“I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers: / Of April, May, of June, and July-flowers. / I sing of maypoles, hock-carts, wassails, wakes, / Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes.”

This morning it was 5:30 when I woke up. It was cold, only 57˚. The dog and Fern were huddled beside me. I decided to get out of bed, grab a cup of coffee and read the papers. By the time I had finished reading, it was time to get dressed and meet friends for breakfast. We met at a cafe by the water, an outside restaurant, and it was really cold. The nautical flags were flapping on the breeze, and I could hear the clink of their grommets hitting the pole. That cold wind changed our minds so we opted to find an inside restaurant. Breakfast was delicious.

Tonight is the first play of the season at the Cape Playhouse, a summer theater since 1927. I’ve had season tickets for decades. I remember when I first started going people dressed up for the theater. Men wore suits and ties and women wore dresses. The few tourists looked uneasy and out of place in shorts and t-shirts. Well-known TV and movie stars were in the plays, and we saw a new play every week. Over the years much has changed. Dress is now haphazard, the plays change every two weeks, and the stars are mostly from Broadway, and I really don’t know many. That, however, hasn’t changed the quality of the plays. Tonight is Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and it got wonderful reviews. I always think of the first play as the start of summer.

Rituals change the seasons for me. The first play is the start of summer. The first tree with   its leaves changing color is fall. Thanksgiving is fall’s last hurrah. Winter begins with frost and light snow early in December. It seems to last the longest of any season. Even when the days start to get warmer, the nights and mornings stay cold. Baseball, the game of summer, is played in temperatures befitting winter. Watching the game on television is far better than freezing in a stadium. When a game is played on a warm Sunday afternoon and the crowd is in short sleeve shirts, I’ll start to believe in summer.

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  1. Hedley Says:

    “Watching the game on television is far better than freezing in a stadium.”

    There is something magical about being in the crowd, the sense of community or purpose or escapism – you decide. I grew up on the terraces where there was no cover, no facilities or concessions. I was genuinely surprised when I first experienced American sports at the Dome and the Joe and Tiger stadium – it all seemed so luxurious.

    Today Christer and Birgit and I are on the clock as France and Rumania kick off the Euro 2016 tournament from the Stade de France in northern Paris. You can guarantee that Birgit’s team will make it to at least the semi finals and that Christer and my lot will probably be long gone

    It is time to hang the England flag in my home and it will stay out until they are eliminated (say nothing). Socially acceptable Xenophobia will pour down – first up for us are the Russians.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I saw the Sox play Cleveland one day in April at Cleveland. It was 38˚, and I froze. I didn’t have a winter jacket. I layered but didn’t have enough layers. I refuse to attend a baseball game where the temperatures are close to freezing.

      I do agree about the crowds. I love Fenway and attending games there. The field is really close and you feel part of the game. It is not luxurious. The seats are small and the rows narrow. The Green Monster seats are new and are wider and more comfortable, but seats are hard to come by and are really expensive. That is one spot where I’d brave the cold to see a game. Sports Illustrated called it the best place in baseball to see a game.

      You have all my hopes and well wishes for the Euro Tournament!

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, let’s see, everything can happen.
      Good luck for your team tomorrow!
      And now let the fun start 🙂

  2. olof1 Says:

    It was below 50F here this morning and the ground was wet after the rain that had fallen during the night. It must have come a lot because both water barrels were filled and they were only half filled yesterday.

    The sun has been shining all day though but there’s a nasty wind which destroys the day, it would have been much nicer without it, it never got any warmer than 56,5F today. No frost tough so I guess I should be happy 🙂

    I don’t have any rituals like that any more but Inused to say spring had sprung when I started looking over my sailing boat after winter, didn’t matter how cold it was spriung started that day anyway 🙂

    Havbe a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I love the changing of the seasons. Summer is such great fun being on the deck, having movie night, baseball and barbecues. Winter is my solitary season. I don’t see people as often but stay huddled in the warmth of my house. Right now it is still too cold to be called summer. We are warmer than you but still chilly.

      I’m wishing you a few warm days with no frost. You need to enjoy some summer. I also wish you no flies!

  3. Richard Says:

    I will gladly pay you next Tuesday for some cold weather today … it’s hot here already, and it’s gonna get hotter with heat indexes in triple digits. Damn, I want winter back.

    Finally had to do something I’ve been postponing for a while now – not ’cos it’s difficult or anything, just time-consuming. When I opened a file to work on in Illustrator this morning and noticed that the program – and everything else – locked up tight as a tick after issuing a simple command to ungroup text that had been converted to outlines. I waited. I waited some more. And then more. Finally I accepted that the internal hard drive just had too many files occupying its space. The cure? Transfer ’em to Ye Olde External Hard Drive.

    This didn’t come as a surprise – I’ve known now for some time I needed to do it, but laziness prevailed. It’s only when the computer says ‘NO!’ that things get taken care of, isn’t it? The files are almost completely transferred now. The longest part is emptying the trash, ’cos I ‘secure empty’ it, which means it overwrites the files rather than just ‘deleting’ them (which really doesn’t ‘delete’ anything). Takes a bit longer, but it’s more secure.

    Breakfast sounds nice – it also sounds like it might have been a perfect photo opportunity. I think we probably share the same ‘start / stop’ seasonal date markers. As for the sports thingies, Homey does not ‘sports’ … unless the Yankees are in the Series or the Saints are in the SuperBowl.

