“Most people gaze neither into the past nor the future; they explore neither truth nor lies. They gaze at the television.”

The weather today is the same as it has been in days: sun, blue skies and a temperature in the 50’s. Wednesday we’ll get some much-needed rain, and I’m hoping it will pour.

Every morning when I go get the papers, I check out the front garden. It is filling up with the shoots of flowers, and I noticed some of the flowers I planted last year have spread, and in the garden close to the house, some have already bloomed. It is still too early to plant as the evenings get cold, but that will give the flowers time to fill in so I’ll know if I have any space for new plants. I love shopping for plants. I do need to shop for herbs to plant in the side garden and for vegetables to plant in the garden below the deck. Last year I had tomatoes, cucumbers and beans. I never thought I’d become such a gardener.

Today is a lazy day. I could go get my new dump sticker, but that can wait as the dump isn’t open on Mondays and Tuesdays. I am going to do a peapod order later so maybe that will count as grocery shopping. The end of my book is close, under a 100 pages, so this afternoon I will get comfy on the couch and finish it. I could do some house cleaning stuff, but I won’t.

The Amazing Race ended last night, and I was happy with the results. Three teams were left for the final hour. There was only one team, a newly married couple, I hoped wouldn’t win, and they didn’t. They came in second, and I suspect the results stuck in the guy’s craw for a long time. Usually we don’t know when the race took place, but this one was in December as we saw Christmas trees and lights in some of the cities. They went to amazing places on this race, as promised by the title, including Botswana, a country on my list.

I am not a fan of reality television except for the Race. I could care less who dances or sings the best or who gets a rose or even why a rose is given. I won’t watch people make fools of themselves, and I don’t care who survives. All of these programs got me thinking about the movie Running Man. I wonder how close we’ll get to that reality or even how close we already are.

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18 Comments on ““Most people gaze neither into the past nor the future; they explore neither truth nor lies. They gaze at the television.””

  1. Morpfy Says:

    The quote above, that you gave is so true of our generation.(babyboomers) mothers great babysitter
    Now TODAY its the computers Kids and young adults are so into it, that they forget about the fun of reality or doing things outdoors. Just my opinion

    • katry Says:

      I think today’s kids watch TV and text at the same time. It seems that whatever they do is accompanied by their phones. They miss the world around them.

  2. I love aTAR and was okay with the hockey guys winning it. I rememember seasons when I couldn’t stand the winning pair. It’s cold and storming today and tomorrow, a very unusual May. Farmers are so behind right now.

    • katry Says:

      I thought the newly married husband was snide which is why I as hoping for their loss. I too have had races where the winners were not teams I liked.

      We are a bit chillier than usual and far drier. April was a bust as we had so little rain. We have barely broken into the 60’s in the last few weeks.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I don’t watch any of those shows so I am culturally isolated in any group of tv fans. I really don’t care who stays on the island or who wins the prize or what river monsters are out there or who brings back the wicked tuna. One show about how they do it is interesting. After that it’s just the usual work drama. I had 42 years of that. I know it well. 🙂
    It’s much the same weather up here. Sunny, blue skies, some clouds and a bit of cool wind. Rocky and I went for a short walk around the neighborhood to check out people’s yards. Most are nicer looking that mine but my grass is mowed so at least it’s not shaggy. 🙂
    Enjoy the lovely weather.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I really enjoy The Amazing Race. The places they go make me envious. This time they were in Bora Bora, and it was beyond beautiful. In Botswana they saw the most wonderful animals and met tribesmen who were part of one of their tasks. I think this is a very different program than the others. Much of what they do reflects the customs of the countries they’re in-I like that.

      Gracie was out most of the morning, but came in and fell asleep in her crate. I could hear her snoring ll the way down the hall. I just finished reading my book and took a shower. I feel accomplished.

      Have a great evening-stay warm and cozy!!

  4. olof1 Says:

    No wind here today so it felt so much warmer than it actually was. Finally flowers pop up even here in little Siberia 🙂 Still we’re way behind You yet.

    I only look at Face Off, It’s a competition between makeup artists, those that may be the ones doing make ups for coming movies or perhaps Grimm. That’s really interesting, but I don’t care if anyone survives to be honest 🙂

    My computer is slow today, it’s the computer itself, not the internet even if that’s slow too. I do hope it will be better later today because this is just soo annoying.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      We are way behind Boston, but the flowers are getting taller and taller despite the cold nights.

      I have watched face off a couple of time and did enjoy it. They are definitely artists who make wonderfully imaginative creatures.

      My computer too was slow earlier. It drove e crazy so I took a nap. While I was asleep, the computer found its speed!

      Have awonderful evening!!

      • olof1 Says:

        I think it was Skype that sjowed down my computer. I had shut it down but it resfused and got stuck in between staying and leaving 🙂

      • katry Says:

        It was my computer which kept showing the multi-colored MAC circle which means I’m going nowhere.

  5. sprite Says:

    We watch The Voice, mostly because Rudi likes it, and The Sing-Off, because we went to a New England liberal arts college and have a bias toward a capella music. The judges, talented musicians in their own right, are encouraging, and, really, if people want to sing to me for an hour or two, I’m pretty okay with it. I don’t have any use for judges who are mean or people who aren’t talented, so those are the only ones we find work for us.

    • katry Says:

      I haven’t ever seen The Voice. I just lumped it in with the other programs.

      I like that those judges are encouraging.

  6. Minicapt Says:

    1. Daffodils are done for the year.
    2. Lilacs are out and drifting scent into the house.
    3. Tulips next …


    • katry Says:

      In one part of the front garden the tulips are already gone by while in another area a couple just bloomed. One small lilac bush has the beginnings of leaves while the larger bush is a bit further behind it.

      What has surprised me are the flowers which have bloomed. I have no idea what they are. I bought them on-line last year. Christer, who once owned a garden shop, gave me the names of a few flowers I might want to plants. The white flowers were on that list.

  7. Bob Says:

    I agree with you that the Amazing Race is the best reality show on television. I do enjoy America’s Got Talent because they came up this the best ventriloquist act I have ever seen on the first season, Terry Fator. Every year I hope that they find as great a talent as Terry but I have since been disappointed. I watched the Amazing Race and I was also pleased with the winners.

    My ability to grow anything is suspect. I have a purple thumb which means if I plant, cut or tend to any vegetation it will die. My lawn care company hires professional “illegal” Mexicans who keep the green things around my house trimmed and alive.

    Today was beautiful with temperatures in the low 80s and sunny skies.

    Terry Fator:

    • katry Says:

      This guy is wonderful. His puppet does sound a bit like Kermit, but that doesn’t make him any less remarkable. His Louis was great.

      Things always have grown for me, but I have always had my lawn mown. I used to get a horrible rash because of my allergies so I started hiring someone. One of my dogs did a job digging up my lawn so my front yard was dirt. It was then I hired a landscaper who does it all: mowing, fertilizing, clearing, weeding and whatever else I need. My lawn looks great.

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