“Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.”

You’re only getting a short post today. My inertia of the last few days has given me a huge list of stuff to do. My back still has me looking like Igor but less so. I’m getting closer to my full height. I’ll just have to keep my back in mind today and not overdo.

The day is bleak and chilly. The paper said maybe rain later. I don’t love winter rain. It comes with a bluster and a fierceness. Even the birds find shelter. The rain drips from my roof in no pattern, with no music. I hate getting wet. In summer, I’ll dry. In winter I’ll stay chilled even with the car heat on high. The coziest of all places is inside my warm house while the storm rages outside. I stay under my afghan reading my newest book and having a filled coffee cup close at hand and Gracie asleep by my feet.

My sister reminded me I promised to make my English toffee for my brother-in-law Rod. He is a great guy but he has been merciless the last few days. I keep getting e-mails from him telling me I will love what they bought me for Christmas for that day. I hurl an e-mail right back and call him a few choice names. That makes him chuckle. He always wishes they lived near me. I do too.

When I was a kid, I used to complain there was nothing to do. Now I complain if I have too much to do. What constitutes too much depends on my mood. It’s neither a good mood nor a bad mood. It’s just a stay at home mood.

Well, I’m done for today.

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12 Comments on ““Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I agree, winter rain is awaful and it always get cold during the night so the car is completely covered with shiny white ice and the roads with black ice. I’m hoping it will stay warm tonight so I at least don’t have to slide here and there on the roads tomorrow morning.

    Have a great day and take it easy with that back of Yours!

    • katry Says:

      I hope too your roads stay clear of ice. Being retired means I seldom have to clear off the windshield any more. I hated doing that every morning.

      I’ll try and be careful.

      You have a great day too!

  2. im6 Says:

    Where to start?
    First… sorry to hear you’re still under the weather. I’ve already emailed you my solution, so I guess that didn’t do the trick (Maybe it should be a BUBBLE bath??). I’ve often found wallowing helps, too. Oh, it may not help the condition, but moaning and groaning seems to make one feel temporarily better.
    Second… I tried to download today’s song and am still having the same problem with downloads as we discussed last night. Maybe some other members of the Coffee Club can chime in if they’ve had a similar experience.
    Third… (and this is gonna chap Our Dear Hedley)… we mustn’t forget to send birthday wishes to the fabulous Bette Midler. He can trash talk all he wants (unlike him, I rise above such insults by letting him enjoy his guilty pleasures without guilt), but The Divine Miss M is still divine at 68. The best singer in the world? No. An acquired taste? Perhaps. But she sure knows how to entertain and sell a song. Hau’oli La Hanau, Bette!

    • katry Says:

      I wish you had told me it was The Divine Miss M’s birthday. I am a gushing fan and have been thrilled to see her in concert. She is not an acquired taste if you have any taste at all! Her voice should grab you with the first notes.

      I took one of the painkillers left over from surgery, ate a piece of bread so I’d have something in my stomach (learned that lesson) and waited. In a short while, I was listening to Christmas carols in the car and checking errands off my list. I did 4 out of my 5 stops and would have done the last but wasn’t in the mood to circle the parking lot. I felt so accomplished. My back is still good, but I figure I’ll be wallowing later.

      • Hedley Says:

        I missed Bette’s birthday – the house was full at 7.00 am to watch Tottenham and Manchester United in an entertaining 2-2 tie at the Lane, the tree is up with lights and ornaments, the rest of the stuff will arrive systematically this week, our oldest is at Arrowhead to watch Eric who is dressed but hurt, took my son to Metro, Chrysler has relocated him to Orlando, my daughter made it home from NYC.

        One man’s Bette is another man’s Claudia Gonson, that is what makes music so much fun and for me transitory.

        I missed Bette’s birthday.

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I love a full house and even love all the preparations. It has been a long while since my last get-together. Now you have me thinking!

        No tree yet as mine is a live one. I haven’t succumbed to artificial yet. I saw the exact size tree I want, but it is too early, another week should be time.

        Your house is so filled with family coming and going. That’s the best full house.

      • Hedley Says:

        Maggie is wearing her Christmas Ruff and jingles everywhere she goes. We have our SD card of Christmas songs in the music system. Bit more decorating and we will be ready

      • katry Says:

        Except for the outside lights my house is bereft of Christmas. Even Gracie doesn’t have her Christmas collar on yet.

        I usually start small by bringing up a few things every day until the house is a Christmas wonderland. I think I’m going to do my two errands tomorrow then catalogue my gifts. Tuesday is card day and begin wrapping my Colorado stuff day. By next week people will walk in, see my house and burst out in Fa La La La la’s.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, next weekend is a Prince weekend so we have to be ready.

      • katry Says:

        He will be thrilled by Christmas at your house!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I went out in the crappy weather today to do some errands that I didn’t want to do yesterday.
    First, Rocky and I also took a very short walk by the lake. The lake was cold and crowded with geese. It had a skim of ice. Well, thicker than a skim but not thick enough in most places to hold a goose because I saw one fall through and have to swim.
    The rain started just as we got back to the jeep so that was good timing.
    When I got the bird food I also got a planter of evergreen boughs with decorations in it. I’ll put it out on the front steps along with the white snowflake lantern. Ta Daaa! Christmas decos are almost done. I just need a wreath for the door.

    Now I’m snuggled up on the couch with a warm laptop and a sleeping dog.
    Life is good. 🙂
    I’m glad to read that your back is recovering slowly.
    Enjoy the rest of the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Today I felt accomplished. I changed my bed, went to five places doing errands, folded and brought up a wash and put another on. Tonight I will walk like a hunchback but I still feel good about getting stuff done.

      Outside looks great except the door wreath is dark so I bought battery lights, but it is raining too hard to put them out. You were far luckier than I. Mother Nature must be upset with me. It started to rain on my way to the dump, continued raining while I dumped the trash and recycles then as soon as I drove out the gate the rained stopped.

      Gracie is lying on the afghan and is snoring.

      Have a warm and cozy evening!

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