“I never follow the clock: hours were made for man, not man for hours.”

The sun is actually shining. I can even see some blue sky through the trees. It’s a good day to be out and about doing my errands.

Henry woke me up this morning. I could hear him chewing on something. I thought it might be the wooden foot of my bed. It wasn’t. It was my spread. It’s folded so one chewed hole is four chewed holes when you open the spread. The holes, though, are sort of creative. They remind me of Polish paper cutting art.

When I was a kid, I loved fairy tales and myths and folk stories. I wanted them to be real. I figured a world where the little folk would live must be a good one. Then came a time when I didn’t read any of the stories. I grew up past them. But when I was in Africa, The Hobbit was one of the books in my Peace Corps book locker. I devoured the story and wanted to meet a hobbit. I didn’t figure I’d care to know a dragon but a Hobbit sounded fun. I’ve changed my mind about dragons. I’ve read all of Anne McCaffrey and want to fly in-between. The love of myths and fairy tales never disappeared, just got buried for a time. My imagination is alive and well, but it took some nuturing to bring it back to form. I feel lucky for finding it again!

I love the simple pleasures of every day: freshly brewed morning coffee, funny movies and buttered popcorn with just a touch of salt, warm slippers on a winter’s day, an afternoon nap on the couch, a hot shower after a tiring day and brownies, any kind of brownies, as long as they’re chocolate. It doesn’t take much to make me content.

My life moves slowly, and I’m just fine with that. Mostly I get to pick and choose how to spend my time. I tend to save up my errands so I can finish them all in one day. That leaves six more days, a wealth of time.


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6 Comments on ““I never follow the clock: hours were made for man, not man for hours.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had very mixed weather here today, everything from heavy showers to sunshine between the clouds. We were lucky to have just drizzle but also some sunshine when we were out walking after work.

    You know that I love those stories too and we have loads of old folklore stories over here with all kinds of beings šŸ™‚ One has to be clever when meeting any of them though, our beings aren’t that nice most of the time šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

    I do like all those things You mention too, too bad that I must work so I can’t do them whenever I want to šŸ™‚

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      The rain stopped yesterday, and the sun pretty much dried everything. We’re going to have a great weekend, sunny and hot, low 80’s. They will be deck days for sure.

      I love all your Swedish folklore and envy your having it. Having just sweet beings wouldn’t be any fun.

      When I worked, I did everything over the weekend including preparing lessons when I taught. Now I have all the time in the world and do only a little. Today, though, I got everything done.

      Have a great day!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Grimms’ fairy tales were still popular when I was young which was good and bad. We learned about different lives and the past but many stories are quite violent (no Disney sugar coating) and passed on oldfashioned power relations and gender stereotypes. These tales shouldn’t be forgotten but I’m glad that kids have better books nowadays. It’s a book for adults. Similar and different as well was a big book of Russian folk tales I got as a kid. I read them again many years later.

    • katry Says:

      I had a wonderful book of Grimms’ fairy tales when I was young. I read and reread them, but I remember few of them. Bremen Town Musicians, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella are the easy ones to remember. The rest are sort of jumbled.

  3. Bob Says:

    Today the clouds returned and rain showers moved through the area. The temperature was in the lower 90s.

    When my kids were young I read them Grimms’ fairytale but not before their bedtime because I didn’t want them to have nightmares. Those stories were scary. I liked reading them Dr, Seuss books better.

    • katry Says:

      Many of the Grimm tales are definitely scary. Dr. Seuss, on the other hand, is fun to hear.

      It is a lovely day again here.

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