!) – this is for the purple reminding of remembrance.

February is a significant month for me relating to the loss of both my parents.My Dad died over 20years ago and my Mum’s death was just last year.

 

26 days of February to go… nowhere as fast as ever, on the slow

o does a todo list work in any blog theme or just P2? apparently it doesn’t work here!

  1. Blogging101 / writing101 refresh, SloPo and whatever other learning practises I can manage, trying to regain some increase to cognitive activity levels, while physically exhausted and too soon in pain to manage anything much when up on my feet. I must try not to wear myself out so much whenever, whatever.
  2. Still temp volunteering a little at Blogger’s World (front-end only posting-level access only, no admin responsibilities there); an authorstory to write for 9th, having had a break from posting for it and very grateful to others for taking up the call for posts. I messed up my attempt at helping for a creative writing post, but I’m not practised enough in formal writing, for one thing. Sincere apologies to Pam and others for failing that commitment! Shakespeare401 to work toward for May.
  3. Still needing to visit blogging neighbours more, but reading fatigue not helped by stress of impossible wifi access issues on and off for whatever reasons. I waste too much time unable to escape the stress impacts of the silliest little things! I can’t just ‘go do something less boring instead’ to recall that jingle line of an old fave UK kid’s program, called “Why Don’t You…?”
  4. With contagious cycles of current new onset illness (contracted while out shopping on August 27th 2016) and this negatively impacting my M.E. and other health issues, it’s unlikely I’ll be getting anywhere out and about much at all this month.But I can do very small excercise along the garden path or in the street sometimes (contagion is only a mucoid / close contact risk, potentially, apparently). Funny how the general population have no regard for preventing spread of their own contagions, generally, while some of us have to confine ourselves as if lepers! Maybe because people believe so much absurd NHS misinformation and can’t be bothered to uncover the facts that lay beyond two clicks deep. Socially transmitted diseases mislabelled as STD is also very annoying, so is denying healthcare to M.E. patients so as ‘not to pander to the idea of being physically ill’!
  5. Anyway, I’ve steamed ahead with getting it together better at SwishingUp. It’s been on the P2 theme for ages, but in blog style rather than using it in message-board format. Unfortunately, trying to return the ‘Edit’ label to the posts and pages by ticking an option for ‘front-end editing’ has ruined it and there’s no way to return to my previous chosen style using that theme. I managed some extra customisation there and have more admin practise ‘work’ to do there yet. I might have to look for a new theme similar to how I had it there before or just remove and reapply the theme. Doh! Still don’t know how margins got removed and other stuff messed up there…
  6. I’m still blogging all over the place now and then! Sorry if it’s confusing to have different ‘rooms’ – is it easier to think of them as just a row of scatty notebooks on a wordpress shelf? I know I’m not the only one practising content in different themes. I’ve got to get back to speed at Snailzpace Daily too while Stu’s away so much! Next to music, blogging’s good ‘medicine’, it seems.
  7. I’m still trying to gear up to doing something creative every day, like managing a small daily sketch – but the day often runs itself out without even cooking a proper meal or doing basic things. No good forcing myself off my blog(s), it doesn’t help to fail to achieve anything! I’ve even failed keeping my handscrawled ‘daybook’ again after a fairly good start for a few small days last month. I did this, I did that, gets a bit depressing! I would like to keep a journal but never have yet and if I can’t keep up with entering my daily detail in a simple diary, then, well… I just need to keep myself going somehow better.
  8. Hopefully this month I’ll continue what I intended to post for the DP ‘transcript’ prompt, although that could keep going a while too, here and there; then there’s ‘The memory of things’ that really caught my fancy as an inspiring topic.
  9. Nutritional improvements are quite a necessity as is,
  10. spring cleaning and domestic reorganisation(!) one square yard or cubic foot at a time!

 

 

 

2017 and the Monthly Look Ahead!

 

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click to visit Coolbeans MonthlyLookAhead post

I’m late again! “Better late than never!” tends to be my recurring mantra, for quite some time now… I could add to my usual excuse of ongoing ill health to those frustrating tech difficulties that I’ve wasted so much time on lately! I could have set up my new toy, but want to be awake and concentrating well when I do! I set this thing up in a fuzzy haze and it hasn’t helped – but then Windows10 is less clear than 98/XP were for administrative and security settings and seems to want to auto-control things. Probably just me not really sussing it better yet.

