“All writers are vampires.”

The yard lights, two bottle trees and some tulip ground lights, were out last night so there I was around nine thirty trying to figure out why. I had my flashlight, but it wasn’t enough so I jumped up and down to get Gracie’s motion lights to react. They didn’t so I ran back and forth. The lights then came on so I could see to check the box holding the plugs, the timer and the extension cords. The plugs were fine so I came back in, got a lamp, plugged it into the outside socket and found it didn’t work. I knew then it was time to hit the circuit box. I came in, went down the cellar and pushed the levers back and forth, looked outside and found the lights were lit. I raised my arms in triumph, in a Rocky move; of course, there was a domino effect, and when I came back inside, I had to reset the CD player, the microwave and the old VHS player. I also realized the timer’s clock is probably wrong, but I decided it coukd wait. You’re probably wondering why I just didn’t wait until today for everything. Well, I love looking at those lights, sometimes from the deck and sometimes from the window, and they make shadows of tree branches and their trunks which seem to be nine feet tall stretching across the yard. They’re beautiful, and I didn’t want to miss even one night.

Today is dark and damp and cold at 49°. Yesterday I did errands so I get to lounge today. The book I’m reading is Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. The title alone tells you it’s a strange one with limited appeal, but it appealed to me. I won’t tell you anything as I’d hate to be a spoiler. I figure I’m not the only one with varied, even odd, tastes in books.

As for me now, I’m almost ready for the afghan, the couch, my book and some music.

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15 Comments on ““All writers are vampires.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Sunny and warm here again, we reached 72F and it feels like summer. Our summers doesn’t get that hot really, one or two weeks gets awful hot every summer but after that it’s back to around 72.

    There’s no use in having lights on in the evenings here during summer. Soon it will be light 18 hours a day 🙂 But I do think we should have more lights when autumn and winter returns.

    I’m back home again after being at work for almost four hours, I’ve gotten an infection in my thumb and now I’m eating heavy antibiotics. To bad this warm weather will turn towards cooler already tomorrow 🙂 🙂

    I’ve just heard about that book! I’m planning on buying it so You can tell me if it is worth it or not but nothing more 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Ypu are far warmer than I am here. We did make it to 53°, and the sun came out for about a minute. I would love it if every day was about 72°.

      I like to sit out on the deck at night when the the lights are lit. It looks so lovely, especially when the fireflies add to the beauty.

      You have the worst luck-first your thumb now an infection. I hope it diappears quickly and you’ll finally and completely be on the mend!

      I am enjoying the book, and it’s a quick read. I started it yesterday and am more than halfway through. The movie comes out this summer, and I think I’ll see it too.

      Rest up and get well!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    DIY show hosts often suggest that one should label the breakers in the circuit box but who does that? My mother was always blowing the downstairs circuit breaker. She would go down to the circuit box and flip every switch until her lights went back on. I had to go around resetting all the electronics and fixing the clocks each time she did. One day, in exasperation, I went to the circuit box and, with a black Sharpie, drew a bold arrow pointing to the circuit breaker for the downstairs. Next to the arrow I wrote in giant letters “IT’S THIS ONE!” It worked very well but it’s still the only breaker with a “label”.

    I was looking at Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter a while ago but I had just finished Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and felt that I would take a rest from that genre for a bit. Currently I’m going back and forth between Olympos by Dan Simmons and another book about Ambrose and Augustine by Garry Wills. I have no idea why I’m reading that one but early church stuff can be fascinating when it’s done well and this one is good so far.

    It’s cold and damp and grey up here. As I said to Christer, I’m going to knit in yellow yarn today just to have something sunny to look at. Enjoy your day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m one who does! All of my breakers are labeled, but my friend Shane, an electrician, told me that labeling doesn’t always solve the problem. The switch labeled outside lights might not be for all of them. Some of the outside plugs could be under a switch with a different name. He told me I’d just have to go through most of them to find the culprit. This was after I had tried to get the outside lights on using just the breaker labeled outside lights, but when it still didn’t work, I called Shane and got the bad news about the labels.

      Would you recommend the Pride and Pre…book?

