“So true. You have to have the right shoes for the occasion.”

The snow has been disappearing and the grass and flowers reappearing. Dark clouds have taken over what had been a blue sky. We even had sun for a bit. It’s a little warmer than yesterday and will be even warmer, but rainy, tomorrow. Gracie and I are going out later to do a couple of errands. Right now, though, she’s sleeping, taking her usual morning nap on the couch.

When I was a kid, Duke, our boxer, wasn’t allowed on beds or the couch, but most mornings as we were walking down the stairs, we could hear him getting off the couch. Duke was into creature comforts and was a smart dog who knew how to get around the couch restriction. We never caught him on it. We were too loud coming down the stairs, and he was too quick.

My dogs have always slept on my bed at night and on the couch whenever. At night Gracie makes herself quite comfortable. She lies across the bottom of the bed, falls deeply asleep then starts snoring far too loudly. I push her with my foot and the snoring stops for a couple of minutes but then she starts snoring again so I push her again. She sometimes gets a bit annoyed so she moves up the bed, circles several times then lies down right beside me. She usually pushes the other pillow off the bed to give herself more room. I don’t love her beside me, but she doesn’t snore when she’s there so I put up with it and get as comfortable as I can despite the bed hog.

I used to love saddle shoes, and I still have a pair I bought about twenty or twenty-five years ago from a hole in the wall tiny shoe store filled with boxes up to the ceiling and piled on the floor. The owner was a whiz at finding anything. He was an old guy and the only one who ever worked there. I loved his store. It was like a trip back in time. He sat on a little stool in front of me, used his shoe horn to slide my feet into the shoes, checked to see how far up my toes were and then had me walk around his store. I bought a few pairs of shoes there, some I probably didn’t need, like the saddle shoes, but the little man was hard to resist. I think I’ve worn those saddle shoes twice in all these years, but they were well-worth the price just for the experience of shopping in that little store with all the boxes.

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10 Comments on ““So true. You have to have the right shoes for the occasion.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Since I took a major dive some three years ago, shoes have been a issue for me, I can only wear “lace ups” and I wont wear anything without the sort of tread you see on a tractor.

    I battled through the never ending winter in my “Man Uggs”. not a good look said a chum “bugger if I care” said I.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I did a winter in Birkenstocks and sandal socks. Not my most attractive look, but I didn’t care either.

      I fall no matter what I’m wearing on my feet.

      In winter I like the wool clogs and have several different colors. When It is wet or snowy, I wear my Merrell, sturdy shoes. Summer is for sandals only!

  2. olof1 Says:

    I’ve had one pair of sadlle shoes and as I rememnbver they were very expensive and oh so comfortable. I’ve never seen any like those ever again.

    57F here today withn sunshine and very little wind, good thing that it didn’t blow much because we had an explosion in the village today. Tomorrow will be much the same but without the explosion I hope 🙂 and it will be a aweater day and not a jacket day 🙂

    No dog is allowed in my couch since noit all my friends love having doig hair with them home but Orvar sneaks up every night anyway 🙂 He too is far too quick and I’m to loud so I rarely catch him sleeping there. It has happened but I couldn’t say anything, he looked so comfortable and very guilty 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I don’t see them around here either. I think if I wanted a pair I’d have to look on line.

      What exploded? You write the village had an explosion and don’t explain? Yikes! That’s news.

      Today is a sweatshirt day, not as warm as you, only 45˚, but it feels so much warmer.

      Gracie isn’t allowed on the couch in the living room where I sit with my friends, only the one in the den. She knows this and never tries to get on the other couch. Right now it’s afternoon nap time.

      Have a great evening!

  3. flyboybob Says:

    The independent proprietor run retail store is as hard to find as hen’s teeth. My kids have never been fitted in a shoe store. My wife bought all their shoes in a big box store such as Target or Walmart. Now we all buy our shoes online from places like Amazon or Zappos.

    We adopted two racing Greyhounds who are basically couch potatoes so keeping them off the couch was out of the question. Our latest addition, Sherlock, sleeps in bed with us and cuddles us on the couch. Trying to keep him in his crate at night was a loosing proposition with my spouse who really thinks the dog is another kid. He does keep my feet warm on cold winter nights.

    Today the weather has been warm but so humid that I have been running the AC in the house and in the car.

    • katry Says:

      There are a few small stores still in Dennis, but some others have closed in the last few years. Independent book stores were in each town, and now there is only one in Brewster. I try as much as possible to shop in them.

      My dog too is like my child. She is spoiled rotten and even talks back in her own way.

      It is raining right now and is supposed to rain most of the weekend but be warmer than it’s been.

      • flyboybob Says:

        There are some small retail specialty stores around town and a few independent book stores but I don’t know how they stay in business. It’s too easy and convenient to shop on line with a good return policy.

        I already have two kids so having a dog who actually usually minds is a treat. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        I got a laugh out of your last paragraph!

        I go on-line to shop mostly for specific items while I like shopping in stores for whatever I might find, mostly little stuff especially at Christmas.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Rocky sleeps on the couch, too, but so do I. It’s covered with blankets and afghans so the dog hair doesn’t get too deep. He doesn’t snore but he does bark in his sleep. He sounds like a tiny zebra braying very far away.
    The other morning he was dream barking when suddenly his eyes flew open, he growled and bit a wrinkle in the blanket. Then he looked a little confused. I’m sure he was dreaming about being nose-to-nose with another dog that was thinking about a change of position in the hierarchy.

    The last pair of saddle shoes I owned was back in the early 80s. They were denim blue. The saddles were darker blue and had daisies painted on them. They were flower child saddle shoes. I used to wear them riding sometimes because they had a perfect heel for it.

    It rained up here. I was having a very long lunch with a friend so I didn’t care.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love listening while dogs dream. Gracie makes tiny barks and her jowls move, almost flutter.

      That was quite the Rocky dream. I don’t think I’ve ever had my dog bite a blanket. It sounds as if he was moist decidedly the alpha dog in that dream.

      Mine are the usual black and white, just as I had when I was a kid. The last time I wore them was for a 50’s party. I even wore a poodle skirt, the symbol of an era I had been too young to enjoy.

      It started raining here around 5 and it got damp and chilly.

      Have a great evening!

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