Friday morning - the start of the last Bank Holiday week-end before Christmas. Quite a chilly, Autumnal start to the day but a promise of something better as the day goes on. I can't go on my walk until my Amazon order for garage door batteries has arrived. I have had the confirmation that they (and a torch a friend has ordered) have been despatched so I suppose it depends now on where I am on the delivery round.
I sometimes question just how my brain works. I suppose it is getting old and a bit rusty in parts. In order to keep it working I always do the Times Mind Games each morning - this means a couple of Codewords, a couple of Sudoku, a Set Square, a (so called) Easy Cryptic Crossword, and a killer number puzzle (which I love until the end of the week when they get too hard). Some mornings I sail through them all and my brain feels as though I am still teaching, another morning I struggle and can't finish them all. It is frustrating and usually when I open the page I know what kind of a day it is going to be. Yesterday I just could not finish one of the Codewords - I knew as soon as I started it that I have chosen the wrong letter but I ploughed on until, of course, I came to a full stop. I had gone wrong. This morning I opened the codeword page, looked at the empty square, put in the given letters and saw immediately what went where. I had finished it in two or three minutes - everything fell into place. Now why is that? I cannot tell you how frustrating I find it.
I don't kow whether it improves one' s skills to do this but doing the Mind Games, being a member of a Book Group so that I have to read a chosen book each month whether I am enjoying it or not and make notes on it so that I am capable of joining in the discussion when we meet, walking and chatting to various people on my walks.......all these things are done with that aim in mind. I try to watch at least a couple of programmes on television each week which stretch my mind a bit and add to my knowledge. At present our transmitter is down and we are limited to BBC in what we are able to watch so it is not so easy to do this - although tonight's Gardeners' World is a start.
And, speaking of gardens, I walked round my garden yesyerday. The most of it is looking good - I have asked my gardener to leave the Autumn tidy up until Spring (there is still a lot in flower - things like Hellenium, Scabious, Gallardia and Achillea. A lot of bright yellow Antirrhinums which I left last year seeded themselves and there is now a nice bright patch of yellow which was late coming and is at its best now so I am leaving that so that it can do the same over winter this year.
Always plenty to fill the mind if you look for it even it the old legs don't work as well as you would like.
I am off now to leave a message on my Gardener's answerphone saying when he is in my area can he drop his assistant off with her weedkiller spray to just go along my patio and kill the unsightly weeds poking up between the slabs. If they are done soon the weeds should have died when my visitors come the week after next. They are keen gardeners and they have come to see the plants and the design not the variety of weeds.
Have a good day.