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Yard Work, Digging Mostly

Keeping me on my toes, the gathering of two family members, a neighbour, my librarian and  her daughters, I went ahead with my night to meet and encourage other community writers.

The sensory games and  creativity ideas were tried. Some poetry, mine and another’s ( a professional) published piece were read. A story about the influences of the neighbour attending the event, upon my writing, was pulled for my stockpile and read in it’s entirety. We ate fruit and dessert squares. Another evening, led by me, encouraging young writers was planned for the summer.

In the meantime, stories and threads of ideas were revealing themselves, The group dynamics were interesting. From the mixture of a very small gathering came ideas of reading with very young children, the trauma of  caring for elderly pets,decluttering household contents and wondering about the unforeseen future, knitting, crochet, tatting, hooked rug making, church yard sales, baking, cooking, reading cookbooks, dealing with children, throwing away blackened pots of burnt spaghetti, recalling the chores of working with father in the barn milking the cows and going to the mill and cleaning the house, despising those awful hooked rugs so heavy to drag from the upstairs bedrooms all the way downstairs to air them and clean them while sister baked, studying French and setting up a writing blog …. one that the mom , the librarian, can’t read because it will be all about her according to one of the young daughters.

At the conclusion of the evening another neighbour arrived. A young mother returning her library books, noticing us finishing up the brownies and the fruit tray, realizing we were a bit over the closing hour at the library. Familiar to me, a neighbour, we often say hello. I knew she was a fellow teaching colleague on maternity leave and an artist. Now I know she writes a blog. From just skimming through some of her blog posts I’ve also discovered that her husband is a poet.

All in all, a successful gathering . A very small community gathering of supportive people just planting the seed and nudging together the warming circle of stories, ideas and creativity.Tending a word garden takes effort and patience and with a sprinkle or two of interest it might even take root.

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Making Do

Leaky toilet, a long standing issue around here is being fixed. The stained flooring that I have put up with is also on it’s way out today. A dripping kitchen faucet that has somehow soaked the counters and floor for over a year is scheduled for repairs later today. Non-existent bathroom screening will be installed so I can open the window for ventilation during taking a shower without squirrels, birds, bugs and bats crawling in to join me. There are a few little repairs I might squeeze in once these more important things are done. Despite the cost, which will be reasonable, I am happy.

When I do my home reno projects they take time and of course money. I put up with the broken, the leaky, the outdated and the dreadful until I just can’t take it anymore. Usually this takes years. Then I start thinking about how to finally deal with fixing whatever needs it the most. Some trips to the home improvement stores, some home repair magazine browsing and some creative banking later I call up my retired Mr. Fix Anything and Does it Well and he gives me an estimate on the repairs, buys the supplies he needs, picks out the materials after we discuss colours and general likes and dislikes and somehow finds the time to do the work, cleans up beautifully and is on his way.

In the whole scheme of things you can put up with a great deal of broken, run down and leaky stuff for a very long time but it is pure joy to have the darn situation finally fixed. An old, old, old house lends itself to the aggravations, despair and desperation of many restorative repairs. If I had a reality television program on my lifestyle it might be called Broken, Rundown and Leaky but Grateful.



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