Tim looked longingly out of his window. The sky was blue, the sunlight was reflecting brightly off the white wall of the convenience store across the road and the trees that lined the more affluent streets at the far end of his own were swaying gently in the breeze. There was still something of a chill in the air, but the few visible clouds did not seem to be carrying any portent of rain. It was, in short, a lovely day and Tim longed to be outside, strolling along the river without a care in the world.

But the sad reality was that Tim did have a care in the world. Indeed, he had several. The pile of manila folders on his desk was testament to that. He had a mountain of paperwork to complete by Monday and it was not going particularly well. It wasn’t really that the work was hard, but there was a lot of it.

Looking around the room, he could also see several DIY jobs that were outstanding, and this, his home office, was hardly the priority. A quick tour of the rest of the house would reveal significantly more jobs, of greater importance, that he had yet to tackle, some of which were now approaching a level of, not exactly urgency, but certainly precedency.

Elsewhere in his abode were smaller matters that needed to be tackled. He recalled a letter demanding that he renew his driver’s license, had he done that yet? There were unpaid bills that he was more than able to settle, but they had slipped down the list of importance. He wasn’t sure he could even locate them at the moment, although he was sure that his creditors would be in touch again if he didn’t get around to dealing with them soon.

But today Tim had resolved to get up-to-date with work stuff. After all, he needed to maintain his income in order to pay said bills and buy the paint needed to redecorate. Not that his job was in any particular danger, but the paperwork had got out of hand recently and it was matter of professional pride for Tim to be no more than four weeks behind on his admin.

He glanced out of the window again. It was an especially nice day.

Perhaps a quick stroll would be fine. It was looking like a long day of crossing ‘t’s and dotting ‘i’s was ahead of him, maybe it would do him good to clear his head first.

After all, he thought as he donned his jacket and laced up his shoes, the folders would still be there when he got back.

  11 comments for “Distractions

  1. Bryntin
    March 3, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I’ll think of a funny comment later.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      No rush


  2. March 3, 2018 at 9:55 am

    How nice hope Tim enjoyed his stroll by the river. Hopefully he didn’t get caught in a snow blizzard!

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 6, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      He did sadly, but that’ll teach him to procrastinate!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Suze
    March 3, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    i adore your posts for some reason! lol I have a question that only YOU can answer! “WHY do men collect crap?” Yea, model parts, dried out glue bottles, modeling paints that are dried up with the cap on crooked…none of which can be thrown out as it “might be needed later”.

    Liked by 2 people

    • March 3, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Suze, you’ve answered your own question. However, I do know that James is particularly adept at question answering, and I’m sure that he will get to it eventually.

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      • Suze
        March 3, 2018 at 6:19 pm

        how exactly does one “use’ broken parts and dried up paint bottles? lol

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      • March 6, 2018 at 4:40 pm

        I’ll get on it – there is definitely an answer to this somewhere in my head, but I can’t seem to find it underneath all the junk…


  4. March 3, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I cannot steal James’ thunder. I’m sure he will give a very clear and logical answer in his next edition of “James explains.”

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  5. March 4, 2018 at 2:41 am

    And that, in a nutshell, is why nothing ever gets done.

    Liked by 2 people

    • March 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      It really is


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