“Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.”

The rain started late. I heard it hitting the window. The dogs went out anyway. It was a warm night, still 55˚ at two. The wind got wilder just as I went to bed. It was a stop and listen sort of wind, fierce and loud. Branches brushed the window. The last sound I heard before I fell asleep was the howling.

The morning was cloudy, but the sun broke through a bit ago. I can see the blue sky expanding and chasing away the clouds, a bit of a treat for a little while as the forecast is for scattered showers. It is 55˚.

Yesterday was my errand day. I even went to the dump. Today is an around the house day. I need to finish clearing Nala’s trash from the backyard. I’ll get to use my bright yellow prisoner trash stick again, and I’ll take down the Christmas flags and check my little library. (Oops, outside is on hold. The sky is dark and threatening. Rain is coming just as forecasted.)

My dafs are in bloom. Their bright yellow is striking. I am tired of brown and grey. It is time to celebrate the awakening of gardens and the warmth of spring.

When I was a kid, I remember walking to school on chilly mornings this time of year. Instead of winter layering, I wore a sweater under my spring jacket. I think I skipped to school.

My mother was the consummate April Fool’s Day joker. She was tricky. She always got my sister. I was wary when she’d call me. She was that good!

When I was a kid, I always gave up chocolate for Lent, but I never made it all the way through to Easter. The call of chocolate is too great. I tried to think about other things to sacrifice, but I had none. My mother nixed giving up vegetables. Giving up church was out of the conversation. I didn’t want a mortal sin, that blackened milk bottle in the Baltimore Catechism. I gave up nothing for Lent. Besides, I was never big on the concept.

I have been buying old black and white science fiction movies for summer viewing. It is time to reopen movies on the deck. I’ll start with a classic, maybe Beau Geste, the original, then move on to my new movies. Yesterday, The Monolith Monsters, a 1957 film, was delivered. Black rocks from a meteor crash are strewn all over the town. When they interact with water, they become gargantuan towers of rock which petrify anyone in the way. They can move by collapsing and then reforming. On the back of the cover is a wonderful description. Their path of destruction must end before they plow mankind into a stone-cold early grave.

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8 Comments on ““Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today is another beautiful day with sunny skies and a high temperature of 77°. My company is starting to bring back more employees who were working at home. This forced me to have to move to another desk in the building. Now, I can’t find anything on my desk or in my desk drawers. This time I have a window that looks out onto the final approach course for runway 36L at DFW airport. When the wind is out of the north I will be able to watch arriving airplanes on short final approach. Departing airplanes to the south are too high up for me to see them out my window.

    I like the idea of Mardi Gras right before Lent. Who wouldn’t like a week of drinking, parades, and partying. Our next holiday is Passover. It’s the most celebrated Jewish holiday. The only part I don’t like is eating matzot. The stuff is tasteless and gives me constipation. It’s truly the, “Bread of affliction”. I would much rather eat Cadbury chocolate Easter eggs myself. 🙂

    I never liked or understood April Fools Day. At least it’s not a dumb Hallmark holiday like the made up ones, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Grandparent’s Day. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I know you are not a Hallmark fan, but it didn’t start all these holidays. Hallmark started selling Mother’s Day cards in the early 1920’s. Mother’s Day dates back to 1907. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 before Hallmark. Grandparent’s Day is late to the card game, but it was started by a West Virginian named Marian McQuade. She reportedly petitioned for a holiday that would encourage families to visit their older family members in nursing homes. In 1977, Sen. Jennings Randolph introduced a resolution to the Senate for national observance of the day.

      Congress passed the legislation, and President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Grandparents Day in 1978. It was first celebrated in 1979.

      What a great spot for your new desk. I think I’d want to watch planes rather than work.

      Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the world, but I do like the length of it here. In Sweden it is called Fettisdagen. The translation for most of them does translate to Fat Tuesday.

      I looked up April Fool’s Day and was surprised some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582. In 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Here is a great link about the origins of the day:


      • Bob Says:

        Thanks for information on April Fools Day. Unfortunately, my classrooms have no windows because all our courseware is shown on large TVs.

      • katry Says:

        I’m sorry about no windows in the classrooms, but at least you do have one where you can watch planes.

        I didn’t know about April Fool’s Day until I looked it up today.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Today’s April Fool’s Day joke was presented by the weather: Snow! (After sunny T-shirt weather and blooming magnolias and forsythias last week.) Maybe it wasn’t the perfect weather for our bike rally this afternoon. Maybe it wasn’t even a good day, the town council officially decided today that we won’t get reasonable bike infrastructure 🙁

    • katry Says:

      We had on and off rain most of the day, and it will rain again this weekend. We could probably have snow. I know in the more northern areas they had snow this last storm. I was glad for the 50’s.

      You would love the Cape’s bike path. You can ride just about the whole length on the bike paths. Some areas aren’t lined yet but they will be.

  3. Christer. Says:

    That last film sounds like one that I would like to watch 🙂

    Days are still sunny here even though it did snow on my way home after work yesterday. Nights are nasty cold so winter clothes are a must when being outside. At least one more week with winter temperatures and I do hope this is the last week with that!

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      It is such a bad movie you’d love it. I haven’t seen it in a long time, but I still remember watching the pointed rock formations collapse then reform a little further than they were.

      Our nights have temperatures similar to the ones during the days, just a bit cooler. I don’t think we’ll see 30˚ again. Of course, now that I’ve said that, it will get cold one of these nights.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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