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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Relieving boredom

It's that time of year when the weather isn't so good. A week or more now of torrential rain, or gale force winds, or storms...and occasionally all three, have meant being confined to the house.

It's tempting to spend too much time on the internet, snuggled up under the duvet, but I do try to avoid this as much as possible.

So this past week or so I have made lemon curd with lemons from our two trees in the garden.  I have done a huge jar of pickled onions.  I've baked  cupcakes, banana cake, apricot cake, and various casseroles in the slow cooker for eating and freezing.

I've tidied my wardrobe and drawers and thrown out a load of old tat and descaled the kettle and coffee machine.

I've kept myself pretty busy.  Mr A meanwhile has either been hammering wood in his shed, or spending time in the teahouse with all the old men of the village.

However, when I do log on to the internet, I tend to feel a little restless.  I browse blogs, watch TV programmes and spend far too much time on Facebook.  I scroll past all the uninteresting statuses (or is it "stati"?  Statuses doesn't sound right somehow.  Can't you tell I'm bored and restless?  I wouldn't normally worry about something like this). 

Anyway, I do my bit for dog rescue by sharing Turkish Animal Group dogs that are available for adoption, and also take a look at some other pages that I decided to follow.  I actually only visit these pages when I'm bored.  One such page is a debate group set up by expats in another (tourist) area of Turkey.  I won't mention the name of the town because I might offend someone.

A lot of the topics posted on this page are pretty boring.  Others consist of endless complaints by expats about Turkey, Turkish people, Turkish culture, habits, behaviour...in fact anything Turkish.  Which makes me question why some of these people actually choose to come and live here.

The problem with being bored and restless is that it makes me a bit argumentative.  So I go charging in to this debate page and add my comments.   I do quite like throwing the cat amongst the pigeons and the reaction I get.  It's quite interesting to watch people getting irate while I remain calm.   You know you've won an argument when someone replies..."whatever..." then promptly disappears.

Last night yet another post appeared condemning the street dogs.  This comes from those expats who having retired to their life in the sun, then decide that they don't want to look at starving dogs fighting for food.  They find it so irritating to have to look at something that has been part of Turkish life for hundreds of years.  It just doesn't fit into the "little Britain" they have created in their little corner of Turkey.  They moan constantly that "someone should do something about the problem"  while they sit and do nothing.

Most of it goes over my head and it's not worth responding, but then you get some woman saying "the street dogs should all be shot along with the wierdos who defend them".   Ah...red rag to a bull! I'm afraid I dived in and just kept going for hours (I even missed Celebrity Big Brother...the only reason I was up later than usual).   I continued until 1.30am.   I carried on with the argument again today I'm afraid, but with the help of a few other like-minded souls in the group, we seem to have got the better of a fair number of the expat "nasties".

So that's how I relieve the boredom.  What do you do when you are bored and/or restless?

30 comments:

  1. BORED over here also.....the weather is very nasty. We are under an Extreme cold weather alert for 'frost bite' and whatever else comes with it. :-( Don't want to go outside....and now it's snowing. So my husband will be moaning but will shovel the snow....reminising how he never had snow in Izmir...then why come here?????
    Yes...I know what you mean about people complaining and complaining and whining and really don't do nothig about it....here it is very diverse with people from all over. It really boils me mad when they complain about Canada.........who asked you to come here and live on Canadian taxes and complain. Go back....I just don't understand.
    Oh...this is another subject.
    Enjoy your day and maybe soon nice weather will come.....sunny, warm and bright.

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    1. Erica I think some people are just complainers full stop. They would find something to complain about wherever they are.

      Oh it sounds very cold there...take care and keep warm x

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  2. I am busy trying to finish a rag rug that I started over 2 years ago. I'm trying to ration the cake cooking as all my trousers are fit to burst.

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    1. Yes BtoB, that's the problem with cakes..once made you have to eat them. My clothes are also feeling a bit tight!

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  3. Oh, the expat moaners!
    A friend - 'An Old Biddie's Life' - has just had a tangle with the Britpack in France!She was only trying to offer advice and seems to have been caught up in verbal warfare!

    I do get bored sometimes...usually when hanging around for The Men to get their act together and reluctant to start something that might have to be interrupted....so I read something light that I can pick up and put down.
    i'm going to make crystallised ginger this afternoon....woe betide any man coming up with a bright idea that needs my assistance!

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    1. Ooh I love crystallised ginger. Is it easy to do?

      What is it with men that makes them interrupt when you are doing something. Mr A has a habit of calling out to me from the shed for something or other...they seem unable to manage without us!

