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I have some free time finally. Life has been far too busy for comfort recently and sometimes I wonder how I keep going. I have visitors here right now so I have too many things to do. This morning I have to go down to the supermarket. I hate supermarkets, shopping malls, checkouts and shopping in general. Sometimes I’m tempted to just get everything from a small shop nearby but there’s not much choice and the prices are really high.
I’m trying not to look at the monitor too much because it hurts my eyes but this morning I decided to write a Ten Thought blog so that my friends can read all the things which are currently filling my mind. I was thinking about all these things before getting up and while sitting at my computer desk.
1 Next time you are flying to (or over) the UK, just think that the air traffic controllers there are warning that there are so many flights now that the skies are becoming dangerous, especially over southern England. Yesterday the number of flights hit an all time record at 8,800 for the day. I hate flying.
2 I was thinking of Philippa and Joe in Bournemouth and hoping that Joe is going to make a full recovery soon.
3 How can I effectively get blood stains out of 100% white cotton ? Hot washing with detergent and bleach only partially does the job.
4 I have a new laptop. It’s the first time I have used an American machine. Hewlett Packard. I’m enjoying using it except that the keyboard is in Portuguese so I have to discover and remember where some keys are. It’s a slight irritation but I will be able to manage. A major irritation is that three times so far I have accidentally clipped the wrong key(s) and documents have disappeared in front of my eyes. I must be very careful and back up important documents.
5 I saw the spectacular car chase in Nevada on the news and I remembered the two ‘friends’ , K & J, from Carson City who were enraged and deleted me for unknown reasons but most likely because my political views were different from theirs. That was years ago. I have learned never ever to discuss politics with Americans because in the USA, friends become enemies over politics. It is totally different to the UK where members of the same family can have totally different political views and it’s no problem at all.
6 Yesterday I had to call a plumber because the shower/bath tap has gone on the blink. The plumber is on holiday until next Wednesday and he’s the only one I know. I’m just thankful that it’s not an emergency. A window shutter in the sitting room has locked in the down position so we are in semi darkness there right now. A hand shower unit has also come loose so that’s three things all at the same time.
7 Grandmother is in Kathmandu at the moment, for medical treatment, and no doubt is seriously missing her village home. She and Flocky (my German Shepherd) are very wary of each other and just about tolerate each other. Yesterday I heard that Flocky had jumped on top of Grandmother who was relaxing on her bed. Poor Grandmother must have been terrified.
8 Today I have to do some cooking. It’s one of my dreads. I hate cooking or anything in the kitchen really. I will make enough food to last three or four days and keep it in the refrigerator so that I won’t have to cook again for some days. Who needs a job?
9 I’m getting old. I hate getting old. I don’t have nearly as much energy as I used to. When I was last in Bournemouth, I was a bit run down and Philippa gave me a bottle of Metatone Tonic. I’d never heard of it before and took it for several days and it seemed to do the trick. I picked up really well with it. When I go to Bournemouth I will buy a supply and bring it back to Lisbon with me. I have several items to buy, things which I cannot get here in Lisbon….. Mitchum Men’s deodorant which doesn’t irritate my skin, Jordan Norwegian toothbrushes which clean really well and seem to last forever, and now a few bottles of Metatone.
10. I love to see the view from our kitchen windows, looking over the estuary. I must look dozens of times every day. I never get tired of this unusual view. I can also see this view from the computer desk in my bedroom.