“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.”

Summer has dropped back to visit for a few days. Today will be in the 70’s, and it is already warm. I haven’t anything to do, but I think I’ll go out and about to enjoy the day. It ought not to be missed.

I am now sleeping to a respectable hour. Today it was 7:30. I am surprised how long it took to sleep later than 4:30 as the rule of thumb is one day for each hour. Ghana is 4 hours ahead, but it took well over a week for my system to adjust. I figure it probably had to do with the day I came home when I didn’t get to sleep until 2 in the morning, 6 in the morning for my body. A day with little or no sleep wreaks havoc on any schedule.

My oak tree’s leaves are yellow. White flowers have recently bloomed in my front garden. I have no idea what those flowers are. I know they are perennials, late bloomers and white.

Gracie loves the open front door. She sees any interlopers who dare walk on her street and barks to let them know they are unwelcome. She runs outside to bark even more loudly should a dog walk by the house. The hair on her back stands up. She looks and sounds fierce. People walk faster to get pass the house. I chuckle. Gracie isn’t going anywhere. She is stuck in the yard. Her bark is her only weapon.

I bought Christmas presents in Ghana. When I travel, I always try to bring presents back, unique gifts. This trip I was especially lucky in shopping at two great places. One was Hakim’s, a jewelry store specializing in silver. The other was an artisan gallery. Both were in Accra. The gallery had every sort of Ghanaian craft. It was a fun place to shop despite the musty smell and the heat.

I actually came home with money. It was because I used a credit card at a couple of places  including the lodge. Usually, my American Express is useless in Africa. I wouldn’t even have brought it except I had to show the card I charged the flights on at the airport. I’m glad for that. Having money left over made me feel parsimonious, not an adjective ever applied to me.

The animals are sleeping. The house is quiet. It is a typical morning.

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6 Comments on ““Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Kat – I am glad you mentioned Christmas, I am already fussing over what to buy Mrs MDH and the Prince and…. With my (not) children having married their families are established and we drop in to the secondary position – Something that leaves me a shade funky when I have treasured Christmas Eve at St John Fisher Chapel and everyone together on Christmas Day

    Right, enough of the chit chat, got to get back to the stocking stuffers and things for the advent calendar

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I shop all year. My mother always said buy it when you see it as it might not be there later. All my gifts are now on the guest room bed, and I need to get them down on a list so I’ll know what elseI need.

      I love shopping for stocking stuffers.

      We always were at my parents’ house on Christmas except for my sister in Colorado. As with my mother, my sister’s house is Christmas central.

      Now I spend Christmas with friends whi are family.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve done a bit of Christmas shopping. I got some small knitting-related gifts for the folks in both my knitting groups. That’s pretty much all the actual xmas gift buying I have to do. Everyone else wants Amazon cards. Easy.
    I still have to buy my annual Hallmark puppy love ornament, if they’re still doing that. I’m not obsessive enough about it to keep up with the status. If it’s there when I happen to wander through the store, I’ll buy it. And I’ll need to order a door wreath. After that, I’m done.

    The morning was spent planting grass in hopes that some of it might actually grow. It’s not been a success so far but I remain optimistic. After that, I went to lunch with my brother. We talked and laughed a lot and ate some good food.

    Today was warm and mostly cloudy. I think it rained sometime in the pre-dawn hours. There were raindrops on the windows when I woke up.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I give my niece, nephews and their spouses gift cards and a few small gifts like an ornament and jewelry.

      My sister and I collect the Hallmark Star Trek ornaments. We are missing only the first one as I didn’t know about it. I give my sister hers as a birthday gift. I ordered them on-line as my Hallmark store closed.

      My sister and I are going out to lunch tomorrow (another part of her birthday present). We are going to try the new fusion restaurant in Stoneham. I think it is Asian fusion.

      I loaded up my car with trash and recycles but the dump was closed. I forgot it closes Monday and Tuesday in October. That was my big morning.

      I also think it might have rained. I noticed the sides of the street looked damp. It is so warm I’ve opened windows.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Bob Says:

    I’m not a morning person and I can sleep to nine easily on the weekends. 🙂 During the week I’m up at six and most mornings I’m ready to go. I don’t know what I would do if I were retired. I probably would sleep late and wile my days away watching TV or reading all the books I don’t have time for now. I can usually defeat jet lag in one good nights sleep. However, going across the Pacific to China and back was a challenge.

    If we didn’t have the Holiday season the economy would go into a tailspin recession. I hate to spend money on more useless junk to fill up my downsized condo. 🙂 I believe in the theory of de cluttering my life.

    Summer is still hanging around with sunny skies and a high temperature of 90 degrees today and 91 yesterday.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I used to be up at 5:00 when I worked, but on weekends, I’d stay up late and usually wake up around 8 and sometimes 9. Now I seem to go to bed around 11 or 11:30 and sleep 8 hours. I retired 12 years ago, and I don’t just hang around all day. I manage to find stuff to do.

      I went to bed so late the night I got home that it meant I had been awake over 24 hours, and losing a night’s sleep takes me a while to get over.

      I usually have most of my shopping done well before Christmas. I’d like to think my gifts are more than useless junk as I take care in choosing just the right presents for people. My sister does quite well in finding perfect gifts for me. I think it’s a family thing taught to us by our mother.

      I have windows open as it is so warm still. Today was short sleeve weather and tomorrow will be even warmer. It might get to 80˚ in Boston. That’s amazing!


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