Monday, 31 July 2017

Ticks

Are you a 'tick the list' kind of person as I am?  This morning was my book club when we met to discuss Tim Winton's "Cloud Street".   If you haven't read it then I can thoroughly recommend it - it is an easy book to read and I found it very enjoyable.   Our next book, which I ordered later today is Zadie Smith's "Swing Time" - a very different book I am sure, but I shall enjoy that too.
One of the good things about being in a book club is that you really must read the book whether you are enjoying it or not. 

Then this afternoon it was time for my list of jobs.
Job number one was to drive up to the tip (accompanied by Tess) to take a stash of pottery vases and jugs I no longer wanted.   Most of them had cracks and chips and had been in a cupboard for years and were way beyond being sold in a charity shop.   Tick number one.

Then it was call at the Library to pay my Council Tax at the Community Office.   I also found two books to read, one of which was a Salley Vickers - only to find it couldn't be taken out as it was reserved for someone.   I thought it was too good to be true to just pick one I hadn't read off the shelf. Tick number two.

Tick number three was to call into the carpet warehouse and pay the bill for my vinyl flooring which has just been laid for me in the bathroom at the bungalow I shall shortly move into.   Tick number three. 

Tick number four was to drive to 'our' lane for a walk.  As I neared my destination heavy rain fell but by the time I got there the hot sun was pouring down again and I did have my umbrella just in case. 

Four ticks in one afternoon is quite satisfying.   Now, after finishing my blog and reading other peoples' blogs, I shall do a few tidying up jobs and then settle down to watch part one of  "Man in an Orange Shirt" on BBC2 at nine o'clock - thoroughly recommended, not least by John (Going Gently).

30 comments:

Sue in Suffolk said...

Love a good list.
But why do I keep leaving the shopping list laying on the table at home when I go shopping!

Frugal in Essex Tania said...

I do that as well Sue but take a photo of it now because I always remember my phone! I'm a list and tick person too it's do satisfying when you get everything ticked off.

angryparsnip said...

I also write list but rarely get to tick off because I am always losing it !

cheers, parsnip

Rachel said...

I am not a list person. I keep a book of days out.

Joanne Noragon said...

Pat, you're a marvel. I may accomplish one tic a day, on a really good day. I had my haircut today. I was an hour early.

jinxxxygirl said...

The good thing you listed about being a part of a book club is just the reason i wouldn't want to be a part of a book club... The only time i would ever consider reading a waste of time is if i was having to read a book i didn't enjoy..... I think a book club would be great for introducing me to books i would not normally consider reading but once i got into it .. if i wasn't enjoying it i wouldn't want to HAVE to read it.....

When i was working and i had an awful lot to remember to do i was a list maker... tick ticker... but not any longer....Its one of those things i left behind .. along with the alarm clock when i stopped working......... Hugs! deb

Mac n' Janet said...

Thought you were talking about the insect. You do get a lot done.

Wilma said...

I definitely make lists when there is a lot to be done and find great satisfaction in checking items off the list. I love being introduced to new books and authors. One of my great pleasures upon retirement is to have no guilt about reading whenever and whatever I want to read.

justjill said...

The best lists I find are the ones that list WHAT I HAVE DONE TODAY. Which usually bear no resemblance to the list of things to do.

John Gray said...

I LOVE ticking things off a list...as satisfying as a big fart on a quiet day

Chris Elliot said...

I thought your entry was going to be about the nasty ticks that carry Lime Disease! The warnings here to avoid being bitten by them are dire. Do you have them?

lynda said...

I love making lists, but I frequently lose them!
I have to say I use all of my old vases and jugs to hold flowers in...some of the old patterns are lovely and the age and wear adds to their charm! Next time offer them to someone younger who might like vintage things!

lynda said...

I love making lists, but I frequently lose them!
I have to say I use all of my old vases and jugs to hold flowers in...some of the old patterns are lovely and the age and wear adds to their charm! Next time offer them to someone younger who might like vintage things!

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Jayview said...

I am glad you enjoyed Cloudstreet too. I love Tim Winton's recent writing too - especially Island Home, and his autobiographical stories and reflections in The Boy Behind the Curtain. He seems to me to cut through to what matters. Jean

Rozzie said...

I was so relieved you weren't talking about the insects! I was getting a bit worried about Tess for a moment there. Do you even have them over there? Dogs must be regularly treated to prevent their being bitten here.

Your kind of ticks are far more satisfying! Can't be long now before your big move. I'm guessing you are both happy and sad about it.
Thinking of you, Weave.

Derek Faulkner said...

I thought that "The Man in an Orange Shirt" was very good, as was "Top of the Lake" last Thursday - Nicole Kidman is a terrific actress. I read an enormous amount of books each year, all bought, but I couldn't read a book that I didn't like, as per a book club.

Cro Magnon said...

I like that feeling when all the 'ticks' are in place. I have a lot to tick today; I'm driving to the airport plus a lot more. I shall relax a bit at the weekend.

Librarian said...

Like some others here, when I saw the headline of this post I expected something about the insects.
I am very much a list-making person and have been even as a child. It is so satisfying, isn't it, ticking the items off!
Strange that your library would have a book on the shelf when it is actually reserved for someone. When I still worked at a library, reserved books were kept on a separate shelf where readers could not take them, until the person who reserved the book would come to pick it up.
No salmon today? ;-)

Jules said...

There's nothing more satisfying to me than ticking things off a list. Then if I do something extra I will write it down just so I can tick it off too!
I think I would struggle to read a book I didn't enjoy. X

Heather said...

When there are several jobs which need my attention I always make a list and tick them off as they are done. It's very satisfying. I am allowed entry to my flat this week to let the man in to measure up for carpet and kitchen flooring. There will be some decorating to do before the carpet can be laid. Contracts are not exchanged yet but it can't be long now.
I do admire you reading a book you don't enjoy - I would find that very difficult.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

No. I am not a tick kind of person. Ticks ought to be removed with pincers - taking trouble to pull out the creature's burrowing proboscis to avoid infection. You can also order a tick removing tool online. Go here:-
http://www.bada-uk.org/correct-tick-removal/tick-removal-tick-removal-tool

Maureen Reynolds said...

So glad your post wasn't about the horrible ticks that can bite us. Our US population seems to be rapidly increasing. Terrible things. Checking things off a list is very satisfying but I usually only make those lists when I feel stressed.

Theresa Young said...

I'm a tick person too. The problem is my list keeps growing. (sigh) I must be more diligent.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

I'm ashamed of the fact I can never get anything done at home.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Man in an orange shirt was absolutely brilliant last night at 9pm on BBC2 - I found it so very moving. Did anyone else watch it?

Thanks everyone for your diverse answers - we will draw a veil over Johns!!

wherethejourneytakesme said...

I am definitely a list person - my OH is a mind map person - I have to turn his mind map into a list so I can understand them!

mrsnesbitt said...

Pat - helloooooooo where is your new bungalow? Do tell all!

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