“Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.”

Late, late start to Coffee this morning as I went out to breakfast down Cape then had one more errand to do. The breakfast is a once a month get-together of women with whom I’ve worked who are now retired. Sometimes we are many. Today we were few. It doesn’t really matter the number. It is still the chatting, not the eating, which is the best part.

I went home on the Mid-Cape Highway, Route 6, an anachronism of one lane in each direction. A slow car always has a line stretching behind it because that part of the road is a no passing zone. The two lanes are separated by permanent cones down the middle of the road. Being impatient doesn’t help. I just go with the flow. Today as I drove I noticed the scrub oak trees along the roadside were either covered in faded red leaves or dead, brown ones. Soon enough the trees will be bare.

The day is sunny. I noticed in the backyard the sunlight is slanted through the trees in an odd direction as the Earth makes its autumn move. Darkness comes so very early now. The house was cold when I woke up, and I just wanted to nestle under the comforter for a bit longer. Gracie didn’t mind so she stayed cozy beside me. Fern, on the other side, was just as cozy. All of us are into creature comforts.

When I fill out a form on-line, I often have to include my date of birth. The month and date are quickly found, but I have to scroll way down the list to find the year. That always surprises me even though it shouldn’t.

I buy shoes on-line, and they have always fit, but I do miss that big metal sizer they used in shoe stores. When I was a kid, I had to stand up while the shoe-man measured the size and width of my feet. They were always longer than the last time. That never surprised my mother. Sometimes we outgrew the shoes before they wore out.

I was not a fan of many vegetables when I was young. I loved peas and corn and potatoes. Mostly we ate canned vegetables back then except for corn in the summer. As I got older, my list of vegetables expanded, and I ate them fresh. I always believed they were the healthiest. Come to find out they may not be based on the distance from field to grocery store. Farm stands probably have the best fresh vegetables, but grocery stores don’t. Frozen and even canned vegetables may have more nutrients than fresh. That surprises me.

I like surprises, even in vegetables.

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6 Comments on ““Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Scrolling down the list of years to get to my birth year always makes me laugh. I keep hoping that I will come across a site that doesn’t go that far. Hasn’t happened yet, though.

    I’m constantly surprised by little things that I see around me.
    Not the WOW! kind of surprised but the Hmm kind of surprised.

    Yesterday, I went out the back door to do something on the back stairs. My back stairs face the street so they’re really side stairs, I guess. Anyway, as I glanced across the street to my neighbors’ house, I saw something a little surprising inside their front porch door. A 3 foot tall reindeer dressed as a Christmas elf.
    I lol’d.
    It’s still there.
    Watching. 🙂

    Today was a mixed day. It was cold and windy and cloudy and sunny in a fast moving mixture.
    I filled a couple of feeders with mixed sunflower seed, cracked corn and peanuts and then I took Rocky for a short walk.
    Except for a little photography in the yard and a little knitting on the couch, that’s pretty much all I did.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My year is just so far down the list now. I too chuckle.

      I’m the same way-it’s not the wow either. Most times it’s like I didn’t know that or since when or, as you said, Hmmm.

      Be careful! You never know what a reindeer disguised as a Christmas elf will do.

      Our sun disappeared around 2 and never returned. It is really cold out. Gracie was barking, and I went outside to see why. It has gotten so much colder than it was this morning, and I, with Gracie, hurried back inside the house.

      I didn’t do much more than I talked about-even took a nap. It was warm and wonderful.

      Have a great evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        I posted a picture of the reindeer on Facebook and Christer commented that it was a nice moose. On second viewing, I see that he is correct. It’s a moose. It’s difficult to tell since the moose is wearing a Christmas sweater and a scarf.

      • katry Says:

        I always confuse a dressed for Christmas moose and a reindeer!

  2. olof1 Says:

    It feels like it takes forever to reach my birth year now days 🙂 I guess we should be glad that they actually have our years in that list 🙂 🙂

    Sunny until I was driving home from work, then cloudy until the sun went down behind the horizon and now the night sky is clear again. I can see Jupiter and Uranus in the sky but Mars won’t show until 1:30 tonight.

    I never buy shoes online, rheumatic feet can’t be trusted 🙂 and my left foot is one size bigger than my right one 🙂 But I do buy lots of other things on the net, like books and films.

    Today most vegetables in grocery stores taste nothing and has very little value when it comes to nutricions to be honest but I buy them anyway, I guess the placebo effect of believing they are good helsp a lot 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I think you are absolutely right. I should be glad to be listed and be glad I still look for it.

      It is cloudy and chilly here now. I am watching Reign of the Gargoyles. It takes place during WWII and the Nazis have brought the Gargoyles to life to fight against the US. It is bad, but I don’t care!

      If I had foot problems, I’d not buy them on line either. There is one shoe store not far from here so I’d go there.

      I know we were led to believe fresher is better, but the articles I read said not really unless locally grown. Frozen seems to have the most nutrients.

      Enjoy your tea!

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