“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

The morning has already been a full one. I think I’m ready to join Gracie in a morning nap. I had my library board meeting, stops at the pharmacy, Stop and Shop and Ring Brothers, my favorite store for almost anything. I’m shortly going to get into my cozies and while away the day. Right now it’s pouring. It rained during the night, stopped so I could do my errands then started again when I got home. I love rainy days like this one. The house is dark except for the light in this room, my comfort, warm and cozy, a refuge from the rain.

My yard is spring ready. My landscaper and two of his workmen raked the lawn, edged and cleaned the flower beds, blew the debris from my deck and cleared the backyard of all its fallen branches. The lawn also got fertilized. Sebastian, my neighbor and landscaper, wanted it done so the rain would soak the fertilizer into the grass. Once the garden is cleared, I get itching to flower shop, but I know it is way too early. I’ll just have to buy a few pansies for pots on the front steps to hold me in the meanwhile.

My flamingo and my Travelocity gnome winter here in the house. All summer they stay on the deck and enjoy the sunshine. The flamingo dresses for every occasion. Right now he is wearing rabbit ears and a jaunty jacket. The gnome has no wardrobe but is content in his blue coat and conical red hat.

I used to think fireflies were fairies, relatives of Tinker Bell. At night there were so many in the field below my house they seemed to lift the darkness. We’d run and catch them in jars but keep them only a while. They were always one of the best parts of a warm summer night.

Spring and summer are wondrous seasons for me. The world is fresh and new in spring and every flower is welcomed after the drabness of winter. Summer is gardens bursting with color and it is late nights on the deck. I sit in the darkness and watch the fireflies flitting in my backyard among the pine trees, and I still point and yell and watch until they disappear into the next yard.

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8 Comments on ““What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    She discouraged me from sitting down and in the darkness of the Royal Oak Music Theatre she stood in front of me and challenged me – “you don’t remember who I am, do you ?”. I didn’t, I blamed it on the poor light, my eyesight and, of course, my age. “I’m Kathy”, she said,” from Full Moon”. The years rolled away, so many hours spent in this small record store listening to new promos with Ed and Kathy and I haven’t seen either of them in over 20 years.

    We caught up, our children are grown, our musical tastes have shifted, it was nice. Daniel Lanois and his chums backed Emmylou Harris as she took us on a journey through Wrecking Ball. It was a good night, Emmylou can sing. I found an old friend.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Your friend did well recognizing you and saying hello. Twenty years is a long time. What a delight it must have been. I am nit at all surprised your connection started with music!

      I’m glad Emmylou was Emmylou.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I wish we had fire flies here but we have Glow worms in some places here in Sweden and I’ve seen that once when I was a kid.. I remember how they shown like tiny lights all over my relatives garden.

    Much the same weather here today, heavy showers but it stopped when I came home so I could take a walk, the sun even shone for a while. Now the clouds are back and the rain has started to fall again. The fire is burning in the stove and I’m just about to have something to eat. I would have had cocoa if I had remembered to buy it, tonight feels like a cocoa night

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The fireflies are so neat to watch. Their tail lights then goes out then in a bit lights again. I like to follow one around with my eyes.

      No sun here, but the rain has stopped. It is still damp. I’m beginning to forget what the sun looks like. Good thing qe saw it yesterday.

      I do like cocoa!

      Have a great evening!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yesterday was errand day and I have more scheduled for Thursday. But I had a nap anyway.

    My yard is a wreck after this winter. I’m pretty sure most of the grass is completely dead. It was still so wet from snowmelt and now the added rain that I can’t really work on it yet. I’m going to have to reseed parts that’s for sure.

    There used to be lots of fireflies, or lightning bugs as we used to call them, in my yard. There still are some to see on soft summer nights. As soon as the town sprays for mosquitoes, the fireflies disappear. The mosquitoes don’t.

    It rained most of the day. The sun was just out for a little bit and now it’s hiding again.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I had a nap today and Gracie joined me. It was just that sort of day.

      My yard looked good except for all the small branches from that last storm with the hurricane like winds. There aren’t ant bare spots, and even if there were, Sebastian takes care of them or swears they’ll grow in.

      My fireflies show up in late July or August. My backyard is filled with trees so it is nice and woody for them. No spraying here.

      Ugly day, all day today!!

      Have a wonderful eveing!

  4. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I still believe in Tinkerbell. There are no fireflies in California,
    and I do miss them. The reunion was terrific, although the first night I was in unbearable pain– when I forgot and picked out my “heavy” bag with my right hand instead of my left. My best friend came from Rhode Island and met at the hotel by the waterfront in Jack London square.
    The weather was almost like Summer–also one of my favorite seasons of the year. Of course, out here, the seasons have no rhyme or reason to them.
    I love the quote.
    Well, time to put my back on ice. Have a wonderful day.
    Lori and the crew

    • katry Says:

      I’m sorry you don’t have fireflies. They are so very neat flitting all over the yard.

      I’m so glad you went to your reunion and had a great time and especially glad your best friend was there.

      I’m just hoping for a spring-like day. WE haven’t had one yet. It did get to 55˚ the other day, the warmest it’s been.

      It might be easier to put ice on your back!

      Waving back,
      The four of us

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