At night after I turn the bedside lamp off, I listen to the various sounds of my wind chimes. There is a wooden one, a metal one and one with flat seashells.
Altogether they create such beautiful music when the wind is blowing. Which in Oklahoma is much of the time. I like to listen to them before I go to sleep. The sound is soothing.
Reading Before Sleep:
This is after I’ve read whatever book I’m reading for an hour or so. And before that I’ve watched an episode of the current British TV show I’m streaming. My routine doesn’t vary much.
This morning Ivy has been meowing a bit (she doesn’t meow very much). She’s been acting like she sees a ghost and then hightails it into another room. She’s such a funny creature.
What Ivy likes seems to dictate many of my decisions in this apartment. For instance, I wanted to put my skinny tree there in the corner of the French doors like I did last year.
But last year I hadn’t yet ordered Ivy’s big cat tower. She spends so much time at the top of that thing staring out at the patio. So I can’t bring myself to move it.
The Living Room Cupboard:
Then there’s the cupboard I have in front of the living room window. I thought about moving it and putting my beverage tub of house plants back there. It’s an excellent source of light.
But Ivy loves to sprawl out on the top of that cupboard in the sunlight and sleep. No, I just can’t do that to her.
In fact that’s where she is right now, with one back foot and tail hanging over the side.
The sun is just now beginning to shine its rays through the window blinds to warm the cupboard. She has lately begun having her morning nap up there.
I’m listening to “The Modern Romantic: New Relaxing Classical Piano Music” by Laura Sullivan. Isn’t it amazing what music can do for your mood, depending on the kind of music you listen to?
The way a melody strikes a chord in your heart.
In these days before Christmas, when so much has gone wrong in the year 2020, we need to find comfort when and where we can.
The smell of candles, a stack of unread books waiting to be read. Pleasant and soothing music and a place to call home.
There are so many people without homes. This week I’ve seen people sleeping wherever they can on the ground. Illuminating the horrors of 2020 even more.
Can you imagine what it would be like to spend Christmas without a roof over your head? Not to know where your next meal was coming from?
Please, please let 2021 be a kinder year for everyone.