I feel like a completely different person this evening.
I certainly didn't get everything done I wanted to but I did enough to make me feel better. Lots of laundry, two freshly made-up beds, a few floors swept, kitchen tidied, and one cartload after another of twigs and branches and limbs picked up and hauled to the burn pile. I also did a bit of pulling of weeds and trimming of palm fronds as I went and I also went through sheets and took out a pile that need to be given away or donated because I don't have those sized beds anymore.
The front yard is far from done but I made a good start and no one's going to fire me for not finishing it up in a timely manner.
Then I came in and drank an iced shot of espresso, took a warm shower, not a freezing cold one, washed my hair, dried off with clean towels, and then...turned on the air conditioning.
Lord. You would think that I'd been out in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights, living rough under a rock, instead of having to suffer without full electricity for TWO WHOLE DAYS!
I'm so spoiled. And so are most of us, to tell you the truth.
Well, at least I know I am and it's good to be reminded of that fact now and then. It renews your appreciation to go without for a few days, whether we're talking about electricity or coffee. That coffee part is purely speculative, by the way.
Want to hear something funny? My big toe on my right foot has been hurting and I honestly thought there was a splinter in it but Jessie looked yesterday and proclaimed that it merely had a small crack in it and what I thought was a splinter was dirt. Okay. Sure. I walk around barefooted or in flip flops all the time which explains the dirt but I could not think of how I could have hurt it. And the other toes on that foot sort of hurt too.
I figured out why just now.
It's been such a rainy summer that all of my doors are swollen to the point that some of them won't entirely shut and it's hard to open them. When my AC is on, I shut the back door to the porch and I go through that door about a hundred times a day. During the hurricane and the cooler temps and the lack of power I mostly didn't shut the door but since I turned the air conditioner on, I did. And when I just went back into the house from the porch, I went to open the door which was sticky and kicked it at the bottom with my right foot which I now realize I've been doing for weeks and weeks and that's why my toes hurt.
Mystery solved. I'll start kicking it with the other foot now.