“A wild and crazy weekend involves sitting on the front porch, smoking a cigar, reading a book.”

This morning was one of those put a mirror under her nose to see if she is still breathing mornings. I didn’t wake up until ten. My guess is it was all the errands from yesterday, the hauling in of the packages, the loads of wash with the accompanying up and down two flights of stairs and the changing of my bed. My back is no longer fit for days like yesterday. On my dance card today is switching out the screens and storm doors.

The day is dreary. It may even rain again later. I turned on the heat this morning for a short while to get rid of the dampness. The house is cozy now. The animals are in here with me while they take their morning naps. All three are quite comfortable: two are on the couch and one is on the afghan. I should live their lives.

Earlier I sprayed the red spawn. He didn’t hear me coming so he took the full brunt of the spray. He was shocked and immediately leapt, still dripping I suspect, from the deck rail to one tree then another until he alit on the big pine branch and began castigating me. He was chirping and chattering and waving his tail in indignation all the while looking right at me. He has to go. He best be packing his little bag for the move.

When I was a kid, I seldom had plans for the weekends. If the movie was good, I’d head to the matinee. If not, I might ride my bike or roller skate or just walk the tracks. Life was filled with spontaneity. Sunday was church and the family dinner but the rest of the day was mine. Sometimes the weather determined what we did. Rain in the summer was never a deterrent to playing outside, but in the winter it was far too cold to get wet. I always thought winter rain was a waste of water. It should always have been snow.

I don’t make too many weekend plans. I watch the Amazing Race with my friends, one of our traditions, and that’s it. I am back to spontaneity and maybe a bit of inertia. I’m liking my life.

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18 Comments on ““A wild and crazy weekend involves sitting on the front porch, smoking a cigar, reading a book.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Justin Verlander

  2. Birgit Says:

    Today’s title quote was made for me. The long weekend started today with a public holiday, it was sunny and warm, 77 F this afternoon. The neighborhood was quiet except for the birds and I’ve read a book. Not exactly on the front porch with a cigar but close enough. Now it’s already dark outside. Two more days to go wild and crazy.

    • katry Says:

      I’m with you all the way minus the cigar as well. I have done one door, another load of laundry and have one door to go then I’m done. I do have to take a screen to the aluminum place as it has separated from the door. I’ll get the dog mesh which is wonderful. aI read and then took a nap. No sun all day but I was just fine anyway.

      Have a great two more days!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I have to plan my spontaneity for days now 🙂

    Nova woke me up twice last night, the first time because Orvar needed to go outside and the second time just because she wanted to play. I told her that if she wanted to continue her life she better calm down so I could sleep until the alarm clock rang. She understood immediately 🙂 I’ll have an early nig´ht today.

    Rather warm and nice here now and it will stay like that for quite some time, some rain every now and again but I won’t complain as long as it doesn’t start to snow 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Oh yeah, plan your spontaneity!

      I like Nova taking care of her fur brother by waking you, but the playing was over the top. Gracie would have gotten the same warning.

      It is raining agin, only a little but rain is rain. I never saw the sun today.

      Have a great weekend!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The heat went on in my house this morning, too. It hasn’t been on since.
    I was awake early, up not too long after and out the door with the dogs. It was lovely out this morning. The sun was just above the trees but still below the cloud deck so I saw it for a few minutes. There was ground mist rising and the light shining through it was beautiful.
    Piki Dog rolled in something. I’m not sure what he really was rolling in but he was under an oak and got covered in pulpy, partly rotted, soaking wet acorn mush which colored his white fur a peanut tan. He got carried right to the bathtub immediately upon reaching home. He was very unhappy. But he was no longer peanut brown. 🙂
    I just spent 2 hours on the phone undoing something I spent 2 hours doing right before that. Medicare. I need A and B. They said I also needed D. So I enrolled in a D and then discovered by accident that I don’t need D because my current plan will still do that in conjunction with Medicare. I called to unenroll but I have to wait for them to call me to confirm that I enrolled. Arrrrgh!

    It just occurred to me that, while there are plenty of spawns in the neighborhood, there are none in my yard this year. Very odd considering that the walnut trees are heavily laden.

    Enjoy the day and rest your back.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The house kept its warmth after I turned off the heat. I just put the back door glass in the outside door as the inside door stays open for Gracie to go and out out her dog door. I’m taking a break before I haul up the second glass. They’re heavy.

      We never saw the sun, not once the whole day. It is even sprinkling now.

      Everyone I know had trouble with medicare. I did not but that’s only because I am not eligible.

      Dogs do love rolling in muck. Gracie doesn’t get the opportunity but Shauna was the queen of muck. I had to use the hose-no way could I have lifted her into the tub.

      Did you see a sign with directions to my house? Actually there is only that red spawn. It chases all the gray spawns out of the yard. The red ones are nasty. Be thankful!

      I am an idiot. I hauled up the heavy glass part of the door then collapsed on the couch.

      Enjoy the evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        Having written that, I looked out the back window and thought I saw 3 spawns chasing each other but it was 1 spawn and a rabbit. All the spawns are over in the churchyard feasting on acorns.
        I discovered on our afternoon walk that Piki Dog was rolling in deer scat as well as acorn mush. There are many piles of deer scat all over the churchyard. I guess they are feasting, too.

      • katry Says:

        Maybe he wants to deer hunt and is disguising his smell.

        Who was chasing whom?

  5. Caryn Says:

    Piki Dog at 10lbs pulling down a buck with a big rack. Now I’d pay money to see that.
    Rabbit was chasing spawn. I think.

    • katry Says:

      Just picture him on the buck’s back grabbing the rack, twisting and wrestling the deer to the ground.

      Thumbs up for the rabbit!

  6. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We’re having a heat wave. Yesterday, I had appointment with my doctor ( who is fairly close, so I could have walked) I drove, figuring I could then walk to a bookstore and a used clothing store. My back was killing me by the time i got back to my car and drove home. It was so damn hot.
    I’m hiding in my bedroom, watching T.V., reading and on the internet. Today’s quote is also perfect for me–minus the cigar.
    I want to jump into any pool and swim, but I’m too tired to do so.
    I love the quote “I have to plan my spontaneity for days now.” Thanks, Olof1.
    Take Care,
    Lori and the Crew.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      You have a heat wave while we have rain, days of rain. Today was a lazy day compared to yesterday. I put the storm windows in the doors, did another load of wash and switch my summer outside flags for my fall ones. I read bit and took a nap. It was a great day and gave me a chance to feel better after the very busy yesterday I had.

      Pools here would be a bit chilly.

      I think the quote is quite funny.

      Kat and the kids

  7. Coleen Says:

    Today was beautiful but rain is forecast here for Saturday…reading everyone’s posts makes me realize that fall is upon us. I dread the day we turn on the heat – – then summer is truly gone!

    Have no horses in any of the MLB postseason games…kinda sorta rooting for Kansas City…

    Waving and wishing you a great weekend!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      Same here with the rain and that will make it 4 days in a row.

      Some days are tallish while other days are still summer. The mornings are chilly and some nights cold. Fall is definitely here.

      I’m rooting for Detroit.
      I’m wishing you a great weekend as well!!


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