“The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.”

Today is an ugly day, cold and cloudy. I suppose it is payback for the warm, lovely day we had yesterday when I sat out on the deck, played with Henry and watched the birds. Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal drop by every day. The usual chickadees and titmice fly in and out of the sunflower feeder. The goldfinches love the thistle. My new fountain sounds like a waterfall. I sat outside for a long while.

My to-do list is empty. I’m thinking a sloth day. The weather even seems to lend itself to lying around and doing nothing except turning the pages of a book. Bring on the bon bons.

Yesterday my landscaper came and planted all the bulbs I had bought. The flowers are supposed to attract butterflies. I hope so.

My deck is still wrapped in its winter clothes. The chairs, the table and the umbrellas are covered. The deck window boxes are either empty or filled with last year’s plants. My barbecue cover has been eaten and pieces of it are missing. I figure they are insulating the nests of some spawns of Satan. I have a time table for the switch to spring. I’ll have Skip, my factotum, and his friend Bobby here toward the end of the month. By then I’ll have bought plants for the front garden, for the deck boxes and the clay pots. I also need a pot of flowers to put on the stump of the pine tree and on the front steps. My mailbox needs a bit of tending. The post wobbles. The shelf outside the back door needs to be repainted, and I need a few more small clay pots to put there. I am getting tired of 50˚, cloudy skies and dampness. I long for warm days, blue skies and sun.

Soon enough it will be pine pollen season. Every outside surface will be covered in the yellow-green pollen. That’s when I long for rain to wash it all away.

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6 Comments on ““The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s been pretty dreary up here. Yesterday was not bad but it was cool and had long periods of very cloudy with small bursts of sunny. On my way to knitting in the evening there was a gorgeous, dramatically cloudy sky beautifully enhanced by the left leg of a broad rainbow. It was right ahead of me for most of my drive and quite distracting to tell the truth.

    It’s been so cool this spring that there hasn’t been a lot of pollen visible on surfaces as has been the case in past years. I just noticed yesterday that my red jeep had a faintly yellow cast to show that some pollen is being deposited. Usually after a rain, all the puddles are rimmed with yellow pollen but not so this year.

    Right now it’s warmer than it has been and it’s raining. Surprise, surprise.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It just started raining here, but it only rained for a few minutest. I had to open the door to look out to see it. On the news last night, it said the cape was warmer than the Boston area. All I could say was it is about time. The cape is usually chillier this time of year.

      I think it is only the start of the pollen season. The oak pollen arrives in the middle of the month, and I think it is the same for the pine. I haven’t seen any of the nasty stuff yet. I hate seeing it I the puddles and on my deck.

      With such an ugly day, I am surprised it has barely rained.

  2. Rick OzTown Says:

    We are just about to finish with the pecan tree tassel droppings here in Austin. The days are in the upper 80s and at night it gets down to the lower 70s. When I go to bed after midnight, it is just barely comfortable to sleep with the windows and the door open upstairs.

    One thing you can be sure of: as long as you have longings you are belonging to the land of the living! Ha ha.

    • katry Says:

      Rick,
      I keep my windows closed as it gets down to the 50’s at night. Yesterday I finally turned off my heat, but this morning the house was down to 64˚ and was chilly. I cranked the heat and warmed up the house then turned off the heat again.

      I also think the pollen season hasn’t really started yet. The weather has had a hand in the late start. I dread the pine pollen season.

      My stay with the living best be a whole lot longer!!

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Today was partly cloudy with temperatures topping out in the upper 80s. Tomorrow the rain with thunderstorms are forecasted. There’s a slight risk of strong winds, hail, tornadoes and heavy rain. One of my coworkers has had the two trees on each side of his house struck by lightning. His cable TV and computer hard drives were zapped.

    What is a factotum? You’ve used that word before and is there a more common word?

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,

      We got the rain in the late afternoon. It has finally stopped, but it is only 57˚. My heat is off and the house feels warm despite the temperature.

      A factotum is just a fancy word for a handy man.


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