Bright And Sunny If A Bit Damp Morning Coffee Muses
After two days of overcast with afternoon downpours, the day is bright like it’s been washed and polished. Though, the main sonic description would have to be “barnyard”. The neighbors cows are vocal this morning, which isn’t common. Most days you would never know they’re there. I’m also hearing more chickens than usual. Add in the peacocks from around the corner screaming “help…help…help” and the morning has seemed different…
And, the sun does something to the lighting. Yesterday the world was green, today, it’s the same green world but it doesn’t have that magical feel. I’m not looking for the leprechaun behind the bushes.
Speaking of bushes… Yesterday while I was working on WikiTree l saw a link to check your relationship to the Presidents. Just for grins and giggles, I started checking. Wouldn’t you know it… My only Presidential cousin would turn out to be the two Presidents Bush. H W is my eighth cousin, G W is my eighth cousin one time removed… my second least favorite President is my cousin… Damn. Family, what can you do… On a better note, Daniel Boone is my first cousin, eight times removed. That relationship I was already aware of.
All of this family history stuff is bringing cousins out of the ether. I’m getting emails from distant cousins of both Sherry and myself on an almost daily basis. It also has me digging into paper records I haven’t looked at in decades. The reminders are kind of nice. I could almost smell the limestone walls in the basement of the century and a half old courthouse in Coryell County. I spent many hours in that basement with the smell of old paper and in k wafting up from books handwritten in the 1860’s and 70’s… Research is so much different now that many records are online..
So far, 2017 has started off warm and humid. That’s about to change tomorrow. It’s windy this morning and I’m seeing, and hearing, more of the winter birds around the area you see in the photo.
Today will also be the last full day of a full house. My wife will return to work and the grandkids will return to school tomorrow. Today will also see the last of the Christmas decorations packed away for another year. Tomorrow the house will return to it’s close to normal self.
Looking around this yard, it appears very close to full winter… at least as far as the trees are concerned. There are just a few still holding onto the leaves they have to drop. The grass is still unseasonably green though. And the wisteria is strangely still mostly leaved. But all in all, this view is still predominated by the evergreens that surround me. And it’s this evergreen view that surrounds me that always surprises me when I venture out away from home and see the leaflets gray-brown look that predominates the rest of this part of the state.
Form the thunder rumbling in, I guess the weather is about to get interesting. I better finish this cup of coffee before I get run in the house.
The sun rose once again this winter over a white frosty landscape. I can only remember a few winters where I have seen frost as often. The number of nights when the lows have been in the 20’s is also passing any remembered winters past.
So, if any one reads these musings on a regular basis, my absence from the internets can be blamed on the weather and the family and a Kindle. I had forgotten how a new baby in the house can just eat up the time. Add in a toddler, and you almost don’t have any time at all.
Though, sitting at the computer with a babe in one arm and a mouse in the other hand isn’t even hard. trying to type with one hand is a skill I lost many years ago. Never having been a touch typist, I still need both hands and at least 4-5 fingers spread over both.
Then, if you factor in an addiction to reading flaring up again, you are left with nothing at all on your Daytimer. The addiction can be blamed on the arrival of a Kindle in my hands this past Christmas. A terrible thing the Kindle is…Carrying a whole box of books whenever you roam is a dream I have carried through my entire life. The dream almost came to fruition with the arrival of Microsoft Reader and a Pocket PC a decade ago…Just not quite. Few titles were available, mostly classics, though I still carry a working version and a library of titles on my laptop.
But, the instantaneousness of the Kindle experience is a thing of the 21st century 24-7 online expectations. I have probably bought more books for myself since it’s arrival than in the whole of last year. Though I still love to track down the occasional used book…Latest acquisition; Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm by David Mas Masumoto.
To give you an idea of how messed up my schedule is, I am still working on my coffee and my Coffee Muses at noon…And haven’t even started cooking lunch. Then when you factor in the fact that here it is 5 days after my birthday and I haven’t mad my birthday road-trip yet…Go figure.
It’s Sunday morning and we are sitting here with the back door wide open.
Listening to a light rain fall outside as the cool outside air filters in. It feels more like spring than the middle of winter. The low last night must not have fallen below 60°.
The last half of last week was one of those rare stretch of days in January when you actually wanted to spend most of your time outside. Temperatures kept pushing into the 70’s in the protected parts of the yard under crystal blue skies and bright, warming sunshine.
I am becoming addicted to the Kindle I was gifted on Christmas. Especially, when I take it outside and sit in the sunshine as Grandson #2 plays in the yard.
This coming week will be bringing our first Granddaughter into the family. Baby Abby is due to be delivered on Tuesday. Tuesday, I’ll be sitting at home with Cameron (GS#2) while the rest of the family is at the hospital.
The other thing stealing all of my blogging time has been finalizing plans for the house we are planning to build behind this old farmhouse. The home we planned to retire to in the mountains is now going to be right here where we have lived for the past seventeen years. It seems that while we were planning a move our kids were having kids of their own…Now my better half can not stand the thought of being half a country away from all of her little ones. Go figure. It looks like my “mountain dreams” will stay dreams and we’ll just have to visit often.
So, if I turn up missing here for a few days, you’ll know I’m just having a bit of a life moment…I’ll be back shortly just as opinionated as always…