“It was a morning like other mornings and yet perfect among mornings.”

When I first got home from Ghana, I was waking up around 4, or if I slept in, around 5. Now I am waking up at 8 or, like today, closer to 9. In Ghana, I was asleep by 9 or 9:30 at the latest. Every morning, the rooster woke me up when it was still dark, and I’d sleep fitfully until 6 or so. I go to bed much later now, and there are no roosters or calls to prayer   in the early mornings to wake me up. Where am I going with this? Well, I am writing Coffee so much later now. I take my time in the mornings and read both papers. I also do the crossword in the Globe and the cryptogram in the Cape Times. Sometimes I have breakfast, but most mornings I just drink coffee. I am in no hurry. That’s a piece of Ghana still with me, and I’m holding on to that for a while. Mornings should be leisurely. I can think of no better way to start the day.

For the first time, Massachusetts is allowing early voting. I figure on hitting the booth today. I figure it is a foregone conclusion as to who will win the state. Massachusetts is about as blue a state as there is. We even voted for McGovern, and I think we were the only state which did. Later, after President Nixon resigned, bumper stickers appeared which said, “Don’t blame me. I’m from Massachusetts.”It was wonderful being clairvoyant.

This morning I watched an Edward G. Robinson movie on TCM called Confessions of a Nazi Spy which was released in 1939. EGR played an FBI agent who hunts down Nazi spies one at a time by capturing members of a spy ring operating in the United States. I did a bit of sleuthing and found out it was based on the articles of former FBI agent Leon G. Turror who had been active in investigating Nazi spy rings in the United States prior to the war and lost his position at the Bureau when he published the articles without permission. The movie was banned in Germany, Japan and many Latin American and European countries. The music played during the credits was God Bless America. I liked the movie and figure the obvious propaganda was well timed.

My laundry is sitting in front of the cellar door where it has been for five or six days. I have plenty of clean clothes of all sorts. Needing clothes seems to drive my doing the laundry; however, I am getting tired of looking at that laundry bag so I have a couple of choices. I can throw the bag down the cellar stairs and shut the door or I can do the laundry. I’m leaning toward doing the laundry. I can be a sloth for only so long.

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6 Comments on ““It was a morning like other mornings and yet perfect among mornings.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I normally take 45 minutes to an hour to eat breakfast in the morning 🙂 It is a good thing I wake up so early 🙂 I either read something or watch something on tv at the same time and my tea/ coffee is usually cold long before I’ve finished eating 🙂

    I wonder if they showed that film here in Sweden. They were much bolder in the early days of the war but then again we had lots of pro nazi people here so they might not have shown it. They became bolder again when the war was close to ending though 🙂

    I usually want to vote on the election day, always the second Sunday in September and no one has to register to vote, we are allowed to vote as long as we are 18 years or older and a Swedish citizen so all what we need to vote comes in the mail long before the election day. People who aren’t Swedish citizens are allowed to vote for the county and region though and they too get what they need in the mail long before the election day. We vote for the parliament, the region and county at the same day.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I think I take even longer, but, unlike you, I don’t need to get to work. The Boston Globe is a long read as there are so many articles. I sip my coffee and the last few sips are usually luke warm.

      It actually was a box-office flop here but was re-released later with added footage of the Nazi invasions.

      We have to be registered to vote here, and you have to be a citizen. You can get an absentee ballot in the mail at any point once early voting has started. That you just mail back.

      Sadly, in many elections, especially those years when the presidency isn’t up for voting, the % of voters is small, but this time I expect there will be a high voter turn-out. This has been a highly followed election.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I wake up at 4AM. It’s the last of the work habits and I can’t seem to break that. I do not get out of bed at 4AM, though. I lie there in the dark and lounge. It’s a luxury to just lounge in bed in the morning. When the sun comes up or when the dogs insist, I get up. They go out. I get breakfast and feed them. Then I sit down with my iced coffee and read the digital Washington Post. Sometimes it takes me all morning to manage that. Sometimes I have to have a Hobbit’s Second Breakfast to complete the task. 🙂

    My laundry is by the bathroom door. I’m tired of looking at it, too, so I might toss it down the cellar stairs. I have dishes to wash as well. And some papers to shred. So much to do. I think I’ll early vote instead.

    I went to Parker River Wildlife Reservation yesterday. It was a little chilly for a tee shirt but I’m tough. It costs $5 to get in. But I discovered that I am over 62 so I can get a lifetime pass to most federal recreation areas for $10. Such a deal. Two more trips to Parker River and it’s paid for.

    Today was windy and cold and mostly cloudy. A depressing harbinger of Things to Come. Ugh.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I used to get up at 5 when I worked, but that quickly disappeared. I started sleeping later the day after I retired. When I was getting up so early on my return, the 2 cats and Gracie came downstairs and went to sleep. They were never much company.

      I didn’t do the wash. I moved it closer to the door, and that was it. I also didn’t leave the house except to get the papers and also go to the mailbox in the afternoon. I binged on Westworld on HBO. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but now I’m hooked.

      I have that pass. I bought it at Estes Park in Colorado but haven’t used it since then.

      It was cold this morning. My heat, set at 68˚, went on early this morning. I’m not complaining. I was cold yesterday when I woke up. It is much more pleasant to be warm.

      Have a wonderful evening!

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