Skip to main content

'Tis The Season

There's nothing like the advent of Christmas and the anticipated arrival of relatives to get one's ass in gear. Last night my mother-in-law arrived on an eastbound Westjet from British Columbia. Like a dutiful son(-in-law) I met her at the airport, winter boots in hand. Hey' we've got snow. In Kelowna, they're still water skiing. Well not quite, but they are a tad warmer and snowless.
Plane: leaving it to the last minute is sure to result in a close shave

All this to say the exodus has begun. My brother-in-law and his son arrive on the weekend and the cousins and their kids from Montreal and Wichita will be Aylmer-bound Christmas eve. The kids and grandkids will be here Christmas day.

But back to yesterday. With 5 hours to spare before I'd see the white's of the eyes of the first family member I finally got around to doing a couple of odd jobs. You have to understand, I'm a last-minute kind of guy. In university, I used to count off the penalty points for missing my essay deadline with enough marks to spare to actually pass the course. Yeah, well that was beyond last minute, so you get the idea.

But yesterday I decided to finally plane those 3 doors that stuck. One of them was the door to grandma's bedroom. Better late than never! So I cut it close (pun intended) going at it on the day of her arrival. That wasn't so bad. It didn't take long. And I even vacuumed up all the wood shavings. What a guy, eh?

Now I just have to paint those doors where I planed them. My brother-in-law's coming on the weekend? Hell, I've got 5 days yet! Lotsa time.

Paint: a little dab'll do ya

Comments

CatLadyLarew said…
What? The relatives are arriving already? Too soon! Too soon! Better put THEM all to work planing and painting!
Me-Me King said…
I'm with Cat Lady, are you just a gluten for punishment? I couldn't stand having all these people being under foot and getting in the way of my doing nothing. Sheesh!
nonamedufus said…
CatLady: Oh no, I've gotta make a good impression with the these relatives I only see once a year!
nonamedufus said…
Me-Me King: Oh, no they won't be underfoot. I've got 5 more days to get everything done before the rest of them start arriving! No prob, Bob.
Don said…
I procrastinate myself...I'll finish this comment later.
Quirkyloon said…
Yes sirree Bob! Procrastination is a beautiful thang!

You go Nomie (or don't go and wait a bit)!

*grin*

word veri: malconse
nonamedufus said…
Don: I would have responded sooner but I was ticking that much needed nap off my list.
nonamedufus said…
Quirks: I sometimes wonder how I manage to get a post written and published every day. Actually I bunch a few up for later release and get a couple of days rest in in-between.
Smileyfreak said…
Wow well done for getting it all done,we avoided having too many relatives but it was a close shave indeed lol :)
nonamedufus said…
Smileyfreak: And I didn't even get into the Christmas decorations. I've got a start on those 'cause the wife did most of them! Isn't she great. I was "delighted" with her help. I bo(ugh)w to her initiative. ha ha
Skye said…
I love your puns and procrastination! It's much the same way that I manage to get things done, always at the last minute :D
nonamedufus said…
Skye: I know and as we put it off, there's all that displacement activity to take care of.
We're brothers from different mothers, NoName. When I have a job to do, including the job that pays my way through life, I put it off until the last possible minute and then pray I can get it done before total failure sets in. I like to think I'm deadline oriented instead of just lazy.
nonamedufus said…
Mike: You know, I think there's a few of us out there. Probably more than we imagine.
Mr. Knucklehead said…
Arrived on an eastbound Westjet? Doesn't that make you go back in time or something? Or is it another way of saying "the north end of a southbound goose?"
nonamedufus said…
Knucklehead: Yeah, flying from the west coast you lose 3 hours. If you circumvented the globe you'd lose 3 years!

Popular posts from this blog

Tales From The Supermarket

Bob and Brenda worked in the supermarket. They weren't check-out clerks. And they weren't stock-boys. Brenda sure wasn't. And they weren't employees who worked in the fish section or the deli. No. They were on the shelves.

They hadn't been on the shelves very long but in that short time they'd developed a considerably close friendship.

The chatted all day when the store was busy and at night when the store was closed. They talked about everything. The talked about what raw products they came from. The talked about their manufacturing processes. And they talked about the long routes in semi-trailers that brought them to this store.

Oddly enough the one thing they never made clear to one another was just what product each of them was.

One day when Brenda was commenting on their friendship she told Bob she was grateful for their amity. "Are you Tea?" said Bob, pekoe-ing her way. "I thought I was Tea". You're coffee!"

This week's Tw…

My Back Pages - November

I read five books last month bringing my year to date total to 61, well past the 50 I estimated at the beginning of the year. And I've yet to get through December.

The month started out with The Nix, the debut novel by Nathan Hill which has been receiving a lot off positive reviews. In it Hill flips back and fourth from the 1968 Chicago protests and 2011 in a desperate search for the truth behind why his mother abandoned him at an early age. In between Hill takes on politics, the media and addiction as well as other aspects of society. It's a well-spun tale and I quite enjoyed reading it.

Next up was the auto-biographical I Am Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame. This was somewhat of a scattered affair but an interesting read nonetheless. Wilson - or his ghostwriter - however is no Hemingway.

Then it was on to one of my favourite authors, Ian Rankin and his latest tale of now retired Inspector John Rebus, Rather Be The Devil. I never tire of these stories and this is the 21st in …

My Back Pages - 2016

Here, as promised is a month-by-month breakdown of the 67 books I delved into this year. I got off to a strong start and then my intake dwindled for a couple of months until picking back up in April. I'll let you in on my favourites at the end of this list.

January

Here, There and Everywhere:
My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles - Geoff Emerick - ****
H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald - ***
Close To The Edge - The Story of Yes - Chris Welch - ***
Sweet Caress - William Boyd - ****


February

Purity by Jonathan Franzen 
Still Alice by Lisa Genova.


March

Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
The Promise (Elvis Cole #20) - Robert Crais

April

The Snowman (Harry Hole)- Joe Nesbo ****
Phantom (Harry Hole) - Joe Nesbo ****
The Leopard (Harry Hole) - Jo Nesbo ****


May

George Harrison Reconsidered ***
The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood ****
Dropping The Needle - The Vinyl Dialogues Volume II ***
The Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead, (Dave Robicheaux #6) - James Lee Burke****


June/.July

 Lust and Wonder - Aug…