“Between Ennui and Ecstasy unwinds our whole experience of time.”

Today is raw which was always my mother’s description for damp and cold. The sky is that grey-white color which means rain or snow or, in our case, a bit of both. The snow will start off-Cape tonight while we’ll get rain then the tail end of the snow storm will hit us and bring maybe an inch or two or even up to four.

I’m not going anywhere today. The outside world doesn’t look all that inviting. I do have to fill a couple of feeders, and I’ll put the new one out and maybe fold and bring up the clothes in the dryer but that last one is a long shot.

When I sit down to write Coffee, I am often at a loss as to what to say. Day-to-day, or at least my day-to-day, is so consistent it lends itself to ennui, to boredom. Didn’t she just write about that I imagine you’re thinking as you read about Gracie and the weather. Other days my mind is filled with all sorts of neat stuff. Some of it is imaginative, and it grows out of daydreaming or a TV program or a book I’m reading, and I share even though you might think it borders on the crazy, the very weird. Memories often fill my mind triggered by something I saw or even smelled. You have all been to Ghana with me so many times I wonder if you groan and say, “Not Ghana again!” On my sloth days you already know that I’ll be doing nothing except reading and eating the proverbial bon bons.

What brought all this on? Well, one of the blogs I have been reading for years, Letters from a Hill Farm, is closing down. Nan has decided, “To live my life without writing about my life.” That got me thinking. I have been writing Coffee since 2004, the year I retired. I wrote every day for several years then I started taking Wednesdays off, a sort of mid-week breather. After my coffee and papers every morning, I sit in front of the computer hoping I have something to say, something you’ll enjoy or remember or something you can relate to. Where am I going with this? Not away as I really like writing and I love my Coffee family. I just want to be reassured that on days like today when I have nothing to say you’ll still listen.

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27 Comments on ““Between Ennui and Ecstasy unwinds our whole experience of time.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The Terrier and I rode before her breakfast, hit Kroger for milk, home for a FaceTime and call to London and then settled in to watch Tottenham win 2-1 up in Sunderland. They play four games over the Christmas period with the fourth being on New Years Day

    I need to get outside and take another swing at the driveway. All the Christmas stuff in residing in the basement. kids are up north doing their snowboarding with their significant others.

    Normal service has been resumed but I would not object to some quality Prince time

  2. greg mpls Says:

    as a member of your audience for i very long time i want you to know that i’m not planning on going anywhere. i’ve shared your
    thoughts on your mother voting for W,and the great sorrow of her loss, dear maggies struggles, joyful joyful returns to ghana and now the loss of my vintage 1927 mom. we’ve been thru alot. our friendship may be cyber, but is truly valuable.

    • Kat Says:

      greg,
      You were one of the first of my family members and over the years we have shared so many of life’s experiences, some horribly painful and others filled with joy. I am so thankful for my friend Greg!

  3. Bob Says:

    You have the weather we had yesterday. Today will be cold, a high of 40 degrees, but sunny.

    The beauty of your blog is that you’re writing is a springboard for us. You may think your thoughts are unimportant but they provide us with a topic and a place to express what’s important to us. I can’t remember you mentioning anything about English soccer teams. However, something you wrote or didn’t gave Hedley an opportunity and a place to tell us all about something most of us didn’t know or didn’t care about. We still don’t give a hoot about some obscure team in North London, but it’s important to Hedley and he feels that he should share it with us. Because I like to poke fun at him about soccer (I can’t help it he is British), you then told us that your family member is very involved in and enjoy soccer which starts another person to write about their likes, dislikes and the things that are important in their lives.

    What we really have here is a small community of friends with whom we can share our thoughts and listen to a song or two which will bring back our memories.

    Kat, keep up the good work, Coffee is a great place to meet. I miss your posts when you were in Ghana or on Wednesdays.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      This, other than yesterday, has been our weather all week. A little sun wouldn’t hurt!!

      You have said it perfectly, thank you! Coffee has been a springboard for so many of us who have been touched by what some one or the other of us has said. I didn’t even know Tottenham existed, and now I root for the team to win.

      I sometimes feel as if we’re at a huge family dinner, and we’re all catching each other up on our lives.

      Thanks, Bob, for your encouragement and your kindness.

  4. Rowen Says:

    Oh yeah—definitely still listening. Good with my coffee. 😉

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I haven’t been a long time member of the Coffee Club but…yeah…what Bob said. 🙂
    I would miss your thoughts and the readers’ comments on them or even totally off topic from them. And the music you post is interesting as well. Some of it is new to me and some of it is stuff that I forgot I knew and it’s nice to rediscover those.

    And because we are family catching up at dinner, I will say that I have done all my inside and outside errands except to remove the laundry from the dryer. The feeders are full but only the spawns have visited.
    Rocky and I are also snuggled up on the couch. He’s sleeping but he does not snore. He sometimes barks softly in his sleep and he sounds like a tiny zebra far, far away.

