Monday, 18 January 2021

12.31

 

I try to write something everyday.
I seldom plan what goes down in print for ideas and words just seem to there, ready to be written, but I must admit with lockdown and covid and the isolation that accompanies the pandemic still in its final clutches, having something of any note to say is proving more and more difficult.
This morning is a case in point. 
I’ve shampooed the spare bedroom carpet in the east wing and have cleaned the washer afterwards. 
I’ve walked the dogs and was proud when Dorothy received praise from a regular dog walker for behaving well off her lead . 
The dog walker was one of those country type ladies who ooze brusque efficiency  
I’m working later on a late shift which is pointless and most hated one as you come into work cold and have to hit the work running.
But that’s later.
Now I’m drinking from my bucket of coffee sat at the kitchen table.
It’s cold, the kitchen that is not the coffee.
I’m irritated by the loud workmen who are constructing a small house behind the cottage. 
They have harsh local accents and play their music overly loud but luckily I cannot seem most of the new build because my buddliea bush screens things nicely. 
The new owners live on the far side of the village and own a large pack of yappy dogs.I am concerned that our peaceful days down on this part of Trelawnyd  may be numbered , but I will keep an open mind for now.
I’ve been making a list of things that need doing in between writing sentences and gulps of coffee
Albert is sat by my right shoulder , untidily eating his cat food which is placed on the window sill. The window is flecked with dried on meat and splashes of gravy 
I add clean windows to my list, just below the cancel Winnie’s insurance reminder and chase up rubber chicken picture.
I gave away some furniture yesterday.
I could have sold it , but gifting it doomed the right thing to do.
Antiques you never own, you just look after them for a while  is a favourite saying of mine. 
Hattie had my old grandmother clock  from out of the study and another friend had an old school clock and some occasional tables and a sewing box on legs. 
More de cluttering my office
And decluttering my head.
Oh lord it’s 12.31pm 
I need to leave for work by 1.15pm
And as Terry Wogan used to say on the radio when I was a boy
“ and there’s not a child in the house washed “

76 comments:

  1. If it helps, John, your everyday comments transport many of us to a different world than our everyday lives: a different place in the world, village life that's subtly different than small-town life here in the US and other places, and a different set of friends and interests. Merriam-Webster defines the word "transportive" partly by referencing Nathaniel Hawthorn's "transportive and triumphant thought." I do see your blogs as transportive and, ultimately, triumphant.

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  2. I do hope your new neighbours dogs settle down before they become your neighbours. There is little that is more annoying than yappy dogs! Have a good day at work. x

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  3. We all love to read the minutiae of your life. We're all in the same boat - same old, same old, but somehow, someone else's same old seems much more interesting. Hope your shift is busy enough to make the time go quickly, but not so busy that you end up stressed! xx

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    1. I was t stressed but I was a bit tired

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  4. It is always great to hear from you, take care,

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  5. The posh ones with their perfect dogs sometimes tut at me or say "oh dear dear"-I have apologised in the past for the noise but now don't but sometimes have said"he's a rescue"which they have replied"well send him back".One dog walker said that they rule them with a rod of iron x

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    1. I find , explanations help so much with people’s perceptions of my dogs ...with Winnie is was “ she’s fine but very old”
      With Dorothy “ she’s a nervous soul”

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  6. Yorkshire Liz2:32 pm

    Bear in mind today is called Blue Tuesday and supposed to be the most miserable day of the year- it's January, the weather is usually miserable, and most people will have had, and paid, their Christmas credit card bills. On the other hand, it is officially Winnie the Pooh Day, as it is AA Milne's birthday. Make of all that what you will!

    As with you, as I get older I feel the need to not just declutter, but to make sure former treasures go to good homes where they will be loved and appreciated anew in their turn. it is all about 're-evaluating and moving on and forwards, and trudging on rather than getting stuck in the mud. Take heart!

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    1. Yorkshire Liz7:46 pm

      Ok, everyone too polite to tell me I can't tell Monday from Tuesday! Thanks, folks! From Blue Monday to Ruby Tuesday!

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    2. Strange but I’ve never liked Winnie the Pooh

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  7. i sincerely hope you will not have troublesome neighbors. i am dealing with one now that throws moldy food to my dogs. i haven't been able to catch him but i know who he is.

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    1. jaz-I've had all sorts thrown in too for years and have to regularly check and also have cctv which the police suggested I did for a deterrent x

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    2. I’m sure things will be fine, I hope so

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  8. today's little slice of village life.

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  9. Well, John ... for not having anything to say ... I would say you said a lot and it would seem ... everyone is enjoying the read this morning!!
    Hope you had a lovely time at work ... tending to folks and telling tales!!

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    1. We had a laugh at work this afternoon

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  10. I can picture Albert scoffing his food and licking his lips flicking the gravy onto the window! Hope your shift later is a smooth one. :)

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  11. You have a knack for describing your life that makes me feel as if I am sitting right there - looking around and seeing exactly what you are seeing. You are a terrific writer, John! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Ellen , I like to chatter
      Perhaps my writing mirrors that

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  12. I loved Wogan saying that! Xx

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    1. I still miss his morning show ,,,how long ago was it?

