” Juggling is sometimes called the art of controlling patterns, controlling patterns in time and space.”

I should be out on the deck replenishing my vitamin D except I can’t. The sun has gone. One day here, the next day gone. It is, however, warm, 32˚. That may sound cold, but it was minus 1 yesterday morning. Today is almost tropical.

Late again I suppose you’re thinking. Well, I had PT this morning then did a couple of errands. I figured I was out anyway so why not. Yesterday I got the tree down and outside by myself. Only a few needles fell on the floor when I dropped the tree. Using one hand on the trunk and the other to move the base to get at the plastic bag was like juggling. I have been productive this week in stark contrast to being a sloth the whole of last week.

One of today’s errands was really self-serving. I bought my all time favorite sandwich for lunch: a panini with avocado, cheddar, tomato, bacon and spicy mayo. It was a reward of sorts.

Last night I thought I heard a noise coming from the living room so I muted the TV to listen. I heard it again. Neither Gracie nor Fern the cat stirred from sleeping beside me on the couch, but I went to investigate anyway. The sound came from the chimney and sounded like an attack on the flue. A raccoon one time tried to get in by pulling at the flue but the chimney has since been capped so I couldn’t imagine it was anything but the wind. Just in case, though, I banged the fireplace screen a few times. When I went out today, I checked and the chimney was still capped.

I have no weekend plans. I’m perfectly happy being comfy in the warmth of my house. My friend Peg sent me a tin of cookies and an ornament of Elvis singing Winter Wonderland. I’m all set. I have food and entertainment!

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8 Comments on “” Juggling is sometimes called the art of controlling patterns, controlling patterns in time and space.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m glad the chimney is not under attack from chilled critters. Those mysterious midnight noises are bothersome. I hear them in my old house but the dogs seem to ignore those. They hear the mice or at least what they assume to be mice.

    Taking the tree out was always a struggle. We didn’t have the giant plastic bags back then so needles got all over the place. Now we have the big plastic bags to put the tree in but our town has said we can’t use them if we want the town to pick up our trees.

    Today started out grey and cold but not as cold as yesterday. It went to sideways snow for the middle part of the day but not much accumulation. Suddenly all was blue skies and sunshine but not for long. It went back to grey and cold. The dogs and I were out in it a few times. It was not as pleasant as yesterday and we came back in pretty quickly.

    Enjoy the cookies and Elvis. Isn’t it his birthday?

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I looked it up-we’re a day late for his birthday.

      Gracie and Fern slept through the mice when I had so many in my bedroom eaves. I could hear them, but I was the only one. I’d turn on the light, and I’d even see them. I believe I have relocated all of them as none have been in my have a heart trap.

      The dump won’t take the trees with the plastic bags on them, but that’s an easy fix. I put the tree in the car, go to the dump and take the plastic off there. I am so gad for those bags. I no longer gets a floor full of needles.

      The same here: it was warmer in the morning. It was 39˚ when I left the house and 31˚ when I got home. We never did get the sun.

      I’m waiting for Peapod.

      My industry continues. I vacuumed the floor and the needles are gone. I have brought down one of the displaced pieces of furniture and will bring the rest down tomorrow. I have laundry to do, but I’ll do it on Sunday as I’m going to watch the Patriots with friends tomorrow. Sunday will also be dump day. Next week I’ll loll and will have earned it.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    Today we didn’t see any sun all day but thankfully no precipitation occurred. The temperature climbed above freezing so the roads remained clear. One of my coworkers comes from Portland Oregon. He had told me that people living the Northwest don’t sun tan, they just rust. 🙂 I hope you don’t rust this winter.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Bob! I also hope I don’t rust.

      The Cape has been warmer than Boston and points north. We haven’t had snow, and if we had frost, I slept through it. Today, though, was cold.

  3. im6 Says:

    I guess the days of KTCC being a folky blog really are long gone.

    Friday was Joan Baez’ 74th birthday. And not a candle in sight.

    • katry Says:

      I would have posted a slew of Joan if I had known. I have always been a fan, and this is one of my favorites. You need to give me a heads up so I know whose birthday is coming or give me the source of your birthday knowledge so I can check on my own. I’m so sorry I missed Joan’s big day.

      Thanks for posting this.

  4. olof1 Says:

    We are still waiting for the storm that now once again is predicted to be further north with stronger winds 🙂 Well it won’t arrive for yet a few hours so there’s still time to change the predictions 🙂 The night never got especially cold and the snow arrived much later so so far they haven’t had much right in their predictions 🙂 Too bad I didn’t study to become a meteorologist, they still have their job no matter how bad they are doiung their job 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Chimney attacks are usually made by Jackdaws or the occasional owl here. We now have raccoons in the country but they are still few they believe and further south. No matter how cute they look it I don’t want them here and it is enough work trying to rescue jackdaws and owls from our chimneys 🙂

    They’ll start showing the new tv-series The Strain here next week, what do You think of it? I think I have one of the books and I have to say that I never managed to read especially much before I got bored 🙂 🙂 I’ll see if I can find it and start reading it again.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It’s true-a bad forecast means nothing. You can always blame it on the weather! The snow measurement is way down for this time of year. Last year it seemed to snow every day, but this year a snow shower which barely covers the grass is more usual.

      The raccoon had made a nest in my chimney and there were babies. I had to wait until they were gone before I could cap the chimney as I didn’t want to be responsible for killing the babies. Raccoons are plentiful and will attack if cornered.

      I didn’t see the series. I don’t remember it being on so it mustn’t have been too good.

      Stay warm and enjoy your weekend!

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