I’m not houseproud, never have been. But the house is always clean, it’s just untidy! I don’t see the point of putting everything away all the time; it’s supposed to be a home that’s lived in not a show house. I always liked the expression ‘An immaculate house is the sign of a dull woman’! But, even I am becoming frustrated with the mess at the moment. The builders are in, doing the sitting room, which has been totally demolished. The ceiling came down as it was old and cracked and loose; the floor was dug up to put down a damp proof membrane to cure the rising damp; the walls were cleared of all the plaster to cure the damp – right down to bare brick.
Obviously, the furniture that was in the sitting room is now in the rest of the house – mostly in the dining room, which has become very claustrophobic and dark. The whole house is covered in a thick layer of dust every day and although the builders are very good at clearing up after themselves, there is the inevitable mess after they every day.
To top it all, there’s no TV. All the satellite cables, etc are in the sitting room and have been removed for the duration. The landline phone has also stopped working (not that anyone ever rings me!) Having said that, I am finding it quite good not to have a TV, which sometimes gets put on out of habit. There’s not much I really like to watch…
Today is the birthday of a friend of mine, so Happy Birthday Bill if you happen to read this. Hope he’s had a good day, doing whatever he prefers. It’s funny how some people are just good friends, even though you haven’t known them all that long. But he has been extremely supportive and ever such a good listener (he writes beautifully too). Many of you will know that I have battled with depression for years. Actually, all my life I think! So when I am feeling particularly low, it’s wonderful to have a friend like Bill…
I hope I am some good to him too at times when he needs it.
Back to art. The results are coming back from the judges for the annual exhibition, so when they have been compiled, it’s my job to let the 200 or so people know whether they’ve been successful in getting accepted for the exhibition or not. I’m also one of the hopefuls, so have my own fingers crossed too. And in case you wonder, I don’t have anything to do with the marking or collating of marks.
Consequently, there may be a lack of posts and a lack of artwork! But it’s in a good cause.