“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.”

Today is one of those days when I wish I lived in Victorian England and could languish on the chaise with a case of the vapors. I’d press the back of my hand against my forehead and sigh. It’s not that I feel bad today but I’m tired of neither days: neither sun nor rain. Today is such a day: cloudy yet again without the possibility of rain.

Yesterday was chore day, no wonder I want to languish. It was a trip to Boston for a doctor’s appointment, a change the bed, do the wash and hit the dump day. The dump was last, a half hour before it closed. I thought it would be empty, but there were so many cars I was thinking there must be prizes being given away but, alas, there were none. I even had to sit and wait for a place to park just to dump my trash.

I seem to have nothing on my mind today. No memories pop to the surface, and my life is quiet, almost routine. Even the birds are fewer at the feeders. A flicker, a goldfinch and a chipmunk have been my only visitors. The spawns of Satan have been missing of late so I haven’t even had the opportunity to rant. The chipmunk gave me a chuckle because it was dining on the squirrel buster but weighs too little to close the seed ports. I did shoo it away, and when I did, I noticed it had cheeks filled with seeds as if it had the mumps.

I watched an odd movie the other day, Vanishing on 7th Street. Almost the entire population of Detroit had disappeared and only their clothing, glasses and shoes were left, lying about where the people had been standing. The movie plays on fear of the darkness on what used to make us afraid to look under the bed. The darkness flows and surrounds the people who are left then they disappear and their clothes fall to the ground. Only light keeps the darkness at bay.

I like the feeling of being afraid but not for real. I want my fear manufactured by a scary movie or book. I never want to worry about what’s hiding in the closet or under the bed.

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11 Comments on ““The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Today is recovery day. Wednesday is usually recovery day from Massage Tuesday but yesterday I decided to rip out the carpet in the front hall. It’s been down since 1972. It was time. I hauled it out to the front yard by myself even though it weighed a ton and was really gross. It’s still there. Someone else will have to move it.
    Then there was the mystery of why “they” would have used a 48 inch long vent cover over a duct opening that was only 14 inches long. The Home Depot Aprons could not tell me but said there was no arcane HVAC reason for it so I could buy a vent cover that was closer to the size of the duct opening.
    Old houses. Gotta luv ’em. ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s cloudy and cool and it just rained a tiny bit. It needs to make up it’s mind to do one thing or the other.
    Enjoy your lanquish on the Victorian Fainting Couch. It sounds like a very good idea and I shall assume that position as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I find that I start tasks which seem perfectly easy then I get in the middle, and they’re too heavy or messy or both, but I can’t stop. I have to finish.

      Odd about the ducts, but I have an oddity-one switch turns nothing on or off. My friends, who live in a house by the same builder, also have a useless switch. Maybe it’s his signature.

      I dragged myself off the couch and went out to lunch then napped from the exhaustion. It was, all and all, a lazy day.

  2. Hedley Says:

    The entire poluation of Detroit (America’s Town) had gone back to work, were spending the afternoon at the Detroit Tigers and then were on some freebies to see Springsteen at The Palace tonight….
    Or is that me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hedley Says:

      Your Detroit Tigers got it done, now on to Bruce.

      • Bob Says:

        We are still not sure that Detroit or the Tigers are really America’s town or team ๐Ÿ™‚ When the last person leaves Detroit, please ask them to turn off the lights.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That is you-the rest of the population, according to that movie, have disappeared.

      What a perfectly wonderful day!

      • Hedley Says:

        Actually Bob the lights are going on not off all over Detroit, come on up and see what we are doing.

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    Spooky movie. We’re having a bit of nice weather here even though still 80’s the breeze has moved down from the north and it’s just as nice as the breeze we get off the ocean. I can’t complain. We have the baby this week so it’s been hectic but fun. I think we used to call it the “terrible twos” back when. He has his moments.

    • katry Says:

      Z&Me,
      I think they still call it the terrible twos because of those moments!

      Our weather was weird today. A few rainclouds were about, and we drove in and out of rain, but not enough rain to do any good. It’s still chilly.

  4. lilydark Says:

    It’s been raining all week. My car doesn’t like the rain ( I think ) and she won’t start. I know there are monsters under the bed, and I really should vacuum under there, but then they would be trapped in the vacuum and wellโ€ฆ.I suppose I am just too lazy to clean.
    On a good note, I am seeing Peggy Seeger tonight.
    Waving,
    All three of us

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      I think a vacuum is the perfect place to trap a monster. They end up in all that dust.

      Have a great time tonight!

      Waving back!!!!


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