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A Lazy Saturday Afternoon

The week has not been pleasant so far. I needed some time off to take my mind away from a couple of things that just kept popping into my head randomly throughout the day. The thoughts were just frustrating, tiring, and taking away my energy. Well, I needed a distraction. I fired up my computer, and started browsing randomly; keeping up with posts my friends shared and reading their discussions in the comments section. I try to join in when I could, but I just didn’t want to think of a reply on most of them.

Ah, this is just not going well. I’m just too lazy to interact with these people. I need something else.

I moved away and opened a new page to search for random things. I thought about what could be interesting to read about. “Maybe something about printing”, I mused aloud to myself. I could start a small project with some research maybe. That will surely make today much more productive.

Well, the research tool up a little bit of time. I read about the printing press, which prints using some metal letter types arranged accordingly to create a page. This doesn’t look like a viable small project, but I certainly am interested to experience the difficulty of arranging the letters on a page piece by piece. Next, I read about mimeograph printing. Now this one is much more interesting. This is essentially some sort of screen printing, but the stencil is not just cut out. It is actually made with a metal stylus that creates hundreds, even thousands of tiny holes on the stencil paper. A higher density of holes means a darker area on the printed material. The materials for this project don’t look expensive, and the equipment is small enough to keep in a small box on a bookshelf.

Hmm, but do I have anything I want to try printing? Business cards maybe? Or perhaps playing cards?

I tried to think a little bit. For a start, perhaps playing cards would be much better. Designs can be as simple as possible, and I can make the Jack, Queen and King cards just a single colour. Then, I’ll have a set of cards I printed on my own for some Solitaire sessions. Great!! I ordered some of the materials I need, and then started a game of solitaire in the browser.

It's been a while since I played here. It is a site I visit occasionally to fix my Solitaire itch. Well, most important of all, it’s convenient for me. I spent close to an hour trying to arrange deck after deck of cards into its individual suits. I am by no means an expert here. I had to retry most of the time, but I still completed a game or two. While it certainly is quite fun, I needed to start playing something else.

Well, there is only one answer. Time to draw some pretty pictures on the nonogram. It’s the perfect game to release the frustrations from being unlucky in Solitaire. There is ONE goal, and ONE solution to the puzzle. Plus, they are not too difficult. Just need to count a lot. As I count grid after grid of cells to colour, it started getting dark outside.

An ‘okay’ day, I guess. Time for some food.



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  1. What's up? What I'd give to be in your shoes...all the way in the US of A, with your cute grandson, with your son & his wife. Can't ask for more. Nothing much to look forward to back here in Malaysia. Sad.

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