“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

There is something wonderful about summer mornings. The house still has a nighttime cool, the birds are singing to welcome the new day and the lawn’s grass blades glint in the sunlight their tips still dewy damp. I love to walk across that cool, wet grass with bare feet when I go to collect the papers. I leave footprints on the driveway.

This room is in the back of the house and is always cooler and darker in the mornings. The sun rises at the front of my house, stays on the backdoor side all afternoon then wends its way to shine on the deck before setting. My yard is natural with plenty of trees and weeds which get their comeuppance a couple of times a summer. I planted a dogwood over where Shauna is buried and two fir trees over my Siamese kitties. Poor Maggie still needs a tree which I’ll plant this fall. Those animals lives enriched mine so much that I want them commemorated and something growing seems perfect.

Gracie woke me up early this morning and I was not happy. She jumped from the bed to the floor, started scratching at the mattress and whining in my face so I’d wake up. I did and came downstairs and opened the backdoor so Gracie could go out her dog door. She didn’t. She followed me back upstairs, jumped on the bed and fell asleep after a giant sigh of comfort. I wanted to break at least one paw. She fell back to sleep. I didn’t. Right now she’s out napping on the lounge on the deck. Life is tough if you’re Gracie.

I went to my first Wednesday play last night, and it was wonderful. 1776 was the play, and I think the men’s voices were the best they’ve had in a long while. The crowd gave them a standing oration, something I don’t remember seeing at that playhouse before this. Tomorrow night is my second Friday play; it’s As Bees in Honey Drown which I knew nothing about until I read the review, an excellent one so I’m looking forward to the play. So far I’ve seen only two movies this summer: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom. Both were at the Cape Playhouse Cinema which presents movies not shown in the usual theaters. This time of year I only go to movie theaters on beautiful sunny days. On rainy days there are few parking spots and fewer seats. Even the Cape Cinema fills though its audience is older than those at the regular theaters. Sometimes when I go there I feel young in comparison.

Today is an agenda less day. They are my favorites of all no matter what time of year.

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16 Comments on ““Summertime is always the best of what might be.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Birgit
    Good luck this evening , that you have the opportunity to watch Germany and Italy, and you move on to the Final on Sunday
    Best from Detroit
    Hedley

    • Birgit Says:

      Thanks, Hedley, 1st half on car radio 0:2 🙁
      now 2nd half on TV ….
      (Coffee songs have to wait until they finish.)

      • Hedley Says:

        My goodness, what a surprise. Mr Balotelli at his finest I am afraid, what a game and what a finish

    • Birgit Says:

      Collective sadness in Germany, but Italy deserved to win.
      But now I have to listen to Kats songs….

  2. peterrocker Says:

    Saw the Marigold Hotel as it has some of my favorite British actors in it. I’ll lookout for Moonrise Kingdom.

  3. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had a wonderful day today, it’s almost too good to be true. But the rain will come already to the weekend so things will go back to normal again 🙂

    I hate it when my dogs do like that and they do quiet often 🙂

    I haven’t been to a play in years, I’m not even sure they have a theater here 🙂 I know there is a theater not to far away but they usually only show slapstick during summer. Nothing wrong with that but not as the only thing to see.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      Just as the quote says summertime is the best of what might be-it just means waiting a while until summer turns up.

      Dogs can sometimes be a bit annoying!

      I see all sorts of different kinds of plays. Last week one was a comedy, and the next one at Wednesday is a tragedy.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    There’s a local theater group near me that does very good work. One of my friends just finished up as assistant director for their production of Diary of Anne Frank. Oddly enough, I have never been to a performance though I have been to several other plays. That’s always the way. The locals not taking advantage of what they have.
    Sunny and lovely up here today.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      In Stoneham, the movie theater I went as a kid is now a non-profit theater. I go once and sometimes twice a year. It is our tradition to go for the Christmas play then out to dinner at Felicias’s just down the street. It is so fun to sit in that theater where I whiled away so many Saturdays.

      I do love live theater.

      You’re right about locals, but maybe you can break the trend!

  5. Bob Says:

    You know its hot when the day’s low temperature is approaching 80 degrees. Today it was cooler only 102. Since we bought a blue ray player we don’t go to the movies very often. The cost of a movie today is about nine dollars and a bag of pop corn is about five. All the movies I missed last year are for sale used in Blockbuster for about 12 dollars a movie.

    Live theater is also very expensive here. Every summer there are companies who put on Broadway Musicals in the Fair Park Music Hall. When the hall was refurbished in the 1970s the acoustics were done by a company who had never worked on a performing arts venue and they made the place very quiet. If you sit in the upper balcony you not only can’t see anything but you also can’t hear either. The only good thing is that you can say for the cheap price is that you attended the show. I don’t want to sell my youngest child to afford to buy orchestra seats for a performance of ‘summer shlock’. 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I pay around $6.00 for a movie and sneak in my own popcorn. It is because I always go to a matinee which is cheaper.

      I see many of the movies on my cable premium stations but some I just want to see when they’re around.

      I think live theater is expensive almost everywhere, but my Wednesday night theater is fairly inexpensive in comparison as it is a combination of professional actors as well as MFA candidates. Friday is a professional theater so it is far more expensive. I don’t think the plays I’ve seen are summer schlock. On Wednesdays I see a musical, a Shakespeare, usually a vintage play and often one I don’t know. The artistic director does a great job in choosing the plays. On Friday last I saw The Hound of the Baskervilles, and it was wonderful.

      Most of the old summer stock theaters have closed. The Cape Playhouse is the oldest in the country, and I have seen some fantastics actors and actresses there. I would dearly miss live theater.

  6. Zoey & Me Says:

    We have the Village Playhouse here but was bought last year by the local Junior College. Prices have now doubled so we passed on a seasonal ticket. The shows worth the money are over in Orlando anyway. My Zoey pulls that trick on me in the middle of the night. Waking me for an emergency cookie then just staring at it for a few minutes before returning to bed. Can never figure out what she really wanted, maybe just to rouse me. I crawl back in bed with her next to me purring up a storm and nothing. . . not even a kiss good night again.

    • Kat Says:

      Z&Me,
      I can’t believe they were lacking such business acumen that they doubled the prices especially for what sounds like an amateur theater. Summer theaters are closing so I think they need to do all they can to hold on to their audiences.

      I suspect Zoey just wants to make sure you are still at her beck and call!

  7. Bill S. Says:

    Kat:
    My most memorable movie experience was in Accra in 1970. As you probably remember, we were on school holidays for Dec., and decided to stay one more day in Accra before returning to Tafo. That night we went to see “The Sound of Mucus” at an outdoor cinema with those plastic lawn chairs. Peg was having labor pains, but insisted on seeing the end of the movie and getting her 50 pesewas worth. Eight hours later Kevin was born in Tema.

    I can honestly say we haven’t been to a movie in many years here.

  8. Kat Says:

    Bill,
    I think that would be anyone’s memorable movie experience.

    Really! The Sound of Music? I would have been happy to have an excuse to leave. When I went to Kumasi for the investiture of an African bishop, 6 or 8 students came with me. As a treat I took them to see that very same movie. They were enchanted by the music and the sights. I was enchanted watching their reactions.

    I am a long time movie fan. I show one very summer Saturday on my deck and often go to the Playhouse Cinema which generally shows films you won’t see in the regular movie theaters.


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