“Heirlooms we don’t have in our family. But stories we’ve got.”

Home again, home again jiggity jig! I arrived home about 9:45 last night. The animals were thrilled. All three of them followed me around the house and two of them slept with me as usual. Fern nestled beside me and Gracie slept at the foot of the bed. Around three I heard a crash. Poor Gracie had fallen out of bed. She jumped back up and decided beside me was the best spot. She got the other pillow.

Colorado was freezing, down to 7˚ one night. Outside was only a bit better so I stayed inside. Here it is warmer and raining, but it started as snow because all the road and walks are slushy. North of us still has snow, the first snow of the winter.

Getting the flu was not on the planned itinerary and neither was giving it to just about everyone, my sister being the only holdout. I’m sorry I didn’t get up to my niece’s, but I did meet her husband and two kids. I also met my grandniece. She is definitely her own person even at 1 and 1/2. Being stuck inside was actually serendipitous as I got to spend so much time with my family. We sat around talking and enjoying each other’s company. That was what the whole trip was about.

All three pets are in here with me. Maddie is standing under the lamp while Fern and Gracie are asleep. Gracie is snoring.

Today I am doing nothing. The laundry will sit in the hall. The bed will be left unmade. I will be warm, dry and cozy. All’s right with the world.



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10 Comments on ““Heirlooms we don’t have in our family. But stories we’ve got.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It is fun to be away but it’s always nice to be home again. I’m glad the flu didn’t destroy Your visit as it so easily can do.

    I’m not sure if I would have stayed indoors if outside was a bit better than indoors 🙂 I would have gone for the warmer option 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I was too sick to go outside so I made myself happy inside being nice and warm. It was freezing outside-the high was like 24˚ during the day.

      Thanks-you have a great day too!

  2. Richard Says:

    Well, dang! Here I was thinkin’ I may be one of the very few left who remember that ‘To market, to market’ mnemonic and you go and finish it off. Izzat ‘synchronicity’ or something?

    Better a late arrival than to be snowed out and delayed. Sounds as if Gracie’s a ‘quick decider’ …

    Colorado? Freezing? Say it ain’t so, Joe! I trust you din’t sample any of their now-infamous ‘brownies’ during the visit … ? I remember my brother’s tales about his time in Boulder … he loved the geography; didn’t care much for the political climate.

    Wot’s all this, then, about that ‘flu shot’ … ? Are you saying you got one, and everyone else joined in the fun? It really is ‘the gift that keeps on giving,’ yes? It’s always good to know the people in the family from an in-person meeting rather than thru email and phone calls. There’s that ineffable ‘je ne sais quoi’ thing y’ don’t get thru other forms of ‘contact.’

    I join you in the ‘doing nothing’ category. Not that I’m with flu or cold or anything like that – it’s this damned self-inflicted case of sciatica brought on by not maintaing proper form whilst exercising. I’ve been re-introduced to the wonders of the prone position for – what? – the past 10 days or so, and have my very first in-person meeting with the PhysTherapy people on the 18th. I’ll just wait ‘n see what miracles can be wrought by the proverbial ‘laying on of hands.’

    Things are actually beginning to ‘self-recover’ slightly after my pronal workouts, tho’ … with luck, I may completely return to my normal operational condition without too great a need for external interference.

    It’s for that reason my bed, like yours, has gone unmade. I can’t, however, not cook – that’s just too deeply ingrained in me to stop for something as petty as pain – which is, after all, only weakness leaving the body (how’s that for propaganda?). I’m old enough now to have learnt never to believe my own story …

    • katry Says:

      I remember all the nursery rhymes as my mother used to say them first to me then with me when I was little. This one I liked because of the jiggly jig, jiggly jog rhyme.

      I did get the flu shot, always do. I guess they just weren’t al that great in predicting the strain. Yup, I spread it all around-figured I got it on the plane as I am not often where there are lots of people, potential carriers of flu.

      I am just tired after all the holiday activities. It was good I rode the bus to Barnstable then my weary body didn’t have a whole lot of driving to do.

      I have no food with which to cook. Leaving for a week meant not keeping anything fresh in the fridge. I’ll have to do some shopping, need dog food anyway. Looks like I’ll be moving around tomorrow.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Home, sweet home 🙂 I’m glad you feel better now and you and your pets are happy.
    Just packing for our annual short trip to my friend’s family. No snow expected, it’s still quite warm here, just yesterday I found a ripe red raspberry in my garden before the birds found it.
    I don’t think I will be able to comment with my old mobile phone so just in case: Happy New Year!

    • katry Says:

      Not one of the pets turned their backs on me despite my desertion. They were thrilled I was home.

      What sort of winter are we having? You find a raspberry in December. A few gardens around here have spring shoots appearing. This is crazy.

      Well, Happy New Year to you!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    There’s still no place like home. Welcome back from the frozen plains of Colorado and I’m glad to hear that you are recovered. I’m sure the skiers are happy to see the cold and the snow.

    Family time can be the best time if you actually have family that you like. Generally, after a couple of days I’m ready for any out of town visitors, especially family, to go home. Like fish they begin to stink after a few days. 🙂 When we go to visit family we always stay in a nearby hotel which drives my brother in law crazy because he thinks it’s a personal insult that we don’t want to sleep in his old, drafty house. The hotel gives us a way we can make a quick escape each day of the visit and someone else gets to make the beds. My sister came to visit for a weekend about five years ago and stayed with us which was just about the right amount of family time. We have a very small family which doesn’t give us much opportunity to have family members we actually like. I have some cousins that I haven’t seen or heard from in over 50 years. Most of them I hope to never hear from for another 50. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      I don’t know how much snow they got up north but I think maybe 6 or 8 inches-that’s way north as here it rained and what little rain there was melted under the onslaught.

      My sisters are quite close with all my cousins. One lives right in the middle of the extended family. I get along well with my cousins but don’t spend a lot of time with them. The cape tends to isolate.

      I loved the time I spend in Colorado. My family is so much fun and so congenial. I complain I don’t see enough of them.

  5. So sorry you got the flu, I know it’s stinks being sick. I got the flu vaccine this year, but now they say it may not be effective. Crazy, right? I know it will take awhile to feel like yourself, so rest up and take care of yourself. Keep up the great job here!

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Apple Pie and Napalm.

      I hated being sick in Colorado, but my family was wonderful.

      I got the shot as well. My paper today said it was effective. I want to refute that.

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