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  1. My battle with a green scaly monster.

    I ventured up to the top of my garden today. How did I let it get so bad? Well, I know how, but why? Allow me to explain. My back garden is quite large, must be near on twenty five metres long and about six metres wide. Some twelve metres from the house an archway runs across the width of the garden, when I say archway it's actually a thick mass of Clematis with an opening above the garden path that leads under it and on to the top border fence. From my back door you wouldn't know what, if anything ...

    Updated April 9th, 2020 at 04:47 PM by dither

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  2. Happy mother's day.

    Saturday morning would normally be a shop-day for me and today it will be, I shall.... go shopping..... but the experience, the task of carrying out would be anything but..... normal. Thanks to the shock-waves of the corona-v spreading ever outwards from China. The effects which, the image of a stone being thrown into a pond and the ripples gently pushing out from the epi-center springs to mind, but this is more akin to slab of concrete being dropped into the metaphorical pond from a great height ...

    Updated March 22nd, 2020 at 09:15 PM by dither

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  3. Education...... Can you handle it?

    I really wish I wouldn't DO this. Walking out, in the fresh air, on a fine sunny day, should carry a government health warning. No sooner had I left the house this morning and my mind started whirring and I was set to thinking. Thinking about my recent thread in that's life. ARGH!!!!! Why do I DO this?

    Thinking, as I walked, about the smart-arsed young woman who assailed me yesterday with the "run boy run" outburst, and who may or may not have the mental age of twelve and ...

    Updated March 2nd, 2020 at 03:56 PM by dither

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  4. memories, ghosts from the past.

    Looking back, way back, it's not something that I am wont to do and I most certainly do not do " rose tinted specs " memories, damn them, like ghosts, you can't always see them but they're there and when they choose to haunt, there's not a lot you can do about it.

    All through my teens and well into adulthood I spent a lot of time outdoors, shooting fishing camping-out. I did a lot of walking and so friendships were often short-lived. When we were young, oh man, when we were ...

    Updated February 14th, 2020 at 06:24 PM by dither

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  5. The power of words...

    I posted in here earlier about my reading crime novels and how I so enjoyed getting to know the main characters and how their creators made them seem so real. Reading the final few chapters when all the weird stuff finally comes together, the bad guys get caught and good triumphs over evil, for me, is so uplifting.

    I just started reading A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by RUTH OZEKI and, although I've barely scratched the surface, it's affecting me in such a way that is difficult to describe. ...
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  6. Soulmate at the cheese-counter...

    The cheese counter of all places, eyes rolling at the memory of such an experience. Thought I'd do without the smilie. Anyway, and already I'm lost for words. What can I say? It's Sunday, cheapo-shop-day. I get up at around 9.30. have my usual mug of tea with a strong coffee chaser, eat a reheated, microwaved, plate of yesterday's leftovers, take a shower, and walk to my local Aldi-store on the outskirts of town. Weather-wise, it could be worse I suppose. It's dry, the sky is not totally cloudless, ...

    Updated January 14th, 2020 at 01:19 PM by dither

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  7. Where is the care?

    Just another Sunday lunchtime, my " gentle stroll to the outskirts of town and cheapo shopping day" and, bearing in mind the time of the year, the weather as agreeable as might reasonably be expected. Dull, grey, and the air felt damp, EVERYTHING feels damp that probably explains why, having had all the rain that we've had recently, a dry stone wall some two metres high has collapsed causing a few feet of some poor devil's front garden to spill out into the road. Thankfully it's not on ...
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  8. Life, MY life, and giggles in the darkness.

    People... Life... MY life...and giggles in the darkness:

    As with most working people who are in regular employment, my daily routine is pretty much set in stone, from when I wake up in the afternoon to when I get home and go to bed in the morning. There is a bus journey to and from work and there is a fair amount of walking involved. There are, of course, many others, living out their own little, ritualistic almost, regular day to day existences, and life goes on. There are people that ...

    Updated November 13th, 2019 at 09:28 AM by dither

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  9. Me and my damned bladder, whatever...

    One of these days.

