“The world is quiet here.”

Today is the start of a lovely weekend. It is warm and bright. The leaves at the end of the branches sway in the slight breeze. I’ll be happy working on the deck again. Yesterday in the late afternoon, I planted the herbs. Three of the window boxes are filled. One, though, is not filled with herbs but with succulents. I have flowers left to pot, and I need more of both flowers and herbs, especially herbs. I also want more succulents. They look great in the boxes.

My weekend to-do list is finished and certified. Today I will will plant the flowers; tomorrow is the dump and buy more flowers and herbs day; Monday is finish planting. Tuesday is open the deck. Tuesday night is celebrate! I’m thinking champagne. Guests are optional.

When I was a kid, summer brought release. I could go to bed when I wanted and get up at anytime. Meals were haphazard. Lunch was always a sandwich, easy to make and easy to take on the run. I’d go to the playground and play horseshoes or checkers. I did crafts. I made those pot holders on the red frame. I painted a wooden tray for my mother. I used gimp and made all sorts of stuff like bracelets and a lanyard. Every day was busy.

My neighborhood was never really quiet in the summer. Kids were everywhere all day. At night, the windows were opened, and I could hear sounds from the house next to us through the screens. I heard conversations, and I also heard the TV. After a while, the sounds all blended, and I’d fall asleep.

I live in a quiet neighborhood even though there are kids. Last summer they seemed to have disappeared. I never heard or saw them. I could only hear the birds and every now and then a dog barking. I do love summer.

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9 Comments on ““The world is quiet here.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Glad to hear that your extra “off” day was successful. 🙂 Which kind of herbs did you plant? Until I started watching cooking shows I thought herbs came from bottles in the grocery store. 🙂

    It’s just getting to the right temperature here for the pool, I personally like to wait until July 4th before going into the water. My spouse and daughter have already been in the water. Even though the air temperature is in the low 90s the water is still too cold for my body.

    When I was a kid here in Dallas, we lived at the neighborhood pool. My mother always accompanied us because she had to make sure we didn’t dare go in the water until a half hour after eating lunch. She would only let us dangle our feet in the pool which was just pure torture. She no longer had to worry about poliomyelitis after the Salk vaccination so cramps at the pool became her newest worry. 🙁

    The sun is out and it should be hot and humid. The summers used to be hot and dry, but they built all these artificial lakes around the area which has raised the humidity. They also provide us with water so the humidity is a good thing. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I planted basil, oregano, rosemary, chives, cilantro and fennel. Today I plants eight pots with flowers and one window box with succulents. I am out of soil so I had to stop. I do have three window boxes and two pots left. I need to buy a few more herbs to fill them.

      My neighbors have a pool, but I don’t go down. They said they really don’t use it either, their grandkids do when they visit. My friends in New Hampshire have an above ground pool in which there grandkids have already gone swimming.

      We had a town pool a long way from where we lived. It was a dime to use. We’d go a few times during the day, and we’d sometimes convince my dad to take us at night when hardly anyone was there.

      The day is perfect: warm sunny and dry.

  2. Hedley Says:

    The World is noisy here, Porto is full of good tempered football fans enjoying a beautiful city and generally having a good time. Are they drinking and leaving garbage ? Yes, have we seen any problems ? Absolutely not.

    Mrs MDH and I have been enjoying everything that the second city offers, and frankly it’s a lot. It’s a walkable city, prices are reasonable and the people are so welcoming. We have a football match tomorrow night that does not involve England and then start the ride home via Lisbon

    We like Portugal….a lot

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Portugal is my favorite country that isn’t Ghana. We drove way up north into the Duoro Valley. It was not a huge tourist draw when we went. In one village, we sat at the end of the road waiting for a green light. The road was too narrow for both cars at once. We were far enough north I could see Spain from my bedroom window. I love Lisbon.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying your mini-vacation. You chose well!

  3. Birgit Says:

    A lazy soccer day at home. (Unfortunately not in Portugal. Have fun, Hedley!) First the Woman’s World Cup this afternoon on TV and now the Men’s Euro qualifying on the radio and in between I heard neighbor’s kids playing soccer in their garden. Now back to the radio, the 2nd half starts.

    • Hedley Says:

      Thanks Birgit, going to Portugal and Holland tomorrow and then start our journey home

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I didn’t watch the matches but did see Germany won! Glad for you.

      It stayed quiet here all day. I’m tired.

  4. olof1 Says:

    The opposite weather here now. Not chilly but cool is the wrong word, rain on and off but I must admit that I like it. A day when we really can’t do much but taking it easy.

    I’ve done my chores and there’s no need to wtar anything outside today 🙂 This weather is much how I remember what it was like when I grew up, lots of rain and every now and again some sunshine, good thing we liked to play cards when I grew up otherwise we would have gone insane I think 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I would love some rain starting tomorrow, after I’ve done all the deck plantings. I do have my hose on the deck, but it would be nice to have a bit of rain.

      This is a delightful weekend. The weather is just perfect.

      Enjoy your day!


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