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    2. Yes...or I wouldn't be doing it.
      Make a heavy syrup, peel ther ginger root and chop into the size you want, then simmer in the syrup for fifteen minutes.
      Take it out...drain on a rack, keep the syrup and do it again the next day and carry on until the syrup is reduced to next to nothing. Let it dry well and pack in greasproof paper...in a jar I find it gets a bit liquid again.

      I've no idea if that is the approved way, but it´s what I do...with ginger from the garden.

      It's super in a fruit cake too.

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    3. That sounds simple enough for me to manage Fly. I'll give it a try when I next see ginger in the market. Thanks x

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  4. I know what you mean, I do that too when I'm bored. It is fascinating watching some of those those blinkered bigotted puffballs rise to the bait. There is something compelling about exploring the depths of human nature.

    The next day I feel ashamed of myself and promise myself not to give any more fodder to these eejits.

    But it does annoy me this systematic Turk-bashing and the fact of their grandly calling themselves "expats", after all, we are all just immigrants.

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    1. Yes Vicky, I often regret getting so involved with the arguments, but just can't help myself at times! Some of them do rather think they are better than the natives of the country and that really annoys me!

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  5. Desperately trying to find half an hour or so to be bored and then I shall convince myself that descaling the kettle is necessary. Or I might find someone to argue with instead - sounds much more fun. Ax

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    1. Annie I really enjoy the arguing at the time. It kind of gets the adrenaline going, particularly when I know I'm winning. Not sure I could keep it up indefinitely though!

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  6. We went to Tire with the Craft Club today. Weather was wonderful (OK the wind and rain kept waking me up all last night, but it did hold off today). Ashley retired to a tea house whilst six females purchased yarn and fabrics. In three languages...

    Then we had lunch.

    This will keep me busy knitting for months....

    (I don't get bored easily and I never argue on the Internet....)

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    1. Hilary I envy anyone who is good at craftwork. It must be difficult to get bored if you can find lovely things to make. Soundsw like it was a good day out/ (And you're very wise not arguing on the internet!)

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  7. Pickled Onions!! My favourite! When my stomach was much younger I used to eat them all day long!! . . . . . and Lemon Curd, another fav.

    I apologise again for the demise of The Sunday Roast and the shelving of your interview. Health issues in the family, my wife, Maggie and Harry plus other things made it impossible for me to carry on with it . . . . but maybe one day it could be resurrected.

    Best wishes for 2013 to you and yours ~ Eddie

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    1. Hi Eddie...no need to apologise. It's just nice to see you here again. I know you all have a lot to deal with and real life does have to come first.

      My very best wishes to you and your family for 2013...take good care xxx

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  8. Winters are usually pretty dreary even in lovely Turkey. And, Just because you don't own a TV, trust me, you aren't missing anything on Turkish TV. Such bad programming. Whoever heard of any prime time show repeating the same show over and over on the same night!!?? Or one boring show that lasts 4 or more hours? Crazy!

    However, right now, I am the opposite from bored so I thought I would tell you about it.
    I recently purchased a pc tablet.. actually I only wanted an e-book reader but, given the drop in prices, it made no sense in buying a single purpose Kindle (which is impossible to have delivered to Turkey in any case!)
    The tablet does a lot of stuff I didn't need and you can get most of the apps you need from Google Play. Free. But I really have to constantly stay focused on the main reason I bought the thing.
    I had found it impossible to read a book sitting at a desk and off a laptop. (Also scrolling tends to "untrain" your eye so that reading a normal book is more difficult. Do you find that?) Anyway, I decided the time was right to "splurge" on myself a little. I don't do it often and it was something I really really wanted.

    Teknosa- a company I swore I would never buy from- had a good deal so I went for it. At first, because of the typically-sparse instructions in the manual, I struggled with the thing a little. I wasn't used to pecking at my screen like a hungry lab pigeon but I got the hang of it eventually.

    Actually the first one had to be returned because the battery was faulty. I thought I was prepared to be disappointed -this IS Turkey, after al. where consumerism only means haggling at the market over artichokes-- but, when it didn't even come on, I still felt like crying. That was the first headache to overcome. After that, it was a matter of trial and error but eventually I worked out all of the kinks.

    On the brighter side, there are literally millions of free (and interesting) e-books out there. I must have already collected more than 300 books and how I will ever find enough time to read them all is a real dilemma.

    It is also possible to collect reading material from various sources and produce your own ebook. (for your private reading of course.)I've made a collection of short stories (fiction noir even) with a nifty cover.