    How ’bout a little Change Of Pace for Today’s Presentation … ? Anybody up for that … ? You. In the back. Yes? Okay. Remember Voyager 1 and 2 … ? The Little Spacecraft That Could. Those ones. Voyager 1 launched Sept. 5 of 1977. Voyager 2, oddly enough, launched 16 days prior to Voyager 1. Remember the Golden Record attached to ’em? Right. That one. Ever wonder what was on that record … ? Wonder no more. Here are the vids to walk y’ thru the ‘show ‘n tell’ of it all … btw, the music track playing behind the Voyager Photos is titled ‘Dark Was The Night’ by Blind Willie Johnson … interesting choice, yes? These will probably survive long after we’re just (as Kansas sang) ‘Dust In The Wind’ … and now, to begin …

    The Voyager Golden Record Photos …


    The Voyager Golden Record Playlist …

    • katry Says:

      All those pictures remind me of looking at Viewmaster pictures. I really enjoyed the music couple with the pictures. It was interesting to see what pictures were chose. I have in my files the Golden Record. I copied it years ago as it was so interesting to me.

      I’d be glad to share cold weather with you, but I don’t want all that heat of yours. You get far too hot weather for my tastes.

      I do hate being forced to do chores like your computer files, but I do get the need to clean up your computer. I have one external drive and now I need another. The first one is from an old computer and now I need one for this computer.

      I really enjoy baseball and have since I was young. Back then the Sox were never contenders but they were the old town team so we loved them. I follow the Pats and the Sox. Hockey and the Bruins were never interesting to me. I sometimes watch the Celtics but not with any regularity.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Must be summer, green and lovely outside and as Hedley wrote from today on mainly green on TV with some men kicking a ball 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Here it is men hitting a ball with a bat which holds our summer attention. My nephew, though, is probably watching soccer. He had a full scholarship to play soccer at a division I school. That’s was a huge thing!

  5. Bob Says:

    I hate eating outside. I hate picknicks, patios and terrace dining. It’s either too cold, too hot, too humid or too windy. Picknicks include vermin. Why do I want to eat among the pollen and share my meal with insects? My better half suffers from severe allergies and being out of doors in the Springtime means asthma time. It’s full time indoors and AC. However, eating a Fenway frank in Fenway Park in 1993 was one of the highlights of my life. Every time I watch a game televised from Boston brings back memories of that spring Saturday afternoon game between the Sox and the Orioles. I can’t remember who won but I’ll never forget the taste of that frank.

    We used to call summer theater summer schlock. Here in the hinterlands we get the road company version of Broadway past. We are going to see the musical ‘Beautiful’ the Carol King story later this month. Not on Broadway but here in summer schlock.

    Another hot sunny day with rising humidity. Slight chance of thunderstorms over the weekend.

    • katry Says:

      I love my deck and my barbecue. The deck is up high, and if there is any breeze to be had, the deck gets it. It is seldom buggy. I have plants in the boxes around the deck which repel mosquitos. I have net covers for the food so nothing lands on it. With the trees filled with leaves, you can’t even see the neighbors. We watch movies every Saturday. I love my deck.

      This isn’t really what has been called summer theater. There are no road companies. The plays are chosen just for the playhouse. Equity actors are always a good portion of the cast. It is considered a professional theater.

      Keep your humidity please!

      • Bob Says:

        Of course the road companies we get are professional equity actors. I hope so the ticket prices are not as high as on Broadway but certainly not cheap.

        You are lucky to live where summer heat is not nearly as bad as we get. Even a breeze can’t make it close to comfortable. I do enjoy barbecue meats cooked outdoors but eaten in the great indoors. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        If there is a breeze, I get it, usually from the south this time of year.

        The play was excellent. I have season’s tickets so I don’t think about the price of the tickets. It certainly isn’t cheap.

        There used to be a circuit where the plays were in the theater in Ogunquit, Maine then the theater in Falmouth and finally the Cape Playhouse. Falmouth closed, and I don’t know about Ogunquit.I saw so many actors here including Margaret Hamilton from the Wizard of Oz and even David McCallum.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    It’s been windy and cold up here, too. And that’s fine with me. Not the windy part. Just the cool part.
    I had to put a heavy wool blanket on the bed last night. Mostly it was because Rocky and Piki Dog had wound themselves up in the greater part of the regular blanket and were sound asleep. They’d been to doggy day care and were tired. Rather than disturb them with unwinding things, I just threw the wool blanket over them and crawled under. They never moved. I arranged myself around them. But this morning I was glad I had put that wool blanket on. It was chilly. I fully expected the heat to come on but it didn’t.

    I’m not a fan of outdoor restaurants anymore. Cook outs in the back yard or while camping are fine but if I go to a restaurant, I want to be inside with heat or AC and not outside fending off bugs and gulls.
    I did spend a fair amount of time yesterday outside in my back yard just sitting quietly on an upturned plastic bucket and watching the birds. It was pleasant and quiet.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I just got back from the play, and it’s cold. I didn’t stay outside too long at intermission.

      My heat is turned off or it would have started this morning. When I woke up, it was really chilly. Fern and Gracie wanted to be close for body heat.

      Gracie is headed to the vet’s tomorrow if I can get an appointment. She has a lump on her gums. The vet has seen it and said it wasn’t cancer, but it has grown a lot. Today it bled a bit. I think Gracie must have hit it with her teeth or something. It doesn’t stop her from eating or demanding treats.

      I hate to move the animals either.

      This restaurant is right by the water and seldom has bugs. You get to watch the boats in the channel going to the marina. In the summer it is so crowded that I choose to wait until the season is over.

      I’m watching the worst movie on TCM. It is called Beast from Haunted Cave from 1959, the lowest of low budget movies. I like the ski clothes. Those old parkas with the half zipper and the streets ski pants.

      Have a great day!

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