“Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established.”

On the ground this morning was a dusting of snow. I even hesitate to use dusting to describe that snow, but I don’t know a smaller word for the amount on the ground. When I went to get the papers, the air reminded me of early spring when the mornings are chilly but hint of a warmer day. It is only 39° now but it is supposed to be in the mid-40’s later. I know this is only February, and I know spring is a long way off, but I can’t help but think of spring on a day like today.

More and more shoots are above the ground in my front garden. A seed catalogue comes every day, and I look through it trying to decide what flowers to add to my garden this year. I have a side garden now which runs along the driveway and needs filling. I have a feeling the garden store staff will applaud every time they see me coming. There might even be balloons!

Today is in-house chore day with washing to do, plants to water, my bed to change and a few places which need polishing. The book-case is so disgusting I could write a novel in all the dust. I’d need a clever title or I could just steal Butler’s title The Way of All Flesh.

Somehow or other all of my doctor’s appointments seem to come in the spring. I figure there is some weird connection between them and the rebirth of the Earth.

For years, I made special dinners and invited friends. I usually made something I hadn’t ever made before because I enjoyed hunting through cookbooks, imagining how the foods would fit together and then preparing the dishes. Lately I’ve been saving recipes and thinking about cooking again. I also just bought a new cupcake pan and want to give it a try. I’ve always been a cake person, but I’m willing to branch out to make a few of cake’s smaller relatives.

Well, the dust is calling me and I need to get the wash going. Today is just going to be one of those days. I’ll hate it, but at the end, even all that cleaning will give me a sense of accomplishment.

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14 Comments on ““Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I got the same feeling of spring yesterday and today on my way home from work. It was 31F and still below freezing point but the warmest we’ve had for long 🙂 🙂 But the nights are awfully cold still. The weather men has predicted we’ll have spring early this year, so I guess it will be rather late 🙂

    I wish You had lived close to my gardencentre, I might still have been in business then 🙂 🙂 🙂 i do think they at least should have a small firework in Your honor 🙂

    All my doctors appointmets are during spring as well?! I guess they want the fun and nice people there when we’re haveing the best and nicest weather in the year 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I swear we are just being taken in jestfully by Mother Nature. She’ll get us all spring-like and then will wallop us with snow. Our nights, too, are vold, usually from the 20’s down.

      I’ll suggest the fireworks! What suggestions do you have for me. On the new side garden I would like perennials which re-seed themselves so it will fill in without me taking out a mortgage on the house. In the front I like perennials of different sizes which bloom at different times during the summer.

      Blood test friday-and they go on and on!

      • olof1 Says:

        You can have so much more than I can 🙂 But I need some more info. Lots of sun or little, Dry ground or is it more to the moist side? Columbines works everywhere and self sows a lot. Tulipa tarda is a small wild tulip (usually easy to find when they sell bulbs. It’s low and self sows a lot, it is a bit of a weed in many gardens over here 🙂 The good thing is that it can’t be seen after flowering when the perennials grows up. But give me more info and I’ll give You more suggestions.
        Christer.

      • Kat Says:

        Christer,
        I have columbine plants, and they do well. The soil is a bit sandy but the flowers seem to thrive. The front of the house where the bigger garden is gets the morning sun which then moves to the side where my herb garden is and the sun finishes in the back of the house.

        I’ll be patient!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    What is this “dusting” of which you speak? 😉

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is a difficult concett to explain. I liken it to explaining snow to Africans. Don’t worry. It’s virtually harmless!

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    Global Warming! My daughter reported 66 degrees in D.C. in February. We’re always pleasant down here but for a few dips and today is overcast. No rain yet. Love the idea of combing through old cookbooks. I do that when I’m desparate.

    • katry Says:

      Z&Me,
      Winter is due to make a return appearance this weekend with temps in the teens or even lower. I’ll go out tomorrow and provision then hunker down in the warmth of my house!

      I love to read old cookbooks.

      I have a collection of cookbooks basaed on novelists. I’m thinking a Dickens dinner in honor of his biorthday.

  4. Bill S. Says:

    During the harmattan in Bolga, the red dust from the Sahara settled everywhere, as you know. James had a dust relocation program, merely swatting at the layers with his dustrag until they found a new place to settle. I guess it was rather pointless but he felt useful doing it, similar to the students sweeping the dirt in the compound.

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      Dusting during the harmattan was a useless endeavor. I remember seeing clouds of that red dust. I’d swipe the table with my hand and an hour later the table was dusty again.

      Thomas made it look as if he was carrying the weight of the world when he worked. James was always so pleasant.

      I put a stop to my dust beingswept. They always did it so early and woke me up.

      When I was in Bolga in Sept., a woman swept the dust in front of my room. I watched for a while. It was the same sort of broom!

  5. Bob Says:

    Here in Texas, where the term “Global Warming” is considered a dirty word, the bluebonnets are starting to appear along my way home from work today. The state flower normally will only appear for a short time in March or April. Governor Perry can’t see the connection between climate change and pollution caused by his biggest contributors.

    Unfortunately, house cleaning is like washing your face or shaving. It’s a chore that is required on a regular basis. I only wish that all the products from companies like Procter and Gamble worked as well and as easy as they appear to work on TV. I was watching a rerun of the 1950s TV show, “Father Knows Best” and I don’t remember my mother doing the household chores in heels, a dress wearing a string of pearls around her neck. My father never sat at the dinner table in his business suite and his collar buttoned and his tie pulled up. I guess that the household cleaner commercials are like “Father Knows Best” a fictional account of the real life effort required to clean the toilet bowl or to wash the floor.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We son’t question the change in climate. This winter has given us a taste. How silly to pretend that global warming is non-existent.

      I never once saw a bathroom being cleaned in any of those 50’s programs. I saw the heels, dress and pearls but no toilet brush.

      I remember Ward Clever always wore his smoking jacket when he’d get home, and I think Jim Anderson did the same in Father Knows Best. Thank God women are no longer held to that dress standard!

    • katry Says:

      Minicapt,
      I love these!!!! I will definitely make one of them just to surprise my friends. They both look delicious. I don’t know which one to start with but I’m leaning toward the first.


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