“People don`t change, but they can learn to behave differently.”

Today is a cloudy but bright day. Maybe the sun will appear (ASIDE: the sun has started to break through). It’s a little chillier than yesterday and the last few days. I stood out on the deck for a bit this morning watching Henry in the yard. He always runs down the steps and across the gated driveway to a tree with a good size trunk. That’s where he lifts his leg and has been lifting his leg for the almost two years he’s been mine. Poor tree! Strong tree!

I have been watching Star Trek movies. Right now it is the Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto film on the origins of the first TV Enterprise crew. I’ve seen it before, but that doesn’t matter. I like this movie

When I brush my teeth and lean close to the sink, I can smell pine. It is the most wonderful aroma and comes from the candle by the sink: Bedrock Tree Farm Soy Candle with freshly harvested fir needles you can see on the top of the candle. They’re covered with a single layer of wax so they look green all the time. It’s like a Christmas memory.

Jack keeps meowing and he is driving me crazy. I tried being pleasant, but he still meowed. I got firmer. He meowed. I yelled. He meowed. I moved to another room. He followed me, meowing the whole time. I gave him treats. He stopped meowing.

Before I decided to stay mostly inside, I have always stayed mostly inside. I’d go out a couple of days a week for dump runs, any sort of appointments and a grocery stop. Now I have groceries delivered and all appointments are cancelled. I can wait a week before I need a dump run. I’m okay mostly, but every now and then I’d like a connection, a call. Any conversations I have with Henry are very one-sided.

My vacuum is waiting. I brought it down from upstairs. I’m almost at the I must vacuum point but not quite yet. It can wait.

Take care of yourselves!

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17 Comments on ““People don`t change, but they can learn to behave differently.””

  1. William Sandford Says:

    Today our dump is not recycling anything. Everything, glass, cans, paper, plastic, household trash, it all, as the dump sign says, goes “down the shoot”. I guess they don’t want the two dump guys touching anything.
    Yesterday Lisa and the girls came for a visit. We went to Purgatory Falls here in MV for a hike. The falls were heavy with snow melt. Milo, of course, went into the water, which must be 40°.

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      I’m glad you got out of the house. Just that short deck time had me feeling a bit better. I never thought about the dump, but it’s okay here as no one has to touch trash other than throwing their own trash into the bins.

      No walks in my future. That will make Henry happy.

      Stay safe and well.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    People are very funny. We went out to a particular Dollar Tree store at eleven this morning that supposedly, according to a local webpage, had a supply of hand sanitizer. Unfortunately, they were sold out by the time we arrived. They limited customers to four bottles and sold out four cases in an hour.

    Yesterday at the grocery store people in line with my wife to check out were crowding together on the two open checkout lines. My wife asked the woman behind her if she could back up to keep social distance. The woman happened to be black and got angry and started arguing that my wife was prejudiced against her. Then the woman ahead started berating my wife about something. My wife left the few items behind that she wanted to purchase and left the store. If everyone is crowding on line to check out at the grocery store then why am I working from home or can’t eat in a restaurant?

    Every day this week we park behind a local Starbucks and watch videos on the iPad using Starbucks’ WiFi. The line through their drive through never slows down. Who knew that Espresso would be that popular in this country. I drink my coffee black without sugar or cream so I’m no expert. It will be interesting to see when economy collapses if people will still line up for $5 or $6 cups of fancy coffee or Frappuccinos.

    Today the sun is trying to break through the clouds with a high forecasted in the mid 50s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I haven’t checked the local sales of hand sanitizer. I haven’t been out so I wash a lot. I do have a small bottle in my car. My grocery store limited the mount of toilet paper: one package of four.

      It doesn’t bother me to pay extra for delivery. I figure it saves me from grocery store nightmares like your wife’s story and I skip the long lines.

      I always think of fancy coffee as a treat, as a reward for something well done, but I always have good coffee around the house. Right now I have Ugandan coffee and Guatemalan coffee.

      The sun only broke through a little bit.

  3. Hedley Says:

    I send all best wishes across the KTCC community.

    Wherever you are may your God go with you

  4. Marie Says:

    I ran over to Whole Foods yesterday morning as soon as they opened at 10:00 a.m. and was finally able to pick up some pasta (limit of 2 per customer), fresh fruits and vegetables and milk for my coffee. It was reassuring to see fully stocked shelves again. So far I’ve been lucky, I guess – regardless of the shops I’ve popped into, people have been very civilized and polite (so far) in Toronto. However, I wouldn’t consider venturing into Walmart or Costco.

    Our TV provider hasn’t been offering very good movies during the current crisis. At times such as this, I look for escapism – horror or adventure movies, such as ‘The Attack of the Puppet People’ (have you seen it, Kat?) or ‘World War Z’.

    What have you been reading lately?

    Look after yourselves!

    • katry Says:

      Marie,
      I haven’t seen discourtesy. People stop and look and take their time at my grocer where there are several separate stores: bakery, fish market, baked dinners, fruit, vegetable, Mexican, pizza, liquor, household goods, frozen, deli and butcher. I love shopping there though it is a bit more expensive.

      I’ve watched some scifi, mostly all day today. I did nothing constructive. Like Scarlet said, “I’ll think about that tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day.”

      I actual watched Contagion last night. There was nothing on so I was desperate.

      The last couple of books have been British mysteries. I went back to a Dorothy Sayers I haven’t read for at east 20 years: The Nine Taylors. I was just in the mood for Lord Peter.

      I don’t remember the name of a book I loved. It too is British. I bought it for my friend, read a couple of pages and was hooked. I read it all and had to get her a new book. My sister got the slightly used book. It was after the war about a young woman hoping to work on a newspaper who gets hires to type up the column of a Miss Manners type. I didn’t have enough for Google.

