“The sun has come out… and the air is vivid with spring light.”

Today is a bit chilly somewhere between a sweatshirt and a long sleeved-shirt. The sky is cloudy though the sun is close enough behind the clouds that the day is bright and the sun sometimes shows itself. Many flowers are starting to pop up or bloom in my front garden. Now I know where the bare spots are, and I’m excited to buy new flowers to fill in the blanks (sort of blanks). I know I need some tall ones. Before I shop, I’ll do a bit of searching on line to find different flowers than I have.

This is a busy medical week. Fern goes to the vets today to see if the medicine has helped her kidney remain stable without any further deterioration. I have two appointments of my own. My house is beginning to resemble a pharmacy. All of us are on some sort of medication.

Spring is a noisy season. The birds start singing early, a bit before dawn. The kids are outside in the morning screaming and playing while they wait for the bus. I can hear lawn mowers most mornings and today I heard hammering. Generally I prefer the quiet, but this time of year I’m happy for the noise. It means people are coming out of hibernation. They are no longer hunkered down in their warm houses but are outside in their gardens or just walking the neighborhood. People are especially friendly this time of year. We all survived the winter together so a wave or a hello is a reconnection.

Riding in the car this time of year has its danger. My eyes are attracted to colors, and I can’t help but look: along the sides of the roads. I have to be careful to take quick peeks as a couple of times I found myself heading toward the sidewalks-no people but plenty of trees.

I haven’t taken pictures in a long while, but my camera has plenty of pictures needing to be uploaded and posted. Most are from last year. I’ve got to put the camera on my to do list.

Right now the sun is out. It is quiet. The only sound is Gracie’s deep breathing while she sleeps. A bit of a breeze has appeared and the tops of the pine trees are swaying. It is a lovely day.


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6 Comments on ““The sun has come out… and the air is vivid with spring light.””

  1. Richard Says:

    How come I have that earworm from ‘Annie’ – you know, the one about ‘The sun’ll come out – tomorrow’ … ? I don’t even like the tune, but it won’t go away. I’m not desperate enough to use the corkscrew – yet. We have hibiscii in bloom – most red, some pink, very few yellow.

    There’s other stuff, like phlox (love that word) and pansies that’ll be replaced next time the landscaping company makes a trawl through the property. And then there’s the ‘garden’ by the pool, where the (ahem) ‘flowers’ are of a completely ’nuther variety. I never made any claim to not be a lecher – like Popeye said: “I yam what I yam, and that’s all what I yam!” So, ‘Dirty Ol’ Man’ is a fitting description. However, I’m also wise enough to realise that, at this age, the hoary reminder that ‘A fat puppy doesn’t chase fast cars’ applies. Damned shame, too …

    This is a ‘bye’ week for me medically. The MRI is set for next Monday at 1030 hrs, but that’s premised on the pre-authorisation being in place from Humana by then. If it’s not, it’ll be postponed until it is – or until I get confirmation that it’s denied. After the MRI, it’ll be another trip to Pre-Cert City to get the microdiscectomy authorised. I’m just happy that Percogesic still works for the bulk of the pain. Odd that it does, considering it’s just acetaminophen and Benadryl, but hey, I’m not picky if something works.

    Wish I’d see another genuine bluebird like the one that visited all too briefly early in spring … electric blue it was, and there I stood, cameraless. I hate when that happens.

    I don’t have that ‘riding in the car’ problem – most times it’s all I can do to even get in and out successfully, by which I mean I don’t do anything to trigger the ‘Gotcha!’ switch that sends Instantaneous Pain down the sciatic nerve. When that happens, I limp back to the apartment and find the closest horizontal surface to lay on ’til the pain recedes.

    Enough talk of Woe and Mizzery … let’s git t’ talkin’ about Da Music! Today we have a Special Offertory of Combined Styles – it’s the ‘Godfather of Soul,’ one Mr James Brown, and one of the Three Tenors (Domingo, Carreras, and Pavarotti), Mr Luciano Pavarotti joining forces and combining talents to bring us ‘This Is A Man’s World’ as it has never been heard before … and now, to begin:

    • katry Says:

      Supposedly chewing gum will send the ear worm on its way. I’d hurry if I had an Annie song stuck in my head.

      Up north had lilacs in bloom but not here yet. The ocean keeps us a few weeks behind.

      I plant very few annuals. They are mostly space fillers. I plant pansies, geraniums and whatever else looks good. I prefer perennials so I don’t have tp plant the area again.

      Nothing wrong with looking!

      I take something for the pain when I am going somewhere so I can walk without stopping every ten minutes or so. If I’m just around the house, I’m usually okay. I hope you’re all set to get that MRI done.

      I haven’t ever seen a bluebird around here. They like mealy worms which I never put out. Today was a slow day for birds.

      Driving doesn’t usually bother me at all nor does sitting in the car for a long stretch.

      I haven’t heard James Brown in so long. I’d forgotten how good he is. This is the weirdest combination yet it works.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Summer came back today and it will be gone by tomorrow again 🙂 It is time to put up the mosquito nets again, I killed the first one yesterday 🙂

    I must make my vegetable garden bigger this year and I’ll alsoput some potatoes in the ground in my flower beds. Potato flowers are really pretty to be honest so they’ll fit in nicely.

    On the roads I drive I can’t look on flowers when I drive, I’m too busy looking for wildlife that might pass the road in front of my car and very few have anything but berry bushes and fruit trees in their gardens here in the village. They see me as a bit odd who likes flowers too 🙂

    I do hope Fern is ok now!

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      In New Hampshire they had the black flies. Our black fly season doesn’t usually happen until June. They are sheer misery when they bite, even worse than mosquitos.

      My veggie garden only gave me a few tomatoes last year so I may just concentrate on the herbs. They do quite well.

      No wildlife to worry about on the roads here. I do see a coyote every now and then and maybe a fox but that is rare. Wild turkeys tend to be more plentiful.

      Thanks on Fern. The vet told me her kidney had started to deteriorate, but I hope it doesn’t get any worse. She still pees on the puppy pads for which I am grateful. Before that it was anywhere, a symptom of the kidney problem.

      Have a great evening!!

  3. Bob Says:

    Today started out cloudy with a rain shower before dawn. The broken clouds lingered most of the day with periods of bright sunshine. It was humid with temperatures in the high 70s. This weekend Dallas hosts the Byron Nelson golf tournament which raises money for the salesmanship club. I’m not a fan of golf. It’s about as exciting as watching paint dry. 🙂

    Getting older means more medication to keep us alive and healthy. My coworker buried his father last week. The man made it to 100 years. I don’t want to live that long if it means living in a nursing home wearing a diaper, being spoon fed and not knowing where I am or who’s around me.

    • katry Says:

      I wondered where you’ve been-figure you were flying somewhere.

      I’m not a fan of golf either. I have several friends who play it and that’s as close as I get.

      Nope, I want a full life until I take my last breath. The stuff I’m on is mostly to control my a-fib. The pills get lined up every night. I don’t minds they’re keeping me healthy.

      Have a good week.

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