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  13. Chasing up the rubber chicken sounds like the obvious top priority

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    1. And I want to talk to the framer again, just to say those “ rubber chicken” words

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    2. "Hello. I am getting anxious about my rubber chicken. How is it coming along?" for example.

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  14. Anonymous3:57 pm

    Don't know if this will help with the future "Yappy dog" problem but I have next door two large Pit Bulls. I know that is not their proper name but how U.S. refers to them. They are across the fence from my veg garden. They bark, snarl and throw themselves against the fence. Very unsettling. I made a point of having the owner bring them close to me so they knew my scent. When they started barking, I would tell them what a good job they were doing being watch dogs and what lovely dogs they were. We now are at a mutual standoff of tolerating each other. Good luck. Julia

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  15. I think that writing our posts is a great mental exercise. We are Marie Kondo-ing our psyche. And that's always good.

    XOXO

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    1. I’m exercising my little grey cells then

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  16. I bought a bark stopper in the form of a birdhouse. We hung it on the fence and when the dogs barked it emitted a high pitched sound. The dogs hated it and stopped barking.Maybe you could find something like that and hang it in your buddleia when the barkers move in.

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  17. Good girl, Dottie! Keep behaving for Daddy.

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    1. The brusque woman has seen Dorothy several times a week since she came to me , so has seen changes in her, I think I’ve missed. Her praise moved me

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  18. Barbara Anne4:16 pm

    What a delightful post today, written as you enjoy your bucket of coffee. After all you did this morning, hope you're not too tired for work.
    Fingers crossed that your new neighbors and their dogs won't be as loud as they could be.
    You may not know this, but I've occasionally been sort of psychic. I somehow was certain that the grandmother clock should go to Hattie and I almost emailed you to suggest that she be offered first refusal to buy it. How about that? I am so very pleased the lovely clock is now hers to care for.

    Hugs!

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    1. How strange ....and how moving ..I loved all of this

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  19. John you might think you are runing out of things to say during Covid but I can assure you that the pictures you paint of your life in Trelawnyd, your friends, your dogs - make life so interesting for the likes of me,

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  20. Weaver is right John, you have LOTS to say - ordinary 'stuff' to you takes us out of our lockdowns to another place, with a friend. Commiserations on the builders...and hope you are wrong about the dogs...Maybe if you tell the new owners about the ghost in the lane, they might decide to sell?!

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    1. I am bad tempered and judgemental about them

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  21. I'm having that same problem in these days of Covid. Just not a lot of activity to write about! You manage to knit together a good blog post no matter what, though.

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  22. Wash that child and dance your way to work.

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  23. It is my experience that neighbors seldom last. Perhaps you will be lucky too.

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  24. Your words give me lovely pictures of your life and your thoughts. I like that. It's like friendship shared.

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  25. Much better to give away or burn. That's what I did. Gives a feeling of cleansedx Such a great post xxxxx

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  26. I love your posts without a plan (well I love all your posts). We've given away so much that we could have sold. And it always makes us feel better.

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    1. It’s nice to SEE someone enjoying things you have loved x

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  27. Joan (Devon)7:17 pm

    I felt like I was inside your mind as you sat quietly with your thoughts.

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  28. How I wish that I could declutter my head. The house would benefit too.

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  29. New phrase to me; but I like it!

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  30. Is the new house in the daffodil field?

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    1. Yes, the old garden of my cottage sold before we bought it

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  31. I laugh every time you refer to the East wing!

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  32. Reading your blog is like having a conversation with you. Especially nice.

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  33. I enjoy reading the details of your corner of the world. But oh. You gave. A. Clock. Away.

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    1. Is that a bad thing, ? I didn’t give my beloved grandfather clock away only two others

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  34. I quite often feel I have nothing to write, but I sit down with my laptop and something usually comes to me. If it doesn't, then I can still write comments on other blogs. I hope your neighborhood can be peaceful, but yappy dogs can be difficult to tolerate. When Franklin barks, I call him in.

    Love,
    Janie

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  35. So did you buy the soda crystals to clean the washing machine I must ask ! and a sigh for dear Winnie.

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  36. Never ever think that you have nothing to say. I love this post as does everyone else. It is a different world to mine....(not so different as it is to your USA readers,) but I look forward every day to reading what you and the animals have been up to, even as it is nothing much, as in this post!

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  37. Yapping dogs or constant barking would drive me mad !!! A former neighbour of ours was a GP who let his very barky Alsation out very late at night

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  38. Making the mundane sound interesting seems to be your forte, I would read along avidly if you posted about sorting your laundry ... probably ;-)

    I do hope the yappy dogs don't move in, they will set yours off in a bid to exert the 'I was here first' wars!!

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  39. I love my coffee time. Sorry about the construction noise. I hope that all works out well. Hopefully they will get with the quiet nature of the neighborhood. Take care, dear.

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