“Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness.”

Today makes me smile. It is warm and sunny and we’re glowing with victory because the Red Sox won their home opener yesterday in grand fashion. Sometimes all the pieces just fall into place and a day, even one as simple as this, feels perfect. My bedroom window was open all night, and I could smell spring when I woke up this morning. While my coffee was perking, I went out to the deck where I scared away a bird who was using the dog’s water bowl for its bath. That reminded me to clean and fill the big bird bath and the small one the chickadees like, the one which is really a candle holder. My deck is now bird ready.

I didn’t do anything yesterday except read and watch the baseball game, but today I have a few household chores, none of them strenuous, then this afternoon I’ll watch the game. Once I finish my chores, I’ll sit on the deck a while and replenish my vitamin D.

When we were young and Saturday was our day to roam, I think it was my mother’s favorite day. My dad was outside piddling around with the grass and the garden, my sisters were playing dolls on the back steps, and my brother and I were off on some adventure so my mother had the house to herself. My brother and I chose our direction randomly. Sometimes we went to the field where the horses were or to the farm at the edge of town to watch the cows or to the railroad tracks, our route to nowhere. I remember the piles of manure on the farm, and the mud around the barn filled with the hoof marks of the cows. It was a dairy back then, and I even have a milk bottle with Weiss Farm written on it. The cows were black and white. I didn’t know until I was much older that they were Holsteins. The horses could never be caught, and even if we did manage to corner one, neither one of us could ride, especially bare-back, but we always made plans to catch and ride them anyway. We knew where one end of the track was but we never made it to the other end. We went a little further each time but never really too far. Trains ran back then, and we’d jump off the track and stand close enough so that the wind from the train cars blew our hair and clothes. Once we thought of jumping the train and letting it take us wherever it was going, but we never got up the nerve.

It’s time for me to enjoy a perfect day!

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22 Comments on ““Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness.””

  1. Bob Says:

    It’s always a beautiful spring day when the home team opens the season in their own ball yard with a win. Today the sky is cloudy and the air is humid. Tomorrow is forecast to bring big us lots of rain and possibly severe thunderstorms. The painless dent repair business has not yet recovered from the hail storms a couple of weeks ago. If the storms are not too bad it will be a great day to watch a few ‘blue ray’ movies while eating popcorn on the sofa.

    When I was a kid Saturday morning meant kids shows on TV followed by a trip to the movie theater for an afternoon of scary movies preceded by several cartoons and short films. We ate tubs of popcorn and hid under the seat when the monster jumped out to kidnap the girl.

    My father maintained the our lawn to the quality of a golf course green. His pride and joy was a thick lush green carpet which required lots of water and chemical fertilizer. I think all the men of his generation had their self esteem tied to the quality of their lawns. This was years before ‘Silent Spring’ was written and water conservation was just a glint in Rachel Carson’s eye.

    In the late 1950s we lived at the edge of the suburbs. I would ride my bike just a block from the house and find horse farms and fields of cotton, sorghum and alfalfa. Now the urban sprawl has moved more than thirty miles further north. A couple of years ago there was a piece of acreage being farmed right in the middle of the sprawl of Plano Texas. The owner could be seen riding his tractor while plowing amid the strip shopping centers, traffic clogged intersections and upper class housing developments. When he died his heirs spent little time selling the property to the developers. They obviously didn’t have any attachment to the land only to the money it represented.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We’re needing that rain you’re getting. The fire alerts are still up as is the risk of brush fires. It rained for a few minutes here and there the other day but not enough to make a difference. I love thunderstorms!

      We too watched cartoons on Saturday mornings. We’d bring our cereal bowls into the living room and get lost in the cartoons and the westerns like Wild Bill Hitchcock and Annie Oakley. We did the movie matinees in the winter; there were none in the summer months.

      I agree about men of that era and their lawns. Every Saturday it seemed every father was out working the lawns and cutting them with those hand mowers.

      The cow barn is still there but now they sell stuff like mulch and manure for gardens. The field where the horses were are gone; houses stand there now, and the tracks are long gone.

  2. olof1 Says:

    It has been a sunny and not to cold day over here. A good day to come back after an internet vacation 🙂 I only had to connect to the internet once to tell that my dna-test result had come 🙂
    I should have cleaned the cottage today but the weather was just to fine to spend indoors, so I tried to make a good edge to my pond area. It’s so so but it will work with some plants close to it I think.

    By now You know I spent most of my time with my best friend and his family. If we were at home we ran around in the small forest behind their home otherwise we spent quite some time in the big park nearby, also in the forest 🙂 But some days I just went down to the harbor, to the bridge and spent most of the day fishing. Didn’t matter if the sun shone or if it rained 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I read your blog and the results of the DNA test. I loved your internet vacation! When I go back to Africa this summer, I’ll have one too but because there isn’t an internet except in one cafe in the town where I’m going. I will write a Coffee or two from there just to let you all know I’m still alive and well.

