“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

The weather is back to cloudy, grey and bleak. Rain is expected here while off-cape will be getting a little snow, an inch or two. I figure it’s just enough to remind people that winter is impatiently waiting in the wings. Yesterday I actually did some cleaning, a bit of polishing and dusting. I also filled all of the bird feeders and put out new thistle and suet feeders. Today I have to bring up the laundry from the cellar and do a few errands. Gracie will be glad for the errands. I’m not so glad about the laundry.

When I worked, I was able to fit in all the errands and chores despite the long work day. Weekends were filled with laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning and a run to the dump. I was usually in bed on school nights by 10 as the day started around 5:15 or 5:30. The alarm went off at 5, but I always hit the snooze button so I could feel as if I were cheating the clock in some small way.

Since my retirement I have noticed strange phenomenons. Though I have all the time in the world, I don’t get a whole lot done. I procrastinate as there is always tomorrow or the next day or the next, on and on. I also noticed I have become protective of my time. The phone gets answered reluctantly though I’m okay if it’s a friend or a family member. I hate appointments. They usurp my time. This week I have two, both of which I voluntarily made: one is to have my car checked for servicing and the other is stuffing envelopes at the museum where I am a volunteer. Based on past performances, I’ll regret having made them and will have to force myself out the door. I’ll whine and curse a bit.

When I was a kid, if my mother put on lipstick, it was a signal she was going out, and we always wanted to know where. I usually wear slippers around the house. If I put on shoes, Gracie is on the alert. She knows I must be going somewhere so she  plants herself by the front door. Lipstick meant a complete change in routine and now it’s slippers. I guess I just don’t go out often enough or I should wear shoes inside more often.

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33 Comments on ““Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Wearing shoes indoors here in Sweden is a big no no. Unless the one living in the home says one should wear shoes indoors, due to dirty floors, one never wear shoes indoors here. I guess it might have to do with our rather rainy climate and only god knows what we’ve been walking in out there 🙂 🙂

    I’m much the same on weekends and on vacations, I really don’t like answering the phone or do things I can do later on 🙂 It’s easy with my mobile phone since I can see who’s calling but the old stationary one I tend to leave if it calls 🙂

    We’ll get snow mixed the rain already tonight and after that we’ll get it colder again so I guess the roads will be a bit to exiting to drive on already tomorrow evening.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      Not much I can bring in with my shoes going from the car to the brick walkway to the house. I know people who won’t allow shoes in the house because of white rugs or the fear of a little dirt. I’m just fine with shoes.

      My phone also shows the number, and when the TV is on, the number appears on the screen so I know whether to answer or ignore. Most are ignored.

      It is already spitting rain as my mother would call it. I am just about ready to head out to do my couple of errands, but first I have to put on my shoes!

  2. Hedley Says:

    So im6 is firing up his double electric fruitcake Christmas offering, the discussion of the merits of Tinsel is about to start (clumps or individual strands) and I offer you the gift of Gnarls Barkley and the Muppets.

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I love this video. It is hysterical, and the Muppet Ceelo is wonderful!

      Individual, never clumps!!!

      I’ll post the url’s to im6’s Christmas mixes as he suggested Coffee friends might enjoy the music. He’s right I’m sure!

      • Hedley Says:

        How many broken glasses ? 42.

        The season on KTCC usually involves a spirited discussion of the use of tinsel – I probably should have stayed away from it until at least the first week of December.

        I loved Cee Lo’s work with Gnarls Barkley and this is a fun and humorous Christmas song with those Muppets.

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley: Yeah Muppets !!! 🙂
      Kat: Links are highly appreciated.
      im6: Blog url?

      Oops, am I pandering?

      Tinsel: definitely clumps!
      Lipstick: only on stage, never by choice.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, we always had good intentions with tinsel and tried to work individual strands but soon lost patience and went to clumps to get it over and done with.
        DO NOT start pandering to im6 even though his Electric Fruitcake Christmas songs are good. Katmah does enough pandering to him for everyone

    • im6 Says:

      As I’ve mentioned via email, I’m disappointed with myself with the varying song volumes on this year music mixes. Professional equipment/software would probably have helped. Professional help and and less soft brain would probably have been just as beneficial. Birgit, the whole holiday music set consists of nothing but Rod Stewart and The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson singing carols in the style of Leonard Cohen. Hedley loves it and will not doubt dance about in glum now until December 25 when The Grinch arrives at his house.

      Seriously, if Kat posts the links, keep your hand near the volume control. It’s the price you pay for having music from so many different sources.

      • Kat Says:

        im6,
        I will let Coffee people know that it came from so many sources which affected the volume.

        A very big Hedley dig there!

      • Birgit Says:

        im6,
        perhaps this free program can help to adjust volume in your next mix:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3Gain
        Unfortunately I can’t check it quickly (Linux frontend problem).

      • im6 Says:

        Thanks for the link, Birgit. I downloaded it and ran the tunes through the program and it SAYS the file volumes have been adjusted and evened out, but I honestly can’t tell any difference. It’s entirely possible I did something wrong. I replaced the songs in iTunes, but they’re still the same size and sound the same. If you have the inclination and time to check it out, I’d certainly like to hear your appraisal of MP3Gain. I know there’s probably a simple solution. I just need a simple solution for a simple mind!

