“Isn’t ‘not to be bored’ one of the principal goals of life?”

Today I got dressed. I don’t really feel any better, but I wanted a change. This whole thing, this cough and cold, is getting ridiculous. I should be well by now kicking my heels in the air and whistling a happy tune, but, instead, I’m expecting the board of health to come by and tack up a notice that this house is quarantined.

Another mouse got a late night ride last night around 10:30. I checked the mileage, and we went 1.5 miles. His homing instinct is only good for a mile so I’m expecting he’ll set up housekeeping in the new neighborhood. No mouse in the trap this morning-the first time in a while, but when I checked it, the mouse had eaten the peanut butter. I didn’t set the trap right last night. The mouse count, though, is slowing down. We’ve made inroads. I’m still hoping the Pied Piper will drop by. I promise to pay him, unlike his last clients.

I started another novel, David Baldacci’s The Forgotten. I finished the Patterson yesterday, Private London, in quick time, probably about the same amount of time it took him to write it. There is a second author, Mark Pearson, and I figure Patterson throws out the plot to the guy who then writes the novel. The book wasn’t very good. The main character was a cliché: the tough guy with all the right words and really great aim who inevitably saves the day.

Of late, I have been easily bored, not something to which I am well-acquainted, but staying in the house limits what I see and do. I check out daytime TV, find nothing and turn it right off. I read for a while then I get tired of reading. I could dust but I don’t even like to dust when I feel good. My sister sent me a red chili wreath for Christmas and some of the peppers fell off in transit. I’m thinking of firing up my glue gun and reattaching those peppers. I think I’m really hard-pressed for some way to pass the time.

Today isn’t the day, but tomorrow I’ll have to go out to fill the larder and get dog food. I’m already excited at the prospect of being out in the world.

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20 Comments on ““Isn’t ‘not to be bored’ one of the principal goals of life?””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I’ve stayed at home today but I was too tired to get bored 🙂 Hopefully I’ll not stay at home that long so I become bored. No coughing though but I think my stomach died 🙂

    I think they show the same reruns on daytime tv as they’ve done the last ten years. But I actually saw an episode of Stargate SG-1, rather impressive to have missed that one since they must have shown it four times last year 🙂

    Then I remembered the original movie, must have been made in the middle of the 90’s. I remember liking it a lot but can’t find it for sale here. But I did find the entire collection of Star Treck Voyager, a bit expensive though but I never got the chance to see all episodes before I moved from Gothenburg 🙂 I might spoil myself a bit and by it 🙂
    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I think I’ll take the cough over the stomach.

      I love Stargate SG1 and was bummed when it was finally cancelled. Stargate Universe wasn’t very good and didn’t fill the void. The two Stargate movies helped, but I still miss it.

      I remember the original movie too with Kurt Russell as Jack O’Neil, more of a tough guy than our Jack. I liked Voyager a lot. I have the first two years of it.

      I’m going to fill the feeders then be done for the day!

      Feel better!!

      • olof1 Says:

        I found the original movie 🙂 I’m just about to buy it, Star Treck Voyager has to wait another month I think 🙂

        Star Gate Universe was quite boring to be honest, the theme of being lost in space has already been used way to often, at least if they can’t come up with something special to make it exiting again.
        Christer.

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        I had high hopes when Universe started, but I was totally disappointed.

        I liked the series far more than I did the movie.

      • olof1 Says:

        Naturally they only had it on Blu ray, so I’ll order Voyager instead 🙂
        I really can’t remember much from the movie but I know I loved it.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat, This morning I had to take our 13 year old dachshund, Cowboy, to the vet to be euthanized. When I returned home from New Jersey he had lost a lot of weight and his abdomen had become very extended. He wasn’t eating and he was peeing bright yellow urine and he was also pooping in the house. The vet said his skin tone looked yellow like his liver was failing. It was his time to go and he went to heaven very peacefully.

    I don’t know how you have the ability to drive a captured rodent out of your neighborhood late at night while having a bad cold. Do you eat meat and wear leather shoes? You probably don’t want to see the movie, “Food Inc”. A regular mouse trap is more humane than the life of commercial chicken farming.

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I am so very sorry about your dog. That is one of the worst of al things to happen, but we do it out of love so our furbabies don’t suffer.

      I have tried leaving it in the trap all night, but it makes all sorts of noise, and the trap is a mess by morning. The dog thinks it great fun to go for a ride, and it is the only time i get out of the house. I do put my shoes on instead of wearing my slippers, but a mile is a short distance, and I’m home in no time.

      • Bob Says:

        Thanks for the condolences. We have another male dachshund named Sherlock who is much younger and we adopted him last July. In the last couple of days Sherlock would lie in the dog bed with Cowboy licking him. I think we are going to be a one dog family for a while at least.

