Welcome to my crazy, sometimes chaotic world! I’m linking up to Bookishly Boisterous, for Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts.
I like to make changes…those who read my blogs know that about me. But what happens when I am forced to change things abruptly, without having control over anything?
I was rereading some of my earlier posts, and found this one from 2010, when a broken pipe in the walls thoroughly disrupted my world, causing a Potpourri of Changes.
A broken pipe; drastic rearrangement of my objects to allow access; and then, finally, the day arrived.
That day was (July 15, 2010), which began at 6 a.m. Which meant, of course, that I was awake at 3 a.m. so I could spend some quiet time on the computer before their arrival. A good thing, since there was no more quiet until they finally departed at 4 p.m.
From the stomping around, the pounding, and then the VERY LOUD noise when they sawed through pipes—the vibrations of which knocked one of the clocks off my walls!—to the constant movement through my space…well, let’s just say none of this was conducive to reading.
Right Hand Clock Fell Down!
Nevertheless, I did make some progress on my book. And I kept reminding myself that, once they were finished, I would have hot water again! Yay!
So they finally finished that part; they tested everything; and voila, success!
I really enjoyed turning on the hot water to wash dishes, and then…the wonderful shower! Let me tell you, cold water showers may not be so bad in the hot summer, but there’s nothing like hot water.
What I learned from all this…do not take anything for granted! Every day, you just go along in your routines, expecting things to work, and then one day, you look outside, see water pooling up, and everything changes.
They’re not done yet, of course. The plumbing is finished, but now someone comes today to start patching up the holes in the dry wall, which is a several-days process. More interruptions, but less disruptive. And I was able to put most of my stuff back. Not in the areas where dry wall reconstruction will be happening, but my office now looks kind of normal. Whatever normal looks like, of course.
I had to consider the possibility that maybe I have too much STUFF around. And while I was playing around on the computer, I put a few things on Craigs List. Things that I had forgotten that I even had, but which were “unearthed” by this movement of stuff from the various nooks and crannies.
That was more than six years ago, and I still recall how the disruption impacted my world. Which tells you a little about me…and about how I really like order. Unless I’m the one moving things around, changing things up. Hmm. Since then, however, I’ve done some purges and binned some collectibles.
Here we are at Thursday, and I’ve only finished two books so far. I just started my third book, a review book from an author that I downloaded a while ago (September). Not that long, actually, but I should have read it by now.
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett (click for review)
Confess, by Colleen Hoover (click for review)
Hopefully I will be immersed in the review book by lunch time.
Then I must go check the mail, as my youngest son texted me, asking if I’d gotten the present they sent…and I realized I hadn’t checked the mail in the last two days. Yikes!
Sometimes I wonder about my decision to have all my mail go to the post office, which requires driving a few miles to get it. But I really hate the mailboxes outside our condos…and the postal delivery system is unreliable at best.
I long for the days when I had a house with a mail slot in the door. Easy to get the mail!
Listen to me bitch and moan. lol. So many more challenging events can happen in a life, and we don’t even know how strong we can be…until we are in the midst of things.
What potpourri of changes can turn your world upside down? How do you deal?