not exactly work in progress…

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I’m not sure why i’m making another post here… maybe just to make it more unlikley earlier one’s get missed in the scroll…

I must have that Friday feeling… must I?

Ok, some sensibility would be more appropriate, most likely, but I keep mixing up… or …

not. gee* (location – …obvious… free-writing is supposed to go quicker and make far less sense, I’m sure I’m too … needing my supper/breakfast…at least my salad’s not gone cold…except it is still in the fridge, so it has! One day, something will make sense to someone somewhere…

No dew…


7am, not dew drops, rain drops

7am, yesterday ~ not dew drops, rain drops

I’ve never entered a Daily Post Weekly Photo challenge before. I’m probably late. I might have the wrong prompt in mind – is there such a thing?

so, I think I’ve seen a ‘What’s under your feet?’ prompt or something along those lines. You might argue it hardly fits… but at any time of day I’d have to say ‘I can’t get my camera under there and hit the shutter… and why’d you wanna see my sole?’ …

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Swishing up…? In a public bar…?

Apparently now in ‘Fun Mode’, was I not before…?

Or just trying to find out this time next what IS the daftest post I’ve managed to write on a public post?

NtS: I am wondering how many public blogs are using the P2 theme and structure, what must they look like and how do they work?

I don’t mind a member’s only club with the doors and windows open and the passing public able to see in and maybe give a cheer, a yell, or just having a quiet word to tell me I just left the loos with my skirt caught in the back of my pants…

I don’t ever so feel like a ‘lock-in’ any day or night of the week though…

‘Scuse me while a fetch a nice warm cup of tea while it still is… anyone else?



Just as blogging101 is drawing near to a close I realised this is the blog attached to my registration. So anyone trying to get to my blog(s) from b101 dashboard has only reached this site as far as the access request page – and I’ve been forgetting to check my email because I only ever get marketing email and I’m accessing tasks via the Commons and not my emails.

whoops! I don’t expect I’ve missed many email requests for access if any, but have to try and check back through my email soon. How impolite to potentially have ignored a request! I just click the back button and don’t bother when I reach a private site and usually check for blogs via the gravatar profile…

i was going to wait until I’d learnt more before reviving this site. I hope to one day use it for semi-professional purpose perhaps. I’d like to organise it more like a website than a blog. I have so much to learn about such things. So why use this one as well as having three more? Well, I’ve got lots of potential content I could share from old stuff, but I don’t want it to be messy or sloppy when I do.

© Colette Bates 2015 Image created using SketchBook Express software for Android devices

‘Impossible Blossom’ © Colette Bates 2015
Image created using SketchBook Express software for Android devices

I’d actually hoped to have new stuff to share. There is of a sort from recent activity on my play and learn blogs. The digital image left is one of the first I created with my new tablet at the end of April and first posted here when this site was born. I made very few since and nothing as complete as this.

None of my other three blogs are the kind of theme I’d anticipate using for the type of content or layout I’d like to have here one day, but in no great hurry. I soon realised there is so much to learn first. It will take however long and I need to work out what I want to share why, how and weave it together well. It has to make sense, connect and travel smoothly and seamlessly, multi-directional to an extent. So much to learn first. Menus – i should remember root directories and make sense of structure but then I’d need my content plan ready… I’m having fun with more ‘whimsical’ themes on my fun blogs and creating a little as I go.

Even if I spread my potential content all out in real space and mapped it out, I’d get nowhere fast other than a cluttered floor and surfaces. Then there’s several years worth of digital files I don’t feel like trawling through in  a hurry. Then there’s the muddle I could make of it. I feel a need to be more familiar with tech and content management aspects and it to be second nature. Maybe I’ll never get around to it, there’s no real reason why I should. Other than needing to work somehow some day and not likely to be able to work a conventional job. So, skills practice and ongoing learning, onward…

I won’t be adding this site to my gravatar profile. I will make this site a hub to my fun blogs though perhaps, so anyone who knows me by name and searches WordPress can then find my blogs. Probably no-one would, I can’t see why they might, nor that they’d be interested…

I’m waffling. It’s overnight and night’s soon over. I’m as unproductive and inefficient as is usual whatever the circumstance. Avoid blogging burn-out? I have to hope so. But my to-do list niggles me. I take movement breaks and am most often bed-resting when actually blogging. Browsing blogs and commenting is mostly on my mobile during my movement breaks and while standing. I’m still slow and inefficient but I am human. Sitting down is the worst possible thing I can do for my back so I avoid sitting (it’s not my back that usually causes need for bed-rest). I’ve decided that to be seated is quite an unnatural thing for a person to be doing, i only miss it the times I’m in company – or I’m bearing it as long as I can and in agony, loathing it. It’s funny and annoying to be expected to should sit down to rest with M.E. and for a bad back. Or that not sitting much means it can’t be that bad. gripe.

