“What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.”

The day has a pretty start with a blue sky and sunshine though it is chilly. My bird feeder is getting lots of attention. I saw house and gold finches, titmice, my friends the chickadees, a woodpecker at the suet, nuthatches and the other day a flicker. My kitchen window gives me a perfect view of the two large feeders. This morning I chased away the red spawn. It hadn’t been around for a while. I think maybe now it knows I have emptied and put away the hose. I’m definitely thinking potato gun.

My backyard, Gracie’s realm, is still filled with trees, still wild. When she goes out, I can keep track of her by the sounds her feet make as she trots on the dead leaves. The other day, our last warm day, Gracie was out for long stretches. Now, with the cold, she is out and back inside quickly. Today she has another test at the vets to check those irregular heartbeats. Right now it is morning nap time for Gracie, Fern and Maddie, each in her special spot.

I have lived alone in this house since I bought it thirty-eight years ago. The first time I ever lived alone was in Ghana, and it took me a while to be comfortable. I missed people. I was homesick and wanted to leave so many times those first few months, but I didn’t. I learned to enjoy the solitude of my house, to sit outside at night and listen to the sounds from the dormitories and the compounds behind my house. In the morning, as I sat on my front porch drinking coffee, I heard the familiar sounds of the different languages of the various tribes as the students talked to one another, the sound of water and metal as students filled their buckets for morning baths and the sounds of students sweeping the grounds with their short handle-less brooms.

I love living alone though there are times I wish for company. I admit I talk out loud to myself and to the animals. Gracie understands more than the cats, but they do come when I call their names. I love doing what I want when I want. I sometimes eat odd choices for meals. This morning I ate leftover pizza. It had sausage, a breakfast food.

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7 Comments on ““What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Maggie the Westie and I are prepared. Bad stuff is supposed to arrive overnight but we are ready. Her day is fractured as Mrs MDH and I head for a wedding whose timing mandates we come home between the service and the reception. Hopefully I can convert the gap in to time with Mississippi State and Team Saban.

    Meanwhile I have opened Bob Dylan’s Super Deluxe Basement Tapes. Ridiculously overpriced but Viggle Dollars at Amazon got me there. Low-Fi, fractured, it is really something to hear. Two discs played and next one for the car and the Wedding trip

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Good that you are prepared. Poor Maggie being left alone! Good thing there are games to attract you home for a bit.

      Coincidentally I played Dylan today!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Grey and dull here today but at least it doesn’t rain. I still haven’t started to feed the birrds here, I do put out some left over seeds from last winter every now and again though and it looks like they are still fine because the birds east them fast. There are still lots and lots of bugs that they can eat and the more they eat those the less pests will attack my plants next year, well that’s what I’m hoping for anyway <.-<9

    I've always lived by myself since the day my mother left the apartment, it's my own choise and I've never regretted it. But I've always had dogs, cats or parrots living with me though. I think the parrots best understood what I said 🙂 cats may do so too but they just don't care I think 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Grey and dull aren’t my favorite especially this time of year as it feels bone chilling. I love watching the birds. I always put out sunflower seeds. They love them.

      I don’t regret living alone. I to have always had an animal as roommates-multiple animals. My cats want attention so they come when called. I then have to pat and scratch them.

      Have a great day!

  3. flyboybob Says:

    When you have two loud and obnoxious teens in the house and a spouse reminding you of your many shortcomings, being alone sounds just wonderful. Luckey about once a month or so I get to travel for business and get to spend my evenings alone. I get to enjoy the peace and quiet plus I have 100% control of the TV remote. 🙂 I get to eat out every night and I don’t have to make up the bed.

    The cold air is still here but moderating slightly after arriving from Alberta with a vengeance Tuesday night. This week we had the earliest freeze since 1977 just in time to prepare me for my trip tomorrow to Toronto. Wedensday afternoon the temperature was one degree warmer there and even warmer in Anchorage than here in Dallas.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I grew up with lots of noise. There were 4 kids and my parents in what was a smallish house. I like the quiet of being alone and the freedom of choice. Those trips sound perfect for you. It is like sort of a vacation every time.

      We haven’t had a freeze yet so you beat us. Much of the state has had a freeze already and a dusting of snow while northern New England states have opened some ski trails.

      Have a great time in Toronto!


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