“Outside the open window The morning air is all awash with angels.”

The rain stayed away yesterday, but today is already damp and dark so I figure we’ll get the promised rain later today. Gracie loves a cool morning, and she was out long enough to make me paranoid enough to check. I know she can’t jump the 6 foot fence anymore, but she still tries. Right now is her morning nap time.

The only light in this room is the laptop. Everything outside is still and quiet. I always like this kind of a morning. Actually, I love most sorts of mornings. I love the first gasp of breath when I go outside on a cold morning and the walk across the crisp, frosted grass to get my papers. Rainy mornings mean a run to get the papers and a day planned around a good book and an afghan across my legs. Snowy mornings have me checking how many inches have fallen. In the spring I love the smell of mornings. There is such a freshness to the start of the day when the the world is waking up from winter. Summer mornings are my favorite of all.

When I was really young, I never noticed the mornings. I was too grumpy being dragged out of bed, forced to put on my school uniform, eat breakfast and then walk to school. Every weekday was pretty much the same. The only sort of day which got my attention was when it rained. That meant wet shoes coming and going and staying inside at lunch instead of having recess.

I notice every morning now. I love the sounds of the birds and summers on the deck having coffee and reading the papers. I watch the birds flying in and out at the feeders. I curse the spawns of Satan. My deck will be closed down this weekend, and I’m sad. The furniture will be covered and the candles taken down from the trees. I’ll go out to check on the dog and to fill the feeders, and when I do, I’ll long for summer again.

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  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Cold and wet up here, too. I can hear the rain dripping on the AC unit in the window. No, I haven’t removed it yet because I am in denial that summer is gone.
    Morning is my favorite time of the day. It’s nice being able to enjoy mornings now instead of rushing about trying to get to work. I love to watch the sky change color from night to day and smell the freshness of morning. It’s usually quiet until around 6AM when the neighbors start moving out for their workday. After that I start to hear the noise from the highway 2 miles away. There are a lot of trucking companies to the west of me and they start warming up the vehicles around that time as well. It doesn’t quiet down again until around 10AM.
    You remind me that I have to set up my bird feeders in another couple of weeks.
    Enjoy the day, wet as it is. 🙂


    • Hi Caryn,
      My house is really cold right now so I’m putting the heat on just to warm it up. I would never use the heat this early a while back, but I decided I will not be cold or uncomfortable in my own house.

      I find mornings amazing: the sky, the sun rising and the birds, the wonderful birds.

      In Ghana, it was the roosters I heard every morning. When I lived there, I heard them and this time, in the village, they serenaded the sun in stereo. I’d bring my coffee outside and watch the compounds near me and the people on the trail. It was a wonderful way to start the day.

  2. Bob Says:

    Like you I hated mornings as a kid because I wanted to stay in bed as long as possible. Now I enjoy the mornings when the temperatures in the summer are still tolerable. In winter I can always stay wrapped up in my blanket a little longer.

    Why are you taking down your patio so early? Don’t you have some nice afternoon weather through November that you can enjoy?

    Sometimes we do things out of habit. No white suites after Labor Day or swimming pools can’t open until Memeorial day regardless of the actual weather. My brother in law, who is a true miser, turns off his central heat on April the first regardless of the temperature. Once on a vist to his home in New Jersey in May I awoke shivering. Turn on the neat I cried. Never he replied after April the first. He said, “I am just like a New York City landlord. No heat after the first of April”.


    • Bob,
      Summer mornings are probably my favorite. The day is a bit cooler than it will be and the air is fresh and clear.

      The afternoons get chilly early, and we can’t always count on a warm enough day. It was 70˚ the other day but the next day was down to the 60’s, and that’s where it’s stayed. I can easily get at my table, and I always leave out one chair for me should I want to spend some time out there.

      I had a friend who was the same way. November 1st was her turn on the heat day, and sometimes it was quite cold before that. I always wore layers if I visited her before November, and it was cold.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Rather warm and nice here this morning and the sun kept shining most part of the day. The sky is still clear and if that continues we’ll have frost tomorrow morning.

    I am a morning person and have always been. I love early summer mornings when it still is cool and before the flies starts to annoy me 🙂 But I also love the frosty mornings autumn gives, when spiders still are alive and their webs are frozen covered with frost.

    I do not love winter mornings though, no matter how beautiful they are unless it’s a mild winter 🙂

    Rain here tomorrow so I’ll watch some dvd’s and have a fire burning in the stove 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.


    • Christer,
      It has already rained, and the day is really chilly. I was going to go out, but I decided to stay inside where it’s warm and dry.

      I also love frosty mornings. When I was working, I didn’t like them as much as I had to scrape the windshield, but now I don’t mind them at all-even love how pretty the frost is in the sun.

      Rain here all weekend, and I too hope to stay nice and cozy with some scifi movies, mind ones I suspect!

  4. Bubba Says:

    Tis a beautiful day…Olay

  5. Bill S. Says:

    Kat:
    It’s raining Katzen und Hundchen today, so I planted some grass to repair the front lawn. Last weekend I put away the wooden furniture on the pool deck–a very sad day indeed. This year we opened the pool in mid-May, and used it for the last time two weeks ago–unheard of in New Hampshire. So it’s only another 6-1/2 months until opening day again!

    Had to fire up the woodstove tonite to take the chill off. What a comfort it is, and what a great investment: most of the wood comes from our land. We’ve had the stove for 34 years and it has saved us a ton of oil money.

    I think it may be too early to start feeding the birds around here-there is still a bear problem. Maybe I’ll chance it…..


    • Bill,
      It is always a sad day when the deck gets closed. I always think of it as the recognition that summer is really gone and we are ushering in the cool fall and the coming winter. I leave one chair for me to use just in case.

      I never thought about getting a wood stove. The winter months are the only ones when I spend a bit on gas. When I worked, the house was kept at 65˚ all day and 58˚ at night. Being older, I like a warmer house so 68˚ is my daytime temp while 60˚ is for nights.

      I feed the birds all year long.


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