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Life at № 42

You weren’t wondering – but anyway

I’ve been quiet because I’ve been doing stuff. On occasion my mind becomes exceedingly unpleasant. Critical and negative, to an almost crippling degree. This has been one of those periods. To counter that, I do things. Lots of things. I’ve finally started ordering my dressing room. By colour. Like all the other normal happy people do.

But I had to stop because I don’t have enough wooden hangers, and so I’m waiting for more to arrive. So I moved on to sanding the windows in the landing. The wood looks like walnut.

Then I got distracted, so I took down a door that also needs sanding and painting.

And here’s a glimpse at the apartment we’re working on now:

In the end we decided we’re putting in new floors and a new kitchen, but leaving the floor plan as it is.

I’ve been limiting myself to a glass of wine p/ day since right before Mike’s hip surgery. I do not feel better in any way. The same way I don’t feel any better for not smoking since March of last year. Some days I give myself my glass of wine with dinner, other days I have it in the afternoon outside. The weather has been excellent. Like summer. Today it’s 27º C in Mazamet. Another Indian Summer in the Tarn.

 

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45 comments on “You weren’t wondering – but anyway

  1. Steve Ruis
    October 13, 2017

    I was taught that Indian summer was a warm spell in the Spring … maybe it is different in Europe … where you have different Indians (from India?).

    I love your dressing room. I wish I had that kind of space. I once did and I hung steel pipes from chains at various levels for short and long items. It wasn’t ideal because out in the open, dust is hard to control, but I loved being able to see all my clothes, rather than having them stuffed into small closets or wardrobes.

    Other than suit hangers, I don’t use wood hangers for shirts and pants, etc. Even fashion maven Tim Gunn (and others) don’t do that as they have their clothes laundered so they come back already on hangers and taking them off of those to be put on others is tedious. I do my own laundry (If you want it done right, …) so I invested in some very heavy wire hangers. They do not bend and so they do not tangle anywhere as easily as cheap, thin wire hangers. For pants, there is a cardboard insert available.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 13, 2017

      Here’s the Indian Summer (his)story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_summer Traditionally the phenomena was referred to in France as a St. Denis or St. Martin’s summer. But now Indian is more used.
      Except for leather I also do all laundry at home. Did you know now you can get home dry cleaning machines? The other day I read an article that said you can get one called Swash for $500.

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    • Anony Mole
      October 13, 2017

      Spring? Indian_summer was always 2-3 weeks at the end of October which brought August like temps back. Harvest, and Oktoberfest and the like were always more pleasant because of it (if it arrived). This was East Coast US and Utah/Colorado. West coast doesn’t seem to experience it much. And the Northwest hardly at all.

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  2. foolsmusings
    October 13, 2017

    Is your problem possibly an excess of clothes rather than a hanger deficiency?

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  3. Hariod Brawn
    October 13, 2017

    I hope Mike’s convalescence is proceeding well, and that your own mood lightens, as I’m sure it will. Be kind to yourself, my friend, and be sure to take the Mickey out of those negative thoughts, eh? You heard the news about KJ from Gib, I take it?

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  4. Anony Mole
    October 13, 2017

    I wonder if, in general, mental health was better back when people had to work much harder at life. I know when I’m idle, (and my son is in a listless miasma right now 24, no job…) the funk we descend into can be difficult to breakout of. But getting busy seems to cure so much. Being productive, in whatever, appears to correct or at least curb, mental meanderings into the melancholy.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 13, 2017

      I think the whole structure of life in the past kept most people from mental meanderings. Everything was a lot of work. Even getting dressed was work. Undergarments, winter garments, and ties and corsets and boots with endless laces. And homes where people didn’t heat “the space”, rather they heated themselves by sitting by the fire. An endless struggle.

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  5. john zande
    October 13, 2017

    Wooden hangers tend to dictate my life, too.

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  6. Tish Farrell
    October 13, 2017

    I now have dressing room envy. The thing is you can SEE your clothes. Also I understand that clothes moths, like vampires, aren’t too keen on daylight. I think there’s something in the atmosphere, lowering one’s mood – so commiserate.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 13, 2017

      In the last house we had closets everywhere. Little, dark, impossible to find anything in closets. A nightmare. So this time around I decided to put an end to the hassle!

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  7. Helen Devries
    October 13, 2017

    No wonder you have been off form if you are limiting yourself to one glass of wine a day…

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  8. dpmonahan
    October 13, 2017

    I’ll miss your drunk comments. But one must make trade-offs in life.

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  9. Bela Johnson
    October 13, 2017

    So you are aware that it takes quite awhile for the body to detox after being a longtime smoker, no? Same/same the drinking. Liver and lungs are like sponges. Takes awhile to squeeze them out. Acupucture and herbs can speed the detox, if you’re curious. Little else can, that I’m aware of. As Hariod says, be kind to yourself. The mood thing definitely correlates to the detox in TCM terms.

    Love that you simply get busy and do stuff – I’m the same when my head isn’t right. First, I go for a long bike ride (but I do this regularly anyway). Then I strip and sand and paint and such. Take care.

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  10. coteetcampagne
    October 13, 2017

    Sand, strip, paint, wax. All substitutes for alcohol, nicotine, and less legal substances. Sometimes it works for me and sometimes it doesn’t….

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 13, 2017

      “Works” is probably the wrong word. It mostly just distracts, which is better than nothing 🙂

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  11. clubschadenfreude
    October 14, 2017

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who does one thing, gets distracted, does another, etc. I have a project of stripping my kitchen door of paint and see if I can get the old transom to work. Don’t know if that’ll happen before or after the kitchen remodel that we finally pulled the trigger on.

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  12. acflory
    October 14, 2017

    Ugh, sorry messed up with a duplicate comment. Kind of shocked. That’s Roughseas, right? 😦

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  13. Good! Another remodeling project, My favorite part of your blog. Why are you ripping out the floors? They didn’t look that bad in the pic.

    I wonder what ideas you have for the wall space above the clothes racks.

    I was a heavy smoker, I’ve been chewing nicorette gum for 15 years, works well for me, I can get a little high strung sometimes & the nicorette gum takes the edge off.

    Good on cutting back on the booze, you know what you have to do.

    Do you ever listen to the blues, blues music? One of my favs is BB King Live at Cook County Jail. I don’t know why listening to blues music makes you feel better, actually lifts you up, it’s counter intuitive.

    How is Mike’s recovery going? Right at the 4 week mark it seems you make really rapid progress towards full recovery.

    I would make a lousy therapist, I’m completely lacking in insight.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 17, 2017

      The floors look okay in the pictures, but in real life they’re lino pretending to be wood!!! The wood pattern is just printed on it. I know some people are okay with lino, but I just can’t stand it.
      Mike’s recovery is just amazing. He couldn’t be happier. He still has therapy twice a week, but the limp and pain are completely gone 🙂

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  14. theoccasionalman
    October 23, 2017

    It is a good floor plan, but if I were living there, I’d want to knock down the wall between the kitchen and living room. I don’t like kitchens that feel confined. That would also eliminate the problem of entering the apartment and being confronted with a wall instead of space.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      October 23, 2017

      Yes, that’s exactly what we were thinking; but in the end I’m really not in the mood for heavier work right now. I just really want to focus on the house so it’s really done/done/done by spring :/

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