“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”

My computer and I are sitting on the deck where a fair breeze is blowing away the heat and humidity. Gracie is lying in the shade, and Sheila is reading the paper and catching me up on the events of the world. Kay Starr is belting out Fool, Fool, Fool on iTunes and my neighbor’s house is being reshingled. I can hear the tap, tap of the nail gun, twice on each shingle. Meanwhile, the AC is on and my house will soon be cool. The morning is lovely right now, but I can already feel the heat the weatherman promised will be with us for three or four days. The deck looks lovely in the morning light. The potted flowers are in bloom, and their different colors brighten the day. The birds are singing noisily and are busy at the feeders, in and out, in and out.

A chickadee couple is quite the sensation. They fly together from branch to branch and perch together. They just flew so close to Sheila and me we could have touched each of them. Their tiny wings were fluttering by my ear, and Sheila said one brushed her cheek the other day. We figure a nest is near by so we’re keeping an eye out hoping to see it.

I’ve moved into the house. The sun hit me, and there are few places to hide. The house feels amazing, cool and inviting. I’m even going to have some toast. Lately I just haven’t felt like eating but today seemed a toast day, a rye toast day.

Okay, I’ve sat up far too long. I get stiff when I either sit or lie down too long, and I’ve hit that point and am ready to switch positions, to lie down. I’m thinking a nap.

Every day gets better!!

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21 Comments on ““A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.””

  1. john Says:

    We had rain throughout the late night and morning but were able to enjoy SuperMoon earlier. The birds are out this morning rounding up the dew worms that don’t know enough to go in out of the rain. We’ve an abundance of Robins this year and its a joy to hear their calls. Rolling Thunder, train whistles in the night, and Robins bragging about their hunting prowess are a beautiful way to greet the morning.

    Our eldest son, Casey, came home from California for the weekend on a business trip to Chicago and we had a great visit. It’s been 2½ years since we saw him last. We picked him up at O’Hare on Friday night after a 2 hour delayed flight and finally got him home at midnight. On Saturday he hooked up with his brother and a lifelong friend for an afternoon of touring the old hangouts. That evening we did dinner with Casey’s aunts and uncle and yesterday went up to Madison for a visit to State Street, then home again and after a bit of rest, and then took him into The Loop to let him off at the Palmer House to get a night’s sleep before his conference today.

    Three interesting observations of the weekend.
    1. We logged 450 miles of shuttling back and forth (well worth it since the time spent in conversation was wonderful) .
    2. Between the hot beef combos at Johnnie’s, burgers at 5-Guys, and pizza at Old Chicago, he never got a home cooked meal.
    3. I never thought I’d have a kid who made ‘business trips’.

    Sandy gets a mammogram this afternoon, a concert tomorrow night, Alzheimer’s brain scan for Sandy on Wed, a stop by the GP on Friday for a bi-weekly T-shot for me and then more concerts on Friday and Saturday. A pretty typical week for us. Old, but active….

    p.s.
    Thanks for mentioning Kay Starr… I’ve pulled up an hours worth of her stuff on iTunes and am playing them as I type.

    • katry Says:

      John,
      I would love the sound of trains in the morning. I am a train freak and take them when I can They were my way around Europe and South America. I love falling asleep to the sound of a train.

      It’s great a business trip is also a family visit. You’re right: it’s the time together, not the meals. We always had special restaurants where our family went whenever one of us was visiting. I still remember the twin lobsters at one.

      You have such a busy week ahead. My dance card is empty-the nurse will be by to do vitals and PT will be here to try and strengthen my back. I just have to be dressed.

      You are welcome for the Kay Starr. Young Kay is a huge favorite of mine.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Mixed weather over here, a bit of everything it seems but it is nice and warm here so I don’t complain. I never saw the super moon. The clouds covered it in the evening when the rest of the sky was cloud free and they covered it in the morning when the rest of the sky was cloud free 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I’m glad to read that it’s getting better 🙂 Keep on that way 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Really warm and humid here all day long, but it is cooling off a bit with the sun getting ready to depart for the day.

      The super moon will be back in a few years so you can see it then.

      Thanks, Christer. My sister says I am doing much better, and she is my nurse for the duration!

