“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”

Yesterday was damp and chilly. Nala and I went to the dump then on to Agway. She thoroughly enjoyed the store, greeted everyone then tried to steal the biscuits on the counter. Nala has no shame.

Last night the wind howled, and the rain started, but it was warm. At 1 am, it was in the low 50’s. This morning the rain is still falling and the wind is still fierce. It is warm at 55˚.

When I was a kid, I loved the wind. I remember walking across the field at the foot of my street, opening my jacket, spreading out my arms and letting the wind take me, even push me so I almost had to run a bit to stay on my feet. It was exhilarating. I remember laughing the whole time.

Pine trees have shallow roots which grow straight down. My yard is filled with pine trees. After every wind storm, branches are strewn about the backyard. I made a pile after the last storm. I’m going to have add to that pile from this storm which has had gusts as high as 60 MPH. I can also see some limbs hanging, ready to fall. None are near the deck. In my front yard, three pine trees have been cut down over the years. One more is dead. It has ivy growing up its truck so I want the bottom half of the trunk saved.

In Ghana, when I saw my first baobab tree, my jaw dropped. It was the biggest, widest tree I’d ever seen. Where I lived was savannah grassland so a tree was precious. My favorite road was between Bolga where I lived and Navrongo, 22 miles north. One part of the road was tree-lined. It was utterly beautiful. I found out later they are mahogany trees and had been planted.

Many roads on the cape are dark, no streetlights. Many houses have white lights lit all year long, mine usually being one of them, but I need new lights as one or two sets no longer work. The other night I saw houses with tree trunks circled in white lights and other houses with Christmas lights glowing through the darkness.

Many roads on the Cape are dark, no streetlights. Many houses have white lights lit all year long, mine usually being one of them, but I need new lights as one or two sets no longer work. The other night I saw houses with tree trunks circled in white lights and other houses with Christmas lights glowing through the darkness. I drive slowly pass them.

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8 Comments on ““In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.””

  1. William Says:

    I first read your FB post without photos. I thought you should post the baobob photo. Later I saw your Coffee page and there it was!

    • katry Says:

      On Facebook, I don’t post the pictures or music, just my musings.

      As soon as I wrote baobab, I knew I’d have to post the baobab photo so people can see how very big these trees get. You and Peg give a great perspective on size.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    This morning the temperature went down to 26° with clear skies. Yesterday we got a little rain, but much more is needed. By Sunday afternoon we are forecast to have a high temperature near 80°. Of course there’s a possibility of an ice or sleet storm next Wednesday night into Thursday. 🙁

    Although my neighborhood has a street light on each corner, the street is dark. I have outside lights which flood the two trees in the front yard and the shrubs around the foundation. They are operated by a light sensitive function. I leave them turned off because it’s a waste of electricity. I thought I would turn them on if we had visitors, except Covid-19 took care of having any visitors. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Yikes, you are in a cold spell, quite a cold spell. We, on the other hand, are in our second day of warmth. A few records were broken yesterday in other parts of the state. The cold will be back on Sunday.

      I have white lights in all of the front windows. I keep them lit all year long. If I have company coming, I just turn on my outside light. The bulb there is LCD so not much electricity is being used.

      All of the streets behind me have no lights either. The houses were built starting in 1977 with my street and the street behind me the first. All utilities are underground. A neighbor asked about street lights to the town who said we’d have to pay for it. None of us did so no light.

      • Bob Says:

        Of course you are having a warm spell because you are east of us. The prevailing jetstream goes around the world from west to east. Our cold front that came through here yesterday morning should be working its way eastward towards you. The subtropical jet stears the low pressure centers eastward across the country.

  3. Christer. Says:

    Quite windy here too today, a storm is passing by south of here but we have pretty strong winds anyway and I” most likely wake up to a world dressed in white tomorrow.

    I think it is about the Baoab tree they say that god by mistake planted up side down because all roots are up in the sky 🙂 Albin’s food has lots of its fruits in it, it’s very nutritious and I know loads of wild animals love to eat the fruits, I saw that on tv a few weeks ago 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I read in the paper that we actually got winds at 65 MPH. The morning was also really windy, but it has since calmed down.

      That is a great story about the baobab tree. They are definitely odd looking.

      Both my dogs also love fruit and raw veggies. They are the first dogs I’ve had who ate fruits.

      Have a perfectly wonderful day!

  4. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Just checking in. Actually went out of my place yesterday to pick up my new glasses. I’m always surprised there is still a world out there. I love the image of the white lights around the tree trunks.
    The days are warmish here, but the nights turn cold for me.
    Take care,
    Lori and Ms. Cookie


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