Hello, mouse & other early morning ponderings



1.  I have nothing to say and should be getting ready for work.

2.  A perfect time to write a blog post!

3.  If, by the time this post ends, the fingers type all nonsense–well, it’s easy enough to delete.

4.  A big-eared mouse and I met on the circular stairway this morning at 5:45 a.m.  He panicked.  I jolted.  We both froze.  He high-tailed it back upstairs and I sighed.  Why can’t we share our living spaces with wild creatures?  Because we can’t.  The Buddhist part of me never wants to slap a mosquito.  The more practical part searches for a trap.

5.  Autumn approaches from the north.  How does one know?  I felt it two days ago on a walk up the road.  Suddenly the air held that nip.  You know, the nip which foretells dying tomato and green bean and squash vines.  That breath of cold wind which eventually sings a million vibrant colors into our northern leaves.  That change of the seasons spinning.

Autumn leaf underwater

Autumn leaf underwater

6.  A friend suggested that I hate winter.  That surprised me.  Had to think for five minutes.  Do I really dislike winter?  No, not at all.  It’s strikingly beautiful.  The spirit loves the snow, the starkness, the illumination of the inner fire.  What I don’t appreciate is the length of our winter here in the north.  It refuses to begin or cease in a timely manner.  It often starts in October and ends in May.  It steals from autumn and spring without regard for those two precious seasons.

7. You know what I loved best about last winter?  The two months of mostly turning off the computer and easing inward.  I think winter is the best time for spiritual reflection.  Our energy, like the trees and plants, turns toward the roots.  It’s a fertile time before seed planting.  So much can blossom in winter, can’t it?

The beauty of winter

The beauty of winter

8.  In the meantime, the garden stretches lush in all directions.  Much harvesting to do before the beauty of autumn shimmers in the woods.

9.  Time to pack a breakfast of brown rice, peaches, coconut and walnuts.  Time to dress in a white skirt and lime green blouse and drive through the dark morning toward our tiny school in the north woods and make coffee before the teachers arrive.  Wishing you the best of days!

10.  What do you have planned for this fine day?

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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64 Responses to Hello, mouse & other early morning ponderings

  1. Elisa says:

    Nothing, so far. The HVAC guys are here, the site owner decided that I need a new outside and inside unit for my heat/ac. They have it all torn half apart and the one worker got called to another job. I am in a wee panic about breathing. I have faith that they will move forward with this one so that I can close the house up. Oh YAY!! I have been heard. They moved the guy from the other apartment here, to my unit and the guy that usually has friction with me has stated that the tenant has breathing issues and she MUST have this done asap!! I do not think that I have been able to send this amount of joy and thanks to this person before!! It feels very interesting. So, I sit here and I wait 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      That is amazing, Elisa–that the guy with whom you have friction stood up for you. I am very happy about this, too. Hoping that your heating/ac unit is soon fixed and that you have no troubles with your breathing.

  2. Susan D says:

    I am procrastinating. And your post this morning gave me a delightful excuse to continue to do so. I’m so glad I saw it before getting about my day. Wonderful thoughts and ponderings. Thank you for taking me with you. Have a sweet day, Kathy dear!

    • Kathy says:

      Yes, Susan Dee, I do so understand about procrastinating and how it can lead in many different directions. Glad you enjoyed the posting of mouse and winter stories. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful day here in the northwoods.

  3. I’m pondering over your words about winter (and the seasons), breathing them in, bringing them into my mind and my soul, preparing to find a way to enjoy the sharp sting of winters in my future, and finding room in my heart to do that, because of your beautiful expression of joy with winter’s time to dig deep and delve inside. THANK YOU!

    • Kathy says:

      And it is true, my friend, that the sharp stings of winter can indeed harbor a gift. This winter was the very first winter that I didn’t suffer from restlessness. I was so happy! It was a gift, indeed. (Am so excited about your moving. Might it really be to Michigan? Or Maryland?)

