Days 26-31 (June 9-14)
It’s been one of those weeks. Extra family and home maintenance matters had priority until today when I’ve managed a full day at the library.
We usually call for one quote for work that is needed, hoping it will look reasonable so we can accept it straight away. No such luck. First quote for what seemed like a low-level task to our inexpert eyes was $800+. Tried another tradie – result $500+. Discovered a trusted previous helper was back in business after a health layoff – work done next morning – $150. What were the others thinking? Can’t believe we seem old and senile enough to be taken in! Maybe they don’t want the work. OR . . . .? Can’t be bothered expending more energy on thinking about it – wasted enough time already.
Editing was bitty on previous days with a sense that inconsistencies may flourish because of the discontinuity. All was good today with many changes, mostly low-level, but should contribute to clarity and improved readability and more natural dialogue. On a visit to Maroochydore Freya had a difficult time when memories of Alexander surfaced unbidden.
Reading: Today there were six requested books waiting for me on the reserved shelf. Two Patchett ones (a short story collection and a novel), and surprisingly several novels I’d tracked down when scanning Library Thing yesterday. Just love that site but what a time-eater – discipline needed. Also a memoir, telling of a young Muslim’s journey towards jettisoning the Islamic beliefs of his immigrant community – title is The young atheist’s handbook; author is Bangladeshi, Alom Shaha. The blurb says, ‘In this powerful narrative, Alom Shaha shows that it is possible to live a compassionate, fulfilling, and meaningful life without God.’ Couldn’t resist dipping into this one over a lunchtime bite. You can find author details on the web http://alomshaha.com/
Short story ideas were scribbled on receipts or entered into mobile phone notes in passing when I was out and about, and thankfully retrieved for entry into laptop files before they disappeared. For some unknown reason my trusty notebook was absent.
Family: Had a wonderful catch-up lunch with one of my sisters yesterday. Great meal at a Nursery restaurant to the cheerful sounds of kookaburras. Cold though as the breeze was brisk. Lucky for us that cosy wraps were provided. The leisurely walk through the paths and boardwalks in native flora and rainforest afterwards topped off a pleasant afternoon before we headed in our separate directions. We are vaguely thinking travel – maybe the European waterways? Maybe a stretch into Turkey? All hypothetical at the moment. But action has to start somewhere.
Friends: Tomorrow’s coffee and cake with two writer friends will complete a pleasant week.
Hopefully productivity next week will reach an all-time high.