Getting back to more blogging interaction!

My blogs are in quite a shoddy mess, and need some #blogging101 refreshing! Underway, whenever…

I managed a little blog reading and interaction recently from my now aging mobile phone – but isn’t technology made so quickly obsolete these days! I’m very much regretting not Continue reading “2017 and the Monthly Look Ahead!”

Monthly Look Ahead…

I think my theme for this month is ‘Summary September’… or is it ‘Squirrel-ish-iNG’… or probably a bit more and besides…

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I am very late and have been entirely absent from this blogging event with IamDonovan at Coolbeans4 since, apparently, March.

So I must include getting back into some more regular habitual blogging time.

In previous posts I’ve harped on about wanting to spend more family time and I’ve been happy to have a bit more of that, and so to sustain occasional but frequent enough shared time would be very good.

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I’m not quite well enough for even the wii-fit for now, but will be making a start sometime before Bonfire Night, hopefully… BUT … I’m still hoping to be well enough at some point to use the excercise-mini-trampoline I bought for bouncercise – it’d be nice to use it enough to keep warm and if that were possible, it might have paid for itself by Spring.

I could look forward to not be so corny while posting too… and I should be practising creative writing and reading poetry and reflecting and attempting interpretation…

I’m looking forward to creative-reading some more Goethe, reading more Whitman, at least on alternate days or something – and in a few days the legendary ModPo MOOC starts on Coursera, so inevitably, I will also be reading more Emily Dickinson and more Whitman and more poets and so on… I’ll have to be careful with my reading energy for the next ten or eleven weeks and get plenty of reading for pleasure in around neighbours and new neighbours blogs. I must remember to eat more than poetry along the way too. I hope to not need reminding to sleep.

Every month for ages I’ve been promising myself some afternoon out freetime in the city for gallery visiting. This month, I might just manage to do that before another current exhibition slips into the inaccessible past exhibition vacuum.

I’ve probably forgotten something – I usually do. Perhaps, at 4:30am, it was definitely forgetting to not need reminding to sleep while such a snail about carrying on for really needing to have been asleep…

#PaintSeptember. I missed #drawing August this year. I’ve only painted words so far. I might just do something toward an end-of month share, rather than trying to tweet daily, which gets so exhausting, as crazy as that sounds…

… and I’d like to practise some baking and fatten myself up a bit… before Christmas would be nice – and close my ears to how many shopping days are left until then 🙂

So what does September mean or hold for you?

 

Monthly Look Ahead – leap into March!

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Thank you to IamDonovan at Coolbeans4

first, for the MLA challenge and new badge announced on LeapDay! yay!

and for remembering & taking part in the Leapster challenge 🙂

  • I can’t believe how far I had to go the long way round to find my previous LMA post in my blog! I need my blog to have plenty of easy access navigation points… looking forward to doing more of my blog admin in March and somehow getting a system going…

 

  • I’m also looking forward to making my ‘2020 vision’ …(Leapster) and mini challenge posts (but running late!)

 

  • Very late in the month it’s (you might know I’d be late in the month for my own) birthday… I should be looking forward to it but…

 

  • Leap Day feel’s like a New Year – or the start of another four year cycle – which of course it is. By the 29th of March, not only will I have celebrated my birthday and be drafting next month’s MLA post, but I’m making every 29th of every month a leapster day, somehow… sort of… y’know….? Of course that excludes next February when the theoretical day falls somewhere between 28th Feb. and 1st March…

 

  • Seeing if we can grow a #blogdare and / or #writingdare network going for sharing and responding to off-the-cuff informal challenges. that could be fun….

 

I’m sure I should be looking ahead more… there’s Easter of course – and I can always come back and up date this post later… is that what they mean by ‘dynamic content’?

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Monthly Look Ahead – February 2016

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My memory has been dreadful lately, days slip by, I lose track and I am scatty and unreliable. I made a commitment to a late posting halfway through last month and I know I had an outline draft somewhere but then forgot about posting it…Apologies to event host, IamDonovan.

But here I am, on the cusp of February, wondering wherever did January go and how did it go so fast?!

