Monday, 18 January 2021

Filling the time with doodling

Hello. I made this little video yesterday, and have just uploaded it now. Please excuse the colourful background, I'm making use of the junk mail that comes through the door. 
I've had a late/early brunch and now I am ready for my second mug of coffee. 
I've just found the backing board to put on this picture, I need to paint it black, next job. 
Then a walk because it's not raining. 
Catch ya later. Toodle pip.   ilona

Sunday, 17 January 2021

A pussy story.

 Oscar knows he is better off indoors while this cold weather is freezing his nuts off, well, it would if he had any. He spends quite a lot of time lounging on the sofa, or up in the spare room where he has a blanket, or right next to me on the desk as I sit at the computer. 

Mayze is a bit miffed because she thinks that is her special place. She doesn't like it when I give Oscar a cuddle, she stares daggers at me. Why are you doing that! 
Oscar is very much a free spirit, and mainly an outdoor cat, but I think he is coming round to the fact that being indoors is rather nice. He gets up, goes over to the food bowls, has a nibble, and goes back to bed. 
More often than not he spends the whole night indoors now. When I go to bed I leave some food out for him and it is always eaten by the next morning. He hears me getting up and stands by the back door waiting to be let out. I have shown him the litter box, scratched around in it hoping that he might realise what it's for, but he does not use it. 
When he wants to come back in he stands on the table outside the back window and peers in. I wave to him and point to the door so he knows that I will open it. Clever cat.
Now going out for a doggy walk.  Thanks for popping in. Catch ya soon. ilona

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Jog on.

Here's a fun video. I hope you like it. 
I went for a local walk this afternoon. I half expected it to be white over this morning, because it started snowing last night, but no, when I got up it was raining. Then it stopped and the sun came out. By the time I was ready to go for a walk mid afternoon  the weather had turned cloudy.
The view of the river yesterday, disappeared in the mist. 
The river today. 
I was rather hoping there would be a nice sunset, but nope, not lucky.
Have a good weekend everybody. We'll catch up soon. Toodle pip.   ilona


 Hello. A new keep fit video coming later. 

Catch ya later.  ilona

Friday, 15 January 2021

On the go.

 I think I might be hyper active, it's like my brain seems to be ten steps ahead of my body. When I watch yoootooob videos I am constantly looking at the list on the side to choose the next one. I am quick to skip the ads and as soon as the end is near I am clicking on the next one. Can't waste time waiting around, I want them to follow on seamlessly.  

My mind is constantly thinking, what next? I have an insatiable appetite to learn more. Often what you see is not what you are getting. There is always more information to discover. 

When I go out for a walk, a proper walk for exercise, I can't be dawdling. I might pull out my camera if I see something to snap, but it's click and go. When I am sat on the bench it is only for a few minutes, especially if it is cold. Just enough time to make a video if I feel so inclined. Five miles takes two hours, and I usually fit that in with whatever I am doing that day. I always have something waiting at home to do. 

When I prepare a meal I can't stand around in the kitchen waiting for something under the grill, or to simmer in a pan. I have to find little jobs to do to fill the time, like rinse off some mucky pots, or fill up the coffee, sugar, and milk containers from the jars and packets in the cupboard. It's like every small job has to fit in with other small jobs. 

If I use the downstairs toilet I check the cat litter boxes first, because the cleaning station is on a table next to the toilet outside the back door. Two jobs in one, cuts down the time of walking from one room to another. 

I go shopping late because I've got no patience to wait in a queue in the daytime, and I certainly won't wait to go through a checkout. Virus or no virus, I hate waiting. 

If I have an appointment for anything, which doesn't happen very often, I want to get there five minutes before my allotted time. I don't want to sit in a waiting room. Not because of the virus, I have always been like that. They used to have a drop in session at the hospital so people could get minor alterations done to their hearing aids without making an appointment. I went once when it was busy. After ten minutes there was no sign of movement so I went to the reception desk and said I had to go, because I couldn't stand to be in a busy room with all the noise, and I hate having to sit close to people. The receptionist pointed to a quiet room where I could sit and wait, and she would tell me when it was my turn. That worked well, I had a book with me to read. 

I used to take my cats to a vet who set up a pop in centre in an old building in the next village. It was pot luck whether anyone else would be there. Often it meant sitting and waiting. I got fed up with that, so I started going to the main vet centre which was a forty minute drive away. I timed it so I would arrive five minutes before the appointment. I would rather be driving my car than sitting in a waiting room. 

I remember when I was trucking and turning up at a big distribution centre to find a queue in front of me. Once in the gate I was told where to park and wait to be called. That used to drive me nuts. I got out of my cab and walked around and around the whole rig to pass the time. At least I was doing something useful by exercising. 

I am looking at the clock now and see it is 45 minutes to a news programme I want to watch. I have a pan of stew ready which I made yesterday, so at ten minutes to one I will microwave a portion, then eat it while I watch. All my meals are eaten while at the computer. It seems a waste of time to just sit and eat. 

This afternoon I will do a village walk. It's foggy so three miles around the village will be enough. At some point I will fit in some more arty work, finish painting the frame and deciding how I am going to fill the middle. 

That's the blogging done for the day. The computer stays on so I'll be popping back to check this and that. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip.  ilona