Noticing Strange Things …

… like WordPress still not letting me ‘like’ comments on other people’s blogs, or my own for that matter … my solution: I’m going to reply with ‘liked!’ instead. The really weird thing is that every now and then, if someone has already ‘liked’ a comment, mine will stick too … very strange.

… like not being able to watch or listen to the news anymore without bursting into tears. Not huge tears, usually, just the leaky throat-catching, heart-squeezing kind … reading it is fine, (‘fine’ being relative these days) my exception being Dr John Campbell’s daily video updates. He’s the voice of grown-up, clarity without the sugar-coating or sensationalistic sound-byte-chasing that exists in mainstream reporting, and he’s usually onto things days before them too. This is his YouTube channel.

… like losing time, as though the gap between one moment and the next expands and I come back to myself still looking out the window five minutes later.

… like people having an ‘oops’ moment and stepping back a bit when they come together and realise they’re inside the two-meter ‘exclusion zone’ – fun fact, which may not be a fun fact per se, but after a bit of observation and subtle inquiries, most people tend to judge that distance to be the height of the person in front of them.

Give it a try and see what happens. (BUT only with someone in your HOUSEHOLD) … Without thinking about it too much, stand facing each other at what you think is 2 meters, then measure what the distance really is and compare that to how tall you both are. Let me know how it goes.

Here’s a little mnemonic device that I learned when I was a wee lass in the 70’s and Australia was in the throes of converting from the old Imperial system of measurements, to Metric … ‘a meter measures three foot three. It’s longer than a yard, you see’. So, 2 meters is 6’6″ … ooh, here’s another one … ‘a liter of water’s a pint and three-quarters’ … Heavens to Murgatriod! The things I find tucked away in the dusty corners of my mind!


32 comments on “Noticing Strange Things …

  1. Jaye Marie says:

    Just two minutes ago, I asked myself why I am still blogging. Nothing works the way it should or did, and I’m really sick of it all… Think I need to find something stress free to be doing and bloody soon!

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    • Widdershins says:

      No, nothing is the same anymore, and that really, really sucks. Grieve, be angry, smash a few things, old crockery/terracotta pots, anything that makes a loud noise … and be buggered to what anyone thinks …then, maybe, commune with your trees for a while.
      Let go of all the reblogging for a while too, and maybe just stick your hand up every few days, with an ‘Still here, hope you are too.’ and leave it at that.
      If we live through this, and nothing is certain, (any more than it was before, but it feels closer somehow) then it will be time to decide what to do next and how to do it.
      In the meantime, dear friend, drift for a while …


  2. I was only 6’3″ at my full height, but all I would have to do would be to lie down to give me a rough idea. Now I’d struggle to get up 🙂 Jackie went shopping this morning and wouldn’t let me near her until she’d washed her hands. Keep well both of you.

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  3. Suzanne says:

    It is weird now. I like your observations about time. I am having that experience too. Now at the start of my third week of being alone I am losing interest in doing so much. Blogging feels impossibly hard right now. I go to my blog, write a sentence or two, stare out the window, lose track of my thoughts and decide not to blog after all. 😊 Maybe by week 4 the urge to blogvwill return…

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  4. quiall says:

    I have been having that problem with ‘like’. I find that if I x out and them immediately return, it will work. Frustrating yes.

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  5. Sue Vincent says:

    As a carer, my days haven’t changed much…except that the roads are quieter and I’m making a point of eating a bit better… but the mood of the world has changed and you can feel that.

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  6. The world doesn’t appear to be the same anymore and strange things are definitely happening.

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  7. PS: I needed to press ‘like ‘ a second time to make it work….very strange.

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  8. I notice lately that sometimes it lets me make a comment, then suddenly says that there was trouble posting it, so it does not let it show. The like bits seem to work okay for me.

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  9. Ellen Hawley says:

    I hope no one uses my height as a standard for two meters. I’m a runt.

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  10. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Yeah, WP does weird things. For one thing, when I go into many blogs that I’m following to read them, it says at the bottom “follow” as if I’m not following already.

    Can’t post comments or post one and the little thingy spins and spins then it never goes in. Usually if I go out and go back into the blog, it sort of resets it.

    And people are social animals, so the isolating thing is going to take a toll. For some above who are feeling it….and even struggling to get back to blogging….I say push yourself! Being physically together is important, but having folks to talk to, when you can’t be around others at all, becomes even more important. Push yourself to blog! Keep talking, keep laughing (if possible). We’re all in the same boat! Hang in there………..!

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    • Widdershins says:

      I’ve been getting that follow/not follow thing for a while now too.
      Agree with you about blogging 🙂 … and using social media to stay connected, and not the kind of connected that meant tuning in to all the noise that is mindlessly generated, but meaningfully connected to those who are important to us.

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  11. cagedunn says:

    I have learned to ‘like’ before I go in, ‘cos more often than not, if I wait until I’m in … no response, or it goes to the email logon icon!

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  12. I asked the Husband to try it with me. The distance looked right. He figured it out by looking ate where his head would be if he fell forward. I love him. 🙂

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