      I’m not big on books about early church stuff though I do like historical nonfiction. I’m liking the Abe Lincoln book.

      I like the idea of yellow yarn to brighten the day!

      I hope yours is a good day despite the dampness and the clouds.

      • Caryn Says:

        I thought the Pride and Prejudice thing was fun. I am lukewarm about Austen and this was about 80% straight Austen with the zombies worked in but it certainly livened things up. One of my friends suspects that this is how Austen would have written her heroines if she had lived in a time when she would have been allowed to write them that way. I’m not so sure but it was a good read.

  3. Hedley Says:

    Detroit is enjoying a warm day with breezes taking the temperatures in to the mid 80s. Maggie will be the beneficiary tonight when I get home. Nothing like strolling around the block when you are a Westie.

    I am reading Ben MacIntyre’s “Operation Mincemeat”, it isn’t very vampirey but thats ok. His new book “Double Cross, The True Story of the D Day Spies” awaits my return to England in the Summer.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I looked up Operation Mincemeat and remembered I had seen a movie about this plot. It was called The Man Who Never Was and was pretty good.

      I also looked up Double Cross, and it sounds darn interesting as does his other book, Agent Zigzag.

  4. Hedley Says:

    Kat, I have read Agent Zigzag and its well worth your time. I dont think anyone was quite sure about Eddie Chapman’s loyalties. He also lead a very interesting and somewhat flamboyant life.

  5. Zoey & Me Says:

    Well, Kat, I had to pull the breakers today and once I fixed the thermostat found that I had jammed up the auto garage door opener setting. It’s only the middle garage door used for my wife’s car. But I can’t climb up on a ladder to re punch the code. She’s already called my son in Orlando to visit this weekend. And you only have to reset a clock.

    • katry Says:

      Z&Me,
      You’re right-once I found the right breaker, also an easy task, I just had to go out today and reset the clock. It always happens the way your day went-one thing goes wrong and suddenly it’s a cascade!

  6. Bob Says:

    Today was sunny, dry and warm with a high of 91 degrees F. which doesn’t feel to bad when you think of it as 32 degrees C. I don’t have any lights in my backyard, but my patio is surrounded with flood lights which shine up in the shrubbery around the pavement. We have the same kind of lighting in the front of the house but we rarely use it because it’s wasteful. In Texas we conserve electricity for air conditioning. Since May has begun it’s already too hot and humid to spend much time outside except next to a swimming pool. Our next chance to enjoy the backyard will come in the autumn.

    Whenever we have a power failure my wife has to run around and reset all of the gadget’s clocks. She gets the correct time from the computer and then sets that time everywhere. Some of the clocks are fairly accurate and some are a couple of minutes behind. It’s a small price to pay for her doing the clock re-sets. I always refer to my watch which has the correct time. I visit the official US time website weekly to make sure that my watch is close to the atomic clock in Colorado Springs.

    I am reading the biography of Steve Jobs on my new iPad and enjoying it very much.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We seldom get that high even in the depths of summer. My lights are small strings of lights, only 10 lights per string on three different structures, so they don’t use a whole lot of electricity except for the dog’s sensor lights which she triggers when she is in the yard at night. It is still too cold for me to be on the deck for any length of time.

      Only a few of my clocks run on electricity. Most are battery run so I don’t have to run around too much to reset the clocks.

  7. Bill S. Says:

    What is this Western obsession with time? When we lived in Ghana, time meant different things to different people. Lorries leave on time (when they are full); people come to visit you on time (when they get around to it); meetings start on time (when they feel like it). I can’t imagine people in Ghana going around to re-set their clocks after a power failure. What’s the point?

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      With me, it has to do with not liking the clocks blinking. That drives me crazy, and the only way to stop them is to set the time. If I didn’t have to see them, I’d not care if they were accurate or not.

      I loved Ghana time except for waiting hours in the lorry park. If I could, I’d take the government bus as it left relatively on time. I remember the Ghanaians would ask, “Ghana time or European time?” when I’d set up a date to meet.

      Now that I’ve been retired for so long, time has taken on a whole new meaning or maybe an old meaning has returned!


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