    • olof1 Says:

      I’m sorry about Your dog. I dread the day I have to take my old boys to the vet for the last time.
      Christer.


  3. I’m sorry to hear that you’re still feeling rough, Kat. Did you try the salt water gargles? I know it doesn’t sound appealing – anyway . . . I don’t know why I should have been surprised that you like Stargate SG1, but it didn’t occur to me. I’m also a big fan, although I lost some of my enthusiasm when Vala showed up.

    I’m very conflicted about posting music on my blog (even though players are configured for listening only at the moment.) I’ve received one take-down notice for a very obscure song and that was traumatizing enough. Another blog I pop over to once in a while recently had their mediafire account suspended. I’m probably being ridiculous – it seems that most bloggers don’t allow such concerns to interfere with their enjoyment.

    I’ve been considering going private with my site. If I do, would you be interested in receiving an invite? I’ll certainly understand if you decline, as I don’t write much over there, but perhaps you’d enjoy some of the tunes. Marie

    • katry Says:

      Marie,
      I tried it and it made me gag. I’m a easy gagger at stuff, and I only gave it the one try.

      I didn’t appreciate Vala except for the humor she brought with her. Sometimes she was pretty funny. When Jack left so did much of the fun scenes.

      My Blogger blog was totally erased from the Earth for infringement. I was devastated and figured that was it. I was done with blogging, but I really missed it so I headed on over here to WordPress. Billie Holiday, Sinatra and Sedaka songs were the three strikes against me. I would have thought Sedaka thrilled someone actually remembered him. I have had trouble here with only one song and it was removed from the Box where the link is. I didn’t hear anything from WordPress.

      I’d love an invite!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    You must be getting better. You’re not well enough to do anything much and not sick enough to want to do nothing. Thus boredom. 🙂
    TV at any time is mostly awful. I prefer to have the tv on when I go to sleep but it has to be something bearable and lately there’s been nothing. On several nights I have fallen asleep with my iPod on listening to the dulcet tones of Donald Kagan coughing his way through ancient Greek history. There are 25 lectures in the course but no matter which one I start on when I wake up, I’m always in the Peloponnesian War. 😀
    You could take the trap downstairs and put it in a hard shell cooler chest until morning. You wouldn’t be disturbed and if the mouse got out, he still couldn’t go anywhere.
    Red sky this morning, spitting snow right now.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      You’re right-I’m on the cusp of getting better or at least I hope so. The only part I wish gone is the coughing, especially at night. It wakes me up all the time. I sit up to fall back to sleep but eventually I’m lying down and coughing again.

      I watch a lot of movies, even the really bad ones as long as they’re science fiction.

      I did bring one trap down the other night, but it was such a mess I had to scrub it clean the next day. That was really gross. Mice get nervous in traps (who’d blame them?).

      Nothing here but a light grey sky and cold.

      Have a great evening!

  5. im6 Says:

    Sorry I haven’t commented earlier, but wanted you to know I’ve been thinking of you and am hoping you’re better soon. I’d wish you a speedy recovery, but I guess it’s too late for that ! My go-to medicine for a cold is Night Time Cold Relief Alka Seltzer. The orange or cherry flavor isn’t too bad and it helps me sleep and actually seems to work. Take a hot, steamy shower and a glass of Alka Seltzer and sleep it off. Good luck !

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, im6

      I have been taking something to sleep but the cough breaks through anyway. I last only so long. This just has to take its course. The hot shower, though, is wonderful!

  6. Birgit Says:

    Just thinking, do mice have a mileage and what if they accidentally approach your house, does this reactivate their homing instinct?
    I can’t remember boredom at home, but often the have-to-do list never seems to end and the want-to-do list has to wait. A song for no-fun days and one of my favorite covers:
    Hederos & Hellberg (Sweden) – No Fun
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTDq8dVhkSU
    You hardly notice that it’s a Stooges song 😉

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I don’t want to contemplate all those mice returning en masse and probably armed!

      I am never bored or never usually bored but being sick puts a limit on how long I can do anything before I tire of it. I did manage to read a few hours the other day but only got a couple of pages into the new book. I don’t have enough energy to do much so I go with that.

      This is a great cover, and I would never have known it was a Stooges song.

      • im6 Says:

        Forget The Stooges. The song you’ve been wanting has been hiding in plain sight. Why didn’t I think of it earlier?

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        That’s the perfect song. I will now call each of my mice Ben in tribute. This song will play each time I am unceremoniously dumping one out of the trap as I did this morning around 7:30.

        I can’t believe this song was written for a rat!


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