“We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.”

The day is a delight with sunny skies and a temperature in the high 50’s. Gracie has been out all morning. I will join her in a bit as the feeders need filling, and I need sun.

Today I am tired and bored. Nothing piques my interest. New books on my iPad are just waiting to be read, but I’m not in the mood. I have to go to Hyannis this afternoon for a Cat scan on my back, and I’m bemoaning the trek as if I have a continent to cross. The Red Sox have their home opener at 2, and I will probably watch the festivities. This is unusual for me, this bout of ennui.

The dog woke me up this morning with her intruder bark. I opened the front door and saw my landscaper fertilizing the lawn. We chatted a little bit about the moss which is taking over for a part of the grass. He says he’ll take care of it. I have a feeling I hit the highlight of my day, a conversation about moss. Later I got to thinking how I opened the door without a second thought. If I were the throw away character in a horror movie, a creature would have been in the yard hunting for breakfast. I’d run screaming and Gracie would bark. I’d get eaten and she’d survive by running out the back door. Good thing it was my landscaper.

I’ve concluded my mood comes from my back being painful and from my travel addiction. I can’t seem to solve either one. The back started a couple of weeks ago, and I moan and groan a lot from the pain. The doctor is doing his best, but I suspect nothing will change. I’ll just have to moan a bit more quietly. As for the travel addiction, I have no plans to travel this year. The bank needs to be replenished. Two trips to Ghana were expensive so this is a year to save for the next trip. I’m thinking maybe a weekend somewhere might be in order, but even that could be a bank breaker. Maybe I’ll sit on the deck with posters of the world pinned to the wall, and I’ll pretend I’m on an ocean liner. Every drink will have an umbrella. I’m just going to have to find a cabana boy!


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28 Comments on ““We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    It’s a nice turn of nature that moss is nearly as green as grass 😉
    Perhaps a short trip to a nice thermal bath? Good for the back and the travel addiction. Moaning definitely helps, but I hope the doctor can help to solve your back problem.

    • Kat Says:

      From distance my grass is perfectly green grass then you get close and it’s the banks of a swamp, slight exaggeration maybe there.

      I don’t know of any except my bathtub. I too am hoping there is a solution as I am getting tired of walking bent over.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Sunny but not especially warm here and it’s the winds fault. Without it it would probably be a very nice day even thogh we didn’t reach above 40 today.

    We do behave like the ones getting killed early in a horror movie sometimes 🙂 Like when Sune is growling and barking towards something outside my cottage, naturally I go outside , closing the door behind me, to see if I can see what it is 🙂 🙂 🙂 A werewolf or a vampire would laugh loud with joy for my stupidity 🙂 🙂

    I have too many expenses this spring to do anything special this summer. I will however finally start building that greeen house I’ve been speaking about for the last five years 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      It is beautiful. I just came back in from filling the feeders and bird baths. I even cleaned the railing on the deck from a winter of bird poop. It was such a pretty day I figured I might as well do something.

      I’m laughing here as both you and i would fall victims to the creatures which walk the night (though it was daytime here). How stupid are we. The dogs are smarter!

      I’m glad you’re starting the greenhouse you’ve been wanting. I envy all of the shoots and cuttings you’ll have growing!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve just come in from chopping ailanthus and winged euonymous out of the middle of the Japanese quince bush. I’m scratched from quince and ailanthus thorns. Now I’m going to sit on the couch and be bored. I wish I had some chocolate to be bored with. 🙂
    When Rocky gives an intruder bark, I always look because it could be a coyote or a skunk. I’d rather not be surprised by either. Skunks are cute and I like them a lot but they get stinky when upset. Coyotes are coyotes.
    The spawns have figured out the suet feeder. At least I think it is the spawns. Time for the twist ties, I guess.
    Enjoy the rest of your day and I hope your back eases up.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Chocolate is the best antidote to boredom; an Oreo cookie has endless possibilities as well. When I used to do my own yard work, I always got poison ivy. I watched carefully for it but nevertheless I got it.

      My friend Clare saw a coyote the other day not too far from here. I hadn’t seen one in a while so I’d thought they’d moved elsewhere. We had rabbits last summer so no coyotes then. Gracie will let me know.

      The spawns havne’t been able to get at any of my feeders thus far. I nah nah nah at them in my childish way!

  4. Vintage Spins Says:

    I’m one of the worst travellers you would ever not want to meet. In fact, apart from when I’m visiting my very favourite places (the non-touristy North Carolina coast and Britain), I’m a real misery guts! It doesn’t help that the pre-flight stress seems to affect my immune system and I pick up whatever bugs are flying around. I guess I’m also very attached to my creature comforts.

