“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”

I feel much better, but I’m tired. I so envy Gracie and Maddie and their morning naps. They must be exhausted after having breakfast. Added to that, Gracie had a trip to the backyard. How tiring that must have been. Later, they’ll wake up and have their dinners then both of them will need another nap. Standing and eating can be so strenuous.

When I was a kid, the last thing I’d ever do would be to waste any part of my day by taking a nap. In college I took some afternoon naps mostly to recharge after a party or a night on the town. In Ghana, everything closed down for naps. Because it was the hottest time of the day, a nap, to get out of the sun, was inviting. My students had to be in their dorms resting on their beds. In town the post office closed as did a few stores and kiosks. I got to like that time of the day. It was quiet on the school compound. Nothing much moved. I started taking naps. I haven’t ever stopped.

My outside Christmas lights are gone. My factotum, Skip, came yesterday to do some odds jobs, and the lights were first. Last night was really dark. There are no streetlights so the only lights were shining from the windows of a few houses but not in the houses nearest mine as people don’t live in them full time. If you walked around at night, you’d need a flashlight to navigate the neighborhood.

It was in the 40’s yesterday, not warm, just seasonable. Today will hit 50˚ but it is raining on and off. Tomorrow may set a new record in Boston. It won’t be warm enough for that here.

My front garden has flowers. Snowdrops and yellow crocus are blooming. They look beautiful, especially the yellow crocus. My eyes crave color during the drab winter. That yellow just pops and screams spring is coming.

I love that the day is getting longer and longer.

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12 Comments on ““Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Being a beloved pet must be totally exhausting. Mine spend most of the day sleeping on the couch. They wake to run to the porch door and bark at the mail carrier and every delivery truck that comes down the street. They wake for breakfast, walkies, me standing at the stove for any reason, and dinner. Such active lives. 🙂

    Nothing is blooming in my yard yet but the grass seed I threw down last November is sprouting. The vicious roses are starting to leaf out, too. They like to get a head start on everything the better to crowd competition out. Nasty plants.

    I finally took the wreaths off the doors. One of them had solar lights wound in it. After I unwound them all, I hung the string up on a branch of a shrub next to the front door and put the solar cell so that it could get sun. Somehow I must have changed the mode setting because when I came out after dark the string was blinking rapidly. I laughed and left it that way until morning when I set it back on steady state.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Yup, my dad always said he wanted to come back as one of our pets. My sister goes so far as to buy shredded turkey at the deli for her cats. I spend so much money at Agway they cheer and clap when I come in. Gracie eats healthier than I do.

      Where the flowers are blooming is the front garden next to the house, and it is always the first spot for flowering. The snowdrops have been around a few days but the crocus bloomed for the first time yesterday.

      I took the wreaths down last week, but they didn’t have lights. The one by my back fence did, but they were part of the string strung across the fence and gate. I do hate how dark it is.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    No flowers yet and even some unexpected snowflakes today, more rain than snow so it wasn’t fun to go to the downtown library.
    It’s never really dark here. I often complain about light pollution because I can’t see the Milky Way but it’s never too dark when I have to walk home at night after the minor street streetlights are turned off.
    While waiting for spring I finally updated my computer system this weekend. You may have heard me and my poor 9 year old computer groaning loudly but now it works again with a brand new Linux 🙂
    I’m glad you feel better now!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I was surprised and pleased to see the crocus. That yellow looks so bright.

      I do get to see starts and sometimes the sky is filled with them, but nothing beats Ghana where the moon and stars were so bright you could read by their light. I used to see falling stars every night.

      My computer needs an upgrade with more space as there is another operating system I haven’t downloaded yet.

      Thanks! I do feel better.

  3. William Sandford Says:

    It’ll be some time before we see flowers, especially after this weekend’s forecast.
    I didn’t watch Rump last night-I had better things to watch. This morning’s news showed the two sycophant bobbleheads Pence and Ryan (no offense) nodding in agreement with Rump after each of his comments. When will this national nightmare end??? Now he said national healthcare is more complicated than anyone thought. DUH!
    Marty arrives home today for awhile. Peg’s appt. for her hip is March 22.
    Cheers.

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      This is even a bit early for my front flowers. I checked and more shoots are above the ground. I think they are dafs.

      I didn’t watch him either. I watched Fixer Upper and Netflix.

      Amazing that he now thinks that health care is complicated. He is the only one who didn’t know that. He said it would be one of his first directives as president. I wonder how long that means.

      What time is the appointment?

  4. olof1 Says:

    I’ve always liked naps, especially outdoor naps in summer on a blanket in the shades 🙂 I take them too seldome now days though. Well that was a lie, I always fall asleep in front of the tv and I guess that is a nap too 🙂

    We had very few lights this winter but it is pitch black everywhere here if one just walk a few yards from the closest cottage. I don’t mind but it is hard to avoid wildhogs and moose when it is pitch black 🙂

    Above 32 but rainy most of the time today and some snow was mixed in too. Still it is much warmer than usual so I’m happy 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I love sleeping on the deck lounge but there isn’t any shade. Sometimes it is the sun which puts me to sleep. Gracie joins me most times.

      It isn’t pitch black as the sky at night does have some light, and a full moon is always bright. I like my house shining through the darkness.

      Rainy all day today and around 50˚. It was chilly when I went out to do an errand. I was going to go to the dump but I’ll wait until tomorrow.

      Have a great evening!

  5. Bob Says:

    When I was young I could never waste my time sleeping. Of course as I have aged the nap has become a necessity. Unfortunately, I don’t lay down on my bed to nap, but I just pass out on the sofa watching TV. We are talking about a power nap for less than a half an hour. I don’t even realize I fell asleep.

    Today the high temperature was 65F degrees under clear skies. As the days get longer we will soon spring ahead to daylight savings time and it will be dark when I go to work in the morning.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      When I was a kid, I used to use my bedroom for a quiet spot for reading. Sometimes I’d lie down in the back of my dad’s car and read.

      Falling asleep in front of the TV is rare for me. Even if I’m napping the TV is off.

      It was on and off rainy today. Light drizzle, individual drops, heavy rain and then heavy winds. It wasn’t really all that cold. Tonight the temp. will be 45˚.

  6. Jay Bird Says:

    I used to mock my 40-50’s male friends who napped. Now (approaching 70) I am one of them. Of late I am able to nap while sitting up (not laying) on my couch. Ack!! Not ME??

    • katry Says:

      Jay,
      I have always liked naps. Sometimes I was even mocked for napping, but I didn’t care. It’s nice that kicking and screaming you have joined us, the nappers.


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