We are not long into Julie’s retirement, scent from the bunches of lilies still permeate the house and we are not easily falling into our new life.
Without any consultation she has assumed that she can take over whichever parts of my half of the partnership she wishes and I should find other things to occupy myself with. She wants to do the cooking but has NO idea about how to shop. Except for wine and that has to be reduced! For someone who organised a team of workers she is incredibly reluctant to make forward plans and stick to them assuming that we have been able to open some form of communication. To top it all there is cricket on again. I should be grateful, five days of peace but it is on audio all over the house so that she can walk about and not miss anything! Some is digital via the tvs and is slightly delayed from the radio, the commentary is like a surreal poem in an unfathomable code. She is quite excited (by the cricket), England could win by some miracle, this is not really the done thing, they are supposed to be the underdogs. Well it keeps her happy but I have no Idea what she wants to do after it ends.
Julie is still supposed to be occasionally supervising the progress of the last work project adding her expertise, the project is months behind schedule. She was shocked by her treatment on her first visit when all privileges and access to project computers were suddenly withdrawn. She wanted to help out as unpaid volunteer and now feels that they will not appreciate her unless they have to pay. They are working on a one day per week project for next year, hope this works I need the peace and quiet.
There is a lot of moaning about lack of money as if I don’t operate at my best in austerity mode, being born into post WW2 shortages and that hardship has prepared my generation for any hard times to come!
The one thing which causes no problems is me being me anytime I wish, seeing me in a skirt all day if I wish has become accepted normal. It had been my greatest fear that we had not come to this arrangement before we were forced into such close proximity all the time. I feel so lucky while so many others out there are having such a hard time with their wives or partners.
We may go for a short trip north next week to see three friend’s exhibitions, bad timing leaves our free bed and breakfast unavailable but we wish to encourage them so I guess we shall have to pay up for accommodation and forgo the socialising we had hoped for.
First day without rain for weeks, if this lasts through tomorrow I can paint from the access tower which I put up a month ago and have not been able to use yet!