Monday, 21 January 2019

#Jusjojan - 21/1/19 - Echo

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

The background to the challenge can be found here.


Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 21st is brought to you by Lady Lee! Click here to find her last Just Jot it January post and say hi while you’re there! Lady Lee’s word for our prompt today is “echo.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

We were away at the weekend visiting our Grandson Noah and his parents.  It was lovely to catch up with him but it meant I missed doing a post yesterday and today I am tired and lacking inspiration.  Echo isn't really grabbing me.

Now tomorrow will probably be a different story.  I'll be with our oldest Grandson Nathan who is increasing his vocabulary all the time and often repeats himself or us.  One of his favourite words is "more" and that one is definitely echoed, a lot.

Another favourite word is Granga, he can't quite get Grandpa but he says it a lot as Granga is his favourite person, after his Mummies of course although sometimes that might be debateable! lol  He also loves his "Nana".  He hasn't got the hang of Nanny yet which was what I opted for when we were asked what we wanted to be known as but his "Nana" is quite cute so I think it might stick.  And that gets echoed a lot too.


Saturday, 19 January 2019

#SoCS / #Jusjojan - 19/1/19 - Television

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “television.” Talk about your favorite show, past, present, or future, or about the apparatus itself. Enjoy!

Both challenges are hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you can find out more.  It's the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.
 
















I could talk about television all day - I watch too much of it.  Well it feels like it to me probably because I definitely don't watch informative programmes.  I do watch the news most days but I watch a lot of UK dramas, quiz shows and American shows.  I don't actually watch daytime TV though and I don't watch Soaps.  If I added up the amount of hours I spend watching TV it probably wouldn't actually be that bad considering I'm retired and can spend my time pretty much as I please.

But I still feel it's a bit of a guilty pleasure so I try and combine it with doing something else - like doing the ironing or knitting, or even blogging if the programme isn't too taxing.  The trouble is I like many of the Scandinavian drama series that get shown here but of course they have subtitles.  Watching TV with subtitles and trying to knit anything complicated (or simple for that matter) do not go well together!  However if I'm in need of a total break from everything else watching something with subtitles is useful as it does focus the mind!

I tend to record a lot of programmes but I'm not convinced that I will ever get around to watching them and occasionally I have to purge the list because I've nearly filled up my recording space. 

As for the apparatus, we don't have a huge TV and it's not wall mounted either.  It works for me.  Unfortunately it doesn't always work for Hubby.  He struggles if he manages to accidentally change the source the TV is showing or for e.g. if I've been watching a DVD and then he wants to view television programmes he gets in such a muddle with the remotes.  And frustrated very quickly.  It's not so bad now that the remote control for our cable service can also be used to adjust the volume.  When you had to use the TV remote for that he found it very trying.

Fortunately we don't have the same taste in TV programmes so we don't often watch together.  Or perhaps it's unfortunate because if something does go wrong he will summon me from wherever I am in the house to sort it out.  And yes I have tried to explain it to him - many times!  Don't even get me started on what happens when the digital system needs retuning from time to time.


Friday, 18 January 2019

#Jusjojan - 18/1/19 - Companionship

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda H Gill - here's the link to her site where you will find all the rules and the place to leave your link to your own post if you decide to join in plus links to all the other participants.

The background to the challenge can be found here



Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 18th is brought to you by Di! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Di’s word for our prompt today is “companionship.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

I have been lucky to have a great companion in my Hubby to go through life with me.  We've been married 34 years and I can't imagine anything but death parting us, and hopefully that won't be for some time yet.

I don't think I'd want to find a new companion if anything happened to him.  I'm happy with my own company but I do understand that some people find it harder to be on their own and need someone for companionship, even if it's only on a friendship basis.

I'd be much more likely to get a dog if I was the one left on their own.  Hubby wouldn't.  I'm sure he'd cope on an emotional level but I'm not sure how good he would be on the practical side of things.  Our kids insist that he has to go first (and as he's older than me it's statistically more likely) because they reckon he would drive them nuts with his inability to grasp new technology and often showing "grumpy old man" traits! lol

Hubby would probably cope though, he's much more sociable than me and I'm sure he would soon have women vying to be his companion.   He's been warned though that if ever he allowed that to happen while I'm still here he'd find the locks on the house changed and his belongings in the front garden.  I'm not into sharing!

Friday's Fave Five - 18/1/19



It's Friday again so it's time to think back on five good things over the last week.

This challenge is hosted by Susanne over at Living to Tell the Story. Pop over there to find out more and check out other participants.

1) A bright sunny day. The weather has been a bit mixed this week and we're having a cold spell now but yesterday it was really bright and sunny for part of the day so I was able to wrap Nathan up in his buggy and get out for some fresh air. He also fell asleep just before we got back and napped for two hours!

2) A catch up with Nathan and his Mummies on Sunday - they got back from their holiday on Saturday so we went over for lunch and also returned their cat. We got such a lovely welcome from Nathan which was great.

3) MacDonalds! I was home alone yesterday evening and having got back from a tiring day with Nathan I really didn't feel like cooking so I opted for fast food! Something I rarely have as hubby is not a fan. And no washing up! Bonus.

4) Catch-up TV. Some nights it's hard to find something I want to watch but I've always got lots of programmes taped that I can fall back on. Trouble is I'm not sure I'm ever going to catch up!

5) Coping with anxiety. My journey to my daughter's house can be a challenge. I have a train ride followed by a bus ride and it takes about an hour door to door. The bus is usually fine but the train is ALWAYS crowded. Mostly I can manage to move away from the doors and often get a seat for part of the journey but sometimes I get hemmed in near the doors and it's not a pleasant ride, especially coming home. There's usually an altercation or two when people are trying to get on and off the train and then the doors not closing because the train is so full. But, although a few years ago I found using public transport extremely difficult, I've managed to overcome that and I'm coping with this journey. It only lasts about 20 minutes (although it does feel a bit longer) and it probably helps that I'm greeted by this little one when I arrive.

Pretty much a routine week for me. Nathan 2 days, plus Rory 2 mornings and catching up on things at home in between.

We're off to see Noah tomorrow so our weekend will be good, hope yours is too.