“Let it all go and enjoy the profound gifts found in your quiet places.”

The sun has decided to reappear and the blue sky frames it perfectly. The wind is strong enough to make the day seem colder than it is. I was out early this morning, at 7:50, when the wind was so strong it made me run to the comfort of the car to get away from the cold.

Gracie had her first acupuncture appointment at 8:10. She did quite well. The vet had some tasty, or so I assumed, dog food frozen in a small jar. Gracie kept lapping and was totally unconcerned about the vet and the needles. Gracie stood there until the very end when she decided it was time to sit down. The vet has the gentlest manner and she spoke softly and soothingly. Gracie gave tail wags. We go back in two weeks for another session.

When we got home, I went back to sleep as did Gracie, and the two of us just woke up. 6:45 is far too early to get up unless it’s Christmas or I have a flight to catch though getting up that early gave me time for one paper and a cup of coffee. I’m about ready for another cup. It is sort of my second morning.

I need to go through a few catalogues I’ve saved because I dog-eared some of their pages for second looks at possible presents. Making a list of what and for whom I’ve already bought gifts still hasn’t been done so it is the only item on my to do list. I’m figuring this weekend.

I watched the Celtics last night. I used to watch them all the time, but my interest had fallen back in the lean years. When I was a kid, I used to go to games at the garden. It was a quick bus ride to Sullivan Square then the subway to North Station and the old Boston Garden, the one which once fogged up during the playoffs. The last time I saw them live was about three or four years ago. Last night they won their 14th straight. It was against the Warriors, the world champion Golden State Warriors, and the game was jaw dropping. It was a test of sorts for the Celts to show how good they really are. They came back at one point from a 17 point deficit to win with a score of 92-88. Charles Barkley, never a favorite of mine, now an analyst for TNT, was all over the Celts before the game and at half time. I just hope when he ate his words they soured his mouth.

I’ve chosen today to be a quiet day with some music and some more of the mystery I’m reading, The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths. Gracie will have to fight me for the couch.

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8 Comments on ““Let it all go and enjoy the profound gifts found in your quiet places.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Very nice weather here until around 2pm, then the wind started to blow hard and now the rain pours down and hits the walls really hard. I even had a fire burning in the stove for a couple of hgours so I’ve enjoyed both the warmth from the kitchen and the sound from the rain.

    Albin goes the the door every five minutes but every time I open it he take a look and runs back in to the livingroom 🙂 🙂 Drives me crazy but it is fun to see his reaction when he sees the rain 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      That rain does sound quite dramatic, but you have the best of everything with the sound of the rain and a cozy kitchen.

      I had to laugh ab out Albin. Not one of my boxers would go out in the rain. When I forced the, the dogs looked abused. They slunk close to the ground and their ears were back.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s good to read that things went well with the acupuncture appointment. I hope it helps Gracie.

    Second breakfast is one of The Hobbit’s better concepts. 🙂

    There are a couple of catalogues lounging on the back of the couch awaiting my perusal. I’m dubious about finding anything. There is also a knitting project that I plan to do for a gift but I’m not making much progress on it. Otherwise, no Christmas gifts have been acquired.

    I got lost in a book the last couple of days. It’s “Dust” by Phillip Pullman and it’s a prequel to the trilogy His Dark Materials. It was a good read. Now I’m reading a John LeCarré; A Legacy of Spies. It has to be a last novel of his since he died a while ago. It’s looking like I might fall into this one, too. I love when a book does that.

    Here it was also very windy with some sunny breaks. I had to pick up the recycling bin and its contents twice this morning because it got blown over. Finally I put it back on the porch and when the truck came I ran out and put the bin on the curb.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I hope your wish comes true as Gracie is shaky. It will take a few sessions, but I’m willing and Gracie was good about the whole process.

      For the first breakfast I had a cinnamon roll and for the second I had a piece of toast with jelly with my coffee. I too agree with the Hobbits.

      I too love being drawn into a book. Once in a while with a book I can’t put down I read until early in the morning and every now and then the whole night. When I was in Ghana, I read constantly, more than any other time. That was, of course, with nil TV and no phone.

      I came home from the vets and only went out to take Gracie. It is cooler than the day time but still not so bad.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Language is funny, your folded catalogue ‘dog ears’ are called ‘donkey ears’ here.
    Have a nice day!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I love hearing about language like this. In Ghana, if I was not home, my students said they went to my house and met my absence. We cross our fingers. Christer holds his thumbs.

  4. Bob Says:

    Glad to hear that Gracie was a good patient. Hopefully, the treatments will help.

    Whenever I think of the NBA I think of Red Auerbach lighting up his cigar on the bench in the old Boston Garden when the Celts won. The game has changed drastically from the days of Bob Cousy, Bill Russell and even Larry Bird. The players are bigger stronger and can jump higher than ever. Although, the Mavericks have only one one championship in their history they have a faithful following. I’m not a big fan but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban my challenge Trump for the Republican nomination in 2019. Wealthy TV reality show stars may become the new road to the Whitehouse. 🙁

    Today was breezy and sunny with a high of 85 degrees. The record high was set last year on this date of 87 degrees. Who says there’s no global warming? 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Bob. I’m hoping the same

      Red and his cigar are legendary. My Celtic history goes way back to the days of Heinson, Luscutoff, Gene Conley and Bill Sharman, the late 50’s team. The basketball players now are taller and more athletic but they share the expertise with the ball that Cousy was famous for. I remember passes through opposing players’ legs.

      We got to the mid 450’s today, but it will be cold tonight. That would be Trump!


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