“In the shapeliness of a life, habit plays its sovereign role.”

The weather is bizarre. For two days it has been frigid weather, and my heat has been constantly running. Going outside even for a little bit was brutally cold. The dogs were out just for their business though I think Nala stole a box from the recycle bin and shredded it before she came back inside the house. Today the high will be 45˚, perfect dump weather. Tomorrow will be rainy and maybe even snowy.

I can’t believe I will actually get dressed today. It has been a while. I do, for cleanliness sake, change my cozies after my shower, but as far as I get beyond the house is usually the mailbox across the street.

Henry and his battle with the dog door continues. Yesterday he came back in himself through the dreaded door every time. Today he’s been standing outside and whacking the door with his nose, his method of summoning me. I am well trained.

When I was a kid, I never thought about how my every day was the same except for weekends, but even they had a pattern. Saturday was mine. Sunday was family. Saturday was morning TV, bike rides around town, hot dogs, beans and brown bread for dinner and a bath Saturday night. Sunday was doomed from the start. I had to go to mass. After mass I usually stayed around the house, watched some TV, read the funnies or hid in my room and read until dinner time. Sunday was the only day of the week with dinner. Every other day we had lunch and supper. Sunday dinner was usually around two. Sunday supper was light after the big dinner.

In Ghana, my week days too had the same pattern. I was up early, sometimes early enough to watch my students line up with their metal buckets at the shower stalls outside. I remember the sound of water hitting the bottom of the buckets. I’d have my first cup of coffee then breakfast, the same one very day, then I’d walk across the school compound to the classroom block to teach my first class of the day. In between classes, I’d walk home and maybe have another cup of coffee. After school, I’d go into town, roam around the market and hope to find a surprise like the watermelon I once found. I’d visit people in the stores and my husband at the Super Service Inn. On picture day, his mother, my mother-in-law, dressed him in new clothes. He looked adorable though a little uneasy, nervous and probably wondering why the white lady was taking pictures of him with her trusty Instamatic. When I looked at the picture just now, I realized it was taken fifty three years ago. I expect my husband is a grandfather.

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8 Comments on ““In the shapeliness of a life, habit plays its sovereign role.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Nice and warmish here today but also very windy. I don’t mind and hopes the warmer weather will stay till spring 🙂 I know it won’t but one can always hope 🙂 They’re guessing we even will have sunshine tomorrow 🙂

    All days are always the same here but sometimes when I feel adventurous I’ll go to a grocery store I’ve never been to before 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      Today was a good day here too.I even went to the dump which wasn’t even windy. Tomorrow will be a weird day. 40’s in the morning then teens at night with maybe rain or maybe snow.

      I worked with kids. Little was the same from day to day.

      Enjoy your day!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The days are pretty quiet and regular around here, too. Winter even more so unless you want to call shoveling snow a break in the routine. I can do without that stimulation. I’d rather read or knit and break that up by taking the dogs out for walks or a ride in the jeep. So exciting for them to have a ride to the post office or the dog food store. Whoo hoo! 🙂
    It’s really nice up here today. Warm and sunny. I only have two layers on. No hat or mittens, either. Positively tropical. 😀
    Have a great day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I went to the dump so my backseat was empty of boxes and newspapers. I went home and got Nala. She loves the car, and I had a couple of errands so along she came. Henry hates the car.

      I don’t shovel. Given my back and heart issues, I would be tempting fate. I have Skip for shoveling.

      Tomorrow will be horrific down here. The wind will be strong for a good part of the day. I have no where to go and plenty to keep me busy at home.

      Take care!!

  3. Les Says:

    Here in Eastern PA, the weather was not too bad for today. I was surprised. Temp. was up close to 50. The sun felt nice & warm for the 1st time. Thought of taking my bicycle out for a short ride on one of the nice trails we have around here, but decided not to. It’s not going to last long. It’s supposed to get real cold Sat. night. Down into the single digits. That’s too darn cold for me! Then we’re supposed to get snow. About 3 in. is expected. Here we go again.

    • katry Says:

      HI Les,
      Wow, definitely tropical weather. That’s almost deck weather. Though it wasn’t as warm here, it was a nice day. I even went to the dump which is usually cold and windy, but not today.

      It was such a good day Nala and I went for a ride. Henry stayed home. He does not enjoy the car, but Nala loves to ride.

      Our weather forecast for tomorrow is awful. It is stay in the house weather. We are expecting heavy winds and a temperature drop from the 40’s at the start of the day to teens at night. It will either rain or snow.

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