Friday, March 16, 2007

Welcomed Relief!


The temps plummeted forty degrees today and the rain pounded for hours. Three inches of rain? Ten inches? I haven’t checked the rain gauge yet but it was loud on the rooftops and on the way in to work in the morning darkness, the visibility was poor enough to pull over a few times.

This has been a week I’ll be trying to erase from my memory for the next four days, referencing “the office” and my venting yesterday. The saga continued today but as of now, I feel there might be a mutually acceptable agreement in the near future. I’ll insist on it.

My four-day leave from work began early this afternoon! When I walked through my garage door into the kitchen I saw tiny ants on a trail to the dogs’ food dishes and in a few other places in the house. Argghhh! The can of Raid zapped them good but I wondered if this would be an omen?

Soon, I could feel my mind and body sort of collapse into a semi-relaxed state but I wanted more relief. I missed my walks and the birds this week. It didn’t matter if the cold, wet wind sculpted my hair style and the rain spat at me. I needed medicine for the soul.


Pleading, “Just be still. I know it’s dark, cold, and windy, but please be still.” Three white-throated sparrows in one shot! Not bad for a lousy weather day. Thank you.


“Sit pretty, please, and thrill me!” Pairs of house finches are bonded like glue most of the time. Sweet.

It’s been a long time since I surfed the TV channels and since I had a few hours to kill, I browsed daytime TV. I find it to be less interesting than watching grass grow. Soaps? No way. Jerry Springer? Definitely not. Jewelry TV? Nope. TLC? Maybe. Lifetime? Quite possibly. I found…


Jerry Lewis in “The Nutty Professor”. Just what the doctor ordered, a mindless flick, full of silliness! Chloe, Bella and I snuggled on the sofa and soon I dozed off, surely with a smile on my face. I heard a little snore emit from my throat that woke me and I was glad to see that I still had more time for snoozing.


When I was in my early twenties, many people thought I resembled Stella “Purdy” Stevens or Tuesday Weld. Big sigh… How nice. Another sigh… I was so vain. I don’t think I’ll ever let vanity be a distant memory. Now and then, however, I do need to remind myself to embrace it once again. For a nice read about vanity, look at what Donna of KGMom Mumblings wrote this week. She’s a fantastic story-teller.


NatureWoman said...

Phew Mary! So glad you have four days off. And that you have a plan for dealing with mr. director big pants.
Love your bewd photos - glad they held their places for you!
I had to collapse tonight for other reasons and fell asleep watching TV. too. I swear, sometimes that is the best sleep I get! Isn't it nice to snuggle with your furry girls on the couch! And I *love* Jerry Lewis. You can be as vain as you want, you will always be very beautiful, inside and out!

KGMom said...

Mary--thanks for the mention.
Arrrggghhhh!! Spring ants. I hate them. I track them down, zap them, vacuum them etc. I feel like they are a comment on my housekeeping skills.
I will be thinking about you at the beginning of next week, and waiting to see how things work out for you.

Jayne said...

How wonderful you have a nice four days to decompress. Have a very relaxing and restorative weekend Mary!

Ruth said...

Enjoy your 4 days off Mary! I particularly like the picture of the white throated sparrow.

Anonymous said...

Love hearing that you have 4 days off from work! Yeah!! Also loved seeing your cute White-throated Sparrow! Did I hear you say ants?? Ugg, guess there are some good things about getting 6 inches of snow over night! I don't have ant problems!

sonia a. mascaro said...

I am glad you are feeling relax, Mary! Enjoy your 4 days break!
Have a nice weekend, too!

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Your pictures are too cute- those birds look like they're posing for you! The house finches are paired up here too. Yesterday I saw a male feeding a seed to his girl. I've never been a big fan of Jerry Lewis movies but I do understand the value of mindless silliness.

Enjoy your days off- "medicine for the soul" I totally get that!

dmmgmfm said...

I'm so glad you have some time off. You need and deserve it girl! Your post cracked me up as always. Have I mentioned how much I enjoy your blog, lately? Well I do!

LauraHinNJ said...

Hope you enjoy a few days off! What ever will you do with all that time?


Cathy said...

Sigh. I should have read this post first. I'm relieved you seem to be rallying. Don't you love the White-throated sparrows. Are they singing their 'Poor Sam Peabody Peabody' for you? I only hear this a few times as they migrate through Ohio in the Spring. So sweet.

Cuppa said...

Ah, that feels much better. Enjoy your long weekend.