Not Trivial Pursuits

In the olden days before I.T. computers and mobile phones families spending an afternoon indoors amused themselves with such materials and activities as were available, each enjoying the pleasure of their individual pursuits in company, either silent or conversing in the same room. So it was with us today when we all wished to take it easy.

Jackie occupied herself with Codeword Crosswords;

Becky took up the knitting done under her tutelage by Flo

who worked on the construction of a wooden owl Santa brought her Grannie.

I continued reading Bleak House.

This evening we dined on Jackie and Becky’s omelette-topped savoury rice with tempura and salt and pepper prawn preparations. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden while Becky and I drank Tulga Joven 2019


  1. I think humans would be better off in some ways without technology. Social media is a brain drain just as video games are. How about families eating dinner together again around the table?

  2. OH! All wonderful activities! πŸ™‚ ‘Tis relaxing just looking at the photos! πŸ™‚ We do the same things at our home…just the two of us…and then when all the kids and grandkids are with us we play table games/board games, take walks, play at the park, look at photo albums, work jigsaw puzzles, ETC., and all the while we chatter and laugh. πŸ™‚ I’m so excited about seeing the wooden owl! I love owls! πŸ¦‰(((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you for this reminder of the simple pleasure of a quiet afternoon and how we can work on different projects with a sense of togetherness.

  4. Those are lively portraits that have captured the subjects soulfully. We have had a surfeit of connectivity that may have altered our sociability in evolutionary ways.

  5. Sometimes, like today with both my desk top computer and Surface Pro in for repairs, crosswords, feeding the wild birds and a bit of gardening was an appreciated change for a Friday… Until I was told the desk top would be four weeks at least and the Surface Pro has a dead battery and would take two weeks for a new one. So, Norm bought a $400 cheap laptop for both us to use as a back up. Sigh… Computers. Can’t live without them for very long. πŸ™‚ I’m pleased your day was relaxing.

  6. Simpler times were most enjoyable, Derrick. Family gatherings without shiny screens are much more personal and relaxing, IMO.

  7. We had a relaxed Saturday, too, Derrick. I went out to help the residents at our nursing home with their Bingo activity – – – and then picked up our mail at the P.O. Guess what was there? Our beautiful enlarged photograph! Thank you so much! Monday I will take it to the gallery to have it framed and will take a picture to show you once it is in its spot of honor in the house. Bless you!

  8. We used to play family board games… like Cluedo, Monopoly, Risk, Snakes and Ladders, and Ludo.
    Such innocent, gentle fun.
    We always received a joint family present from Father Christmas each year: a new and exciting game!
    Charades and card games were played too.
    Happy days.

  9. We have what looks like the exact same wooden owl on our mantelpiece. But be warned, any time we handle it, it seems to shed a feather.

  10. We had a piano, which gave it a work out most evenings. And there was the radio with spoken serials that filled in gaps…weekend mornings a children’s program.

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