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A Day in my Life  

hotdreamer1000 62M
8876 posts
7/22/2021 2:36 am

Last Read:
8/10/2021 9:33 am

A Day in my Life


(For glitch free version see first comment. )

Wake early. Go back sleep.

Get , wash, make tea see if there is any work do. There isn't. Make more tea.

Open door go out and drink tea in garden before it gets too hot to go out. Flies rush in. Flies buzz round trying to find their way out again.

Spend morning killing flies. Sometimes, compassionately, open window, folded magazine in hand and say "out or<b> death.</font></b>" They want to go out but can't find the way. More flies come in.

Fly gets caught by spider on the window sill. Ghastly.

Have lunch. check Senior Sizzle to see if I have any new comments. I haven't.

Spend afternoon clearing mess left by dead flies and spiders and wiping away cobwebs. Have a cup of tea and watch spider re-building it's web.

(I have pause here. The two flies that prompted start writing this blog are currently flying back and forwards IN BETWEEN AND THE SCREEN, buzzing loudly. They have five minutes live.)

Brave the heat and go for evening walk by river. Lovely. return, check doorway for flies before opening. One tries rush , but I repel it and shut the door.

Eat, sleep repeat.

hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
7/22/2021 2:39 am

Wake up early. Go back to sleep.

Get up, wash, make tea see if there is any work to do. There isn't. Make more tea.

Open door to go out and drink tea in garden before it gets too hot to go out. Flies rush in. Flies buzz round trying to find their way out again.

Spend morning killing flies. Sometimes, compassionately, open window, folded magazine in hand and say "out or death." They want to go out but can't find the way. More flies come in.

Fly gets caught by spider on the window sill. Ghastly.

Have lunch. check Senior Sizzle to see if I have any new comments. I haven't.

Spend afternoon clearing up mess left by dead flies and spiders and wiping away cobwebs. Have a cup of tea and watch spider re-building it's web.

(I have to pause here. The two flies that prompted me to start writing this blog are currently flying back and forwards IN BETWEEN ME AND THE SCREEN, buzzing loudly. They have five minutes to live.)

Brave the heat and go for evening walk by river. Lovely. On return, check doorway for flies before opening. One tries to rush me, but I repel it and shut the door.

Eat, sleep repeat.

Right, I'm going to kill those bloody flies now.


ltrskr 74M  
5151 posts
7/22/2021 2:54 am

My day: Start off slow, then taper off........


agelesssexylegs 79F
1145 posts
7/22/2021 3:30 am

Well that is one way to pass the day,you must have a strong bladder to drink all that tea,is it builders tea?

As for the flies,do you not have a swatter or an insect door screen to keep the blighters out


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
7/22/2021 6:42 am

    Quoting ltrskr:
    My day: Start off slow, then taper off........
Ha ha, yes, good one.


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
7/22/2021 6:48 am

    Quoting agelesssexylegs:
    Well that is one way to pass the day,you must have a strong bladder to drink all that tea,is it builders tea?

    As for the flies,do you not have a swatter or an insect door screen to keep the blighters out
I suppose I could have an insect screen, but I have never really thought of it. Are they commonly fitted on front doors in Norfolk? The flies are only a serious problem round here for a few weeks every year. I find a folded magazine far more effective than a swatter, plus there is usually one to hand when I need it!

As for tea, Earl Grey for preference. You only need a strong bladder (not that mine isn't,) if you plan to hold it in all day, which fortunately I don't need to do - my house does have modern sanitary facilities.


smartasswoman 64F  
35813 posts
7/22/2021 11:13 am

Here’s a comment for you!

I have a housefly that’s been buzzing around intermittently and I’m too lazy to get up and chase it. Keep hoping it’ll die a natural death but it’s been a week now...


SweetMysterie 49F
3641 posts
7/22/2021 5:06 pm

Although I find flies quite annoying (as most of us probably do) I think I could tolerate them if it meant sharing some Earl Grey in the garden each morning and enjoying a lovely walk by the river every evening.

As for the flies . . . I've always wanted to try a Venus Fly Trap. I might just look into that, though I'm not sure how well it would survive our cold winters.



“As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.” ~ JB Wirthlin



cnnamon242 63F
1780 posts
7/23/2021 12:45 am

What kind of tea?

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
7/23/2021 1:13 am

    Quoting smartasswoman:
    Here’s a comment for you!

