“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

The dog’s snoring and my back screaming woke me up this morning. I’m not sure what was worse, but I’m leaning toward the snoring. It was relentless. Each snore had different levels of multiple snores and on a couple of spectacular snores her jowls fluttered. I could take the noise only so long so I dragged myself out of bed. Gracie is now on the couch beside me, and yes, she is snoring but single snores, quiet snores. Those I can handle.

As for my back, I think it had to do with the way I was sleeping with my body contorted and curled around the dog and cat. I don’t start out that way as we all go to bed in our traditional spots, but when I’m asleep, they usurp. Gracie is the worst.

Yesterday my neighborhood was a hub of activity. The house on the corner was getting a new roof. From my deck, I heard the sound of the old shingles being removed. There was an odd scraping sound then a short interval then the scraping again. The time between the sounds was always the same length as if the man was working from a score. I heard the rhythm of the nail gun. It was four notes, a pause then four notes again repeated over and over. I was hearing the symphony of work.

The birds are many today. My chickadees are back. Several were at the big feeder while another was at the suet feeder. I love that I can see those feeders from my kitchen window. I usually wash my favorite cup and glass so I can have them the next day, and the birds are my amusement. Washing dishes is never work. It’s bird watching.

As one of my birthday presents, my friends gave me wooden books ends with a zebra on each end. I carried them around the house looking for a spot knowing that when I add anything, the domino effect comes into play. My house has no empty spots so it becomes a question of where does everything go when you add something. I put the bookends on the microwave and then searched for and found 5 or 6 cookbooks of African food to go between them. One of them is Ghana Chop, the cookbook Peace Corps gave us. To put all of this on the microwave, I had to move a double enamel coffee pot, a cup and saucer with a candle, a very small candelabra, a small glass with a candle and two other large glasses with candles. I walked around the house carrying them trying to figure out spots for their new homes. The two large glasses went back on the microwave, the small one on the butcher block, the cup and saucer also went on the butcher block and the coffee pot went on the floor beside the bookcase; however, I had to move an old glass milk bottle to make room. That last one stymied me. It just didn’t fit anywhere so I ended up hiding it behind something on the bookcase. It was my only failure.

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10 Comments on ““One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.””

  1. Hedley Says:


  2. Bob Says:

    This is a beautiful day today with sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s. I sat outside reading while I had my son’s car tires rotated at Costco. I don’t think they make any money selling tires but I think they get you to go into the store while they rotate them and you usually will buy something.

    Like you we have filled up our house. In the past we always just sold the smaller place and moved into a bigger one. After all, like George Carlin says, your house is just “a place for your stuff”. Now that my kids are growing up we may want to start throwing out stuff and move into a smaller place. Less stuff requires less space until you start to fill up the new place. The problem of course is which stuff to chuck into the trash? Everything has some sentimental value and may come in handy one day in the future. The Smithsonian would love to have that old _____. Maybe the best way is to rent one of those storage rooms and not pay the rent. Then the storage company will have to auction off your stuff and your junk might show up on cable TV on the program “Storage Wars”. That’s better than a garage sale and takes less effort.

    • katry Says:

      That is about my perfect day with temps in the 60’s. Sun perks me up. I read whenever I have to wait. My car goes in for servicing this week, and I’ll bring my trusty iPad along.

      Maybe we should all live similar to the Mad Hatter. When things fill, just move then move again. I laughed at your solution and how weird it would be to see my stuff on Storage Wars.

      I have stuff important to me, many of them from my trips dating all the way back to the 70’s and South America. A story goes with many of my souvenirs, and I need no coaxing to talk about each.

      I have given away some of my jewelry to family, important pieces to me, but I wanted the jewelry to be enjoyed while I am around to see them.

      I want to put stickies on things so people will know how important they are, even sentimental.

  3. Hedley Says:

    Kat, don’t forget to tune in tonight to watch big #72 travel with his unbeaten Chiefs to Denver. We will be locked in front of the TV to watch the rookie right tackle try to stay unbeaten.
    Family (not me) will be going to Arrowhead on December 2 for the rematch.

    Right, now my Lions need to get started at Pittsburgh.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Oh, yes, Eric! I have high hopes he does in the Broncos. My Colorado family and I are in competition so I am rooting for Eric and the rest of his team!

  4. olof1 Says:

    Yes the domino effect 🙂 I Always end up with something I don’t know where to Place and then it ends up in a cupboard or drawer 🙂

    I I don’t move around that much when sleeping any longer, Before I semmed to sleep all over the bed but now Days I can Wake up inthe same position I had when I fell asleep. Those mornings every muscle in my body hurts 🙂

    Wonderful weather here today but it will cahnge already tonight to cloudy and a bit windy. Well it isn’t snow and Cold so I really can’t complain 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Usually I can find places. My friend says I have the talent of adding things which just seem to be in the perfect place and don’t look new. Well, I didn’t this time.

      Once in a while I don’t even ruffle the covers but lately I have been a restless sleeper.

      It is raining right now, a gentle rain but rain nonetheless.

      Have a great eveing!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My house is like that. I try to throw something out when I bring in something new but I’m not always successful. I’m good at figuring out what can go but I’m not so good at actually getting it to go. 🙂
    I need someone to do the picking up and throwing out. They can hold the object up and I will yea or nay it and the hard part of actually throwing it into the bin will not be up to me.

    It was grey and dreary up here today. It wasn’t exactly cold but the damp made it feel colder than it was.

    Sleeping around the dog without waking up crunched and sore is a talent. I don’t have it either. 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I don’t have much to throw away. I love all my stuff even a few of the milk bottles. The are from dairies which used to be in my town but are now gone. I even have some from Martha’s Vineyard Dairy, also gone.

      I can’t think of anything harder than choosing something to throw away. I do have some sheets which have seen their best days, but they are in the hall cabinet and losing a few won’t make much difference.

      Raining here. I went out and changed the flags from Halloween to Thanksgiving and it started to rain a bit more heavily.

      Have a wonderful eveing!

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