“Squirrel, I am a threat to you! We are enemies! Please get off my bench! Oh, god! Oh, god! Don’t touch me—oh, god!”

The morning has been a busy one already. I woke so early I was able to read both papers, do another load of laundry, make my bed and go out for breakfast. When I got home, I found, to my dismay, my tranquility had disappeared and been replaced by the sounds of workmen next door who are taking down the old shingles. Hammering on the new will be next. The house certainly did need a face life. Nothing has been done to it since it was built. The house is a summer rental, and upkeep is not a priority. I would love to see the inside as I’m thinking retro 70’s.

A summer ritual will be performed today. I’m replacing the storm door in the back with the screen door. The day is already hot and hazy and a little cross air would cool the house. That door faces the south, and, in the summer, that’s the direction from which all my breezes come.

I already feel accomplished today and don’t think I’ll do much else. I have a new book to read, and it’s been a while since I just sat  and read all day. I’m thinking lounging on the couch might work perfectly.

A long while back I bought Converse high top sneakers in a variety of colors. I know I have pink and purple pairs. It might just be time to start wearing them again. I have reached that age when wearing whatever I want will cause no stir. People will look, see that I am older and just accept what I’m wearing as the vagaries of older age. I think it’s a perk. Most times I don’t go anywhere which requires a certain dress. Putting on a blouse or a shirt is dressing up for me. I spent too many years in dresses, panty hose and fancy but sensible shoes. Now I want comfort, just comfort.

I have so many t-shirts. Some are souvenirs my friends brought back or I bought on one of my adventures. Some are TV shows like M.A.S.H. and Hill Street Blues. A few are music groups, and I even have a Pete Seeger. Some others are ads and were free t-shirts. I have two favorites. One says, “Let’s eat grandma! Let’s eat, grandma. Punctuation saves lives.” The other has to do with the spawns. It says, “I have reason to believe the squirrels are mocking me.” Truer words were never written!

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24 Comments on ““Squirrel, I am a threat to you! We are enemies! Please get off my bench! Oh, god! Oh, god! Don’t touch me—oh, god!””

  1. Rick Oztown Says:

    I have several hundred tee shirts. At least 100 are blood drive tee shirts; about 30 have to do with ham radio; relaxed and laid back is my mantra.


    • katry Says:

      I totally agreed with the laid back mantra! I can’t give blood so I have none of those; mine are mostly places t-shirts. They are memories.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I have a huge bureau drawer devoted entirely to tee shirts. They are mostly from horse and dog shows that I have worked at or competed in. They are also mostly too small for me now but I don’t want to part with them just yet. Too many fun memories. Maybe someday I will make them all into a big blanket for my bed. 🙂
    Today remains minimally productive. The new fridge is still on backorder so I have to do small grocery runs. I did one this morning after I went to the post office box. The insurance check arrived so I can get started on repairing the jeep.
    I struggled some with iPhoto, too, but gave it up. I tried a couple of suggestions from Mac Forum to no avail. I can work around it but it is a PITA when computers start changing things on their own.
    It’s cool and cloudy here. A couple of fat rain drops fell on my head while I was out with the dog. More rain is due tonight.
    Enjoy the day.

    • Rick Oztown Says:

      Wow. Fat drops, eh? Man, I thought it was bad enough when it rains WATER drops. 😉

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The blanket is a great idea. I have seen some in catalogues. Also, you could cover a pillow. I put some I want to save into a large Tupperware container.
      Glad the jeep repairing is starting. That takes one thing off your plate.
      I tended to use iPhoto as storage but lately have figured out how to use it to enhance my pictures.
      The sun is gone, and it is damp here now. It may rain later and it does feel as if it will.

      Today was a good day!! Hope yours was too!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I went to work as usual and everything was fine, until stomach flu hit me. So bvack home again and I’ve been sleeping most part of the day, well in between visits down stairs 🙂 My neighbor says it was a wonderful day.

    Long time since I cared about how I look in public 🙂 🙂 🙂 A train company here in Sweden only aloowed their empoyees to wear either skirts or trousers when working, shorts were strictly forbidden. So a big part of the male employess then started wearing skirts (and all of them liked it 🙂 ). The train comapny got so embarrassed that they now allows shorst 🙂 :-).

