Confession time – I really enjoy watching television. Perhaps I should qualify that and say that I enjoy watching certain things on tv – the box being what the box is nowadays I can usually find something to watch either live, on catchup or something previously recorded. As hobbies go, it is a relatively easy and harmless entertainment. Some people might think it is too passive, and I do agree that it can be a panacea after a busy day, simply to switch on and watch mindlessly. In actual fact I am more disciplined than that.
For a start, the tv set is not usually switched on until after 6pm – either after dinner, or on the odd really lazy day with something like chicken in a basket in front of the news. I love documentaries and even like the occasional reality programme – not all that many of the latter, there has to be a quirkiness or other kind of link to my own life. I also love films and detective stories and anything medical. Most television is acceptable in the sense that it makes a good background to crocheting prayer squares for a blanket to be used by charities wherever there is an urgent need. I’ve blogged about this before here and there is a picture here.
What was a lovely surprise last year was when someone sent me a beautifully crafted shawl with a letter enclosed explaining that this was designed and knitted for me with prayers specially for me. It sits on my “prayer seat” in the study and I am grateful for feeling included in this way. Especially if I am feeling a bit down.
Television viewing has been brought up to date nowadays at Dalamory with the advent of the ipad. I usually have it sitting beside me; it is amazing how many times I have cause to pick it up to do a search – sometimes to check dates of an event, or to see how old an actor is. There is the whole wealth of knowledge at my fingertips. I don’t even have to get off my chair. . . . . .. . . unless I’ve left the ipad in the other room of course.
What do you do when viewing tv?
Do you even like tv?