    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love all the comments and am so happy my Coffee friends are comfortable making comments of their own on any topic.

      It’s fun for me to write. I have always loved doing it and now I have a place!

      You and I and the laundry in the dryer. Add my sister to the list of those of us reluctant to fold and put the clothes away. I’m okay as long as I don’t need underwear.

      Gracie has moved a bit to another spot, and her snoring is much quieter.

  6. im6 Says:

    I’m all ears!

    And like a family, some we get along with, some we don’t (hmmm… who could I be thinking of?! — and I don’t have to worry about expressing it properly: “About whom could I be thinking?”)

    “Kat, make MDH stop!”

    • Kat Says:

      im6,
      Glad to know!!

      I have tried sending each of you to your own rooms, but you both still persist. I’ll be grounding you both next!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat
        I know that you like me better than im6 (pandering is just a cover), so just make him write 100 lines

        “Mark Everett is better than Mike Love
        Mark Everett is….”

      • Kat Says:

        TSK, TSK, TSK, MDH!!!

    • Bob Says:

      It’s a British thing. During WWII General Eisenhower was having a similar problem with British Field Marshal Montgomery. Monte was very upset that he was not selected as the supreme allied commander and never let Ike know that he was not conducting the war properly. After one ‘discussion’ with Monte, Eisenhower turned to General George Marshall and said, “Why don’t we get Patton over here and have him shoot the son of a bitch”.

  7. olof1 Says:

    Windy, rainy and warm here today and I’ve done nothing woth talking about 🙂 I couldn’t even leave my village if I wanted too since the road up the liitle slope outside my cottage is so slippery that it’s impossible to drive on it 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I often feel just the same bot when it comes to what I write and my photographs, there’s just so much to take photo’s of 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Of course I still will listen, where else would I go to get my coffee 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      I just went outside and filled the bird feeders, and it was freezing out there. I put the new one on the baffle feeder, and I’ll just hope the birds find it.

      I just hope that I don’t get boring!

      I love your pictures!!

  8. Bill S. Says:

    I just came in from x-country skiing at our local rec. area–244 acres of fields and wooded trails. The snow now is just perfect, much better than last year. And more tonite. Living in New Hampshire, you can’t fight the winter. You just have to get out and enjoy it.

    I like Caryn’s description of her dog sleeping: “Like a tiny zebra far, far away.”

    Kat, when you have a thought for the blog during the day, jot it down for future. I have to write down everything now–a man of my age and mental condition.

    FYI: I sent Meehan’s # to Duane, but he doesn’t know if he wants to call him or not. Sometime friends from the past are better left alone as we knew them way back when. He also wants to make a return trip to Ghana soon.

    • Kat Says:

      Bill,
      Here you would be roller blading!! Not one flake of snow yet this season.

      That’s a great idea as often something pops into my head and then just pops out again. I have stickies all over the place!!

      I haven’t called Patrick yet either. The reception you got makes me a bit hesitant. He spent two years with each of us wherever that place was and I was the gal!

      I hope he does go back though he’ll be blown away by how big and busy the cities are, including Tamale. Bolga is, of course, bigger, but far easier to navigate and has far fewer cars. I didn’t remember anything about Tamale.

  9. Birgit Says:

    Listening & reading 🙂
    And “Yes Ghana again!” and South America and wherever… and also North American ennui. Though I will never understand the fascination of baseball, without your musings how could I get to know flashing color wheel aluminium trees, bird bath heaters, some old sci-fi trash movies, Miss Hildegard, Ding Dongs, eggnog and curry recipes and that squirrels are not cutest animals on earth?

    Delayed listening & reading for the next 3-4 days 🙁
    Visiting my friend’s relatives, an oldfashioned short trip without computer, i-whatever or internet. Just talking, eating and hiking. I’ll be back in 2013. Have a Happy New Year!

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      I love all the things you learned from Coffee. You gave me a great laugh!! I’m just sorry I haven’t converted you to the joys of summer and watching baseball, especially at the park.

      Have a great trip and a most Happy New Year. We’ll miss you!!

  10. herb rice Says:

    Hi Kat
    I enjoy seeing your writing every day or any day you feel like it. I look forward to the future. Wish you a happy, healthy new year
    Herb

    • Kat Says:

      Thank you, Herb!

      I wondered if I was getting boring, and I’m glad to know I’m not. Whew!!

      Happy New Year to you too!

  11. sprite Says:

    Kat, sometimes my replies are delayed a few days because I like to save reading your blog for when I’m in the office. Your posts and its accompanying music help to provide the score for my job, and I would be sad if they went away.

    I may not comment frequently, but I always read and listen and enjoy.

    Happy new year!

    • Kat Says:

      sprite,
      You are one of my long time Coffee friends, and I’m so glad you’re still with me! It’s good to know that my musings have’t yet become ennui.

      Thank you!!


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