  4. I enjoyed this post, and laughed at the sweet title. I’ve been saying “Hello, Mouse” quite a bit lately, too. Must be they sense that nip in the air, too! Thanks, Kathy!

    • Kathy says:

      Do you know that song “Hello, Muddda, hello fadda, here I am at Camp Granada”? http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/allan_sherman/hello_muddah_hello_fadduh_a_letter_from_camp.html
      I am thinking we might have to write a song “Hello, Mouse” if we keep seeing them!

      • I DO know that song…used to love it when it first came out (I was a kid!) but a different song/melody came to my mind when I read “Hello Mouse.” It has been driving me crazy. I could hear the voice, knew the first word was “Hello,” but couldn’t come up with the second word. I finally googled it this morning. Who would guess there are SO many songs that begin with “hello”?? After extensive research…TA…DAAAAA: “Hello, Walls…” a country song, I think by Willy Nelson. That is the melody I heard, and now think of whenever I see a mouse!

        • Kathy says:

          That is so weird, Cindy. When I was typing that “Hello Mouse” song comment to you, a voice in my head kept saying, “No, you’re typing the wrong song.” Ha ha, you’ve supplied the “right” song!

  5. rehill56 says:

    I don’t like to kill the bugs in my house…I believe in the “cricket relocation program”. I catch them in a glass and relocate them outdoors! bye bye. But now that I think of it I have never “saved” an earwig. hmmmm.

    • Kathy says:

      Ruth, I know just what you mean. I have a “tick relocation program” going, which certain people think is insane. We, on the other hand, haven’t seen a cricket inside so haven’t had to implement those measures. Do you kill mice? Inquiring minds want to know.

      • rehill56 says:

        Yes! we do. Got four this summer. No poison though…(unless you consider hydrogenated peanut butter poison.) The old fashion traps are our method. I see them and tell the men to please take care of them. They laugh at me about crickets and spiders though and remind me that they are both efficient at taking care of the insects who might try to cohabit with us.

        • Kathy says:

          I am Duly Impressed that you know the Exact Number, Ruth. lol. Old-fashion traps are our method, too. Unfortunately, my man doesn’t seem to be as responsive as your men. I seem to end up disposing with the creatures. Shall we trade? ha ha ha

  6. Carol says:

    I love your early morning ponderings, Kathy. And I agree with you about winter – by the time it arrives, I’m ready to hole up inside. I just wish it would linger a little less long.

  7. Lori D says:

    I completely relate to this, Kathy, but for the opposite weather pattern. I don’t hate the weather in Florida, I just despise the length of the hot, humid summer! It starts to get hot in mid April and lasts until November. No breaks from the heat anywhere in there. You live in the extreme north, I live in the extreme south. Let’s meet somewhere in between 🙂 Maybe someday.

    • Kathy says:

      You know, Lori, you gave me new perspective after reading your comment. It is a similar situation, isn’t it, except directly opposite. Just like you enjoy coming north to cool off, I like heading south to heat up. Yep, meeting in the middle may be the best option!

  8. Brenda says:

    Good Morning, Kathy 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your morning thoughts. The nip of seasonal change is here too and it makes me feel more comfortable now. I’m looking forward to the brilliant colors that fall brings to leaves and shrubs. Winter time is so beautiful and now that I am stuck at home with no vehicle and painful knees, I will sit near the window while writing and stitching and enjoying the breathtaking beauty of sparkling snow.
    I hope you have a glorious day and know my thoughts, hugs and prayers are with you. ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, what you have described sounds like beautiful -I will sit near the window while writing and stitching and enjoying the breathtaking beauty of sparkling snow. It must be challenging with your knees and vehicle situation, but that sentence struck me. I often wonder how someone like Christopher Reeves found peace in his confinement, don’t you?

