A Rambling Post About Some Stuff And Also Some Other Stuff

James Proclaims (4)

Hello people who read this blog. I hope you are well. I’m writing this on Sunday evening, although this post, if I finish it, will not hit the blogosphere until Monday morning. Probably at 5am, as that seems to be the fairly arbitrary time I generally elect to schedule my posts to appear.

I used to schedule my posts for 9am, and I’m certain there was a reason I switched to 5am. I can’t remember what it was though. It matters not. It is what it is.

I don’t really have a particular idea for this post. I’m just writing whatever comes into my head. Which isn’t much it would seem. I’m mainly writing this because otherwise my blog runs the risk of becoming exclusively a poetry blog. It was never meant to be a poetry blog, but poetry appears to be the best route to maintaining a daily blogging streak, which stretches back to mid-March. It’s not hugely important that I blog every day but I am really close to breaking my ‘200 posts in 200 consecutive days’ record that I achieved between November 2017 and May 2018. Given that streak was then followed by a near 18-month absence from blogging at all, I’m not entirely sure why I want to beat my personal best. But it has become a thing, and in the absence of many other (achievable) life goals at the moment, I could do with the win.

As I say, I’m pretty sure I could beat the record easily enough if I rely solely on poetry. I’ve already written everything else I’m going to publish this week so I didn’t even need to write this post. But I just thought something that wasn’t a poem might be good. Even if it was just ‘whatever this is’.

At the moment I’m expecting to go into work tomorrow, but the way things are progressing in the UK, we could well be heading for another lockdown. Maybe not tomorrow. Not where I live anyway. It’s already happening in some parts of the UK though and there’s no reason to assume anywhere will completely avoid it.

Who could have predicted that back in June when Boris et al. started easing restrictions? Apart from everybody who was paying attention I mean? Those of us who were ‘staying alert’ like Bo Jo told us to, could see this coming quite easily.

Anyway, just because the UK government has displayed a level of ineptitude in all areas of, y’know, government, since they took power, there is no reason not to have every faith in them now, as they guide us towards Covid safety and a seamless Brexit, all in time for the best Christmas ever.

In some ways, it is a relief to already know what my plans are for Christmas this year. It can often be a bit of a headache trying to coordinate my movements with those of my family and friends. But I’m pretty sure we’ll all be staying home this year. Hopefully with sufficient toilet paper.

Still, it’s not all doom and gloom. Anyone in the face-mask making sector must be raking it in and the inevitable festive face-masks, which will surely be hitting out stores soon, will be an added boon.

And actually, because many of us are now being very careful and considerate when it comes to the spreading of germs, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been afflicted by any ailments. Other than sleep deprivation. And that’s really the fault of my toddler, rather than any airborne pathogens.

Anyway, that’s it for this rambling post. It will be a poem tomorrow. A haiku I think. I mean not really a haiku, because I realised recently that the seventeen syllable dittys that I claim are haikus are really more akin to senryus. But I think that probably only applies if you actually write in Japanese, so I’m going to keep calling my efforts haikus even though they might not be.

Anyway, one of those is on the way tomorrow. And some other poetry will be appearing on other days along with some more ‘art’ from Little Proclaims on Thursday.

And then it will be the weekend again. Which still currently means something in terms of my weekly routine but may mean nothing at all by the time it arrives.

  21 comments for “A Rambling Post About Some Stuff And Also Some Other Stuff

  1. September 21, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Dang. If only I’d invested in the face mask industry back in February. #instantmillionaire #dontletagoodpandemicgotowaste

    Liked by 3 people

    • September 21, 2020 at 6:01 am

      I think the face mask ship has sailed but don’t despair, this pandemic still has a lot to give…

      Liked by 3 people

  2. September 21, 2020 at 7:06 am

    If you want an excuse to keep writing daily, start doing a prompt.

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 23, 2020 at 7:12 am

      Tried prompts once or twice before- I can see why other people like them, but I never found they really helped. Either I’m in the mood for writing or I’m not, but each to their own.

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      • September 23, 2020 at 12:25 pm

        I’m the same. If my brain is achng for me to write something, the words will just flow, but if I try to force it, more often than not whatever I end up writing is less than adequate and I feel I have wasted my time. “Go with the flow” is my motto.


  3. September 21, 2020 at 8:28 am

    You have enough posts, I have been stockpiling custard creams just in case (although this has had the unfortunate effect of me eating more than usual due to us ‘having plenty’), so bring on the lockdown, we’re ready!

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    • September 21, 2020 at 8:50 am

      You’re right, I could easily recycle posts to get myself ‘over the line’ but what is the point of arbitrary worthless goals if you cheat? I may have answered my own question. I feel I have been negligent on the custard cream front too…

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      • September 21, 2020 at 9:04 am

        Ah, well I did mean you have apparently got new posts for the near future already, rather than reposting older ones, but I suppose you could mix the odd old one in as say, a ‘Froback Friday’ and the bots would never notice.

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    • September 23, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      We stockpiled toilet paper, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, COFFEE etc, but not by filling trolleys up at the supermarket. We always keep a few things in hand and often bulk buy to save money, usually when things are on sale or from Amazon.
      Didn’t end up putting any weight on until June, even though I was on furlough for 2 months, because I was busy in the garden and doing other DIY work around the house, going out walking etc. Unfortunately, when I went back to work, working from home, there was no time to go walking or do the garden most days, and I have gained a stone 😦 Need to lose it, but spending time writing isn’t the answer to that unfortunately.


  4. September 21, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Your mention of festive face masks prompted me to search for “Halloween face masks”

    They’re a thing! I must go shopping immediately 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 23, 2020 at 7:13 am

      I suppose Halloween is the natural home for mask wearing

      Liked by 1 person

  5. September 21, 2020 at 11:45 am

    I have a feeling Santa will be fulfilling a lot of toilet paper wishes this year.

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 23, 2020 at 7:14 am

      Still probably best to get your letter off early this year

      Liked by 1 person

  6. September 21, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    I’ve already installed my whole body sanitiser unit in the chimney, and found a suitable song that lasts exactly two minutes. Feel free to join in.

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 23, 2020 at 7:14 am

      Can’t argue with the song choice

      Liked by 1 person

  7. September 21, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    That was a beautiful, poetic post.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 23, 2020 at 7:15 am

      Hmmm. I see what you did there.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. September 21, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    I often ramble too, it’s a great way to write an article of a decent length about pretty much nothing when you can’t think of anything to write about. Shame we aren’t scriptwriters for Seinfeld, that’s basically what the show was about, nothing!

    Well, I don’t think we will be back on national lockdown this week, but thanls to the idiots who haven’t been obeying the rules, I’m pretty sure we will be next week. I have been working from home for 6 months and managing to enjoy the fine weather, but I’m really not looking forward to being stuck indoors for weeks on end because it’s too holdm wet or windy to go out in the garden.
    I think it’s going to be a long long winter.

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    • September 23, 2020 at 7:15 am

      Being stuck at home would be a good excuse to watch Seinfeld again…


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