It Pours!

My readers will know about the chaos that my home has been experiencing with the remodeling going on. There has been a lull as we have temporarily stopped the work, essentially to be done to the exterior and to fabricate outside the home, to enable Ranjan and Manjiree to attend a wedding of a relative.

That has not stopped me from getting some other minor things done like fabricating a console to lodge our inverter as the old console is just about to give up its ghost and I cannot have it lodged in its new location below the staircase in that condition. I got a carpenter who has been doing odd jobs for us to come and fabricate a new wooden one and having procured the wood and other material he came over this morning and fabricated the console in three hours flat. It was a pleasure watching a true blue professional at work and the way he went about it was simply amazing. The Indian artisan is simply awesome!

I wanted the console painted and so on the recommendation of the carpenter, located one painter who came, surveyed what needs to be done and has gone away to bring his brush etc, tomorrow to paint the console. He too appears to be quite competent and I am sure that I will get as much pleasure seeing him in action tomorrow. Once the painting job is done and the console is dry, Ranjan’s colleague Rahul has volunteered to shift the inverter and battery unit to the new console and place it in its new location. All going well that should happen by late afternoon tomorrow.

While the painting work is going on, Rahul and I will start the process of culling my library. That should take a few hours and I am really not looking forward to it. It is always an unpleasant job deciding on discarding something that had given pleasure in its time!

That will then give me something else to worry about, getting rid of the old and decrepit console! Some solution would appear and my old fall back solution of recycling through my good friend Mahadev is always available!

It doesn’t rain, it pours!

The Inessential Belongings That We Collect

“We happily accumulate possessions and happily give them away. It is only possessing them that gives no happiness.”
– Robert Brault.

It is one more coincidence that this topic has been suggested at this time. For the past ten days or so, my home has been undergoing a cleaning up process, which is not yet complete.

I was full time cook and dishwasher for three days, which started the process of discarding useless stuff. There were unused vessels, utensils, containers, scrubbers, ladles and so on and I had a merry time throwing them all away and cleaning up the kitchen to a functional, and simple place to work in. As I write this, the kitchen is minus some vessels, bins and utensils that should total to about 50 Kgs.

This led to the investigation of various other stored stuff and all those are also in the process of being sent for recycling or donated to someone who can use them.

The next in line will be some of my books which have to go to make room for new ones that seem to appear at regular intervals. Finally, the last ones that will have to go and which will give me much regret will be my suits and other formal clothes that I have not worn for the past three years.

In this process, I have understood that, what Magpie calls the inessential things in our life, seem to take up more space in my life than essentials. Robert Brault’s quote at the beginning of this post is apt indeed.

Henceforth, I am determined that for any thing new to come in, something else has to go out. I think that it is the only way to keep the home clutter free and easy to maintain.

I hope that you enjoyed reading another post of the Friday Loose Bloggers’ Consortium when eleven of us post on the same topic chosen by one of us. Today’s topic has been chosen by Magpie.

Please do visit Ashok, Conrad, Grannymar, Magpie11, Maria, Gaelikaa, Helen, Judy, Anu and Ginger to see ten other views on the same topic. Some of these bloggers may be preoccupied with vacations, examinations, family problems and/or romance, so be a little indulgent in case they do not post or post late.