“I got hired by a newspaper to write a column on current events, so I wrote about Benjamin Franklin’s charting of the Gulf Stream.”

No new experiences can be had sitting in my den. I haven’t been outside for a few days except to get the mail and newspapers and fill the feeders. Last night I noticed two strings of lights on the deck rail were no longer lit so I went out and unwound them from the deck. It was cold, and I wondered why in the heck I was doing that. I didn’t have an answer but once I started I needed to finish. Now only half the rail is lit, and I’m wrestling with the half full, half empty concept.

We, Gracie and I, have to go out today. She is out of canned food, my trunk is filled with trash and I need to go to the pharmacy. It is an ugly day, cold and cloudy. Rain is expected tonight. It is a perfect day to hunker down, but that will have to come later.

I diligently read two papers every morning. When I write that here, I always get comments about reading on-line and why aren’t I. That’s easy to answer. I like the feel of the paper, the sound of the pages and all the small pieces of content. It takes me a while to read both papers. I skip over international news in the Cape Times as I had already read it in the Globe. I pick and choose what to read on the sports pages. I am first and foremost a baseball fan, but I have a while to wait before it resurfaces. I read football stories if they are about the Patriots. I am not such a football fan that anything else is of interest except I did read about Rex Ryan cleaning out his office even before he was fired on Black Monday. In college I seldom missed a home hockey game, but I don’t like hockey, never have. It was the pre-game festivities which drew me in college. I do like basketball, but I haven’t followed the Celts the way I used to.

The last thing I do in the Globe is the crossword puzzle. The last thing I do in the Times is the cryptogram. The puzzle gets finished. Sometimes the cryptogram doesn’t and that drives me crazy and frustrates the hell out of me. I tend to ball up the page and toss it. That makes me feel just a little bit better.

This morning I finished both of them.

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10 Comments on ““I got hired by a newspaper to write a column on current events, so I wrote about Benjamin Franklin’s charting of the Gulf Stream.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    There’s really no use in reading the news online here, unless one wants to know who slept with whom in the latest reality show and how betraid they felt after, both of them 🙂 Well the biggest news are of course mentioned but to be honest, they don’t sell especially well do they 🙂 🙂

    I went to the grocery store in Gudhem this morning, I picked up a package I had been waiting for but I also found the right brand of dog food so now Hector doesn’t have to starve for a day or two 🙂

    My lights will stay up until at least early March, we have eight more minutes of daylight now than last week but it will take a few months until we’ll notice any bigger change.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I figured we have more minutes of daylight as we gain a minute a day after the solstice. As you’ve said, it really can’t be noticed. It’s too little yet.

      Gracie’s food is from one store so I have to get it before 5 when the store closes. Gracie doesn’t eat grocery store dog food. Even the breeder told me what to feed her. It seems to be working as she is energetic and seemingly healthy.

      The rest of my lights are still lit each night and will be until Little Christmas. I love the lights.

      Have a great evening!

  2. flyboybob Says:

    I canceled our newspaper subscription a couple of years ago when it got to over $300 a year. I enjoy reading USA Today for free and I’m getting the Dallas Morning News for free on my iPad in Apple’s ‘Newstand’ app also for free. As a kid in junior high I loved graphic arts and was on the school’s printing squad. Those were the days when we set hot type and letterpress just like the New York Times. The copy machine and the IBM Selectric typewriter were new products and my family was in the printing business. Digital publications are cheaper, easier to read, have embedded video and are better for the environment.

    I was never a big hockey fan especially living in Texas. However, hockey is now a big sport in both high school, college and the NHL. Who would have thought that NHL hockey would be played in Miami. How do they keep the ice down there? One of my students in Toronto was visiting a relative in Nashville. The local NHL team was playing the Maple Leafs. He asked his relative how would he get a ticket for the game. She replied to just go to the box office and buy one. In Toronto someone has to die and bequeath you a ticket.

    Yesterday was rainy and chilly but today should be sunny and cool. Tonight an arctic cold front from Alberta is approaching with below freezing temperatures forecast for tomorrow. The cold weather will be coming your way soon enough.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I don’t want to do away with my papers. I too can get the papers free on line, but I don’t enjoy the on-line reading. USA Today is too generic for me.

      They recycle the papers and magazines. At my dump almost every car drops off their newspapers in the recycle bins.

      The Bruins have always had a huge fan base, but I’m not one. I think I’ve seen only a couple of games, and they were at the old Boston Garden.

      It is in the mod-30’s right now. Tonight north of me will get snow. The Cape will get rain. I’m okay with that.

      • Bob Says:

        The old Boston Garden was a wondeful place. It had the smallest icerink in the NHL. In my mind’s eye I can sill see Red Auerbach lightimg up his cigar after a Celtic victory.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I loved the old Garden. I remember during a Celts game it got foggy because of the heat and the Bruin’s ice under the parquet floor.

  3. Hedley Says:

    Mrs MDH and I wandered out last night to see “The imitation game” which we can highly recommend
    When I talked to my Uncle Paulie this morning and brought it up, he knew someone that was in Hut 8.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear hedley,
      That is on my must see list. I am a Benedict Cumberbatch fan.

      It is amazing that your Uncle Paulie knew someone.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I read one actual paper most days. The local paper only comes on weekdays. It was the only newspaper of any kind that I read for quite awhile. The Washington Post now shows up twice a day on my Kindle Fire for free so I read that, too. I shall probably continue to read it once the 6 month free trial is over because it’s easier to just continue and it’s interesting. Jeff Bezos isn’t dumb. 🙂

    Today was a do nothing day. I walked the dogs, took the trash out, did some dishes and put the finishing touches on the chicken stock. Too cold to do very much anyway. The dogs slept. I surfed the net. By 4PM I was back in my pj’s. Looks like this is how the weekend will go.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I get a local paper every Thursday, The Register. Every day I read The Globe and the Cape Cod Times. I love knowing what local events are happening in case I’m tempted to go.

      I got my errands finished as I didn’t have a choice. Gracie expects to eat every day, and I can’t seem to change her mind so I went to Agway. The cats too needed food. Come to think of it, so do I.

      I put a few Christmas decorations on the couch, and maybe tomorrow I’ll bring up some of the storage bins to put them in. The errands were my only completed endeavor for the day. I have my tree lit, and the living room smells so good. I will miss that.

      Have a great evening!


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