Today was a day for packing parcels and listing foreign banknotes on eBay. also rang for a blood test appointment. There were queues of 12, 18 and 9. I didn’t fancy any of them but eventually, at about 2pm, decided that I would have to join the queue of twelve. It took me 31 minutes to get through. Thirty one minutes of appalling twangy music. The time was incidental to the mental anguish of the music. Every so often a dopey male voice came on the line to tell me I was “now in position . . .” and a female voice then added a number. It’s all very strange but at least they have removed the bit where they say my call is important to them.
Fortunately there were no customers and no phone calls in that time. I say “fortunately” but customers are really the point of having a shop . . .
I have a blood test appointment for 8.45 on Wednesday, which will give me plenty of time to help Julia with the list of errands that need doing. I’m looking forward to my “day off”.
I’ll tell you one thing that has really suffered during my recent illnesses – fluency. I used to be able to sit down and rattle off 250 words without thinking. They just came into my head. They weren’t all coherent, or spelt correctly, or even grammatical at times, but they were there. Now I struggle to find 150.
Even now, after over an hour of trying (not, I admit, continuous effort) I’m only just creeping up to 250, my self imposed lower limit.
And now I’ve done it, I’m going to bed. See you tomorrow.
Julia saw an iridescent cloud today. I didn’t even know they existed. She sees better things than I do.
I had never heard of an iridescent cloud. Thanks for the link! Very cool.
Now I want to see one! 🙂
Now, thanks to Julia and to her chronicler I have a cloud to look out for
It just goes to prove we are never too 0ld to see something new.
Try to take it easy. It takes it out of the body and mind. It takes time to recover.
I keep reminding myself – but another voice tells me to stop being lazy . . .
Julia was lucky. Those clouds are are good to see.
On the fluency front, take a tip from me. When things get hard, lower your ambitions. It works every time.
I’m already starting from a fairly low point!
Thanks for the cloud link, Quercus. We see those from time to time here. They are beautiful atmospheric phenomena. You would probably like this book.
Hang in there, give yourself time to recover from the virus. Get lots of sleep. It is good for the brain.
I was surprised by the variety of cloud effects listed on the internet – I must look up more.
COVID brain. A little like chemo brain and radiation brain perhaps.
And, to be honest, a little bit like old age . . .