Change the World Wednesday – 21st Aug


I don’t need one of these, I have a bladder

*Looks at clock* 2am!

I am insane, yes this week I needed an early morning pee, earlier than normal.

One of the problems of getting old, your bladder loses it’s clock function.

So one tends be up at all hours, bladders don’t have any respect.

It’s a good thing my split days have finished, so I get to sleep in when & where. Time is again mine.

I had another sign that I am not getting any younger. Saturday night, I got dizzy lost my balance, and again more seriously on Sunday morning. My neighbours took me to a local medical centre where I got a jab in the bum and some pills and told to rest.

What’s this ‘rest’ thing? Teachers don’t just ‘rest’. If teachers just ‘rested’ whenever they wanted, the world would come to an end. I went to work Monday night, dopey but I managed to teach without falling into an undignified anamorphic heap on the floor. Although, I nearly did last night because my pill taking got out of kilter with my teaching times. Lesson learned; take pills to work.

Last week, I wrote about my modest garden and preserving. I snapped a few photos for you.

Tomatoes are ripening

Tomatoes are ripening

Already eaten one, made two lovely salad rolls, another is in the vege stand and I am looking forward to making a little ketchup.

You can't see them, but there are little peppers growing

You can’t see them, but there are little peppers growing

Just look at all those little white flowers, each one will become a robust red cayenne pepper.

Modest at the moment

Modest at the moment

But I have already plucked and used some of my parsley.

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Let’s get on with this week’s CTWW.

Canceling Subscriptions.

Cancel magazine subscriptions. Instead, read magazines online or at the library. Have any old publications sitting around your home? Donate them to libraries, medical/dental offices or recycle them.


OR …

If you don’t subscribe to any publications, get your name off catalog and junk-mail lists. Check out Catalog Choice, National Do Not Mail List or contact companies and ask that they remove your name from their mailing list or ADD your name to their “do not mail” list (whichever they use).

Okay, well, this one is easy. I don’t have magazine or newspaper subscriptions. ALL my reading is via the net. I work on the basis that if it’s not on the net, it’s not worth knowing.

I don’t get junk mail from companies, that’s rare in Brazil, but we do get little fliers (A6 size stuff usually). If they are on plain paper, they get tossed on the compost as I walk past (‘ashes to ashes’ theory); if they’re glossy, they go in the rubbish; if they are bigger supermarket fliers, they go back to the supermarket.

Problem solved, challenge met!

The world still needs real books

The world still needs real books

I do like books, though. If I had access to books in English, I would buy them (secondhand). I just love the feel and the smell of paper. I have read one novel on the net, and didn’t like the experience; there is something cosy about curling up with a book in bed for that twenty minutes before lights out. Laptops, etc, just don’t cut the mustard, they’re not comforting like a real book.

Just a language note here. I mentioned “books in English”, I can read books in Portuguese and Spanish, but because they’re not my first language and I don’t have the same intimacy in the other languages despite being proficient in both.

The world does need books. Electronic means for recreational purposes is just too stark and sterile for an old romantic.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Just yes. Well not to growing toms as I am useless at that, but chillies yes, no junk mail yes, books (in spanish or english) yes. No novels on computer, another yes. I have a good collection of Spanish classics when El Pais was offering them for a euro a time with the purchase of the daily paper, I am gradually working my way through them. I’ve got a French book on the go too. My Portuguese isn’t that good though 😦



  2. I hope you’re feeling better, AV! Getting dizzy to the point of losing your balance isn’t good!!

    Your tomato plant is just loaded … beautiful … and such large tomatoes, too! And it looks like you’re going to have a bumper crop of peppers. Mmm!

    I’m like you … nothing quite beats a “real” book. I’m a “regular” at our library … I’m actually like a kid in a candy store. 🙂 Last year I was given a Kindle for my birthday. I truly thought that I wouldn’t like but … I love it! It rarely needs to be charged and, at about the size of a medium sized book, it’s easy to hold. Amazon offers so many free books that I’m in “reading heaven”.



    • >Small, no dizzy spells today; I’m keeping an eye on the medication. It appears that I have an inner ear infection messing with my balance.

      I am expecting a bumper crop of both, I have two other pepper bushes and another tomato plant ready to flower.

      I’ll stick to books… Haven’t read one for ages.




  3. I hope you are feeling better soon. I too have periods of dizziness and it’s not fun.

    Magazine are something I quit as well, most of what I enjoy reading I can get at the library, online,or are passed to me from friends and neighbors. But like you books I need to always have.



  4. Love the pix of your garden plants. What lovely tomatoes, pepper, and parsley! I think they’re just as decorative as flowers (not that I don’t like those, too).

    Yes, I love printed books, too, and even from an ecological standpoint I’m not sure that electronic is better. People are all too ready to junk their readers or other devices in favor of whatever new gadget/”upgrade” comes along. Unfortunately, some are available only electronically, leading me to contemplate the purchase of an e-reader nonetheless.

    Hope you’re feeling better. Take care of yourself! (Men don’t always seem to do this ).

    Best wishes



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