“You can’t teach people to be lazy – either they have it, or they don’t.”

The sun is shining, and the sky is a deep blue unmarred by clouds. The breeze is chilly and strong enough to blow the chimes hanging from limbs in my backyard. The sound is sweet.

Not much happening. The house is quiet as Maddie and Henry are both napping. He woke me up at 6:30 so I hurried downstairs and opened the back door. He went through the dog door. I went back to bed. He joined me after he’d finished his outside business. He used the dog door again. We both slept until 9:30. I stayed up until the end of the Sox game. They are playing on the west coast so it was late. They won handily.

When I was a kid, I’d check out the funnies in the newspaper every day. I remember my fingers got black from the printer’s ink. That no longer happened at some point, but I don’t remember when. It’s happening again. The Boston Globe leaves my fingers ย blackened, mostly on the tips.

The other day I noticed one ear was missing an earring. It was from a pair I had bought in Ghana. I figured I’d lost it at physical therapy. I called. They found it. I took the remaining earring and put it on the table or at least I thought that’s what I did. I couldn’t find it. I had thrown away some papers so I checked the trash: no earring. I checked it again: still no earring. I looked all over this room without success. When I went to PT, they gave me my other earring. I was a bit bummed to have just one. Yesterday Lee and Roseana came to clean. I told Lee, the designator vacuuming half of the cleaning duo, to keep an eye out and an ear tuned. He found the earring under the table. He heard it clink.

My lack of energy is disappearing. I did all my laundry. I had no choice. I needed the clothes. I was almost at the breaking point and gave thought to bringing the dirty clothes to the laundromat where they wash it and give it back clean and folded, but I caved and did three loads. It’s upstairs waiting to be put away. Thoughts of my sort of staff prompted this burst of energy. My house gets cleaned, my groceries get delivered, my lawn gets cut, my snow shoveled and plowed and even my flowers planted so I figured I’d reluctantly leave a task or two for me.

My day is open. I have no plans, no tasks and no appointments. I’m excited about that. I have been, of late, a homebody and resent having to go out. My sister makes fun of me. I don’t care.

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6 Comments on ““You can’t teach people to be lazy – either they have it, or they don’t.””

  1. Bob Says:

    It’s foggy and below freezing, with patchy ice and blowing snow here in the flight simulator. I’m watching an instructor and a crew fly a cold weather scenario. Outside it’s clear blue skies with a temperature in the 60s. The magic of flight simulation which results in the crew of Southwest 1080 made that emergency descent and single engine landing sound and look easy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    If I didn’t have bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck finding things. I have to put my important items in the exact same place every night. It seems that memory is the second thing to go when you get old. I can’t remember what the first thing was. ๐Ÿ™‚

    A woman returns to the doctor’s office after her physical exam and asked if she left her panties there. The nurse checked and said no she couldn’t find them. Oh, the woman replied, I must have left them at the dentist office. Rim shot ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad to hear that Henry is using the doggy door. We never installed one because our dogs would get in the mud and I would have to go outside and clean out their paws before they entered the house.

    • katry Says:

      They are simulating the weather we’ve had around here. Today, though, was an exception as it was actually sunny all day, but it will go down to the 30’s again tonight.

      Ha!! I don’t usually forget where I put things which is why I figured the earring had to have fallen off the table. Most things I put away purely out of habit. My keys are always in my bag so I never have to wonder where I put them.


      My backyard is trees and a ground cover of dead leaves. Henry goes out the door more than he comes in. He waits and when I don’t help he goes out. When he is outside, he stands looking in from the deck. I call and after a while he comes inside. I don’t think he has realized that he can go out whenever he wants.

  2. olof1 Says:

    The warm weather we had yesterday is gone this morning. It’s still a clear sky but there’s a slight bite to the air right now. The sun hasn’t risen yet so I guess it’ll be much nicer in a while when we’re out for a walk.

    Henry learns fast ๐Ÿ™‚ something I can’t say about Albin ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I let them out through the kitchen door but he insisted on going back inside from the other side of the cottage ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I might do some laundry today instead of tomorrow but it all depends on how much energy I have after walking the dogs ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      It is cold right now and will be cold all night. My heat is blasting. I went out to check on Henry and came back inside quickly.

      Henry is hit or miss with the dog door. At first he ran in using the door, but I had to let him out. Now he goes out the door, but I have to let him in. I’m hoping he can put it all together.

      Henry is still skittish. The couch is his safety spot. Earlier, in the kitchen, he knocked over a bottle. He ran so fast to the couch he slid on the kitchen floor trying to get away.

      I don’t know his history. I try to comfort him and make him feel safe. I know he’ll come around in time once he realizes this is home.

      Have a great day!

  3. Denise Says:

    Here in NC it’s a chilly morning, the azaleas have all bloomed and are starting to fall. I found dogwoods petals all around. Next come the rhododendrons. I do my own cleaning ,wash and yard but I hate going out. I needed to go to the market but talked myself out of it until I ran out of kitty litter. Apparently I can do without food but there is a limit! Glad for your blue sky and the sox! Denise (just wish my limit was chocolate)

    • katry Says:

      You are so far ahead of us. Only my bulb flowers like dafs and hyacinths have bloomed. I do have buds on my forsythia. I can see the yellow. My landscaper says we can plant when the yellow flowers bloom. The powers that be in the garden world have moved back the planting time because of this lingering cold.

      I like staying home. Cat food, dog food and light cream force me out.

      My cat stopped using her litter box. She prefers puppy pads.

      Before I retired, I did everything and worked 50+ hours a week. Now, I figure having all the time in the world means I don’t want to clutter that time with chores. I only do laundry when I’m close to running out of underwear.

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