September 10th - a third of the way through this most favoured of months, and this morning the sun is shining and from where I sit I can see the autumn breeze is blowing gently through the tops of the trees.
I have just finished playing the morning Scott Joplin concert that accompanies Charles as he gets ready to go out and start the morning's activities, - this morning he is painting the door frame I watched him prepare yesterday on the new table saw. Am I any help watching? Well, I can go-fer things and pick up dropped objects, and I say the occasional prayer when it is important for things to go 'just right'. And I'm company....company now and then is important!
Yesterday afternoon I picked up two friends and we went for tea, - well it turned out to be coffee and spring rolls as we went to the Thai Restaurant which is lovely and clean and quiet, but they don't serve a traditional tea and biscuit kind of thing.
Both of my friends have family at night, but during the day they are more or less alone, and neither is driving any more. Listening to them talk I realized what a blessing the companionship of an extended marriage bestows on us...
Ah, I see the painter at the window, paint brush in hand, - I am off to lend my expertise and what little advice the go-fer is permitted to offer.
Later, - do not think, fair reader, that this togetherness is always sunshine, light and merry cooperation. Charles came early to leadership with his Lancaster crew - it has been a talent that has stood him in good stead in everything he has been involved with, and not one that he relinquishes easily. I, being a first born, am not always fit for my role as apprentice, even though half the time I am not sure just what is going on! On the whole we usually survive the work at hand, still speaking.....