So there goes my ten minute daily posts. No disaster fell, merely a paint job.
Painting 4son’s room meant moving furniture away from one set of walls, cleaning, hoovering, painting (primer and two coats as well as two coats of gloss work), moving furniture around to do the next wall and proceeding all the way round the room. All the while 2son remained glued to his computer in his corner, laughing at suggestions he should help or contribute in any way.
Once finished (door still needs finishing) the new bed had to be built, which wasn’t as bad as I thought, and everything put back. This is now just about done, although I have estimated three months to get rid of the bin bags stuffed full of polystyrene that accompanied the bed.
1son then turned up so we could have a few days of playing a new RPG that 2son has been waiting a few years for. I’ve read the books but have never been interested in RPGs and quite frankly, other than the developing storylines, the whole thing bores me silly. However it was nice family time (other than 3son who has no interest in board or RP games) and it was worth setting aside. 1son also helped me take the last six months of charity shop pile down to the charity shop, freeing up space in the sitting room and enabling me to start up a new pile. I’d suspended doing any writing, exercise (painting really made me realise how weak my arms are), reading, or my little mindfulness course. It’s as if I’ve been put on hold for ten days.
Well I’m almost back to normal, although on penicillin for the stupid barbed wire incident which we don’t talk about and am anticipating 3son’s new bed delivery next week and the consequent trying to pile up two bunk beds and mattresses outside the front door to be taken. I have suggested to 2son that he has a hair cut and we go shopping before his new adventure up north but he’s having none of it. I shall keep trying but we’ve only got a few weeks left. I need to get back to doing some work and to doing all the reading and other preparation for starting course in September.
I’ve actually really enjoyed spending the time with 4son painting his room. He fully shared in the effort (well almost) and he’s ended up with a beautiful looking room, which was already the biggest room in the house. He’s now waiting for his new double mattress to arrive and bliss will be achieved. I felt extravagant about spending so much on two new beds but as I said, it will be the first time ever they have new beds, and since they are double and small double, they will last a good while. I am of course starting to wish I’d got me a new one too as mine is definitely beginning to sag but I think I will waiting a bit.
On top of all that, 3son has started his apprenticeship and is loving every single day, coming home and spending an hour enthusiastically telling me how brilliant it all is. I don’t know whether the happiness will last but it’s all lovely while it does even if he’s a bit over excited.
I haven’t had much room for me in the last ten days but I have kept up my daily meditation and some exercise, mainly physio for my back. Although exhausting it does feel really good to have made such positive change to the house.