Friday, February 11, 2011
Easing Into Normal
The hot water in the shower last night was amazing. Usually, with lukewarm being 12 o'clock on the shower knob, we were down around 8 or 9 trying to keep ourselves warm while quickly shampooing and soaping up. Yesterday, I had the knob between 12 and just above 11 and it was hot. The entire time I was in the shower and since I hadn't had a shower since Saturday, I stayed a LONG time. It stayed HOT. G stayed at 12 and was delighted. I can't wait till March when I come home from work, cold, dirty and damp. I am going to race into the house and down the hall to the shower. Heaven.
Today the energy guy and his helper (a woman) are down there taking apart the old boiler/burner and installing the new one. No heat or hot water today. G wants to "go do something". I told you he was feeling better!!! So we just might drive into Portland and look around. Bookstore. Art Supply. Lunch. Whole Foods. Trader Joe. Any number of things to do and see. Riley has gone to day care (too much noise here (thumping, banging, scraping, drilling) and he was already barking at every sound coming from the basement before they got started.
I am hoping that eventually I can start drawing more complex things and have a better grasp of the light and shadow that describe volume. But right now, I don't have the inclination to spend an hour on a drawing. It will come back to me, I hope. I just need to take the time, to relearn the muscle gestures, to learn the language of the pen and pencil again.
Today, I am just relieved to be moving toward normal. This glimpse of "what could be" was a wake up call to enjoy the good things, good health, we have right this minute, because it could vanish in a blink of the eye. It happens just that fast. Again, thank you for your well wishes. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for being here with me during my good and bad times. I will do the same for you!!!