    I just finished re-reading The Half Blood Prince, but don’t know if I’ll move on to The Deathly Hallows again. I’m still annoyed that Rowling decided to kill off Dumbledore, Hedwig, Mad-Eye, Tonks, Lupin, etc. ( and Snape). I imagine we all have our ideas about parts of the plot that we’d handle differently. It’s part of the fun for me, imagining the changes I’d make.

    Have you ever read anything by Dorothy Gillman (Mrs. Pollifax Mysteries)? Light reading some might say, but entertaining – especially the non-Pollifax stories. I recently finished The Tightrope Walker and I think it’s the one I would recommend to anyone who likes the (cozy) mystery genre. It reminded me somehow of the pleasure I used to get from the Nancy Drew mysteries when I was a pre-teen.

    I hope the scan helps your Doctor find a good treatment approach for you. Pain can really affect our enjoyment of life’s simple, everyday pleasures.


    • Kat Says:

      I have travelled in so many different ways but most of it was with a backpack well into my 30’s. After that I went with a suitcase and a hotel, no more hostels. I haven’t ever caught anything on the flights, including the 10 and 1/2 hour round trips to Ghana. I always figure creature comforts will be waiting when I get home.

      I think I hated that she killed off Sirius and Hedwig the most because of how much they both meant to Harry. It was sad that both Tonks and Lupin died and left their son. I reread every book just before I’d see the movie.

      I have read all of the Mrs. Pollifax ones. I don’t think I’ve read any others of hers. I’ve put that novel of the hunt it down list.

      The muscle relaxers help quite a bit and so does the couch!!

  5. Hedley Says:

    “Enough is Enough”

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      You weren’t on this side of the ocean when Annette and the others were part of every day for us!

      • Hedley Says:

        I was a bit too cryptic. “Enough is Enough” was an election statement oft repeated for the late Margaret Thatcher. No disrespect to Annette

      • Kat Says:

        Thank you, MDH

        I didn’t know that Margaret Thatcher had passed away.

  6. Beto Says:

    Ask your doctor about taking Turmeric for your back pain. It is a natural anti-inflammatory. I take it for my back and arthritis. I am a big athletic guy so I take 1500 mg with every meal but it is the difference between walking around and doing my job or hobbling around in pain with an arthritic hand.
    No NSAIDs for me.

    • Kat Says:

      I will do just that when next I see him. I have turmeric for cooking, mostly Indian food, but didn’t realize it was medicinal.

      It needs a prescription?

      • Beto Says:

        No scrip, in fact you don’t even need his blessing. He may have some advice though. The doctor grade stuff is what you want. I would suggest Premier Research Labs produced here in Austin. Very tight controls on product quality, strength and process. The best place to get it is Natural Healthy Concepts in Appleton, WI but you will need to do a phone consultation with them 866-505-7501. Or you can email PR Labs at info@prlabs.com and put “Practitioner in my area” in the subject line to find someone local.

      • Kat Says:

        Thank you, Beto
        I’ll chat with my doctor.

  7. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I do hope you feel better, Kat. Turmeric is medicinal– and you can get it in gel tabs from a vitamin store– I use it for arthritis. As you know I have a little kitty now– who had been found it a dumpster, rescued and placed, had to leave that home, and is with me. I think I hear her singing “Enough is Enough”. Her name is/was Zorra– Zorro until she went to the vet, and I’ve changed it to Simone for now. I wonder if there is a song about moaning?
    Lori and Angel Jewels

    • Kat Says:

      Thanks for the information.

      I saw your lovely new kitty though at first I was a bit confused about her name. Simone she is!

      Sheila has two new kitties, brothers who were feral but then spent time in a foster home until they were ready for their forever home. They are Angus and Brodie, both 10 months old.

      Waving back,

  8. Bob Says:

    Everyone has days where boredom just rules. No energy to do anything useful nor anything interesting. The day just drags on and on. Having pain doesn’t help at all. Whenever your mind begins to wonder then the pain returns to remind you that you are still alive.

    I was not surprised nor saddened by the news of the passing of the Iron Lady. After all she was in her 90s and was suffering from dementia. I never liked her politics and policies or those of her right wing buddy, Ronald Reagan. Reagan may have been suffering from Alzheimer’s while in his second term. Both of them fought ridiculous wars, her in the Falkland Islands defending a few sheep herders and he against Grenada, that great military power of the lesser Antilles.

    Hope you are feeling better.

    • Kat Says:

      Today I did have the CAT scan. I had plans for after but decided I’d rather go home. I read a little, filled the bird feeders and bird baths and caught up with some of my DVR programs, but that was it.

      I agree Reagan may have had Alzheimer’s during his second term. How else to explain his falling asleep during cabinet meetings. He was never a favorite of mine either. Amazing they each chose to fight wars they were guaranteed to win as they were against tiny countries.

      Thanks-my back has been a bit better today.

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