It’s getting late. I have, once again, messed up the shopping online and I am beginning to worry about my inability to concentrate. I have only read one proper book in the last eight months and my memory has taken a dive over the last month or so, resulting in a number of shopping debacles.
I’m blaming COVID for the general inability to concentrate and the heat for the recent failures to do the shopping. It’s easier than admitting I’m getting old, and more comfortable than worrying about dementia.
You can tell people are getting desperate looking for extra cash – someone rang to tell us he had a 1971 1/2p and enquire if it was worth anything. The unfortunate fact is that the phone call cost more than the coin is worth. Even if you could find someone who would accept the coin, which was demonetarised in 1984, it would only be worth face value because so many (over a thousand million in 1971) were issued.
At that point, I thought I would add a link and explain the difference between an American billion (a thousand million), which is actually a milliard, and a UK billion (a million million). However, it seems that Harold Wilson changed the definition for government business in 1974 and I am behind the times. He didn’t actually change the definition of billion within the UK but the lesser meaning seems to have crept in anyway. Today it has been my turn to learn something, and it isn’t that I’m wrong about the definition of a billion.
This evening I took some pictures of bees and teasel. The teasel is beginning to look quite bare.
Good pictures today in spite of everything.
That is a lovely teasel bloom, and it is good to see bees. We have a shortage of them this year.
We have been short of them – still are really, as we had a lot more in the last few years.
I shudder at the thought . . .:-)
Beesel and tea.
An expression that deserves to apply to something good. Now, if I could only think of one.
Wonderful bee and teasel pictures! Sorry about the reading.
Fortunately I can still read shorter articles and poems, but I am missing the ability to read a big chunk of book.
I do believe that inability to read a big book is to be blamed on COVID – and perhaps the shopping orders too. I know younger people who were confused and unable to concentrate after COVID. Fortunately, it comes back. Just be patient.
Taking lovely pictures of flowers and bees is a good substitute for reading books. When you mentioned a teasel in an earlier post, I wondered what it looked like – had never heard of it. So I am glad to see one.
I wasn’t sure about Long Covid, as the symptoms seemed much the same as the symptoms of old age. 🙂 As it carries on, I’m starting to wonder again . . .
I bet! Do you think it’s because of long covid?
At first I thought it was just old age creeping on. I’m still not sure, as bad sleep habits and hot weather don’t help, or my various worries (though I’m gradually working my way through them).
Whatever it is, so sorry!
It will come right. It always does. 🙂