“He yawned like a black bear coming out of hibernation.”

The sun has disappeared. Nothing is moving. The day is warm and quiet. Gracie and I went out first thing. She went into the backyard and I got the papers in the front. When we came back inside, Maddie gave me her demanding meow, loud and annoying, so I fed her first. Gracie was next, and I, as usual, was last. It’s two cups of coffee and two pieces of toast later, one with grape jelly my friend made.

I’m not sure why, maybe it’s the return of the gray day, but I have very little energy today. I even sat a while between cups of coffee, most unusual for me. Luckily, I have no plans for the day, no errands and no chores. I do have book two in the series by Elly Griffiths so perhaps the couch will be my spot for the day and turning pages my only activity.

I send cards for every holiday. That started when I was in college. My grandparents were around then, and one of my grandmothers was thrilled to get them. She was the one who wanted to be teacher so she loved that I was. I enjoy choosing the cards and lament my Hallmark store having closed. The closest one is in Orleans which always feels far but is only 12 or so miles away. When I was in Ghana, I made cards for every holiday except Christmas as I could find those. I used to go through magazines and cut out words and letters to make my cards, They looked more like ransom demands than cards. The Christmas cards I sent were wonderful. Some were hand-painted but even the ones commercially made were different. They had African nativity scenes, drummers, palm trees and even a camel or two. Each time I went back to Ghana, I was excited to find cards for Christmas. They went to family and special friends. I always send Edward Gorey cards to every one else for Christmas. I love his whimsey. The Edward Gorey house is in Yarmouth, and I go there to buy my cards. I remember last year I was afraid I had already sent all the available scenes but was glad to find one more. I’m hoping for the same this year.

I’ve started yawning which gives you a sense of today and the weather and today and me.

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8 Comments on ““He yawned like a black bear coming out of hibernation.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We had a rather nice day here despite all the rain that fell until our morning walk was over 🙂 Theyt say we’ll get snow tomorrow, the weather sites says around 4 inches but on tv they said it all depended how the showers (can one say snow shower?? ) would go. It can be much, much more or much less too 🙂

    I do like Edward Gorey cards, he has a very special style 🙂 I have selected the photo I’ll use as christmas card this year so all I have to do now is to order them, a task very difficult sometimes 🙂 🙂

    No one sends easter cards any more, too bad they were often quite funny. I have an idea for an easter card but I always remember it too late so I can’t order any, well perhaps next year 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      One can say snow shower here, and it means falling snow with little or no accumulation.

      I like photo cards. My Colorado family always sends them. My friends did when their kids were young but not any more.

      I still send cards at Easter. One of the things I did was buy really old ones and send them putting my signature below the original one. It’s fun to do that and surprise people.

      The rain is still coming and it is still warm.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    Today is windy but nice with partly cloudy skies and a high temperature of 72 which occurred this morning. The cold front that passed last night will drop our morning temperature into the low 40s.

    I just got back from running a few errands and I’m ready to have a relaxing afternoon on the sofa. On my way home yesterday I noticed more trees are beginning to turn color. Autumn arrives here around Thanksgiving regardless what the calendar says. Stores are already advertising Black Friday deals. I suspect that in the future the ads for the holiday shopping bargains will begin right after Labor Day. 🙂

    My son is earning a few extra dollars delivering meals through Uber eats. Our last order from Amazon was delivered on a Sunday by a guy in his own car. Amazon also hires contract workers to deliver goods in their own cars. When the FAA approves the use of drones flown outside of line of sight of the operator, then there will be a bevy of unmanned drones below 300 ft above ground delivering all kinds of things to your door. The just bought Whole Foods grocery chain with that home delivery model in mind. Airbus is working on unmanned air taxis to move people around cities. All of this is dependent on the regulators approving a sophisticated collision avoidance system called ‘see and avoid’

    Hopefully, I will be around to see all this happen. Maybe the next hundred years will look more like the World Aldus Huxley depicted in ‘Brave New World’ rather than the world George Orwell depicted in his book ‘1984’.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Today is warm by usual November weather. It will rain tonight but will also get warmer. Tonight will actual be in the low 50’s and will reach 59˚ during the day tomorrow.

      I doubt that you’ll see holiday shopping ads as early as Labor Day. Halloween, maybe. If I were going shopping, I’d be glad to see the ads before I go so I could plan my route for bargains. I know Best Buy is a hot stop for electronic bargains.

      We don’t have Uber Eats around here. I don’t know if they are in Boston yet, but I’d guess they were. Amazon is delivered here during the week by the postman. On weekends it is FedEx. Hyannis has the only Whole Foods on the cape, and they don’t deliver. Stop and Shop does as does a store called Ring Brothers which has small shops inside. I love shopping at Ring’s. I always buy more than my list.

      I wouldn’t want to be in Brave New World or 1984.

      • Bob Says:

        I done think Whole Foods delivers here yet. However, with Amazon buying the company I think home delivery on the same model using Uber type drivers is right around the corner.

      • katry Says:

        Uber is here but not delivery. I like the convenience of that.

  3. Hedley Says:

    So today is the day, down at Ford Field some 70,000 faithful are gathering for the beatification of Father Solanus Casey. Among his worldly deeds he founded the Capuchin Soup Kitchen

    In a more ordinary Saturday Mrs MDH’s Catholic Community Response Team took the spirit of Thanksgiving to our neighbors in Pontiac distributing 1,300 complete meals for Thursday. I had the privilege of dealing with cars on the front end of the distribution. It poured with rain, and I had a wonderful time. It does occur to me that Mrs MDH only needs a couple of miracles to get the right recognition from our belief.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      It is unexpected that Detroit would produce an almost saint. I am amazed at the large number of the faithful who attended though it is so rare that I can understand the draw. I suspect it is quite difficult in this day to remain unworldly.

      I used to help deliver with the school’s social worker. The kids donated the food and the grocery stores donated the turkeys. I was glad to help. A couple of other times I was at the Red Cross food bank as a returned Peace Corps volunteer, and that was a tiring but also a great experience so I totally understand the wonderful time you had.

      Perhaps I should keep Mrs. MDH in mind should I need a small miracle.


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