At last I have sorted my pins out, throwing away all the bent ones, and making a new pin cushion. The old one was too small and the pins too cluttered and close together. This one is better, now I can get my finger between them to pull them out, and I know they are not bent. Bliss.
Sunday, 27 September 2020
Friday, 25 September 2020
Thursday, 24 September 2020
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Monday, 21 September 2020
Catch ya later. Toodle pip. ilona
Saturday, 19 September 2020
I spent rather more than I intended last night at Aldi. Well it was so easy. I had the shop almost to myself, no need to dodge people. There was only two others pushing their loaded trolleys around, masked of course but I don't know why. We were well spread out and only one staff member was masked up. There was time to browse. They close at 9pm and I was the last one out, well almost the last one. A late shopper dashed in just as I was leaving.
Loading ones trolley with a load of crap is often the result of browsing, and so I slipped in a few sweet treats because I'm worth it. Over the years I have been fairly disciplined about limiting the junk I eat, by not buying a packet of biscuits, or cake, because I have no willpower once I get them home. I would just scoff the lot in one day, but look what I bought last night.
Now here's the test, I need to make these last for two weeks until I go shopping again. These days I don't pop in a shop because I fancy something sweet. That has all gone out of the window. Now, the only food that passes my lips is bought in my fortnightly supermarket shop. So how am I going to manage with all this temptation around, can I make these treats last?
Custard Tarts, 85p, not suitable for freezing, and they go out of date today. Not to worry, I'll eat one every day for four days. I love custard tarts.
Sunny Saturday folks, get your bodies outside. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip. ilona
Friday, 18 September 2020
I thought I would make some single decorations with felt scraps. It's also a good way to use up shorter pieces of embroidery silks. The centre pieces are from children's bracelets. I have stiffened them with cardboard in between the back and front. Doing a little bit of embroidery is quite relaxing. I will possibly make some more later on, but I have other ideas waiting to be started.
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Hello, it's sunny here. Strange weather we're having, one day overcast and rainy, next day the sun is out. I'll get this done, then go out.
My Creator Monthly landed in the email box this morning from yoooootoooob. It's like a Newsletter, with stats to tell me how I'm doing with the numbers of subscribers, how many views and minutes watched, how many likes, comments, posts, and shares. Most of it I'm not really interested in. I just check into the channel now and again to tidy things up, and see if I have missed any incoming comments. It's only a hobby for me.
There are also hints and tips on how to increase visitor numbers, create more interesting content, generally polish things up, and work on promoting it to a wider audience. Here's a bit of blurb to fire me up.
|Hey Meanqueen Superscrimper,|
|This month, get out of your comfort zone and find ways to change up your content, deepen connections with your audience, and lean into fan support. See how other creators are mixing it up and seeing lasting results — so you can apply these strategies to your own channel. Let's get into it!|
They then give me some links to other Channels which will inspire me with ideas. I could try this.......
Our channel members love bonus videos, so we try and give them fun videos they wouldn't normally see on our channel. It's a place for us to experiment with new ideas but also connect with our audience and get feedback from some of our most devoted viewers. After we started taking memberships seriously, so did our audience and membership revenue has grown in the past few months to a point where we're now really paying attention.
Another yoootooober suggests this..........
RPM gives you a full snapshot of all your earnings, from Channel Memberships, YouTube Premium, Super Chat, Super Stickers, and Ads, across all your views. In short, use this to track your revenue performance so you can hone your content, growth, and earning strategies. Take a look at this helpful video.
Or I could do this......
We knew that more than subscribers & view counts - it would be a community of paying members that would support us. So that's what we have done - built a small community that supports, us.
And if I want to I could take part in a Boot Camp..........
Get ready to pump up your channel with the help of our boot camp classes. It’s easy – just pick your course and you’ll be flexing your new YouTube powers in no time.
Google is very keen to encourage me to be part of the family, they are very supportive if anyone wants to start their own Channel. What they don't know is that I am happy to pootle along in my own sweet way, in my own time. I wondered if they might dump me because I don't have any adverts, so they won't be making any money from me. I hope they let me carry on as I am because it's fun to do, and it keeps me busy. If I suddenly disappear they might have decided I am not worth the bother.
Blogger is part of the same family, so I hope there won't be any massive shake ups. I've had quite a lot of free entertainment from both over the years.
Going for a walk. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip. ilona
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
I got two brown paper bags, each with three books in them. I think this is a pretty good selection. I won't read them in their entirety, I never do. I pick bits out of them when I want to sit down for half an hour.
Sometimes I would swap my books as often as weekly, but these I will keep a bit longer. If the picking lady is swamped with work, I had best be patient and not add to her already hefty workload. She might need a breather to catch up.
When books are returned they are to be dropped into a plastic box on the table outside the van. Stan is not allowed to re issue them to someone else because they have to go back to Central and be quarantined for 72 hours, before they are put back into the system. I asked Stan if I should quarantine these books when I got home. He didn't know.
I am not sure what I have to do when I am ready to change these. When I take them back there won't be any replacements, I assume I have to order those in advance. Perhaps I will have to wait until the following week for some more to arrive. If I return these in the two brown paper bags I was given, would they have to be quarantined as well? Will we be getting the same bags over and over again, or will they issue new bags every time?
It's all a bit strange, seems a bit over the top to me. But as Stan explained, they have strict instructions to protect the customers and staff. Fear of anyone suing the Council because they caught something from a book, is at the heart of the new system. We shall see what happens next.
Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip. ilona.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Monday, 14 September 2020
Do you like my little shop? I set a table up, it's full of unwanted toys, rescued from a skip. The house owner is moving out and gave me permission to take whatever I wanted. I can't bear to see useful stuff thrown into a hole in the ground. Some of it is brand new.
