“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”

Yesterday’s rain had a tropical feel about it. It was preceded by the wind, came down in torrents then disappeared. Later, in the evening, the rain came again but only intermittent wiper rain. Today has no humidity. The breeze even feels cool. Gracie isn’t panting.

I never buy lottery tickets, but I always plan what I’d do with the money. My family, my sisters and my niece and nephews, would each be given a good chunk, in the 6 figure range. I’d travel, but that’s an easy one. I’d plan an amazing trip to exotic places and invite people to come along for the journey. I wouldn’t be offended if they refused, given the off-beat places I want to go, places like Bora Bora, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Botswana for a safari and a trip along the Okavango, Madagascar and a few more of the Pacific Islands. I’d go to Ghana, but no one seems interested in going with me except my sister Moe. The trip wouldn’t have to be all at once. We could do it in geographic chunks with stops at home to catch up with ourselves. I know this all dreaming, but I love to dream.

I saw a coyote in my car lights last night as it was walking on my street. It was a small one, maybe young. He crossed another street and went into a backyard. I lost track then.

Bare feet give me a different perspective on the world. I walk across the grass to get the papers and my feet get wet from the morning watering. On the deck, I sometimes step on those small acorns, and my foot jumps into the air hurting just a little. During the afternoon, the deck wood is hot from the sun, and I hurry to get under the shade of the umbrella. In the backyard, I walk on dirt and sand. They each feel different to my feet. In the house, the floors are cool in the morning but never feel warm in the afternoon. At night, my feet sometimes get cold even though it’s summer. When I put on my sandals, Gracie knows I’m going somewhere. When I was a kid and my mother put on lipstick, I knew she was going somewhere. It’s the unusual, shoes for me and lipstick for my mother, both dead giveaways.

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31 Comments on ““And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair””

  1. Morpfy Says:

    Good Morning coffee fans. Here in the NW we had a thunder storm last night. It finally did rain. We had a dry spell for awhile. Cooler temps forcasted for today. Rise and shine

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  3. Birgit Says:

    Good afternoon! KTCC + 6h = coffee time 🙂
    Hot rooibos tea, ice coffee and garden fruit today. Barefooted of course. Your lovely music selection made me think of the Patti Smith song “Dancing Barefoot”. Everyone knows Pattis version I hope, but here is a nice cover by young Swedish sisters First Aid Kit with Patti in the audience:

    • katry Says:

      This is a great cover! I didn’t think of this song so thanks for adding it!!

      Menu limited today-shopping delivered tomorrow.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,,
    It rained here, too. I got soaked doing my errands. There were a few cracks of thunder as well.

    My rug is usually cool on the bare feet in the morning. The wood floor is always cool. The walkways and sidewalk out front are cold or rocket hot depending on the time of day. I walk in the grass if I’m barefoot and have to go out there.

    I went to see Cavalia Odysseo last night in Somerville. Fantastic performance. It’s a bit like Cirque de Soleil except with horses added. Even if you don’t like horses it would still be fantastic. And we got to tour the stable after the performance to see the horses and talk to some of the performers and riders.

    It was farmers market day this morning. Rocky met a bunch of new dogs while I was shopping. I got some pumpkin vines to cook. That should be interesting.
    I plan on doing nothing much for the rest of the day.
    Enjoy your day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I never left until last night so I avoided the soaking, but I watched all that rain fall.

      I only have a few scatter rugs about. The house is mostly bare floor which feels cool more than hot.

      I saw the pictures of the horses in the Globe this morning. They are groomed and washed before every performance. Beautiful animals! I saw the Lipizzaner stallions in Vienna at their performance ring. They were amazing.

      I haven’t done much of anything either. I did my Peapod order last last night for tomorrow and added a few items today but that’s it!

      I hope your day was as enjoyable as my lazy day!!

      • Caryn Says:

        I saw the Lippizaners years ago when they came to Worcester. We had wonderful seats and could see the movement of the horses so clearly.
        We had great seats for this too. I didn’t snap into judging mode until almost the end when the Lusitano did some dressage and high school movements. Then I was all “oh, some resistance there”. 🙂 But it was still way better than I was ever able to do.

        Most of the horses are greys or light colored. They need to be showered every day. Every bit of dirt and whatever else is in their stalls shows up on their coats.