  3. hedley Says:

    For my friend Birgit, in recognition of being able to introduce Jane Birkin in to the issue of Kat’s back, I bring you the story of Snuffy the Seal. Enjoy

    • Birgit Says:

      Ouch! (Still laughing.)
      Hedley, from zoology to archaeology: Did they find Hoffa?

      • hedley Says:

        Birgit,
        They showed the commercial right after Mr Wallenda had crossed some sacred Navaho part of the Grand Canyon and had exhausted me by praising the Big Guy for 25 minutes. Theoretically, I don’t think Jesus made him step on to the wire but then again I am not a fundamentalist.

        After much excitement, they have stopped digging up my neighborhood, even though Tony Zerilli was certain he was under a barn. I guess we now return to the theory that Jimmy went in to the wood chipper or was buried in the end zone at Giants stadium. Like the Loch Ness monster, there will be a sighting again next Summer, but lets hope that it isn’t in Oakland Township.

        Your Jane Birkin-Serge Gainsbough link to Kat’s back totally ruled…..so this Snuffy is for you.

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, shark after canyon – great timing! I just saw the canyon stunt on TV (without the Jesus connection). But is it fair to mention it today? You know Kat is so adventurous 😉
        (Writing very quiet, I don’t want to disturb her healing nap…)

      • Hedley Says:

        Excellent point Birgit, I am sure that Kat has a story about tightrope walking across a particularly active crocodile pit in Ghana while she was muttering the lyrics to some wack Judy Collins songs and Ralph was strumming.
        The Grand Canyon Kid was mIled so we had lots of voice on his beliefs. They did mention that there was a paramedic crew in the canyon which was really cool as the crossing was some 1,500 feet up

    • katry Says:

      MDH,
      I am also still laughing!!

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        Nope, even I wouldn’t venture across the croc pit. I have bad enough coordination on floors that a rope would be a disaster.

        Hmmm, I’d have to think about the Judy Collins’ choice.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s hot. No AC. I may have to resort to the wet t-shirt system.
    I had toasted onion dill bread. Tasty.

    I’m glad to read that you are even better today. Napping is strong medicine. 🙂 Keep it up.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I just turn off the AC. It is cool enough for just air but the day was beastly.

      The longest nap of all today: 4 hours. I was so stiff when I got up I could have cried, but a few hours later I’m fine (also a huge pill later).

  5. Birgit Says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. Are you already strong enough to bear this get-well card?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45631932@N03/7151660827

  6. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Glad you are feeling great. Nice to see under the shade of a tree.

    Oh wait….

    Stay cool…

    🙂

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      I stay on the deck in the shade of the trees hanging over the deck. There is always a shady spot.

      Stay cool is easier-the push of a button.

  7. Splendid Says:

    So glad you are home and being cared for so well.We too are experiencing a heat wave this week with a cooler weekend promised. My oldest doll is on her whirlwind European tour with her 2 best friends. She landed in London last Tuesday and has not stopped since, they have been to Pisa, Italy and are now enjoying Chania Crete. Tomorrow they fly back to London and then home on Thursday. Reading about Ralph & Steve’s fantastic trip has ignited a desire to travel soon. I am sure part of Emma’s desire to travel has come from my reading to her your posts about your experiences in the Peace Corps. She has already traveled to Africa & Bolivia and is still deciding on her next step as a college grad -sociology/geography. When asked what her degrees are in I always smile and say” Traveling around the world and helping people.” I wish for you less pain, a quick recovery and to stay entertained through it all. Rest, Recover, and above all keep your sense of humor. All your coffee friends are thinking of you and hoping for the best. xoxoxoxox

    • katry Says:

      Splendid,
      Wow, a first European tour is always so exciting, seeing the places you saw only in movies or books and not ever being disappointed.

      The Peace Corps was the best choice I ever made, so much of my life has come from that experience, from living in Africa for 2 years.

      I knew I would travel. At age 11 I made that promise and have kept it. How lucky life has been been for me.

      Your wishes are exactly what I’d want for myself!!

  8. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Kat–
    I’m glad your are feeling better.. and a nap ( or twenty) is good medicine. It’s a muggy rainy day here, and Simone has decided my apartment is a race track. Zooooooom… until she gets so exhausted she’ll come to the bed and fall into a deep sleep. I’ll say more later, but I don’t want to wake you from your nap now.
    Healing Waves,
    Lori


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