I have been indulging in dashing heroics this week. Dashing heroically from task to task.
A typical day started with wails from our live-in housekeeper that a tap had broken – fortunately nothing a bit of ingenuity and a Leatherman couldn’t fix. Then I had to supervise and assist in a major clean-up of rubble, cuttings (the better part of a forest) and general junk which renovations have scattered freely from one end of the property to the other. In between were excursions to fetch and carry kids from school, to swimming, and all that.
Sick mommies this week have meant that I had extra kids to collect and distribute around the neighbourhood. I also had to keep two of them under some sort of control while waiting for R to finish her Squad Swimming session.
There has also been the little task of installing Office 2016 to replace the dying edition I had, and of collecting a new modem to take over from my ailing one (installation still to happen). Persuading the former to do my bidding, and restoring some of the tools I am familiar with like Photo Editor, was a major chore. I also had to do battle with our bankers – some ‘system upgrade’ resulted in reverting to our previous address and to losing all the documents one has to produce proving residence etc.
We even dashed off to attend a political rally to meet our MP and local candidates.
In between, I squeezed in my 6-monthly medical check-up (chronic asthma to be kept under control), nipping over the wall by ladder to backwash and clean the next-door pool for our recently widowed neighbour, and maintaining a Community Policing presence with stickers on car, and uniform. Today also involved supporting R in an inter-school netball match the other side of town. Her team won 2 – 0, so that made it fun.
Little things like bolstering a broken strut on a wash-line, and bolting to repair a non-bolting bolt on our front door, and replacing street numbers destroyed in painting operations, are merely by the way.
So bloggers who are feeling neglected by me can be assured that they would not be if I could figure out a way to do without sleep – which is a bad habit I have cut down on as far as I can. Also, unfortunate authors who are waiting for overdue edits – please be patient, your call will be answered by the next available operator …