      I always believe that cleaning can be put off for anything else!

      Lazy days wehen we were kids were always the best way to spend a Saturday!

  3. Hedley Says:

    It’s been twenty one years. Tomorrow Tottenham Hotspur will try to get past Chelsea and in to their first FA Cup Final since 1991. Thematch is on fox soccer at 1pm. I will be hiding behind the sofa.
    COYS

    • olof1 Says:

      I’ll cross my fingers and hold my thumbs for good luck for Tottenham!

      • Hedley Says:

        Thanks ! Hopefully you get to see the game, we have a large group gathering for what could be a great match. Liverpool made the Final this morning against Everton.
        Tottenham Till I Die

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I too will have my fingers crossed wishing your team success! It sounds as if their time has come!

    • Bob Says:

      One of the reasons that I don’t have cable TV. I don’t have to block the fox soccer channel.

      In July 1997 I was in northern Italy when the Italian and German teams were playing for the world cup final. I watched a portion of the game on a big screen TV in a restaurant with a bunch of loud and tipsy Italian fans. They screamed, I ate but I couldn’t tell which part of the running up and down the field was attached to their excitement. It’s not as bad as watching golf on TV, but it’s close. I guess it’s an acquired taste. Italy won, I think.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        My sister and her family are avid soccer fans. My nephew got a full scholarship to play soccer at Oregon Stat so the whole family has been following the game for years. I know a few of the basics but not the nuances of the sport. I think that’s why I don’t enjoy watching it.

      • Hedley Says:

        Nope, Italy beat (West) Germany 3-1 in Spain in 1982, this was the only time they played each other in the World Cup Final.
        If it helps Italy and Germany have not played each other in the Final of the Euros
        These tournaments are quadrennials and appear only in even years so you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy this year’s Euro from Poland and the Ukraine, starting in June and starring the national team from England. Immediately following the Euros qualification will begin for the 2016 World Cup in Brazil, hopefully starring……

      • Birgit Says:

        Might have been the 1997 UEFA Cup Final Milano – Schalke.
        Whatever. Unimportant.

  4. Zoey & Me Says:

    I can’t imagine the baseball season is already upon us. Saturdays were our best days because everything did what they wanted. It was tying up with friends and taking in a movie; ride our bikes to the Potomac River Park for the day; or as a teen help wash and wax a friends car. I never had my own until graduation but some rich kids got their license at 15 and their parents popped for a junker that always needed some repair. But we raced around town in a Chevy BelAir with all the windows down and the radio up. People on the street thought we were crazy.

    • katry Says:

      Z&Me,
      Baseball season means srping has finally arrived for real.

      You’re right about Saturday being the day we could do whatever we wanted. Even when I was working, Saturday was my free day. I left all the chores and errands for Sunday, including the dump. It was always my favorite day even when I was little!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Spring has to be here. Benson’s Ice Cream opened yesterday and I had my first Black Raspberry cone of the season.

    I remember Weiss Farm. I used to drive by there a lot. Many years later when I had a horse, the blacksmith who shod him told me he had also done several horses over at Weiss Farm. The horse world was rather small then and it still is.

    Saturday was a day for cartoons and reading books. If the weather was good, we played outside in the street or in the empty lot. Sometimes we played down back in the swamp, pretending we were dinosaurs or Indians or horses. On rare occasions I could go uptown to the 5 and dime and buy some trinket or other. It was usually a ceramic animal. Sometimes it had fake fur on it.

    It’s warm and sort of sunny up here. I destroyed some more vicious roses while waiting for the laundry to dry. I have only one small scratch. My thorn-avoidance skills are improving.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That’s so funny-Smuggler’s Ice Cream also opened this weekend, but I have yet to have my first cone.

      It was a great farm. We lived at the other end of town, but it was
      worth the walk to watch the cows and horses.

      We also had a swamp, an all season playground for us with ice skating in the winter, catching polliwogs in the spring and exploring in the summer and fall. The front was open, perfect for skating, but the back had small waterways, almost like little canals, and we jumped from land mass to land mass.

      Nothing worse than being thorned-that hurts like hell and sometimes one gets stuck in my finger!

  6. lilydark Says:

    Kat,
    Enjoy your day. The sun is out and Caturdays are a day for me to do whatever I wish. I am still high from seeing Peggy.
    Three waves to you,
    Lori, LilyDark, and Jewels

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      It was a lazy, fun day today. It was warmer earlier but is getting cooler with the sun gone. Gracie was out all day, but I’ve dragged her in as she was barking.

  7. Hedley Says:

    Birgit, excellent point the MAY Final was over two legs and the last time the UEFA was decided that way


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