“A human life, I think, should be well rooted in some spot of native land, where it may get the love of tender kinship for the face of earth, for the labours men go forth to, for the sounds and accents that haunt it, for whatever will give that early home a familiar unmistakeable difference amidst the future widening of knowledge: a spot where the definiteness of early memories may be inwrought with affection, and kindly acquaintance with all neighbours, even to the dogs and donkeys, may spread not by sentimental effort and reflection, but as a sweet habbit of the blood. At five years old, mortals are not prepared to be citizens of the world, to be stimulated by abstract nouns, to soar above preference into impartiality; and that prejudice in favour of milk with which we blindly begin, is a type of the way body and soul must get nourished at least for a time. The best introduction to astronomy is to think of the nightly heavens as a little lot of stars belonging to one’s own homestead.” ~ George Eliot.
This Monday July 3 is the non-holiday before the official holiday Tuesday July 4. Monday will end with a whimper and Tuesday will end with a BANG! Many people treating this Independence Day as a 4-day holiday weekend, and some probably began it Friday afternoon June 30. Mail will be delivered today, but some government offices – mainly states – have been closed by governors, giving personnel a 4-day weekend. Many people traveling. The apartments complex where I live appears to be nearly vacated with so few cars on the lot since end of Friday.
The following TV commercial is a favorite, giving me thoughts of time travelers perhaps giving one side of a war an unusual advantage for a slight alternate history with a bite of humor…
“HOOKED ON AMERICA” HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY Tuesday 4 July 2017!!!
So, THIS is Monday? Doesn’t feel like it. What day of the week does it feel like so far at nearly 8:00am CT? It’s Otherday!!! Really, I don’t know what day it feels like, but not a Monday. Kinda like a long vacation when having lost track of days and couldn’t care less what day it is. Perhaps partly because nights have become days for a few hours, by being active during the cooler early morning hours, and taking a long siesta during the peak hours of 3:00pm to 7:00pm CT when the local electric company engages in price gouging with much higher rates during the hottest hours of the day.
Having started Sunday early, I left for Walmart at about 5:00am and was back home by about 7:00am CT. I’ve also been to Homeland grocery store and Dollar General.
Past few afternoons the humidity has felt like it is denser than water. Normally the humidity burns off a few hours after sunrise. Teased by severe t-storms and heavy rain in the area – all have so far missed Norman Oklahoma by one or two counties.
It’s a major holiday for the cats. I’ve been sharing chicken on the bones with them. Happy campers now. I still like and prefer chicken on the bones. Hungry Man Classic Fried Chicken Dinners have been helping to restore my health, especially the chicken breasts – white meat. The dinners come with one chicken breast, one leg, and one wing. The older male cat likes the wings, and the younger female cat prefers the legs – taking a leg from a bowl and running away with it to devour it elsewhere. Those two cats are usually together, almost acting as if they are a married couple, or because of age difference more like grandfather and granddaughter. Today it will be Tony Roma’s Baby Back Pork Ribs with BBQ Sauce. By the way, having gone snack crazy with the new…
The birds have been enjoying the bird feeder I bought at Dollar General and installed about 4 weeks ago. Looks like a lantern. Designed to be hung from whatever, I instead fastened it to the top of the railing at one end of my private balcony. I also fastened a long narrow clear plastic storage container only about 2 inches deep to put water in. The birds have been drinking from it often. Some taking turns eating the bird seed at the feeder and drinking water from the container. A certain Blue Jay has done that frequently mid-mornings, pausing between drinks and food to sit on the railing while giving me lectures – my French doors open, and me at my desk just a few feet beyond them inside.
I’ve put my “indoor” plants out on the balcony – the the two hanging plants and the palm plant have been flourishing since I moved them out there.
New neighbors were scheduled to move in to the apartment below my apartment this past weekend, but only worked at it for a couple of hours Saturday evening with a couple of car loads – getting only a fraction moved – and not yet any major furniture. They are moving from a 2nd level apartment on the other side of the same building facing north – now to live in a south facing apartment. They are about the same age as me.
More music for getting into the holiday mood…
Sunday afternoon I used On Demand to for $2.99 watch the 219 minutes of “Gods and Generals” about the Civil War – prequel to “Gettysburg” – part of the trilogy including “Last Full Measure” I’ve not seen yet.
Later I watched the next new episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” (spin-off series of “The Walking Dead”) on AMC TV. Tonight it will be the next new episode of the quirky “Preacher” series on AMC TV – God has gone missing – being searched for by a preacher and his girlfriend with the help of a vampire.
Reported by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma USA
Monday morning – 3 July 2017