“The whole point of the week is the weekend.”

Last night I again fell asleep to the sound of the rain, but it was far gentler than the torrential rain of the night before so I didn’t need to shut my window. The rain has left the day chilly and damp. More rain is expected later. My grass has grown to such a monumental height several snakes could be hiding in it.

I need to get out of the house. It has been two days of staying home and watching bad movies, really bad movies, all the way through to the end. The worst by far was Dino Wolf. The plot was simple: human DNA was mixed with a prehistoric dire wolf skeleton and resulted in a hybrid monster with a taste for human flesh. The monster was the best actor in the movie, and it had no lines, just a lot of snarling and grunting. I sort of recognized one of the human actors but couldn’t come up with his name. It was Gil Gerard. I’d fire my agent if I were Gil.

I have a high tolerance for bad movies. They make me laugh. My sister Moe shares the same fondness for B movies. Each Christmas we try to out-do each other in finding and gifting the worst movie. Last year I gave her The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, a favorite of mine, and the year before I gave her the Christmas movie Santa Claus made in 1959 in Mexico. Santa lives in outer space and is helped by Merlin. He goes to Earth and must defeat the devil who is bothering poor little Lupita. My sister has been out-done the last two years. I think nothing will ever be worse than Santa Claus. In the comment section I’ll leave the link to YouTube and the movie. I watched it all the way through when I bought it. I wanted to see if Santa would win!

The bridges are filled with on-coming cars this morning. I have no idea why. The weather is supposed to be bad today and tomorrow, but it seems the weekenders are not deterred. Next door, at the rental, there are two cars from New York. They come every year for this weekend and usually sit on the deck and party a bit, but they won’t this year. As for me, I’m staying off the main roads. They’ll be clogged with people looking for something to do. Gracie and I will meander on the side roads with no destination in mind. It’s the meandering we want.

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26 Comments on ““The whole point of the week is the weekend.””

  1. katry Says:

    Here is the the worst Christmas movie of all time, no exaggeration!

  2. Bob Says:

    Sometimes it’s nice to have your days off during the week. The stores are less crowded, less drunks on the road at night and every business is open and less crowded. Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day when people visited military cemeteries and put flowers on the headstones of the fallen Civil War soldiers. Now the holiday weekend is dedicated to watching motor sports, going to a ball game, shopping, going to the lake for the first weekend of the summer season and consuming large amounts of beer. Watching bad movies is not the worst thing to occupy your day. Paying money to watch a bad movie is a waste.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Every Memorial Day I post the history of the day and songs appropriate for the day. I have my flags out and the banners on the fence. I’ll do that shortly despite the rain. I never miss my town’s parade, as short as it is.

      I stay away from places on the weekends. I love having weekdays to do what I want.

      I’m talking about TV movies here. I’d never pay to see a bad movie. They are for watching from the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a sense of the absurd.

      • Bob Says:

        I will be in Santiago Chile on Monday working. They don’t celebrate Memorial Day. I am glad to hear that you fly the flag and banners. We should never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I always wondered how we know if the unknown soldiers entombed in Arlington Cemetery our Americans?

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        They were found in uniform which is the way they figured out their nationality.

        There will never be an unknown soldier again, and if they could have, if it hadn’t been so long ago, they could probably figure out who the WWII and Korean War unknowns are.

        DNA was responsible for identifying the Vietnam War unknown. It was United States Air Force First Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassie. His remains were returned to his family on Friday, July 10, 1998, and were buried in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, July 11, 1998.


  3. Today is the first nice dry day and my Lab and I are off to take some pictures of the scenery. The lake and golf courses will be full today.

    • katry Says:

      plgcm,
      They’ll golf here anyway, despite the damp and a bit of rain. I’m a bit jealous of your lake. I have all that ocean, but I prefer swimming in a lake.

      You and your Lab have a wonderful Saturday!

