Setting new bearings – these books here, close at hand. Those books, upstairs in the living room. The presence of others – a rarity in the other apartment. The flow will taper off here, once the settling in is done. Still. The living room is at ground level. The open window, an invitation to pop a head in for a quick chat. Disconcerting. I’ll get used to it.
Another full morning of things-to-do: handing over the keys to the previous apartment, driving out to a paint and hardware store in Gaillac with a friend. Rain and cooler air came in yesterday. The light is softer this morning. Friends sawed off, then reassembled, the top of a bookshelf to inch it out the kitchen window, down to the bedroom and into my work space. The dog, delighted with the visitors, the petting, the extra attention. After the bookshelf caper, a round of beers for everyone (except the dog). A newcomer shows up with a guitar case. I watch the proceedings in a state of bemusement.
My neighbors are late risers. Early morning: guaranteed quiet time.
Current bedside reading other then The Iliad : Jacques Prévert’s screenplay for Les Enfants du Paradis, Thierry Rémy’s Entrées clownesques, and don marquis’ archy and mehitabel, now that they’ve re-emerged from storage. Meanwhile, Cybèle gets part of her morning exercise chasing a black cat by the name of Johnny. The cat scurries under the wire-mesh fence – an uneven contest. Cybèle knows this? Maybe. Will she stop chasing cats she’ll never catch? Only if arthritis sets in, and even then, I bet she’ll still go through the motions.