“If you know something can go wrong, and take due precautions against it, something else will go wrong.”

We actually caught a glimpse of the sun this morning. It was a fleeting glimpse but still heartening.  It seemed a perfect day to get out and clean my deck for about the tenth time, but clouds have appeared   so I’ll wait a bit hoping for a return of the sun. Last week I bought a new pump for my fountain. I couldn’t connect it because I needed new tubing so I went to the hardware store, one of my least favorite shopping spots, and bought some. Now I can’t find where I put the pump. I have checked the usual spots and come up empty. I hate getting older.

The bird feeders need filling so that’s a good task for today. I saw a cardinal pair the other day, and I’d like to keep them around so I’ll bring out the seed and get busy.

A fly is buzzing around me and the house. I hate flies. I like to whack them with rolled up newspapers. Fern also likes to catch them, but she is sleeping on the couch and has no interest in any activities. When I was a kid, we had a Woolworth’s turtle which lived for years in a lagoon on the kitchen counter. The lagoon was plastic and had a resting spot in the middle with a tiny fake palm tree. That turtle loved live flies so we’d stun them and put them in the water, and the turtle would go right after them and scoff them down. We’d always watch. When the turtle went to his reward, we buried him in the small grove of trees just below the last duplex on the street. We used a metal box to put him in. On that spot where the trees were is now apartments for the elderly, a place my father always called wrinkle city.  I’d like to think the turtle’s tin survived and is still buried somewhere under the grass.

I will make a concerted effort to find that pump because I know if I buy another, I’ll find the first. I consider that one of Murphy’s Laws because it happens to me all the time.

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14 Comments on ““If you know something can go wrong, and take due precautions against it, something else will go wrong.””

  1. Pierre Says:

    My Dear Kat.
    Your pump problem is duplicated by myself almost everyday.
    I will eventually find most things that have vanished into thin air but I kid thee not that some stuff is never seen again.
    To think that I turned 67 yesterday & more stuff will vanish every year.
    By the time I hit 170, I won’t have a cd left in the house/

    • Kat Says:

      Mon Ami Pierre,
      Still haven’t found it-I guess a trip to Hyannis in in my future! The worst, though, is forgetting what I started looking for!!

      It’s true-more stuff does vanish each year!!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Sunny and rather warm all day yesterday, but today it didn’t show until I came home after work.

    You would hate it here, the forest flies has just started to fly around and annoying me now, Still only a few but soon there will be millions of them 🙂 🙂 🙂 They start a bit early this year so I hope their season will end early too!

    I do just the same! I’ve been looking for my electric screwdriver for days now. I had it but couldn’t find the charger so I placed it where I would find it. Now I have the charger but can’t find the screwdriver!!!! This cottage is so small that I don’t have a lot of places to place it so it must have walked away by itself 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      Not much sun today. It stayed in the mid 60’s and cloudy.

      We have fly season here as well. I remember walking my dog on the path in an area called Indian Trails. She loved the walk but as soon as we started I knew the flies were out. I used the leash to swat them off her but they dive-bombed me. I was nearly in tears by the time we got back to the car.

      I’ll go with that-they walk away by themselves!

  3. Zoey & Me Says:

    Cool turtle story. Murphy’s Law yes! Keep looking as the only way to find it is to buy a new one. We are still stuck in the mud down here, rain we need but it’s flooding in some areas, not so nice. I love that “wrinkle city” comment. I can apply that here to many communities. Florida leads the nation in housing folks over 75 years.

    • Kat Says:

      I gave it one more try but nothing! We got a few drops of rain this afternoon but nothing that amounted to anything.

      We all liked my dad’s wrinkle city description.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    You must have had magical powers to keep a Woolworth’s turtle alive for so long. The poor things were usually at death’s door at the time of purchase.
    I hate it when I put something in a place where I will be able to find it easily later on and it turns out not to be a place where I would ever look. Things do have legs. They do walk about and hide themselves. I learned that a long time ago when I was young enough not to have CRS. At this point I have given up. If I can’t find a thing in a day or two, I will go out a get another one because I know that the original one will show up as soon as I do and I will have one to spare for when I lose the replacement. Unless I put the new spare one in a place where I can easily find it. 😀
    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      We thought the same thing but that turtle lasted years. I think it was all those live flies!

      You are so right! I know I’ll find the darn pump the same day I buy a new one. I hate it when this happens, and it is happening more often!!

  5. Bob Says:

    You should love getting older because the alternative, dying young, sucks.

    I would go to the hardware store, buy another pump but don’t open the package. Then, your old now will appear and you can return the new one for a refund 🙂

    Today and yesterday it rained. Yesterday afternoon and evening we had torrential thunderstorms.

    • Kat Says:

      You are so right about the alternative to growing old.

      That is a perfectly wonderful idea. I can’t believe it never occured to me!

      The thunderstorms are so different from your last summer and all the days of drought. I hope your summer stays wet though not torrential!

      We had some sun today but only for a short time. It is 59° now.

  6. Bert Says:

    I’ve been very busy trying to save the Euro. Without much success so far. If only I kept all the coins of foreign currency that I collected in a box before 2001. I’d be perfectly prepared for when all countries have different currencies again.
    My solution to your problem is not to do too much. That way you restrict the areas where you could get lost. Saves you some money as well, so you’d go to Africa sooner.

    • Kat Says:

      I have jars of coins left from all my trips, but I doubt they’d take me too far.

      I never get lost really as I have a great sense of direction. I just lose things. Africa is in August-a loooooong two months + away.

  7. Mark Anderson Says:


    I’m a little older than you, but had the same lagoon and island with the plastic palm tree. When my turtle died, we put it in a little white jewelry box and buried it in the back yard. I did love that turtle!


    • Kat Says:

      I love it that you had the same lagoon and a similar turtle. You are the only person who has ever known or remembered that neat little lagoon.

      We both gave our turtles a formal funeral because they deserved one for all the joy they gave us..

      I used to sit on the counter and watch ours. We never minded catching flies for him. It was the least we could do!

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