Friday, October 15, 2021

Hug Your Land Seal Day

Actually, it's Flower Day for homecoming week. And it's the last day of their first quarter. Hugging Sakamoto is a bonus!

Happy Friday, friends. I woke up ready for a nap, but then I found a whole bunch of comments for Chickenblog waiting in queue, and it was my cuppa coffee... sweet and welcome, and it woke me bright up! Janece, thank you. Comments and connection really do make my day. Sometimes I get down about the low and slow traffic to this space, but when it comes to quality connections, I am enjoying great success.
This scene, seeing it in a photograph, makes me slowly draw in a breath, and a knowing feeling sinks down, all the way into my feet... things are messy, and it's going to get worse. Like, a lot worse. I've got my excuses and rationales, but nevermind. I simply can't keep up, and life has been rough, so the house looks rough, and now we are taking some spaces apart for repairs and improvements, which means a lot of shifting things around. Do you ever deep clean, and in the midst of it, for a time, things look worse than before you started? We are getting there. There is upheaval and we are only about 10% in before things get really gnarly! Our recent attempt to make a big donation to our regular charity shop was turned away! Yeah, everyone is making contributions and dropping stuff off, so they have more than they want. Now we have stuff, lots of stuff, in a material purgatory! I don't want to throw it away. But. We do have a pool to fill. Just kidding. Does anyone need a humidifier, a bassinet, how about a giant mirror? How about two giant mirrors! Possibly I had no business bringing home a plastic blow mold Frosty in the midst of this disorder. I admit: It was a moment of weakness, which is something I recognize, readily, from other equally questionable moments of weakness. I promise, no more baby chicks, plastic blow molds, fabric, yarn, parasols, cake molds, or chairs... this month. year. until further notice.

What, when your bathrooms are being torn up, and an architect is meeting you to go over plans, permits, and septic schemes, when dry wall is getting pulled down, and windows pulled out... what do you do to manage everything? Papier maché? I thought so! Me too!

Me: Goes upstairs to tackle clearing out entire bathroom, finds empty toilet paper roll. Aha! Something needs to be done with this empty toilet paper roll. I have an idea. Leaves bathroom, laundry, full cabinets, drawers, and commences craft project.

By the way, it's a ratty-rat. And Geoff helped me use power tools to cut a chopstick (hey, one less item in the junk drawer!) and Alex found me some rebar tie wire for her tail. I want to paint her, then sew her some tiny clothes, then take her with me on bicycle rides.


Ruth said...

Your Ratty Rat has such personality and style already. She's a keeper, for sure!

Congrats to Maria on the last day of her first quarter. Sakamoto looks so sweet and sleek. He reminds me so much of Junior.

About all that stuff you're trying to get rid of...remember, Christmas is coming!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Thank you! She's coming along.
Saki is a Chango and Junior cousin, for sure... good genes.
And Maria shared with me that in some of her classes they were summing up highlights of the first quarter and it made her feel emotional. She got a bit teary upon realizing that this last year of high school is already a quarter over.
All the stuff? I am laughing aloud! When we read Holly's proposal, I declared, "We are going to have SO MANY gifts for everyone!" Then I attempted a maniacal villain laugh *bwahahaha!* But if you know anyone that could use electric toothbrush holders... I can make a deal.

Little Dorrit does... said...

Oh, creating a perfect little ratty-rat is a brilliant displacement activity when you're on the renovation roller-coaster, the ride has just started moving, and you know things are going to get a lot more messy and chaotic before they get least it makes complete sense to me, as someone who literally dreads the upheaval that always accompanies any kind of home improvement project!
But your ratty-rat looks like she is ready to face life's challenges and adventures with open arms, so just take things one day at a time, hold on to the thought that the mess and chaos will all be over soon, and you will be relaxing in that beautiful green-tiled bathroom before you know it.

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

It's so nice to have someone chime in with "it makes complete sense to me." Thank you! I pretend the ratty project is all consuming, but really it's just a respite from the larger things, or the things I can't keep in hand. And those thoughts on taking it a day at a time, and thinking of the outcome, are spot on! It's good to check in with that, especially when in the midst of the chaos... soon enough the disruption and dust will settle and we will be marveling at all that was accomplished! If I forget... please remind me, again!

Janece said...

Did this sweet ratty-rat find his or her final form? Did I miss it? Or is it in hibernation mode... waiting to resurface for next steps at the perfect time? :)

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Janece, Ratty Rat is in the long queue, behind laundry, running errands, remodel tasks, and scrolling Instagram. Wait, maybe I should just go with "hibernation mode." That sounds better!