By Nita Johnson
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.
The sudden weather changes over the past several weeks have inspired me to get out all the heavy winter clothing — after all, it IS officially November — and sort through the fall and Christmas decorations stored in my building. I’ve even tossed around the idea of putting up wallpaper in a bedroom, but that is an “iffy” job that usually needs two people rather than just one. At least in my past experience that has proven accurate.
The problem will be hearing news on the TV and radio and wondering what I’ve missed covering at the newspaper during my time off. Although the newsroom is in perfectly good hands during my absences, this sense of being on top of the latest story is an overpowering essence of my life.
I’ve always heard that “once you get ink in your blood, you never leave it.”
I’m glad that doesn’t apply to all qualities of life, for I have a strong suspicion that if it were, my husband would have poured a couple gallons of Mr. Clean into my blood stream long ago.