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Sunday, March 31, 2013

I've had the sort of three months you want to expunge from your SparkMemory to be honest. Like nearly everyone in the northern hemisphere, I've endured a cold, late, wet, grey, snowy and miserable spring. Like a lot of people, I've suffered from slippage. Slippage is what it's called when you get behind schedule, often to the point where you throw Plan A out of the window and go for Plan B.

So, I decided yesterday, I'd concentrate on having a sort of clearout (that reminds me, is it TMI if I mention my digestion in this regard? It is? Right, I won't then. Leave it to your imagination) this weekend. Spent yesterday tidying up and sorting out and doing ironing and piles of washing. Delved into the darkest recesses of the fridge and found all the healthy food I haven't eaten because I've been eating Other Things and threw it away because it's gone sort of liquid.

Spent today pottering. I am absolutely, utterly and completely a confirmed potterer. My blogs are a sort of written potter.

I think of pottering as one of the world's great blessings and it's not often I have time to potter properly. Pottering involves getting a lot of small things done without any fixed plan or timescale, painlessly, peacefully and without input from other people. It's what men do in sheds if they have them.

Women tend to do their pottering in the house.

Today I've recharged a large number of batteries (some for clocks that I only noticed had stopped when I went to put them forward an hour), cleaned catsnot from the cat flap and all kinds of gunge from the environs of the catflap, removed dead leaves from indoor plants, soaked some mugs in washing soda to get the tannin stains off them, tidied my jewellery, swapped the reading matter next to my bed (out with the trashy vampire novel, in with something intellectual in French. Hah! We'll see how long I keep up THAT one, eh?) given a decent burial to my purple woolly 'at, shrunk in the wash, alas alas, uploaded a Shakatak album to iPod, tidied my sock drawer (cutting edge stuff this) and removed dead flies from inside the sitting-room lampshade which is shaped like a samosa and collects flies that then can't get out so that any time you look up, there are a couple of small dried out corpses above your head.

I love the lampshade, so I have to put up with the flies, unfortunately.

All the time I've been doing this, I've been putting away odds and sods.

Now, of course, the problem with pottering is evident. You eventually burst into song 'I can see for miles and miles . . .' or 'I can see clearly now the trash has gone' and what I can actually see is catfluff and catpawmarks. Everywhere.

So now it's not about more pottering, it's about cleaning.

I started this blog talking about SparkPeople but somewhere along the way got sidetracked. Oh yes. Tomorrow is 1 April, All Fools Day and it seems an appropriate sort of day to recommit to sparking. The temperature's going to be up to a princely 9C (48F) with sun if we're lucky, so spring may be here if with a whimper rather than a bang, but it's here.



I've noticed an awful lot of absent SparkFriends popping up again recently as well, so it looks as though I'm not the only person who feels like this.

So off we go again. In it to win it.
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CATNCAG 9/12/2013 10:01AM

    Pottering is exactly what my husband does in the garage!
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SUPERSYLPH 8/2/2013 10:40AM

    You're too funny!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 4/26/2013 8:16AM

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WALKINGCHICK 4/24/2013 12:19PM

    This is the first time that I have laughed out loud when reading a SparkPeople blog - I completely get where you are coming from, love the sentiment behind your observations, and emoticon , you have encouraged me to keep going!

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SANDYLH1 4/17/2013 7:41PM

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CINDYBEL 4/14/2013 10:12AM

    I really need to potter but I'd rather work on my quilts. So nice that someone else has catsnot to deal with. But then, what would life be like without the producers of the catsnot? Keep writing; it's wonderful reading. emoticon emoticon

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KITTY43351 4/12/2013 7:54PM

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MCJULIEO 4/12/2013 10:50AM

    It sounds as if your pottering is actually productive, even if it seems kind of random to you... I wish mine was...

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GUIN66 4/10/2013 6:06PM

  I LOVE this blog! I badly need to do lots of pottering as my nephew and his girlfriend are coming to stay this coming weekend. My problem is that, as my mother says, "Anyone who reads should never clear out an attic!" And I am a bit like that when I am pottering - a lot of it involves old newspapers and magazines that I just MUST read! It is a safer bet that they land in the recycle bin if my husband collects them up!

We are coming into Autumn here on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, but we have had such unusual weather, that I don't know if I'm on my head or my backside. Another day of tropical rain looks like being in the offing, and your brain turns to mush like the ground outside! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 4/9/2013 5:36PM

    Thanks for sharing a smile and the realness of your life.

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TREE57 4/8/2013 12:14PM

    I'm recovering from ankle surgery, so I can dream of pottering and boy does my house need some pottering care.

Love your blogs!



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KALEWINE 4/7/2013 2:13PM

    I with you on getting back on track. emoticon

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KARIJO60 4/6/2013 3:59PM

  April 6,13 Here in Alaska spring is only fantasy! Today it's 34 degrees & snowing. It will do that till summer hits! Same goes for fall. So far we have 4". Still falling! Cabin fever is good reason to potter around! ;-)

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AMANDACOETZER 4/6/2013 7:34AM

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 4/5/2013 3:55PM

    emoticon emoticon Hopefully soon........

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JIBBIE49 4/5/2013 12:14PM

    Great to see you featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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SPARKBJOK 4/5/2013 10:27AM

    Spring is close - I hope.