    I have a housefly that’s been buzzing around intermittently and I’m too lazy to get up and chase it. Keep hoping it’ll die a natural death but it’s been a week now...
Ha ha! Thanks. Yes, a week is a long time. They get even more annoying as they get tired I find.


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
7/23/2021 1:16 am

    Quoting SweetMysterie:
    Although I find flies quite annoying (as most of us probably do) I think I could tolerate them if it meant sharing some Earl Grey in the garden each morning and enjoying a lovely walk by the river every evening.

    As for the flies . . . I've always wanted to try a Venus Fly Trap. I might just look into that, though I'm not sure how well it would survive our cold winters.
Nice point Sweet - and I agree. I am very lucky to live near a beautiful river and to have a pretty garden to have tea in! If you ever find yourself in Bloghampton look me up and I will make you a cup. I'll get rid of the flies first.

This morning I managed to stop any getting in. Peace at last!


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
7/23/2021 4:10 am

Earl Grey usually.


hippiechick1967 58F
13154 posts
7/23/2021 7:27 am

I'm in Austin, Texas visiting and the flies here are terrible. They mostly are outside and in the kitchen. I pay the kids a quarter a fly to swat them.

When you get up, you look to see if there's any work to do - what kind of work?

Elevate me...


marysia4u 66F
15417 posts
7/24/2021 6:04 pm

I have screens on all my windows and doors, but sometimes they still get in.

I was supposed to have started a new job (finally) then lock down started. 4 weeks so far. Living on my own I was starting to go stir crazy, so I made a plan... do some tasks each day I've been putting off, then make myself a coffee (don't like tea) and sandwich then off to the local park for a picnic in my car. It's warmer in my car than at home with it being Winter here if you can call it Winter.

If it's not windy next week, I'll have a walk around the oval. Getting out of the house has helped my state of mine. No end in sight of the lock down being lifted. Didn't help that 3,500 idiots rioted in the city yesterday, no masks of cause.


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
7/26/2021 6:48 am

    Quoting hippiechick1967:
    I'm in Austin, Texas visiting and the flies here are terrible. They mostly are outside and in the kitchen. I pay the kids a quarter a fly to swat them.

    When you get up, you look to see if there's any work to do - what kind of work?
A quarter a fly? Wow, they must make a killing ha har!

I help people agree business contracts.


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
7/26/2021 6:50 am

    Quoting marysia4u:
    I have screens on all my windows and doors, but sometimes they still get in.

    I was supposed to have started a new job (finally) then lock down started. 4 weeks so far. Living on my own I was starting to go stir crazy, so I made a plan... do some tasks each day I've been putting off, then make myself a coffee (don't like tea) and sandwich then off to the local park for a picnic in my car. It's warmer in my car than at home with it being Winter here if you can call it Winter.

    If it's not windy next week, I'll have a walk around the oval. Getting out of the house has helped my state of mine. No end in sight of the lock down being lifted. Didn't help that 3,500 idiots rioted in the city yesterday, no masks of cause.


It sounds very similar to what we have had to put up with here. Not easy, but doable one day at a time. Good luck with it. The idiots are idiots aren't they!?


Jules1590 54F
8151 posts
8/7/2021 11:09 am

Love this post, the simplicity of the day and being present in the moment, even to observe the patterns of the insects in your world. Thoroughly enjoyed the details of an ordinary day.

"Flies buzz in and buzz round trying to find their way out again." That's the conundrum of the fly is it not? My response has always been to give them an opportunity for escape before I resort to hunting them down. I'll stand by the doorway and open it when they approach. The alert and lucky few survive... the others do not.

"Out or death." LOL. May I borrow that next time I'm holding the door open? Yes, I also know that opening the door can provide an opportunity for further intruders. In my defense, I do peek out and make sure the coast is clear before opening.

You had to have anticipated that you would get responses on everyone's fly issues right? lol

Well done! You made me smile!

Jules


lindoboy100 59M  
23969 posts
8/9/2021 9:30 am

Have you noticed how there are so many fewer insects around these days McDream? Really!!?!?!?! I never kill flies these days, I've even taken to growing certain plants in my garden to encourage certain types of fly. And I actually like spiders (sad but true), I find webs fascinating. Must appeal to my OCD!!

Anyways, I hope you're well and seeing some sort of sensible restoration of normality.


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
8/9/2021 1:31 pm

    Quoting Jules1590:
    Love this post, the simplicity of the day and being present in the moment, even to observe the patterns of the insects in your world. Thoroughly enjoyed the details of an ordinary day.