So, everything here so far, until this post, is as it was, other than some minimal editing to remove most of personal rants from previously posted rambling. The very short posts are unedited and don’t really say anything – other than at those times I wanted to make a post but couldn’t. they’re there to remind me of my progress this last month, in comparison, even though that’s not evident here. This blog’s theme (Sketch) won’t apply the tagline I decided during this post other than to the browser tab – ‘not exactly work in progress’ seems fairly appropriate. I’ve three weeks of blogging101 learning to apply and three more blogs to play and learn at while I work out ‘what am I doing, why?’

i know what I’m not doing. I’m not doing blogging101 again for at least six months plus if at all. Not because it hasn’t been a great learning experience but because this was my second attendance and this time I will have covered the syllabus pretty well. I will have some ongoing tasks and learning activity to achieve to carry forward and revisit but it makes sense better now. I’ll bear in mind a refresher in 6 to 12 months, maybe. I’m not doing blogging201 either, but I might try the tasks in my own time at some point and maybe do it ‘properly’ later. Writing 101 with new tasks is quite tempting but I probably need a rest and I would rather just use the playground for a few weeks and continue learning that way. Maybe I’ll change my mind and sign up just in time to join. See how I feel nearer the off.

No-one’s gonna read this, I’m pandering to myself again. There’ll be birds singing soon, time to catch the dawn sky and the dew drops.

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Togetherness Tuesday

Today, unusually well enough first thing for tackling washing up at last and staying on my feet for longer. First thing being by 11:45 having slept through alarms again and getting up by 9:40. Quite what took until 4:30pm to be having breakfast while not getting anything else done at all and not even switching my puter on to check email etc.

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muddle along mundane monday

This site is currently private for tidying up. Having nabbed my name for my blog site address thinking it could be good for creative stuff eventually then I may not wish to share some details posted and need to tidy up and sort it.

Maybe I’ll adopt the habit of talking to myself in private posts for only me to read then if there’s anything I do wish to share I can copy the post and edit rants, rambles and private details out. Perhaps that’s the way to go.

I think somehow I‘d not got the screen brightness down to lowest possible setting and that’s caused my eye pain flare perhaps.

Today I got up at 11:30, ate toast by 12:40, had to go back to bed by 13:15 and rested most of afternoon. I did go downstairs briefly twice for tea and coffee and snacks (banana, crisps, biscuit. Went downststairs 19:10 to get dinner. Had intended washing up and other tasks but too hurting and shattered. Settled on half a garlic baguette and a pot noodle, down to last fork and no clean plates or tins and needing to eat quite quick. Thought I was still hungry so put three veggie sausage rolls in to bake but by time cooked felt quite full having had more tea and coffee. So maybe supper soon. Couldn’t stay on my feet so came back to bed 21:40, this is my first post today as couldn’t concentrate earlier though I read a bit of other blog stuff, but none of intended interactions. Maybe I’ll manage a little before sleeping.

My gravatar profile needs sorting it’s far too long! Also want to make my avatar that nice circle. Another time. Had also best do my Monday mixt-ape feature…

Seriously worn out and generally quite not well. Getting nothing much done most days, not managing to get food enough even with lots of food available and desperately in need of a shower but too tired and ill since…



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Time flies

Only two more days and June’s flown by. A blink of an eye ago I was shocked it was June and May had just disapppeared. The saying “time flies when you’re having fun”  could be applied but it’d be quite far from the truth.

Space for more here…

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June -oh!

Already the first of June! The last month flew by, apparently – ME and my ‘deceptive calendar mind’ (the Cardiacs)… I’m not getting on so well with a virtual keyboard and a device that’s too heavy to hold so not enjoying this (tablet) for writing as much as I hoped, though it’s easier than my out-dated mobile, other than the weight. Still giving myself headaches looking at screens – but it’s better to take my tablet and go back to bed and try some use of myself and it before I switch off.

I was so enthused for Sketchbook Express too but haven’t used that in as long either, so no new fancy pics to share yet. On a more upbeat note I’ve been learning a fair bit about writing poetry with the online MOOC from Iowa Uni and managed to scrape through to the end. I must have been eating poetry most days as there’s more food left still than there should be and I can’t recall the last time I made a full proper meal for just having to grab something quick and easy.

Roll on July and some warm weather cos I’m still frozen even at twenty one degrees. Apart from not needing a hat I’m as uncomfortably cold as when it was only fourteen degrees indoors (welfare allowance maximum average temperature last winter to ensure comfortable environment for the dog in one room of the house).

So, I’m embarrassing myself again now! Probably a good time to stop writing and get some rest…