“But I’m really enjoying my retirement. I get to sleep in every day. I do crossword puzzles and eat cake.”

When I let Gracie out this morning, I couldn’t believe how hot and humid it already was at 7:15. When I went out for breakfast later, my glasses fogged as I was walking from the car to the restaurant, a matter of only a few feet. It was already 82˚ at 8:30, and I suspect it will get hotter. My plans for the day are to stay inside the cool house and look out the windows if I want to view the world.

Yesterday I heard squealing from my deck. I feared Miss Gracie had found herself another friend who was objecting to Miss Gracie’s attention. I went to go out to save the creature when I saw Gracie was asleep in her crate so I went to the window instead to see what was happening. I felt like a voyeur. The spawns of Satan were spawning right there on my deck. The Mrs. was doing the squealing whenever the Mr. was doing his business. It went on for a while as I could hear the squealing. When I looked again, I saw the Mrs. jump on a branch hotly followed by the Mr. I assume they went somewhere more private than my deck.

It must have rained a while last night as everything was still wet this morning. The flowers and herbs looked perky. They give the deck so much color. I still have to replace the third broken clay pot. I’m buying a larger one than I’ve had hoping it will be too heavy with potting soil and flowers for the spawn to break it again. I’ll do that tomorrow. I like having an errand or two each day now that I’m allowed to drive. I’ll go to the farm so I can pick up some fresh vegetables at the same time, and on the way home I’ll also stop and buy some fruits. I’m thinking cut watermelon, strawberries and maybe some honeydew. Sounds like a great lunch to me.

My friends Bill and Peg are leaving September 14th for Ghana. I am envious. We traveled together all the time in Ghana, and it seems strange not to be with them. Bill has a 1970 map of Accra so he is going to try and find the old Peace Corps hostel in Adabraka, one of the districts in Accra, and Talal’s, a Lebanese restaurant which we volunteers loved. It wasn’t far from the PC offices. Talal used to make a sandwich with pita bread, tomatoes and melted cheese. He used to call it the Peace Corps pizza. Talal’s was where I first tasted hummus, and I usually ordered it every time I was there. The first time I went back to Ghana in 2011 I tried to find the hostel but I just couldn’t remember where it was, and most of the landmarks have changed. I told Bill to take plenty of pictures when he found our old stomping grounds.

I’m going to get changed from my outside to my inside clothes, and I’m going to read while lolling on the couch. I will have no productivity whatsoever today. I wish you the same!!

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11 Comments on ““But I’m really enjoying my retirement. I get to sleep in every day. I do crossword puzzles and eat cake.””

  1. hedley Says:

    St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
    For forty days it will remain
    St. Swithin’s day if thou be fair
    For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.

    Happy St Swithin’s Day KTCC.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The AC is about to go on. It’s 90ºF outside but still comfortable inside. When the sun is on the east side of the house it stays fairly cool in here with the windows open. As soon as the sun transits the meridian and starts shining on the west side of the house, it gets hot in here very quickly.

    I’m reading Outlander on Kindle and am about to can it. I was just waiting for the main character to get back to her own time and finish up the book. She gets to the time portal when I’m at 60%. She decides not to go. Seriously? It was as if the author suddenly realized there was a bunch of Scottish history that she needed to tell us along with a few more sex scenes.
    Where was her editor?

    Stay cool and enjoy your lolling day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Outside is brutal. We’re nice and cool, so cool I put socks on. Gracie is snoring and driving me crazy. The AC lets them sleep deeply instead of panting.

      I just started Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci, a book I found around the house I hadn’t read. I have a book on my iPad I’m reading, but I didn’t want to go all the way upstairs to get it. That will now be my upstairs book, and the Baldacci will be my downstairs.

      You also stay cool!!!

      • Caryn Says:

        Outlander is out.
        I’ve started The Other Wind; an Ursula LeGuin that I hadn’t read yet.

        I have Kindle books and front porch books. Front porch books live out there all year. They’re read in increments of 2 or 3 pages while I’m waiting on Rocky to do his thing in the side yard.

        The AC is working hard but it’s working. I’m cool.

      • katry Says:

        I like Ursula LeGuin, but I don’t remember if I read that novel.

        I have a car book as well for those long waits in traffic jams.

  3. Coleen Burnett Says:

    I plan on the same today. I will gorge on All Star Game coverage on TV. It is too hot! My landlord has tickets to the Home Run Derby and I am secretly jealous…

    I am guessing you will watch the AS Game. I made a trip to Citi Field this year and loved it!

    I have given up waving to create a breeze. It is a futile gesture… 🙂


    • katry Says:

      Now that you’ve mentioned it I might have to take a gander at the home run derby!

      I would love to see an All-Star game. If I could go back in time the one in Boston when Ted Williams came out in a golf cart would be the one. I remember all those all- stars clamoring to meet the Splendid Splinter, Ted Williams.

      I always watch the AS game!!!

      No breeze here either to send your way!! I want to be Cleo with those muscular men standing beside me waving fans to keep me cool!

  4. greg mpls Says:

    hot and muggy in minnesota as well..i’m about to get on a crowded
    bus and drag myself home. i’m fairly certain my mood will not improve with the bus ride…

  5. Birgit Says:

    Again perfect summer weather over here and the garden sour cherries and raspberries tasted delicious with vanilla ice cream 🙂
    Have a lazy day!

  6. Bob Says:

    Didn’t one of Ted Williams’s kids have his head severed and frozen to be reanimated in the distant future? Without a doubt he was the greatest hitter in the history of the game. Imagine if he hadn’t spent those years during the Korean War as a Marine pilot and was instead hitting baseballs in Fenway.

    I was covering the Texas Rangers for a local daytime radio station in 1973. It was the first year the Rangers had moved here from Washington. Williams was the manager and always wore his warm up jacket in public regardless of the heat and humidity. In the clubhouse he took it off and everyone could see that he had a huge gut. Williams didn’t want to come to Texas with the team but he did to allow his coaches to get enough years of major league service to receive their pensions. His pitching coach was an octogenarian named Sid Hudson. There is nothing as funny as seeing an old man without his pants with varicose and baseball socks. In his old age I understand the splendid splinter mellowed.

    So you caught two birds in the act. I have never seen birds doing it. A grandmother and her eight year old grandson come across two dogs doing it in the street. The kid asks the grand mother, what are they doing? She thinks fast and replies, the front dog is sick and the back dog is pushing him to the hospital.

    Today it has been raining all day. Not thunderstorms, just a nice steady rain. We need it badly.

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