Day 140 – Reflections on Lock-Down

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Today I started a new 30 day project, not that I am bored with nothing to do 😉

I’ve started a 30 day detox based on the book Detox Yourself by Jane Scivner.  This is an old book, which you can tell as you can buy it on Amazon from 47 different sellers at 1 pence!  I originally did this detox in the late 1990s and then again in 2001, so it’s been a while since I last opened the book 😉

Since I started going out and about and meeting people, etc…as lock-down has been easing, my eating habits have gone down hill and I have been feeling increasingly tired.  Plus having put on about 8 pounds of weight since lock-down started I decided I would do this detox.

Surprisingly I remember quite a lot of it, even though I haven’t looked at the book for nearly 20 years.  Although, I got confused with the amount of water you have to drink each day.  When I sat down to write this blog, I thought it was 3 litres a day, realising I had only had 1 litre so far and feared I would be up all night peeing!  But I looked at the book and its only 3 pints – phew – glad I checked.

But because of that I have been really lethargic, irritable and have had a headache.  It’s all side-effects of starting the detox and I remember subsides within 4-5 days, when you then get loads of energy.

I was in Real Foods trying to get some dandelion tea for the detox, getting frustrated that the staff member I asked was not helpful and there was no one else to ask.  My irritability got too much, I slammed my basket down and stropped out the shop.

I hope that by writing that I am doing this detox in this blog, that I will keep it going for the full 30 days.  I remember after a couple of weeks it gets increasingly hard to keep it going, just because the newness of it has faded.


Creative / Gardening Corner (formerly known as ‘Poetry / Art Corner’)

Another painting from Anna today.

Anna discovered The Paint Republic during lock-down.  You can access free paint-as-you-go classes via their website or Facebook page.  Or you can join for £5 a month to access over 60 classes!  All online (virtual) rather than real world.

This one is called ‘My Lady’.

Wow – thanks Anna, I love it 🙂


Readers Corner

Today, Readers Corner and It Made Me Smile is by Helen 😉



Helen messaged me about yesterdays blog (Day 139) saying:

“So cool that you got to be in a music video 😃

I spotted you!”.


Helen included a photo as proof 😉


Glad you saw me Helen, if you blink you miss it!  It was really busy at that gig in The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh.  We squeezed to the front right and I bounced around a lot 🙂

Was a fun gig and I met some folk at the bar who lived in Granton-on-Spey and had seen me perform as Jim the Magician.



It Made Me Smile


Helen sent this in saying:

“Probably too political to share on your blog, but it did make me smile 😃“.

Janey Godley videos of Nicola Sturgeon make me smile too, so we’ll put in!




Music Corner

Colin sent me an email today saying:

“Loved the blog for Day 137….You always have a great perspective on things.

I’m a huge Spotify user 15,946 songs listened to last year. Please find my submission for music corner here”.

His playlist is called – ‘Campbell’s Meatballs – Between the Years, Days’.

To listen to the full song you will have to sign-up for Spotify, but you can listen to snippets below.




Thank’s Colin!  Is the title reference to myself or did you choose this particular playlist for the blog because of its title?

Wow – you’ve listened to nearly 16,000 songs last year!  You will have to explain to me sometime how Spotify works.

Thanks so much for sharing, I am listening to the playlist now as I write this blog 🙂


As I come to the end of today’s blog, I am so so tired.  I have finished this blog super early, before Bedtime Chi Gong (which is just on a Monday now) so I can be in bed by 11pm.

Apologies there’s nothing in here about reflecting on lock-down, sorry about that.

Today, I used the Just Eat Cycles three times to get around town.  Some bikes are in a lot better condition than others.  When I was on George, the bell was not working and it was stuck in the 3rd gear.

Honey was super excited today as she found a bone in Kate’s Park, it didn’t last long for her to eat it 🙂

The weather has been cloudy all day, no sunshine, some rain, but still relatively warm.

Hope you’ve all had a good start to your week.

Jim xx

  1. Helen

    Thanks for the playlist Colin. I’m listening to it now while eating my breakfast. I love listening to music and artists I’ve never heard before.

    First track, Mac DeMarco, never heard of him. Clicked on “view artist”. Turns out he has almost 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify! I’ll need to spend some time exploring his music.

    Second track, Radiohead, I think almost everyone has heard of them, with over 11 million monthly listeners. But I’ve never listened to the Daydreaming track before.

    Thanks again for a laidback playlist full of surprising gems! I thought I was a Spotifiend with “only” 2242 tracks listened to last year!!