  4. Birgit Says:

    You should drive in Germany today, the roads are probably quite empty because nearly everyone is watching TV. The soccer Champions League final Dortmund-Munich at Wembley Stadium in London starts soon. I hope that Hedley is enjoying London now and that this game is not like a bad movie, Bavarian monsters bothering poor little Dortmund. Happy Ending?

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’d enjoy the empty roads. I am already updating my list of swear words to use on the tourists who will be flocking here come the end of June. This is my stay home and sit on the deck season.

      Hedley is ready for the game. He’s shopped, done a brewery tour and seen a few plays. He’ll be leaving on Monday.

    • Hedley Says:

      Birgit, thinking of you this evening, watching the game and hoping for Dortmund. Xoxoxoxoxo

      • Birgit Says:

        Thanks, Hedley!
        No Happy Ending, but a great exciting game.
        Have fun in London!!! (I hope the German soccer fans behave well.)

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, we joined some of the celebrations in Trafalgar Square and everyone was having a good time and behaving well.
        We did go to see Tottenham play last Sunday – they won but finished 5th so once again no Champions League for my team.

        Terrific game last night but not the right outcome 🙁

  5. olof1 Says:

    I love B-movies and from what I’ve seen from The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra it must be hilarious 🙂
    They show Bollywood movies on a free channel here every Friday night and reruns on Saturday mornings. Some of them has been so bad that I’ve felt ashamed looking at them 🙂 🙂 🙂 The latest one I saw was an Indian remake of three men and a baby. The plost is just the same but the actors are so bad that it’s embarrasing 🙂 🙂 🙂

    But I must admit that some of those movies have been really good as long as one excepts that a song and dance number appears at the most strange occasion 🙂 I’ll take a look at Santa after this.

    The day has been mostly cloudu but the sky cleared in the afternoon and now it’s quite nice 🙂 We only have tourists here when the cranes arrive thankfully 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I know you love those movies as much as I do! Like you, I’d have watched that Bollywood remake. I love laughing at those types of movies.

      The Santa movie will fill your quota of really bad movies for a couple of months. Let me know what you think!

      I could stand the tourist for a little while, like your crane season, but this will be from the end of June through October. After Labor Day in September, it is only on the weekends that this place is filled but from June until then it is every day. I shouldn’t complain because they spend money and keep my taxes low, but….

      Have a great rest of Saturday!!

      • olof1 Says:

        Unfortunately my internet connection died after a while but I saw enough to understand how delightfully bad it is 🙂 🙂 🙂 Just the first ten minutes when Santa plays the organ and we see all those terrified kids singing their songs made me laugh out loud 🙂 🙂 🙂 I was worried for a while that they actually would show all countries of the world, well with the exception of Africa which was treated as one country 🙂

        I alsao loved this jolly laughing Santa does all the time, he never stops 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Christer,

        You didn’t get to see Merlin? He is one of the crazy characters in this movie. The devil is the silliest looking one. There is so much that is just awful in this film!

      • olof1 Says:

        No unfortunately not, I tried again but Youtube told me something was wrong and asked me to come back later. I could hower see how hw looked by draging the dart along the time line 🙂

        I wasn’t especially scared by the devil 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        I thought the devil was too funny. He wouldn’t scare anyone. They’d be too busy laughing!

  6. Coleen Burnett Says:

    I sit here typing and glancing at a Glenn Ford submarine movie on TCM. It has Ernest Borgnine in it so it does not qualify as a lousy movie. Ford seems to use the same grim face throughout.

    Weather is cold and windy, with temps more like September. Despite all the whoopla over the openings of the various boardwalks along the shore, it is hardly beach weather today. I will rejoice after Labor Day when everybody has gone home and I can enjoy the beach like a local.

    I am trying to name a movie I saw that was truly awful and have come up blank. Must have blocked it out of my mind. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      I just watched the same movie. It was pretty good. Now I’m watching Clark Gable also a submarine movie.

      I too will rejoice but not until Columbus Day. From Labor Day until then the weekends are filled with cars because the weather is warm and beautiful. It’s my favorite time of year.

