36 Minutes

I have a post mainly written, but it still needs a bit of work. Therefore the post for 23rd May 2020 will be on the subject of having 36 minutes to write and post before midnight. It’s not an original subject as I have written similar posts many times – the only thing that dioffers is the number of minutes.

There have been two bright spots in my day. One was looking at the pictures in the previous three posts. I really enjoyed getting out and sitting in the sun. The second was hunting down a hot water bottle and sitting with my hands wrapped round it. As if by magic my finger joints unlocked and as I type I almost have two trouble-free hands again.

Simple pleasures…

That’s 125 words and I still have 28 minutes left.

There was actually a fourth highlight – when I was able to click “Dismiss” on the screen when it told me I could use the new editor. As it was a couple of days ago I have already linked to that post. I will, however, link to the Arkwright post once more, as I just noticed it whilst linking to the other posts. That was also a high point of the day. There’s something about the incongruity of a tortoise walking along the footpath that means you have to smile even if you don’t like tortoises.

Arkwright the Tortoise

Arkwright the Tortoise

It’s one of those episodes where truth is stranger than fiction. Over the years I’ve written up several such incidents, either as short stories, haibun or poems, and they have always been returned. Once or twice the rejecting editor (the commonest sort) has expressed scepticism about the incident. Sometimes people just don’t appreciate the truth.

Talking of highlights – we had rhubarb and apple crumble with custard for tea. One of the surprising elements of lockdown has been Julia cooking a lot of crumbles. I like crumbles. I like them even better with custard.

So, to sum up.

Reasons to be cheerful –

Sunshine, fresh air, flowers, Julia, tortoises, hot water bottles.

Twelve minutes to go. I’m getting quite fast at writing inconsequential drivel.

Thirty two minutes, including loading photos and tags. Phew!





18 thoughts on “36 Minutes

  1. tootlepedal

    The trouble free hands must be very enjoyable. For some reason I have been enjoying trouble free feet so there must be something in the air.

  2. charliecountryboy

    Haha, yes I also took great delight in the dismiss button. I love change but abhor change for change sake and after the last one, I am sceptical. As far as your thriller goes I would die. I tried a cryptic crossword once, needless to say my wife at the time didn’t speak to me for a few days πŸ˜‰

      1. quercuscommunity

        I am getting an idea for a character. Scotsman, kilt, hairy knees, doomed as a result of not being able to do crosswords. I’ll throw in a strange smell and a reanimating mummy in the cellar…

    1. quercuscommunity

      I have another project on at the moment (see next post for details) but will file it for future use. πŸ™‚ maybe a thriller about a man who has 36 minutes to complete a cryptic crossword before disaster overtakes him. Would you be available as my Cruciverbalistic Advisor?

  3. Anonymous

    Enjoyed this post today. Lovely pics and good reading. I could relate to it as well πŸ™‚


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