“Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.”

On Tuesday, of all my errands and chores, I only managed to buy the flowers. The rest of the list was put on hold for no reason except I didn’t want to do them, my favorite reason of all. Yesterday, though, was my most industrious day to date. I was the ant, not the grasshopper. I planted in all the deck boxes, pots and baskets, all 16 of them, and was quite creative in putting together the displays. There was one which was red, white and blue and another with beach grass and pink flowers with a sea creature on a stick added to each pot for decoration. I put the herbs in their window boxes: the thyme, rosemary and basil. When I’d finished planting, I was filthy and sweaty but yesterday was the perfect day to be working outside. It was cool and sunny so when I had finished with the pots and all, I sat outside for a bit just to enjoy the day. When I came back inside, I went upstairs. The cat boxes got changed as did the bed. My last upstairs chore was the badly needed shower after all that dirt. I sat and read for a bit downstairs then went out. Poor Gracie didn’t come as this is too warm a season for her to be left in the car. I sneaked to the dump, the pharmacy, the drop-in clinic, Staples and finally the plant store for a small tomato plant for the hanging thingee which hangs the tomato upside down. When I got home, I collapsed. I figure I don’t have to do anything else for at least a week!

In front of my house the other day was the truck belonging to the irrigation guy. Later that same day Peapod delivered my groceries. Today Roseana and Lee will be here to clean. I have Skip, my factotum, who is always only a phone call away. Here I am with more free time than I’ve ever had, but time I don’t want to squander on the mundane, on cleaning or shopping. I already resent my laundry, one of the few chores left to me. When I worked, I did everything on the weekends. I mowed the lawn, went grocery shopping, changed the bed, did my laundry and went to the dump every Sunday. Now I have people and more sloth days than anything. I figure I earned them.

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17 Comments on ““Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.””

  1. peterrocker Says:

    As far as I’m concerned, you’re a Do Right Gal!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I considered a number of chores and errands yesterday and canned all of them for a walk with Rocky along the lakeside. I even canned the idea of going for ice cream.
    I spent most of yesterday under the vague assumption that it was Thursday. It wasn’t until I saw that neither you nor Christer had posted that I figured it must be Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday were long annoying days involving inconvenience and the expenditure or future expenditure of large amounts of cash so it felt like it had to be at least Thursday. It’s good to know I can tell time by blogs. 😀
    We have both earned all our sloth days. I feel no guilt for using a lawn service or snow removal service. I got over feeling guilty about using a grocery service. I’m learning. 😀
    Enjoy the day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I did nothing today except make my bed. Right now my house is being cleaned, and I’m thrilled I’m not doing it. I’m glad Christer and I can help you figure out when you are!

      You were the one who inspired me to use Peapod, and I couldn’t be happier. I have long used lawn and snow removal services. No guilt at all is necessary. It is what you earned by working all those years!

  3. olof1 Says:

    You’re doing it right! Let someone else do the work 🙂 But I do like to go grocery shopping so that’s one thing I still would do but I wouldn’t mind anyone else doing my laundry though 🙂 🙂 🙂

    National day and holiday over here so most people have been doing something at home instead. My neighbor is putting up new insulation on is north eats wall and many mowed their lawns. I replanted all tomato plants and sowed the last seeds for the season, a bit late I know but better late than never 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Thank you-I agree!! I hate grocery shopping with all the carts hogging the aisles and waiting in line to check out but worst of all was bringing all the bags into the house. Now I just watch as they arrive and are brought to the kitchen.

      I never did get to my laundry today!!
      ‘Enjoy your evening!!

  4. Birgit Says:

    First perfect summer day today, sunny 79F. Too good to spoil it with any house or garden work. Just tea, ice cream and an old paperback, a Vienna crime story. And an ear worm: “Working in the coalmine…”, – appropriate in this former coal mining area.

    • katry Says:


      I love the description of your day. It sounds perfect. Lazing on a summer day! The ice cream is the key!!

      I hate ear worms.

  5. Beto Says:

    Back from my Netherlands jaunt just in time for the hot weather.
    It was terribly cold and I am too old for serious cold and bad food. Luckily I was able to day trip to Germany and get some wonderful “Foods in a Tube”.
    This fall I go to India where the food will be suspect again but the weather delightful. At least I will be supplied with my tubes of German condiments and cheeses. Jet lag is for the young now that I can fall asleep anywhere, anytime. Our secret testing systems are taking off so I need to hire another installer and travel less.

    • katry Says:

      Welcome home!!

      I so agree with you about the cold and about bad food. When I travel, I am discombobulated enough without adding bad food to the mix.

      I have to say I love Indian food, but I have had it only in Africa, England and here, never in India itself, and I don’t know what sort of influences those different countries had on traditional Indian food. I hope the weather won’t be too hot for you. From the cold to the heat.

      I have always slept on planes except for my first trip to Ghana when I was too excited to sleep. On my last trip there I slept 6 hours on the plane.

      I wish I could travel more and you wish to travel less.

  6. flyboybob Says:

    My pet peeve in Europe and in other countries in such as in South America is that when ordering water with your meal they ask if you want carbonated or plain bottled water. I think it’s a rip off and a way to inflate your bill. What’s wrong with tap water? It’s difficult to make the waiters understand that you want to drink the city’s tap water rather than some overpriced bottled stuff that probably came out of the city tap anyway. I am sure that their ice machines are not fed with bottled water. I told the manager in the hotel in Santiago that I only drink bottled water in third world countries like Mexico, India or Bangladesh. Santiago water is just fine. Traveling for business is so much fun 🙁

    It rained this morning and during the day but the sun is out and sky is partly cloudy with the temperature around 80 degrees. Tomorrow should bring clear skies and the summer heat returns with temperature in the lower 90s.

    • katry Says:

      I think in South America it depends on the hotel where you’re staying. I was in one, not a cheap one, which said the water was not potable. I wouldn’t have asked for tap water there. Bottled water has been around in Europe for more years than they were available here. Mostly I didn’t buy it.

      In Africa water on the road wasn’t clean enough to drink. We used to buy the water with the fewest floaties. Now they have bottled water.

      Ice machines are definitely not filled with bottled water. My mother, in Egypt, drank bottled water and forgot about the ice. She paid for it!

      • flyboybob Says:

        My dad had a Mexican national friend who lived in Acapulco. Whenever he traveled to Dallas he would complain that he suffered from George Washington’s revenge from drinking our water 🙂 I never know if he was serious or not.

        The water in Santiago is as safe as here in the United States.

      • katry Says:

        I also got sick when i got home from Africa. My system could’t handle all that pure food. It took my body tim to adjust.

        The last two summers I did pretty well.I think my body must have remembered.

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