“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”

The sun is beautiful and warm today. It is in the forties and will get even warmer each day, into the 50’s, until Friday when it will be in the 40’s again, and a nor’easter may be making its way here with heavy winds and lots of rain.

My deck seems to have been the place to be for all the spawns of Satan. Over Christmas I had four strands of lights strung on the top of the deck rail. They were beautiful shining through the blackness of the backyard but then after Christmas the strands started to go dark, one at a time. I just left them there. Skip, my factotum, is here today to put the outside lights away and do a few more chores for me. He took each set of lights and tested it. Every one of the deck rail strands did not work. The spawns of Satan had bitten through the light wires and in a couple of cases had even taken a piece of wire with them as the plug ends were missing.

The cover for the barbecue is missing. We’re talking a large cover. It had a section missing as it had been chewed and taken away by a spawn, but the rest was still covering the grill. I had put a couple of bricks on top to keep it from blowing away. A few days ago, I was outside on the deck for the first time in a while and noticed no cover. I checked the yard, no cover. I checked under the deck, no cover. I am totally amazed by its disappearance. Perhaps it was a spawn army doing night maneuvers or a backyard thief who came through the gate and stole the cover then made his way through the darkness to his getaway car.

I have no neighbors on one side of my house. It is a summer rental. Across the street my neighbors have their shades down, and I seldom see them. Herb has Alzheimer’s and his wife is his caretaker. On the other side is the house of family whom I get to see every now and then. They’re always after me to visit so I sometimes do. I am up late. The rest of my neighbors are not.

I have just heard that my little library has a hole in the wood. It did one other time when a bird got inside but couldn’t ‘t get out. I’m hoping for nothing dead this time.

This is a slow week for me, a totally empty dance card. Today I’m staying in my cozy clothes and will go through catalogues and magazines then start a new book. It’s a lazy day, my favorite kind of day!

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10 Comments on ““Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Somewhere to the south, beyond where 45 wants to build a wall, Mrs MDH and I are enjoying exceptional hospitality. Naturally, I got ridiculously sunburned and took on my lobster status which my children associate with vacations.
    Tomorrow we are doing the “extreme Mayan Jungle Zipline” so if you don’t hear from me you will know it was a bit too extreme for my 63 years.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I am so glad you are having such a wonderful time in the warmth of the country soon to be beyond the wall. Having lobster is the jewel in the crown.

      I can see you on the zipline and hear you shouting with glee!!

  2. Bob Says:

    We on the north side of the wall are getting wet again with more rain expected tomorrow. I just read an article describing how scientists are surprised to find the water temperature at the North Pole to be above freezing for the first time in history in February. The sun won’t even rise at the North Pole until March 20th. Of course there’s no such thing as global warming. How do I know? 45 told me so. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      We may be getting rain or even snow starting Friday as a nor’easter is on its way here. The winds will be strong here near the coast.

      I read the Arctic has been warmer than here.

  3. Spaceman Says:

    Quite a humorous write-up, Katry. Can’t help but chuckle. Spawns of most anything are bad; those of Satan are the absolute worstest. I have 3 or 4 of the Christmas lights that are arranged like a big net (throw them over bushes). Putting them out this year – the wiring was nibbled through in a number of locations. Grrrrr!

    • katry Says:

      The spawns eat through all those wires and none of them get electrocuted. What’s with that?

      I always leave one strand on the deck lit all winter. A new one is there now. I wonder how long this will last. Maybe I can start a lottery with entrants guessing the days.

      Every Christmas I have strands of lights on garlands on the front fence. They never touch those lights. I wonder why not.

  4. Spaceman Says:

    The varmints would have to be connected to ground to get electrocuted. If your porch is wooden, unlikely that the spawn would be grounded well enough to cook. Somewhat similar to why birds can sit on power lines. Could be most any kind of rodent – chipmunks are particularly bad about chewing stuff up. Mice, rats, or squirrels suspects too. A good while back had something chew up some ignition wiring on my car. No good defense past bringing the lights in. Anyhoo.

    How bout some BJ? Oh, Darcy!

    • katry Says:

      The squirrels my yard are fat and sassy. I walk out to the deck, and they take off. I know they can’t get at the bird feeders so I figure they are on the deck to cause trouble.

      Im wouldn’t really want them electrocuted. What would I do with all the dead bodies?

      I hadn’t ever heard this song before this.

  5. Spaceman Says:

    Tree rats as some people refer to them. They love my bird feeder. I trapped like 20 of them last year (up to the first of June) and let them go a couple miles away. More migrated in. If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d whack them, clean, and fry some up. Decent eating and tastes like as might be expected, chicken I guess they are too big for the cat to tangle with. Need to get a spring loaded feeder.

    BJ is good and this is a good song. Grows on you.

    • katry Says:

      All my feeders are spawn proof. I have watched them try to grab seed. They can’t.

      A few years back one of them chewed my deck chairs and took all the paint off the arms of those chairs, but that was luckier than my friends. I had the arms sanded and repainted. My friend’s chairs were chewed and the backs hung down. It. cost a mighty amount to fix those chairs.

      Nope, no squirrel for me.

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