I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Does that sound like Ben Franklin to you? It doesn’t to me, but a good search finds that the majority of websites attribute it to him. Maybe it’s not the Ben Franklin I have in mind. I’m sure there must have been more than one. There was one blog that attributed the quote to Thomas Watson, Sr., who was Chairman and CEO of IBM from 1914 to 1956. A few other websites mention Harry Hershfield, an American cartoonist. The last two sound like more likely contenders to me.
Today’s Capture Your 365 prompt is In the Morning. I was up bright and early this morning. Well, not so bright. Gray, cloudy, and raining. The rain is a good thing. Our deficit, before last night’s rain, was at 10 inches. That’s a lot of missing water. When I looked at the rain gauge this morning, my reaction was, “Oh, wow!” We had almost three inches of rain overnight.
Shortly after a glimpse at the rain gauge, I looked out the kitchen window and reacted with another, “Oh, wow!” followed by a “Look! Look!” directed at M the Elder and M the Younger. Turkeys! Baby turkeys! They are so funny to watch, especially in high grass. First you see one, and then the other heads pop up one by one. It seems like the mother must have some way to signal them to gather ’round, because all of a sudden, that’s exactly what happens. The scattered children all move in towards Mom and start following her.
This morning has been pretty laid back. I cooked a big breakfast of hash browns and huevos rancheros so that M the Younger would have a good meal before his six hour drive to where he’ll be vacationing with his wife and in-laws. Bo the Dog, Izzy the Cat, and Bella the Cat joined us in the kitchen, the cats perched on stools and Bo under the table and dreaming of food falling from above.
After M the Younger left to continue his journey south, M and I unpacked a few boxes. I know! It’s been over a year and we’re still unpacking boxes. The renovations have not gone as fast as I thought they would, and I suspect next year at this time we will still be looking through boxes. We are trying to be more discriminating, putting things aside for donation. If it’s been in a box for a year and we haven’t needed it, why keep it? There are a few exceptions, mostly things we had already allocated to some spot or another once the renovations are finished. As always, it’s the things that have sentimental significance that give us trouble. I continually remind myself that it’s the memories that are important, not the thing itself. Unless, of course, the thing itself brings other value to our lives.
Thank you for visiting today. How is your weekend going so far? Is the weather suiting you and your plans? I’m enjoying this rare rainy day. It gives me a chance to catch up on indoor things, although if I’m honest with you, I’ve devoted more time to rainy day relaxation than to rainy day chores.
We did get out yesterday between the bands of rain for some kayaking and hiking. I’ll show and tell you all about it soon.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Shared laughter and stories at breakfast; watching the turkeys strut around the front yard; walks with Bo the Dog; unpacking boxes with M; rain, glorious rain, and the luxury of spending time relaxing on a rainy day.