SUNDAY The day..I planned a lot but actually do nothing.”

The Sunday of old is gone. Stores are now open, churches have far fewer people and Sunday dinners with the whole family around the table are a thing of the past. I loved that Sunday, except for the church part, but I have noticed the Sunday of today has become, in some ways, like that Sunday of my childhood. Not a single lawn mower breaks the Sunday morning quiet. The birds can be heard singing. My neighbor works every other day of the week, but today he’ll sit on his deck, chat with his family and later he’ll barbecue. He does the same thing every Sunday. That is, I’m thinking, the new definition of a family Sunday dinner: sitting on the deck enjoying each other’s company and barbecuing a chicken.

The day is gorgeous. I couldn’t invent a nicer day. The sun is bright and the morning is still cool. It will get warm today, in the high 70’s, but tonight will be cool again, down in the 60’s, and wonderful for sleeping. This is when I wish I had a tree house so I could sleep outside. I’ve already build one in my imagination. The walkway will be from the deck and will have rope sides and a wooden bottom for easy walking. It will jiggle a bit but still be safe. The treehouse will be big enough for a table, a couple of chairs and a day bed. There will be a tablecloth, a bit retro like the ones from the 50’s, and flowers in a vase on the table. The windows will have curtains; I’m thinking flowers. Below each window on the outside will be flower boxes filled with blossoms of all colors. The door and the windows will have screens which let in the night air but not the night bugs. I will fall asleep among the trees lulled by the songs of night birds.

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20 Comments on “SUNDAY The day..I planned a lot but actually do nothing.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It is quiet out this Sunday morning. No lawn mowers. They were all out yesterday. Even the dogs are quiet today.

    As a kid, my tree house was actually the attic of the garage. It was surrounded by trees and had a couple of windows so I got the feeling of tree house. I slept out there in the good weather quite a bit. It was hot and dusty and smelled like warm wood and paper wasp nests but it was my space and it was magical.

    The morning is lovely. Rocky, Piki Dog and I went for an early walk and met a neighbor with her dog. The three played for a while and then we went our separate ways. My dogs are lounging around at the moment. Well, Rocky is lounging and Piki Dog is totally snoozed out. 🙂 I’m contemplating laundry but I think that is as far as I will get with it. I have more interesting things to do.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is still quiet here. All of the animals are sleeping. I tried to put up my new backyard palm tree, but the fronds were too heavy to lift to the top. I’m going to have get inventive and use a step ladder. I really want that tree lit.

      I would have loved my own space like yours. Our house was too small and had too many people. Now I have all the quiet I need.

      Gracie does not like other dogs which is too bad as she has only one playmate, Cody, a friend since she was a puppy. Right now Gracie is sleeping and snoring on the couch beside me,

      I don’t have a thing to do!!

      Enjoy the afternoon.

  2. im6 Says:

    Please, please, please don’t be building a tree house — especially one with rope sides. I don’t mean to throw cold water on your dream, but do I need to remind you that you’re a bit — shall we say — accident prone? I’m not sure falling out of tree is something you want to do!

    • katry Says:

      Only the walkway will have rope sides. The house would be sturdy with four walls, a floor and a roof. I’ll attach a safety rope and wear it all the time then I won’t fall, just hang!

      • im6 Says:

        Oh great. Only the walkway? Like one of those rope bridges that swing back and forth and twist with the wind? Safety harness or no safety harness, I don’t trust you! 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Yup, like those rope bridges you see in game parks. Maybe I’lljust crawl across!!

  3. flyboybob Says:

    Sunday has evolved into just another workday without mail delivery. Our friends in Canada haven’t had Saturday mail service in years and they pay a dollar for a first class stamp. I’m fortunate to get both Saturday and Sundays off in my position, because our training center runs 24/7 except for the two weeks between Christmas and New Years unless they can sell that time and then they pay our instructors overtime.

    My Sundays are lazy days also beginning with Sunday Morning on CBS followed by Face The Nation with Bob Scheffer. I gave up the Sunday paper because I can get all that news and all those coupons on the web. The price of the paper became outrageous and I got tired of carrying the papers out to the trash. Besides, the Dallas Morning News is a right wing rag and most of their local stories made me angry and their other stories carried bylines from other sources. I can get Politico, Huffington Post, USA Today and lots of other news material that seem more middle of the road for free on the internet.

