“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.”

Today is cloudy. It rained last night and everything is still wet. It should get to 60˚this afternoon but without the help of the sun, which is currently on hiatus. I think I’m going out later. I need to get beyond the walls of my house. I have no destination in mind. I’ll just drive. I’m thinking up cape.

I talk all the time to Henry and Jack. Neither one pays much attention to me. I tell Henry to stay and wait, and he gets up or lies down. He is unclear on the concept of stay. Jack does pretty much what he wants. Right now he wants his morning nap and is lying beside me. Henry is upstairs.

I decided to forego my to-do list today, not from a lack of choices but from a lack of ambition. Today the dust will scatter into the air when I walk down the hall. I’ll try not to notice. I’ll think of it as the dry season.

I watched videos of Ghana, a food tour of Ghana. The guy went to great stops and ate the best local food, but he mispronounced the names of places, and he even called them Ghanians. I scream at the TV. The city of Tamale is not a Mexican staple.

Maybe it is just today being Monday. In my lifetime, Monday has always been a letdown, a back to work day. Even the newspapers are smallest on Mondays. I finish reading them before I finish my second cup of coffee. That throws off the whole day.

I’m watching Greenland, a science fiction movie. The world, or most of it, will be destroyed by an asteroid and pieces of the asteroid. Tampa has disappeared in smoke and ash, destroyed by a fragment. This is the perfect movie for my mood today or maybe not. Perhaps I need a Disney to pull me out of the doldrums. Maybe, too, I need to stop at Nancy’s Candies on my ride.

The sun is right now breaking from behind the clouds. I can see blue. The day has become so much brighter. The leaves are shining. Sun and chocolate will do it every time.

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4 Comments on ““I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today the clouds have returned along with cooler temperatures. We might hit 61° by five o’clock this afternoon. There’s another chance of thunderstorms and rain showers through Thursday morning. We’ll see how the forecast turns out later in the week.

    When I was in High School I had a friend who’s family moved to New York from the Netherlands. He was born in Amsterdam but moved here when he was young and spoke English without any accent. His dog, on the other hand, understood only Dutch. I was amazed that the dog understood what I thought was a foreign language. What really would have been amazing would be if the dog spoke Dutch. 🙂 Sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake.

    I always look forward to Monday because I get to go back to work. Yesterday was very relaxing, but I really enjoy coming to work.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We ended up with a lovely, warmish afternoon with a blue sky and a lot of sun. I stood out for a bit with the dog. He was in and out all afternoon.

      The dog certainly understood Dutch. Did that make him a Dutch speaker? If people can’t speak, they use sign language. They are still native speakers but ones who don’t speak. Maybe dogs who understand Dutch need to be reconsidered.

      I really never minded working on Monday, but I did mind getting up at 5:15 every morning, especially the first day after two days of sleeping in. Now I never have to watch the time for bed based on when I need to get up at a certain time. I like my leisurely mornings.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The sun has just now broken through the clouds up here. Not sure how long it’s going to hang around, though, because there are still a lot of clouds.

    I talk to Rocky and Piki Dog all the time. I read aloud to them, too. Unless the words “dinner” or “go” are in the mix, they ignore me.

    I snap at the tv a lot whenever I hear clangers in documentaries. Doesn’t anyone check the pronunciation of things? I watched a documentary on Rameses’ mortuary temple and for the entire thing the narrator pronounced “Ramesseum” as “the RAH museum”. Then there was the guy who had a problem with the name of the volcano in Iceland which blew up and stopped air traffic for days. Every time he had to say it he slowly intoned “Ayaaa Fyetlaaa Yokuuut”. Yes it was difficult but Icelandic is on Google Translate with pronunciation recordings so not impossible.

    Nancy’s Candies sounds like an excellent restorative.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is late afternoon. The sun is still out. It is is sort of hanging behind the middle pine tree and oak branches. It is their time to shine in the light. It is a really pretty afternoon.

      Henry now ignores me when I talk, but he still follows me when I get up and walk around to any other room. He does sleep upstairs by himself during the day and sometimes downstairs at night. Any movement of mine triggers him awake. He just wants to make sure everything is okay.

      I really hate when grammar is mangled on TV. I always think TV is the one medium which should be an influence on language given its global reach. Hearing sometimes becomes learning.

      There is no excuse for pronouncing a country’s name or places wrong. Finding the right pronunciation on line is easy or, in the case in Ghana, ask a Ghanaian, notice the spelling and the correct pronunciation here, they’d be glad to help. The guy kept saying the wrong thing even when a correct pronunciation was used in front of him, I kept yelling at him on TV. I should have kept YouTube small.

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