An odd, but pleasant day….

    Good gods, (all of them) this has been a good weekend. A restful weekend. A mental battery recharging kind of a weekend.
” Why has it been all of those things?”, I can hear you ask. Let me tell you.
My weekends for the last several weeks have been very busy, and for the next several weekends they will also be very busy. It has been a “good” type of busy, as will the next several weekends, but good or bad, busy is busy. Not much chance to rest when your weekend is as busy as your regular work week. I needed to rest. I needed a day of doing nothing. I needed a day of not thinking about anything. That is exactly what I got.
Due to stupidity on my part, I ended up having a very, very long day at work on Friday. I got to work at 10:00 AM and left it at 9:05 PM. I freely admit I don’t have a physically active job, but sitting in an uncomfortable desk chair and talking to debtors for 11 hours is rather draining. I felt half dead as I left the building, but by the time I got home I was wide awake. So, instead of going to bed, I got out my jewelry making supplies and spent the next four hours coiling wire. That set me up perfectly for Saturday. I guess I went to bed around 2:00 and enjoyed one of the last few nights of non-hosed ( I become an official member of the Hose Nose Brigade on Monday when I pick up my CPAP machine) sleep I shall ever have. I slept for seven hours, which is about two hours more than I normally sleep.
I woke up Saturday and there was a couple of things I needed to do, but nothing I had to do. Nowhere I had to be. Nothing depending on me. Other than doing some laundry I had a totally free day. It just so happened there was nothing I wanted to do either. I didn’t want to leave the house. I most definitely didn’t want to actually clean the house. I mostly wanted to not think about anything. So, I started a load of laundry, and looked for something to do. I flicked through the cable channels and didn’t find anything remotely interesting to watch. Scratch that idea. So, I grabbed my Ipod and fit the ear buds into my ears and resumed listening to the fourth book in The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I then looked around for something to do with my hands while listening to the story, and reached for my jewelry kit again.
I make chain mail jewelry, mostly bracelets and necklaces. As I said above I had spent several hours Friday night winding wire into coils, and the next step in the process is to cut the individual rings from the coils. Once that is done the rings themselves have to be opened. It’s quite literally a repetitive, tedious, mindless process. Normally I don’t enjoy it at all, I want to get through with it as soon as possible so I can get on to actually assembling the rings into something. However, on Saturday, it was just exactly what I needed.
I spent several hours just listening to my audio-book and either cutting or opening rings. I got lost in it….and in a very strange way it freed my mind to wander. True, on one level I was listening to the story, but I wasn’t really paying attention to it; the voice of the narrator became a kind of background noise. I’ll have to listen to that section of the book again because I don’t remember any of it. I said earlier I didn’t want to think about anything, and I really did feel that way. However, as my hands went through the process of cutting and then opening the rings I found my mind wandering into some areas of mental geography I hadn’t explored in a very long time.     I guess I needed to visit those areas, and spend some time there. It was most emphatically not unpleasant, quite the reverse actually. It was, however, unexpected.
I got started about 10:00 AM Saturday morning. Sometime late that afternoon I did take a break and go out to get something to eat with my roommate, I think that was around 3:00. By 5:00 I was back at it, and kept going until about midnight. I know at some point I actually got up and moved around; to get something to drink, to change loads of laundry from the washer to the dryer, or from the dryer to hanging up in the closet, but I don’t remember any of those times. The truly odd thing is that when I ran out of rings around midnight, and really became aware of my surroundings again, I felt like I’d taken a very long nap. I felt refreshed, and recharged. Very, very odd.
Today I just slept late, finished my laundry, and then helped with unloading the Baronial Property from the trailer back into the Baronial storage room.


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