"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Today is a day of celebration! It is the end of a week of dental appointments, optician's appointments, Toby's doggie hairdresser appointment and the dreaded decorators. 
Not really, of course. In reality, they are a couple of very pleasant, hard-working men who turn up, do the job and leave everything nice and tidy and clean. The main problem is preparing for their visit. It all started when I got to the stage where, just looking at the carpet in the living room was resulting in raised blood pressure - it is well past its best - and the acceptance that, before getting that changed, we would need to have the room decorated and, while that was being done, it would be silly not to get the dining room done too. Then there was our bedroom - again, a cause of serious BP raising. These houses are nearly twenty years old, we have been in this one for thirteen and we have never yet decorated the bedroom. Keith's excuse is that it doesn't really matter anyway, because he goes to bed in the dark and gets up with his eyes only half open so doesn't actually see his surroundings anyway. Oh to have such a simple view of life!
The best thing though, or so I thought, was that preparing the living room for decorating would definitely necessitate Keith clearing his desk...
Or not! 
"You haven't tidied your desk," I pointed out on Sunday evening.
"Yes I have," he said, with pained expression. I looked. There in his hand was a six inch square cardboard box, containing three or four screwed up bits of paper. 
"Anyway," he continued, seeing my expression, "they can just cover it with a sheet, can't they?"

Still, when the carpet layers come, the room will have to be cleared, so he'll have to clear the desk before it can be moved - won't he?


Dale said...

Looking forward to seeing it when it's all been done - the decorating, I mean, not the desk, although that would be something worth seeing as well I should think.

Jenny Aspin said...

The colour is the same as it was, as is Keith's desk, unfortunately ... :( But when we have had the carpet laid, I'll take some photos.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

No! Keith's work station does not need clearing. It can simply be lifted up and carried out of the house for the duration of the carpet laying - assuming of course that no rain is predicted. Speaking from experience, I would humbly suggest that it is not easy for naturally untidy men who have chosen to live with unnaturally tidy women. SOLIDARITY WITH KEITH! SAVE NASA!

Jenny Aspin said...

I might have known ... (sigh)

Graham Edwards said...

As a naturally very tidy person living alone I can never quite understand why my house is so often untidy: especially the kitchen which is where I seem to live.

Jenny Aspin said...

Throughout my adult life, I have aspired to the minimalist look, Graham, but it has always been unattainable, due to Other People and Animals. ;)

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