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GRAMPIAN 4/5/2013 5:53AM

  Spring seems to be finally arriving in the UK - very late. emoticon

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LOVEROFJC 4/4/2013 4:56PM

  Most of us can identify with the need, now and then, to get at those small(er) or sometimes larger, tasks that we don't enjoy for the sense of satisfaction of seeing "them" DONE! You encouraged me to "get with it" today!

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LBRAUN5 4/4/2013 3:18PM

  Hmmm....I need to clean out my fridge too...yay! Hope you enjoyed your day and now that April is here you've had a little Spark come your way!

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DNRAE1 4/4/2013 10:32AM

    Potter on, and enjoy your day!

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PENNYPACKER3 4/4/2013 10:03AM

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GARDENCHRIS 4/4/2013 7:16AM

    so that is what it is called "Pottering" ....... I like it!

as for those daffodils ...... keep dreaming.... I don't think spring is coming this year!

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CFMOSS 4/3/2013 3:51PM

    Your perspective inevitably brings a smile or a snicker even in the tough times.

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SHERRYBETH84 4/3/2013 3:20PM

    Slippage. I love your word, that is fully where I am, and where I am trying to get recovery from. I will blame it on the grim winter and welcome spring with a firm goal and focus on health. Thank you for sharing,

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PINKANGEL73 4/3/2013 10:42AM

    Haha! Love your writing. Sometimes I think I am on the same cycle as you (life not bike). After being massively enthused for months I got stuck on a plateau and then the weather turned really cold and grey. Since then my Spark has been more of a splutter and a puff of smoke.

Something about being bundled up in jumpers and cardis and wondering what the effect of cranking up the heating will be on the gas and leccy bills means I have been slipping and sliding and saying "might as well" instead of " might as well not" a few times too often. Managed to stay the same give or take a pound right through Christmas and birthday weekend/fifteen years with OH celebrations so not a total disaster.

But - seen a bit of blue sky and sunshine in the last couple of days. Got a t-shirt on (over a vest top of course and might have to get a cardi in a mo), got the salad out with a bit of smoked mackerel and about to do a bit of pottering myself!


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CJYOUCANDOIT 4/3/2013 10:14AM

    I am ready to break free from all the "stuff" that is hanging about here. I thought pottering meant working with clay at first. I would really like to try that someday. I really need to do some pottering and regain some control over my chaotic home. Thanks for sharing.

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MBEHNKEN 4/2/2013 11:55PM

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HUITLACOCHE 4/2/2013 11:54PM

    Love your post! I feel like pottering now... emoticon

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GOANNA2 4/2/2013 11:13PM

    I love pottering and not rushing. When I put my mind to it
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AJB121299 4/2/2013 10:37PM

    Nice

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LADYSMITHC 4/2/2013 10:09PM

    Putzing, frittering, and dinging....these are all terms that have been used in this house in place of yours. Odd ones, I know. Most of the time I'll get lots accomplished dinging around the house. I usually FIND things that I've been looking for too. If I keep it up all day, it can be quite spiritual in a funny sort of way. emoticon
Let's forge on!

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1STICKBLUES 4/2/2013 10:01PM

    so true! after a winter of hibernation, the bears (and by bears, i mean born-again-sparkers) are coming out of their caves, myself included! great to be on this journey with someone as funny and encouraging as you! thanks for another blog and smile!

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KARENLEIGH32 4/2/2013 5:36PM

    Pottering, I like that term. I need to do some around here, wasn't til my brother stopped in earlier that I realized how badly I need to 'potter'!

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SUECHRIS50 4/2/2013 4:15PM

    I loved your blog!it brought a big ole smile to my face!I call it puttering around.Its funny how we get to looking around and see all the crazy dirt like catfluff and dead flies!I did a pot and pan clear out and found a shoe!!(my great grandson)Cleaned the sofa and found the missing remote.The dog toy was in the towel basket! emoticon SUSAN

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DMSGLASS 4/2/2013 3:04PM

    emoticon emoticon Did a little bit of this myself over the weekend. Still lots that needs to be done. A bit at a time and I'll get there.

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POUNDSAWAY13 4/2/2013 2:49PM

    I need to do some pottering too. Liked your blog. emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 4/2/2013 2:33PM

    Glad to see someone else likes to potter around like me and occasionally gets distracted while doing it emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/2/2013 1:57PM

    I take great joy in pottering and doing things in my own time. And feel sorry for DH who just doesn't seem to do this. I don't know how he manages, I couldn't get by without poodling about.

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KAB7801 4/2/2013 1:40PM

    It's good to have a hobbie

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KATIWONT 4/2/2013 1:08PM

    I think pottering is equal to puttering on this side of the Atlantic. I wish I had more time to do it---you make it sound like fun!! Perhaps this weekend I can set aside a few hours in this eternal wait for Spring to come!!

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FIRECOM 4/2/2013 11:53AM

    Still not sure what pottering is in total, but sounds like a worthwhile endeavor. Your writing skills are superb and always invoke serious thought at least on my part.

Thanks.

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MOMOSG 4/2/2013 11:06AM

    I would like to master the art of pottering - I don't get to practice it too much. Sounds much more fun than a to-do list!

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HKARLSSON 4/2/2013 10:59AM

    I took this week off for the express purpose of pottering. It keeps me out of trouble.

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BLUEJEAN99 4/2/2013 10:34AM

    love your writing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCRAPBECCA 4/2/2013 9:43AM

    This pretty much sums up my yesterday too.

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