“That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.”

Yesterday I did it. I finished all the pot planting for the deck. I kept to my timetable though after a couple of hours, when I was dirty, hot and grubby, I gave up and went inside with the intention of finishing today, but I had a cold drink, bit the bullet and went back outside. The only thing left is to relocate the old window boxes and trim the herbs in them. My signed and certified plan was to open the deck today, but Mother Nature has thwarted that plan. It poured last night. This morning it stopped then it started again. The rain is constant and heavy. I can hear it hitting the back door and the deck. I’m happy with all the rain. It is drenching the window boxes and the clay pots. The flowers will be perky and clean. Tomorrow, predicted to be sunny and in the 70’s, I’ll remove the deck furniture covers and spread them to dry before I pack them away for the summer. The champagne is delayed one more day.

My house is dark. A light shines only here in the den. I like my house best on rainy days. It seems to enclose me, to keep me safe, dry and warm.

I have to go out in a bit. I need bread and cream, essentials. I had two cups of coffee earlier and had just enough cream for both cups. I had no toast.

When I was a kid, I believed in magic and things magical. The field below my house was filled with fireflies all summer long. I thought of them as fairies, as so many Tinker Bells. I believed in Santa Claus and flying reindeer and their magic. How else could Santa bring me exactly what I wished? The inconsistencies of the Easter Bunny never bothered me.

I stopped believing in Santa and the Easter Bunny, but I never stopped believing in magical. I am in awe of a beautiful sunset with a band of red and yellow across the sky. The first morning song of a bird always makes me smile. I love Christmas and the tree with its lights and ornaments. At night a star shines on my fence followed by a trail of white lights. Candles twinkle on the trees beside the deck. Life is filled with magic giving us joy in the every day. What fun!

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8 Comments on ““That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    The garden fruit season has started, the first white currants, strawberries and a raspberries are ripe. Unfortunately my favorite gooseberries were killed by mildew this year, it’s an old bush which isn’t resistant but the berries are very delicious if they make it. I planted a second red currant bush because half of old bush didn’t survive the last dry summer. I couldn’t resist and also bought a third gooseberry bush just because it was cheap but I haven’t found the right place to plant it yet. Strawberries and raspberries are like weed, they just spread and grow where they want. The day lilies also started to bloom, climate change is noticeable and flowers and fruits start earlier each year now.
    Mostly sunny today and still not enough rain.

    • katry Says:

      You are far ahead of here. My day lilies have bumps, the tiniest buds, so they are far from flowering.

      I put in seven strawberry plants, and I do see a few berries starting. My hope is they’ll spread all over the yard in time.

      The sky cleared for a bit then it rained some more, but finally the sun came out in the late afternoon.

      We got over an inch of rain.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Day two in the hotel and the condo is still without electricity. They are hoping to get power restored by tomorrow, maybe. We are staying another night just in case.

    You don’t know how much we depend on the magic of electricity until you spend a couple of days in the dark. Obviously, we are going to have to chuck a ton of food in both our fridge and in our freezer into the trash. Luckily our homeowners insurance will cover the expense of the food and the hotel stay after we pay the deductible. Let’s see how many standing rib roasts and wague kolby beef went bad. 🙂

    Another partly cloudy but cool day. The high temperature only reached the low 80s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      When the electricity went off during Bob, I had a dog and two cats so I couldn’t go to a hotel. I used lanterns and cooked on my grill. It was like camping out in a house.

      I threw away food then restocked when the electricity came back on, but then it went off again. The second load of food had to be tossed. In those days I didn’t have insurance which covered it.

      It was in the low 70’s but felt humid because of the rain. I thought it was uncomfortable a day. Luckily, my house was still a bit chilly from last night.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Heavy showers and thunder when I arrived here at hom,e after work. The dogs just lookoutside when I open the door and then they turn back again 🙂 Albin is not happy though, this is the second day we can’t take a walk because of heavy raining.

    I haven’t bought any flowers this year but I have bought lots of seeds that I’ll sow after midsummer, hopefully they’ll flower next year. I have so few perennials left in my garden that I thought it might be time to do something about it even though all my buskes and trees do flower too.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      We have a lovely day today but tomorrow it will rain, heavily again. I did manage to remove a couple of covers from the deck furniture and spread them out, but they didn’t dry today so I’ll start all over again after the rain tomorrow.

      My front garden has perennials. When I buy new plants, I’m trying to fill all the blank spots, not many left. I never think about seeds.

      My strawberries are doing well.

      Have a great day!

  4. hedley Says:

    You stopped believing in Santa and the Easter Bunny ???…Hang on a sec are you trying to tell me something ?

    Back from Porto and Lisbon with nothing but good things to say about the cities and their people. We walked everywhere which just about held off an expanding waistline from consumption of their excellent food.

    the TSA decided to inspect my suitcase. Perhaps the lure of a bottle of Port in and amongst a bunch of dirt clothes was just one thing too many. They claim they put the case back together as they found it – they don’t. We were very lucky that the unpackaged alcohol did not fracture over everything else

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I am trying to tell you nothing. If you’re a good boy, Santa and the Easter Bunny will drop by in turn.

      As I told you, Portugal is my favorite European country. We traveled all over, top to bottom. I loved Lisbon. We also walked all over the city. We were there over Easter, and we had the best meal at a lovely restaurant.

      You took quite a chance with the port. I’m glad it all worked out for you. I’m always afraid anything in glass will break though that hasn’t happened.

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