After a fair-ish night's sleep, up in good time and did a complete patrol of the house. Part of the new daily discipline will be to go into every room of the house, every day -- and when weather allows, to walk the perimeter of the front and back yards, every day.
I am more and more aware that if I do not continue to push -- physically as well as mentally -- into the corners, the corners will draw in and the world will grow steadily smaller and smaller. As I said to my Helping Neighbour last week -- "I have to cut my own grass just often enough to keep me from thinking 'Oh, I can't'. Because if I start to believe that, I can't continue to live in the house." He agreed that that made sense. Same goes for snow-shoveling, and a degree of house repairs. Same goes for digging in garden-space. Push the edges, all the time.
Besides...if I don't look at the rooms, I forget what is in them. I have too much stuff (I know I'm not alone) but the corollary to that is that one doesn't OWN what one can't FIND. So, working on that.
Went out midday and had a long catching-up visit over coffee with a good-friend. We were in a mall coffee shop a long way from home-base -- and still, two or three other people who knew one or both of us came by and joined in the conversation -- it's delightful.
Just before I went out, made a verbal arrangement for six weeks' pastoral and liturgical supply in the wonderful parish I served as interim last summer...will try for 6 - 8 weeks' tenure there starting in September, before the weather and travel conditions become too daunting (it's 200+ km., one way). Looking forward to this -- looking forward to seeing the dear folks again and the lovely terrain between here and there.
Let us be candid, the "re-MEW-neration" is not unwelcome either!
Then stopped at the library on the way home and handed in TWO books and picked up Roz Chast's memoir of her parents' decline (Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?) -- and just for frivolity, a volume of Carrie Fisher's memoirs. So there is a lovely varied little stack of "stuff to read," here.
Had a bite of early supper and went off to ride herd on Thing Two, my junior granddaughter, while her parents did chores around the house and in the yard. We had a fine playtime with snacks and about five books, and then I helped her Mom with bathtime. Thing Two's sibling is due in about six weeks or two months, so it is timely and appropriate if Grandma hoists the little girl in and out of the tub... Much enjoyment. Son Unit and DIL Unit and I accounted for a box of Haagen-Das ice-cream bars -- so home to put the garbage out for early-morning pickup. Chasing Shackleton on the TV. What a story. (What a MAN! Whoo!)
Tomorrow, I think, at home all day and -- I hope -- working productively. Library reading -- and I have Slow Church on the reading pile (this morning I bookmarked the videos of Stanley Hauerwas talking about SC -- looking forward to hearing his perspective also).
A good day with lovely affectionate moments to look back on -- helps with the recurrent feeling of being at odds with the ENTIRE KNOWN WORLD, which burbles up from time to time.