“Clutter is my natural habitat.”

When the rain started, I heard the first drops then fell asleep. It was still raining when I woke up, but the rain has since stopped. Today is rather ugly, chilly and damp. All the doors and windows are closed. It is only 63˚, and it won’t get much warmer. Today is a lantern day when the lamplight is too much and small lanterns keep the mood. I could go out as I do need a few groceries, but I’ll wait until tomorrow. My car is filled with boxes, and my trunk is filled with newspapers, magazines and trash, but that too can wait until tomorrow. Today is not a day to be out and about.

When I was a kid, I had to walk to school every day. I hated walking in the rain most of all. My mother would force a hat on me I usually took off when I was out of sight. I had snow boots, but they were too much of a bother for a little rain so I wore my shoes exposed to the elements. I didn’t have a raincoat so my coat always got wet, sometimes even drenched. The cloak room outside my class had a wet wool smell on rainy days. I sat down at my desk with wet hair and shoes both of which dried during the morning, my shoes slower than my hair. We didn’t go out for recess so I stayed dry until the walk home.

My dining room has been emptied of boxes. My new deck box is filled. Yesterday was a good day. I had help in putting the deck box together. It is now at the end of the deck near the back stairs. I had bought new cushions for this summer, but I never used them. They stayed in boxes in my dining room. That bothered me for a while then I stopped noticing. During this extended homestay, I started moving stuff, little stuff, not furniture, from place to place, room to room. Because I had to work around the boxes, they became a bother again. I found the right deck box and ordered it a few weeks back but the box just sat until I had help. Yesterday afternoon, the dining room was back to itself, no more a storage room.

Yesterday I took a bit of a ride. I noticed a few lawns with political signs. My favorite was, “Don’t forget Belarus.”

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11 Comments on ““Clutter is my natural habitat.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    Good political sign 🙂
    Our local election is over but most posters are still up, parties have to remove them within the next 9 days. This time parties agreed not to take trees anymore to attach posters because forgotten zipties can harm them. It looks like this agreement actually worked, only street lights and traffic signs were used. Private signs and signs on lawns are uncommon.
    What is rain? A forest next town is on fire, no problem yet but the ongoing drought is.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Birgit,
      I thought it was a great sign and a totally unexpected one. I didn’t see more than one or two Trump/Biden signs. This state is about as blue as they get so not so many Trump. They don’t paper poles. The signs are all meant to stick in the grass.

      We had a dry summer and we have been in drought conditions for the last few months. One day of rain isn’t enough. We need so much more.

      • im6 Says:

        The sign in my yard went up today (not on any trees, however). If you see my Facebook posts, I needn’t tell you the names on my sign.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    We could have used some of that rain. This has been a wetter than usual summer.

    We still have more stuff to put away and we’re coming up on two months since moving. I am absolutely convinced that we moved too much stuff that will just sit around until the next move. I’m an ardent junk collector. I moved my very first Macintosh computer that I bought in 1985 and I think it still works. I also moved my 2,000 version iMac and it still works. I can’t do any real work with them, but I don’t have the heart to send them to the land fill. Tere are a lot things that we could have sent to the trash but decided to just take them along. We become attached to stuff. If I had only the cloths on my back the only things I would have to have is my iPad and iPhone. They have replaced my brains.

    The skies are sunny and the temperature is in the mid 80s which is beautiful.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      This has been a dry summer here. May was a wet month but was the last wet month. We had almost no rain all summer. The whole state was in drought condition. I don’t think it has changed.

      My house is filled with stuff from my travels, most of it from Africa. Some of it is valuable, a few of them are antiques. My family has no idea so I should probably make a list. Maybe that can be a project.

      Itr stayed damp and cold all day, but the weekend should be nice.

  3. Bob Says:

    Sadly, RBG has passed away at 87. May her memory be a blessing.

    • katry Says:

      I was so sad then I was a bit angry. Don’t let Trump have time to add another supreme!

      • Bob Says:

        Unfortunately, he and his Republican Senators are going to try and if they succeed they will change the country for the worst for decades. 🙁

      • katry Says:

        I think Romney and maybe a couple more Republican Senators may just vote against it.

  4. im6 Says:

    We’ll soon find out just how “big a” hypocrites these men are.

    “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
    — Sen. Mitch McConnell, 2016

    “… if an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait until the next election,”
    — Sen. Lindsay Graham, 2018


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