Along with a lot of other people I pretty much stopped watching TV in 2016. I got more reading done, more sewing and crafting, and my garden benefitted as well. Oh, maybe my cooking did too. The winter of 2019-2020 I started watching YouTube on a regular basis. I think I only viewed stuff there if someone recommended a particular something I needed to watch. Or something that was required for work. I had no idea the magic happening there. Internet accessed video was a whole new world view of the world. And most of what I found to watch was through the eyes of someone who was doing. Not someone telling about someone who was doing. Or interpreting the view of how I should view the doing. Or MIS-intentionally-interpreting the view of the doing. Of which we should all be sick to death of.
I completely divorced all the real housewives. And, I totally stopped shopping all over the world for our next house. And really, Hallmark movies are not that real. Truthfully, I viewed cable television on a small TV the same size as my computer monitor with what was fast becoming an outdated cable box losing stations right and left. So, one day, wishing for something garden related to watch I found Roots and Refuge Farm on YouTube.
And then I found that my Amazon Prime account gave access to an entire flowing river of video! Whoa! Goodbye cable TV. Who needs you? Not me.
So what am I watching? Here’s just a few I’ve enjoyed.
New Tricks, a BBC production about a retired cops who get enlisted to form a team who investigate open or unsolved crimes. There are 12 seasons. I loved the first 10. I’m on 12 now. I’ll be sorry to run out of episodes.
Celebrating Appalachia, I can’t learn enough about the area I live and I found this lovely woman, Tipper Pressley, with a blog called the Blind Pig and Acorn.https://blindpigandtheacorn.com/ I have learned so much, and I could listen to her all day. And, I wish we could be friends.
Sheepishly Me, Sandi Brock raises sheep and we get to get snippets of her days farming in Canada with her husband and two college age kids when they are home. She also has two dogs. And she too has Internet friends, the same ones I’ve become friends with. I confess I’m not crazy about her sense of humor writing video titles but that’s probably just the church lady in me. I love farmers. All sorts.
I also love sewing. Today in Jen’s Sewing Room is one I watch nearly weekly. She’s not a fake sewist and is quite refreshing actually. She’s totally relatable. I also wish we could be friends.
And I have always loved paper and books and journaling, I had no idea it was possible to do them all. I adore Melanie Sullivan.
And two amazing women, one British, one American, take me back into another era of sewing and history which usually leads me to other things via the rabbit trails they introduce. If you don’t already, I think you’d enjoy Cathy Hay, and Bernadette Banner. They are both what seems to be known as history bounders. Bernadette has more than a million subscribers!
I’ll stop there. I stopped watching TV to stop the angst and anger that washed over me daily whenever there was a TV on. I don’t miss that feeling, and I love being in control of what media or entertainment options are before me.