"Just do it."
Whew. When I was a young woman it seemed I'd rearrange our living room every two weeks. But now? If I rearrange actual furniture once every two years, it feels like hyperactivity.
But Tom left at 6:00 a.m. by taxi and later, after I drove to a semi-estate sale in a house even tinier than ours (and bought nothing), I found myself sitting here watching House (don't you love to hate that guy?), missing Tom and needing something large so to focus my concentration. Finally, after one whole year of often considering this, I rearranged our living room.
Two episodes of House later, it looked like this:
... and this:
... and my favorite part is this:
Who knew I'd come up with a shelf for our new elephants (formerly from the floor)? With the couch there (and the fact they weigh probably 15 pounds), they'll not fall from the sill. Just shows if I'd not taken that first step, I'd not discovered this surprise along the way.
Anyway. Some of the changes I don't like as well, but others I prefer and just the differences, themselves, are refreshing. But I needed something today in which to focus and fling my energy and all this rearranging was the perfect prescription as I begin yet another set of days alone-but-not-alone.
As I've read and as I've said--to a woman, rearranging the furniture serves as a kind of vacation. The feeling which comes afterward is almost like she's taken a trip and landed in a new place with unfamiliar vistas and yes! Yes, it does feel that way today, especially after rewarding myself with a meal from Burger King upon the couch on its opposite side of the room while watching yet one more episode of that crazy ol' House.
"I don't enjoy living in a white box flooded with light. I like shadows, small spaces, old furniture."
..., Kevin McCloud
― Josh Stern
“The key to life was rearranging the furniture.”
― Robert Ferro
Thank-you much for your prayers for Tom and his mom!
Oh, and to clarify... as soon as the humidity leaves, I'll be fine. It's happened that way for over 20 years now. :) In fact, today was both cooler and a bit less humid and I put in three intense hours of rearranging not only the living room, but a hutch and kitchen display shelf. Hooray!