By 6.45 he was banging and hammering away at the house – soffits first – then siding. Not that I have any idea what a soffit is but I do know it has to be put on first.
Then at 7.30, Simon took off with Alisa to put her on the bus in Castlegar. And then the house was very, very quiet – except for the heavy banging of course which made the entire house shudder periodically.
I moseyed around, just being quiet and slow – did four loads of laundry and cleaned bathrooms and vacuumed – which has nothing to do with people walking in and out of the house and everything to do with madly shedding dogs.
When all that was done and the house was in clean, neat order, it still felt quiet. Abby was looking morose – she misses Tim desperately., Shanara now also looks morose and has been holed up in the downstairs bedroom which I imagine still retains Alisa’s scent. Poor puppy.
Everyone is missing the kids.
Simon got back at 11.15 and has been working outside with Chad ever since – and on his own after Chad left, painting all the batten boards that are part of our “to-be” board and batten siding.
Meanwhile, I drove to Nakusp after lunch and got a badly needed haircut. My unwanted mullet has disappeared and I think my new look is quite smashing. Nope – no photos because I hate selfies. You’ll just have to imagine how totally gorgeous (!?) I look with shorter hair that’s a bit of a shag but shorter in the back than the front – and bangs that no longer get into my eyes.
And that’s it. I’ve been feeling a mix of emotions today that I can’t even begin to explain. Changes and changes. But tomorrow I am going to devote the day to writing. The weather is supposed to be quite ghastly so it seems like the best thing to do. And on Thursday – a hike. I have no idea where but I am going to get out there somewhere – for hours and hours I hope. I suspect that a full day of writing followed by a full day outside will set me right.
I think what is plaguing me right now is Simon’s question posed to me several days ago. “Are you happy?” he asked.
I couldn’t honestly give the glib “yes” answer. Nor could I say “no.” Rather, I am currently wrestling with the question, “What is happy?”
I’ll keep you posted.