Saturday, September 6, 2014
The window renovation is beginning to wear thin! Attila worked till almost midnight last night, and then was so wound up that he had trouble sleeping. I think he is overworking, but he is determined to wind this job up as quickly as possible, and I cannot argue with his logic.
The kitchen table and chairs were moved to the living room days ago, the kitchen cupboards around the kitchen window were emptied yesterday, and the contents are scattered around the available horizontal spaces in the kitchen and living room. Chaos reigns. Meal preparation must be done around tools and ladders. The verandah is a temporary workshop, and it is not a relaxing place for a contemplative sit. I have no place to setup a project of my own, such as sewing curtains, which is the downside of the small size of the house.
Attila says, “go out and do something you want to do”. Well, what I want to do is spend time with Attila! He will be back to working six days a week very soon, and I will have lots of time to do something I want to do. The intensity of these large renovation jobs precludes spending time together, as Attila prefers to work alone, and does not need or want my presence.
So, although I am enthusiastic about these new windows going in, I am also resenting the intensity and intrusiveness of the project. Hopefully it will be completed today, and we can leave off any further large projects for this renovation vacation.
And, just so you know, it is a BAD idea to go grocery shopping as a way to kill time on a Saturday morning, a BAD idea. It wasn’t my idea, it was Attila’s idea, to help me kill time until he has completed the window project. When will I learn not to follow along with well-meant but misdirected suggestions! I wasn’t in a great mood when I left the house, and by the time I got back with those few non-essential items I was downright cranky, perhaps one might even go so far as to describe my mood as foul. Thank goodness it was lunch time, a hot chicken sandwich can cure just about anything.
To keep myself busy I have enrolled in a short on-line course at the University. This type of course is pure pleasure, as one can work at one’s own pace, and it is setup so that each test can be taken twice, so that you have the opportunity to learn from your mistakes. My goal is to attain 100% on all quizzes the first time round, and not need to take the quiz a second time. So far, I have submitted one wrong answer, and learned something new in the process!
Not every day is a great day, and this was not a great day. But is was a productive day, very productive!
Oh, and just a note about the kitchen colours. I love them. I get the distinct impression that not everyone who loves me, loves these colours. Attila likes them though, and since he and I will be living with them, all is well. The flooring as seen in the photo will be replaced with red pine planks, painted white. That will complete the colour scheme.
Nope, didn’t get to the weather report, the weather carried on without me, it never missed a beat!
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD – 180 AD)
This fellow had obviously never been a slave in a mine! Or a woman in labour! Or… well you get the picture. There is pain that is due to the thing itself, and there is pain that is not due to the thing itself. Maybe there should be different words for the type of pain referred to in the quote, and since it is a translation, as Marcus probably didn’t say or write this in English, there is a possibility that the general word “pain” does not convey what he actually said.
I will say though, this quote hits the nail on the head for the kind of pain I experienced today, my cranky day. Really, it was all down to me, grappling to gather the power to revoke.