What happens to all that time?

Over the last few days I’ve found myself sitting looking at a computer screen in the evening wondering what has happened to the day.

Twelve hours pass, and I look at the jobs I’ve done and wonder what happened. (Yesterday was washing up, shredding two lots of paper, taking Julia to work and picking her up, blogging, writing a few haiku, reading a few haiku and making soup and a stir fry.) Even with a snooze and some TV it is hardly a full day.

Tomorrow I will sort books out because once the charity shops open again and customers start coming back to the shop I can start moving them on again. The car boot is absolutely crammed and there are bags of books in the back floor wells too. I also have them piling up at home.

It is a sad thing, but they had taken over and life is, I confess, more relaxing without so much stuff in the house. As a bonus, when we move (which is planned for some point in the next few years) we won’t have as much stuff to sort or move. We will be moving 150 miles, so the less we take, the better. I will probably have to give the kids our new address as Julia seems to want to keep them, but apart from that I’m aiming for a fresh start.

Country Life sent me the normal weekly email and, as long as I can manage an immoderate lottery win, I think I have found just the place for us. I mean, a library by Rennie Mackintosh, a herd of Highland cattle and fifteen bedrooms. That means you can have clean bedclothes every night for a fortnight before you need to start doing housework. If only it wasn’t just 500 yards away from Loch Lomond. I seem to recall it being famous for midges. and after my last experience with them I’m not sure I want another go.

That was how I used to organise myself as a bachelor- fifteen sets of everything and then do the laundry once a fortnight. It’s a good system.

However, talking of Lottery wins, it’s going to have to happen soon, as I’m going to stop buying Lottery Tickets. I never win so I might as well save the money and buy something useful. As of January 1st I’m going to drop the money in a jar and buy Premium Bonds.  There’s still a chance of winning a cash prize and you can actually get your money back when you want it.

26 thoughts on “What happens to all that time?

  1. tootlepedal

    Definitely bear the midges in mind. On the other hand, climate change seems to be lessening their menace round here. We have frequently been out in the garden in the evening without getting attacked in recent years. It’s an ill wind etc etc.

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  2. derrickjknight

    Premium Bonds is a good wheeze. I wonder where I put mine bought in the 60s. Covid has, of course, reduced the need for careful laundry and eliminated ironing altogether.

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  3. thetinypotager

    I know what you mean about decluttering. I’ve kept books with special meaning but without my kindle my book habit would require that Highland Castle you speak of to house them all 🙂

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  4. Laurie Graves

    I have found that the older I get, the less I accomplish in a greater amount of time. I have learned to lower my expectations. A lot. 😉 Where are you planning to move?

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    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      We are planning on moving to Suffolk. It’s as far east as you can get without falling off the edge. Also known as Clare Pooley Country. 🙂

      Julia’s siblings are all there and Number One son is planning on moving to Norfolk in a couple of years so it will all fit in nicely.

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      1. quercuscommunity Post author

        If it happens it will be good. There are a few problems yet, including the possibility that we take the easy way out and don’t do it. Thirty years in one place can make you risk averse.

      2. Laurie Graves

        You bet! We have been in our home for over thirty years, and I hope never to have to move. Of course, that all depends on our health. Anyway, fingers crossed!

      3. quercuscommunity Post author

        If you are happy where you are, and I can see no reason why you wouldn’t be, then good luck to you. I bought this house 32 years ago as part of a short-term plan and never got round to moving. 😉

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