        I got back into my pj’s and did zero today.
        Yesterday a neighbor’s dog got killed in front of their house. Today another neighbor’s dog ran away, they thought. There was all kinds of drama on the street as they looked for her. People yelling at each other about who’s fault it was. Tears. Recriminations. Hurtful words.
        The dog was in the house the whole time.
        I needed the rest. 🙂

  5. olof1 Says:

    Sunny and warmish until after noon and afterb that the showers came. I don’t mind that gives me the chance to do nothing 🙂

    I too would travel if I won the lottery. Instead of Nepal I would go to Bhutan, their neighbor. Less political problems there and less technology as well 🙂 I would go to Australia to see wombats in the wild and cangaroos and koalas too.Brazil would also be on my list of places to go and the Mississippi on a steam boat 🙂

    I rarely go bare foot in my garden, I never know ehere my dogs have left small piles and I don’t want to walk around looking down all the time 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      No rain for us today but a much less humid day, and it is supposed to be cool tonight.

      I’d have no problem adding Bhutan to my itinerary. I’ve been to Brazil, but, like you, I have always wanted to take a paddle boat on the Mississippi too.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  6. im6 Says:

    Seeing your music for today, I thought of this song and discovered what I THINK is some mashup that’s unavailable on any album. Pretty darn good one if I do say so:

  7. Cuidado Says:

    I never buy lottery tickets either but about 25 years ago I decided what I would do if the unexpected would happen and I won the lottery …or had a rich unknown relative. I would go to England to meet Kit Williams, a favorite artist, conjuror of wonder, and author of Masquerade: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit_Williams

    I would go to a Van Morrison concert wherever he might be playinjg in the British Isles at that time. There could perhaps be a wait. I would then go to Italy to have a pair of boots made for me, the perfect boots, maybe more than one pair. In 25 years, I moght sdd to the list but would make sure those first items were a primary part of it.

    • katry Says:

      I remember reading about the hunt for the hare. but I hadn’t known about his clock. That is so amazingly whimsical, and I can understand why you’d want to meet him.

      Yours is a short list, far less greedy than mine, though maybe going places isn’t greed but rather curiosity. I want to see those amazing places and maybe buy a trinket or two.

  8. im6 Says:

    Heaven forbid. 108º (and climbing) in the shade. Yeah, that global warming is nothing but a bunch of left-wing nonsense. Hedley will be glad to know there are fluffy white clouds, however.

    • Hedley Says:

      Clearly your adventures are beyond the Ultraworld.

    • katry Says:

      That is stay in the house, crank up the AC weather. In Ghana, during the dry season, it got as warm. Candles melted flat without being lit, and I had no fan and AC was unheard of back then. It was just endure. I used to take my shower, not dry off and go to sleep letting the air dry me, sort of homemade AC. Wetting the sheet with cold water was another way to beat the heat enough to sleep.

    • im6 Says:

      I don’t know what the odds are (astronomical), but I was just listening to this song two days ago while on my morning walk. Don’t remember putting it there, but it was on my iPad. Foreshadowing?

    • katry Says:

      I remember watching Steve and Eydie on The Steve Allen show. They were together so very long!

      • im6 Says:

        Schmock! Schmock! I can’t believe my parents let me stay up and watch The Steve Allen Show when I was in high school. I loved it!

      • katry Says:

        I remember Steve Allen when his show was on Saturday or Sunday nights and when he hosted The Tonight Show. He was funnier than hell!

      • im6 Says:

        I had honestly never heard of “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen,” so naturally I had to find it and listen. Have no fear, I won’t be listening to it again and there’s zero chance it will end up on my iPod.

  9. katry Says:

    Whew. I get to live another day!!

  10. im6 Says:

    I remember the NIGHTLY Steve Allen Show broadcast from Los Angeles where anything goes. He had a permanent fixture in the audience (Mrs. Miller — not the singer) and he had a semi-permanent group of guests such as Louis Nye, Dr. Irwin Corey, and frequently Renée Taylor. He’d go out on the street or to the Farmers Market and cause a riot wherever he went. Nothing like that show before or since.

    • katry Says:

      Mrs. Miller has an interesting TV history. She was on with Steve, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. She was on TV so many times that she had to join the TV Actors’ Union.

      One of my favorite Steve moments was when he sat at the piano and played Who Put the Bomp in the most serious tone. It was hysterical. Another time he had an orchestra which played meat, yup real meat. I also remember Don Knotts and Tom Poston also on the Man on the Street sketches.

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