    Anyway, I thought you might be interested. If you want more info, drop me a line and I will pass along all the details.

    By the way, arguing online with jerks is a waste of time. I know you know that already. The Internet has become a showcase for the irresponsible and inflammatory comment, unfortunately.

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    1. Well it certainly looks like you're hooked on your tablet Nomad. I know lots of people who now have kindles and other e-readers and rave about them. I can understand the advantages of course...being able to store so many books in one small space which is portable. However I'm yet to be convinced it's for me. I just love real books...perhaps I'm a bit old-fashioned or maybe I just dig my heels in when it comes to new technology! But I'm glad you are enjoying your new "toy".

      I agree with you about Turkish TV. I don't have a TV but the other half has an old portable in the spare bedroom which he watches. Having glanced in at it from time to time, I know exactly what you mean. I watch all the TV programmes I want to on my netbook with the aid of expatshield and also catch-up websites that don't need a proxy IP. There's also a site which streams live TV from the UK and other countries called Filmon.com. It's brilliant.

      Of course I know it's a waste of time arguing with the online jerks...but I enjoy it at the time :-)

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  9. Poor ayak, I know quite a lot of people are starting to ger fed-up with being housebound by bad weather or snow. As it happens I'm not one of them and have always been someone who is hardly ever bored. I spend a lot of my time read (books and blogs) or knitting with the TV on in the background and far too little time being productively busy like you. Your industriousness puts me to shame. :-)

    I also used to spend far too much time on French expat forums, but have become so thoroughly cheesed-off with the whining and back-biting that I've just stopped visiting them. Now there you'll find a lot of bored people....:-)

    I do hope the weather improves for you soon.

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    1. I also used to frequent forums Perpetua, but not anymore, for the same reasons. This particular page on Facebook is much the same. I haven't been back there since I wrote this post so I'll probably delete it!

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  10. Bless you, I promise that when I get to retire to my lovely wee house in Turkey, I will beahve myself and not moan, promise :) xxx

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    1. I know you'll behave auntigwen (well most of the time!). Some of these people are professional complainers...they make it their life's work.

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  11. I'd really better not look or I'd have the same reaction as you - why are they living in Turkey if they don't like it? Why don't they find things they DO like and focus on those? How can they be so heartless towards the dogs?? - and I'd get drawn into the arguments. They don't know what they've got! I'd like to return to Turkey myself!!

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    1. They are just not nice people Deniz (I'm being polite here!) They just want the best of Turkey but can't accept the rough with the smooth.

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  12. If i'm bored and restless, I usually go for a walk (this has been difficult for the past week because of icy conditions).

    I think that some of the people who bury their heads in the sand rather than try to help animals (or people) are very shallow. At least you get behind the scenes and see the real Turkey. That is why I enjoy your blog which is definitely not boring.

    Maggie Nuts in May

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    1. Ah thankyou Maggie. I've lived in enough tourist areas and experienced many expats and I find it really sad that so many of them don't get involved in what's going on around them or even try to integrate with the Turkish people. They really don't know what they are missing.

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  13. Good thing I don't go to those forums. I'd probably find myself suggesting Turkey do something about the ungrateful expats. Feed them to those poor starving dogs, perhaps? ;-)

    As for the Winter doldrums, I hear you. I don't have your culinary talents so I try to be productive by sticking to a schedule of studying Turkish. Maybe your Turkish is in good shape, but I'm still struggling after almost three years, so an hour or two a day while the weather's lousy is a good project for me.

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    1. Hi Ellen and welcome. Perhaps I should be studying Turkish in my spare time too...I'm afraid even after all this time, my grasp of the language isn't very good. I get by, but it's really not enough.

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  14. I too got very annoyed with the ex pat stuff I found on line....and then quickly found a few ex pats of the real live type that i wished I hadn't bumped into In France last year. However.... most people seem pretty ok...and some are lovely, as you know.
    Boredom can be a pain can't it....but I'm sort of enjoying everything at the moment, even feeling bored when I'm not feeling 100%, is ok....I just find some rubbish to watch on TV, or read some really rubbishy magazines.... and occasionally come across something fascinating that holds my interest for a while. Hope the weather cheers up for you soon. Jx

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    1. Yes of course there are some lovely ones Janice...good and bad everywhere. The arguing relieved the boredom for about 24 hours, but I'm done with it now.

      No doubt you are getting a fair number of days when you're not feeling too good, and I guess that can be a bit boring at times. But you're halfway now aren't you? Onwards and upwards..Lots of love xx

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