The good news of yesterday night was a post on Honey’s blog to say that Pema is joyfully born and is healthy and strong. She’s received many messages of congratulations – thanks so much for thinking of her and wishing her well.
Yet again, I’m reminded how necessary it is for me to take on obligations. If not, I’d do very little at all, as this morning indicates. Even I, however, am starting to think that I’ve been ambling round lazily or sitting reading the paper and listening to music for almost long enough and am considering doing something useful. There are several options. I have a letter to write, which I will certainly do at some point today – but that hardly counts, because I have promised to do it today and I am quite reliable at fulfilling obligations.
Otherwise, I have a whole lot of stuff to sort out to hand over to someone – it’s probably 2 hours solid work, plus a list – an aide memoire – to write which will probably be added to over a couple of days. Housework is an ever-present option – this is not the sort of house where it’s ever finished.
And I am considering cleaning bricks. Not all the piles of bricks were deposited on their pallets, which means that they’ve been sitting on the ground for the past year or so and the bottom ones have to be scrubbed. This takes the Sage a long time. He’s sweet-natured and doesn’t mind, but it seems fair for me to take a turn at some time.
I wonder which, if any of them, I’ll do. Of course, there’s time in the day for me to do some of all of them. Heh heh. And how likely is that?
I’ve just been reading in the paper how schools and nurseries have been advised to stop small children sharing crayons and toys during the flu outbreak. Does anyone in government know anything at all about small children? Have they ever been in a state primary school? The children sit around tables doing things together, not at rows of desks. Pre-school age children are tactile and cuddly and instinctively share things and hold hands. You can’t stop them, certainly not for months on end. You can be diligent about hygiene, but I suspect most nurseries are already – you only have to spend a short time in a public lavatory to notice how many people don’t wash their hands at all, or give the most perfunctory rinse. Those wretched unhygienic hot air driers don’t help at all.