“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.”

Some mornings just lend themselves to good humor. This morning is one of them. It started raining yesterday then it stopped then it started again. This intermittent rain continued most of the night, and I fell asleep to the sound of a gentle rain falling on the little eave overhang outside my bedroom window. This morning, when I opened the front door, I could see fog hovering around tree trunks and low branches. Everything is damp. The humidity is so thick you can almost see it in the air. The leaves and branches are still, almost as if weighted by the dampness. I love mornings like this.

Yesterday my friend Bill wrote that in the dampness of his daily walk that morning he could feel and smell Ghana. I knew exactly what he meant. I loved rainy season mornings in Bolga when I’d wake to a cloudy sky, a dark cloudy sky, and chilly air, chilly at least by comparison to the often three digit daily temperatures. I’d sit on the small porch outside my front door and have my morning coffee and relish the warmth of the cup in my hands. I loved those mornings.

This morning I’ve taken my time. I read the papers from front to back. I did the crossword in the Globe and solved the cryptogram in the Cape Times. I drank a cup of coffee with each paper. The best item, the one which made me smile, came from Deveselu, Romania. Ion Aliman was re-elected mayor by a landslide in his village, even though he died two weeks ago from Covid-19 complications, saying he had done a good job and deserved his posthumous victory. Good for them!

I can’t explain my good humor. Some days are good days when I am happy for the rain or the sun (now I’m sounding like I’m intoning some Girl Scout song sung at the end of our troop meetings ), but I think it could be this morning’s rain which accounted for my good humor, this morning’s rain coupled with Bill’s e-mail. I’m happy, that’s more than enough.

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6 Comments on ““I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.””

  1. jan Says:

    Catholic school writing — it’s the best! (especially when your voice isn’t working <3 ) Punctuation is a gas.

    • katry Says:

      I thought I knew grammar then I took a grammar course my senior year in college. It was required for English teaching majors. It was miserable. I finally learned grammar when I first taught it.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Now those folks in Romania know what they are doing, electing a dead mayor. After his passing he couldn’t do anything wrong. My kind of Republican politician, a dead one. 🙂 I try to smile every morning but these days it’s very difficult.

    Everyday I have at least one cup of coffee and read the latest on my iPad before going to work. That’s about a half an hour. There’s only one drawback to living three miles from work, I don’t have the time to listen to the stories on NPR “Morning Addition” nor “All Things Considered” on the way home. 🙂 Oh, I forgot there’s no traffic to put up with, I haven’t bought gasoline in nearly six weeks and I’m not frustrated when I arrive home. The heck with NPR. 🙂

    This morning the sky was clear and the temperature was 54°. I needed a light jacket for the first time this fall. Unfortunately, I also noticed how many leaves have collected in my pool since the wind which accompanied the cold front on Sunday night deposited in the water.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      They really liked this mayor and figured this was an honor he deserved. I don’t know who is taking his place. It didn’t mention. It happened once here but I don’t remember who. I just remember it was too late to print new ballots so the dead man got votes.

      It takes me an hour or more to read the Globe. The Cape Times takes much less as I can ignore the international and much of the national news as I had already read similar articles in the Globe. My commute was almost 8 miles round trip, easy going.

      Right now, at almost 7, it is still warm, still in the low 70’s. Rain is predicted, maybe even a downpour. I’d like that!! My deck was filled with acorns and leaves. It’s clean for probably a day or two.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I just saw that your election debate is on TV here. Shall I watch or go to sleep (3:00 am)? Will I bear more than 5 minutes? Questions…

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I wonder if Trump will pull the same antics on Biden he pulled on Hillary when he was rude and obnoxious. Little did we know at the time we were truly seeing Trump.


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