The house is a mess. I'm a lonely old widower with a part time girlfriend. Things get kinda backed up. Waking up to the aftermath of a "swell party," as Betty Boop does in this 1937 cartoon, is only a memory for me.
The girlfriend is coming up from the city for the day. Not that we'll spend much time at my house. Today is the big combined birthday party for the grandkids. My twins just celebrated their first birthday. My toddler girl celebrated her third birthday on Friday. The big party will be held at the pavilion at the park.
When you factor in my month long struggle with health, including a couple of surgeries... well, house cleaning has been at the bottom of the to do list. It's pretty funky around here.
I try to stay off the social media on Sunday, and I'm thinking about extending that to the entire weekend. Political argument and controversy on the web doesn't do a damned thing for me. It's a non-productive annoyance. My weblog long ago ceased to be about political argument and controversy, too. There is an unending and unendurable supply of that shit out there. What could I possibly add?
So, my weekends are normally spent in silence. Haven't been getting out much any more.
Four years of sitting up here in the woods in my cabin in the Catskills. I've enjoyed it. I lived such a chaotic, adventurous, tragic, comic and outrageous life for 60 years that the rest was needed. I haven't missed work at all. Don't know if I'll ever want to go back to office politics and dealing with people I don't even want to know.
I just struggled through the first major illness and hospitalization of my life, not to mention two surgeries. Life narrowed down to babysitting the grandkids, heading home for dinner, taking the opiate pain meds and sleeping until the next morning. Another more serious surgery coming up in a month or so with a month long recovery period afterward.
Rainy day here in the mountains. Windows encircle my front room. They're all open. It's as if I'm sitting out in the woods in the middle of the rain.
It's time for a serious clean out of the house. Time to throw a lot of stuff away.