So as a new university year looms up, I have taken it upon myself to read,study and take notes each day despite it still officially being the holiday. Why am I doing this? One: because I wish to stay on top of my studies, Two: I enjoy learning and finally it makes sense and becomes much simpler especially, if half the work is already done. This year not only am I writing my notes, I have taken it upon myself to type them up afterwards, that way I do not have to struggle with interpreting my awful hand-writing and in the process read and re-read everything so it stays in my head all the more.
Stepping away from places like facebook has helped my productivity no end. I think I allow myself approx 3 minutes a day if that, perusing other peoples stuff. It is easier to contemplate my own life than other peoples and doing things this way I may actually achieve something more. Time is a very precious commodity, some people think money is valuable, not so. Once time is gone, it is gone, you cannot turn the clock back. If you can work for yourself, follow your own path and see where your heart takes you. It may not be the easiest journey, though it may well be the most satisfying. The finest swords are tempered in the cruellest heat and the scars on your hands will provide the finest memories, something for the next generation to ask of you and inspire them on their life journey.
Learn new stuff, new skills take up a new hobby or learn a foreign language. You do not need to learn it in a set time, life is not a race it is a journey. If you die before becoming a master, remember that the teacher is still learning and only the fool thinks he knows everything, whilst the wise appreciate they still know nothing, even after one hundred years of learning. Set yourself a list of things to do each day, week,month and tick them off as you complete them. If you need to go food shopping, make a list and stick to it, don’t buy any one product in excess. Life simply, but be comfortable in that simplicity.
So these last days have been spent watching the rain fall outside my study window, and if not in there, then downstairs whilst painting. The website has also been getting a makeover and even if I find it a puzzle at times to work out the new system of doing things in page design … I have to embrace it all cause it is teaching flexibility and despite all the swearing it is actually a far better layout than it was and the whole thing looks better than it did previously.
Painting has been going on strong, I have spent more time recycling old boards and canvas to make into new work, this saves the hassle of having to go shopping, gets rid of old household paint makes space and saves money too. All of which are good things, and encourage me to practice more and not worry too much about supplies running low. Apart from work already in progress, I am switching back to Acrylic for the duration, it is easier to work with in any number of ways and does not stink like the other stuff. Still on art I am forcing myself to paint new material, stepping away from nude women whilst probably being the staple of many artists is getting rather boring. I may have to start painting men instead. Or should I use my imagination?
All of this seems far more interesting and easier than SEO, which looks like it could take a little while to get right and then keeping it right seems to be a full time job. Together with University coursework it looks like I may be busier than expected and that is exactly how I want things to be. Fully occupied. Finding a new employer could also be a useful aside but I am not running anywhere too quickly at the moment I do not care for this Corona business and would rather enjoy the late summer weather whilst I still can. Jackie is away at the moment, she is still in the US of course but is largely incommunicado I do miss her of course but does mean I can get on and do more work than I would normally get done. She ought to be back in town next week.
My apologies for the lack of punctuation in this blog.
So for all those people who got their A level results today and are now crying and complaining that they did not get the Three As they felt so entitled to, wanted or ‘expected’ I have this much to say to you. “Shut up”
You have been lied too, you do not need to go to University. The system wants you to go to University. to work up colossal debt you have little or no chance of paying back and with an ever shrinking job market leaving you with ever decreasing chances of finding employment and a greater likelihood of not being able to pay back what you owe.
You do not need to go to university, A levels or qualifications to make a success of your life. Far better to possess decency, common sense, creativity and a desire to succeed, these four will see you get more satisfaction from life than a school load of qualifications. Spend a few years in the workplace and get some life experience under your belt, get drunk, fall in love and see some of the world before trying to be Brain of Britain. Employers prefer staff members with life experience who know how to wash behind their ears, qualifications provide none of that.
