“I think I will do nothing for a long time but listen, And accrue what I hear into myself…and let sounds contribute towards me.”

Today is already hot at 80˚, the high for the day. The breeze is ever so slight and only once in a while. I can feel the house getting warmer. This room, my den, is in the back of the house and is the last room the sun hits, but usually, by then, I’ve already cranked the AC.

The den is still dark. The TV is playing in the background. I don’t pay any attention. I just like the sounds of voices. Sometimes I go with foreign language films. I never read the subtitles.

I have no plans for today. Earlier, I did notice a few hair piles along the baseboards so I’ll walk around carrying my little portable vac, instant gratification with only the turn of a switch. The kitchen floor is back to being dog paw prints. “It’s déjà vu all over again,” (maybe Yogi, maybe not). I just washed it a couple of days ago, but I’ll do it again today when everything dries from all the rain we had and after I’ve overcome my innate wish to do nothing.

I like roller coasters. They make me yell from excitement, not fear. I barely breathe when the cars slowly click up that first big hill because I know what’s coming on the other side. I would never ride a roller coaster in the dark. I’d be lost, disoriented, after that first hill. The yells would be surprise but mostly fear.

When I was a kid, I was never afraid of much. Bugs didn’t bother me, and I knew spiders did good work. Snakes were interesting, and I learned to pick them up at the back of their heads or what passes for a head, behind their eyes. I loved watching the darting dragonflies and the grasshoppers jumping in front of me when I walked.

It was my father’s stories which put me on night alert for any sounds. I’d lean my ear toward the sound and give it all my attention. Mostly I’d recognize the sounds of bugs and night birds, but once in a while I’d hear underbrush and know something bigger, maybe a raccoon, was wandering near my yard. Footsteps scared me, especially when no one was talking, just walking. I’d always look from the window but sort of hide behind the side curtain. Many movies later, I’d realize it was never safe behind a curtain.

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4 Comments on ““I think I will do nothing for a long time but listen, And accrue what I hear into myself…and let sounds contribute towards me.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today is a repeat of yesterday but a little hotter. Today might hit 92°. Real summer has returned.

    Our two central air conditioners run nearly continuously during the day. My wife keeps the thermostats at 72° even though they are programmable. Some afternoons I will sit on my patio in upper 80° temperatures to warm up. I guess I have a hot blooded woman. 🙂

    An idiot in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie allowed his pet East African Cobra snake escape from his house. The police and animal control are searching for this highly poisonous venomous snake to return it to the owner. Hopefully, they catch it before someone gets bitten and dies. This is similar to the idiot in Houston who lost his pet tiger earlier in the summer. Although I live several miles from Grand Prairie, I have been walking in the grass looking down so as not to step on that or any other snake. 🙁

    I will and have never ridden a roller coaster. I don’t like Ferris wheels or any rides that go faster or higher than a merry go round. I don’t like being in high places going fast when I don’t have controls. While

    I was getting my Learjet training, in a real Learjet in 1980, my instructor demonstrated a maneuver that makes roller coasters appear like child’s play. I landed on an 8,000 ft. Runway without flaps. After touching down, my instructor took the airplane and leveled it off 50 ft. Above the ground, with full power, retracted the landing gear and we were going nearly 290 Miles Per Hour. When we reached the end of the pavement he then pulled up the nose to about 45° and banked the wings to the left at 45°. We leveled off at the end of a 180° turn at nearly 18,000 feet. We could have climbed higher but you can’t fly without an instrument clearance above 18,000 feet. 🙂 You’ve haven’t lived until you are going that fast that close to the ground. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My house was 77˚ so I turned on the air conditioner. It will only go down to 70˚ later so a warm night. My house is already cooling.

      My thermostat is also programmable. I keep mine programmed to 70˚ so you’d freeze here as well. I like a cool night. I haven’t needed my AC for about a week as it has been so comfortable.

      I don’t understand people keeping wild animals or poisonous reptiles as pets. The best part of having a pet is the relationship you develop with your pets. I don’t think snakes are meant for hugging unless they do the hugging, sort of.

      I think I can survive without experiencing that heart stopping speed close to the ground.

  2. Christer. Says:

    We’ve had a really nice and pleasant day over here. Just enough warm with a nice breeze blowing and mostly sunshine. Tomorrow the rain will come they say but the morning will be partly sunny and I really like my sunny mornings, the rest of the dya can rain away, I won’t mind 🙂

    I’ve never been scared of snakes, I like them. I have however had a couple of dogs bitten by our only venomous snake and they were very swollen after the bit but did survive. So for my dogs sake I hope the snakes stay away. It doesn’t help that my neighbors cat catch snakes and bring them in to their garden. It doesn’t kill them though, just bring them in 🙂 🙂 🙂 My neighbors doesn’t like snakes 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Today was hot and the weather will be hot all week long. I think maybe rain is predicted one of those days but not enough rain yet. I stayed inside all day except I went out with the dogs, and I had to pick up the yard. Nala steals papers out of the trash and takes them outside hoping they’ll be food. She shreds them. Such fun!

      I can’t even remember the last time I saw a snake. I saw poisonous snakes in Africa but none here. Those snakes were huge. I gave them plenty of room. They stole my baby chicks.

      Have a great weekend.

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