“Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”

Winter made a dramatic gesture by sending us the coldest day and night so far this season. I almost said this year then I remembered how young the year is. It was 12˚ last night, a perfect night to stay inside, cozy and warm. Poor Gracie got sent out before bed, but she was out for only a minute or two. I think it was squat and run.

My tree is standing in the living room covered by a white plastic bag. It is ready to be taken outside and brought to the dump. I took off all the ornaments and the lights yesterday. I hated doing it, but it was time. To accomplish that task I had to bring up the bins from the cellar, fill them then slide the heavy bins down the stairs and pile them until next year. My back bears witness to all the work I did yesterday so today is a nothing day. The tree can sit until tomorrow. Gracie and I also did errands yesterday, and I carried in the bags of bird seed and cans of dog food. I figured I’d already done in my back so what the heck. I did leave the 20 pounds of cat litter in the trunk, but I’m going to need that tomorrow to change the boxes. I have designated tomorrow dump day and the old litter has to go.

My scrub pine, the ugly fake tree, is still in the dining room where it will be lit every night until twelfth night. I have also left some decorations around the house to keep it a bit festive. There is no rush to return to drab.

I’ve finished Mr. Penumbra and moved on to Merry Christmas, Alex Cross. Nothing better than hostages and terrorists at Christmas. The book is short and won’t take long to finish. I think James Patterson has caught Mary Higgins Clark’s disease of hiding a short story under the guise of a novel.

It’s a wonderful world when I can plan my day around the couch and a book. I have the whole day to do what I want. How lucky I am!

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13 Comments on ““Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?””

  1. Bob Says:

    I didn’t realize that you put your own picture on today’s post 🙂

    Today is sunny but cold. Not as cold as where you are, but cold enough. Reading is one of life’s great pleasures. It’s not far down the list after good food, good wine and any kind of sex, but it’s ahead of TV 🙂

    Thank goodness for E-books. I love reading several books at the same time and I now can carry them all on my iPad and switch from one to another whenever the mood strikes. Also, I can make the print bigger.

    My employer decided that they didn’t meet their numbers for the last quarter, so they are requiring mandatory vacation days. Yesterday and today are mine. The company made lots of money they just didn’t meet their own expectations so forcing people to take vacations and canceling company Christmas parties makes the books look better. It’s a solution only a bean counter could love 🙂

    This is the same logic that the Republican house members used who voted for the bill to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff. They waited for the Bush era tax cuts to expire at midnight on New Year’s Eve so they could claim that they reduced taxes on 98% of the population by passing the bill on Tuesday afternoon. And most people will buy into this kind of double speak like in George Orwell’s novel 1984.

    The wife’s divorce attorney asks the husband while he is on the witness stand, “When did you stop beating your wife?” 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Very funny!

      I have a slew of new books to read so the last few days I’ve really enjoyed reading. I started another book right after the Alex Cross, but then I took a nap. That was a s pleasant as anything on a chilly afternoon.

      I think after the hectic holiday week a couple of days off might be nice, forced or not. Gives you time to unwind.

      I didn’t hear any Republican taking credit. They are in too much trouble for not voting to aid Sandy victims, and that does rest entirely on their shoulders. Horrific!

      • Bob Says:

        All my naps are unplanned. I just doze off while watching some meaningless TV show or while reading a book. That’s a sure sign I need to read a different book when I awake. That’s why I like having so many books on my iPad 🙂

        You are right, pushing the vote to the new Congress to provide the money for relief for the victims of Sandy was criminal. The Republicans have practice doing this in the past. They failed to respond with relief for hurricane victims. Remember Bush’s weak response to hurricane Katrina, pathetic.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yeah, I wasn’t going out in today’s cold either. I have been on the couch all morning but I have been very busy. All the bills are paid and all my appointments for January have been booked.
    La Bamba Chihuahua is still up. Too cute to put away. The kissing balls are still hanging outside near the lanterns. They will stay there. No reason to take them down and the posts are probably frozen into the soil anyway. Besides, the ensemble is pretty at night when the battery candles come on.
    The good thing about authors hiding a short story inside a novel is that it’s very easy to skim huge chunks and not miss anything. Perhaps you should switch from James Patterson to Elliott Pattison and his Chinese dissident detective exiled to Tibet. Water Touching Stone is the first book in the series.
    Rocky is absorbing the sun on the front porch. I’m still goofing off on the couch. A good day.
    Enjoy your day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Far too cold to do a thing outside. I looked out the window!! I need a new check registry so no bill paying until I go to the bank.

      I still have a few decorations around but I am surely missing my tree. That corner of the room looks so dark I was wishing I had something to light up to put there. I may have to shop a bit.

      I love reading new detectives so thanks for the introduction. Tibet seems an unusual place for a story.

      My afternoon ended with a nap. Gracie and Fern joined me It was nice and warm.

      Enjoy your evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        Something like a lighted palm tree or maybe an illuminated flamingo? Summer’s coming. 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        I have a lighted palm on my back porch. The only time it is not lit is Christmas when I need the outlet. It has a flamingo I’ve put in front of it. This is the third palm tree in that spot!

  3. Birgit Says:

    I just finished a 1926 Edgar Wallace crime novel (library audio book). The story was thrilling, but the description of womens behavior was ridiculous from a present-day perspective. Back to modern crime novels. Two Mary Higgins Clark library audio books are still waiting “We´ll meet again” and “Where are you now?” and John Katzenbach “What comes next”. Any suggestion which one I should choose tonight?

    • Kat Says:

      I too think these novels and their description of women ridiculous and funny. I’d pick the Katzenback or go Clark Katzenbak, Clark as Mary Higgins Clark has gotten predictable.

      • Bob Says:

        I have never listened to an audio book, it seems easier to take a nap while listening to a book.

      • Kat Says:

        When I travel a long distance in the car, I like listening to an audio book. It seems to make the time pass more quickly.

  4. olof1 Says:

    We had the warmest day so far this winter and I liked it 🙂 I could hear the wind roar in the trees but it never reached us way below on the ground.

    I don’t know what I’ve done today, the day has just passed so fast! Well a nap or two tends to make the day rather short 🙂 but I’m still as tired as I was this morning 🙂

    I have placed my first seed order too, so soon it will be time to sow the first seeds for the year, this time I didn’t order seeds that can take several years to germinate 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      We got your cold weather, and I’d love to give it away to someone else.

      A nap does make the day go quickly but it is such a nice way to spend part of the day. I love afternoon naps.

      I got my first seed catalog but didn’t order. More of them will be in the mail soon enough.

      Enjoy your evening!!

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