“When all else fails, cleaning house is the perfect antidote to most of life’s ills.” 

This morning at 62° is a bit chillier than it has been, but it is still beautiful. The air is filled with the songs of birds. The dogs stay outside enjoying the sun. Nala sleeps by the back fence. They know how to enjoy a beautiful day.

My frenzied cleaning continues. Yesterday I cleaned the fridge, moved cans off the floor into cabinets and swept and washed the kitchen floor. I also vacuumed all the twigs and the pieces of bark Nala brought inside and chewed. She has changed tactics. I have thwarted her inside thefts so now she brings outside in. That, at least, is easier to clean.

When I was a kid, I loved spring. Gone were the winter clothes: the heavy coats, mittens, knee socks and the pink long underwear which went to my knees. I wore my spring jacket even on a chilly day. I would never admit to being cold and backtrack to winter. I walked under a canopy of leaves on my way to school. The sidewalk was in shadows. Most of my walk was a straightaway. I walked passed the tracks and the old high school. The houses were so close to the sidewalk I could see into some living rooms. They were always dark in the mornings. A few cars would pass but mostly it was foot traffic, kids, on their way to school.

The best lunches my mother packed were always just after she went grocery shopping. That was when we had desserts like something from Hostess. I used to like the pack with the three cupcakes. It always seemed a bargain of sorts. I remember a commercial on TV advertising those cupcakes. A guy said if you were lucky you’d find some cupcake behind your teeth, and he’d then put his finger in his mouth and pull out some cupcake. Even I, a kid, thought that commercial a bit gross.

My dance card for this week has its usual entries. My car is filled with trash and recyclables so I’ll get my dump sticker tomorrow and empty the car. Tonight and on Wednesday morning I am busy with my uke practice and lesson. The only new event is a uke concert on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday I can rest.

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4 Comments on ““When all else fails, cleaning house is the perfect antidote to most of life’s ills.” ”

  1. Birgit Says:

    Greetings from down south, I’m still at my relatives’ home near the river Rhine. Beautiful warm summer weather here (whatever 26°C is in Fahrenheit). It’s past 11 pm and still warm and I’m sitting on the balcony in a T-shirt with a bottle of beer and cigarettes and watch the stars. Life is good 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Wow, that is 78°F. We won’t get there until July.

      We have nice days but cool, even cold, nights. I open windows during the day but shut them at night. Today was another beautiful ay with plenty of sun. It did get to 62°.

      I just came home from uke practice. It was a good way to end the night.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Yesterday I opened my email and found a link to a video stream. It had been sent by a friend who was my next door neighbor as a small child. The video was a conversion of a color 8mm movie probably from the very late 50s or 60 and contained 7 of us running around.
    I had no idea it existed and it was such a thrill to see a very young version of me, and friends who I remember fondly but have lost touch with.
    Some days are just better than others. The Davey family had a camera and could not possibly have imagined some family movies taken in Leatherhead would be so enjoyed in Michigan some 60+ years later

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      What a treasure! What a wonderful surprise. It is so great you got, even for only an afternoon, to relive those days with those friends.

      You are right. Who would ever expect that family movies would be saved for so long then shared with those kids now grown old(er).

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