“When the sun shines wondrously in the morning, even the shadows in our mind start running away!”

Last night Gracie went out about 11 for her last visit to the yard before bed. When she came in, we went upstairs. I saw something out of the corner of my eye, light I thought, but I looked outside and saw nothing so I got comfy in bed to read. All of a sudden the loudest clap of thunder rattled the windows and went on forever. The rain came next, heavy rain, and then more thunder as loud and long as the first. I figured it was lightning I’d seen out of the corner of my eye, a warning of what was to come. I read for about an hour and then fell asleep to the sound of the rain. This morning I woke to sun and warmth. It is supposed to be around 83˚ today: too hot for May on Cape Cod.

It is just so quiet outside. The birds were singing earlier, but I don’t hear them anymore. A few leaves flutter on a branch but make no sound. I do hear Gracie snoring from her crate in the kitchen. It is often her spot for a morning nap. I don’t know where the cats are, but I know they’re sleeping somewhere. Today is my day to buy flowers for the deck and the front yard and vegetables and herbs for the side gardens. I’m going with red and white flowers for the deck, basil for the window boxes and cucumbers and tomatoes again for the garden. I’ll decide one more vegetable and a few more herbs when I roam at Agway. This is one of my favorite days though I usually end up going back at least one more time. I just can’t resist those flowers, and this year I have all those new pots to fill on the shelf I had built on the deck.

I’m leaving deck cleaning for tomorrow if my back cooperates or Saturday if it demands a day of rest which I suspect will happen given all the hauling from the car to the deck to the gardens. Tomorrow will probably be a recuperative day. No complaining here about sitting outside with a cold drink and a good book. I just started another Patterson, an Alex Cross, a perfect book for a summer’s day.

My laundry has been sitting by the cellar door for three days but hasn’t inspired me to do anything about it so it can sit a bit longer. As Scarlett was wont to say, “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

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14 Comments on ““When the sun shines wondrously in the morning, even the shadows in our mind start running away!””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Too bad there’s not a Peapod version for plants and garden deliveries. 🙂
    I have several plants that need to be put in but it’s been so wet that I can’t. I managed one so far. Everything else is in temporary homes.
    The thunder and lightening was impressive up here as well. Even Rocky decided not to go out in it. Today he wants me to leave all the doors open so that he can go out and sleep on the sidewalk until he gets too hot and then he will come in to cool off. Rinse, lather and repeat. Sorry, Rocky. The house is cool because it’s shut up and it’s going to stay that way.
    Enjoy the day and stay cool.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,

      It is almost 2, and I have yet to leave the house. I did just get dressed so I’m getting ready to go. The house is warm but not hot. First I have to sneak to the dump without Gracie as I can’t leave her while I garden shop.

      Gracie was lucky in the timing last night. She is panting now as Boxers don’t tolerate the heat well. If it gets hotter, I’ll turn on the air. I kept a window air-conditioner in my bedroom, and I might need that tonight.

      You stay cool too!!

  2. olof1 Says:

    No thunder here but I’ve seen thunder clouds pass in the sky several days now. Sunny mornings, rainy days until we drive home from work when the sun shines again 🙂 It’s usually the other way around 🙂

    I usually never have pots with flowers since I tend to forget watering them 🙂 Strangely enough I rarely forget the small trees and bushes I have it pots though. Lots of perennials died this winter so I’m thinking of buying red geraniums and plant them in my flower beds this year. They manage frost in the autumn so I can dig them up and save them after that first frost if I wish to, but I doubt that 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      You’re lucky with having sun for your rides home-the weather must be smiling on you!!

      I keep a watering can on the deck, and as I’m out there so often, I remember to water them. The front has an irrigation system and there is a hose I keep right by the vegetable garden, and I water that each evening. Everything does fine.

      My perennials survived nicely, but there are a few empty spaces for a few more flowers. Last week I put a few flower pictures on my other blog. Drop by.

      Have a wonderful evening!!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Today is Corpus Christi (a public holiday over here) and I made this years first homegrown rhubarb cake. Next harvest will be gooseberries, but they still need sun.
    I hope your back doesn’t give you too much pain.

    • katry Says:

      I hope the day is a lovely one! Kudos on your homemade rhubarb cake, a great way to usher in the season!

      I went to the dump so I could have an empty trunk to fill with flowers. I then came home, watered the plants and spilled water everywhere. By the time I was through mopping and drying, my back was loudly complaining so I’m done for the day. It is far too hot to do much: 84˚

      Have a wonderful holiday!!

  4. Bob Says:

    Tonight is my last night here in Santiago and today it was beautiful with temperature in the mid 60s. My flight departs tomorrow night for Dallas at 9:30 and arrives at 6:15 in the morning. A long overnight trip in a coach seat. It will be late Spring in Texas with long days, hot temperatures and a good chance of thunder storms.

    I agree with you about laundry, why do something today when you can put it off for tomorrow 🙂 To bad my employer doesn’t subscribe to that idea.

    • katry Says:

      You’ve been gone a long time. Mid-60’s is my favorite temperature.

      We have your weather. Thunder showers the last few days and thunder earlier but no rain. Hot today too!

      I never did get to my laundry today!

  5. As I type, it’s thundering. Again. We are supposed to have up to 48 hours of rough weather. It saves me from having to water flowers and the garden, but I’m weary of all the rain. I’ll take a hint from you and have a recuperative day. Have a great weekend.

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