I have to admit, it’s been slow blogging for me lately. And slow reading as well. I mentioned somewhere we are remodeling a good portion of the house. The kitchen was gutted and the living and dining rooms were to get new floors. Plus we updated all the electric in those three rooms, and of course paint. The kitchen was gutted the first day, so we've been without a kitchen now for over a month. Then the floors were pulled up and all the living and dining room furniture had to be squeezed into the kitchen. All the stuff we had in the kitchen cabinets, the china cabinet, the living room curio cabinets (what’s another word for cabinet?) and television case are all in boxes upstairs in our bedrooms. So the whole house is in turmoil. Upstairs is a cluttered mess, downstairs is unlivable, and there is dust and fumes everywhere. We've been living on garbage food and dining out. Our routines are disordered, and our nerves have been on edge with some of the problems the workmen have created.
It’s been about five weeks now and hopefully next week the light will be visible at the end of the tunnel. I took the family on a little driving vacation to get away from this. It helped. I had a week’s travel in there for work as well, which made it even harder on my wife. All this has caused me to slow down my reading and posting. I’ve put out a few short posts but I owe a number of them. I owe a concluding post on Dante’s Purgatorio, a second post on Hopkins’ poem “The Windhover,” at least a post on Stephan King’s The Shining, and a few others on what I’ve been reading. What can I say, it’s what I can do. It will get done when it gets done. I’m not even sure where the books are stored. It’s chaos here. I just hope when this is all said and done, it will look good. It better.