I had hoped to get a lot of work done over the last two weeks. Except for about five hours, I have been alone on a farm during that time. I did not talk on the phone. I had no car. I had no snowmobile. Because of my knee I could not go for a walk. I have left the farm exactly once in fourteen days. Literally I had nothing to distract me. Except for two dogs and a cat.
Until you are placed in charge of them you don’t understand how much effort and distraction pets represent. “Can I have that? Will you throw this ball? Let me walk on your keyboard. Is this a good time to jump in your lap and lick your face? No? I heard yes! Can I shed some hair on you? Here let me force my head under your hand while you try to type. If I pester you enough, you will give in and pet me. I’ll stick my bum in your face to help you decide. Oh you set me on the ground; I’ll just jump right back up again. You put me down five times in a row. Are you trying to tell me something? I don’t think so, I’ll jump right back up again.
It is amazing how many things sound like animals destroying something. Especially after they destroy something; one Kleenex box, one roll of toilet paper, two shoes. You tend to get jumpy and become more careful about closing doors. Sadie likes to lay down by my feet or worse behind my chair. So I have to be careful not to hurt kick her or roll over her with the chair when I get up. Aussie gets antsy when he doesn’t chase something for more than a half hour.
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Neither seems capable of being away from me for five minutes
I still managed to sit for several hours a day in front of the computer. But after being taken away from a task, it takes 15 minutes to get back in the swing. And I can be lucky to get fifteen minutes uninterrupted work done. I had hoped to get five times as much computer art done. I did almost no drawing, And I never wrote one story.
Ben Just phoned from Winnipeg, so him and Ellie will be back in two to three hours. Tomorrow I’ll be returned to my tiny house. I suppose I will miss the dogs. But man!