“The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. “Calling cats,” it confided, “tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.”

A gorgeous day today with temperatures in the mid 70’s, lots of sun and a northern breeze chilly on the back of my neck. Grace and I went to the dump this morning, and it was nearly deserted. I guess Thursday is not a popular dump day.

When the breeze blows, I can hear the rustling sounds of the leaves on the trees and of the few which have fallen on the grass, victims of the wind rather than the season. We are still far away from changing colors and the baring of the trees. Today is more of summer than fall.

My dance card is empty until Sunday. I guess I’m stuck doing the wash, a bit of ironing and changing my bed. The ironing is dinner napkins which tend to get really wrinkly even in the dryer. I have a small board I can fit on the table and iron while I watch TV. I save all the napkins until I get a large enough number to make ironing worth while. At last count I had ten.

Cats are tricky creatures. Yesterday morning Maddie never appeared for our morning greeting. I called her by name and made that lip sound cats seem to like but still no Maddie. I got worried so I checked all her favorite haunts on this floor then went upstairs and looked in the eaves, under beds and in closets in case I had locked her in. All the while I kept making that sound, still no Maddie. Fern, from her perch on the couch, stared at me as if I were crazy. Gracie followed me. I went upstairs again and pulled the guest beds out from the wall in case I had missed her way in the back where under the bed is the darkest. No Maddie. I came back downstairs worried about her and wondering where else I could look. I didn’t have to look anywhere. Maddie was standing on the table in the den. I patted her and scratched by her tail though I really wanted to wring her neck. I swear she was chuckling

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  1. Hedley Says:

    And so once again, the change in the seasons brings forth something super and fab from Bob Dylan. Last year it was the Basement Tapes and this year ol Bob is offering “The Cutting Edge 1965-66) in 2, 6 and good grief 18 disc format. Supposedly the 18 disc version includes a modest 379 tracks and thats everything recorded in the studios in 65/66

    As much as I might crave the loony version, it cruises in at a modest $599.00 before shipping etc,so I think it will be the 6 disc version which, like the Basement Tapes starts at $149. It will follow the same format as Another Self Portrait (which I know you bought Kat)

    FCA continue to rule as the Holy Father is in his Fiat 500 and Jeep Wrangler. A sudden upswing in demand for the 500 I would say.

    Last night Trey Parker and Matt Stone and their creation known as South Park did in that Muppet known as Trump. Will watch it later and cackle inappropriately. The new Muppet show on ABC could not be described as awful, that would an upgrade.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      All I have to do is write the check! As if……I could never justify spending that much money for music, even Dylan’s music.

      I did buy Another Self-Portrait but am now on an austerity budget anticipating my back to Ghana trip next fall so no new music. I am on a buy only way I need regimen.

      “Mr. Speaker, the Pope of the Holy See.” That was amazing-his speech to Congress.

      I did not watch The Muppets. Now I am glad I didn’t.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Boring meeting today, about 30 people and 2 bulldogs. As often the dogs came to me though they didn’t know me and so it was less boring. It’s funny, dogs love me, but only medium or large dogs. I can’t really get a connection to some of those little tiny dogs and sometimes call them barking rats. I guess they know.

    I won’t hold my breath for the Dylan recordings, they have to publish their archives to keep the copyright. Maybe some gems and a lot of crap. Hedley, I hope you’ll tell us whether it’s worth the money. The Desire sessions would be interesting but I guess we’ll have to wait until they are 49 years old.

    I’m just listening to a radio concert by German-Ghanaian soul singer Y‘akoto I told you about earlier (Accra music video). Nothing special but nice voice and music.

    • Hedley Says:

      Birgit – I think you are right on the main issue of the 50 year copyright and Dylan’s desire to protect the 60s material that is quickly becoming vulnerable to resissue without royalties.

      Personally, I would have liked Bootleg Series Volume 12 to be “Blood on the Tracks” which has been promised but not delivered. Something from “Desire” or the “Born Again” period would also be very welcome.

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, I would take Blood on the Tracks too but not the Born Again period. Somehow it wasn’t my music back then and I was glad when I got Infidels. My old cassette is completely worn out.

    • Hedley Says:

      Birgit – Try to find the bootleg – Bob Dylan Massey Hall 1980, its stunning and you might have a real rethink about the Born Again period.

      For me – Blood on the Tracks is the album so I was full of hope for a high quality New York version to go with the Minnesota final mix, oh well. Street Legal included the extra wonderful Changing ot the Guards but slid away

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I too am not a fan of those really small dogs and do think of them as rodents. Give me a dog with some heft and a deep bark.

      My money is being earmarked for my next trip to Ghana. I’m buying only what’s necessary for me and I’m buying Christmas presents. I’ve made a list.

      Music in Ghana has changed amazingly from just high life. I really enjoy current Ghanaian music.


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