I’m getting surprisingly good at relaxation. Not in a meditative, yogaish sort of way, just chillin’. Indeed, there’s always the possibility that I’ll become too good at it and I’ll never get anything useful done at all.
Turning out the study is a surprisingly effortful job, mind you. For one thing, I’d been dumping stuff in there for ages and it was pretty messy. For another, there were a lot of files and piles of papers going back years. So, a while ago, I had a big sorting out and chucking out session, but this didn’t get halfway through the job. In the last week or two, I’ve been tackling the bookshelves. There are two of them, each about seven foot long by more than five foot high – haven’t measured, but they’re taller than I am and they’re wider than they are tall. Each is seven shelves high, not including the top, and four compartments wide and they hold about 15-18 books, depending on their size. In emptying them (there were more files as well as books), I’ve found a number of interesting things – and noted books for reading or re-reading. All the same, though I’ve had a good wheelbarrowful of papers to burn and a bin bag of rubbish to discard, there hasn’t been much to show for it. And stuff to go through properly later has been put on one side, so the room is messier now than when I started.
But after another hour and a half of this, this morning, I was ready to stand down from work for the rest of the day. So LT and I went out for lunch. And then we sowed some peas and some radishes and came in for tea. We did the Guardian sudoku, which was surprisingly difficult, and I’ve been doing The Times fiendish one, which so far has proved impossible, though I’ll master it yet. And Tim cooked dinner and all I had to do was light the fire. And I’ve relaxed. And it’s actually rather lovely and I don’t care if it’s lazy.
Young Stevo has got a job/apprenticeship, so isn’t available to help much any more, though he’s promised to when he can. But his friend Shem is coming along instead. He’s a nice lad and is willing, we’re getting along fine so far.