      • Brenda says:

        Kathy, I am learning how to see the blessings around me now because many of my lifelong dreams are gone. It’s been a difficult time for me lately—changing my life style and direction for my future. I hope and pray that my heart will discover joy filled blessings so my mood will brighten. Depression makes it hard to see the light and beauty of each day so I am working hard to open my eyes to see everything I should be grateful for, and to withstand the hurtful words that come my way from loved ones right now.

  9. “That breath of cold wind which eventually sings a million vibrant colors into our northern leaves.

    Kathy – I absolutely love this word picture. Make it a shiny penny kind of week!

  10. sybil says:

    Glad you didn’t delete this post Kathy. You’ve always got wise things to say …
    You eat the kind of lunch that I imagine myself eating …
    Winter IS too long. I mean I love Spring but it knows enough to melt into Summer. But Winter: it just doesn’t know when to leave.
    There is a spider hanging from the ceiling above me. He’s gonna have to move outside.
    Been in the garden, digging. Done loads of laundry and hung it out. Wasted too much time checking FB and Email. Am considering unloading the dishwasher. Listened to noon phone in on the CBC about pensions and the growing divide between the rich an the poor, pension-wise.
    Contemplating going for a walk …

    • Kathy says:

      Sybil, my goodness, well, I’m glad to have not deleted it, then. Did you bring your spider outside? Was he big or little? As for the rice & peaches, I actually ate that for breakfast. Ended up eating school lunch–long story–had to stay at work much longer than expected. Sad contemplating the differences between the poor and rich. We live in such a world of contrasts, don’t we?

  11. It is startling whenever we encounter a wild creature inside our own shelters… Perhaps you could use the services of a cat, Kathy?

    I love the change of seasons, too, especially when they keep themselves evenly spaced. Winter is indeed the perfect time for spiritual reflection.

    Today we’re puttering around in our daughter and son-in-law’s home, waiting with Larisa for labor to begin so we can welcome the new little one as soon as she arrives!

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, we had so many cats when the kids were growing up. After the last one died we said…no more…and I think Barry would stage a revolt should another cat come into our abode. (K keeps threatening to bring hers home…) I can NOT imagine what it must feel like having a daughter ready to deliver you a new grandchild. How exciting!! Was actually thinking about you earlier today and wondering when this might happen. Can’t wait to hear about it!

  12. Bonnie says:

    We are starting to get the chilly mornings too Kathy, but the sun still has some warmth to it. Enjoy your fall while you have it.

  13. Dana says:

    Hi Kathy– long time, no ‘see’! I hope you have had a brilliant summer. Mine was busy but invigorating. Hoping to spend a bit more time on the internet this fall, as terrible as that sounds! 🙂 Wishing you well and a mouse-free stairwell. xx

    • Kathy says:

      Dana! My goodness, do you still exist? How fun to see you here again. Isn’t it interesting how we fluctuate with our internet fun and time off? P.S. I will spill the beans to you and anyone else still reading the comments. The big-eared mouse is No More. Sniff, sniff, but also hurray.

  14. Janet says:

    #4: I can relate. Kind of did that today with a beetle found in my son’s bedroom (let it live but put it outside). #9: YUM your breakfast sounds delicious.

  15. Sid Dunnebacke says:

    I planned for today a little celebration of my daughter’s birthday, after school and after her doctor’s appointment. Didn’t plan it, but watched Doctor Who for the first time tonight. Nice day today here in mid Michigan!

    • Kathy says:

      Sid, inquiring minds want to know. Did you like Doctor Who? I have never watched it, but know there are many Doctor Who lovers. P.S. Radar loop indicates it’s been raining down in the Lower today as well as up here. Buckets of rain!

      • Sid Dunnebacke says:

        I watched a (the?) recent incarnation of it, and it was a little goofy, but all around it was good.

