Chores abound. So much to do. Sal and I made a list…some thirty items on it. Things we must do – and SOON! Then we got down to fixing the plumbing and making that all good. And, it is good. Now. Bloody marvelous. After a few days I looked over at Sal and she had the chore list out and was adding something…..”Adding a new chore…?”
“Kinda. I just wrote down ‘Fix the pump and water system’ so that I could cross it off the list. Crazy, eh? But I like to cross things off the to-do list even if we do them and they weren’t on the list.”
“I know. Anyway…what’s next?”
“Lower stairs to genset shed and a new approach deck.”
“That’s not on the list.”
“I just stepped through one of the stair treads and checked the others. They’re all gonna go.”
“I’ll put it on the list.”
We are currently in the middle of that chore. Sal can hardly wait to cross it off the list.
Yesterday we took a day off and went to clean up an old community building. The local government is buying it for us (the community) and we are planning on restoring it to heritage standards. But, in the time between it falling into disrepair and being bought was almost ten years. It was never in great shape, having been built in the 30’s. Worse, in the last few years it was occupied as living quarters by a squatter who was deranged, unhygienic and disreputable in the extreme. Part of the deal was the community would clean it up. It was a horrible mess.
The building is about 25 by 40 give or take and it is sagging and leaning and is all sorts of rotten. Plus it sits on piles. It was ‘home’ to a genuine nutter who resided without running water, good heat, refrigeration and none of the mod cons one would need to exist out here. But somehow he did. For at least two years–without even taking out the garbage once. AND he saved his used toilet paper as fire starter. The place was rodent infested and disgusting. About 14 or so people showed up and worked for about four hours simply to ‘bag’ all the crap and make the place clean enough to walk around. Some of us wore paper masks to keep the Hantavirus and Ebola at bay. NOT ON THE LIST!
But some things NOT ON THE LIST are good chores anyway. A good neighbour gave us six good sized crabs the other day. We cleaned them and turned a couple into crab cannelloni. We were too busy snarfing that down to add ‘crab-cleaning’ to the list.
ANYWAY….the point: a lot to get done and we are doing it but it seems that we are doing much more than is on our list. So…..what is the point of the list….?