“There was an edge to this darkness…. A cold wind was blowing out of the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.”

Today is much like the last few days, rainy and dark. The wind is still here, steady and strong. The oak leaves and the pine branches sway from side to side. The deck is littered with pine needles and yellow leaves.

Today we will venture, Gracie and I. We have five stops starting with Gracie’s second favorite place, the dump. Her very favorite place is Agway where dogs are welcome and where I buy her food and treats and food for the cats, and it too is on the list. Gracie will be a happy dog.

My backyard has lights wrapped around tree trunks. The palm tree is on the farmer’s deck. The fir tree in the deck corner has a single set of lights which are lit always. I think my yard has a touch of magic. I look out the window even on the darkest nights and see those spots of color beaming and radiating. Winter will come when night will last longer than day, but in my yard, there is always some light.

The house is quiet. All the animals are having their morning naps and all of them, all three of them, are in the den here with me. Gracie snores now and then and breathes deeply. The cats sleep soundlessly. How exhausted they all must be after a good night’s sleep. I remember sitting in school on dark, rainy days. The old school with its tall windows was the best spot to watch the rain, and I’d be drawn in by the sound of drops hitting those windows. We were quiet on day’s like today as if the rain had a dampening effect on all of us. During lunch we tended to whisper. We bemoaned our fate, stuck with no recess, no chance to let go of the energy stifled by sitting at a desk.

The basement bathrooms were four sets of wooden stairs away from the room, and those stairs were the only exercise on a rainy day. The nun herded us down in two lines, the boy’s line and the girl’s line, one on each side of the steps. At the bottom of the final set boys went right and girls went left. None of us ever dawdled. We’d finish and join the line to go back upstairs. When we were all done, the nun walked us back to our room. Nobody ever made a sound going up or down the stairs. We didn’t dare.

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8 Comments on ““There was an edge to this darkness…. A cold wind was blowing out of the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Just the same weather over here and it’s kind of nice actually. The dogs are taking their evening naop but the cats are trying to drive me insane by wanting to go outside just to want to go back inside seconds after. They have kept on like that for quite some time now 🙂

    I’ve paid my bills and I managed to go to the suoer market so to get some food for the weekend and that is more or less what I’ve been doing today. I bought three dvd’s, Maleficient, Godzilla and the latest X-Men Days of our future past I think it’s called. I’m trying to decide which one I’ll watch tonight and it feels like Maleficient will be the winner 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The rain stopped, and it appeared the sun wanted out but it just wasn’t strong enough. It was spitting rain, as they say, just a bit ago.

      My back is horribly painful but I had to do errands. Gracie and I went to the dump, the pharmacy, the dog food store, the lab for a blood test and the post office. By the time I got home, I could barely walk.

      The new season of Grimm starts tonight followed by a new show, Constantine, the master of the occult which I bet you’d like. I’ll give it a try.

      Enjoy your movie!

      • olof1 Says:

        I’m hopinb they’ll start showing the third season of Grimm here soon, channel six shows lots of funs programs but they are a bit unpredictable when it comes to how they show the season. It can be jusr after Yoiu’ve seen them or perhaps a year or two after and that can change fropm season to season 🙂 🙂 🙂

        Maleficent was rather nice.

      • katry Says:

        It was good, taking place just after the wedding. There are some surprises too.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Same dreary weather up here. I hope tomorrow is brighter, at least. This constant dull greyness is boring and tiring. It leaches energy so that I don’t want to do anything at all. Not even read.
    The dogs are curled up next to me on the couch but they are not sleeping. They are awaiting the next noise on the street so they can run barking to the door. Rocky has shredded a shipping envelope into many small pieces which are all over the rug. Piki Dog wants to be petted constantly. They are bored, too.

    My school had those same huge windows. They had big wide sills on which the teachers usually put large pots of red geraniums. They made it seem a bit brighter on days like today. Maybe I need to get some flowers. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The drizzle stopped but then returned. At least it isn’t cold which would make the damp unbearable. I did some errands today despite my horrific back. The dog and cats needed food and I had a bunch of other stuff to do. I’m now home resting.

      Gracie came with me and has yet to go back napping. She just ate and went outside. The cats have yet to stir.

      There were never flowers on the sills. That would have been comforting on a day like today. I buy them in the winter all the time just to remind me spring will return.

  3. Hedley Says:

    Kat, drift over the Facebook, I have posted some pictures of the poppies at The Tower of London. I was surprised at the size of the crowd and the installation is very special. They have announced that they have sold out the 888,000 ceramic poppies in the installation.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That sea of red was so spectacular and beautiful. I can easily understand why they all sold.

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