      You take care.

      • Marie Says:

        The Cape sounds very laid-back. What a joy to live near the ocean!

        ‘Creature From the Black Lagoon’ is on TCM today. I’ve been watching all week for ‘Contagion’, but it’s available only on a channel to which we don’t subscribe.

        I’ll probably read Daphne du Maurier’s (longish) short story ‘The Birds’ tonight and tomorrow it will be a toss-up between Geoffrey Household’s ‘Rogue Male’ (1939), Christianna Brande’s ‘Green For Danger’ (1944) or Ethel Lina White’s ‘The Lady Vanishes’ (1936). (I enjoy reading books on which movies have been based.)

        Do you remember on which date you might have posted pics of Henry? I’d love to see them.

      • katry Says:

        I posted pictures a long way back, but I couldn’t find any. If I do I’ll add it here. He is a handsome boy.

  5. im6 Says:

    Just checking in to say hi to everyone with hopes you’re all coping better than I am. Now I pretty much practice social distancing anyway (happens when you really can’t afford to just go out shopping, etc.), so this is nothing all that new to me. But just knowing I CAN’T (or shouldn’t) is really taking its toll. Looks like staying sane may become a full time job! My attention span never was that great to begin with, but it’s really hitting the single digits these days. Watch a movie? Ha! How about watch 1/8 of a movie at a time? I hate to keep checking the news, but I hate to NOT keep checking the new either. It’s all a lose/lose situation. Anyway…. thought I’d check in and am looking forward to positive updates from everyone around the globe. I send you all my very best and hopes for better days soon. IM6

    • Marie Says:

      Two of the things you mention perfectly describe my issues too, im6. Probably many people can relate to them: that is, knowing I “CAN’T (or shouldn’t)” be out and about and feeling compelled to watch the news (just for a few minutes, that becomes an hour), “in case I miss something important.”

      Covid-19 has finally invaded my subconscious, too! Last night I had a dream (nightmare?) that I was on public transport and every time I sat down someone would sit right next to me, despite there being many vacant seats nearby. I’d get up and move but, yup, someone else would come along and practically snuggle up to me.

      If you have an ipod, try making a playlist of your favourite songs, set it to shuffle and get lost in the tunes. It works for me.

      This too will pass!

    • Birgit Says:

      Hi, im6, greetings from the other side of the big pond. As before I mainly listen to public radio news, a national and a regional station, and only add some more scientific radio or other internet news. No shocking pictures, no crazy presidents (please get a reasonable one asap), no panic news. I didn’t watch much TV before and I don’t do now. I’m not the most social person and I hate shopping anyway so that’s no problem for me. I will miss free life music when this continues for a longer time. It’s bad that the partial shutdown is caused by a virus and I worry about the medical situation. Luckily our health system isn’t as broken as yours yet though we went into the same bad direction so we’ll see what happens. On the other hand my country has had some bad weeks lately that weren’t related to the virus so it may be even good for society to have a time of rest and get a different perspective. In a perfect world we would learn from this situation and make it better for all and ready for livable future but I fear that the opposite will happen.
      I went biking today and whenever possible, enjoyed the sun and emptier streets and less noise, and I’m glad that I can still do it. So far we just have to physically stay away from each other. It’s probably my way to stay sane.

      Btw, thanks for your blog, Kat, especially in times like these!

      • katry Says:

        Birgit,
        You are most welcome.

        We get mostly the president on station upon station. He is doing daily press briefings which hadn’t been done in so many years the cushions in the press room had to be replaced. I can’t stand watching.

        There are not enough pieces of PPE’s like gloves and masks despite the daily assurances from the WH. It’s scary.

        I am watching movies with no political, medical or social implications. I did watch Contagion but that was early on. Now I’m liking comedies, some scifi, old black and white monster movies, my favorites.

        I didn’t go out beyond my driveway.

    • katry Says:

      Im6,
      I have reordered my day. Laundry has moved to main chore. The dump is off the list. I am here by myself. I talk out loud, but I had already started to do that. This week is different than other weeks: no dump and no uke lesson. Stuck inside, I have found that mixing and matching is the best way to spend the day. Do something interesting, then move to something else never spending too much time on any one thing, but moving back and forth between things. I usually have three or four things going. I don’t get bored as often.

      I check the news during the day but not at night, but it is Sunday, and I haven’t checked the news at all. I probably will tonight. I am watching Legally Blond. On TV days I make decisions mostly movie by movie. It does get to be a challenge.

      Watch a cartoon. Many of the classics are fun, silly. They are the characters we remember. They might make you smile or even laugh.

      Eat good food.

  6. olof1 Says:

    Even colder this morning but thesun is shining and it looks like it is wind free. We’re just about to take our morning walk but I just can’t decide which way to walk. The forest is most likely colder this early but we did walk the fields yesterday. I’m not sure about the bog because there will most likely be pigs out there now. I could have had bigger problems but I’m still a bit annoyed about not being abla to decide 🙂 🙂 🙂

    So no big difference from yesterday to be honest. Nothing new on the corona front so I guess we’ll go to work as usual tomorrow, at least us who still have lots to do but that can change fast. Turns out that all at work believed that I already have had the Corona, the last time I had a flu 🙂 I wish it was so but if it had been that I would have been the first case in Sweden so I doubt it 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day and is it already two years since Henry moved in with You!!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      HI Christer,
      I know, two years! Seems impossible.

      We had the sun all day, but it was cold. Spending time outside meant freezing hands so I stayed inside. Henry doesn’t spend much time outside. He does have short fur like Albin’s.

      The numbers are still going up here. The ages are going down. It is a scary time.

      Take care!


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