“One who has hope lives differently.”

Today is another pretty day, warmer than it has been. I have feeders to fill so I’ll go out for a bit later.

I think I have a virus. It’s manifested by cleaning places not usually cleaned. Yesterday I took everything off my desk, which included snow globes and small wind-up toys from collecting phases. I could have written a short story in the dust. I cleaned the desk and washed all the globes and toys. I threw away papers from piles on the desk top. I organized everything. Next I lemon oiled the antique child’s desk in the bathroom. It holds all the guest towels. The den was next and I threw aways papers from a pile on the table. I had no idea why I saved what I did. There were phone numbers without names, old receipts and cards from different holidays. I threw away so much it can no longer be called a pile.

Today I am going to clean the cabinet under the bathroom sink. It serves a variety of purposes including being a liquor cabinet. I haven’t seen the back of that cabinet in years.

My sister diagnosed my virus as boredom. I think she is probably right. I think boredom is the whole reason for spring cleaning. I’ve been shut up in the house because of freezing days and snow. I have gotten tired of TV and have spent too many days just sitting around and reading. I need to be doing.

I saw a purple crocus this morning, and there are now three yellow ones. The dafs are close to blooming. The garden’s winter slumber is over. Every day I see something new. With morning papers in hand I walk around all the beds to make sure I haven’t missed anything. The purple crocus is hope springing to mind.

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17 Comments on ““One who has hope lives differently.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Grey and gloomy here and a bit too chilly to feel nice even if the wind doesn’t blow. The spring weather never came, now they say it’ll come tomorrow and instead of staying a week it will stay for two days. They really shouldn’t predict anything until they actually knows what they are doing 🙂

    I have vacuumed all floors and scrubbed them too but that’s my limit. I need to do more but that can wait another day. Today has mostly been relaxing in front of the tv besides taking walks and that floor cleaning.

    Still too much snow to see anything here, I had hoped that with the spring weather we never got the first crocus and anemones would show but I guess I’ll have to wait some time more til I can see them.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      They say it will get warmer, but my house was chilly this morning as was outside. I’m not believing spring is in a week.

      The dustin of big things, the floors and the bathrooms get cleaned twice a month. They don’t do the loads of shelves I have or they’d be here for hours. When the mood hits me, I do them.

      No snow here for the longest time. I don’t miss it at all. Now it just has to get warmer,, deck warm!

      Have a great evening!

  2. Richard Says:

    “And Daddy won’t y’ take me down / To St. Bernard Parish / Down by the blue bayou / Where the big gators play” … with apologies to John Denver and John Prine.

    We got … umm … ‘sun’-ish. Kinda/sorta clear, kinda/sorta bright, half-hearted clouds float with (as Chuck Berry said) ‘no particular place to go.’ There is, however, no rain at present, so there’s that. On Friday, there were fish swimming in the streets in some parts of town. If I’d lived where that was happenin’, I’d have been out there with a scoop net. Hey! Free food! Couldn’t tell if they were catfish or trout, but I eat both of ‘em.

    Virus, huh? Cleaning don’t be causin’ no virus. Allergy, maybe. Virus? No. It was just recently I went thru my anal-retentive / obsessive-compulsive phase doing exactly what you’re doing. I’m glad that passed. On the other hand, things are now dust-free and shiny-bright. Isn’t that wonderful? Now I don’t have to touch ‘em again for another couple of years.

    One of the things that got better as a result of the Cleanup Campaign is my silverware drawer. It’s now organized again. I also took time to sharpen all my knives, ’cuz a dull knife will cause you to hurt yourself a lot quicker than will a sharp one. My youngest grandson still has trouble wrapping his head around that concept.

    I want Farmers Market open again. Won’t happen ’til May Day, tho’ … I want Cherokee Purple Heart, Bradley, Carolina Gold, Gold Boy, and Brandywine tomatoes! The ‘white cardboard center’ variety from the store is gettin’ old – and they’re tasteless to boot.
    There are white ‘somethings’ on branches back by the fire pit. I may walk there to see what they are later this afternoon. Nothing’s been in bloom all winter in that spot, and this wasn’t there last year – maybe a bird dropped a new seed … ? We’ll see. It could be Kleenex brought by the wind …

    Need a bit of music to help y’ wind down while y’ recoup from that ‘virus’? Try this:

    • katry Says:

      We now have white clouds but it is still a bright day. Gracie loves this sort of weather so she hasn’t even taken her morning nap.

