“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.”

Yesterday I had a vision of the post-apocalyptic world, and very few had survived. There were only four cars at the dump, a miracle as it was closed for the two days prior to yesterday. I went to Benny’s for lights and cords, and it was near empty. I was almost tempted to buy a million batteries for when the lights go out. In front of my coffee-sandwich store there were several parking places right in front. I was the only customer at the counter. The roads were nearly empty, and I had no trouble crossing two lanes of traffic. It was cold out yesterday, and it did start to rain but not until I was nearly home so the weather wasn’t a deterrent. Where were the people?

This morning an uninvited cat was sitting outside on my front steps. It looked quite at home. I was upstairs as was Gracie. That was a good thing because Gracie doesn’t like cats other than her own, and she’s not even sure about them. Gracie would have gone through the glass to get at that cat daring to invade her yard. I made noise and the cat just turned and looked at me and didn’t move. Finally I went down the stairs halfway and the cat scooted. Gracie never saw it. Catastrophe averted.

My outside Christmas lights look lovely. I added some white lights on top of the fence which look as if they are emanating from the giant star, and I outlined my sled and the skates hanging from it in colored lights. I put ball ornaments in a basket on the front step. My neighbor called last night to tell me how wonderful my house looks. Now I just have to get inside decorated. That will be a multi-day project but one which brings me joy and even wonder as I remember the history of the ornaments especially the ones from our family tree.

This afternoon I will finish the deck lights and call it a day. That book is waiting.

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16 Comments on ““No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I began the day by calling Ackroyds in Redford and securing the order that helps make Christmas Christmas. Three dozen bangers, some sausage rolls and a few pasties. I will visit this little Scottish bakery on the 22nd and have a few yucks with the Jocks behind the counter

    Strangely im6 decided to poke me with the Christmas stick, posting on Facebook (where we sometimes hang out) 10 Anglo Christmas things that aren’t really here. Even more strangely he summarily announced that the movie “Love Actually” is part of the season. Too much friggin Hugh Grant said I but im6 is holding his ground

    As we ALL know The Muppets Christmas Carol is vastly superior and has a real English actor, Michael Caine and Miss Piggy and Kermit and not some fru fru fancy Dan like Mr Grant.

    It is sort of like “Light of the Stable”, the Christmas album of the wonderful Emmylou Harris,a masterpiece and it isn’t by friggin bugle woogle smoogle Bette Midler.

    Right, back to internet shopping, what else can I buy the Prince ?

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I just watched the video, and I thought that it was quite interesting, but I thought that many of the traditions were still a part of Christmas. We added crackers to our table years ago, and I do like the letters to Father Christmas going up the chimney.

      I have to agree with im6 about Love Actually. It takes place during Christmas time so I’m also calling it a Christmas movie. Alastair Sim, though Scottish, is my favorite Scrooge though I do like the Muppets and Michael Caine.

      I do love the Emmy Christmas album and have it so I’ll play a few songs.

      As for The Prince, no help here. I had to ask what to get Ryder, my grand-nephew, who is also 8.

      My shopping is done!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, In December (20) 1973 Rod and the Faces were heading for the Granada theater in Sutton and so was I. The keyboard player was Ian McLagan who had been part of the Small Faces with (little) Stevie Marriott and continued when Rod and Ronnie Wood showed up

        Mac passed away today from a stroke at just 69. Mac, Ronnie Lane and Stevie have also gone only Kenny Jones is left. Out of Stratford in the East End they came and thrilled us

        Goodbye Mac and thank you. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Small Faces

      • katry Says:

        I don’t know Small Faces, but I am sorry that another singer who gave us the music of our youth has passed away. In many cases we carry their torches and need to keep them lit.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat – could I recommend that you listen to “Itchycoo Park” by The Small Faces.

      • katry Says:

        I know this song. It surprised me that I did. I like it and di when I first heard it.

      • Hedley Says:

        Here we go Kat, a super clean version of Itchycoo Park

      • katry Says:

        Thank you, MDH

        I can even sing along. I just didn’t know who sang this. Come to think of it I wouldn’t have remembered the name wither.

      • Hedley Says:

        The BBC got all cranked out that this could possibly have been about drug use and banned the song. When it was “explained” that it was a piece of wasteland near Manor Park, the song was once again filling the airwaves

      • katry Says:

        Try as I might, I just don’t get a hint of drugs.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I do like days like that 🙂 They are too rare though 🙂 I can get that feeling here in the village since it is soo quiet here. I think I’m the only one making any noise at all here shouting after my dogs 🙂 I only notice the other villagers if they mow their lawns 🙂

    Too many cats in this village for any cat to make it to my cottage 🙂 But Bertil has started to sit outside my newest neighbors door, he jjst looks at them as if he wonders what they are doing on his domains 🙂 Their two cats always hesitate to go ou if he’s been around 🙂

    I’ll decorate some more here indoors this weekend and I’ll see if I can turn on the outside lights withou my fuses popping 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Sometimes Gracie’s barking is the only noise then the other dogs join the chorus.

      Cats should not be let out around here. Between the cars and the coyotes the vet says that every time you let your cat out it has only a 50-50 chance to return. We learned that the hard way years ago when one of our cats was hit by a car and two were poisoned.

      I’ll finish the deck lights today and then start inside on the weekend too.

      Have a wonderful day!

  3. greg mpls and washington Says:

    our new house came with lots of cats running around, driving our indoor cat nuts. I figure they were here before we were, but our cat sees things differently. he was unmoved by the three deer which spent the other afternoon outside the windows, but those cats are another story.

    • katry Says:

      Gracie lives with two cats. One, Fern, has Gracie cowered. The cat runs from one side of the bed to the other to keep Gracie off the bed. It is hysterical, but I intervene so Gracie can get on.

      When Gracie sees an outdoor cat, She goes crazy jumping on the door and barking. I figured she is showing her prowess to a cat who doesn’t know the car fearing Gracie.

      The cats wouldn’t notice the deer. Gracie would have the hair on her back up, and she’d be barking and trying to jump the fence.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yesterday was rather quiet. I had a hair appointment up the highway and the traffic was practically nil. I got there with time to spare which is not usually the case. 🙂

    Cats are a kingdom unto themselves. Especially outdoor cats. They’ve seen it all and it belongs to them.
    I had a coyote sitting on my steps one evening. It acted pretty much the same as your visiting cat. Regally.
    Someone not too far from my house had a bear in their yard early Tuesday evening. I hope it does not come sit on my doorstep.

    Enjoy the evening and the book.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      So you had the same sparse traffic. I wonder why.

      Tonight is cold. My deck lights aren’t working so I went out to fix them but the cold drove me back in to the house. I’m still cold.

      That cat give me a look. It took knocking on the door to scare it away.

      I can see the bear sitting and relaxing in the sun on your step-dog going crazy in the house.

      Have a great rest of the evening!

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