“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”

Yesterday I gave the local economy quite the boost as did so many others. Some shops were filled with people. One store, a small one, had too many shoppers. You could barely move or even get close to the displays, but I still managed to find a few treasures and some unique gifts including the perfect one for my friend. I also found small ornaments to dress the wrapped packages. I do that every year. It’s a small gift, a remembrance for the tree. The book store was a wonderful stop. I got help in choosing just the right books for my 8-year-old grand-nephew and a couple for the 2-year-old. I also bought myself one. Gracie and I were out for almost three hours. She napped in the backseat between trips to the stores and watched for me whenever I parked. I napped when we got home and so did she. Today I have a few things to get: cat food, coffee filters and candle bulbs for the windows, nothing fun, just utilitarian. I’ll go before the football game.

Today is still grey, but it’s warm, in the 50’s, and will be for the next few days. I called my factotum about putting my lights up, and he hopes to be here tomorrow. Last year it was in the teens when he was doing the lights.

Birds galore at the feeders this morning. There were even a few battles for space. One bird swooped in and the poor bird already perched at the feeder took off in a bit of a fright. I have yet to fill the thistle, and I have a bag of sunflowers seeds to fill the big feeders. From my kitchen window I get to watch the birds. I sometimes stand there for a while drinking my coffee.

Yesterday my Turner Classic movies arrived. I now have 6 different 1950’s science fiction movies to watch. It will be black and white movie heaven. One of the films, Them, is actually a fine movie which always gets 3 stars. The rest I haven’t seen, and they  tend to get one or maybe 2 stars: The characters in two movies, Beyond the Time Barrier and The Time Travelers, arrive in futures decimated by plague and nuclear war. Only a handful of normal humans survive. Satellite from the Sky is another one I have never seen. It is about the outer-space detonation of the feared tritonium bomb, but it doesn’t go as planned, of course. I figure a cold night, a howling wind, popcorn and maybe malted milks balls will make for a perfect evening to view those old science fiction B-movies I love.

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13 Comments on ““I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    Glad to hear that small business Saturday worked in your town. Thank goodness for the small businessman who are brave enough to open a retail store and compete with the likes of Walmart or the internet. Here in Texas Walmart has killed the courthouse square in many small towns. They were the Saturday meeting places in small towns in the past. Now most of the stores on the square are empty and everyone buys things online.

    The cold war really provided us with a golden age of Science Fiction flicks. The only one I remember from your list was the movie ‘Them’. I must have had a very active imagination as a kid because I was scared to death watching those films. One of the best was the ‘War of the Worlds’ with Gene Barry. That one gave me nightmares for months. The other one that kept me awake was a film called, ‘It Came from Outer Space’.

    Today is another warm windy day. This is our version of Indian summer. Tomorrow a cold front is approaching which will drop the temperature back to freezing by Tuesday morning. Yesterday I drove home with my sunroof and windows open.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Lots of people were out and about yesterday. We have no Walmart and people are prone to shop in their own towns. The Cape is quite insular in that way. One of the towns, Dennisport, has started revitalization efforts. New stores and restaurants have opened, and there are some great stores. The cape has many elderly people who do not use computers. I know some of them, and they’re quite happy without one.

      I know all of those movies you mentioned. Last summer War of the Worlds with Gene Barry was one of my deck movies. None of my friends had ever seen it. It… has jelly looking aliens with only one eye, none too believable. They are, however, good aliens.

      We have a really nice day today at 55˚. It will be nice tomorrow as well.

  2. olof1 Says:

    I would have loved to come over and see those movies! Them is really good though! I think I’ve heard about the tritonium bomb but I need to check all those films on the net.

    Teodor the cat is driving me insane at the moment, he wants to go out and seconds after he wants to go inside again and so he keeps on 🙂 Bertil, evil as he is, is usually more easy to deal with. He walks out and stays out for hours 🙂

    I worked yesterday with the condition that I could stay at home tomorrow so I’ll do my errands then, cat food is on the list and since I’m buying that I might as well by dog food too. I need fire logs as well, it’s just 26F at the moment and it has been rather chilly today so I’ve used most of what I had at home. I’ll go early to the store so Not too many will be there shopping.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’m looking forward to watching these, some of which are new to me. I don’t think there is such a bomb.

      Teodor may not feel so great. That’s when cats seem to get restless. Other than that he might be enjoying driving you crazy.

      I also bought a few cans of dog food, a bag of dry food and some dog treats. I bought a wreath for the fence and some cat litter. It was an expensive stop.

      I have a few more things to get like lights so I’ll do that tomorrow. Right now I am doing laundry, not a favorite chore.

      Have a great evening!

      • olof1 Says:

        No I meant I’ve heard about that film 🙂 but who knows they might have invented one but saw the movie and buried it somewhere 🙂

        My laundry still hangs on my patio, now deep frpzen 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        That’s awful. I remember clothes frozen on the line when I was a kid. That’s a great topic for Coffee as I can still see those clothes in my memories.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I took my dogs to the local pet store because Piki Dog needed a coat and a new collar. I am usually alone when I go in there. Not so this time. Many people and dogs.
    There was a tiny chocolate color chihuahua being fitted for a coat. Her tongue was hanging out the side of her mouth the whole time. She decided upon a pale lavender and grey check. Looked smashing on her. She wore it home.
    Piki Dog got a red and black check like an old style hunting jacket. I tend towards the “I am not a deer” colors for the animals. His new leather collar will be red leather.
    Everybody got new deer antlers to chew and a fresh bag of cookies.
    Today was sunny and relatively warm. We sat out on the top step and watched the neighborhood for a while.

    Enjoy the evening.

  4. Hedley Says:

    The MDH house remains somewhat occupied with four guests from Thanksgiving sticking around deep in to next week.

    With some level of fatigue I started the process of the Christmas installation but the tree remains stubbornly in its box in the basement.

    The new Advent calendar is on the mantle to be enjoyed by the Prince. It is the First Sunday of Advent. It is the time.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have my advent calendar in a prominent place ready to have its first door opened. None of my decorations have made it upstairs yet. I will start this week, a bit at a time. I will get also get my tree. That’s my favorite part.

      I saw the Prince’s picture on Facebook. I bet he was excited to being opening the doors!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, this was a new purchase from Fortnum and Mason so the treats behind the door were rather good. The Prince was on a step stool to reach the first door.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I figured the Prince was on stool from the way he was standing. I remembered you brought it back,and I am curious as to what was behind the door.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, the Prince opened door 1 and 2 before he went home. There was a small box of jelly beans and some chocolate coins to get him started.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        By the sounds of it, I’d like one too!


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