      I’d love to live on a lake and fish off the deck then have fresh fish for dinner. I’ve watched films of the flooding on the news. I just can’t believe the amount of rain which has fallen. Water was up four and five feet on peoples’ houses. I can’t imagine all they lost let alone things like water heaters and such.

      What you can see looks great, but the hidden behind doors stuff needs to be organized. I can do that a little at a time.

      My drawer is organized, but my knives do need to be sharpened. That will go on my project list.

      It will be a while before the farmer’s market is open. No flowers are at the garden stores yet so winter is still holding on just a bit.

      Thanks for the music.

    • katry Says:

      Such a lovely song!

  3. Bob Says:

    Did you remember to set your clock ahead? I like DST and wouldn’t mind it all year long.

    Whenever I get one of those urges to clean up I sit down and do nothing until it passes. I am alergic to reducing clutter. I know that in the end you can’t take it with you but I and my kids are pack rats.

    Unfortunately, you are not asked the question, “How clean did you keep your house”, when you are standing at the pearly gates. 🙂

    The sun is finally out with temperatures in the 70s. By Tuesday we may hit 80 degrees or more. We have had snow flurries as late as the first week in April. Some folks blame the warm winter on El Niño and not global warming especially those folks who have a vested interest in the energy business. Don’t confuse me with the facts since I have already made up my mind. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      I did remember and went around the house. The only one I forgot was the thermostat.

      I too am a bit of a packsack, but I do try to keep neat clutter. I inherited it from my mother the queen pack rat.

      I am glad they don’t ask that at the pearly gates as it proves the unimportance of obsessive cleaning.

      We are having typical March weather though once in a while we have had a spring snow storm. We are always colder than inland by as much as 20 degrees.

      Hot this time of year id the mid-50’s.

  4. katry Says:

    I have always enjoyed George Carlin. So much of what he says resonates with me.

  5. Birgit Says:

    Is KTCC safe to read with a computer virus scanner? Garden work is more fun than house cleaning.
    I can’t complain about TV, election results earlier this evening and an Iggy concert later. Last night 6 episodes of Dr.Who in a row, – who needs sleep when the Doctor is finally on TV!
    Back to music, have you heard of Larkin Poe, two sisters from Atlanta? New to me and I’m just listening to a 2014 radio concert and so far I like it very much, great powerful music and voices.

    • katry Says:

      I do think your computer is completely safe. The virus comes and goes. As for me and the garden, I buy the flowers and show my landscaper where to put them.

      I am behind on 2 Dr. Who’s, I think the last two for this season.

      No, I haven’t heard of Larkin Poe and now Ill have to do some hunting!

      I just went grocery shopping on line. Another chore crossed off the list.

  6. Hedley Says:

    He is gone. The routine is always the same. He sits in the back, I drive and we talk. Down the dirt roads we went though mud and rain talking about his best friend Brian, the Nickelodeon Kids Awards and our own version and the Jungle Book movie coming out in April

    The Prince is a joy. The Prince said he didn’t like the way Trump talks and thinks he is mean. The Prince is nobody’s fool

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      No, The Prince is not easily duped. Too bad so many Americans are.

      I think it is the conversations both of you will remember.

    • Richard Says:

      Hedley, methinks The Prince is probably wise beyond his years …

      • Hedley Says:


        The Prince is awfully smart – I am a shade biased, but he is a bit of a thinker.

  7. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I think I’m getting that virus. I find myself looking at the wall to wall carpet in the dining room and speculating how long it would take me to remove it in 12×12 squares. Then I go clean the fridge or the top of the stove instead because those are easier to do. I call that “inoculating”. 🙂

    There is one daffodil in my yard. I had 5 croci but they have already gone by. The vicious roses are sprouting leaves already but I have been chopping them back viciously. They are lovely for about a week when they flower. Mostly they are just nasty, thorny, invasive aliens that reach out to snag clothes and skin as I walk near.

    The weather was lovely up here. Mostly sunny, not cold except for the breeze now and then.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I did small things today so my sense of accomplishment is diminishing. I called in my Peapod order and did a bit of dusting. I’m saving the big things for tomorrow.

      It was a bit chilly today. I went out on the deck when Gracie was out. I came inside quickly.

      I caught up with some DVR’ed programs: One was You, and Me and the Apocalypses, and I am only 1/2 a program away until I’m current. I am 2 behind on English Spy and a few other programs. I think I need a day of catching up,

      You are warmer than I which makes me jealous!

      Enjoy tomorrow: oops, today

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