“Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.”

My house was chilly this morning. Even Fern’s fur felt cold. I finally remembered my thermostat has its own mind on the weekends so I checked and found the house was 64˚. I turned the thermostat to manual and cranked up that heat to a respectable 68˚. It is blowing now, and I can already feel the difference.

The color of the sky is so lovely it almost doesn’t look real. It is as if a painter mixed his blues until he found the perfect one. The sun is bright but hasn’t yet the strength to warm the air. It is sweatshirt weather so I suppose I shouldn’t complain as winter coat weather wasn’t that long ago.

My current funk continues. I figure a really warm day, a ride in the car with the windows down and a Dunkin’ Donut butternut donut would go a long way in brightening my weekend.

I can’t remember the last time I jumped from grumpy into a funk. Usually grumpy goes away quickly because I take a ride and sometimes find something entertaining or funny or I shop and happen upon exactly what I wanted or what I needed or, even better, a surprise I never expected. I think shopping at little stores will be what I’ll do today. I’d love a surprise.

If the weather changed enough and got much warmer, I could while away the hours on the deck and that would totally upend my mood. I always think of Cinderella and the blue birds. I loved the one in the kerchief.

That blue bird reminded me nobody wears kerchiefs any more. My mother would sometimes wear one to hide the bobby pins she used to curl her hair, but even bobby pins are gone. If I needed one, my mother would rummage through her purse and almost always found one at the bottom. She also used to find pennies and tobacco. I remember each curl was held by a bobby pin. It must have taken hours to do that.

I am the only one awake. I think I’ll have another cup of coffee and maybe some toast.

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20 Comments on ““Sadness is almost never anything but a form of fatigue.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    So many things have disappeared from our lives without us even noticing the change. My grandmother wore kerchiefs she called them babushkas the Russian name for a headscarf tied under the chin, typical of those worn by Polish and Russian women. How many woman today go to the hairdresser weekly to have a perm or dye job and sit under a hair dryer reading fashion magazines? If they left the beauty shop and it was windy they wore a scarf until they got home so as not to ruin their hairdo. I don’t think my mother washed her hair at home but only had it washed weekly at the hairdresser. When she went swimming she wore a rubber bathing cap to keep her hair from getting wet.

    I don’t know if there are still old fashioned beauty parlors around anymore. There are still a few old fashioned barbershops here in town where you can get a shave and a haircut. I’m not sure they still use straight razors since the AIDS epidemic. When I was younger my barber would lather me up around my ears and the back of my neck at the end of my haircut and then shave them with a straight razor. The warm shaving cream and the sound of him whisking the blade across a leather strop are things of the past and not a part of the haircut in any chain barber/hairdressing shops these days.

    The sun is expected to come out later and my internet connection is doing just fine for the moment. Let’s all let out a Bronx Cheer for AT&T. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My mother was never the beauty parlor type, but my grandmother was. She went every week. I went a couple of times before proms and to get my hair cut but that was it. I know there are still some around so they must have business.

      The long time barbershop in town closed when the barber died. Many men mourned its passing. I have no idea where there are any now, but then again I wouldn’t notice. My dad used to go every week for a trim.

      It is still cold, but I just learned my sister in Colorado has sleet and snow so I’m not going to complain!

  2. Hedley Says:

    I’m generally in foul humor, nothing is amusing me and trips to Home Depot and the dog groomer are chores not pleasures. I a, reluctantly doing domestic stuff. It’s 20f colder than it is supposed to be.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      It is cold enough to keep me in a foul mood. I need to get stuff at Agway so that’s a huge chore, always is when I go there. After that I might just take a bit of a ride to try to shake away my ill-humor.

      I think we are at stage of hating the cold and wanting a real spring with warm days and open windows. Grumpy is a perfect response.


  3. I find that bananas, especially ripe ones, are terrific funk antidotes. Avocados, too — it’s all about potassium, at root — but it isn’t like I need an excuse to eat guacamole.

    • katry Says:

      countreeshard,
      Coincidentally, I just bought some bananas. I hadn’t had any for a while and they looked bright and yellow, a little spring color.

