“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”

One o’clock has come and gone. Henry is sleeping on the couch but Jack, the cat, is restless. He is on the table, and his tail keeps sweeping across the computer screen. It’s driving me crazy. Meanwhile, Gwen is on one of the stairs, maybe the third from the top, meowing. She does that every night. She bemoans her fate.

My heat just went on. It is set at the night time temperature of 65˚ so the house is really cold. I need a nose muff.

When I was a kid, my school shoes had laces. I could tie the laces, but it took me a while to learn to make the bows tight. Until then, I was just glad I could make the bow. Tension was never part of the execution.

End of Part I

Today is an ugly day. I could give you so many reasons for ugly, but I’ll just grouse about the weather for now. It is on and off raining. It is dark and still and quiet. It is a good day to be home.

Massachusetts is a political outcast. It always gets ignored by both presidential candidates. Trump knows it is a waste of time to try to court Massachusetts voters. Babies are born blue in this state. Biden knows he needs to be elsewhere. Massachusetts is safe for him. After all, we were the only state to vote for McGovern, a matter of pride for me.

I love my slippers. For years I have been wearing wool clogs. My current clogs are grey. Most of the time I forget to change into shoes when I go out so my slippers serve double duty. This morning my toe broke through the wool, my big toe. I almost cried.

My birds are back. The feeders need to be filled again. I like to watch the feeders from the window over the sink. The chickadees and titmice fly in and out constantly, an ever lasting loop of birds.

My laundry is becoming a B movie creature. Every day the pile gets bigger. Henry is starting to walk around it, wary the whole time. I’m thinking I’ll do it tomorrow, a Scarlet O’Hara tomorrow.

I gave Henry his new Halloween toy early. I let him see it then smell it then I slid it across the floor to him. Anything new is gradual with Henry. I just heard the toy squeal. Frankenstein dog toy has met its match.

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6 Comments on ““In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    We went back to normal time yesterday so now it’s dark when I go to work and dark when I come home again. To be honest it wasn’t thsat bright during teh day either so I guess most animals just thought it was night all day long 🙂 🙂

    Sune ate my last slipper this summer so now I need tro buy new ones or just have my wool socks instead. Slippers can work as almost shoes though so I’m leaning tiowars buying new ones.

    I daren’t buy chew toys to albin since he tends to eat them and that dog eats anything and it is just pure luck that we haven’t had to go to the vet ton remove anything surgically yet. His first winter he ate a carpet they had in the dog house. I didn’t understand how much of it until spring came and I could see all places where he had pooped it out 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Our clocks go back this weekend, and, as with you, that will mean early darkness. It doesn’t make me glad as winter is even closer.

      Sometimes I have to add socks to keep my feet warm. Just wearing socks can get slippery for me. The slippers have a rubber sole.

      None one of my dogs has been a destroyer of toys. Gracie even played with toys which had belonged to Shauna, my first boxer. Henry tends to carry them in his mouth around the house. What about the rubber toys? Gracie loved those the most.

      Have a great day!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Ugly is a good word to describe today here as well. The temperature this morning started out in the low 50s with drizzle and mist. As the day has worn on the overcast is still with us and the temperature has dropped to a chilly 44°. We need the rain, but the chilly weather could have stayed up north where it belongs. 🙁

    My spouse won’t turn on the heat until it’s nearly freezing outside. She likes it cold and I just put on more cloths.

    I keep reading that the polls in Texas are showing at best Biden with a slight lead and at worst a tie. Texas cities have been blue for a while and the rural areas have been solid red. However, this year the burbs are turing purple and maybe even blue. If Biden wins Texas, he wins the election. Texas has 38 Electoral votes. The last Democratic President that Texas voted for was Jimmy Carter.

    Republican congressional candidates ads have been pushing the theme that their Democratic opponents are raving mad liberals who support violent riots and want to defund the police. These are scare tactics to try to get suburban woman to vote Republican for the safety of themselves and their families. Not one Republican candidate has mentioned Trump in their ads. Their Democratic oponients are trying desperately to tie those silent Trump supporter Republican candidates to his coattails.

    Hopefully, if the creek don’t rise and enough Democrats go to the polls we will end this national nightmare on the 21st. of January. 🙂
    If Trump manages to get enough Electoral votes to win, regardless of the popular vote, then I’m not sure our democracy will survive.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Chilly weather isn’t due here quite yet. We are still enjoying fall temperatures, but rain, drizzle and mist will make just about any day ugly. It is 58˚ and will drop a couple of degrees tonight. We still need rain as well, but the rain lasted maybe 10 minutes, and it was light rain at best.

      I keep my house at 68˚ all winter. It goes down to 65˚ at night. When I was younger, I kept the house cooler, but now I like it comfortably warm.

      According to the pundits, no candidate who has won the presidential election has lost Florida. What’s happening in Texas is almost jaw dropping.

      I agree 100% about this country. 4 more years of Trump would destroy it and put an end to democracy.

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