Wednesday, 22 June 2011

What do you mean it’s as good as a rest?

Changes are not restful. Changes make me tired. I don’t mean the daily things, like changing the sheets. There’s nothing nicer than snuggling beneath a freshly laundered quilt cover… or changing the dish cloth and washing up sponge. Apparently there are so many different kinds of bacteria living in dish cloths that it’s impossible to count them all. We’re supposed to change them every day and the same goes for underwear, but possibly for slightly different reasons. I sometimes change our daily newspaper order, although I don’t know why. They’re all as bad as each other and I have been known to try a different brand of toothpaste but only rarely. You see, the problem is that I don’t like changes.

I know that we have to have changes. If the world never changed then there would be no new inventions or discoveries, and that includes everything from antibiotics to astronauts, but given a choice I’d rather not. This could be the reason why I’ve lived in Leicester all my life. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a completely new location. I even have trouble when they change the layout of our local supermarket. I suspect they do it to increase sales but it just makes me irritable.

Sometimes we decide to change things round in the kitchen but this is never good for me. It throws me into a tizzy. I spend weeks reaching for plates where we now keep mugs or cereal bowls where the teapot now lives. It’s the same in the garden. Alan Titmarsh can dig up shrubs and replace them with different varieties all he likes. I prefer the garden to look exactly as it did last year… and the year before… and the year before that.

You may have noticed by now that I’ve recently faced a pretty major change. I’ve changed my blog template. I have to admit to being thrown into a clammy panic when I did it. You see, I didn’t intend to change it. I was trying to get rid of the embedded comments box and replace it with the pop-up variety. It should have been a simple case of ticking a button but the button has disappeared. A kind fellow blogger suggested it might reappear if I updated my blog template. It didn’t reappear but it is the reason why you’re now looking at this freshly designed page. I suppose I’ll get used to it soon. It’s just a bit of a… change.

What changes make you hopping mad? Or do you revel in variety?