I am feeling better today. I’m not sure if it was a bug I had or symptoms of the Crohn’s Disease that I am suspected of having.  Lots of visits to the smallest room, and, at times, overwhelming tiredness. I’ve never been one for wanting to take naps during the day, let alone want to crawl into bed mid-afternoon, but thats how I have felt since Monday.

Anyway, enough of that. On a positive side, I’m sitting here writing this in the back yard in the sunshine and it’s gloriously warm too. There’s an abscence of any chilly wind that so often spoils a fair weather day here, even, sometimes, in summer.

The General Election campaign is underway with the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, and other party heads on the stump around the country. I already know how I am voting so I tend to take everything I hear, see or read with a pinch of salt. Not that Im not interested, but whatever any one of the parties says can be boosted or kncked back, depending on one’s viewpoint in the first place.

I don’t feel that the UK is quite as polarized politically as the United States though. We certanly dont throw such obscene amounts  of money at elections as our American cousins do, that’s for sure!

Dinner this evening is going to be quite simple. I’ve roasted some chicken drumsticks, and made a basic salad with lettuce, red onion, celery, peppers, tomatoes, parmesan, and diced bacon. With another glass of this rather delightful South African Chenin Blanc, it should go down a treat.

The First Of May

It’s quite rare that Bank Holiday Monday, or May Day, actually falls on May 1st, but this year it has.

I woke up around eight this morning, and Kathy got up ready for work, and left around nine thirty; she got a lift from Amers, her manager, as she was a little late leaving.

I made some coffee but was feeling quite crappy this morning,  so I had a lie-down again. Did meditation, and thought about going back to sleep but decided I’d get up and try and get into the swing of the day a bit, so here I am typing away at my Mac.

At my Mac

Mind, you, as any geeks knows, working at a computer soon calls for a coffee break…

Getting Going with Stuff

It’s a lovely spring day here today. Mostly blue sky and plenty of sunshine. It’s the last day of GMT too; the clocks go forward here overnight, so tomorrow it won’t get dark until around 7.30pm or so. That’s always a bonus. I’m sure I get a touch of SAD during the winter.

Anyway, I’ve gotten into the meditation habit over the last month or so, and haven’t missed a day, yet. I’m also working on reading more books and I’ve bought a few more, both print and digital. My target is a very modest twelve books this year, but I’m behind with that already.  I spend too much time online. Not so much on social media (which I dip in and out of), but a lot of time reading more articles via news sites, blogs, Medium and Digg.

I am finding getting the mindfulness going is helping me to feel less stressed and more relaxed in general, and Im looking to help me develop more patience in difficult or confrontational periods.

Yes, I am still a bit of a caffeine junkie, but I’ve had to cut back on it to a large extent, as it doesn’t do wonders for acid reflux and certainly not for IBS! 

In the organizational arena, I’ve got  new software for managing tasks – Omnifocus 2 – and a great new calendar app – Fantastical. Im finding these really helpful. 

Right now, I’m in the middle of a four day work break, and I’m using the time to both do some tasks, such as starting on a clear out around the house. I’m taking a look at minimalism too, which is a big thing for me, as I tend to be a hoarder. 

Yesterday, we had a clear out of old paperwork, and I’m going to get started on my clothes soon. 

That about wraps up the day so far, so I’m going to get back to that coffee you see in the photograph above, and enjoy the rest of my day.

Ramblings and thoughts from a 50-something currently lurking in London