Other matters now, these last days have been stupidly warm, happily we are due lots of cooling rain which will make things like a sauna instead of an oven. I may even go and do a bit of gardening later on, or maybe something else instead. The cats have each found their own methods of dealing with the weather one sits under an upturned pond liner and sleeps, another sprawls on the floor and sleeps and my queen? well she alternates between sleeping in the shade of the nut tree or being sprawled in the shade of the Fig tree. Sleeping. We can learn lots from cats and Nowness (that of being in the present) is perhaps the most important, the other is not having a reliance of Facebook or other social media to satisfy our needs. Take a few days off of these places and see how much easier your life becomes and how much you get done in terms of personal productivity. Think of FB as akin to Alcohol or some other soporific and you will begin to understand the effect it can have on the brain.
Your time on this planet is finite and your allotted portion passes quickly. Use it wisely to benefit yourself and those you care for, stop giving it people who do not care.
Even though it would be a nice thing to write everyday, there are times when that does not happen. This is due to one thing or another and sometimes something else, the rest of the time I am probably painting.
It is a good thing to remember that creativity comes in many forms and ‘beating’ yourself up cause you have not stuck to your goals is good for nothing. better to just accept you are human and are not infallible. The painting has been taking over these last few days and it is nice to retreat back up to the library and do some writing instead. Being up here means I get to sit in a comfy chair and not be distracted by canvas, paint and brushes.
I am currently working on finishing off the back room, this is after thinking it was all done, when it was not. The wood work is displeasing to my eye and needs correcting, the door frame has been stripped down, the door removed from it’s hinges. Later on I shall probably apply paint stripper to the skirting boards and maybe pull out the fridge and freezer and do behind them too.
So I gave the new mower a test run today, that is a day after putting it together and making sure it stays together,I actually found a couple of little bits that needed clicking on today. The long grass is now short. also the stinging nettles and brambles got their revenge for me pulling them up and otherwise getting rid of them, I don’t mind.
I have even found some time to do some painting and have completed a couple of pieces, they shall be posted soon and then hung up to dry out. Ninja the Tomcat is busy washing himself on the terrace, he will be scrounging for food soon as is his thing, even though he was fed only a few hours ago. He is greedy! The weather is being nice today, quite mild with a bit of cloud, I am getting hungry.
Hunger assuaged to some extent, the pastries are a bit stale and dry but otherwise quite tasty. This small repast is made all the more tasty by listening to the case of some woman in South Wales who was murdered by Gooseberry Tart, naturally it was her husband who had bumped her off. (He was having an affair and wished to be free of her) Arsenic was the method of poisoning in this case. The couple had a large house with servants, like wealthy people did back in 1919. Actually the wine, a Burgundy carried the poison.
Happily for Harold Greenwood, he had a good barrister and proposed to a new lover before his wife’s body was cold, though not literally. My eyes have been giving me a bit of trouble these last days, I have been screwing them up as if they do not like the light or some other factor, perhaps it is artificial light or too much computer time. I have spent more time in the garden today and the symptoms seem to have calmed down a bit. I hope it all clears up very quickly.
Does anyone know how to remove annoying plaque from behind your behind your front teeth. Yes I know, don’t let it build up in the first place. But this is really getting me and having tried everything else including the electric toothbrush as a kind of chisel, I really do not know what else there is. The dentist is closed to non urgent work, so I guess I shall have to get creative.
The man next door is drilling and making the house shake with his vibrations, I wish he would hurry up and finish. I am considering whether to go and dig dirt or leave it all for the time being until later on, actually writing this is part of that exercise. it’s quite simple, shovel dirt up and do a general tidy around, there is not much I can do about the dirt that covers the grass, just let it grow and then mow later.
I may well just do some painting interspersed with little bits on here. There again it’s not as warm as the last few days, and from a gardening perspective that is good, especially if you are doing the heavy lifting variety.
