“It’s thought that hibernation was once a shared characteristic among all mammals, and then we humans lost the ability to hibernate — but it still might be in our genes.”

Lots to do today but around the house lots to do, my least favorite sort of today. This room resembles a haunted house, one left to dust and cobwebs. It was in disarray because some electrical work had to be done, and the desk had to be moved out-of-the-way. All the books on the shelves and the drawers ended up in the living room. Behind the desk, an area not seen in decades, was a bit of Miss Haversham’s room. That area was cleaned but now everything on the desk is filled with dust. I’m tackling that today. I should wear a full length apron, a scarf on my head, rubber gloves so my hands will stay soft, a dress, and, of course, my pearls. For some reason, that’s how I imagine the dusting look. Wait, I forget the feather duster!

Today is another beautiful autumn day with blue skies, lots of sun and warmth. Last night was cool, perfect for sleeping weather, and the weatherman has kindly predicted a whole rest of the week of the same. Both doors are opened and Fern is lying asleep in the sun. Gracie is on the couch for her morning nap and is snoring. I didn’t get to sleep until around three o’clock this morning so I’m thinking a nap sounds perfect. I imagine Fern and Gracie will join me.

I had the two bathrooms painted, got a new shower curtain made of Ghanaian cloth and had some Ghanaian cloth send to me by one of my former students so my friend can sew bathroom curtains. I bought a new bedroom spread, curtains and throw rugs. I figure with winter coming it’s like I’m getting the house ready for hibernation, changing the scene a bit to stave off boredom. I go through recipes planning menus in my head. They all have a different theme. I’m thinking Hawaii for a dead of winter party with only flowered shirts allowed. Poi will not be on the menu. Chinese is another choice and only chopsticks will be used for eating. The planning is fun. For now, though, I’ll just enjoy the weather and keep getting ready to hibernate. I’m trying to decide what room will be next.

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  1. Hedley Says:

    We trolled downtown for the Detroit Tigers last night to watch Verlander and the boys cut the magic number to 5. Since they got hammered 8-0, we had to thank Kansas City for their help. We sat in the Champions Club slugged down food, gossiped about the dug out problems at the Oakland As and then our attention turned to Eric

    Today the KTCC family will be able to turn their dials to the NFL Network and watch big #72 play his third game at right tackle as his Chiefs make a visit to the Eagles.

    I got my “work” done early today, our Bengals play Seattle again today at 1.00 pm, at 3.00 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR play some random Norwegian team on ESPN3 and I have just about enough time to drive home to watch Eric play on prime time.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Like you, I watch the home team, but they have lost to Baltimore the last two nights. One win is all they need to get into the post-season. 4 is the magic number for the division title.

      I don’t think I have the NFL network so I’ll miss Eric. If I do, I’ll go back and forth from the Red Sox game.

      You have a full enough day ahead of you-good thing work isn’t part of that!

      • Hedley Says:

        Bengals win, Tottenham win at a stroll. Time to head home and prepare for the Prince’s Uncle Eric on prime time.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        A full afternoon of basking in the light of victory will, I hope, prepare you for more this evening!!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Sunny but rather cool over here, we’ve actually had some heavy showers but it can’t be seen on or in the ground. Tonight we’ll have a big risk of rather heavy frost they say, especially in the region I live. I don’t mind the frost, it might kill those last nasty moose flies.

    I’ll start moving all my potted trees and bushes down to the cold cellar as soon as their leafs drop after the frost, not a fun job but since I want to keep them I’ll have to do it 🙂

    I have turned on the radiaotors now, very low so they hardly work at all but that’s a true sign that summer has ended.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’m back to short sleeves this morning. The sun was even too hot for Gracie. We go down to colder at night but nowhere near a frost yet though parts of the state have had one or two already. I hope your moose flies bite the dust!

      I have a few autumn flowers I bought to plant. They have buds and a few flowers.

      Once I did turn on my heat, but it’s too hot this week for which I’m happy!

      Have a wonderful evening.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    This week has been busy for me, too, but I think I’m done.
    I moved one thing to next week but had to add an emergency trip to the Genius Bar. Somehow my Documents File ended up designated as Trash and would not be undesignated no matter what I did. It took the Genius an hour to fix it but all is well now. Phew!

    There’s something very satisfying about removing a heavy coating of dust. Revealing the shiny surface underneath makes me feel as if I’ve actually accomplished something.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I just made my chili and put it in the crock pot to cook for 8 hours then tomorrow I’ll reheat it and then make my pie. It is my friend’s birthday and those were her requests. I am also close to taking nap!

      Funny but I feel the same way about dust!!

      Enjoy the rest of the day too!!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    Winter is a long way off here in North Texas. Today the temperature had moderated to the low 90s because of some cloud cover. A cool front is coming and tomorrow we have a 90% chance of rain. We already had a short downpour earlier this evening.

    I have places in my house that I am afraid to look behind because I don’t know what I might find. Things just seem to fall behind furniture and the wall. The chest of drawers or book shelves are far to heavy to move regularly. I consider moving the furniture more often than once every decade a sacrilege.

    The Rangers have figured out how to fall six and a half games behind Oakland.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I saw on my local news that you were going to have rain. The weatherman was pleased because you have had so little.

      I just hope your rain doesn’t get torrential. Hard packed dry ground doesn’t absorb water well, and I’d hate to see any flooding.

      I don’t move stuff either. This was a necessity as a mouse had chewed wires and the breaker had been off for a long time. None of the affected places bothered me at all: guest room, some outside outlets, my closet and a light in the bathroom. I finally decided to have everything moved and that’s she I saw the generations of dust.

      The Sox won tonight and are the first team to make the post-season.


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