“Night, which in Autumn seems to fall from the sky so suddenly, chilled us…” 

Today is the perfect fall day. The breeze is slight. The sun glints through the trees still covered in leaves. It is warm at 62°. I don’t hear anything except the birds. It is a deck day, a day for enjoying the best of the season before it is gone. The nights are already cold.

I did a slight yard clean-up this morning. Nala came inside with an empty packet of cat treats in her mouth from her last foray into Jack’s room so I went outside to check. I found trash, empty cans of cat food and empty treat bags. I cleaned it up with my good hand.

When I was kid, the shorter days of autumn meant little time to play outside after school. The street lights came on during the early twilight so we had to go back into the house far sooner than we wanted. We’d turn on the TV and watch until supper. My mother always made us a supper of meat, potatoes and a vegetable. Those were the days she’d hide the mashed carrots in the potatoes. I thought mashed potatoes were sometimes orange. We’d finish eating and then watch more TV. My father seldom made it home from work in time for supper. In my mind’s eye, I can see him coming in the front door framed by darkness, his fedora on his head.

My dance card has yellowed and is brittle. I went out yesterday, but it doesn’t count. It was an errand. I needed milk for my cereal, eggs, cat food and cat treats, and I treated myself to a Snickers bar and each dog to a biscuit in the shape of a fire hydrant which I think neither dog has ever seen so neither understood the significance.

I have nothing planned for today or even the rest of the week. I’ll read, watch a few movies, nap and make something pumpkin.

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4 Comments on ““Night, which in Autumn seems to fall from the sky so suddenly, chilled us…” ”

  1. Beto Says:

    Godspeed and mend tightly!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Playing ukulele is probably not possible yet? I forgot which hand is was. Get well!
    Judy Collins is touring this country again in November. A nice surprise and a tight schedule despite her age. The nearest location would be about 2 hours by train, a big hall and the ticket fees are not cheap but okay. It won’t be like the concert in a small club I saw a few years ago but I think I should go, not sure yet. I checked Youtube, her voice is still excellent, it was just strange to see that she has short hair now, not bad just unfamiliar.
    It was a nice autumn day here too.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      No uke yet. It is my right hand and my strumming finger. I could use my thumb to strum except if I use that hand the whole finger hurts. It will be a while. I don’t see the doctor again for two more weeks.

      She was one of my early favorites. I have seen her in concert a couple of times, both when Judy was young. If she were close, I’d see her again in case she doesn’t record or give concerts anymore. She is, after all, 83 now.

      I heard one of the songs from her new album, and I agree about how excellent her voice still sounds.


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