“One who roams the channels after dark, searching for buried treasure.”

When I woke up, I thought it was raining. I could hear steady drips from the eaves, but I was delightfully surprised when I saw the sun and a blue sky. The day is warm, winter warm, and the drips are from the roof as the rest of the ice melts. The birds are at the feeders which I filled yesterday. I watched them for a while from the kitchen window while my coffee was brewing.

Yesterday was a weird sort of day. As I said, I filled the feeders and while on the deck I also emptied ice off the furniture covers. In the house I wanted to find spots for a few new items. One is a picture I bought on my first trip to Ghana which had gouges on its frame so I finally had it reframed. I walked around the house looking for a spot. I finally found one, hammered a small nail, hung the picture, stood back and realized the picture was too high. I pulled out the nail, hammered it into a lowered spot, stood back and decided it was perfect. Meanwhile, I have new runner on the table, a Christmas gift from my sister. It is a runner with African designs and is beautiful, but it’s dark so I decided I needed to change the decorative stuff on the table to lighter “stuff” so I went hunting. In the process of hunting I found a wooden house which lights up and has been in the same spot for years. I never light it up so I decided to move it. I went to a small table in the dark side of the living room, but there was Ghanaian cloth from my ceremony on it so I moved the cloth to the couch for the meantime. The small house was just right for the table. It was lit last night and gave that side of the room just enough ambient light. Meanwhile, what to do with the cloth? I got my huge Bolga baskets which is on the lower shelf of a big table and is filled with a carved gourd, tea lights and all sorts of candles. I took those out and put the cloth in which worked out just fine. The only problem was the tea lights and the gourd. I looked and decided to clean out a basket in this room, and that’s where I put the teas lights. Still with me here? Left over from all this juggling was the etched gourd from Ghana which had been in the big basket and a wooden box with a votive holder and candles which had also been in the basket. (I did say it was a huge basket.) I walked around trying to figure out where to put both of those. By this time, I’d been at this weird little game for over an hour. I put the gourd back in the baskets over the cloth. That seems to defeat the purpose of showing off the cloth so I took the gourd out. I did check out some wall space, but it’s a big gourd. I never did find a spot so it’s on the couch waiting for me to start all over. I don’t remember where I put the wooden box, but I’m sure it will show up sometime, probably later when I walk around the house trying to decide where to put the gourd.

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12 Comments on ““One who roams the channels after dark, searching for buried treasure.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I must fill the bird feeders early in the morning now days, otherwise the deers robb them from all the seeds and the birds are left without any 🙂 But I feed the deers when I come home from work otherwise they’ll start eating all my bushes here instead, the Ilex does look very strange, like I’ve cut it while being furious 🙂 🙂

    It’s dangerous to start moving things 🙂 🙂 🙂 or going to do something ending up doing lots of different things but not the one that started it all 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      My feeders are off the second floor deck and the trees above it so even if I had no fence animals would find it difficult other than the spawns of Satan.

      I will not move another thing, but I still have that gourd which needs a spot.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Bill S. Says:

    Hang the cloth on the wall as a tapestry. I have a large blue adrinka cloth which we had on the wall in Bolga, but it sits in the back of our closet–too big for any of our walls. Sounds like you have a rubic’s cube of decorations. Good luck with that.

    I am in the process of installing rollout trays in some of our lower kitchen cabinets. The trouble is, everything that came out is not going back. Do we really need 14 glass beer mugs? Most of our visitors drink out of the bottle anyway. Do we really need 25 plastic
    champagne glasses (you have to assemble the base to the top)? How about the ceramic bird feeder, 15 years old, still in the box (it was a “gift”.) It hangs on a wall or tree and has an open tray (no cover), so all the seed will get wet when it rains–not practical.

    I am a minimalist, and Peg is a hoarder. I told her she should wear a big “H” on her forehead. I hesitate to install any more shelving anywhere in this house–she will only fill it up. She hates a vacuum (actually she likes the Hoover.)

    The German word for vacuum cleaner is “Staub sauger”, which means “dust sucker”. At a party in Germany, a German woman complaining about her lazy husband said, “My husband won’t even suck dust.” Ta-da…

    • Kat Says:

      There are three pieces of the same print of cloth, and the table runner would never work on the wall. They seem to have found a perfect home. It’s the gourd which I can’t seem to find a spot for, and it’s too beautifully etched to hide. I too have an adrinka cloth which I got as a going away gift. I used to use it as a bedspread unit I got a dog. It’s now put away.

      I’m with Peg. I too am a bit of a hoarder. She and I both know that if you throw away those champagne glasses you’ll find, in the not too distant future, that you need them and out you’ll go to buy more cursing that you tossed the others away. Put the feeder outside. The birds will appreciate it and you’ll have a bit more room.

      Come on down here and build a few shelves. I always need a few more!

    • Birgit Says:

      Dust sucks 😉
      Bill, from a German point of view beer mugs are indispensable.

      • Bill S. Says:

        If you come here for a visit, you can fill up your suitcase with 14 beer mugs, free!

  3. Bob Says:

    According to the government 2012 was the hottest and driest year on record I the lower 48 states. The average temperature rose one degree when normally the steady rise is measured in tenths of a degree. Here in Texas we didn’t need a scientific study to tell us it was a hot dry year. I hope this good news continues for next couple of weeks since I am traveling to New Jeresy and I hate snowstorms 🙂

    Here we are having our first genuine steady soaking rain storm since September. With my luck this storm will track across the southeast of the country and then up the East Coast dumping snow on the Northeast on Sunday when I am flying to New Jeresy 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Last year also had the fiercest weather conditions.

      I saw on the news where because of weather right now in Australia they had to invent a new map color for temps over 130. They have forest fires fueled by heavy winds which are almost impossible to combat.

      We have had only 2 inches of snow so far which is about what we had all of last year. The odds are in your favor.

      • Bob Says:

        “And this global warming thing is not caused by human activity, it is just a natural variation in the earth’s climate” 🙂
        A quote from the climatology section of the Earth Science 101 course taught at the famous Sam Houston Institute of Technology. Lectures delivered by professor Richard (Dick) Cheney, former CEO of Halliburton Oil Services company.

      • Kat Says:

        And we know Richard (Dick) Cheney couldn’t be wrong!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My house is a disaster of things that have to have a place but no places for the things. I confess to keeping stuff that should long ago have been discarded. It makes it difficult to do things in the house because something always has to be relocated in order to do so. This is why I have cross country skis leaning up against the living room wall. 🙂
    I have been roaming the electronic channels this evening. There is no buried treasure anywhere.
    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That gourd still doesn’t have a home. I stuck it over the kitchen clock because it fit, but it looked silly on that wall. I’ll figure something out.

      Nope, there is none. I keep looking for a movie but to no avail!

      Early to bed for me tonight I think.

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