“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

The cold weather is back and snow may be on the way tomorrow, but I, however, am finally resigned to winter now that it is nearly over. There is no sense complaining. It just makes me grouchy and serves no purpose. Over the weekend it was 50˚, and I got to thinking ahead to barbecue and beach weather. Spring will eventually come. It always does.

My life has a routine. It has always had a routine, but the routine has changed as I have changed and grown older. The longest routine was during the thirty-three years I worked in the high school. I got up the same time every day, came home around the same time and spent my evenings in the same way as I had the day before and the day before that. I never thought of my routine as a rut. I liked my job though for all those years 5 o’clock always struck me as a barbaric time for waking up and getting out of bed. I don’t do that any more. This summer I will celebrate ten years of retirement. The only time I set my clock now is on Mondays for breakfast with my friend at nine. It’s a wonderful thing that I have to set the alarm to get out of bed by eight. I like the routine I find myself living now.

This morning the paper had pictures of purple croci ( I had four years of Latin in high school so I’m going with first declension masculine plural on this one). They are a hopeful sign as are the green shoots in my front garden. I saw a few more this morning which had been hidden under the snow. They made me smile and forget for a moment that it’s cold and a bit raw today.

The world continues to amaze me. Sometimes I am stopped in my tracks. There we are, Gracie and I, just riding along when all of a sudden I am struck by the beauty of the marsh or the colors of the sunset. I’m usually moved to talk out loud and use words like wow or oh my God. It doesn’t matter how many times I have seen the sheer beauty of the ocean or the glory of a sunny day or a sky lit with stars. I can’t help but be overwhelmed. I think it a wonderful thing that we can live years and years and still be moved by the every day.

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15 Comments on ““Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The Terrier and I enjoy a lot of dark hours together in the back garden. She positions and is a terrier and I look up.

    Some 50 years ago today a shooting star was in our firmament. Down in Miami Beach he went to the left and he went to the right and the Bear came forward. Cassius Clay overcame a substance in his eyes, defeated the heavily favored Liston and for a period of time was the most famous person in the world.

    I met Muhammad Ali, he was beautiful, his troubles had not quite set in. I was completely in awe. He asked me if I was from England, we talked a bit. I saw him one more time at the Smithsonian Reception for the black Olympian in Washington DC, he raised his fist and smiled.

    The stars illuminate my mornings and evenings with Maggie the Westie.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I know about sharing the night with a dog. Gracie and I sit outside in the summer and just muse, each of us caught up in our own thoughts.

      I remember his carrying the Olympic torch and how the crowd was on its feet cheering. He is still beautiful and still famous.

      In Ghana the sky was so filled with stars you can read outside at night without a light. I never tired of just sitting and looking at that those stars. Many, many nights I saw falling stars and never failed to make a wish.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Almost as warm today as it was yesterday and today I had the sun shining in my eyes on my way home. Normallt I get a bit irritated when that happens but today I just enjoyed it seeing nothing of the road I drove on 🙂 I know they say we have spring here now but to be honest, we usually have winter here until late March so I won’t put my hopes up high yet 🙂

    My life is much the same but unlike You I’m a morning person so I usually wake up around 5 anyway. I used to hate routines but now I like tem like an old friend 🙂

    My right footsort of got sqeezed by a forklift wheel just before I was going home today. Entirely my own fault but that doesn’t help when the foot swells up like a ballon 🙂 Nothing is broken though, I could wiggle my toes and it didn’t hurt until the swelling started. Now I can’t fit in my shoes 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      We are back to 20’s during the days and teens at night. There isn’t even a sun today to mitigate the cold.

      I am sometimes a morning person and sometimes night person. It just depends on the day. I do like early mornings when the world is new again.

      I sprained my ankle once quite badly and was told at the hospital I should have broken it as the broken bone heals faster than a sprain.

      Wear slippers! I sometimes wear none outside forgetting their on my feet.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Sometimes it’s not easy to see beauty in a city in decline.
    Do you remember the photo project I mentioned which frustrated me? Hometown – future – not Detroit? Hedley asked for my contribution so here it is. (Click on my name.)
    Bending the rules I made a photo collage of my hometown, the sign “Treffpunkt” in the circle on top means meeting place. 2 photos were allowed so I added a snapshot of the entrance of our planetarium with program ad “Distant worlds -Foreign life?” and a mirrored school. Both pictures slightly missed the topic, but it was for fun anyway.
    The next highlight of this local art project with Detroit connection is a public open air barbecue party with Motown music in late April. I won’t miss that.

    • katry Says:

      No, it isn’t because with the decline comes a sadness, a sorrow which is so difficult to overcome.

      I rely liked your project. The hand was a masterful idea as were all of the familiar places of yours. Thank you!

    • Hedley Says:

      I very much liked the two pictures and the explanation, thank you for sharing

      Perhaps new Motown music ? Kid Rock, Jack White, Eminem

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, don’t shatter my hopes for older Motown music!

      • katry Says:

        And whom would you like to hear?

      • Birgit Says:

        Kat, I don’t know. I’m just hoping for 60/70’s R&B /Soul /Girl groups and I hope we’ll get live music. Perhaps I should learn some names of the music you’ve posted from your Motown collection?

    • katry Says:

      I love Motown music from the late 50’s and 60’s. They played all the time on the radio, and I knew all the dogs.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Try as I might I have not been able to break the habit of waking up at 4AM. It’s not too bad during those times of the year when 4AM is close to dawn. It’s really tiresome during winter when dawn is three hours away.

    The spawns have left 5 croci that I can see peeking up above the dirt. I don’t know what they have left in the patches that are still under feet of snow. Time will tell.

    It’s good that our dogs are with us when we have those exclamatory moments of rediscovering the wonder of ordinary things. We’re not talking to ourselves. We’re pointing out the beauty of it all to our companions. 🙂

    Sometimes cloudy, sometimes very sunny, always windy and cold. Polar vortex is annoying.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Yikes! I had to drag my body out of bed at five and it was worst in the dark, cold winter. I now sleep 8 hours which means I get up anytime my body says get up, you’ve slept enough. Today it was 8:30.

      The spawns ate all of my bulbs one year. Last year they hadn’t. I’m guessing they were happy with what they took from the feeders. The snowdrops were early last and a surprise as I had forgotten I’d planted some.

      And Gracie listens. She cocks her head sideways as she listens. Rocky too sounds like the best of companions.

      Always cloudy and cold today!

      Have a great evening!!

  5. John Mullin Says:

    The floods here in England are starting to recede and we’re all glad about that. This morning however as I queued in my car to drive through the standing water as I have done for the last few weeks I looked to my left and my breath was taken away by the effect of the sun causing the rippling water to shine and the gentle wind blowing the rushes and tall grasses as a few swans and seagulls swam around. I do that drive every day and today was the first time I saw the simple beauty of the scenery. Today was a good day.

    • katry Says:

      I saw films about the floods on the news. The overhead pictures were amazing. I am glad the water is receding.

      It is the every day, the sights which are so much a part of us which seem to give us the wonder, that simple beauty you mentioned. We are the better for it.

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