“Diligence is a good thing, but taking things easy is much more restful”

The last few days were lovely, but now the air is thick with humidity. I could feel it as soon I woke up so I closed the upstairs windows, came downstairs, closed the rest of the windows and turned on the AC. I gasped when I went outside to get the papers. Gracie, a bit of a barometer herself, spent little time outside this morning. She came in quickly and collapsed on the couch in the AC. She is now deep asleep and snoring.

The older I get the more my life seems, in different ways, to get easier. When I first lived here, I didn’t even have a fan. When it was really hot, I just slept downstairs with the back door opened all night. When I bought a standing fan, I used it down here and then carried it upstairs so I’d have a breeze all night. I couldn’t sleep without it. It was just too darn hot. Finally I got a window air conditioner for my bedroom. The afternoon sun pours in there, and because it is on the third floor, it stays really hot. I used it at night all summer and many times in the afternoons if the heat felt unbearable. On those afternoons the dog and I would go upstairs in the cool air where I’d stretch out and read. The both of us usually napped. Now I just turn the thermostat and the whole house gets delightfully cool.

My lawn gets mowed every week by my landscaper’s crew. I used to mow it myself on a late afternoon or a Saturday. It is amazing how many chores and errands I used to squeeze in on a weekend when I worked. Now I don’t even enough time over the course of a seven-day week to do everything. I keep telling myself I’ll do it tomorrow. My house gets cleaned every two weeks though I do some spot cleaning in the meantime. I used to clean my house every weekend. The only chore I still consistently do is the washing but no longer do I need to iron a single thing. Wrinkles are perfectly acceptable. I do turn on the dishwasher, but most days I hand wash the few dishes I use. I look out the window as I wash and I do some of my best thinking. Most days I make my bed. It makes my bedroom look neater, but if the cats are sleeping on it, I wait, and if they sleep on the bed all afternoon, I don’t make it at all.

I make no apologies for my sloth. I earned the right to do nothing after all those years of working and getting up at 5 in the morning. My new motto is whatever makes my life easier is just fine with me.

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8 Comments on ““Diligence is a good thing, but taking things easy is much more restful””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m with you on that philosophy. I’ve worked hard enough and now it’s my turn to work just when I feel like it.
    It’s not too bad up here. It’s very cloudy and cool and a bit damp. I think it rained a little while ago but not very much. The windows are still open and the fans are going (because I can’t be arsed to go around and shut them off). Rocky and I are just hanging around. Yesterday was laundry day so we are within in our rights. 🙂
    Enjoy the day!

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Exactly! If I want to I will. If not, I won’t.

      It has gotten really cloudy here so maybe rain this afternoon. The house got so cold I turned off the AC. I may have to turn it bcd on later this afternoon.

      Yesterday I did errands. I don’t have to do a thing today. I may go too an afternoon farmer’s market.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Summer finally arrived (84F, no AC) and I just had my daily summer enjoyment: iced coffee.
    According to Wikipedia lots of variants exist all over the world, but I prefer it simple and easy. Cold unsweetened coffee (breakfast leftover) with vanilla ice cream and some home garden fruit, today blueberries and red currants.
    Great for hot summer afternoons 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      I love ice coffee and generally save the morning brew for the afternoon.

      I haven’t ever heard of adding fruit before, but it sounds wonderful. Ditto on the vanilla ice cream.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Great motto 🙂

    Another nice summer day here, at one point we reached 81 but some clouds came and blocked the sun for a while and temperatures sank again. I didn’t mind the heat but my old boys and Sune had problems, Nova however went out and slept in the sunshine on the kitchen stairs 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I have the same problems with my bed room and I am thinking of getting a fan, but as You know by now our night temperatures are rather low, so it might get freezing cold in my bedroom if I have a fan going all night 🙂

    Sweden started the Olympic games yesterday (as did Great Britain) with womens soccer. We won our first match against South Africa and Britain won as well 🙂 Our ladies are so much better soccer players than our men are and there are no divas in the team either. I was wondering if Hedley watched the British match 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      It stayed cloudy all day here and we didn’t get any rain, just humidity. I did open the windows as there was a small breeze which is cool enough without needing AC.

      My bedroom used to get so beastly. Even now I sometimes use the window unit upstairs as the rest of the house is usually cooler.

      The US also started yesterday with women’s soccer. Our team is much better than the men’s. They won their first game 4-2.

      I’m betting Hedley watched as he is such a football fan.

      Enjoy your evening!

  4. Zoey & Me Says:

    It’s a progression we lived through. First the fans, then the wall air conditioning, now central air which I have to say spoiled me early on and that was the first item we bought for our first house as newbees to buying property. We also only paid $44,000 for it so everything we did was an improvement. The house sold 7 years later for $110,000. Oh how nice it is to visit Coffee and remember the good old days.

    • Kat Says:

      Z&Me,
      I love to reminisce.

      We get discontent with what we have then move on to more progressive and always more expensive, but I am happier as I move upward in that progression.

      I never thought about central air until a few years ago when we had the worst summer ever, hot all the time. Now I’m nice and cool.


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