        Yeah – LOTS of rain today, much of which came in through my open windows. 😛

  16. Karma says:

    While I never enjoy contemplating winter coming on, I did enjoy this blog post. I like your posts that wander from subject to subject, and then leave us with something interesting to consider such as the parts of you trying to decide the best way to handle a situation or the turning inward of the soul.
    Planning, planning,planning (lesson plans) is what I seem to have planned for most of these fine days recently 😉

    • Kathy says:

      Karma, it is interesting that some of you readers seem to like my meandering blogs. I sometimes wonder why! But you make me want to continue writing them and vetoing the voice which despairs such randomness. It sounds like you are enjoying your job. Am so happy for you!

  17. Being the caboose, what can I contribute?
    It is Tuesday, September 9, the anniversary of my first wedding day. I woke up and thought, does he remember as well? Why did I have this thought? Maybe because of the events to be? Maybe because he lives so close and appears to dislike me so much? In the big scheme of things, this is such a minor issue.
    It is a T’ai Chi day for me with the newly hired landscaper coming this afternoon.
    Enjoying the fifth day of actually driving my new Honda Accord, the first brand new shiny car I have purchased since 1995. It is a nimble little car; but I do not like the thought of car payments again.
    Life is short and my wise older sister said I should purchase a new car for safety on the road reasons. Maybe she should make the car payments, you think? It was, after all, her idea.
    For a couple of weeks I had three cars. The Camry departed with an eager young Auburn student; the Ford sits on the lot waiting to meet its new owner.
    I miss my old cars, however, one must not become connected with material, inanimate objects.
    I think I answered the question and told my life story in the answer. I should just write on my own blog….poor neglected blog!

    • Kathy says:

      Heavens, Linda, you are in one of the middle cars–not the caboose at all! How very interesting that Tuesday was your first anniversary. September 9th is our anniversary. I am sorry that he dislikes you. What a sad loss for him. Congratulations on your new car, though! Thank you for sharing all your stories. I am fascinated about why we choose to blog & don’t blog & why we can think we have nothing to say & then type a novella. lol.

      • Thanks Kathy. I had not forgotten it was your wedding anniversary. I think we talked about that last year, I think, perhaps it dreamed it. It has been a year and who knows what I remember.
        Interesting that I can reply but have no desire to write the same thing on my public blog. I know part of the reason and it is simple enough to correct. I do not want what I write to be on FB or tweeted because there are some I do not want to know anything about me so I could turn off some buttons. Do I do this? No. I just carry on and block.

        • Kathy says:

          Thank you for sharing that, Linda. Sometimes I wonder what different kind of blog I would write if friends & family didn’t read. Many things I simply don’t post because it’s too personal–or for whatever darn reason. Wishing you the best today. I am paying bills and playing catch-up.

  18. wisreader says:

    I’m with you about winter: it’s beautiful, but too long. It left too many reminders here in NE Wisconsin of its long presence in 2014. Seemed really not gone until July. And now it wants to come back already! I’m trying to hang on to summer things with all I’ve got.
    Cheers to your mouse. I hope s/he does the right thing and relocates (him)herself.

    • Kathy says:

      Gosh, wisreader, didn’t we have SUCH a long winter last year? I tend to carry on about the length of winter, but secretly I don’t mind it as much as I’m carrying on. (But that’s partly because my parents live in Florida during the winter so it’s possible to fly south.) I won’t tell you about the mouse. He did not do the Right Thing.

  19. dorannrule says:

    My grandma dreaded winter – the time of no light and being confined. She lived most of her adult life in New Jersey. I always looked forward to winter since I grew up in Florida, the sunshine state, and I could be outdoors all year long. October meant relief from heat and exciting school days ahead. So much depends upon where we are and how many long winters we have experienced. I take it back my friend. I no longer think you hate winter, only that you hate its duration. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, my friend, Dor–see how you inspired a blog post! And you actually inspired me to think about my relationship with old man Winter. It does seem like so much depends on so many different factors. I did like the length of winters in Lower Michigan, where I grew up. So perhaps that’s my standard of “what a winter should be”. On the other hand, I like living–and writing about living–in an almost mythical cold and long-wintered place.