    "Flies buzz in and buzz round trying to find their way out again." That's the conundrum of the fly is it not? My response has always been to give them an opportunity for escape before I resort to hunting them down. I'll stand by the doorway and open it when they approach. The alert and lucky few survive... the others do not.

    "Out or death." LOL. May I borrow that next time I'm holding the door open? Yes, I also know that opening the door can provide an opportunity for further intruders. In my defense, I do peek out and make sure the coast is clear before opening.

    You had to have anticipated that you would get responses on everyone's fly issues right? lol

    Well done! You made me smile!

    Jules
Yes! I would be delighted to imagine you standing at your door just like me and saying "out or death!"

I have to admit, this was not really an average day, lol, but it alleviated the fly-induced irritation a bit to write it.


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
8/9/2021 1:37 pm

    Quoting lindoboy100:
    Have you noticed how there are so many fewer insects around these days McDream? Really!!?!?!?! I never kill flies these days, I've even taken to growing certain plants in my garden to encourage certain types of fly. And I actually like spiders (sad but true), I find webs fascinating. Must appeal to my OCD!!

    Anyways, I hope you're well and seeing some sort of sensible restoration of normality.
Ah well, yes. Don't get me started on the decline of the ephemerids in my local chalk rivers. When I was a boy etc etc. Hopefully there will be enough in the Scottish lochs I am visiting in a few weeks to bring up a few late season trout to see my Blae and Black or Sooty Olive. Maybe a sea trout or two - I am stocking up on my favourite Mallard and Claret Bumbles. Perhaps a Kate McLaren this time?

But really, it is true, insects are in trouble, and of course we all know why: habitat, weedkiller pesticides etc. I don't use chemicals in the garden and have a wild grass patch and loads of native flowers so I am doing my bit. After all I only kill a few house flies with a newspaper!


lindoboy100 59M  
23969 posts
8/9/2021 1:58 pm

    Quoting hotdreamer1000:
    Ah well, yes. Don't get me started on the decline of the ephemerids in my local chalk rivers. When I was a boy etc etc. Hopefully there will be enough in the Scottish lochs I am visiting in a few weeks to bring up a few late season trout to see my Blae and Black or Sooty Olive. Maybe a sea trout or two - I am stocking up on my favourite Mallard and Claret Bumbles. Perhaps a Kate McLaren this time?

    But really, it is true, insects are in trouble, and of course we all know why: habitat, weedkiller pesticides etc. I don't use chemicals in the garden and have a wild grass patch and loads of native flowers so I am doing my bit. After all I only kill a few house flies with a newspaper!
I do really well with a Kate McLaren, the bushier the better in a decent wave. I also love a pearly invicta at this time of year. The claret bumble is another favourite too. And I always go to a sedgehog if I'm far north. Blue zulus and bibios do well for me, on the bob in a decent wave. And I like a daddy if it's into September. Where are you off to? I've stopped chasing the sea trout, too endangered for me.

I've just had some of the best wild trout fishing of my life......I must tell you about it some time.


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
8/9/2021 2:58 pm

    Quoting lindoboy100:
    I do really well with a Kate McLaren, the bushier the better in a decent wave. I also love a pearly invicta at this time of year. The claret bumble is another favourite too. And I always go to a sedgehog if I'm far north. Blue zulus and bibios do well for me, on the bob in a decent wave. And I like a daddy if it's into September. Where are you off to? I've stopped chasing the sea trout, too endangered for me.

    I've just had some of the best wild trout fishing of my life......I must tell you about it some time.
Call me paranoid, but I'm not going to give my exact destination on open blog. How can I give you a clue? I can't really. It's a long way west though. Where they are maybe not quite so endangered. And I won't be killing any.


lindoboy100 59M  
23969 posts
8/10/2021 4:40 am

    Quoting hotdreamer1000:
    Call me paranoid, but I'm not going to give my exact destination on open blog. How can I give you a clue? I can't really. It's a long way west though. Where they are maybe not quite so endangered. And I won't be killing any.
Of course you're not paranoid.....

I think I know where you're going, I've fished there a few times but never late-ish season, will be interested to know how you get on.


hotdreamer1000 62M
12409 posts
8/10/2021 9:33 am

    Quoting lindoboy100:
    Of course you're not paranoid.....

    I think I know where you're going, I've fished there a few times but never late-ish season, will be interested to know how you get on.
Funny how a post about flies ended up in a conversation about flies........


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