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Symphonic Saturday - Cleaning Up

music1As the summer begins its wind down on the second last long weekend before school begins, I'm frenetically decluttering my living spaces to create an environment that encourages writing and learning.

I decided that I was done with trying to grow fruits and vegetables on my balcony. It just doesn't work for me. So I cleared away the pots and loaded them into my car. I cleared the rest of the junk and swept. I've kept two small pots in case I want a few flowers for something pretty to look at while I sit outside enjoying a breeze and reading or writing. It's what I needed. There's a community garden nearby that I may be able to rent space from in the future if I can ever afford to anyway.

The rest of the work is inside my home. Paper to digitize or discard. Dishes and laundry that always manage to manifest into a mountain and threaten to overtake my living space. These remaining chores are always enhanced by music. And I love listening to vinyl while doing them. The need to walk over and flip the LP to the other side or choose a new one encourages a pause to take stock of where I've gotten. It also makes me stretch my legs, which is something I often forget while immersed in tales of characters battling dragons and themselves.

I'm hoping the wood returns to its normal colour, but here's my cleaned up balcony.

balcony

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I forgot I'm supposed to be in a webinar! I guess the music and the rest of the cleaning needs to wait a moment.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

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