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You can do it put your back into it

At some point I will need a rest and return to work


Inverness

Since my last journal entry the weather has continued to be glorious! Long sunny days spent catching up on the list and expanding it. For the most part I am feeling pretty content at this point, I am guessing I maybe have a month before I go back to work? Maybe?

Everyone who is anyone seems to be cycling, so this has inspired me to take my mountain bike out of the garage for an inspection. It is not bad shape thanks mainly to being an alloy frame. A couple of new tubes and some maintenance and it should be ready to roll once again. I don't know if I will cycle much its more about going against the advice I have had from several people to ‘buy a new one’. Since I am talking about the shit show which is the garage that particular job is going to be a back breaker, but I started it today which has bore several interesting ideas. These have filtered down to new tasks on the list below.

Things done

  • Convert an electric cooker into a garden incinerator
  • Buy the parts and build a new daily driver computer
  • Order some heavy duty line for the brush cutter
  • Modify a Thermaltake Versa H18 computer case
  • Move half a ton of stones to around the pond
  • Make a saw horse for cutting fire wood
  • Order a new wheel for the lawn mower
  • Get the brush cutter running better
  • Dismantle Scaffolding and move it
  • Jump ship from Windows onto Linux
  • Build a new daily driver computer
  • Move building bricks and blocks
  • Sort my electronics scrap pile
  • Tidy and clear the yard area
  • Tidy and clear the pond
  • Get my step count up
  • Scan all my art again
  • Sign up to Spotify
  • Move scaffolding
  • More Gardening
  • Eat less bat
  • Gardening

Things still to do

  • Clear and flatten the compost area for a Greenhouse/potting shed and vegetable plot next year
  • Have a look at either replacing the garage side door or giving it a serious makeover
  • Tackle the garage and regain some order before tackling the new storage
  • Refurbish a Nintendo Gameboy classic with a new shell and speaker
  • Plan and build workbenches and shelving for the garage
  • Clean and restore some tools with white distilled vinegar
  • Do some maintenance on my neglected mountain bike
  • Take out the old garage windows and replace them
  • Fix the ridge tiles and fix the roof of the house
  • Order another new wheel for the lawn mower
  • Move half a ton of stones into the garden
  • Stock take of new electronic components
  • Learn a new programming language
  • Listen to more short wave radio
  • Replace the garage windows
  • Update my curriculum vitae
  • Build two more websites
  • Keep my step count up
  • Create lots of sexy art
  • Finish this website
  • Read more

The last piece came in the post from Spain the other day to complete my new daily driver computer. A large adhesive stencil of a penguin, since I have jumped ship. I was a constant dabbler with Linux but it was gaming that kept me coming back to Windows. Now with Proton and Steam Play, my wait is over. I am not going to bore you with my thoughts on Linux or Windows. Ive been using Windows on my main desktop computer for a very long time and normally had Linux installed on a laptop. This has now reversed and I cant see it reverting back anytime soon.

So keeping busy and more importantly getting things done. After having several conversations with people, some are getting very active like myself and others are more stationary. The two different camps are dealing with the event in their own way. For me having a routine and having a list of jobs has been a perfect fit. Although I am looking forward to returning to work for a bit of a break. The photograph for this post was from my weekly shopping trip into Inverness.

Written by Paul on June 4, 2020 | Posted on June 14, 2020 - #BatFreeDiet

Welcome survivor

It has been 150 days since the event started.


A pattern left my the retreating tide on sand

Since being placed on furlough I have been thoroughly enjoying myself, thankfully no one in my immediate circle of friends, family or my girl have shuffled off the mortal coil. I normally work a permanent night shift so waking up after a nights sleep is epic, loving the normal sleep pattern. So I have been starting my days by sitting myself down on the door step in my dressing gown, cup of tea/cigarette in hand and I marvel at the stillness. These are moments when I think, are people are still eating bat? I wonder if like the vegetarian alternatives to meat has a company starting working on an alternative to bat. Personally I have to admit to never thinking that a bat was anything else than a poor, troubled cousin to a bird never mind a meal. My thoughts and prayers are with you if your going gold turkey.

I was dead for millions of years before I was born and it never inconvenienced me a bit.

Mark Twain

I accepted my mortality very early on in life but took me a lot longer to start making the most of life. Thank god I am not on Twitter any more, that and Facebook must be terrible at the moment. So being free from the distraction, misinformation, conspiracies, exaggerated and self-indulgent feelings means I can concentrate on my priorities. With these people who I hold dear safe and sound I can spend my time being productive, I have even made a to-do list.

Things done

  • Convert an electric cooker into a garden incinerator
  • Modify a Thermaltake Versa H18 computer case
  • Move half a ton of stones to around the pond.
  • Make a saw horse for cutting fire wood
  • Get the brush cutter running better
  • Move building bricks and blocks
  • Tidy and clear the pond
  • Get my step count up
  • Sign up to Spotify
  • Move scaffolding
  • Eat less bat
  • Gardening

Things still to do

  • Fix the ridge tiles and fix the roof of the house
  • Move half a ton of stones into the garden
  • Dismantle Scaffolding and move that
  • Learn a new programming language
  • Listen to more short wave radio
  • Sort my electronics scrap pile
  • Update my curriculum vitae
  • Build two more websites
  • Keep my step count up
  • Create lots of sexy art
  • Scan all my art again
  • Finish this website
  • More Gardening
  • Read more

Part of my routine has been listening to podcasts again when I have run out of puff from the constant and ongoing battle with the garden, very relaxing. I used to listen religiously during the small hours at work but lost my way over a year ago when I went from working by myself, to having company. The same unfortunate pattern occurred again it came to reading and drawing as well. When the dust settles on current events I will be returning to what worked best for me on my shift, although ultimately I want to move on to another exciting opportunity by the end of the year. Anyway, I had a little splurge on a BluDento Bluetooth receiver for better sound which is also handy for software-defined radio (SDR). Since my desktop failed last month I have been using my ThinkPad laptop but I have already started to order the parts for a new desktop. All this of course feeds my inner nerd who has been neglected for a while.

Oh and welcome to my journal, maybe should have made of this being the first post.

Written by Paul on April 15, 2020 | Posted on April 27, 2020 - #MyFavouriteSoap

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A 45 year old man from the Highlands of Scotland doing creative things that make him happy and also to keep the rust out.


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