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Day 333

not everyone is insane but some are depressed

I’m not howling at the moon

I thought that I was going crazy.  I was struggling to get out of bed in the morning, to keep myself and the garret clean, to find any interest in anything at all.  I believed that being in solitary confinement for almost a year had given me a bad case of lockdown depression ~ the whole world is grey and meaningless kind of depression.  The absence of feelings that leads to substance abuse and self harm.

The doctors don’t think that’s the case.  It turns out that there is something physically wrong with me.  It seems that I am sick in body, but not in mind and spirit.  And, somehow that’s good.  A physical illness can be treated and cured more easily and more effectively than can a mental illness.

The snag is that thus far nobody has any idea what’s wrong with me.  Yesterday I had another physical and another lot of blood taken for testing.  Next Friday I’m going for an MRI scan.  The doctors will find out what I’m suffering from, and what kind of treatment is appropriate ~ it’s just that it’s taking a little while.  But at least I’m getting all the tests they think I need.

What I know so far is that I’m not suffering from anxiety and depression ~ which is good.  And, after yesterday I know that my blood pressure is fine, without medication.

So, for now, I will just get on with Life as best as I can.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I need to eat healthy stuff

like this

avocado pomegranate salad

Food on Friday ~ Soup

only the pure in heart can make a good soup

In many parts of England and the USA it’s cold, dark, and miserable.  At times like these I believe that we all need comfort food, and what better than a nourishing, warming, interesting soup?

And, if you are pure in heart, then you can make a decent soup over an open fire, if you have to.  Better still would be an unfashionable wood burning stove.  The people of Texas will tell you that relying on electricity is not always a good idea, nor mains gas either.  BTW, never, ever use petrol, (gasoline) to start a fire ~ not if you want to go on living.

First up this week, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.  You know what?  If you don’t have a slow cooker, then get one.  At this time of year it will be a brilliant investment.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb has a recipe for Easy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup.  Tuscany is one of my favourite places in the entire world.

Easy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup

Holly at Spend with Pennies has a wonderful looking recipe for Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon; how very American!  This really is a meal in a bowl.

Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon

Dana the Minimalist Baker has a collection; Healthy Winter Recipes for Cold People, and from that I’ve chosen to feature her very easy, very healthy, gluten free, one pot, Curried Potato and Lentil Soup, (with kale).

Curried Potato and Lentil Soup

Meanwhile, Jessica at How Sweet Eats offers us 20 of Her Favorite Soup Recipes for Winter; from which I give you this Easy Lemon Chicken Soup.  OK it’s the second lemon chicken recipe this week but they are very different.

Easy Lemon Chicken Soup

Finally for this week Country Living has a collection of 55+ Extra Comforting Soups and Stews to Warm You Up on Chilly Winter Nights.  How about this Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup for something very different?

Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

they even get snow in Arizona

I know, I was there

 

Digging Deep

when things get bad it takes everything you’ve got

keep on keeping on

It’s now the 332 day of lockdown, and this morning it took a lot of determination just to get out of bed and get moving.  I could say that I wasn’t feeling so good, but that wouldn’t be true, today it’s all in my mind.  If you haven’t suffered the agony of strict self-isolation for almost a year, then you don’t know how I was feeling at 04:00 this morning.  Kind of lethargic and depressed, with a touch of meaningless thrown in.

As a matter of fact, lockdown is completely meaningless.  All this destruction of the very fabric of modern society is doing is to make politicians and health officials feel better about the myriad of public inquiries they are going to face when all this is eventually over.

So, how do I get through this mess?

  • set small goals for each day
  • if that’s too difficult set small goals for the next hour
  • keep as fit and healthy as possible
  • eat regular, high quality meals
  • stay away from booze, drugs, candy….
  • read something challenging every day

What I really want to do is get out of the garret and go somewhere warm and sunny ~ but taking a vacation is illegal here.  I want to see my friends, but that’s also illegal here.  In fact having any pleasure at all is just about illegal here.

So, I will look of the bright side, and do the best I can.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

every door is locked

Self-Control

if you learn self-control, you can master anything

waste in a wasteland

It’s Lent, which is all about abstinence and self-control.   There doesn’t seem to be much self-discipline, self-control, or mastering difficult challenges about in the world today.  Rather there seems to be a lot of neglect, waste, and self-indulgence.  It’s waste of human life in a wasteland.

Addictions such as alcoholism, gambling, smoking, drug-taking, eating disorders, infidelity, and inappropriate casual sex seem to be rife ~ even among our senior politicians and bureaucrats, who are supposed to set an example to we ‘ordinary people in the street’, suffering the miseries of lockdown.  I myself have had a drinking problem, but I am pleased to say that I haven’t touched a drop since Christmas.  (There are none so self-righteous as a reformed addict.)

I am happy to tell you that I have learned self-discipline, self-control, and how to master difficult challenges.  It wasn’t easy, but I am getting there.

All we have to learn is how to say ‘No’, especially to ourselves.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

hanging around in bars is not an indication of self-control

 

Lent 2021 ~ 17th February to 3rd of April

nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring

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Lent is a time for abstinence, for giving up something that’s important to you.  In my case I have given up on something that used to be important, and I will stay away from toxic relationships all through Lent and beyond.

The other two things I am giving up are alcohol and candy.  For one thing booze is definitely not good for me, and neither is too much sugar.  People who suddenly become sober tend to eat a lot of candy to make up for the sugar they’re not getting in booze.  I have been scoffing quite a lot of candy this year.

So the three things I am giving up for Lent, and beyond are:

  1. Dysfunctional and toxic relationships.
  2. Alcohol in all its forms.  (I have not had an alcoholic drink since Christmas 2020)
  3. Candy, chocolate, and what we English call sweets.

Instead of all that I am going to work hard at being fitter and healthier.

Please wish me luck.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

women who drink to excess are no longer a part of my life.

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Billy Preston

sometimes, praying is the best thing you can do

Right now, things are petty bad here in England.  A prayer can only help.

This is old fashioned soul music.

Words and music by George Harrison.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

lets hope this is the start of a new day

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Gloria Estefan

everyone should be able to do the conga

I like this track, and I like this dance.  What more is there to ask?

A touch of Latin Beat.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Fred and Ginger

 

Monochrome Monday ~ Utah

the wilderness is not a place it’s a state of mind

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the cold sea beckons

Happy Valentines Day

I hope you all have a wonderful day

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a red rose just for you

Food on Friday ~ Scallops

scallops are expensive so they should be treated with some class

Right around the corner from me is a fish shop that’s been there for more than 100 years.  Here in England old is part of the culture.  Right now the water is very cold, only the real fishermen are out there.  Just now scallops are in season.  They are so fast to cook and very delicious.

First up this week from Half Baked Harvest we have Herbed Garlic Butter Scallops.

Herbed Garlic Butter Scallops

Chunggah at Damn Delicious has a dish of Brown Butter Scallops.  Damn Delicious.

Brown Butter Scallops

One thing that goes well with scallops is bacon. From BBC Good Food we have Scallops and Bacon.

Scallops and Bacon

At Olive Magazine we have some easy scallop recipes, from which I have chosen Scallops with Vietnamise Herb Sauce.

Scallops with Vietmanise Herb Sauce

As an alternative to scallops Jessica at how sweet eats has a great salmon dish; lemon brown butter salmon.

Lemon Brown Butter Salmon

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

worth making a boat for

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