“When you can’t figure out what to do, it’s time for a nap.”

The wind is howling and twisting and turning the pine branches which seem to bend enough to touch the ground. The rain began falling last night, and when I woke up, I could hear it on the roof and windows. As I’m writing, wet snow, slanted by the wind from the north, is beginning to fall, but it hasn’t the look of permanence. The rain will be back, and the wind will howl all day into tomorrow.

The wind is the sort which is the backbone of every tale told by the fire, tales of creatures who roam the night, their sounds muted by the wind. Branches against the windows become scratches made by disfigured hands or even hooks. I remember those stories my father told us. We knew they weren’t real or at least pretended to know, but fear is more easily muted in a warm house with lots of lights and closed doors and my father to protect us.

We did a couple of errands yesterday and today we’ll stay home. It is a day not fit for man nor beast. I had to push Gracie out the door this morning, and the trauma has kept her napping on the couch for hours. Maddie and Fern, neither of whom had any trauma, are also napping. I imagine theirs are gestures of solidarity.

Today is laundry day maybe. I did bring it down from upstairs, but that doesn’t mean anything. The laundry bag can sit against the cellar door for a day or two without me caring. The old me, the before I retired me, would already have had the laundry washed, dried, folded and ready for upstairs. The retired me just dropped it by the door.

The day is ugly. I have no ambition, but I don’t really need any. I have a new book that seems to want my attention. I didn’t make my bed on purpose, not out of laziness but rather because the thought that today, a dark, dismal, rainy day is perfect for a nap in a cozy, warm bed.

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  1. It’s barely above the freezing line here. Cloudy, damp and cold. Muddy. It supposed to be close to 70 this weekend. I’m in bed under the cover, a full day of Spring cleaning is waiting for me, but I cannot get motivated.


    • Believe me, plgcm, if it were that cold, I’d stay in bed too. I’d have a book to keep me company, a cup of coffee to warm the innards and just loll.

      If it’s so cold, it can’t be spring so you don’t have to clean!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s snowing up here and the wind is blowing, too. Sometimes it’s snowing sideways. Earlier the wind was from the east then it switched to the west and now it’s back around to the east. Rocky had to be encouraged to go out as well. He doesn’t like it when the wind blows up his butt as he’s trying to attend to business. I put his blanket on him for the first couple of trips and that seemed to make him feel better about it.
    I don’t want to go out in the weather but I’m bored hanging around the house. Laundry is done. I’ve read two books in the last three days. I can’t knit because I aggravated an old RSI so have to rest my hand. I’m not sleepy enough to nap. It’s a dilemma. Maybe I will go into the cellar and take photos of the weird things that are still stored down there. 🙂
    Enjoy the wind and rain. Stay dry and electrified. 🙂


    • Hi Caryn,
      We’ve got rain and that horrific wind. My bird feeders looks as if they could swing completely around the branches. Gracie hasn’t been out or even near the door since I last encouraged her to go out with a gentle push.

      My laundry still sits by the door. I want to check the mouse trap down the cellar so I guess I’ll put a load in the machine when I check it.

      I am getting ready for a nap. It is just so dark and ugly that a nap will brighten my day!

      Thanks on the electrified!

      Have a great evening!

  3. Hedley Says:

    Alvin Lee died.

    Ten Years After were one of those bands, pulling the music strongly to the Blues side through Alvin Lee’s rock guitar
    .
    Down at Dorking Grammar, LPs were freely passed around and shared between like minded kids. There were the pretentious kids who liked Jethro Tull, the folk pretentious kids “hey Lynne I just bought the four sides of Melanie can we go out together” , the Motown Chartbuster gang – 100% female, and the Who/Faces keep it simple gang (me)

    And then there was Charlie and Kevin, way out on the edge with John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and TYA – they lent me Watt and I loved it.

    Kenny Ball died

    At Christmas the entire country stopped for the Morecambe and Wise Christmas show which featured in the early years Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. He played trumpet, he was funny, he smiled.

    He was still touring, this year my sister said she would go and see him.

    I could use a nap.

    Tottenham play Inter Milan this afternoon at WHL in the Europa league. I will follow the text on the BBC, I want them to win.


    • My Dear Hedley,
      I would be almost all of those kids as I had albums of each of the musicians you mentioned though my folk albums far put-numbered any others.

      I don’t know Ten Years After very well. I’ll do a bit of hunting.

      Kenny Ball is also a name I don’t know. I doubt he made it to his side of the world. Sorry for your sister.

      I’m taking a nap!

      Of course you want them to win. Was that line really necessary?

      • Hedley Says:

        Kenny Ball offered “Trad Jazz” in a very popular form and did not get the credit that he deserved from the purests. Maybe because he was always on TV, maybe because he had hit records.

        Ten Years After are probably best known in the US for their blistering version of “Im going home” at Woodstock. Their live albums blast but I was very fond of Cricklewood Green and Watt,

        Music was always being shared which was a good thing.

        You are right 🙂


      • MDH,
        Okay, I know them from Woodstock, but that is it.

        I’m interested in Kenny Ball so a hunting I will go!

  4. Bob Says:

    Sorry to hear that you are having one of those terrible winter days. You all have had more than enough of them for one winter. I always know when I have to do the laundry when I am down to one pair of clean underwear. I can wear a pair of socks more than one day, but not tidy whities 🙂

    Sunday I am traveling to Toronto Canada for the week so I will have to get back into the colder weather mode. I may even get to see some snow up there next week. Today in Dallas it’s sunny with the temperature currently at 71 degrees.


    • Bob,
      The wind is still blowing everything around, but I’m happy to say it’s rain, not snow. That used to be my sign ti do wash, but when I went to Africa the first time, I bought lots of new pairs of underwear so now the wash isn’t dependent on that.

      71˚ is a perfect temperature. I am tired of the 40’s.

      Have a great trip!!


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