“Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.”

Enough! Enough I say! It is the heat and it is the humidity. The low this week will be 85˚. Early last night I was on the deck watering plants, and even then it was still uncomfortable. Today I have to fill the feeders, but I’ll wait until the sun goes down a bit before I venture. I have a couple of errands, necessities, or I would stay comfortable in my air-conditioned house. Just before it gets dark, I’ll take my outside shower, one of my favorite parts of the day. I’ll bring my phone just in case I get locked in again.

I haven’t had any adventures in a long time. Sitting around the house makes for boring days. I miss our rides. I’m sure Miss Gracie does as well, but she loves the cool house. I let her out, she goes into the yard, squats then runs right back inside the house. She sprawls on the couch. Hers is a wonderful dog’s life.

Grace, my student, called me the other day. She’s in Bolga, and the rain that day was so tremendous she couldn’t go outside. I could picture exactly what she was talking about: thunder and lightning and rain so heavy you get drenched in a minute. I used to stand on the porch to watch it rain. The storms never stopped amazing me with their ferocity. My mother would have said it was a deluge. She would have been right.

I never buy clothes any more. The last time I did was two years ago when I went back to Ghana. I needed a couple of pairs of decent pants and a few short sleeve shirts. I didn’t bring all that much as I knew I could get my laundry done. I even came home with all clean outside clothes. Lately, though, I have been on a bit of a spending spree. After having tolerated my third back surgery, I figured I rated a few gifts. The first thing I bought was a shower curtain, a vastly expensive shower curtain made in Ghana and sown with squares of different Ghanaian cloths, some of which I recognize. I sent Grace a picture, and she has found some of the same cloth so I can have a matching curtain made for the bathroom; of course, the bathroom will have to be painted and I’ll need all new towels and a bath mat. Everything is connected. Next I bought a spread for my bed. It was on sale, and it was cheap compared to its original price. The spread was made in India, is composed of multi-colored squares and has hand stitched decorations; of course, I needed new curtains and two throw rugs, but the room doesn’t need painting. I found and ordered curtains from an Indian shop, and they were on sale. I felt thrifty! I still haven’t found rugs, but the hunt is the best part.

I’m done now with my gift giving, but I do go through catalogs with an open mind. I’d hate to miss a good find!


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12 Comments on ““Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I have to disagree with Erma on shopping. I don’t like the scrimmage aspect. If I find myself doing much broken field running in a mall or store, I’ll leave.
    Online shopping is so much more civilized.

    Another pair of summer pants and two tops have been my clothing purchases this year. I had to get some new walking shoes but that’s a necessity not a splurge. Until I find out the final cost of the jeep repairs, I can’t make any unnecessary purchases.

    I was outside around 6:30 this morning. It was tolerable. I haven’t been out since but need to water the plants before they wilt. There is also laundry in the machine waiting for me to finish it up.

    Stay cool and enjoy the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I didn’t agree with it either, but I thought it was funny. I seldom shop at malls but prefer small, local shops. I can’t even remember the last time I was at the Cape Cod Mall-years ago. I am a consummate on-line shopper. Everything I just bought i got on-line.

      I get it-sometimes necessities get in the way of fun shopping. I haven’t bought any clothes at all in the last two years though I did get a pair of sandals for that first trip to Ghana.

      I Just came in from watering plants and chatting with my neighbor. Those plants will need watering again later. I had just watered them last night, and they are already drooping.

      Right now I’m going to get dressed and brave the torrid world to do my errands. Miss Gracie will stay cool in her crate while I’m gone.

      Stay cool, put your feet up and read a good book!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    If shopping is a woman thing, some of my women genes must be damaged. I hate clothes shopping in stores, shoe shopping is even worse and I don’t buy online. Also I don’t feel the urge to replace my grandparents solid old furniture with cheap new stuff. But some of my hunting and buying genes must still work, I like to look for records, mainly 2nd-hand, and I don’t regret to spend money on concerts.
    Still no visa for Grace yet?

    • katry Says:

      I seldom shop in stores but more in the comfort of my own home. I even order shoes on-line and all have fit so far. I shop locally for almost everything, in my small town stores. There is a mall in Hyannis, and I couldn’t tell you the last time I was there-it was years ago.

      Grace called a couple of days ago and was in Bolga getting more back-up material for her visa. I’ve told her to be more assertive at the next interview. The last one lasted 10 minutes and she didn’t show any of her proof she had reasons to return home. She swears she will this time!

  3. Bob Says:

    My better half is not keen on shopping and I hate buying anything for myself. Online shopping has been a blessing. We order lots of things off the internet and return very few items.

    Have you ever shopped at Filene’s basement? Unfortunately, it’s now a Macy’s.

    • katry Says:

      I agree about on-line shopping except for big things like couches which I buy locally.

      Filene’s basement has totally disappeared, and the building it was in was empty last time I was in Boston. Jordan Marsh, which was right beside Filene’s, is now a Macy’s.

      I used to shop there when I was younger.

  4. GnuFool Says:

    shopping is one thing I didn’t miss when I was marrid.Now I just go in & get what I want and leave.
    Oh and heres two getting coffee–>> http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/

    • katry Says:

      I really don’t like clothes shopping, but I do it when I am in desperate need of something. Being retired, I no longer have to buy much at all.

      I couldn’t get the video to work.

  5. Minicapt Says:

    This week’s high is about 70deg.


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