The constant packing is beginning to take its toll. Today I have a cold – loads of sneezing and coughing and blowing of nose. Maybe its the change in weather or maybe its breathing in years of dust. I cleared a bookshelf in my son’s room that hasn’t been touched in 7 years. Did I need to keep any book that hasn’t been looked at in 7 years? There were a couple of novels I’ve put aside to read again (in another 7 years maybe). My son has outgrown most of his books and yet it was still hard to put them into the charity bag. I even found myself thinking I could save them for the grandchildren. No Predencia NO. Let go. If I ever do another HMO I’m sure it will take a fraction of the time because there wont be any of the emotional attachment to clearing rooms – no looking through past school reports; through music concert programmes; no reminiscing about the pride I felt when son number one was selected to play basketball for England, no welling up at the thought that it was all 10 years ago, no reflection on whether I’ve been a good enough parent. No doubt about whether I’m handling son number three’s concerns that his home is being turned into a business. Sometimes if feels like this is more exhausing than the acutal work.
Today the application form to have the gas pipe in the kitchen moved came. Yesterday it took me 15 minutes and 5 calls to get through to the right department of Nationalgrid. I was even transferred to BT Glasgow by a Nationalgrid employee in the Midlands. It really pisses me off when this happens when I’m on an 0870 number. Not only are they charging an arm and a leg to do the pipework but they’re making money out of my phone calls too. We’re having second thoughts about paying over £1000.00 to move the meter. Does anyone know of a lightweight fridge/freezer that could sit on a plinth about two feet off the ground?
I’ve nearly done all the bedrooms now and the loft is looking pretty fat (where did all that space go?) Tomorrow I start on the bathroom – not only is there an airing cupboard to be emptied but there’s a bit storage cupboard almost to the ceiling full of suitcases and travel bags. That wonderful week in La Tour de France just two weeks ago is beginning to feel like a distant memory.