    Another hot one today with more humidity so maybe we won’t break triple digits although they are still in the forecast.

    • katry Says:

      Sunday was always my laundry, change the bed and go to the dump day when I worked. Most people I know do not and did not have work on the weekends. I remember waiting for Friday and freedom for just a couple of days.

      I love the paper. The headlines I could find on-line but not all of the other stories in the papers. Mine gets recycled and has for years at my dump. The Globe has always been considered on the side of the liberals and the democrats while the Herald is a republican leaning paper. OI get the Globe.

      The day is beautiful still and warm but not deadly hot.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Unfortunately, we only have one newspaper in Dallas and one in Ft. Worth which is 35 miles west. Although we now live in a big ‘Metroplex’ there is a big divide between the two cities. The two papers are very different but not politically.

        Trying to find Texas Democrats is difficult except among the Hispanic community. The few Caucasian Governor Perry has gerrymandered all the congressional districts to prevent Democrates from ever winning a seat in House seat.

        Perry is preparing his 2016 Presidential campaign and maybe he will remember which government agencies he would dissolve. 🙂 if you thought W was a disaster just wait until you see Perry.

      • katry Says:

        I did think W was a disaster so now I’m totally wary.

        My father used to read The Herald which I thought a bit of a rag. When I visited, I’d go buy the Globe. The Cape Times leans republican as the cape used to be a republican stronghold but it isn’t as much anymore. Some democrats actually win.

  4. olof1 Says:

    And every day that tree house will be filled with squirrels when You’re not there 🙂 🙂 So You better bribe them with lots of nuts and sunflowerseeds 🙂

    I’ve been on my annual plant swapping day today, so nothing got done here at home 🙂 Warm and partly sunny all day, tomorrow will be rainy in the morning and sunny later in the day.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I’ll have a door, and the screen will keep them out and they’ll be no food for a squirrel.

      The day has stayed lovely. I haven’t done a thing all day. I tried to finish my palm tree but the fronds are too heavy to lift up and attach. I’m going to need a bit of help there.

      Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  5. Coleen Says:

    I am reminded of the huge oak tree that was in my backyard. One of the kids in the neighborhood got permission from my dad to construct a treehouse. They got as far as a platform, which stayed up for years until a huge thunderstorm with lightning brought the tree down for good. Oh, and they nailed planks in the tree so you could climb up to the platform…

    As much as I hate to admit this, I kinda agree with im6…how about installing a zipline?

    No, wait…that might not be good, either…

    Waving on a beautiful day…


    • katry Says:

      A zip line scares me. I think I’d let go and fall to the ground, but I can do the walkway. I’d make sure the house was nice and sturdy, but it is only a dream, an I wish!

  6. im6 Says:

    flyboy is oh-so-right about Perry. Heaven help us if that idiot gets in the White House. He’ll make GWB seem like a sane man with a sensible agenda. I think they both graduated at the bottom of their classes. If he does get the Republican nomination, it might be the biggest gift Democrats ever receive. Perry’s mouth may be big, but his feet are even bigger and they just won’t fit.

    Today’s music selections made me think of a great Joe Jackson tune which seems to be a perfect addition for today’. So many versions of this song to choose from because Joe likes to continually rework them — probably to make them more fun to play night after night. I’ve selected one that’s pretty close to the original. If you ever get a chance to see Joe Jackson live, I don’t think you can go wrong. I’ve seen him 5 or 6 times — each time was totally different and each time was totally amazing.

    • katry Says:

      Is it the water in Texas? Too much red meat?

      This is my first Joe Jackson. I think my radio stations are stuck in the 60’s and 70’s so I don’t hear new or contemporary artists. I listen sometimes to other stations in case I’m missing something, but don’t find a lot I like.

      I would have listened to this one though it is more fun to watch.

    • Rick OzTown Says:

      Well *I* don’t require doo-wop to like a piece. I liked this one. Even though I live in Austin…where there are a fair number of progressive folk. 😉

  7. im6 Says:

    Don’t know that you can call Joe Jackson a contemporary artist. His first album, ‘Look Sharp!,’ was released in 1979.

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