“There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.”

The warmth is back but no sun. The day is cloudy, a leftover from last night’s rain. The breeze is slight and the tops of the pine trees sway just a bit. Yesterday I didn’t leave the house. I cleaned this room. It took a long while as the room is filled with hats, snow globes, books and old toys. Gumby and Pokey were especially dusty as were the B-movie peopleย  and the wind-up toys. I felt accomplished when I was finished.

These spurts of energy are sporadic. For that I am thankful. I hate wasting my time cleaning the house though I love a clean house. Every other week Rosana and Lee come to clean, but they don’t do the shelves in this room and my room or the top of the desk filled as it is with the wind-ups. I am stuck with those. When I can write a novel in the dust, I know it’s time to clean. Rosana always notices.

I never thought about a clean house when I was a kid. My mother did the cleaning when we were in school so it was like magic. Leave in the morning to a dusty house and come home to a clean one. Sometimes I wish I were Samantha, and I could just wiggle my nose and everything would get done. Not only that but I’d wiggle my nose and travel: dinner in Marrakech or breakfast on a rooftop overlooking the pyramids. I wouldn’t even need a dog and cat sitter.

Last night I watched Alcatraz. Inmates and guards disappeared in 1963. Their disappearance was covered up in a variety of ways, but now the inmates are reappearing and are deadly. Last night had a high body count. Those who have reappeared haven’t aged and are still wearing their prison uniforms. I wondered if the families of the guards disappeared too as they lived on the island. Nobody mentioned that. The reappeared have what they need in their pockets. One had a ticket off the island on the tourist boat, money and a key to a locker. He knew exactly where to go to find and open the locker. I like strange programs.

Poor Gracie hasn’t been herself the last couple of days. She was sick three times, didn’t eat and had nausea most of the early part of last night. Today she seems her chipper self. We’ve already played throw the toy down the hall, and she ate a couple of lamb bits. She’s sleeping now and has been for a while. Yesterday she never slept too long: she’d start swallowing then get up and go outside. I always worry when one of my animals gets sick.

Well, that’s it for today. I think all that cleaning drained my creativity.

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19 Comments on ““There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.””

  1. Zoey & Me Says:

    So what was the point to Alcatraz? Somehow a doctor kept them from aging all that time and faked their death certificates? The entire script didn’t make sense although the actress was quite lovely. The fat guy, not so much. He should have had a humor roll. But, alas, today we worry about your dog. Any better signs of true life or is this a prelude to another costly adventure to the Vets?

    • katry Says:

      The death certificates were to explain their disappearance. The government doesn’t know where they went so I doubt a doctor had permission to take away all the guards and prisioners.

      The fat guy was a favorite of mine on Lost where he saw the best of everything. This time he is the expert on Alcatraz which is why he’s along. I don’t know the actress from anything else.

      Gracie seems herself today. She’s eating and we played for a long time in the afternoon. Toys are all over the house. I’m still keeping an eye on her as she had a can of dog food, and I want to make sure it goes okay for her.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’ve heard of Samantha but have only vague ideas about her. Even though Sweden always have belonged to west europe we sure had lots of easern european children programs and they too had a program about a girl witch. But she usually failed in most things she tried ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I guess thatรค’s why we love Disney so much, we rarely saw cartoons on tv and when we did they were usually from Czechoslovakia or russia. Good quality with no politics thankfully, but still not Disney ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    So those people wasn’t ghosts then, so did they come back for revenge? Or was itv aliens that had taken them and then brought them back?

    I hope Gracie doesn’t get sick again! I too worry when they get sick and I think it’s easier if I get sick myself ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Samantha wiggled her nose to do magical things like clean her house or redo a room.

      We grew up with Disney but I still love all the cartoons and movies.

      The second guy just killed people he saw. He didn’t seem to have any connection to those people.The first guy did seek
      revenge. Maybe aliens, I just don’t know.

      I agree-it’s easier when we get sick than out dogs.

  3. Hedley Says:

    What the heck has this got to do with The Bach….? Courtney !

  4. Bob Says:

    If your house is too clean your immune system misses out on germs that strengthen your ability to fight future disease. This goes along with my theory of heartbeats. If you exercise too much you use up your allotment of heartbeats that you get when you are born. Neither of these can be proven by science.

