“Life without books, chocolate & coffee is just useless.”

The other day I was wrong about the weather. It did get sunny and warm. Today, though, the weather report is clouds all day and a high of 50˚. The rain is due tomorrow.

When I look out my window to the backyard, all I can see are bare branches still waiting for buds. The backyard is stuck in winter drab. When I go to the car, I can see the front garden in all its glory, a glory of colors. I can see purples, mauves and pinks. I see the yellow of daffodils and the bright yellow forsythia buds almost ready to bloom. I see spring.

I don’t remember seeing spring flowers when I was a kid. I remember buds on trees and bright green leaves. I also remember arguing with my mother that a spring jacket was plenty warm enough. Winter layers were coming off a layer at a time but not fast enough for me. I was willing to feel a bit cold on my walk to school. Even if my lips had turned blue, I’d tell my mother it was warm enough for my spring jacket.

Henry and Jack are beside me on the couch. This is Henry’s quiet time. Jack has several quiet times. He moves from the couch cushion to the chair to the table or to the top of the couch where I keep an afghan just for him. Jack can sleep anywhere. This morning I greeted Gwen, patted her and and gave her some treats. I’m going to change the litter as I’m going to the dump when I finish here. Look how much I have to look forward to later today. This will be my third day out this week tying my record of a couple of weeks ago.

Yesterday I fed my body and soul. I went to the used book store, Parnassus, and to Nancy’s Candies. I bought Easter candy at half price at Nancy’s and two books, one a cookbook of food from Bali and the other a Clive Cussler, at Parnassus. When I got home, I opened the Peeps so they can get stale, and I settled on the couch where I read the cookbook and ate half a chocolate rabbit, ears first. When I was a kid, there is no way any bit of a chocolate rabbit would have been saved for later. Yesterday afternoon, the adult in me held sway.

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10 Comments on ““Life without books, chocolate & coffee is just useless.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    We can actually see some leafs on bushes and trees now 🙂 Not a lot but still enough to give hope for the future 🙂

    Sunny and nice here, just around 50F during days but nights are still nasty cold. They say nights will get less cold from now on, I so hope they’re right for once.

    Yes lots of nice candy for half price now 🙂 🙂 🙂 My favorites are chocolate and sugar? coated marzipan eggs, can never have too many of those 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      My spring flowers and budding trees have made their appearance so spring is definitely on its way. I’m happy!!

      It stayed cloudy and cold today. It is looking ugly outside. In some places, it has already started to rain north of my and it is headed my way. Int will be cold tonight.

      I don’t think I have seen coated marzipan eggs sold around here. Marzipan isn’t all that popular here. I remember a bakery in Boston’s North End, the Italian section of the city, where they sold marzipan animals and flowers. They were beautiful.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My lawn looks ratty but the trees are budding so that’s a plus. The grape hyacinths finally showed up and the old quince is loaded with flower buds. More than I’ve seen on it in years. It had quite a few last year but a late snow and a cold wind storm blasted almost all of them. It had only three or four and just one quince which something ate it before it could ripen. Probably deer.
    The photo of See’s Candy brought back memories. Every time my mother visited her sisters in California or they came to visit us, See’s Candy boxes arrived in our house.
    It’s good to read that you are an air dried Peeps person. It’s the only way to eat a Peep in my opinion. Some would say there is no way at all to eat a Peep but that’s just heresy. 😀
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My front yard got raked yesterday and the deck got blown clean. It was a loud day and one which had Henry barking on and off until the cleaning was finished.My forsythias started blooming this afternoon. When I was out, I saw pops of yellow. I loved the color.

      My sister in Colorado also sends See’s chocolate. One year for Christmas I found my sister’s favorite candy at See’s and sent it to her. She thought that was funny.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    This afternoon it’s been raining off and on which should continue through tomorrow. The temperature today didn’t get out of the low 60° range. We need the rain badly since we are in the middle of a moderate drought. May is are wettest month and we can sure use an extra wet one this year or when July and August arrive there will be water restrictions.

