“Anything seems possible at night when the rest of the world has gone to sleep.”

Today was gray when I first woke up. I went back to sleep, and it was sunny when I awoke the second time. I stayed awake. After two coffees and two newspapers, I was ready to face the day. The animals got fed, I took Gracie outside, put dishes away and  cleaned the kitchen counter. That’s it, my chores, for the day. I do have to take Maddie and Gracie to get their nails cut, but that goes into the errand column and is the singular entry in that column. Most of my day will be lazy and quiet.

I take Gracie out for her last outside trip just before I go to bed. It can be any time between 12:30 and 3. It was around 2 this morning. I turn on my outside light, and it is the only light. All of the houses around me are dark. I walk gently and slowly to the driveway feeling with my foot the change from grass to hardtop. It is downhill to the gate and I shuffle my feet for safety. Once Gracie and I are inside the gate, I sit on the deck steps and wait. After she triggers the yard lights, I can see when she’s done and when we can to go back inside to bed. Sometimes I sit outside a bit longer because the night is so lovely. Gracie recognizes my mood and leans against me, her pat me signal. I listen to all the night sounds. I check out the stars. After a while, I drag myself inside to bed.

The night sky in Ghana was ablaze with stars. Nights were never dark. When I slept outside, during the harmattan, I watched for shooting stars. I saw many. Despite the heat, I slept soundly in my back yard. Roosters were my wake-up calls. When I think back, I realize it all seemed ordinary to me, a usual night. When I go back to Ghana, I have the sense that all of it is familiar especially that rooster outside my window crowing as the day dawns.

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6 Comments on ““Anything seems possible at night when the rest of the world has gone to sleep.””

  1. im6 Says:

    Offering my musical contribution to today’s theme. The Church is one of my two favorite bands from Down Under (the other is Crowded House, although technically they’re from New Zealand). Both deserve a much larger audience. This was The Church’s biggest “hit” and, to my ears, it sounds just as fresh today as it did when it was first released 29 years ago (1988). Where does the time go?


    • Thank im6,
      I really liked this singer. He has such an amazing voice. I, of course, hadn’t ever heard of this group.

      I will also check out Crowded ouse.

  2. Bob Says:

    I won’t bore you with today’s weather but tomorrow the heat wave begins…LOL Today we hit 96 officially.

    I haven’t seen the night sky in it’s full splendor in years. The light pollution in metropolitan areas makes the moon the only visible object in the night sky.


    • Bob,
      We are stuck with really humid days, but the weatherman did predict this would be a hot week. I’ve even got the AC going. I was out but only for a little while.

      The Cape used to be an expanse of stars at night, but there are fewer now though there are more than enough when meteor showers come in August.

      Nothing beats that African sky!

  3. olof1 Says:

    We had a windy but mostly sunny and warm day here yesterday. The only problem was that when we were out walikng and came out of winds reach all the forests flies had gathered there too 🙂 🙂

    I didn’t do much yesterday but today I’ll go out to get more of Nova’s medicines and I’ll also go to teh supermarket to buy what I need when it comes to food.

    Nights here are very different from the big city where I grew up, so many more stars can be seen here and I can even notice a big difference if I walk in to the forest where no lights can be seen so I can only imagine how beautiful the sky must have been in Ghana!

    Cool and foggy morning here, they say it’ll be sunny later but it’s hard to believe at themoment 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.


    • Christer,
      At 6 this morning, Gracie was panting so I knew she wanted out. We got outside, and the air felt damp. The grass was even wet. That’s how thick the humidity was. Right now the sun is out but it is still humid. It will be in the 80’s today and through the weekend.

      The girls got their nails cut. Maddie mewed only once in the crate when we were going and not even once when we were on the way home. I let her out of the crate as soon as we got home. She walked to the kitchen and threw up. I guessed she was more upset than I imagined.

      The stars in Africa were beyond belief when I lived there. I remember riding my motorcycle back from town and seeing a blanket of stars above me. I had to stop and look at that sky.

      Have a great first week of vacation.


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