November 5, 2013

My point is... Time off work and plenty to do

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — While most of you are reading this, either during or after your usual day of work or home duties, I will be comfortably lounging in a recliner on the beach, sipping away on a Pina Colada under sunlight and warm ocean breezes.


I will probably be lounging somewhere — but it’s more likely it’ll be in my house, stretched out on a couch or in the recliner and trying to catch up on my soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.” The only thing I’ll be sipping on is coffee, tea and Dr. Pepper, and the sun and wind — well, you know Kentucky weather!

But it is a week off work, and aside from the few TV programs I watch regularly, there is plenty I hope to accomplish during my “rest” from work.

Having already burned off the weeds, leaves and rubbish on my flower bed, I hope to get my spring bulbs planted and the remainder of the greenery in the flower bed cleaned out. I have some edging I need to place along the flower beds on the bank, and perhaps dig up some other plants and rearrange them.

As most of us know, there is always work to be done inside a house, whether it be long-term or short-term projects, from rearranging to remodeling. Even dusting and cleaning walls can take up a days’ time if you go from room to room.

Every time I take a week off work, there is a list of “hopefuls” I plan to do. Unfortunately, most of those never happen. One or two projects may get completed, several more will be started and never finished, and some just don’t happen at all.

But, with some determination and concentration, I plan to accomplish a bit more this time than in the past. Most of that will depend upon how much time I spend indoors. I’d much rather be outside anytime. I’d rather ride the four-wheeler and gather corn for my horse or take a walk in the woods than do dishes and sweep the floors. It’s always good to cook and eat a good meal, but the cleanup is monotonous and never-ending and definitely not one of my favorite things to do.

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Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
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