The garden centre has relieved me of some of my income
The last few days have been spent learning, building and developing. I have also installed a second pond and the cloakroom is now done bar the gloss work. This I thought would be wasted time and not needed, but the old work looks shabby and shabbiness has no place here.
Creating the new website took a lot of swearing and shouting and several moments of $%^& THIS, however training in the martial arts if it teaches one thing, is that of perseverance and so I did. I have to say, this is the best looking site I have built so far, it still requires some work but I am happy. It has also required me to sort out and sift through a whole load of artwork and remind me my photography skills need to be brushed up on. So many things need to be polished and perfected.
Such a short life, so much to do, we are born knowing so much and die knowing so little.
The pond now has a lily settling in and some friends for company and the garden looks like a bomb site with all the excavated soil, Now I just have to move it, happily it has a new home.
Needless to say, there is still quite a bit to be done website wise, happily the most part is done. Now I must write and paint and paint some more.
Tonight I shall rest and sleep in my bed and not on the couch.
So the kittens have all gone to their furrever homes all that is bar one who I suspect is staying where they are, at least for the time being. Which meant apart from speaking to the grown up cats and admonishing them for being lazy and all the other silly things you can say to cats, I spent the day doing garden repairs, drinking tea and cracking jokes.
That exercise finished I came home and did some artwork. Sparing myself the bother of painting the back room, that can wait as can any more painting of any flavour today. I am relaxing and watching a film instead and am speaking to J intermittently she is engaging herself in making her dinner, we hope to be making each other dinner very soon, it is just a matter of when.
I want to be doing some changes on here in the next few days or so and start adding galleries and excerpts from stuff I have written, trying to translate my handwriting in one swoop is a trial and a half and it will also mean I can continue work on more material without putting myself off of writing for life by doing things the hard way, or thinking it is a race again.
So the last few days have been spent doing the back room, stripping out that Dog awful stippled paint, taking it all back to bare walls filling holes and painting. The space if you can call it that, actually looks quite nice now though I am too minds whether to bother glossing the woodwork to be honest I am sick to death of it and cannot wait to do something new.
I have also been painting, I don’t mean walls more art, canvas that sort of thing, the torture device has been softened with a cushion. Things are moving along and perhaps the next project will be to find meaningful employment of some sort, the broken tiles on the front door step, can be done in due course, I really want to get the pond all set up and stocked before long however everything happens at the right time and life is not a race, at least not at this stage.
J is very well and has been undermining my farting and belching by saying I am rude, she has a point of course though I am sure she does the same, maybe with not so much gusto and certainly a lot quieter and with less fanfare than mine. In short J is polite I am coarse, or at least choose to be. Perhaps it is time for a change.
Later this morning, I am going to my sisters to do some stuff and say hello to her (kittens.) Honestly they are the most adorable little balls of fur you could ever wish to hold, just like all kittens, I just get sniffed at by my own brood when back at home.
Today was a day of not doing very much, no garden pond, no redecorating, no tidying no nothing a day of relaxation (almost) But I did pick up a paint brush and use it for it’s intended purpose that of applying paint to canvas. I also worked through one of my old set of ramblings and found staying on subject a bit of a chore and not because what I was working from is rambling to say the least and frequently jumping from one subject to another, smoking, alcohol, Pink Floyd, Cannabis Chernobyl and radiation.
It would be easier if I could read my hand writing and feel sorry for anybody who has to read it in my place like someone marking an examination paper, I have argued this one with the university authorities numerous times and explained this and that and the other and they do not want to know. I need an official letter stating I have a hand writing disability or similar type condition. It’s enough to make a cat laugh.
I explained this dilemma to my Tom cat ( that’s him in the photo) and all he did was purr and proceed to lick his backside, he cares… about food, a warm bed and home and not much else.J just pointed out that I repeated myself that’s cut,copy and paste for you and I forgot to check it through or if I did it wasn’t noticed.
I would really like to write more but cannot find the words to write right now, perhaps it is time for bed or something.