      • Hedley Says:

        Gosh, as we prepare for Electric Fruitcake, here is im6’s friend R Stewart live on the HSN brutalizing, sorry crooning, White Christmas

      • Birgit Says:

        im6,
        my (very basic) Linux terminal version works, but that doesn’t mean that it works with your computer. Amplified volume when using a very quiet test file, but I have to admit that I can’t tell a difference if the change is within a few decibels.
        Found an unexplained Youtube comment (-> Tutorials) that it doesn’t work well with Apple but no other hints on that issue. Do you use Windows or Mac? Another reason may be the audioplayer, but I’m not sure. One source says “MP3Gain does not require special support from players” and another contradictory that ReplayGain support is necessary. I keep my eyes open for a solution. To be continued on another day …

        Hedley,
        search “Iggy Pop White Christmas” on YouTube. You know I love Iggy, but…

      • im6 Says:

        Thanks, Birgit. Yep, I’m on a Mac so that may explain the lack of any perceivable difference in volume (you’d think they’d just fess up to such limitations). At least I now know it’s not necessarily my ears 😉 All the talk about Linux just goes over my head. I wish programmers/IT specialists would realize not everyone “gets it” and talk/write so we slow learners could understand/use programs. My pet peeve is how something is described as being intuitive. The bottom line: my music mixes aren’t professional, but they’re made with real passion. And they include no Iggy Pop.

      • Birgit Says:

        im6,
        Ok, sorry, translated IT-talk: I don’t have an easy solution yet 😉
        A wise decision not to include Iggy miserably failing as a crooner. No need for perfection. I also like the Beach Boys and I’m always interested in music I don’t hear that often. Especially if it’s chosen by a passionate music lover 🙂

  3. Kat Says:

    Birgit,
    im6 is a music maven who does a Christmas mix every year, no web site yet. I’ll post the links tomorrow.

    Never clumps! They are supposed to look like icicles is what I was told every year if I dared to throw clumps. My mother was insistent on the icicle look.

    Never lipstick here either; putting on shoes is tough enough.

    • Caryn Says:

      As a former tinsel factory worker, I have to say the mylar tinsel is vastly inferior to lead tinsel. Only the old fashioned lead tinsel had the proper crimp and weight to hang correctly. Also it was never electrostatically attracted to the television screen. I don’t use tinsel anymore but I still remember the tinsel on the side nearest the tv was all reaching out horizontally towards the screen. Very un-icicle like indeed. 😀

      • Kat Says:

        Caryn,
        I remember the lead tinsel. I also remember we’d bead it and throw it at each other. That always drove my mother crazy.

        The image in my head of the tinsel reaching out to the screen seems a scene out of a science fiction movie about aliens.

  4. Kat Says:

    MDH,
    Humph!!!

  5. BG Says:

    Wow, you hit the proverbial nail on its head with this one. I too find that my retirement has turned me into someone who is very annoyed by anything that takes away from my seemingly worthless free time. I too hate to take the time for routine appointments, and I’m an absolute nut about combining errands into one trip, the better to get home and into time-wasting mode again. It seems contradictory until you realize that it might be your subconscious mind telling you — not to get serious or anything — that the hourglass is emptying. 😉

    • Kat Says:

      BG,
      I do the same thing with errands: save them up for one trip. I also do them geographically to minimize the driving so I can get home.

      I think you’re right about the hourglass and my subconscious. It is a great reason for being covetous of my time.

      • Kat Says:

        PS
        The other day I found myself doing 5 errands, and I planned them perfectly so the last errand was nearest to my house.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    If Rocky hears me putting on my jeans, he knows I’m going out and runs to wait by the door just in case I should forget him. I decided that was probably too sloth-like so now I put on jeans anyway. He still thinks we’re going out. 😀
    I, too, resent intrusions upon my copious retirement time. It’s mine and I give it up grudgingly.
    My laundry is out of the cellar, finally, and the birds have been fed. I have accomplished enough for today. 🙂
    Enjoy the snain. 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Dogs are too funny. Gracie is the first dog to have me all the time so she has expectations.

      You did far better than I as the laundry is still downstairs though half of it is folded (not the white-they’re in the dryer).

      I did three errands today: two of them had to do with Christmas presents and the last one was a stop for food for me and the cats. I then came home and took a nap.

      One errand tomorrow then I will reward myself with a stop at William Sonoma.

  7. Bert van Lokhorst Says:

    Someone once said that if you need something done, ask a person who is already very busy.
    It’s just harder to get a standing object to move than one already rolling.
    I found that to be true in work and privately.
    Fortunately there is not often cause to accellerate. I live the good life.

    • Kat Says:

      Bert,
      LIke you, I think I’m living the good life!!

      Never heard this before: It’s just harder to get a standing object to move than one already rolling. I am a standing object but I’m not complaining.

  8. MT C Says:

    Most of my days any more, seem to be taken up by looking for this, that or the other that I just had and now can’t find. I really don’t think I’m losing ‘it’ just yet as I always seem to find it in the end. I just don’t think I am paying enough attention any more. LOL ! (insert the old pharts song here)

    Carl

    • Kat Says:

      Carl,
      I forget a few things as well. Sometimes I just have to wait, and it comes back to me: I’m mostly uncommon things like the last name of a movie star or the name of an object. Feather tree was my last missing word, and I never did remember. I had to call my sister.

  9. Kat Says:

    MDH,
    I can say nothing! You have said it all!!

    • Hedley Says:

      makes you want to pack tinsel into balls and hurl them at ol’ Rod

      • Kat Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        They would, of course, be the old lead tinsel.

      • Hedley Says:

        Caryn Rocks – worked in a Tinsel Factory, total cred, same as being a Father Christmas Helper.AND emphasised the value of the old (super dangerous) lead tinsel

  10. Kat Says:

    MDH,
    The current tinsel is not tree worthy!


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