Monday, February 7

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

Jerome K. Jerome, humorist and playwright (1859-1927)


I've been idling since January 1st, but that's about to stop. On Thursday I will start the first of five days straight with a flower shop for Valentine's Day. As always, I have a love/hate relationship with flower shops near Valentine's Day. I love being around fresh flowers and smelling the wonderful aromas, but I don't always appreciate the rush-rush-rush pace of those days and the impatience that customers sometimes exhibit during those important days. Each one always thinks that their order is the most important one in the country and no one else matters - no matter whose order was received first. Designers realize how important your order is to you and to the person who will receive it, but we can't materialize it out of thin air - particularly if the flowers you want haven't arrived from the wholesaler or grower yet. I hope that you will try to have patience with your florist and especially the delivery persons - who often go through all seven levels of Hell while attempting to find your special loved one.

As to the quote above...."there is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do...." is very true! You might enjoy doing nothing for a week or two if you are normally a very busy person, but when you have had no raison d'etre
for more than a month, it begins to wear on you. That's my experience and I've been stir-crazy since being sick for almost two weeks. Stressful or not, I am looking forward to getting back to work at long last.


Sparkling Red said...

That is the perfect quote for me today. I am on day 4 of being sick, and the thrill of lying on the couch all day watching TV is completely gone. I can't wait to get back to work.

Good luck at your Valentine's Day week gig!

Grannymar said...

I am glad I called by, that quote might just trigger my thoughts for a topic I need to write about.

Judy, enjoy the buzz, but try not to overdo it.

Pat said...

I'm assuming you are now better which is good news.

Travelin'Oma said...

I feel so lucky that I have stuff to do. It makes doing nothing so much fun!

Beverly said...

Does the getting ready for Valentine make you not care one hoot for Valentine? Unless chocolate is involved!

srp said...

Although it might be true.. it would be nice to experience it once in this lifetime... the having nothing to do.

Arkansas Patti said...

Being sick takes idle to a new low. You can't even enjoy the rest.
You certainly have a feast or famine occupation.
Hope you have no problem gearing up for the rush.
What does the hubby of a florist get his wife for Valentines day? What a dilemma.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Whenever I go through a period of really doing 'nothing,' I feel SO guilty....especially when I really DO have things to do, and choose not to do them. I'm very guilty of that. But, I do like the feeling of keeping busy with a project or something. It feels good to accomplish it and it makes the REAL 'do nothing' times more enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Judy. Don't let the boors get you down!
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