“Nothing touches the soul like music.”

This late good morning is close to good afternoon. My sleep last night was erratic. Even Henry couldn’t get comfortable. He jumped off the bed and went downstairs. Henry doesn’t like it when I toss and turn, but Jack sleeps through just about everything. Last night he was snoring so loudly I kept making noise hoping he’d stop. Finally I moved him a little bit with my foot. He stopped snoring.

Yesterday it rained all day and most of the night. The rain was loud and heavy. Henry wasn’t happy going outside for his last visit of the night. He got wet enough I felt guilty and dried him a bit. It was the least I could do.

Today is beautiful and winter warm again. The sky is a vivid blue, and the sunlight is so bright it reflects and twinkles off the snow still left on the sides of the street. I was blinded when I went to get the papers. The birds are singing as happily as I’ve heard them in a while. They like the sun. They also remind me to fill the feeders which I didn’t get to yesterday in the rain.

When I was a kid, I would have loved walking to and from school on a day like today. We’d take our time, and sometimes we even skip part of the way. I remember a lightness of feeling. The weariness of winter was gone for just a while. After lunch, we’d go out for recess. I think there was a collective groan when the bell rang for us to go inside.

My favorite subject was reading following closely by English and geography. I never liked arithmetic. I don’t remember having much science, but I do remember having religion every year. The sort of textbook we used was the Baltimore Catechism. Art was once or twice a week as was music. My first memory of music is singing My Grandfather’s Clock and, at Christmas time, Up on the Rooftop. We also learned Gregorian chant. By the time I was ten, I could read and notate the little boxes of notes. I never honed that skill. It is long gone. Really, how much Gregorian chant should a mind hold?

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8 Comments on ““Nothing touches the soul like music.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Yesterday was so nice, foggy and chilly in the morning and sunny and almost hot in the afternoon. It was impossible not to love the day 🙂 Today was more cloudy and less warm but stiull really nice.

    I did the corona test today, I actually had to do it myself and I can’t say I enjoyed it 🙂 🙂 So now I’ll have to wait for two days before I get an answer. If I have the virus and it doesn’t get any worse than this I won’t complain but I’m pretty sure this just is a common cold.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The sun has disappeared. We have light colored clouds back, but it is still warmish. A slight breeze has developed. I thought it was still a nice day.

      I hope it is negative. My nephew had the virus and was hospitalized twice. His lung collapsed. Even now, a few weeks out, he still has trouble breathing and walking. He will, I think, suffer in the long term.

      Take care of yourself!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It rained here yesterday but it was a reasonably polite rain. The dogs went out several times and got wet. Thankfully, they love to be blow dried. Rocky started that years ago. When Piki Dog joined the pack he demanded blow drying as well because Rocky can’t be special. Very convenient on soggy days.
    No blue skies up here today. The sky is a watery grey that the sun is just managing to shine weakly through. But it’s warm enough to melt the snow so that’s good.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We got big time rain. I could hear it pounding the roof. Ads a result of the rain, much of the snow is gone, and the rest looks ugly. Most of it is on the sides of the road.

      Henry goes out but he heads to his tree for a quick stop then he runs back inside, but if the rain isn’t too heavy, he’ll stay out a while. I don’t have a hair dryer so no drying for Henry.

      The blue sky is gone, but the sun is bright behind thin clouds. It is a decent day, my high praise for winter.

      Stay Safe!

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I went back to work at the office today and you wouldn’t believe that we had a blizzard a week ago. This afternoon we had a high temperature of 79°. Some folks still don’t have water because of broken pipes and some people are still having to boil their drinking water. Of course the finger pointing down in Austin has already begun.

    We are expecting rain off and on all weekend beginning on Thursday. One of the biggest advances I’ve noticed, from being in the aviation business in the last 40 years, is the accuracy of weather forecasts. We used to say that they were about 80% accurate while today I would say they are closer to 90%. That extra 10% accuracy is a result of technologies such Doppler Radar and weather satellite photos.

    Like you as a kid I was an avid reader. Luckily, technology saved my mathematical ineptitude. First, in my flying career I discovered the E6B aviation slide rule followed by the portable pocket calculator.

    Losing power brought home how dependant on electricity we are in our daily life. One of my coworkers didn’t lose power because he has a natural gas powered electrical generator attached to his house which can power everything. He did however lose his internet and cable television. I felt so sorry for him, NOT 🙁

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I know how excited you must be to get back to work, to get away from being home after what seemed forever. We were in the 40’s all day and will be for most of the week. This isn’t spring. It is a tease. Spring is a long way from here.

      My local news is pretty accurate. I figure they get their info from the weather stations here. One is actually in the Blue Hills outside of Boston. There is always the Mount Washington weather station covered in ice more of the year than it isn’t.

      I decided to be a teacher when I was in high school. I picked English my junior year. I stayed away from anything mathematical. It was a wise decision.

      I have given thought to buying a generator. I have even researched them, but that is as far as I’ve gotten.

      • Bob Says:

        Spring may not have sprung in New England, but I’m hoping that it will be just around the corner here, like next week.

        I knew I wanted to fly airplanes when I was seven, but I discovered that teaching was far more rewarding for the long haul. After all one airport looks like another and all hotel rooms are the same. Had I become an airline pilot I probably would have at least four ex wife flight attendants and no money. 🙂

        My coworker installed his generator several years ago and cost him about $7,000. After surviving last week’s storm, I think I would rather save the money and put up with the inconvenience once every ten years. The next time this happens I’m buying tickets to Cancun Mexico. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I’ll be happy if we have warm weather come April. Most times we have a few beautiful days but May is the big month. Here near the ocean we always have a later spring.

        I remember driving to Boston in April and once off cape, the trees had leaves. We didn’t have buds yet.

        The generator depends on need I guess. In the last couple of years, the worst was the winter when my house was down to 37˚. I couldn’t stay warm. I burned everything I could but stopped short at my furniture.

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