The skip is being picked up on Thursday and more will be added as they go through the house to empty it. As it is nearby I shall keep going back to have a look if anything else has appeared. I hope to find homes for anything that is useful.
Thanks for popping in, Toodle pip. ilona
Sunday, 13 September 2020
Good Morning and Hello Sunday. Thank you for your contributions on the previous post, even those who expressed annoyance about the content. There was a distinct air of anger from some of them. You can bash me all you like, use me as an outlet for your anger if it makes you feel better, but it won't silence me. The haters always have the option of not coming here again. Exercise your free will, your choice.
Thank you to the people who sent personal messages via email, you have a good understanding of the plandemic situation. Hang on to your beliefs. Knowledge is a useful tool to help you navigate through your life.
My thirst for knowledge will not be dampened. I have been called selfish among other things. This is far from the truth. I am deeply concerned about the future for our children and grand children, even though I don't have any. Just because I chose to remain childless does not mean I don't have empathy for our future generations. Families do matter, children need a stable environment to flourish and prosper. The fear that we are projecting onto them at the moment is likely to have a lasting effect. Yes, some of them are resilient and will move on, but some of them wont. Nightmares about being forced to wear a mask will take a long time to fade.
I walked past a playground the other day and thought how lovely it was to see the park buzzing. Kids screaming and laughing and having fun. Parents supervising, and not a mask in sight.
I prefer to live in the now and the future, no point dwelling on the past. Yes awful things happened. My mother was left homeless wandering the streets of Hamburg with a child in a pram. Her house flattened by British bombs. Her parents were sent to Auchwitz, I never knew them. My family was decimated by the war. Don't let a dictatorship like the Nazi's happen again. Now I am getting emotional because I feel for our kids future.
Don't direct your anger at me, that is futile. Instead stop living in fear, no one is going to live forever, death is something we all will have to face. Cherry pick your news and information from different places, do not be blinkered by believing everything that is in main stream media. I think I have waffled on long enough about that, now it's down to you. Choose which path you want to take, and take responsibility for your own lives.
What did I do yesterday? A comment came onto our village facebook page that someone had found litter at the carpark picnic area. It's a quiet place on the edge of the village. I went to have a look and to pick it up, there is a bin nearby. The crop of sweetcorn is taller than me in the adjacent field.
Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip. ilona
Friday, 11 September 2020
In The Medicine Men (1975), Vernon Coleman drew attention to the dangerously close relationship between the medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry. In Paper Doctors (1977) he argued that most medical research is done for the benefit of researchers (and drug companies) and that the money would be better spent on using the information we already have and encouraging the public to avoid known health hazards.
Vernon Coleman, a Sunday Times bestselling author, is one of the few medically qualified authors writing on medical matters without bias and without any professional or commercial commitments or allegiances. His honesty has made him many enemies among the medical establishment and the establishment’s commercial alliances. His predictions, forecasts and warnings have often been made years (and, in many cases, decades) before anyone else has unearthed and understood the evidence or had the courage to speak out. In addition, in many of his medical books and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles he has drawn attention to the dangers of using specific over the counter and prescription drugs.
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
I've just had a phone call from Stan the Library man. The mobile library is coming back starting on Tuesday 15th. People will not be allowed into the van. There will be tables outside where there will be a box for people to leave their returns, these will be put into quarantine at the Central Library. Stan is ringing everyone to ask what type of books we want to take out, authors, subjects etc. The main library staff will issue the books in our name, and bag them up for Stan to bring with him. Collect from the table outside the van. Alternatively we can choose our own books from the Central Library ourselves.
Exciting eh! It will be nice to see Stan again. He has been beavering away at the Central Library in town, I bet he will be glad to get out and about again.
This will be a massive task for Stan, ringing everybody, then loading the books into the van. One thing I was wondering, if the books we return go into quarantine, 72 hours I think, do we have to quarantine the books we get from the van before we read them? I had some junk mail through the door this morning, Supermarket leaflets, should I be quarantining them? After all, postie and those at the sorting office have been handling them.
I have heard that some people still wipe their groceries with a disinfected cloth when they come back from shopping. I did it once in the beginning, but not since.
The meet up rules are changing next week. There will be a limit of six people allowed to meet up. Don't know what will happen at our Crafty Club. We have been getting between 8 - 10 coming along to the Village Hall on a Monday morning. We will have to wait and see what the committee says about that. I think it would be alright if we had our meetings in the pub, spaced out of course. Or does the new rule apply to pubs as well. I wonder if we could meet outside in someone's garden? All very confusing. I can't keep up with it. Never had so many rules thrown at me since going to work.
Time for dinner. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip. ilona
Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Monday, 7 September 2020
Saturday, 5 September 2020
Friday, 4 September 2020
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
I thought I would take Cedric out for the day. I'm sure he gets a bit lonely when I am not there. Come on Cedric, put your seat belt on please.
Catch ya later. Toodle pip. ilona and Cedric
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
Hello. That's another month gone by. Eight months gone, four to go to the end of the year. The target for the end of August for those doing the 1000 miles, is 666. So how have you done. C'mon, spill the beans, have you made it? If you have a lower target have you made that?
I am on 689, so I'm chuffed with that. I could have done more, but I relaxed a bit and missed a few days. No point in romping too far ahead, might as well string the total out to fit exactly into the target time. I have got some extra walking planned for September so I will be able to ease off a bit when the colder weather comes later in the year.
Pictures from the archive. I have not been to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales for a long time. I love it there. It's a busy touristy area in the summer months. Best going out of season.
Now it's over to you. Please check in with your reports.
Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip. ilona