Friday, September 12, 2014

Over the Edge and Into Laughter


Seriously. My house is a construction zone. Grit covers my floors, my windows have been semi-replaced (11 of them), wet paint hangs off doors and foundations, thingies are propped open or shut. Bins of debris surround the house, abandoned scaffolding lines the deck. The only living beings who enjoy this mess are the blue jays who patrol the railings and dive bomb the bird feeders. And that's just the front of the house.

At the back of the house Leo is sawing wood for the winter. He treks up the hill into the woodlot with his noisy ATV and trailer and drags down logs and chain-saws them into stove-shapes.

And then: friends I haven't seen in 10+ years show up from Ontario, I'm very easily found on this island. Ask in most shops on the Avalon Peninsula and you'll get excellent directions. Normally I don't mind and this has happened a few times in the past.

But today? It was a chaos of hammering, stamping, banging, sawing, dragging, accompanied by indoor window fixings, dust flying everywhere and debris crunching underfoot.

On top of all this, Ansa watchdogged like a mad thing trying to keep track of all the invaders and barking while protecting me by sitting on my feet and glaring and sniffing and yapping at Those Who Dared Enter the Holy of Holies.

Timing? Sweet Jeebus. Couldn't be better.

And speaking of Jeebus.

My friends had found Him a few years ago.

And wanted to share the Good News.

It was then I broke all the way down and laughed and laughed like a lunatic.

A tonic, I tell ya, a tonic.


17 comments:

  1. Well at least you don't have a cold!
    RIGHT?
    Sounds pretty crazy over there.
    Hope things settle down soon.

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  2. Laughter is the greatest tonic and stress buster. Better still there is no VAT on it!

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  3. SJG:

    Well actually I did pick one up in Dublin and it is just now leaving me.

    Things will settle this week hopefully :)

    XO
    WWW

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  4. GM:

    We can't plan for it for sure. The Good News bit send me over the edge, I couldn't stop. I had to say to my friends "you can see why I'm hysterical right?" waving at the mess around me. Little did they know..... :)

    XO
    WWW

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  5. We just had friends arrive from France, a young woman we haven't seen for five years and like very much.
    The water heater in the studio where my husband's parents and the guest room is crapped out.

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  6. On a totally different subject: your picture...it looks like a variation on Kokopelli...familiar with that one, the mythological SW Native American figure? I consulted with a medical company some years ago that had it as their icon...I asked them if they'd done research on it prior to deciding. They later changed the icon.

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  7. Sharyn:

    Isn't it always the way, why do guests never see our homes at their best? It must be a Murphy's Law or something :)

    I hope the heater got fixed without too many problems.

    XO
    WWW

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  8. SFM:

    Fertility goddess and laughter?

    I used a variation of this image on a Tshirt I designed for a group too.

    We are all far from fertile :D but we do laugh. A lot.

    XO
    WWW

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  9. There I told you! The universe is listening and giving you things.

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  10. Of course you explained that your house was just being done up and when complete it would be a luxury ten-bedroom mansion with swimming pool and basement gym. And what a shame they hadn't dropped in a little later....

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  11. I think gut-busting laughter is the appropriate response for someone entering all that chaos to tell you about salvation.

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  12. Ramana:

    I remind myself regularly to wake up and smell the coffee and the roses.

    XO
    WWW

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  13. Nick:
    Honestly I think they thought I was absolutely mad to live away from such senior luxuries as church get-togethers 3 times a week and getting saved regularly.
    XO
    WWW

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  14. SAW:

    I felt like I couldn't stop, the cobwebs blew away in a bunch.

    XO
    WWW

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  15. Watch it. That XO could be mistaken for a Christian symbol!

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  16. Hattie:

    Seriously. But I could have another laugh at the misinterpretation :)

    XO
    WWW

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  17. It was so good to get your comment over at my place! I have been following your goings on, too, and marveling at all you are juggling at once. Your story of friends who visit struck a chord with me, a funny bone of sorts ~ many years ago my washing machine overflowed in the cellar and there was water everywhere; in the midst of the mess there was a knock at the door and like a good neighbor I answered; it was people who wanted a moment to share the Good News; I said that I'd love to chat but my washing machine was overflowing in the cellar; I have used that line every time there has been a knock at the door since! No one will argue with such a mess;)

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