    It's Sunday morning, or at least it was, twenty seven minutes ago, and, as always, first on my "to do" list is the long walk out of town for my cheap-store shopping . As is the way of things at this time of the week, I usually arose from my slumbers at about nine, roused by a steaming hangover, it's not as though I get drunk even, maybe my having worked a Friday night shift and not going to bed until Saturday night has something to do with it but anyway,Okay, ...

    Updated October 20th, 2019 at 01:20 PM by dither

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  10. Books that I've read...

    More than once now, I've sat reading a book at home and, after having read a few chapters, suddenly found myself thinking, I know what happens next, I've read this one before. I've read so many now, it seems, I can't REMEMBER every book that I've read, that I've decided that I'm going to start, well, I HAVE, started, at A,B,C, in the fiction section, and I'm going to slowly work my way through them alphabetically.
    Last weekend, I brought two from the same author home, on the assumption that ...

    Updated April 27th, 2020 at 01:17 PM by dither

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  11. one last bee in an ageing bonnet...dithering...

    It never ceases to amaze me how I spend so much time pondering the so very mundane which, ultimately, only serves to exacerbate, a wish/desire/call it what you might, to do one certain thing thing that I would love to do before I leave this earth. I just noticed that I said "to do" and not "to have done" so maybe even now, I harbour some small hope but it really is just wishful thinking.

    Today, this morning, was just another Sunday no different to any other. I slept ...

    Updated September 25th, 2019 at 04:22 PM by dither

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  12. A Hospital appointment...

    Yesterday was the day of a Hospital appointment. I'd managed to keep that from my wife but would I be able to have a day out without her wondering, or commenting on such an event. She would never ask outright where I'd been or why I'd been out so long, being as that I was on a week off work and therefore rarely surfaced before lunchtime, I knew that but if I hadn't said something, before hand, it would have been hanging there, the elephant in the room, long story, and so, a few days prior to my ...
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  13. A week off...

    How strange is the human mind. Well, mine at any rate. I think. And maybe THAT'S the problem... I think. Frowning as I type.
    I've been looking forward to today, for some time now, because, I won't be working next week, I'm on a week off, and now that it's here.... err... yeah. Today, Sunday, as with every other Saturday Sunday and Monday was/is a shopping day. It's simply a way of lightening the load, MY load. It works for me. I left home this morning fully intending to take my time, amble ...

    Updated July 11th, 2019 at 01:31 PM by dither

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  14. A bric a brac conga...

    Friday night and heading up the High Street, just one more shift, then weekend, I thought. No yippee, no singing and dancing, I'm just so relieved to have got through another week of work. As I walked, I saw a young man up ahead of me exiting a Chinese takeaway carrying his little white plastic carry-out bag also holding an i-phone with his left hand and typing into his phone with his right. And that saddened me.
    "Don't cook just eat.
    Don't talk just tweet."
    I thought ...

    Updated June 23rd, 2019 at 09:00 PM by dither

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  15. The worm is still a worm but...

    OH DEAR,
    THIS IS LONGER THAN THE LAST ONE, I'M SORRY.

    How weird is this? I DO think about things like this because, well? As cynical as I might be, you just never know. I HAD been hoping that the woman I got talking to at the bus-stop last weekend, the one with purple parka, would be there again this Saturday, although I'd never seen her before in my life, so why would she be there? It had been a random occurrence and that was that. Anyway, if she had have been there, and look! ...
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  16. Easy. Life really can be, what you make it.

    THIS ONE CARRIES A " BOREDOM WARNING".

    If you really do intend to read this, I would recommend a comfortable seat, a light snack, and a warm drink. Good luck.

    I have just had the nicest weekend, and it isn't OVER yet. Friday night, my final shift of the week, the weather was fine, dry, and certainly not cold, although within a few minutes of my clocking off and starting the short walk to my bus-stop the rain had started to fall, only a light drizzle to begin with ...

    Updated June 10th, 2019 at 10:20 AM by dither

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  17. Life eh?

    Y'know?
    I was thinking about Winston's sig earlier.
    Oh dear, I thought it had said something about getting creative, I mis-read it.
    My first thought had been " yeah right, me? Creative? if only."

