“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”

Today is an ugly day. The sky is grey, fog sits on the shoreline and rain is likely. The saving grace is the 55˚. I may go to the dump. It is usually quiet on ugly days.

Yesterday I did one errand. When I got home, I read, took a nap and watched a few movies. I was bored but not bored enough to clean. That’s for another day.

Henry no longer balks at a furled dog door. He goes out with only the slightest hesitation, but he still expects me to let him into the house. Yesterday I had a brilliant idea. I rang the door bell, and Henry came running through the dog door into the house. I figure I could get him to understand the dog door isn’t scary. This morning I rang the bell. Henry stayed outside. I rang it again, same result. After the third ring, I gave up and let Henry inside. He went right to the front door. To my chagrin, Henry is a quick learner.

My days in Ghana were usually the same. I woke up, had my first cup of coffee and ate breakfast if I didn’t have an early class to teach. If I did, I’d have breakfast between classes. I taught only four hours a day, two hours per class. I taught T2’s, the second years. My house was on school grounds only a couple of minutes walk from the classroom blocks so between classes I’d go home and sit on the porch and drink another cup of coffee. My work day was never long. On some afternoons, I’d coach volleyball or work in the library. Other afternoons, I’d go to town and shop or just wander around the market hoping for treasures. Dinner was always around the same time and just about the same meal, beef in tomato sauce and mashed yams or rice on the side. The beef needed the sauce to tenderize it. Only old cows became meat. Other times I’d have chicken with the usual yams or rice on the side. The only vegetables available in the market were yams, hot peppers, tomatoes and onions. I felt vegetable deprived.

It has gotten really dark, almost ominous. A wind has started blowing the tall pine branches. I think rain just went from likely to probable.

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7 Comments on ““You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    That storm than we had the other night, the one which dropped tornadoes in Alabama, is on its way up the east coast. The reason we didn’t get a tornado was because the Gulf air didn’t have enough moisture and the temperature wasn’t warm enough yet. More destruction will occur around here in April and May. 🙁

    Dogs are smarter than we think. After all, they don’t have to work for their food and we provide them with everything else for just their company and for their love.

  2. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Still not quite awake. The sun is shining, and I opened the window so Ms. Cookie can get some air and sun– I know cats are smarter than I am. Soon I will get a shot– but I want it to be the one I prefer–someone is helping me with this.
    Henry may be a quick learner on how to control you!
    Music and zooming with some musicians keeps me going, as does the little things in life.
    It seems as we have to start playing Georgia on my mind again. When will they ever learn?
    Stay well.
    Lori and Ms. Cookie

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      It seems you get a shot when a space opens, and you can’t guarantee which shot you get. You’d have to refuse the appointment hoping for another with a different shot, but then you go back in the queue. I took the first appointment I found which took a while, lots of hunting on the computer.

      Sometimes I wait a while before I let Henry inside. He gets frantic if it is raining so I don’t make him wait. I couldn’t do that to him.

      I zoom my uke lesson.

      The worst of it all in Georgie is that it it’s now illegal to give a drink or food to people waiting in line to vote. That sounds medieval.

  3. lilydark Says:

    I did get an appointment for my first shot!…
    I think it sounds like the dark ages. Of course you couldn’t do that to Henry!

    • katry Says:

      I hope you take the shot. My family is celebrating that we older members have had either both or one of the shots.

      Dark ages? Bell ringing?

  4. Christer. Says:

    Quite windy here this morning and cloudy as well. Every now and again rain passes by but it’s warm enough to make it feel rather nice anyway. I’ve been so tired this week that I didn’t even go outr on the net yesterday and only took a quick look the otyher days.

    Spring has sprung finally and now cranes can be seen and heard everywhere 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      We had a howling, heavy wind last night. It was loud. We still need rain.Part of the state is in drought conditions. The lack of snow the last couple of years hasn’t helped. Real rain, not mist, is predicted for Sunday, the first in a while.

      I’m happy for spring!!

      Have a wonderful weekend!!

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