“When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”

Today is perfect in every way. It is sunny, breezy and dry. To top it off, it rained last night. I heard it against the window, a heavy rain. I don’t know how long the storm lasted but the deck was still a bit damp this morning. The weatherman says today and tomorrow will be beautiful with cool nights, even down to the low 60’s.

When summer starts to wind down, it seems to die quickly. The darkness sneaks in a few minutes at a time until we realize how early we need lights. We don’t think about the cool nights as we’re glad for a reprieve from the hot days, but then the days get cooler. Labor Day arrives, schools open and summer is unofficially over.

I wish summer were longer. When I was a kid, I wanted it to last forever. My days were filled with bike riding, berry picking and sleeping in the backyard. We had picnics in the woods. Bedtime was late. Dinner was casual. The clock had stopped controlling our lives.

I don’t wear a watch. The last time I remember wearing one was in Ghana, probably the one place where you didn’t need a watch. When I taught, tbells started and ended classes and every room had a giant clock so a watch was superfluous. I’m retired. I don’t clock watch unless I have an appointment. I have no bedtime. I go when I’m tired. No alarm jars me awake. I open my eyes, stretch, say good morning to Fern and Gracie at the foot of my bed, figure out what day of the week it is and if I have anything on my dance card then I get up, and it’s time for coffee and the newspapers.

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12 Comments on ““When you are measuring life, you are not living it.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had a rather nice day over here too, cool morning with fog, cloudy buyt warm day and a sunny afternoon. Too bad I had to go to work 🙂

    I haven’t had a watch since my early twenties and now days our mobile phones show the time so no need for any clocks at all really. I forgot my phone at home today so of course I wanted to know what time it was all day long 🙂

    I would rather have spring all year long 🙂 Just enough warm and no flies around to destroy the day but usually a few butterflies, bumblebees and dragonflies to brighten up the day 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It is a bit warmer now but still tolerable without turning on the AC. Gracie and I even went to the dump.

      I don’t even check my mobile phone. I know when I need to be somewhere so I leave on time, but other than that, I don’t care.

      Spring is really perfect. I wouldn’t complain if we had it all year but late in the spring as spring doesn’t come here all that early.

      Have a great evening.

  2. Hedley Says:

    I love watches and clocks. I brand for Detroit during the working day and wear a Shinola. I have an old wall clock in my kitchen circa 1810 made somewhere in the old country but only identified on the dial as “Corrie” – I love the idea that over 200 years ago a clockmaker created something that is still functional and enjoyed.

    I have been spinning through weddings and anniversaries and house guests and the Detroit Tigers and the forthcoming Prince birthday and yesterday had the overwhelming urge to listen to Captain Beefheart. After blasting through “Lick my Decals off Baby” I decided that the Captain and his Magic Band were probably still a bridge too far – so I went back to the Olympics just in time to see the Mongolian wrestling coach show his displeasure by stripping off.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have a couple of old clocks. One is a grandfather clock from the late 1800’s and an old Seth Thomas school clock. Both still work, but are a bit heavy to carry!

      I have lived an opposite life. It has been mostly quiet. I did have two birthday dinners with friends, but that’s about it. I have been watching the Olympics and the Sox, lots of channel switching. I also saw the Mongolian coach. I was happy he stopped at his briefs.

  3. Birgit Says:

    School started today and – bad timing for the kids – from tomorrow on we’ll get some hot sunny days here, maybe up to 30°C/ 86°F. This summer was quite wet.
    My sense of time is very bad so I usually wear a watch to synchronize with normal life. I’m just not made for 24 hour days but habitable planets with longer days are still rare. Just cheap colored plastic watches, I don’t want to take care of something breakable or expensive.

    • katry Says:

      Schools around here start at different times. In Colorado, my grand nephew Ryder is starting week 3, but he does get a vacation in October.

      The weather is weird. In Louisiana, they had so much rain there was flooding and whole towns are underwater. They are fighting wild fires in California. In much of this state there is an extreme drought. Last night’s storm was such little rain it doesn’t count.

      I will bring a watch with me to Ghana just in case.

  4. Bob Says:

    Time is the one thing you can’t get back and I’m a time fanatic. I wear a watch that gives me both local and UCT, formerly Greenwich Mean Time. Without accurate time we couldn’t navigate the world or know our place in the universe.

    I look at my watch numerous times during the day for no apparent reason which drives my wife crazy. I feel naked without my wrist watch. I like escapement movement watches over Quartz ones. The ones that go tick tock. But I can’t afford a really expensive watch like a Rolex so I wear a fake one I bought in China. I check my watch’s accuracy with my cell phone and either computer or iPad clock at least once or twice daily. I do it one weekends and holidays. I used to check the accuracy of my watch with WWV, which is the official Naval Observatory time. Now the Internet has the exact time from the atomic clock in Colorado Springs.

    Today was another cloudy and rainy day with highs in the low 80s.

    • katry Says:

      You need to know the time. I don’t for the most part. If I need to be at an appointment, I leave with time to spare.

      You are watch-time obsessed.

      I loved Timex watches with Roman numbers. I still think I have one in a drawer upstairs. My mother gave me a beautiful watch for my 50th birthday. That one I treasure, but it oo is in a drawer.

      Great day today and a cool night.

      • Bob Says:

        Remember the old Timex watch commercials. John Cameron Swayze would tie the watch to an outboard motor boat propellor and run it in the water. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

        If I retired tomorrow I would never stop wearing my watch and always check the time regularly. It’s in my DNA.

      • katry Says:

        I remember those commercials, “Takes a licking but keeps on ticking.”

        Maybe you might learn to take it easy when you retire.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I don’t wear a watch either. I used to when I was working two jobs because one of the jobs was in a barn and the only clock was way in the back where I usually wasn’t.
    Watches didn’t last long in the barn even the ones that are water resistant to however many meters. I went through a lot. One time I was between watches so I wore the one my father had given me for graduation. It was an extremely tiny and lady-like, gold plated Bulova. Definitely not a barn watch. But I needed a watch. That day one of the horses colicked and I had to assist the vet. At some point during the treatment, I plunged my Bulova clad arm into a bucket of warm water. Oops. It still runs but the paint on the dial came off so it’s difficult to see the numbers. It was difficult to see the numbers when I was 18 years old and didn’t need glasses.
    Nowadays, I can see the time on my laptop, all my ereaders and tablets as well as on my phone. Even the cable box has done away with the blinking 12:00 because you can hit the remote and the time will show on the screen. Post-apocalypse, we won’t know how to tell time at all. 🙂

    There was rain Sunday night and Mondy was lovely. Today looks to be as lovely.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I get where I need to get on time so I don’t need to know what time it is. Here I do have the cable and my computer if I need to know the time. During the day the only time I check it is when Gracie starts to whine for dinner. Sometimes she is an hour early.

      It is nice and cool even in the house. I love today!

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