    I've always wanted to write in a journalistic kind of way. Not totally facts and figures etc., putting a little bit of me in there, in a creative diarist way? Is there such a thing?
    The reason for this foray into introspection is something that happened when ...
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  18. Well! What a week I've had...

    Can't believe my luck.
    I've had a week off work. Haven't done much or been anywhere, apart from the odd shopping-trip. All I've done really, is read. And I've had some amazing reads. I may have told, in the past, how I always take three books from the Library whenever I'm out of reading material in the hope that there ought to, might just, be one decent read among them.
    Last weekend, my three which included "Rusty Puppy " by Joe Lansdale and " A Bend In The Road " ...

    Updated March 10th, 2019 at 01:59 PM by dither

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  19. Appearances really are everything.

    A Sunday stroll, dithering...

    Down the High Street, and out of town, to my local Aldi store:

    A gentle stroll, out in the fresh air, sunshine and blue sky IS a plus of course, but just BEING, walking and sucking up that good clean air. It clears the mind and gives way so many random thoughts and perceptions and today was no exception. So often nowadays, I find myself thinking about posture, MY posture, when I'm out walking. Well, today, I found myself thinking , an image ...

    Updated February 25th, 2019 at 10:32 AM by dither

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  20. You don't hear that very often.

    My work situation that makes a mockery of the term "fast moving environment". It's manic out there. Add to that that I am acutely aware of my age-related short-comings in the workplace it might not come as a surprise when I say that if or when I need to go to the toilet I often end up running there in desperation. I really haven't got time for that shit. Sorry, couldn't resist slipping that one in. I stopped eating prunes a long time ago.

    Anyway, me and my workplace. ...

    Updated January 13th, 2019 at 07:29 PM by dither

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  21. Bugger being old. (You will not believe what I did today.)

    Recently, the last four or five weekends I have taken shopping on Sundays. It's a fair old walk to my local Aldi store situated at the retail park on the edge of town but in doing so I don't need to cart so much home on Saturday mornings after having worked my Friday night shift. It gets me out into the fresh air, I stretch my legs, and I feel more like doing it after a good night's sleep. It works for me. And so, today, being Sunday, in spite of the weather, I didn't mind really, I can live with ...
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  22. It's all in the mind...

    MY MIND, probably, but as I look out from my little upstairs box-room window;

    Everything, the colours the lines and the shapes of all that I look at all seem so......... I don't know......sharp, vivid,,,, stark I suppose. Yes, sunshine is sunshine whatever the time of year but Autumn seems to bring everything into focus. It's as though everything, my garden fence, and the ornaments, are all bracing themselves, for the months ahead.

    Don't mind me, I'm just old, and bored. ...
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  23. Something I always fancied doing...

    I've always, for as far back as I can remember, fancied walking around the coast of Great Britain. If, I often think, still had my health and strength when I retired, but the more I think about it the more daunting it I think it would be. I mean in GB? With our climate? Society in general? Just finding somewhere to sleep every night. Clean clothes etc. A logistical nightmare.

    Could make for one helluva diary though. I love that thought.
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  24. My fading sight, a field test, and hope.

    I'm now well north of sixty and have needed glasses for quite a few years now. Yeah, so what? Big deal. I have this double vision thing going on. Not horizontal but vertical. I see two images but one below the other. When this first occurred I was told by a hospital consultant that my optician would be able to give me glasses that would, with the aid prism lenses, correct the double vision. Only they haven't, not really, and I've just got on with things.
    Well? At the turn of the year I went ...

    Updated October 5th, 2018 at 08:43 AM by dither

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  25. For a hovel of my own........

    Oh what I wouldn't give:

    For a hovel of my own.

    The word "hovel" :
    The word itself conjures up images of dirt,filth,living in squalor etc. it might, would probably, be little more than a dump.
    When I googled it I got this...... "a small, squalid, unpleasant, or simply constructed dwelling:"
    I like the second part of that definition.
    Small, maybe not quite so simply constructed I think, would suffice, but hidden, unseen, to be
    ...

    Updated September 23rd, 2018 at 09:14 PM by dither

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