      I do love avocados as well.

      • Bob Says:

        I am not a fan of the banana and only eat them if I get a case of leg cramps. Bananas are high in potassium which is helpful in reducing muscle cramps. Avocados, on the other hand are among my favorite fruits. An avocado will overcome funk regardless of the potassium content. Knowing they are also high in potassium I might switch from bananas to reduce cramps except they’re more difficult to peal and eat on the go.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I love bananas. In Africa fruit with peel and skins were the best to buy. You could eat them on the road without needing to wash them.

        I also like avocados in salads and sandwiches besides in guacamole.

  4. olof1 Says:

    They had predicted rain almost all day and if one count five drops as rain we did get some 🙂 Mostly cloudy but the sun broke through quite a lot anyway and it also got much warmer than predicted too, It is nice when the predictions go wrong the right way 🙂

    It is a long time since I saw anyone wear a kerchief here too. The lsat one was a few years ago when I saw an old woman walking in to church on a Sunday morning and it drizzled. There was also a Finnish javelin thrower who always wore one during competitions but she must have stopped competing three years or so ago.

    I wish we had more of those little shops, the ones we have are usually nasty expensive and the owners like to call them antique shops even though most things are anything but antiquites, more like vintage to be honest. I think that if something is called an antiquity it must be 100 years old.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We have rain predicted for tomorrow. We need it badly. The sun was around all day, but it never did get warm. It was cool. not cold.

      Now they are worn around the neck as an accessory. They are worn in a variety of ways and with a variety of knots.

      We have several antique stores here which are also expensive depending on what you want, but I have bought dishes and furniture which wasn’t all that much money. I like to go to church shops which sell stuff donated to them. Sometimes I get lucky.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  5. Richard Says:

    It’s a good day for watchin’ all the episodes of ‘Hack My Life’ on TruTV … I have such simple, basic, and plebian tastes. Besides which, I’m easily amused. That makes me a cheap date, too.

    It’s chilly here but not cold. On the bright side, the skies are grey and there’s rain. YAY!

    I’m completely de-funkified, but that damned sciatica is hangin’ on like a mammajamma. It definitely does not be’s mos’ scoscious. The good news is that the 200mg Celebrex gives about six hours of partial relief, and then normal programming is resumed. Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, I suppose.

    I have seen in this lifetime exactly one – say again, ONE – bluebird. It was stunning. The blue was electrically intense and better than any other blue I can recall seeing before that time. I hope to see – and photograph – another one before it’s time to leave for my Dirt Nap.

    On today’s playlist is the little-known but widely admired Orquestra Arrecife, who perform for your listening and dancing plaisir their once-well-known tune entitled ‘‪El elefante onírico (Parte 2/3)‬’ … you may detect bits ‘n pieces of a former Top Ten T&V program’s theme song … rissen crosery, glasshoppah … wisdom is in the ear of the beholder …

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      I’m watching Outlander as another one is on this evening, and I want to catch up. I also watched the worst scifi movie ever on Netflix.

      We also have chilly but not cold and rain is expected tomorrow. My sister in Colorado has sleet and snow.

      My back has been fine today, but I didn’t do anything to aggravate it. Tomorrow I have to do laundry so I suspect my back will be bothering me tomorrow night.

      I have seen bluebirds in Africa. They are a bit different from ours but no less beautiful.

      My ears are tone deaf and I heard nothing!

  6. Spaceman Says:

    See if this helps:

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,

      She is so young in this video.

      Ever since I first heard her voice, I have bought all her albums and seen her in concert. There is something comforting about listening to an old friend.

      Thanks!!

  7. Spaceman Says:

    (it’s the steel guitar)

  8. Spaceman Says:

    Steel guitars are standard application in traditional country music. It’s the first notes in the song

    • katry Says:

      Thanks! You know my country music background is limited at best. I listened again, and this time I was reminded of the beginning of a theme song but for the life of me I can’t remember which. I know it was a Quinn-Martin production.

  9. Spaceman Says:

    This is a wonderful song. Suzy Boguss does it properly and Interesting version by Moe Bandy (who is hard country)


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