    I am sorry that your animal has been sick. It’s difficult to diagnose a dog when you can’t ask it where it hurts. Veterinarians are amazing at diagnosing animal diseases even with help from the owners.

    We decided to skip that new series from the creators of Lost. I have been to Alcatraz Island and have taken the tour of the prison. The story line on this one is too fantastic for my taste. I have been watching the Pan Am series occasionally. I like looking a pretty young Stewardess who some say did secret work for the CIA during the cold war. I remember the PAN AM World Port terminal at JFK airport in the mid sixties. It’s hard to believe that both Pan AM and TWA, our International flag airlines, are out of business. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is going to tear down the old Pan Am terminal his summer. That era of romantic air travel is long gone.

    • katry Says:

      I used to say the same thing about the water in Ghana. We got sick in the beginning but then we got used to the impurities. It was the same with the food. I had a laugh because when I got home, I got sick from the water!

      Gracie seems much better today. She ate and she played. A bit ago she was salivating again so I’m watching again. She has been a healthy pup so I hope this is just passing.

      I liked Lost and think I’ll like Alcatraz. I started watching PanAm but then lost interest.

      I loved flying TWA and Pan Am. I flew them both often. My favorite was a PanAm flight where we had a buffet under the stars. It was set up in the rear of the plane. A bit into the buffet, the pilot asked people to sit down as the tail of the plane was dragging.

      It is a sin that both folded. You’re right that the era of romantic air travel is long gone.

  5. katry Says:

    My Dear Hedley,
    I looked her up as the name is totally unfamiliar. I’m still not sure which Bach she is. Bicyclist?

    • Hedley Says:

      Kat, Kat, Kat, you are not watching The Bachelor (ABC at 8pm on Mondays) where Ben is triying to find true love and Courtney is a super duper model who might (no spoiler intended) be the “winner” ????

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        No, I admit I don’t watch The Bachelor. One of my former students was on it, and I didn’t watch him either. I guess it just doesn’t appeal to me.

  6. Bill S. Says:

    The first time ever that I flew was when we flew on TWA from Kennedy to Accra. We were with the Sierra Leone PC group, some of whom got a little rowdy on the flight because of all the free booze. They gave us TWA flight bags, which came in handy during Peace Corps travel. Nowadays, they don’t give you the bags, you give them your bags, and sometimes never see them again!

    • katry Says:

      My first flight was from Boston to Hyannis on a small prop plane. It was an Easter present from my parents. The trip to Ghana was my second.

      We had free booze on our flight too but nobody got rowdy except at the stop in Madrid. We were allowed to get off to stretch our legs but when the soldiers with guns herded us to the plane steps, the group mooed.

      We didn’t get bags amd I do remember yours.

  7. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Oh I wish I could wiggle my nose and my apt. would be clean, the laundry done and a zillion other chores that make me too tired to list. Your toys sound like mine–although I have a zillion of them. I don’t know why they don’t help clean the house. I went to Alcatraz a few years ago, and climbed to the top; I wish I had known there was a bus. I don’t watch much TV any more except for Grey’s Anatomy. I am glad Gracie is better, I always worry when Meow seems like she is not feeling well. I am still half asleep, even though it is midday here, but I wanted to wave to you.

    • katry Says:

      We could wiggle our noses and animate all our collections so they could clean-great idea.

      I never watch during the day but there are evenings shows I like to watch though Grey’s Anatony isn’t one of them.

      Gracie has been eating up a storm so I guess we’re pass the sick stage. It always worries me too/

      Waving back!

  8. Hedley Says:

    On Thursday, 1/19, I am heading back in to Beaumont hospital to have all the metal taken out of my leg. That would be a rod, plate and enough screws to secure a door…no the leg never set off an alarm at airports and yes, all the metal has been really uncomfortable.

    So since I will be out of circulation, it might be time for an all Lennie day !!!

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Not even in your absence, wait, especially in your honor I won’t post Lennie. Getting all the iron out is a celebration so I’ll honor your Lenniephobia!

      Good luck tomorrow.

      • Hedley Says:

        Thank you Kat, I am hoping to head home on Friday, and I will look forward to a complete Lennie free for all. Two weeks on crutches, moderate weight down and then staples out and here we go.
        Lennie ! Lennie !

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