Monday, February 20, 2012

Reading Break Monday

It's the Monday of reading break.  A holiday Monday here in Alberta - Family Day.

I'm spending it much as I've spent the majority of the last two days - doing demolition, clean-up, prep work and painting at the house my brother and sister-in-law bought.  There's a bunch of work to be done there before they can move in in about six weeks, and so today, while a bunch of family and friends are available, we're tackling as much as we can get underway.  Mostly that's going to look like painting and cleaning, and maybe starting to lay just a bit of laminate flooring.

The rest of this reading break is shaping up in similar ways.  Working at their house.  Doing homework.  Spending time with friends that I don't get to see as much as I would like.  Working ahead on some school projects.  Resting.

I have some awesome posts planned for the next week or so.  Some stuff I've been sitting with for a while now, and want to share here.  But they'll have to wait for a day when I'm not painting walls.  It's a different kind of creativity, this physical work - this chance to help some people I love.  But it's a good kind.  And so that's what I'm doing on Family Day, Reading Break Monday.


christianne said...

It makes me smile to picture you doing demolition work and stripping walls and painting and whatever else a new home needs before it's lived in.

I can't help but wonder what you think about while doing all that hard labor. I can't help but wonder how your introverted self responds to this kind of work.


Lisa said...

This comment made me smile, Christianne!

I spotted it sitting in my email at noon yesterday, and thought of it off and on as I worked on painting and cleaning through the rest of the afternoon. I think it made me more conscious of what I was thinking about. :)

Mostly, I've been thinking about very little, just enjoying the space, listening to the noises and conversations. I chatted for a while with my sister-in-law about her role as a pastor and the challenge of "who pastors the pastor?"

And as for the hard labor, I've always enjoyed (to a certain extent anyway) working with my hands, whether it's cleaning and painting, or knitting and cooking. There's something about the activity of my body in creating that is stilling for my soul.

And with that, I'm off to spend another evening painting walls :D