“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.”

Today is one of those spring days when outside is warmer than inside. The day is absolutely gorgeous. It is warm, even t-shirt warm, while the house is still sweatshirt chilly. I’m hitting the deck as soon as I finish here.

Every Monday at ten o’clock I visit my neighbor who is Brazilian. Niecy and I just chat so that she can improve her conversational English. She offered to pay me but I refused. She is my neighbor after all, and it’s fun just sitting and chatting. Sometimes I even think we should be sharing tea and cucumber sandwiches.

The week is a quiet one for me but then again most weeks are. I have all this time on my hands, and I find ways to keep busy but most times it’s reading or cleaning or even taking a nap. I don’t go out much, but I’m fine with that. Gracie and I did take a ride the other day after the dump run, and I bought myself my favorite sandwich to eat at home which, I know, doesn’t sound all that exciting, but I enjoyed every minute of the ride and the sandwich. It doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Last night I watched The Man from U.N.C.L.E., an episode filmed in 1965. The girls’ sort of slinky dresses, the guys’ skinny ties and the swim were all part of one scene. I know I must have worn the same type clothes and danced in the same way, but it made me laugh anyway. The swim has to be one of the silliest dances.

Color has returned to the world. We are over the rainbow, no more Kansas. My spring flowers have all bloomed, and my neighbor’s front garden is filled with tulips of all colors. All the forsythia in the different yards is still bright and eye-catching. Even the male goldfinch is back to being bright yellow or gold I suppose. I can see buds and some leaves on a few of the trees. It is time for me to start wearing my bright colors, to start wearing spring.

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16 Comments on ““Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It has rained here all day and so much that it filled my water barrel, it’s 55 gallons big 🙂 Surprisingly I came home to four dry and clean dogs! I don’t think that has happened more than twice before and I’ve lived here for 15 years now 🙂

    I didn’t know the swim was a dance so I did wonder a while 🙂

    The Lilacs have big buds now, won’t be long till they are in bloom. Last year I was lucky, the late frost destroyed almost all flowers and for once I liked the smell :-)Many bulbs are late here, like the daffodils but bushes seems to be early. I have no forsythia, either winters get too tough or voles eat the roots 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      The day remains beautiful here. I keep going outside to sit in the sun.

      It was a dance-a guy dance with waving arms as if you were swimming. It was one of many 60’s odd dances.

      My lilac are still buddies, a couple of weeks away. I have two, both still small. I love the aroma but they kill my allergies.

      I’m glad you found clean dogs! A miracle!!

      Have a great evening!

  2. Jeff in San Diego Says:

    Hi, Kat!

    Not to pick nits off of gnats, but …

    “The girls’ sort of slinky dresses, the guys’ skinny tires … ”

    From the context, I presume that you meant “skinny ties.”

    As the old saying goes, “Sum spell Czech programs dew knot ketch awl airs.”

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Jeff

      I hate having spelling or grammar issues so I’m always happy to have one pointed out which I can correct. I never saw their cars so I can’t say if their tires too were skinny.

  3. Hedley Says:

    It was a very big deal as to whether or not we were going to be allowed to stay up late on a Friday night to watch “The Man from Uncle”

    I think the episode you are describing was when THRUSH ran a disco full of naughty disco dancers and Mr. Waverly, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin were required to do the frug and the swim to sort out these Deadly dames of the dance floor. David McCallum totally stole the show (I know im6, you related to Mr Waverly) hell even Alma Cogan sang a song about him. (I know im6 Brian Wilson did a song form Mr Waverly)

    I do remember “Man from Uncle” paperbacks and spending all of my holiday money accumulating and reading these masterpieces while relaxing in Bognor Regis.

    Right, I am jacking in work for the day and hunting for old Man from Uncle episodes online. Where did I put my identification card ?

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I don’t think we ever had to argue. I was older so we were always allowed to watch it. Even my parents liked it.

      That was the exact episode. THRUSH had operatives wearing bright jackets and urging dancers to join him doing the swim.

      I always thought Ilya was cute While Napoleon was handsome. I watch NCIS so hearing David’s voice from someone so young was a bit startling.

      Boston now has two or three oldie TV stations, and UNCLE was on the newest METV.