    As you know I’m a chocoholic who can’t resist the stuff. Thankfully, in my 70s I’m trying to develop some self control to keep my weight down. Last year I lost some weight, 20 lbs, due to some abdominal issues and I don’t want to gain it all back, only some of it. 🙂

    I love used bookstores. Here in Dallas we have a huge place called, “Half Price Books”. I can spend hours looking through all of their stock. The largest one I’ve ever been in is “Powell’s Books” in Portland Oregon. It’s 68,000 square feet. The last book I bought at “Half Price Books” was a collection of articles entitled, “Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She?” She would have had a ball this 45 had she lived.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      The rain is headed my way. It has already started raining in the western part of the state. It may get cold enough to turn to snow there but not here. I did read that the latest snow fall one year here was mid-May. We too need rain.

      If i buy it, I’ll eat it so I don’t often buy chocolate, but I couldn’t resist the half price of the good chocolate at the candy store. My doctor applauded. I was his only patient who had lost weight while in lock down.

      Parnassus is a remarkable book store. It has been around over 50 years. They have shelves and shelves of books. The second generation is now running it.

      Have a wonderful evening!!@

  4. J Says:

    Hi Kat
    One neighbor’s forsythia bloomed here in my central NY village, but when I drove down to Binghamton for a dental appointment, many many trees and bushes have bloomed. Apparently, blossoms are 40 miles or about one week away…
    But bear with me for just a short (?) note about chasing the tail…

    In your “Music Blogs” links list, you have “Surviving the Golden Age”.
    I went there and looked around.
    Found its blogroll and found
    “The Metaphorical Boat”
    Went there and scrolled down thru its very occasional postings until I arrived at the entry for:

    Monday, 13 July 2020 “Matthew Frederick – Laura Jones”
    The first paragraph of that entry reads:
    “Back in March when “the event” was starting to ramp up, I went out and bought a bucket load of albums from artists I was less familiar with on a whim in order to have enough new music to see me through the next few months. There were a few great artists and albums that I got my metaphorical teeth into during that time – Elma Orkestra, Porridge Radio & The Lost Brothers being some of the artists whose albums helped to keep me sane during this strange, strange time.”
    That link to “Elma Orkestra” intrigued me.
    I’d never seen that name, or heard that music.
    So I searched for it, and found that E.O. is a Northern Irish composer, and with a song called “Factory Girls”, about which she wrote: “I was commissioned by Ulster Architectural Heritage to write a piece about a building that was important to me. I chose to write about the shirt factories in Derry… specifically the girls who worked in them. ‘Factory Girls’ features the voice of Maggie McIntyre (1904-1982)”.
    And what I found next just blew me away

    That brief musical experience improved my day, a fresh ‘blossoming’ if you will, and it gave me some music I can never forget.
    But it also brought to mind some music for string sextet, written almost 40 years ago by an old friend: “wir weben wir weben” by Marty Bresnick. Its second movement is accessible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYPIyjs48eU&list=RDXYPIyjs48eU&start_radio=1

    Kat, I’ve long enjoyed your work here. These two links are just a paltry thank you

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, thank you! I totally loved the Factory Girls. The film was amazing, but Maggie McIntyre’s voice was exquisite. I’m glad you explored the Music Blogs on the sidebar. I don’t visit them all often enough. Now, I want not to miss a single song or artist.

      I am a lover of brass but listened to the whole of Wir Weben, Wir Weben for String Sextet and loved it.

      I would not call either link paltry. Both lifted my spirits in different ways, and I need the lift.

      Thank you!!

      • J Says:

        I didn’t mean the links were paltry, only my thanks.
        I’ve enjoyed this website for years, and too rarely give thanks.

      • katry Says:

        I should have known better. You always appreciate the different songs I post. I look forward to your comments. They give me a lift.

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