Since arriving belatedly from the UK almost a month ago, I can assure you that I have not been at all underemployed in completing long standing chores at our gaff. At one time I was known within my family and close circle of friends as ‘In The Spring Leavers’ - as this was my retort to any suggestion that I might want to either paint, fix, or dig something at any given time. Alas, and much to my surprise, I’ve actually enjoyed completing household chores that have been stacking up and awaiting me for quite a few years now. Indeed, I find myself actively seeking out jobs to do at ‘ours’ something that has never happened in the past and a certain woman I know - apparently can’t believe that I have become so enthusiastically ‘handy’ these past few weeks. Could it be my age? Maybe the onset of terminal boredom has something to do with it - I like to think that as have more time on my hands at the moment I am quite content to do stuff in and outside the house. Each morning after a strong cup of coffee or two - I stride out into our garden and survey what needs to be done. As a dedicated writer of lists, nothing escapes my beady-eye and I like to engage her in my list making - but, alas she flatly refuses to do so and just randomly chooses tasks to be undertaken willy-nilly, just to annoy me. For the record, I reckon that I’m not the only unlikely person do be undertaking household projects, because on Monday I visited a well known DIY centre on the outskirts of Palma and it was very busy indeed, not the sort of crowds you would anticipate at the beginning of the week at all. So, it appears that I am not the only person on the island seeking to get (and keep) his place up-together. I wonder how long this enthusiasm for all things ‘handy’ will actually last - or has it already become decidedly passe and will not last too much longer?
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