I’ve taken a bit of a blogging break and I will continue but since it’s 5:00 a.m. on a Saturday and I’m on my second load of laundry I thought I might as well sit here with coffee and have a bit of a chat with you. 😃
The family left for camping on Thursday and they’re coming back I think Sunday or Monday.
I had intentions to do a lot of writing.
That didn’t happen. 🙄
The day they left was a little bit chaotic due to all the packing. They had their system and didn’t need my help so I stayed in the backyard and laid sod.
Then the puppy started whining and he got locked away into the backyard with me. He was very confused and discombobulated about all the stuff that was going into the car. Perhaps he was anxious that we were going away and leaving him behind?
He was actually going along. But try explaining that to a dog. 🙃
No amount of assurances would calm him so I finally just ignored him.
I don’t understand puppies.
I also don’t understand teenagers, men, politicians, and a lot of other things but I digress… 😛
They finally left around lunch time on Thursday at which point I was getting ready to go out to a restaurant and have lunch with a friend. For the occasion I even dressed up a little nicer than usual.
I had the most amazing ravioli… Check this out:
I don’t eat wheat carbs very often; they cause me digestive issues like bloating. I take a digestive enzyme now which specifically targets gluten. The Italian in me has a hard time giving up the carbs, and pastas are just so delicious… But the enzyme worked and since I balance most of the carbs out with lots of veg or salad, I can manage these indulgences occasionally.
It was delicious. 💕
And then I had a cappuccino. Been almost 2 years since I’ve been out to a restaurant and had a cappuccino so that was a special treat.
When I got home and the family was gone I looked around the house and decided to plan my writing aspirations around cleaning the house. Since it was already almost 4:00 pm I decided to forget about writing for the rest of Thursday and tackle the main open concept room (where I write) with a vengeance. I cleaned until 10:00 p.m. which meant I could wake up to a clean house void of clutter.
Friday morning everything was clean! So nice.
Look, my family isn’t exactly dirty. They do have a lot of clutter and they do tend to hang on to stuff that I really don’t think we should keep, which in the grand scheme of things is a minor irritation. For someone like me who gets stressed with clutter and disorganization it’s difficult to share a space with people who don’t have the same mentality about clutter and disorganization. Put all of us together in this small house for 18 months and you can imagine that it’s taken a toll. I know I speak for many families who have experienced lockdown…
Never mind. 😎
I did some writing on Friday but I was a little bit distracted because first thing in the morning I noticed the raccoons had rolled back all the sod I laid against the new path. I had an idea of how to secure it but needed these landscape fabric staples which we ran out of. So rather than sitting and typing as I prefer to do in the morning I went to Home Depot, Lowe’s and Canadian Tire, all in vain. They were sold out. So I came back and ordered them from Amazon. Blah. They should arrive today.
I did some writing and some organizing on Friday morning but I couldn’t concentrate because I knew I had to tackle the kids rooms. I rarely do that anymore mainly because they’re teenagers now but a year and a half of lockdown meant I needed to have a good overview of their rooms while they were not here to see just how on top of it they maintained the hygiene down there.
I’ll spare you the stories of squalor, outgrown clothing, snack wrappers and odds and ends I found so I tackled all of that in the afternoon.
I may or may not have cried a little. Did I really birth these people? Sigh…
This was after I dealt with the hall closets upstairs. I placed everything that was still in good condition on the lawn for people to take and returned to the basement to continue the kids’ rooms.
Basically I spent my Friday just purging and cleaning with a few periods of writing here and there.
But that’s okay! It needed to be done. I blasted some Guns n’ Roses, Aerosmith and Queen into my wireless headset and just did it. 😛
Several people checked in with me via chat as well and I spent quite a bit of time relaxing and texting with them which was kind of like having a social life.
Which brings us to today, Saturday. I’m going to write as much as I can until I get tired and then deal with the house stuff after. I haven’t made plans yet for later but I might go out for a bike ride. We’ll see… I hurt my finger on my left hand which is now wrapped with hockey tape to immobilize it so I don’t know if I can hold the bike handle, I’ll check later.
I also got a couple of back to school emails from the school system and it’s making me anxious. Do we want in-person or virtual, they wanted to know.
Sadly, they required a multiple choice answer, not a detailed essay about idiocy, ineptitude and related commentary so I checked the in-person box and sent it back.
There are rumblings about another variant called Delta plus and all the fear mongering has already begun.
I am of the opinion that we need to learn to live with this thing because it’s not going away. If back to school and activities get canceled again there will be serious repercussions in this province…
We were recommended to put one of the kids in group therapy but we needed a doctor’s requisition so we requested one and they said the waiting list to get into any kind of therapy for kids and teens it’s so long it may not happen until next year.
See how they fucked it all up, these politicians? Some kids will suffer long-term damage after a year and a half of zero normalcy.
The good news is my kids are doing okay now with the camping and they’re going to a cottage a little bit later in the summer and that’ll hold them over until back to school. My son was busy helping with the deck rebuild in the backyard, my daughter began to socialize a bit again, and they’re both busy with the puppy which is all good. It gets them out of the house.
So I’m bracing myself for all kinds of chaos in the fall and winter season but all we can do is what we’ve been doing all along, keep common sense, focus on what we can control, and try to stay sane among all the conflicting misinformation.
Which reminds me I should probably go read a couple of news sources, I haven’t checked in with any covid related news since the middle of July. I’m tapped out.
So there you go. A little update for you. I want to divulge some news about a writing project I launched but I have some work to do on that before I’m ready. Stand by!
It’s almost 6 am now, the first laundry is done, and my first coffee is empty. Back to it.
Enjoy your weekend!