    Have a great day!

  4. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Your t-shirts made me laugh. I NEVER liked getting dressed ever. I live in a t-shirt and jeans. Many of my friends have never seen me in a dress….

    I have more than a few t-shirts from radio stations. Once my employment is done with them or they change formats, the shirt is retired and not worn again.

    The Walgreens chain sells t-shirts at about 5 for ten dollars, and for some reason they last me forever. Talk about a bargain.

    Waving from Jersey,


    • katry Says:

      I do have two dresses. I also have two made in Ghana. They are beautiful. I avoid any events which demand a dress. For too long I was dressed up every day so now I can be as casual or slovenly as I want!!

      T-shirst are fun to bring home for people. I bought a couple in Ghana for friends. No one will ever have any like them around here.

      No Walgreens on Cape Cod. If it ever appears, it will be in Hyannis, and it will take forever for them to have plans the town will accept. It took Home Depot three years to settle the parking.

  5. greg mpls Says:

    since i am in the t shirt business i find myself rarely wearing one
    with printing on it. every now and then, tho i cannot resist.

    • katry Says:

      I get that. You see them all day and they represent work to you. To me, they just mean I’m living a casual life and clothes have become unimportant.

  6. im6 Says:

    I used to have quite a collection of t-shirts, but when I moved last year, a big portion of them got put in the Goodwill bin. I hope they found good homes ’cause many of them were for fairly obscure cult bands. Kept several, however, but rarely wear them as I’ve come to the realization that after a certain age one (and by “one” I mean ME) looks a bit foolish. I kept some of my favorites and have thought about having some of the more artistic ones framed to go with my collection of signed concert/band prints. For example: http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/p480x480/74995_439848876089011_968183380_n.jpg

    • Rick Oztown Says:

      See? Now more’s the pity that you don’t wear your shirts because of some perceived notion that you look like some silly OTHER people. 😉
      Well, everyone has to find their own way. But I’m going to be 69 this fall…and I’m pretty happy wearing tee shirts for blood drives, ham radio events/clubs/organizations, and my favorite local radio station in Austin.
      What DO you wear now in the shirt dimension?

      • im6 Says:

        Oh, Rick, you really are in no position to comment if you live in Austin ;-). We both know Austin isn’t part of the real world and wearing a t-shirt there is just part of keeping Austin weird! (I say all this in pure jealousy) I’m currently in DFW and moving south of you to SA at the end of the month so I certainly understand the need to keep clothing to a minimum in the summer. I’ve “graduated” to plain solid color tees for the most part, but sometimes have to wear my old Poi Dog or Robyn Hitchcock shirts. Alas, they’re getting pretty ragged.

    • katry Says:

      I live on Cape Cod where t-shirts reign, especially ones which say Cape Cod or a B for the Red Sox. I have three Sox t-shirts: one is in Spanish, another is green and the last celebrates 100 years of Fenway Park.

      I find age is of little importance in choosing to wear a t-shirt.

  7. Bob Says:

    The great thing about being retired and older is that people don’t expect you to dress up. No more ties, business suits, dresses, stockings and heals. I think people don’t pay much attention to the dress of the elderly because they think our senses have become dull or we all have dementia. He can’t match colors because of his cataracts. She looks frumpy because she can’t afford to buy really nice things on Social Security. The looks like a joke because his brain has turned to mush.

    How about a tee shirt that says, “My parents went on a vacation to Cape Cod and all they brought me back was this crappy tee shirt”.

    I would love to see your tee shirt that celebrates 100 years of Fenway Park.

    • katry Says:

      I agree. I love not getting dressed up to go to work. You’re right-older people aren’t expected to have great fashion sense, and I totally take advantage of that. Colors I do match though.

      I have seen similar t-shirts to that.

      I bought that Fenway shirt the year they were celebrating 100 years. I was at a game and bought it at the official store. It had the same logo on the front as was on the uniform shirts. The t-shirt is red but not the usual bright red. It is closer to a maroonish red. It was expensive but my nephew paid half as a gift.

  8. Rick OzTown Says:

    I did find a $15 tee shirt for your first band mentioned (on eBay). So, you can approach SAT with the nirvana of a new tee shirt! (Pardon the pun )

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