“Whenever the sun is shining, I feel obligated to play outside!”

Yesterday summer dropped by for a visit and decided to stay a while. It was 70˚ here and in the high 80’s away from the coast. It will be the same today.

This morning the doorbell rang at the ungodly hour of eight. Gracie, in her watch dog mode, started barking, leapt off the bed and ran downstairs. Other than the barking, I did the same thing. It was Sebastian, my neighbor and landscaper, who handed me my morning papers from the driveway. He just laughed when I told him he had woken me up in what was literally a rude awakening. Sebastian said he had rung the bell to let me know he and his guys were working on the garden planting the new flowers and herbs and laying down mulch. I was actually glad he had rung the bell as I had other yard work needing a bit of attention. One guy cleaned out the winter headquarters of the spawn of Satan, my outside shower, which had a huge mound of pine cones and pieces of pine cones meant to feed families of spawns over the winter. They also filled Gracie’s chasms. One hole was so big it needed to be walked around instead of jumped across. I swear I could faintly hear Chinese. I think it was Mandarin. Finally they cleaned the debris from the deck and from the deck furniture. Sebastian said the guy would be here tomorrow to stain the deck. I asked him to swear the guy was coming. Sebastian declined.

The noisy morning has given way to a stillness occasionally punctuated by the sounds of birds singing and Gracie snoring. All three animals are here with me, and all of them are sleeping. Fern and Gracie are on the couch and Maddie is on her chair.

Days like today are meant to be enjoyed. The wash I was going to do can wait until tomorrow or even Saturday. There is no rush. I could do a dump run, but that too can be put off until tomorrow. Nothing is a must today except maybe some time on the deck with a cold drink and a book.


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10 Comments on ““Whenever the sun is shining, I feel obligated to play outside!””

  1. olof1 Says:

    The day started with frost here, something I hadn’t expected since no weather forecast said anything but a warmish night. My tomato plants seems to have made it though so I’m not complaining. The rest of the day was rather pleasant. Just enough warm with mostly sunshine, something they hadn’t predicted either 🙂

    I have ver few holes now days, the ones I have are small compared to the ones Orvar and Hector made 🙂 I do miss the old boys even if I don’t miss almost breaking my ankles when stepping in those holes 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Wow, you went from summer to winter. The weather report predicted today and another day or two of summer warmth. It is hot upstairs but cool enough downstairs.

      Only one other of my dogs dug holes but they were meant for him. He’d lie in them under the bushes and stay cooler. Gracie does the same thing under the deck in the cool sand.

      The two biggest holes were right by the walls of the outside shower. I wonder if she had plans to connect them and make a tunnel.

      Have a good evening!

  2. sprite Says:

    Does today particularly need to be enjoyed with the tourist season beginning tomorrow? Or after all these years does it not bother you anymore?

    (As an aside, I will be one of those tourists next month, as my brother has rented a house for a week for a family vacation.)

    • katry Says:

      I do stay away from roads when it rains during tourist season. The place gets clogged with cars filled with tourist wondering how to spend a rainy day on Cape Cod.

      They bother me only when they are driving slowly so they can gawk. I’m talking excessively slow so they can drive and still look back and forth.

      June isn’t an especially busy tourist month as kids are in school until mid-month. Traditionally the season starts July 4th. Where will you be? I am on the Hyannis side as opposed to the Falmouth side. I think your brother chose a good time of the summer.

  3. Richard Says:

    For an ever-so-brief time yesterday there was rain and lightning. The lightning caused me to power down and unplug until it passed. Inconvenient, but cheaper than replacing an entire system and losing irreplaceable files.

    Saw the doc today to have my MRI read. Seems the bulging disc is at L3-L4 and not L4-L5. We discussed getting pre-cert for another steroid injection and calculated it would be approximately two weeks before it’d be granted, so my daughter insisted that they let her pay for the injection in the event pre-cert was denied. I tried – and should have known better – to argue with her that I could wait, but finally realised it was something that in the doing meant a lot to her, so pride took a back seat to love on both sides. I have to be the luckiest father in the world to have a daughter like her.

    We stopped at Taco Bell on the way back to my place and I bought lunch for her, myself, and Youngest Grandson. He’ll eat his on the way to his cello lesson this afternoon.

    One other health note: The radiologist noted in his report that I have a 4cm abdominal aortic aneurysm … surprise, surprise. The ortho doc said one that size isn’t typically one to worry about but that he’d forward that information to my cardiologist. It’ll be interesting to see what response that elicits from her office.
    Since there appears to be an unending interest in the mating process in our society, this musical celebration of the coupling by the Flight of the Conchords should be worthy of at least a grin if not an outright chuckle or guffaw … its title is ‘Business Time’ … and now, to begin …

    • katry Says:

      The rain has been a bit elusive except for a couple of small showers. I have to water the outside plants. The tomato hang up one needed water yesterday, and it is already looking droopy.

      I feel the same way about my two sisters. They stayed here when I had my first surgery and the local one was here for a week when I had my third. She wouldn’t let me do a thing. My other sister flew me to Colorado for Christmas. That was great.

      I love the cello and I like Taco Bell, but there are none around here.

      I hope they do something about the aneurysm. You don’t need that drifting.

      I’m having my first injection next week. It is steroids also.

      At first I didn’t like the music, but the more I listen, the more I liked it.

      • Richard Says:

        A friend who had a AAA repaired via surgery said his is still growing, and that one option the VA gave him was to have it stented or bypassed … before I worry about any of that, I need to get past the sciatic nerve doc bills – then I can worry about that stupid little AAA … only good part about it is that if and when it decides to open up, it’s all over in about ten minutes … I can (no pun intended) live with that …

      • katry Says:

        I take a blood thinner so that I don’t run into clot problems. No surgery in my future. Supposedly the shots will relieve my back pain. I can only hope.

        I am lucky to have insurance which covers most of the bills.

  4. Hedley Says:

    In the late evening heat of last night, I finished the second series of “Peaky Blinders” rather charmingly set in Epsom. I didn’t see Pet Clark or me in the show but the racecourse was there. The next series rolls on to Netflix next week and I am not unexcited. The Bachelorette and Peaky Blinders – what a shame that Outlander2 is such a sophomore swoon.

    The Westie slept on the stone floor, I have refused to turn on the air but clearly its coming. The MDH family is assembling for a wedding shower to kick off another Summer of Matrimony. By Sunday our home will be full but on Monday not so much as I go back and forth to Metro Airport.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I haven’t watched that series on Netflix. It carries far more for you than it would for me. I suspect you and Pet might be in a later episode.

      Gracie pants when she is upstairs. The bedrooms are on the third floor as the back of the house has a walk in cellar as its first floor. Add the sun to the room as it faces west, and we’re taking hot. Even though the house has central air, I kept one window AC in my room as the room is so often hot. I may have to tun it on tonight.

      You will be busy this summer!

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