“Maybe if we just lay beneath the stars long enough, all our worries will dissipate into the cosmos. And we can lay there motionless, yet sailing across the stars.”

Today’s weather is so very different from yesterday’s. Clouds dot the sky. The humidity has disappeared. The breeze is chilly and from the north. The house is cool. I love days like today.

Last night or rather sort of early in the morning I went to bed. It was around 1:30. I went to feed the cats and saw the bigger one, which I think is the male, on the bed. He didn’t leave so I went and patted him. He meowed and purred and rubbed against my hand. He jumped off the bed and followed me so I kept scratching his neck and head. He loved it. That was my mistake. That cat meowed and meowed except when he was hissing at poor Henry who was doing nothing. That cat never stopped. I kept feeling guilty so I’d get up and pat him. At around 2:30, I had to lead him into his room because he was lying on the top step scaring poor Henry who didn’t dare go by and join me upstairs. Finally, around three, Henry and I fell asleep to the sound of a cat meowing.

I’ve been watching Hallmark Christmas movies. I am a sucker for everything Christmas, but these movies make me think my Christmas celebrations are stark. The outside of their houses are totally decorated from the outline of lights to the figures in their front yards. The insides of their houses are filled with evergreen everywhere: on the mantle, down the stairs, around the windows and doors and all through the kitchen, and all the evergreen is lit with white lights. I’m guessing the bathrooms are the same, but the characters don’t seem to use them. There are certain givens in every Hallmark movie: main characters will fall in love, it will snow on Christmas, any character resembling Scrooge will fall in love with Christmas and all its trappings and every kid is smart and cute. I watch anyway.

When I was a kid, I loved summer mornings and summer nights. In the morning the air was cool and smelled of flowers. Sometimes I’d sit on the back steps to eat my cereal, my Rice Krispies. The sun shined on the hill behind my house and the clothes line posts were in shadow. The milkman would come, and I’d hear the rattle of his bottles in the wire carrier. The neighborhood would slowly wake up. At night the stars filled the sky and fireflies flitted. My neighbor’s houses were lit, and I could hear their voices through the screens. I always felt safe.

I know I live in a whole different world than the world of my childhood, but when I stand on my deck late at night, I can hear the night sounds of insects, and I can watch the flitting fireflies. I feel calm and safe.

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6 Comments on ““Maybe if we just lay beneath the stars long enough, all our worries will dissipate into the cosmos. And we can lay there motionless, yet sailing across the stars.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Lots of rain between moments of sunshine here but thankfully very low humidity after noon. I thought we were going to have thunder because trhe flies were insane and I know there were thunder here and there in southern Sweden but it never reached us. I can see that it is still going on in some places so I guess it might arrive after all.

    I rarely watch christmas movies at chrostmas so to look at them now during summer would be very odd 🙂 🙂 Well I guess if the rest of the summer will be unusally cold it might be perfect 🙂

    I just watched the US team become world champions in Soccer, Congratulations 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      We didn’t get more than a couple of minutes worth of rain last night, but today had no humidity, a perfect day. The night was warm so I had the AC going, but I turned it off and opened windows this morning. It was even a chilly wind coming from the window behind me.

      Hallmark celebrates 6 months until Christmas. These are the old movies. The new ones will be here in December.

      That was another great game. I figure when it gets to this level, all the games are good ones.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    When you think back to the 1950s you realize how differently we lived and looked at the world. It was an analog world where news and weather information took hours and not seconds to spread. Life was slower and shorter. Most men were considered very old by their early seventies and there were lot’s of widows in their 50s and 60s. Medical science along with communication and computers has shrunk the world and improved our health and our lives. However, looking up at the stars at night has not changed. The last half century is just a blink in the eye of time. The same stars today guided ships across the oceans for a couple of hundred years and guided the Apollo astronauts to the moon. We have been lucky to have grown up in the second half of the 20th century and seen the vast changes.

    The thermometer creeps up to 98 with scattered clouds and humidity. The true summer weather pattern is just getting established with dry winds from the southwest and high temperatures in the upper 90s to the low 100s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I figure most people think back to their childhoods with the same sense of nostalgia. My grandmother was born in 1898. I can’t even begin to imagine what she thought about the changing world. So much happened in her lifetime.

      All those changes make us anacronisms. Toddlers can connect and play on line. My grands have always lived in a world of computers, iPads and iPhones. Most of them have their own iPads. They are diversions on car and plane rides.

      I can’t begin to image fifty years from now technologically.

      We stayed pleasant and dry all day. It was in the low 80’s.

  3. Hedley Says:

    You are watching Christmas movies and I am working on Mrs MDHs Advent Box gifts. I have to cover 12 doors and time is running short. When we travel it’s my #1 task to secure items. It was big on my mind today

    Rice Crispies or Weetabix are my cereals of choice.

    Back to Big Brother

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      What a serendipitous coincidence! I remember hunting for all those small gifts for my mother. Like you, I always brought back gifts from my travels.

      I haven’t ever been a fan of Weetabix.

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