Thursday, October 23, 2008
Ally thoughtfully pinned list of chores...
Well, it was back to work this week after a two-week holiday. Unfortunately, I’m afraid I can’t boast of tropical climes and azure seas or golden beaches.
Like many other people, my wife and I are reining in our spending at the moment thanks to the global so-called ‘credit crunch.’
It’s not just down to that, of course. As, having moved house just five months ago into an older house needing work done, more of our disposable income has been flowing down the black hole that is known as ‘home improvements’.
So, that meant our fortnight away from our respective offices saw my wife and I undertaking activities rather different from the usual holiday selection of water-skiing, surfing, sailing, etc, etc...
Instead, in their place, we had painting the spare bedroom, applying bitumen waterproofing to the roof of our garage and creosoting our assorted collection of sheds and timber buildings.
The weather wasn’t too bad, though, and there was some fun stuff too, like picking the last of our apples and pears from the tiny orchard in our back garden.
Our kitchen is now covered in boxes of apples and bags of pears, as my wife Ally scours recipe books for ever-more interesting things to do with them all.
Ally had thoughtfully (said without trace of sarcasm) pinned a list of chores needing done over the two weeks to the back of our front door.
There was, therefore, no excuses for her husband when it came to being fully informed of what was next needing done.
Slowly, but surely, the various topics on the list got ticked off as they were completed - fix oil tank gauge; pick apples; creosote sheds; repair garage roof; put car into garage for service; mow lawns; paint bedroom; ring chimney sweep; allocate area of garden for soon-to-arrive chickens.
The thing is, it’s always nice to have some time off which you can spend just pottering about your own home and garden with your partner or family.
My wife isn’t too hard a task-master! And there’s always a good feeling of satisfaction when you get a lot of stuff done and out of the way.
However, come the long dark nights of winter, I think you might find me perusing some of those glossy vacation brochures full of sand, sun and sea!
Mark Entwistle is the chief reporter for The Southern Reporter, Selkirk, The Borders, Scotland. The South Reporter also sends a column to that newspaper.
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