October 1, 2014

Does this ever happen to you?

I woke a bit after five this morning. It was wake up or piss the bed.  I stumbled to the bathroom. When I got back in bed I could not shut off my brain. Thoughts crashed and fought throughout my cranium like heavily armored knights at a medieval tourney melee.  So here I am sipping coffee surfing the web on the old iPad, ready for the day.

Yesterday was my son's birthday.

Today is my son's birthday.

Yes my two boys were born a day apart, albeit with a five year span intervening.  The youngest turned a magical 21, the oldest boy 26.  For good measure, I should point out my daughter just turned 28 two weeks ago.  And yes, as you count backwards on your fingers, I used to really enjoy the cold nights of late December and January. Hey, when it is cold out you gotta snuggle to keep warm...

I had the day off yesterday. I mowed the yard, washed the sheets and made a pot of chili for supper. We had perfect weather and I will admit to sitting on the patio for a while reading a book and enjoying a good cigar in the autumn sun.  The big willow waved a long limb in casual greeting and the pear trees sighed in the light breeze. I saw a chipmunk scurry along the privacy fence where gladiolas bloomed not so many weeks ago. Winter is coming and my sunny days on the patio will be but a memory.  On the other hand, that means the cold nights of late December and January are not far off...

7 comments:

Ed Bonderenka said...

It's good to have something to look forward to.

hey teacher... said...

Glad you enjoyed your day off and thanks for the upbeat column. A little worried about your tone lately. Weekends coming, I'm sure your humidor has another gift for you then.

Ed Bonderenka said...

I awakened yesterday at 3am (usually when it happens to me) and finally got up to read for a while.

Joe said...

I have been fighting and mostly winning a battle against depression for a while. I try, but sometimes the fight creeps into my writing. I just keep playing a Bing Crosby tune from the greatest holiday film ever (ahem Ed B) Holiday Inn: "I have plenty to be thankful for".

Ed Bonderenka said...

By far the greatest "holiday" film ever!

Fredd said...

What brand of cigar? I just consider a 'good' cigar as anything hand rolled from the Dominican Republic.

Arturo Fuente, mostly, because they are very consistent.

Joe said...

This was an H Upmann reserve 6x50. A gift from a buddy that arrived in the mail last week.

I have good friends.

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