“Smells, I think, may be the last thing on earth to die.”

Today is warmer than yesterday and is predicted to get hot this afternoon. I am in the den where I spend most of my time. It is at the back of the house so the room is dark and cool. In the afternoon, the sun shifts to the west, and this room gets a full blast of sun and heat. Henry is panting already mostly from running up and down the hall, his pre-bathroom ritual. He just went out. Maddie is sleeping, her ritual for the morning. At 19, she is 92 in human years, and sleeping is her favorite way to spend the morning, afternoon and evening. She does fit eating and drinking in between her naps.

I had a meeting at 9 this morning so I set my alarm. At 7:15 I had an actual rude awakening. My alarm started slowly then the sound intensified. I had no choice but to get up to shut it off.

I’m staying around the house today. My errands can wait one more day. I got three books after the meeting at the library this morning so I can shut out the world and read in the comfort of the air conditioned house.

I watched several end of the world movies the last few days. The meteor strikes were all averted. The lava was stopped. The intensely destructive weather ended, and the sun came out. Right now I’m watching flooding so catastrophic even a boat won’t help. I figure many of these doomsday movies were written by poetry lovers. This Frost poem, Fire and Ice, might be the inspiration.

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

After my shower yesterday, I smelled like coconut and coffee. The shampoo is coconut and the coffee mixed with coconut is an exfoliating scrub. I bought the scrub at the farmer’s market and was their first customer ever. Now I can’t imagine having a shower without using it. I think I’ll buy another jar as I want one inside and another in the outside shower. Now I need to find lemon and chocolate.

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4 Comments on ““Smells, I think, may be the last thing on earth to die.””

  1. Bob Says:

    I don’t care how the world will end because I will be long gone when the sun turns into a red giant and devours the earth. A rouge asteroid colliding with our planet or the eruption of a super volcano seem to be very remote events that would end life as we know it. However, the continued warming of the climate seems to be a sure way to cause the end of civilization down the road after I’m deceased.

    Today we had some scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon which provided badly needed rain for the lucky folks who got wet. The temperature only got into the low nineties.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I agree. We will be long gone when the world ends or at least I hope so.

      There are so many end of the world movies, more so than in the past; however, most of those end well.

      I’d like a shower as it hasn’t rained in a while. The We’ll be clear until next week.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Presumably, I will be long gone when the world ends but I still suffer some existential dread when I consider the Supermassive Black Hole at the center of the galaxy and the heat death of the universe. Add to that my recent discovery that we in Massachusetts are living on top of a supervolcano like Yellowstone. Gee. Thanks. But it was interesting to know that my yard was once part of Gondwana along with bits of Poland and France. 😀

    I spent this past weekend in Maine. It smelled like the ocean a lot of the time which is a very energizing smell. It only happens here when the wind is out of the east. We hiked in Rachel Carson Nat’l Wildlife Refuge where it smelled like spruce and pine and Walgreen’s sunscreen and cedar oil tick repellant. Not a bad combination, actually.

    Today (Wednesday) was blessedly cooler than the last two days. The AC was off and the windows and door were open. Ahhhh! So quiet and comfortable.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I was surprised when I first learned we were on a volcano so I did some hunting. I was released to read experts said it was only a distant cousin to what is under Yellowstone and much of it is in western Massachusetts.

      Some mornings I get that ocean smell. I love it and don’t want to go into the house and miss any of it so I stand outside a while leaning on the car and taking in that wonderful morning air.

      I turned my air off in the early evening. The house is nice and cool. The window behind me is facing the north and I can feel chilly air.

      Have a great evening!


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