“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” -A.A Milne
Its a Friday. My favourite day of the week.
Normally my mornings are met with a well timed ritual that has become a friend to me, not because I happen to enjoy dressing but because it is the only time of the day when my creative juices are buoyant – floating. As soon as I walk into the office all hell breaks loose and I am on a treadmill of meetings and endless emails and phone calls that are always urgent and catastrophic – and at time stifling to the creative juices.
This particular Friday my morning stayed with me all day.
I wasn’t heading to work today. I was heading to the block and the closer I came to reaching Leura – the louder the melody in my mind seemed to become.
What I loved so much is that I didn’t have to think on the block. And still the sound of Chopin was playing in my mind – quiet and peaceful – juxtaposed to the noise and madness of loud jokes and hollering that I had become accustomed to on site.
Today I had to go back and sand down the putty I had very efficiently used to fill the holes created by the nails in the weatherboard – and there was plenty of them. As always I was very slow to start off, partly limited by the lack of experience, and partly limited by the endless layers of jackets and undergarments I wore to protect myself from the chill. As I began to pick up pace the less I felt the cold. I was told that I had put way too much putty on to fill the holes and that I had to scrape off the excess putty before I could use the sander. Well I listened to that bit of advice for perhaps an hour before I found that the sander did the Job in one go. I loved when I was able to get into that comfortable routine of touch, feel, sand and then feel again to make sure every bump felt soft under my fingers.
I have been told that once I completed this then we were ready to do our first coat of external painting. Now that’s something to look forward to.
Filling holes and sanding means just one thing – we are ready to paint!