Some things I’m looking forward to, hopefully, this next month:

  • my first grandchild’s 8th birthday – though I might not be able to visit… we’ll see
  • if I can drag myself into a taxi and onto buses or trains, maybe a visit or two to other family members. No-one’s in a position to be able to travel to visit me and I’ve not seen my mum, siblings, or even one of my kids for ages – months on end. We managed Christmas by post and phone, so it’d be nice to visit. Fingers crossed I’ll be well enough.
  • I’d like to get out to a local art gallery or for a wander in the city, but I doubt i’ll manage that as well as a family visit, but it’s on my hopefully list anyway – I might have to make do with a virtual version of this one.
  • I’ve found Kindle for PC quite a comfortable way of reading -the screen brightness will reduce in the app much further than my laptop will, making much less eye pain and headache and the hope of actually reading something properly more a reality. I’ve a couple of books I definitely want to buy for kindle – and then I’m trying the ‘kindle unlimited’ library borrowing scheme. I know I could not buy the books on my wishlist, and borrow them instead, but I choose to support the author and see it a bit like buying her a coffee. You can find lots of free books for kindle, whether generally available free or during the discounted promotions, but I’m getting fed up with finding poor quality reading material and have seen lots of non-free books I’d like to take a look at or read.  It remains to be seen whether the subscription for borrowing is worth it, as I might not be able to read enough to make it worthwhile. So, I’m quite late getting on the Kindle bandwagon, but am looking forward to exploring reading better with it – there might be the option to listen to borrowed books too.
  • I’m also hoping, again, that I’ll catch up and keep up with the Sandbox Writing Challenge- everything’s been slipping lately – and generally getting back to a more regular posting routine would be nice.
  • I’m looking for ways I can manage my health better again this month too, especially regarding diet and sleep. For relaxation and off-screen time, I’m going to play at adult colouring books, maybe do some drawing and/or journalling.
  • Finally, getting back to a little Modern Poetry study as there is always more to read and learn.

So, there’s my February goals mapped out, as un-exciting as usual, but fingers crossed for the journey…

 

 

September’s Monthly Look Ahead

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(graphic courtesy of Coolbeans4, click to visit the event page)

Last month I joined in with this, making my post at One for Fun. I decided this time round to make my post here, while reviewing last month’s post. My ‘Looking Ahead’ parts of this post are in pink, because I can’t resist looking back to look forward and am waffling…

#DrawingAugust officially ended today. A few of my sketches are shown in my blog but I’ve yet to make a final full month’s post (maybe as a portfolio post, to learn how that works). I’m happy to have made some small sketch or doodle almost every day of the month, sometimes managing to draw for up to an hour, though mostly much shorter durations. (I did miss a couple of days along the way.) Hopefully I’m going to keep on with the habit of drawing something most days, however small or sketchy. I’d also really like to get my paints out and make some paintings, but the weather’s starting to get cooler and damper… drawing’s been challenging enough, so we’ll see.

I’ve neglected poor Mixt-ape and haven’t made any of those planned posts. Never mind, he doesn’t really understand the passing of time and hasn’t complained thus far. I might catch up.

I’ve managed to post in response to each of the Creativity Carnival prompts each week so far. Although not in my plans for August I also joined in with the weekly Sandbox Writing Challenge. I hope to continue both those and eventually incorporate one or two or more of the other challenge events I’d hoped to join in with.

Blogging101 was challenging but enjoyable. I did most of all the assignments, learnt more, practised more, browsed lots of new blogs and ‘met’ so many co-learners. I’ll hopefully keep up with reading at their blogs and stay in touch. I’ve signed up for September’s Writing101 and hopefully will keep up with that to the end and see it through. I’ll probably have to be strict on myself with participation time so as not to wear out.

I haven’t read any books over the last month, but have bought a couple of second-hand ones to add to my must read pile.

I’d really like to pay a visit to my mum, but it’s a long way and I’m not currently reliable for making fixed time arrangements like train journeys, but fingers crossed. I’m hoping to visit my grand-children, they’re quite close and I can spring a visit on them whenever’s mutually convenient/ possible.

There are lots of things I’d love to plan to do, but a day flies by and it seems no sooner the month starts than it’s rolling around to its end.

In spite of colder, wetter, windier weather I am looking forward to Autumn, longer hours of darkness when I actually manage to sleep and rise with the sun better. In summer, needing ten to twelve hours sleep with light nights means waking late in the morning. Early nights as soon as it’s dark then results in waking much earlier in the day.

Finally, September might be a bit early but I’m also looking forward to winter vegetables and eating stew and dumplings again 🙂 yum!