      • Hedley Says:

        Quite amazingly, David McCallum married Jill Ireland three weeks after meeting her. She invited him to her 21st birthday party and they got married a week later.

      • katry Says:

        I did not know that. I only knew she was married to Charles Bronson.

        I looked it up and was surprised to find that her McCallum marriage lasted 10 years.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I watched The Man from UNCLE but wasn’t all that into it. I did think Ilya was better looking than Napoleon but the accent may have helped him some.
    I was an Avengers fan. John Steed was a bit too neat and precise for my taste. I just liked the idea that the women were very competent at their job.

    Yesterday was scrape off the lawn and plant more grass seed out back in the vain hope that some of it will grow. The dogs and I wandered all over the yard checking things out. Today I went out into the side yard that was barren of anything except grass and discovered that POOF! the whole side lawn was covered in white violets. When spring decides it’s time, it doesn’t mess around. 🙂

    It’s warm up here today. Even the house is warm. The dogs and I took a ride in the jeep with the AC on and the windows down. I got my favorite sandwich and some moose tracks ice cream. The dogs got doggy ice cream. Everyone’s happy now. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I also loved The Avengers. That show treated women with respect. On UNCLE, all the female spies were just glorified secretaries. Mrs. Peel was my hero. I liked John Steed. He wore his hat well.

      How beautiful to find the white violets. I guess Mother Nature was making up for the lack of grass. My grass is spotty right now-a few places need help. I know my landscaper will tell me to be patient-he always does.

      My house never really got that warm but outside was lovely. Gracie has been in and out all day. I stayed home but did go out on the deck for some fresh air.

      I think Gracie is always happy!!

      Have a great evening!

  5. Bob Says:

    Today was another gorgeous day but the rain is coming back forecasted for storms every day through Sunday. Sorry Mother’s Day will be a soggy one here in Texas.

    I loved watching all the movies and TV shows spawned by the Cold War and the James Bond movies. Of course my favorite show was Get Smart. As a teenager I had the hots for agent 99. Only the zany mind of Mel Brooks could have come up with a cast of characters like Maxwell Smart, Agent 99 and the telephone in the shoe.

    BTW what is your favorite sandwich?

    • katry Says:

      Your rain will be here today, but it is still warm and will remain so all week. My landscaper was just here and says he’ll be turning on my irrigation system as the lawn needs water.

      My favorite sandwich is a panini on focaccia bread. It is bacon and cheddar with tomatoes, avocado and horseradish sauce. I had my sister give me a panini press for Christmas so I can make my own.

  6. MT C Says:


    Your mention of a visit with your neighbor reminds me that I haven’t seen nor heard from my friend, Bill, in a a few weeks, probably more. He is getting a bit more frail, but I guess at 97 that can be expected. Although he still drives to his doctor appointments and to Wendy’s every Tuesday for lunch with the rest of his ‘boys’. Thanks you, I will make it a point to contact him this week.

    Life in MT has gotten really good, as it does this time of year. As in MA the early flowers have take advantage of the glorious warmth and their spot in the sun. The only lacking is moisture from the vast blue ceiling. It will most likely be an early, and long, dry summer. There is still the possibility of rain on occasion, but not much has fallen since the last snow in early January.

    The daughter-in-law has arrived and things have been hectic getting ready for her husband to arrive in June for vacation. On one of her early driving lessons (second, in fact) she managed to give the garage door a ‘nudge’ crippling it beyond rebending. Inside sits my favorite ride with no opportunity for release. I really do miss it this time of year when the cobwebs really yearn for release from inside my noggin. Hanging my head out the window really does not compare nor does it have the desired effect. I envy the pooch who seems to have the knack for the attainment of pure joy of the open window.


    • katry Says:

      Wow, 97-that’s wonderful! Please do check on him and you can pretend it’s just a visit when you do. I like the Tuesday Wendy’s date for him and his boys.

      We had days and days of rain then it stopped as if someone had used a plug. It may rain today, but the sky doesn’t look like it will. We had our warmest day yet yesterday and Boston had its warmest day since Halloween.

      There must be a way to get that garage door opened. I open my windows and even that seems to invigorate me. Gracie puts a paw on the front seat and her head out the window. You can see the joy in her face.

      Have a great day!

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