“I know most people use their phones to tell time, but there’s something very romantic and beautiful about a timepiece.”

Today is a disappointment. It was supposed to be a warmish with some sun; instead, it is cloudy with a chilling wind. I do have to go out this afternoon as it is dump day, and I also need a few groceries. Maddie disappeared this morning before I could give her her meds, but she was easy to find. She is upstairs sleeping on a guest room bed. Maddie hasn’t eaten much, but at least she has eaten something.

When I first moved into my house, I had a desk, a TV and a studio couch, all in one room. In the kitchen I had two pots, a frying pan and a toaster oven. I didn’t even have a fridge for the first few days. Though the mortgage was half my month’s salary, I remember sitting in the sun on the small farmer’s deck in a hand-me down blue lawn chair thinking I owned the world.

Last night the house was dark except for the candles in the windows and a few others in the living room. I love my house by candlelight. It feels alive and filled with warmth. I wait a long time before I turn on a light.

I remember learning to tie my shoes though I don’t remember how old I was. My mother taught me how. We sat in the living room, and she tied the shoelaces over and over again as I watched. When it was my turn, I kept tying the laces so loosely the bow wouldn’t hold, but I kept on until I finally mastered the task. My shoes, though, were always loose, and I had to keep retying the laces. It took a while before I figured how to make the bow tight.

I think of kids today with their velcro shoes, never needing to be tied, their digital watches which show the time in 4 digits so kids never learn quarter or half past or any time words and their computers which take away the need to learn cursive writing. I don’t know if those skills are really all that important any more, but I know they were milestones when I was growing up. I remember feeling so proud and accomplished I wanted everyone to know. Hey, world, here I am a kid who can tell time, tie a shoe and write my name.

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14 Comments on ““I know most people use their phones to tell time, but there’s something very romantic and beautiful about a timepiece.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    Yet another great lineup of music, thanks.

    Learning to tie shoes is still an important skill as long as athletic shoes exist and learning to tell time on a digital clock has some value. However, cursive writing is a waste of time in school. Today learning to touch type on a computer keyboard and printing is all anyone really needs. Even printing words on paper can be a waste of time. I take all my notes on my iPad. Of course having a signature is still useful. When I was instructing in the airplane in the 1980s our Mexican clients always signed their name with a symbol that didn’t look anything like their name written out in cursive. They told me that in Mexico every kid at about the age of 12 would design their own signature which was registered with the government as their official signature for legal purposes.

    Whenever I want to get my sister riled up I bring up the uselessness of teaching kids cursive. She will then send me all kinds of articles about how wonderful cursive writing is for brain development. Of course she is wrong, she is a Trumpster. 🙂

    My handwriting is so bad that I can’t even make out the words at the end of the page. I’m left handed and was taught improperly how to write cursive as a kid. My teachers told all of us to turn our paper to the left and I had to reach over the page to use my left hand. Today lefties are taught to turn their paper to the right and not move their hand over the words. Educationally I could never write with a fountain pen in school without making a mess. That was another stupid idea promulgated by english teachers that should have been left somewhere with buggy whips even in the 1950s. I’m a victim of the law of primacy.

    Today started out with a little rain and now the sun is out and we are approaching 60 degrees.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks again, Bob

      That is really interesting about Mexican kids choosing their name symbol.

      I think learning the time should start with analog then learning can move on to digital. Knowing it is 7:15 by looking at a digital watch doesn’t give you where 7:15 fits in time.

      This Case for Cursive article is from The New York Times:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/us/28cursive.html

      The second article is from the NEA and is also called A Case for Cursive

      http://neatoday.org/2017/01/05/a-case-for-cursive/

      I hate too agree with your sister, but it seems learning cursive does aid kids’ development.

      You lost me with the connection between English teachers and fountain pens. None of my teachers demanded fountain pens. I do remember the poor lefties trying to figure out where to put the paper and where to use the pen on that paper. I remember my lefty friend with her paper to the right.

      We’re totally cloudy and cold.

      • Bob Says:

        My fourth grade teacher told us we had to buy fountain pens and bottles of ink and learn how to use fountain pens. Of course being left handed my hand covered up the writing and smeared the ink. Later on I learned that there were left handed pen points which I didn’t have while struggling with this arcachic writing instrument. I was an early and current fan of good ball point pens with fast drying ink.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I loved fountain pens and still have a couple. I had the pens which used ink cartridges. I’m still lost that you blamed a poor English teacher.

