“Nothing irritates me more than chronic laziness in others. Mind you, it’s only mental sloth I object to. Physical sloth can be heavenly.”

I didn’t leave the house yesterday except to water the plants on the deck. That has become a daily chore. The plants dry and wilt from the sun and the heat so I feel guilty unless I water them. I do have to go out today, but I figure the traffic will be light. Tourists will be wherever they can feel cool, and I doubt in cars and on the road won’t be their choices. The weather report has the possibility of rain here today and tomorrow. I don’t believe it.

Before I had AC in the house, I used to go to a matinee and sit in the air conditioning to watch a movie. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

In the paper today was an article about Massachusetts investigating the possibility of changing time zones from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time. People are dreading winter when the sun sets at 4 o’clock, and it sometimes starts to get dark at 3. We already fall back and spring ahead so changing wouldn’t be all that unfamiliar. The only drawback was being on a different time than New York and Washington. Someone suggested Massachusetts Savings Time but that seems a bit ego-centric.


I’m not doing much in the heat, but there isn’t really a whole lot to do. I have a couple of cabinets needing to be organized, but cabinet organization is really far too deep on my list to consider. It seems more like a winter chore.

When I worked, my life was far more departmentalized. My daily stuff mostly revolved around work. I got up at 5 or 5:15, watched the early news as my papers weren’t delivered yet and had two cups of coffee. I left for work around 6:20, arrived by 6:30 and then  organized my day. I got home around 4. I read the papers and my mail, made dinner, showered and went to bed no later than 10. Monday to Friday never really varied.

The weekends were for cleaning the house, doing the laundry and going to the dump. Friday and Saturday nights were empty dance cards waiting to be filled.

Now, despite having all the time in the world, I run out of time. My lists seldom get finished so I move the undone items to the next day. I do the same thing every day so I always have a never ending list, but I have learned not to care. It took some time but I’m now quite comfortable with lazy days, with being a sloth and with unfinished lists.

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8 Comments on ““Nothing irritates me more than chronic laziness in others. Mind you, it’s only mental sloth I object to. Physical sloth can be heavenly.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Some of the plant material on our commercial sites are defoliating in the heat. Sort of like myself. Irrigation, water bags and trucks spraying are not helping much.

    The Prince is scheduled for football practice tonight and we are scheduled to take him. This Pumpa is extremely uncomfortable at the idea of the 9 year old working out in the heat especially if it involves pads and helmet. I know he has NFL pedigree but I would be much happier going to the Emagine theatre to see “Pete’s Dragon”

    My work days are completely unstructured, there is a monthly framework of behavior but most of my activities are directional not task oriented.

    Dang, those naughty vile Swedish ladies (sorry Christer) just popped one in. Ms Solo was in no-woman’s land and left her far post wide open – DANG

    • Kathleen Ryan Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I haven’t been in the heat long enough to wilt, but I’m going to the theater tonight so I have to leave my cold house.

      I agree it is too hot for practice with pads and helmets. My nephew’s son who just turned 10 is playing his second year, and they too wear helmets and pads. They look too NFLish for being only 9 or 10. My nephew had a full scholarship to play at Oregon State, but his son prefers football. They keep an eye on him with all the controversy about head injuries. Pumpas haven’t much of a say in where their grandsons go. I agree with you about the movie.

      As an assistant principal I had certain goals for each day and each school year. I worked within that framework but could often choose the when.

      Darn women’s soccer!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Frost here this morning so I had to scrape ice from the car windows, it snowed the day before not far from here but thankfully that missed us. I can’t say I liked seeing ice this morning but it is actually better than haviong that awful heat.

    Most of us here don’t want anything to do with daylight savings time but since they’ve decided in the EU that we must have it our politicians refuse to do anything about it. Up here where we have daylight almost all day during summer it’s popintless to have it 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • Kathleen Ryan Says:

      I can’t even wrap my head around frost this early. We’re sweltering in the heat. I agree that the ice is better than the heat, but come winter, I might be saying something different.

      I hate it when it gets dark so early. I’m all for extending the day by changing the clocks.

  3. Bob Says:

    The times zones are set the way they are because the earth has 360 degrees and each hour spans 15 degrees of longitude. Unfortunately, the lines are not straight because of political reasons. The problem in Massachusetts with it getting dark early in winter is because you are so far North. It’s not problem here in Texas. If everyone did daylight savings year round it would solve the early darkness issue in the winter but it would be dark an extra hour in the morning. That would save energy but would have kids waiting for school buses in the dark which is why they only did it for one year in the seventies.

    Every State in the U.S. Observes daylight savings except Arizona and a couple of counties in southern Indiana. They are so far West in their time zone it doesn’t get dark until very late in the summer. Arizona is so hot in the summer they don’t need an extra hour of heat.

    Today was the hottest day since 2012, 107 degrees. Even with AC the thought of doing anything outside seems crazy. We had localized thunderstorms this afternoon which dropped the temperature to 87 degrees by the time I left for work.

    • Kathleen Ryan Says:

      The high school kids would be the only ones waiting in the dark. The next pickup is middle school kids and the last run is elementary school so the younger kids wouldn’t be waiting in the dark morning.

      The history of day light saving time has been iffy. It was first enacted to save the fuel needed for electric power. It was enacted in 1916 and was adopted by several European countries, but it was repealed in 1919 and became a local option. It continued in a few states and cities. The history goes on when it was instituted during the Second World War and we have been stuck with it since then.

      Boston got as high as 98˚and a couple of places got to 101˚. It rained for about a half an hour. Tomorrow will be hot but not as hot.

      • Bob Says:

        I would like year round daylight savings. I like having the sun an extra hour in the evening when you can do something rather than early in the morning.

      • Kathleen Ryan Says:

        I’m with you in wanting the sun longer in the daytime. I don’t get up early mornings anymore.

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