THROWING IN THE TOWEL – Marilyn Armstrong

There’s a lot of news right now and it’s more personal than usual. One of the things I’m trying to find out is how infectious Worcester County is, but I can’t find out. We have no testing program so nobody knows anything. Nonetheless, I try every day to find out something that I really won’t find out.

We are the place with snow and long commutes

I also want to know why we haven’t gotten checks yet. “Get My Payment” says we are getting checks and they even know our account number, but no money. Each day I hope to see a notice telling me when we are getting checks. I yearn and I wait.

Today I proved conclusively that I can’t manage to write, take pictures, process photographs and still have time to read something that isn’t someone else’s post. I went and deleted more than 200 posts that I was hoping to read and realized I never would because by morning there will be another 200. I swear there are more each day.

I keep hoping that I’ll be able to get it all done, but I can’t. No matter how hard I try, it just doesn’t make the day any longer. So here I am at 1:30 in the morning writing a post for tomorrow morning. You’d think with all this isolation we’d have more time, but we don’t. I have less time and I don’t know why. Apparently doing nothing takes more time than doing something.

Our working kitchen and the autumn outside

So if I don’t get to you, it’s not you. It’s me. I’m lost in a tidal wave of email and news and photographs waiting for processing.  And I have never in my life wanted less to clean my house. I do it anyway. I wasted at least an hour and a half by cleaning the toaster, the rice-maker, discovered the paper towel dispenser was glued to the counter by what I suspect was gravy. So I cleaned it and the counter.

And this on about 3 hours of sleep because Bonnie barked all night. We tried to keep her up all day so she’d be tired tonight and disinclined to furious barking. We discovered that you cannot keep a dog awake when he or she wants to sleep. Dogs don’t get insomnia.

Categories: Anecdote, housework, Humor, Marilyn Armstrong

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14 replies

  1. Throwing in the towel is tough love. What state is Worcester County in? Found three… Maryland, PA and one other I already forgot. Apparently memory is fleeting as well.


  2. Reblogged this on natshouseblog and commented:
    Fame is fleeting, enjoy it while you can.


  3. You’re not alone, Marilyn… There is hardly a day that I don’t feel overwhelmed by all I should be doing. Checking those 200+ emails a day at the top of the list. During our 5 day power outage over Easter week, 1000 stared at me from my inbox when the power came back on. I felt like a criminal because I had to delete most of them. Don’t know where I’m going from here, but I’ve got to make changes for my physical and mental health. Thanks for sharing.


  4. And there I was, hoping that she might have gotten a bit less bark-happy…. just because you didn’t mention it for a while! And don’t ever apologize for not answering – it’s your life and you need to live it as you like (or can live it). It’s all good…


    • After she goes on a major barkathon, she usually sleeps for two days, sometimes three. Each time, we hope it’s permanent, but it isn’t. She’s old, shes a bit demented, and there’s nothing I can do to quiet her down. When she gets on a roll, she just keeps barking and barking and barking. She barks right outside my door … and if that gets dull, she goes outside and barks in front of Owen’s windows.

      Duke doesn’t bark nearly as much … very little at night and only when he spots the neighbors walking their dog (“Duke, they have a dog. Get over it!”), but in the early morning, he tried to knock down our bedroom door. It’s not much of a door and he’s a pretty sturdy dog. If we had a better door or a weaker dog, it would be okay, but when he starts throwing himself at the door, I have to get up because he HAS knocked the door open and I think one more and there goes the door.


  5. The extra time we all have is precisely why you, personally, don’t have more time. More people are writing and there’s more challenges and photos and news (if one reads that) than ever. I do have a link that might be helpful about the financial question though. I saw it yesterday and thought of you guys.

    Now I’m not entirely sure your problem is from the stimulus check side of things or if you’re not getting your social security checks and pension checks? If it is those last things instead of that stimulus mess, would you let me know? I’m relying on both social security (disability) and hubby’s VA pension for my money. If it doesn’t come through, I’m screwed. I’d appreciate it.

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    • Our notice says we ARE getting our checks. I had to give them our bank information late, even though they already have it since they deposit our SS checks electronically. I think SS recipients are getting their deposits around the end of the month. I read that article. There is nothing (technically) wrong for us. They just aren’t here yet. I hope soon.


    • We get checks. They have all our information. I don’t know what their problem is.


  6. Some how you can’t let Bonnie sleep during the day. I do know how impossible that is. That way she might sleep through the night.


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