Walnut Room this way

Walnut Room this way

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Break: Not What it Used to Be

Mississippi has been just downright dreary for a week.  Raining, has been raining, will be raining, never going to stop raining kind of dreary.  Curl up in a fetal position dreary.  Not able to get to Texas dreary.  Cold seeping into your metal joints and producing an ache unlike any other kind of dreary.  Mud sucking at your boots dreary.
I finally, after a week of it, managed to get myself up and dressed and to the grocery store.  We were well beyond "the cupboards are bare" kind of need.  There's a little game we play around here called "I'm on strike."  It goes something like this:
I vow to myself that I am not washing dishes, cooking, cleaning the kitchen, or washing towels until someone else does.  The dishes stack up on the counter.  There are no clean glasses, cups, plates, bowls, silverware.  The hamper is full and overflowing with towels.  There are no clean towels.  The mud is so thick where dogs have tracked it in from the swamp that is the back yard, that were I an artist and capable of that level of creativity, I could sculpt.  And then, I get tired of it.  And, I clean the kitchen and wash the towels.  The floor has more grit than I do.
So, after a week of eating take out or oatmeal, I wanted real food.  That required purchasing real food, and having clean dishes.  Granted, I thought about breaking out my secret stash of paper plates, known only to me, and there is always a handful of plastic utensil packets from take out, but truly, when I reach the point I want real food, I also prefer to eat it on a ceramic plate using a stainless steel utensil.

So, there you have it: the strike in the kitchen is over again, settled by the usual capitulation of the worker.  The original plan was that I was leaving for Texas, and the guys would be forced to eventually load the dishwasher and wash the towels prior to my return...then, I didn't leave.
Last evening--you know, the one that now lasts an extra long time thanks to the time change--I sat on the porch watching the birds flocking to the feeder and watching the cats watching the birds.  Even though they can't reach the birds, thanks to how and where I place the feeders, it does not stop the cats from patiently sitting in position, poised with the instinct cats have to stalk their next meal, even when a full bowl of cat chow is in the usual place.
There is probably a lesson in that.  Every once in a while, though, we get tired of the lessons, don't we?  We just want someone else to wash the dishes and the towels.


Beth said...

The cats have the right idea about life for sure. And, the dishes, laundry, and floor dirt seem destined to return. There probably is a life cycle there or something.

Suzassippi said...

It's that "or something" part that gets me. LOL

Lana Pugh said...

Oh me. I don't think I've got seasonal affective disorder, but this first part of the year I have wondered. I am sick unto death of rain and I can see the sunshine outside my office window and it is entirely too distracting. I keep having to tell myself to focus.