But habit is very strong and I have instead been cleaning the house all day. Now everything is in place, what you see and what you do not see. New summer pillows in the living room look fresh against my cool flowered slipcovers. My curtains are crisp from my iron. the tidy, soap-smelling linen closet alone is enough to give me a modicum of peace. It is interesting that things in themselves good - things usually pejoratively called chores - are so good for you, reliable healers of a reluctant spirit."