“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

Last night I slept on the couch. Gracie had an upset stomach, and I needed to be near the spider plants. I threw all the cushions on the floor, grabbed an afghan and tried to get comfortable. Gracie slept right through the night. Maddie did not howl. She slept on the chair, and because I was close, she too slept through the night. I was the only one who kept waking up.

Last night I kept going outside to see the moon. I didn’t want to miss it. I’m glad it was a warm night. Tonight I’ll do the same.

My television viewing has changed lately. I’ve been avoiding the news and have conquered my addiction for MSNBC. I’m watching mostly movies, mostly documentaries. Yesterday I watched documentaries about World War II. I watched the US leapfrog across the Pacific taking island after island from the Japanese. Now I’m watching December 7, a film by John Ford. It is Hawaii before, during and after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The battle scenes in all of these films have been difficult to watch. The deaths of the servicemen are real.

Today will be close to 60˚. It is not a day to be inside, not a day to be doing laundry. I think Gracie and I will take to the open road. I’ll open her window so if she gets the urge, she can stick her head outside. We’ll keep to 6A, a slower road, a pretty road filled with old captains’ houses and real trees lining the sides of the road. I never tire of 6A.

My neighbors were raking leaves yesterday. Both of them are in their late 70’s. He has Alzheimer’s. His job was to hold the bag for the leaves while his wife raked. I stopped to chat when I was leaving to go to the dump. He always says hi. When I got back home, they were gone from the yard, but there were still plenty of leaves to rake. I think there will always be leaves. They are the bane of fall.

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10 Comments on ““Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    What a night. At least both the critters slept through it.

    Both my critters required visits to the outside at different times last night. If one has to go out, the other one has to go out too. And because there are coyotes, I have to go with them. The moon was very big and very bright. The last time I saw it was was when it beamed in the window by my bed at zero dark thirty this morning and pretty much lit up the whole room. I said good morning, Moon and rolled over. 🙂

    I’ve also been avoiding news shows and swiping left through most of the digital Washington Post. Cooking and craft shows are my main fare along with Book TV and History TV (C-SPAN) on the weekends. There are too many commentators that suddenly know why it came out the way they knew it wouldn’t. A pox on all of them.

    I hope there will always be leaves. Useful things to have even if I have to rake them or run over them with the lawn mower once they’ve given up the ghost for the season. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I had originally gone to bed but Gracie started right away with her gulping so we came downstairs. She ate about 5 fronds of the spider plant and then seemed okay. By the time I turned off the light it was after 3. Both of them are napping now, of course.

      Gracie can go in and out her door. If it is closed, she rings the bells, but that doesn’t happen often.

      I spent Saturday on History and last night watching movies. I haven’t the heart for political news of any sort. I wonder if I can avoid it for the next four years.

      There is a bit of a breeze today so I figure the leaves are still falling on the lawn now yellow with leaves.

      Have a great afternoon.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Greet the moon, I can’t see it behind rain clouds tonight.
    I hope Gracie feels better now and you both enjoyed the ride.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I am on my way out to see the moon. 4:30, now, is supposed to be the best time.

      We had a short ride to Dunkin’ Donuts then down to Dennis village on 6A. It wasn’t all that long, but Gracie doesn’t care as long as she rides.

      She is, of course, napping again!

  3. Bob Says:

    Like you I have given up watching news shows or reading news stories about the President elect’s cabinet choices. I would rather watch the “War of the Worlds” circa 1954. With Trump even the aliens don’t know want us. He appears to be filling the positions in his administration with bigots, anti semites, racists, misogynists and holy rollers. Hallelujah, the prophet from Manhattan is going to rid the nation of bad hombres, planned parenthood and Muslim terrorists. Magically US Steel is going to fire up new steel plants along the Allegheny, he’s unilaterally going to cut off Chinese imports and build a beautiful wall along the Southern border during the first 100 days and turn back the clock to 1955.

    Going to look at the moon tonight and enjoy the cooler weather.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I just can’t watch or listen to him.

      I suspect his cabinet choices would have me muttering so the less I know the better it is for my mood. I figure he will fill his cabinet with similar people to him, and that’s scary enough for me to embrace ignorance.

      It is so cloudy that I can’t see the moon. Bummer!

  4. Jay Bird Says:

    It took some intestinal fortitude, but I finally watched my first political show since this shocking election.. John Oliver on HBO. Awesome.

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      That program was commended to me by another friend so I will definitely watch it.

      • Jay Bird Says:

        BTW, since we (and many others) can’t handle CNN nor MSNBC at this time, I’m watching a lot of History Channel too, I’d also suggest “Expedition Unknown” (Travel, new episode tomorrow), “River Monsters”, yeah, about fishing (Animal Planet), but Jeremy Wade has such a soothing voice, or “Life Below Zero” (Nat. Geo.). Kavik Sue is my kinda gal.

      • katry Says:

        Jay,
        I just watched program 1 of the new season of the Hunt for Hitler series. They seem to be on to something!

        Thanks for the suggestions.


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