  20. Barb says:

    I’m watching raindrops. I hope this isn’t the week your brother visits Frisco! So wet and cold. The forecast is for some snow on the peaks later in the week. Lots of gentians blooming, so I guess we’ll have winter any day now. I do love winter – but not in fall!

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, I have lost track of my brother’s travel plans (let’s not blame it on memory, though…) I think it may be next weekend, but am not sure. Snow in the peaks! Like you, I don’t mind winter, but, truly, must it come in September?

  21. bearyweather says:

    School is my life again (sigh), no time to play any more. The leaves are beginning to change colors beautiful, but a sign of the coming whiteness I dread. I just realized the loons are gone (sad I did not notice, wonder when they left?) .. but, the swans and geese are flying in from the north and puddling and honking all night long on the lake. I love Fall so very much … but it is way too short and I have to spend most of it in school. Winters have been extremely long … and like you … even though I enjoy it for a time, I really hate it because it is too long (we have a chance of snow showers tonight as the temps drop and it rains – high tomorrow 50) … way too soon.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh dear, bearyweather. I am working longer hours at the school, too, but it’s not a full-time job. I enjoyed reading your feelings of winter. Sounds like it’s the length we’re challenged with, not the fact of the whiteness. Did you get snow showers? We’ve had mild weather so far this September, but we’re headed down temp-wise. Lows in the 40’s coming up.

      • bearyweather says:

        Frost threats last night and tonight. Very cool out (and in the house) but I am stubborn and refuse to start the furnace in September. Threats of snow showers but they did not happen. Lots of birds flocking and squawking .. colors beginning. Yes, it is the length of the winter .. not winter that I have a problem with. The short daylight hours make it tough, too.

        • Kathy says:

          Yep, we just narrowly missed frost last night. Plenty of nearby places got it on the ground, but we were lucky to just get it on the roofs and car windows. Do NOT want snow showers yet!

  22. lucindalines says:

    Such a nice way to put the start to your day. I too hate to share my spaces with those outdoor critters. They should just stay in a warm cozy nest in the woods. They may have the scraps from the garden. I also like your take on winter too!

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Lucinda, I totally agree with you! What’s wrong with a cozy nest outside?? Shame on them for wanting more warmth or food scraps or whatever they’re seeking inside. Glad we have compatible views.

  23. Heather says:

    Your arrangement of this blog into 10 parts amuses me for no particular reason.
    I love winter. I hate the whole October/May thing. If it would just cooperate and be winter according to my calendar I would never complain 🙂
    Couldn’t agree more with you on point (is it a point?) 4. I struggle with this all.the.time. We are currently eradicating some yellow jackets that are trying to make a home inside the siding right out our back door. They keep dying inside said back door. And Petey was stung badly by a yellow jacket yesterday. Off on a trail, not inside. Didn’t make me want to invite them in any more though…

    • Kathy says:

      I am smiling at your amusement, Heather! After 10 parts, it seemed there was nothing left to say. 🙂 Yes, you nailed it. It’s the October/May thing that gets discouraging. the rest is a piece of cake. (Perhaps that was not a wise thing to say…) Sorry poor Petey got stung and I wish you the best for keeping those yellow jackets out. We had a deluge of rain and wind yesterday. It was crazy. If I were you, I would have been out taking pics on Point Abbaye. Instead, stayed nicely inside after work.

  24. I Wilkerson says:

    oooh nooo, not pictures of snow… But you did remind me that I need to think about posting my latest mouse story (grabbing dead mouse, a present from my kitten, half asleep and thinking it was her toy).. yes, harmony with nature only goes so far.

  25. sonali says:

    I have the autumn leaves too! Huh! I can show off now too!!! Winter I love the very spelling of the word till how I can imagine living in its beauty. Thank you dearest Kathy. I love that you share 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Your enjoyment of imagining winter always makes me smile–and helps me to even more appreciate it. Glad you can look at the autumn leaves. They will be changing soon in the next month.

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