J Cosmo Newbery nominated me for a "Kreative Blogger" award. Now, I have a general rule of not accepting these things and I will make no exception for this one. Especially one that can't spell. Ever since I tried a Krispy Kream donut, and found it to be neither crispy nor creamy, I have had my doubts about inexact spelling.
Part of J Cosmo's award required me to publish a list of six loves. Should an award be conditional on me doing stuff? Sounds dodgey to me but it does solve my immediate mental block of what to post having been away up-country for a couple of days.
I will leave out wives, mothers, kids, a dominatrix named Olga, and such like, where any inadvertent omission may land me in hot water.
1. Gardening - I do low impact gardening, coffee-mug gardening, where I wander with a mug of coffee, weeding and pruning here and there as I go on a regular basis. When the coffee runs out, gardening ceases. Beer is an acceptable substitute for coffee. I love seeing the changes in the garden. The vegetable garden is especially good this year as I have modified my watering practices rather than just hoping for rain.
2. Walking in drizzle, watching thunder storms - walking in drizzle is especially good on a deserted beach. Thunderstorms are really good from the safety of the gazebo in the front yard. A beer is a good companion for that, too.
3. Cooking - it's just chemistry, with style.
4. Painting - haven't done much for a while now but it is still one of my loves and a perennial on my to-do list.
5. Clever humour - I grew up listening to BBC radio comedy. It was clever, verbal humour. Too much present-day humour relies of sarcasm, personal put-downs and canned laughter. (Research shows that people like to belong to a group so will laugh when canned laughter is played so as as to not be an 'outsider', even for things they would not normally find funny.) MASH was a good example of the clever use of humour on TV. I do not know of a current TV program that is worth watching; I see the ads and a little voice says 'they will put the best bits in the ads', telling me that the show will be a waste of time. Mind you, I do like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
6. Blogging - is it an addiction? Is it therapy? Jury's out on that one.