      • Bob Says:

        Actually, she was my home room teacher and taught us composition and diagraming sentences. That’s why I associated her with being an English teacher. She had us buy blue bottled ink and fill the pen with a little lever on the pen. I was amazed she didn’t have us use a quill. My writing has been improved by technology. Spell and grammar check as well as typing which allows you to recognize my words as English and not Manderin. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Just stop giving English teachers a bad name says a former English teacher. I remember those pens with the little lever on the side. They often leaked.

        I had Grammarly for a while, but it was making corrections to stuff which wasn’t wrong. Spell check is good but still fallible.

  2. Hedley Says:

    There is a fake Mrs MDH out there, opening credit cards and buying very expensive purses. The running total in the last two weeks exceeds $10,000 and we have to assume that there is more to come. Once I have run a credit report, we will freeze her account with the three credit agencies and hope it quietens down.

    Credit fraud gets no attention, I had the pleasure including false tax returns. I had so much information including phone numbers but the folks involved take no action

    I guess we shrug our shoulders these days to such invasions. Oh well.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      The fake Mrs. MDH has excellent taste, but that is really terrible, especially the amount so far. Did she use your address and phone number when getting the cards? How did you get on there is a fraud?

      I can’t believe that nothing is done. I suppose it has to be 6 figures to garner attention.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Since yesterday I’m upgrading my Linux computer system. Upgrading a 10 year old computer is like teaching an old pony new tricks. Yes, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also cursed a lot. It’s still not working properly but I need a break. Or maybe a new old computer.

    Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. We went downtown where names and more of about 700 people were read which were deported and murdered from this town alone. It’s important to remember, especially in these times when nazi attitudes and attacks are spreading again.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I don’t envy you your task. I’d just get a new computer as I haven’t the skills to do much with operating systems, especially Linux.

      Trump scares me and has ever since he didn’t call out the white supremacists. His America First campaign oozes with anti-Semitic and isolationist history going back to Lindberg between the wars.

      Trump gives permission for the worst in people to come out.

  4. Coleen Says:

    Hi Kat!

    Boy, Bob has it right…I too, am a lefty, and I COMPLETELY agree with him. The exception was I used a ballpoint pen and not a fountain pen. It is just as messy.

    I am rather glad that I do not have to write as much as I used to…I actually prefer to type. However,the loss of cursive writing makes me a bit sad. I used to collect autographs and some people of s certain age have beautiful signatures. This generation? Hey, you can barely read them Chicken scrawls.

    Waving and hoping Maddie is doing better!

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Hi. Coleen,
      I figure now that I’ve heard from you and Bob that I’m lucky to be a righty.

      Actually I write almost nothing by hand. I do add notes to cards I send to personalize them. I’ve always been a card sender. I guess that means goodbye to postcards from exotic places!!

      Maddie is better, but I can’t seem to get her to eat en ought. Right now I am defrosting chicken hoping that will entice her. She is already skinny enough.

      Waving from a cold Cape!

  5. olof1 Says:

    Yesterday was really nice big parts of the day, sunny, slightly chilly and wind free. Today seems to start cloudy and they say we’ll get strong winds, almost storm in the gusts but I can’t hear that it has started yet.

    I don’t remember much of when I learned how to tie my shoes but I do remember the first time I actually managed to do it and I was sitting on the stairs in my mormor’s house. I was so surprised that I managed to do it so I had to show everyone in the house 🙂 🙂

    I’m glad that Maddie at least has eaten something! Every now and again I do wish cats were a bit easier to give their medicines and that they weren’t so fuzzy about what they want to eat 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Maddie has also eaten a bit today. She is munching on boneless chicken thighs. I left someone her dish last night, and she ate all of that. She also seems herself.

      I woke up earlier, heard rain, turned over and went back to sleep. The sun has been missing a short while.

      Cats are also such horrors to get them to take their medicine. I have to get two syringes down her. Yesterday she spewed all over.I hate having to give it to her, but it is helping so I do,

      Have a good Sunday!


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