      That is a convenient block! There are plenty of really bad movies out there.

      Waving,
      Kat

  7. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Now you have a train and buses so there may be even more people. The kind of folks who come and stay because there is now a train into Boston with a couple of stops along the way.
    The weather is the same up here. Last night we had steady rains. Today it’s drippy with scattered heavier drippiness. It’s not enough to be called actual rain. My lawn service mowed yesterday between the scattered drippy. The grass is very green and the new grass gets better looking every day. I have plants waiting to be planted but the ground is so muddy that I can’t dig it. Maybe Monday.
    Enjoy the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Thanks for that-more people, just what we need. I do like the idea of a train though. What a great way to ride and avoid the traffic.

      I just shut my window. My feet are cold so I’m going upstairs to get socks, and I might just stop for a tiny nap. I haven’t bought my plants yet. I was going to yesterday, but the rain kept me inside. I bought a bunch of new clay pots for the deck, and they need flowers as they look sad just sitting there.

      You also enjoy the rest of this ugly day!!

  8. Ilka Normile Says:

    Like many long-time summer people, my family would open the beach house on the Cape over Memorial Day weekend. The plumber had already come to get the facilities up and running and a team of cleaning ladies had aired it out and swept up the dust of the last nine months, but there was still plenty left to do to get the place ready for the season ahead.
    Lots of shopping, to start. A few canned goods and the hard liquor could survive a cold winter in the cellar, but everything else had to be restocked. First we went to the nearby A&P for the basics, then Al Paine’s place for the first lobsters of the season.
    My favorite shopping expedition was to the greenhouse in Chatham to get geraniums and tomato plants, which were always set out be fore the holiday’s end. The front terrace would be decked out in large clay pots filled with classic red geraniums, allysum and lobelia. By the Fourth of July they made a splendid patriotic display. We had to plant the tomatoes around the perimeter of the laundry yard as the rest of the property had become quite shady over the years, but it worked out well as you couldn’t help but notice the plants when hanging out the wash. Those Early Girls. sweet 100s, and mom’s favorite yellow varieties all got tender care out there, and we reaped the rewards ’til hard frost in October when it was time to put the place back into suspended animation until another summer.

    • katry Says:

      Hello Ilka,
      That was lovely.

      I thought all those cars were here for the weekend but, as with your family, many may be here to open their cottages for the summer. I remember Cape Cod when it was white cottages each with a front porch and a garden bursting with color. Yours could fit so well into my memories.

      My cleaning people have been cleaning cottages for the last few weeks and are exhausted with the addition of all those houses. The A&P is gone now from Chatham, but there are still fish markets near the ocean where you can buy the freshest lobsters and fish. I love to plant flowers around this holiday every year, and I’d be doing it now if it weren’t raining. I have already bought the clay pots in which I plant annuals and herbs and some sea grass in the largest. The perennials are for the front garden. I can’t wait for the tomatoes fresh from my garden. They are the crown jewels but they seem to take forever to ripen.

      October is when we start to breath again and come out from our summer hibernation.

  9. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    The weather here is cool but sunny. I thought yesterday was Saturday, had to do some home-away errands, left early as I thought the stores would close early on a Saturday ( early for me is 3 or 4pm) so I missed going to the library, and a few other places.
    I don’t know what grade B movies I’ve seen…as a child.

    I remember living in a resort area on the beach, so when the tourists came, it meant they would spend it in my parent’s store, so we had to learn to be nice to them.

    The garden grows, Simone is healthy ( just received her final test results) and I am ready to take a nap.

    Waving,

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      It just rained again tonight and will tomorrow as well. Monday is supposed to be nice and warm. I’m surprised your stores close so early. Ours are opened until at least 9 and some, the convenience stores, until 11.

      I never saw many as a child. Most I saw as a pre-teen and a teen. I think my mother thought they’re scare me-nope, they amused me.

      My garden has yet to be planted. The rain put a damper on my planting. This week I’ll get it all done.

      Waving,
      Kat


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